PCR staff: Darrell Smith (BIF Business Advisor, 2nd/Broadway segment Regional Connector), Bryan Miyamoto (BIF Business Advisor, Little Tokyo area Regional Connector), Stacey Farmer (Administrative Support), Angela Winston (PCR Vice President), Andre Hardy (BIF Business Advisor, Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project), Brian Lazo (BIF Business Advisor, Purple Line Extension, Phase 1), and Devon Davis (Recording Secretary)
Metro launched its first ever pilot Business Interruption Fund (BIF) in spring of 2015. The BIF is focused on providing financial assistance to “mom and pop” businesses directly impacted by transit rail construction along the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project, the Little Tokyo area and 2nd/Broadway segment of the Regional Connector and the Purple Line Extension, Phase 1. Metro contracted with Pacific Coast Regional Small Business Development Corporation (PCR) to serve as the BIF fund administrator. Serving as the fund administrator, PCR brings over 30 years experience supporting small business communities throughout Los Angeles County. In collaboration with Metro; the dedicated team of business professionals has been instrumental to Metro awarding over 200 grants to small “mom and pop” businesses in a total amount exceeding $3.7 million.
The Business Advisors are Metro’s “boots on the ground” when it comes to supporting directly impacted small businesses and helping them get financial assistance through the BIF. Business Advisors perform ongoing outreach, provide one-on-one support to business applicants and demonstrate continued engagement to the business communities along the three major construction projects.
To learn how to apply for Metro’s BIF, visit pcrcorp.org or contact Angela Winston at 213-739-2999, extension 223. For more information about the BIF program, click here.