LA:RISE program participant Esther
At risk for homelessness, the LA:RISE program gave Esther her first job opportunity at social enterprise New Earth. Esther, 18, was searching for her first full-time job, but with little work experience she was unable to secure a full-time position and was at-risk for homelessness.

After learning about the LA:RISE program and social enterprise New Earth, Esther was excited at the opportunity to access paid job training and supportive services designed specifically for youth.

GRID 110 South LA
Clean tech incubator Grid110 recently selected 19 companies for its inaugural South LA program, ushering in resources and support for local entrepreneurs to build and launch successful businesses.

More than 90 percent of the selected companies are led by Black and Latinx founders, and the majority of founders are women, said Grid110 South LA Managing Director Austin Clements in a recent piece in Medium.

Cecilia Quiroa in her Northridge business, Cecy’s Beauty Salon
The South Valley BusinessSource Center (BSC) helped Cecilia Quiroa obtain a $30K federal loan, which helped her reopen her business, Cecy’s Beauty Salon, while adhering to new health and safety standards due to COVID-19.

After owning her Northridge-based beauty salon for nine years, Ms. Quiroa closed her beauty salon in March following the Safer At Home orders. She approached the South Valley BSC for help on how to survive the financial setbacks caused by COVID-19.

long-time client BusinessSource client Colin Fung in front of his restaurant, Tamashii Ramen House (Sherman Oaks)
Helping Small Businesses Survive COVID-19
The Mid-City BusinessSource Center helped long-time client Colin Fung (left) successfully secure two Federal SBA loans totaling $145,332, allowing him to rehire 18 employees across his three Tamashii Ramen House restaurants in North Hollywood, Sherman Oaks and Studio City.

Angelino Community Fitness owners Karlos Ramirez and John Thyne
Helping Small Businesses Survive COVID-19
The North Valley BusinessSource Center helped Angelino Community Fitness owners Karlos Ramirez and John Thyne obtain funds from the City of Los Angeles Small Business Emergency Microloan Program, which allowed them to pay a large portion of their commercial rent and retain 3 full time employees and 1 part time employee.

Eduardo on his latest job site in his new career as a carpenter
Assisting Job Seekers During the Coronavirus
The Vernon-Central/Los Angeles Trade Technical College WorkSource Center (WSC), operated by EWDD partner Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD), provided financial guidance and job training to Eduardo, helping him become a Carpenter’s Union apprentice and find work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

LA City Mayor Eric Garcetti speaking in front of Caveman Vintage Music in Lincoln Heights about the need to expedite relief for small businesses economically impacted by COVID-19
Mayor Announces Eased Requirements for Small Biz Emergency Microloan
LA City Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Wednesday May 21, 2020 that he has instructed EWDD to relax eligibility requirements for the Small Business Emergency Microloan and prioritize loans that were previously denied in order expedite relief for small businesses economically impacted by COVID-19.

EWDD Business Response Team member Yovana Perez (left) at an EWDD booth assisting small business owners at the LA Women’s Entrepreneurship Day event on November 19, 2019
Assisting Small Businesses During COVID-19
EWDD General Manager Carolyn Hull recently highlighted how the City’s BusinessSource Centers and Business Response Unit (BRU) are assisting small businesses struggling during COVID-19 at a Small Business Telephone Town Hall held by Councilmember Mike Bonin (CD11).

San Fernando Valley WorkSource Center with blossoming cherry tree, and California and United States Flags
The California Employment Development Department (EDD) recently awarded EWDD a $1.8 million National Dislocated Worker Grant (NDWG) to provide temporary employment opportunities for workers whose livelihoods were impacted by COVID-19.

With many Angelenos experiencing mass layoffs and reduced hours, this additional funding will enable EWDD’s 16 WorkSource Centers to provide emergency support, along with job training and career services, EWDD staff said.

LAP3 Ambassadors (center) receive certificates of recognition from the LAUSD Board after sharing their success stories (2017)
California State University Northridge (CSUN) Today recently recognized EWDD’s Los Angeles Performance Partnership Pilot (LAP3) for dramatically improving the lives of youth ages 16-24, who are out of school and out of work.

“Out of the nine initial P3 projects around the country, LA city’s project was the most ambitious,” said CSUN Management Professor Richard Moore, who conducted a five-year evaluation of the program. “It was in many ways the most successful. Our rigorous impact evaluation found a positive impact on youth served.”

Violet “Vee” Cristobal, owner of Cristobal & Company CPAs
The Central West BusinessSource Center (BSC) helped long-term client Violet “Vee” Cristobal, owner of Cristobal & Company CPAs, obtain a $92,000 Payroll Protection Program (PPP) loan, which will enable her to keep her business open and keep her eight employees on staff during the COVID-19 crisis.

When Vee realized that she needed business assistance during COVID-19, she turned to Central West BSC Business loan counselor Redy Babasa-Thompson.

selection of screenshots of Grid110 participants organized like a Zoom virtual meeting
Grid110, a 501c3 clean technology start-up incubator dedicated to helping entrepreneurs launch their businesses, kicked-off its first virtual program earlier this month via ZOOM due to COVID-19.

Twenty companies were selected for its spring 2020 cohort. The first program is a Residency Program, which is designed for early stage companies that are typically post-launch and have evidence of traction/validation in the form of users, revenue and/or funding.