Who: Everybody! Feel free to share this free event with your family, friends, customers, colleagues, mailman, dogwalker, everyone!
Where: Los Angeles City Hall, Bradley Tower on 26th Floor (200 N Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90012)
3 reasons to go to the Los Angeles Kiva Reunion event co-hosted by the Mayor's Office of Economic Development
We are proud to be featuring a diverse set of entrepreneurs and small business owners who are all working to improve LA in their own special way. All of these businesses have grown with help from a Kiva Zip loan. These Kiva Zip borrowers will be showcasing their businesses, providing yummy samples, and selling their products. Come check out coffee samples from Manifesto Cafe, rice balls from Mama Masubi, music products from Beat Cruiser, innovative cardboard shelter from Cardborigami, garments designed for individuals in wheelchairs from Cozee-on-the-Go, and many more!
You can expect to meet entrepreneurs from: Alba Snakes & Services, Beat Cruiser, Cardborigami, Chino's Dogs, Community Seafood, Cozee-on-the-Go, El Sereno Shoe Repair, HoneyColony, Mama Masubi, Manifesto Cafe, Master Custom Cabinents, Out of the Box Collective, and Royal American Plumbing Services.
We'll also have pastries from Good Eggs LA and coffee from Homeboy Industries!
2. Hear how local leaders are spearheading positive change in LA's neighborhoods and economy
Three of these entrepreneurs will be speaking about their experiences and how a Kiva Zip loan has helped them. Don't you want to hear about how Julio escaped civil war in El Salvadore and started his own plumbing business with his son, William? How about how Nelson is leading a health revolution in his neighborhood snack shop and throughout LA? And who wouldn't want to hear about a lifetime friendship between a borrower, Alfredo, and his trustee who is the founder of the Gumball Foundation?
Kiva Zip's success in LA is largely due to the hard work many of Kiva Zip's trustees have put into improving the city. Many of these trustees including The Gumball Foundation, Barrio Planners, and LA Food Policy Council, will be at the event to share their experiences. We will also be announcing a partnership between Kiva Zip and the City of Los Angeles! The City of LA and its BusinessSource Centers are becoming Kiva Zip trustees to further provide interest-free capital to local LA entrepreneurs and funnel an estimated $5M in capital into the LA economy in 5 years. That's an estimated $15M in 10 years!
3. Take in awe-inspring views of the beautiful City of Los Angeles
If the inspring entrepreneurs, socially impactful business models, innovative community leaders, and tasty samples aren't enough, come for the view! City Hall's Bradley Tower on the 27th floor is one of the best places to take in expansive views of LA. Just check out the below photo that I quickly snapped on my phone while checking out the venue for the first time!