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A $17K No-Interest Loan Goes To Deli That's Like The 'Cheers' Of Its Community

(Screenshot from San Carlo Deli's website)
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A San Fernando Valley delicatessen struggling during the pandemic got a $17,000 financial boost today.

San Carlo Italian Deli and Bakery in Chatsworth received a no-interest loan in that amount through the Small Business Angel Fund. That fund is a collaboration between the non-profit The Change Reaction and Los Angeles City Councilman John Lee, who represents the 12th District.

So far, that fund has raised $1 million.

Lee told us:

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"We were all kind of disappointed with the first rollout of the PPP program when the majority of the money went to publicly traded companies. And so we thought: Let's start our own program."

Lee says San Carlo's was one of the first businesses to apply for a loan, which will help with back rent. He called the business "one of the staples of our community. It's kind of like the equivalent of our Cheers."

The deli has an interesting history. The Roberto family has operated the business since 1975, according to the deli's website. The original location was destroyed during the civil unrest in 1992 and relocated to the Chatsworth location.

The fund that benefitted San Carlo's also helps businesses negotiate with landlords. Lee says loans amounts and re-payment schedules depend on the needs of each business. The first round of loans are earmarked for essential businesses.


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