Welcome Selena Gray to Our Team!

SGray1stDay.jpgSelena Gray brings many years of experience to the Los Angeles Urban League Entrepreneurship Center (LAUL-EC) to help increase the success and longevity of African-American and other ethnically diverse businesses across South Los Angeles. As Director of Entrepreneurship and Economic Development for the Los Angeles Urban League, Gray is responsible for the overall management of the Urban League’s Entrepreneurship Center which supports community-based investment and growth through facilitating entrepreneurship and business development.

Gray began her career in the construction industry with one of the largest African American general contractors in the region.  Selena has worked with clients such as the University of Chicago, Advocate Health Care, and McDonald’s.  She has also taught Construction Costs & Bidding at Purdue University Calumet and Dawson Technical Institute of the City Colleges of Chicago and has mentored young people interested in the construction industry. 

While Gray was with the Chicago Urban League Entrepreneurship Center, she worked with her team to develop and launch the Midwest Regional Teaming Program (MRTP), the organization’s first multi-state entrepreneurship program.  Under her leadership, the MRTP reached over 60 small business owners across 9 states to help form 16 small business teams which have been awarded over $100 million in Federal contracts.  The CULEC team also managed and implemented four additional signature programs including nextSTEP, the Chicago Housing Authority Business Entrepreneurship Development Program (CHA BEDP), nextLEVEL, and the Chicago Contractor Development Program.  Along with on-site counseling provided by SCORE, these programs touched over 500 businesses annually.

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Vermont Slauson February Classes & Events

The Metro Business Solution Center and Vermont Slauson Economic Development Center encourages Crenshaw area businesses to take advantage of the following training programs.

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Brainstorming over Brunch: Restauranteur

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Eat Shop Play Lunch Meet-Up

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Social Media Sales Plan

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Crenshaw Business Spotlight: Crenshaw Montessori Academy

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Crenshaw Montessori Academy

Founded in 1977, Crenshaw Montessori Academy (CMA) is a preschool and kindergarten offering advanced individualized Montessori style teaching for children ages 2-6. Crenshaw Montessori Academy is a space where learning is natural and the teacher and environment work together to prepare children for adolescence.Aware of each student’s progress, the teacher is able to offer guidance and challenge students to master key concepts and skills with a hands on approach. The teachers encourage children’s interaction with their environment to inspire independent learning. At Crenshaw Montessori Academy, you will see your child grow intellectually, socially, emotionally, and cognitively. The school operates Monday through Friday 6:30 am to 6:00 pm and Piano classes are held 8:00 am to 2:00pm on Saturday.  Currently, CMA employs 3 full-time staff and 37 students attend. CMA is located on the east side of Crenshaw Boulevard at 4914 S. Crenshaw Boulevard.
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Business Excellence Entrepreneurial Training

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10 Steps to Starting a Business

Starting a business involves planning, making key financial decisions and completing a series of legal activities. These 10 easy steps provided by the small business association can help you plan, prepare and manage your business. Click on the link to learn more.

https://www.sba.gov/content/follow-these-steps-starting-business

 

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Join the Black Business Association

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Small Businesses and Mobile

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