South LA BusinessSource Helps Entrepreneurs Obtain $250K Loan to Open Café
The South Los Angeles BusinessSource Center helped entrepreneurs Joe and Celia Ward-Wallace obtain a $250,000 loan, an infusion of capital that will allow them to launch the South LA Café.
Joe and Celia’s vision for the South LA Café is to create a gathering place and cultural hub that could provide affordable healthy food options, along with gourmet coffee. They also wanted to build a place with rentable space for community events, along with regular weekend and evening entertainment.
EWDD Conducts Two-Day Course on Financial Grants Management
EWDD’s Financial Management Division (FMD) conducted an intensive two-day Financial Grants Management Training for EWDD subrecipients September 25 to 26, 2019 at the Goodwill of Southern California Community Room. The training room was set up for 150 attendees and was at near capacity both days.
EWDD Interim General Manager John L. Reamer, Jr. and Assistant General Manager of Workforce Development Robert Sainz welcomed attendees and reminded them of the critical roles fiscal officers and staff play in administering EWDD’s various grant programs.
Compass Rose Collaborative Forklift Training Preps Youth for Jobs
A dozen Compass Rose Collaborative (CRC) participants assembled Friday September 27, 2019 for forklift training in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles. The forklift training is one component of safety training, including OSHA10 and CPR, that participants take to receive a pre-apprenticeship certificate, a pathway to the construction trades.
“This was one of the best cohorts,” said EWDD Senior Project Assistant Juan Romero, who oversees the program. “The men were focused. A lot of them are ready to join the workforce. They were really good.”
LA:RISE Accomplishments Celebrated at Homeless to Hired Summit
The Center at Cathedral Plaza was packed Monday September 30, 2019 for “A Pathway Forward: Homeless to Hired Summit,” an event celebrating the fifth year of the Los Angeles Regional Initiative for Social Enterprise (LA:RISE).
The event, held by LA:RISE partner the Roberts Enterprise Development Fund (REDF), commemorated the launch of the fifth year of the program, which has successfully placed more than 2,500 participants in subsidized or transitional employment, including 950 participants that have successfully made the leap from transitional employment to permanent employment.
North Valley BusinessSource Center Helps Entrepreneur Launch Custom Crafts Business
The North Valley Region BusinessSource Center (BSC) provided extensive business coaching to entrepreneur Elizabeth Rojas, helping her launch Eli’s Crafts, a business specializing in custom products.
Elizabeth was unemployed following surgery after an accident and was trying to figure out a new way to make money. She started personalizing coffee cups and noticed people were interested in paying for them.
Compass Rose Collaborative Prepares Pre-Apprentices for Jobs
Approximately 15 participants from the latest cohort of the Compass Rose Collaborative (CRC) program are completing training that is preparing them for construction jobs at the $1 billion Lucas Museum site, along with restoration efforts at the Woolsey Fire site in Malibu.
The most recent cohort participated in a 3-week training to earn pre-apprenticeship certifications in Forklift, OSHA10 and CPR. The City of LA was one of three cities awarded the CRC grant from the US Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration in June 2018.
EWDD Grant to Lupita’s Market Creates Healthy Food Option in Westlake
The City of Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department (EWDD) provided grant funding to renovate Lupita’s Corner Market, a transformation that creates a healthy food option in LA’s Westlake/MacArthur Park.
EWDD gave financial support for the project by providing Community Development Block Grant funding to the Los Angeles Food Policy Council, which spearheads the Healthy Neighborhood Market Network Program (HNMNP). The HNMNP addresses Mayor Eric Garcetti’s initiative to introduce healthy food options to the City’s food deserts. The program builds the capacity of corner stores by assisting neighborhood market owners to operate as successful healthy food retailers in underserved communities.
BusinessSource Helps Downtown Taco Obtain $200K Loan, Add Jobs
The Harbor-Watts BusinessSource Center has provided long-term assistance to Pablo Romero, owner and operator of Downtown Taco, located in the Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles.
Pablo first came to the Harbor-Watts BusinessSource as a taco street vendor working throughout the streets of Los Angeles. After an initial assessment, the BusinessSource provided Pablo with training in permits and licensing, business entities and access to capital.
LA:RISE Participant Gains Work Experience with LA Conservation Corps
Erick joined social enterprise Los Angeles Conservation Corps (LACC) and the LA:RISE program when financial difficulties left him unable to keep up with bills and put him at risk of becoming homeless.
Working at LACC has equipped Erick with both marketable and soft skills he needs to succeed in the workforce. From learning to master a variety of workshop tools, to communicating effectively with his coworkers, Erick is job-ready.
EWDD Booth Represented Programs at KJLH Men’s Empowerment Summit
With support from the Harbor WorkSource Center and EWDD partner Friends Outside, EWDD hosted a booth at the KJLH Men’s EmpowerMENt summit September 7, 2019 highlighting free job training and educational benefits available through the City’s Gang Injunction Curfew Settlement.
In the weeks leading up to the event, EWDD, in partnership with the LA City Attorney’s Office, launched a radio and social media campaign with KJLH to spread the word about the program.
HUD $3.7M Jobs Plus Initiative to Benefit Watts/LA WorkSource Center
The Watts/Los Angeles WorkSource Center, operated by EWDD partner the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA), will administer job training and supportive services to 250 Nickerson Gardens residents through a $3.7 million Jobs Plus Initiative Grant.
Awarded by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the grant is geared toward training public housing residents for employment. Through the grant, Nickerson Gardens residents will receive training and placement for careers in healthcare and construction.