Small Business


JICHAN's Grand Opening 

June 21, 2019

From marketing strategy, to finding a storefront location, obtaining business loan and business plan,

CSC's Small Business Program helped the start-up to open a Japanese Rice Ball Shop

in Monterey Park on June 21, 2019.

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Small Business Program

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.

Feb 12, 2019 Employment Law

Do I get over time? Can I take paid vacation and sick leave? What about maternity leave? The Small Business Program partnered with non-profit organization Bet Tzedek Legal Services to host this FREE Employment Law workshop. Attorney speaker Yuan (Grace) Zhong volunteered her time and shared her knowledge on this topic. We had over 20 small business owners attended the workshop and found it very informative. Thank you Rosemead Chamber of Commerce for supporting this event!

Feb 14, 2019 Intellectual Property Law

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Small business owners who are in love and passion about their business, are eager to learn how to protect their creations’ intellectual property rights! In this two-hour workshop, they learned patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret. Small Business Program is pleased to partner with non-profit organization Bet Tzedek Legal Services again. Thank you attorney speaker Dan Liu volunteered her time to share her knowledge. Thank you Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library for supporting this event!

March 13, 2019 How to Start a Food Truck Business

Small Business Program partnered with Rosemead Chamber of Commerce to host this two-hour workshop on How to Start a Food Truck Business. Graduated from UCLA and worked in the finance industry, food truck owner Chick Young started his food truck business in 2011. He shared how he switched from the financial industry to food industry, insider tips, challenges and ups and downs. He currently operates six food trucks in Southern California.

April, 17, 2019 Energy Savings with Southern California Edison

Switching to energy efficient lighting and appliances from out dated appliances would save you some money! Topics included Small Business Scam Prevention, Saving & Rebate Program, Critical Peak Pricing and Charging Station Rebate. Thank you Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library for supporting this event!

May 11 & 18 2019 Money Smart for Small Business with Cathay Bank

Starting your own business with little capital, this feeling is daunting. Money Smart for Small Business comes to the seventh year, entrepreneur attended this two-Saturday 12-hour workshop to learn everything from starting and selling a business. Cathay Bank representatives talked about access to capital and micro loan program. Seasoned business owner Marshal Chong shared his 40 year experience on franchising and starting his own! Thank you Cathay Bank for supporting our community!

June 8, 15, 21 and 22, 2019- Entrepreneur Training Program

Starting your own business is not a dream. Chinatown Service Center is assisting aspiring individuals to achieve their goals. We and the business can make it come to live. Entrepreneur Training Program is one of the Community Economic Development program’s signature events. We invite seasoned business owners to be our Experience Sharing speaker. Integritas Resources, Inc. Principal Lindy Huang Werges volunteered her time out of her busy schedule, shared her experience and insights with attendees on Saturday, June 8th, 2019. Lindy recently honored as ‘Women of the Year’ by Los Angeles County Commission for Women. We would like to also thank you Christopher D. Lee from L.A. Commercial Attorney and Brian Wang from U.S. Bank to be our speakers!

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.




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