Los Angeles SBDC Network

Los Angeles Small Business Development Center offers free advising and webinars for business owners in LA County. To speak with a business counselor, contact: (866) 588-SBDC, or Spanish (800) 794-1402. For more information, see: https://smallbizla.org/.

Echo Fair Housing

ECHO’s Tenant/Landlord Counseling Program provides information to tenants and landlords on their housing rights and responsibilities. Additionally, ECHO has trained mediators to assist in resolving housing disputes through conciliation and mediation. The primary objective of the program is to build awareness of housing laws and prevent homelessness. ECHO serves Alameda, Contra Costa and Monterey counties. See: https://www.echofairhousing.org/.

Bay Area Legal Aid

Bay Area Legal Aid is a legal service organization serving clients through regional offices in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara counties. See: https://baylegal.org/.

Start Small, Think Big

Helps match low-income entrepreneurs with pro bono attorneys and financial advisers. See: https://www.startsmallthinkbig.org/. To qualify, entrepreneur must identify with at least 1 of the following criteria: person of color; women; LGBTQ+; physical or mental disability; veteran; immigrant; low to moderate income (does not exceed 500% of the federal poverty guidelines), and have less than $1 million in revenue over the past 12 months.

Orange County – Public Law Center (Pro Bono Services)

  1. Pro Bono Services:
    1. The Public Law Center is a pro bono law firm in Orange County, providing access to justice for low income and vulnerable residents. Its 30 staff members work with over 1,600 Orange County lawyers, paralegals, law students and other volunteers annually to provide free civil legal services, including: counseling, individual representation, community education, and strategic litigation and advocacy to challenge societal injustices. See: https://www.publiclawcenter.org/services/.
  2. Information on COVID-19-related Tenant Protections and Legal Assistance for Nonprofits and Small Businesses:
    1. Links to various resources may be found here: https://www.publiclawcenter.org/covid19/.

NorCal SBDC Network

  1. Serving businesses located in Alameda, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Contra Costa, Colusa, Del Norte, El Dorado, Humboldt, Glenn, Lake, Lassen, Marin, Mendocino, Modoc, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Mateo, San Joaquin, Shasta, Santa Cruz, Sierra, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Yolo, Yuba, Counties and the City and County of San Francisco. Visit asksbdc.com or call 833-ASK-SBDC or email loan@asksbdc.com.
  2. Town Hall Q&A: Each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 10:30 a.m., the NorCal SBDC Finance Center Team discusses EIDL and PPP updates and information specific to reopening businesses in Northern California. See: https://www.norcalsbdc.org/covid-19.

LA Represents

LA Represents pro bono attorneys provide assistance to small businesses least likely to have access to effective legal services as they confront new workplace regulations, renegotiate commercial leases, apply for government relief programs, and navigate compliance with emergency health and safety orders. See: https://corona-virus.la/LARepresents.

Community Organization Representation Project

Virtual Q&A board to increase accessibility to pro bono legal services. Nonprofits can get answers to questions in the following areas: Planning for a Return to the Workplace, Protecting Employees’ Health in the Workplace, Preparing for Difficult Staffing Decisions, Negotiating with Commercial Landlords, Accessing and Complying with COVID-19 Relief Programs. See: https://www.sfbar.org/jdc/jdc-legal-services-programs/corp/.

Federal Resources

State Resources

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А loan program to support California’s small businesses — especially those located in economically disadvantaged and historically under-banked areas of the state. Businesses who employed 50 or less full-time equivalent employees (FTEs) and had gross revenues of less than $2.5 million or below in 2019 are eligible to apply.

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