L.A. stories of inspiration and success

L.A. stories of inspiration and success

Brandon "Stix" Salaam-Bailey, founder of The ThinkWatts Foundation
The Harbor-Watts BusinessSource Center (BSC) recently partnered with Brandon "Stix" Salaam-Bailey, founder of The ThinkWatts Foundation, and MasterCard for their six-week Business Builder Program.

Local, minority-owned small businesses and entrepreneurs were invited to the January 24th kick-off event at The Beehive in South Los Angeles. Participants will partake in a series of live workshops conducted by industry-leading partners, with the end goal to increase the digital presence of their businesses.

Each business received a free Square reader and will have access to bookkeeping training, support to build websites and information on cybersecurity and data tools to increase protection. The workshop classes will be held every other Monday starting February 7th.

Classes covering small business finance will be led by Lendio, and Accion will lead an Access to Capital workshop. A cybersecurity basics class will be led by MasterCard. Salaam-Bailey, which has partnered with high-profile brands such as The Los Angeles Rams and the LAFC Soccer team, will lead the marketing class offering cohort members inside tips on building their brands.

The BSC will lead classes on how to create a business plan, prepare applications for business licenses, and choose proper business formations. A culmination ceremony with a live pop-up market will demonstrate how much each business has learned and grown through the process. The 26 businesses that attended the kick-off completed a pre-diagnostic survey and received their free square readers.

Harbor-Watts BSC is honored and excited about assisting each minority-owned business through the program and beyond, ensuring they continue to grow and prosper. Businesses looking to join future cohorts can visit ThinkWattsFoundation.org for more information.

The Harbor-Watts BusinessSource Center and Think Watts Foundation are located in LA City Council District 15.

EWDD’s BusinessSource and WorkSource Centers offer a variety of Business Services, including several Financial Programs and Development Incentives for businesses of all sizes. Learn how EWDD can help.

This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of January 31, 2022. Read this issue and more.

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