L.A. stories of inspiration and success

L.A. stories of inspiration and success

Clique Nails, Inc. store interior- featuring pedicure chairs, a manicure bar, lounge area and fashion photo wall in bright colors; photo by Veronica Lopez
The Pico-Union/Westlake BusinessSource Center (BSC) assisted Nra Kudelka in acquiring a $150,000 loan to open Clique Nails Inc., a nail boutique shop.

Kudelka has over 25 years of experience as a stylist and costume designer in the Hollywood entertainment industry. While employed by leading fashion entities in the industry, she discerned a niche within the broader fashion landscape, inspiring her to establish a nail salon as an integral component of the overall fashion realm. Kudelka’s vision for Clique Nails Inc. is to not merely pioneer a new fashion culture in LA but also serve as a hub for mentorship, idea exchange, and visionary conversations. Clique will be a space for women, by women, but where everyone feels welcome and free to be themselves.

In order to launch her dream business, Kudelka received business consulting from the BSC, operated by EWDD partner Pacific Asian Consortium in Employment (PACE). The BSC provided Kudelka with training sessions such as covering fundamental aspects of running and expanding a business, obtaining permits, and managing business operations. These tools helped guide her in structuring her business plan and thus led to the establishment of her nail shop.

Clique Nails, Inc. is currently undergoing tenant improvement for the new space and is expected to have a grand opening in May 2024.

EWDD’s BusinessSource 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 to create jobs. Visit EWDD’s BusinessSource Centers and learn how EWDD's Business Services can help businesses of all sizes.

This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from May 2024. Read this issue and more.