L.A. stories of inspiration and success

L.A. stories of inspiration and success

Council District 13 Councilmember Hugo Soto-Martinez (center, wearing a black jacket with the LA City Seal and a maroon polo shirt) at the Hollywood BusinessSource Center during a tour of BusinessSource, YouthSource and WorkSource Centers in CD13; EWDD General Manager Carolyn Hull, fourth from right; EWDD Assistant General Manager of Economic Development Fred Jackson, far right
Last month, Councilmember Hugo Soto-Martinez (Council District 13) visited EWDD’s service centers, the Hollywood BusinessSource Center (BSC), the Westlake YouthSource Center (YSC), and the Hollywood WorkSource Center (WSC) to learn about the ongoing workforce and business development resources available at all centers to the community.

At the BSC tour, Councilmember Soto-Martinez met with EWDD leadership and BSC staff to engage in a robust conversation about small businesses in the district and how all parties can come together to collaborate to uplift businesses in the area. Additionally, the team heard about Cecilia's experience as a street vendor seeking a street vending permit. Through the BSC’s help, Cecilia submitted all the necessary paperwork in 20 minutes, even with a language barrier, resulting in a successful application submission for a street vending permit.

On Soto-Martinez’s visit to the YSC and WSC, he joined EWDD’s Workforce Development leadership to meet on-site with partners, participants, employers and staff for a rich and contextualized experience reflective of Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA) programs and services. This visit allowed the Councilmember to gain a better understanding of the comprehensive workforce development resources available at the City's WSC and YSC locations in CD13.

EWDD looks forward to working with all Council Districts to ensure maximum service delivery to their respective constituencies.

The City of Los Angeles offers a variety of services, programs and benefits to all of our residents. BusinessSource Centers offer resources to microenterprises, small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs that help revitalize our economy and strengthen our local communities. WorkSource Centers support both job seekers and local businesses by offering free job training, resume and placement services, as well as staffing and HR support for employers. YouthSource Centers provide our teens and young adults assistance with completing high school and getting into college, finding a career path and skills training, and mentoring with all around support. Whatever you need, EWDD is here to help you achieve your goals.

This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from April 2024. Read this issue and more.