Isabel Beauty Salon in South Los Angeles
Over the past 26 years, Isabel Beauty Salon in South Los Angeles has become a favorite local hangout, with lines of people waiting to get in for the latest hair style.

Still, even beauty trendsetters need an update. Salon owner Maria Cabrera wanted to expand her business, so she turned to the Central/West BusinessSource Center for business counseling and advice. The center has provided entrepreneurs and small business owners with training, technical assistance and access to capital through their Business Assistance Center since 1993. Working closely with the center, Ms. Cabrera completed a business plan and created a pricing strategy to further her business goals.

Logo from HerStory 2017 Event
Economic and Workforce Development Department (EWDD) General Manager Jan Perry moderated a panel discussion of women’s business owners that was the centerpiece of “HerStory: She Persisted.” The yearly event is held by the Vermont Slauson Economic Development Corporation (VSEDC) in celebration of National Women’s History Month.

More than 200 people attended the event, which included a reception and exhibits from women-owned businesses. Moderated by Ms. Perry, the panel included four entrepreneurs: Michelle Allaire, owner of Michelle's Country Diner and and S&W Restaurant; Cassie Betts,

2017 Los Angeles Abilities Expo and Career Fair
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti kicked off the Abilities Career Fair at the Los Angeles Abilities Expo 2017, held Friday, March 24 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Abilities Expo is a nationwide set of large-scale exhibitions focused entirely on the wide variety of services, products, advocacy and activities for the disability community. The City of Los Angeles Department on Disability partnered with the City of Los Angeles and the County of Los Angeles Workforce Development Boards to co-sponsor the very First Annual Job Fair portion of the event.

Jobseekers met with 28 employers,

Las Molenderas Restaurant Menu
Las Molenderas is a family owned restaurant which has been open since 2014. Located in Boyle Heights at 2635 Whittier Boulevard, Las Molenderas prides itself in providing quality authentic Mexican Mole and other traditional dishes.

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Dereck Moore, President and CEO of Building Maintenance of Tomorrow, LLC (BMOT) is poised for growth in 2017. In 2008, Moore started BMOT with a mission to provide superior and specialized environmentally-friendly janitorial and maintenance services to commercial companies throughout California and the rest of the United States. With a strategic plan underway to hire more staff, his janitorial and maintenance service business counts several institutions of higher learning on its client roster, including UCLA, UCI and Cal State Dominguez Hills.

Pathways to Progress, Citi Foundation Program Initiative
For the fourth consecutive year the City of Los Angeles, Economic and Workforce Development Department is the proud recipient of the Citi Foundation's "Pathways to Progress" initiative, which gives young Angelenos the tools they need to access a job early in their working lives, ultimately better positioning them for their professional and economic future.

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Featured this week in the Hollywood Reporter, 22 tax credit projects were announced as part of the second and final feature film allocation for year two of Program 2.0. From those 22 film projects, 10 will be filmed at least partially outside the Los Angeles 30-Mile Zone, spreading production throughout the state.

2016 Fortune Magazine Los Angeles Cover
Robin Micheli of Fortune Magazine interviewed Ms. Perry this week for the 2017 Fortune Magazine Los Angeles supplement. Topics included a discussion of the continuing strong job growth, workforce development and how the efforts of the EWDD and the City have contributed to economic and employment expansion in Los Angeles.

Purposeful Aging in Los Angeles
On Tuesday, January 31st, EWDD General Manager Jan Perry presented the EWDD initiatives developed in response to the Mayor’s Executive Directive #17 (Age-Friendly City Initiative: Purposeful Aging LA) at the Neighborhood Council Purposeful Aging Liaison Town Hall.

Pablo Azurdie, a Vernon-Central Network YouthSource Program Success Story
At 21, Pablo Azurdie was ready for a change—and he was willing to “do what it takes” to make that change happen. He went to the Coalition for Responsible Community Development’s Vernon-Central Network YouthSource Program (VCN) with no high school diploma and no resources aside from his own drive and ability.

Thank You Market
In 1996, Jeong Chul Son emigrated from South Korea to the United States with a dream that he would establish a chain of compact market stores in America. He started from the bottom up, learning and practicing everything he needed, from the

Davis Blue Print Company in East L.A.
The Davis Blue Print Company is a family owned business, located within the Lincoln Heights suburb of the City of Los Angeles. Incorporated in 1982, this firm provides reprographic and blue print services for the architectural and construction industry.