headshot of Michael who got employment training and job search assistance from West LA WorkSource
Michael, 58, had worked as a banquet coordinator at Hilton Hotel LAX for more than 14 years when he was laid off due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

After attending the Hilton Hotel’s Rapid Response session, Michael expressed his interest in changing careers to a more sustainable, high-growth job. He said he was also interested in enhancing his computer skills and pursuing a career as a local commercial driver.

Victor Perez, owner of Top Mechanical Plumbers, Inc.
The South Valley BusinessSource Center (BSC) helped Victor Perez, owner of Top Mechanical Plumbers, Inc., obtain funding to keep his business open during COVID-19 and save four jobs.

Top Mechanical Plumbers, Inc., is a licensed company specializing in plumbing services for new residential and commercial construction in LA City Council District 7. In 2015, Victor decided to establish his own business after more than 20 years of experience working as a union plumber.

L.A.'s Targeted Local Hire Program participant Albert
After leaving the U.S. Marine Corps, Albert was searching for job opportunities for veterans when he learned about the City of LA’s Targeted Local Hire Program (TLHP).

“I had spent months not working, so this was heaven sent once I found out that there was something that was going to work for me,” he said. Albert applied for the program through the Boyle Heights WorkSource Center and began his six-month on-the-job training period in December 2020.

“I'm just really appreciative to Mayor Garcetti and that initiative [Targeted Local Hire Program] to go out and look for veterans. It’s been great for me. I’m honestly thankful and just try to do my part to show that I was a good hire.” quote from U.S. Army Sergeant James
The Targeted Local Hire Program (THLP) gave veteran U.S. Army Sergeant James an opportunity to turn his interest in gardening into a full-time civil service career with the City’s Recreation and Parks Department.

“I'm just really appreciative to Mayor Garcetti and that initiative to go out and look for veterans,” he said. “It’s been great for me. I appreciate the position, I appreciate a steady check, especially with what has been happening in the past year, and the benefits are well worth the job. I’m honestly thankful and just try to do my part to show that I was a good hire.”

Anna Samvelyan, owner of Anna’s Beauty Salon
The Hollywood BusinessSource Center (BSC) helped Anna Samvelyan, owner of Anna’s Beauty Salon, obtain COVID-19 financial assistance to stay afloat during the pandemic.

Launched in 2004, Anna’s Beauty Salon is a woman-owned business that provides family haircuts, specialized hair coloring and hairstyles for special events in the Los Angeles area. Personal care services were one of the hardest-hit industries during the pandemic, and Anna’s small business faced many uncertainties.

Chef Shanita Castle, owner of Castle Catering
The South Los Angeles BusinessSource Center (BSC) helped long-term client Shanita Castle, stay open during COVID-19 and grow her business, Castle Catering.

Chef Shanita first became a South LA BSC client in 2017 when she approached the center for assistance obtaining access to capital to acquire a property in South LA. However, the deal fell apart.