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.
Para Los Niños Youth Workforce Success Story Featured On Univision
Para Los Niños Youth Workforce Services (YWS) student Damaris Flores appeared on Univision 34 Friday, May 5, to promote the HIRE LA’s Youth program and share her success story with thousands of viewers throughout Southern California.
EWDD BusinessSource Center Clients Honored at LA Business Week Kick-Off
On May 1, 2017, Mayor Eric Garcetti launched the Los Angeles Small Business Week with a recognition ceremony that honored 28 local small businesses that have successfully utilized the City and government-funded resources.
YouthSource Centers Draw Future City Employees to Recruiting Event
Dressed in their best interview attire, students from nine of the City of Los Angeles’ 13 YouthSource centers attended Engage LA: Pathways to Public Service, an event held Tuesday April 25 to encourage young people in LA to join the City of Los Angeles’ workforce.
South LA Beauty Salon Launches Makeover with EWDD Assistance
Over the past 26 years, Isabel Beauty Salon in South Los Angeles has become a favorite local hangout, with lines of people waiting to get in for the latest hair style.
Still, even beauty trendsetters need an update. Salon owner Maria Cabrera wanted to expand her business, so she turned to the Central/West BusinessSource Center for business counseling and advice. The center has provided entrepreneurs and small business owners with training, technical assistance and access to capital through their Business Assistance Center since 1993. Working closely with the center, Ms. Cabrera completed a business plan and created a pricing strategy to further her business goals.
EWDD GM Jan Perry Moderates Panel of Women Business Owners
Economic and Workforce Development Department (EWDD) General Manager Jan Perry moderated a panel discussion of women’s business owners that was the centerpiece of “HerStory: She Persisted.” The yearly event is held by the Vermont Slauson Economic Development Corporation (VSEDC) in celebration of National Women’s History Month.
More than 200 people attended the event, which included a reception and exhibits from women-owned businesses. Moderated by Ms. Perry, the panel included four entrepreneurs: Michelle Allaire, owner of Michelle's Country Diner and and S&W Restaurant; Cassie Betts,
Mayor Garcetti Kicks Off Career Fair at Los Angeles Abilities Expo
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti kicked off the Abilities Career Fair at the Los Angeles Abilities Expo 2017, held Friday, March 24 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Abilities Expo is a nationwide set of large-scale exhibitions focused entirely on the wide variety of services, products, advocacy and activities for the disability community. The City of Los Angeles Department on Disability partnered with the City of Los Angeles and the County of Los Angeles Workforce Development Boards to co-sponsor the very First Annual Job Fair portion of the event.
East Los Angeles BusinessSource Center Provides Assistance to Boyle Heights Restaurant
Las Molenderas is a family owned restaurant which has been open since 2014. Located in Boyle Heights at 2635 Whittier Boulevard, Las Molenderas prides itself in providing quality authentic Mexican Mole and other traditional dishes.
EWDD's BusinessSource & WorkSource Centers Assist Janitorial and Maintenance Company with Expansion and Employee Recruitment Resulting in 67 Jobs
Dereck Moore, President and CEO of Building Maintenance of Tomorrow, LLC (BMOT) is poised for growth in 2017. In 2008, Moore started BMOT with a mission to provide superior and specialized environmentally-friendly janitorial and maintenance services to commercial companies throughout California and the rest of the United States. With a strategic plan underway to hire more staff, his janitorial and maintenance service business counts several institutions of higher learning on its client roster, including UCLA, UCI and Cal State Dominguez Hills.