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SBDC director, Kelly Bearden discusses provisions for small businesses in the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan signed last week. He also reviews a new state employer resource portal for COVID-19 industry specific guidance, plus updates on PPP. Other topics include the new City of Bakersfield ReStart Loan-to-Grant Program, updates on the California Relief Grant program, Employee Retention Tax Credit extension, & SBA guidance on the Shuttered Venues Operator Grant program. Topics include:

✔Next Stimulus - American Rescue Plan Act

✔California employer resource portal

✔Paycheck Protection Program updates

✔Targeted EIDL Advance

✔Employee Retention Tax Credit extension

✔New City of Bakersfield ReStart Loan-to-Grant Program

✔California Relief Grant Program update

✔SBA Shuttered Venue Operator Grant program update

✔COVID-19 vaccine locations

This is the 53rd in a weekly “Webinar Wednesday” series that provides pandemic relief updates on available federal, state, and local funding options, tax credit programs, employee programs, and other opportunities for employers and business owners. The SBDC is open for free one-on-one consulting to help small business owners. New and existing businesses can sign up for assistance by clicking here.


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Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration and a Grant with the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. All opinions, conclusions, and/or recommendations expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA or the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact the California SBDC closest to you.