CD9 Business Resource Center

The Business Resource Center (BRC) operates similarly to an information clearinghouse, leveraging and developing relationships with existing business development and technical assistance service providers to bring their resources, training and services to our South Los Angeles community. Located within the Office of Councilmember Price, the BRC aims to provide local and easy access for our small business community to thrive.

With the support of engaged partners, we are seeing local business owners gain greater access to capital, one-on-one counseling and group training on a myriad of subject matters, including marketing and branding, social media and business plan development. Additionally, the BRC is able to assist existing and incoming business into the 9th District with navigating City departments and programs.

You can reach us at (323) 846-2651 or e-mail BRC Executive Director Mike Castillo at Mike.Castillo@lacity.org.

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Posted on 04/12/2022

Attention Small Businesses: Apply for Rental Assistance Through May 6
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VSEDC Vermont Slauson Economic Development Corporation

Vermont Slauson Economic Development Corporation (VSEDC) is the South Los Angeles Business Source Center that provides affordable business assistance services, financial assistance, entrepreneurial training and economic development to individuals and businesses in California.

(VSEDC) has proudly received the distinction as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) making it one of the only non-profits in South Los Angeles authorized to assess and distribute funding. Designed to serve low-income individuals and/or those who work in economically-distressed communities, CDFIs provide a unique and wide range of development services, financial products, and financial services that help customers build wealth and achieve the goal of participating in the “ownership” society.

To schedule a coaching session, please complete the assessment available here and follow-up with an email to hq@vsedc.org. Next, please download the FREE Zoom app, available on both iPhone and Android devices. 

Please click here for VSEDC FREE Webinars to see the different topics offered to help your business cope with COVID-19 and make sure you sign up for their services.

Additional Business Resources

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Get One-On-One Consulting & Financial Assistance from BusinessSource Centers

BusinessSource Centers provide startup ventures and current small business owners various cost-effective tools to make their business a success. Through these tools, small businesses can grow and remain competitive within the City of Los Angeles. Most services are provided at NO COST to LA business owners and resident entrepreneurs.

More Info Here

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Small Business Credit & Debt Counseling

To counter the negative financial impacts from the pandemic and help business owners recover, the CIty of LA has partnered with Money Management International (MMI) who has agreed to provide financial counseling and targeted support to small business owners in the City of LA at no cost. The nonprofit counselors at MMI have experience with the unique financial challenges faced by small business owners and may help show you how to balance your household budget, improve your credit profile, and connect to valuable resources. Counseling by MMI is free and available 24/7.

More Info Here

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The Los Angeles Business Portal

Small businesses are essential to our city’s economy. The LA Business Portal provides you with all of the information you need to plan, start, manage, and grow your business. 

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