Learn about New Grant Program for Live Venues, Cultural Institutions & Related Industries, and More

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Webinar: Shuttered Venue Operators Grant

Are you a theatrical producer, talent representative, venue promoter or do you operate a live venue, live performing arts organization, movie house or cultural institution and have been impacted by COVID-19?

Register for SBA’s webinar on Thursday, Jan. 14, at 12 p.m. PT, for a preliminary overview of the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program included in the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act.

Eligible organizations with a reduction in revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic will have the opportunity to receive up to a $10 million grant under the program.

This webinar will provide introductory information about the grants, who can apply, how potential organizations can prepare, and additional details re: eligibility and applications.

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Join the ASCENT

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That moment when you realize your business needs office space--whether you're ready or not. Join the ASCENT elevate your business.


SBA has announced Ascent, an interactive digital platform packed with resources women business owners need to set, and achieve, their business goals. Ascent is designed for the “missing middle” — growth-oriented women entrepreneurs who are beyond the start-up phase and already generating revenue yet looking to grow and scale. Most learning resources for business owners focus on either start-ups or mature businesses. Ascent is here to change that!

During these challenging times, SBA’s Ascent can also help you elevate your business with research-backed tips and strategies. Within Ascent, you can examine both internal (strengths and weaknesses) and external factors (opportunities and threats) that may have arisen because of COVID-19 to help you set up a comprehensive recovery strategy. And Ascent is a resource you can turn to again and again, as your business grows and your needs change.

Join the Ascent today at Ascent.SBA.gov

Ascent was created through a joint initiative between the White House, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the U.S. Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau, and the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Bringing these agencies together provides Ascent users with unique access to a wealth of knowledge and expertise not found anywhere else.

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SBDC Federal Stimulus Updates

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Join the San Diego and Imperial Small Business Development Center for a live Federal Stimulus Updates webinar, focusing on SBA's Paycheck Protection Program. 

Thursday, January 14, 21 at 9AM PST

Recently passed legislation (Economic Aid Act) has allowed SBA to reopened the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), with new guidelines, for first time borrowers and will also be offering a second draw PPP loan soon.

This webinar will review:

  • How the new PPP works
  • What a business or nonprofit needs to do to apply
  • How the second draw PPP will work
  • and includes a Q & A session
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For an overview of new Federal Stimulus Programs, visit: https://www.sdivsbdc.org/federal-stimulus/ 

All PPP loan information is available at: www.sba.gov/PPP and www.treasury.gov/CARES.


1st Round of CA Relief Grant Applications Ends Tomorrow! 

Checkout the SBDC's Live and On Demand Webinars on How to Apply for the California Relief Grant! 

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How to Apply for the California Relief Grant!

The state announced a $500 million grant program to help small businesses and nonprofits. The program is being administered by Lendistry, a nonprofit financial institution. To help, we have on-demand webinars you can watch in your own time to learn more. You can also reach out to us for assistance with the application process!

On-demand, in English

On-demand, in Spanish - Live on Jan. 13th at 4PM PST

On-demand, in Arabic - Live on Jan. 13th at 10AM PST

The SBDC's number one tip is this grant application isn't first-come, first-served – nor a rolling approval process. You need to make sure it's in before the DEADLINE of Jan. 13 at 11:59 p.m., but make sure it's complete and accurate. 

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Small Business Training Calendar Links

The SBA and its resource partner organizations offer many workshops and training events (webinars), for entrepreneurs and small business owners, on an on-going basis. Please take a moment to review our upcoming events now, and bookmark the sites listed below for future reference. We look forward to seeing you at one or more of our future events.

SBA Calendar

SCORE San Diego

SBDC San Diego and Imperial Valley Network

San Diego & Imperial Women's Business Center

SOCAL Veterans Business Outreach Center

Procurement Technical Assistance Center


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