Phuong Minh Nguyen owner of Healthy Greens Organics
The North Valley BusinessSource Center (BSC) helped Phuong Minh “Paula” Nguyen obtain a federal $10,000 Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan that allowed her to keep the doors of her Woodland Hills café open during COVID-19.

Paula is the CEO of Healthy Greens Corporation, DBA Healthy Greens Organics, which she established in 2015 to provide her community affordable healthy juices and fresh organic foods from local farmers.

The economic hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic led her to contact the North Valley BSC, run by EWDD partner ICON CDC. Business Coach Alma Torres helped Paula obtain the $10,000 PPP loan. The funding allowed Paula to pay the lease of her location, retain three part-time baristas and hire two additional part-time baristas.

In the future, Paula hopes to open another two locations with a drive-through.

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“ICON CDC has many great resources available for the public,” Paula said. “Alma was a great coach. She was very helpful and provided me much help and support. She made me feel very comfortable and was always there to help me with as many resources she possibly could.”

In addition to helping Paula with the PPP loan, Alma facilitated a free marketing consultation for Paula with the ICON CDC marketing team. They discussed brand awareness and social media engagement. Paula applied the marketing team’s advice and said that Healthy Greens’ social media presence has improved, especially since encouraging customers to place more online orders and through food delivery apps.

Paula has also implemented new health and safety guidelines at Healthy Greens Organics to keep everyone safe during COVID-19, including installing plexiglass and six-foot floor decals. All staff are now required to wash their hands every 15 minutes, wear masks, gloves and practice social distancing. Customers are also required to wear masks and practice social distancing.

EWDD’s BusinessSource and WorkSource Centers offer a variety of Business Services, including several Financial Programs and Development Incentives for businesses of all sizes. Learn how EWDD can help.

This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of August 3, 2020. Read this issue and more.