We want to keep you updated with information that will help you and your business and hope you find these links useful.
The Small Business Stabilization Loan Program is an affordable and flexible business loan program to support and help stabilize businesses in Los Angeles County. Loans range from $50,000 to $3 million, and can be used for working capital, equipment purchases, inventory, or refinancing of existing loans at higher interest rates.
We will begin accepting applications on January 28, 2021, and the application period will remain open indefinitely. In order to apply, eligible businesses will be required to attend the “Applying for An Affordable & Flexible LACDA Loan” webinar and complete a one-on-one counseling session. Learn more at
  • Friday, January 22, 2021 - COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution - Please join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Friday, January 22, 2021 at 3:00 pm ET / 1:00 pm MT / 12:00 pm PT / 10:00 am Hawaii for a briefing on the COVID-19 vaccine rollout at the state level. Featured speakers will include Association of State and Territorial Health Officials senior vice president for Pandemic Response and Recovery James Blumenstock and Texas Department of State Health Services commissioner John Hellerstedt who will provide an update on how states are allocating, distributing, and administering COVID-19 vaccines. We will also discuss how states are developing public education campaigns and working with partners to accelerate the delivery of vaccines to millions of Americans. Click here to learn more and to register now.

Join us for this update on continuing trends
and economic impacts in Los Angeles County
The LAEDC Institute for Applied Economics (IAE) Director, Shannon Sedgwick will be offering insights into the ongoing ramifications and the road to recovery from the COVID-19-induced recession with an update on jobs, unemployment and industry performance, as companies seek to be Safer at Work and homes continue to double as offices and schoolrooms.

Vaccination Update for Our Community
Residents of our community who are 65 years old and older can now register for COVID-19 vaccination appointments. The opening of appointment registration for a new tier today comes as the County opens five large capacity vaccination sites.
Beware of Vaccine Scams 

During the COVID-19 pandemic, scammers are using robocalls, social media posts, and emails to take advantage of fear, anxiety, and confusion about the pandemic. Now that the COVID-19 vaccine is in Los Angeles County, scammers are targeting local residents with new, vaccine-related schemes. 
  • Covid-19 vaccine is being distributed in a fair and transparent way. 
  • Covid-19 vaccine will be given to Los Angeles County residents at no cost and regardless of immigration status. 
Learn more at
Covid-19 Resource Sheet
The available information, resources, loans, grants, and tools for assisting businesses during theCovid-19 pandemic shift over time. While this is not an exhaustive list, the resources listed below are current as of 1/19/2020
. Valley Economic Alliance staff will update these resources as frequently as we can. Please check back often.

The Ultimate Bid: Super Bowl LVI!
The Los Angeles Super Bowl Host Committee and NFL are working to support minority, woman, LGBTQ+ and veteran-owned businesses through the Super Bowl LVI Business Connect program.
Up to 250 local and diverse businesses will be accepted into the Business Connect program for the opportunity to bid on Super Bowl LVI related contracts. Selected businesses can also receive free professional development workshops and networking opportunities.
Application deadline is Monday, February 1, 2021.

COVID-19 Prevention Plan for Grocery Store Employers
Join a free training with UC Berkeley to learn how to protect your employees from COVID-19. Sessions are filling up quickly! Waitlist is available. 

Learn How the COVID-19 Recovery Fund Can Help You!
The County of Los Angeles is home to more than 244,000 businesses, with more women-owned and minority-owned businesses than any other in the nation. This unprecedented pandemic inspired a partnership among the County, City of Los Angeles, and LISC to bring more than $100M to struggling organizations.
Follow @LACountyDCBA on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram this week as we highlight five grant recipients!
Two Free Legal Webinars to Help Business Owners!
Join us for two free legal webinars with our non-profit partner Bet Tzedek! 
  • Tomorrow, January 22: Learn about reorganizing your business during times of crisis. 
  • Thursday, January 28: Learn the practical aspects of protecting your intellectual property.

Webinar: L.A. County Connections Series
Join us for a webinar on Thursday, January 28th at 10 am, to learn how to do business with the County's Department of Public Works. This webinar series will introduce you to the County's different departments and more importantly, the types of products and services they purchase from businesses like you!

New Webinar Series For Small Businesses!
The Los Angeles County Development Authority (LACDA) has launched a new online resource to help your business navigate through economic uncertainty and prepare you for a post-COVID-19 economy. The BizHelp Program will offer support and resources through a series of webinars!
The free program is available to all businesses in the County of Los Angeles! Topics include tips for successfully securing financial resources, operating post COVID-19, understanding basics in accounting and bookkeeping, and improving credit for business owners. Registration is required to participate.

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.
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.
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.
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