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.

Para Los Ninos YWS success story Damaris Flores next to “A Primera Hora” host Cecilia Bogran
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 General Manager Jan Perry introduced the 28 Small Business Award recipients at the 2017 LA Small 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.

Para Los Niños Youth Center teens explored future City jobs
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.

Isabel Beauty Salon in South Los Angeles
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.

Logo from HerStory 2017 Event
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,

2017 Los Angeles Abilities Expo and Career Fair
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.

Jobseekers met with 28 employers,

Las Molenderas Restaurant Menu
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.

Building Maintenance of Tomorrow logo
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.