Robert Alhanati, owner of Tomlinson Flowers
The North Valley BusinessSource Center helped third generation florist Robert Alhanati successfully obtain financial assistance that allowed him to keep his business open and save six jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Robert has been working in the flower industry for over 50 years.

In 2007, he purchased Tomlinson Flowers, a shop that has also been around since the 1960s. Tomlinson Flowers faced uncharted territory at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and closed its doors for a month to implement the COVID-19 Guidelines and Protocols for Florists.

Para Los Niños YouthSource participant Lucero on CSU Long Beach campus
The Para Los Niños (PLN) YouthSource Center provided long-term mentoring to Lucero, guiding her through her senior year of high school, during her college years and assisting her on her path to graduate school.

In 2014, Lucero enrolled as a participant at the PLN East YouthSource program. The center provided Lucero college and career guidance and steered her toward paid internships offered by the City’s Hire LA’s Youth employment program, which helped her gain professional experience and gave her opportunities to be exposed to different career paths.

Manny and Ruth Paez, owners of Manila Forwarder freight company
The Mid-City BusinessSource Center helped husband and wife duo Manny and Ruth Paez obtain a $50,000 loan to keep their freight company Manila Forwarder stay open during COVID-19. The couple launched the business in January 2018, which specializes in importing and exporting packages from the U.S. to the Philippines.

Manila Forwarder delivers care packages known as balikbayan boxes, along with drop shipping, money transferring and logistical services to and from the Philippines worldwide by land, sea, and air.

GN Towing Service truck
The LA Regional COVID-19 Fund helped Evodio Garduno keep his family business, GN Towing Service, open during the pandemic. For more than 15 years, GN Towing Service has provided the San Fernando Valley community towing and roadside assistance.

Yet like many other small businesses, the COVID-19 pandemic created severe financial hardships for the company. With fewer cars on the road and more people delaying vehicle repairs, work slowed down considerably for GN Towing Service and the business was struggling to make ends meet.

Appleton’s Market nutrient-dense microwavable mini-meals
The LA Regional COVID-19 Recovery Fund grant provided Christina Appleton financial relief that allowed her to keep her business Appleton’s Market open during the pandemic.

Appleton’s Market is inspired by the grocery store Christina’s great grandparents founded in 1962 and passed down for several generations. She now honors her family’s entrepreneurial spirit with her business, which specializes in the sale of “power veggie bites,” nutrient-dense microwavable mini-meals.

real estate agent helping man with home ownership
The LA Regional COVID-19 Recovery Fund provided a grant to real estate broker Wanda B. Henry, helping her cover pandemic-related expenses for her business, Brookside Real Estate.

With more than 25 years of experience in sales, listing, and finance, Wanda and her colleagues have helped property owners in need for decades, offering real estate services and extra assistance to homeowners and renters. When COVID-19 emerged, the real estate market, like many other industries, was caught off-guard and faced many sudden uncertainties.