happy preschool age children in reading circle
The LA Regional COVID-19 Recovery Fund provided a grant to Rebecca Sumandal, founder of Little Imaginations Child Care Center, that alleviated the financial strain on her business and allowed her business to continue to operate.

Little Imaginations Child Care provides affordable family childcare to working parents. During the pandemic, while safety guidelines allowed socially distanced activities, Rebecca got creative and started hosting hiking trips.

OSHA Achievement Safety Standards Certificate of Completion
The LA Regional COVID-19 Fund provided a grant that helped Erick Farruggia, owner of Safety Achievement LLC, shore up his company against some of the financial hazards caused by the pandemic.

Safety Achievement LLC is an occupational health and safety consultant service company that works with companies to identify non-compliance issues and hazards and provide training to establish a safe workplace environment. The company offers services including health and safety inspections, employee certifications, and on-site training to ensure that companies implement safety measures for their employees.

Juan Ramirez, owner of El Rinconcito Del Mar in Boyle Heights
The Hollywood BusinessSource Center (BSC) helped Juan Ramirez, owner of El Rinconcito Del Mar restaurant in Boyle Heights, obtain multiple loans and grants that allowed his restaurant to stay open and retain six employees during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In March 2020, Juan reached out to Lai Xu, a business coach at the Hollywood BusinessSource Center, operated by Managed Career Solutions Inc.

LA:RISE participant Stephanie
When Stephanie (left) graduated from high school, she found herself at a crossroads. Not enrolled in college or working, Stephanie began searching for an opportunity to develop on-the-job skills, build stability, and prevent homelessness.

The LA:RISE program gave Stephanie the opportunity to enroll in YWCA’s Digital Learning Academy. While there, Stephanie completed her on-the-job training by teaching seniors technology skills and working as a teacher’s assistant at a monthly youth coding boot camp.

LA:RISE participant Adrain
The LA:RISE program helped Adrain (left) successfully transition back into the workforce after he was released from prison. The job readiness training he received through the program helped Adrain land two jobs as a security guard and sweeper for Chrysalis Works.

Growing up, Adrain was a great student with good grades and a love for school. But as an adult, Adrain made several mistakes that led him into incarceration.

Anthony Jolly inside his Leimert Park business, Hot and Cool Café
The South LA BusinessSource Center (BSC) provided extensive business counseling to long-term client Anthony Jolly (left), the owner of Hot and Cool Café, helping the restaurant thrive and adapt to COVID-19 health and safety guidelines.

The café opened in 2018 in Leimert Park in South LA. Over the past two years, business coach Terry Gubatan has assisted Mr. Jolly with a variety of services.