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State Small Business Fund Opens for Grant Applications

The state of California’s $500 million Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program has opened its first round of applications

Santa Clarita Small Businesses Get Microgrants

Officials from the city of Santa Clarita and the Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corp. announced 149 local small businesses have been approved for COVID-19 relief grants of up to $5,000.

Public-Private Coalition Launch ‘Safer at Work’ Campaign

A coalition of government agencies and business groups in Los Angeles County have launched the “Safer at Work” campaign to encourage companies, workers and customers to follow best practices to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace.

Stoker, Dr. Seuss Tomes Sell in Online Auction

Agoura Hills firm makes literary sales virtually.

It’s rare to find first editions of classic literary books for sale, and rarer still to find a collection with hundreds of them up for auction all at once.

AROUND THE VALLEYS

AROUND THE VALLEYS

Restaurants Question L.A. County's Shutdown of Outdoor Dining

Los Angeles County health officials have announced that outdoor dining at food-service businesses will be prohibited, a decision questioned by the restaurant sector.

Last Round of Grant Applications for L.A. Recovery Fund

The L.A. Regional COVID-19 Recovery Fund will accept its sixth and final round of small business grant applications this week.

Cronies Sports Bar Defies COVID Crackdown

RESTAURANT: Agoura Hills watering hole racks up fines, loses permits and licenses.

Cronies Sports Bar and Grill, nestled in the Agoura Meadows Shopping Center at 5687 Kanan Road, entered the national spotlight last month as one of the first restaurants to openly defy Los Angeles County’s outdoor dining ban and continue serving patrons on site.

Cheesecake Factory Settles for Misreporting Pandemic’s Impact

The Securities and Exchange Commission has settled charges against Cheesecake Factory Inc. for misreporting the impact of the coronavirus on its business operations and finances.

California Resources Emerges from Chapter 11

Oil and gas producer California Resources Corp. has completed its financial restructuring under Chapter 11.

Business Advocates Speak Out Against Outdoor Dining Ban

Business groups publicly complained Wednesday about L.A. County’s order to stop outdoor dining.

LISC Manages $103 Million in Business Grants

Valley companies benefit from recovery fund.

By the end of 2020, the Los Angeles branch of the nonprofit financial institution Local Initiatives Support Corp., or LISC, will have distributed roughly $103 million in grants to local small businesses

Lawyers See Flood of Bankruptcies in Early 2021

ECONOMY: Filings a ‘trailing indicator’ of pandemic’s havoc.

Lawyers expect a wave of bankruptcies to be filed in early 2021.

Princess Extends Horizon to Renew Cruises

Princess Cruises announced it will extend its pause on cruising activity through March 31.

‘Intersecting Crises’

PROFILE: Incoming CSUN president Erika Beck talks about how online work and learning impact education.

Interview with Erika Beck, the incoming president of California State University – Northridge.

Burbank's Quanta in Reverse Merger With Medolife Rx

Quanta Inc. in Burbank has agreed to acquire a 51 percent stake in Medolife Rx, a Wyoming company that uses patented polarization technology to make anti-viral and immune-boosting therapeutics.

Italian Outplacement Firm Enters U.S. Via Valley

STAFFING: Acquisition the first step toward ‘global reach’ from Burbank.

The outplacement division of human resources technology firm CareerArc in Burbank has rebranded as Intoo USA

Business Gets Vocal on Outdoor Dining Ban

RETAIL: Advocates point to lack of data for regulations.

an Fernando Valley restaurants are reeling after L.A. County health officials ordered a temporary prohibition on outdoor dining, a decision that drew strong criticism from business and public policy leaders.

LIFTInnovate

LIFTInnovate

LIFTInnovate wants to bridge the gap between new technology and the ways people work.

Advocate Seeks Change in the Valley Via 501(c)(3)

Daily protests in Sherman Oaks spawn organization.

Latora Green has been protesting police brutality and institutional racism on the steps of the Sherman Oaks Galleria for 176 consecutive days.