Harbor BusinessSource Helps Sunbox Inc Expand its Healthy Kiosk Market
The Harbor BusinessSource Center helped entrepreneurs Vanessa Ballesteros and Elisa Gomez secure a $149,500 loan to expand Sunbox, a healthy kiosk market that features organic, all natural and locally sourced food, snacks and beverages.
Vanessa and Elisa launched Sunbox, Inc in 2015. The following year, they visited a local bank for a loan to expand their business, but were denied because their business was relatively new.
As part of the grant application process, a selection committee visited EWDD’s Watts/Los Angeles and Southeast Los Angeles WorkSource Centers to view opportunities for projects, including low carbon transit programs, gardening and urban farming and public housing weatherization programs.
BHYTC Youth Featured at Launch of Evolve Entertainment Fund
Boyle Heights Technology Youth Center (BHYTC) participant Eric Rodriguez was a featured success story at the launch of the Evolve Entertainment Fund (EEF), a public-private partnership founded by Mayor Eric Garcetti to create opportunities for career pathways for underrepresented populations into LA’s entertainment industry.
Eric, 23, first visited BHYTC two years ago after hearing about the facility’s music studio.
EWDD GM Jan Perry Visits Former American Apparel Employees
EWDD General Manager Jan Perry visited the Northeast Los Angeles WorkSource Center on February 2, 2018 to address a class of students who lost their jobs at American Apparel and are now learning new skills to stay in the apparel industry.
“Our goal is to help them see the value of what we’re doing to equip them to be cross-trained,” said Clotee McAfee, founder of the Stitches Workforce Advisory Services (Stitches), an initiative designed to train skilled apparel makers to become experienced sample makers and line sewers at apparel companies.
Kachi Deli Café Expands with Help From Central West BusinessSource
With help from the Central West BusinessSource Center, Mariano Farber was able to secure a second location for his restaurant, Kachi Deli Café & Grill. Mariano, who is passionate about providing healthy and tasty food to the community, started a small café in Los Angeles with his wife in 2009.
The café serves the type of cuisine that the couple enjoys eating: healthy, fresh, and organic with an Argentinean twist. The business was doing well until an increase in rent forced them out of their old location.
Targeted Local Hire Program Helps Worker Find a Job with the City
After Mayra Ramos emigrated from Honduras to Los Angeles in the 1990s, she found work as a housekeeper and caretaker, but she always dreamed of a better position with opportunities for professional growth.
In fall 2017, Mayra turned to the Vernon-Central/LATTC WorkSource Center, where she was referred to the Targeted Local Hire (TLH) Program, a program designed to help under-served and under-employed populations find an alternative pathway to rewarding Civil Service careers with the City of Los Angeles.
South Valley BusinessSource Center Guides Entrepreneur from Launch to Expansion
The South Valley BusinessSource Center has built a longstanding relationship with entrepreneur Jesus Rodriguez, guiding him over the course of seven years from the opening of VIP Collision, his auto body and collision repair center in San Fernando Valley, toward an upcoming expansion in Canoga Park.
Jesus was born in Choluteca, Honduras, a regional transport hub along the Pan-American Highway smacked between El Salvador’s eastern and Nicaragua’s western-most borders. When he was 11-years-old, Jesus began working at an auto-body shop where he
EWDD and LA Chamber of Commerce Win Joint Grant for Foster Youth
The City of Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department, in partnership with the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce Foundation, recently won a $250,000 Accelerator grant that will provide additional resources to improve workforce outcomes for the region’s foster youth.
The Foster Careers LA Project will develop a Foster Youth Accelerator Network in LA County comprised of child welfare, workforce development system, and nonprofit stakeholders to collaboratively develop and prototype solutions to eliminate