Brouwerij West founders Brian Mercer and Dave Holop have received long-term help from the Harbor BusinessSource Center (photo by Jolie Myers, courtesy of LA Magazine
The Harbor BusinessSource Center has provided long-term support to the Brouwerij West Brewery in San Pedro and recently helped secure a $593,000 expansion loan that will allow the business to purchase new equipment, refinance all existing debt and add working capital to support the company’s growth.

The loan is predicted to help the business double annual sales and generate at least 10 new jobs.

EWDD partner DPW Bureau of Sanitation recently held a welcome reception for 30 HIRE LA’S Youth interns 	30 HIRE LA’S Youth interns at the Los Angeles City Department of Public Works Bureau of Sanitation welcome reception (photo courtesy of LA Sanitation)
The City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works Bureau of Sanitation held an orientation Monday June 18, 2018 welcoming the 30 Hire LA'S Youth interns selected to work this summer as assistants to various positions, including engineer, office clerks, and analysts.

The Bureau of Sanitation has been a great partner of the EWDD and a long-time supporter of the Hire LA's Youth program. The bureau typically hires 30 interns each year.

The Central West BusinessSource Center helped Sky Cassidy obtain a loan to expand MountainTop Data, his B2B marketing data business
The Central West BusinessSource Center (BSC) assisted Sky Cassidy in securing a $100,000 Small Business Administration loan that will allow his marketing lead generation business, MountainTop Data, to expand and purchase equipment, as well as increase its sales staff.

Sky started his company in 2005, helping small businesses to better understand their marketing data in order to generate successful leads. He was referred to the Central West BusinessSource by a local bank partner and met with a loan counselor who offered business counseling, helping Mr. Cassidy review MountainTop Data’s cash flow.

CRCD Financial Counselor Treasure Owens (top left) recently held a six-week workshop for women focused on finances and health
The Vernon-Central/Los Angeles Trade Technical College WorkSource Center recently held a six-week workshop for women focused on money and healthiness. The event was developed as part of a partnership between EWDD contractor Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD) and the Iris Cantor-UCLA Women’s Health Education and Research Center.

The workshop taught the women participants about the relationship between nutrition and finance, and was designed to explore how women manage their money and health issues.

Approximately 23 day laborer recently completed U.S. EPA lead-safe certification training
EWDD’s Day Labor Resource Center program recently hosted a series of lead-safe certification trainings for 23 day laborers, part of an effort by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to ensure that contractors, landlords and property managers comply with regulations that protect the public from harmful lead exposure.

EWDD partner Institute of Popular Education of Southern California (IDEPSCA) provided the training at the UCLA Labor Center.

Tasha North (center) brought her children Michael (left), Sabrina (right) and Levi (far right) to the Hire LA’s Youth pop-up event at LACC
Approximately 715 youth attended EWDD's first ever Hire LA’S Youth Pop-Up Hiring Event on Saturday June 9, 2018. Invitations were distributed to the 5,411 youth who had registered for the 2018 program to-date.

The event was held at three separate locations: Los Angeles City College, Bert Corona High School in the Valley, and the Harbor Region YouthSource Center in San Pedro.

Boyle Heights Technology YouthSource Center participants graduated from a Weatherization Training Program on April 18, 2018. The Program was part of the Compass Rose Collective (CRC) Program.
The City of Los Angeles was one of three cities awarded a grant from the US Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration (DOL-ETA) for “The Compass Rose Collaborative (CRC),” a young adult re-entry program.

The program tackles a serious social problem faced by re-entry youth: the challenge of successfully entering the workforce and educational systems after significant brushes with the law.

A row of LA entrepreneurs are honored at Mayor Eric Garcetti’s 2018 Small Business Summit, where EWDD's Business Response Team held its first official event
The Economic and Workforce Development Department recently launched its Business Response Unit (BRU) to assist entrepreneurs navigating through the bureaucracy of the City of Los Angeles’ departments. The BRU provides identified subject experts across the various City departments.

Since its launch in April 2018, the Business Response Unit has assisted more than 16 business owners to troubleshoot and resolve a wide range of complex issues by coordinating across multiple City departments and offices.

iCare Clean is an East LA based, Latino owned cleaning and maintenance company founded by two industry professionals
Since 2016, the East Los Angeles BusinessSource Center has provided extensive long-term business services to iCare Clean, Inc. The center has guided the commercial cleaning and maintenance company through its launch, growth and expansion to a business with more than $400,000 in sales.

iCare Clean, Inc is an East Los Angeles based, Latino owned company that provides hospital grade cleaning and maintenance services to clients ranging from medical and dental offices, to gyms and production studios throughout Los Angeles. The company was founded by two industry professionals with more 15 years of experience.

Jimmy Arteaga (left) found a job with help from Vernon-Central/LATTC WorkSource Center Career Coach Leo Rios (right)
The Vernon-Central/Los Angeles Trade Technical College (LATTC) WorkSource Center, run by EWDD partner Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD), helped job seeker Jimmy Arteaga find a job at a large retail company based in Santa Monica with a starting wage that surpassed his expectations.

When Career Coach Leo Rios first met Jimmy Arteaga, he was tired and discouraged. Jimmy said that he had been out of a job for several months and that he had exhausted all his savings on his rent and bills.

Sir Thomas Maddox received financial and career coaching, which helped him get a job as an electrician
The Vernon-Central/Los Angeles Trade Technical College (LATTC) WorkSource Center provided career and financial coaching to Sir Thomas Maddox, helping him obtain a job as an Electrician.

Sir Thomas searched diligently for jobs, but because he had a criminal record, he was unable to find the job he wanted as an electrician. At the Vernon-Central/LATTC WSC, run by EWDD partner Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD), Sir Thomas received assistance from a career coach to help him navigate the job hunt process.

The Vernon-Central/LATTC WorkSource Center helped Taylor get two retail jobs
The Vernon-Central/Los Angeles Trade Technical College (LATTC) WorkSource Center provided job coaching and guidance to a young man named Taylor, helping him successfully find retail jobs at Bloomingdales and Burlington.

Taylor was facing many challenges in gaining employment, including a lack of transportation, which hindered his efforts in navigating the workforce. He also did not feel job ready and felt like he was “hitting a wall.”