Mr. Young Yoo, owner of Korean-Hawaiian restaurant Ohana BBQ
The Mid-City BusinessSource Center (BSC) recently helped Mr. Young Yoo, owner of Korean-Hawaiian restaurant Ohana BBQ, acquire $224,000 through various disaster loan programs which allowed him to keep six of his employees on payroll.

Mr. Yoo emigrated from Korea to the United States in 1980. In 2005, he purchased the Korean-Hawaiian restaurant Ohana BBQ, based in Studio City. During the peak of the pandemic in March and April 2020, Ohana BBQ’s revenue dropped dramatically.

Isaac Thotz, the co-owner of mixed music venue The Sardine in San Pedro
The Harbor-Watts BusinessSource Center (BSC) helped Mr. Isaac Thotz, the co-owner of mixed music venue The Sardine in San Pedro, obtain COVID-19 relief loans that allowed his nascent business to keep eight employees and shift to an online business model.

Mr. Thotz contacted the Harbor-Watts BusinessSource Center in March 2020 looking for assistance with COVID-19 relief options.

Mariana Ospital, owner of Mariana’s Services
The West Valley BusinessSource Center helped long-term client Mariana Ospital successfully apply for three loans to help her business “Mariana’s Services” stay open during COVID-19.

Mariana’s Services is a One-Stop-Shop that provides services for taxes, insurance, civil marriages, and travel. Mariana first began working with the BusinessSource Centers in 2017, and has received extensive business guidance since then.

LA sidewalk vendor Nicolas Martinez
The Central/West Region BusinessSource Center (BSC) helped Mr. M. successfully obtain a sidewalk vending permit for his fresh fruit business.

A decade after starting his business, Mr. M. attended a City of Los Angeles Sidewalk and Park Vendor Permit Program orientation at the Central/West BSC, where a business counselor assisted him through the permit application process from start to finish.

So Cal Success for All Virtual Job Fair social media post
EWDD partnered with the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce to co-host the So Cal Success for All Virtual Job Fair, held Thursday September 3, 2020. EWDD’s 16 WorkSource Centers attended the event, which marked EWDD’s inaugural virtual job fair, the first of many to come in light of new health and safety measures due to COVID-19.

More than 150 people attended each Zoom session to hear from employers about how to apply for upcoming jobs, according to the Chamber.

Nattawat and Suey Kiattisak, owners of Flavors of Thai Restaurant
The East Los Angeles BusinessSource Center (ELA BSC) helped Nattawat and Suey Kiattisak, owners of Flavors of Thai, secure federal loans to retain 17 employees. The ELA BSC also helped them successfully apply for the Los Angeles Al Fresco program, which has allowed them to stay open during COVID-19.

The husband and wife team founded Flavors of Thai in 2014, realizing a lifelong dream of opening a restaurant offering traditional Thai cuisine, however the restaurant suffered severe economic impacts due to the pandemic.

LA:RISE program participant Torcel at his first full-time job
The Vernon-Central/Los Angeles Technical Trade College WorkSource Center (WSC) provided recent parolee Armando job training to join the construction trades and now he is four months away from acquiring journeyman status in his union.

The WorkSource Center, run by EWDD partner Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD), also provided Armando financial literacy training to help him improve his financial record by establishing a budget, build his credit score, and manage earnings from his living wage job.

Armando working construction at SoFi Stadium
The Vernon-Central/Los Angeles Technical Trade College WorkSource Center (WSC) provided recent parolee Armando job training to join the construction trades and now he is four months away from acquiring journeyman status in his union.

The WorkSource Center, run by EWDD partner Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD), also provided Armando financial literacy training to help him improve his financial record by establishing a budget, build his credit score, and manage earnings from his living wage job.

Alina Cardenas, owner of Proust Bakery
The South Valley BusinessSource Center helped pastry chef and baker Alina Cardenas launch Proust Bakery in April 2020, which has successfully secured wholesale accounts during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I would absolutely recommend the BusinessSource Centers to other businesses,” she said. “Whether you are wondering where to start, or if you have already been established, I think everyone could benefit from this wonderful community resource.”

interior of the new LA LGBT Center Café
The Los Angeles LGBT Center recently hired participants from the Hire LA’S Youth and LA:RISE program to serve as baristas at the Center’s newly opened Liberation Coffee House, which provides a safe environment for disconnected and homeless youth to gain valuable work experience.

The café, which celebrated its grand opening on August 17, 2020, is staffed by graduates from the Center’s intergenerational Culinary Arts Training Program, which provides 300 hours of transitional employment, including detailed culinary instruction, hands-on experience preparing meals for members of the Center, and 100-hour industry internships at local restaurants and food service venues.

Jarvis Young, franchise owner of Papa John's Pizza in Hyde Park, Los Angeles
The South Los Angeles BusinessSource Center (BSC) helped married couple Jarvis and Josslyn Young grow their Papa John’s Pizza franchise, including assisting them in hiring new employees during COVID-19.

In 2017, the Youngs established their Papa John’s on Crenshaw Boulevard in South LA’s Hyde Park neighborhood. Their business experienced a dive in revenue during the construction of the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project, which greatly impacted traffic flow and access around their location. The couple turned to the South LA BSC for assistance, which is overseen by the Vermont Slauson Economic Development Corporation’s (VSEDC).

John Lyuh, owner of New World Camping in Koreatown, Los Angeles
The Hollywood BusinessSource Center assisted John Lyuh, owner of New World Camping, with obtaining a $10,000 loan through the City of Los Angeles Small Business Emergency Microloan program.

New World Camping is a small business located in Koreatown that sells outdoor sporting goods year round. John’s store, like many other non-essential businesses, unfortunately had to close due to the Safer at Home orders that took place back in March 2020.