Citywide Economic Development Strategy Survey (LA city skyline background)
EWDD has extended the deadline to December 15 for individuals and organizations to respond to an online survey about economic development challenges and priorities in the City of Los Angeles.

Last month, EWDD launched a series of seven public outreach meetings throughout the City to gather feedback on the Citywide Economic Development Strategy (CEDS), a roadmap to drive the City’s economic development.

EWDD was tasked by the Mayor and City Council with developing the CEDS and a related five-year implementation plan. The CEDS will outline specific actions the City can take to help drive the local economy forward, and

The Vernon-Central/LATTC WSC helped Regina Buckley secure a job as a bus driver for the City of Inglewood
The Vernon-Central/LATTC WorkSource Center recently helped a woman find a job as a bus driver for the City of Inglewood.

Regina Buckley came to the Vernon Central/LATTC WorkSource Center to find assistance in securing stable employment in transportation or clerical jobs. A career coach provided initial job placement services by enrolling Regina into the Targeted Local Hire Program, a City of Los Angeles program designed to expedite the hiring process for potential applicants.

Since Regina already had a Class B driver’s license, the center also provided Regina job postings for several local municipal transportation systems. She consistently visited the Vernon-Central/LATTC WSC to seek employment.

Kimberley Guillemet Esq., Office of Reentry Director for the LA Mayor's Office of Economic Opportunity, speaks to attendees of the Women in Re-Entry Financial Empowerment Workshop
Nearly 60 women attended the “Women in Reentry: Financial Empowerment Workshop” held at the Vernon-Central/Los Angeles Trade-Technical College (LATTC) WorkSource Center on November 14, 2017.

The workshop was geared toward helping formerly incarcerated women establish habits that will lead to financial security, which will help lead to their successful re-entry.

“These women faced challenges that went beyond finance, so the first thing was to talk about was how to self-love, leaving behind what drains them of being self-sufficient and how to develop actions toward transforming from old habit to new habits,”

North Valley WorkSource Center Helps Job Seekers (clip art of a package handler and a security guard)
This week’s Updates Newsletter highlights two success stories from the North Valley WorkSource Center, representing how the WorkSource System provides support every day to improve outcomes for all job seekers, including vulnerable and underrepresented Populations.

These stories characterize each of the EWDD WorkSource Centers and the vital services they provide every day of the year.

North Valley WSC Helps Unemployed Man Overcome Hurdles and Find Success in the Security Field

Elis Lee, from the EWDD Youth Operations Team, with the CFE Outstanding Social Media Team award
The City of Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department (EWDD) Youth Operations team recently received an Outstanding Social Media Team Award from the Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund (CFE) for delivering the most tweets during the #SummerJobsConnect Twitter campaign.

The 12-week program asked youth across 13 cities nationwide to share their thoughts about the importance of summer jobs. CFE and the Citi Foundation donated $400,000 to HIRE LA’s Youth program earlier this year.

Youth participated from the Boyle Heights Technology YouthSource Center and

ASAP Moulding, a Canoga Park distributor of American made, hardwood picture frame moulding
The Hollywood BusinessSource Center helped the owner of ASAP Moulding refinance several high interest rate loans and obtain a $750,000 Small Business Administration (SBA) loan that will allow the business to retain 13 employees and hire five additional employees.

Neal Bartlett, owner the Canoga Park-based ASAP Moulding, was referred to a Hollywood BusinessSource consultant about refinancing several high interest loans into one SBA guaranteed loan.

After meeting with a Hollywood BusinessSource consultant, it was determined that high interest rates combined with high monthly payments were limiting the ability of the business to grow. Neal worked closely with a Hollywood BusinessSource consultant for several months as part of the refinancing effort.

The Fashion Incubator team, Grid 110, receiving recognition as a Talent Cultivator at 2017 Los Angeles Tech Week
Grid 110, a fashion technology incubator funded with support from EWDD, recently celebrated a trio of accomplishments:
  • Grid 110 was selected for the Talent Cultivator category for Los Angeles Tech Week November 13-15, 2017

  • Reel, a recent Grid 110 program grad and company that allows shoppers to purchase items in installments, was selected as a Rising Startup for Los Angeles Tech Week

  • Giggle Chips, a company that designs toys and games designed to teach families about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math and whose founder is a participant in Grid 110’s Idea to Prototype Program, competed on ABC’s Toy Box Show on November 12, 2017

Aaron Flournoy, owner of Lil Bill’s Mobile Bike Service
The South Los Angeles BusinessSource Center assisted an entrepreneur with finding a solution to continue his family business by opening a mobile bike repair service.

Aaron Flournoy’s family had run Bill’s Bike Shop at the corner of Hoover and Jefferson in South LA for 40 years. In honor of his father, Aaron opened Lil Bill’s Bike Shop.

When Aaron received news he was losing his location, he met with EWDD officials who directed him to the South Los Angeles BusinessSource Center, run by the Vermont Slauson Economic Development Corporation, a EWDD partner.

LA Fellows logo, "Career Growth Through Specialized Training and Volunteerism"
Twenty people graduated from the Los Angeles Valley College LA Fellows Program on October 27, 2017, a nine-week job training and professional development program that allows participants to share their expertise at local nonprofit organizations while seeking full-time employment.

Approximately 430 people have completed the program. On average, participants are in their early 50s and have been unemployed or underemployed for 31 months. Participants come from an array of job fields including: education, mental health, finance, human resources, technology, entertainment, and nonprofit.

Los Angeles Valley College Metro Bridge Academy Fall 2017 Graduates
EWDD General Manager Jan Perry delivered words of encouragement and congratulations to 15 graduates from the Los Angeles Valley College Metro Bridge Academy on Friday November 3, 2017.

“You’re going to have a big impact on a lot of people’s lives,” she said at the graduation ceremony, held at Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority (Metro) headquarters in Downtown LA. “It’s a chance to have your lives intersect. For all the times when I’ve been on public transportation, when people are nice to me, people always remember that.”

For two of the graduates, the 70-hour training program not only provided a chance to become a Metro bus operator, it represented a mid-life opportunity to pursue a new career with room for advancement.

“Avenues to Success” Job Readiness Fair for the Transgender community
Fifteen individuals received one-on-one resume coaching and interview training at the “Avenues to Success” Job Readiness Fair, the City’s first event of its kind for the Transgender community.

“One hundred percent of attendants walked out with a resume,” said Diana Feliz Oliva, Secretary and Chair of the Employment and Job Readiness Committee of the City of Los Angeles Transgender Advisory Council, organizers of the event.

The fair was held Friday October 27, 2017 at Vernon-Central WorkSource Center at Los Angeles Trade Technical College (LATTC). Participants were primarily preparing resumes for jobs in retail, food service or customer service, Diana said.

Astor Printing, in Northridge CA
The West Valley BusinessSource Center (WVBSC) provided long-term guidance to an entrepreneur, ultimately helping him become the owner of Astor Printing, in Northridge, where he had worked for nearly 30 years.

In April 2017, Salvador Najarro came into the WVBSC to ask for preliminary information about business services, workshops and to discuss the possibility of purchasing a business.

The center provided a one-on-one consultation, assistance with how to apply for a business license and permits. In addition, Salvador inquired about how to apply for a business loan.