Flyer and Existing Strengths in LPV

I’ve been working on a flyer that gets out the word for Shark Tank in the LPV community:


We’re all so excited to see this roll out!

Working with the LPV business development team has been so much fun.  Part of what makes this group and community so awesome is their determination to take something that is seemingly a threat (evictions–> the looming threat of gentrification), and turn it into a huge opportunity for community development and growth. LPV 20|20 itself grew out of serious local community organizing and planning to get ahead of this threat of displacement and make sure that the future of LPV is in the hands of the local community, not speculators. LPV 20|20 is an inspiring group of individuals who are tirelessly working to bring LPV to its highest potential.

Our group is tasked in class with creating a vision plan for LPV.  I find that in this exercise, the first step must be to identify LPV’s existing strengths.  These are not difficult to find–the LPV 20|20 organization is highly conscious of them and wants to take advantage of them: a history steeped in art and music, beautiful historic buildings and park, retail and food that highlights African/African American/African Diaspora culture, an upcoming metro station, existing strong connections with regional agencies like Community Build and Vermont Slaussen, regular cultural events/festivals that help to strengthen local identity, anchor businesses that have a long history in the community, a strong local sense of community service, and a strong entrepreneurial spirit in the local community.





Hot off the Press!



Spread the word! LPV 20|20 is officially accepting applications for the Leimert Tank event. Don’t pass up this amazing opportunity!!

Poster by Olivia!


Busy at Work


Here’s a look at the Business Development team in action! The team is busy putting together materials for the Leimert Tank application. As we move into the second half of our term, we are gearing up for community visioning efforts. These include vision statements, and setting timelines for reaching identified objectives.

In addition, we are looking into business vision plans for the community. Although the team is starting to feel the pinch of time, we are hustling to draft a framework that can be passed onto the LPV 20|20 initiative, assisting their ongoing efforts.




Shark Tank Materials

Over the past four weeks, the student and LPV teams have collaborated to move the Leimert Tank process forward. After many lively and productive conferences and emails, we officially have event dates, “Shark” investors, and Part 1 of the Leimert Tank application.

The original timeline dates are revised to provide more time for the planning team to create materials, as well as more time for participants to apply. The current end date is May 14th, to coincide with the annual Leimert Park Village charrette.

Application Part One is an effort that spanned throughout our fall quarter.  This application asks applicants for initial basic information in order for the review team to assess 1. how well does this business/idea fit into the existing LPV community, and 2. how prepared is this business to present their idea to a panel of investors.  Questions asked include how the business operates and how duties are delegated, and what market/niche the business serves.

Once the first round of applications come in, the review team may decide to make some cuts.  Mostly, though, the review is meant for the review team to review how the applicants can strengthen their applications before they submit application 2. The review team may give advice to candidates themselves, or they may advise candidates to sign up for workshops provided by regional nonprofits that help participants gain the skills to do things like build business plans and start a business.

See Application One in the Fall Projects tab.