L.A. stories of inspiration and success

L.A. stories of inspiration and success

Graciela Renderos, an East Hollywood area sidewalk vendor
Graciela Renderos, a longtime sidewalk vendor from the East Hollywood area, was awarded a $5,000 grant through the City of Los Angeles Comeback Checks Program in December 2021.

Graciela began her journey with the Hollywood BusinessSource Center (BSC) in 2020. She sought to obtain her sidewalk vending permit and spoke to a business consultant to learn more about the permitting process. The business consultant also rendered technical assistance services, such as information about business structures, understanding the legal responsibilities of permits and licenses, sidewalk vending rules and regulations, and the value of business taxes.

With direction from the business consultant, Graciela secured her sidewalk vending permit. In addition, Graciela received support through the City of Los Angeles Sidewalk Vending grant that resulted in an award for $5,000.

In October 2021, she met with a business consultant for help in applying for the City of Los Angeles Comeback Checks Program. Chosen as a grantee through a weighted lottery process, Graciela advanced to the next phase. With the help of the business consultant, Graciela submitted her required documents on time, and she received the $5,000 grant.

Graciela will use the grant to regain losses to her business due to the pandemic and plans to purchase inventory to increase sales and cover operational expenses. Graciela looks forward to building a better future for her business. She said that she is grateful for the City of LA grant programs that helped her sustain her business during COVID-19 and move toward economic recovery.

City of Los Angeles Comeback Checks Program

More than 18,000 small businesses have applied for the City of Los Angeles $25M Comeback Checks Program, which will provide $5,000 grants to assist 5,000 recipients in their recovery from the economic impacts of COVID-19. Three application rounds are scheduled for the program, with Round 3 scheduled to begin in January 2022.

Graciela's story above is an example of how the City of Los Angeles is helping local entrepreneurs recover from an economically devastating pandemic currently spanning 22 months.

The EWDD team is working diligently to process applications. Finalists are notified ten business days after the close of each round. Eligible businesses that submitted applications and were not selected for funding in early rounds do not need to reapply, as they will be automatically included in future rounds of program funding. In response to an overwhelming number of inquiries, please note that the following businesses are ineligible for the Comeback Checks grant program:
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Landlords/Schedule E Passive Income
  • Parent Company Ownership
  • Ride-share companies
  • Businesses or companies held in trust
  • Businesses that do not have a physical location
For more information about the program and eligibility requirements, visit http://ComebackChecksLA.com.

This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of December 27, 2021. Read this issue and more.

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