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Business Development Center

Small Business Consulting Services

One-on-One Consulting

Free one-on-one consultation is available for all of your business needs. Meet with one of our experienced staff consultants in order to assess your most pressing business needs. Whether you are in business and need a loan or help writing a business plan, or you are just thinking about getting started, our staff will sit down with you to discuss how we can tailor our services to meet your needs.

Call 213-353-9400 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to make an appointment with a PACE consultant. 

Here are just a few of the ways that our business consultants can assist you:

  • Perform cash-flow projections to qualify for financing
  • Create and/or refocus your business plans
  • Secure loans for your business operations
  • Develop focused marketing strategies for promoting your businesses
  • ...and more

“The business counselors are professional and committed…. They are ‘very knowledgeable' in their fields and their expertise is ‘up-to-date' with current economic and marketing times. Their availability was always accessible. No time is wasted at PACE.”     –Zenaida Verduzco, Zen Motors, Inc.

 

PACE MicroTeam

In addition of our own team of BDC consultants, we also have recruited a pool of talented and knowledgeable business experts that can meet with you to help you with a variety of business issues. After meetings with our business consultants, clients with more advanced concerns and specific needs can be referred to our MicroTeam to be matched with a member (or members) of the MicroTeam to receive technical assistance in the area of need.

 “PACE has connected me to consultants who've supported the development of the company budget, the development of the 36-month sales projections and the ‘valuation' of my company to help me raise funds through debt and through investors.”     -Chrysta Wilson, Kiss My Bundt

 MicroTeam members have expertise in the following areas: 

  • Business plan development
  • Feasibility Assessment
  • Strategic Planning
  • Market Analysis
  • Advertising & Promotions
  • Sales
  • Website Development & Online Marketing
  • Cash Flow Planning
  • Cost Analysis & Pricing
  • Taxes & Accounting
  • and more... 

To  access this group of volunteer consultants clients first need to meet with one of our staff consultants so that we can provide an overview of our entire program in order to better serve your needs. Call 213-353-9400 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to make an appointment with a PACE consultant.


MicroMentor

PACE BDC is an affiliate member of the MicroMentor program. MicroMentor is a free online service that connects small business owners with business mentors. MicroMentor puts experience to work by offering business professionals meaningful volunteer opportunities and by offering entrepreneurs one-on-one advice to help build successful businesses. MicroMentor's mission is to help small businesses grow faster, generate more revenue, and employ more people.  The program makes it easy to be a mentor, find a mentor, and build a business.  Visit the MicroMentor website now.


Small Business Legal Clinics

PACE BDC, in partnership with Public Counsel Legal Center, offers FREE small business legal clinics where attendees are able to meet one-on-one for up to one hour with an attorney to discuss specific questions and legal issues related to the creation and running of a small business, including the following topics: (i) choice of entity, (ii) contracts, and (iii) intellectual property. Advanced registration is required for the legal clinics so please click here to complete and send in a registration form. PACE staff will get back to you about the upcoming clinic dates and to schedule an appointment time. For more information call 213-353-9400.


Small Business Tax Preparation Service

PACE BDC offers recordkeeping services for business owners who need put their receipts and invoices in order for the current year’s tax season. We help you get your business records “out of the shoebox” and organized into the appropriate tax categories for easier (and less costly) federal tax filing. Furthermore, we will prepare end of year financial statements, train you on business bookkeeping, and help you develop a comprehensive strategy to minimize your taxes.

For business owners who qualify, PACE also offers free tax preparation as a part of our Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) services. PACE’s VITA site operates from February 1 – April 14 and is available by appointment only. For more information and to find out if you qualify please contact us at 213-353-4000.

We also offer a Small Business Tax workshop where business owners can come to get an overview of federal tax rules and requirements related to operating a small business. The focus is on understanding what is legally required while also learning how to minimize tax obligations. Workshop schedules vary. Visit our calendar of events or call us to find out when the next workshop will be scheduled.

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