On 01/18/2023, the team of William Stephanie Foundation (WSF) was invited by the City of South El Monte Government to join a New Year Luncheon and host a business workshop. During this two-hour workshop, the team of William Stephanie Foundation provided one-on-one free counseling and free resources to local business owners of the City of South El Monte. The Chairman of the William Stephanie Foundation, Mr. Daniel Sieu, was also invited to give a presentation in front of the public about the latest government programs and opportunities. The event ended in a festive atmosphere and everyone left with happiness, great information about business programs and opportunities, and bright smiles.
The best moment is the one-on-one counseling session during the workshop. William Stephanie Foundation didn’t get a lot of inquiries at first. However, WSF still patiently and carefully provided advice and insights for each client (including self-employed and start-up business owners). As a result, the existing clients started to spread WSF service to their friends and families who also attended this event, and we got great participation in the end.
The audiences primarily include self-employed individuals and start-up business owners (ethnicity: mostly Asians and Latinos), such as insurance agents, healthcare workers, contractors, artists, etc. During this event, WSF key takeaway is that most self-employed individuals and start-up business owners do not have a thorough understanding of the U.S. federal and state programs (PPP, EIDL, ERTC, etc.), as most of them have not heard of them before. Educating community businesses about the great government programs and referring institutional resources (such as SBDC, WBC, and nonprofit business advocates) should be our priority at this moment.
The reason for holding this business workshop is to connect the South El Monte Community to government resources & provide a space to network in order to build a sustainable economy within our community, and help business owners of all ethnicities to realize their American dreams.