Small Business, Innovation & Entrepreneurship


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Small Business, Innovation & Entrepreneurship

The California Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA) helps support economic growth and innovation by working to ensure that California’s small businesses and innovative startups have the information, tools and resources they need to start, manage and grow their businesses successfully and be resilient.

We recognize that California small businesses are critical drivers of economic growth and mobility – creating jobs, building wealth, innovating to solve global problems and define future growth industries, and defining main streets across our local communities. The SB Advocate serves to elevate their voices in state government and to advocate on their behalf to help ensure all aspiring and current small business owners and entrepreneurs are provided with the opportunity to access capital, access markets, and connect to the networks and resources they need to succeed.

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How We Can Help

The Office of the Small Business Advocate (SB Advocate) supports California’s small businesses and entrepreneurs with the information, tools and resources they need to plan, launch, manage and grow their businesses successfully.

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California Small Business Covid-19 Relief Grant Program

The California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program provides micro grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 to eligible small businesses and nonprofits impacted by COVID-19 and the related health and safety restrictions. Visit for program and application guides and to connect with a local partner.

On November 30, 2020, Governor Newsom and the State Legislature announced the allocation of $500 million to the Program to be administered by the California Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA) at the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. Lendistry has been designated by the state to act as the intermediary for the Program to disburse the grant funds.

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Programs and Initiatives

We support and manage several statewide programs to help California small businesses and entrepreneurs thrive, and to strengthen the ecosystems that support them. Learn more about our programs and initiatives.

Get Digital CA! is an e-commerce initiative to promote accelerators and intensive trainings to build the skills necessary to compete in an online marketplace.
#ShopSafeShopLocal is offering free or discounted resources to get digital, find e-commerce tools, learn more about industry guidance, locate small business centers near you for free business consulting, and access PPE!

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Help Us Advance Entrepreneurship

GO-Biz and the SB Advocate launched the inaugural Entrepreneurship Task Force to serve as a working group to share ideas and solutions to propel California’s next generation of innovative entrepreneurs and small and medium businesses, and to ensure all California startups and established firms have access to the resources to grow or scale.

We welcome you to share your experiences and get involved!

Cocineros was a great class, I learned a lot about talking to agencies you’re not normally directed to like the health department. I also learned what other businesses needed and what a lot of their concerns were before I started my food truck park. It was awesome to get the right help at the right time when business started up. I am blessed to have met such amazing individuals help me in my business endeavors.

Eric Becerril, Founder, Coachella Food Truck Park, Coachella, CA.| Coachella Valley SBDC Client

The OC MADE program helped me get the necessary insurance and all the permitting I needed to be a vendor at the OC Market Place. The SBDC helped me quadruple my sales and was the biggest driving force to the success that I’ve had…just continuing to do things the way that I was prior to working with the SBDC, I definitely don’t think I would be as successful as I am now.

Jamie Green, Owner of Jamie Cakes Cupcakery and Confections, Anaheim, CA | Orange County SBDC Irvine Client