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URGENT CORONAVIRUS SUPPORT Updated 3.18.20 - We will continue to update as more resources come online

SBA disaster loans are NOW BEING PROCESSED!

The application link is now open for any California business wishing to apply for a disaster loan related to economic damage from the COVID-19 health crisis. LINK:

FOR COUNCIL DISTRICT 15 Small Businesses: "World-Bridge Consultants services are FREE for small businesses during these challenging times. We can help you apply, time is of the essence! Visit their website to complete the contact submission to schedule an appointment. You are not alone, we are here to HELP.  Visit our Coronavirus Loan page to view or print an SBA flyer. Visit:"

LA City Small Business Microloan Program: In light of the sweeping impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on our small business community, the City of Los Angeles has responded swiftly and decisively to support our local, community businesses. The newly established Small Business Emergency Microloan Program now provides financing needed to strengthen small business enterprises in this time of acute need that have been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Click here to visit the program's website. 




Are you interested in opening in a business in Los Angeles? Already have a business in Los Angeles and need more information? Please check out our quick summary of useful resources in the City and County of Los Angeles for businesses. 

LA City Economic & Workforce Development Department | Building and Safety Development Services Centers | Department of City Planning | Los Angeles County Department of Public Health | Chambers of Commerce


Economic & Workforce Development Department

The Economic and Workforce Development Department (EWDD) goal is to steer economic development in a manner that yields thriving businesses, and creates job training and career opportunities for the City of Los Angeles. We work every day to deliver a strong and committed workforce, sustainable neighborhoods and profitable communities throughout Los Angeles.

EWDD Service Divisions

The Economic and Workforce Development Department has offices in downtown Los Angeles and throughout the City dedicated to serving City residents and businesses. We look for opportunities to help individuals, nonprofit agencies and businesses succeed, thereby improving the quality of life in Los Angeles.

Economic Development Division (EDD)

EDD offers over $600 million in direct and indirect financing and technical assistance programs that promote business growth and job creation in economically depressed areas of the City. There are an array of economic development and assistance measures developed specifically for the City's business community. Targeted business services are carried out in conjunction with the Mayor's Office of Economic Development and L.A.'s Business Team (the Mayor's special division in charge of business growth and retention in the City). Visit Business Services for more information.

Workforce Development Division (WDD)

The Workforce Development Division, working in cooperation with the Workforce investment Board (WIB), oversees Adult Employment Services offered through 18 WorkSource Centers and 13 YouthSource Centers. WorkSource Centers offer comprehensive employment services for adults. All programs are free to job seekers but some programs may require pre-qualification based on income. YouthSource Centers offer a variety of programs for young job seekers.

YouthSource & Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP)

The YouthSource and SYEP works to promote youth achievement by engaging families and community partners in creating opportunities for teenagers and young adults to reach their education, employment, and personal development goals. A partnership with over 30 local community-based organizations provides dedicated focus to vocational, educational, and career developing youth support systems. The Youth Employment Services are committed to developing the talents, capacities and successful future of the community's young people.


Building and Safety Development Services Centers

The mission of the Department of Building and Safety is to protect the lives and safety of the residents and visitors of the City of Los Angeles and enhance the quality of life, housing, economic prosperity, and job creation citywide. Through a timely, cooperative, and transparent process, the Department advises, guides, and assists customers to achieve compliance with the building, zoning, plumbing, mechanical, electrical, disabled access, energy, and green codes and local and state laws to build safe, well, and fast. 

Counter Hours and Locations:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

San Pedro and South L.A. offices do not have Mechanical or Electrical Plan Check services and are closed between noon--1:00 pm daily.

San Pedro 638 S. Beacon St., Room 276, San Pedro, CA 90731

South L.A. 8475 S. Vermont Ave., 2nd Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90044


Department of City Planning

Community Plans Overview

Community Plans guide the physical development of neighborhoods by establishing the goals and policies for land use. The land use element is one of the state-required elements of a City’s General Plan and is required to be updated periodically. While the General Plan sets out a long-range vision and guide to future development, the 35 Community Plans provide the specific, neighborhood-level detail, relevant policies, and implementation strategies necessary to achieve the General Plan objectives.

Community Plans for Council District 15 Neighborhoods:

  • Harbor Gateway
  • Wilmington - Harbor City
  • Southeast Los Angeles
  • San Pedro

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

Environmental Health conducts routine inspections and/or complaint investigations at commercial, residential and public sites throughout the County in an effort to protect the public’s health. Although our food and housing inspection programs are the most recognizable, the department also monitors X-ray machines and other radiologic devices, beaches and swimming pools, small water systems, sanitary landfills, massage parlors, tattoo parlors, theaters, laundries, and more. To inquire about our inspections, request general information, or make a complaint, please contact the appropriate program telephone number listed below.

Retail food facilities (restaurants, markets, bakeries, etc.) and food vending at farmers’ markets, swap meets, carnivals, fairs, and other temporary events. School cafeterias. Pet food stores. Customer Call Center (888) 700-9995

Foodborne illness. Wholesale, manufacturing and distributing establishments. Wholesale Food Safety Program (626) 430-5400

Food caterers. Cottage food operations. Specialized Food Services Program (626) 430-5421

Mobile food vehicles and carts (lunch trucks, produce trucks, ice cream trucks, etc.) Vehicle Inspection Program (626) 430-5500


Chambers of Commerce

San Pedro Chamber of Commerce

390 West 7th Street, San Pedro, CA 90731
Tel: 310-832-7272 | Fax: 310-832-0685

Wilmington Chamber of Commerce

544 North Avalon Blvd., Suite 104 Wilmington, CA 90744
Tel: 310-834-8586 | Fax: 310-834-8887

Harbor City / Harbor Gateway Chamber of Commerce

1400 W. 240th Street, Harbor City, CA 90710
Tel: 310-534-3143 | Fax: 310-534-3178