Disaster Recovery Resources
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Small Business Recovery Workshops
supporting the vitality of small businesses in our community
If your business was directly (physical damage) or indirectly (financial losses) affected by the Thomas fire or mudslides, come learn about local resources available, including free consulting, business courses, emergency loans, and long-term low-interest loans. 

Representatives from Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV), EDC-VC (Economic Development Collaborative of Ventura County), and the SBA (U.S. Small Business Administration) will be presenting.

For more information, contact (805) 965-6073 or email info@wevonline.org


2/8, 2/15, and 2/22 
6:30pm - English workshop
7:15pm - Spanish workshop
WEV Office, 290 Maple Court, Suite 256
​​​​​ Ventura, CA 93003

Financial Center building, parking available in lot
Santa Barbara

2/13, 2/20, and 2/27
6:00pm - English workshop
WEV Office, 333 S. Salinas Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93103

Parking available on street or in lot behind building off Lou Dillon Drive
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.
The deadline to return economic injury applications is Oct. 15, 2018.
WEV Financing 
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.
Printable Resource Packet
Get more information on the resources described on this webpage and details about how to access them.
Topical Resources

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.
Unemployment Benefits
If you—as a self-employed person—or any of your employees has lost work, immediately file or advise your workers to file for unemployment insurance. Be sure to indicate the first date of lost work and clearly state that the fire is the cause for the loss. Click for information on how or where to file for unemployment insurance.
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.
Additional Resources

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.
City of Ventura
Health and safety information updates in the wake of the fire and resources for locals including information about the recently opened Local Assistance Center (LAC) and Ventura County Recovers
County of Santa Barbara
Stay up to date with the latest information from SB county officials on health and safety in the wake of the fire and check in for links to resources for recovery as they become available. 
Aware and Prepare
Sign up for alerts and get information on how to prepare for potential evacuations through this Santa Barbara County initiative.
Ready Ventura County
Get updated information from Ventura County officials on the status of the fire, evacuation orders, and community announcements. Learn how to prepare and plan for potential evacuations.
Santa Barbara Foundation
Provides links to information on of the fire and lists the Santa Barbara County Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (SBC VOAD).

Relief for Nonprofits
VCCF's Sudden and Urgent Needs (SUN) Fund is receiving donations and accepting applications from Ventura-based nonprofits for grants of up to $5,000 to help avoid the loss of critical safety net services. Donate or Apply Here.
Spanish Language Resources
For Spanish speakers, or community members that work with the Spanish speaking population, MICOP and CAUSE are a few community organizations in need of volunteers or donations, and/ or to provide Spanish language support in SB and VTA counties. For WEV’s Thomas Fire Recovery page in Spanish, Click Here.
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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