Manufacturer Support

Together we can get through this crisis.

MBEP has recently partnered with the CMTC (California Manufacturing Technology Consulting) network to provide support to manufacturers in our region – throughout Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties. This outreach program is funded by the CARES Act Stimulus Package 2020 – and is managed by CMTC – California’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Center. For more information visit https://www.cmtc.com/

We are available to help small and medium-sized manufacturers get the resources they need to overcome this crisis and strengthen their businesses. We will be doing outreach to manufacturers in our region over the next several months. If you would like to request support please contact Freny Cooper at fcooper@mbep.biz.

Shelter in Place Information

CDCCoronavirus facts

CA Dept of Public Health’s COVID-19 Guidance

County of Monterey – Coronavirus data and public health orders

County of Santa Cruz – Coronavirus status and public health orders

County of San Benito – COVID-19 resources


Top Strategies for Mitigating COVID-19’s Toll on the Economy

Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Complimentary   Register 

Santa Cruz County Public Health Department Town Hall: Workplace Issues for Employers Related to COVID-19

Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, 2:00-3:00 pm

Complimentary, no registration required. To join: tinyurl.com/y4all7g9  


California Rebuilding Fund


  • Businesses must have 50 or fewer full-time employees (FTE).
  • Annual revenues must not have exceeded $2.5 million.
  • Revenues must have declined since January 2020.
  • Business must be operational and working to stay in business.

Key terms:

  • Loans up to $100,000 are available with a three- or five-year repayment period.
  • Loans have a 4.25 percent interest rate, with an interest-only period for the first 12 months and fixed monthly repayments.
  • No upfront fees charged to the small business.
  • Loan to be used as flexible working capital.

Small Business FAQs


The CARES Act established several new funding opportunities for small businesses through the SBA:

Paycheck Protection Program

  • Eligible recipients may qualify for a loan up to $10 million determined by 8 weeks of prior average payroll plus an additional 25% of that amount.
  • Loan payments will be deferred for six months.
  • If you maintain your workforce, SBA will forgive the portion of the loan proceeds that are used to cover the first 8 weeks of payroll and certain other expenses following loan origination.
  • PPP Loan Forgiveness FAQs

Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) and Loan Advance:

  • Economic Injury Disaster Loans provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.
  • The Loan Advance will provide up to $10,000 in economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. Funds will be made available within three days of a successful application. This loan advance will not have to be repaid.
  • If you have already applied for a Disaster Loan you can go back into your application to request an Advance Loan as well.

SBA Debt Relief 

  • Under this program the SBA will pay the principal and interest of new 7(a) loans issued prior to September 27, 2020.
  • The SBA will also pay the principal and interest of current 7(a) loans for a period of six months.

SBA Express Bridge Loans

  • Allows small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 with less paperwork. These loans will be repaid in full or in part by proceeds from the EIDL loan.

County of Santa Cruz Small Business Assistance Grants

The County of Santa Cruz was awarded funding through the CARES Act to develop three grant opportunities specific to small businesses, existing County community partners, and non-profit partners responding to the public health crisis. To mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on Santa Cruz County small businesses and their employees, the Santa Cruz County Cares Recovery Program has committed up to $1,000,000 in one-time funds to create a Small Business Assistance Grant Program for up to $15,000 grants for eligible businesses. 

Monterey County CARES

Monterey County, through its Monterey County CARES Small Business Relief Program, is providing financial assistance to local small businesses that have experienced a loss of revenue due to COVID-19.

This program provides up to $10,000 in grant-funded reimbursement to businesses with 50 or fewer full-time employees for eligible COVID-19 related operating expenses

Federal Disaster Assistance Loans

The U.S. Small Business Administration is providing disaster assistance loans to companies affected by the COVID-19 epidemic. The agency’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program will provide low-interest working capital loans of up to $2 million.

California Work Sharing Program

Offered to companies as an alternative to layoffs. They allow employees to receive unemployment benefits while still keeping their current jobs. A number of requirements must be met in order for companies to be eligible for the program, including hours and wages being reduced by between 10 and 60 percent.

FDC Direct Loans

California’s Small Business Finance Center has partnered with local financial development corporations to provide direct loans struggling with cash flow during the pandemic. Businesses and some nonprofits with 750 or fewer employees are eligible for the loans.

Facebook Small Business Grants

The social media giant has launched a $100 million grant program to help small businesses in the form of cash grants or ad credits. Applications for the support are expected to be opened up in the coming weeks.

Ladies Who Launch

Through this program, selected applicants will receive a cash grant between $5,000 and $25,000 USD depending on their business stage and need. But the funding is just the beginning. Being accepted into the Launch Program means being a part of a year-long program dedicated to supporting women throughout these challenging times and helping their business get back on track. 

El Pajaro Community Development Corporation

El Pájaro CDC is excited to announce the launch of El Pájaro CDC Fondo Adelante Emergency Program for small businesses in both Monterey & Santa Cruz Counties! 

  • Loans from $5,000 to $50,000 | 4.25% interest | Up to six-year terms
  • Payments deferred until January 2021
  • Additional CA state guarantee fees apply
  • Business must be based in Monterey or Santa Cruz Counties

Complete and send inquiry form to loans@elpajarocdc.org to get on the prospect list.Click here for the inquiry form. 

Kaiser Permanente COVID-19 Return to Work Playbook

As COVID-19 restrictions begin to lift, this playbook is meant to offer useful tools for you and your leadership teams to make your workplace as safe as possible and support your employees in the best way possible. Access it here.

Montage Health Offers Preparedness Assessments for Monterey County Businesses

In response to the many challenges Covid-19 has presented for the Central Coast’s business community, MBEP member Montage Health has been reaching out to employers in Monterey County to help them assess their Covid-19 preparation plans, policies, and workflow to ensure maximum safety for their employees and customers. Montage Health has been offering a free consultation from Dr. Geraldine Taplin, an infectious disease specialist who has practiced at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula since 1980. Dr. Taplin has focused her efforts on COVID-19 preparation, assisting Community Hospital with its own readiness, as well as advising more than 25 local employers encompassing many industries. Monterey County employers interested in taking advantage of Montage Health’s specialized free resource can email Gene Fischer, Community Hospital’s Corporate Accounts Manager, or call (831) 658-3983. 

CDC Communications Resources



Losing your job amidst a pandemic is traumatic. OnwardCA is a resource that has been rapidly deployed by a broad coalition of companies, foundations, and humans who want to help. Help you get money or groceries or child care; help you upskill, reskill, or refresh; and help you land a great new job.

State Disability Insurance

Offered to those unable to work due to medical quarantine or illness related to COVID-19. The benefit depends on income ranging from $50 to $1,300 a week for up to six weeks.

State Unemployment Insurance

Offered to those who have lost their job or had hours reduced due to coronavirus. The benefit ranges from $40 to $450 a week for up to 26 weeks. The governor has waived the one-week unpaid waiting period, so workers can collect benefits the first week they are out of work.

Paid Family Leave

This is offered to those unable to work because they are caring for an ill or quarantined family member. The benefit ranges from $50 to $1,300 a week for up to six weeks.


National UndocuFund

Monterey Bay UndocuFund

Fund for Immigrant Families

Pro Bono Services

San Jose-based regional economic think-tank Joint Venture said that this week that it’s pivoting its mission to help the local community respond to the coronavirus crisis. Among the services its offering is help from Silicon Valley Talent Partnership’s pro bono teams who can provide communications, strategic planning, data analysis, and cybersecurity consulting to organizations forming their COVID-19 response.


Our region has the highest percentage of undocumented essential workers in the state. Please share these resources to help reach workers who may be eligible for assistance.


PROJECT INFORMATION: English Document, Spanish Document

For additional information, visit the Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County.

Additional Resources:

National UndocuFund

Monterey Bay UndocuFund

Fund for Immigrant Families


United Way Monterey County COVID19 resources

California Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response

Find tips, latest numbers, and services/information specific to California at the site above.

Personal Protective Equipment for Central Coast (PPE4CC) 

PPE4CC is a movement by people in healthcare and in our communities on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Started by Idea Fab Labs Santa Cruz and Catherine S. Forest, MD,MPH, and David Culler, PhD. with the encouragement of Encompass Community Services and Santa Cruz & Monterey County Medical Societies, they began to address the emerging shortage of PPE in the non-profit working world of Encompass Community Services workers when the avalanche of requests for help from other workers (residential care, janitors, bus drivers, grocery checkers, medical assistants) and the news from essential shortages from other states led us to try to get ahead of the curve.

Internet Access Resources

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected communities across the country, and our Central Coast region is no exception. This Internet Resource Guide is intended to assist our residents who may not have access to the necessary resources during this time of crisis, including broadband and technology tools required for remote learning and working.