Carlos “Charly” Flores poses inside his family owned business, Charly’s Screen Printing, with his mother and father
The South Valley BusinessSource Center (BSC) recently helped former intern, turned client, Carlos “Charly” Flores Jr. launch Charly’s Screen Printing, a family-owned business that also employs his mother and father.

Carlos, known as Charly, was an undergraduate student at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) when he participated in the South Valley BSC Youth Entrepreneur Training Program. After completing the eight-week training course the summer of 2017, Charly was hired as an intern at the South Valley BSC that fall. His internship was a requirement of his studies in Communication Design.

At the BSC, he learned about branding, market strategies and media content creation. As a result of his experience interning with the South Valley BusinessSource Center, Charly decided to start his own screen printing business once he graduated from CSUN with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Design.

The South Valley BusinessSource Center provided Charly with extensive business consulting services, which included assisting Charly in his applications for his Business Tax Registration Certificate (BRTC), Seller’s Permit, and Fictitious Business Name. The BSC also provided Charly cost-structure and marketing guidance.

Two years after completing his internship with the South Valley BSC, Charly’s Screen Printing successfully launched this fall in Van Nuys as a family-owned business, creating three jobs.

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 21, 2019. Read this issue and more.