Northridge Beauty Bar

Eva Rodriguez is the owner of a Magical Touch Day Spa, which is a small business in the San Fernando Valley located at 19631 Parthenia Street. in Northridge, California and has been in business since 2004. She is a licensed Esthetician and Massage Therapist in the State of California. Magical Touch Day Spa offers a variety of services which include: massages, facials, waxing, extractions, permanent makeup, and body treatments. Eva came to South Valley BusinessSource Center for assistance with her marketing and expansion possibilities. Eva attended South Valley's ...

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Youth Entrepreneur Success: Brendan Thompson

The City of L.A. Business Source - ICON CDC is proud to share the upcoming business event from one of our Youth Entrepreneur Training Program graduates, Brendan Thompson.   Brendan Thompson, at only 17 years old participated in our Youth Entrepreneur Training Program last summer where he learned about entrepreneurship, career development and leadership. By the end of the program Brendan Thompson completed his own business plan, had an up-to-date professional resume and gained the leadership skills needed to be a successful in the City of Los Angeles.   Bren...

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Massage Masters are Now Open for Business

Zhongqiang (Sean) Wang, Owner of the new Massage Days, in Winnetka has worked with the South Valley BusinessSource Center for the past three years in preparation for the grand opening of his new massage therapy business. Mr. Wang originally came to the center in October 2014 inquiring about obtaining the necessary information to start a business and apply for a business loan. Sean is a certified massage therapist accredited by Alhambra Medical University School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. He has been in the massage industry for over four years and has worked in ...

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Entrepreneur Training Program 2014

Graduates of this year's Entrepreneur Training Program recently completed an intensive seven-week course on business planning, marketing strategies, access to capital and money management, amongst other topics. Many of this year's graduates have have gone on to turn their dreams into a reality, becoming part of the newest generation of LA's small business owners. Congratulations to all of this year's graduates!

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VIP Collision: A New Face on an Old Frame

VIP Collision Center is Moving from Strength to Strength! South Valley BusinessSource Center and Local Businesses Working in Tandem to Build Communities.   Jesus Rodriguez wasn't supposed to own or operate one of LA's premier auto-body restoration centers. He wasn't even expected to leave Choluteca, let alone Honduras. And thirty-years ago, the notion that he might see adulthood, would have seemed presumptuous. Jesus was born at the heart of Honduras' sprawling southern city of Choluteca, a regional transport hub along the Pan-American Highway ...

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South Valley BusinessSource Launches ETP

MEDIA RELEASE Ushering in a New Generation of Entrepreneurs! South Valley BusinessSource Center Kicks Off Annual Entrepreneur Training Program! For Immediate Release: September 10, 2014 Contact: Jose Cornejo, Business Consultant, ICON CDC (818) 894-8800 Panorama City, CA - This week, the Los Angeles South Valley BusinessSource Center, operated by ICON Community Development Corporation, kicked off its second annual Entrepreneur Training Program (ETP). The program, facilitated by the Canoga Park WorkSource Center, is an intensive seven-week course that ...

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California Champions League: Making a positive impact on the community

On October 4, 2013 Oliquer Olivar walked into ICON CDC with an idea and the motivation to make that idea into a reality. In an individual consultation with Joshua Gonzales, here at ICON, Oliquer expressed his dream of starting up his own competitive adult soccer league in the San Fernando Valley. He stated he had played in a number of adult soccer leagues after high school; however he was never satisfied with the organization or competition provided by these leagues. Oliquer had played organized soccer since he could walk, and therefore understood what it took to ...

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New Los Angeles BusinessSource Center Opens its Doors in the San Fernando Valley!

ICON CDC, in conjunction with the City of Los Angeles and the Community Development Department, opened the doors to its BusinessSource Center on March 29, 2012. The new center is one of six new BusinessSource centers that are opening across the Los Angeles region. The new center aims to better serve the small business owners and entrepreneurs in its communities by giving them the tools they need to succeed.   The BusinessSource Center provides a suite of no-cost business services that help businesses start, operate and expand in Los Angeles. Services include ...

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Al’s Chicken: Giving Back to the Community

If you ask anyone who has dined at Al’s Chicken, they will all tell you the same thing: great food, good atmosphere and nice people. Located on Van Nuys Blvd across from the Marvin Braude Constituent Center, Al’s Chicken has gained popularity and become a local hotspot since its grand opening in Spring of 2010.  With delicious flame-broiled rotisserie chicken and comfort food side dishes at a fair price, Al’s Chicken has emerged as the place to be for lunch in Van Nuys. ICON CDC staff recently sat down with Camille Mathis, who co-owns the restaurant, to ...

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ICON CDC Helps Eddy’s Barbershop Stay in Business and Save Money!

Eddy Macz has been cutting hair for over 10 years. After years of dreaming and planning, Eddy decided to take a leap of faith and open his own barber shop. In 2010, he opened Eddy’s Barbershop, which provides fun, hip, modern haircuts for residents of Arleta, CA and surrounding communities. In early 2011, Eddy received an unexpected visit from a Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety (LADBS) inspector. The inspector informed him that he needed LADBS clearance and was required to update the “Conditional Use” permit for his building to stay open.  ...

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