L.A. stories of inspiration and success

L.A. stories of inspiration and success

Dominique Burrell, owner of Blacker the Berry Juicery in Inglewood
A dozen food trucks that received business assistance from the City's BusinessSource Centers and Incubators were also present at the LA Region Small Business Summit, offering flavorful goods ranging from fresh fruit smoothies to DIY ramen kits and soul food.

One of the food trucks was operated by Dominique Burrell, owner of Blacker the Berry Juicery. Dominique participated in SEE-LA's Seasoned Accelerator program, which provides business coaching and mentoring to entrepreneurs in the food and beverage industry. EWDD provides financial support to incubators through Community Development Block Grants (CDBG).

Blacker the Berry Juicery is a black-owned, plant-based and social justice business in Inglewood that sells cold-pressed juices and merchandise geared toward promoting a healthy lifestyle on a micro and macro level. Through his business, owner Dominique Burrell's mission is to provide healthy food options to local economically disadvantaged communities and bring awareness to food inequities within the U.S. prison system.

In 2022, Blacker the Berry Juicery completed LISC Los Angeles' South LA Digital Literacy Mentorship Program, made possible by Wells Fargo, to gain new tech skills and improve their digital presence.

EWDD administers and provides financial support to several incubator and accelerator programs in the City of Los Angeles. These programs contribute to the City's innovation landscape by supporting the creation and growth of start-ups. Learn more about the various Incubators and Accelerators programs offered through EWDD.

This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of May 8, 2023. Read this issue and more.