Fire Recovery Business Resources 

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If you are a business owner or employee of a business that has been affected by the Sonoma County Fires, check here for information about your next steps.

Affected Businesses

The EDB is actively working with partners to ensure that the community receives disaster-related benefits from the local, state and federal government. Once the information is available it will be posted on this website. Existing resources listed below include potentially available funding to help rebuild, cover payroll, tax credits and incentives, and help filing claims.  

Local Assistance Centers
 One-stop shop for people to find federal, state and local services. To best serve you, please try to register with FEMA before arriving. 
  • Santa Rosa: Press Democrat Building 427 Mendocino Avenue Santa Rosa, CA 95401. Open Daily: 9:00am – 7:00pm
  • Sonoma Valley:  Hanna Boys Center, 1700 Arnold Drive, Sonoma, CA 95476. Open Daily: 9:00am – 7:00pm
Federal AssistanceYou need to register for Disaster Assistance, which then allows you to apply for either home or business disaster assistance (or both). If you are applying for your home and business disaster assistance, you only need to complete one registration to cover both. 
Fire Recovery Guide Quick resource on steps to register and apply for federal FEMA and SBA assistance from Congressman Mike Thompson.
Disaster Assistance.Gov Register for disaster assistance and find assistance services for individuals and businesses.
Disaster Declaration for California Disaster declaration details for California fires
Individual Disaster AssistanceInformation on FEMA assistance to individuals
SBA Disaster Loan Three-step process for obtaining an SBA Business Disaster Loan for businesses and homeowners/renters to repair or replace damaged property.
Insurance
California Department of Insurance Assistance with filing claims  
Property Taxes
Sonoma County AssessorProperty tax reassessment due to misfortune or calamity
Business Taxes
IRS Tax Relief ExtensionIRS Extension for filing individual and business taxes 
Payroll Extension Extension on filing State payroll reports and taxes.
Tax Credits
Franchise Tax Board Info on deducting disaster losses  
Board of Equalization Manufacturing and R&D sales and use tax exemptions for equipment
Financing
California IBank Low interest and state-guaranteed business loans
CalCap Small business and state-guaranteed loans
Working SolutionsSmall business micro-loans
Relocation/Rebuilding
GoBiz Business Investment Services Site consultation and business incentives for relocation
Workforce Resources
Sonoma County Job Link
  • Business owners and managers can coordinate unemployment services 
  • Job matching for dislocated workers, workshops, and more.

Disaster Unemployment Benefits 

Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) is a federal program that provides financial assistance and employment services to jobless workers and the self-employed when they are unemployed as a direct result of a major natural disaster.

Employees of Affected Businesses

 Employee Resources
Disaster Unemployment Benefits Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) is a federal program that provides financial assistance and employment services to jobless workers and the self-employed when they are unemployed as a direct result of a major natural disaster.
Sonoma County Job Link
  • Apply for unemployment benefits and COBRA coverage
  • Looking for new job opportunities with other local employers 
Local Assistance Centers
 One-stop shop for people to find federal, state and local services. To best serve you, please try to register with FEMA before arriving. 
  • Santa Rosa: Press Democrat Building 427 Mendocino Avenue Santa Rosa, CA 95401. Open Daily: 9:00am – 7:00pm
  • Sonoma Valley:  Hanna Boys Center, 1700 Arnold Drive, Sonoma, CA 95476. Open Daily: 9:00am – 7:00pm
Federal Assistance
Individual Disaster AssistanceInformation on FEMA assistance to individuals
Property Taxes
Sonoma County AssessorProperty tax reassessment due to misfortune or calamity

Contact Information

Ethan Brown

Business Retention and Expansion Program Manager

Economic Development Board
Contact us by Phone
Address
141 Stony Circle, Suite 110
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
 

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