Cristina Villaseñor (right) owner of Famous Apples
The North Valley BusinessSource Center (BSC) provided support during COVID-19 to long-time client Cristina Villaseñor, helping her keep her business Famous Apples open and win a coveted spot to compete for contracts related to Super Bowl LVI, which will be held in Los Angeles in 2022.

Cristina began working closely with the North Valley BSC in July 2019, just days before Famous Apples had their grand opening. Throughout 2019 and 2020, the North Valley BSC assisted Famous Apples with

Allan, Boyle Heights Technology YouthSource Center participant
After enrolling in the Boyle Heights Technology YouthSource Center (YSC) program in March 2021, Allan earned short-term certifications in OSHA10 and Confined Safety Space. He also completed a 120 hour paid internship.

When he was hired at Mission Bakery & Café, the Boyle Heights YSC provided Allan with work boots. Allan said that

Marty, Boyle Heights Technology YouthSource Center
When Marty enrolled in the Boyle Heights Technology YouthSource program in March 2021, he was not attending school or working. The YSC connected him to a paid Summer Youth Employment Program Internship of 120 hours.

Marty was placed at the Variety Boys & Girls Club, where he was responsible for distributing daily food baskets to the club's members. After completing his

Jesus Resendiz, owner of Tony's Bros
Before his passing in 2015, Jesus Resendiz’s father offered bartending and waiter services to private parties for years as a way to take care of his family. Jesus wanted to carry on his father’s legacy. He had his dad's clientele list with many potential customers, but needed guidance on where and how to start.

Jesus reached out to the Harbor-Watts BusinessSource Center (BSC) in the hopes that they could assist him with applications for the proper licenses and permits to operate legally. After the needs assessment was conducted,

EWDD General Manager Carolyn Hull
On Friday May 21, 2021, EWDD General Manager Carolyn Hull was a panelist for Resilient Cities: Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises Powering Local and Regional Economic Recovery, a virtual event held by the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard University, in collaboration with City Possible.

Carolyn served as a representative of the City of LA and shared the challenges, outcomes and lessons learned from how the City provided economic assistance during COVID-19. Carolyn’s presentation focused on a select group of COVID-19 programs funded by the City, including the following: the Small Business

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Monique was laid off from LAX DHL through AEROTEK during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In partnership with Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), EWDD held a series of virtual Rapid Response sessions to assist employees who were impacted by the mass layoffs at LAX due to the pandemic. The sessions offered guidance to former employees on how to navigate filing for unemployment and connect them with vocational training opportunities to learn a new trade.