(from left to right) EWDD Youth Operations Director Makeda Vela, EWDD CASW Destiny Nguyen and EWDD Interim General Manager John L Reamer, Jr, pose with the #SummerJobsConnect Social Media Award
EWDD’s Youth Operations team recently received the Outstanding Social Media Team Award from the Cities for Financial Empowerment (CFE) for their efforts in the #SummerJobsConnect Twitter campaign.

Each year, as part of the national Summer Jobs Connect (SJC) initiative, the CFE Fund, with generous support from the Citi Foundation, partners with mayors and local governments from across the country to connect 2,550 young people with summer jobs, and more than 110,000 young people with financial education, banking access, and other financial empowerment resources.

exterior of Suehiro Mini, a new Suehiro Café location in Chinatown that offers high quality food in a fast, take-out format
The East Los Angeles BusinessSource Center recently provided extensive business assistance to entrepreneur Kenji Suzuki, helping him expand his family’s business to create Suehiro Mini, a take-out location that utilizes new digital platforms to serve and deliver high quality Japanese food.

In 1972, Kenji’s mother Junko and aunt Yuriko opened Suehiro Café in Little Tokyo, which specializes in serving authentic Japanese food. Kenji took over running the family business in 2001 when his mother retired.

EWDD Business Services staff share information about the City’s Financing Programs at the Small Business Expo on Wednesday October 30, 2019
Approximately 300 people stopped by the EWDD booth at the Small Business Expo, held Wednesday October 30, 2019 at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles.

EWDD’s Economic Development Division provided information about the City’s Financing Programs including Microloans, Small Business Loans, City Revolving Loan Fund and Major Projects Loan program. These various loan programs are designed to assist private businesses, property owners and

One of the LACI Advanced Prototyping Center Fellowship Program participants learns technical details of advanced circuitry
The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) recently celebrated its first graduating class from its Advanced Prototyping Center (APC), a fellowship program designed to provide individuals from underrepresented communities training and opportunities to join the cleantech workforce.

“The things I learned here, I cannot find anywhere,” said participant Thai Nguyen who interned at Saya Water, where she assisted in developing an adapter for a water management system. “This is my first internship. I cannot forget this my whole life.”

Carlos “Charly” Flores poses inside his family owned business, Charly’s Screen Printing, with his mother and father
The South Valley BusinessSource Center (BSC) recently helped former intern, turned client, Carlos “Charly” Flores Jr. launch Charly’s Screen Printing, a family-owned business that also employs his mother and father.

Carlos, known as Charly, was an undergraduate student at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) when he participated in the South Valley BSC Youth Entrepreneur Training Program. After completing the eight-week training course the summer of 2017, Charly was hired as an intern at the South Valley BSC that fall. His internship was a requirement of his studies in Communication Design.

Showing off two freshly groomed dogs at their Lakeview Terrace pet grooming business, Wash My Dog - Terryl Daluz (left) holds a Bichon Frise puppy, and Andrea Carter (right) holds an adult Pomeranian
The Hollywood BusinessSource Center (BSC) has provided continuous business assistance to Terryl Daluz and Andrea Carter, owners of Wash My Dog LLC.

Terryl first came to the BSC in 2018 for assistance with business licenses and permits to launch their pet grooming business in Lakeview Terrace. After an initial assessment, a Hollywood BSC business consultant provided Terryl with training about business entities and access to capital.

re-entry job seeker Isobel speaking at a podium for a Los Angeles County Federation of Labor Union event
The Vernon-Central/Los Angeles Trade-Technical College (LATTC) WorkSource Center (WSC) provided support and assistance to re-entry job seeker Isobel, helping him obtain a union job.

“It was programs like these that gave me the tools to get into the Local 300 laborers’ union and eventually gain employment as a Construction Laborer,” he said.

job seekers visiting employer booths at the Hollywood WorkSource Center’s 4th Annual Job and Resource Fair for National Disability Employment Awareness Month on October 3, 2019
More than 160 job seekers attended the Hollywood WorkSource Center’s 4th Annual Job and Resource Fair for National Disability Employment Awareness month on Thursday, October 3. 2019.

The job fair’s goal is to increase community awareness about employers who welcome hiring individuals with disabilities to their workforce and to showcase resources available to the disabled community to help them overcome barriers to employment. The job fair also presents an opportunity for the Hollywood WorkSource Center, overseen by EWDD partner Managed Career Solutions, to connect their vetted and trained job seeker talent pool with employers.

LA:RISE Participant Jose
With the support and encouragement of his sister and niece, Jose enrolled in the LA:RISE program to develop job skills and build a better future.

When Jose began his journey at LA:RISE social enterprise partner Goodwill of Southern California, he lacked transportation to get to appointments and was at-risk of homelessness, which he feared would set back his recovery from drug addiction.

Joe and Celia Ward-Wallace Owners of Leimart Park area eatery The South LA Café
The South Los Angeles BusinessSource Center helped entrepreneurs Joe and Celia Ward-Wallace obtain a $250,000 loan, an infusion of capital that will allow them to launch the South LA Café.

Joe and Celia’s vision for the South LA Café is to create a gathering place and cultural hub that could provide affordable healthy food options, along with gourmet coffee. They also wanted to build a place with rentable space for community events, along with regular weekend and evening entertainment.

the 150 attendees of EWDD Financial Management Division's Financial Grants Management Training pose outside of the Southern California Goodwill office Community Room

EWDD’s Financial Management Division (FMD) conducted an intensive two-day Financial Grants Management Training for EWDD subrecipients September 25 to 26, 2019 at the Goodwill of Southern California Community Room. The training room was set up for 150 attendees and was at near capacity both days.

EWDD Interim General Manager John L. Reamer, Jr. and Assistant General Manager of Workforce Development Robert Sainz welcomed attendees and reminded them of the critical roles fiscal officers and staff play in administering EWDD’s various grant programs.

Compass Rose Collaborative September 2019 Cohort for the Forklift Training Program
A dozen Compass Rose Collaborative (CRC) participants assembled Friday September 27, 2019 for forklift training in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles. The forklift training is one component of safety training, including OSHA10 and CPR, that participants take to receive a pre-apprenticeship certificate, a pathway to the construction trades.

“This was one of the best cohorts,” said EWDD Senior Project Assistant Juan Romero, who oversees the program. “The men were focused. A lot of them are ready to join the workforce. They were really good.”