Chef Ramon “Ray” Sanchez, founder of QQ Café
QQ Café is a Downtown Los Angeles-based, 100% Latino-owned restaurant located near the Los Angeles Flower Market. Founded by Chef Ramon “Ray” Sanchez, QQ Café has been operating since 2012 and has become a well-known staple to local residents and patrons of the Los Angeles Flower Market.

QQ Café, has been a long-term client of the East Los Angeles BusinessSource Center (ELA BSC) since its founding in 2012. The ELA BSC has provided QQ Café with extensive business services ranging from corporate setup, lease review, permit and licensing assistance, access to capital, strategic business planning and guidance on how to navigate the devastating economic impacts of COVID-19.

guiding small businesses toward economic recovery

Before the pandemic, QQ Café experienced stability and normal growth, expanding to catering services for government agencies, hospitals and corporate businesses private parties. Similar to other businesses, QQ Café was severely affected by the pandemic, with its revenues falling by more than half. Many of their catering orders were canceled, which represented a large share of their revenues.

To help QQ Café stay afloat during the pandemic, the ELA BSC assisted them with the following funding opportunities and loan programs: the City of Los Angeles Small Business Emergency Microloan Program; LADA TOC Small Business Recovery Loan Program; SBA EIDL loans and grants; SBA PPP Loan Program and the California Relief Grant, totaling more than $91,000 in financial assistance.

With guidance from the ELA BSC, QQ Café has achieved a steady recovery and has resumed its pre-pandemic levels of operation and employment. QQ Café is located in LA City Council District 4.

This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of July 19, 2021. Read this issue and more.