Chef Roy Choi, Co-founder of LocoL Watts, a sustainable eatery that opened with assistance from EWDD BusinessSource
Chef Roy Choi (above) received assistance from EWDD's BusinessSource to open his revolutionary healthy fast-food restaurant LocoL in LA's Watts community
The Economic & Workforce Development Department offers services to business owners and developers either directly or through our network of service provider agencies. The Department strives to improve the economic climate of Los Angeles through the provision of financing, technical assistance, training, business tax incentives, and workforce programs. These services help local businesses grow, provide living wage jobs for L.A. workers, as well as high quality goods and services to under-served communities.


Business Response Unit

EWDD’s Business Response Unit (BRU) specializes in providing aid to entrepreneurs who are navigating through the bureaucracy of LA City’s business related departments. This service helps people needing assistance to become legally compliant or requiring City resources to conduct business. The BRU can supply specific contacts throughout various City departments as well as guide individuals and businesses to the appropriate agencies. BRU is a one-stop for business owners to obtain contacts and information across City departments on programs and services geared toward the business community.

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BusinessSource Centers

The Los Angeles BusinessSource Centers provide startup ventures and current small business owners various cost effective tools to help their businesses grow and remain competitive within the City of Los Angeles. Most services are provided at NO COST to business owners and resident entrepreneurs within the City of Los Angeles.


Business Transition & Downsizing Services

The EWDD Rapid Response Team is trained to support your employees and your business through any transition process. They help to inform your workers, supply unemployment and insurance forms, and assist outgoing employees with career searches. You can also learn about the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) legislation and how it may affect your business.


Green Business

Los Angeles strives to be the cleanest, greenest big city in the United States. Find resources on how your business can improve its energy efficiency, waste management, and carbon footprint. EWDD can help your business Go Green without going broke.


Small Business Loan and Major Projects Loans

Los Angeles is forecast to add tens of thousands of jobs across a broad range of industries through 2021, tech startups are surging, and a revived Downtown L.A. is quickly becoming the nation’s hottest live-work, culture and arts center. Now is a great time to start or expand your business in Los Angeles. Learn how EWDD can assist you with a Small Business or Major Projects Loan.


WorkSource Centers

WorkSource Centers serve businesses by providing free prescreening, customized training, applicant referral, labor market information, and other business services, all at no cost. The WorkSource Centers also serve Los Angeles residents through job training programs, referral and information services, and employment search assistance.


Cyber Threat Protection

The LA Cyber Lab helps LA businesses combat cyber attacks by allowing businesses to sign up and receive cyber threat information and best practices to protect their business - all free of charge.


Employers & the HireLA's Youth Program

HireLA's Youth is one of the City's most exciting programs providing young adults "first time" job experience that sets them on the path to higher education and careers. Get more information and become a partner of the City of Los Angeles Hire LA's Youth Initiative.


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