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CA Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program

January 7, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm PST

To register, please click: ntv.bz/cacovid

The Governor of the State of California has created a $500 million grant program for California entrepreneurs.  The grant, the California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant program provides grants between $5,000 and $25,000.  Applications are competitive.  The first round is now open and the application deadline has been extended to January 13th, 2021.

Join IDRS as we host an informative webinar about the grant program.  In the webinar, you will learn about the grant and if it’s right your to apply; which businesses are eligible to apply, how to find the application; how to apply; and how you get free assistance as you go through the application process?

The workshop will take place on Thursday, January 7th at 12:00 pm (Noon) Pacific.  The workshop is free and open all entrepreneurs here in California.

This workshop will be delivered online utilizing the Zoom platform. The workshop can be taken on computers and smartphones.

Can’t wait for the webinar?  Check out CA Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant program information portal by visiting nativebiz.org/calcovid.

About our presenters:
Lynn Wilson serves as the Microenterprise Development Specialist for the IDRS Acorn Project. She has championed small businesses and entrepreneurs for 16 years working with tribal communities across Indian Country including her own tribe where she continues to provide small business support services for the Tribes’ CDFI & Commerce division.

Lynn’s work has focused on entrepreneurial training, business counseling, economic and demographic and social research related to economic development. Since 2009 she has taught part-time for the School of Business and Technology at Rogers State University and the Institute of American Indian Arts. Prior to coming to IDRS, She served as the lead certification trainer for the Indianpreneurship Journey curriculum while on staff at ONABEN. Lynn received her M.B.A and Professional Certification in Entrepreneurship from Cameron University and is a certified market research specialist through the National Center for Economic Gardening. She lives in Claremore, OK with her husband Clint (also a Cherokee Citizen) and their two sons, Chandler and Quinton.

Mark Thompson serves the Executive Director of Indian Dispute Resolution Services. He also guides the IDRS Acorn Project, IDRS’ microenterprise development program, where he provides entrepreneurial training and technical assistance to Native American entrepreneurs and works with businesses operated by Native American tribes to conduct feasibility studies, develop business plans, establish internal accounting procedures and secure grant funding to further economic development through the creation of small businesses in Indian Country.

Outside of his work for IDRS, Mark has formally been involved in several small businesses including a real estate company, a restaurant, and a mobile disc jockey service. Mr. Thompson received his BS in Business from University of California, Berkeley and completed the Juris Doctorate degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento. He lives outside Sacramento, California where he and his wife Mandi operate a small horse boarding facility and are raising two children, Zane and Marina.

This workshop is being funded in part by the California Association of Microenterprise Opportunity (CAMEO), USDA Rural Development, the Small Business Administration, and the California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development.



January 7, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm PST
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