Small Business, Innovation & Entrepreneurship
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.
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.
California Small Business Covid-19 Relief Grant Program
On 2/23, Governor Newsom signed Legislation to provide an additional $2.075B for competitive grants up to $25,000 for eligible small businesses – a four-fold increase to the original $500 million grant program. This new allocation includes a special program allotment of $50M for non-profit cultural institutions. CalOSBA is working diligently to roll out this new funding as soon as possible over the next few weeks. Visit CAReliefGrant.com for more eligibility, criteria, and updates
The California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program provides competitive 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. The initial $500 million program was delivered in two rounds. Round 2 applications closed on February 8, 2021, and selection notifications were emailed February 11, 2021 through February 18, 2021 and funds are disbursed over a 45-day verification period. Waitlist notifications were emailed starting February 22, 2021.
Waitlisted applicants are preliminarily determined to meet the eligibility requirements for the grant and are in line for potential selection in future rounds assuming further eligibility validation. Please visit CAReliefGrant.com for updates.
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!
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