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  • Thu, August 06, 2020 4:06 PM | Edgar Mejia (Administrator)

    Below you will find a link to the most FAQ document incorporating the new/updated information contained in the Forgiveness Application. Click here to see document. 


  • Fri, July 31, 2020 2:35 PM | Edgar Mejia (Administrator)

    The Paycheck Protection Program resumed accepting applications July 6, 2020, at 9:00 AM EDT in response to President signing the program's extension legislation. The new deadline to apply for a Paycheck Protection Program loan is AUGUST 8, 2020.


    Paycheck Protection Program Loan Information
    The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll.

    SBA will forgive loans if all employee retention criteria are met, and the funds are used for eligible expenses. Click here to read more about PPP loan forgiveness.

    How To Apply
    You can apply through any existing SBA 7(a) lender or through any federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution that is participating. Other regulated lenders will be available to make these loans once they are approved and enrolled in the program. You should consult with your local lender as to whether it is participating in the program. View a list of lenders participating in the Paycheck Protection Program by state.

    If you wish to begin preparing your application, you can download a copy of the PPP borrower application form (revised June 24, 2020) to see the information that will be requested from you when you apply with a lender.

  • Fri, July 24, 2020 9:34 AM | Edgar Mejia (Administrator)

    We recommend that you review these sites at least once a week. You don't need to lift by yourself, be a sub, work with other Veteran Business Owners as a Joint Venture, and get your firm Certified as a Local Small Business that happens to be a Veteran Owned Business. We can walk you through this process at NO COST to you as a Member of the Veterans Chamber of Commerce. Membership is FREE. Veterans Helping Veterans.

    CA DGS
    https://caleprocure.ca.gov/pages/Events-BS3/event-search.aspx

    LA County
    https://camisvr.co.la.ca.us/lacobids/

    LA County METRO
    https://business.metro.net

    City of Los Angeles
    https://www.labavn.org/

    Los Angeles Unified School District – Operations
    https://psd.lausd.net/procurement_solicitations_achieve.asp#current_anchord

    Los Angeles Unified School District – Facilities
    https://mo.laschools.org/fis/fcs/rfpqm-psc/

    Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
    http://www.mwdh2o.com/Doing-Business/Contract-Opportunities/Purchasing/Pages/default.aspx

    Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) - All Procurement
    http://www.laccd.edu/Departments/BusinessServices/Contract-Services/Pages/Bids-And-Proposals.aspx

    BUILD LACCD: Los Angeles Community College District - NEW Construction
    http://www.build-laccd.org/contractors-bidders

    Port of Long Beach
    https://www.polb.com/business/business-opportunities#business-opportunities-overview

    City of Long Beach
    http://www.longbeach.gov/finance/business-info/compliance/small-business-enterprises/

  • Mon, July 20, 2020 11:09 AM | Edgar Mejia (Administrator)

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Director Tanya N. Garfield of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West today reminded California businesses and residents of the August 17, 2020 deadline to apply for an SBA federal disaster loan for property damage caused by the civil unrest in Los Angeles County that began May 26, 2020.

    According to Garfield, businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters may apply for SBA federal disaster loans to repair or replace disaster-damaged property. SBA can also lend additional funds to help with the cost of improvements to protect, prevent or minimize the same type of disaster damage from occurring in the future.

    These low-interest federal disaster loans are available in Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino and Ventura counties.

    Businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory and other business assets.

    In addition, SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations of any size to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. Economic injury assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any property damage. The deadline to apply for an SBA economic injury disaster loan is March 17, 2021.

    Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property.

    Interest rates can be as low as 3 percent for businesses, 2.75 percent for private nonprofit organizations and 1.25 percent for homeowners and renters with terms up to 30 years. Loan amounts and terms are set by SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.

    Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard‑of‑hearing may call (800) 877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

    Se Acerca la Fecha Límite en California para Préstamos por Desastre de la SBA para Daños a la Propiedad Debido a los Disturbios Civiles

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Tanya N. Garfield, Directora del Centro de Desastres del Oeste (Disaster Field Operations Center-West) de la Administración Federal de Pequeños Negocios (SBA por sus siglas en inglés) les recordó el día de hoy a los pequeños negocios y residentes en el estado de California que el 17 de Agosto de 2020 es la fecha límite para solicitar préstamos de desastre por daños a la propiedad causados por los disturbios civiles en el condado de Los Angeles que comenzaron el 26 de Mayo de 2020.

    Según Garfield, los negocios de cualquier tamaño, la mayoría de las organizaciones privadas sin fines de lucro, dueños de casas e inquilinos pueden solicitar préstamos federales de desastre de SBA para reparar o reemplazar sus propiedades dañadas por el desastre. Además, SBA puede prestar fondos adicionales para ayudar con el costo de mejoras para proteger, prevenir o minimizar que el mismo tipo de daños no ocurran en un futuro.

    Estos préstamos federales de desastres a bajos intereses están disponibles para los condados de Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino y Ventura.

    Negocios de cualquier tamaño y organizaciones sin fines de lucro pueden solicitar préstamos hasta $2 millones de dólares para ayudarles a reparar o reemplazar sus bienes inmobiliarios dañados o destruidos, maquinaria y equipo, inventario y otros activos.

    Además, SBA ofrece Préstamos de Desastres para Pérdidas Económicas a pequeños negocios, pequeñas cooperativas agrícolas, pequeños negocios involucrados en acuacultura y a la mayoría de organizaciones sin fines de lucro de todos tamaños para ayudarles a cubrir necesidades de capital de trabajo causadas por el desastre. Estos préstamos están disponibles, independientemente de si el negocio sufrió algún daño físico en la propiedad. La fecha límite para solicitar un préstamo de desastre para pérdidas económicas es el 17 de Marzo de 2020.

    Los préstamos de desastre disponibles para dueños de casas pueden ser hasta $200,000 para reparar o reemplazar su residencia principal. Dueños de casas e inquilinos pueden solicitar hasta $40,000 para reparar o reemplazar su propiedad personal dañada o destruida.

    Las tasas de interés de los préstamos pueden ser tan bajas hasta 3 por ciento para negocios, 2.75 por ciento para organizaciones sin fines de lucro y 1.25 por ciento para dueños de casas e inquilinos, por plazos de hasta 30 años. Los montos y términos de los préstamos son establecidos por SBA y se basan en las condiciones financieras de cada solicitante.

    Los interesados pueden llenar una solicitud en línea, recibir información adicional sobre asistencia de desastre y descargar la solicitud de préstamo en https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/. También pueden comunicarse al Centro de Servicio a Clientes para Asistencia de Desastres de SBA marcando (800) 659‑2955 o enviando un correo electrónico a disastercustomerservice@sba.gov para obtener mayor información. Las personas sordas o con problemas de audición pueden llamar al (800) 877‑8339. Las solicitudes completadas en papel deben enviarse por correo a U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

    About the U.S. Small Business Administration

    The U.S. Small Business Administration helps power the American dream of business ownership. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov.

    Sobre la Administración Federal de Pequeños Negocios (SBA)

    La Administración Federal de Pequeños Empresas Negocios (SBA) hace realidad el sueño americano de ser dueño de una empresa. Como el único recurso y voz para las pequeñas empresas respaldada por la fortaleza del gobierno federal, la SBA capacita a los empresarios y propietarios de pequeñas empresas con los recursos y el apoyo que necesitan para comenzar, crecer o expandir sus negocios, o para recuperarse de una declaración desastre. Ofrece servicios a través de una extensa red de oficinas locales de la SBA y asociaciones con organizaciones públicas y privadas. Para obtener más información, visite www.sba.gov.

  • Thu, July 16, 2020 10:22 AM | Edgar Mejia (Administrator)

    Call to Action: Help us spread the word about the Census to veterans!

    You can make a difference – together we can activate California’s veterans to take the 2020 Census to benefit their fellow veterans, families, and neighbors!

    For more information about our Census efforts for veterans and to access links to our downloadable creative collateral, visit https://census.ca.gov/resource/veterans/.

    Today, more than ever, we need every Californian to count in the 2020 Census.

    • Census data is used to fund many of the programs and services associated with these efforts
    • Census data informs the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ planning efforts for veterans’ programs and its assessment efforts to understand the needs of veterans

    Veterans and their family members can still take the 2020 Census!

    Join us in our efforts to help all veterans count in the 2020 Census. Filling out the Census is fast, easy, and secure and confidential. You can complete the Census:

    • Online https://my2020census.gov
    • Phone 844-330-2020, or
    • Mailing the paper form

    Resources to aid your Census outreach to veterans!

    California Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary
    Imbasciani’s Message on the 2020 Census



    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndkUvDxQJ7g


    California Complete Count Office on the importance of the Census



    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNvmjkwuuy4


    San Diego Tribune
    Commentary: Veterans, it’s more important than ever to
    be counted by the census. Let’s do our part.
    By: Al Kovach Jr.

    Military.com
    Female Veterans are Leading the Count for the 2020 Census
    By: Melissa Washington

    You are receiving this information because you are on our subscriber list. CalVet sponsorship or endorsement of the following information and activities is not implied or intended by this transmission.

    Visit the CalVet website at www.calvet.ca.gov.
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  • Tue, April 28, 2020 3:11 PM | Edgar Mejia (Administrator)

    Disabled American Veterans (DAV) is offering cash grants of up to $250 for disabled veterans affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Service-connected disabled veterans who have lost employment as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic are eligible. This includes veterans who are self-employed as contractors or small business owners.

    You can apply for the grant online by providing proof of your status as a service-connected disabled veteran and proof of unemployment or financial need as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    You should submit a copy of your VA identification card showing your service connection or any other official VA document showing your service connected disability status. If you don’t have a VA identification card, you can download a copy of your disability documentation from the VA’s eBenefits website.

    To verify your hardship, you should submit some proof of unemployment or lost income. This could be a letter from your employer indicating your termination or furlough status or proof that you have applied for, or are receiving, unemployment benefits. If you are self-employed you need to submit some type of proof of lost income.

    You do not need to be a DAV member to receive this grant.

    DAV says that the cash grants will be distributed in check form and should arrive within two weeks the date your application is approved.

    For more information, visit the DAV website.


  • Thu, April 16, 2020 9:14 AM | Edgar Mejia (Administrator)

    Greetings Professionals,

    As if things aren't bad enough, I’ve been recently informed by Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) and General Services Administration (GSA) that a new FAKE website is circulating that looks just like the www.sam.gov and http://login.gov/ webpage but IT IS NOT! The FAKE webpage's address is https://sam-gov.org

    PLEASE DO NOT ENTER YOUR INFORMATION INTO THIS SITE, IT IS A FAKE PORTAL!

    The GSA is investigating the site and the situation as I write this.

    As a reminder, if an email or website DOES NOT end in .gov or .mil or .edu; the site is NOT regulated; be sure to double check before you click!

    If you are ever unsure, because these sites/emails can look very REAL, feel free to forward the email to a legitimate resource for further confirmation.

    Take care and be safe...


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