Downtown Taco Company food truck
The Harbor-Watts BusinessSource Center has provided long-term assistance to Pablo Romero, owner and operator of Downtown Taco, located in the Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles.

Pablo first came to the Harbor-Watts BusinessSource as a taco street vendor working throughout the streets of Los Angeles. After an initial assessment, the BusinessSource provided Pablo with training in permits and licensing, business entities and access to capital.

LA:RISE Participant Erick, posing in a moss green hoodie
Erick joined social enterprise Los Angeles Conservation Corps (LACC) and the LA:RISE program when financial difficulties left him unable to keep up with bills and put him at risk of becoming homeless.

Working at LACC has equipped Erick with both marketable and soft skills he needs to succeed in the workforce. From learning to master a variety of workshop tools, to communicating effectively with his coworkers, Erick is job-ready.

EWDD Booth at KJLH 2019 Men’s EmpowerMENt Summit
With support from the Harbor WorkSource Center and EWDD partner Friends Outside, EWDD hosted a booth at the KJLH Men’s EmpowerMENt summit September 7, 2019 highlighting free job training and educational benefits available through the City’s Gang Injunction Curfew Settlement.

In the weeks leading up to the event, EWDD, in partnership with the LA City Attorney’s Office, launched a radio and social media campaign with KJLH to spread the word about the program.

Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) sign announcing the Jobs Plus Initiative
The Watts/Los Angeles WorkSource Center, operated by EWDD partner the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA), will administer job training and supportive services to 250 Nickerson Gardens residents through a $3.7 million Jobs Plus Initiative Grant.

Awarded by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the grant is geared toward training public housing residents for employment. Through the grant, Nickerson Gardens residents will receive training and placement for careers in healthcare and construction.

William Mercado, owner of the mobile organic juice company, The Juice Market
The Central/West Region BusinessSource Center assisted William Mercado in securing a $23,000 Small Business Administration microloan that allowed him to launch his mobile organic juice company, The Juice Market.

With more than 10 years of experience in the restaurant and hospitality industry, William noticed a rising trend for healthy eating and knew he wanted to be in a business that promotes healthy living.

Ramon Sanchez serving food from his restaurant Mexican Grill at a holiday event
The East Los Angeles BusinessSource Center (BSC) has provided ongoing business consulting to entrepreneur Ramon Sanchez, from helping him launch his Mexican Grill restaurant, to current efforts to obtain an entertainment and alcohol license.

The East LA BSC began working with Ramon in 2017 by providing extensive business coaching. Additional services included financial planning, business plan development, business acquisition advisory services, lease negotiation services, and obtaining necessary licenses and permits with the City of Los Angeles and Health Department.

Woolsey Fire Clean-Up Crew Adrian, Alejandro, Angel, Bryce and Marlo, Compass Rose Collaborative Participants
The City of Los Angeles was one of three cities awarded a grant in 2018 from the US Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration (DOL-ETA) for the Compass Rose Collaborative (CRC) young adult re-entry program. The CRC program, offered at the Boyle Heights Technology YouthSource Center, provides six weeks of training.

Participants earn a Labor Ready Apprentice Certificate along with certificates in MultiCraft Core (MC3), OSHA10, CPR, Forklift, Hazardous Waste Operations, and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER). Below are two of the latest CRC participant success stories.

WorkSource program participant Diana stands beside the sign announcing her new job as a career coach at the Vernon-Central/Los Angeles Technical Trade College WorkSource Center
The Vernon-Central/Los Angeles Technical Trade College (LATTC) WorkSource Center recently hired participant Diana to work as a career coach, a role that will allow her to help other people facing barriers similar to the ones she had experienced.

After her father passed away, Diana was 17-years old when she faced the choice of continuing her education or going to work. She chose to enter the workforce and along the way, managed to earn her high school diploma.

Claudia Paz poses next to her non-dairy vegan ice cream cart with framed Business Certificates of Recognition from the City of Los Angeles and EWDD partner ICON CDC
The South Valley BusinessSource Center (operated by EWDD partner ICON CDC) assisted Claudia Paz with extensive business consulting services, helping her launch Rainbow Rollz, a non-dairy vegan ice cream cart located on Hollywood Boulevard.

Claudia was an undergraduate student at California State University Northridge (CSUN) when she heard about the youth entrepreneur training program at the South Valley BusinessSource Center (BSC). She participated in the program in 2016 and learned about starting a business in the City of Los Angeles.

EWDD information Booth at the August Dodger Stadium LA Community Job Fair, staffed with representatives from WorkSource Centers
EWDD hosted a resource table at the 24th Annual Los Angeles Community Job Fair, held at Dodger Stadium August 15, 2019.

EWDD represented the City of Los Angeles with help from the Harbor Gateway, Northeast San Fernando Valley, Southeast Los Angeles, Vernon Central/LATTC and Wilshire-Metro WorkSource Centers. EWDD provided information about the City’s WorkSource, YouthSource and BusinessSource Centers, along with information about programs such as the Targeted Local Hire Program and LA:RISE.

Indie Printing owner Andy Rosillo (left) explains the features of a state-of-the art printer purchased through a loan facilitated by the Hollywood BusinessSource Center
EWDD has nine BusinessSource Centers throughout the City of Los Angeles that are dedicated to helping Angelenos launch, build and grow their businesses. The centers are staffed with business experts that help entrepreneurs develop strategic plans, assess their business needs, and provide access to capital.

Andy Rosillo, a long-term BusinessSource client who has undergone three loan cycles through the Hollywood BusinessSource Center, said he’s a big fan.

Maurice, a re-entry job seeker, at his job with the Local 721 Southwestern Carpenters Union
In August 2019, the Vernon-Central/LA Technical Trade College WorkSource Center (WSC) highlight two re-entry workers success stories. Maurice and George, with the assistance of the WSC and EWDD partner the Anti-Recidivism Coalition (ARC), were able to turn their lives around and now hold stable union jobs.

These stories demonstrate EWDD’s commitment and efforts to remove barriers to employment.