WEV Quick Response Loans If your business has been impacted by reduced sales or lost inventory due to the Thomas Fire, and could benefit from a cash flow boost of up to $10,000, contact WEV’s Loan Officers, Liseth Gonzalez or Jaime Marks by Email or at or (805) 232-3087 to discuss the process. Our goal is to have a decision to you within 24 hours of a completed application.
Current WEV Loan Client Relief Any current WEV loan clients who have been affected by the fire and need to discuss restructuring loan payments, please contact us ASAP to get the process started.
SBA Disaster Loans
Low-interest, long term disaster loans are now available. Read more and follow the steps to apply.
The Small Business Administration announced that low-interest, long-term disaster loans are now available to California businesses and residents affected by wildfires, flooding, mudflows, and debris flows. This includes Economic Injury Disaster loans for businesses that may or may not have sustained any damage, but have experienced a downturn in business because of the disaster (i.e. if your business was closed, lost orders due to canceled events, reduced sales, layoff of employees, inventory losses such as expired food for a restaurant, etc).
For additional information reference our Printable Resource Packet, visit the SBA website, call SBA at (800) 659-2955 or by email. Individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing may call (800) 877-8339.
Note: SBA recommends that businesses first file their insurance claims and register with FEMA online, but don’t wait for your insurance and FEMA to settle before applying for SBA assistance! SBA may be able to get your money to you sooner than your insurance, and we will work with FEMA and your insurance to make certain that no double-payments occur.
EDC-VC Consultations The Small Business Development Center has a team of Business Advisors immediately available to advise businesses in these challenging times, Services are free of charge and cover financial, accounting, marketing, strategic recovery planning and other post-disaster challenges. For more information, contact Alondra Gaytan at 805-409-9159 or by Email.
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. The Department website offers guides on key insurance items, including Top Ten Tips for Wildfire Claimants and Don’t Get Burned After a Disaster.
Here is a list of hints from the Santa Barbara Chamber of Commerce about Business Interruption Insurance.
Thomas Fire Help Compilation of resources - whether you're looking for assistance with recovery or for ways to help - this site is a great guide.
State Business Resource Guide Provides information on resources available to you through the state of California, including tax relief (both State and Federal), business loans, free business advising and insurance assistance.
VC Human Services Agency Compilation of resources for locals affected by the fires, broken down into helpful categories.
Think Local First The loss that many in our local community have faced is more than we can conceive. In addition to time spent in evacuation and homes lost, local business owners are facing losses from closures and decreased clients and sales related to the recent disasters. Aside from donating time or money to the relief effort, WEV encourages you to think local first when making purchases, to help local businesses recover.