Local Businesses Look to Remain Open with Support from Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV)

Santa Barbara, CA — Just as the Thomas Fire, Montecito Debris Flow and Hill/Woolsey Fires pushed  Santa Barbara and Ventura county small businesses to the brink of collapse, the COVID-19 pandemic is significantly affecting the economic vitality these businesses bring to the community.  Local non-profit Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV,www.wevonline.org) primarily serves micro-businesses, defined as those with fewer than five employees and less than $1 million in annual revenues, by providing business training, coaching, and loans to more than 300 local business owners each year.

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SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to California Small Businesses Economically Impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

For more information about available SBA resources and services, please visit: SBA.gov/coronavirus.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to California small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), SBAAdministrator Jovita Carranza announced today. SBA acted under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by the President, to declare a disaster following a request received from Gov. Gavin Newsom’s designated representative, Director Mark S. Ghilarducci of the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services on March 13, 2020.

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City and County Encourage Businesses to Prepare for Emergencies

This month the City of Goleta and the County of Santa Barbara are asking you to help your co-workers and employees be safe while they’re at work in Goleta by encouraging them to sign up for emergency notifications. Most of us use cell phones to communicate, interact and get our news in a timely way.  This is a great resource for emergency personnel when they need to alert the community about emergencies and disasters.

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FLIR Systems Puts Down More Roots in Goleta

A HELICOPTER HOVERED high above a suburban Boston backyard, where the homeowner swore someone was hiding in his tarp-covered boat parked by the garage.

After he alerted police, an aircraft was brought in with an infrared camera mounted to its underside.

From heat-detecting images, authorities determined there was indeed a person inside the boat, and that he was armed, alone and injured.

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Ribbon-cutting to Mark Opening of Discovery Storage Center

Main office is site of exhibit honoring creators of Lunar Roving Vehicle

Discovery Storage Center will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new state-of-the-art storage facility center, 6640 Discovery Drive, Goleta. The Goleta Chamber of Commerce will facilitate the event at 1 p.m. Friday, March 10.

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Santa Barbara Foundation’s Jan Campbell Joins Goleta Chamber of Commerce Board

Foundation seeks to build philanthropic capital throughout Santa Barbara County

From left, Goleta Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Kristen Miller, with new board members Janet Garufis of Montecito Bank & Trust, Jan Campbell of the Santa Barbara Foundation, Michael McDonald of Zizzo’s Coffee and Alex Bauer of Sansum Clinic, with Goleta chamber board chairwoman Hallie Avolio, at right.

From left, Goleta Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Kristen Miller, with new board members Janet Garufis of Montecito Bank & Trust, Jan Campbell of the Santa Barbara Foundation, Michael McDonald of Zizzo’s Coffee and Alex Bauer of Sansum Clinic, with Goleta chamber board chairwoman Hallie Avolio, at right. (Bill Macfadyen / Noozhawk photo)

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Rebirth at Fairview Gardens

An urban farm cultivates a sustainable model while harvesting a new community engagement

By Gina Potthoff, Noozhawk.com

A visit to Fairview Gardens in Goleta isn’t complete without a taste of something growing in the rows of the urban farm — a proud staple of any Mark Tollefson-guided tour.

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