May Small Business Resource Roundup

Every month, we provide a roundup of helpful resources for small businesses.

CalSavers Retirement Program for Small Businesses

California employers, who don’t already offer an employer-sponsored retirement plan and who have five or more employees, will begin facilitating CalSavers in July 2019. The three-year phased rollout will include staggered deadlines for registration based on employer size. All eligible employers can join at any time prior to their registration deadline.

Funding Opportunity for Small Businesses

Nationwide and BlueVine are hosting a pitching competition where you could win up to $100,000. Please note that VEDC is not a sponsor or partner for this competition and that by entering, Nationwide and BlueVine will send add you to their marketing list.

Development Services Centers for Zoning Requirements

If you would like to check zoning requirements for a specific address, the Department of City Planning’s Development Services Center (DSC) is available to help. The department conveniently has three locations (Metro, Valley, West LA) throughout the city to answer your questions.

Chobani Incubator Grant for the Food Industry

Chobani Incubator offers a $25,000 grant and training available for the companies chosen for this program.  Expenses for travel to and from New York are covered by the company.  They want to help small companies with big hearts and ideas challenge the food industry, improve broken systems, and make a difference.

LA Minimum Wage and Labor Standards

The Office of Wage Standards (OWS) of the Bureau of Contract Administration is responsible for implementing and administering the guidelines of the Los Angeles Minimum Wage and Minimum Wage Enforcement Ordinances in the City of Los Angeles. The OWS ensures that employers in the City comply with the appropriate minimum wage rates specified by the Ordinance through community outreach and investigation of potential wage theft violations to advance labor standards in the City.

recycLA Update for Customers

In 2017, the City of LA launched recycLA, a public-private partnership to offer waste and recycling services to all commercial and industrial businesses, institutions, and large multifamily buildings.

A recent recycLA Update offers beneficial changes to the program. If you paid access and distance fees for your blue bin under the recycLA program, and are a customer in good standing, you are eligible to receive a credit retroactive to February 1, 2018.  You do not have to do anything to receive a credit; it should appear on your July, 2019 bill. If you have any additional questions about your credit you can call LASAN’s Customer Care Center at 1-800-773-2489 or contact your recycLA Service Provider directly.