Business Resources

Please Note: All resource information has been confirmed by Butte-Glenn 2-1-1 Staff. However, resource information is subject to change based on the availability, capacity, and discretion of the resource provider. Please consider checking in with providers ahead of time to ensure availability of services.

Butte County Department of Behavioral Health, Employment and Social Services, and Public Health- **COVID-19 Update- The Paradise Center for Employment and Social Services is temporarily closed. ** Butte County Community Services Center- Offering youth and adult mental health services, social support, employment and eligibility services. The site will also offer WIC services in the near future. An eligibility specialist or employment case manager (through the County) can meet with individuals to assist in applying/determining eligibility for social services.  At the site:

  • Individuals can apply for: CalFresh/Food Stamps, General Assistance, Cash Aid, and Medi-Cal
  • Individuals can check on: benefits, EBT cards, and BIC Cards
  • Individuals can submit verifications for: documents, semi-annual reports, and change of address. 

Eligibility will vary depending on service, eligibility specialists are on site to assist. The center is open Monday-Friday: 8am-5pm.  Phone: 530-552-6390. Located at: 7200 Skyway, Paradise 95969 (At the very back of the parking lot, past the daycare center)

Alliance for Workforce Development, Inc. / America’s Job Center of California- Prequalification Intake Form- **COVID-19 Update: AFWD remains closed to the public. Staff will be available to assist businesses and workers with unemployment, recruitment, resume and any other services via social media, phone, email or at www.afwd.org** Offering an intake form for Camp Fire survivors to access AFWD’s resources to help find employment. The intake form provides AFWD with background information on an individual’s case so they may direct them to resources and assistance effectively. Once the completed intake form is submitted, an AFWD representative will acknowledge receiving the form and a case manager will be in contact within 1 week. Services and resources may include gas cards for job search or employment/training, job and career training assistance, career counseling and work placement, and assistance filing for unemployment on a case-by-case basis. The intake form is intended for Camp Fire Survivors experiencing unemployment or underemployment due to the Camp Fire.  How to submit an intake form: 

  • To get an intake form: use fillable PDF form here , email recover@ncen.org  or  visit the Workforce Recovery office at 1500 Mangrove Avenue, Suite #115, Chico
  • Completed forms can be submitted via email to: recover@ncen.org  or returned in person to the Workforce Recovery Center. Open Monday-Friday from 8 am-5 pm. Phone: 530-616-1053.
  • Prequalification  Referral Form

USDA – Business and Industry Guaranteed Loan Program- This program bolsters the availability of private credit by guaranteeing loans for rural businesses. Lenders with the legal authority, sufficient experience and financial strength to operate a successful lending program, may apply for this program. This includes: federal or state-chartered banks, savings and loans, farm credit banks, and credit unions. Businesses that qualify for loan guarantees include: for-profit businesses, nonprofits, cooperatives, federally-recognized tribes, public bodies, and individuals. 

Eligible areas include:

  • Any area other than a city or town with a population of greater than 50,000 inhabitants and the urbanized area of that city or town
  • The borrower’s headquarters may be based within a larger city as long as the project is located in an eligible rural area.
  • The lender may be located anywhere
  • Projects may be funded in rural and urban areas under the Local and Regional Food System Initiative

How to get started:

  • Applications are accepted from lenders through USDA local offices year round.
  • Interested borrowers should inquire about the program with their lender. (For borrowers seeking a list of participating lenders, contact Tammy Laizure at 530-693-3181 or 534-0112 ext. 3181 or tammy.laizure@usda.gov
  • Lenders interested in participating in this program should contact the USDA Rural Development Business Programs Director in the state where the project is located.

For more information on the program, please visit: http://bit.ly/342yEj5. For questions regarding the Business and Industry Guaranteed Loan Program, contact Tammy Laizure at 530-693-3181 or 534-0112 ext. 3181 or tammy.laizure@usda.gov 

Butte College Small Business Development Center– Providing confidential, no-cost business consulting and affordable training seminars to small and medium-sized business owners and managers. The Northern California SBDC will help with every aspect of business creation, growth, management and operation. The Small Business Development Center offers the following services: free one-on-one advising (service available every 3rd monday of the month), trainings/workshops, funding assistance, and specialty programs. For a complete calendar of events and services use the following link: https://www.buttecollegesbdc.com/calendar Butte County Site: 2480 Notre Dame Boulevard, Chico 95928 – (530) 895-9017 Hours: M-F: 8am – 5pm

Butte College – Small Business Development Center Butte College Business Trainings- Offering business assistance and information that individuals may need including free one-on-one business consulting services. For businesses impacted by the Camp Fire, SBDC can assist with accessing capital to rebuild businesses, provide free one-on-one business consulting/training needed to survive through various stages of operating a business, and help establish steps toward recovery. This service is free and available to all. In order to participate in SBDC services, individuals must sign up at the following link: http://bit.ly/2X88nuQ and schedule an appointment ahead of time. The Small Business Development Center at Butte College is located at 2480 Notre Dame Boulevard, Chico 95928. For information or general questions regarding SBDC services, call 530-895-9017.

Paradise Ridge Chamber of Commerce- The Paradise Ridge Chamber of Commerce is a resource for businesses that have been directly impacted by the fire, providing information about business recovery information and business-focused events. Additionally, the Chamber is keeping track of businesses that have returned to operate in Paradise and are available to the public. The user is able to search if a business is reopening, closed, has a new location, is in the old location, and to be determined. This list can be found online here:http://bit.ly/2x9rQ3M. Contact the Chamber over the phone at 530-877-9356 (Available Mon-Friday 10am-4pm) or by email at info@paradisechamber.com. Located at 6161 Clark Road, Suite 1, Paradise 95969

3Core, Inc.- Providing recovery information to businesses impacted by the Camp Fire are highly encouraged to contact 3Core. Phone: 530-893-8732. Hours: Monday-Thursday 8am-5pm, and Friday from 8am-12pm (noon).  Online at: http://www.3coreedc.org/ Located in Chico at 1430 East Avenue, Suite 4A, Chico.

Butte County Recovers: Ways that businesses can get connected to available assistance:

  1. View: The Business Recovery Resources Guide  (http://bit.ly/2VTnrMH)
  2. Call: 530-872-1111, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  3. Email: butterecovers@ncen.org

Butte County Recovers – Information for Businesses Planning to Open in Affected Areas- Businesses planning on re-opening in the fire affected area who will be installing temporary water systems, including water tanks and hauling water, must contact Butte County Environmental Health prior to opening. Environmental Health must verify that the system is properly installed and that there is a system in place for ongoing water quality monitoring. For businesses who sell or prepare food, additional steps are required prior to re-opening. Businesses and food facilities should contact Environmental Health to schedule an inspection. There will be no fees associated with these inspections. Butte County Environmental Health, 202 Mira Loma Drive in Oroville. Phone:530-552-3880. Food facilities located in the Town of Paradise are required to have additional inspections for onsite sanitation, fire inspections and building inspections. Food business owners should contact the Town of Paradise Development Services to schedule an inspection: 530-872-6291 ext. 114.

SBA – U.S. Small Business Administration- Previously proving disaster-related loans to individuals and businesses. The final deadline for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) was on August 12, 2019. Those with questions or are following up with existing loans can reach out to the SBA online or by phone.www.SBA.gov/Disaster   or   disasterloan.sba.gov/ela   or   800-659-2955.

Alliance for Workforce Development AFWD- **COVID-19 Update: AFWD remains closed to the public. Staff will be available to assist businesses and workers with unemployment, recruitment, resume and any other services via social media, phone, email or at www.afwd.org** If your employment or business has been affected by the Camp Fire, the Alliance for Workforce Development is available to help. If you need assistance filing your unemployment insurance claim, looking for work, or want to be added to our applicant pool for employment opportunities, please visit us at one of our offices in Chico or Oroville.

Chico Locations

  • 1600 Mangrove Avenue, Suite 115 – Open Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm Phone: 530-616-1053 (The Mangrove location is being described as the Camp Fire Workforce Recovery Center
  • 500 Cohasset Road, Suite 30 – Open Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm

Oroville Location:

  • 78 Table Mountain Blvd – Open Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm

Chico Start-Offering limited office space available for businesses displaced by the Camp Fire. Working with local business partners to link those with extra business space, to businesses in need of operating space. Follow @Chicostart530 on twitter for details. For more information call 530-924-5100, email – tim@chicostart.com,  go online to: https://chicostart.com/, or visit in person at 411 Main Street, Suite 101, Chico

Valley Contractors Exchange- **COVID-19 Update- Regular office hours have resumed, 8am – 5pm, Monday – Friday. In observance of safety protocols related to COVID-19, VCE will not be scheduling any in-person training until further notice.  VCE is working to provide access to online training for safety needs.  If you are in need of a particular class, please let VCE know ** Offers information and resources for contractors, including building code, labor law, and networking resources. Helping contractors navigate the rebuilding regulations process. Contractors can call 530-343-1981, Mon-Friday 9am-5pm. VCE has also put together, in collaboration with the Town of Paradise, a building permit checklist for materials needed before submitting building permits for any rebuild project. Resource information is available online at vceonline.com. The building permit list can be found online here: http://bit.ly/2TVR277

Computers for Classrooms– **COVID-19 Update- CFC will temporarily stop repair services and starting August 3rd, will have limited volunteering services. Phone pickup orders and donations remain operational** Offering refurbished computers to families with low-income, seniors, veterans, students on financial-aid, schools, non-profits, and those impacted by the Camp Fire that meet income qualifications. Most computers are loaded with Windows 10 Microsoft operating systems and office suites. All computer systems are guaranteed for a full year – hardware and software – except for laptops which are guaranteed 90 days for hardware and a year for software. Eligibility requirements vary depending on the population requesting computers. Please check the CFC Certification Letter at the following link: http://bit.ly/2SHo8sB or contact CFC for details. Call 530-895-4175 available Monday-Friday from 9am – 5pm. Prices vary depending on computer needs. To view the CFC Price Sheet, please use the following link: http://bit.ly/2Sqaj2X CFC is intended for low-income families, seniors, veterans, and students on financial aid. Those who qualify are asked to sign a certification letter which verifies that the buyer qualifies for at least one of the programs listed and the computer is to be for personal use and not resold. To access the certification letter, please use the following link: http://bit.ly/2SHo8sB.

  • For School or Nonprofits: email Ozzie Serrano at Ozzie@computersforclassrooms.org, or Lilia Osorio at Losorio@computersforclassrooms.org with the specifications and systems needed. For more information about low-cost computers available, call 530-895-4175 available Monday-Friday from 9am – 5pm. Please Note: CFC allows volunteers to earn a free computer after 50 hours of service at CFC. Located at: 411 Otterson Drive Suite 100, Chico

Craft Emergency Relief FundThe Craft Emergency Relief Fund, provides $3,000 grant and other assistance to artists working in craft disciplines who are facing a career threatening emergency. CERF+ staff is available during the week from 8:30am-5:00pm EST at 802.229.2306 and info@cerfplus.org to provide counseling and referrals to artists searching for emergency resources. Online:https://cerfplus.org/news/cerf-response-to-2018-california-wildfires/