Party Decor Entrepreneur celebrates the company’s growth during

LOS ANGELES – While many small businesses struggled during the pandemic, some local entrepreneurs have been successful.

Confetti Fiesta Party Decor Shop has just moved into a space inside the Boyle Heights Drugstore. Owner and designer Lissette Arceo couldn’t have imagined just a few months ago that her business would become a retail space.

What would you like to know

  • Small Business Majority survey found 44% of small businesses at risk of shutting down
  • Minority-owned businesses have been hit particularly hard by the economic downturn from the pandemic
  • One of the success stories is a party decor store, Confetti Fiesta, which recently moved into a retail space in Boyle Heights.
  • Governor’s Office Announced $ 500 Million COVID-19 Small Business Relief Grants Program

Arceo started his party decorating business as part of an entrepreneur incubator at East LA College almost two years ago. She was working on growing her business while working part time, but that has all changed this year.

“I had a job as a receptionist and as soon as the pandemic hit I lost that job completely,” Arceo said. “It was like a safety net and extra income, but especially with the business that kept me going.”

She was forced to focus on her business full time. She realized that people still had reason to celebrate and wanted her decor to make their events festive. So she put it all in.

“I was super excited but I’m really scared because you know a month can be really good and a month can be really bad,” said Arceo.

She’s invested in new equipment and is working on a website so curbside pickup may soon be an option. She is doing everything she can to keep her business alive, and so far it is working.

“I was able to have savings and money in my savings, extra money to spend on food, groceries, paying bills, so yes, the company was definitely able to support me,” Arceo said. “I mean I’m not super rich and have a lot of money, but I managed to keep it up.”

Keeping your business in a new store is a blessing when other small businesses haven’t been able to. She is grateful.

“Without [Cake Girl] by helping me and other small businesses by helping me, I wouldn’t be here, ”said Arceo. “So I feel like my success is also theirs. “

The store is located inside the Saint Louis Pharmacy in Boyle Heights. The address is 2100 E 1st Street.

Many small businesses still need help to survive. A recent Small Business Majority survey found that 44% of small businesses are at risk of shutting down and minority-owned businesses are disproportionately affected.

The governor’s office announced the creation of a $ 500 million COVID-19 Small Business Relief Grant program to provide grants of up to $ 25,000 to eligible small businesses and nonprofits to help to cover expenses during the pandemic. Details can be found with the Office of the Small Business Advocate.

Joseph K. Bennett