Category: News/Updates

LA County Compliance – Sept/20

LA COUNTY LAUNCHES COVID19 SAFETY COMPLIANCE CERTIFICATION PROGRAM
LA County launched the COVID-19 Safety Compliance Certificate Program (CSCCP) to further help educate and train business owners on the implementation of LA County’s COVID-19 safety protocols.

CSCCP is a no-cost online training course that educates business owners on the essentials of the County Health Officer’s Orders – including what they need to do to ensure business practices are aligned (and in compliance) with infection control and physical distancing requirements.

After completing the training, businesses will receive a COVID-19 Safety Compliance Certificate that can be posted on storefronts. The window seal informs customers that your business has been trained in COVID-19 protocols, thereby offering businesses, employees, and consumers alike the added reassurance that essential training has been completed to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 
CSCCP training can be accessed online through DPH’s COVID-19 website at publichealth.lacounty.gov/eh/covid19cert.htm and will be available in 13 languages.

Read the announcement for more on the COVID-19 Safety Compliance Certification Program. For the latest information on LA County’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, visit covid19.lacounty.gov or follow us @CountyofLA on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Our New Podcast!

The new Small Business Weekly podcast brings to our members a depth of information and insight on the challenges and rewards of being an entrepreneur. Each week Host Tom Ross interviews industry leaders, government officials, and business consultants who share their experience and brainstorm different ideas that can help businesses of all kinds grow.

In one of the early episodes, Tom interviews Sandy Guzman, the president of our chamber. She shares her business-startup stories and struggles, and provides a virtual pep-talk to those businesses who think that Covid is a mountain to high to climb.

Click here to listen to the latest episodes, or go to Spotify and subscribe to get updates as they come on line.

LA Regional COVID Recovery Fund Round 4

LA REGIONAL COVID FUND
ROUND 4 OPENS AUGUST 31, 2020
LA Regional COVID Fund is even better with a few key updates. The LA COVID Grant Fund Round 4 will open on August 31, 2020. This round will have the following updates:
  • Adding an additional grant opportunity for for-profit entities with gross revenues of $1,000,000-$5,000,000. Eligible entities will receive a $25,000 grant.
  • Once an applicant applies during Round 4, you will NOT have to re-apply for future rounds. All responses will be saved for future finalist draws! However, if you applied in Rounds 1, 2, 0r 3, you must apply one more time to be eligible
  • 501C6 entities are now eligible to apply!
  • All entities must have a DUNS number. Don’t have one? Receive one for free here.
  • All entities based in the City of Los Angeles must have a Business Tax Registration Certificate (BTRC). See if your business is registered here.
Please note, all prior Round finalists have since been contacted. If you were not selected as a finalist, you were not contacted.
The Round 4 application period will be open on August 31, 2020. Your application must be completed by Friday, September 4, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. PT. Find the application and the new eligibility standards on the lacovidfund.org website.
More COVID-19 resources below:
If you have questions not answered by the FAQ, please email LACovidFund@lisc.org. The inbox is monitored and the FAQ is updated accordingly.

October Business Roundtable

Last month many of our local businesses met for an informal “Business Roundtable” discussion. As part of our breakfast education series, the chamber wanted to give business a chance to not just sit and listen to a presenter, but to be the presenter themselves. Each person brought with them specific, unique and interesting challenges they have expierenced. Everyone around the table had input to give and advice for each. This forum lent itself to lively discussions that included HR issues, hiring procedures, proper ways to quote customers for contract work, and much more.

This event was so successful that we are planning a followup for 2019 and expand on the format. The more people who attend the more advice, and unique situations we can discuss. This learn-by-doing discussion format becomes a great incubator for new ideas and business relationships. So watch your email for our next event and don’t miss it!!

Chamber Scholarship Program

Part of the mission of the chamber is to be an educational conduit for businesses and the community. To this end the chamber has pledged to support our local students through our scholarship program as they begin their journey into higher education. As the treasurer for the San Fernando City Chamber of Commerce it was a great honor and privilege to be able to disperse our first scholarship award to a young man named Fernando from San Fernando high school.  Fernando is a business major looking to attend UC Santa Barbara in the fall. He was so excited to receive the scholarship at an event held at the school last week. He explained that he’s preparing to use the money to purchase a computer that he can use throughout his college years.
This would not have been possible without the growth of the chamber over the last several years. Thanks to the hard work of our board and your participation in fundraising, volunteering, and recruitment of new members, we are now able to provide these scholarships directly to the future of our community, our graduating students. With your help and the growth of the chamber through fundraising and membership, we are committed to help more students next year and the years to come.
Please remember as chamber members your donations, through sponsoring a table at an event,  donating a prize basket at a mixer, or recruiting a member, helps us represent our business community in so many ways. If your inspired to help expand our scholarship program we welcome your participation and donations. Contact us through our staff at director@sanfernando.com.
And I can’t wait to do it again next year!
David Powell
Board Member
Treasurer