BUSINESS RECOVERY RESOURCES FOR VENTURA AND SANTA BARBARA COUNTIES
BUSINESS DISASTER RECOVERY RESOURCES
The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) hosted by the Economic Development Collaborative of Ventura County, provides NO COST advising and workshops to small business owners in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.
BUSINESS TURN-AROUND ASSISTANCE- It’s hard to know what to do when a company is caught in a downward spiral. When companies are facing layoffs or are in crisis or have been impacted by disaster, the SBDC offers immediate turnaround assistance through free, confidential consultations on topics ranging from counseling and debt reduction to finding the right legal structure for your venture. Additionally, we offer a wide range of loan products assist you in economic recovery.
BUSINESS GROWTH – The SBDC offers assistance through free confidential advising on a range of topics including business plans, capital sourcing, government contracts, financing and loan packaging assistance, human resources, legal assistance, international trade, marketing, e-commerce and technology, to support business growth and economic development.
START-UP ASSISTANCE- Starting a business can be a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. The SBDC offers free one on one consulting for those interested in starting a new business. Once entrepreneurs have their idea, the SBDC can help with research and writing a business plan, to help a start-up thrive!
FINANCING– As a community-based lender, EDC-VC offers both new and existing businesses a wide range of loan products up to $250,000 to help ensure competitive growth for businesses in many different types of industries.
DISASTER RESPONSE MICRO LOAN– In addition to our traditional SBDC loan funds, the SBDC is offering micro loans from $5,000- $30,000 at 4% interest through our Fire Disaster Loan Fund to give a cash flow boost to businesses impacted by reduced sales or lost inventory due to the Thomas Fire.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON OUR SERVICES, PLEASE CALL ALONDRA AT 805.409.9159 TO REQUEST AN APPOINTMENT
FEDERAL RESOURCES AVAILABLE FOR BUSINESSES
SBA LOW INTEREST LOANS– Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are available for businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations. Qualified applicants may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory and other business assets. Economic Injury Disaster loans are available for businesses that may or may not have sustained any damage, but have experienced a downturn in business because of the disaster. The SBA can also lend additional funds to businesses and homeowners to help with the cost of improvements to protect, prevent or minimize the same type of disaster damage from occurring in the future. Disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries. Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155. Applications must be filed by October 15, 2018.
INSURANCE ASSISTANCE- The California Department of Insurance is available to provide assistance with insurance questions or disputes. For immediate assistance call 1-800-927-4357 or visit them online at https://www.insurance.ca.gov/
GOVERNOR’S OFFICE BUSINESS RESOURCE GUIDE- The California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development has created a comprehensive guide to assist businesses in recovery. Click here to download the guide.
FEMA DISASTER ASSISTANCE- For those who have applied with FEMA you can easily access your account and assistance inquiry status by visiting https://www.disasterassistance.gov/
CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY SERVICES- Cal OES has been providing essential emergency support to affected communities since the initial disaster declaration on January 2, 2018. For more information, visit www.wildfirerecovery.org
RESOURCES FOR FARMERS AND RANCHERS- The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency request that those seeking assistance call the Santa Barbara FSA office at 805-928-9269 to schedule an appointment.