A row of LA entrepreneurs are honored at Mayor Eric Garcetti’s 2018 Small Business Summit, where EWDD's Business Response Team held its first official event
The Economic and Workforce Development Department recently launched its Business Response Unit (BRU) to assist entrepreneurs navigating through the bureaucracy of the City of Los Angeles’ departments. The BRU provides identified subject experts across the various City departments.

Since its launch in April 2018, the Business Response Unit has assisted more than 16 business owners to troubleshoot and resolve a wide range of complex issues by coordinating across multiple City departments and offices.

The diversity of issues that have been addressed include an inability to secure customer parking, clarification and training on changes to labor law duties, interest in steps to relocate a business to the City from another state, and an inability to obtain business capital.

As a form of closure and to ensure that the assistance was successful, the Business Response Unit only closes a project after successive follow-ups with clients result in complete satisfaction.

The Business Response Unit was created by the City Council’s Ad Hoc Committee on Comprehensive Job Creation Plan to assist City business owners struggling to meet City requirements such as permits, licensing, and inspections. The City is looking to improve its ability to help businesses succeed and identified EWDD as the lead department to carry out the goal of job creation.

To contact the Business Response Unit, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 213-744-7150.

EWDD’s BusinessSource and WorkSource Centers offer a variety of Business Services, including several Financial and Development Incentive Programs and a Small Business Loan Program. Learn how EWDD can help.

This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of 6/4/2018. Read this issue and more.