South Valley BusinessSource Launches ETP
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 gives participants practical instruction in entrepreneurship, business planning, access to capital, business structure and permitting, money management, marketing and customer service.
Successful applicants for this year’s ETP come from a variety of professional backgrounds, and are pursuing interests in a whole host of industries – design, manufacturing, health education, clean energy consulting and holistic therapy, amongst others.
“They represent the demographics, interests and values of LA’s new generation of entrepreneurs,” said Lorraine Garcia, Project Coordinator and ETP organizer at ICON CDC.
We’re incredibly proud of what the program has accomplished thus far, and very optimistic about the contributions that this year’s attendees are going to make.
According to the US Census Bureau, Los Angeles boasts 330,969 private sector businesses, nearly 98 percent of which are licensed small businesses, employing roughly 4.85 million people. With the assistance of ICON CDC’s team of staff and business consultants, last year’s ETP graduates have gone on to patent products and launch businesses in manufacturing, cosmetic design, photography and e-commerce.
Initiating Change in our Neighborhoods Community Development Corporation (ICON CDC) is a 501 (c)(3) community-based, non-profit organization located in the Northeast San Fernando Valley. ICON CDC’s core program is its Business Source Program, which provides free services to entrepreneurs and small business owners in order to promote local economic development, job creation and financial literacy. ICON CDC also works in partnership on several other areas of interest including youth development, environmental justice and community-based transportation planning research.