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Public Meetings to be held December 13 and 14 Seeking Public Input on Re-Procurement of Operators for the City of LA's Network of WorkSource Career Centers/America's Job Centers of California

The City of Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department is conducting two public hearings to solicit public opinion on the selection of operators for the City of Los Angeles' network of job training locations called the WorkSource Centers (a Proud Partner of America's Job Centers of California). The EWDD operates 16 WorkSource Centers and three portals that serve as personal employment agencies for the City's residents and businesses. Free services include job listings, referral info, computer access, skills training, interview preparations and workshops.

TEAPOP owner Arlene Yuan (center, right)
Since 2014, the South Valley BusinessSource Center has provided ongoing assistance to entrepreneur Arlene Yuan and her North Hollywood art-centric tea bar, TEAPOP.

The South Valley BSC recently assisted Arlene in the upcoming opening of a second TEAPOP location in Downtown Los Angeles, scheduled for December 1, 2017.

The BusinessSource Center provided assistance with market research, lease review and negotiation, business plan development and assistance with the liquor license transfer for the DTLA location.

Para Los Niños Youth attend special screening of “Icebox”, a dramatic short film about a Honduran boy caught in the US immigration process
Twenty participants from the Para Los Niños (PLN) YouthSource Center recently attended a special screening of “Icebox,” a film centered on a boy who flees Honduras, then is caught in the US immigration process.

“The students were very interested in participating in this screening because it is something that many of them can relate to,” said Jorge Orozco, Director of Youth Workforce Services at PLN.

The film’s producer invited Para Los Niños youth to attend the screening, which was held November 8, 2017 at Fox Studios in Century City.

Citywide Economic Development Strategy Survey (LA city skyline background)
EWDD has extended the deadline to December 15 for individuals and organizations to respond to an online survey about economic development challenges and priorities in the City of Los Angeles.

Last month, EWDD launched a series of seven public outreach meetings throughout the City to gather feedback on the Citywide Economic Development Strategy (CEDS), a roadmap to drive the City’s economic development.

EWDD was tasked by the Mayor and City Council with developing the CEDS and a related five-year implementation plan. The CEDS will outline specific actions the City can take to help drive the local economy forward, and

The Vernon-Central/LATTC WSC helped Regina Buckley secure a job as a bus driver for the City of Inglewood
The Vernon-Central/LATTC WorkSource Center recently helped a woman find a job as a bus driver for the City of Inglewood.

Regina Buckley came to the Vernon Central/LATTC WorkSource Center to find assistance in securing stable employment in transportation or clerical jobs. A career coach provided initial job placement services by enrolling Regina into the Targeted Local Hire Program, a City of Los Angeles program designed to expedite the hiring process for potential applicants.

Since Regina already had a Class B driver’s license, the center also provided Regina job postings for several local municipal transportation systems. She consistently visited the Vernon-Central/LATTC WSC to seek employment.

Kimberley Guillemet Esq., Office of Reentry Director for the LA Mayor's Office of Economic Opportunity, speaks to attendees of the Women in Re-Entry Financial Empowerment Workshop
Nearly 60 women attended the “Women in Reentry: Financial Empowerment Workshop” held at the Vernon-Central/Los Angeles Trade-Technical College (LATTC) WorkSource Center on November 14, 2017.

The workshop was geared toward helping formerly incarcerated women establish habits that will lead to financial security, which will help lead to their successful re-entry.

“These women faced challenges that went beyond finance, so the first thing was to talk about was how to self-love, leaving behind what drains them of being self-sufficient and how to develop actions toward transforming from old habit to new habits,”

North Valley WorkSource Center Helps Job Seekers (clip art of a package handler and a security guard)
This week’s Updates Newsletter highlights two success stories from the North Valley WorkSource Center, representing how the WorkSource System provides support every day to improve outcomes for all job seekers, including vulnerable and underrepresented Populations.

These stories characterize each of the EWDD WorkSource Centers and the vital services they provide every day of the year.

North Valley WSC Helps Unemployed Man Overcome Hurdles and Find Success in the Security Field

Elis Lee, from the EWDD Youth Operations Team, with the CFE Outstanding Social Media Team award
The City of Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department (EWDD) Youth Operations team recently received an Outstanding Social Media Team Award from the Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund (CFE) for delivering the most tweets during the #SummerJobsConnect Twitter campaign.

The 12-week program asked youth across 13 cities nationwide to share their thoughts about the importance of summer jobs. CFE and the Citi Foundation donated $400,000 to HIRE LA’s Youth program earlier this year.

Youth participated from the Boyle Heights Technology YouthSource Center and

ASAP Moulding, a Canoga Park distributor of American made, hardwood picture frame moulding
The Hollywood BusinessSource Center helped the owner of ASAP Moulding refinance several high interest rate loans and obtain a $750,000 Small Business Administration (SBA) loan that will allow the business to retain 13 employees and hire five additional employees.

Neal Bartlett, owner the Canoga Park-based ASAP Moulding, was referred to a Hollywood BusinessSource consultant about refinancing several high interest loans into one SBA guaranteed loan.

After meeting with a Hollywood BusinessSource consultant, it was determined that high interest rates combined with high monthly payments were limiting the ability of the business to grow. Neal worked closely with a Hollywood BusinessSource consultant for several months as part of the refinancing effort.

The Fashion Incubator team, Grid 110, receiving recognition as a Talent Cultivator at 2017 Los Angeles Tech Week
Grid 110, a fashion technology incubator funded with support from EWDD, recently celebrated a trio of accomplishments:
  • Grid 110 was selected for the Talent Cultivator category for Los Angeles Tech Week November 13-15, 2017

  • Reel, a recent Grid 110 program grad and company that allows shoppers to purchase items in installments, was selected as a Rising Startup for Los Angeles Tech Week

  • Giggle Chips, a company that designs toys and games designed to teach families about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math and whose founder is a participant in Grid 110’s Idea to Prototype Program, competed on ABC’s Toy Box Show on November 12, 2017

Aaron Flournoy, owner of Lil Bill’s Mobile Bike Service
The South Los Angeles BusinessSource Center assisted an entrepreneur with finding a solution to continue his family business by opening a mobile bike repair service.

Aaron Flournoy’s family had run Bill’s Bike Shop at the corner of Hoover and Jefferson in South LA for 40 years. In honor of his father, Aaron opened Lil Bill’s Bike Shop.

When Aaron received news he was losing his location, he met with EWDD officials who directed him to the South Los Angeles BusinessSource Center, run by the Vermont Slauson Economic Development Corporation, a EWDD partner.

LA Fellows logo, "Career Growth Through Specialized Training and Volunteerism"
Twenty people graduated from the Los Angeles Valley College LA Fellows Program on October 27, 2017, a nine-week job training and professional development program that allows participants to share their expertise at local nonprofit organizations while seeking full-time employment.

Approximately 430 people have completed the program. On average, participants are in their early 50s and have been unemployed or underemployed for 31 months. Participants come from an array of job fields including: education, mental health, finance, human resources, technology, entertainment, and nonprofit.