COVID-19 Resources

Support the Santa Monica Business Relief Fund

The Santa Monica Business Relief Fund has been established by the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce  in partnership with the Santa Monica Chamber Foundation and the City of Santa Monica to help our Santa Monica businesses who has been so adversely affected by Covid 19 and recent events. Click here to donate.

Business Reopening & Technical Support

The timeline for reopening Santa Monica businesses will align with Los Angeles County and the State of California. Where the two conflict, the City will follow whichever guidance is stricter.

Click through to find

  • which industries are allowed to open
  • specific reopening protocols
  • required signs and forms

Webinars and town halls

Santa Monica Business Town Hall with Police Chief Cynthia Renaud
June 4, 2020

Santa Monica Town Hall
May 21, 2020

Lunch with Chief Renaud (Beat 3-mid-City)
May 18, 2020

Lunch with Chief Renaud (Beat 4-North of Wilshire)
May 13, 2020

Digital Marketing 101 with Snapchat
May 12, 2020

Lunch with Chief Renaud (Beat 2-South of Pico)
May 11, 2020

Santa Moniva COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall
Apr 8, 2020

U.S. Small Business Administration

Disaster Loans

The SBA is offering up to $2 million in disaster loans. This week, it has been replenished with $60 million.

Paycheck Protection Program (Separate from Disaster Loans)

The program, established under the CARES Act, provides small businesses with funds to cover up to 8 weeks of average payroll including benefits, plus 25% (capped at $10 million).

  • Interest rate: 1%
  • Forgivable if used for payroll
  • Application: Made through any existing SBA 7(a) lender or through any participating federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution
  • More information

Small Business Development Center (Los Angeles)

The SBA’s regional centers provide free technical assistance on various issues, including supply chain disruption and liability, technology plans for setting up remote work stations for employees, concerns about cashflow during disruption, and credit and finance issues.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R.6201)

  • Emergency paid leave benefits program: provides payments to employees taking unpaid leave due to the COVID-19 outbreak
  • Unemployment benefits: unemployment benefits expanded, while extra funding has been provided to states for processing and paying claims
  • Paid sick leave: employers are required to provide paid sick leave to employees
  • Free testing: COVID-19 diagnostic testing provided at no cost to consumers
  • Respirators eligible for liability protections: personal respiratory protective devices are treated as covered countermeasures that are eligible for certain liability protections
  • FMAP increased: Medicaid federal medical assistance percentage (FMAP) has temporarily been increased

Los Angeles County

Department of Consumer and Business Affairs

The Small Business Concierge provides various free business counseling and other resources.

Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation

Businesses experiencing significant economic harm can contact the Los Angeles EDC layoff aversion team for strategic assistance at no cost.

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