EWDD General Manager Jan Perry, left, poses with handbag designer Lavena and one of her products, a red leather handbag, at the FWPO Build Your Business event
EWDD General Manager Jan Perry delivered the keynote address Wednesday May 1, 2018 at “Build Your Business,” a one-day event held by the Foundation of the Women Presidents’ Organization (FWPO) for women entrepreneurs to teach them how to scale up their businesses to generate $1 million in revenue.

Approximately 80 women registered for the event, including CEOs and company presidents representing many industry segments. Jan gave a speech highlighting EWDD’s BusinessSource, WorkSource and YouthSource Centers and how the department’s services are dedicated to helping all entrepreneurs launch, grow and maintain their businesses.

A delegation from African recently visited the Vernon-Central/LATTC WorkSource Center to discuss best practices on serving disconnected youth and delivering workforce services
On Friday, April 13, 2018, the Vernon-Central Los Angeles Technical Trade College WorkSource Center (WSC) hosted a roundtable meeting with a delegation from Africa for a comprehensive discussion on how to reach disconnected youth, along with workforce development systems.

The delegation was also interested in how to best serve youth who are no longer in school and those involved in the justice system.

Dr. Dotun Oyenuga (center) proudly holds a check toward a $250,000 SBA loan that will allow his firm to fulfill a contract to with Metro
The Mid City BusinessSource Center recently assisted Dr. Dotun Oyenuga in securing a $250,000 Small Business Administration loan that will enable his engineering firm to hire 20 employees, create a new location and fulfill a contract for Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro).

Dr. Oyenuga started Dotun Oyenuga DBA Analysis & Solutions Consultants in 2007 and he is an industry expert in geotechnical engineering.

The Harbor-Watts BSC helped Cobbler Jose Rivera obtain a $3,500 loan for his business, Paul’s Original Shoe and Working Boot Manufacturing, which he purchased from the owner
The Harbor-Watts BusinessSource Center, overseen by EWDD Partner Managed Career Solutions, helped entrepreneur Jose Rivera obtain a $3,500 working capital loan for his business, Paul’s Original Shoe and Working Boot Manufacturing in San Pedro.

Jose is a cobbler with more than 30 years of experience. He started out as an apprentice when he first immigrated to the United States and after the original owner Paul retired, Jose took over the business. Jose’s specialty is work boots for the dock workers and firemen in the Harbor region, along with custom jobs and shoe repairs.

(Center, second row) EWDD General Manager Jan Perry and WDB Chair Charlie Woo (center right, first row) promoted the City’s job programs at a press conference geared toward LA’s Asian Pacific Islander community
EWDD General Manager Jan Perry and the City of LA’s Workforce Development Board (WDB) Chair, Charlie Woo, participated in a press conference last week to promote the City’s job programs to LA’s Asian Pacific Islander (API) community.

EWDD partner Faith and Community Empowerment (FACE) held the press conference, which drew media representatives from The Korea Times and World Journal, a Chinese daily newspaper.

The Hollywood WorkSource Center placed 26 job seekers at full-time jobs at UCSB America in downtown Los Angeles
The Hollywood WorkSource Center (WSC) worked closely with receivable and resource management company USCB America to place 26 job seekers in healthcare-related jobs in downtown Los Angeles.

USCB America Human Resources Generalist Priscilla Manosalva reached out to the Hollywood WSC, overseen by EWDD partner Managed Career Solutions, for assistance in identifying qualified candidates for the company's open positions.

The Hollywood BusinessSource Center recently helped metal designer and business owner Rafael Portillo (above) secure a $35,000 loan to expand his company, Vuro Industries
The Hollywood BusinessSource Center (BSC) recently helped designer Rafael Portillo secure a $35,000 loan to expand his company Vuro Industries, a business specializing in custom designed products, including furniture, prototypes and sculptures.

Born in Juarez, Mexico, Rafael left his hometown in 2008 with a truck and $2,000 in his pocket. Within a week, Rafael had a job at a metal fabrication company in Los Angeles. The company specialized in creating pieces for the museum and art industries.

EWDD Youth Operations Director Brenda Anderson, YOM Watts Case Managers Teresa Cordero and Socrates Garay celebrate HireLAX graduate Brian Phillips, Jr (center)
The Youth Opportunity Movement (YOM), Watts YouthSource Center celebrated the graduation of participant Brian Phillips from the HireLAX Apprenticeship Readiness Program (ARP), an 8-week course that prepares students for careers in construction.

“Most of the people that I have seen who have graduated from high school have gone on from doing small jobs,” said Brian, 18. “I wanted to do something big, that’s gonna last, a career.”

(Left) WDB Executive Director Gregg Irish and WDB Board Member and Executive Director of the LA Hospitality Training Academy Adine Forman with a ResCare official at NAWB Forum 2018 in Washington, DC
A delegation from the City of Los Angeles Workforce Development Board (WDB) attended the National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB) Forum 2018 conference in Washington, DC, where they received confirmation that LA is considered a leader in coordinating youth programs and connecting job seekers to apprenticeship opportunities.

Held March 24-27, and attended by over 1,200 workforce leaders, advocates, and change-makers in business, government, labor and education, the conference addresses key issues affecting US workforce development and considers the goals and policy framework affecting the future of human capital and economic growth.

(left) EWDD BusinessSource Director Richard Pallay and EWDD Sr. Project Assistant Dennis Parks, with former Council District 8 Councilman Robert Farrell at a Ports O’Call community event
EWDD’s Rapid Response Team has consistently provided support services to business owners and job seekers affected by the demolition of the Ports O’Call Village in San Pedro to make way for the San Pedro Public Market redevelopment project.

EWDD Senior Project Assistant Dennis Parks has led the extensive coordination effort to alert Ports O’Call employees and businesses about EWDD’s Rapid Response services, which provide free assistance with unemployment insurance benefits, registration with CalJobs, resources for mortgage payments, access to health and retirement benefits, and job search/job training resources.

The Hollywood WorkSource Center held its first Re-Entry Job and Resource Fair on March 28, 2018
Three individuals who were recently released from prison were hired on-the-spot at Hollywood WorkSource Center’s first Re-Entry Job and Resource Fair on Wednesday, March 28, 2018.

A dozen employers across several industries were in attendance to recruit security officers, warehouse workers, couriers, construction workers, customer service representatives and case managers. Each employer had hiring policies that are inclusive of individuals recently released from incarceration, probationers and parolees and interviewed them on the spot.

Metro Bridge Academy graduate Ivor Bok stands in front of a 40 foot bus he drives from Warner Center to the Burbank Airport
In a corporation yard in Chatsworth, Ivor Bok reviews his pre-trip checklist, the steps he takes to prepare his 40-foot bus to drive passengers traveling from Warner Center to the Burbank Airport and stops in-between.

“It’s a nice, long route,” he said. “Lots of turns.”

Ivor is a graduate of the Los Angeles Valley College Metro Bridge Academy, a 70-hour training program designed to