County ‘Concierge’ to Assist Entrepreneurs



(CNS)––The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted this month to create a one-stop shop to help small business owners navigate the requirements for permits and county contracts.

Supervisor Don Knabe recommended establishing what he dubbed the Small Business Concierge.

“Small businesses are a vital sector of the Los Angeles county economy,” Knabe said. “Starting a small business, as well as keeping one in business, can be an incredibly challenging endeavor.”

The Office of Small Business will be consolidated within the Department of Consumer Affairs, pending a report back by the county’s chief executive officer.

In May, CEO William Fujioka offered a set of suggestions to help small businesses, including a web portal geared toward business owners.

“Small businesses have created over 60 percent of the new jobs in this country,” Knabe said. “We need to be sure we are doing whatever we can do to make it easy for them to get started.”

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