Chef Shanita Castle, owner of Castle Catering
The South Los Angeles BusinessSource Center (BSC) helped long-term client Shanita Castle, stay open during COVID-19 and grow her business, Castle Catering.

Chef Shanita first became a South LA BSC client in 2017 when she approached the center for assistance obtaining access to capital to acquire a property in South LA. However, the deal fell apart.

Despite her disappointment, Shanita devoted the next few years to growing her catering business and her customer base. She also increased the quality of service at catering events, which strengthened her brand in the community.

Fast forward three years, the South LA BSC supported Shanita’s applications for COVID-19 financial relief funding through PPP, EIDL, and local grants. These funds preserved salaries for staff and helped her pivot her business model toward “to-go” orders.

Earlier this year, Shanita contacted South LA BSC Senior Business Coach Terry Gubutan for assistance acquiring a property she found for sale on 73rd and Western. With Terry’s help, Shanita was approved for an SBA loan.

Today, Shanita Castle is the proud owner of the new facility, which will provide commercial kitchens and rental space for the community. As pandemic restrictions ease, Shanita plans to expand her business by adding cooking classes and consulting with other restaurant owners on menu strategies.

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 April 26, 2021. Read this issue and more.