We had the good fortune of connecting with Eric Weingrad and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Eric, can you share the most important lesson you’ve learned over the course of your career?
I own two businesses as well as some investment properties around the US and, without a doubt, the most important part of their respective successes are the relationships it takes to run them.
In a typical day, I lean on the knowledge, experience and opinions of my partners almost hourly to make sure the next step we take as a company is the right one. It’s rewarding to build a company on your own, but most entrepreneurs will admit that it’s an impossible feat, as individually we have our own limits. No matter what the project or endeavor I’m involved in, it takes teamwork from trusted partners to achieve the end goal, albeit our new caregiver network IHSS Connect or my advocacy firm for families California Advocacy Group.
After coming up with an idea, the next best step is to share that idea with peers you respect. I was fortunate to find partners in both of my businesses that have expanded upon what I would’ve been capable of achieving alone.
What should our readers know about your business?
When creating IHSS Connect, my partners and I recognized a desperate need for a statewide caregiver network in California that connected the hundreds of thousands of individuals with impairments to home caregivers in their area. Before us, there wasn’t a central way for families looking for in-home care for their loved ones to place job ads, search providers or send private messages to potential caregivers. Just the same, we’ve created a home for this community to discreetly find help without posting on intrusive social media websites,
The process to create the site was significantly more expensive and time-consuming than any of us predicted. However, now that it’s launched and we have over 2,000 registered caregivers and recipients already part of our growing network, we feel justified in knowing this was a necessary tool. If you live in California and are looking for an IHSS, WPCS or respite care caregiver, then visit www.ihssconnect.comand start connecting.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I like to change things up when friends come to town so they aren’t getting the standard Los Angeles visit. For my friends who want to bring something cool home via some good shopping, it’s a trip to Abbot Kinney Blvd. to hit up some of my favorite stores, including my favorites Vuori, Aviator Nation and Buck Mason. Of course, I don’t think you can visit Abbot Kinney without grabbing a next-level slice of classic tomato pie from Gjelina Take Away aka GTA.
Since lockdown back in 2020, I began to get into the outdoors since there wasn’t much else to do. The bright side of those days was discovering the seemingly endless bike trail that goes up and down the coast. So when friends come, it’s always fun to hop on some electric bikes and ride up to the Santa Monica Pier or down to Manhattan Beach. Either direction is a perfectly relaxing bike trip full of good people watching.
One other fun place to go and see downtown Los Angeles from above, is Kenneth Hahn Park in Baldwin Hills. Make sure to make your way all the way to the top of the park by the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Tree Grove to get a view worthy of a thousand photos. After it rains is the best time to go here as the sky is clear and allows for views of snow-covered mountains during the right time of year.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to thank my partners Judith Kogan and Micah Miller for their continued support and partnership, as well as my wife Angela Weingrad, who has always pushed me further than I thought was possible.
Photo of me in road, me in white shirt and me with my wife (Angela Weingrad) are by Chyna Photography