L.A. stories of inspiration and success

L.A. stories of inspiration and success

Chef Evi Yeh, owner of Chef Evi Catering & Events LLC, in her commercial kitchen; photo by Elaine Pang
The Hollywood BusinessSource Center (BSC) helped Chef Evi Catering & Events LLC, a catering business impacted by the entertainment strike in Los Angeles, secure a grant to sustain her business and retain workers

"The current economic climate in Los Angeles for small businesses, especially those vulnerable to shifts in the entertainment industry, impacted many businesses like mine starting with COVID and continued to drown us throughout the strikes due to the lack of industry events,” said Evi Yeh, owner of Chef Evi Catering and Events. “Many of us were shut down or had to take every opportunity on, regardless of the rates, to stay afloat and keep our teams employed.”

Due to the Hollywood strikes, many of the scheduled bookings were canceled or postponed, prompting Yeh to contact the Hollywood BSC to seek access to capital counseling. Through the counseling efforts of Elaine Pang, Yeh applied and won a grant for $10,000 from the California Restaurant Foundation Resilience Fund and used the funds to remain open and pay her team members fair wages.

EWDD’s BusinessSource Centers offer resources to microenterprises, small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs in the City of Los Angeles. These efforts work to revitalize the local economy by helping business owners launch viable businesses, grow revenue streams and stabilize to create jobs. Visit EWDD’s BusinessSource Centers and learn how EWDD's Business Services can help businesses of all sizes.

This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from May 2024. Read this issue and more.