Entrepreneurship Advantage, Greater LA Region

Purpose Statement

To create economic opportunity for entrepreneurs and small businesses in Los Angeles County by connecting human, technical, and capital resources through regional collaboration.

The Entrepreneurship Advantage, Greater LA Region includes all organizations that are working with micro and small business owners—banks, mission-based community lenders, small business assistance teams, incubators, co-working spaces, city and county economic development teams, etc. CAMEO has over 30 members that offer services in LA County.

The Steering Committee defined the following goals to lead the work of the collaborative:

  • Build a strong entrepreneurial ecosystem to serve the needs of business owners in Los Angeles County
  • Share resources available in the network
  • Increase awareness of services offered to entrepreneurs in Los Angeles County
  • Increase capital to support entrepreneurs in Los Angeles County

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Melissa Cruz
Program Consultant, LA

Steering Committee Members

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Melissa Cruz

Lindsay Chung
Opportunity Fund

Monica Guevara
Economic Development Professional

Anna Marie Cruz
Vice Chair
Emma Kloppenburg
Emma Kloppenburg
Vice Chair
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Alex Alvarez
Operation Hope, Inc.
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Bo Sivanunsakul
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Frank Stokes
Bethel LA CDC
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Larry Johnson
El Camino SBDC
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Jack Olree
Wells Fargo
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Christopher Lopez


In the Fall of 2018, a group of microlenders and small business assistance organizations formed the steering committee of the Entrepreneurship Advantage, Greater LA Region with the goal of learning more about each other and optimizing resources, so they could better serve the needs of the community.