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CDC: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The CDC has compiled guidance for businesses and employers based on current guidelines. The CDC is providing this guidance to help prevent workplace exposures to COVID-19 (in non-healthcare settings) and planning considerations for community spread.
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Resources for Businesses and Employers.
The CARES Act
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, $376 billion stimulus package, legislation recently passed to aid small businesses during the pandemic and economic downturn. The program will provide much-needed relief to millions of small businesses, so they can sustain their businesses and keep their workers employed.
As of April 20, 2020, these funds have been depleted. However, the White House and Congress are working on a second round of stimulus for small businesses.
Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses, including businesses located in Gardena due to substantial economic injury because of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Funding is limited and applicants are encouraged to apply early and for multiple types of loans.
The SBA has a full menu of loan options including SBA Debt Relief, SBA Express Bridge Loans, EIDL Loan Advance and Paycheck Protection Program. See the various funding relief programs here.
Eligibility for Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) is based on the financial impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
For assistance, contact (800) 659-2955 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.
The deadline to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan is Dec. 16, 2020.
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is available to all businesses with 500 employees or less. If a business has more than 500 employees, determine eligibility by checking with SBA employee-based standards. Loans can be used for payroll costs, benefits, interest or mortgage obligations, rent or utilities. Applications are now available by applying here.
Small Business Finance Center (SBFC)
The state of California’s CA Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank’s (IBANK) Disaster Relief Loan Guarantee Program (DRLGP) for small businesses affected by COVID-19 is also accepting applications.
More information on the Small Business Finance Center (SBFC) IBANK Disaster Relief Loan is available here.
Gardena Small Business Assistance Program (SBAP)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: CLOSED
The City of Gardena is providing Business Assistance to address the adverse repercussion of the novel coronavirus to the economy, to jobs, and therefore to businesses. This program will assist qualified Gardena businesses undergoing financial hardship due to COVID-19.
1. Must be a business with 20 or fewer employees on the current payroll.
2. Awardees will receive assistance for their monthly commercial rent/lease payment not to exceed$2,000 per month for up to three (3) months OR $3,375 per month for up to six (6) months.
3. The amount of assistance will depend on the willingness of the landlord of the property to reduce rent by 25% each month for the period of the City’s assistance.
4. All applications will be reviewed to establish qualification for the program.
5. The City anticipates receiving a substantial response to this program, funding awards will be provided through a random selection process or lottery.
6. All awardees will be contacted and provided with further information regarding the award.
7. Qualified applications not randomly selected for award will be retained by the City and revisited should additional funding become available for this program.
More information on this program and the application can be found: https://www.cityofgardena.org/gardena-business-assistance-program/
Facebook Small Business Grants Program
"We know that your business may be experiencing disruptions resulting from the global outbreak of COVID-19. We’ve heard that a little financial support can go a long way, so we are offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits to help during this challenging time," according to facebook.com.
More information on Facebook Small Business Grants Program is available here.
James Beard Foundation
The James Beard Foundation is assisting restaurants, bars, and other food and beverage operations economic relief by launching a fund that will gather support from corporate, foundation, and individual donors to provide micro-grants to independent food and beverage businesses in need.
More information on the James Beard Foundation Fund is available here.
Go Fund Me
The Small Business Relief Initiative was started by GoFundMe to help small businesses that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and empower their communities to rally behind them. This fund will provide small business owners with the financial support and resources needed to continue running their businesses during and after the coronavirus crisis.
As part of the Small Business Relief Initiative, GoFundMe, Yelp, and Intuit QuickBooks have each donated $500,000 to the Small Business Relief Fund. Supporters can donate to the Small Business Relief Fund and GoFundMe.org will provide grants to small businesses across the United States, starting with the hardest hit areas. The Small Business Relief Fund will issue $500 matching grants to qualifying businesses that raise at least $500 on GoFundMe.
Yelp has established $25 million in relief focused to support independent local restaurant and nightlife businesses by waiving advertising fees, offering free advertising, products and services during this period. As part of this relief effort, restaurants and businesses remaining open will receive free access to Yelp page upgrades including Business Highlights and Call To Action as well as Connect, which will help them communicate timely information to their customers. Restaurants will also receive three months of free access to Yelp Reservations and Waitlist. For restaurant clients that offer delivery and/or takeout, Yelp will provide $100 in free search advertising. In addition to waiving advertising fees for independent restaurant and nightlife clients during this period, Yelp also offers support for independent local advertisers in other categories that are struggling to pay their bills during this difficult time. More details on the restaurant and nightlife business relief program can be found here.
South Bay Workforce Investment Board
For employers and employees in need of assistance, the South Bay Workforce Development Board (SBWIB) have implemented multiple guides and resources. Topics for businesses include grants and loans available for employers; planning tools to help with navigating these uncertain times; guidance for companies; and other resources for local business. Employees will find ways to stay informed; what to do if they become sick, laid off or their hours are reduced; and how-to YouTube videos to apply for unemployment or disability insurance. The guides also include details about managing finances; temporary or new employment opportunities; available jobs; government support like tax deferral; deferment of bills; Gardena One-Stop Centers for job seekers; and more. For more information, visit https://www.sbwib.org/
Guides and Weblinks:
You can visit the Gardena One-Stop at: 16801 South Western Ave, Gardena, CA 90247. If you’d like to speak directly with a Gardena Client Advisor, please reach out to Carla Cortez at email@example.com or by calling: (310)-538-7070
California Employment Development Department (EDD)
Businesses should check their insurance coverage to determine if they have business interruption insurance, which generally helps protect against lost income after a covered peril that affects a business.
Businesses should consult their banks to confirm financial services available including emergency access to capital, small business loans and waivers for late fees.
For more information, visit Employment Development department COVID-19 FAQs.
State of California Economic Development
Unemployment Insurance Work-Sharing Program
Employers who are considering laying off employees due to a slowdown in business from the coronavirus can apply for the UI Work-Sharing Program, which partially offsets reduced worker hours and wages with UI benefits. The program allows you to retain trained employees and quickly prepare for when business improves.
You can apply for a Work-Sharing plan by completing the application and mailing it to the address on the top of the form.
City of Gardena Moratorium on Eviction of Commercial Tenants
The City of Gardena City Council adopted Urgency Ordinance No, 1819 on Thursday, March 26, 2020, establishing a temporary moratorium on the eviction of residential or commercial tenants who are unable to pay rent due to the impacts of COVID-19. The intention of this ordinance is to avoid the unnecessary displacement of tenants during this state of emergency
To take advantage of the protections provided in Urgency Ordinance No. 1819, residential and commercial tenants are required to do the following within 30 days after the rent is due: 1. Notify the landlord in writing of the substantial COVID-19 related financial impacts 2. Provide documentation in writing establishing substantial COVID-19 related financial impacts 3. Pay the portion of rent that the tenant is able to pay
Visit the Adoption Ordinance Memo from the City Manager Here
CA.GOV: California Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Get help for small businesses: The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) has compiled helpful information for employers, employees, and all Californians as it relates to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Los Angeles County Economic & Business Resources
Los Angeles County has provided a tremendous amount of resources to meet the needs of businesses – including those in Gardena – impacted by COVID-19.
These resources we’ve listed below can support businesses with challenges such as lay-off aversion, loans, utility reduction programs, and community resources mapping.
Businesses can call the City of Gardena Economic Development Department at (310) 217-9533 from 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday. Our team is available to assist and assess situations, and offer resources tailored to meet individual business needs.
Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation
As a finalist for the 2019 Most Business-Friendly City Award we’re proud to have a strong relationship with the LAEDC. The LAEDC has launched
During these unprecedented times, the LAEDC has established a LA COVID-19 Community Connectory which seeks to provide crucial resources for vulnerable residents, small businesses, and nonprofits. The Community Connectory:
All the services of LA Community Connectory are provided at no charge, in keeping with LAEDC’s public-benefit mission, and true to our history of helping save over 240,000 direct jobs in LA County over the past 20 years. Email LAEDC for direct assistance to overcome challenges your organization is facing: firstname.lastname@example.org
LAEDC Direct Assistance
LAEDC has prioritized coronavirus relief for small businesses and nonprofits and is working to serve them in the following ways:
Please call the LAEDC staff at 213-236-4837, or reach out via email to email@example.com
SBDC: Small Business Development Center (Los Angeles)
SBDC has COVID-19 step-by-step video guides, webinars, online business consulting and other downloadable online resources.
Downloadable SBDC Guide the Latest News and Resources for Your Business.
Download this guide to learn about FAQs regarding Employment Development Department (EDD) resources, SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program, our SBDC Finance Center, how we can help – and more!
California Manufacturing Network (CMTC)
CMTC has COVID-19 related resources and information designed specifically for manufacturers. Topics include:
CMTC will also be conducting webinars on Workplace Safety and other topics pertinent to COVID-19. If your Gardena manufacturing business can benefit from these services and you would like to speak directly to a representative from CMTC or participate in the webinars, you can reach out directly to: Client Advisor, Linda Rosenberg: (310) 363-1540 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA)
The Council of Development Finance Agencies is a national association dedicated to the advancement of development finance concerns and interests. According to the association, CDFA is comprised of the nation’s leading and most knowledgeable members of the development finance community representing hundreds of public, private and non-profit development entities. Members are state, county and municipal development finance agencies and authorities that provide or otherwise support economic development financing programs as well as a variety of non-governmental and private organizations including bankers, underwriters, attorneys, financial advisors and other organizations interested in development finance.
Development finance has always been at the forefront of recovering from natural disasters and economic challenges. The CDFA COVID-19 Resource Center is a collection of financing programs and resources to address disaster relief and recovery.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
All employers should be implementing strategies to protect their workforce from the coronavirus while ensuring continuity of operations.
Created by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, these guides are based on information provided by the CDC to help employers and employees prepare for and address the impacts of the coronavirus.
CO— (by U.S. Chamber of Commerce) is working to bring you the best resources and information to help you navigate this challenging time. The coronavirus pandemic is affecting small businesses in a variety of ways. From loss of business to remote work, things are changing fast during the COVID-19 outbreak and businesses are being forced to adapt. Additionally, you can refer to your state chamber for helpful resources. The State of California has a website and dedicated page to Covid-19 resources.
Explore the opportunity to do business with FEMA to support the response to COVID-19 with your company’s non-medical goods and/or services. Submit your inquiry to the Department of Homeland Security’s Procurement Action Innovative Response (PAIR) team at DHSIndustryLiaison@hq.dhs.gov.
To sell medical supplies or equipment to the federal government, please submit a price quote under the COVID-19 PPE and Medical Supplies Request for Quotation. Full details can be found in the solicitation (Updated Notice ID 70FA2020R00000011).
This solicitation requires registration with the System for Award Management (SAM) in order to be considered for award, pursuant to applicable regulations and guidelines. Registration information can be found at www.sam.gov/SAM/. Registration must be “ACTIVE” at the time of award.