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Dear <<First Name>>,

Our small businesses are the backbone of the local economy. 

I proudly hail from a working class family and having worked at and managed small businesses until I was 41, I know how important it is to support small businesses in every way we can, whether it’s through policy at City Hall or on the ground in the community. 

Here are three recent examples of this approach in action:

This past weekend, on Small Business Saturday, I was privileged to visit eleven independently owned 13th District businessesThis has been a beloved annual tradition of mine since taking office. From diners and bookstores to record shops and plant nurseries - each of these businesses plays a key role in making the 13th District the amazing place that it is. 
 
But just expressing our support for local businesses during one Saturday in November isn’t enough, which is why my office provided direct financial assistance to 179 local businesses who struggled during the pandemic. Totaling $1 million, my Small Business Grant Program helped keep businesses afloat with grants of $5000 each. Nearly 50% of these businesses were also owned by a woman or a person of color - businesses that have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.

Now, the City is leaning in even further and providing additional assistance to small businesses with “Comeback Checks.” 

Using funds that I helped approve in this year’s City budget, the “Comeback Check Program” is a $25 million fund that will provide grants of $5000 to small businesses across the City. To be eligible, small businesses must meet the following criteria:

✅ Must have experienced financial hardship as a result of COVID-19
✅ Must be located and operating within the boundaries of the City of Los Angeles
✅ Must have been in operation since March 1, 2020
✅ Must have a City Business Tax Registration Certificate (BTRC) in good standing
✅ Corporations, limited liability companies and limited partnerships must have an “ACTIVE” status with the California Secretary of States

If you are eligible, you have until Friday, December 3 at 11:59 PM to apply. You can learn more by clicking the link below:
APPLY
Our team is always here to help and support you. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out - (213) 207-3015. We’re at your service!


Be safe and well, 

MITCH O'FARRELL

 

RECAP: SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY

13TH DISTRICT - On Small Business Saturday, Councilmember O'Farrell crisscrossed the 13th District, visiting eleven local favorites. In addition to purchasing holiday gifts for friends and loved ones, we put money back into the local economy. Small businesses are an integral part of the 13th District's character and our team is committed to helping them in every way possible. 

NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH REFLECTIONS

LOS ANGELES - As Native American Heritage Month comes to a close, Councilmember O'Farrell sat down with LA This Week to share his personal story, in addition to his reflections about the month and the importance of uplifting Native American voices. 

RINGING IN THE HOLIDAY SEASON IN HOLLYWOOD

HOLLYWOOD - On Sunday, Councilmember O'Farrell helped welcome back the Hollywood Christmas Parade, a beloved annual tradition that was put on hold last year due to the pandemic. After nearly two years of unprecedented challenges, it was a welcome sight to see so many smiling faces and so much joy. A big thank you to the parade organizers, Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles Department of Transportation for ensuring a smooth event. 

PROOF OF VACCINATION NOW REQUIRED

LOS ANGELES - Starting this week, the City of Los Angeles will begin enforcing its Safe PassLA program, which requires certain establishments to verify that patrons are vaccinated against COVID-19. To check if your business is covered by these rules, please visit the Safe PassLA website.

DECEMBER 2: FLOOD AWARENESS WORKSHOP

LOS ANGELES RIVER - While we need all the rain we can get, Los Angeles' winter months also bring the risk of increased flooding along the Los Angeles River. To help prepare for this event, the US Army Corp of Engineers is hosting a virtual Flood Awareness Workshop this Thursday, December 2 from 6pm to 8m. You'll learn about the steps that are being taken to mitigate this danger, as well as steps that you can take to keep yourself safe. Click the link below to participate. 
PARTICIPATE

WISHING YOU A HAPPY HANUKKAH!

LOS ANGELES - Team Mitch wishes all members of the Jewish faith our blessings for a Happy Hanukkah!

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