Here’s Your Virtual Gift Bag

who’s hungry cooking demo by chef stuart

Former client of RISE, Chef Stuart, creates a healthy and flavorful Caribbean Inspired menu that serves plant based and meat eaters as owner of Who’s Hungry, family-owned, small local eatery in the Crenshaw and West Adams neighborhood of Los Angeles. Please support this local business!


what we’re fundraising for

If you’re reading this then you know that RISE has the goal of raising a $25 million microloan and equity revolving fund for under-served entrepreneurs and small businesses. But that’s not all.

We have big plans.

A co-working space. Meeting rooms equipped with touch-screen whiteboards and other upgraded technology. In-house consultants. And more.

virtual screening | 5.13.21

Join us for a free screening of Segregated by Design a film that examines the forgotten history of how our federal, state and local governments unconstitutionally segregated every major metropolitan area in America through law and policy. Stay tuned for details.

what we’re reading

Knowledge is not just power, it’s a habit. And if we want to be great at what we do and brilliant in how we solve the problems we have set out to address, we must be constant learners. Here are our top picks for reading material that we currently have in circulation.

lessons my mother taught me about money

RISE offers a variety of basic financial education classes on-site with partner agencies, to assist individuals and families with making the most of their resources. Courses include budgeting, credit management & repair, basic banking, consumer psychology as well as socially responsible living. LMMTMAM takes our financial education virtually in a new, interactive format – complete with guests speakers and topical discussions.

Open session | networking for entrepreneurs

As seasoned entrepreneurs and business development consultants, we’ve found that the most successful networking events are those that aren’t meant for networking. What does this mean? It’s simple. Networking has to be a human experience.

Open Session removes the typical structure of networking to encourage an enivornment that is organic and natural. Expectations? While this popular series was originally held in-person, we’ve decided to offer participants a virtual experience to accommodate current needs.

“You may not recognize one when you pass it on the street, but community development financial institutions (CDFIs) are the lifeblood for minority businesses and communities.

CDFIs are private financial institutions that are 100% committed to delivering affordable lending to help low-income, low-wealth, and other disadvantaged people and communities.

Unlike traditional banks like Wells Fargo or Bank of America, CDFIs are profitable, but put the community in which they serve first. CDFIs provide financing for small businesses, microenterprises, nonprofit organizations, commercial real estate, affordable housing, and other projects; CDFIs spark job growth.”

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