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Get help with a food-based business


Community Financial Resource Center (CFRC) operates a number of programs designed to help people interested in creating a food-based business start-up and grow.

These include a micro-loan program that offers individuals up to $2,500 with a 7.5 percent interest rate and no credit check to help start up. The orientations to find out more information are scheduled  for Aug. 7 and 21 from 6-7 p.m..

Those with a business plan may be eligible to apply for a loan of up to $5,000.

The loans are coupled with free business counseling and education designed to help entrepreneurs grow and sustain their company as well as a listing in the CFRC small business directory and other opportunities.

Interested entrepreneurs can download the application at the CFRC website,, or contact for information.

Additionally, CFRC will hold an American National Standards Institute-accredited California Food Handlers Card course to help people obtain a  food handlers card Aug. 10 beginning at 10 a.m. at their offices. The three-hour class costs $39 payable by check or cash the day of the course. Registration is required and will be closed by Aug. 2.

Everything will take place at the CFRC office: 4060 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles. For info: (323) 233-1900.

CFRC is certified by the United States Department of the Treasury as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI).