Claudia Paz poses next to her non-dairy vegan ice cream cart with framed Business Certificates of Recognition from the City of Los Angeles and EWDD partner ICON CDC
The South Valley BusinessSource Center (operated by EWDD partner ICON CDC) assisted Claudia Paz with extensive business consulting services, helping her launch Rainbow Rollz, a non-dairy vegan ice cream cart located on Hollywood Boulevard.

Claudia was an undergraduate student at California State University Northridge (CSUN) when she heard about the youth entrepreneur training program at the South Valley BusinessSource Center (BSC). She participated in the program in 2016 and learned about starting a business in the City of Los Angeles.

In 2018, Claudia later interned with ICON CDC as part of her course requirements for her business management degree. After graduating from CSUN, she returned to the South Valley BSC as a client to accomplish her goal of starting her own rolled ice cream business.

The center assisted Claudia with licensing and permits, marketing, cost-structure, branding, business plan development and credit counseling.

Claudia successfully launched Rainbow Rollz this summer, featuring ice cream rolls made with fresh ingredients. In the near future, Claudia plans on expanding Rainbow Rollz to the San Fernando Valley and providing catering to major events and venues.

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.