15 Resources for Businesses Right Now

December 14, 2021 12:15 PM
by Jennifer Taylor

These are challenging times for businesses, here’s a roundup of resources including special opportunities, funding options, latest guidelines, and contact information. Information is up to date as of December 14, 2021. 


Subscribe to Weekly Business Emails:  santamonica.gov/newsletter (select “BUSINESS”) 

Questions? 311@santamonica.gov or 3-1-1 


Business Special Submissions: 

If you have a special or seasonal offering submit it, and it will be featured on our Santa Monica Shines landing page for free: 



Community Safety Resources:  

If you find that you’re having any issues regarding safety or trespassing at your business, here are a couple of resources to help you out: 

Santa Monica Police Dept – No Trespassing Authorization  (to help address issues with homeless or other unwanted activity taking place in shopfronts and on business premises):  https://www.santamonicapd.org/trespass/ 

Business Watch and Free SMPD Crime Prevention Safety Audits for Businesses- Contact your designated SMPD Neighborhood Resource Officer (more info here https://www.santamonicapd.org/nro/);  : https://santamonicapd.org/Content.aspx?id=2697: 


Vaccine Requirements: 

LA County and LA City currently have different vaccine proof requirements. Reference this chart to find out what applies to your business.  


COVID Testing in Santa Monica: 

Santa Monica has a free testing site at Clover Park open 7 days 7a.m.-7 p.m.covid19.lacounty.gov/testing/  


California Business Comeback Guide: 

Provided by the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic development, this guide links to valuable resources including state & federal grants, business development resources, and business newsletters for a variety of industries. https://static.business.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/GO-Biz-California-Business-Comeback-Guide.pdf 

Funding Sources: 

Periodic funding sources for local businesses have been identified by the State of California and LA County to fund basic expenses like rent, utilities, and more. https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/covid-19-relief-options 


Outdoor Dining and Retail:   

City Council approved extending fee waivers for temporary use permits for outdoor dining and retail activations, including sidewalk dining, parklets, and the Promenade satellite dining through June 30, 2022. To apply for a permit, visit www.santamonica.gov/Temporary-Use-of-Outdoor-Areas. 

Hire Local: 

Employers can submit job openings to our Hire Local Jobs Board and potential employees can apply for Santa Monica jobswww.santamonica.gov/hirelocal. Positions are also included in a bi-weekly email list to over 900 recipients and shared on social media. 


Economic Recovery: 

From rental assistance to childcare, food insecurity to business grants, a recap of the latest economic recovery efforts happening in Santa Monica can be found here:  www.santamonica.gov/blog/10-programs-helping-santa-monica-bounce-back  


Pier Vending: 

Buying from a Vendor in Santa Monica? Stay healthy and safe! Look for the V decal and County Health Permit to make sure a vendor is following food safety rules. Buying food and drinks from unpermitted vendors puts your health at risk. For info on our Pier vendors, click here. To apply for future Pier opportunities, click hereFor all other Street Vending Opportunities (not on the Pier), click here

Pepperdine Business Support: 

Santa Monica partnered with the Straus Institute at Pepperdine University to provide pro bono mediation services.  Learn more and request services here: https://law.pepperdine.edu/straus/beyondthedialogue/request-for-mediation.htm 



If you or your employees are in need of child care or you are a licensed child care provider, the City is promoting this vital economic resource:  santamonicacradletocareer.org/childcare 


New Recycling Law Starts January 1: 

The State of California approved a new law that requires every person in the state to recycle organics into a green container beginning January 1st. By diverting organics into our green containers, NOT the black containers, we send this valuable reusable resource to a facility which turns it into compost and mulch to revitalize our landscapes and gardens or renewable energy to replace fossil fuel energy. To learn how to be compliant for this mandatory organics recycling law beginning January 1visit santamonica.gov. 

Free Signs: 

While not required, the City has surplus of “Keep Your Distance” floor stickers and “My Mask is for You, Your Mask is for Me” yard signs that may still be useful for particular business sectors. Signs are available for pickup at City Hall East during business hours. Reserve yours today at by contacting 311@santamonica.gov or 3-1-1. 


City Service Requests: 

Santa Monica’s 311 provides easy access to all non-emergency City services and information. Users can submit a request, ask a question, provide feedback, or report something by contacting 311@santamonica.gov or 3-1-1.  


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Authored By

Jennifer Taylor
Economic Development Administrator


Business, Business Programs, Get Started, Licenses And Permits