The Alliance for Southern California Innovation is LongLA, as regional investors and boosters like to frame their investment outlook.

Launched three years ago in a bid to help build a hub for technology that can rival Silicon Valley, the nonprofit has been slowly building up a network of tech companies, backers and entrepreneurs beyond Silicon Beach.

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As the pandemic devastates small businesses and creative freelancers, Los Angeles is hiring designers and artists in a novel bid to help the local economy recover.

Mayor Eric Garcetti last week launched a new program of online tools for small businesses, along with a plan to hire creative professionals to match with owners impacted by the pandemic. Graphic designers, artists and others will be given a $500 city grant in exchange for services to brick-and-mortar businesses that have been harmed by the stay-at-home orders.

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A one-time partner in the New York brokerage firm made famous by "The Wolf of Wall Street" film has launched a social media site for people like him — the formerly incarcerated.

Richard Bronson debuted Los Angeles-based Commissary Club in beta just three weeks ago and already has thousands of people on a wait list. Bronson aims to reach an estimated 70 million Americans who have a criminal record, whether it resulted from years in prison or an arrest without a conviction.

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