Small Businesses

Guidance for reopening -
L.A. Al Fresco -
City of Los Angeles Microloan Program:
SBA Disaster Assistance:
Get help applying for loans:; 833-238-4450;
LA Small Business Resilience
Guidance for reopening -
Jewish Free Loan Association -
Restaurants: Apply to join LA City's Great Plates Delivered Program -
Moratorium on commercial evictions -

Information on re-opening:

If you are self employed or an independent contractor:

  • Disability Insurance Elective Coverage -
  • The California Employment Development Department offers Disability Insurance Elective Coverage for employers and self-employed individuals who want to be covered by Disability Insurance and Paid Family Leave.

If you own a business that is facing potential closures or layoffs:

  • Rapid Response Services for Businesses -
  • The Rapid Response Services for Businesses is a state program that can assist companies facing potential layoffs or closures. Contact your local America’s Job Center of California to learn more about these services. 

Los Angeles City economic relief for small businesses:

Small Business Administration assistance:

  • SBA Disaster Assistance -
  • The U.S. Small Business Administration is also offering Disaster Assistance to all California small businesses economically impacted by the Coronavirus with low-interest (2.75-3.75%) federal disaster loans of up to $2 million for long-term repayment plans of up to 30 years. You can find additional information as well as download applications here. For questions regarding SBA loans, you can call 800-659-2955 or email 

Moratorium on commercial evictions:

  • During the Local Emergency Period and for three months afterwards, property owners cannot evict a tenant of Commercial Real Property for non-payment of rent if the tenant is unable to pay rent due to circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The L.A. Protects Initiative:

  • LA Protects -
  • The Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti has announced an initiative, “L.A. Protects”, to organize local manufacturers to produce five million non-medical grade masks for workers in essential sectors, non-medical staff in hospitals, and medical patients across the City of Los Angeles. For more information on how you can help out, click here.

More information on business reopening & guidelines: