We want to keep you updated with information that will help you and your business and hope you find these links useful.
Community Navigator Pilot Program
WHAT: The Community Navigator Pilot Program is accepting grant applications! See if you qualify for the benefits of this program's excellent grant and contracting opportunities to help small businesses start, grow, and thrive in today’s competitive economy. Click here to watch SBA Administrator, Isabella Casillas Guzman, announce the program.
WHEN: The deadline for this application is Monday, July 12, 2021. 
Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness
Did your business receive a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan? Find out if you are eligible for PPP loan forgiveness!  
FREE Legal Webinar:
Contract Basics for Small Businesses
WHAT: Check out this FREE legal webinar to learn about the basics of contracting for small businesses, presented by the Los Angeles County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs and Bet Tzedek. Attendees will learn:
  • Steps necessary to form and enforce a contract
  • Definitions of basic contract terms
  • Consequences of a broken contract term and remedies
  • Other practical considerations when entering into contracts. 
WHEN: Thursday, June 24, 2021 from 12:00PM – 1:30PM
TMC Community Capital is launching the Valley Rising Small Business Recovery fund in partnership with the Drachkovitch Foundation to alleviate some of the struggling small businesses across the San Fernando Valley. This grant program is intended for small businesses of almost all industries in the cities of Studio City, Sherman Oaks, Van Nuys, Encino, North Hollywood, Toluca Lake, and Burbank.
Ten small businesses will be selected at random to be awarded $10,000. This program opens on Thursday, June 17th at 9:00 a.m. and closes on June 23rd at 11:59 p.m. Winners will be notified on June 28th. We would love for you to share this information with your community and for more information you can visit us at . For any additional questions feel free to reach out.
The following public information is a summary of events managed by the Los Angeles County Emergency Operations Center (EOC). The County EOC is tasked with coordinating emergency response and Countywide resources to address the COVID-19 disaster. Please share this information with your family, fellow residents, municipal, state, and community partners.

SBA and Public Private Strategies Institute are hosting several webinars from June to August to help you get your business back on track.
  • Hear about what steps you can take now to learn and take advantage of new and existing programs that are available at the SBA
  • Get an update regarding programs and recent policy announcements made by the Biden-Harris Administration
  • Have your questions answered by SBA Leadership and small business experts
  • Learn how you can become a vaccine leader in your community
  • Discover tools and resources you can use to take your business digital
These sessions are open to any small business owner and leader. They are divided geographically by SBA regions and feature guest speakers from the corresponding areas. However, the majority of the information pertains to a national audience, so you may register for a webinar outside your location.
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?
Strengthening Small Businesses: From Access to Opportunity
Join our partners for a National Virtual Conference this month!
Strengthening Small Businesses: From Access to Opportunity will take place June 29 - June 30. This dynamic conference lineup includes small business experts from the National Institutes of Health, HUBZone, Administration of Children and Families, and the Indian Health Service, in conversation with some of the country’s top HCAs and Small Business Specialists.
What will you find at this free, small business conference?
  • A completely virtual, simulated conference accessed from the comfort of your home or office.
  • A fun, high-energy, and collaborative environment.
  • Business-critical keynote presentations from incredible speakers to drive immediate action and business growth.
  • Virtual webinars, panel discussions and workshops delivered by government and industry experts.
  • An opportunity to meet one on one with HHS representatives, prime contractors and financial institutions in the virtual exhibit hall.
  • eMatchmaking opportunities with federal government and commercial organizations looking for your capabilities.
Free media and reference materials in your virtual swagbag to accelerate your access to success!
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.

The Emergency Broadband Benefit is an FCC program to help households struggling to pay for internet service during the pandemic. This new benefit will connect eligible households to jobs, critical healthcare services, and virtual classrooms.
As of Wednesday, May 12, 2021, eligible households will be able to enroll in the program to receive a monthly discount off the cost of broadband service from an approved provider. Eligible households can enroll through an approved provider or by visiting
The Emergency Broadband Benefit will provide a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute $10 to $50 toward the purchase price.
The Emergency Broadband Benefit is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household.
Check out the Broadband Benefit Consumer FAQ for more information about the benefit and please continue to check this page for program updates.
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.
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

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.
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.
Virtual Events, Meetings and Webinars
Reminders for programs you may be aware of.
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