The City of Carpinteria recognizes that many local businesses and their employees are struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic. In an effort to support our local businesses, the City will disseminate new and relevant information as it becomes available. Please note that these updates are not comprehensive but are intended to provide useful tools for those in need. 

•    Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, Assemblymember Monique Limon, and Congressman Salud Carbajal will hold a Support for Small Businesses teleconference town hall on Wednesday, April 1 at 5:30 p.m. to learn about the financial and technical assistance available to businesses affected by COVID-19. To listen, call toll free (877) 226-8216 and use access code 36403080. To listen to the recording of a tele-conference town hall on worker protections, visit https://sd19.senate.ca.gov/sites/sd19.senate.ca.gov/files/audio/call.mp3

•    The $2 trillion COVID-19 Stimulus Bill approved by the federal government last week contains $350 billion in funding to help small businesses avoid layoffs. New funding will bolster the Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program, which officials say will begin connecting small business owners to new funds as early as this Friday. US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced last weekend that small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic that retain their employees will be eligible to have their SBA loans forgiven by the federal government. He added that SBA loans can be secured through any FDIC bank, credit union or FinTech lender. See details at https://covid19relief.sba.gov/#/