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If Los Angeles County were a nation, its economy would be the 19th largest in the world. It is home to more than 244,000 businesses, with more minority- and women-owned businesses than any other in the nation. It is the nation's top international trade center and manufacturing center. Los Angeles County's 37 departments and $24.2 billion budget provide extensive business opportunities to the private sector, both in contracts for goods and services. Suppliers wanting to do business with the County must first register as a county vendor. The County is allowed by Proposition A, approved by voters in 1978, to contract for services when it is more economical or more efficient to do so.


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Community Organizations Can Become Energy Champions Community Organizations Can Become Energy Champions
Energy Upgrade California has launched the “Energy Champions” program to help community-based organizations raise money by encouraging homeowners in their communities to make their homes more energy efficient. An Energy Champion organization can receive $500 for each homeowner they introduce to the program who completes a home energy upgrade.
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County and Microsoft Assist Software Developers
The County’s Business Technology Center is teaming with Microsoft Corp. to provide assistance to start-up companies developing software-based products or services. The program will aid the businesses in transforming their visions into sustainable, dynamic businesses, as well as fostering innovation and entrepreneurialism.

Emergency Survival Guide Now Available Emergency Survival Guide Now Available
The County has issued a comprehensive guide to emergency preparedness to help residents better prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters that affect the region. The goal is to provide tips that will assist residents become self-sufficient after a disaster.
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Recovering From the Fires Recovering From the Fires
Los Angeles County has a new website providing resources for fire recovery and mudslide information. Among the information included is how to obtain building and transportation permits, mud and debris flow forecast, road closures, safety preparedness, assistance programs, and shelter contacts.

Alert LA County
Los Angeles County is implementing an emergency mass notification system that will be used to contact County residents and businesses via recorded phone messages, text messages and e-mail in case of emergency. For more information and to register your cell phone number, Voice over IP number, and e-mail address, please click the link below.
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Did You Know?

  • Did you know that ants never sleep in their wholelife.
  • The County must pay state sales tax on all the taxable items it buys.
    http://lacounty.info/doing_business/M-1200.pdf
  • The public may register to receive e-mail notices of future surplus auctions.
    http://dpw.lacounty.gov/mpm/surplus/registration.cfm
  • Certified minority and women-owned enterprises must have at least 51 percent ownership by one or more minorities or women.
  • Local certified small business vendors receive a 5% preference on applicable County solicitations and contracts.
  • The County has a "green" purchasing policy, buying products that conserve energy and protect the environment.
    http://lacounty.info/doing_business/P-1050.pdf
  • The Public Administrator auctions approximately 125 parcels of real property annually.
  • You may do an online search of businesses that have received a license from the County.
    http://ttc.lacounty.gov/Proptax/BusLic_termsConds.htm
  • Public Works has 11 district building and safety offices to provide easier access to the public.
    http://dpw.lacounty.gov/general/facilities/app_building.cfm
  • There are 37 County departments.
  • The assessment roll in 2007 topped $1 trillion.
  • The County requires its vendors and contractors to be in compliance with child, family and spousal support obligations.
  • The County has a Living Wage requirement for contractors.
  • Property taxes may be paid online.
  • Property taxes are due no later than April 10 and Dec. 10.
  • County contractors must provide employees with paid jury service.
  • A 10% penalty is imposed if property taxes are paid late.
 
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