TOGETHER FOR LA
Helping Your Business During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Resources for Small Business, Micro-Enterprise & Non-Profit Organizations

About Together for LA

The Los Angeles County Community Connectory launched in April 2020 in response to the rapidly spreading COVID-19 pandemic and the economic crisis that it continues to cause. This challenging situation called for the immediate creation of a new aggressive outreach initiative to target and provide crucial resources for vulnerable small businesses, micro-enterprises, non-profit organizations, women owned and diverse-owned businesses most impacted by COVID-19, to ensure that they have access to technical assistance and resources to overcome challenges and be resilient throughout the pandemic.

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Resources for Small Business, Micro-Enterprise and Non-profit Organizations

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Available per industry for Small Business, Micro-Enterprise, Non-profit Organizations and Workforce

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"With everything being online it's easy to forget that actual people are doing the work and fighting for us. It's been such a huge struggle being closed down for so long. It feels good to be acknowledge that being a brick and mortar business has been so much more challenging during this."

Serendipity

"Your valuable guidance could not have arrived at a better time - our business, as so many others, will benefit immensely from your services during these uncertain times. I feel proud to live in a community that values it’s small businesses and provides such generous programs as LAEDC."

The Printing Center

"We appreciate the interest that the LAEDC has taken by checking in with our small non-profit arts organization. I am impressed with the personal outreach and the sharing of critical resources aimed at recovery."

L.A. Contemporary Exhibitions

"I have been in business for 7 years and was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. I am grateful for LAEDC for reaching out to me and providing several resources. They referred me to an agency where they helped me with the PPP program, and I was able to obtain financial assistance."

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Business Resources

COVID-19 Resources, Grant and Loan Opportunities Available per industry for Small Business, Micro-Enterprise, Non-profit Organizations and Workforce.

As rebound resources become available, the Community Connectory will pivot to providing crucial updates and information for small businesses and individuals financially recovering from COVID-19.

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Verizon Small Business Digital Ready Training & Grant

ABOUT: The Verizon Small Business Digital Ready Training online curriculum is designed to give small businesses like yours the personalized tools to succeed in today’s digital world. Learning modules, expert...

KKR Small Business Builders Grant

Created as a key pillar of KKR’s COVID-19 Relief Effort, KKR Small Business Builders (SBB) aims to support entrepreneurs and their small businesses around the world. The grants are designed...

Fast Break for Small Business Grants

LegalZoom has teamed up with the NBA, WBNA, and NBA G League to assist communities by helping small business owners. Fast Break for Small Business is a $6 million commitment in grants and...

Office Depot Small Business Cash Grant

Los Angeles Urban League presents a grant opportunity, sponsored and funded by Office Depot. Total Grant Amount is $30,000. Six (6) $5,000 individual grants will be awarded to target demographic...

Walmart Community Academy

ABOUT: Walmart launched Community Academy, a free program that leverages Walmart’s network of 200+ Walmart Academies across the country to offer educational opportunities for entrepreneurs who are seeking to start...

SoGal Black Founder Startup Grant

ABOUT: Black women founders are the fastest growing demographic of entrepreneurs out of any throughout history. These founders are best equipped to solve some of the world’s largest unmet needs,...

The Coalition to Back Black Businesses Grant

ABOUT: The Coalition to Back Black Businesses is a multi-year initiative to support Black small business owners and the communities they serve as they recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and...

Comcast RISE Program

Recently, small businesses have been dealing with the ongoing impact of the pandemic, social unrest, and environmental events. Small businesses owned by people of color have been some of the...

Disaster Preparedness Guide for Small Business

Natural disasters – whether a hurricane, tornado, or outbreak like COVID-19 – can have a disastrous effect on small businesses, but they don’t have to. Here’s how to weather a...

Power Forward Small Business Grant

ABOUT: Vistaprint and the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation launched the Power Forward Small Business Grant in partnership with NAACP and announced a combined commitment of $1 million. This grant program...

Southern California Edison Resources

Economic Development Assistance – Southern California Edison (SCE) Economic Development Advisors provide one-on-one, specialized consulting service at no cost to you. After assessing your unique business issues, they will propose...

Amber Grant Foundation Grant

ABOUT: The Amber Grant Foundation was set to help women small business owners and non-profit organizations – and awards atleast $10,000 each month to one recipient; additional grants are often...

Community Events

LA South Chamber of Commerce Virtual Small Business Resources Fair – November 9, 2021, 10:00am-12:00pm Southern California Edison Small Business Summit – October 28, 2021, 10:00am Educational sessions and resources...

Gas and Electricity Bill Financial Relief

You can contact your local neighborhood center to receive financial relief up to $100 to be applied toward your SCE energy and SCG gas bills. Proof of income will be...

California Competes Tax Credit & Grant

CALIFORNIA COMPETES TAX CREDIT: The California Competes Tax Credit (CCTC) is an income tax credit available to businesses that want to locate in California or stay and grow in California....

Intuit Aid Assist

Navigating the complexities of COVID-19 federal relief programs can be intimidating and time consuming. That’s why Intuit created Intuit Aid Assist, a free interactive tool that helps small business owners...

California SmartMatch

The top reasons businesses have been utilizing California SmartMatch? To find more veteran-owned, minority-owned, and disadvantaged suppliers. To improve the cost and quality of their supplier network. To find local...

Legal Assistance & Resources

L.A. Represents is an unprecedented legal assistance initiative to help thousands of Angelenos who are facing extreme hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I need a lawyer to help me...

Managing Business Finances in a Pandemic

Managing Business Finances in a Pandemic https://www.inc.com/elizabeth-gore/manage-money-company-finances-small-business-coronavirus. 5 Good Tips for Managing Business Finances in a Pandemic https://hbr.org/2020/04/a-way-forward-for-small-businesses  Understanding Venture Capital as a Way to Manage Business Finances in a...

COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide

USDA and its Federal partners have programs that can be used to provide immediate and long-term assistance to rural communities negatively impacted by COVID-19. These programs can support recovery efforts...

Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants

If you are an undocumented adult living in California who is experiencing hardship because of the COVID-19 pandemic and is not eligible for other forms of assistance (such as the...

Entertainment & Arts Industry COVID-19 Resources

Los Angeles County Arts and Culture – Resources for Artists and Organizations Getty Foundation – Los Angeles Arts Recovery Fund National Endowment for the Arts The Actors Fund – With a...

Fashion Industry COVID-19 Resources

The Apparel Mentor – prepare to manufacture with a USA factory with coaching, mentorship and online classes Human B – fashion business webinars provide tools, tips, and resources to start,...

Beauty Salon & Barber Shop COVID-19 Resources

California Department of Public Health Industry Guidance: Hair Salons and Barber Shops Professional Beauty Association This fund will assist licensed beauty professionals who are unable to work due to COVID...

Gym & Fitness Studio COVID-19 Resources

Los Angeles Department of Public Health Fitness Establishment Reopening Protocols http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/docs/protocols/Reopening_FitnessEstablishments.pdf  IHRSA Reopening Strategy Lessons from HV/LP Health Clubs webinar (previously recorded) Download  MindBody How to Reopen Your Fitness Studio...

Restaurant & Hospitality COVID-19 Resources

US Foods https://www.usfoods.com/about-us-foods/coronavirus-covid-19-resources California Restaurant Association www.calrest.org/coronavirus/webinars California Restaurant Association www.calrest.org/coronavirus-resources Restaurant Workers Community Foundation www.restaurantworkerscf.org AFL-CIO Federal and State Resources for Workers – Find unemployment insurance benefit resources and related...

Recovery Strategies

Concannon Miller Strategic Financial Planning Steps to Boost Business Post-Pandemic Boston Consulting Group Boston Consulting Group COVID Recovery McKinsey & Company From Surviving to Thriving: Reimagining the Post-COVID-19 Return Ernst...

Employer Testing Resources

County of Los Angeles Public Health COVID-19 Mobile Vaccine Clinic LA County Testing Guidelines for Residents and Employers Labcorp Employer Testing Services Department of Fair Employment and Housing Information on...

Reopening Guides

Safer at Work Los Angeles County State of California Reopening Protocols and Guides Statewide Industry Guidance to Reduce Risk PwC Reopening Guide Reboot: Returning to the Workplace L.A. County Health...

Foreclosure Prevention & Mortgage Relief Program

ABOUT: The Foreclosure Prevention & Mortgage Relief Program has been developed in partnership with the LA County Board of Supervisors, NHS Center for Economic Recovery and the Department of Consumer...

Safer at Work

Safer at Work Los Angeles County  Together, we’re committed to reopening LA County as safely as possible. Our region’s mission is to thrive in the new normal. This site will...

Financial Navigators Program

The L.A. County Financial Navigators program, operated by the Los Angeles County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs’ Center for Financial Empowerment (CFE) in partnership with Cities for Financial Empowerment...

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Program

ABOUT: Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses has partnered with Long Beach City College and Los Angeles City College to provide a practical business and management education program for business owners...

More Workforce Resources

The Labor & Workforce Development Agency (LWDA) wants to keep workers, employers, co-workers, and families safe. What employees are entitled to may be confusing. The LWDA is trying to make...

I Need Work Right Now — Who’s Hiring?

In the Los Angeles region, numerous sectors are hiring right now. First, visit a new webpage that City of Los Angeles has created — the LA Jobs Portal, and use...

Assistance Programs for Workers during COVID-19

There are several programs aimed at helping workers facing financial hardships due to COVID-19. The following document features crucial information on how to access those programs. To view the document,...

Federal Stimulus Package for Residents / Workers

LAEDC has received the following information about the CARES Act relief for Americans in the federal package. Here are the details: Coronavirus: Q&A related to individuals CASH PAYMENTS TO AMERICANS...

Hire L.A.’s Youth Program

HIRE L.A.’s Youth will help you prepare for a summer or year round job. HIRE L.A. will help you write your resume, practice interviews, and learn how to manage the...

EDD Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) Program

As part of the CARES Act, the new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program offers aid to unemployed Californians who are business owners, self-employed, independent contractors, have limited work history, and...

LA Controller, Ron Galperin COVID 19 Resources

L.A. Controller – Ron Galperine COVID-19 Dashboard: Updated daily Map of stimulus checks Food bank resources for food insecurity: by city, county, state Microloan tracker map of small businesses who...

4,500 Job Opportunities with EDD

EDD Mass Hiring Effort for 4,500 New Staff: Will be trained in call center operations, processing UI claims, analyzing documents from claimants and employers to make wage determination benefits Includes...

Nonprofit Relief Provided in the CARES Act

The Cares Act provides significant relief for nonprofit (not-for-profit) organizations. Read how to apply for relief funds at the website of Independent Sector, the national membership organization that brings together...

Philanthropy California

Philanthropy California is an alliance of Northern California, Southern California, and San Diego Grantmakers. Philanthropy California’s disaster resilience team is coordinating with state agencies and partners to respond to the...

Center for Nonprofit Management Resource Center

The Center for Nonprofit Management Resource Center has compiled a list of trusted resources to aid nonprofits who have been negatively impacted due to COVID-19. CNM will continue to update...

Nonprofit COVID-19 Resources

Chronicle of Philanthropy 8 Steps to Recover Your Nonprofit CCS Resources on Nonprofit Fundraising in the time of COVID Fiscal Strength for Nonprofits PPP Toolbox Nonprofit HR Webinar/Virtual Town Hall...

California Community Foundation

CCF endeavors to be the destination foundation for donors and nonprofits that are passionately committed to creating systemic change in Los Angeles County. They aim to address the root causes...

Vaccine Access Fund

ABOUT: In partnership with Uber, PayPal and Walgreens, LISC has created the Vaccine Access Fund to support free Uber rides to and from COVID-19 vaccine sites for people in communities...

Additional Finance & Loan Resources

California IBank has low-interest and state-guaranteed business loans and microloans for small business borrowers who have been impacted by regional disasters and who need term loans or lines of credit...

City of L.A. Business Resilience Toolkit

New City of LA Business Resilience Toolkit The City of LA Mayor’s Office has published a solid collection of resources and recommendations for employers. Download Now

Google COVID-19 Response & Business Resources

Google has created a dedicated website of resources for small businesses to help business owners navigate some of the challenges presented by COVID-19 and the need for physical distancing. Easy-to-use...

PwC COVID-19 Navigator for Businesses

Assess the potential impact to your business and gauge your readiness to respond PwC provides this useful tool, the PwC COVID-19 Navigator, to help businesses and other employers understand the...

City of LA Micro-loan Program

A new micro-loan program for small businesses in City of Los Angeles is planned to being operation, with loan amounts from $5,000 to $20,000. https://ewddlacity.com/index.php/microloan-program The newly established Small Business...

CDC Small Business Finance Loans

CDC Small Business Finance just launched 2 more emergency loan products. CDC Small Business Finance is a non-profit lender providing capital to small businesses so they can expand, grow and...

New Main Street Lending Program

The Main Street Lending Program is designed to provide support to small and medium-sized businesses and their employees across the United States during the current period of financial strain by...

U.S. Chamber Guide on PPP Loan Forgiveness

Under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), loans may be forgiven if borrowers use the proceeds to maintain their payrolls and pay other specified expenses. The Treasury Department and Small Business...

Lockheed Martin Announces New COVID-19 Relief Program

Lockheed Martin has announced a new COVID-19 relief program, along with charitable contributions to strengthen communities, supply chains, and the workforce. For a detailed breakdown of how Lockheed Martin plans...

Looting Loss Loans Available Immediately

Jewish Free Loan Association is offering interest-free loans up to $18,000 to all residents of Los Angeles or Ventura County. Two guarantors are required. Funds can be used for debris cleanup, graffiti...

McKinsey & Company COVID Response Center

The McKinsey & Company COVID Response Center builds on their insights from working closely with public and private sector leaders who are grappling with the coronavirus outbreak in North America...

Disaster Aid Due to Civil Unrest

The L.A. County Office of Emergency Management is asking all  small business owners who  have suffered physical damage or economic injury due to recent civil unrest to register online. This...

Calling All Californians: #ShopSafeShopLocal

Join the State of California as they create a movement to support ALL of California’s small businesses – which define our neighborhoods and create economic vitality in California. The website...

Property Damage Repair Due to Current Events

If your property incurred damage due to current events and would like to request an assessment inspection of the damage, please contact the Department of Building and Safety Emergency Division...

Resources for Small Businesses and Start-Ups

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. For a complete...

Business Emergency Support: Paint Restoration Program

In an effort to offset the challenges presented by looting and property defacement that occurred during recent public demonstrations, the Mayor’s Office will be partnering with the Painter’s and Allied Trades...

State of California COVID-19 Response Kit

Let’s all work together to keep our California communities healthy. “The state is mobilizing at every level to proactively and aggressively protect the health and well-being of Californians, but we...

Virtually Meet with Small Business Counselors

Schedule a FREE one-on-one appointment to learn how to sell to the government The LA County Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) offers one-on-one technical assistance and training to help businesses...

California Rebuilding Fund

The California Rebuilding Fund is a public-private partnership that is aggregating funding from private, philanthropic, and public sector sources – including a $25 million anchor commitment from IBank – to...

CA Small Business Fact Sheet

The first step in doing business with the County of Los Angeles starts with registering as a County vendor. Vendors who register with the County of Los Angeles can participate...

LA CARES Corps

LA CARES Corps is a partnership between the City and County of LA to provide small businesses with the help they need to apply for federal loans under the CARES...

Government Grants for Small Businesses in 2021

What are small business grants? A small business grant is a predetermined sum of money that government agencies and/or private entities give to small businesses. It can loosely be called...

Jewish Free Loan Association

To qualify for a small business loan, You must be a permanent resident of Los Angeles or Ventura county. You must have credit scores of 580 or better, can demonstrate...

La Optimized

Helping Small Businesses Confront the Impacts of COVID-19 The Mayor and the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development are digitizing Los Angeles small businesses with LA Optimized! With the onset of...

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL)

ABOUT: This loan provides economic relief to small businesses and nonprofit organizations that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. ELIGIBILITY: Small business owners and qualified agricultural businesses in...

Metro’s Business Interruption Fund

About: Metro’s Business Interruption Fund (BIF) provides financial assistance to small “mom and pop” businesses located along the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project, the Little Tokyo area and the 2nd/Broadway segment* along...

Procurement Technical Assistance Center

The first step in doing business with the County of Los Angeles starts with registering as a County vendor. Vendors who register with the County of Los Angeles can participate...

Upcoming Event Calendar

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October 26, 2021
11:00am-12:00pm
Together for L.A. "City of L.A. Comeback Checks Program" Grants for Small Businesses Webinar

To support struggling for-profit small businesses, the Mayor of Los Angeles and City Council have allocated American Rescue Plan Act funding to implement a series of programs to uplift City of L.A. small businesses and promote a strong and equitable economic recovery in the City. Learn about the "Comeback Checks Program" with $37M in grants, including: Restaurant and Small Business Recovery Program & Small Business Rental Assistance Program.

Details:
November 12, 2021
11:00am-12:00pm
"Is Your Business Prepared to Outsmart Disaster?" Webinar

In this introductory webinar, we will cover information on the Outsmart disaster program, challenge and next steps. Outsmart Disaster webinar series is most ideal for small sized manufacturing businesses in LA County.

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November 18, 2021
11:00am-12:00pm
"Tips, Tools and Best Practices to Outsmart Disaster" Webinar

Outsmart Disaster webinar series is most ideal for small sized manufacturing businesses in LA County.

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December 10, 2021
11:00am-12:00pm
"Outsmart Disaster - Risk and Business Resiliency" Webinar

Outsmart Disaster partners are LAEDC, California Academy for Economic Development, Edison International, California Association for Local Economic Development and Together for LA.

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