Resources for Arcadia Businesses
As small businesses across the country are grappling with the current and potential impacts associated with COVID-19, the City is continuing to track the latest developments from local, state, and federal agencies. On this page, you will find up-to-date resources from the City and outside organizations. This page will be updated frequently as new information and resources become available.
If you have questions, please call us at (626) 574-5409 and we will connect you with the best available resources for your specific needs.
Restaurant Revitalization Fund
The American Rescue Plan Act established the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) to provide funding to help restaurants and other eligible businesses keep their doors open. This program will provide restaurants with funding equal to their pandemic-related revenue loss up to $10 million per business and no more than $5 million per physical location. Recipients are not required to repay the funding as long as funds are used for eligible uses no later than March 11, 2023. For more information visit:
Limit on Fees charged by Third-Party Food Delivery Apps
In response to COVID-19, the City of Arcadia has adopted an Urgency Ordinance that temporarily limits the commission and delivery fees charged to Arcadia restaurants by third-party food delivery applications (e.g. Grubhub, Uber Eats, Postmates, etc.). Under the adopted ordinance, delivery fees charged to restaurants may not exceed 15% of the total purchase price of the order, and the total fees charged to Arcadia restaurants, including the delivery fee, shall not exceed 20% of the total purchase price of the order.
This Ordinance is effective as of March 23, 2021 and shall remain in effect until 90 days after the Los Angeles Public Health Officer allows restaurants to offer dine-in services, without limitations, or upon the termination of the COVID-19 local emergency, whichever comes first. Arcadia restaurants may choose to opt-out of the enacted limitations, at their sole discretion, and engage with third-party food delivery service providers to pay higher fees in return for additional services and marketing according to their own preferences.
Adopted Urgency Ordinance No. 2377
Paycheck Protection Program - Resumed January 11, 2021
LA County Development Authority Small Business Stabilization Loan Program
$2 Billion California Small Business Relief Grants Program
SBA Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Application
The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program was established through the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits and Venues Act and amended by the American Rescue Plan Act to provide over $16 billion in economic relief to target industries. The SVOG application is slated to open April 8, 2021. For more information and register to be notified of updates, visit www.svograntportal.sba.gov/s/
City of Arcadia Small Business Grant Program
The Small Business Grant Program under the new Arcadia Works! economic recovery plan issued $245,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding to 49 qualifying, lottery-selected Arcadia small businesses. These funds, primarily provided under the CARES Act to assist with COVID-19 relief, were distributed in June and July of 2020 as an effort to provide direct relief to as many local businesses as possible. Grants of $5,000 were awarded to each lottery selected small business.
Business Learning Lab Power Hour Program
Business Learning Lab Power Hour
Thank you to all the participants in the Arcadia Business Learning Lab Power Hour series. A copy of the presentations from each session are included below. Presented by the Arcadia Chamber of Commerce, the City’s Economic Development Division, and the Arcadia Public Library, each learning lab features information and resources to help businesses with online marketing and the latest information and strategies for navigating COVID-19.
Business Learning Lab #1 - PPT Presentation 10-7-20
Business Learning Lab #2 - PPT Presentation 10-28-20
Business Learning Lab #3 - PPT Presentation 11-18-20
Business Learning Lab #4 - PPT Presentation 12-9-20
Business Reopenings & Restrictions - Updates from the County and the State
Click here for more information
Southern California Edison & Clean Power Alliance Assistance
Through the Clean Power Alliance, Arcadia small businesses impacted by COVID-19 are eligible for a one-time $50 stipend to help off-set energy costs. Southern California Edison has also temporarily suspended service disconnections for nonpayment and is waiving all late fees. Visit links below for additional details.
Extension of Development Deadlines
Flexible Outdoor Seating Guidelines for Restaurants and Other Businesses
The City of Arcadia has issued a Proclamation, effective immediately, to allow expanded outdoor seating for businesses during the COVID-19 local emergency. Businesses may now obtain a no-fee permit to expand customer seating onto public sidewalks, private parking lots and walkways, and other areas adjacent to their place of business.
- Temporary Use Permit (Outdoor Activities) – Temporary Dining or Uses on Private Property
- Incidental Outdoor Dining – Permanent Dining Area on Private Property
- Sidewalk Dining – Temporary Seating or Dining on the City’s Sidewalk
- Arcadia Fire Department Temporary Permit - Tents/Canopies (Fee waived if included as a part of TUP-OA Permit)
- Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Temporary Catering Authorization- Businesses who are currently licensed by ABC can apply to temporarily expand their licensed area to designated outdoor seating areas adjacent to the business.
Email completed applications and attachments to Planning@ArcadiaCA.gov, or contact the Planning Division at (626) 574-5423 for more information.
View Proclamation here.
Internal Revenue Services (IRS) Information for Small Businesses on Coronavirus-Related Topics
EMPLOYEE RETENTION TAX CREDIT
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act created a new employee retention tax credit for employers who are closed, partially closed, or experiencing significant revenue losses as a result of COVID-19. The refundable tax credit is 50% of up to $10,000 in wages paid by an eligible employer whose business has been financially impacted by COVID-19. For more information, click here.
Arcadia Chamber of Commerce
Commercial Tenant Eviction Moratorium
The Los Angeles County (“County”) Temporary Eviction Moratorium (“Moratorium”), effective March 4, 2020 through June 30, 2021, implements a Countywide ban on evictions for residential and commercial tenants. Commercial tenants are responsible for providing notice to their landlord if they are unable to pay rent due to financial impacts related to the COVID-19 pandemic within seven (7) days after rent is due, unless extenuating circumstances exist. Tenants with nine (9) employees or fewer may self-certify their inability to pay rent to their landlord, either orally or in writing. Tenants with 10 or more, but fewer than 100, employees will need to provide written documentation that demonstrates inability to pay rent due to financial hardship related to COVID-19 to their landlord. If they are able to do so, Tenants are encouraged to pay partial rent during the Moratorium. For more information visit https://dcba.lacounty.gov/noevictions/
Residential Tenant & Landlord Resources
The COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act (SB 91), which took effect on February 1, 2021, protects tenants in California with COVID-related financial impacts from eviction for nonpayment of rent and "no cause" evictions, meaning an eviction where the landlord does not state a reason. The eviction moratorium is currently in effect through June 30, 2021. SB 91 also makes available financial assistance to qualified landlords and tenants for a tenant’s unpaid rent during the period between March 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021. For more information, visit www.housing.ca.gov .