Programs and Initiatives

The Small Business, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Office administers programs and initiatives that promote an inclusive economy and California for ALL. We strive to promote California small businesses and recognize that every small business needs a team and these programs will give many owners and founders a connection to resources and tools they need to launch, grow, and successfully operate their companies.

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California Small Business Covid-19 Relief Grant Program

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.   On 2/23, Governor Newsom signed legislation to provide an additional $2.075 billion for competitive grants to 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. Visit  for more eligibility, criteria, and updates.

  • The initial $500 million competitive grant program was delivered in two rounds serving over 40,000 small businesses. With this new $2.075 billion allocation, four additional rounds will be conducted by CalOSBA’s selected intermediary, Lendistry as follows:
  • Round 3 (waitlisted from rounds 1 and 2): Friday, March 5th through Thursday, March 11th, 2021
    • Eligible applicants: This is a closed round and only available to eligible applicants who were waitlisted in rounds 1 and 2 – only existing applicants will be selected. If you were waitlisted, you do not need to reapply. New applications will not be accepted in this round.
    • Eligible grant award: $5,000 to $25,000
    • Details: This is a closed funding round; no new applications will be accepted
  • Round 4 (nonprofit cultural institutions only): Tuesday, March 16th through Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021
    • Eligible applicants: Only nonprofit cultural institutions with any revenue size that meet eligibility criteria found at com
    • Eligible grant award: $5,000 – $25,000
    • Details: Eligible nonprofit cultural institutions must complete a new application even if they already applied in Rounds 1 and 2; grants will only be available to nonprofits that did not receive funding in Rounds 1, 2 or 3; grants will be prioritized based on the documented percentage revenue declines based on a reporting period comparing Q2 and Q3 of 2020 versus Q2 and Q3 of 2019  
  • Round 5: Thursday, March 25th through Wednesday, March 31st
    • Eligible applicants: current waitlisted small businesses and nonprofits not selected in Rounds 1, 2, or 3 and new applicants that meet eligibility criteria found at com
    • Eligible grant award: $5,000 – $25,000
    • Details: Applicants not selected to receive a grant in Rounds 1, 2, & 3 do not need to reapply as they will be automatically moved into Round 5. New applicants will need to apply at com
  • Round 6: Date to be announced soon
    • Eligible applicants: current waitlisted small businesses and/or nonprofits not selected in Rounds 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 and new applicants that meet eligibility criteria found at com
    • Eligible grant award: $5,000 – $25,000
    • Details: Applicants not selected to receive a grant in Rounds 1, 2, 3 & 5 do not need to re-apply and will be automatically moved into Round 6. New applicants will need to apply at com

Additional information can be found at CAReliefGrant.com

Get Digital CA

Get Digital CA!

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 and drive Californians to support small businesses through online shopping festivals to increase their revenues and resilience.

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#ShopSafeShopLocal

Calling ALL Californians: #ShopSafeShopLocal offers 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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Small Business and Entrepreneurship Assistance Center Funding Opportunities

The California Technical Assistance Expansion Program and Capital Infusion Program grants are available to small business assistance centers to expand services, such as no-cost one-on-one consulting and free or low-cost training workshops for small businesses.  The grant programs are designed to ensure that all California small businesses and entrepreneurs can access the resources and networks they need to succeed and have a special focus on under-resourced communities including people of color, women, veterans and communities that are low-income, rural or disaster impacted. California provides funding to statewide networks of federally designated and funded small business technical assistance providers. 

Innovation Hub (iHub) Program

Innovation Hub (iHub) Program

The iHub program improves the state’s national and global competitiveness by stimulating partnerships, economic development, and job creation around specific research clusters throughout the state.  iHubs are operated through a cooperative agreement between GO-Biz and geographically distinct regions within California.  Each iHub represents an independent partnership between local government entities, public universities, research institutions, venture capitalist networks, and economic development organizations.  Businesses and potential investors can utilize these regionally-based iHubs to gain greater access to funding opportunities, technology transfers, research relationships, incubator space, and the local workforce.

California Made Program

California Made Program

CA Made is California’s labeling program for manufactured goods. The program is designed to encourage consumer product awareness and promote the purchase of products manufactured in California. Click here to learn more about the benefits, about our partnership with California Manufacturing Technology Consulting, and how you can apply to brand your products with the CA Made label.

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Workforce Development

OSBA collaborates with key workforce development and education partners because education, skills development, and entrepreneurial acumen can help all Californians benefit from our innovative economy.  Technology-based start-ups, small businesses seeking new opportunities, and established technology or research-based businesses all require workforces with strong technical skills.  Our partners include the California Workforce Development Board, the Employment Training Panel, the California Community Colleges, and non-profit and foundation leaders. Contact us to find out more.