Joanna and Eber Donis, owners of Donis Upholstery in Northridge
The Hollywood BusinessSource Center (BSC) provided extensive business coaching to entrepreneur Joanna Donis, helping her and her husband Eber launch their business Donis Upholstery.

In June 2020, Joanna reached out to the Hollywood BSC to meet with one of the business coaches for a one-on-one consultation about starting her upholstery business. The business coach provided Joanna with extensive information about the necessary permits and licenses for her business, along with more information about business structures, access to capital, and credit information.

Joanna and her husband located a small commercial location and immediately reached out to the business coach for assistance with obtaining business permits. The business coach also connected Joanna to the Wilshire Metro Worksource Center, to help her obtain information on recruitment services and new hires.

Joanna officially launched her business on June 16, 2020, creating two full-time jobs. Joanna said that the guidance she received from the Hollywood BSC simplified the process of opening a business within the City of LA.

Since June, the Hollywood BSC has continued to support Joanna. In November, to help Joanna meet safety protocols for her business during COVID-19, the Hollywood BusinessSource Center provided her PPE face coverings at no cost. On February 8, 2021, the BSC provided Joanna assistance with filing for her annual business taxes with the City’s Office of Finance.

The Hollywood BSC will continue working with Joanna to help her find resources to grow her business and become a successful entrepreneur. Donis Upholstery is located in Council District 12.

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This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of March 1, 2021. Read this issue and more.