Joe and Celia Ward-Wallace Owners of Leimart Park area eatery The South LA Café
The South Los Angeles BusinessSource Center helped entrepreneurs Joe and Celia Ward-Wallace obtain a $250,000 loan, an infusion of capital that will allow them to launch the South LA Café.

Joe and Celia’s vision for the South LA Café is to create a gathering place and cultural hub that could provide affordable healthy food options, along with gourmet coffee. They also wanted to build a place with rentable space for community events, along with regular weekend and evening entertainment.

They turned to the South LA BusinessSource Center for guidance, overseen by EWDD partner Vermont Slauson Economic Development Corporation (VSEDC). At the center, they received technical assistance and guidance to prepare their loan application.

The South LA Café, located at 3991 South Western Avenue, is scheduled to open soon.

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 October 7, 2019. Read this issue and more.