South LA BusinessSource Helps Entrepreneurs Secure $28K Loan to Expand Business
The South Los Angeles BusinessSource Center (BSC) assisted entrepreneurs George and Jeannette Ferguson, owners of Reliable Electric Supply (RES), to qualify for a $28,000 loan to launch their business.
In January 2019, RES quickly grew their online “smoke detector” sales through Amazon. In order to keep up with demand and cash flow, they needed more inventory. Jeanette was determined to find a way to bridge their working capital needs to bring their company’s sales to the next level, while at the same time addressing their credit challenges and cash flow.
EWDD and WorkSource Centers Provide Key Support to Fourth Homeless Services Job Fair
A steady flow of approximately 730 job seekers streamed into the gymnasium at Southwest College Thursday January 17, 2019 for the fourth Homeless Services Job Fair.
EWDD staff provided support with planning and logistics leading up to the job fair and five staff members were present the day of the fair to help coordinate set-up and assist Mayor Eric Garcetti’s staff.
LA:RISE Partner CRCD Gives Job Seeker Support and a Second Chance
After some family struggles and a history with homelessness, LA:RISE participant Joshua received the support and the second chance he needed to retain his job as part of Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD) Enterprises’ “Street Team.”
In less than a week on the job as part of Job Engagement Training (JET) at CRCD, Joshua impressed his supervisors with his positive attitude and outstanding work ethic. JET is a CRCD program that provides 32 hours of paid job training for young people who have never before held a job or had work experience.
LA:RISE Participant Gains Confidence & Skills, Sells Handbags at DWC
The LA:RISE program, in partnership with the Downtown Women’s Center (DWC), helped give participant Lavena the opportunity to build her confidence and marketing skills and provide a venue to sell her handcrafted leather bags, Vena Vena Handbags.
Prior to joining LA:RISE, Lavena struggled with housing and re-entering the workforce. Through LA:RISE, Lavena was able to join the transitional employment program at the DWC, where she was able to earn a steady paycheck. She said she appreciates the wrap around support services she receives from the DWC and LA:RISE, while also learning workplace soft skills to build her professionalism.
Re-Entry Worker Becomes Union Electrician With Help from WorkSource
The Vernon-Central/Los Angeles Trade-Technical College WorkSource Center helped Raul Barranco secure a career as a union electrician with IBEW Local 11.
After spending nearly three decades in incarceration, Raul participated in the Anti-Recidivism Coalition’s (ARC) Second Chance Union Training Program which operates in partnership with the Vernon-Central/LATTC WorkSource Center and Los Angeles Trade Technical College.
Vernon-Central/LATTC WorkSource Helps Veteran Get Job as Barista at LAX
The Vernon-Central/Los Angeles Technical Trade College WorkSource Center (WSC) recently helped veteran Caryette Williams-Muhammad receive barista training through the Los Angeles Hospitality Training Academy, ultimately securing her a job at Los Angeles World Airports (LAX).
Caryette recently visited the Vernon-Central/LATTC WSC for employment and training assistance. Career Coach Ernesto Garcia gave Caryette an initial assessment and discussed her career options. With Ernesto’s assistance, Caryette enrolled into the Los Angeles Hospitality Training Academy’s barista training.
Mid-City BusinessSource Helps Glow Girl! Skin Care Line Secure $1,000 Microloan
The Mid City Region BusinessSource Center (BSC) recently helped long term client Enjunaya Canton secure a $1,000 microloan for her growing natural skin care business, Glow Girl Enterprises Inc.
Enjunaya first visited the Mid City Region BSC in October 2017 for business coaching and financial assistance. In December 2017, EWDD Updates reported that the Mid City BSC had helped Enjunaya secure a $500 microloan to increase her inventory.
Re-Entry Youth Finish Construction Apprenticeship Training Program
In late December 2018, the latest cohort of the Compass Rose Collaborative (CRC) completed their five-week Reentry Apprenticeship Training Program. The group completed more than 160 hours of hands on training and obtained OSHA30, CPR, forklift, and Pre-Apprentice Certification.
Participants were treated to a catered lunch sponsored by So-Cal Burgers Chill & Grill, along with proclamations from Assemblyman Miguel Santiago.
Vernon-Central/LATTC WorkSource Helps Job Seeker Find Work at 99¢ Store
The Vernon-Central/Los Angeles Trade-Technical College WorkSource Center helped Elsy Sanchez successfully find employment at a local 99 cents store after she was out of work for more than a year.
One of Elsy’s main barriers to employment was that she does not have a car and relies heavily on public transportation. She is also illiterate in her native language and is afraid to navigate the city’s transportation system to unfamiliar places.
Harbor BusinessSource Helps Truck Business Obtain $414k SBA Loan and Create 10 Jobs
The Harbor Region BusinessSource Center helped entrepreneur Artemio Benitez obtain a $414,000 Small Business Administration loan (SBA) for his business Portside Used Truck Sales, Inc., providing him cash flow that allowed him to hire 10 new employees.
Artemio approached the Harbor BusinessSource Center requesting a $400,000 short term loan to purchase inventory and pay off his high-cost credit. The Harbor Region BusinessSource conducted a financial analysis and determined that bypassing Artemio’s current credit line with a Small Business Administration loan would increase the profitability of each Portside transaction by approximately 30 percent, increasing profit margins, and allow the business to expand at a much faster rate.
2018 EWDD Status Report - A Five Year Re-Cap of the Economic and Workforce Development Department
When Angelenos ask “What is the mission of the Economic and Workforce Development Department?” my answer is three key words – Jobs, Youth, and Business.
EWDD is an interconnected system of 14 YouthSource, 16 WorkSource Centers and nine BusinessSource Centers. Strategically located in LA’s underserved neighborhoods, this network of centers provides a wealth of resources designed to give Angelenos – youth, job seekers and entrepreneurs – an opportunity for success.
Au Revoir EWDD GM Jan Perry! Staff Celebrates 5 Year, 6-Month Tenure
EWDD staff gathered for a Parisian-themed celebration on Tuesday December 18, 2018 to bid au revoir to General Manager Jan Perry, who is completing her tenure effective December 31, 2018.
Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Chief of Staff Ana Guerrero presented a certificate to Jan on behalf of the Mayor and thanked her for her five years and six months of leadership. Longtime colleagues including General Managers from other departments and EWDD retirees also attended the party.