L.A. stories of inspiration and success

L.A. stories of inspiration and success


"I love working at DWC because I am able to touch the community and help others through Job Training." quote from Alex, a Production Trainer at Downtown Women's Center (DWC)
EWDD Updates from June 20, 2022, shares a success story featuring Alexandria, a women able to pursue a new career with job training from the Downtown Women’s Center and support from the Los Angeles Regional Initiative for Social Enterprise (LA:RISE) partnership.

“My name is Alexandria and I'm from a little town in Texas called Texarkana. I have always dreamed of moving to Los Angeles and being a bartender. Once all of my children moved out of the house to pursue their dreams I decided to pursue my own.”

Zoom virtual meeting screenshot from the EWDD and L.A. Mayor’s Office of Economic Development (MOED) Small Business Covid-19 Recovery Strategies meeting with Chilean delegates from the Ninth Summit of the Americas
In early June 2022, EWDD General Manager Carolyn Hull accompanied the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development (MOED) in a meeting with delegates from the Chilean government to discuss the City’s small business initiatives to keep mom-and-pop shops afloat and assist with financial recovery from COVID-19.

From June 6 to June 10, the City of Los Angeles hosted world leaders from across the Western Hemisphere for

Lura’s Kitchen cookie mixes: Tura Lura's Chocolate Chip with Pecans, Madear's Old Fashion Teacake and Langston's No Nonsense Chocolate Chip Cookie
After working as a business coach at the South LA BusinessSource Center for several years, Lura Ball decided to launch her own family business, Lura’s Kitchen.

The South LA BSC, overseen by EWDD contractor Vermont Slauson Economic Development Corporation (VSEDC), offers a series of webinars for small businesses and start-ups, including courses covering

The Hollywood BusinessSource Center (BSC) celebrated its grand opening Wednesday June 8, 2022, offering tours of its new location within the Second Home Coworking Space.
The Hollywood BusinessSource Center (BSC) celebrated its grand opening Wednesday, June 8, 2022, offering tours of its new location within the Second Home Coworking Space. Members of the EWDD Economic Development Division attended and were impressed by the unique office space, which they likened to an atmosphere reminiscent of tech firm campuses.

Long-term EWDD contractor Pacific Asian Consortium in Employment (PACE) will administer the day-to-day operations of the center. PACE also oversees the

Celebrating its grand opening on May 31, 2022, the Southeast Los Angeles BusinessSource Center marks the first center to serve the Southeast LA small business community
On May 31, 2022, the Southeast Los Angeles BusinessSource Center (BSC) celebrated its grand opening. The addition of the Southeast LA BSC expands EWDD’s BusinessSource Center network to 10 locations and marks the first BSC to serve the Southeast LA community.

The center’s day-to-day operations will be led by

(left to right) Ricardo Renteria, Karina Henriquez and EWDD General Manager Carolyn Hull with a representative from Senator Maria Elena Durazo’s office at the third quarterly Connect LA Job Fair held at LA City College in May 2022
On Thursday, May 26, 2022, EWDD’s WorkSource Center system hosted its third quarterly Connect LA job fair, this time at Los Angeles City College (LACC).

Connect LA is part of a series of quarterly job fair events that will rotate around the City. EWDD’s WorkSource Centers coordinate these job fairs in collaboration with

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