Ana and Charles, owners of AfroAnansi
The Harbor-Watts BusinessSource Center (BSC) helped Ana and Charles, owners of AfroAnansi, turn their former home-based side hustle into a thriving business during COVID-19.

Ana and Charles first connected with the Harbor-Watts BSC during a monthly First Friday virtual networking event for Watts area small businesses and entrepreneurs. After graduating with her masters in social work in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, Ana made the difficult decision to place her career on hold to help their five-year old son Elikem navigate distance learning.First Friday virtual networking event.

German Ixcoy demonstrating the full protective suits he and his staff wear to safeguard his clients
The East Los Angeles BusinessSource Center (BSC) helped long-term client German Ixcoy launch his janitorial business, Cleaning Revolution, and guided its expansion in 2020 to meet increased demand due to COVID-19.

After a decade working in the janitorial and maintenance industry, Mr. Ixcoy worked closely with the East LA BSC to establish his business in June 2019. He received extensive one-on-one business consulting assistance, along with financial and strategic planning.

Yandra Rivera, owner of La Esmeralda jewelry store in Panorama City
The South Valley BusinessSource Center (BSC) helped Yandra Rivera, owner of La Esmeralda jewelry store, obtain a $5,000 grant from the LA Regional COVID-19 Recovery Fund that will allow her to keep her doors open.

“The South Valley BusinessSource Center helped me obtain a grant that allowed me to pay the past-due rent and utilities for my business location,” she said. “I am very thankful because my business is still open. It is a difficult time but I am persevering.”

Hire LA's Youth participant, Hector, 14, learned how to produce music
EWDD’s YouthSource team and Hire LA’s Youth partner Notes for Notes® recently held a virtual listening party celebrating the creative collaborations of youth participants who successfully produced songs and music videos while practicing socially distancing.

In summer 2020, Notes for Notes® partnered with Hire LA’s Youth, bringing youth from Boyle Heights Technology YouthSource Center together for a unique experience. Over six weeks, participants gained experience in music production and were exposed to the ins and outs of the music industry.

LA Regional COVID-19 Recovery Fund logo
The LA Regional COVID-19 Recovery Fund provided a grant to Rosa Sanchez that allowed her to cover COVID-19 related expenses for her store, A & R Gifts General.

The store is a small gift shop and botanical store, located just a few miles south of the University of Southern California (USC). With the help of the LA Regional COVID-19 Recovery Fund grant, Rosa was able to pay the store’s rent and electricity bill.

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.

Exterior of El Arte Barbershop in South Los Angeles
The LA Regional COVID-19 Fund provided a grant that helped El Arte Barbershop stay open and make modifications to its business to align with new COVID-19 safety standards.

El Arte Barbershop is a family owned establishment that has served the South LA community for more than 40 years. Continuing the family business alongside his father Roberto Sanchez, Sr., Roberto Sanchez, Jr. has worked hard to keep El Arte in South LA, which is meaningful to Sanchez, as the barbershop has served the Latino community in the neighborhood for decades.