Small Businesses

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In addition to the programs listed below, more resources may be found at:

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Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness

Eligibility: Small business borrowers that received a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan of $50,000 or less.  

Important Dates: Within 10 months after the last day of the covered period.

Description: Simple loan forgiveness application for PPP loans of $50,000 or less that streamlines the PPP forgiveness process to provide financial and administrative relief to America’s smallest businesses. Answers to FAQs are found here.  If borrowers do not apply for forgiveness within 10 months after the last day of the covered period, then then PPP loans will become permanent and businesses will be responsible for payments and interest.

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) Program

Eligibility:  Entities with revenue loss between April 2020 through December 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic including: live venue operators or promoters, theatrical producers, live performing arts organizations, relevant museum operators, zoos and aquariums who meet specific criteria, motion picture theater operators, talent representatives, and eligible business entities.

Important Dates: Application portal available now; program available until further notice

Description: The Shuttered Venue Operators (SVO) Grant Program was established by the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act, signed into law on December 27, 2020. The program includes $15 billion in grants to shuttered venues, to be administered by the SBA's Office Disaster Assistance. Eligible applicants may qualify for SVO Grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue, with the maximum amount available for a single grant award of $10 million. $2 billion is reserved for eligible applicants with up to 50 full-time employees. Potential applicants may get registered in the federal government’s System for Award Management (, the required for an entity to receive an SVOG, and reference preliminary application checklist and eligibility requirements.

COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)

Eligibility:  Small business owners and qualified agricultural businesses, agricultural businesses with 500 or fewer employees. Agricultural businesses include those businesses engaged in the production of food and fiber, ranching, raising of livestock, aquaculture, and all other farming and agricultural related industries.

Important Dates: Ongoing

Description: SBA is currently accepting COVID-19 EIDL applications from qualified small businesses, including agricultural businesses, and private nonprofit organizations. An EIDL is a low-interest loan due to COVID-19 with the following terms: 3.75% for businesses (fixed), 2.75% for nonprofits (fixed), 30 years, and no pre-payment penalty or fees.

California Competes Tax Credit (CCTC)

Eligibility: Businesses of any industry, size, or location that want to locate in California or stay and grow in California.

Important Dates:  January 3 - 24, 2022 and March 7 - 28, 2022

Description: The California Competes Tax Credit (CCTC) is an income tax credit available to businesses that want to locate in California or stay and grow in California. Businesses of any industry, size, or location compete for over $180 million available in tax credits by applying in one of the three application periods: July 26, 2021, through August 16, 2021 ($150 million available), January 3, 2022, through January 24, 2022 ($140 million available), March 7, 2022, through March 28, 2022 ($104.7 million plus any remaining unallocated amounts from the previous application periods). Applicants will be analyzed based on twelve different factors of evaluation, including number of full-time jobs being created, amount of investment, and strategic importance to the state or region. Find information on CalCompetes onlineSee the notice here. See examples of what past businesses have requested and been awarded here. Subscribe for CalCompetes updates and GO-Biz updates to stay in tune with the latest information.

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FREE Landscaper Contractor Training Program 

Eligibility: Licensed Landscape Contractors

Important Dates: Registration Open 

Description: FREE Online Contractor Training Program for landscape contractors offered by Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD). Registration is now open for the on-demand training, which teaches contractors about customer incentive programs and introduces technical skills that could help businesses grow. Topics covered in the training include an overview of EMWD’s upcoming Outdoor Water Use Efficiency Program for residents, including: incentives and rebates, customer service tips, irrigation equipment, water management tools, planting and maintenance, and landscape design. Contractors may finish the lessons at their own pace and as their schedules allow with coursework materials provided by EMWD for free that include online instruction, homework, quizzes and a final exam. Licensed landscapers who successfully complete the training may be on the Landscapes for Living website.

Temporary Expanded Dining/Retail Program (TED)

Eligibility: For specific eligibility requirements, please call the City of Temecula at 951-694-6400 and ask to speak to the Planner of the Day

Important Dates: Application available now; program available until further notice

Description: To support businesses negatively impacted by COVID-19, the City of Temecula is offering temporary expansions to assist restaurants and retail establishments during these trying times. The Temporary Expanded Dining/Retail program (TED) opportunity is  for businesses to have additional flexibility: Temporary Use Permit (TUP) (COVID-19) Special Event Permit (COVID-19) Public Right-of-Way Temporary Expansion for Old Town Temecula. Application and additional information can be found online at

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Farmers and Ranchers

Visit the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) website for California offices that can help with USDA assistance.

U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Assistance includes Economic Injury Disaster Loan and Advance, now open to offering agricultural businesses low-interest, long-term loans, also available in Spanish.

Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) offers financial and technical assistance for small business, labor and workforce support for business and employees, information about business tax extensions and more.

California State Treasurer offers small businesses contact information for federal, state and local program resources and tax relief.

California Infrastructure Economic Development Bank (IBank) offers a Small Business Disaster Relief Load Guarantee Program and other resources.

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