Carpinteria Businesses Offered Disaster Help

A free small business recovery workshop is planned for 9 to 10 a.m. Feb. 15 in the Carpinteria Valley Chamber of Commerce Conference Room, 1056 Eugenia Place, Suite B, Carpinteria. 

RSVPs are required because space is limited. To reserve a seat, see www.carpinteriachamber.org or call (805) 684.5479 or email joyce@carpinteriachamber.org 

Local resources that are available will be discussed for businesses that suffered physical damage or financial losses from the Thomas fire or mudslides. Resources include consulting, business courses, emergency loans and long-term low-interest loans. 

Women’s Economic Ventures, Small Business Development Center and U.S. Small Business Administration representatives will deliver presentations. 

Meanwhile, the chamber has rescheduled its Community Awards Banquet for 5 to 10 p.m. March 10 at the Carpinteria Boys & Girls Club 4849 Foothill Road. The event was postponed because of the recent disasters. 

The fire, considered the worst in state history, destroyed hundreds of buildings in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, burned some 180,000 acres and led to the deaths of a women and firefighter.  

The middle-of-the-night Jan. 9 Montecito-area mud and boulder slide, prompted by a torrential rainstorm on charred areas denuded by the fire, claimed the lives of up to 23 children, men and women while destroying dozens of buildings in its wake. To date, the bodies of two victims had yet to be found. 

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