Nithya Raman CD4

Hello Business Communities of CD4!

This October, check out a full list of upcoming webinars and events, along with important grant information and other notable updates below!

If you have any business-related inquiries, feel free to reach out to our Small Business Liaison Su Lee any time at For general, non-business related questions, contact our office at or reach out to your neighborhood’s Field Deputy


Contractor Development and Bonding Program (CDABP) Webinar — 10/27 @ 3:30 PM

If you’re a contractor looking for assistance with your capacity and business growth, join our webinar hosted with the City’s Contract Finance Assistance Program (CFAP)! Contractors will learn the fundamentals of bonding, why it’s necessary for the City of Los Angeles’ projects, and certifications. RSVP at the link HERE

New Sidewalk in Los Feliz Vermont Ave

We are thrilled to see the completion of the sidewalk installation on Vermont Ave between Melbourne and Kingswell — these sidewalks are a neighborhood improvement that will last for decades to come with responsible street tree management. We’re incredibly grateful to the partnership of the Bureau of Street Services (BSS) in carrying out this project, especially the crews for their tireless work on the ground.

This project was made possible with excess grant funds left over from curb extensions along Vermont Ave — to determine the best way to spend these funds, our office conducted a walk audit of the blocks on Vermont from Franklin Ave to Prospect Ave, and we submitted our sidewalk proposal to BSS. After evaluating and assessing location and beginning the repair (and not without the challenges sidewalk installation can hold!) we’re so pleased to see the final result.

There are various ways the City of Los Angeles can enhance the public space in business areas: street lighting, street light banners, street furniture investments, landscaping & median improvements, tree plantings, sidewalk repairs, reconstruction, and more. Connect with our office to brainstorm how we can improve your business district together!




Paid Family Leave Grant For Small Businesses

Paid Family Leave allows us time as a society to prioritize the next generation, by giving parents time off in the most tender time of their child’s development. But as the old adage goes, time is money. Businesses that are impacted by California’s Family Leave program face increased personnel costs like upskilling existing staff and hiring new staff. 

Eligible small businesses in California with 1-100 employees can apply for grants of up to $2,000/employee to help offset the financial cost of family leave. For more information and the application, check out or call (818) 989-0300.


$10,000 Small Business Grants

Verizon Small Business Digital Ready is committed to helping small businesses grow. Applications are now open and will close on November 14, 2022. Click HERE to register.

All applicants will be notified about whether or not they have been selected to receive grant funding the week of November 28, 2022.


California Dream Fund Program

The California Office of the Small Business Advocate announced grant awards to technical assistance and grant making partners of the California Dream Fund Program. The California Dream Fund Program is a one-time $35 Million grant program that will provide micro grants to seed entrepreneurship and small business creation in California. Click HERE for more information.


Grantmaking Entity for CA Microbusiness Grant Program

The California Grants Portal (a project by the California State Library) is a quick destination to find all available grants and loans offered on a competitive or first-come basis by California state agencies. Click HERE to check out the website.


Hello Alice Resource For Small Business Grants

Discover small business grants for every stage of your small business adventure, recommended based on your unique profile and delivered to your inbox weekly. Click HERE to check out the website.


How to do business with the City of Los Angeles

Thursday, October 13 | 10AM

Accessing LA events connect participants to a dynamic tight-knit community of those who want to make money by doing business with the City of Los Angeles and public agencies. RiseWith promotes business/contracting development, especially in the San Fernando Valley. RSVP HERE.

Contract with the City

The Regional Alliance Marketplace for Procurement (RAMP) was named for the region’s commitment and collaborative effort to post their opportunities in one place, thereby making it easier for businesses to access multiple contracting opportunities in a centralized space. The City of Los Angeles wanted the name of this platform to represent its participants. Click HERE to learn more.

Business Website – ADA Compliance 

Our office has been alerted by several small business owners in Council District 4 that lawsuits are being filed against them by law firms, often in Orange County, utilizing an obscure provision in federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regarding the disability accessibility of their websites. Though we have followed up with our federal partners, national reform of laws allowing this behavior is not expected in current or future sessions of Congress.

Thankfully the City of Los Angeles can help. Avoid a hefty legal bill (often around $10,000) by ensuring that your business website is ADA-compliant. If you are not sure whether you are in compliance, or need help coming into compliance, please reach out to your nearest Business Source Centers to assist you. 

Click HERE for The California Commission on Disability Access website for more information.

Become a certified Green Business through LA Sanitation & Environment

This program provides free consultation and resources, including rebates for businesses looking to reduce their environmental impact while also saving on costs. Get certified HERE


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