L.A. stories of inspiration and success

L.A. stories of inspiration and success


Dominique Burrell, owner of Blacker the Berry Juicery in Inglewood
A dozen food trucks that received business assistance from the City's BusinessSource Centers and Incubators were also present at the LA Region Small Business Summit, offering flavorful goods ranging from fresh fruit smoothies to DIY ramen kits and soul food.

One of the food trucks was operated by Dominique Burrell, owner of

Los Angeles City Mayor Karen Bass (center) and EWDD General Manager Carolyn Hull (second from left) at the 2023 L.A. Regional Small Business Summit on May 3, 2023
More than 3,000 small business owners attended the first ever LA Region Small Business Summit, held May 3rd at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College (LATTC) in South LA. Outside the LATTC Culinary Arts Hall, dozens of booths were set up, offering resources to small businesses. The aisles were crowded shoulder to shoulder, filled with entrepreneurs browsing the booths.

Inside the venue, Mayor Karen Bass addressed

Round 3 of the Small Business Rental Assistance Grant Program has launched for small businesses in the City of Los Angeles that need assistance with rental fees as they recover from the pandemic. Applications will be accepted through 11:59pm on May 24, 2023. Apply at https://bit.ly/lasmallbizgrant
Applications Open Through May 24, 2023

Applications opened for ROUND 3 of the City of Los Angeles Small Business Rental Assistance Grant Program on May 3, 2023. Grants of $2,500 up to $15,000 will be available to eligible businesses that need financial assistance to aid in their recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Businesses must be

2023 Los Angeles Region Small Business Summit (Recover, Grow & Thrive) is being held on Wednesday, May 3 at LA Trade Tech College from 9a-2p; RSVP via EventBrite; sponsored by Wells Fargo and hosted by the LA County Department of Economic Opportunity, the City of Los Angeles Economic & Workforce Development Department, and the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Economic Development
Resource Fair for Small Businesses

In celebration of National Small Business Week, the Los Angeles City Economic and Workforce Development Department, the Los Angeles Mayor's Office of Business and Economic Development, and the Los Angeles County Department of Economic Opportunity will be hosting their first Los Angeles Region Small Business Summit on Wednesday, May 3, 2023. The in-person event will be held at

Southeast YouthSource Center (YSC) recently hosted a workshop on depression for young women in the community
In collaboration with the Office of Mayor Karen Bass's office and the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, the Southeast YouthSource Center (YSC) recently hosted a workshop on depression for young women in the community. The event was held on Friday, April 14, 2023, as part of

Future of Work podcast hosted by Pasadena City College
EWDD General Manager Carolyn Hull was recently the featured guest of the Future of Work, a podcast hosted by Pasadena Community College that explores how to close the gap between what students are learning and the demands of the workforce.

Titled "How to Become A Lifelong Learner in an Ever Changing Industry," Ms. Hull's episode covered how EWDD is prioritizing expanding youth employment programs and supporting training programs in

Keren and Jeffery Muller, owners of Bespoke Bar L.A.
The Hollywood BusinessSource Center (BSC) recently assisted wife and husband team Keren and Jeffery Muller, owners of Bespoke Bar L.A., in securing additional funding for their new storefront. Bespoke Bar L.A. is a "Bar in a Box" cocktail company where customers can have a curated box

two happy young children dressed in Rosewood the Label brand eco friendly cotton pajamas
The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) helped Ashlee Espinoza and her business partner Lola prepare their eco-friendly children's loungewear line, Rosewood the Label, to become investor ready. The pair enrolled in LACI's Founders Business Accelerator Program, which provides six months of business curriculum and executive coaching with a focus on creating a sustainable circular economy brand. Through the program, Rosewood the Label also widened their Los Angeles business support network.

Ashlee and Lola met more

Owner of Sylmar-based Swiss Cleaners, Isabel Vides (left) chats with a customer at her shop counter
After five years in the dry cleaning industry, Isabel Vides decided to become an entrepreneur and work as a sole proprietor. In 2021, she incorporated her business, Swiss Cleaners, based in Sylmar.

During the pandemic, Isabel's sales dropped and she closed her business temporarily to

Kristal Huizar, a Targeted Local Hire Program participant, found a pathway into City of Los Angeles civil service via full-time paid, on-the-job training for entry-level positions
Kristal Huizar joined EWDD as a Targeted Local Hire participant and recently passed her one-year probation period. She is now a full-time civil service employee with the City. We're lucky to have her on board!

Kristal juggled two part-time jobs, one at a