Vermont Slauson Economic Development Corporation (VSEDC) 4th Annual Hispanic Enterprise Business Summit
The Vermont Slauson Economic Development Corporation (VSEDC) held its fourth annual Hispanic Enterprise Business Summit on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at the La Paloma Mercado Conference Center in South Los Angeles.

EWDD Senior Project Coordinator Richard Pallay delivered a speech on resilience and an overview of the services available at EWDD’s BusinessSource Centers for small businesses, including information on access to capital.

Attendees also gained tips on social media, marketing and guidance on where to obtain legal assistance for their businesses.

Pacoima based State Farm insurance agent John Hernandez
The North Valley BusinessSource Center has steadily helped Pacoima insurance agent John Hernandez with his business, beginning with his grand opening in 2010 to his recent growth and expansion efforts.

The North Valley BusinessSource Center guided John to obtain a co-working space in the facility’s Entrepreneur Center, which provided additional space for John to meet with larger groups of clients and partners.

In September 2017, John hosted educational presentations for the community with marketing assistance from the North Valley BusinessSource Center.

EWDD General Manager Jan Perry with EWDD staff and partners at the Taste of Soul Family Festival
EWDD staff and partners returned to the popular Taste of Soul Family Festival on Saturday, October 21, 2017 to promote the job training and business services available at EWDD’s YouthSource, WorkSource and BusinessSource Centers.

EWDD participates in community events throughout the year to increase awareness about the City’s YouthSource, WorkSource and BusinessSource centers. This year, EWDD shared a table with partners Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD), Asian American Drug Abuse Program, Inc. (ADAP), the United Auto Workers (UAW), and the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA).

PLN Westlake/MacArthur YouthSource Center Mural by local artist David Flores
A crowd of 100 people celebrated the grand opening on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 of the new Para Los Niños (PLN) YouthSource Center in the Westlake/MacArthur Park neighborhood of downtown Los Angeles.

Jan Perry, General Manager of the City of Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department, delivered remarks praising PLN for providing more assistance to youth and families in the area.

The ceremony included a ribbon cutting and the unveiling of a mural at the site by artist David Flores, who donated the artwork to support PLN’s mission.

Genessy Management and Development, external location
The Mid-City BusinessSource Center assisted Mrs. Genny Alberts in obtaining a $650,000 loan to save and expand her business, Genessy Management and Development LLC.

Genny’s business offers managerial services of residential buildings to nonprofits that serve the homeless and low-income individuals and families.

Due to the loss of her beloved son who was managing the business, Genny had a difficult time operating and focusing on the business. She borrowed money from a high-interest lender to help keep her business operating.

Jhohandra Penate transitioned to a healthcare career path, now working as a nursing assistant
Jhohandra Penate lost her job and was troubled by the lack of employment opportunity she faced. Jhohandra turned to the Vernon-Central WorkSource Center at Los Angeles Trade Technical College where she received guidance, encouragement and an opportunity.

During an initial assessment, Jhohandra said she dreamed of working in the medical field, but lacked the necessary training and didn't think she could qualify for any medical programs. Her WorkSource advocate gave her direction and showed Jhohandra that she could achieve her career goal.

The WorkSource Center helped her transition into a health care career. She was able to enroll in

Hollywood WorkSource Center’s 2017 Annual Disability Job and Resource Fair
The Hollywood WorkSource Center held its 2017 Annual Disability Job and Resource Fair on Thursday, October 5, 2017 in recognition of National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

The effort sought to promote employment outcomes of persons with disabilities (PWD) by encouraging employers to recognize the value and talent PWDs bring to the workforce.

Approximately 218 people attended the event, which was led by EWDD partner Managed Career Solutions (MCS).

Interior of Niky's Sports store on 7th Street in DTLA
The Harbor BusinessSource Center helped the owner of a small chain of athletic apparel stores refinance several loans and is assisting with the expansion of its downtown Los Angeles store.

Nicholas Orellana is the owner of Niky’s Sports, Inc, located at 1536 West 7th Street. Niky’s Sports has seven locations, including five in the Los Angeles area.

The 7th Street location was financed with two 7 percent interest loans and Nicholas wanted to refinance these loans at a lower rate. After receiving a referral from a previous client, Nicholas met with a consultant at the Harbor BusinessSource Center.

The delegation from Denver, Colorado, with EWDD representatives and their Workforce Partners
A delegation from Denver, Colorado visited the Vernon-Central WorkSource Center at Los Angeles Trade Technical College (LATTC) on Thursday October 5 to learn best practices from the City of Los Angeles Workforce Development System on how to provide opportunities to residents that will lead to economic mobility.

“You’ve really found what the ecosystem of what workforce development is,” said Albus Brooks, Denver City Council President, who said he was impressed that various LA workforce groups worked together rather than in silos.

EWDD General Manager Jan Perry provided an overview of the City’s

P3 Ambassador Destiny Nguyen with the California Grizzly Bear at the state capitol
P3 Ambassador Destiny Nguyen recently traveled to Governor Jerry Brown’s office in Sacramento in support of updates to provisions of Assembly Bill No. 1567 that will include additional help for foster care youth.

At the state capitol, Destiny shared her story of how she entered the foster care system and where she is in her life’s journey now.

Destiny is a Youth Ambassador for the Los Angeles Performance Partnership Pilot (P3) program, an integrated service model that helps students by placing LAUSD pupil service counselors and social services at the City’s Youth Source Centers, creating a one stop shop for youth to find resources to finish high school and successfully transition to college or employment.

Stephen Perry and business partner Rita Linton, with their BSC loan Counselor
The Central West Region BusinessSource Center provided financial guidance and loan assistance to a former child actor, helping him and his business partner realize their dream of opening a Southern Creole restaurant in Los Angeles.

Stephen Perry worked as a child actor, appearing in films such as “Raisin in the Sun,” “The Sound and the Fury,” and TV shows including “The Twilight Zone” and “The Mod Squad.”

Stephen transitioned to the restaurant business in 1986. He and his business partner Rita Linton, opened Stevie’s Creole Café in 2016.

US Army Veteran Jaime Ramirez, now an HVAC technician
When US Army Veteran Jaime Ramirez was laid off earlier this year, the Vernon-Central WorkSource Center at LATTC helped him transition into a new career in the trades.

Jaime lost his job at Home Depot in March 2017 and he struggled to find stable employment with a career pathway. He said he always had a mechanical aptitude and an ability to repair equipment, but he did not have the resources to cover the cost of training.

At the Vernon-Central WorkSource Center, a Veterans Career Coach provided Jaime guidance to help him achieve his career goals.