SolanoCountyRecovers: The official website for wildfire response and recovery.

FAQ Topic: Businesses

How do I spot and protect myself against a fraudulent contractor?

Only use contractors licensed by the state of California Get a written estimate of costs and get estimates from more than one contractor Demand and check references Ask for proof of insurance (liability and Worker’s Compensation) Insist on a written contract and refuse to sign a contract with blank spaces Get any guarantees in writing … Continued

How do I know if a contractor is licensed?

Check with the Department of Consumer Affairs to find out how to select a licensed, qualified contractor; check the status of a contractor license; negotiate a clear contract; prevent disputes and mechanics liens; and resolve contractor disputes.

How do I get a small business disaster loan?

When a federal disaster is declared, the Small Business Association is authorized to offer low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes (including landlords), private nonprofit organizations, and to individual homeowners and renters who have sustained damage. SBA disaster loans are the primary source of federal long-term disaster recovery funds for disaster damage not fully … Continued

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