Greetings!

We want to keep you updated with information that will help you and your business and hope you find these links useful.
The California Office of the Small Business Advocate (GO-Biz) is now accepting Round 9 applications for their California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program.

See their alert below for more information. Application guide can be found here
The amount of grant funding ranges from $5,000 to $25,000. Businesses are eligible based on their annual revenue as documented in their most recent tax return:
Eligible Businesses Annual Revenue
Grant Amount Available Per Business
$1,000 to $100,000
$5,000
Greater than $100,000 up to $1,000,000
$15,000
Greater than $1,000,000 up to $2,500,000
$25,000
 
Opening September 9, Round 9 of the California
Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program
Round 9 application window open from September 9th through September 30th
 
New Applicants will be accepted. Waitlisted applicants from previous rounds do not need to reapply. New applicants can apply beginning September 9th by visiting CAReliefGrant.com and it is not first come first serve. Eligibility and more information can be found at CAReliefGrant.com
Governor Newsom signed into law a comprehensive package providing urgent relief for the small businesses of CA.  Economic Resources Corporation is hosting an informational webinar on the application process for the Relief Grant. Please sign up using this link and check your email for the webinar link:
 
The application process is not first come, first served. Based on annual gross revenues for 2019 tax year, eligible business can receive the following:
 
 
Revenues $1,000 to $100,000 = $5,000 grant
Revenues $100,000 up to $1,000,000 = $15,000 grant
Revenues Greater than $1,000,000 to $2,500,000 = $25,000 grant
 
To learn more about California Relief Grant, please visit CAReliefGrant.com
 
Thank you,
Economic Resources Corporation
(844) 945-0672
 Join the SBA September 13 – September 15, 2021, for the National Small Business Week Virtual Summit to learn new business strategies, meet other business owners, and chat with industry experts. This free online event will include educational webinars, updates on resources for small businesses and a networking chat room for business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs.

LA County Launches New Website for
Jobseekers and Businesses
The Los Angeles County Department of Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services (WDACS) is pleased to announce the launch of a new website that links jobseekers and businesses to free workforce development services available through the County’s network of America’s Job Centers of California (AJCC).
AJCCs offer jobseekers employment services, internships, apprenticeships, supportive services, and more, focusing on youth and adults with barriers to employment. AJCCs provide businesses with access to subsidized wages, upskilling, tax credits, and more, with a focus on growing industry sectors and occupations. 
This newly designed AJCC website includes:
  • Mobile-Friendly Interface – The user-friendly mobile interface allows visitors to efficiently find information regarding available services.
  • Digital AJCC Locator Map – The digital AJCC locator map allows visitors to easily locate their nearest AJCC office and contact details.
  • Service Request Form – The service request form allows job seekers and businesses to submit online requests for assistance from their local AJCCs.
Available at ajcc.lacounty.gov, this new and improved website replaces workforce.lacounty.gov.the Website!
Public Health Officials Provide Update on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
 
In L.A. County, last week, our 7-day cumulative case rate decreased 35% from the previous week to 104 new cases per 100,000 residents, making it the third week in a row of decreases in the County’s case rate. Overall, the County has seen a 50% decrease from the peak of 204 cases per 100,000 on August 19. And, while case rates rose among children in all age groups between mid-July and mid-August, over the past 2 weeks, cases have declined in all age groups by about 30%. These declines in case rates may be evidence that the masking requirements we put in place early in the surge and the small increases in vaccination rates are helping to slow community transmission. Other parts of the country without these masking requirements and with lower vaccination coverage have not seen significant declines. Public Health will conduct a telebriefing to update you on the latest COVID-19 response, and new mitigation efforts, and we’ll answer your questions and listen to your feedback.

WHEN:              Thursday, September 16, 2021
                           Time: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (PDT)
 
WHERE:            Telephone Call-in:   888-858-9237
                        Access Code:           6020
 
Participants are strongly urged to call in 15 minutes prior to the start time of the call to check-in. Call starts promptly.
 
WHO:                Muntu Davis, MD, MPH, Health Officer
                          Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
 
                          Robert Ragland, Chief Compliance Officer
                          Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
Coronavirus Update: 
Telebriefing for Large Indoor/Outdoor Event Venues
Public Health Officials Provide Update on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
 
In L.A. County, last week, our 7-day cumulative case rate decreased 35% from the previous week to 104 new cases per 100,000 residents, making it the third week in a row of decreases in the County’s case rate. Overall, the County has seen a 50% decrease from the peak of 204 cases per 100,000 on August 19. And, while case rates rose among children in all age groups between mid-July and mid-August, over the past 2 weeks, cases have declined in all age groups by about 30%. These declines in case rates may be evidence that the masking requirements we put in place early in the surge and the small increases in vaccination rates are helping to slow community transmission. Other parts of the country without these masking requirements and with lower vaccination coverage have not seen significant declines. Public Health will conduct a telebriefing to update you on the latest COVID-19 response, and new mitigation efforts, and we’ll answer your questions and listen to your feedback.

WHEN:              Friday, September 17, 2021
                           Time: 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. (PDT)
 
WHERE:            Telephone Call-in:   888-806-5035
                        Access Code:           1737
 
Participants are strongly urged to call in 15 minutes prior to the start time of the call to check-in. Call starts promptly.

WHO:                Barbara Ferrer, PHD, MPH, MEd, Director
                          Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
 
                          Dawn Terashita, MD, MPH, Associate Director
Acute Communicable Disease Control Program
Robert Ragland, Chief Compliance Officer
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
Grant information from Supervisor Kuehl’s office…if you are in the district and are eligible please review the link to check if you qualify.
 
Reminders
PPP Forgiveness Portal

On July 28, 2021, the SBA launched a streamlined application portal to allow borrowers with Paycheck Protection Program loans of $150,000 or less through participating lenders to apply for forgiveness directly through the SBA.
Federal Coronavirus Resources
State, local, and federal agencies are working together to maintain the safety, security, and health of the American people. Check out coronavirus.gov for updates. Go to cdc.gov for detailed information about COVID-19 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Visit covid-sb.org, the official federal resource website for U.S. small businesses affected by COVID-19.
Save the Date: Women Business Owners Conference
Join our partner, SCORE, for their 9th annual Women Business Owners Conference on Thursday, October 28 from 8:00am to 4:00pm. 
Get Ahead LA: Free Resources Available!
No matter what financial situation you’re in, there are FREE resources that can help you boost your income and reach your goals!
For more information visit GetAheadLA.org or call 1-800-593-8222. 
Partnership to Elevate Small Businesses
Join us and our partners to learn about various resources available to help elevate small and diverse businesses.
Our Small Business Counselors Want to Virtually Meet You!
Schedule a FREE one-on-one appointment to learn how to sell to the government
The L.A. County Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) offers one-on-one technical assistance and training to help businesses in Los Angeles County that are interested in local, state, and federal government contracting.
Our PTAC Counselors can help your business with most government contracting matters, including:
  • Becoming a registered vendor;
  • Getting certified;
  • Finding opportunities;
  • Target market analysis; and
  • Marketing to the government.
To schedule your free one-on-one counseling session, please Sign Up As a New Client and we will connect you with a small business counselor.
Click here to see upcoming training opportunities.
If you have any questions please email us at OSB@dcba.lacounty.gov.
Boost Your Workforce Today!
Calling all Los Angeles County businesses! Boost your workforce through the Youth at Work program from the Department of Workforce, Development, Aging, and Community Services. 
Businesses can optimize performance while providing youth an invaluable experience.
Advance Child Tax Credit Payment Is Here!
Many taxpayers who have children will start receiving advance Child Tax Credit payments from the Federal government over the next several days. This will put hundreds of dollars into the pockets of American families each month for the rest of this year.
L.A. Al Fresco aims to help local businesses reopen safely, and allow customers and employees to maintain physical distancing by temporarily relaxing the rules that regulate outdoor dining. 
Learn how to apply HERE
Small Business Tax Credit Programs
Did you know that the American Rescue Plan extends a number of critical tax benefits, particularly the Employee Retention Credit and Paid Leave Credit, to small businesses?

Federal Coronavirus Resources
State, local, and federal agencies are working together to maintain the safety, security, and health of the American people. Check out coronavirus.gov for updates from the White House's COVID-19 Task Force. Go to cdc.gov for detailed information about COVID-19 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Visit covid-sb.org, the official federal resource website for U.S. small businesses affected by COVID-19.
Attention women in business: Tune in to SBA’s upcoming webinars and learn how to get certified for the Women-Owned Small Business federal contracting program, what to do after you're certified and more.
Congratulations to Waltona Manion and to all the honorees that inspire us!

The City of Los Angeles is excited to announce the launch of the regional marketplace for public and private contracting opportunities coming this Fall! We invite you to partner with the Mayor's office to spread the word and get businesses registered that traditionally have not done business with the City of Los Angeles or other public agencies.

The City of LA has partnered with our business community to create a space for both public and private entities to post their opportunities in one convenient location. This upcoming decade represents hundreds of billions of dollars worth of events, projects, and infrastructure investments coming to the Los Angeles region. To prepare for this influx of economic activity, we are transforming the Los Angeles Business Assistance Virtual Network (LABAVN- the City’s current solicitation portal) into a Regional Marketplace. This exciting platform will provide unprecedented access to a wide array of opportunities
and resources from both the public and private sectors.

Los Angeles COVID-19 Resources
The City of Los Angeles has compiled an extensive list of resources and financial aid programs available to local small businesses. Click here to access the site.
Virtual Events, Meetings and Webinars
Reminders for programs you may be aware of.
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