(left to right) VSEDC BusinessSource Business Coach, Juan Reyna and Luis Gutierrez pose happily after successfully applying for permits for their LA City sidewalk vending businesses
The South Los Angeles BusinessSource Center (BSC) recently assisted longtime sidewalk vendors Juan Reyna and Luis Gutierrez with applying for permits required by the City of Los Angeles Sidewalk and Park Vending Program, which went into effect January 1, 2020.

Juan and Luis recently visited the South LA BSC, run by EWDD partner Vermont Slauson Economic Development Corporation (VSEDC) for information on complying with the new requirements of the program. At the center, a business coach helped them apply for a Business Tax Registration Certificate (BTRC), California Sellers Permits, and the StreetsLA Sidewalk Vendors Permit badges.

Juan and Luis have operated their sidewalk vending businesses next to each other for eight years. Both vendors sell second-hand merchandise, such as tools. For Juan, sidewalk vending has become his full-time job and he relies on his monthly sales to support his family. Luis, a retired maintenance worker, always dreamed of owning his own business.

Now that they have met the permit requirements, Juan and Luis said they can operate their businesses comfortably, without worrying about their businesses closing. Juan and Luis also plan to register for the Business Planning 101 Spanish-speaking class offered at the South LA BusinessSource Center.

In partnership with the City’s Bureau of Street Services, EWDD’s BusinessSource Centers are providing vendors technical assistance in applying for permits.

EWDD’s BusinessSource and WorkSource Centers offer a variety of Business Services, including several Financial and Development Incentive Programs. For more information on Street Vending in Los Angeles, visit StreetsLA.lacity.org.

This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of February 7, 2020. Read this issue and more.