EWDD Stories of Inspiration and Success

Wo'se Kofi (far right) owner of Baba's Vegan Cafe in South L.A.
From his beginnings of rapping at local poetry and evening events, Wo'se Kofi realized that after shows, there were no healthy options at venues or nearby in South LA.

As someone who was raised vegan, Wo'se thought it would be great to provide this option for audiences. He had prior experience in restaurants, so it felt like a natural calling to

Ambo, LA:RISE Participant, working at the Skid Row ReFresh Spot in DTLA
Ambonisye, or "Ambo" as he likes to be called, came into the West Adams WorkSource Center (WSC) after receiving an email about the LA:RISE program. Ambo was looking for work and ready to start his career.

After learning about the program requirements, Ambo was asked what he wanted for his future career

LA:RISE and Chrysalis logos
Ten years into his career as a barber, Anthony found himself in an on-the-job altercation that led him to serve five years in prison. While incarcerated, Anthony reflected on his career and his future.

Upon his release from prison, Anthony's brother recommended that he check out LA:RISE social enterprise partner Chrysalis for assistance in restarting his career. At the time, Anthony was

Candice Jacobs, owner of cosmetic dental service Smile 4 Less
The Mid-City BusinessSource Center (BSC) helped long-term client Candice Jacobs, owner of cosmetic dental service Smile 4 Less, obtain access capital to sustain her business and assist its economic recovery during COVID-19. These efforts allowed Smile 4 Less to retain four jobs and create one job.

In addition, a Mid-City BSC business counselor uncovered that Candice was targeted by an identity thief, a

Brandon "Stix" Salaam-Bailey, founder of The ThinkWatts Foundation
The Harbor-Watts BusinessSource Center (BSC) recently partnered with Brandon "Stix" Salaam-Bailey, founder of The ThinkWatts Foundation, and MasterCard for their six-week Business Builder Program.

Local, minority-owned small businesses and entrepreneurs were invited to the January 24th kick-off event at

Dulan's Soul Food Kitchen exterior
EWDD's BusinessSource Centers (BSCs) helped numerous small businesses apply for the Super Bowl LVI Business Connect program, which works to connect experienced, event-ready Los Angeles County businesses with opportunities to compete for contracts related to Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium.

The Business Connect program is also committed to supporting minority, woman, LGBTQ+ and veteran-owned