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MBDA Business Center CARES Act Program

The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) announced the MBDA Business Center CARES Act Program in response to the COVID-19 pandemic with the aim to provide aid, relief, and economic security through education, training, and advising small and minority business enterprises in their recovery from the effects of the COVID-19 crisis.


Responding at once, the California Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce (CAPCC), operator for the Sacramento MBDA Export Center, opened its Triage Center with the purpose to aid MBEs in preventing, preparing, and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Triage Center is diligently aiding MBEs through three phases over the course of the next year: Triage, Recovery, and Rise. 

Triage Period

Help MBEs survive, obtain funding, and prepare for an adaptive way of operating. 

Recovery Period

Help MBEs restart safely and strategically through consultations that reimagine and/or restructure business models fitting for a post-COVID-19 environment; including considerations of new consumer habits, digital platforms, E-commerce models, and telework environment. 

Rise Period

Help MBEs adapt to their modified business models and practices to reflect a new reality following the pandemic, giving rise to new opportunities. Efforts in this phase will be towards building a more equitable and sustainable economy, and will include data collection of best practices from MBEs served in Phase I and II.

MBE training, education, and consultation topics, provided by Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) and the California Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce, may include: 

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Identification of funding provided for unique circumstances resulting from COVID-19


Mitigation of the potential effects of COVID-19 on supply chains, distribution, and sale of product


Addressing the operation of businesses during COVID-19 and other communicable diseases

Upcoming Trainings

Pivoting Your Business to Adapt to the New Normal

August 24, 2020, at 11:00 AM PST

To prepare for the post-pandemic economy, businesses need to start planning and adapting today. The session will cover how to: 

  • Leverage your skills and expertise to pivot to new revenue streams
  • Prepare for revenue shortfalls and consider revenue opportunities
  • Project and develop a future business plan and budget

How Disaster Loans Will Impact Your Business Tax Strategy & Planning

September 9, 2020, at 11:00 AM PST

Receiving a PPP/EIDL loan will have implications for your business taxes and planning. This session will cover the following:

  • Impact of the PPP/EIDL loans to your tax liabilities and decisions
  • Employee Retention Credits
  • Changes to retirement planning

Small Business Resources

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    EIDL Loan Advance

    EIDL is designed to provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. EIDL proceeds can be used to cover a wide array of working capital and normal operating expenses, such as continuation of health care benefits, rent, utilities, and fixed debt payments.

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    SBA Express Bridge Loans

    Express Bridge Loan Pilot Program allows small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 quickly. These loans can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing and can be a term loans or used to bridge the gap while applying for a direct SBA Economic Injury Disaster loan.

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    SBA Debt Relief

    The SBA will pay 6 months of principal, interest, and any associated fees that borrowers owe for all current 7(a), 504, and Microloans in regular servicing status as well as new 7(a), 504, and Microloans disbursed prior to September 27, 2020. 

For more resources for small businesses, please visit our operator's website at for more information

Need Medical Supplies or PPE Equipment?

The Sacramento MBDA Center looks to support businesses in connecting Medical Supplies & PPE buyers with screened suppliers of masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, face shields, and more. Click the button to access a directory of suppliers.

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