West Valley BusinessSource Helps Entrepreneur Open Café Aficionado, Create Jobs
The West Valley BusinessSource Center helped entrepreneur Reggie Cua review permits and licenses to open Café Aficionado in Northridge, which celebrated its grand opening on June 28, 2018.
A military veteran, Reggie dreamed of opening his own coffee shop. After saving money toward his goal for three years, Reggie approached the West Valley BSC in 2017 where he received business guidance, including a referral to a business coach who helped Reggie negotiate an optimal leasing situation for his coffee shop.
Sun Valley WorkSource Participant Wins Gold Medal in EMT Competition
In partnership with the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) - Division of Adult and Career Education (DACE), the Sun Valley WorkSource Center provided Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) training for Amanda Goldberg, who recently earned a gold medal at an EMT competition.
Amanda is an I-Train graduate from the EMT program at North Valley Occupational Center.
EWDD Youth Participants Attend Hire LA’s Youth 2018 Kick-Off Event
Approximately 45 youth representing five of EWDD’s YouthSource Centers and summer program partners came out on July 9 to support Mayor Eric Garcetti’s press conference kicking off the 2018 Hire LA’s Youth Jobs Program.
Youth from the Boyle Heights Technology YouthSource Center, along with centers throughout LA managed by EWDD partners Para Los Niños, Youth Policy Institute, Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD) and the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) attended the event at the Los Angeles LGBT Center Village at Ed Gould Plaza.
BusinessSource Helps Entrepreneur Open Catering Truck Business
Mrs. Teresa Arreola came into the North Valley BusinessSource on April 25, 2018 to inquire about a mobile catering business and to obtain assistance with creating a business plan. Teresa was ready to invest her own capital and eager to start her business immediately.
The North Valley BusinessSource Center provided Mrs. Arreola with several business plan template options and referred her to The Food Truck Group, a food rental truck and leasing company.
Watts YouthSource Participants Volunteer During “Operation Watts Is Worth It”
Approximately 10 youth from the Youth Opportunity Movement Watts YouthSource Center pitched in to help paint murals, build benches and put up fence screens during “Operation Watts Is Worth It,” an event designed to beautify and unify the community.
“Although it was kind of tough, it felt good, coming out, helping the environment get better,” said Daize Ayon, 16. “I feel the schools need this.”
EWDD Youth at LA County Summer Youth Employment Launch
Youth from six of EWDD’s YouthSource Centers (YSCs) showed up to support the Los Angeles County Department of Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services (WDACS) launch of the Youth@Work Summer Employment Program, the County’s counterpart to the City of Los Angeles Hire LA’s Youth program.
The Hire LA's Youth is a year-round program designed to give young Angelenos ages 14-24 their first work experience and place them on a career path as lifetime earners.
EWDD Celebrates YouthSource Center Opening at Southwest College
EWDD partner Archdiocesan Youth Employment (AYE) recently celebrated the grand opening of the South Los Angeles YouthSource Center at Southwest College, launching the first YouthSource site to be co-located with an America’s Job Center of California (AJCC) at a community college.
“This is an antidote to poverty. This is an antidote to homelessness,” said Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) Chancellor Francisco Rodriguez. “All residents of South LA have an opportunity. This is what cooperation looks like. This is what collaboration is, coming together for a common cause to lift our community.”
LA This Week Highlights Hire LA’s Youth Program Successes
LA Cityview 35, also known as Channel 35, aired an LA This Week video story on June 25, 2018, highlighting Hire LA’s Youth and its first ever Hire LA’s Youth Pop-Up Hiring Event.
The City of LA Economic and Workforce Development Department worked closely with LA Cityview 35 to create a segment that will help EWDD promote Hire LA’s Youth to potential youth participants, employers and donors.
Youth Attend Banking Opportunities Roundtable at Watts YouthSource Center
For the second year in a row, youth from the City’s 14 YouthSource Centers attended a Banking Opportunities Roundtable where they met with financial institutions to learn about youth friendly products.
Similar to speed-dating, youth met with financial institutions and representatives from the Los Angeles Saves Campaign for 10 minutes each to learn about products designed to help them save money and/or open their first bank account.
EWDD’s new Business Response Unit gained seven new business assistance clients at the event’s Resources Expo.
The Business Response Unit provides aid to LA area entrepreneurs by helping them connect with the appropriate agency or department to resolve many business related problems including delays or difficulties with City permits, licensing, and inspections.
Super Donut House Entrepreneur Succeeds with Help from Mid-City BusinessSource
The Mid City BusinessSource Center helped entrepreneur Glady Uy secure a $30,000 Small Business Administration (SBA) loan to renovate and purchase equipment for Super Donut House, catapulting his business into a successful donut shop with a solid customer base and a 4.5 star rating on Yelp.
In November 2016, through a referral, Glady connected with Steve Meng, a loan counselor for the Mid City BusinessSource Center. Steve offered business coaching and loan packaging which assisted Glady in securing a $30,000 SBA loan.