After spending his career in the cleaning industry, entrepreneur Angelo Varsobia used his savings to launch Premier Property Preservation, LLC.
Established in 2017, the business entity includes several separate businesses that specialize in commercial and residential janitorial services, including sanitizing, disinfecting, repair, maintenance, and debris removal. Prior to 2020, Premier Property Preservation, LLC was a growing business that received more than 70 small contract jobs in the public and private sector.
The Los Angeles Community CARE Corp (LACCC) program, which ran in December 2020, offered temporary employment to Angelenos who lost their jobs during the coronavirus pandemic.
Participants were offered jobs related to COVID-19 emergency response and humanitarian efforts that paid up to $22 per hour for up to 200 hours. EWDD’s WorkSource Centers, in partnership with the Mayor’s Office, Council District Offices and Community Build, Inc., rolled out the LACCC in 30-days in order to expend the CARES Act funding for the program before it expired December 30, 2020.
The East Los Angeles BusinessSource Center (BSC) helped long-term client Aracely Barboza successfully apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loan Funds (EIDL) and grants to keep her skin care business, Xicali, afloat during COVID-19.
Xicali is a Los Angeles-based, 100 percent Latinx-owned, all-natural skin care and CBD products company. Since 2019, the East LA BSC has provided Ms. Barboza extensive business consulting including strategic planning and technical assistance to obtain required licenses and permits which helped her launch Xicali as a home-based business that June.
In an effort to assist Early Childcare Education (ECE) workers that lost their jobs or had their hours reduced due to the Coronavirus pandemic, EWDD held virtual workshops about how the City’s BusinessSource and WorkSource Centers offer resources that can help them stay afloat.
After a disagreement with their parents, Logan was kicked out of the house and experienced homelessness at age 18.
When seeking a community and support, Logan found the Los Angeles LGBT Center and became active in their Employment Program. Eager to join the workforce for the first time and build work experience, Logan was referred to the LA:RISE program, where they gained 300 hours of culinary training at the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s culinary social enterprise.
Before enrolling in LA:RISE at social enterprise Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO), Teddy faced several barriers to finding and keeping employment. The restrictions of his probation presented an obstacle, and without a steady place to live, Teddy was at-risk of experiencing homelessness.
He was eager to get his foot in the door and feel the pride that comes from working.