The Regional Connector Little Tokyo Business Assistance Center (BAC) is a Business Support Network that provides hands-on case management services and business assistance to small businesses in Little Tokyo during the construction of the Regional Connector. The Regional Connector is anticipated to be completed in 2021.
The Metro BAC is established in partnership with community partners who are committed to providing assistance, resources, programs and services to businesses referred through the Asian Pacific Islander Small Business Program (API SBP). API SBP’s extensive expertise and success in assisting businesses has been recognized by local and national leaders.
Learn more about Ron Fong, Director of API SBP’s services and the team through this video briefing .
Formed in 1999, the API SBP is a collaborative of five community organizations: the Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC), Chinatown Service Center (CSC); Koreatown Youth & Community Center; Search to Involve Pilipino Americans; and Thai Community Development Center. The partners share over 180 years of service between them, are well known and respected for the quality of their work, the impact of their services and their standing in the community.
What each of these organizations have in common is the priority to preserve and promote Los Angeles’ distinct cultural and economic vitality and the experience to do so.
The Mission of the API SBP is to assist the development of small and micro businesses in Los Angeles with a particular focus on the Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Thai and Filipino communities. The API SBP joins with Metro to expand their presence in Little Tokyo, providing case management services from the Regional Connector Little Tokyo BAC at 360 E. 1st Street, Los Angeles.
API SBP’s objective is: to help entrepreneurs and small businesses overcome barriers to growth and success; to generate jobs and sustainable businesses in the community; to accommodate the unique economic needs of low income immigrants; and to serve as a link between the mainstream economy and ethnic small businesses.
The Regional Connector’s Little Tokyo BAC offers updates on local construction activities, resolve concerns working with Metro’s Construction Relation’s staff, and updates on evolving marketing, advertising and area business promotion programs. In addition, experts from the Asian Pacific Islanders Small Business Program provide case management services. They are committed to identifying challenges and the opportunities that best advance and sustain a business’s goals.
The BAC is pleased to have the API SBP provide:
- Expert business advice and technical assistance
- Hands-on Case Management
- Outreach services that identify area business objectives and challenges, and referral services (e.g. referrals to business specialists, financial services providers, and business resource providers) that will meet the priority identified.
Small businesses not immediately within the area of Little Tokyo will also have access to the BAC for business and technical assistance, through referral to business partners with the special expertise to respond. The BAC is Metro’s commitment to being a trusted community builder, partner and stakeholder.
The BAC engages an established partnership of business support and case management along with community partners who are committed to providing additional assistance, resource referrals, programs and services to businesses referred through the Asian Pacific Islander Small Business Program (API SBP).
The Asian Pacific Islander Small Business Program and its collaborative partners include the Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC) ltsc.org . Other partner organizations include the Little Tokyo Business Association (LTBA) visitlittletokyo.com/About-LTBA.html , and the Little Tokyo Community Council (LTCC) littletokyola.org .
Find out about API SBP’s network organizations including: The Chinatown Service Center (CSC) at cscla.org . The Korean Youth & Community Center, kyccla.org and the Search to Involve Filipino Americans, sipa-online.org as well as the Thai Community Development Center at thaicdc.org .
Metro’s Business Assistance Program is committed to facilitate the utilization of available services and resources during the period of construction as the Regional Connector is constructed and delivered in 2020. The office in Little Tokyo, at 360 E. 1st Street, has been established to make access to resources easily available. Whether you have an inquiry on construction timing, a concern on area activities or are interested in growing your business through financial planning strategies and resources, the BAC is open to assist you. Metro staff, including its Construction and Community Relations Department is available to address any matter of concern or interest.
The BAC will offer businesses an array of FREE, hands-on Case Management Support Services during the construction of the Regional Connector. The BAC Business Services will be provided by the Asian Pacific Island Small Business Program and will include support in:
Individual Business Counseling is available to anyone seeking general or specific assistance with business plan development, general operations, financial management, marketing strategy, loan packaging, contracts and licensing.
Business Counselors provide in-language technical assistance, translation assistance, resources or referrals to entrepreneurs and business owners
The effort of BAC’s Business Outreach and Case Management will allow the team to provide industry specific referral services tailored to meet each business’ unique needs. These Business Referral Services will also help to connect businesses to existing Public, Private and Non-Profit Business Assistance Programs; as well as provide resources for small business funding.
Regional Connector Little Tokyo Community Office
360 E. 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012.
Community Relations Manager
The Metro Regional Connector Transit Project Business Assistance Center (BAC) provides hands-on case management services and business assistance to small businesses in Little Tokyo during the construction of the Regional Connector Transit Project. Small businesses not immediately within the area of Little Tokyo will also have access to the BAC for business and technical assistance including case management referral to area Business Development Partners.
How do I access the services provided by the BAC?
There are various ways to access the services provided by the BAC. You can stop by the Metro Regional Connector Little Tokyo Community Office. Staff is accessible Mondays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; and Wednesdays and Fridays by appointment. The Regional Connector Little Tokyo Community Office is located at 360 E. 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012. You can also call the office at 213-613-1438.
What if my business is not located in Little Tokyo?
Small businesses not immediately within the Little Tokyo area can contact the BAC for business and technical assistance, resolution of concerns and questions about business opportunities.
Wonder if my business has unique needs not discussed here?
Whether you are requesting assistance, relaying concerns regarding upcoming construction activities or are planning for the future, Metro’s team is available to assist you.
The mission of the Regional Connector Little Tokyo Business Assistance Center (BAC) is to provide on-going access to Regional Connector project information and to present opportunities that will sustain and advance a business operation during the period of construction. In line with the mission, the committed effort of the BAC is to be a Community Resource and Business Support Network.
Metro’s BAC is provided in partnership with the Asian Pacific Islander Small Business Program (API SBP) and its collaborative partners including the Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC). Other partners include the Little Tokyo Business Association (LTBA), and the Little Tokyo Community Council (LTCC). In addition, the entire Metro team including its Community and Construction Relations Department is available to serve the public.