Work Force Development

Oct 02, 2020

Work Force Development

WORK FORCE DEVELOPMENT UPDATE 

NO COST BUSINESS CONSULTING, WEBINARS AND ADVOCACY.

Economic Development Collaborative’s Small Business Development Center in Solvang provides expert business consulting at no cost. Business consultants can assist with any area of business need including business resiliency and recovery, business model pivots and e-commerce training. Free weekly business webinars are given in Spanish and English. For more information visit www.edcollaborative.com.

 

REOPEN YOUR BUSINESS

Santa Barbara County has outlined detailed information in consideration of the State of California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy www.covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy. For more information please visit www.recoverysbc.org for all reopening requirements, industry specific guidance and worksite prevention plans. For questions related to business reopening call 805-688-5575

 

NO COST BUSINESS CONSULTING

WEBINARS AND ADVOCACY

Economic Development Collaborative’s Small Business Development Centerin Solvang provides expert business consulting at no cost. Business consultants can assist with any area of business need including business resiliency and recovery, business model pivots and e-commerce training. Free weekly business webinars are given in Spanish and English. For more information visit www.edcollaborative.com.

 

Women’s Economic Ventures offers Business Recovery consulting, free webinars in English and Spanish, and a Thrive program for individualized consulting for those in business longer than one year. For more information visit www.wevonline.org.

 

SCORE/ Santa Barbara County in Solvang supports small businesses through free mentoring appointments, resilience training, educational materials, and low-cost online workshops. In addition, SCORE has an extensive online collection of e-guides, templates, checklists, blogs, videos, infographics and more, to help entrepreneurs succeed. For more information visit www.santabarbara.score.org.

 

Solvang Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to the economic health and vitality of communities in the Santa Ynez Valley. The Chamber helps businesses, residents, and visitors thrive by advocating for responsible public policy, offering networking and community-building opportunities, providing access to business development resources, and supporting visitor services across the region. For more information visit www.solvangcc.com

 

The Greater Santa Barbara Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s mission is to foster the economic vitality and prosperity of the Hispanic business community as well as the quality of life of the greater Santa Barbara area. To provide an organizational forum for the exchange of ideas, information, technical assistance, procurement opportunities, and any other form of business opportunities that enhances the Hispanic business community. For more information visit www.gsbhcc.org.

FEDERAL LOANS

Federal Low Interest Loans:

  Economic Injury Disaster Loan - The U.S. Small Business Administration offers low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of COVID19. Applicants may apply www.covid19relief.sba.gov, call 800.659.2955 or email [email protected]. Deadline to apply 12/31/20 or as funds remain available.

 

LOCAL BUSINESS LOAN

Economic Development Collaborative helps both new and existing businesses through a wide range of loan products including a Disaster Loan Fund, designed to stimulate job creation and economic growth by providing access to non-traditional funding. For more information, contact Marvin Boateng, Director of Lending 805.409.9158, [email protected].

 

Women’s Economic Ventures loan programs support entrepreneurs who are not yet ready to qualify for traditional bank or other financing. Loans currently being offered: Basic Start-up Loan, Basic Expansion Loan, & COVID-19 ReStart Loan. Contact Marni Brook, Director of Lending, [email protected] or Marta Quintero, Bilingual Loan Officer, [email protected].

 

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE

Employment Development Department:

·     Unemployment Insurance is available for those that have lost hours and wages due to the impact of COVID-19. For more information please visit www.edd.ca.gov.

·     Unemployment Insurance is available for Self Employed individuals who have lost hours and wages due to the impact of COVID-19. For more information please visit www.edd.ca.gov and search “Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.”

 

LEGAL AID

Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara County is a non-profit law firm that provides free legal assistance to Santa Barbara County residents. Our mission is to provide high-quality civil legal services to low-income and other vulnerable residents in order to ensure equal access to justice. For more information visit www.lafsbc.org.

 

SOCIAL SERVICE RESOURCES

The County of Santa Barbara provides direct links and contact information for local social services departments, community-based organizations, and services for children, seniors, LGBTQ+, persons with disabilities, and those who are unhoused or undocumented. Their comprehensive guide also includes resources for businesses and employees, mental and behavioral health aid, legal self-help, housing and utility assistance. For more information please visit www.countyofsb.org.

 

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