Join us for our monthly Chamber 101 and learn how to optimize your membership and use of the chamber's many resources!!

Please note : masks are required upon entry.
Social distancing and CDC safety guidelines will be adhered to.
SBA Working Capital Loans Due to Civil Unrest in California March 17th Deadline Approaching!
California small businesses deadline to apply for an SBA federal disaster loan for economic injury caused by civil unrest in Alameda and Los Angeles counties that occurred May 26 – Dec. 28, 2020 is on March 17, 2021.

Small nonfarm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations of any size may apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. Economic Injury Disaster Loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that cannot be paid because of the disaster’s impact. Economic injury assistance is available regardless of whether the applicant suffered any property damage.
These low-interest federal disaster loans are available in Alameda, Contra Costa, Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Stanislausand Ventura counties in California.
Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard‑of‑hearing may call (800) 877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.
A special application window for nonprofits with fewer than 20 employees
For a two-week period, the Small Business Administration and Paycheck Protection Program lenders will process loan applications ONLY from nonprofits and for-profit businesses with fewer than 20 employees.
Special Application Window:
Wednesday, February 24, through Tuesday, March 9

Why? To provide more equitable relief by “targeting the PPP to the smallest businesses (and nonprofits!) and those that have been left behind in previous relief efforts,” and to ensure that lenders give smaller employers the attention they need to work their way through the application process.

If you think your nonprofit may be eligible for an initial PPP loan or a second draw loan – and your organization has fewer than 20 employees – NOW is the best time to contact a lender (find eligible lenders) and find out how much relief may be available to you. 

Need help? Get assistance from your local SBA office (search here).
The SBA’s Orange County / Inland Empire District office, in collaboration with SCORE, invites you to join us to learn more about the Economic Aid Act and the PPP Relaunch. In this webinar, we will cover the application process, required forms and guidance, and conduct a Q&A session for attendees.

March 3: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm PST
March 4: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm PST
March 9: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm PST
March 10: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm PST

Coronavirus: As of March 1, hospitalizations in Orange County down 81%, 14-day cases down 91% from their highs
The OC Health Care Agency reported 419 patients with coronavirus-related infections admitted to local hospitals as of Monday, March 1.

Hospitalizations have continued to decline, now down 81.5% since the Jan. 6 high of 2,259 patients. There were 179 new cases of the coronavirus reported Monday, raising the total number of COVID-19 cases since reporting began to 246,634.

An estimated 3,471 cases of the virus have been recorded in Orange County in the last 14 days. That represents a 91.9% drop in 14-day totals from its high of 42,790 on Dec. 30, and a decline of 72.7% in the last two weeks.
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Get tested for COVID-19
Testing is currently available by 360 Clinic in partnership with the County of Orange for Orange County residents that meet OC Public Health criteria.

Walk-Up COVID-19 Testing on Weekends at the Costa Mesa Senior Center - FREE!

The City of Costa Mesa is offering free walk-up COVID-19 testing at the Costa Mesa Senior Center. Testing is available by appointment only. The testing kiosk will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, through the end of March. Please visit https://www.360clinic.md/ to make an appointment!
Order and take a COVID-19 test from the comfort of your home! At-home COVID-19 test kits are available free of charge to Orange County residents, and both saliva-based and nasal swab options are available through the OC Public Health website.
Costa Mesa’s Business Assistance Collaborative (BAC)
"Costa Mesa’s BAC is seeking to provide support for businesses through sharing data and resources, mobilizing our local patronage through a Shop Costa Mesa campaign, seeking input from the business community through a proactive call center, and providing a watering hole for all businesses and patrons".
California Grants Portal
The California State Library aids businesses with a portal to find all available state grant and loan opportunities. California Grants Portal houses first come, first serve grants for businesses, individuals, nonprofit organizations, public agencies, and tribal governments in all sectors of the economy.
Virtual Event Mix
Seminars are offered throughout the year at no or minimal cost across Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. Seminar topics include: funding, target marketing, lease negotiation, market research, business planning, financial management, trade and more.
SDCCU and the San Diego County Library System Present Financial Wellness Wednesdays
SDCCU representatives will present on a variety of topics aimed at improving the financial health of the community.