Gardena provides business portal on city website

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The City of Gardena’s Economic Development Division has created a COVID-19 Business Resource Portal for the public to use and to support Gardena’s business community.

The portal contains resources and information for businesses that could be helpful to know during the COVID-19 health crisis.

“It is a top priority for our team to support our businesses with updated resources such as: Financial Assistance, Grants, Loans, Workforce Resources, as well as Public Health and Safety updates,” the city manager’s office said in a release.

The COVID-19 Business Resource Portal can be found on our Economic Development Website: Gardena Awaits. You can visit the link at http://www.gardenaawaits.com/covid-19-resource- guide/.

The COVID-19 Business Resource Portal will provide the following resources and information:

• Weekly Video Updates from: City Manager Clint Osorio, Chief of Police Michael Saffell, and Mayor Tasha Cerda

• Information on Public Health & Safety

• Financial Assistance

• Grants & Loans

• Workforce Resources

• Regional & State Resources

• City of Gardena Commercial Tenant Protection Ordinance

The information on the public health and safety section contains guidelines for businesses and employers from the CDC to help prevent workplace exposures to COVID-19. The guidelines provides a basis for businesses to work with that can help prepare workplaces for a COVID-19 outbreak, reduce transmission among employees, maintain healthy business operations, and maintain a healthy work environment.

The financial assistance section includes information on the types of loans that the government is providing as a result of the COVID-19 health crisis.

The United States Small Business Administration is offering federal disaster loans with low-interest rates for small businesses and private nonprofit organizations that qualify. The interest rate for eligible small businesses is 3.75% and the rate for private nonprofit organizationsis 2.75%.

The grants and loans section lists various organizations that are offering grants and loans to businesses in need due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Organizations that are offering relief efforts include Facebook, the James Beard Foundation, Go Fund Me, and Yelp, in which the websites for each organization can be accessed through the Gardena Business Portal.

The workforce resources section  provides additional information such as grants and loans for employers and advice for employees if they become sick, are laid off, or get reduced hours. It also has information on unemployment insurance, disability insurance, paid family leave, and tax assistance.

The city of Gardena Commercial Tenant Protection and Ordinance section includes information on Gardena’s moratorium on evictions to prevent the unnecessary displacement of tenants during this pandemic.

If you have any questions, you can contact the Gardena economic development manager Spencer Dela Cruz at sdelacruz@ciytofgardena.org or at 310-217-9533.