COVID-19: Online Resources for Your Business And Community

With uncertainty in the air and updates on the COVID-19 situation coming daily, it is important that our community stays well informed and connected. We encourage you to get the most local, accurate/fact-based information regarding Coronavirus. See the long list below for information divided into general information and updates, resources for business, and online resources that can be used to not skip a beat in business while most people are working remotely across the country. This page is being updated daily, if you have a valuable resource that you do not see on here, please share it in the comments.

EIDL UPDATE 3/15/21

The SBA has extended the deferral period for EIDL loans to 2 years from the date of funding for loans received in 2020.  The deferral period is 18 months from the funding period for EIDL loans received in 2021. Here is the link to the announcement: https://www.sba.gov/article/2021/mar/12/sba-extends-deferment-period-all-covid-19-eidl-other-disaster-loans-until-2022

Disaster Funding Links

EIDL application: https://covid19relief.sba.gov/#/

Shuttered Venues Grant: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/shuttered-venue-operators-grant

Restaurant Relief Act: https://www.uschamber.com/co/events/small-business-update-town-hall/small-business-update-american-rescue-plan-act

Those not eligible for the grants include any state- or local-government-owned entities or owners who own more than 20 restaurants. However, most franchise operators will be eligible.

The Small Business Administration (SBA) will administer and disperse the RRF grants, but the program does not yet have a launch date.

See attachment from National Restaurant Association.

Restaurant owners need to prepare right away to apply.

All restaurant owners that want to apply for RRF grants should immediately register with the government using the System of Award Management (SAM).

To become active on the SAM system, you need to follow these steps:

  • First, create a login.gov user account
  • Sign up for a DUNS number (this typically takes 1-2 days to process)
  • Using your login.gov, DUNS number, and standard business info such as your Tax ID Number, register with SAM (it can take up to 2 weeks to get the SAM number)

Secondly, you should work with an accountant to prepare relevant paperwork that clearly shows your gross revenue loss in 2020 as compared to 2019.

California COVID 19 Economic Relief Grant: https://CAReliefGrant.com

Round 4 (nonprofit cultural institutions only): Tuesday, March 16th through Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021. Eligible applicants: Only nonprofit cultural institutions with any revenue size that meet eligibility criteria. Eligible grant award: $5,000 to $25,000

Details: Eligible nonprofit cultural institutions must complete a new application even if they already applied in Rounds 1 and 2; grants will only be available to nonprofits that did not receive funding in Rounds 1, 2 or 3; grants will be prioritized based on the documented percentage revenue declines based on a reporting period comparing Q2 and Q3 of 2020 versus Q2 and Q3 of 2019

Round 5: Thursday, March 25th through Wednesday, March 31st
Eligible applicants: current waitlisted small businesses and nonprofits not selected in Rounds 1, 2, or 3 and new applicants that meet eligibility criteria.
Eligible grant award: $5,000 to $25,000

Details: Applicants not selected to receive a grant in Rounds 1, 2, & 3 do not need to reapply as they will be automatically moved into Round 5. New applicants will need to apply on this website.

Round 6: Date to be announced soon
Eligible applicants: current waitlisted small businesses and/or nonprofits not selected in Rounds 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 and new applicants that meet eligibility criteria.
Eligible grant award: $5,000 to $25,000

Details: Applicants not selected to receive a grant in Rounds 1, 2, 3 & 5 do not need to re-apply and will be automatically moved into Round 6. New applicants will need to apply.

LA Found Grant: https://www.foundla.org/covid-recovery-fund-for-small-businesses/

See attachment for Round 4.  Application window opened March 15th.

www.southbaysbdc.org

Resources for Employers and Employees

Guidance for Employers – Plan and respond to the Coronavirus (source: United States Chamber of Commerce) 

Guidance for Employees/Employers – Mediation for workforce needs (source: California Employment Development Office) 

Guidance for Employers and Workers – Resources for employers and workers (source: CA Labor & Workforce Development Agency (LWDA)) 

Employment Law Updates– Updates on legal employment issues (source: Pettit Kohn Ingrassia Lutz & Dolin)

Workplace Tips – Resources for employers to combat the Coronavirus (source: United States Chamber of Commerce) 

Hospitality Resources and Updates– Toolkits, updates, and more (source: Visit California)

Emergency Resources for Small Business– Resources for Federal and State Loans (source: LA County Consumer and Business Affairs)

Disaster Loan Assistance– Link to apply for financial assistance (source: US Small Business Administration)

Los Angeles Emergency Loan– Emergency Micro Loan Program from the Mayor (source: LA City)

Employer Regulations– Information to make sure you are following compliance (source: US Equal Employment Opportunity Commision)

Job Opportunities– Job opportunities available in LA (source: LA Jobs Portal)

Protecting Health Care Workers- Guidelines to protect health care workers from COVID-19 (source: Cal OSHA)

Tourism Updates– Updates on tourism in LA (source: Discover Los Angeles)

Online Resources to Use

Boosting Online Presence – A video about optimizing Google (source: Google)

Google for Small business Tools– Resources Google has that you can take advantage of (source: Google)

Recent Trends– Online trends around the country regarding Coronavirus (source: Google)

Complimentary G-Suite Package- A complimentary G-suite package up until July 1st (source: Google)

BAMit App– An app to connect your business to the community (source: BAMit)

How to Use Zoom– Everything you need to know about Zoom, a platform that allows you to host meetings online (source: Zoom)

Online Meetup Resources– How to use Meetup online (source: Meetup)

Remote Working on LinkedIn– How to optimize LinkedIn remotely (source: LinkedIn)

1 Month Free Resume Account- A Free 1 month from Novoresume (source: Novoresume)

General Information and Updates

LA City Updates– Updates from the Mayor and NotifyLA sign up (source: City of Los Angeles)

District 11 Updates– Updates from Councilmember Mike Bonin and his newsletter sign up (source: District 11 Office)

Water & Power Updates – A message from the DWP (source: Department of Water and Power)

In-depth Information– Overall stats and facts about COVID-19 (source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

General Public Health– Public Health Information (source: County of Los Angeles Public Health

Information from Kaiser Permanente– Series of videos on COVID-19 (source: Kaiser Permanente)

Resources for Seniors– Program and Service Providers (source: Department of Aging)

Localized Support for Seniors– Meal deliveries, grocery runs, and support calls for seniors in our community (source: Westside Pacific Villages)

Resources for Students– Guidelines and Resources from LAUSD (source: LAUSD)

SoCalGas Updates– How SoCalGas is responding to the situation (source: SoCalGas)

Global Updates– Updates around the world (source: World Health Organization)

COVID-19 Testing Kit– Link to order a testing kit (source: Disease Detector)

Beach Cities Update– Update for Westside Cities (source: Beach Cities Health District)

Safe Activities in MdR- List of activities you can do while social distancing (source: MdR Convention and Visitors Bureau)

How Can You Help?

Volunteer Opportunities– A list of programs looking for volunteers (source: California Volunteers)

Donate to LA’s Emergency Fund– Link to donate money to the city (source: Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles)

Donate to a Relief Fund– Link to support unsheltered residents and low income individuals (source: United Way Greater Los Angeles)

Everyone please stay safe, and make sure you are taking all proper precautions to social distance yourself while still supporting local business. Now is a great opportunity for our community to unite and work together towards a common goal.

Power Professionals Helping Job Seekers Stay Connected

Upskill for the Job You Have and the Career You Want

As a Chamber, we know we have an important role to play in the recovery of our local economy. While we continue to work on supporting business-friendly legislation and funding programs to help get organizations back on track, we are also eager to offer support to job seekers by providing training and meaningful contacts in the community.


The Power Professionals program was formed to support individuals who have been taken out of the workforce due to furloughs and lay-offs by providing training, workshops, networking opportunities, resource boards, and more. With the support of LINXS and the Drollinger Family Charitable Foundation, we are excited to launch our spring programming.
Beginning on Wednesday, April 7, we will host the first of six sessions of our Power Professionals program presented by Leaderverse. The first informational session discusses the topic of Building Your Individual Brand! Even if you don’t own a business, you still own a brand – the brand called YOU! This session will help you discover who you are as a person and what you want your brand to represent. We will discuss personal branding, and the tools of dissemination, including LinkedIn, Facebook, as well as your resume. This workshop will give you the confidence of a consistent message across all platforms, whether you are moving up, over, or onto something new.


UPCOMING TOPICS INCLUDE:
April 7 from 3 to 5 pm – Building Your Individual Brand Review and enhance self-representation on social media and resume. What’s your brand? 

April 21 from 3 to 5 pm – Presentation Skills How to thoughtfully use verbal, vocal, and visual communication of optimum results.

May 5 from 3 to 5 pm – Elevated People Skills Fostering relationships with Emotional Intelligence, collaboration, and conflict resolution skills. 

May 19 from 3 to 5 pm – Time Management Use productivity tools and approaches to drive daily decisions to support your highest values. 

June 2 from 3 to 5 pm – Stress ManagementIdentify techniques to help mitigate daily stress and manage high-energy situations. 

June 15 from 3 to 5 pm – Entrepreneurship Are you ready? Everything to consider, planning, potential pitfalls, and first steps.

*This training session is brought to you in partnership with the LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce by Leaderverse, a collaboration between Midian, LLC and Woodhill Solutions.*

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As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce is saddened by the number of Chamber businesses that have had to let go of staff and downsize their operations in order to survive. We pride ourselves in being a pillar in the community and a resource for businesses. We know we have a role to pay in the recovery of our economy and are eager to offer support to jobseekers, many of whom have become our friends and meaningful contacts in the community.

On November 1, the Chamber launched Power Professionals. This program was formed to support people who have been taken out of the workforce due to furloughs and lay-offs and will be a resource for individuals looking for employment. By providing training, workshops, networking opportunities, resource boards, and more, the LAX Coastal Chamber will work to help connect job seekers with training that include topics like, “Redefining your brand,” “Your 30-second pitch,” “How to use LinkedIn as a job searching tool,” and “What is your dream job?” As part of this program, we will be creating a Job Board that will allow Chamber members to post jobs and jobseekers to search for available career opportunities (both the government and private sector) in and around the LAX Coastal area and the Resource Board will include information on building your resume, starting a business or learning a new trade.

The Chamber is a place where businesses go to connect and collaborate. We are looking beyond our businesses to support individuals seeking employment to help strengthen their circles of influence and polish their networking skills. For a small month to month fee of $25, individuals will have access to the benefits of the Chamber and the resources of Power Professional.

For more information, contact LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce, Business Relations Manager, Kelli Trombley at kelli@laxcoastal.com

Support Local Business This 4th of July- Here’s a List of Great Deals

For the past three months, many business have been closed because of the Safer at Home order. As we are now entering summer, we are beginning to see light at the end of the tunnel. Restaurants are slowly beginning to open back up for people to dine-in, retail stores are bringing shoppers through their doors, and beaches, parks and other amenities are welcoming visitors.

The LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce wants to help our members open back up! Take a look at all the great specials going on this weekend.

Restaurants

Benny’s Tacos– 10% off if you show them the ad in our newsletters

Cantalini’s Salerno Beach Restaurant– 20% off check if you mention “land of the free.” The first 100 guests to dine with that password will also get a free gelato or spumoni.

The Proud Bird– Special Events Center

Tony P’s– Earn Double Dockside Reward Points During Breakfast and free dessert (Little Something) to first 100 guests with a copy of the Home Town News.

The Warehouse– 4th of July Weekend Specials Friday – Sunday! BBQ Baby back pork ribs with baked beans and garlic mashed potatoes for $26 and King Crab legs with garlic mashed potatoes for $60.

Sharky’s Woodfired Mexican Grill- Double Rewards Points on the 4th of July

*Restaurant hours and services are subject to change based on recommendations made by the governor and CDC guidelines.

Professional Services

Toragrafix– Create signage for your business

Beach Bunz– $5 off your first spray tan

Industrious Playa District- Room Rental Promotions. Contact Tracy McHugh at (424) 835 – 9095 or tmchugh@industriousoffice.com.

Westchester Hometown News– Small Business Advertising Package

The BAMit App– No transaction fees in the month of July 2020 if you sign up your business on the BAMit app. Offer valid from 6/29/20- 7/31/20.

The Closer’s Group– Allan Colman, Managing Partner of the Closers Group is offering a series of “hints” on Youtube to accelerate new business.  Here’s the first one.

Ferrufino Interiors– 10% discount off all orders with Ferrufino Interiors (Month of July)

10% discount off all orders with Budget Blinds (Month of July) 

Stay Frosty Media– 10% off the price of 1 video for chamber members for the month of July

Sports and Training

Euro Soccer USA– Mention the LAX Coastal Chamber and receive a free soccer ball or jersey and one extra item!

Mother’s Day Specials

With Mothers’s Day coming up on Sunday, May 10, we have a special opportunity to thank the wonderful mothers in our lives and support our local business community. Here at the LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce, we are arranging a list of businesses in our membership you can support on this year’s Mother’s Day. See below for great offers in our area:

Restaurants

Benny’s Tacos- 10% Off if you mention the LAX Coastal Chamber.

Rise and Shine Catering- Individually boxed food catering.

Cantalini’s Salerno Beach Restaurant- Lamb Chops, Lobster Ravioli, Chicken, and Crab specials.

Truxton’s American Bistro- $10 Brunch & $12 Dinner

Fleming’s Steak House- 3 Course Mother’s Day Meal at Home

El Pollo Loco- Mother’s Day Gift Cards

Sharky’s Woodfired Mexican Grill- Mother’s Day Family Meals for Home

Hotels

The Westin LAX- Mother’s Day Surf and Turf from the Daily Grill

The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey: Cast & Plow Mother’s Day Brunch Box.

Hilton Garden Inn: Online gift cards available

Jamaica Bay Inn : Email to request online gift cards

Marina del Rey Hotel: Email to request online gift cards 

Marina del Rey Marriott: Online gift cards available

Shops & Stores

Flowers by Felicia- Mother’s Day Flowers

A Message from the LAX Coastal Chamber

The LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce has been following the issue regarding COVID-19 very closely. Out of an abundance of caution, based on recommendations received from the Governor’s Office, LA County Board of Supervisors, and LA City leadership we are suspending all in-person events, meetings and programs effective immediately through May 15, 2020.

Recommendations from experts and authorities are asking that large gatherings be suspended for the next few weeks to provide a gap that could help curtail the expansion of the virus. We will follow this recommendation and will postpone all special events and move our small events, such as our committees and networking gatherings, to online programming when possible. 

We appreciate your patience and support during this time. The health of our community is our paramount concern, and the Chamber will continue to be proactive in this current climate of uncertainty. 

We have been the voice of business in this community since 1953 and we will not waiver from that commitment. We must all rally together to get through this time, and the Chamber will continue to be here for our members and the community. While this is impacting all of our businesses, we want to you to remember that, when you can, please support our local business community – even if it’s liking their post on social media, giving them a positive review, using online delivery services – every little bit we do to support each other will go a long way.

Lastly, we encourage you to get the most local, accurate/fact-based information regarding Coronavirus. For the most up to date information from the City and official public health agencies on COVID-19, visit https://corona-virus.la. Other sources for accurate and up-to-date information, include www.cdc.gov and publichealth.lacounty.gov.

Angelenos are also encouraged to sign up for Notify LA to receive the latest emergency alerts from the City of Los Angeles.

See our full resource list here.

Thank you for your continued support and keep washing those hands!

Christina Davis President/CEO

Protectors Appreciation Week, February 24-February 28, 2020

To whom it may concern:

Every year the LAX Coastal Chamber plans an event to celebrate the men and women who protect our community day after day. While we have traditionally done a lunch event at a hotel inviting 50 local protectors, this year we thought we would try something new to make an even greater impact.

We are excited to announce the launch of Protectors Appreciation Week (PAW) celebrating LAPD Pacific Area, Marina del Rey Sheriff’s Department, California Highway Patrol, LA County Lifeguards, US Coastguard, County and City LAFD and LAWA Police Detail. This celebration will allow us to honor our local protectors at their stations—enabling us to reach more officers and not disrupt day-to-day operations. We’re looking forward to showing our appreciation by serving meals, offering treats, raffling prizes, giving thank you cards and more.

This week-long celebration would not be possible without the support of our members! Please join us in celebrating those that keep our business and residential communities safe by committing to one of the following sponsorships:

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

– $2,500 Platinum Sponsor – Headline recognition at all PAW events at stations, logo on banners/poster/flyers in community, title recognition in all press releases, selection of 2 station events

– $1,000 Gold Sponsor – recognition PAW events at stations, logo on banners/poster/flyers in community, recognition in all press releases, selection of 1 station event

– $500 Silver Sponsor – Logo on posters/flyers in community, recognition in all press releases


Additionally, we will be recruiting volunteers from our local community to help ensure this program is a success. If your company would like to volunteer to assist us with this project or donate a raffle prize for the Protectors, please let us know. We can be reached at 310.645.5151 or at christina@laxcoastal.com.

We appreciate your consideration!

Sincerely,


Christina Davis

President/CEO

Spotlight Contest! Submit Your Story

The annual LAX Coastal Magazine & Business Guide is not only a great chance to advertise your business, it is also an opportunity to tell your story. Each year we highlight one business for all of the industries we represent (for FREE!). We share their stories of triumph, innovation, and philanthropy, allowing our readers to get to know the people behind the business, the same way we do as LAX Coastal Chamber staff.

Do you have an amazing story to tell? Are you challenging the status quo? Are you bringing a fresh take to an old issue? If so, we want to hear about it! As an LAX Coastal Chamber member, you are encouraged to submit your story for a chance to be highlighted in the 2020 issue of the LAX Coastal Magazine. We pride ourselves on publishing our magazine as an informative, meaningful, and heartfelt resource, but we need your stories to make that happen. From stories of overcoming adversity, embracing diversity, uplifting the community, and more, we want them all; so please, share your story with the LAX Coastal community today.

You are what makes us strong, so isn’t it time that you had your moment in the spotlight?

*Do you send out a periodic newsletter? Please make sure that I’m on the list! Just add julian@laxcoastal.com

2020 LAX Coastal Magazine Spotlight Contest

Submission Guidelines

*Advertisement submissions will not be accepted. Please submit engaging, entertaining stories of interest, not your most recent sale or billboard.

Looking to advertise? Ad sales for the 2020 LAX Coastal Magazine & Business Guide are open! Download the rate sheet today.

Magazine Spotlight: Wellness, Fitness & Personal Care 2

Pg. 75 of the 2019 LAX Coastal Magazine & Business Guide

With aging comes the natural diminishing of our body’s production hormones; specifically estrogen, testosterone and progesterone. As a result, certain symptoms such as hot flashes, forgetfulness, anxiety, sleep disruption, low libido, moodiness, weight gain and difficulty maintaining muscle tone are common. Before these symptoms become intolerable, it’s possible to restore your body back to its beautiful balance.

Maintaining balance is the goal of any hormone replacement therapy. Your choices include using naturally plant-derived compounded bio-identical hormones or manufactured synthetic hormones.

Bio-Identical hormones are plant-derived hormones, prepared from precursors found in wild yam or soybean. They are compounded by specially trained pharmacists in a sterile environment to be identical to the hormones produced by the human body. Therefore, the body reads them as familiar and they are readily received.

Synthetic hormones are artificial and not found in nature. They are chemically altered substances that are not identical in structure or activity to natural human hormones. Because these hormones are altered, there are many undesired (and often dangerous side effects) associated with them.
For those looking to explore these options, Dr. Gail N. Jackson has a passion for ensuring excellent care for all women and offers services such as bio-identical hormone treatments, gynecology and the lady lyft.


Read more in the 2019 LAX Coastal Magazine & Business Guide

Magazine Spotlight: Wellness, Fitness & Personal Care 1

Pg. 74 of the 2019 LAX Coastal Magazine & Business Guide

The Boys & Girls Club of Venice (BGCV) recently celebrated 50 years of fulfilling their mission to support young people in reaching their potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. With nationally recognized, after-school enrichment programs and a network of more than 50 partners, BGCV offers youth a “home away from home” during the critical hours after school when children are most vulnerable to crime, violence and unsafe behaviors.

In 2018, BGCV expanded their programs to include ukulele, drums & percussion, music production, ballet, Capoeira, indoor soccer, 3D printing and so much more at no additional cost to members.

When you support BGCV, you’re not just sending a child to an afterschool program—you’re breaking the cycle of poverty in Los Angeles. You’re funding good grades, healthy meals, leadership development, and career readiness. Our programs are as vital to the community as street lamps, and your investment helps children shine.


Read more in the 2019 LAX Coastal Magazine & Business Guide

Magazine Spotlight: Transportation & Aviation Services

Pg. 71 of the 2019 LAX Coastal Magazine & Business Guide

When the ribbon was cut at the end of 2018, the $516-million overhaul of Terminal 1 at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) came in on schedule and on budget, with no lost-time injuries over the four-year construction project that modernized the 34-year-old building.

“Building a world-class airport requires a team of committed partners, and with our Terminal 1 renovation we delivered what we envisioned” said Deborah Flint, Chief Executive Officer, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA). “Thanks to the leadership of Southwest Airlines, Hensel Phelps, 35 subcontracted companies, and LAWA employees—the project was built safely, on-time,and on-budget. There is now an exceptional experience for the almost 10 million guests who travel through Terminal 1 annually.”

Originally published at www.lawa.org


Read more in the 2019 LAX Coastal Magazine & Business Guide