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Webinar for Shuttered Venue Operators Grant on Thursday, January 14, 2021
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, January 14, at 12 p.m. PDT, 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.  

Register today

National Small Business Week (Sept. 22-21, 2020): National Small Business Week, the U.S. Small Business Administration and cosponsors will host virtual events September 22-24, 2020. Details and registration information will be posted on

“Get Digital CA!” Program to Help Small Businesses

The California Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA), operating within the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), today announced the “Grow with Google” workshop series, which will launch September 22 and is designed to help California small businesses grow their digital footprints. A partnership with Google, as well as California’s network of small business centers. Workshops start at 10 a.m. PT:

  • 09/22/2020: Get Your Local Business on Google Search and Maps: Learn about Google My Business – A free tool for local businesses who want to connect with customers on Google Search and Maps. Get hands-on help creating or updating your business profile or a simple website.
  • 09/24/2020: Ponga su negocio local en Google Search y Maps – Explore Google My Business, una herramienta gratuita para empresas que desean conectarse con clientes en Google Search y Maps.
  • 09/30/2020: Make Your Website Work for You – In this presentation, learners will discover how to create a search-friendly website that drives user action and supports their goals. Whether launching a new website or sprucing up an old one, this workshop will help.
  • 10/07/2020: Use YouTube to Grow Your Business – Get best practices for creating a YouTube Channel and compelling video content that promotes your products and services and drives engagement with your brand.

Register for the “Grow with Google” workshops here

Amazon Launches Virtual Conference for Small Businesses

September 1-3, 2020
Register at

CARE Act Main Street Lending Program

Join the US Department of Commerce, the Federal Reserve, and the Small Business Administration for an update on the new Main Street Lending Program.  This program will provide credit support to eligible small and medium-sized businesses that are integral to the U.S. economy and create jobs for a large share of the U.S. workforce, particularly in the construction, design and infrastructure sectors.

Wednesday, Aug. 26 at 11 a.m. PDT
Registration is free- You must register to join the call.
To register: 

California Competes Tax Credit 

Informational webinars about CA tax credits for businesses. California is offering over $80 million in tax credits to businesses who apply for the program. The next California Competes Tax Credit (CCTC) application period starts Monday, July 27, 2020, with $80 million in available tax credits.  Businesses interested in applying can register to view a live webinar explaining the application process.

The deadline to submit applications is Monday, August 17, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. The online application can be accessed at

Jumpstart Your Business Operations: Two Part Webinar hosted by CA State Treasurer, Fiona Ma

These webinars were hosted in June 2020, but you can watch the replay here.  

East Bay Economic Development Alliance 2020 Speaker Series: Restaurant Relaunch
Original broadcast 6/23/2020

Jay Coldren and Alex Barrow from Streetsense delivered an engaging presentation and Q & A session on restaurant and bar reopening during COVID-19. The event provided a platform to learn more about industry best practices and challenges during these times. Visit Streetsense to download a copy of the Pandemic Relaunch Toolkit. 

Restaurant Re-opening Webinar
Original broadcast 6/17/2020

Silicon Valley’s Small Business Development Center brings you their perspectives on how restaurants can comply with, adapt to, & improve under the new requirements. Staff from both San Mateo & Santa Clara counties will answer your questions about local regulations.

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