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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.