LA Mayor Karen Bass announces members of Small Business Cabinet – Daily News

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LOS ANGELES — In an effort to support entrepreneurs in the city of Los Angeles, Mayor Karen Bass on Friday announced the seven members who will lead the Small Business Cabinet, which is intended to prioritize the needs of small businesses.

“Business owners are feeling the challenges of rising costs, the lingering impacts of the entertainment industry strikes and bureaucratic requirements, and we will continue to do all that we can to be responsive and cut through red tape at City Hall,” Bass said in a statement.

She continued, “We also know that opening Los Angeles for business also means confronting homelessness and increasing public safety.”

Bass established the cabinet to serve as a platform for collaboration and dialogue, ensuring that the city is responsive to the needs of more than 450,000 small businesses. The seven members of the cabinet include:

Maria Contreras-Sweet, chair of the cabinet, and the 24th U.S. Small Business Administrator; and Director of Regional Management Corp, Rockway Equity Partners

• Stephen Cheung, CEO and president of the L.A. County Economic Development Corporation

• Julie Clowes, director of the Small Business Administration LA

• Angela Gibson-Shaw, CEO and president of the Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce

• Kim Hunger, CEO of LAGRANT Communications

• Lilly Rocha, CEO and executive director of Latino Restaurant Association

• Maria Salinas, CEO and president of the L.A. Chamber of Commerce

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