Business Counselor

Posted: Jan. 30, 2018

The Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC) is looking for an experienced entrepreneurial person to join our organization to provide business-counseling services to small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs in Los Angeles County with a focus on Little Tokyo. LTSC is a medium-sized nonprofit organization with over 120 staff employees. It has been creating “positive change for people and places” for over 38 years and provides a supportive family-oriented environment for its staff as well as the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of over 10,000 served by its programs and services each year.


Job Title: Business Counselor
Employment Status: Full-Time Salaried
Compensation: DOE with generous benefits package
Start Date: Immediately

Organizational Mission:

The Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC) is a nonprofit community development corporation committed to meeting the critical needs of people and building community by:

1. Improving the lives of individuals and families through culturally sensitive social services
2. Strengthening neighborhoods through affordable housing and community development
3. Promoting the rich heritage of Little Tokyo

Organizational Philosophy:

LTSC believes in the worth and dignity of each individual and aims to provide a range of services to assist anyone in need.

Summary of Responsibilities:

  • Under the supervision of the Director of Planning, responsible for assisting LTSC’s Small Business Program with the daily operation of the Little Tokyo Business Assistance Program and related technical assistance efforts that may be funded in part or whole by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro).
  • Assist with implementing recommendations of a needs assessment of local businesses.
    In partnership with other staff and partners, assess technical assistance (TA) needs of Little Tokyo’s small businesses and develop tools to meet these needs. Tools may include: workshops, seminars, one-on-one counseling sessions, or other formats as necessary.
  • Linking clients with more specialized consultants for specific needs through the API SBP program
  • Coordination of research and development of a program to protect the sustainability of Little Tokyo’s “legacy businesses.”
  • Provide business counseling assistance to local businesses as requested
  • Oversee program data collection and preparation of monthly reports; analyze program performance.
  • Prepare and distribute general public relations and marketing materials.
  • Help organize and participate in special events for small businesses.
  • Occasional weekends & late evenings are required for conducting business-related workshops and seminars.


This position is funded through a multi-year contract with Metro.


Candidate must be able to work effectively independently as well as in a team. He/she must be a self-starter and always be conscious of what would be best for the agency and its clients as a whole. Candidate must possess excellent writing, organizational, interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to work with a wide range of culturally diverse people including staff, clients, media, funders, elected officials and others.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience Required:

  • Minimum of 3 years managing or operating a small business, and/or experience in either public or nonprofit economic development/business assistance programs and/or business development in the private sector.
  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree; graduate degree in Business or related field preferred; an MBA would be a plus but is not required.
  • Strong general business knowledge including areas such as finance, marketing, operations.
  • Strong initiative, ability to develop projects from the ground up and work independently.
  • A good sense of humor and creative problem solving abilities.
  • California driver license and access to an insured automobile.
  • Fluency in Japanese is preferred but not essential; experience with and/or understanding of cultural nuances of Japanese/Japanese American business owners is preferred.

How to Apply:

Please submit your resume and cover letter for immediate consideration to Grant Sunoo, Director of Planning at or by mail to 231 E. 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Little Tokyo Service Center is a social service and community development organization that has been creating positive change for the people and places in Southern California for more than 37 years. We preserve and strengthen the unique ethnic communities of our region and help people thrive. Starting with our own home in Little Tokyo, we build and strengthen communities throughout Southern California where people, culture and our collective future matter.‎