As are all of you, EconAlliance is concerned about the health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 virus. Our thoughts are with those individuals, families, employees and employers facing these impacts most directly. Our gratitude and appreciation are sent to first responders, frontline healthcare workers, and all those in the healthcare sector supporting our communities and the most vulnerable in this unprecedented time. We also thank all the other industries and industry workers who are not able to work from home, but are carrying on to support all of us during this challenge – the grocery, farm, energy, utility, trucking, manufacturing, financial and other sectors/workers trying to maintain a normal schedule of production and/or delivery. Kudos also to all those trying to keep the information flowing to our industries, workers and communities: government agencies, Chambers of Commerce, community organizations. Your support is critical to the well-being of all of us.

Santa Barbara County Re-Opening Information listed first, followed by general COVID-19 Resources:
Santa Barbara County’s “RISE” Plan to Re-Open
“RISE” Steps to Reopening Presentation PDF File
Industry-Specific Guidance Outlines & Checklists to Re-Open
Recovery SBC Website

June 22, 2020

The SBA has re-opened its Economic Injury Disaster Loans & Advance (EIDL) program, which had previously run out of funding. Find information about how to apply for the EIDL and other COVID-19 relief programs here:

April 3, 2020

Federal CARES Act Information

Following is a list of resources that may be helpful to employers and others: 

Federal Resources 

Center for Disease Control (CDC) Updates:  


U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) low interest loans to address disaster impacts 


US Export/Import Program:  


U.S. Chamber of Commerce: 


U.S. Chamber Employer/Worker Toolkit: 


U.S. Chamber COVID Planning Guidance for Employers:  


U.S. Chamber Tips for Employees:  


State of California 

California Public Health COVID-19 page: 


Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, State agencies with relevant programs: 


California Labor and Workforce Development Agency COVID-19 page for employers and workers (Employer assistance, guidance on protecting workers, etc.) 


Disaster Relief Loan Guarantee Program and Jump Start Program ($500-$10K loans to low-wealth entrepreneurs in declared disaster and emergency areas) California Infrastructure Bank  


Frequently Asked Questions by California Small Businesses (re COVID-19) 


Santa Barbara County 

Santa Barbara Public Health Department: 


Santa Barbara County Small Business Development Center at Solvang Chamber: 

The Santa Barbara County Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is part of the Ventura County EDC-SBDC, the Los Angeles Regional Network and the U.S. Small Business Administration. Programs of the Santa Barbara County SBDC are coordinated by the Solvang Chamber of Commerce (805-688-0701). The Ventura and Santa Barbara County SBDCs’ Disaster Business Toolkit: 


Santa Barbara County Workforce Development Board COVID-19 Business Resource Guide: 


Chambers of Commerce – Northern Santa Barbara County: 



County Health Department updates