L.A. stories of inspiration and success

L.A. stories of inspiration and success


Zoom virtual meeting screenshot from the EWDD and L.A. Mayor’s Office of Economic Development (MOED) Small Business Covid-19 Recovery Strategies meeting with Chilean delegates from the Ninth Summit of the Americas
In early June 2022, EWDD General Manager Carolyn Hull accompanied the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development (MOED) in a meeting with delegates from the Chilean government to discuss the City’s small business initiatives to keep mom-and-pop shops afloat and assist with financial recovery from COVID-19.

From June 6 to June 10, the City of Los Angeles hosted world leaders from across the Western Hemisphere for the Ninth Summit of the Americas, only the second to take place in the United States.

Representatives from the Chilean official delegation to the Summit of the Americas attended the meeting with MOED and EWDD, including notable figures such as Marcos Rivas, Chair and co-founder of the Association of Small and Medium Enterprises of Chile (ASECH).

The ASECH represents more than 40,000 businesses in Chile and is considered one of the most influential public-policy organizations in the Chilean entrepreneurship and small and medium business ecosystem. During the discussion, the City shared its best practices for business and economic development programs, innovation and entrepreneur resources, incentives, and loans.

The meeting highlighted the international impact of EWDD’s COVID-19 relief programs, which are also recognized at a national level. EWDD GM Carolyn Hull has spoken at several events where the City of LA’s COVID-19 financial recovery programs are considered a top model on how to assist small businesses during times of crisis.




If you have been impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak, EWDD wants to help. Many residents of the City of Los Angeles have been negatively impacted by COVID-19. Many are faced with job loss or are struggling to keep their businesses operational. EWDD is diligently working to provide crucial services, grants and programs. Please visit our Recovery Resources page and learn more. We're here to help.


This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of June 13, 2021. Read this issue and more.


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