Martha, RebootLA participant
In October 2020, a Facebook pop-up ad about RebootLA appeared in Martha’s feed, an encouraging sign that it was time to enroll in a program she had long considered – coding bootcamp. Two weeks before, Martha got a DUI and RebootLA appealed to her because it offered sponsorships, financial support and training for individuals with a criminal record to pursue careers in the tech industry.

The program helped Martha regain

(left) David Barlavi, owner of Cell Funds
The Central/West BusinessSource Center helped Daniel Barlavi, owner of mobile phone recycling company Cell Funds, obtain funding from several COVID-19 financial assistance programs, allowing him to keep his business open and save six jobs.

Established in 2006 in Sherman Oaks, Cell Funds specializes in recycling, refurbishing, and reselling used cell phones and other small electronics. The business provides individuals and organizations an eco-friendly opportunity to

Chef Ramon “Ray” Sanchez, founder of QQ Café
QQ Café is a Downtown Los Angeles-based, 100% Latino-owned restaurant located near the Los Angeles Flower Market. Founded by Chef Ramon “Ray” Sanchez, QQ Café has been operating since 2012 and has become a well-known staple to local residents and patrons of the Los Angeles Flower Market.

QQ Café, has been a long-term client of the East Los Angeles BusinessSource Center (ELA BSC) since its founding in 2012. The ELA BSC has provided QQ Café with extensive business services ranging from

On The Go LA food truck
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.

Grid110 recently highlighted participants Gabriel Gamez and Enrique Loyola, founders of On The Go LA, which provides an easy, low-cost way for local food entrepreneurs — chefs, pop-ups, and caterers — to rent a food truck and serve their food to multiple communities

Hire LA's Youth participants selected to work with the Stentorians of Los Angeles City
EWDD YouthSource Director Makeda Vela recently attended the kick-off event for Earn, Learn and Play, an initiative by Mayor Eric Garcetti and LA County Superintendent of Education Debra Duardo that is dedicated to ensuring that young Angelenos have access to summer internships, learning enrichment programs and recreational activities.

The program is designed to provide youth opportunities and experiences that will prepare them for the

a collage of GRID110 assisted entrepreneurs
Grid110, a 501c3 clean technology start-up incubator dedicated to helping entrepreneurs launch their businesses, recently celebrated its sixth anniversary and the 200 companies it has assisted since it was founded.

“Just like our companies, Grid110 started as an idea. Our founding team came together to create a community that they wished existed at the time. A community that better reflected the diversity of innovators and businesses they saw in their Downtown LA neighborhood and the greater Los Angeles area. This shared vision was so powerful that