COVID-19

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Fresno State and the Water, Energy and Technology (WET) Center are complying with the COVID-19 recommendations issued by the California State University Office of the Chancellor, the City of Fresno, and the State of California.

The WET Center facilities will be closed until further notice. The health and safety of our clients, staff and families is our first priority. We will monitor the situation closely and keep you updated. Our team will be working remotely and will still be able to assist you. Please feel free to email us at bluetechvalley @ mail.fresnostate.edu with any questions or concerns.

Feelings of uncertainty may be overwhelming for entrepreneurs and small business owners at a time like this. The following article may provide valuable information to help you through this unprecedented time.

 

Small Business and Entrepreneurial Services and Support

  • Small Business Administration (SBA) has guidance for businesses and is offering low-interest Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) for businesses and non-profits impacted by a coronavirus (COVID-19).

  • The FDIC has provided guidance to banking institutions and consumers affected by COVID-19 and encouraged financial institutions to work constructively with borrowers and customers in affected communities.

  • The CARES Act has resources to assist small businesses as well as non-profits.

  • The Depart of Labor has issued guidance on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Employer Paid Leave Requirements.

  • Facebook is offering $100 million in small business grants across 30 countries.

  • JPMC is including $8 million in philanthropic grants to assist small businesses vulnerable to significant economic hardships in the U.S., China, and Europe.

  • SBDC has a resource page listing help for small businesses and encourages them to contact their local SBDC for assistance as well.

  • The CDC provides interim guidance for businesses and employers to plan and respond to COVID-19.

  • The Angel Capital Association posted a webinar on advising portfolio companies ($100 for non-members).

  • The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has put together a list of resources for businesses.

  • NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) centers are providing services to small- and medium-sized manufacturers such as connecting businesses that are pivoting their production in response to the coronavirus to new supply chains, connecting firms with state resources, advising companies on new operational issues, and providing workforce support.

  • Support for Small Businesses – Fresno Establishes a $750,000 microloan program for businesses that have been shut down or otherwise impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

Telecommuting Tips & Tools

WET Center Webinar Series

Our goal has (and will always be!) to be more a part of the online world and provide innovative resources to our diverse network of professionals, ventures, and entrepreneurs than ever before!

To counter the ever-changing news surrounding COVID-19 and help alleviate the impacts made by quarantine life, we are excited to announce that we will be kick-starting our WET Center Webinar Series. Our series will be a monthly series and will include tips and tricks on how to best work with things like websites, best social media practices, advertising, sales, how to make the best impression from behind a screen, and more. 

 

Each webinar will take place on Friday’s at 10:00 AM.

If you have recommendations or would like a certain topic covered, please email

us at bluetechvalley @ mail.fresnostate.edu

Webinars and Workshops

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