Navigating Uncertainty: More Resources for Small Businesses

FREE Webinar Series Hosted by UW Foster School of Business Faculty on Pivoting to Recovery and Sustainable Growth!

We are excited to announce an offering by one of our program partners, a webinar series in advance of ASCEND LA that is free of charge and open to all businesses owners who are looking to adapt their enterprises. This seven week series is being provided by the University of Washington, one of our ASCEND LA partners, and aims to help companies adapt to the times, pivot to new opportunities, and position themselves for future sustainable growth.

LISC LA Awards PPP Loans to Exceptional Businesses Serving Their Communities  
Rocket Fresh Chef Armen Thomas

Everyday small businesses serve their communities by doing what they do best. For a wide range of offerings, their provision of high quality services and goods is a service to their clients. Today these companies are facing a difficult challenge as they try to cope with measures to keep our city safe while sustaining their businesses. In response, through government funding LISC LA is awarding PPP Loans to these small businesses that do exceptional work in Los Angeles. 


Housing Works Gets a SBA PPP Loan to Maintain Critical Services

Celina Alvarez, Executive Director of Housing Works CA, will apply part of the group's PPP loan to increased staff meeting to respond to intensifying pandemic-era needs, as well as for hazard pay for frontline workers.

Housing Works has settled more than 450 formerly homeless people in permanent, supportive housing in Los Angeles—“whatever it takes, for as long as it takes” is the group’s motto, and the high-touch, one-on-one case management at the heart of their model is especially hard to navigate in the midst of COVID-19 and social distancing.

Alvarez describes applying for the first round of PPP as “a mess.” But, she adds, “I’m a firm believer in divine intervention.” The day Alvarez heard the first round of PPP had closed, after multiple unsuccessful attempts to get application support from banks, she received an email from Emma Kloppenburg, a LISC LA program officer, offering to help her apply for round two.


Supporting Gig Workers During COVID-19: Everything You Need to Know About Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

Date: Tuesday, May 12th 
Time: 1 PM 
Venue: Webinar

LISC LA invites you to join our Financial Partnership Community of Practice, this peer-to-peer interaction for financial coaching staff builds connections that lead to knowledge sharing opportunities, which is very important at this time. In this community of practice session, we will hear from industry leaders from Bet Tzedek on the nuances of the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefit for gig economy and independent workers. Bring your questions about PUA, including how it compares to traditional unemployment benefits.

Trauma-Informed Care Webinar Series: Leadership in Crisis

Date: Tuesday, May 12th   
Time: 2 PM
Venue: Webinar

LISC is happy to invite you to the third of our four part series on using a resilience-oriented, trauma-informed approach to work during the pandemic led by The National Council for Behavioral Health. See the scheudle below for the 90 minute webinars:

Discussion #3: Rapid Cycle establishment of a Resilience-Oriented Trauma-Informed work culture to facilitate trauma-informed practices with clients
Audience: Leadership/Supervisors

Discussion #4:  How to engage clients in virtual platforms during times of crisis
Audience: Direct Line Staff 

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  • Del Richardson
    published this page in Events 2020-05-13 14:33:01 -0700