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Free tools for business owners | Dollars and Sense

Business owners in the Sacramento area have access to dozens of free tools to help them during the coronavirus pandemic.

SACRAMENTO, Calif — When the coronavirus pandemic hit, many businesses had to figure out how to survive.

“I think every sensible business owner thinks how do we stay liquid and how do we make sure to meet all our obligations as quickly and as best as we can,” Jason Leung of Avvento Consulting said.

Leung said they had to cut back on expenses like many businesses are doing during the pandemic.

But, there are free tools for business owners in Sacramento even for those still in the planning stages. About 15 organizations including several chambers of commerce are working together to provide free help for businesses.

“Anywhere you go there’s gonna be an offering for your business right now that’s gonna be accessible to you,” Cathy Rodriguez of Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce said.

There are several free opportunities from one-on-one consulting, information on how to build a business plan, and webinars to help with social media and digital marketing. This is funded through CARES Act Funding from the City of Sacramento.

“These are sometimes the hardest to reach businesses and we are literally walking the neighborhoods,” Tracey Schaal of Sacramento Inclusive Economic Development Collaborative said. “We have produced flyers. We’ve got ambassadors that are really engaging on the 'boots on the ground' level to ensure every business in these aging corridors that this technical assistance is out there and Sacramento is paying for it.”

If you’re interested head to sac-iedc.org and then select a partner to sign up. Even if you’re not in Sacramento leaders say to feel free to reach out.

“Our services through Sac IEDC are available throughout the City of Sacramento. Whatever area of Sacramento you’re in, we're here to support you,” Rodriguez said. “If someone is from a different county it doesn’t mean we don’t have services for you, we can still assist you. Most of us in our chambers have members throughout four to six counties.”

If you’re interested make sure to sign up right away. Funding ends at the end of December.

Do you have a personal or business finance question that needs an answer? Let the Dollars and Sense team know by texting us at 916-321-3310.

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