Compass Rose Collaborative, Los Angeles, Cohort 4 Graduation on December 18, 2018
In late December 2018, the latest cohort of the Compass Rose Collaborative (CRC) completed their five-week Reentry Apprenticeship Training Program. The group completed more than 160 hours of hands on training and obtained OSHA30, CPR, forklift, and Pre-Apprentice Certification.

Participants were treated to a catered lunch sponsored by So-Cal Burgers Chill & Grill, along with proclamations from Assemblyman Miguel Santiago.

Vernon-Central WorkSource Career Coach Jessica Fuentes (left) stands beside client Elsy Sanchez
The Vernon-Central/Los Angeles Trade-Technical College WorkSource Center helped Elsy Sanchez successfully find employment at a local 99 cents store after she was out of work for more than a year.

One of Elsy’s main barriers to employment was that she does not have a car and relies heavily on public transportation. She is also illiterate in her native language and is afraid to navigate the city’s transportation system to unfamiliar places.

exterior of the Portside Used Truck Sales Company in San Pedro
The Harbor Region BusinessSource Center helped entrepreneur Artemio Benitez obtain a $414,000 Small Business Administration loan (SBA) for his business Portside Used Truck Sales, Inc., providing him cash flow that allowed him to hire 10 new employees.

Artemio approached the Harbor BusinessSource Center requesting a $400,000 short term loan to purchase inventory and pay off his high-cost credit. The Harbor Region BusinessSource conducted a financial analysis and determined that bypassing Artemio’s current credit line with a Small Business Administration loan would increase the profitability of each Portside transaction by approximately 30 percent, increasing profit margins, and allow the business to expand at a much faster rate.