Chamber of Commerce
Irwindale
(626) 960-6606
Business Resources
Welcome to the Irwindale Chamber Business Resources Guide. In this area you will find articles by our members on various topics as well as handouts from presentations from our Business Solutions Seminars. There are also links to other organizations that you may find of interest.

ETP Funding NOW Available!

As part of LA Works commitment to workforce development, we have partnered with the State of California Employment Training Panel (ETP) to provide State Funded training to local businesses at  NO COST.  LA Works will work with businesses to identify, develop and deliver employee training in the areas of front-line manufacturing skills, continuous improvement, supervision and management, OSHA 30 and many more.  For more information on our ETP Program, please contact Martha Cerda at 626-960-3964, ext. 2260 or etp@laworks.org
 

Healthcare Reform

Healthcare Reform: Exchange Coverage Notice Due October 1, 2013.  Download the form for FREE here.
No law since perhaps the creation of the Medicare and Medicaid programs or the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) has more fundamentally shifted the health care landscape than the recently enacted Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (P.L. 111-148, as modified by H.R. 4872, the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010). Many of the provisions are geared toward expanding access to health care coverage through a mix of incentives for private insurance and a dramatic expansion of public programs.

How the bill impacts small business  (download)

Dept. of Labor Technical Notices (link)
As a small business owner, you may have questions about what you can do to help get you and your employees insurance coverage. Covered California is developing a marketplace specifically designed for small businesses with one to 50 eligible employees. Covered California will make it easier to compare a variety of qualified, competing health plans from private insurance companies, including group plans that you might think are only offered to large businesses.

Small Business Fact Sheet (download)

Small Business Tax Credits (download)
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a revised Form I-9 for use in verifying employment eligibility on Friday. All employers are required to complete a Form I-9 for each employee. According to the USICS, employers should not complete a new Form I-9 for current employees if a properly completed Form I-9 is already on file.

A Spanish version of Form I-9 (Rev. 03/08/13N) is also available, and HRCalifornia will be updated with the new form. The Spanish version is for use in Puerto Rico only. Spanish-speaking employers and employees in the 50 states, Washington, D.C., and other U.S. territories may use the Spanish version for reference, but must complete the English version of the form.
After May 7, 2013, only the 03/08/13 version will be accepted. Download the new I-9 here.

Through a partnership with CalChamber, the Irwindale Chamber of Commerce brings you the resources of HRCalifornia.

Employment laws and HR requirements change frequently. That’s the reality for California employers. HRCalifornia is an affordable online resource for quick answers to your California and federal employment law questions.
You’ll find:

* Clear explanations of legal requirements for payroll, meal breaks and more
* More than 400 downloadable HR forms and checklists—many which you can personalize with your logo and name
* Fast compliance wizards that simplify specific HR tasks
* More than 500 Q&As covering a full range of topics
* Updates on new laws and regulations, court cases and news
through the HR Watchdog blog and the HRCalifornia Extra eNewsletter
* Tips and best practices for all kinds of employment issues

Avoid mistakes that could cost your company a lot of money in potential fines and lawsuits.

Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center

SB/SE serves taxpayers who file Form 1040, Schedules C, E, F or Form 2106, as well as small businesses with assets under $10 million.

A-Z Index for Business
Find it Fast! Know what you're looking for and want to find it fast? Select business topics using our A-Z listing, or by business type such as sole proprietor, corporation, etc. We also provide links to major business subjects, such as Business Expenses, which provides a gateway to all related information on that subject.
The Board of Equalization (BOE) has announced that on June 18, 2012, the BOE is expanding electronic services by offering customers a convenient and fast way to register online for tax and fee programs administered by the BOE. Using the new eReg system is free.
The BOE will no longer provide paper applications after June 18, 2012. Taxpayers who do not have Internet access can get customer assistance by visiting or calling their local BOE district office.

Member Articles*


Martin Levy of Human Resources 4U has written various Human Resource topics for small and midsize businesses. Please visit his blog by clicking on the logo.
*Members may send industry related articles to Lisa@irwindalechamber.org This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for consideration for placement on this page and for placement in the Insights newsletter.
Los Angeles Business Assistance Virtual Network (LABAVN) is the City of Los Angeles official website for procurement opportunities, and includes formal announcements, information and due dates for Requests for Bids, Proposals and/or Qualifications for business opportunities with various City departments throughout the City of Los Angeles. f you haven't done so already, please register with the LABAVN at www.labavn.org.

Business Civic Leadership Center Links

National Disaster Help Desk for Business
After natural disasters, many local businesses have no idea where to turn. The Help Desk is a one-stop resource to help businesses and local chambers learn about recovery best practices, navigate federal assistance programs, and connect with national organizations that want to help.
Together for Recovery
The U.S. Chamber's national economic recovery campaign features more than 250 business offerings to help individuals make a mortgage payment, access health care assistance, among other resources.
Child Support – A Guide For California Business —
a complete step-by-step web-based guide designed to help employers meet child support requirements in California. Developed by the California Department of Child Support Services (DCSS), it includes procedures on new hire reporting, remitting payments electronically, income withholding procedures and frequently asked questions in a user-friendly format that contains links to critical forms and websites. The guide can be found in the DCSS Employer Resource section on the Department's website at: www.childsup.ca.gov/Employers and is available to download in PDF.
The U.S. Commercial Service is the trade promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. With professionals in over 100 U.S. cities and in nearly 80 countries to help U.S. companies get started in exporting or increase sales to new global markets.

Are you interested in becoming a certified Minority/ Women/ Disadvantaged Business Enterprise?

City of Los Angeles Certification Analysts are here to help you!

On the first Thursday of every month, one-on-one assistance will be available on a walk-in basis from 8:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Please contact the Certification Section at (213) 847-2684 with questions or to schedule an appointment.

To do Business with the State of California

Step 1: Become a California Certified Small Business or Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise
Apply online 24/7 at www.getcertified.dgs.ca.gov

Step 2: Use the California State Contacts Register (CSCR)
Sign up online at www.cscr.dgs.ca.gov

Step 3: Look into Becoming a California Multiple Award Schedules (CMAS) Contractor
Find out more at www.pd.dgs.ca.gov/cmas

Step 4: Market Your Business to State Agencies
www.pd.dgs.ca.gov/smbus/advocate
www.pd.dgs.ca.gov/deleg/delegpurch
www.cold.ca.gov
www.pd.dgs.ca.gov/recipro
www.pd.dgs.ca.gov/newsevent

Gas Company Business Incentives and Services

Southern California Edison Business Incentives and Services

Standard Performance Contract (SPC)

Express Efficiency Program

Visit www.sce.com/rebatesandsavings to download applications and complete program instructions.

SCORE

FREE Business Counseling

We're here to help you turn your dreams into reality. SCORE provides services in over 30 locations in the Los Angeles area.

SCORE Los Angeles, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
330 N. Brand Boulevard, Suite 190
Glendale, CA 91203
Tel: 818-552-3206
Fax: 818-547-1220

Disaster Recovery Resources

Designed to support communites with the vital resources needed to plan for and recover effectively from disasters, www.disasterrecoveryresources.net is an information cetner featuring the latest reports and other materials on disaster recovery.

The goal of the website is to become the centralized source of up-to-date information useful to disaster recovery at the community level.

Quick Links

Welcome to the Small Business Development Center Serving the Northern San Gabriel Valley Area

Every business starts with a bright idea. Whether you need help getting your idea off the ground or want to grow your business, we’re here for you.

The Los Angeles Regional Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network is funded in part by the Small Business Administration (SBA).

3035 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107- Rm122
Direct: 626-585-3106
Main: 626-585-7123
Individualized, one-on-one support and assistance to businesses located in or relocating to the San Gabriel Valley is one of the many services that the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership offers through their Business Assistance Program.

The Partnership's Business Assistance Program is a great source for factual and timely information on a broad range of business development and location factors including:
  • Site selection
  • Community profiles, economic/demographic information, taxes and fee abatement's
  • Incentive zones (Enterprise, Revitalization, Empowerment, Foreign Trade and Redevelopment)
  • Labor market information, job training resources
  • Utility and transportation services
  • Permit assistance and licensing
  • Public financing programs (local, state, federal) including industrial development bonds
For more detailed information on business benefits and incentives, view the Partnership's Business Assistance Toolkit.

The Partnership's Director of Business Assistance acts as a confidential liaison between the business and local governments and agencies to facilitate timely and effective project development.

For information and assistance, please call Bob Machuca at (626) 856-3400.

Learn More
This website assists you in finding appropriate permit information for your business. It also provides contact information for the various agencies that administer & issue these permits.

Other Resources

California Chamber of Commerce

For more than 100 years, the California Chamber of Commerce
has worked to make California a better place to do business by giving private-sector employers a voice in state politics and providing a full range of California-specific products and services. Experience has taught us that California's business leaders need comprehensive support that follows key issues such as health care, workers' compensation and business taxes. Not only do we give you the tools to make compliance easier after laws are passed, we work within state and federal politics to ensure fair legislation and a pro-business climate.

US Chamber of Commerce

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world's largest business federation representing more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions. It includes hundreds of associations, thousands of local chambers, and 111 American Chambers of Commerce in 99 countries.

Small Business Administration (SBA) Links

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. We recognize that small business is critical to our economic recovery and strength, to building America's future, and to helping the United States compete in today's global marketplace.

Federal Grant Resources
While the SBA does offer some grant programs, these are generally designed to expand and enhance organizations that provide small business management, technical, or financial assistance. These grants generally support non-profit organizations, intermediary lending institutions, and state and local governments.

HUBZones
The HUBZone Empowerment Contracting program provides federal contracting opportunities for qualified small businesses located in distressed areas. Fostering the growth of these federal contractors as viable businesses, for the long term, helps to empower communities, create jobs, and attract private investment.

FREE online Courses by the SBA
The Small Business Training Network (SBTN) is a virtual campus providing quality and targeted online training to meet the information needs of prospective and existing small business owners . It is an E-Government initiative, powering a comprehensive menu of business courses, designed to serve more customers, more efficiently. The Training Network operates like an electronic umbrella under which many SBA and agency resource training programs are captured, aggregated, sorted by content and made available in multiple formats.

Disaster Assistance
SBA provides low interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private, non-profit organizations to repair or replace real estate, personal property, machinery & equipment, inventory and business assets that have been damaged or destroyed in a declared disaster.
Community Merchants USA (CMUSA) is a non-commercial organization that seeks to educate small business owners on the value of electronic payments.  CMUSA offers free resources, webinars and live events to help business owners understand how payment acceptance can help in starting, managing and growing a business. www.communitymerchantsUSA.com.