Youth apprentices recently graduated from the Summer 2021 Command LA Youth Fire Academy program
Sixteen youth apprentices recently celebrated their graduation from the Command LA Youth Fire Academy, a program designed to inspire young Angelenos from underrepresented communities to join the field of fire service.

The Youth Fire Academy program is led by the Stentorians, an organization founded in 1954 by African-American firefighters of the Los Angeles City Fire Department (LAFD) to combat the

Veronica Alcarez, owner of Fresh Start Healthy Meals, Inc.
The West Valley BusinessSource Center (BSC) provided extensive business counseling to Veronica Alcarez, leading her through the process of purchasing and growing her company Fresh Start Healthy Meals.

In January 2020, Veronica was referred to the West Valley BSC to assist in her negotiations to purchase Fresh Start Healthy Meals, Inc., which provides meals to schoolchildren across the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). Veronica successfully purchased

City of LA's Comeback Checks Program
To support struggling for-profit small businesses, the Mayor and City Council, through the 2021-2022 budget process, allocated $50 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding to implement a series of programs that promote a strong and equitable economic recovery in the City, consistent with ARPA regulations.

EWDD is serving as administrator for this program. The City's nine BusinessSource Centers are on standby to assist prospective applicants. In the upcoming weeks,

Alejandro Suarez, owner of Churro Hub Café in Arleta
Churro Hub Café is a churreria, coffee shop, café, and soon-to-be ice cream shop that opened its doors to the Arleta community in August 2019. Proud owner Alejandro Suarez opened the café to share his appreciation for Mexican culture and cuisine with the San Fernando Valley. The café offers locally roasted coffee, authentic Mexican snacks, drinks and delicious churros.

Alejandro got his first taste at preparing food and experimenting with

RebootLA incubator participant Keefe, owner of IT consulting business Yagni
Keefe was sent to prison at the age of 19 and given a 30-year sentence. During his sentence, Keefe decided to change the trajectory of his life. Keefe obtained his A.A. degree in Technology, mentored inmates, facilitated groups, and enrolled in the Last Mile program, an immersive tech program for incarcerated individuals.

Given all the work he had put in to change his life, Governor Gavin Newsom commuted his sentence. After

Lennie Brown, owner of Brown and Brown Quality Care Facility, Inc
The Mid-City BusinessSource Center (BSC) recently connected two BSC clients, resulting in a partnership that provides intellectually and developmentally disabled adults an opportunity to gain work experience.

For the past three years, the BSC has provided extensive business counseling to Lennie Brown, owner of Brown and Brown Quality Care Facility, Inc. (BBQC). His business is dedicated to assisting adults with disabilities to achieve economic security by overcoming barriers to employment while