Gung Hoe Garden Girls logo on image of landscaping project completed in Silver Lake
The East Los Angeles BusinessSource Center provided services that helped Katharine Pinney, owner of certified woman-owned business Gung Hoe Garden Girls, Inc, win her first public contract - $150,000 to landscape a charter school based in Gardena.

Founded in 2004, the Lincoln Heights based company specializes in consulting, design, installation, and maintenance for landscaping projects of all sizes. Gung Hoe Garden Girls is located at 3130 Pasadena Avenue, Los Angeles 90031 and is a C-27 licensed Landscaping Contractor with the State of California.

(left to right) EWDD staff Elis Lee, Michael Wynn and Firdaus Landou distributed info about EWDD services at the 23rd Annual Central Avenue Jazz Festival
The City of Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department (EWDD) participates in community events throughout the year to promote the job training and business services available at EWDD’s 14 YouthSource, 16 WorkSource and nine BusinessSource Centers.

On July 28-29, 2018, EWDD staff spread the word about the department’s programs at the 23rd Annual Central Avenue Jazz Festival in South Los Angeles. The Central Avenue Jazz Festival is a free event that takes place during the last weekend in July.

The South Valley BSC helped KUR Mobile Massage & Spa founder Ada Batun expand her business and launch her BodyKure line of all natural products
For more than a year, the South Valley BusinessSource Center (BSC) has provided consulting services to KUR Mobile Massage and Spa founder Ada Batun, to help her expand her business and create jobs.

Beginning July 2017, South Valley BSC staff assisted Ada gain access to capital, credit counseling, certification and procurement, and licenses and tax consulting. These developments allowed Ada to create two new jobs, with plans to add more employees as her business grows.

Hire LA’s Youth interns from the DPW Bureau of Sanitation’s 2018 “Summer Introduction to Engineering and Science” are honored at the closing ceremony July 27, 2018
The City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works, Bureau of Sanitation honored 25 Hire LA’s Youth interns at a closing ceremony held Friday July 27, 2018.

For the past few years, the Bureau has utilized funding from the Hire LA’s Youth program for its “Summer Introduction to Engineering and Science Program,” a six-week program that allows participants to rotate through the Bureau’s various divisions while working as assistants to engineers, office clerks and analysts.

July 2018 Metro Bridge Bus Operator Training Academy graduate with family members
City of Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department General Manager Jan Perry delivered congratulatory remarks at the Metro Bridge Bus Operator Training Academy graduation on Friday July 20, 2018.

“Whatever you decide to do, it’s a great opportunity to move forward and move upward,” she said. “You change people’s lives that come up the stairs of the buses you operate.”

Actor Danny Trejo speaks to YouthSource participants at the inaugural YouthSource Center 'A Conversation With...' series
In a heartfelt, humorous, and candid conversation, Actor Danny Trejo shared his life story with a room full of 75 young Angelenos from EWDD’s YouthSource Centers, describing his transformation from a prison inmate with a drug addiction to a successful actor, entrepreneur and drug counselor who has dedicated his life to helping others.

“Everything good that has happened to me is a direct result of helping someone else,” he said. “I promise you, the more people you help in one day, the better your life is going to get. It’s just the way it works.”

(left to right) Kevin White and Gabriel Celis celebrate their new employment under the “I Got the Job” sign at the Vernon-Central/LATTC WorkSource Center.
The Vernon-Central/LATTC WorkSource Center provided resume writing and interview training to Kevin White and Gabriel Celis, two recent graduates of LATTC’s inaugural Rail Vehicle Technician Training program.

Kevin and Gabriel signed up for a resume writing and interview skills workshop with John Wilson, Senior Business Services Representative for the center.

LA:RISE participant Sandra Chavez (left), pictured with WorkSource Career Coach Maria Esparza after being offered a full-time job at Home Depot
The Vernon-Central/Los Angeles Trade Technical College (LATTC) WorkSource Center helped Sandra Chavez develop her interpersonal “soft skills” through the LA:RISE program, helping her obtain stable employment as a Home Depot cashier.

Sandra was very quiet and shy and had been out of the workforce for quite some time. Through LA:RISE, Sandra came out of her comfort zone as she completed 300 hours of work experience with EWDD partner Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD), where she worked on graffiti abatement projects throughout Los Angeles.

Goodwill SoCal helped LA:RISE participant Raymond Vasquez (center) receive the support and training he needed to get a full-time job
Goodwill Southern California (SoCal) helped LA:RISE participant Raymond Vasquez build a better future, by providing him a support system and teaching him valuable skills that helped him transition from trainee to a full-time Goodwill employee.

Prior to joining Goodwill, Raymond was struggling to overcome self-doubt. He faced multiple challenges: possible homelessness, a limited work history and limited education.

EWDD BusinessSource Director Richard Pallay (back row, third from right) shared tips on how to launch a business in LA with young entrepreneurs
The City’s Economic and Workforce Development Department (EWDD) recently provided tips on how to launch a small business in Los Angeles to a group of 18 young entrepreneurs from the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NTFE).

Richard encouraged the youth to provide solutions, to find ways to help communities thrive.

“I’ve been helping influencers, entrepreneurs and communities by giving them information by saying, ‘This is how you thrive,’” he said.

EWDD YouthSource participants pose on the steps outside the 2018 UnidosUS Future Changemakers Conference in Washington, DC
EWDD partner Para Los Niños brought 24 YouthSource participants from the East and Central Region YouthSource Centers to the UnidosUS Future Changemakers Conference in Washington, DC.

Held July 6-10, 2018, participants attended networking opportunities and workshops tailored to young adults ages 17-23.

The workshops focused on financial empowerment, immigration, education, health and civil rights. Topics also included

The West Valley BSC helped entrepreneur Reggie Cua (center) launches his business Café Aficionado in Northridge, CA
The West Valley BusinessSource Center helped entrepreneur Reggie Cua review permits and licenses to open Café Aficionado in Northridge, which celebrated its grand opening on June 28, 2018.

A military veteran, Reggie dreamed of opening his own coffee shop. After saving money toward his goal for three years, Reggie approached the West Valley BSC in 2017 where he received business guidance, including a referral to a business coach who helped Reggie negotiate an optimal leasing situation for his coffee shop.