Jarvis Young, franchise owner of Papa John's Pizza in Hyde Park, Los Angeles
The South Los Angeles BusinessSource Center (BSC) helped married couple Jarvis and Josslyn Young grow their Papa John’s Pizza franchise, including assisting them in hiring new employees during COVID-19.

In 2017, the Youngs established their Papa John’s on Crenshaw Boulevard in South LA’s Hyde Park neighborhood. Their business experienced a dive in revenue during the construction of the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project, which greatly impacted traffic flow and access around their location. The couple turned to the South LA BSC for assistance, which is overseen by the Vermont Slauson Economic Development Corporation’s (VSEDC).

Helping Small Businesses Survive COVID-19

Senior Business Coach Terry Gubatan provided the Youngs technical assistance through the Entrepreneurial Training Program, which includes a variety of business-related courses to help small businesses access city and county resources. The Center also provided the Young family with extensive business guidance, including accounting resources to ensure their financial documents are in order, and with access to capital and lending options.

Supporting the local community has always been important to the owners, so VSEDC also helped Jarvis and Josslyn to secure candidates from the LA Probation Program and WorkSource job referrals to help ease their hiring process. Using these resources, the Youngs were able to hire additional full and part-time staff as their business began to increase dramatically during COVID-19.

Although the pandemic caused an initial increase in business, the Hyde Park Papa John’s owners remain understandably concerned by the uncertainties that could shift their ability to serve the public. As a result, Terry helped the couple apply for the SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to help keep their current employees afloat.

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 August 24, 2020. Read this issue and more.