The New Ninth Business Resource Center


Updated August 25, 2020


COVID-19 Small Business Resources (Financial)


CD 9 Small Business Relief Fund



Councilmember Curren D. Price, Jr. has announced the availability of interest free loans for small businesses and independent contractors located in Council District 9 who have been affected by the economic shutdown caused by COVID-19. This partnership is made possible The Change Reaction.

Loans will range from $3,000 - $25,000 and will be repayable in equal installments over the course of 24 to 36 months, after a grace period of three months.

Eligible businesses should have normal revenues under $1M and 15 or fewer employees. Repayment terms are flexible and 100% of all loan repayments will be redistributed to other small businesses, paying it forward to create a chain reaction of change, gratitude, and generosity.

Individuals seeking loans must fill out an application that includes authorization to obtain a credit report. On-time rent payments for the twelve months up to and including March 2020 is a requisite of eligibility. Applicants will typically be contacted within two business days of applying, and decisions on most loans will be made and, if approved, funded within five business days.

To apply please visit: CD 9 Small Business Relief Fund Application

For more information please contact Daphna Gerendash at (858) 405-4806 or Mike Castillo at (323) 846-2651.



Los Angeles Regional Relief and Recovery Fund Round 4 (August 31-September 4th)



This fund was championed by Councilmember Price as a critical lifeline for the City’s economy. The coronavirus has caused significant disruption to the Food and Beverage, and leisure and hospitality industries, especially within the region’s small businesses, which provide the majority of employment for residents within Los Angeles.

Councilman Price was able to secure an additional $1 million dollars in grants through the Regional COVID Fund, which is currently accepting applications from August 17th-21st for their 4th round of funding. The additional $1 million will be spread over the remaining rounds of grants and with your help we can ensure our small businesses take advantage of this opportunity.

The LA Regional COVID Relief Fund and Recovery Fund is composed of 3 parts: Grants, Loans, and technical assistance. Grants of $5K to micro-entrepreneurs and $15K for small businesses and nonprofits.

You can apply for the grant starting August 31st-September 4th 2020 by visiting For any questions, please call (833)238-4450.



Puede solicitar la subvención a partir del 31 de agosto al 4 de septiembre de 2020 visitando Si tiene alguna pregunta, llame al (833) 238-4450.


Neighborhood Business Grants (LISC)


Neighborhood Business Grant Program, funded by our partner Lowe’s, LISC will award $20,000 grants to 75 businesses in LA and the OC. Designed to help small business owners meet their most immediate needs during this time, grant funds may be used to pay rent and utilities, meet payroll, and take care of other operational costs. 

 The Neighborhood Business Grants program will prioritize:

  • Businesses owned by people of color
  • Businesses owned by women
  • Businesses located in low-income areas
  • Businesses in these sectors: Construction, Manufacturing, Retail, Transportation, Warehousing, Real Estate Renting or Leasing. 


While those industry categories are the priority, businesses outside of those categories are also eligible. 
The application window is August 18-23, 2020. Link to the application is hereit will go live on Tuesday (8/17) at 6a PST.

Los Angeles City Small Business Emergency Microloan Program

The Economic and Workforce Development Department will provide $11 million in no-fee microloans of $5,000 to $20,000 — which may be used to cover working capital. Since cash flow is critical at this unprecedented time, the program will offer relaxed underwriting with no credit score minimum, a generous allowance to meet debt service, and a 100% Loan to Value ratio. The interest rate can either be 0% for a term of six months to one year, or 3% to 5% for a term of up to five years. 

The microloan program is being paired with a Small Business Resilience Toolkit, which is being distributed as a digital guidebook and includes vital information covering Federal, State, County, and City emergency policies and programs impacting small businesses. It also offers strategies for adjusting to the effects that COVID-19 is having on businesses — including ways to keep employees safe, maintain operations at maximum possible capacity, and prepare business continuity plans. 

To apply for a microloan or view the toolkit, please visit

SBA Loan-Economic Injury Disaster Loans

Eligibility for Economic Injury Disaster Loans is based on the financial impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The interest rate is 3.75 percent for small businesses. The interest rate for private non-profit organizations is 2.75 percent. SBA offers loans with long-term repayments in order to keep payments affordable, up to a maximum of 30 years and are available to entities without the financial ability to offset the adverse impact without hardship.

Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at

For More Information about SBA disaster assistance programs, go to: or, contact SBA’s Customer Service Center at: 1-800-659-2955 / 1-800-877-8339 (TTY) or by email at:


SBA Payroll Protection Program

U.S. Small Business Administration and U.S. Treasury shared guidance on the new Payroll Protection Program (PPP) created by the recent stimulus package to help small businesses impacted by COVID-19 maintain payroll and cover costs associated with rent, utilities, and other overhead payments. These loans can be forgiven if borrowers maintain their payroll or restore it once the crisis ends. 

SBA has announced that small businesses with employees and sole proprietors may start applying for these loans as soon as this Friday, April 3. Self-employed individuals and independent contracts may start applying on April 10. 

Here are three things to know before you fill out an application: 

  1. We strongly encourage you to check with your local bank first to see if they are participating in PPP—many are prioritizing clients with whom they have an existing relationship. 
  2. If you don't have a local banking relationship, check SBA's website to find an approved lender.
  3. The law expands the number of institutions that can provide PPP loans. If you are unsure if a lender is authorized, check the SBA site or contact your local district office


To learn more about the loan program and how to apply, or to start filling out the paper application, visit Venturize


Transit Oriented Communities Small Business Recovery Loan Program

Eligible Los Angeles County small businesses located within a ¼-mile of a Major Transit Stop could receive up to $20,000 in loan funds to cover operating expenses.

For more information on eligibility and loan application, please visit from Monday, June 8, 2020 at 12PM to Friday, June 26, 2020 at 5PM.

Please direct any questions about the loan program to the Los Angeles County Development Authority at or (626) 943-3818.


Opportunity Fund

Offers working capital and equipment loans from $2,600 to $250,000 in CA and select other states. They are currently building a Small Business Relief Fund to serve our existing borrowers and other small business owners in need due to the current crisis. For more information: (866) 299-8173


Venturize is a free online resource hub for small business owners like you who need help accessing tools and resources to grow their businesses. Venturize offers unbiased information about small business loans, retirement and healthcare. It can be daunting to identify the best lender and loan for your small business. Venturize can help demystify common business financing products and help you prepare to own the borrowing process.  Visit the online resource hub:


California IBank 

Provides 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 for working capital. Please visit:

California Capital Access Program (CalCAP)

For Small Business encourages banks and other financial institutions to make loans to small businesses that have difficulty obtaining financing.  If you own a small business and need a loan for start-up, expansion or working capital, you may eligible for this program.  CalCAP is a loan loss reserve program which may provide up to 100% coverage on losses as a result of certain loan defaults.  Loans are available up to $5 million.  Please visit:



Jewish Free Loan Association

JFLA Free Loan is here to help you or someone you know with a no fee and interest-free loan of up to $10,000 to cover: Small business losses; Lost wages because you can’t go in to work; Child care costs when schools are closed; Funds lost due to cancelled travel plans and more. To apply visit 



       Safer L.A. Toolkits

Throughout the response to the COVID-19 crisis, City, County and State governments have worked together to safeguard the lives and livelihoods of Angelenos and all Californians. Our goal is to help workers and businesses take responsible steps toward resuming work, serving customers and rebuilding our economy.

After the State of California set minimum standards for local jurisdictions, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued safety protocols that are required for all businesses operating within the City of Los Angeles.

As the City of Los Angeles  begins to open up businesses in phases, we urge you to please visit Safer LA Tool Kits for examples of signage you can use and best practices for specific industries.  One of the first industries to receive guidance thus far is retail.  Below you will see guidance for retail.  Check back to see future guidance as they become available at 



L.A. Represents: Small Business Legal Resources

LA Represents is an unprecedented legal assistance initiative to help thousands of Angelenos who are facing extreme hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information please visit:

Bet Tzedek helps small business owners in Los Angeles find free legal resources to address problems caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

For more information please visit: Bet Tzdek Small Business Legal Help


L.A. Al Fresco


L.A. Al Fresco aims to help local businesses reopen safely, and allow customers and employees to maintain physical distancing, by temporarily relaxing the rules that regulate outdoor dining.

On May 29, Mayor Garcetti launched the first phase of L.A. Al Fresco to support outdoor dining opportunities for restaurants hit hard by the COVID-19 crisis, in coordination with the L.A. County Department of Public Health allowing dine-in service at restaurants. Through L.A. Al Fresco Phase 1, the City is offering streamlined, immediate approval for eligible businesses to provide outdoor seating in the following areas:

Private Parking Lots
Through Phase 2, launched on June 26, the City is offering streamlined approval for outdoor dining in the following areas:

Street Parking Spaces (Parklets)
Lane Closures
Street Closures
In this new stage of this effort, 55% of program resources will be directed to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, people of color) businesses or located in areas that have experienced disproportionate job loss due to COVID-19.

To apply and for more information please visit: L.A. Al Fresco



Employment/Resources for Employees

What employees are entitled to may be confusing.  The following link makes it easier to understand what resources may be available:

More information below.


The following benefits are available for employees:

Disability Insurance:

Available if you’re unable to work due to medical quarantine or illness related to COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional). This benefit is a short-term benefit payment to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages due to a non-work-related illness, injury, or pregnancy.

The benefit includes approximately 60-70% of wages (depending on income); ranges from $50-$1,300 a week for up to 52 weeks.

Paid Family Leave:

Available if you’re unable to work because you are caring for an ill or quarantined family member with COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional).

This benefit provides up to six weeks of benefit payments to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages because they need time off work to care for a seriously ill family member.

The benefit includes approximately 60-70% of wages (depending on income); ranges from $50-$1,300 a week for up to 6 weeks.

Unemployment Insurance:

Available If you have lost your job or have had your hours reduced for reasons related to COVID-10.

This benefit provides partial wage replacement benefit payments to workers who lose their job or have their hours reduced, through no fault of their own. The benefit includes a range from $40-450 per week for up to 26 weeks.

Paid Sick Leave:

If you or a family member are sick or for preventative care when civil authorities recommend quarantine. The benefit includes the leave you have accumulated or your employer has provided to you under the Paid Sick Leave law. This benefit includes your regular rate of pay or an average based on the past 90 days.


Workers’ Compensation:

If you are unable to do your usual job because you were exposed to and contracted COVID-19 during the regular course of your work, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits.


The benefit includes temporary disability (TD) payments, which begin when your doctor says you can’t do your usual work for more than 3 days or you are hospitalized overnight.


You may be entitled to TD for up to 104 weeks. TD stops when either you return to work, your doctor releases you for work, or your doctor says your illness has improved as much as it’s going to.


TD generally pays two-thirds of the gross wages you lose while you are recovering from a work-related illness or injury, up to a maximum weekly amount set by law. In addition, eligible employees are entitled to medical treatment and additional payments if a doctor determines you suffered a permanent disability because of the illness.


Tax Assistance

The federal income tax filing deadline changed from April 15 to July 15. All taxpayers and businesses will have this additional time to file and make payments without interest or penalties.

Directly from the Employment Development Department: “Employers experiencing a hardship as a result of COVID-19 may request up to a 60-day extension of time from the EDD to file their state payroll reports and/or deposit state payroll taxes without penalty or interest. A written request for extension must be received within 60 days from the original delinquent date of the payment or return.

For questions, employers may call the EDD Taxpayer Assistance Center.

  • Toll-free from the U.S. or Canada: 1-888-745-3886
  • Hearing impaired (TTY): 1-800-547-9565
  • Outside the U.S. or Canada: 1-916-464-3502”

(For more information, click here!)

The Franchise Tax Board has also extended personal and business tax filings to July 15, 2020. A full list of tax filers and their due dates can be found here.




Local Technical Assistance


Vermont Slauson Economic Development Corporation  


Vermont Slauson Economic Development Corporation (VSEDC) is the South Los Angeles Business Source Center that provides affordable business assistance services, financial assistance, entrepreneurial training and economic development to individuals and businesses in California.


(VSEDC) has proudly received the distinction as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) making it one of the only non-profits in South Los Angeles authorized to assess and distribute funding. Designed to serve low-Income people and/or those who work in economically-distressed communities, CDFIs provide a unique and wide range of development services, financial products, and financial services that help customers build wealth and achieve the goal of participating in the “ownership” society.


VSEDC takes the health and safety of our community with absolute seriousness. In light of concerns about the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), their team now offers a limited number of virtual coaching sessions including but not limited to: 


  • Crisis Communication: Protecting Your Brand
  • Sustainability: Shifting in Times of Crisis


To schedule a coaching session, please complete the assessment available here and follow-up with an email to Next, please Download the FREE Zoom app, available on both iPhone and Android devices. 


Please click here for VSEDC FREE Webinars to see the different topics offered to help your business cope with COVID-19 and make sure you sign up for their services.



Pacific Coast Regional Small Business Development Center (Los Angeles Small Business Development Center)


The primary mission of Pacific Coast Regional (PCR) Small Business Development Corporation is the promotion of community development, through the delivery of financial and educational services to undeserved small business persons and communities.

PCR is a private, non-profit corporation founded in 1977 to assist small business owners in becoming successful members of the Southern California business community. Through contracts with the federal government, the state of California, and partnerships with private institutions, PCR provides financial, educational and consulting services. Our primary goal is to help the small business owner succeed.
The PCR team is pleased to offer our consulting services in English, Spanish, French, Arabic and Hebrew, as needed.

Please contact us at (213) 674-2696 to schedule your appointment.

For more information please visit:



City of Los Angeles Economic Workforce Development Department (EWDD)

They City of Los Angeles established the LA CARES Corps to help businesses apply for Federal Loans.  Please learn more here: LA CARES Corps

EWDD has also complied a Policy Guide to help small businesses keep up with regulatory, procedural, safety standard recommendations.  Please visit learn more here: City of Los Angeles COVID 19 Policy Guide



Moratorium on Commercial Evictions


Mayor Eric Garcetti's order on commercial evictions will be in place until March 31 (unless extended)

Landlords cannot evict a commercial tenant who is unable to pay rent due to loss of income related to COVID-19 Eligible tenants will have up to three months following the expiration of the local emergency period to repay any back due rent.


Webinars and other resources

COVID-19 Stimulus Package: What's in the new law for small businesses

Congress and the Administration recently passed a $2 trillion stimulus package designed to combat the financial losses COVID-19 has caused businesses across the country. Join us for a free webinar to learn about how your small business could be impacted by the current package and resources you can take advantage of at this time.

Topics of discussion include:

  • An overview of the COVID-19 stimulus packages
  • SBA Disaster Assistance Loans and other small business funding updates for businesses being impacted by COVID-19
  • Information on the new Payroll Protection Program (PPP) being offered through the SBA
  • Availability of emergency business funding sources, including city grants, CDFIs, reputable online lenders, and crowdfunding
  • How to avoid predatory lenders using the Small Business Borrowers' Bill of Rights
  • Venturize and other helpful tools and resources
  • Q&A

View the webinar here: COVID-19 Stimulus Package Small Business Webinar


Small Business Majority-COVID-19 Daily Updates for Small Business

As developments continue to unfold in response to the spread of COVID-19, we know many small businesses have questions about implications in the workplace and funding options to help bolster their businesses during this difficult time. We are compiling relevant tips and resources and information on new funding opportunities and policy developments that we are sharing on our website and through online presentations. Small Business Majority will be posting daily updates to this page with useful information about the ways small businesses can prepare for the impact of COVID-19 on their business and community.

Click here for the latest: Small Business COVID-19 webinars


City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation: Food Pick up Zone and Retail Pick Up Zone

LADOT is helping restaurants that provide made-to-order food pick-up options by supplying parking signs free of charge to businesses that apply using the form below. Here's how it works:

  1. Fill out the application form here: Food Pick Up Zone Application Form
  2. Upon approval, LADOT will install within two business days temporary signs (example on left) that will indicate a dedicated food pick-up location near your restaurant.
  3. If you have questions, email

LADOT is helping retail establishments provide pick-up only options by supplying parking signs free-of-charge to businesses that apply using the form below. Here's how it works:

  1. Fill out the application form here: Retail Pick Up Zone Application Form
  2. Upon approval, LADOT will install within three business days temporary sign(s) that will indicate a dedicated retail pick-up location near your store.


Spectrum Reach-Free Commercial for Small Business

Spectrum Reach has partnered with Waymark to offer free videos small businesses can make on their own and use wherever they need.  Use the: 30 second video to promote new hours or new features. Use the video on social media, a Website, or on TV – however best.


How does it work?  Choose from a variety of high-quality video templates.  They’re tried-and-true styles that are proven to be effective, and it takes just minutes to customize them.  Packed with information, these videos are designed to introduce new business operations and features as well as tell a new audience everything they need to know. and use promo code "REACH" at checkout to get your free video.




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As part of the “New 9th” initiative, Councilman Price established the CD9 Business Resource Center, co-located in our District Office at Central Avenue & 43rd Street.

The mission of the CD9 Business Resource Center (BRC) is to assist entrepreneurs and business owners gain easy local access to business development tools, services, and training. The programs and events are designed to nurture the growth of For-Profit companies, Community-Based organizations, Faith-Based and Non-Profit organizations in our community. By providing support and access to resources and services, we believe we can help ignite economic development in our neighborhoods.

The CD9 BRC strategic alliances includes Distinguished Partners who provide technical assistance services, access to exports, resources, capital and contract opportunities, and business organization affiliates.



  • Los Angeles Latin Chamber of Commerce
  • Black Business Association
  • National Association of Women Business Owners
  • National Association of Minority Contractors
  • Port of Los Angeles
  • Los Angeles World Airports




Business Education, Training, and Business Calendar 

The Business Resource Center (BRC) is located in the District's Field Office on Central Avenue and 43rd Street and brings available resources and information to the South Los Angeles community to empower, inform and strengthen the local small and emerging businesses. The BRC coordinates ongoing events throughout the year. The following are upcoming events:



Black and Latinx Founders and entrepreneurs are encouraged to apply for a chance to receive $25k in equity-free funding along with tailored training and support courtesy of Grid110.

Want to learn more? Click here to apply. Deadline: October 9th.







For information on future events, please call 323-846-2651

Unemployed and Looking for Work?


Are you between the ages for 14 to 24 in search of a summer job?   Then check out Hire LA's Youth.










The Vernon-Central/LATTC WorkSource Center has office hours at the CD9 Constituent Services Center and can assist finding employment.


LATTC/VERNON-CENTRAL WORKSOURCE CENTER Office Hours @ CD9 Constituent Services Center

Date: Wednesday's at 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Location: Council District 9 Constituent Services Center, 4301 S. Central Avenue, Los Angeles 90011


¿Desempleado y en busca de trabajo?

El Centro de Trabajo de Vernon-Central / LATTC tiene horarios de atención en el Centro de Servicios Constituyentes CD9 y puede ayudarlo a encontrar un empleo.


Fecha: cada miércoles a las 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Lugar: Centro de Servicios Constituyentes del Distrito 9, 4301 S. Central Avenue, Los Angeles 90011







Targeted Local Hire Program

City of Los Angeles

Due to the current health concerns related to COVID-19 these orientations have been cancelled until further notice.











Largest Employers in Los Angeles – Find 1000’s of vacancies by clicking on the links below

County of Los Angeles


City of Los Angeles


Federal Gov’t (US)

State of CA


Northrop Grumman Corp.

LA Metro

LAHSA and Affiliates

Resources and Videos for JOB SEEKERS


Dedicated Public Servant Named Executive Director of

CD 9 Business Resource Center


Mike Castillo—a former Field Deputy in the 9th District since 2013—was recently appointed by Councilman Curren Price as the Executive Director of the Business Resource Center (BRC). In this role, Castillo is responsible for helping local entrepreneurs and small businesses thrive.

The BRC brings resources, information and activities year-round to businesses in District 9. Castillo will operate from the BRC Office located in the Constituent Services Center on 43rd Street and Central Avenue.

“For the past four years, Mike has worked fervently to support and empower our local neighborhoods,” Councilman Price said. “He understands the opportunities and challenges affecting our community, and that local knowledge will allow him to dive right in and make a difference.”

Castillo’s decades-long experience includes work in the California State Assembly, California State Senate and the City of Los Angeles. Most recently, as a Field Deputy for Councilman Price, he oversaw constituent and business related issues in the Northeastern and Eastern portion of the Ninth District.

Castillo, who was a Polanco Fellow of the California Latino Caucus, has a passion for community and public service. As a Polanco Fellow, he worked at the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) in the agency’s Global Equity Unit and Corporate Governance division.

The Los Angeles native worked with Councilman Price during his previous tenure in the California State Senate, and would later join then-Assemblyman Steve Bradford’s staff. His professional background consists of working for a number of political campaigns, as well as issues related to commerce, labor, public safety and immigration.

Mike Castillo has dedicated his life to being a public servant since graduating from the University of California, Davis with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Chicano Studies.

To reach the Business Resource Center, call (323) 846-2651.


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