Cun Sang Chi in the kitchen of his restaurant Sushi Beluga in Playa Del Rey
East Los Angeles BusinessSource Center (BSC) client Cun Sang Chi, the first recipient of LA City’s Microloan program, recently celebrated the grand opening of his restaurant Sushi Beluga in Playa Del Rey.

The East Los Angeles BSC provided Mr. Chi with extensive business consulting services, including purchasing the restaurant from the previous owner, lease negotiations, and assistance obtaining the required licenses and permits with the City of Los Angeles and LA County’s Public Health Department.

LA:RISE participant Stephanie at her job with the Downtown Women’s Center (DWC)
EWDD is a leadership team partner of the Los Angeles Regional Initiative for Social Enterprise (LA:RISE), an innovative, collaborative partnership that unites the City and County of LA’s Workforce Development System with non-profit social enterprises and for profit employers to help men and women with high barriers to employment get good jobs and stay employed.

The following two stories illustrate the success of the LA:RISE program, made possible through the efforts of EWDD, our partner agencies, and the LA:RISE clients.

(left to right) EWDD’s Targeted Local Hire Program employees Breeana London and Steven Mason
In partnership with the City of Los Angeles Personnel Department, EWDD’s WorkSource Centers have served as referral agencies and application centers for the Targeted Local Hire Program (TLHP), which seeks to connect under-served and under-employed populations with alternative pathways to civil service careers at the City of LA.

EWDD is proud to share the TLHP success stories from two of our employees. We congratulate them as they continue to build their careers with the City of LA.

Maria Lopez (right) stands proudly in front of her new pastry display case in Todos Los Pastelitos Caseros, her family-owned bakery and coffee shop located in Panorama City
The South Valley BusinessSource Center (BSC) recently helped Maria Lopez launch Todos Los Pastelitos Caseros, a family-owned bakery and coffee shop located in Panorama City. Maria spent more than a decade in the bakery industry working for major supermarkets.

In the evenings and weekends, she fulfilled orders for baked goods for loved ones and friends and rapidly outgrew her home kitchen. That’s when Maria decided to lease a retail space and open her own bakery and café, with an emphasis on Mexican pastries, cakes, sweets and caffeinated drinks.

re-entry job seeker Modesto received training through the Vernon-Central/LATTC WorkSource and become a skilled laborer
The Vernon-Central/Los Angeles Trade-Tech College (LATTC) WorkSource Center (WSC) helped re-entry job seeker Modesto receive training to become a skilled laborer.

After serving 25 years in prison, Modesto was determined to change his path and pursue a career in construction. Modesto enrolled at the Vernon-Central/LATTC WSC, run by EWDD partner Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD), where he received supportive services and registered for job training.

Zac Hartog, owner of ZH Productions and LA Hangar Studios
The Hollywood BusinessSource Center (BSC) helped Zac Hartog, owner of ZH Productions and LA Hangar Studios, secure a $425,000 Small Business Administration (SBA) working capital loan, which allowed the company to create 13 new jobs.

LA Hangar Studios is a boutique studio located near downtown Los Angeles that caters to the film and television industry. ZH Productions is a special events design and production company that specializes in experiential event design and fabrication for high-end clients worldwide.

LA:RISE participant Donna shows off her vocational training Certificate of Completion
EWDD is a leadership team partner of LA:RISE, an innovative, collaborative partnership that unites the City and County of Los Angeles’ Workforce Development System (WDS) with non-profit social enterprises and for-profit employers to help men and women with high barriers to employment get good jobs and stay employed. After working in a transitional job at a social enterprise and leveraging training and services from the WorkSource Center, LA:RISE participants are placed at jobs in the private sector, in public-sector jobs in the City of LA, or in vocational training programs.

Manuel and Donna, both recent LA:RISE participants, share their success stories below.

Compass Rose Collaborative participant Carlos showing his paid internship paycheck
Compass Rose Collaborative (CRC) alum Carlos stopped by the Boyle Heights Technology YouthSource Center on December 3, 2019 to notify his instructors that he was released from parole transitional housing and has started working as a die forge helper at Weber Metals in Long Beach.

“I’m very grateful for the opportunity that the CRC program has given me. I have a good job now and I’m looking forward to being a positive role model to my son.”

Initiating Change in our Neighborhoods (ICON) operates the new North Valley BusinessSource Center in Pacoima, pictured here with staff at the center's ribbon cutting on Friday, December 6, 2019
A crowd of 100 people attended the grand opening of the North Valley BusinessSource Center on Friday, December 6, 2019. EWDD partner, Initiating Change in our Neighborhoods (ICON), recently took over the site and is now the provider for both the North Valley and South Valley BusinessSource Centers.

EWDD Assistant Chief Grants Administrator Jacqueline “Jackie” Rodriguez spoke at the event and thanked ICON staff for establishing the new site.

Renee, a Los Angeles Reconnections Career Academy (LARCA 2.0)benefit recipient
In partnership with the LA City Attorney’s Office, EWDD recently wrapped up an ad campaign to increase awareness about the City’s Gang Injunction Curfew Settlement, also known as the Los Angeles Reconnections Career Academy (LARCA 2.0).

Through the program, settlement members are eligible for free benefits such as job training, tuition assistance and tattoo removal.

EWDD partnered with local radio stations

Garrett Gin, Bank of America Senior Vice President of Global Marketing and Corporate Affairs, and a City of Los Angeles Workforce Development Board (WDB) member

A Bank of America Executive Shares How LA’s Initiative Benefits Employers and Businesses

The Hire LA’s Youth initiative provides young Angelenos ages 14 to 24 a chance to gain work experience through internships, summer jobs and employment opportunities all-year round.

Jeannine poses next to the "Just Hired" notice board announcing her new job as a WorkSource Career Coach
The Vernon-Central/Los Angeles Technical Trade College (LATTC) WorkSource Center recently hired Los Angeles Regional Initiative for Social Enterprise (LA:RISE) participant Jeannine as a career coach.

Jeannine was experiencing homelessness and struggling with unemployment when she learned about the LA:RISE program through the Vernon-Central/LATTC WSC.