Santa Barbara County’s vibrant business community is vital to the strength of our community. The economic impact already felt by the entire business community, especially those who work in small business, tourism and hospitality does not go unnoticed.
Santa Barbara Foundation is listening and supporting the social sector through our many partnerships during this period of increased demand for services.
The Santa Barbara Foundation’s initial funding priorities are: individual financial need, meeting increased service demand in the social sector and operational and business continuity for organizations to carry out their ongoing missions.
We encourage all of our friends and neighbors to closely monitor updates and review important health and safety resources from the following government agencies:
Additional Resources by Region:
Learn about the Microbusiness COVID-19 Relief Grant Program a partnership made possible by the County of Santa Barbara, California Office of the Small Business Advocate, and the Santa Barbara Foundation. Learn More.
Below are resources intended to provide businesses with additional information regarding assistance and news related to the developing needs of the business community. We will be updating this section as we become aware of additional opportunities for assistance.
Economic Development Collaborative: Regional resources for business consulting, funding and strategic initiatives within the regional economy
Service Core of Retired Executives (SCORE): Business mentorship, webinars, online resources
United Way: For Employees – Financial Hardships
Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV): Financial loan support to businesses experiencing economic hardship
Small Business Finance Center (SBFC): loan guarantee programs is designed for Disaster Relief
Labor and Workforce Development Agency (LWDA): Information for workers and employers regarding safety, workforce guidance and benefits
Economic Development Collaborative: Business resource guides, no cost business consulting and business financing information
America’s Small Business Development Center: COVID-19 Small Business Resources
Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation: Support and financial assistance opportunities for those in the food service industry
Small Business Administration (SBA)
U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Coronavirus Small Business Guide
U.S. Small Business Administration
Small Business Loans/PPP
Local Banks Assisting with the Paycheck Protection Program:
California Rebuilding Fund
Disaster Relief Loan Guarantees through IBank
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
National Council on Nonprofits:
Committee on Small Businesses: The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, CARES Act for Small Businesses
Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV): COVID-19 Message
HRxpress: Local HR Resources by Kerry McCoy & Team
CA Labor and Workforce Development Agency: Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Resources for Employers and Workers
Unemployment Insurance: How to File a New claim
Restaurant Opportunities Centers United: Resources and Financial Assistance to Restaurant Workers Impacted by COVID-19