L.A. stories of inspiration and success

L.A. stories of inspiration and success

Romeo Blackburn and Abel Ambriz, CEO and COO of LA Video Games
The South Valley BusinessSource Center (BSC) offered extensive business consulting services to Romeo Blackburn and Abel Ambriz which helped them level up their passion for video games into a storefront business, LA Video Games, LLC.

President and CEO Romeo Blackburn spent the past five years actively buying, selling and trading video games. After noticing an increased demand for video games during COVID-19, Romeo decided to turn his hobby into a video game store. It was then that Romeo’s long-time friend and now COO Abel Ambriz, motivated him to partner up and open up their own business.

“The South Valley BusinessSource Center was helpful with my grand opening ceremony. The whole team has been amazing during my process!”

In the weeks leading up to the store’s grand opening, Abel met with South Valley BusinessSource Coach Guadalupe Luviano, who introduced him to the services available at the BSCs and agreed to assist them with the grand opening of their new store.

South Valley BSC Coach Alma Torres, a Certified Senior Tax professional, helped Romeo and Abel establish financial best practices by introducing them to bookkeeping tips for managing a small business. She also advised them on the importance of having liability insurance.

With assistance from the South Valley BSC, LA Video Games recently celebrated the grand opening of their Sherman Oaks store. “The South Valley BusinessSource Center was helpful with my grand opening ceremony,” Romeo said. “The whole team has been amazing during my process!”

Besides selling and trading video games, Romeo and Abel are also leasing cabinet space to give the community an opportunity to sell their own video games. Their long term goal is to open 15 additional locations across the United States.

Romeo added, “The biggest accomplishment is knowing that I am helping my community and growing up poor that you can do it too, if you believe in yourself.”

To check out their video game selection, follow them on Instagram @lavideogames_ca or visit their store at 14836 W Magnolia Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403 in Council District 4.

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 September 27, 2021. Read this issue and more.

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