Angelino Community Fitness owners Karlos Ramirez and John Thyne

Helping Small Businesses Survive COVID-19

The North Valley BusinessSource Center helped Angelino Community Fitness owners Karlos Ramirez and John Thyne obtain funds from the City of Los Angeles Small Business Emergency Microloan Program, which allowed them to pay a large portion of their commercial rent and retain 3 full time employees and 1 part time employee.

These funds will not only help them with payments, but also ensures that there will not be a delay in opening two more locations in the future. John learned about the North Valley BusinessSource Center through a flier distributed by the Neighborhood Council Valley Village, where he currently serves as a board member.

Since closing their doors on March 15, 2020, Karlos and John and the other Angelino fitness coaches have been providing their members with daily “Home Workouts” through their app “Wodify,” on Instagram, Facebook and Zoom sessions.

Many of the members have continued to pay their membership fees and others have also paid for the memberships of other members. The team has also lent out 90 percent of the gym’s weights and equipment so that their members can continue to work out at home.


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This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of June 1, 2020. Read this issue and more.