Milvia Henriquez (pictured) received a $2K mini microloan to expand “Milvia’s Variedades”, her mobile retail store
The Central West Region BusinessSource Center (BSC) helped entrepreneur Milvia Henriquez secure a $2,000 mini microloan to grow her mobile retail shop, Milvia’s Variedades.

She started her business in 2018 after she was laid off from a job she had held for 19 years. Milvia realized this was her opportunity to start her own business venture.

16 Para Los Niños participants after graduating from a Certified Nursing Assistants training course
The Central YouthSource Center, run by EWDD partner Para Los Niños is celebrating 16 Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) with a graduation ceremony Friday April 26, 2019. The event will be held at the YouthSource Center, located in Westlake, followed immediately with a hiring event for students.

CNAs provide basic, day-to-day care for patients in nursing homes, hospitals and other health care facilities and act as assistants to registered nurses.

Ribbon cutting ceremony of the LA LGBT Center's Anita May Rosenstein Campus grand opening
Staff from the City of Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department (EWDD) attended the grand opening of the Anita May Rosenstein Campus April 7, 2019 in support of its partnership with the Los Angeles LGBT Center.

Since 2010, EWDD has partnered with the LA LGBT Center to provide education and employment opportunities to homeless and disconnected LGBTQ youth. Through its partnership with the City’s YouthSource Centers, the LA LGBT Center has been able to provide youth, many who are struggling with homelessness, opportunities to explore and prepare for careers they may otherwise never have considered.

(left to right) Restaurateur Cun Sang Chi with EWDD Industrial Commercial Financial Officer Miguel Acuna
The East Los Angeles BusinessSource Center provided extensive business consulting, strategic planning, and one-on-one assistance to Sushi Beluga owner Cun Sang Chi, helping the Restaurateur become the first recipient of the City’s Micro Loan program.

Restaurateur Cun Sang Chi was approved for a $50,000 loan to launch Sushi Beluga in Playa Del Rey. Scheduled to open in Spring 2019, the sushi restaurant will open with six full-time employees with the hopes of hiring two additional full-time employees as demand grows.

EWDD Interim General Manager John L Reamer Jr speaks to the Council District 3 BobCAT team about LA City business programs
Members of Councilmember Bob Blumenfield’s Economic Development Community Action Team (BobCAT) were pleased to learn about the EWDD’s services, especially the City’s Business Response Unit (BRU) when Interim General Manager John L. Reamer, Jr. was a featured guest speaker Monday April 15, 2019.

John provided an overview of EWDD and listened to the concerns of the business community leaders to understand their needs.

Grace Godinez, special education assistant at LAUSD
The Hollywood WorkSource Center recently helped Grace Godinez, a person with a disability, find a full-time job as a special education assistant at the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD).

Grace graduated from California State University, Northridge (CSUN) in May 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree in Childhood Development. After seeking work for several months and visiting the Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES) office at CSUN, a DRES counselor introduced Grace to the Disability Employment Accelerator (DEA) program, which had started a new collaboration with the Hollywood WorkSource Center, overseen by EWDD partner Managed Career Solutions.

Sharnise, a participant at LA:RISE partner Homeboy Industries, recently completed certification as a nursing assistant

LA:RISE Participant Earns Nursing Assistant Certificate and Looks Ahead

“Don’t let barriers hold you back from succeeding,” said Sharnise, a participant at LA:RISE partner Homeboy Industries who was recently certified as a nursing assistant. “In life if you mess up, you still have a chance to fix your mistakes.”

With the help of Homeboy Industries, Sharnise is striving to live out that ethos and set an example for her children.

Tia Kirk after completing the Computer Operator Clerk program at the East Los Angeles Occupational Center
The Vernon-Central/Los Angeles Technical Trade College (LATTC) WorkSource Center, in partnership with the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Division of Adult and Career Education (DACE), helped Tia Kirk recently complete the Computer Operator Clerk program at East Los Angeles Occupational Center.

“There are a lot people all working toward similar life goals and willing to help each other,” she said. “I’m really grateful and thankful to have had this opportunity.”

Tomas Luna after passing the National Healthcareer Association Medical Assistant Certification (CCMA) exam
The Downtown/Pico Union WorkSource Center recently provided funding for Tomas Luna to pursue his studies as a medical assistant, and finally take steps toward achieving his dream of working in the medical field.

Tomas had gone to medical school for two years in his home country of Mexico and he had also completed training as a Lab Technician before moving to the United States. However, while in the United States, Tomas had worked 20 years in Quality Control for a meat company, and prior to that, he had worked as a lifeguard and a swimming instructor for Los Angeles County.

Keith Richardson thanks Career Coach John Wilson for helping him land a job at Delicious at the Dunbar
The Vernon-Central/Los Angeles Technical Trade College (LATTC) WorkSource Center helped job seeker Keith Richardson get hired at Delicious at the Dunbar.

Keith had just finished an assignment working at the LATTC cafeteria. He wanted to work at least 32 hours per week at a restaurant while continuing his education at LATTC.

Compass Rose Collaborative participants Ernie (left) with his new work boots, and Neru (right) at his new job
Two participants from the Compass Rose Collaborative (CRC) recently became union apprentices, a young adult re-entry program administered by EWDD’s Boyle Heights Technology YouthSource Center.

Participant Neru completed his safety pre-apprenticeship Multi-Craft Core (MC3), OSHA 10, CPR, and forklift training last fall. Since then, Neru had been working at a warehouse, with the goal of joining a union in 2019.

The March 23, 2019 LAVC HR Assistant Academy gradutates
The Canoga Park/South Valley WorkSource Center provided funding for seven students to attend an accelerated six week Human Resource Assistant Academy Program at Los Angeles Valley College, with the goal of getting them back in the workforce right away.

“I can’t tell you how much I learned throughout this course,” said student Amber Torres, who added that the program taught her valuable skills that will assist her while seeking employment. “You have opened my eyes to see other opportunities to pursue within my industry.”