L.A. stories of inspiration and success

L.A. stories of inspiration and success


Juan Carlos Hernandez (center) owner of Jumarka CNC Manufacturing, with his wife and daughter (left, right)
The South Valley BusinessSource Center (BSC) recently helped long-term client Juan Carlos Hernandez, owner of Jumarka CNC Manufacturing, obtain $40,000 in COVID-19 relief funding, which allowed him to retain three employees and cover pandemic related expenses.

Jumarka CNC Manufacturing is a small, family-owned business located in Chatsworth. Their current projects include manufacturing windows and gym equipment. They also

Veronica, participant in the Woolsey Megafires Temporary Jobs program
Veronica is one of more than 55 women that have gained valuable work experience in the Woolsey Megafires Temporary Jobs program.

When Veronica first enrolled in the program in September 2021, she was

Deandrea Jones, owner of Wah Gwaan Jamaican Restaurant and Bar in Leimert Park, receives her Community Loan from the VSEDC
The South LA BusinessSource Center (BSC) helped Deandrea Jones, owner of Wah Gwaan Jamaican Restaurant and Bar, apply for a loan to open her first brick-and-mortar location.

After operating a successful Jamaican food catering company for more than five years, Deandrea was encouraged by her customers to open her first restaurant. Deandrea discovered a rare opportunity to lease a prime location in

Boyle Heights YSC participant Alexandra Granados learning about soil management during her intership with North East Trees Nursery
EWDD's 14 YouthSource Centers help connect young Angelenos with internships that allow them to build work experience, explore careers and contribute to their local community.

In early March 2022, several interns from the Boyle Heights Technology YouthSource Center (YSC) started their hands-on internship hours at Ascot Hills Park with

Owner of Sam's Kebabs, Samvel Dumanyan (second from left) poses with his wife and two daughters inside his Van Nuys restaurant location
Samvel Dumanyan previously owned a well-known restaurant in Armenia, and he was searching for help to start a food business in Los Angeles. In January 2020, he discovered the West Valley BusinessSource Center (BSC).

With extensive guidance from business consultant Elya Narinyan, Samvel was able to open Sam's Kebab in

Sustainable Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Development (SEED) founder and CEO Sabrina Williams
EWDD provides financial support to early-stage entrepreneurs through cohort-based, accelerator style incubator programs. The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), which was created with a mission to create a more equitable green economy in the City of LA, recently helped a local agriculture tech startup.

Far too often, women and people of color are overlooked and underrepresented in the startup and cleantech worlds. SEED founder and CEO Sabrina Williams is why

"My goal is to continue to work and help make my city a more beautiful place." quote from Carlos, a LA:RISE and CRCD program participant
Carlos was recently paroled and feared becoming homeless. He did not see many opportunities for himself until he was connected to the LA:RISE program.

Through LA:RISE social enterprise partner CRCD Enterprises, Carlos received

Marielle Castorena, owner of the Speed Rolling Performance auto shop in San Fernando Valley
The North Valley BusinessSource Center (BSC) assisted Marielle Castorena, owner of the Speed Rolling Performance auto shop, with obtaining total loan forgiveness for a PPP loan that helped keep her business stay afloat during COVID-19.

Marielle established her business in January 2019. After gaining more than ten years of experience closing contracts with

Wo'se Kofi (far right) owner of Baba's Vegan Cafe in South L.A.
From his beginnings of rapping at local poetry and evening events, Wo'se Kofi realized that after shows, there were no healthy options at venues or nearby in South LA.

As someone who was raised vegan, Wo'se thought it would be great to provide this option for audiences. He had prior experience in restaurants, so it felt like a natural calling to

Ambo, LA:RISE Participant, working at the Skid Row ReFresh Spot in DTLA
Ambonisye, or "Ambo" as he likes to be called, came into the West Adams WorkSource Center (WSC) after receiving an email about the LA:RISE program. Ambo was looking for work and ready to start his career.

After learning about the program requirements, Ambo was asked what he wanted for his future career

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