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City of Los Angeles - LA Mask Print Project

City of Los Angeles - Face Covering Guidance (English)

City of Los Angeles - Face Covering Guidane (Spanish)

COVID-19 Sign Templates via FedEx Office

 

City/County

SERVE: Secure Emergency Relief for Vulnerable Employees -- A new partnership between Mayor Garcetti and the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles to provide cash aid to food service workers who reside in the City of Los Angeles. SERVE will offer 4,000 food service workers with a one-time $800 stipend to help them during this critical period

LA Regional COVID Fund -- In response to the devastating effects that COVID-19 is having on the local economy, the County of Los Angeles and the City of Los Angeles, in partnership with institutional and corporate philanthropy, have come together to create the LA Regional COVID-19 Recovery Fund. 

The LA Regional COVID-19 Recovery Fund will deploy flexible loans to micro-entrepreneurs, small businesses, and non-profits across LA County. Applications and program details will be available in 2021.

COVID-19 Safety Compliance Certificate Program -- The County of Los Angeles launched the COVID-19 Safety Compliance Certificate Program (CSCCP) to help educate and train business owners to comprehensively implement the L.A. County Department of Public Health COVID-19 safety directives. The CSCCP is a no-cost online training course that educates business owners on the essentials of the County Health Officer’s Orders and what they need to do to ensure that their business practices are aligned and in compliance with infection control and physical distancing requirements. 

Safer L.A. Toolkits for Businesses 

LA County Business & Worker Disaster Help Center -- Learn whether your business qualifies as an Essentiall Business, what the Health Order means for your businesses, and how your business can obtain assistance.

Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce Resource Guide -- Leverage this resource guide to help you, your families and businesses through this dynamic situation

Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) -- A COVID-19 response site to provide info regarding business loan programs, unemployment insurance, financial assistance, and relevant resources for businesses, employers and workers

 

State

New!  California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program -- The application period for Round 1 of the California Small Business Covid-19 Relief Grant program is now open. Small businesses and nonprofits can visit www.CAReliefGrant.com and apply for micro grants up to $25,000. Assistance is available in all counties and in multiple languages. Grants will not be issued on a first-come, first-served basis and first round of applications has been extended to January 13, 2021.

New!  $100 Million for Small Business Support -- $50 million in COVID-19 Disaster Relief Loan guarantees began through an executive order previously this year, which the Legislature has now doubled to $100 million. $24.9 Million has already been approved. 83% of those awarded support were women, minority-owned, low to moderate-income businesses. 217 loans have been approved for the $50 million for small business programs, leveraging a total of $109 million.

Coming Soon!  Tax Relief to Encourage Entrepreneurialism -- California will offer $100 million to waive franchise taxes for new businesses in the state and exclude PPP loans from state taxes.

New!  $100 Million Main Street Hiring Tax Credit -- The Main Street Hiring Credit authorizes $100 million in hiring tax credit for qualified small businesses. The credit is equal to $1,000 per qualified employee, up to $100,000 for each small business employer. Applications for the Main Street Hiring Credit open Tuesday, December 1st. A full list of existing state support for businesses can be found here. 

New!  CA Rebuilding Fund -- The goal of the CA Rebuilding Fund is to provide $125 million of relief funds with public-private investment for small businesses. It will increase the state funding to $37.5 million total. Applications for the CA Rebuilding Fund opened last weekend, with 86 million already matched. 68% of those funds were matched with diverse owners, 46% with women owners and 50% owned by indigenous and people of color. 

Coming Soon!  Emergency Relief Package -- In partnership with the Legislature, California will provide up to $500 million in COVID-19 relief funds. The state will provide $25,000 each in grants to small businesses, non-profits and cultural institutions in need. The program will act as a bridge until California officials can take further actions with the Legislature in January 2021.

New!  Billions in Sales Tax Deferrals -- According to Governor Newsom, businesses will receive an automatic 3-month extension for taxpaying owners with less than $1 million in sales tax. Interest-free payment agreements will be expanded to larger companies with up to $5 million in sales tax. These tax deferrals will also expand to industries heavily impacted by coronavirus, including bars, restaurants, hair salons and more.

Small Business Development Center -- Learn about relief available to small businesses, including funding options and news updates

Small Business Finance Center (SBFC) -- The SBFC helps businesses create and retain jobs, and encourages investment in low- to moderate-income communities, and provides loan guarantees and direct loans for small businesses that experience capital access barriers

State Treasurer's Office -- Small Business Resources -- A running list of California State Treasurer Fiona Ma's Small Business Resource List (updated daily) 

California Capital Access Program (CalCAP) -- The California Capital Access Program for Small Business (CalCAP SB or Program) encourages banks and other financial institutions to make loans to small businesses that have difficulty obtaining financing. If you own a small business and need a loan for start-up, expansion or working capital, you may receive more favorable loan terms from a lender if your loan is enrolled in the CalCAP Loan Loss Reserve Program. This program helps communities by providing financing to businesses that create jobs and improve the economy

California Unemployment Insurance Work Sharing Program -- Employers experiencing a slowdown in their businesses or services as a result of the COVID-19 impact on the economy may apply for the UI Work Sharing Program -- this program allows employers to seek an alternative to layoffs

California Employment Development Division Rapid Response Program -- Employers planning a closure or major layoffs as a result of COVID-19 can get help through the Rapid Response program -- contact your local America’s Job Center

California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (IBANK) Loans -- IBank, a unit within California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), offers the following loan programs for businesses from one to 750 employees (small businesses): 

  1. Disaster Relief Loan Guarantee Program (DRLGP)
    IBank will issue loan guarantees up to 95 percent of the loan through its partner Financial Development Corporations to help small business borrowers who were impacted by disasters or public safety power shutoffs and who need term loans or lines of credit for working capital

  2. Jump Start Loan Program
    IBank is offering loans from $500 to $10,000 to low-wealth entrepreneurs in the declared disaster and emergency areas through its Jump Start Loan Program

 

Federal 

How Small Businesses Can Take Advantage of the US Stimulus Package

As part of the CARES Act stimulus package the following two options are available:

Federal Small Business Association Economic Injury Disaster Loans -- These SBA loans offer up to $2 million in assistance for a small business to help overcome a temporary loss of revenue

 

Private Sector

A Quick Guide to Re-Opening Safely

Streetsense's Hotel Survival Guide

Streetsense's Relaunch Toolkit for Restaurants + Bars

Appointedd's Retail Revival Battle Plan

Cushman & Wakefield's How-To Guide for Reopening Your Workplace

Bixel Exchange 1:1 Advising for Small Businesses and/or Tech Startups

Surviving & Striving: Rent Payment Negotiations in a Time of Distress

 

Industry Relief

Restaurant Workers Relief Funds -- Resources for restaurants and workers coping with the COVID-19 emergency

 

*Programs indicated with an asterisk have time-sensitive deadlines.