L.A. stories of inspiration and success

L.A. stories of inspiration and success


Hollywood BusinessSource Center business coach Elaine Pang (left) with Ling Ling BBQ Fast Food owner CuiLing Qiu (center) and her husband
First-generation Asian American restaurant owner CuiLing Qiu has operated Ling Ling BBQ Fast Food on Ord Street in Chinatown since 2019. Having been in operation for only three months when COVID-19 hit, Qiu’s restaurant was forced to stop in-door dining service and offer to-go or delivery orders only to her customers.

In May 2022, the Hollywood BusinessSource Center assisted Qiu in securing a $5,000 small business grant that helped her to sustain the business.

Qiu was very happy that the City launched the Comeback Checks Program. Due to a language barrier, limited technology resources and knowledge of the program, she turned to the Hollywood BusinessSource Center for help. Elaine Pang with the Hollywood BusinessSource Center was able to assist Qiu.

“My first language is Chinese Cantonese and I am not tech savvy. When I saw the email from the city, I thought it was another junk email. That’s why I reached out to Elaine who provides in-language technical assistance and can help me apply for the grant,” Qiu said.

Elaine assisted Qiu in completing the online application. Once Qiu was selected as a grantee, Elaine helped Qiu gather all supporting documents, such as her photo ID, past tax returns, and business license, and upload them to the application portal.

Qiu received the $5,000 grant in early May. She was able to sustain the business, retain two employees and hire two additional part-time employees with the grant!

EWDD’s BusinesssSource Centers connect business owners with key resources to assist in their financial recovery from COVID-19. The 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 and create jobs. Visit EWDD’s BusinessSource Centers and learn how EWDD can help businesses of all sizes.


This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of June 27, 2021. Read this issue and more.


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