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Own A Business? Like To Shop Local? Use Our Patch Places and Take the Patch Challenge

Did you know we have a business directory on our site? We challenge you to find a business that's missing or one that's closed. Rate and review businesses here too.

There's so much to Westwood-Century City Patch that people have yet to discover.

Did you know that we pride ourselves in having a page for every business located in Westwood and Century City? If you go to our Patch Places you can find all sorts of shops by category, or by typing topics into our seach box—yeah, you can find "sushi" or "tattoo" or even "marijuana dispensary." On each page is a photo of the business, the hours of operation, the phone number, accepted payment methods, handicapped access, address and even a map showing where it is.

If it's in the neighborhood, it's here. (Go ahead, give it a try right now.) We challenge you to find a place that isn't listed. If you find a Westwood or Century City business that isn't here, please let us know right away (send the name, address and website to saraf@patch.com). Sometimes a business has closed up, changed hands or been renamed, and we'll try to keep up with that (with your help), but you'll see that it's a fairly thorough list.

And, if you want to write a review or rate a business, you can do that too. Feel free to praise, scream or yelp about any local place, and give it a star, or two, or four. And see what your neighbors say about it.

But if you own or run one of these businesses, you can take charge of your own page and put up events and sales and notices about what is happening at your shop. You'll have access to post better photos of your store, maybe feature a few items inside, and even post videos of your business.

Local businesses get extra bonuses when they claim their free listing.

Owners or managers can sign in and search for their business. Underneath the photos, there is a box with the question: Do you own or manage this location? Claim it! Just click Claim it! and a form will pop up asking for contact information and authorization to claim it. Within a few days, someone from Patch will contact you to verify your authenticity. You'll then be approved as the business owner and will see a "Manage Your Listing" button.

From there, you have lots of options to add photos, see your statistics and edit the listing.

Here are the tools you'll see and what they mean:

Your Stats:

Here you can see how many users have rated, reviewed or follow your listing. You can e-mail your customers to seek out more reviews, and link the Patch Place to your Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Edit Listing:

Add photos, website information, hours of operation, contact information and more under the Basic Info tab. Some of this information cannot be changed, but you can request a new description if you think your business is inaccurately described.

Choose Extra Info to add information like the founding date of your business, what kinds of payments you accept, parking information and more.

Manage Photos & Media:

Here you can add and edit photos and choose which image is featured. If you have a video or PDFs, you would add that here.

Reviews:

You can see what people have to say about your business and respond to reviews.

Free Tools:

This is an easy way to post events and add job openings to our classifieds section, also known as the Marketplace.

Paid Tools:

You can upgrade your listing with a video profile, add a message from the owner and become a featured business on the Places page for a fee. You can learn more about these options and see how to get in touch with a sales team member.

Claim your listing today to help keep Patch users up to date with your company and keep your listing looking fresh.

Questions? Contact Westwood-Century City's Patch Advertising Manager Nick Frazee at nick.frazee@patch.com.

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