Maria Lopez decorates a custom cake at Todos Los Pastelitos Caseros, her family-owned bakery and coffee shop located in Panorama City
The South Valley BusinessSource Center (BSC) recently helped Maria Lopez launch Todos Los Pastelitos Caseros, a family-owned bakery and coffee shop located in Panorama City. Maria spent more than a decade in the bakery industry working for major supermarkets.

In the evenings and weekends, she fulfilled orders for baked goods for loved ones and friends and rapidly outgrew her home kitchen. That’s when Maria decided to lease a retail space and open her own bakery and café, with an emphasis on Mexican pastries, cakes, sweets and caffeinated drinks.

Maria visited the South Valley BSC for assistance with getting her business up and running.

There, South Valley BSC business coaches provided Maria with extensive business service, helping her obtain business licenses and permits, along with guidance to develop a cost structure, access to capital and the preparation of a loan package.

Maria successfully obtained a $15,000 loan, which helped her cover costs to finalize the bakery’s construction. The South Valley BSC also provided marketing assistance and helped with the bakery’s grand opening on December 3, 2019.

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 December 23, 2019. Read this issue and more.