RESOURCES TO SUPPORT YOUR BUSINESS
Downtown Santa Barbara is sharing the below information from our partners at the Economic Development Collaborative and SCORE to support you to navigate these unique times.

Be sure to take advantage of free technical assistance for the CA Small Business Grant available through the Economic Development Collaborative. Read on for additional details.
Economic Development Collaborative's upcoming Covid Relief Webinars
EDC PARTNER SCHEDULE
December & Early January
CALIFORNIA SMALL BUSINESS COVID-19 RELIEF GRANT DAILY WEBINARS
The State of California COVID-19 Small Business Grant Webinar will discuss: The Grant Program; Eligibility Requirements; What the funding can be used for; The Application; Required Documents; and Who to Contact for Assistance.
PLEASE NOTE:
· This grant is NOT first come first served. The window for applications starts December 30th through January 8th.
· Additionally, this is the first round of applications. Businesses that are not chosen during the first round, have the opportunity to be chosen in the second. The second window of applications has not been announced yet.
EDC recommends the following steps to prepare for the State of California’s COVID-19 Grant Relief Program: 
  1. Register for an informational webinar. The SBDC network is hosting daily webinars with live Q&A to help answer questions regarding this grant program. We highly encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity. Click here to register.
  2. The State of California grant application portal will not be open until December 30th.
  3. To prepare for applying, go to the State’s website www.careliefgrant.com, where you can review eligibility criteria and detailed information on the required documents, such as tax documents, financial statements, etc., you will need to upload when you apply.
  4. For further assistance, please call the EDC SBDC office 805.409.9159 (ENGLISH) or 805.309.5874 (SPANISH) to speak with a member of our staff. 
Webinars will be held DAILY at 11:00 am in the following languages:
December 30- English/Tagalog
December 31- English/Farsi
January 2- English/Vietnamese
January 3- English/Korean
January 4- English/Arabic

SCORE SANTA BARBARA: COVID RELIEF UPDATE WEBINAR
TONIGHT: December 29 @ 5:00 pm
Let’s discuss another round of stimulus funding! Topics covered will include: Changes that benefit existing PPP recipients, including simplified forgiveness, new tax treatment and elimination of EIDL grant deduction; The new PPP rules and eligibility; How the new law supports hotels and restaurants; Extension of employment tax deferrals; and Continuation of unemployment coverage.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

SCORE VENTURA COUNTY: HOW TO START AND GROW A PROFITABLE CONSULTING BUSINESS
January 5 @10:25 am
If you are a consultant, or are considering becoming one, this webinar is for you! It doesn't matter what your specialty is: business management, social media marketing, information technology, security, personal image and credibility, and more. We cover it all. In this webinar you will learn powerful tips and strategies you can use right away, to attract, win and retain more of the most valuable clients.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

CMTC: BOOSTING PRODUCTIVITY AND EMPLOYEE MORALE DURING CHALLENGING TIMES 
January 6 @ 10:30 am
The surging pandemic, economic recession, and wildfires have taken a sizable toll on California businesses. These heightened stresses have a significant impact on employees' mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing and on how effective they are at work. How can manufacturers keep their employees motivated, foster teamwork in the face of social distancing and a partially remote workforce, and improve productivity, while mitigating legal risk? During this webinar, CMTC Human Resources, Administration and Recruitment Senior Manager Jeri Summer will discuss the importance of maintaining an engaged workforce and provide practical guidance on how to improve productivity and employee morale during challenging times.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

SCORE VENTURA COUNTY: AN INTRODUCTION TO INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY: PATENTS, COPYRIGHTS AND TRADEMARKS PART 1
January 7 @ 10:00 am
This Webinar will explore the fundamentals of intellectual property (IP); how to obtain a patent, copyright or trademark and how to use them. It will also discuss when should you keep certain information as a Trade Secret. It will provide you an understanding of the terminology, the available resources, costs, timing and rules of thumb necessary for optimizing the value of your IP. Technical, legal, financial and practical issues will be explored from a business perspective. Both US and International filings will be explored.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

SCORE SANTA BARBARA: LEARN SKILLS TO EASE STRESS AND INCREASE RESILIENCE: MINDFULNESS FUNDAMENTALS FOR SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS AND STAFF

Webinars will be held @ 5:00 pm on:
January 7
January 14
January 21
January 28

Four weekly 1-hour, interactive zoom group sessions with guided practice and discussion to enhance work performance, and customer and team communication and relationships. Topics covered will include: Developing simple sustainable habits of self-care; Cultivating attention and emotional resilience; Providing specific ways of working with distracting or negative thoughts and feelings; Learning to respond rather than react in moments of difficulty; and Intentionally creating a positive, collaborative workplace culture.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

ORANGE COUNTY INLAND EMPIRE SBDC NETWORK: COVID-19 INFORMATION FOR SMALL BUSINESSES
Every Monday and Wednesday @ 3:00 pm
The SBDC is providing weekly webinars on Mondays and Wednesdays for the Small Business Community on information as it relates to funding information during the COVID-19 pandemic. We will be discussing the Economic Injury Disaster Loan, Payroll Protection Program, Disaster Bridge Loan, 7a Forgiveness Program, and other funding opportunities for your business. Information is changing and updating daily and we want to make sure Small Business owners are being provided the most up to date factual information as to what is available for funding.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
California Small Business
Covid-19 Relief Grant Program
The Governor announced the creation of a $500 million COVID-19 Relief Grant administered by the California Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA) at the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development for small businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19 and the health and safety restrictions. Funds will be awarded to selected intermediaries with established networks of Community Development Financial Institutions to distribute relief through grants of up to $25,000 to underserved micro and small businesses throughout the state. Cultural institutions and non-profits are also eligible for these grants. 
 
This grant program is NOT first-come, first-served. Please take the time to prepare all the necessary documentation and carefully review your application. One complete application will qualify you to be considered for both rounds, please only apply once.
 
First Application Window Opens Tomorrow
December 30, 2020, at 6:00 am
and Closes January 8, 2021, at 11:59 pm
 
Eligibility
A small business or small nonprofit must satisfy the following criteria to be eligible to receive a grant award:
·     Must meet the definition of an “eligible small business”. An “eligible small business” means (i) a “small business” (sole proprietor, independent contractor, 1099 work, and or registered “for-profit” business entity (e.g., C-corporation, S-corporation, limited liability company, partnership) that has yearly gross revenue of $2.5 million or less (but at least $1,000 in yearly gross revenue) based on most recently filed tax return) or (ii) a “small nonprofit” (registered 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(6) nonprofit entity having yearly gross revenue of $2.5 million or less (but at least $1,000 in yearly gross revenue) based on most recently filed Form 990);
·     Active businesses or nonprofits operating since at least June 1, 2019;
·     Businesses must currently be operating or have a clear plan to re-open once the State of California permits re-opening of the business;
·     Business must be impacted by COVID-19 and the health and safety restrictions such as business interruptions or business closures incurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic;
·     Business must be able to provide organizing documents including 2018 or 2019 tax returns or Form 990s, copy of official filing with the California Secretary of State, if applicable, or local municipality for the business such as one of the following: Articles of Incorporation, Certificate of Organization, Fictitious Name of Registration or Government-Issued Business License;
·     Business must be able to provide an acceptable form of government-issued photo ID; and
·     Applicants with multiple business entities, franchises, locations, etc. are not eligible for multiple grants and are only allowed to apply once using their eligible small business with the highest revenue
 
Funds May be Used For
Eligible costs are only those costs incurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the health and safety restrictions such as business interruptions or business closures incurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The following are the eligible uses of grant funds:
·     All employee expenses including payroll costs, health care benefits, paid sick, medical, or family leave, and insurance premiums;
·     Working capital, overhead (including rent, utilities, mortgage principal and interest payments (excluding mortgage prepayments), debt payments (principal and interest) incurred before March 1, 2020;
·     Costs associated with re-opening business operations after being fully or partially closed due to state-mandated COVID-19 health and safety restrictions and business closures;
·     Costs associated with complying with COVID-19 federal, state or local guidelines for reopening with required safety protocols, including but not limited to equipment, plexiglass barriers, outdoor dining, PPE supplies, testing, and employee training expenses; or
·     Any other COVID-19 related expenses not already covered through grants, forgivable loans, or other relief through federal, state, county or city programs
 
To register for an upcoming information webinar, CLICK HERE.
 
For all updates, further information and guidance on where to apply, CLICK HERE.