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We have compiled these resources for Latino restaurant owners with information from Federal, State and local resources to help them navigate the issues facing small businesses in today's environment. We encourage you to stay up-to-date and take all necessary precautions for your business and employees.


SERVE: Secure Emergency Relief for Vulnerable Employees

Provides cash aid of $800 to food service workers who reside in the City of Los Angeles.  Applicants must reside in the City of Los Angeles, be 18 years or older, and have a 2019 income of $58,450 or less. Applications open from Monday, December 7, 9am to midnight on Friday, December 11. Check website for full eligibility and application.

Keep LA County Dining

In an effort to assist restaurants affected by the new COVID-19 restrictions, LA County has launched the Keep LA Dining Grant Program. It provides $30,000 grant to qualifying restaurants in LA County (not including City of LA and Pasadena). Check website for eligibility and grant application. 

California Small Business Emergency Relief Package

New relief programs from the State of California for businesses impacted by the virus. This includes

  • New Sales Tax Deferral
  • Additional funding for the California Rebuilding Fund. Businesses can apply for grants up to $25,000
  • Main Street Hiring Tax Credit
Visit CA Business and Employers for more details on each program.


Did you receive a PPP loan and are ready to apply for forgiveness?

  1. Contact your lending institution.  Loan forgiveness applications are processed through your lender. In addition to the SBA application, your lender may require additional documentation.
  1. Fill Out the SBA Loan Forgiveness Application (pdf). English Version / Spanish Version.
The SBA released a PPP EZ Loan Forgiveness Application (pdf). You can use the EZ application if you meet the following criteria:
  • You are self employed and have no employees;
  • You did not reduce the salaries or wages of your employees by more than 25% and did not reduce the number of hours for your employees; or
  • You experienced a reduction in business activity as a result of health directives related to COVID-19 and did not reduce the salaries or wages of your employees by more than 25%.

Chick here for more info from SBA on loan forgiveness details


Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti announces $800 stipends for food service works. Applications open on Monday.

Governor Newsom announces sales-tax deferral to help businesses hurt by COVID-19 restrictions. Small businesses with less that $1 million in sales tax, will receive an automatic three-month extension on payments.

Governor Newsom announces new immediate actions to curb COVID-19 transmission. These new regulations, effective Nov 17, 2929 move several Southern California counties to the most restricted purple tier in the Blueprint for a Safer Economy.


California has a blueprint for reducing COVID-19 in the state with revised criteria for loosening and tightening restriction activities. Check the Blueprint  for a Safer Economy page to find  the status of activities in your county.  You can search by county and activity.

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