My City: Los Angeles ft. Roy Choi | Growing a Small Business & Community Impact

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My City: Los Angeles ft. Roy Choi | Growing a Small Business & Community Impact

Roy Choi (@chefroychoi) is a chef and entrepreneur. He started the successful gourmet Korean-Mexican taco truck Kogi (@kogibbq) in 2008 with the goals of bringing “affordable good food to the people” and growing his community impact. The Kogi operation has grown to include several trucks, a full catering operation, pickup & delivery, a bar called Alibi Room, a Taqueria, and a rice bowl counter shop, Chego!

In Square’s small business entrepreneurship series, My City, Roy Choi introduces us to three of his favorite Los Angeles business owners who are as dedicated as he is to building neighborhood, community, and their small businesses as local, socially minded enterprises. In Episode 2, we meet Victor Bañuelos, founder of the classic-style Elysian Barbershop. Next, Roy introduces us to Mandy Kohlani, the founder of POT pottery studio. Then, we meet Hector Valdez, a tattoo artist in Huntington Beach. Finally, we hear what it means and takes to run a successful small business while connecting with your community. Hear individual entrepreneur stories and learn how small businesses impact the community in My City: Los Angeles.


These videos were filmed in December 2019, before the Coronavirus reached the U.S. All of the small businesses in these videos have been severely affected by the pandemic.

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$KogiBBQ $ElysianBarbershop $POTstudioLA $Hektattoo


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