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.

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. Resources listed below include potentially available funding to help rebuild, cover payroll, tax credits and incentives, and help filing claims.

Deadline for Small Business Administration Loans

If you want to apply for a Small Business Administration loan now or in the future (even if you are not filing now), you must register with FEMA by December 11, 2017.

Deadline for SBA loans pertaining to physical loss: December 11, 2017

Deadline for SBA loans pertaining to economic recovery: July 11, 2018

More Information:

Affected Businesses and Employees


  • EDB Business Recovery Guide - The EDB has compiled a comprehensive list of resources for businesses that have been affected by the fires. Print it double sided or add it to your presentations and meetings with customers affected by the fires. It highlights:
         - Grants, Loans and Financing
         - Workforce resources
         - Tax Credit and Property Reassessment Resources

  • Sonoma County Recovers: official website for all information concerning the Sonoma county fires and recovery.
  • Fire Recovery Guide: Quick resource on steps to register and apply for federal FEMA and SBA assistance from Congressman Mike Thompson.

    Disaster Recovery Centers 

    Beginning November 12th, affected residents and businesses can visit the Santa Rosa DRC for in-person support when seeking state and federal aid. Representatives from FEMA will be at these locations to provide information about disaster assistance programs and help survivors apply for aid. If possible, survivors should register with FEMA before visiting a Recovery Center. You will not be asked to show proof of legal citizenship to receive assistance.

    Federal Assistance

    You 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.

    Register for FEMA Disaster Assistance

    Small Business Administration (SBA) Loans

    Disaster loans may be available to individuals and businesses to repair or replace disaster-damaged property, inventory, and supplies. Homeowners and renters may also be eligible for SBA loans to repair or replace disaster-related damages to homes or personal property.

    The SBA offers low-interest, long-term disaster loans for physical damage, working capital, and economic injury. The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is Dec. 11, 2017.

    Deadline to return economic injury applications: July 12, 2018

    Apply for a SBA Disaster Loan

    After registering with FEMA, businesses and homeowners may apply for SBA Disaster Loans.

    Affected Businesses


    California Department of Insurance: Assistance with filing claims

    Property Taxes

    Sonoma County Assessor: Property tax reassessment due to misfortune or calamity

    Business Taxes

    IRS Tax Relief Extension: IRS 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.


    California IBank: Low interest and state-guaranteed business loans and microloans affected by the fires. Small businesses, including small farms, nurseries, agriculture-related enterprises and nonprofits that have suffered an economic loss and/or physical damage may apply for the Disaster Relief Loan Guarantee Program (DRLGP) which offers loans up to $1 million for Disaster Relief Borrowers. In addition, the IBank is offering micro loans from $500 to $10,000 to businesses in declared disaster and emergency areas through its Jump Start Loan Program.

    CalCap: Small business and state-guaranteed loans

    Working Solutions: Small business micro-loans

    Creative Sonoma Recovery Fund: Funds for Sonoma County residents with immediate and short-term basic human and art related needs.

    Rotary 5130 Fire Relief Fund: Funds up to $5,000 to business owners who were impacted by fires.

    Relocation / Rebuilding

    GoBiz Business Investment Services: Site consultation and business incentives for relocation.

    North Coast Builders Exchange: Connects businesses needing repair and rebuilding services with local construction firms.

    Workforce Resources

    • 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. 

    • Apply for unemployment benefits and COBRA coverage.
    • Looking for new job opportunities with other local employers.

    Contact Information

    Ethan Brown

    Business Retention and Expansion Program Manager

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