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Helping Handbook
Comprehensive guide for individuals and small businesses affected by the Fall 2018 fires in northern and southern California.
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SBA Disaster Loans & Advice
Were you impacted by the Woolsey or Hill fires? Low-interest, long term disaster loans are now available. Read more and follow the steps to apply.
The SBA announced the opening of a Business Recovery Center in Camarillo to provide a wide range of services to businesses impacted by the wildfires that began Nov. 8, 2018. The center will open at 9 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 16. SBA customer service representatives and Small Business Development Center business advisors will be available to meet individually with each business owner. No appointment is necessary. All services are provided free of charge.

SBA Business Recovery Center
Ventura County Community Foundation Building
Economic Development Collaborative (EDC)
4001 Mission Oaks Blvd., Suite B
Camarillo, CA  93012
Opens 9 a.m. Friday, November 16
Hours: Mondays thru Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Closed: Thursday, November 22 for Thanksgiving

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 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.

How to Apply
Step 1: Register with FEMA online here.
Step 2: Apply online using SBA’s secure website.
The deadline to apply for property damage is January 11, 2019.
The deadline to apply for economic injury is August 12, 2019.

WEV Financing 
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.
WEV Business Loans
If your business could benefit from additional capital, contact WEV's Director of Lending, Marni Brook, to discuss the process by email or at (805) 232-3083.

Other Resources Available
The County of Ventura is making rental assistance and other help available to eligible local residents who cannot return to their homes due to the impact of the wildfires in Ventura County.

Please leave a detailed message 24/7 at (805) 385-8585. Calls will be returned. Program representatives are available Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

Or, email a detailed message to HSA.help@ventura.org including:

  • Name 
  • Phone number
  • Number of people in your household 
  • Address of residence prior to wildfires 
  • Description of need for assistance
​​​​​​​​​​​​​​For further information, visit www.vchsa.org/help
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.

To find a WEV business near you, check out our Client Directory. 
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