Angelino Community Fitness owners Karlos Ramirez and John Thyne
Helping Small Businesses Survive COVID-19
The North Valley BusinessSource Center helped Angelino Community Fitness owners Karlos Ramirez and John Thyne obtain funds from the City of Los Angeles Small Business Emergency Microloan Program, which allowed them to pay a large portion of their commercial rent and retain 3 full time employees and 1 part time employee.

Eduardo on his latest job site in his new career as a carpenter
Assisting Job Seekers During the Coronavirus
The Vernon-Central/Los Angeles Trade Technical College WorkSource Center (WSC), operated by EWDD partner Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD), provided financial guidance and job training to Eduardo, helping him become a Carpenter’s Union apprentice and find work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

LA City Mayor Eric Garcetti speaking in front of Caveman Vintage Music in Lincoln Heights about the need to expedite relief for small businesses economically impacted by COVID-19
Mayor Announces Eased Requirements for Small Biz Emergency Microloan
LA City Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Wednesday May 21, 2020 that he has instructed EWDD to relax eligibility requirements for the Small Business Emergency Microloan and prioritize loans that were previously denied in order expedite relief for small businesses economically impacted by COVID-19.

EWDD Business Response Team member Yovana Perez (left) at an EWDD booth assisting small business owners at the LA Women’s Entrepreneurship Day event on November 19, 2019
Assisting Small Businesses During COVID-19
EWDD General Manager Carolyn Hull recently highlighted how the City’s BusinessSource Centers and Business Response Unit (BRU) are assisting small businesses struggling during COVID-19 at a Small Business Telephone Town Hall held by Councilmember Mike Bonin (CD11).

San Fernando Valley WorkSource Center with blossoming cherry tree, and California and United States Flags
The California Employment Development Department (EDD) recently awarded EWDD a $1.8 million National Dislocated Worker Grant (NDWG) to provide temporary employment opportunities for workers whose livelihoods were impacted by COVID-19.

With many Angelenos experiencing mass layoffs and reduced hours, this additional funding will enable EWDD’s 16 WorkSource Centers to provide emergency support, along with job training and career services, EWDD staff said.

LAP3 Ambassadors (center) receive certificates of recognition from the LAUSD Board after sharing their success stories (2017)
California State University Northridge (CSUN) Today recently recognized EWDD’s Los Angeles Performance Partnership Pilot (LAP3) for dramatically improving the lives of youth ages 16-24, who are out of school and out of work.

“Out of the nine initial P3 projects around the country, LA city’s project was the most ambitious,” said CSUN Management Professor Richard Moore, who conducted a five-year evaluation of the program. “It was in many ways the most successful. Our rigorous impact evaluation found a positive impact on youth served.”

Violet “Vee” Cristobal, owner of Cristobal & Company CPAs
The Central West BusinessSource Center (BSC) helped long-term client Violet “Vee” Cristobal, owner of Cristobal & Company CPAs, obtain a $92,000 Payroll Protection Program (PPP) loan, which will enable her to keep her business open and keep her eight employees on staff during the COVID-19 crisis.

When Vee realized that she needed business assistance during COVID-19, she turned to Central West BSC Business loan counselor Redy Babasa-Thompson.

selection of screenshots of Grid110 participants organized like a Zoom virtual meeting
Grid110, a 501c3 clean technology start-up incubator dedicated to helping entrepreneurs launch their businesses, kicked-off its first virtual program earlier this month via ZOOM due to COVID-19.

Twenty companies were selected for its spring 2020 cohort. The first program is a Residency Program, which is designed for early stage companies that are typically post-launch and have evidence of traction/validation in the form of users, revenue and/or funding.

Compass Rose Collaborative participant Mr. Neru working on the $1.7 billion Metro Regional Connector Project
Formerly on parole supervision, Compass Rose Collaborative (CRC) participant Mr. Neru is now off parole and is continuing to work on the $1.7 billion Metro Regional Connector Project. According to Mr. Neru, all workers are required to wear a mask while on the premises and during work hours.

The City of LA was one of three cities awarded the CRC grant from the US Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration in June 2018.

EWDD Management Analyst Roy
City of LA Small Business Emergency Microloan Program
Since the launch of the Small Business Emergency Microloan program, hundreds of thousands of individuals have viewed the loan’s details on

EWDD Management Analyst Roy works in the department’s Economic Development Division which is charged with

EWDD Systems Analyst Hotae
On March 18, 2020, Mayor Eric Garcetti activated the City’s Disaster Service Worker (DSW) program, dispatching City employees to assist in emergency relief programs related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Approximately 33 EWDD employees have served as DSWs, with many assisting efforts at centers designed to help the City’s unsheltered. Below are the stories of two EWDD staffers and their DSW experience in early April 2020.

EWDD Rapid Response Team member Gary sitting at his desk
In order to assist Angelenos who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19, EWDD’s Rapid Response Team has launched virtual orientations designed to help job seekers navigate the process of filing for unemployment and obtaining other resources, including health insurance.

“They can access all the things we talk about here for free,” said EWDD Rapid Response Team member Gary. “So, that’s how we're outreaching right now.”