EWDD has nine BusinessSource Centers throughout the City of Los Angeles that are dedicated to helping Angelenos launch, build and grow their businesses. The centers are staffed with business experts that help entrepreneurs develop strategic plans, assess their business needs, and provide access to capital.
Andy Rosillo, a long-term BusinessSource client who has undergone three loan cycles through the Hollywood BusinessSource Center, said he’s a big fan.
Re-Entry Workers Receive Financial Coaching, Hired for Union Jobs
In August 2019, the Vernon-Central/LA Technical Trade College WorkSource Center (WSC) highlight two re-entry workers success stories. Maurice and George, with the assistance of the WSC and EWDD partner the Anti-Recidivism Coalition (ARC), were able to turn their lives around and now hold stable union jobs.
These stories demonstrate EWDD’s commitment and efforts to remove barriers to employment.
Hollywood BusinessSource Helps Street Vendor Obtain $2K Microloan
The Hollywood BusinessSource Center (BSC) provided extensive business coaching and one-on-one consultation to Elsa Reyes, helping her launch her business and secure a $2,000 micro-loan to purchase inventory. Elsa is a street vendor in the Los Angeles area who sells clothing, bed comforters, perfume and jewelry.
Elsa was looking for information regarding the City of LA’s Street Vending Program.
LA:RISE Participant Gains Job Experience, Inspired to Pursue New Career
The Los Angeles Regional Initiative for Social Enterprise (LA:RISE) program participant Christopher, recently gained work experience with social enterprise partner LA Conservation Corps that inspired him to pursue a career in landscaping or natural water preservation.
Before he joined LA:RISE, Christopher was not working or enrolled in school, putting him at risk for homelessness. After watching his sister succeed at LA Conservation Corps, Christopher knew it was the opportunity he needed to achieve economic stability.
West Adams WorkSource and LAUSD DACE Partner in Security Training Course
The West Adams WorkSource Center recently partnered with the LAUSD Division of Adult and Career Education (DACE) to launch a 40-hour security training course at the Los Angeles Technology Center.
The WorkSource Center covers tuition costs and fees for students. Graduates from the two-week course earn their guard card, a license issued by the California Bureau of Security and Investigative Services. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) also recently joined the program as a recruiter.
Held in South LA, staff from EWDD’s YouthSource, WorkSource and BusinessSource Centers worked the booths all weekend, an example of EWDD’s community outreach efforts to inform Angelenos about EWDD’s services for youth, job seekers and entrepreneurs. In addition, a representative from the North San Fernando Valley WorkSource, overseen by EWDD partner Youth Policy Institute provided extra coverage to assist EWDD.
DPW Bureau of Sanitation Celebrates Hire LA’s Youth Graduates
The City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works, Bureau of Sanitation held a culmination ceremony Friday July 26, 2019 celebrating 21 Hire LA’s Youth interns.
The bureau has partnered with EWDD for several years to utilize funding from the Hire LA’s Youth program for its “Summer Introduction to Engineering and Science Program,” a six-week program where interns work in the Bureau’s various divisions providing assistance to engineers, office clerks and administrators.
Compass Rose Collaborative Re-Entry Program Reports Results
The Compass Rose Collaborative (CRC) Re-Entry Program recently released a performance report announcing that 95 percent of participants completed 120 hours of training to receive a Safety Pre-Apprentice Certificate.
The report, which covers January through July 2019, said that 84 percent of CRC participants are currently employed full-time or part time. The program, which targets all of Los Angeles County, is geared toward youth participants between ages 18-24 who have recently been paroled or are on probation.
Hollywood BusinessSource Helps Entrepreneur Secure $2K Loan to Expand Business
The Hollywood BusinessSource Center helped Matias Vanegas, owner of American Cleaning Company, secure a $2,000 microloan to build his website, advertise, and purchase uniforms to expand his business.
Matias, an El Salvador native with many years of experience in the commercial cleaning industry, launched his own commercial cleaning company in mid-2017. He recently met with a business coach at the Hollywood BusinessSource Center who helped Matias complete a needs assessment and analyzed his financials.
Operated by EWDD partner Archdiocesan Youth Employment (AYE), the center represents a partnership between EWDD, the Los Angeles County Department of Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services and the LACCD as part of a larger effort to