Central West BSC Helps Former Child Actor Open Stevie’s Creole Cafe
The Central West Region BusinessSource Center provided financial guidance and loan assistance to a former child actor, helping him and his business partner realize their dream of opening a Southern Creole restaurant in Los Angeles.
Stephen Perry worked as a child actor, appearing in films such as “Raisin in the Sun,” “The Sound and the Fury,” and TV shows including “The Twilight Zone” and “The Mod Squad.”
Stephen transitioned to the restaurant business in 1986. He and his business partner Rita Linton, opened Stevie’s Creole Café in 2016.
Laid Off from Home Depot, WorkSource Helps a Veteran Find Work in HVAC
When US Army Veteran Jaime Ramirez was laid off earlier this year, the Vernon-Central WorkSource Center at LATTC helped him transition into a new career in the trades.
Jaime lost his job at Home Depot in March 2017 and he struggled to find stable employment with a career pathway. He said he always had a mechanical aptitude and an ability to repair equipment, but he did not have the resources to cover the cost of training.
At the Vernon-Central WorkSource Center, a Veterans Career Coach provided Jaime guidance to help him achieve his career goals.
Vernon-Central WSC Helps Job Seekers Find Work and New Friends
The Vernon-Central WorkSource Center at Los Angeles Trade Technical College (LATTC) recently placed four women at jobs with a national supplier of home, gift and stationary products.
Eloisa Madueno, Jazmina Chavarria, Margarita Santos, and Sandra Flores struggled for months to find employment due language barriers.
A career coach at the Vernon-Central WSC, run by EWDD partner Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD), provided the women assistance with resume building, interview techniques, and job leads.
EWDD Awarded $790,000 Grant from US Department of Justice
EWDD and the City’s Workforce Development Board were awarded a $790,000 grant that provides funding for EWDD programs dedicated to improving reentry outcomes for incarcerated youth.
Awarded by the US Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) through the Second Chance Act Program, the grant supports counties and states in refining and implementing improved collaborative strategies to address the challenges that reentry and recidivism reduction pose.
The grant period is for two years and began on October 1, 2017.
Rapid Response – Former OPI Employee Becomes LAVC Instructor
For more than 12 years, the Workforce Training Department at Los Angeles Valley College (LAVC) has partnered with EWDD’s Rapid Response Team, a group dedicated to providing support to employees and businesses during transitions, including when businesses close. Information on LAVC’s training academies and other educational related services are presented to employees impacted by company closures and downsizing.
Mark Maki had worked for six years as a maintenance technician at the OPI nail polish manufacturing plant until the company shut down the North Hollywood location.
EWDD Job Services Highlighted at KJLH EmpowerMENt Summit
EWDD and the City of Los Angeles Workforce Development Board recently increased regional awareness of the available services at the City’s YouthSource, WorkSource and BusinessSource Centers through its sponsorship of the first KJLH EmpoweMENt Summit, an event designed to provide information about employment opportunities and financial literacy training to African American and Hispanic men.
An estimated 2,500 people attended the event on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at California State University Dominquez Hills.
EWDD General Manager Jan Perry recorded two 60-second ads for radio station 102.3 KJLH where she asked listeners, “Do you need a job? Do you have a millennial, on your couch, who needs a job?
Vernon-Central Network YouthSource Center Hosts Grand Opening
An estimated 200 people attended the grand opening festivities Saturday, September 23, 2017 of the Vernon-Central Network YouthSource Center, operated by EWDD partner Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD).
“As the City partner to the Vernon-Central Network YouthSource Center, we are very excited about the renewed resources for young people to get back in school, to strengthen their skill set and help them and their families feel supported,” said EWDD General Manager Jan Perry.
EWDD Promotes Services at VSEDC Mobile Retail and Food Truck Expo
City of Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development General Manager Jan Perry promoted EWDD’s services to entrepreneurs attending the 5th Annual Mobile Retail and Food Truck Business Expo and Mobile Marketplace on Saturday September 23, 2017.
“The 5th Annual Mobile Retail and Food Truck Business Expo and Mobile Marketplace, hosted by our workforce partner Vermont Slauson Economic Development Corporation (VSEDC), showed many entrepreneurs how to empower themselves by developing mobile small businesses,” she said. “The lesson for the day…Start small to grow big. LAEWDD is here to help with micro loans and small business loans.”
EWDD and LA Public Library Team Up to Promote Job Portal
EWDD General Manager Jan Perry and City Librarian John Szabo teamed up Wednesday, September 27, 2017 to promote September Library Card Sign-Up Month at the Los Angeles Public Library and cross-promote EWDD’s job portal at the Central Public Library.
More than 330 individuals have signed up for job training services and more than 50 people have found jobs through the job portal since it opened in 2015, while many more have received referrals for the nine WorkSource Centers citywide.
The Central Library Job Portal serves as a mini-WorkSource Center for job seekers at the library while giving a glimpse at the WorkSource Centers throughout Los Angeles.
City of LA Workforce Development Board Attends California Workforce Association's Meeting of the Minds Conference
Representatives from the City of Los Angeles Workforce Development Board (WDB), along eith EWDD staff and management attended the California Workforce Association's annual policy and best practices conference from September 5-7, in Monterey, California.
Themed "Driven by Demand," the conference highlighted various employer-driven, innovative workforce development efforts nationwide, including regional sector training approaches, and career pathway programs to prepare young workers in this fast-evolving economy.
The conference also showcased successful apprenticeship programs as a path to middle-skill careers and
A Magical Touch – Day Spa Expands with Help from the South Valley BusinessSource Center
The South Valley BusinessSource Center (BSC) provided long-term guidance to San Fernando Valley entrepreneur Eva Rodriguez, helping her grow and expand her small business Magical Touch Day Spa into the Northridge Beauty Bar.
Eva, a licensed Esthetician and Massage Therapist, opened Magical Touch Day Spa in 2004. The salon offers a variety of services including massages, facials, waxing, extractions, permanent makeup, and body treatments. In December 2013, Eva visited the South Valley BSC for assistance with marketing and expansion possibilities.
Eva attended a marketing workshop where she learned techniques to help her business grow, including delegating marketing