The California Office of the Small Business Advocate administers the California Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Grant, and Round 2 applications will open soon! To find out more about this program and how to qualify, visit www.caspsl.com.
If you’re a woman entrepreneur looking for resources, check out the SBA’s Ascent which is a free learning platform where you’ll have access to success stories, discussion guides, videos, exercises + tools, and much more. To access this resource, check www.ascent.sba.gov.
IBank works directly with nonprofits (called Financial Development Corporations) and Lenders to offer small business loan guarantees. As a small business, you can access the list of Lenders that participate in IBank’s loan guarantee programs, as well as contact information for their seven Financial Development Corporations, visit their Participating Lenders webpage to learn more.
Amazon Small Business Academy has on-demand resources to sharpen your knowledge on topics like finance, funding, fulfillment, and more. Access recordings of full-length webinars or view short, bite-sized videos that summarize key webinar takeaways.
This State Small Business Credit Initiative provides loan funding and grants to small businesses. Socially and economically disadvantaged individuals (SEDI) are a priority.
The employment training panel provides funding to employers to assist in upgrading the skills of their workers through training that leads to good-paying, long-term jobs.
You can also sign up for their newsletters and receive first-hand announcements of new opportunities.
The Controller’s Office has compiled the following resources from various agencies to help you navigate available COVID-related aid. For additional program information, please visit the agency’s website or contact your local government. The Controller’s Office will update these resources as more program information becomes available.
Funding available to affordable housing developers
Verizon Small Business Recovery Fund provides up to $10,000 per eligible applicant that has been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
This program provides business education, support services, and access to capital for growth-oriented entrepreneurs.
The NEXT program is for highly motivated small business owners and provides personalized coaching, knowledge, tools, and network to overcome obstacles and get to the next level. Applications for the 2022 program is now open.
Digital Ready is an online curriculum designed to give small businesses personalized tools to succeed in today's digital world. Learning modules, expert coaching, peer networking, access grant opportunities throughout the year and more.
SEMINAR ON ACCESSING GOVERNMENT FUNDING FOR NON-PROFITS
The Center for Nonprofit Management will be hosting in partnership with BDO FMA a seminar for non-profits on how to apply and access current and upcoming American Rescue Plan (APR) funding opportunities. The seminar will cover a variety of topics such as an introduction to different types of government funding to facilitate the management of this funding.
Eligible small businesses in the State of California can now apply for California Paid Family Leave Grants. These grants consist of up to $2,000 per employee using California’s Paid Family Leave program. For businesses with 1-50 employees, they can receive up to $2,000 per employee while businesses with 51-100 employees can receive up to $1,000 per employee utilizing the Paid Family Leave.
Bank of America announced a new program to help and create opportunities for generational wealth amongst minority and women business owners. This program will be made available to eligible minority and women business owners applying for Small Business Administration (SBA) 504 and 7(a) commercial real estate loans.
Founders First CDC will be awarding 30 businesses in Southern California with a grant that can be used towards growth capital to hire or rehire premium wage jobs.
The California Office of the Small Business Advocate is administering The California Dream Fund which provides microgrants of up to $10,000 to seed entrepreneurship and small business creation in the State of California.
Milestone Circles help entrepreneurs revitalize their vision for their business, set a critical business milestone and build a network of support to help them today and in the future. Join the community of women entrepreneurs who have gained access, resources, knowledge, and support through Milestone achievements.
The program provides education and direct representation on a number of legal issues such as: drafting and reviewing contracts, business structure, and entity formation; drafting and reviewing commercial leases; employment law advice covering issues such as hiring and termination, wage and hour rules, employee safety, paid leave, and benefits; application of COVID regulations to business operations; accessing COVID relief including loans and aid; other transactional matters like intellectual property assistance. For more information and to see all services offered, please visit lalegalhelp.org.
NASDAQ ENTREPRENEURIAL CENTER MILESTONE CIRCLES
The Milestone Circles program is designed to be a safe space for founders to take risks, share their wins, challenges and gain immediate support. Each 12-week cohort is grouped with other women entrepreneurs who complement each other’s drive, challenges, and/or is at a comparable stage of the company (age of company, stage of revenue, number of employees). The 2022-2023 Milestone Circles cohorts begin in July! Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
GOLDMAN SACHS 10,000 SMALL BUSINESSES PROGRAM
The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses - SoCal program provides participants with practical skills across topics such as financial statements, negotiation, marketing, and employee management, and helps them acquire the tools to develop a customized business plan for growth! The application deadline for the fall 2023 program is May 15, 2023. Apply now for this FREE 12-week practical business education program: www.10KSBapply.com.
Exciting news! Alhambra's Latino Restaurant Association, with funding from SoCalGas, is providing microgrants to local Latino, Latina, and AAPI-owned restaurants. Applications opened on July 25 and will be accepted until August 13. Eligible restaurants will receive a $2,500 microgrant. To learn more about eligibility requirements and how to apply, visit the LRA website.
Do you own a 1-4 unit rental property in LA County and have been financially impacted by COVID-19? If so, you could qualify for up to $30K to eliminate outstanding mortgage and utility payments!
The LA County APEX connects small businesses with government opportunities through technical assistance. They provide one-on-one technical support and training to small businesses in Los Angeles County to help them compete more effectively on federal, state, and local government contracts at no cost. LA County APEX services are free, in order to become an APEX client and receive one-on-one TA services please sign up on their website.
The Resilience Fund provides cash grants of $3,000 and one year of small business support services to independent restaurants. Apply now through April 30!
Get free Personal Protective Equipment for your business through PPE Unite.
Is an economic development program of DCBA’s Office of Small Business. They provide one-on-one technical assistance, information, and training to small businesses in Los Angeles County to help them compete more effectively on federal, state, and local government contracts at no cost.
This is a service offered by the Los Angeles County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs that assists prospective business owners to successfully open and grow their small businesses in the unincorporated areas of the County.
They have an Inclusive Innovation hub (iHubs2) located in East LA designed to stimulate partnerships, economic development, and job creation for underserved areas.
Los Angeles County is providing grants to a wide range of community-based organizations, non-profits, and small businesses to deliver much needed services to communities hit hardest by the pandemic. American Recovery Plan Act grants will be available through December 2024 and cover a wide range of needs from arts relief to community food resource grants to capacity building.
This program provides one-on-one mentorship and training to BIPOC businesses on the following areas of assistance:
Accessing local, state, and federal resources for growth
Digital marketing and marketing plans
Understanding and implementing health and safety protocols
Accessing local, state, and federal contracts
This provides COVID-19 Resources, Grant and Loan Opportunities for Small Business, Micro-Enterprise, Non-profit Organizations, and Workforce.
SCORE offers a variety of workshops to help businesses navigate important topics, such as website planning, insurance, marketing, and financial planning.
California Community Foundation (CCF) launched the COVID-19 LA County Response Fund to address the immediate and emerging needs of our region’s most vulnerable residents—from hardship relief to long-term recovery. This fund will support community needs identified by our partners in health, housing, education and immigration, and will aid impacted individuals through our Pass it Along Fund.
Find out more about the L.A. Regional COVID-19 Recovery Fund, the First Supervisorial District COVID-19 Business Relief Grant, and more loan and grant programs.
Landlords that missed property tax payments during the pandemic can request a waiver for late penalties.
LA County and the State are helping property owners who missed mortgage payments or are at risk of foreclosure.
RESTAURANTS: Save up to $4,000 per item - instantly. Eligible California businesses can save upfront on qualifying foodservice equipment – fryers, freezers, combination ovens, and much more.
You may be eligible for $26,000 per employee in COVID relief through the Restaurant Cash Infusion – a California Restaurant Association program.
You can get money back from SGVMWD just for buying and installing water-efficient appliances and fixtures! This rebate program covers a variety of products and is available to residents of Alhambra, Monterey Park, and Sierra Madre.
The Los Angeles County Office of Immigrant Affairs within the Department of Consumer and Business Affairs has launched a new grant program in order to support organizations that serve LA County immigrant residents who have been affected by the pandemic.
After two years of not charging late fees or shutting off water for non-payment, shut-offs and late fees will resume in September 2022. If you have a past due balance and are a low-income household, you can apply to receive financial assistance for past due residential water bills. The Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program offers a one-time payment of up to $2,000 to help pay residential water or wastewater utility bills and is offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
Resilia is supporting five nonprofit organizations with $1,000 microgrants. The deadline to apply is December 9th and you can find more information at www.discover.resilia.com/microgrant/