As part of EWDD’s ongoing efforts to provide underrepresented communities equitable access to careers in the tech industry, EWDD’s YouthSource Centers invited participants to the “Tech Talent Pipeline Employee Showcase,” a virtual event highlighting tech internships.
The Bixel Exchange, the technology and innovation arm of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, held the event Wednesday, March 3, 2021. Sixteen employers presented information about their companies, followed by two breakout sessions that allowed young Angelenos to network and connect with potential employers.
The Hollywood BusinessSource Center (BSC) provided extensive business coaching to entrepreneur Joanna Donis, helping her and her husband Eber launch their business Donis Upholstery.
In June 2020, Joanna reached out to the Hollywood BSC to meet with one of the business coaches for a one-on-one consultation about starting her upholstery business. The business coach provided Joanna with extensive information about the necessary permits and licenses for her business, along with more information about business structures, access to capital, and credit information.
Irma and Joseph were both on probation when they were referred to the Northeast Valley WorkSource Center, where they attended job readiness workshops and received career coaching. At the center, they also learned about the City of LA’s Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance (FCIHO), which states that private employers and city contractors cannot inquire about an applicant’s criminal history until after a conditional offer of employment has been made.
Both participants said learning about the Fair Chance Initiative lifted their spirits and gave them hope that they could find jobs. Irma and Joseph also expressed gratitude to Northeast Valley Business Service Representative Catalina Rodriguez, who provided them guidance and encouragement as they prepared to reenter the workforce.
The South Los Angeles BusinessSource Center helped steer father-daughter duo Adriana and Vidal Cortes toward financial resources to help keep their South LA soul food eateries “Delicious at Dunbar” and “Delicious” afloat during COVID-19.
Since 2011, Adriana and her father Vidal have owned and operated “Delicious,” a restaurant specializing in “Southern cuisine with an Angeleno Mexican twist.” In 2018, they celebrated the grand opening of their second location “Delicious at Dunbar,” the ground floor restaurant of the Dunbar Hotel, once considered the heart of the Central Avenue jazz scene and cultural hub of the African American community.
The West Valley BusinessSource Center (BSC) helped Arutyun Vartnayan, owner of M&F Laundry Service successfully obtain loans to help his commercial laundry service weather the economic hardships created by the Coronavirus pandemic.
Arutyun Vartnayan, also known as Harry, first came to the West Valley BSC in April 2020 for assistance in applying for the City’s Small Business Emergency Microloan program. Working closely with West Valley BSC Site Manager Marlen Lara, Harry applied and obtained loans from the City’s Small Business Emergency Microloan Program and the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL), which allowed him to retain his five employees.
The Southeast Valley WorkSource Center (WSC) utilized funding from the Los Angeles Community Care Corp (LACCC) program to build a healthcare education community outreach team, which provided job opportunities to individuals who lost their jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Southeast Valley WSC, overseen by EWDD contractor EL Proyecto del Barrio, created Promotoras de Salud, a COVID-19 education and community response outreach team.