L.A. stories of inspiration and success

L.A. stories of inspiration and success

Armando Miranda, owner of Angels of Hope Med Trans, beside his non-emergency medical transport van
The North Valley BusinessSource Center (BSC) helped entrepreneur Armando Miranda successfully obtain loans and grants that helped his company, Angels of Hope Med Trans, stay open during COVID-19. Armando had more than seven years of experience in the non-emergency medical transportation field when he was inspired to open his own business after receiving positive feedback from customers who specifically requested him as their driver.

In 2019, Armando began working closely with the North Valley BusinessSource Center on business plan development, the creation of balance sheets and profit and loss statements. With assistance from the BSC, Armando officially launched his business in January 2020. Angels of Hope Med Trans was still in its infancy when the pandemic hit.

North Valley BSC Financial Business Coach Alma Torres helped Armando secure $30,000 in COVID-19 financial assistance grants and loans. Armando said that the infusion of urgent funding helped the nascent business weather the pandemic and stay in operation as it works toward economic recovery.

"The loans helped a great deal during the pandemic shut down. It allowed us to remain open and pay our bills. Had we not received the loan and grants, we would not be in business at this time. The loans and grants were a tremendous help."

In partnership with the Northeast Valley WorkSource Center, the North Valley BSC is working to assist Armando with recruiting a receptionist and driver for Angels of Hope Med Trans. As more customers feel more confident and comfortable requesting transportation services, the company hopes to offer additional services.

Angels of Hope Med Trans is located in LA City Council District 7.

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 November 15, 2021. Read this issue and more.

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