Los Angeles area entrepreneurs Kim Lopez (left) and Adriana Zuniga (right) at their newly opened coffee shop, Cara Vana, in North Hollywood
The North Valley BusinessSource Center (BSC) assisted entrepreneur Adriana Zuniga to help her launch her Latin-infused coffee shop Cara Vana, Inc. Adriana learned about the BusinessSource Centers at a women’s entrepreneur event.

She visited the North Valley BSC after she encountered some issues that were preventing her from launching her business.

At the center, a business coach provided guidance about how to obtain a business license with the City of Los Angeles, including information about permits and the Restaurant and Small Business Express program. Soon after, Adriana contacted the North Valley BSC to inform them that as a result of their assistance, she passed all the inspections and was ready to open the doors of her business.

After the Cara Vana soft opening, a North Valley business coach assisted Adriana in putting hiring packets together, along with an overview of human resources laws and procedures. The coach also provided templates for job applications, hiring documents, employee files and employee handbooks.

So far, Adriana has hired one part-time and one full-time barista. She is also scheduled to meet with a North Valley business coach to learn more about access to capital.

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 November 18, 2019. Read this issue and more.