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.
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 CAReliefGrant.com 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.
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.
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!
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
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
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.
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.