EWDD Business Response Team member Yovana Perez (left) at an EWDD booth assisting small business owners at the LA Women’s Entrepreneurship Day event on November 19, 2019
Assisting Small Businesses During COVID-19
EWDD General Manager Carolyn Hull recently highlighted how the City’s BusinessSource Centers and Business Response Unit (BRU) are assisting small businesses struggling during COVID-19 at a Small Business Telephone Town Hall held by Councilmember Mike Bonin (CD11).

“Our department is here to help small businesses work through the issues at hand and cope with these issues in our new normal,” she said.

Ms. Hull emphasized how EWDD’s nine BusinessSource Centers offer technical assistance to guide small business owners considering the various programs offering financial assistance during COVID-19.

She also highlighted EWDD’s Business Response Unit, which specializes in helping entrepreneurs navigate through the bureaucracy of the City’s business related departments. This concierge-type service provides a one-stop for business owners seeking to obtain contacts and information across City departments on programs and services geared toward the business community.

Held May 14, 2020, the event also featured the City’s Deputy Mayor of Economic Development Billy Chun, and a representative from the Los Angeles office of the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Several West-side business owners called into the forum for tips on how to help their businesses survive during COVID-19, including several who have operated hair salons, restaurants and wellness spas in CD11 for more than two decades.

“The team at EWDD has been working tirelessly to work with our small businesses throughout the region,” Ms. Hull said.

If you have been impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak, EWDD wants to help. Many residents of the City of Los Angeles have been negatively impacted by COVID-19. Many are faced with job loss or are struggling to keep their businesses operational. Even as all Californians are asked to limit outside activities beyond what is absolutely necessary, the City of LA and EWDD are diligently working to provide crucial services and programs. Please visit our COVID-19 Resources page to learn more. We're here to help.

This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of May 18, 2020. Read this issue and more.