George Ferguson, owner of Reliable Electric Supply, pictured in his supply warehouse
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.

Job seekers stop at the Southeast Los Angeles WorkSource Center booth run by EWDD partner Watts Labor Community Action Committee at the Fourth Homeless Services Job Fair on Thursday January 17, 2019
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 participant Joshua hard at work as part of the CRCD Enterprises Street Team
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.

Lavena models one of her handcrafted leather handbags (photo credit: Anita Hodges for asiseditorial.com)
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.

Raul Barranco (right) launched a new career as a union electrician with help from the Vernon-Central/LATTC WorkSource Center and guidance from coach Jarrett Moore (left)
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.

Veteran Caryette Williams-Muhammed (right) receive barista training and full time job placement, with the help of WorkSource Center Career Coach Ernesto Garcia (left)
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.

Glow Girl Enterprises owner Enjunaya Canton (left) with Mid City BusinessSource loan counselor Phong Le
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.

Compass Rose Collaborative, Los Angeles, Cohort 4 Graduation on December 18, 2018
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 WorkSource Career Coach Jessica Fuentes (left) stands beside client Elsy Sanchez
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.

exterior of the Portside Used Truck Sales Company in San Pedro
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.

Jan Perry, General Manager of the Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department from 2013 through 2018
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.

EWDD General Manager Jan Perry (center left) holds up a certificate of appreciation from Mayor Eric Garcetti presented by Chief of Staff Ana Guerrero (center right) at her going away festivities on December 18, 2018
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.