West Valley BusinessSource Helps Open Boomtown Brewery
The West Valley Business Source Center assisted the founders of Boomtown Brewery in idea development and also provided a $250,000 business loan to help their dreams of a tasting room become a reality.
Boomtown Brewery in the Los Angeles Arts District was started by three beer lovers, John Rankin, Samuel Chawinga and Alex Kasianaris. Named after the California Boomtowns in the 1800s during the Golden State’s gold rush, Boomtown Brewery crafts artisan old world, unfiltered, gravity fed and full flavored beers.
Para Los Niños YouthSource Center Celebrates High School Graduates
Cheers of pride filled the Plaza de La Raza auditorium in East Los Angeles on June 16, 2017, as family and friends celebrated the high school graduation of approximately 47 Para Los Niños YouthSource Center students who passed the HiSET high school equivalency exam.
“The staff helped me believe in myself and all the support they gave me helped,” said Modi Gomez, a graduate and student commencement speaker. “I really want to say ‘Thank you’ because I think I wouldn’t have gotten this far.”
North Valley BusinessSource Center Helps Top Chef-Led Restaurant Expand, Retain Employees and Create New Positions
The North Valley BusinessSource Center recently helped an Encino-based restaurant secure a $250,000 business loan, allowing it to complete an expansion, keep 15 jobs and add 26 new positions.
Douglas MacClean owns a chain of four restaurants, including Scratch Bar & Kitchen (SBK), which opened in December 2015 with great fanfare for its unique twist on standard restaurant concepts and commitment to preparing artisanal dishes from scratch. Leading SBK’s kitchen is Executive Chef Phillip Frankland Lee, who competed in season 13 of renowned Bravo TV cooking competition show Top Chef.
EWDD’S YouthSource and Hire LA’s Youth Programs Represented at City/County Summer Youth Hiring Kick Off Events
The City and County of Los Angeles kicked-off their summer youth hiring campaigns with several events in early June. At least half a dozen students from the Boyle Heights Technology Youth Center (BHTYC) took the stage at the June 8 press conference launching the County’s 2017 Youth@Work Program.
First District County Supervisor Hilda Solis and Mayor Eric Garcetti announced a commitment of 20,000 jobs to the Youth@Work Program. BHTYC alum Jessica White, currently a student at Santa Monica College, gave a speech where she emphasized the
On June 1st, approximately 180 individuals recently released from incarceration attended the City’s second Fair Chance Job Fair, where they were given the opportunity to interview for good paying jobs.
Held at Los Angeles Trade Tech College (LATTC), the fair was hosted in partnership by the office of Mayor Eric Garcetti, the Los Angeles Trade Tech WorkSource Center and California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. The job seekers in attendance completed a week-long Job Fair Preparation Academy
On May 19, 2017, Los Angeles Valley College celebrated the graduation of 18 people from its LA Fellows program, a job training program that combines professional development and volunteerism as a meaningful pathway to employment. Three have obtained jobs, including roles as a Job Coach at Build Rehabilitation Industries, as Counsel at Disney Technology Solutions and Services and as a host at Norms Restaurant.
Since March 2016, the East LA BSC has provided key business services to assist the Casa Fina founders with the establishment of the restaurant, including providing entrepreneur training, assisting with entitlement issues, and permit and strategic planning assistance regarding the licensing of the business under a new establishment name. The East LA BSC also assisted with promotional and marketing efforts for the restaurant’s grand opening.
An estimated 450 partners from the workforce development field attended WorkCon May 10 to 12 in Anaheim, CA, a convention that showcases best practices in workforce development strategies, innovation and collaboration among government, non-profit community based organizations, educational institutions and industry sector partnerships.