The East Side Riders Bike Club (ESRBC) youth members
It’s rare to meet a true community leader, advocate, and businessman as humble as John Jones III, president and co-founder of the East Side Riders Bike Club (ESRBC).

Located in Watts, the ESRBC has served more than 135,000 meals, donated hundreds of bikes to youth, and provided safety training and physical education classes, all aimed at keeping the youth in Watts off the streets, out of gangs, and off drugs. The Harbor-Watts BusinessSource Center (BSC) has a long-standing relationship with John and has had the privilege of assisting and partnering with the organization on multiple occasions.

In July 2021, John was a guest speaker at the monthly Harbor-Watts BSC small business networking event, where he discussed how he started and continues to manage his organizations. He spoke about how the BSC helped him start the for-profit company ESR Bike & Skate Shop, assisting with license and permit applications.

The addition of the ESR Bike & Skate Shop created a new stream of income he could use to subsidize his non-profit, removing the heavy burden of relying solely on grants and donations. In addition, the BSC connected John with DLBLF Financial Counseling LLC, another black-owned South LA business, who helped him build his business credit.

Through this partnership, John and ESR Bike & Skate Shop were able to secure thousands in working capital. If you would like to learn more about East Side Riders Bike Club, visit www.esrbc.org.

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This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of October 4, 2021. Read this issue and more.