EWDD provided $350,000 in Community Development Block Grant funding to Grid110, a 501c3 clean technology start-up incubator that provides services to micro-enterprises to mobilize economic development in downtown Los Angeles.
Grid110 supports startups during the most critical state of their growth cycle by connecting them to mentors, access to capital, office space and other resources.
BusinessSource Helps Brouwerij West Expand Brewery, Create 10 New Jobs
The Harbor BusinessSource Center has provided long-term support to the Brouwerij West Brewery in San Pedro and recently helped secure a $593,000 expansion loan that will allow the business to purchase new equipment, refinance all existing debt and add working capital to support the company’s growth.
The loan is predicted to help the business double annual sales and generate at least 10 new jobs.
Los Angeles City Bureau of Sanitation Welcomes 30 Hire LA’s Youth Interns
The City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works Bureau of Sanitation held an orientation Monday June 18, 2018 welcoming the 30 Hire LA'S Youth interns selected to work this summer as assistants to various positions, including engineer, office clerks, and analysts.
The Bureau of Sanitation has been a great partner of the EWDD and a long-time supporter of the Hire LA's Youth program. The bureau typically hires 30 interns each year.
BusinessSource Helps Secure $100,000 Loan for B2B Marketing Firm
The Central West BusinessSource Center (BSC) assisted Sky Cassidy in securing a $100,000 Small Business Administration loan that will allow his marketing lead generation business, MountainTop Data, to expand and purchase equipment, as well as increase its sales staff.
Sky started his company in 2005, helping small businesses to better understand their marketing data in order to generate successful leads. He was referred to the Central West BusinessSource by a local bank partner and met with a loan counselor who offered business counseling, helping Mr. Cassidy review MountainTop Data’s cash flow.
The Vernon-Central/Los Angeles Trade Technical College WorkSource Center recently held a six-week workshop for women focused on money and healthiness. The event was developed as part of a partnership between EWDD contractor Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD) and the Iris Cantor-UCLA Women’s Health Education and Research Center.
The workshop taught the women participants about the relationship between nutrition and finance, and was designed to explore how women manage their money and health issues.
EWDD Hosts Lead-Safe Certification Training for Day Laborers
EWDD’s Day Labor Resource Center program recently hosted a series of lead-safe certification trainings for 23 day laborers, part of an effort by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to ensure that contractors, landlords and property managers comply with regulations that protect the public from harmful lead exposure.
EWDD partner Institute of Popular Education of Southern California (IDEPSCA) provided the training at the UCLA Labor Center.
First Ever Hire LA’s Youth Pop-Up Hiring Event Enrolls Over 700 Participants
Approximately 715 youth attended EWDD's first ever Hire LA’S Youth Pop-Up Hiring Event on Saturday June 9, 2018. Invitations were distributed to the 5,411 youth who had registered for the 2018 program to-date.
The event was held at three separate locations: Los Angeles City College, Bert Corona High School in the Valley, and the Harbor Region YouthSource Center in San Pedro.
US Department of Labor Grant Trains 31 Young Re-Entry Angelenos
The City of Los Angeles was one of three cities awarded a grant from the US Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration (DOL-ETA) for “The Compass Rose Collaborative (CRC),” a young adult re-entry program.
The program tackles a serious social problem faced by re-entry youth: the challenge of successfully entering the workforce and educational systems after significant brushes with the law.
EWDD Business Response Team Helps Entrepreneurs Navigate Red Tape
The Economic and Workforce Development Department recently launched its Business Response Unit (BRU) to assist entrepreneurs navigating through the bureaucracy of the City of Los Angeles’ departments. The BRU provides identified subject experts across the various City departments.
Since its launch in April 2018, the Business Response Unit has assisted more than 16 business owners to troubleshoot and resolve a wide range of complex issues by coordinating across multiple City departments and offices.
BusinessSource Guides Commercial Cleaning Business Toward Expansion
Since 2016, the East Los Angeles BusinessSource Center has provided extensive long-term business services to iCare Clean, Inc. The center has guided the commercial cleaning and maintenance company through its launch, growth and expansion to a business with more than $400,000 in sales.
iCare Clean, Inc is an East Los Angeles based, Latino owned company that provides hospital grade cleaning and maintenance services to clients ranging from medical and dental offices, to gyms and production studios throughout Los Angeles. The company was founded by two industry professionals with more 15 years of experience.
WorkSource Helps Discouraged Job Seeker Find a Job in Retail
The Vernon-Central/Los Angeles Trade Technical College (LATTC) WorkSource Center, run by EWDD partner Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD), helped job seeker Jimmy Arteaga find a job at a large retail company based in Santa Monica with a starting wage that surpassed his expectations.
When Career Coach Leo Rios first met Jimmy Arteaga, he was tired and discouraged. Jimmy said that he had been out of a job for several months and that he had exhausted all his savings on his rent and bills.
Vernon-Central/LATTC WorkSource Helps Re-Entry Worker Get Electrician Job
The Vernon-Central/Los Angeles Trade Technical College (LATTC) WorkSource Center provided career and financial coaching to Sir Thomas Maddox, helping him obtain a job as an Electrician.
Sir Thomas searched diligently for jobs, but because he had a criminal record, he was unable to find the job he wanted as an electrician. At the Vernon-Central/LATTC WSC, run by EWDD partner Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD), Sir Thomas received assistance from a career coach to help him navigate the job hunt process.