September 9, 2021 LAWA and SoFi Hiring Fair
Nearly 3,000 job seekers attended the Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) and SoFi hiring fair last week, which offered more than 5,000 job openings provided by more than 45 employers. The job openings included opportunities in the airline industry, food services and hospitality.

Representatives from EWDD’s Rapid Response Team and WorkSource Centers were on-site to aid Angelenos impacted by COVID-related job loss, introducing

Zorel Ramirez Ortiz, owner of Zoreif Transport
Since January 2020, the Hollywood BusinessSource Center (BSC) has offered continuous assistance to Zorel Ramirez Ortiz, owner of Zoreif Transport.

Zorel first connected with the Hollywood BSC for assistance on a loan application, which she paused due to the COVID-19 outbreak. In July 2021, Zorel reached back out to a Hollywood BSC business consultant for help launching her business, Zoreif Transport. After an initial assessment,

Donza at his 2021 LA City College Graduation ceremony
The South Los Angeles BusinessSource Center (BSC) provided a number of business services to Donza, helping him launch his own sidewalk vendor business. Donza recently overcame eight years of homelessness and earned a degree at Los Angeles City College. He said he was street smart, but he needed help becoming a street vendor.

In 2020, the South Los Angeles BSC team provided Donza guidance to obtain the required permits to sell merchandise on the sidewalks. He officially launched

27th Street Bakery in South Los Angeles, California
Located in the historic Central Avenue corridor in South Los Angeles is the family-owned business 27th Street Bakery. Founded in 1956 by Jeanette Bolden-Pickens’ grandparents, the third-generation bakery became a household name for their homemade-style sweet potato pies and has since grown into the largest manufacturer of sweet potato pies on the West Coast.

Jeanette, an Olympic gold medalist in the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, continues to run the family business. In 2019, the building that served as the bakery’s longtime home was unexpectedly

(left to right) Nina Joshi and Lina Borgo of Mina Health
EWDD administers and supports several incubators in the City of Los Angeles through Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding, including Grid110, an economic and community development non-profit dedicated to creating pathways to success for early-stage entrepreneurs in Los Angeles.

In a recent Founder's Spotlight blog post on Medium, Grid110 highlighted participants Nina Joshi and Lina Borgo, friends and founders of Mina Health, a platform dedicated to guiding women through a natural and major life transition – menopause.

Sofi Stadium Hiring Fair, 9 September 2021
With Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) came to an end on September 4, 2021, EWDD’s Rapid Response Team is working diligently to register Angelenos for job training at the City’s WorkSource Centers that will allow them to extend their benefits.

EWDD has also partnered with LAX to provide training sessions to assist Angelenos who lost their jobs due to the decline in air travel during COVID-19, including former employees of LAX, Van Nuys Airport and surrounding hospitality businesses, including hotels and shuttle drivers. However, these job training opportunities are available to all