Compass Rose Collaborative participant Mr. Neru working on the $1.7 billion Metro Regional Connector Project
Formerly on parole supervision, Compass Rose Collaborative (CRC) participant Mr. Neru is now off parole and is continuing to work on the $1.7 billion Metro Regional Connector Project. According to Mr. Neru, all workers are required to wear a mask while on the premises and during work hours.

The City of LA was one of three cities awarded the CRC grant from the US Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration in June 2018.

EWDD Management Analyst Roy
City of LA Small Business Emergency Microloan Program
Since the launch of the Small Business Emergency Microloan program, hundreds of thousands of individuals have viewed the loan’s details on

EWDD Management Analyst Roy works in the department’s Economic Development Division which is charged with

EWDD Systems Analyst Hotae
On March 18, 2020, Mayor Eric Garcetti activated the City’s Disaster Service Worker (DSW) program, dispatching City employees to assist in emergency relief programs related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Approximately 33 EWDD employees have served as DSWs, with many assisting efforts at centers designed to help the City’s unsheltered. Below are the stories of two EWDD staffers and their DSW experience in early April 2020.

EWDD Rapid Response Team member Gary sitting at his desk
In order to assist Angelenos who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19, EWDD’s Rapid Response Team has launched virtual orientations designed to help job seekers navigate the process of filing for unemployment and obtaining other resources, including health insurance.

“They can access all the things we talk about here for free,” said EWDD Rapid Response Team member Gary. “So, that’s how we're outreaching right now.”

LA:RISE logo
The Los Angeles Regional Initiative for Social Enterprise (LA:RISE) is an innovative, collaborative program that helps individuals with high barriers to employment get good jobs and stay employed. EWDD is a leadership team partner of LA:RISE.

The following stories illustrate the success of the LA:RISE program, made possible through the efforts of EWDD, WorkSource Centers, our partner agencies, and the LA:RISE clients.

Janina Washington (left) with business counselor Supranee May (right) at the PACE operated MidCity BusinessSource Center
The MidCity Region BusinessSource Center recently helped Janina Washington open her new Pilates studio, Balance Reform.

After attending a Startup Workshop, Janina met business counselor Supranee May, who provided her one-on-one counseling. Supranee helped Janina with her business plan and development, financial projection, cash flow analysis, and marketing strategy. She also guided Janina toward access to capital and financing options that would lead her on a better path to financial success.

Leticia Roman and Genaro Rodriguez cut the ribbon at the grand opening of their Panorama City to-go/delivery restaurant, 3 Hermanos Kitchen
The North Valley BusinessSource Center (BSC) helped Leticia Roman and her husband Genaro Rodriguez open the 3 Hermanos Kitchen, a to-go restaurant inside their store 3 Hermanos Market.

In 2014, Leticia and Roman purchased the store from their former boss, becoming owners of the Panorama City-based businesses where they had worked for 15 years as a cashier and butcher. After envisioning adding a to-go restaurant in their store, the couple turned to the North Valley BSC to help turn their dream into a reality.

Salvador Medina, owner of Medina Truck & Transport
The South Valley BusinessSource Center (BSC) has provided ongoing business assistance to long-term client Salvador Medina, owner of Medina Truck & Transport.

The BSC most recently helped the company secure a $250K loan and a $50K line of credit for day-to-day operating costs. Established in 2017, Medina Truck & Transport is a Los Angeles-based trucking company currently operating in the sanitation and recycling industry.

Saturday February 29, 2020 groundbreaking ceremony for Destination Crenshaw, an open-air museum dedicated to celebrating the past, present, and future of Crenshaw, a South LA neighborhood referred to as LA’s “heart of African-American commerce”
Approximately 1,500 people attended the Saturday February 29, 2020 groundbreaking ceremony for Destination Crenshaw, an open-air museum dedicated to celebrating the past, present, and future of Crenshaw, a South LA neighborhood referred to as LA’s “heart of African-American commerce.”

EWDD provided more than $1.3M in CRA/LA Excess Non-Housing Bond Proceeds toward the project, including: $1.2M toward the landscape, architectural, civil and structural engineering of the project, $119K toward Urban Design, Arts Coordination and Programming, and $30K toward the LAEDC Economic Development Analysis of the project.

Tyrone Auston owner of South LA business, Trinity Contracting Concepts Inc (black and white photo)
The Hollywood BusinessSource Center (BSC) recently helped long-term client Tyrone Auston obtain a $95,000 loan to refinance his business, Trinity Contracting Concepts, Inc., paving the way to create four new full-time jobs.

The Hollywood BSC has provided continuous assistance to Tyrone Auston since May 2019. After he was rejected for a $50,000 loan application, Tyrone reached out to the Hollywood BusinessSource for help. A business consultant provided Tyrone an introduction to profitability analysis and access to capital.

Ekaterina Evdokimova (far right) teaching the nuances of the Russian language to three young students by using art at her new Encino business 2Belingual Language School
The West Valley BusinessSource Center (BSC) recently provided guidance to Ekaterina Evdokimova on the cultural tenets of entrepreneurship in the US, paving the way for her to open 2Belingual Language School in Encino.

After emigrating to the US from Russia, Ekaterina was interested in opening a Russian tutoring center for children as she found that most of the people from the post-Soviet Union wanted their children to preserve the Russian language. At a local Russian Business Women Event, Ekaterina met West Valley BSC business coach Elya Narinyan, who informed her about EWDD’s 16 BusinessSource Centers.

at the Vernon-Central/LATTC WorkSource Center, representatives from Amazon assist job seekers with applications for LA area warehousing jobs
Approximately 80 individuals attended and interviewed for jobs at the inaugural LA:RISE (Los Angeles Regional Initiative for Social Enterprise) Hiring Fair, held Thursday February 13, 2020 at the Vernon-Central/Los Angeles Trade-Tech College (LATTC) WorkSource Center (WSC).

The hiring fair is the first in a series of events tailored specifically for LA:RISE participants, a program geared toward helping individuals with high barriers to employment, including individuals experiencing homelessness, re-entry job seekers and