Compton Unified School District. (301189)
Compton Unified School District. Credit: Compton Unified School District.

Neighborhood Housing Services of Los Angeles County (NHS), Citi Bank, and other local sponsors team up to support locally owned, minority small businesses by hosting the Compton Community Engagement Dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the NHS Center for Sustainable Communities in Compton on Sept. 23.

Citi provided NHS with local funding to be able to expand its technical assistance and local small business support of minority led and owned businesses who were achieving measured success during the COVID-19 crises. From the success of the first dinner, NHS will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month highlighting home grown Compton favorites like The GOAT Mafia, El Cielo Restaurante, Dolce Canella, and Jefa’s Sweets.

Prior to COVID-19, NHS hosted monthly farmers market events; assisted local businesses to navigate the tough process of obtaining local business licensing; helped with permit processes; and worked with the state of California and local health departments.

“To go from a ‘home-based’ business idea to actively selling product and merchandise is a complicated and overwhelming process”, said Lori Gay, NHS president & CEO. “We’re happy we’ve been able to assist our local businesses to achieve success and can’t wait to help them expand their business ideas into successful, creative business opportunities, while supporting our local communities. With the support from Citi, we can take this even further and expand our work to lift up local, minority owned businesses.”

NHS was one of 50 organizations selected to receive the funding nationwide and will be using the funding, along with support from other corporate partners, to expand its work with providing urban agriculture, healthy food access, financial counseling, technical assistance support and referrals to local small business resources to help increase minority business entrepreneurship.

For further information, contact the NHS Marketing Department at (213) 248-4061.