California’s Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grants

December 28, 2020

Could your small business use some financial help during these tumultuous times? California opened up a small business COVID-19 relief grant program. The amount of grant funding ranges from $5,000 to $25,000. The grant amount is based on your annual revenue as documented in your most recent tax return. Businesses with as little as $1,000 or as much as $2,500,000 in revenue can apply. Please note the important application dates below.

Applications open December 30, 2020 at 8am PST

Applications close January 8, 2021 at 11:59pm PST

Start of approval notifications January 13, 2021

Also, small and medium sized businesses operating in Fresno can apply for low fixed rate loans through the City of Fresno and are administered by the Cen Cal Business Finance Group.


  • $10,000 – $100,000
  • Competitive Terms
  • Term 5-10 Years
  • Job Retention Requirement
  • Six months with NO monthly payments


  • Inventory
  • Working Capital
  • Equipment Purchases
  • Lease Improvements
  • Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)

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Gil Salcido Promotion to Territory Director

Hire Up Staffing Services is pleased to announce the promotion of Gil Salcido to Territory Director of the Dallas, Texas office! Gil joined Hire Up in 2020 as a Recruiting Manager after 3+ years of running his own staffing company. His experience includes over a decade of talent acquisition with both Corporate and agency recruiting in various verticals such as Mortgage, I.T., Financial, Executive, light Industrial and many more.

Gil is a result driven Talent Acquisition leader with high energy and a passion for sourcing and recruiting top talent. He has a strong track record in developing insights and recruiting strategies that drive employers’ brand and consistently achieve talent agenda goals. Successful advisor, collaborator and manages the needs of clients’ objectives and key business initiatives. Skilled at leveraging multiple industry experiences, practices, and programs to create a competitive advantage for any employer.

With over a decade of experience in full life cycle recruiting, Gil remains excited to come to work every day. Recruiting has allowed Gil to leverage his passion for building and nurturing relationships while remaining challenged to find the perfect candidate in today’s competitive talent market. Gil thrives on working with leaders to support them in shaping and building their teams with the most talented, diverse, dedicated, and exceptional candidates on the market.

When Gil is not on the phone with a client or candidate, you can find him spending time with his wife and 2 children, fishing on a local Texas river or lake and in the kitchen improving on an old recipe.

My favorite word is “WHY”. It is a great conversation starter and root cause analysis tool that allows you to define your goals and learn about others. So…what is your “WHY”?

Please join us in congratulating Gil on this successful achievement in his professional career!

Martin Medina Promotion to Assistant Territory Director

Hire Up Staffing Services is pleased to announce the promotion of Martin Medina to Assistant Territory Director of the Fort Worth, Texas office! Martin started with Hire Up in August 2020 and right after his first week of training he had gotten multiple placements. One of his goals and achievements upon his arrival was to reach “Platinum Level” of training during his first 90 days of employment. Martin sealed the deal with a big client who is now giving Hire Up business from other states all the way from Fort Worth virtually. Martin currently has taken initiative to guide and lead his newest team members in the Fort Worth office and is excited to lead them to success.

Martin started his journey in the staffing industry in June 2019. He started as an IT Digital & Creative Recruiter and fell in love with the staffing business. He is truly passionate about the industry because of the rewarding feeling of aligning candidates with their dream job and vice versa helping clients find the most ideal top-quality talent. His drive comes from his collaborative team members coupled with positive reinforcement and recognition from his leaders.

Before Martin was conquering the staffing world, he was the first in his family to graduate from a university and first to become an American Citizen. Martin received his Bachelors in Business Admin with a Human Resources Management degree from Tarleton State University. Martin has a second job on the weekends as a bartender at Reservoir, a local sports bar in Fort Worth. In his free time when he is not working both of his jobs, he enjoys spending time with his daughter and his family. Martin firmly believes in Ricky Bobby’s motto, “If you ain’t first, you’re last.”

Please join us in congratulating Martin on this successful achievement in his professional career!

Madison McCoog Promotion to Territory Director

Hire Up Staffing Services is pleased to announce the promotion of Madison McCoog to Territory Director of the Houston, Texas office! Madison started with Hire Up in July 2020 and in a few short months has played an enormous role in putting the Houston office on the map. Madison has brought in the two largest clients for the Texas region and the Houston office is now one of the top 3 offices in the company.

Madison started her journey in the staffing industry several years ago and she hasn’t turned back once. She is truly passionate about the industry because of the rewarding feeling she has when she helps a company find the right employee and helps an eager candidate find their dream job. Her drive comes from having the experience of knowing how exhausting it can be to find the right person for the job or trying to find the right company to hire you.

Before Madison was conquering the staffing world, she dedicated her life to collegiate volleyball where she fell in love with the competitive lifestyle. Madison knows what it takes to compete to accomplish her goals and her clients goals. She confidently says she does not believe in “second best” and doesn’t believe her clients should either. Madison is proud to come to work every day to provide clients and candidates with the best all-around quality to SERVE up success!

Please join us in congratulating Madison on this successful achievement in her professional career!

People & Culture Systems Guru (aka Recruiter – Dallas)

“Ain’t nothing to it. . but to do it” – Unknown

Meet Gil Salcido, Recruiter for the Dallas office of Hire Up Staffing Services. He joined the team in November of 2020 with a strong recruiting background. Gil aims to be a solution to any staffing need, whether it be a urgent staffing demand on short notice or a hard to hire area. Overall his passion is people, he has a true need to help! It may be a candidate who is simply looking for a new work environment or possibly an employer who has experienced growth and is looking to hire additional staff, Gil is always happy to step in to provide the perfect match!

Gil spends his free time with his family, his wonderful wife Camilla, their Seven year old daughter, four year old son and their two dogs! When he is not spending time with his family you can find him on his boat fishing the day away. Gil loves to visit the central coast in California, with the rolling hills and coastal line, the beauty captures him every time! His dream and obsession is to open a goat and bee farm, Gillygoats and Gilbees to be exact!

Gil is excited to make an impact on the local Dallas job market as he works with his Candidates and Clients to ensure the best possible match on both ends! If you are looking for a new career (or have any information on Gillygoats) give Gil a call!

The Placement Whiz (aka Recruiter – Modesto)

Meet Shelly Solorio, Recruiter for the Modesto office of Hire Up Staffing Services. She joined the team in October of 2020, determined to make a positive impact on the local job market. She holds over 9 years of Recruiting and Human Resources experience. She was born and raised in the East Bay area but has been a resident of the Central Valley for a little over three years now. Shelly is motivated to increase partnerships across Stanislaus County and assist wherever there may be staffing needs throughout the Central Valley.

Outside of work Shelly spends her time camping and fishing with her family, watching her son enjoy the outdoors! Shelly has a obsession with Chili pepper decorations, she finds them fun and different! She is currently collecting decorations for her kitchen. While she primarily likes to spend her time outside or on the hunt for her next find, Shelly also loves to travel. So far her favorite place she has been is Maui, Hawaii but she is determined to make it to Italy someday!

Shelly is excited to be apart of the Modesto branch, being able to work throughout the Central Valley has been amazing as she has got to meet candidates from a variety of background! She is excited to continue making ideal placements in wide variety of fields, from professional office and medical staffing to industrial, Shelly can do it all!

Motivation Technician (aka Recruiter – East Bay)

Meet Taylor Moore, Recruiter for the East Bay office of Hire Up Staffing Services. She joined the team in October of 2020, determined to help open, build, and maintain paths for all professionals in all walks of life. She listens to each candidate and clients needs in order to provide the best placement she possibly can for both parties. Taylor enjoys it all, from the job search process, offering her candidate the job, to following up after acceptance to see how it is going! It is important to her that she not only establish healthy relationships with her clients and candidates, but she maintain those relationships.

Outside of work Taylor spends her time with her fiancé, Taylor (Yes, they have the first same name and soon to be last name too!). She has been spending time planning for her now 2021 wedding, it has been a journey planning a wedding during a pandemic but they are pushing through! She also enjoys watching the San Francisco Giants, she tries to catch as many games as she can! Taylor loves to travel to new places, she hopes to someday visit Greece and Italy, but for now Disneyland is still her favorite to visit.

Taylor is excited to be joining our team in San Ramon, servicing across the East Bay. She is determined to make meaningful placements while providing top quality customer service!

The Go-Getter (aka Recruiter – East Bay)

Meet Aileen Soares, Recruiter for the East Bay office of Hire Up Staffing Services. She is a relationship driven professional with experience in talent sourcing, talent placement, and sales. Aileen enjoys getting to know her clients meaningful and laughter filled conversations. She works to understand her Clients ideal candidate, so she can make the perfect placement. It is also important to her to hear the candidates needs, so that she can ensure she is making a healthy placement for both parties.

When Aileen is not at work you can often find her studying as she is currently working to further her education. She enjoys cooking and baking with her family to unwind. Aileen loves spending her free time traveling with her family. They are determined to visit all 50 states here in the U.S.A, and they only have 11 to go! Their favorite cities yet have been Nashville, Boston and Chicago. Aileen also enjoys cooking and baking to unwind.

Aileen has a passion for connecting available talent with open positions in the Bay Area, as she gets to participate in someone’s career journey, while adding a valuable person to a company’s community. We are excited to continue watching Aileen make ideal placements across the Bay Area!

Brand Warrior (aka Graphic Designer)

Meet Elisa Villanueva, Graphic Designer for Hire Up Staffing Services. She joined the Corporate office of Hire Up in October of 2020 with 8 years of prior graphic design experience. She first opened up adobe illustrator CS6 back in 2012 and she has not been able to pry herself away since. Elisa believes that as an artist, graphic design allows her to create on a different platform and in a different medium, creating more space for creativity to flow.

Outside of work Elisa enjoys spending time with her family, just hanging out and catching up! If she is not with her family, Elisa enjoys trying out hot new places in the Fresno area as it continues to grow. She also enjoys thrifting, she loves hunting for creative and unique pieces that she can upcycle! She believes by upcycling fun clothes, she has the opportunity to make more sub sustainable fashion choices while saving money.

Elisa loves capturing the office culture of Hire Up in her work. She believes that Hire Up is the prefect place for her as the culture, style and brand of Hire Up overlap nicely with her design specialties and style. She is excited to further assist in the growth of Hire Up through her unique office brand designs!

The Secret Weapon (aka Recruiting Coordinator – Bakersfield)

“Love Life, Be Brave” – Unknown

Meet Krista Suydam, Recruiting Coordinator for the Bakersfield office of Hire Up Staffing. She provides direct assistance to her team by assisting candidates with their professional needs, providing sales support and overall taking on additional tasks so that her recruiting team can fully focus on their staffing efforts. Krista knows the importance of her position as Recruiting Coordinators are a huge part of office functions and morale.

On her free time, Krista enjoys the outdoors as much as she can. If she is not outdoors you can find her listening to music while she is cooking or relaxing. She spends a lot of her time in the race shop, prepping for the next race! She was born into Drag Racing and has been behind the wheel since she was only ten years old! Krista is currently racing a super comp. rear engine dragster.

Recruiting Coordinators are the first face our Clients and Candidates see when walking through the door, so Krista makes it a priority to always be on her A-game. She is excited to work with he Bakersfield team as she continues to work to support her sales team and push for overall growth.