EWDD Stories of Inspiration and Success

Ekaterina Evdokimova (far right) teaching the nuances of the Russian language to three young students by using art at her new Encino business 2Belingual Language School
The West Valley BusinessSource Center (BSC) recently provided guidance to Ekaterina Evdokimova on the cultural tenets of entrepreneurship in the US, paving the way for her to open 2Belingual Language School in Encino.

After emigrating to the US from Russia, Ekaterina was interested in opening a Russian tutoring center for children as she found that most of the people from the post-Soviet Union wanted their children to preserve the Russian language. At a local Russian Business Women Event, Ekaterina met West Valley BSC business coach Elya Narinyan, who informed her about EWDD’s 16 BusinessSource Centers.

at the Vernon-Central/LATTC WorkSource Center, representatives from Amazon assist job seekers with applications for LA area warehousing jobs
Approximately 80 individuals attended and interviewed for jobs at the inaugural LA:RISE (Los Angeles Regional Initiative for Social Enterprise) Hiring Fair, held Thursday February 13, 2020 at the Vernon-Central/Los Angeles Trade-Tech College (LATTC) WorkSource Center (WSC).

The hiring fair is the first in a series of events tailored specifically for LA:RISE participants, a program geared toward helping individuals with high barriers to employment, including individuals experiencing homelessness, re-entry job seekers and

Jeremiah, participant in CRCD Enterprises LA:RISE program, speaks about his successful program experience
EWDD is a leadership team partner of the Los Angeles Regional Initiative for Social Enterprise (LA:RISE). The City’s WorkSource Centers and LA:RISE prioritize at-risk individuals who are neither in school nor employed.

The following story illustrates the success of the LA:RISE program, made possible through the efforts of EWDD, our partner agencies, and the LA:RISE clients.

(left to right) VSEDC BusinessSource Business Coach, Juan Reyna and Luis Gutierrez pose happily after successfully applying for permits for their LA City sidewalk vending businesses
The South Los Angeles BusinessSource Center (BSC) recently assisted longtime sidewalk vendors Juan Reyna and Luis Gutierrez with applying for permits required by the City of Los Angeles Sidewalk and Park Vending Program, which went into effect January 1, 2020.

Juan and Luis recently visited the South LA BSC, run by EWDD partner Vermont Slauson Economic Development Corporation (VSEDC) for information on complying with the new requirements of the program. At the center, a business coach helped them apply for a Business Tax Registration Certificate (BTRC), California Sellers Permits, and the StreetsLA Sidewalk Vendors Permit badges.

Jenny Zamora cuts the ribbon officially launching her new Panorama City business, Jenny’s Dog Grooming
Inspired by the entrepreneurial spirit of their mother, sisters Jenny and Christian (“Chris”) Zamora opened up their own respective dog grooming businesses with the help of the North Valley and South Valley BusinessSource Centers (BSCs).

“They are really helpful because they answer the questions that you don’t even know you have,” Jenny said. “You don’t even know that you need these types of licenses, you need this or that. They really do tell you what you need.”

EWDD’s Rapid Response team hosting an unemployment orientation for Forever 21 employees laid off following the closure of the Lincoln Heights deployment center
EWDD’s Rapid Response team recently provided transitional services to 580 warehouse workers impacted by the bankruptcy of fast fashion company Forever 21, which is shuttering its Lincoln Heights deployment center and relocating to Perris, CA.

EWDD, in partnership with the California Employment Development Department (EDD), Covered California, and the Los Angeles Unified School District Division of Adult and Career Education (DACE), held 40 orientations in 10 days to provide employees with information about how to apply for benefits such as healthcare, and unemployment and job training.