Ara Tien, owner of Chop Chop Chicken
The Mid-City BusinessSource Center (BSC) helped Mr. Ara Tien, owner of Chop Chop Chicken, successfully obtain COVID-19 disaster loans that allowed him to keep his business open and retain 18 employees.

In 2018, Mr. Tien, who has more than 30 years of experience in the food industry, opened the first Chop Chop Chicken location in Monterey Park. The mediterranean fusion restaurant proved quite successful, and as business was booming, he opened his second location next to USC.

Ana and Charles, owners of AfroAnansi
The Harbor-Watts BusinessSource Center (BSC) helped Ana and Charles, owners of AfroAnansi, turn their former home-based side hustle into a thriving business during COVID-19.

Ana and Charles first connected with the Harbor-Watts BSC during a monthly First Friday virtual networking event for Watts area small businesses and entrepreneurs. After graduating with her masters in social work in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, Ana made the difficult decision to place her career on hold to help their five-year old son Elikem navigate distance learning.First Friday virtual networking event.

German Ixcoy demonstrating the full protective suits he and his staff wear to safeguard his clients
The East Los Angeles BusinessSource Center (BSC) helped long-term client German Ixcoy launch his janitorial business, Cleaning Revolution, and guided its expansion in 2020 to meet increased demand due to COVID-19.

After a decade working in the janitorial and maintenance industry, Mr. Ixcoy worked closely with the East LA BSC to establish his business in June 2019. He received extensive one-on-one business consulting assistance, along with financial and strategic planning.

Yandra Rivera, owner of La Esmeralda jewelry store in Panorama City
The South Valley BusinessSource Center (BSC) helped Yandra Rivera, owner of La Esmeralda jewelry store, obtain a $5,000 grant from the LA Regional COVID-19 Recovery Fund that will allow her to keep her doors open.

“The South Valley BusinessSource Center helped me obtain a grant that allowed me to pay the past-due rent and utilities for my business location,” she said. “I am very thankful because my business is still open. It is a difficult time but I am persevering.”

Hire LA's Youth participant, Hector, 14, learned how to produce music
EWDD’s YouthSource team and Hire LA’s Youth partner Notes for Notes® recently held a virtual listening party celebrating the creative collaborations of youth participants who successfully produced songs and music videos while practicing socially distancing.

In summer 2020, Notes for Notes® partnered with Hire LA’s Youth, bringing youth from Boyle Heights Technology YouthSource Center together for a unique experience. Over six weeks, participants gained experience in music production and were exposed to the ins and outs of the music industry.

LA Regional COVID-19 Recovery Fund logo
The LA Regional COVID-19 Recovery Fund provided a grant to Rosa Sanchez that allowed her to cover COVID-19 related expenses for her store, A & R Gifts General.

The store is a small gift shop and botanical store, located just a few miles south of the University of Southern California (USC). With the help of the LA Regional COVID-19 Recovery Fund grant, Rosa was able to pay the store’s rent and electricity bill.