Aracely Barboza, owner of L.A. based skin care company Xicali
The East Los Angeles BusinessSource Center (BSC) helped long-term client Aracely Barboza successfully apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loan Funds (EIDL) and grants to keep her skin care business, Xicali, afloat during COVID-19.

Xicali is a Los Angeles-based, 100 percent Latinx-owned, all-natural skin care and CBD products company. Since 2019, the East LA BSC has provided Ms. Barboza extensive business consulting including strategic planning and technical assistance to obtain required licenses and permits which helped her launch Xicali as a home-based business that June.

teacher with toddler learning to stack blocks
In an effort to assist Early Childcare Education (ECE) workers that lost their jobs or had their hours reduced due to the Coronavirus pandemic, EWDD held virtual workshops about how the City’s BusinessSource and WorkSource Centers offer resources that can help them stay afloat.

EWDD held the event in support of Mayor Garcetti’s partnership with the Los Angeles Unified School District Division of Adult and Career Education (LAUSD-DACE). Offered in English and Spanish, the virtual event

LA:RISE participant Logan, now employed full-time in the culinary industry
After a disagreement with their parents, Logan was kicked out of the house and experienced homelessness at age 18.

When seeking a community and support, Logan found the Los Angeles LGBT Center and became active in their Employment Program. Eager to join the workforce for the first time and build work experience, Logan was referred to the LA:RISE program, where they gained 300 hours of culinary training at the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s culinary social enterprise.

LA:RISE participant Teddy, now employed full-time as a supervisor
Before enrolling in LA:RISE at social enterprise Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO), Teddy faced several barriers to finding and keeping employment. The restrictions of his probation presented an obstacle, and without a steady place to live, Teddy was at-risk of experiencing homelessness.

He was eager to get his foot in the door and feel the pride that comes from working.

The Bixel Exchange's virtual tech internships event, Tech Talent Pipeline Employee Showcase
As part of EWDD’s ongoing efforts to provide underrepresented communities equitable access to careers in the tech industry, EWDD’s YouthSource Centers invited participants to the “Tech Talent Pipeline Employee Showcase,” a virtual event highlighting tech internships.

The Bixel Exchange, the technology and innovation arm of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, held the event Wednesday, March 3, 2021. Sixteen employers presented information about their companies, followed by two breakout sessions that allowed young Angelenos to network and connect with potential employers.

Joanna and Eber Donis, owners of Donis Upholstery in Northridge
The Hollywood BusinessSource Center (BSC) provided extensive business coaching to entrepreneur Joanna Donis, helping her and her husband Eber launch their business Donis Upholstery.

In June 2020, Joanna reached out to the Hollywood BSC to meet with one of the business coaches for a one-on-one consultation about starting her upholstery business. The business coach provided Joanna with extensive information about the necessary permits and licenses for her business, along with more information about business structures, access to capital, and credit information.

L.A. Community Care Corp and Community Organized Relief Effort (CORE) program participants Irma and Joseph
Irma and Joseph were both on probation when they were referred to the Northeast Valley WorkSource Center, where they attended job readiness workshops and received career coaching. At the center, they also learned about the City of LA’s Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance (FCIHO), which states that private employers and city contractors cannot inquire about an applicant’s criminal history until after a conditional offer of employment has been made.

Both participants said learning about the Fair Chance Initiative lifted their spirits and gave them hope that they could find jobs. Irma and Joseph also expressed gratitude to Northeast Valley Business Service Representative Catalina Rodriguez, who provided them guidance and encouragement as they prepared to reenter the workforce.

Adriana and Vidal Cortes, owner-operators of Delicious and Delicious at Dunbar Soul and Mexican food fusion restaurants
The South Los Angeles BusinessSource Center helped steer father-daughter duo Adriana and Vidal Cortes toward financial resources to help keep their South LA soul food eateries “Delicious at Dunbar” and “Delicious” afloat during COVID-19.

Since 2011, Adriana and her father Vidal have owned and operated “Delicious,” a restaurant specializing in “Southern cuisine with an Angeleno Mexican twist.” In 2018, they celebrated the grand opening of their second location “Delicious at Dunbar,” the ground floor restaurant of the Dunbar Hotel, once considered the heart of the Central Avenue jazz scene and cultural hub of the African American community.

M&F Laundry Service in Canoga Park
The West Valley BusinessSource Center (BSC) helped Arutyun Vartnayan, owner of M&F Laundry Service successfully obtain loans to help his commercial laundry service weather the economic hardships created by the Coronavirus pandemic.

Arutyun Vartnayan, also known as Harry, first came to the West Valley BSC in April 2020 for assistance in applying for the City’s Small Business Emergency Microloan program. Working closely with West Valley BSC Site Manager Marlen Lara, Harry applied and obtained loans from the City’s Small Business Emergency Microloan Program and the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL), which allowed him to retain his five employees.

Promotoras de Salud, COVID-19 education and community response outreach team
The Southeast Valley WorkSource Center (WSC) utilized funding from the Los Angeles Community Care Corp (LACCC) program to build a healthcare education community outreach team, which provided job opportunities to individuals who lost their jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Southeast Valley WSC, overseen by EWDD contractor EL Proyecto del Barrio, created Promotoras de Salud, a COVID-19 education and community response outreach team.

Before and after pictures of a LACCC Clean Streets project in South LA
Approximately 641 individuals who lost their jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic were connected with job opportunities related to COVID-19 relief and recovery efforts through the Los Angeles Community Care Corp (LACCC) program.

In partnership with the Mayor’s Office, Council District Offices and Community Build, Inc., EWDD’s 16 WorkSource Centers expedited implementation of the program in 30 days in order to expend funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act before it expired on December 30, 2020. Participants were offered jobs that paid $22 per hour up to 200 paid hours, providing much-needed financial assistance during the holiday season.

Ara Tien, owner of Chop Chop Chicken
The Mid-City BusinessSource Center (BSC) helped Mr. Ara Tien, owner of Chop Chop Chicken, successfully obtain COVID-19 disaster loans that allowed him to keep his business open and retain 18 employees.

In 2018, Mr. Tien, who has more than 30 years of experience in the food industry, opened the first Chop Chop Chicken location in Monterey Park. The mediterranean fusion restaurant proved quite successful, and as business was booming, he opened his second location next to USC.