Dean accomplished so much, not just for LTSC, but for the entire Little Tokyo community, for the city of Los Angeles and for communities of color throughout the U.S.
Join us for a free nine-part workshop series for entrepreneurs, small business owners and publicists to receive hands-on training to build businesses and create an effective media outreach strategy. Learn how to get your business off the ground, engage with customers in your community and get noticed by local media outlets, bloggers and influencers!
When: Every Tuesday, 6:30-9:30 p.m. until November 19
Where: Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute (1964 W 162nd St, Gardena, California 90247)
More info at Small Business Basics + Media Outreach Strategy.
Mark your calendars and don’t miss the free Asian Small Business Expo — Sustaining Your Business In A Strong Economy on October 19 at the Quiet Cannon in Montebello.
This event offers an excellent opportunity to connect with small businesses, market your organization, and tap into a network of entrepreneurs, service providers, financial organizations, franchises and governmental and legislative representatives.
More info HERE.
This four-part workshop series is a resource for self-employed artists interested in becoming successful entrepreneurs.
Co-hosted by the Sustainable Little Tokyo Arts Action Committee and the Little Tokyo Service Center Small Business Assistance Program, this workshop series will bridge the gap between small business and a career in the arts. Working to end the “starving artist” stereotype, participants will gain valuable knowledge from our expert speakers as well as foster support within the Little Tokyo artistic community.
Topics to be Covered:
Wednesday, October 16, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Guest Speaker: Chris Snyder, Shopify Consultant
TOPIC: Building an e-commerce website to take advantage of print on demand as well as drop shipping services.
Wednesday, October 23, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Guest Speaker: Bet Tzedek – Will provide FREE legal services for entrepreneurs
TOPIC: Learn about copyrights, trademarks and contracts from lawyers specializing in these fields.
Many dream of one day becoming a United States citizen. Before that day comes, there are lots of hurdles a person can face. One such obstacle to citizenship could be the “public charge” rule. In the recent past, a non-citizen is designated a “public charge” if they might become financially dependent on (likely to receive over 50% of their income) the government by receiving public cash assistance, long-term hospitalization, or similar care at the government’s expense. If a non-citizen is deemed a “public charge,” their application for citizenship is denied.
In determining if a green card applicant is a “public charge,” the government has historically looked to see if they are enrolled in any of the following four programs: Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), long-term institutionalization at the government’s expense or General Assistance.
Making it harder for immigrants to get a green card, the current administration recently issued a new rule that dramatically expands the definition of a “public charge.” Set to take effect on October 15, a “public charge” is now defined as an applicant that uses any of the four assistance programs already mentioned, but also the use of non-emergency Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program or Section 8 Project Based Rental Assistance.
There might be some confusion surrounding these changes and exactly how it will affect those seeking U.S. citizenship. Reference the below chart (provided by Protecting Immigrant Families) to see how this new rule might affect people in the immigration process and what to do.
Santa Monica Vermont Center Rendering
Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC) is partnering with Los Angeles County Metro Transit Authority for a housing project atop the Vermont/Santa Monica Red Line metro station. The project will consist of 190 residential units for low-income households, with half of those units reserved for families and individuals with special needs. In total, the project will have 15,000-20,000 square feet of commercial and social service space.
Over the last year, LTSC and Metro have worked with community groups to refine the scope and features of this project. This feedback was incorporated into new renderings of the project which you can view on our website. These renderings also take into account the transit operations of the area. LTSC aims to start construction in 2021.
LTSC and Go For Broke National Education Center are partnering together to build 74 units of affordable housing in Little Tokyo. These units will be designated for veterans, working families and homeless families. Go For Broke National Education Center’s mission is to raise awareness about the WWII American veterans of Japanese ancestry who served in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, the most decorated unit for its size and length of service in the history of American warfare. The Go For Broke Apartments is also a component of Sustainable Little Tokyo’s community vision for First Street North. In addition to housing, the project will have commercial spaces, exhibits, community areas and retail spaces.
LTSC is fortunate to have Capital One as a partner on this significant project. Capital One is committed to working with its nonprofit developer partners to create affordable housing and provides philanthropic support, loans and technical assistance. LTSC would like to thank Capital One for its support of this vital project in the heart of Little Tokyo.
America Travel Factory
Debra Nakatomi and Bob Miyamoto
Consulate General of Japan
Dick and Pauline Kaku
Kiyohara & Takahashi, CPAs
Gary and June Masada
Kathy and Mark Masaoka
Robert and Teresa Matsushima
Joanne and Mark Nakamura
Sam and Kimie Otsuji
Nikki Kealalio Sutton
Loan Thi Tran and Ngoc Vuong
Mark and Vivien Usui
Gerald and Anne Yee
In Honor of Alan Kondo
In Honor of Ryoko Nakamura
In Memory of Dr. Yoshio Akiyama
In Memory of Dean Matsubayashi
Alan Kondo and Akemi Dalvi, Kondo Wealth Advisors
Melany De La Cruz
Sabrina and Darin Ishimatsu
Barbara Kim and Derek Li
Steve and Akemi Kayleng Knight
Little Tokyo Historical Society
Low Income Investment Fund
Joanne Uehara Masuda
Mitsuyasu and Sayaka Shigeta
Terasaki Family Foundation
Marsha and Gary Watanabe
Steve Yee and Silvia Yoshimizu-Yee
Lloyd and Tazuko Inui
Friends at Mithun
In Memory of Jeannette Kyoko Sanderson
Emily and Dan Weaver
In Memory of Jerry Schoettel
In Memory of Rev. Howard Toriumi
Roger and Laura Stephens
Laura Blosser and Chris Argyros
Victor K Choy
Loana dP Valencia
Mark and Tracey Doi
Ben and Margie Higashi
Colleen and Grant Ishibashi
Scott Ito and Nan Lee
Rodney and Bobbie Kajikawa
Gail E Kaneko
Chester and Eileen Kido
Jessie Kikuchi and Brent Mori
Gregg and Sandra Okada
Mike Murase and June Hibino
Kay and Nancy Oda
Mickie Okamoto and Geoffrey Tsudama
Pro Doc Kytel
Minako and Robert Ferrante
Sugimoto Family Foundation: George, Ruri, Lisa, Nathan
Grant Sunoo and Emily Maeda
Nikki Kealalio Sutton
Akemi Arakaki and Takao Suzuki
Roy T Tanabe
Jean and Ronald Toshima
Jayne and Gideon Young Family
In Honor of Andy K. and Keiko Fukui
Alex H. Fukui
In Honor of Chris Naito’s 80th Birthday
Gail and Ed Camacho
Jane and George Iwanaga
Donna and George Lee
Lisa and Eric Nakkim
In Honor of Kathleen Quin
In Memory of Icy and Janey Hasama
Joyce and Randy Takahashi
In Memory of William Yoshio Ishibashi
In Memory of Alice Kikkawa
In Memory of Susan Onodera Leonard
Hisako (Betty) and Akira Imamura
Minako and Robert Ferrante
Sharon and George Lopez
Marsha and Gary Watanabe
Lisa and Joel Hofilena