Additional Resources for Employers and Employees

CA Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development COVID-19 Business Resources

The California’s Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development has released information on their website for employees and employers impacted by COVID-19. Visit their website for more information.

Labor & Workforce Development Agency (LWDA) Guidance for Employers and Workers

The LWDA has a guidance to make it easier and spread awareness through this centralized source of information on the LWDA website to help determine what is best for the businesses, their employees, and their family.

California Employment Development Department (EDD) COVID-19 Online Resources

The State of California EDD provides a variety of support services affected by COVID-19 in California.  The EDD website offers many services online for businesses and employees.

SBA COVID-19 Business Guide

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has released a comprehensive guide to help businesses plan and respond to the current COVID-19 threat. Visit the SBA website for more information.

CDC COVID-19 Business Guide

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have created an interim guide based on what is currently known about the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). For access to the full guide and more information, please visit the CDC website.

U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has information to help employers address the coronavirus pandemic.

America’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

America’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network’s website is jam-packed with information and resources and they also have a booklet of business resources. SBDC represents America’s nationwide network of Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) – the most comprehensive small business assistance network in the United States and its territories.

SBDCs are hosted by leading universities, colleges, state economic development agencies and private partners, and funded in part by the United States Congress through a partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Additional SBDC resources available are:


SCORE Santa Barbara County is a federally funded arm of the Small Business Association created to mentor entrepreneurs, small businesses and create new jobs in our community. SCORE offers free business mentorship, workshops and interactive sessions to entrepreneurs and small businesses in Santa Barbara County. Areas of expertise includes marketing, sales guidance, taxes, bookkeeping, social media, digital marketing, tax help, legal support, online entrepreneurship, the start-up process, wholesale development, retail mentoring, warehousing, supply chain management, franchising and much more. SCORE mentors local businesses at no cost.  To learn more about SCORE, request  mentor, or volunteer to be a mentor please visit the SCORE website at or our national website

Local Chambers of Commerce

Stay connected with your local Chamber of Commerce.  Chambers of Commerce are well connected with the business community and legislative and they all are collecting additional resources to assist businesses.    You can also subscribe to their newsletter for free to stay up-to-date on local information.

Buellton Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau,, 805.688.7829

Carpinteria Valley Chamber of Commerce,, 805.684.5479

Goleta Chamber of Commerce,, 805.967.2500

Lompoc Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau,, 805.736.4567

Los Olivos Chamber of Commerce,, 805.688.9049

Santa Barbara Chamber of Commerce,, 805.965.3023

Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce,, 805.925.2403

Solvang Chamber of Commerce,, 805.688.0701

Open for Business

Businesses that are open during the Stay-at-Home orders, can reach out to the following to try to include their business with the list of those publicized:

Recorded COVID-19 Related Webinars

  • March 17, 2020 10 AM Funding Updates for California Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19 webinar.  At Small Business Majority wants to provide help, resources and actions that business owners and entrepreneurs can be taking to handle the impact of COVID-19 on their business. Click here for presentation slides or for recorded webinar.
  • March 17 2020 4 PM “Understanding the SBA Disaster Loan Program” webinar.  California Association for Micro Enterprise Opportunity (CAMEO) Network has several resources posted on their website plus slides from their webinar.

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)

As part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program helps unemployed Californians who are business owners, self-employed, independent contractors, have limited work history, and others not usually eligible for regular state Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits who are out of business or services are significantly reduced as a direct result of the pandemic. The provisions of the program once operational include:

  • Up to 39 weeks of benefits starting with weeks of unemployment beginning February 2, 2020, through the week ending December 31, 2020, depending on when you became directly impacted by the pandemic.
  • An additional $600 to each PUA weekly benefit amount you may be eligible to receive, as part of the separate CARES Act Pandemic Additional Compensation program. Only the weeks of a claim between March 29 and July 31 are eligible for the extra $600 payments.

As of April 16, the website now indicates the EDD will be accepting online applications for this program on Tuesday, April 28.  The EDD PUA website will be updated with instructions for filing a claim for PUA benefits when details become available.

Santa Barbara County Labor Market (unemployment) Data

On Friday, April 17 2020 the County released the Santa Barbara County Labor Market Data received from the State.  This report reflects the workforce numbers from March which is when we started to see the COVID-19 impact.  To read the report, click on 2020 March SBC Labor Market Data.


California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has extended all driver licenses that expire between March and May 2020.  Click here for more detailed information.

Contact Office of Emergency Management

4408 Cathedral Oaks Rd., Santa Barbara, CA 93110
Phone: 805-681-5526