(left to right) Jose Molina, owner of MGD Door Installation, with South Los Angeles BusinessSource consultant Fernando Borja
The South Los Angeles BusinessSource Center helped entrepreneur Jose Molina, owner of MGD Door Installation, take his business to the next level.

Jose had worked in the door installation field for 18 years, primarily as a handyman and installing doors based on referrals from friends and family. Searching for business resources, Jose learned about the South Los Angeles BusinessSource Center and spoke with a business consultant.

Recent college grad Susana Gonzalez, who found a new job with help from the Vernon-Central WorkSource Center
The Vernon-Central/Los Angeles Technical Trade College (LATTC) WorkSource Center helped recent college graduate Susana Gonzalez apply her Bachelor’s degree in Social Welfare and Disabilities Studies to land a job as a Client Services Coordinator position with non-profit Chrysalis.

Susana, a bilingual adult participant, first visited the WorkSource Center in mid-January 2019, where she enrolled for services. Susana met with an intake specialist, who noted her active community involvement and recommended that she attend a job fair specifically recruiting case managers.

Resource fair vendors and job seekers at Transcend, the first ever South LA Transgender Job Fair, held March 13, 2019 in partnership with the Vernon-Central/LATTC WorkSource
More than 500 job seekers attended “Transcend,” billed as the first ever South Los Angeles Transgender Job Fair on March 13, 2019, held in partnership with the Vernon-Central/Los Angeles Trade Technical College WorkSource Center.

Approximately 74 employers from various fields ranging from film to food service conducted an estimated 150 interviews the day of the job fair, with Starbucks offering 15 jobs on the spot, said Rex Wilde, Program Director at TransCanWork, a job fair sponsor.

Veteran Vinicius Cosac (right), with WorkSource Career Coach Ernesto Garcia (left), staffed the APAIT booth at the 2019 South LA Transcend Transgender Job Fair
A veteran who found a new job after the Vernon-Central/Los Angeles Trade Technical College (LATTC) WorkSource Center provided funding for his Electrocardiograph Technician training, staffed his organization’s booth at the “Transcend” South Los Angeles Transgender Job Fair.

Vinicius Cosac is a US Army veteran who was discharged from the armed forces in December 2000. After getting laid off in August 2018, Vinicius visited the Vernon-Central/LATTC seeking training opportunities and job placement assistance.

Maria Martinez at her business in Panorama City, Pura Agua Lupita, a purified water retail store
The North Valley BusinessSource Center (BSC) helped entrepreneurs Francisco Romero and wife Maria Martinez refinance predatory loans, gain a better understanding of sales tax regulations and improve their overall business plan and strategy.

Francisco and Maria own Pura Agua Lupita, a Panorama City retail corner store whose primary product is purified water. Maria runs and manages the store, which has been open since 2004.

They came to the North Valley BusinessSource Center office asking for assistance to

Ivor Bok poses beside Metro city buses
EWDD premiered two inspirational social media videos this week featuring Ivor Bok, a graduate of the Metro Bridge Academy at Los Angeles Valley College who shares his trajectory from job seeker to bus operator at Metro.

“My family is my ‘why’ and I suggest that you find your ‘why’,” he said. “I know all of you have a reason, a ‘why’, mine was my family.”

Funded by EWDD, the Metro Bridge Academy is a 70-hour training program that prepares