Aracely Barboza, owner of L.A. based skin care company Xicali
The East Los Angeles BusinessSource Center (BSC) helped long-term client Aracely Barboza successfully apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loan Funds (EIDL) and grants to keep her skin care business, Xicali, afloat during COVID-19.

Xicali is a Los Angeles-based, 100 percent Latinx-owned, all-natural skin care and CBD products company. Since 2019, the East LA BSC has provided Ms. Barboza extensive business consulting including strategic planning and technical assistance to obtain required licenses and permits which helped her launch Xicali as a home-based business that June.

Ms. Barboza also participated in the center’s numerous workshops and trainings, including the Entrepreneur Training Program. The BSC also provided Ms. Barboza one-on-one assistance in reviewing her lease for her new Downtown Los Angeles Office.

To help her business grow, the center offered guidance on how to establish strong financial planning and budgeting systems. The company initially launched with one employee and grew to two full-time employees in 2020. Ms. Barboza hopes to hire additional employees as demand grows.

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 March 15, 2021. Read this issue and more.