Boomtown Brewery's last minute preparations before the tasting room grand opening
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.

The Para Los Niños YouthSource Center Class of 2017
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.”

interior of Woodley Proper, the Scratch Bar & Kitchen expansion project
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.

LA County Supervisor Hilda Solis with students from EWDD's Boyle Heights YouthSource Tech Center
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

5 June 2017 groundbreaking of the Jordan Downs housing redevelopment in Watts
A groundbreaking ceremony was held June 5 to celebrate the first phase of new residential construction for Jordan Downs, a 1950s-era public housing development in Watts.

EWDD staff has been working closely with the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA), the City’s Department of Public Works (DPW) and other partners to make sure local residents from the neighborhood are hired to work on the project’s construction.

At least 80 people from

A LAVC Advanced Manufacturing Student in action
Los Angeles Valley College celebrated the graduation of 14 students, including two veterans, from its Advanced Manufacturing Academy on June 7, 2017.

The six-week course provided training on manufacturing theory and applied principles, including blueprint reading, inspection procedures, shop safety and technical math.

Seven employers attended the graduation to interview students, including representatives from the San Fernando Chapter of

LA's Fair Chance Job Fair
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

Comet Motel in South Los Angeles
The Central West BusinessSource Center recently aided a local entrepreneur in securing the financing to upgrade his South Los Angeles motel.

In 1989, Mr. Bharat Bhakta launched The Comet Motel, located in South LA. He and his wife live on the premises and oversee the day-to-day operations of the facility.

In 2015, seeking to expand his business,

18 people graduated from the LA Fellows program at Los Angeles Valley College on May 19, 2017
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.

Exterior of the Casa Fina Restaurant and Cantina
The East Los Angeles BusinessSource Center (BSC) played an integral role in the Cinco de Mayo grand opening of Casa Fina Restaurant & Cantina, a Boyle Heights eatery created by famed “Real Women Have Curves” Chicana writer Josefina Lopez and partners Emmanuel Deleague, Alonzo Ricardo and Executive Chef Augustin Alvarez.

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.

California Workforce Association WorkCon 2017
The City of Los Angeles EWDD made a strong showing at last week’s California Workforce Association (CWA) WorkCon 2017, delivering presentations about two of its nationally recognized programs: Los Angeles Regional Initiative for Social Enterprise (LA:RISE) and the Los Angeles Reconnections Career Academy (LARCA).

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.

Boyle Heights Technology YouthSource Center students Jaime Tapia and Carlos De La Cruz with Citibank Area Director and Senior Vice President Rachel Mitchell
HIRE LA’S Youth received a $400,000 donation Friday, May 5, from the Citi Foundation and the Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund.