Greetings!

We want to keep you updated with information that will help you and your business and hope you find these links useful.
Please joint us for this week's events.
January 18th
11:45 - 1:00
Lunchtime via ZOOM

Guest Speaker is
Congressman Brad Sherman

Register today at info@encinochamber.org
January 21st
4:00 - 5:30pm
Thirsty Thursday
with Greater San Fernando Chamber, Hollywood Chamber and Italy-America Chamber of Commerce

Updates from the Mayor's office

Below are some updates from the Mayor's office I thought would be of value to you.
 
Key updates
  • COVID #s
  • COVID Vaccine Town Hall
  • COVID Care Kit expansion
  • Vaccine Update
  • COVID testing information
  • Business Resources:
  • LA Optimized
  • Al Fresco permits
  • Neighborhood Council Elections

Register below for the PPP webinar on January 21st

Paycheck Protection Program 2.0: Eligibility and Application
Description
*THIS WEBINAR WILL BE RECORDED. Please register and the recording and slides will be emailed to you the next day.*

The long-awaited Paycheck Protection Program 2.0 launched on January 11th! And, just like with the PPP in 2020, borrowers will work through a lending partner (bank or financial institution) approved by the Small Business Administration.

This time, borrowers are divided into two groups: First Draw (for individuals and organizations that did NOT apply for/receive PPP round 1) and Second Draw (for individuals and organizations that received PPP round 1.) Organizational eligibility, use of funds, and timelines will all be covered in this webinar.

We are delighted to welcome SBA San Francisco District Director Julie Clowes back to help us understand the PPP Round 2 with the same level of knowledge, patience, and non-jargon English as she provided nonprofits during the through the 2020 PPP.

Speakers:
Julie Clowes, San Francisco District Director, Small Business Administration
Lucy Salcido Carter, Public Policy Director, CalNonprofits
Jan Masaoka, CEO, CalNonprofits
Time
Jan 21, 2021 01:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Scam Alert: Vendor/Business Licenses
We would like warn businesses of a phishing scam targeting Los Angeles County organizations. 
Scammers are posing as the County of Los Angeles and are asking for business/vendor information, threatening penalties and license revocation to any business that does not comply.
Please be aware that these emails are part of a scam and are NOT from the County of Los Angeles.
Delete these emails! Do not click on any links!
See below for an example of this scam. 
 
The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the U.S. Treasury Department, will re-open the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan portal to PPP-eligible lenders with $1 billion or less in assets for First and Second Draw applications on Friday, January 15, 2021 at 9 am ET. The portal will fully open on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 to all participating PPP lenders to submit First and Second Draw loan applications to SBA.
Earlier in the week, SBA granted dedicated PPP access to Community Financial Institutions (CFIs) which include Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), Minority Depository Institutions (MDIs), Certified Development Companies (CDCs), and Microloan Intermediaries as part of the agency’s ongoing efforts to reach underserved and minority small businesses.
On Friday, SBA will continue its emphasis on reaching smaller lenders and businesses by opening to approximately 5,000 more lenders, including community banks, credit unions, and farm credit institutions. Moreover, the agency also plans to have dedicated service hours for these smaller lenders after the portal fully re-opens next week.

Federal Help for Small Businesses and Non-Profits
Dear Friend,
On December 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 (H.R. 133) was signed into law.
Set forth below is a guide from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, issued late last month.
In addition, you may also find the below helpful.

PLEASE JOIN US
Is your business looking for relief during this time of crisis? LA Industry is an initiative to aid economic-development and business continuity in the LA region. This webinar includes:
  • Helpful government resources
  • Loan assistance
  • Programs to help aid your business
  • Valuable connections 

Stay Financially Prepared
The Controller’s Office recently spoke with members of the Emergency Management Department’s Community Preparedness Subcommittee meeting about Controller Galperin’s online resource, “How to Build a Financial First Aid Kit.” The interactive tool is a guide to keeping financial documents safe, secure and accessible during the pandemic and in case of any other emergency. It provides a simple checklist to help Angelenos stay financially safe, secure and prepared for whatever may come.
 
“The coronavirus pandemic — and the economic fallout resulting from it — has highlighted the importance of emergency preparedness, especially when it comes to managing finances,” said Controller Galperin. “Building a financial first aid kit is something we should all seriously consider putting together. My guide lists out what you need to include, how to safely store and secure these items, and tips to ensure that your documents and information are always up to date.”
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.
LADOT Al Fresco Dining Applications

The L.A. Al Fresco program has been a lifeline to Los Angeles restaurants during the pandemic, with more than 2,000 restaurants permitted to-date. While outdoor dining is temporarily suspended, LADOT continues to process and approve applications and implement curbside and street closure dining operations for use as soon as restrictions are lifted. With $2 Million in CARES Act funding to be fulfilled by year's end, LADOT is urging businesses to apply in time to be reimbursed. To apply, click here.
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 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 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.

Did you know small businesses impacted by the pandemic may qualify for tax credits and other relief? Find out what options are available.
REMINDERS
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
Reminders for programs you may be aware of.
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