Small Business

Given the high degree of linguistic isolation among new and recent immigrants, especially when employment opportunities become challenging, individuals often look to starting a business for self-sufficiency. The CSC Small Business Assistance Program (Program) was established in 1999 as one of the collaborative partners of the Asian Pacific Islander Small Business Program (API SBP), which is an SBA Women's Business Center, a federally funded agency. Other API SBP partners include: Korean Youth and Community Center, Little Tokyo Service Center, Search to Involve Pilipino Americans, and Thai Community Development Center. Originally, the Program had a primary focus in mom-and-pop businesses in the Chinatown vicinity. By 2002, our client base greatly expanded into the San Gabriel Valley in which the majority of the Chinese-American population resides.

Start Your Own Small Business Workshop

Small Business Program hosted its first event titled “Start Your Own Small Business” at the LAUSD's Parent, Community and Student Services Center. This workshop provided information on the benefits of starting the business. It reviewed the process of starting a business, including government regulations, permits and licenses and other business legal issues. Effective marketing strategies to promote goods/services and increase sales techniques are also taught.

The week of February 27th through March 4th is the Los Angeles America Saves Week. For the purpose of promoting saving strategies on paying off high-interest debt and saving for emergencies. Ms. Gloria Tang, Treasurer of CSC’s Board of Directors, and Vice President, Deposits Management of First “Republic Bank, brought her team to present the importance and tips of savings to the audiences.

The event was very well received. “Thank you so much for such wonderful presentations. The information that was provided to our parents was very valuable and based on the evaluations we know they truly appreciated the knowledge they gained,” Lorena Franco, Specialist of the Instruction Division from LAUSD commented.

E-Payments Workshop

On Feb 25, 2017, Small Business Program co-hosted a "Electronic Payments: Features and Benefits of Accepting E-payments" workshop with Rosemead Chamber of Commerce at the University of the West. Various forms of new electronic payments such as Android Pay, Apple Pay, etc. were introduced to the audiences. Small business owners were taught the key knowledge to empower their businesses with using the latest new technology to bring more $$$$. Thanks to University of the West that sponsored the facility.

In October & November, Small Business Program hosted a training series titled Entrepreneurial Training Camp.

Throughout the 4 days, a trove information were presented to our students. Guest speakers from Cathay Bank, US Bank, 7-Eleven, a few other prominent attorneys and CPA’s volunteered their time to come share useful knowledge to our students. CSCSBP also partnered up with EDD & USCIS to provide insight on vital updates in the upcoming year.

We wanted to give a special shout out to all of our wonderful speakers! Thank you all for providing us with such insight and knowledge to better prepare our businesses.

Benny Wong – Cathay Bank, VP SBA Loan Officer
Jean Ezaki – Cathay Bank, VP SBA Loan Officer
Angeline Wong – Cathay Bank, Retail Loan Administration
Silver Houang – 7-Eleven, Franchise Sales Representative
James Wu – 7-Eleven Owner, Multiple Locations
Ann Liu – US Bank, VP Regional Sales Manager
Elizabeth Yang, Esq. – Law & Mediation Offices of Elizabeth Yang
Judy Yu – EDD,
Yu-Ting Chiu – USCIS
Paul P. Cheng, Esq. – Law Offices of Paul P Cheng & Associates
Wade Cai, CPA – Exact Tax
Larry Yu – Feather Insurance and Financial Services Inc., President
Max Wang – Splash Party, CEO, Entrepreneur
Peter Kwong Jr. – Owner of Best Western Dragon Gate Inn, Board of Directors, Best Western

Small Business Program hosted 2 Seminars for Business Owners @ February 2016:

On February 16, 2016, the Food Safety Workshop is partnership with the City of Monterey Park, James Dragan, a Chief Environmental Health Specialist from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health gave a talk about food safety and passing the health inspection. The program was in English with interpretation available in Mandarin.

At the second Social Media & Marketing Workshop on February 23, 2016, presenter Emma Vaughn from Main Street Hub spoke about how to market to consumers using social media platforms such as Twitter, Yelp, and Facebook. The event took place at the Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library. It was a popular and well-attended event, and many business owners lined up to ask follow-up questions after the presentation.


Through the Program, CSC provides assistance to help individuals start their businesses, as well as assists more established companies deal with business issues such as expansion or downsizing, access to capital, management, marketing, and more. Free business counseling service is delivered in English and Chinese. Service areas include but not limited to: business permits and licenses, loan information and packaging, management coaching of business owners, marketing, etc.


The Program regularly hosts free business seminars in English and Chinese on various business topics such as understanding of lease agreements, employment laws, sales and business taxes, industry focused topics such as new GMP standards for the nutritional supplement industry, health department regulations for the food and restaurant groups, etc. Click HERE for upcoming events.


The Program launched the intensive, 28-hour Entrepreneurial Training Program for individuals and start-up companies in 2003. The curriculum is linguistically and culturally tailored for local small businesses with practical information and practices. Due to demand in services from more advanced business owners, the Program has developed and launched the Small Business Leadership Program in 2009 which aims to provide intensive coaching in the areas of management practices, critical thinking, and leadership skills. In 2011, the Program developed another intensive curriculum, the Business Financial Management Program, which focuses on providing advanced business owners with overall financial management skills and practices, such as financial statements and business owner’s retirement planning. In 2013, the Program was among the first ones to launched the MoneySmart for Small Businesses Program, a new financial literacy curriculum designed by the FDIC and SBA for small businesses. Due to the high demand of business trainings, CSC Small Business Assistance Program not only translated the curriculum into Chinese, but delivered it in language as well. Click HERE for upcoming events.


The Asian Small Business Expo is the only expo that engages the Asian business community and brings this growing economic force into the mainstream. This annual event has become our Program’s signature event. Clients look forward to this opportunity to learn and to to connect with other small businesses at the expo catered to Asian entrepreneurs. Small businesses are able to market themselves and tap into a network of entrepreneurs, service providers, financial organizations, franchises and governmental and legislative representatives. Every year, there are over 500 participants and 40 business service exhibitors attending. The 16th Annual Asian Small Business Expo will be held again at the Almansor Court in Alhambra, California, on September 19, 2015.


Throughout the years, the Program has assisted over 700 individuals and small business owners with over 6200 counseling hours, over 4500 answered inquiries, helped created over 100 businesses and 180 jobs, and provided training to almost 7200 individuals. Today, the CSC Small Business Assistance Program continues to strive to meet the growing needs of the Chinese-American population which has now expanded to the neighboring 5 counties. As a proud recipient of the 2011 National Women's Business Center of Excellence Award and the 2012 SBA Counselor of the Year Award, we are looking to expand the Program in the coming years.


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Social Services, Youth Center, Small Business Chinatown Main Office

767 N. Hill Street,

Suite 400,

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Phone. 213-808-1700

Fax. 213-680-0787

Social Services Monterey Park Office

112 N. Chandler Avenue,

Suite 105,

Monterey Park, CA 91754

Phone. 626-293-8733

Fax. 626-293-8308

Community Health Center Monterey Park Dental Clinic

850 S. Atlantic Blvd,

Suite 303,

Monterey Park, CA 91754

Phone. 626-773-3385

Fax. 626-773-3387

Community Health Center Chinatown Main Office (MEDICAL, Dental, Behavioral)

767 N. Hill Street,

Suite 200,

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Phone. 213-808-1792

Fax. 213-680-9427

Community Health Center San Gabriel Valley Medical Clinic

320 S. Garfield Ave,

Suite 118,

Alhambra, CA 91801

Phone. 626-773-3388

Fax. 626-773-3389

Community Health Center San Gabriel Valley Dental Clinic

320 S. Garfield Ave,

Suite 126,

Alhambra, CA 91801

Phone. 626-678-9788

Fax. 626-678-9786

Community Health Center San Gabriel Valley Behavioral Health Division

320 S. Garfield Ave,

Suite 202,

Alhambra, CA 91801

Phone. 213-808-1720

Fax. 626-988-5157