Staff of the Dalis and Salis Bakery pose in front of the pastry display.
The West Valley BusinessSource Center, run by EWDD partner VEDC, helped entrepreneurs Jesus Garcia and Ana Madrigal purchase Dalis and Savis Exclusive Cakes, and in the process saved 15 jobs held by San Fernando Valley residents.

Jesus had more than 30 years of baking experience when the owner of the bakery where he worked announced he was retiring and gave Jesus the opportunity to purchase it.

After Jesus and his wife were denied a loan to purchase the business, the banker referred them to the West Valley BSC, where they discussed their situation with the Microloan Department Manager .

The manager helped Jesus and Ana develop a comprehensive plan to maximize their chances for a loan. The couple also availed themselves of workshops at the West Valley BSC including the “Guided Business Plan Class,” the “ServSafe Workshop,” and the “California Food Handlers class.”

The West Valley BSC also referred them to a restaurant consultant and a legal advisor.

They were approved for the $50,000 loan in July 2018 and opened the business on September 3, 2018. They retained 15 jobs, created one job and are currently looking to hire an additional employee.

Jesus and Ana said they are extremely grateful for all the help they received and have spread the word about the wonderful services the West Valley BusinessSource Center offers.

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 September 17, 2018. Read this issue and more.