We want to keep you updated with information that will help you and your business and hope you find these links useful.
Grants Directly to Restaurants
Apply April 11-18
We have big news to share! Restaurants Care is launching the Resilience Fund to help the small restaurants at the heart of our communities. They’re in the fight of their lives, and we can help.
The Resilience Fund provides cash grants of up to $3,500 and additional support services for small restaurants in California for a year, with priority given to women and people of color. Applications are accepted April 11 -18. We received funding to support restaurants in 8 counties: Alameda, Fresno, Kern, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco and San Joaquin.
And we’re not stopping there. This fund also powers Restaurants Care hardship grants, a safety-net for restaurant workers – the servers, cooks, and dishwashers at the heart of restaurants. 
This dream was made possible by a coalition of funders. Our deepest gratitude to lead donor SoCalGas and generous donors PG&E, SDG&E and the California Community Foundation. Thank you for keeping restaurants cooking! 
We're here to serve the people at the heart of restaurants.

 Alycia Harshfield
 Executive Director

Zoom Webinar details:
English - April 7 at 10 a.m. – Registration Link
Spanish – April 8 at 10 a.m. – Registration Link
There are appointments available today at city sites. 
J&J appointments area available at Pierce College, Hansen Dam, and in San Fernando. 
Pfizer vaccines are available at USC. 
Moderna vaccines are available at Dodger Stadium. 
Please share today’s availability, and this week’s availability, with your network of family, friends, and co-workers. Even if you have received your first dose there are many in your networks who may not have been vaccinated. 
First dose appointments are available online at
City vaccination sites will offer more than 106,000 vaccine doses to Angelenos this week, including approximately 60,000 first dose appointments and 46,000 second doses, across eight permanent sites and ten mobile clinics. This week, the City will open its newest fixed site at Los Angeles Southwest College and add one mobile clinic to its citywide rotation. 
This week, the City is expected to receive 50,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine, 36,000 of Johnson and Johnson’s Janssen vaccine, and 20,000 of the Pfizer vaccine.
All sites, with the exception of Dodger Stadium, will be open from Tuesday through Saturday between 8am and 4pm this week. 
Dodger Stadium’s vaccination hours will change this week to accommodate the beginning of the team’s home season. The site will be up and running Monday through Thursday from 8am to 6pm, closed temporarily on Friday, and reopened for operations on Saturday from 8am to 1pm. Friday’s temporary closure will not affect the City’s overall vaccine delivery. Other locations will not be impacted, and no appointments are being moved. The City is working closely with the Dodgers to ensure smooth operations for every Angeleno visiting Dodger Stadium, whether it’s to cheer the players on the field or to get vaccinated. 
City-run sites administered nearly 93,000 doses throughout Los Angeles last week.
Since launching a COVID-19 vaccination program in December, the City has administered over 847,716 doses to Angelenos, approximately 95% of its current supply. Of all doses administered by the City, 67% have been to people of color. 
Vahid Khorsand
West Valley Area Representative
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Deadline for Annual Secured Property Taxes: April 12
LOS ANGELES, CA - Assessor Jeff Prang is helping the Los Angeles County Treasurer and Tax Collector in alerting eligible homeowners to an important fast-approaching deadline regarding the second installment of the 2020-21 Annual Secured Property Taxes.
The Los Angeles County Treasurer and Tax Collector reminds property owners that the second installment of the 2020-21 Annual Secured Property Taxes becomes delinquent if not received by 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time or United States Postal Service (USPS) postmarked on or before Monday, April 12, 2021. This is two days later than the traditional delinquency date of April 10, as this date falls on a Saturday in 2021.

Property owners may find more information online at Property owners may also call the toll-free Property Tax Information Line at 1(888) 807-2111, where automated information is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
LA County Residents Can Soon Access Funeral Expense Relief from FEMA
Small Business Stabilization Loan Program 
Act now to take advantage of up to $3 million in loans for businesses! This LACDA new loan program is intended to support and help stabilize businesses in the region. Small Business Stabilization Loans range from $50,000 to $3 million, and can be used for working capital, equipment purchases, inventory, or refinancing of existing loans. Applications will be accepted until April 16, 2021 or until a total of $20 million in loan requests is received, whichever comes first.
Federal Taxes
The IRS has now delayed this year’s Tax Day to May 17, 2021. However, this date change does not apply to estimated tax payments due on April 15, 2021; small businesses and individuals responsible for quarterly estimated tax payments must still make those payments by April 15.
New and updated, is the Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC) a refundable, advanceable tax credit on employee wages that is available 2020 and all of 2021. For 2020, it offers a total maximum credit $5,000 per employee. Looking ahead to 2021, the new American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) recently extended the period of eligibility for the ERTC to include all of 2021, versus a previous Q1 and Q2 limit. Since savings are up to $7,000 per employee per quarter in 2021, that’s a total maximum savings of $28,000 per employee in 2021.
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) tax credit for paid sick leave and family leave has also been extended by ARPA. The program originally expired at the end of March but now lasts until the end of September 2021. The maximum size of this tax credit for family leave is now $12,000 per employee.

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 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 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. 

Today, we launch our eighth annual My LA2050 Grants Challenge!
The My LA2050 Grants Challenge is an open call for ideas to make Los Angeles the best place to live, learn, play, create, and connect. A total of $1 million will be awarded among 25 organizations, five per goal category, to implement their winning proposals. Applications are open now through Friday, April 2nd, 2021 at 5 pm (PT). Learn more.
Together, let's make LA's future brighter!

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.
Our Call Center Can Help Your Business
DCBA has partnered with the Department of Workforce, Development, Aging, and Community Services, and other County and State agencies to bring you the L.A. County Disaster Help Center. The center has resources for businesses as well as employees to help during the COVID-19 emergency. 
Counselors are available Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to help business owners navigate emergency loan applications and help individuals that were recently laid off due to this emergency. Multilingual help is available. 
Contact the Disaster Help Center:
Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for the latest updates, @LACHelpCenter.
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 Help support your employees, customers, and community while on the Road to Recovery.
Virtual Meetings and Webinars
From Our Members
Dear Emelita Elementary Parents, Guardians, Friends, and Community:

As expected, some of our most successful fundraising has been on hold and will take a hit this year, but we would love to be able to still reach our goals to enrich our students' experience this year.
The biggest fundraiser for Emelita has traditionally been the Harvest Festival. Since we are unable to have that this year, we are hoping this fund can makeup for it. The goal is to be able to provide educational activity kit items to all students as they are learning remotely:
**Art and science kits for 310 students to be able to have all items necessary to create meaningful and educational projects from home with their virtual class**
So, please can we appeal to you for your help and continued support with this ONE TIME GOFUNDME DONATION for this year? We are committing to use this fund to give each teacher a budget to work with to compile their grade-appropriate virtual learning kits.

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