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Times are tough, but we’re all in this together.
As an A.T.C. service, I've added COVID-19 connections, curating the very best in the industry, just for you.
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Resources for Restaurants

Aperture Payment Solutions
Aperture Payment Solutions
    • Representing multiple award-winning point-of-sale systems with integrated online ordering, delivery service integration and gift cards.
    • Online shopping cart/payment gateway integration
    • Seamless electronic invoicing service
      • Mobile payment processing
    • Short term merchant financing for working capital
    • Financial analysis and assistance maximizing POS systems
    • Competitive processing rates and dedicated, “white glove” customer service
Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources

Costa Mesa Chamber of Commerce
Chamber of Commerce

    CARES Act Briefing for Nonprofits
    • Overview & Update: Federal Stimulus Programs
    • Deep Dive on the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”)
    • Employment Considerations in a Time of Crisis
      • Steps to Consider
      • What Comes Next

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      • Last week, Congress passed and President Donald J. Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), which, among other provisions, provides financial relief for small businesses through the way of small business loans that can ultimately turn into grants.

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    Costa Mesa
    City of Costa Mesa
    Councilwoman Arlis Reynolds, Councilwoman Andrea Marr

      • The City Services Directory can be found here.
      • The City Staff Directory can be found here.
        • Question form, updated daily after 5pm:
        • See the orders and local information here:
          • City Hall and all City Parks & Facilities are CLOSED. Please be advised that City Hall and all City parks and facilities are now closed to the public. This includes the city-owned golf course. Essential services related to meals and social services will be available on a limited basis.
          • For detailed information about access to specific resources regarding the Senior Center, please see this document or contact us at (714) 327-7550 or via email
          • Community health and safety is a top priority for us and we will work to provide timely updates as they become available. For more information, call our COVID-19 hotline at (714) 754-5156.
    Save Our Restaurants
    Angela M. Kouters - Executive Director

      • Independent Restaurant Coalition
      • Follow on Twitter at @IndpRestaurants and Instagram at @IndpRestaurants
      • CARES Act – Below is a summary of the bill that walks through key provisions important to us, and here is a link to the summary on The key measures we fought for as a coalition are included:
        • Four months of unemployment payments for workers
        • Expanded loans to local restaurants and forgiveness to cover expenses and payroll
        • Coverage of independent restaurants, up to a 500-Employee limit "per restaurant"
        • Coverage of independent restaurants that began closing and laying workers off as early as February 15
      • Visit our resources page where we’ve provided some preliminary guidance to help you start building a plan of action;
      • Take a look at this breakdown of the recently passed stimulus legislation to understand how it impacts small and independent restaurants, and;
      • Check out this new study on the Paycheck Protection Program, which examines how this program will help small businesses.

    Lost Car Chef Apparel
    Lost Car Chef Apparel

    Carlos Garcia - Founder

      • Provide reusable face masks, chef coats, front and back of house gear, aprons and equipment. Lost Car Chef Apparel is the antidote for the boring chef coat. We are injecting style, personality and identity into the culinary world. Lost Car is changing the industry’s standards one coat at a time. “As a former chef for over 20 years, we are taught to create eye appealing food that elevates the dish. What people are seeing is the art, style, creativity and personality of the chef who made it. I’ve always asked myself why no one has taken that same effort and passion regarding the clothes we wear? So in 2014, I decided to take a leap of faith along with my sister, son-in-law, and a few others, to create a REAL BRAND FOR CHEFS. As our Company evolves from chef coats being the cornerstone of our brand, to now focusing our attention on all restaurant and hotel apparel, I couldn’t be more thankful with the progression of our journey.”
      • Reusable Face Masks:
    Davis Design & Print
    John Davis - Account Representative

      • Working hard to support our customers during these unprecedented times. To do our part, we are providing some essentials to help impede the spread of COVID-19 in and around your business, protecting your customers and your team. This collection features a variety of posters, signs, floor graphics, and tools that can be used to provide critical information for your organization, employees, and visitors. Please view the attached PDF of some items we provide to help make an informed and comprehensive decision. Should you wish for a customized design, we would be happy to accomodate to your branding. We are here for you! Print, promote, present.
    Davis Design & Print
    Employment Development


      • Sick or Quarantined: If you’re unable to work due to having or being exposed to COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), you can file a Disability Insurance (DI) claim. DI provides short-term benefit payments to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages due to a non-work-related illness, injury, or pregnancy. Benefit amounts are approximately 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income) and range from $50-$1,300 a week.

      • The Governor’s Executive Order waives the one-week unpaid waiting period, so you can collect DI benefits for the first week you are out of work. If you are eligible, the EDD processes and issues payments within a few weeks of receiving a claim.

      • Caregiving: If you’re unable to work because you are caring for an ill or quarantined family member with COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), you can file a Paid Family Leave (PFL) claim. PFL provides up to six weeks of benefit payments to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages because they need time off work to care for a seriously ill family member or to bond with a new child. Benefit amounts are approximately 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income) and range from $50-$1,300 a week. If you are eligible, the EDD processes and issues payments within a few weeks of receiving a claim.

      • School Closures: If your child’s school is closed, and you have to miss work to be there for them, you may be eligible for Unemployment Insurance benefits. Eligibility considerations include if you have no other care options and if you are unable to continue working your normal hours remotely. File an Unemployment Insurance claim and our EDD representatives will decide if you are eligible.

      • Reduced Work Hours: If your employer has reduced your hours or shut down operations due to COVID-19, you can file an Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim. UI provides partial wage replacement benefit payments to workers who lose their job or have their hours reduced, through no fault of their own. Workers who are temporarily unemployed due to COVID-19 and expected to return to work with their employer within a few weeks are not required to actively seek work each week. However, they must remain able and available and ready to work during their unemployment for each week of benefits claimed and meet all other eligibility criteria. Eligible individuals can receive benefits that range from $40-$450 per week.

      • The Governor’s Executive Order waives the one-week unpaid waiting period, so you can collect UI benefits for the first week you are out of work. If you are eligible, the EDD processes and issues payments within a few weeks of receiving a claim.

      • Self-Employed: The available benefits are insurance programs. To be eligible, either you or an employer had to make contributions in the past 5 to 18 months. It is possible these contributions were made at a prior job, or if you were misclassified as an independent contractor instead of an employee. We encourage you to apply for the benefit program that is most appropriate for your situation. Visit Self-Employed/Independent Contractor to learn more.

      • Employers: Workplace Health and Safety For information on protecting workers from COVID-19, refer to the Cal/OSHA Guidance on Coronavirus. Businesses and employers can visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for help with planning and responding to COVID-19.

      • Reduced Work Hours: Employers experiencing a slowdown in their businesses or services as a result of the coronavirus impact on the economy may apply for the UI Work Sharing Program. This program allows employers to seek an alternative to layoffs — retaining their trained employees by reducing their hours and wages that can be partially offset with UI benefits. Workers of employers who are approved to participate in the Work Sharing Program receive the percentage of their weekly UI benefit amount based on the percentage of hours and wages reduced, not to exceed 60 percent.

      • Visit Work Sharing Program to learn more about its benefits for employers and employees, and how to apply.

      • Potential Closure or Layoffs: Employers planning a closure or major layoffs as a result of the coronavirus can get help through the Rapid Response program. Rapid Response teams will meet with you to discuss your needs, help avert potential layoffs, and provide immediate on-site services to assist workers facing job losses. For more information, refer to the Rapid Response Services for Businesses Fact Sheet (DE 87144RRB) (PDF) or contact your local America’s Job Center of CaliforniaSM.

      • Tax Assistance: Employers experiencing a hardship as a result of COVID-19 may request up to a 60-day extension of time from the EDD to file their state payroll reports and/or deposit state payroll taxes without penalty or interest. A written request for extension must be received within 60 days from the original delinquent date of the payment or return. For questions, employers may call the EDD Taxpayer Assistance Center.

        • Toll-free from the U.S. or Canada: 1-888-745-3886

        • Hearing impaired (TTY): 1-800-547-9565

        • Outside the U.S. or Canada: 1-916-464-3502

    Davis Design & Print
    Medi and Kristen


    Resources for restaurant personnel