Nonprofit organization helps diversify small businesses around San Diego

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Accessity, a local nonprofit, is working to diversify small businesses around San Diego by providing financial support and educational opportunities.

A program that helped a local man who migrated from Vietnam and through the resource network achieved his dream.

“The same with all immigrants, at first we struggled financially and with the language barrier…it was a difficult process,” says Kevin La, owner of Jasmine Beauty School in Redwood Village.

Despite financial and language barriers, Kevin La jumped at an opportunity when he noticed a trend in nearby businesses.

“My wife and I have seen Vietnamese-owned beauty schools that have been closed for different reasons,” Kevin said.

As a result, adds Kevin, it has become nearly impossible for Vietnamese immigrants in San Diego to take the necessary courses for their cosmetology licenses.

“They either had to take a course at a beauty school in English or drive to Orange County,” Kevin explains.

An opportunity that inspired the entrepreneur to open Jasmine Beauty School in 2019. Yet, months later, he was forced to close his business due to the pandemic.

“You know, I didn’t want to fire all my employees because I knew they depended on the school,” Kevin says.

In response to the obstacles faced by many minority entrepreneurs, Accessity, a local non-profit organization, is offering a helping hand.

“We help businesses start and grow with tools and resources that will ultimately help them succeed and contribute to the local community,” said Accessity CEO Elizabeth Schott.

Offering a network of educational and financial connections, helping to train over five thousand business owners. “We have a loan program, we start as low as $300 and up to $100,000, we also have webinars and educational events,” says Schott.

Program that saved Kevin Las’ business, “we were able to get a loan from them and pay the payroll and overhead, and to be honest, without a loan, we were going to close.”

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