Legal-name: United Cambodian Community
Address: 2201 E. Anaheim St. Suite 200
City: Long Beach
Organizational-status: 501(c)(3) nonprofit
Officer: Weston LaBar, Chair
ContactName: Susana Sngiem
Title: Executive Director
GrantPurpose: UCC will support minority-owned small business in Cambodia Town affected by COVID 19 with grant funding, one-on-one business counseling, loan application assistance, social media capacity building, and training through webinars.
Periodoftime: 1 year
Audienceserved: Minority Owned Small Businesses
Demoofaudience: UCC serves largely low to moderate income individuals and minority owned small businesses that have revenues less than $1 million. UCC serves 85% Cambodian business owners, 5% Latino business owners, and 10% other ethnicities. Additionally, over 75% of businesses that UCC works with are women-owned. UCC is working in the Midtown Business Improvement District (MBID) and is located in census tracts 5769.01, 5764.03, 5764.02, 5764.01, 5752.02, and 5751.02. Over 38% of the residents live in poverty. The median household income is $31,438. There are 183 businesses in Cambodia Town. They are 23.5% commercial/industrial space rental, 14.8% retail sales, 8.7 barber/beauty, 7.1% food retail store, and 7.1% restaurant and ready to eat food businesses. According to the sale taxes collected by the City of Long Beach, these 183 businesses generate a total of approximately $37 million per year, which averages to about $202,185 in revenue per business.
Numberofserved: 195 Businesses and Individuals Total
District: District 4 and 6
1. What disaster recovery service have already been provided? : United Cambodian Community (UCC) has provided business counseling services through the Cambodia Town Business Center for over three years. Business counseling services include one-on-one business counseling sessions, assistance in access to capital, capacity building, and training through in-person workshops. These services are provided by UCC’s Business Navigator who is bilingual in Khmer and English. Through UCC’s Cambodia Town Business Center, UCC has supported over 50 businesses, trained over 110 individuals, and connected businesses to $100,000 in capital.
In response to COVID-19, UCC continues to provide business counseling services to minority owned small businesses in Cambodia Town. UCC has provided business counseling sessions to over 40 businesses through the phone to adapt to new business operations and assess financial resources. UCC’s Business Navigator developed a loan summary document for business to better assess which loans would be a best fit for the business. UCC has assisted over 30 businesses in applying for disaster relief loans. So far only two business, have received a confirmation of an approval. The Business Navigator is also supporting businesses in building their social media capacity by creating Facebook pages and online advertisements. In addition to business counseling, the Business Navigator has developed videos on loans and other sources of capital for businesses. Through UCC’s online outreach, 250 individuals and businesses have been engaged. As UCC is providing business counseling, one challenge continues for the business in direct access to funds to support immediate needs include rent and overhead costs. Many minority-owned businesses are family-run, in debt, poor or no credit history, and are not a good fit for disaster relief loans.
2. What additional services, above your standard operations, will be conducted with this grant funding?: Through the Cambodia Town Business Center, UCC will provide small business funds, business counseling sessions, and webinars to sustain minority-owned businesses in Cambodia Town. In the year, UCC will achieve the following:
• 15 minority-owned small businesses receiving $1,000 in funds for rental assistance
• 50 minority-owned small businesses receiving one-on-one business counseling sessions
• A total of $50,000 in capital accessed by minority-owned small businesses
• 30 minority-owned small businesses develop online and social media pages and advertisements
• 100 individuals and businesses participating in webinar and online video trainings
UCC will open an application for businesses to apply for a $1,000 grant for rental assistance. UCC will fund 15 businesses. Each business that received the grant must agree to 6 months of business counseling and participate in 6 webinars. In addition to the 15 businesses receiving grants, UCC will also provide business counseling on capacity building, cash flow, financial literacy, and loan applications to a total of 50 businesses. The Business Navigator will assist businesses in apply for loans and grants. Through loan application assistance, UCC will connect small businesses to a total of $50,000 in capital. The Business Navigator will also build the capacity of small businesses in developing social media to advertise and grow business services. Many of minority-owned businesses have limited digital literacy and do not have an online presence of their business. UCC will assist 30 businesses in developing Facebook pages and other online advertisements to help businesses adapt to COVID 19 environment.
UCC will provide outreach and education to business owners through UCC’s Facebook. UCC will provide monthly video webinars covering accessing capital, applications for specific loans and grants, social media, and other needed training as determined by businesses. In total UCC will provide 12 video webinars and reach a total of 100 participants.
3. What individuals (and/or organizations) will you assist? : UCC will assist low to moderate income individuals and small businesses that have revenues less than $1 million in the Cambodia Town neighborhood. UCC will focus services to Cambodian and woman-owned small businesses. Small businesses are businesses with revenues less than $1 million and have one to 20 employees. UCC’s small business fund will be given to a first come and first serve basis due to the high demand of need for small businesses.
4. What other disaster recovery funds have you received? What amount? : UCC has received a grant from Southern California Grantmakers of $10,000 to support payroll and other overhead costs for UCC’s operations. UCC has receive no other grant funding to support business counseling efforts or disaster relief services.
5. What other disaster recovery funds have you applied for?: UCC will be applying to SCAN Health to support UCC’s services to Cambodian older adults. All other funds UCC has prepared applications have closed at this time.