The Lawndale community was once the home of major manufacturing and retail operations. Companies such as International Harvester, Sears, Zenith, Sunbeam and Western Electric occupied the area. Riots that followed the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968 led to the loss of 75% of Lawndale’s businesses. Lawndale was once referred to as “an industrial slum without the industry.”
Lawndale Business Renaissance Association takes on the task of revitalizing the areas industrial and commercial businesses. This is being accomplished by helping to bring new businesses; working to retain businesses and helping them grow through assistance in use of economic development programs and incentives. The re-growth of business in the area has a direct impact upon job creation. The outcome of this is a Lawndale Business Renaissance leading to a healthier and vibrant community.
Lawndale Business Renaissance Association is a 501c3 charitable organization.