Indie Printing owner Andy Rosillo at the front counter of his South LA business
EWDD has nine BusinessSource Centers throughout the City of Los Angeles that are dedicated to helping Angelenos launch, build and grow their businesses. The centers are staffed with business experts that help entrepreneurs develop strategic plans, assess their business needs, and provide access to capital.

Andy Rosillo, a long-term BusinessSource client who has undergone three loan cycles through the Hollywood BusinessSource Center, said he’s a big fan.

“Once I went to a BusinessSource, I never left. Every time that I’ve needed access to capital has been through a BusinessSource center because its seamless, it’s easy and it cuts out a lot of haggle so I can use that time to do other things in my business,” he said.

Andy owns Indie Printing, a boutique printing company located in South LA that specializes in same day, next day printing. Indie Printing’s client roster includes major entertainment companies, educational institutions and fashion and tech companies.
(text on colorblock background) Andy Rosillo quote: Once I went to a BusinessSource, I never left
Andy launched Indie Printing in 2001 from a spare room in his sister’s house, eventually moving the business to a warehouse in Downtown LA. The BusinessSource Centers have helped Andy secure loans that allowed Indie Printing to expand, enabling him to purchase a 10,000 square-foot building in South LA that is now the Indie Printing Headquarters, and to purchase cutting-edge printers and other equipment that has improved his business’ efficiency and ability to provide quality products.

“That access to capital allowed us to buy equipment that lowered our costs and allowed us to hire more people,” he said. “It even gave us more efficiency because we could turn around things faster, produce them in house, and do it with our own team of employees, instead of going out to other service providers.” The loan processes with the BusinessSource Centers have gone so smoothly, Andy said he highly recommends their services to other entrepreneurs.
Andy Rosillo explaining how BusinessSource helped to increase business efficiency
"It [access to capital] gave us more efficiency because we could turn around things faster, produce them in-house, and do it with our own team of employees."

“I usually tell my friends, I’ve been through it two or three times, call this guy, reach out to them. You’ll see, it’s fast, it’s simple, and they will tell you right away, ‘Look I’m not going to waste your time or mine because you have these other issues that you need to fix in order for me to go to any other bank.’ Or, they’ll tell you, ‘You are good to go. You are asking for this much but you really qualify for this much and I think that I can get two or three banks to make you an offer. That kind of service, you would need to go to five or six banks and you may end up with two or three that will consider your loan. BusinessSource cuts that out of the way.”

Learning about the free resources at the City’s BusinessSource Centers was a refreshing surprise, he said. “I had no idea that the City provided a service or a range of services through these organizations like the ones that they did. It sounded too good to be true because all these services were free,” he said. “So when I tell that to my colleagues and friends, they have a similar reaction.”

His first-hand experience helps convince other entrepreneurs that the program works because “It’s coming from someone who has experienced it and it’s got a little bit more weight.” He added that he hopes that more aspiring business owners start turning to the BusinessSource Centers for assistance.

“BusinessSources are truly amazing assets that all entrepreneurs should be aware about,” he said. “They have experience; they have seen more than we have, they’re a center of resources.”

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 August 19, 2019. Read this issue and more.