Mahmoud Sitita, Kareem Carts; Greg Dulan, Dulan’s; Kareem Sitita, Kareem Carts; Andrea Jackson, Interim Director VSEDC; Councilman Curren Price, The New 9th District. (Courtesy Photo)
More than 500 current business owners, start-up businesses and Wantreprenuers visited the 4th Annual Mobile Retail and Food Truck Expo at Los Angeles Trade Technical College on Saturday, August 13th, where 40 local companies and speakers were showcasing their products and services to help stimulate and support local business and job creation. The event was organized by Vermont Slauson Economic Development Corporation (VSEDC) in partnership with the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Economic Development, LA Economic Workforce Development department, American Mobile Retail Association and truck Manufacturer Kareem Carts.
Expo exhibitors, which ranged from food handling, Permits and Licensing, Graphics, Marketing, Business plan writing to Social Media and Crowdfunding to diverse methods of financing, gave exhibitors the opportunity to showcase their products and services, meet new customers, and provide support for a local business community that has not had access to these resources.
Councilman Curren Price greets attendees from the main stage.
A range of business seminars in English and Spanish including Email Marketing to Fuel your Business, The Magic of Marketing and Building your Fashion Brand Online were delivered throughout the day along with tours of the mobile retail and food truck models including an Airstream Trailer, Napify – the Trailer which provides a place for napping for a small fee – and a Vintage collectibles and Fashion Truck which also gave attendees the opportunity to shop.
Attendees and exhibitors were full of praise for the event and social media was alive with testimonials and positive comments such as:
“Well done on a really good Mobile Business Expo – just what the local business community needs. I’m sure this event will continue to go from strength-to-strength; we will certainly be support next year!”
This event was dedicated to the memory of our founder Marva Smith Battle-Bey.