Greetings!

We want to keep you updated with information that will help you and your business and hope you find these links useful.
keep our shops on the block:
Personal care & retail recovery grant
$10,000 grants to personal care and retail businesses.
470 grants will be deployed.
Apply today! Applications due before 11:59pm on Sunday, 5/2.
The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation's Business Assistance and Connectory teams invite you to join our next complimentary webinar series from April 26th – April 30th to learn about the upcoming rounds of grant applications for small businesses and non-profit organizations that have been affected by COVID-19, and vital information on eligibility and how to apply.
 
Please select your webinar date and time preference below to register. Space is limited and registration is required.
 
“CA Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant” for personal care and retail small businesses:
“Keep Our Shops on the Block” Grant for small businesses & non-profit cultural institutions:

Virtual Forum: COVID-19 Vaccines & Small Businesses
Join us and our non-profit partner Bet Tzedek this Thursday, April 29 at 11:00 am to learn everything you need to know about COVID-19 vaccines as an employer.
IRS Tax Credit Available to Small Businesses
Eligible employers can get a tax credit for providing paid time off for each employee receiving the COVID-19 vaccine and the time they may need to recover.
Visit the IRS website to learn more.
 
In case you missed it! Last week, the SBA announced key details on application requirements, eligibility, and a program guide for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF). 
The SBA also announced a new initiative that will allow restaurants and other related businesses to apply for the RRF through point-of-sale service providers such as Clover ®, NCR Corporation, Square, and Toast. 

Join the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Public Private Strategies Institute for a national briefing on Wednesday, April 28 at 1 p.m. ET about the new $28.6 billion Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF). This briefing is cosponsored by the SBA and PPSI. 

To learn more about the RRF program and application, visit sba.gov/restaurants.
The SBA launched a new round of Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) assistance – called Supplemental Targeted Advances – on April 22, 2021 that will provide $5 billion in additional assistance to 1 million small businesses and nonprofit organizations that have been most severely affected by the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. 
Effective April 22, the SBA modified the Targeted EIDL Advance application process to determine if businesses also qualify for the additional $5,000 Supplemental Targeted Advance. SBA will contact eligible business entities to apply and applications will be processed on a first-comefirst-served basis. To qualify for the Supplemental Targeted Advance, an eligible business entity must be in a low-income community, suffered greater than 50 percent economic loss, and have 10 or fewer employees.
Don’t want to make an appointment? No problem!
A limited number of vaccines are available at County-run sites for those who don’t want to make an appointment. These doses are only available while supplies last and are available through Thursday, April 29th
You may arrive and register for your vaccine onsite from 9am-4pm at Fairplex, The Forum, CSUN and Office of Education in Downey.
Obregon Park and Balboa Sports Complex will take arrivals without appointments from 8:30-3pm. College of Canyons and Palmdale Oasis Recreation Center have no-appointment-required hours of 11am-7pm. 

CalSavers Deadline Approaching
Eligible employers with more than 50 employees must register by June 30, 2021
State law now requires all businesses with five or more employees to participate in CalSavers if they do not offer a retirement savings plan from the private market. Eligible employers must register for CalSavers by their state required deadline, which vary by employer size. The deadline for employers with more than 50 employees is June 30, 2021 and June 30, 2022 for employers with five or more employees. The registration deadline for employers with more than 100 employees passed on September 30, 2020 (extended from June 30, 2020). Eligible employers who have not yet registered should do so as soon as possible to avoid penalties.
Eligible employers can register any time before their deadline. For more information on how to get started, visit CalSavers.com.

REMINDERS
Protocol for Private Events (Meetings, Receptions, and Conferences): Appendix BB

Effective as of 12:01am on Thursday, April 15, 2021 Although COVID-19 case rates, hospitalizations, and deaths have decreased and appear to be stable at this time, community transmission still remains at moderate levels. COVID-19 continues to pose a risk to communities and requires all people and businesses to take precautions and modify operations and activities to reduce the risk of spread. As of April 15, 2021, the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy allows facility operators to reopen to hold or host Private Events. Everyone, including Facility Operators and Event Organizers and participants, should proceed with caution and adhere to the requirements in this protocol to reduce the potential spread of COVID-19 within their private event and within business operations.

LA County Public Health guidelines:
 
 
·    Youth Sports Protocol — for indoor sports, schools are to submit two documents: 1) Return to Play Safety Plan and 2) Site-Specific Safety Plan. See page 7 of Reopening Protocol for Youth and Adult Recreational Sports Leagues: Appendix S.
 
·    Graduation — the guidance Reopening_LiveOutdoorEvents.pdf is to be used in conjunction with the California Dept. of Public Health Commencement Guidance. The Live Outdoor Events guidance requires a Proposed Event Form be submitted to LA County Public Health 14 days before the proposed event.
 
·    Board Meetings — Appendix D: Office Based Worksites is the best document to use for board meetings. LA County Public Health does not require a plan be submitted for a board meeting. All that is required for the workplace is to post Appendix D at the facility entrance (see page 5).
 
New Property Tax Benefits for Seniors
As of April 1st, Proposition 19 expanded property tax benefits for those 55 and older, the disabled, and victims of natural disasters, allowing them to transfer their property’s assessed value and tax basis when they sell their home and purchase a new one, or any value, anywhere within California. Previously, this tax base transfer opportunity was limited to only 10 counties statewide. Additionally, eligible homeowners can now transfer their base-year assessed value to a more expensive home, whereas the previous law limited the transfer to a home of equal or lesser value. Eligible homeowners can also transfer their assessed value up to three times, while under previous law they could only move with their assessed value one time. In effect, the property tax base for seniors is now “portable.”
Click here to learn more.
Business Property Statements, also known as a 571-L form, were due on April 1st and become delinquent on May 7th.
 
Businesses that own $5,000 or more in equipment, furniture or machinery are required to file an annual Business Property Statement.
 
For questions about the 571-L form, more information can be found here, or view our recent informational webinar here.
The current round of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is reaching smaller borrowers (small businesses), with 94% of all loans going to businesses with 20 or fewer employees. SBA is currently offering PPP loans until May 31, 2021. Apply for a first or second draw PPP loan and loan forgiveness.
Work Opportunity Tax Credit
Are you currently hiring? Consider a candidate who may qualify you for the Work Opportunity Tax Credit. The WOTC is a Federal tax credit available to employers for hiring individuals from certain targeted groups who have consistently faced significant barriers to employment.
COVID Resources: COBRA Health Insurance & Funeral Expense Assistance Available
As part of the recently passed American Rescue Plan, LA County residents who lost their job over the last 18 months will be eligible to remain on their former employer’s insurance plan (through COBRA) at no cost until Sept. 30.
All family members who were previously covered in your insurance plan will also be covered by this benefit. The expanded COBRA coverage also applies if you were shifted from full time to part time, if your status was changed by reduced business hours, or if you took a temporary leave of absence.
Tax Deadline Extended: Learn How to File for Free!
The IRS announced a new deadline for filing tax returns: Monday, May 17, 2021. 
If you haven't filed yet, take advantage of the free tax preparation services available through our non-profit partners across the County. 
Text "TAXCREDITSLA" to 211-211 for info on filing for free and claiming credits to get the most money back in your pocket! 
Watch our video in English and Spanish to learn more. 
New LA County Worker Protections
COVID-19 Protocols: Important Info for Workers & Businesses
More businesses are now able to open as we enter the orange tier in LA County. As those businesses open, they must always follow proper public health protocols.
Thanks to a new LA County law, if you work at a business that is violating health protocols, you can report it without fear of retaliation. Your employer cannot retaliate or discriminate against you (e.g. fire or threaten to fire you, cut your hours, demote, suspend, or discipline you) because you complain about workplace violations of public health laws, rules and regulations.
Workers and business owners can find out more about their rights and responsibilities under LA County’s new Public Health Anti-Retaliation Ordinance here. For more information, contact our worker protections counselors at (800) 593-8222 or noretaliation@dcba.lacounty.gov.
LA County Hero Pay: Find Out If You Qualify
On Tuesday, February 23, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors passed a Hero Pay ordinance for qualified grocery and drug store workers in the unincorporated areas of LA County. 
This temporary ordinance would require large grocery retail and drug retail stores to pay their employees no less than $5-per-hour hazard pay in addition to the employee’s base wage.
Below are links to the revised Health Officer Orders (H.O.O) and updated/new protocols for certain sectors:
·        Revised HOO: Reopening Safer at Work and in the Community for Control of COVID-19: Blueprint for a Safer Economy—Orange Tier Risk Reduction Measures, effective as of 12:01 AM on Thursday, April 15, 2021.
·        Updated and New Protocols: 
o  Libraries
o  Youth and Adult Recreational Sports Leagues – Appendix S
o  Live Events and Performances (Outdoor) – Appendix Z
o  Live Events and Performances (Indoor Seated) – Appendix Z-1
o  Private Events (Meetings, Receptions, and Conferences)— Appendix BB
Please visit our website (http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/) to see the new Health Officer Order and all updated Los Angeles County protocols and guidance documents related to COVID-19, including information on the vaccine. 
 
Thank you, from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
2021 Business Outlook & Reopening Survey
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WE ARE LIVE: Take Our Business Outlook & Reopening Survey Today!
 
To best understand our members, The Encino Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the Los Angeles County Business Federation (BizFed) to survey the business community to find out what are the top areas of concern as our economy reopens, what we have learned over the past 12 months, and ultimately, what is the business outlook for the next 12 months?
 
Your unique insight will guide our advocacy over the next 12 months.
 
Help us Provide Powerful Insight to Shape the Future of Business in LA County
 
CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO ACCESS THE SURVEY
 
 
It should take you less than 10 minutes and you’ll help determine BizFed’s priorities for the year. The data gathered from this poll is used to inform policymakers throughout our region. 
 
Importance of Taking the Survey!
 
As a follow up to last year’s COVID-19 Business Impact and Reopening Survey and the Annual Pulse Poll, we have worked with BizFed to combine the two polls to best understand what are the top 5 areas of concern for the business community, and most importantly, what have we learned over the past year during the pandemic.
 
Last year we found that 50% of businesses lost over half of their projected income for the year in the first few months of the Pandemic.
 
The business community felt that all levels of government were not listening to the business community when rolling out new regulations pertaining to COVID-19.
 
Homelessness found its way to the top of business concerns. Overtaking Taxes and Fees, which was #1 since 2011.
 
What will this year's Business Outlook & Reopening Survey tell us?
Mortgage Relief Available to Property Owners
The County of Los Angeles in Partnership with the NHS Center for Economic Recovery has launched its Foreclosure Prevention & Mortgage Relief Program.
Applications are now open.
Apply for up to $20,000 in assistance to help offset mortgage delinquencies.
Call 1-888-895-2647 or visit the NHS website to learn more. 
DPSS is committed to keeping the public informed about essential benefits, as well as resources offered by other service organizations in the county. Please help us to share this important information with those in your community who need it most.


GOLDEN STATE GRANT PROGRAM
Attention CalWORKs families with an approved case status as of March 27 will receive a one-time Golden State Grant payment of $600. The payment is to help families who may have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This payment is not a CalWORKs grant payment and not subject to hearing rights. Click here to learn more about the Golden State Grant Program.
FEMA COVID-19 FUNERAL ASSISTANCE
If you’ve have lost someone to COVID-19, FEMA may be able to help with funeral expenses starting in April 2021. For more information about FEMA’s funeral assistance program, visit https://bit.ly/39wyt43.

ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS
IHSS Customers! Did you know you can get help to pay for the cost of operating your electrically-powered medical equipment? Click here to learn more.

TUTORING PROGRAM
Attention CalWORKs customers! Are your kids ready to head back to school? If they need extra support, the CalWORKs Tutoring Program can help! Visit https://bit.ly/DPSSGAIN for more information.

HELP FOR STUDENTS
College students who are eligible for “work study” or have a $0 expected family contribution may now be eligible to receive CalFresh benefits! Learn more at www.getcalfresh.org/students or call 1-866-613-3777.
Work Sharing Program
Work Sharing Program can be a temporary alternative to layoffs if your business’ production or services have been reduced. The program helps employers minimize or eliminate the need for layoffs, keep trained employees and quickly recover when business conditions improve, and avoid the cost of recruiting, hiring, and training new employees. Employees will be paid based on the standard EDD benefit rate, multiplied by the percent of hours worked (i.e. a full time employee whose hours have been reduced to 32 hours/week would receive 20% of the standard unemployment insurance benefit). Click here for more.
Updates from the State can be found here.
Los Angeles County’s Small Business Stabilization Loan Program
The Los Angeles County’s Small Business Stabilization Loan Program is available through April 16 or until $20 million in funding requests have been received. Mid-month, more than $18 million in funding requests were received by the Los Angeles County Development Authority. Loans range from $50,000 to $3 million. Eligible businesses must have been in operation for the last two years and need money for working capital, equipment purchases, real estate acquisition or refinancing of existing loans. Businesses can visit BizStabilization.lacda.org for more information.

Guidance for Ventilation at Workplace Settings
An important approach to lowering the concentrations of indoor air pollutants or contaminants including any viruses that may be in the air is to increase ventilation. This document provides information on how to improve ventilation through improving air circulation and air filtration. It’s important to take steps in increasing air circulation and improving air filtration to protect staff and customers.
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.
If you know someone who is finding it hard to put food on the table because of the pandemic, there is help. CalFresh provides monthly benefits for groceries at the corner store. It only takes 10 mins but provides help 365 days a year. Visit getcalfresh.org/ for more information. #LetsFeedLACounty
Free Webinars: Starting & Growing Your Business
Do you want to turn your dream into a reality this year? Join the LA Law Library for their free workshops to get all the tips you need! Grow your current business or transform your passion into your purpose. 
Does your business need help optimizing or creating a website? Do you need help optimizing or creating business listings and a digital presence? Mayor Eric Garcetti launched LA Optimized to help small businesses adapt to the rapid shifts in consumer behavior and technological advances by empowering them to boost their digital marketing, maximize their online business listings, create or optimize their websites, and increase their knowledge and presence in the e-commerce space - all at no cost to businesses. 

In addition, this program will provide grants to select creatives (photographers, graphic designers, videographers, writers, etc) for providing creative and digital content
services including branding, videography, photography, website copy, and
graphic design to small businesses. 

If you are a business owner interested in the program, please learn more here.
If you are a creative professional interested in supporting businesses, please apply here.

Applications will be
accepted on a rolling basis until September 1, 2021.
LA County is helping train businesses on the implementation of COVID-19 safety protocols through a no-cost online training course called the COVID-19 Safety Compliance Certification Program (CSCCP). Once completed, business owners receive a certificate, and window seal to display on their storefront, which can reassure employees and customers alike that the business is following COVID-19 infection control and physical distancing requirements.
If you have not yet completed the CSCCP course or want to learn more about it, visit publichealth.lacounty.gov/eh/covid19cert.htm. Help support your employees, customers, and community while on the Road to Recovery.
Virtual Meetings and Webinars
Using Your YouTube
Channel for Marketing
April 26th | 10am-12pm
ONLINE

How to Successfully Use Video on Your Social Media
April 28th | 10am-12pm
ONLINE

Getting Started
Selling in Amazon Stores
May 5th | 10am-11am
ONLINE
Instagram
Essentials for Business
April 27th | 10am-12pm
ONLINE

Your New Business
Idea Marketing Path
April 30th | 10am-12pm

Understanding
Your Financial Statements
May 7th | 10am-11:30am
ONLINE
Don't miss the annual Mega Mixer!

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