As part of the “New 9th” initiative, Councilman Price established the CD9 Business Resource Center, co-located in our District Office at Central Avenue & 43rd Street.
The mission of the CD9 Business Resource Center (BRC) is to assist entrepreneurs and business owners gain easy local access to business development tools, services, and training. The programs and events are designed to nurture the growth of For-Profit companies, Community-Based organizations, Faith-Based and Non-Profit organizations in our community. By providing support and access to resources and services, we believe we can help ignite economic development in our neighborhoods.
The CD9 BRC strategic alliances includes Distinguished Partners who provide technical assistance services, access to exports, resources, capital and contract opportunities, and business organization affiliates.
DISTINGUISHED PARTNERS INCLUDE
- Governor’s Office - Business & Economic Development (Go-BIZ)
- PACE Women’s Business Center
- Small Business Development Center operated by Pacific Coast Regional
- USC – Civic Engagement (MBDA Business Center – Los Angeles)
- R.I.S.E. Financial Pathways (formerly known as CFRC)
- Vermont Slauson Economic Development Corp (Business Source Center)
- U.S. Small Business Administration-LA District Office
- Los Angeles Latin Chamber of Commerce
- Black Business Association
- National Association of Women Business Owners
- National Association of Minority Contractors
- Port of Los Angeles
- Los Angeles World Airports
Business Education, Training, and Business Calendar
The Business Resource Center (BRC) is located in the District's Field Office on Central Avenue and 43rd Street and brings available resources and information to the South Los Angeles community to empower, inform and strengthen the local small and emerging businesses. The BRC coordinates ongoing events throughout the year. The following are upcoming events:
For information on future events, please call 323-846-2651
Unemployed and Looking for Work?
The Vernon-Central/LATTC WorkSource Center has office hours at the CD9 Constituent Services Center and can assist finding employment.
LATTC/VERNON-CENTRAL WORKSOURCE CENTER Office Hours @ CD9 Constituent Services Center
Date: Wednesday's at 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: Council District 9 Constituent Services Center, 4301 S. Central Avenue, Los Angeles 90011
COME PREPARED, BRING THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS:
- Current Driver’s License/ID
- Social Security Card
- DD-214 if Veteran
- Layoff or discharge letter
- EDD Letters and forms if collecting unemployment
- Proof of Income and Current Address
- Bring Current Income
Dedicated Public Servant Named Executive Director of
CD 9 Business Resource Center
Mike Castillo—a former Field Deputy in the 9th District since 2013—was recently appointed by Councilman Curren Price as the Executive Director of the Business Resource Center (BRC). In this role, Castillo is responsible for helping local entrepreneurs and small businesses thrive.
The BRC brings resources, information and activities year-round to businesses in District 9. Castillo will operate from the BRC Office located in the Constituent Services Center on 43rd Street and Central Avenue.
“For the past four years, Mike has worked fervently to support and empower our local neighborhoods,” Councilman Price said. “He understands the opportunities and challenges affecting our community, and that local knowledge will allow him to dive right in and make a difference.”
Castillo’s decades-long experience includes work in the California State Assembly, California State Senate and the City of Los Angeles. Most recently, as a Field Deputy for Councilman Price, he oversaw constituent and business related issues in the Northeastern and Eastern portion of the Ninth District.
Castillo, who was a Polanco Fellow of the California Latino Caucus, has a passion for community and public service. As a Polanco Fellow, he worked at the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) in the agency’s Global Equity Unit and Corporate Governance division.
The Los Angeles native worked with Councilman Price during his previous tenure in the California State Senate, and would later join then-Assemblyman Steve Bradford’s staff. His professional background consists of working for a number of political campaigns, as well as issues related to commerce, labor, public safety and immigration.
Mike Castillo has dedicated his life to being a public servant since graduating from the University of California, Davis with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Chicano Studies.
To reach the Business Resource Center, call (323) 846-2651.