West Valley BusinessSource Helps Entrepreneur Obtain Loan, Expand Export Biz
The West Valley BusinessSource Center (BSC) assisted entrepreneur Mirna Aracely Garcias in securing a $50,000 Small Business Administration loan, helping her business La Fiesta Party Supplies and Gifts overcome cash flow issues and increase sales by 10 percent.
Mirna emigrated from Guatemala to the US in 2000 in search of a better life with hopes of achieving the American Dream. Soon after, she met the man who ultimately became her husband. They decided to open a business in the City of Los Angeles and together, opened a party supply store.
LAHTA Celebrates New Culinary Training Facility in Koreatown
EWDD partner Los Angeles Hospitality Training Academy (LAHTA) celebrated the grand opening of its state-of-the-art Culinary Training Facility with a ribbon cutting ceremony May 7, 2019. EWDD and the City’s Workforce Development Board (WDB) help finance LAHTA programs with grant funding.
The new, fully equipped kitchen facility will allow LAHTA to expand the reach of its programs and provide the most up-to-date, industry-recognized training to a broader and more diverse population due to its centralized location at the heart of Koreatown.
The May 13, 2019, EWDD Updates highlights two LA:RISE (Los Angeles Regional Initiative for Social Enterprise) success stories. The City’s WorkSource Centers and LA:RISE prioritize individuals recently released from prison, the unsheltered or those at risk of homelessness, and youth ages 18-24 who are neither in school or working.
After working in a transitional job at a social enterprise and leveraging training and services from the WorkSource Center, LA:RISE participants are placed at jobs in the private sector, in public-sector jobs in the City of LA, or in vocational training programs.
Harbor-Watts BusinessSource Helps Entrepreneur Get $128K Loan to Launch Studio
The Harbor-Watts BusinessSource Center helped entrepreneur Ashley Rios obtain a $128,000 loan from the US Small Business Administration (SBA) to open Fit Culture Pilates in San Pedro, creating three full-time jobs and 15 part-time jobs.
Ashley was referred to the Harbor-Watts BusinessSource by the San Pedro Chamber of Commerce in late 2018 for assistance with funding to start a contemporary Pilates and barre studio.
South Valley BusinessSource Helps Biz Owner Launch Love and Kare Home Health
The South Valley BusinessSource Center (BSC) provided long-term assistance to entrepreneur Suzanne Chery, helping her establish Love and Kare Home Health, a home care business. The center has been assisting Suzanne since February 2016 with her other business ventures, including selling Mary Kay Cosmetics and hair extensions.
In 2017, Suzanne approached the South Valley BSC for assistance in establishing a non-medical home care organization business. While Suzanne was studying for her Business Management degree at California State University, Northridge, she started working for an elderly
Hollywood WorkSource Helps Job Seeker Get on Career Pathway Through TLHP
The Hollywood WorkSource Center recently helped J Trinidad Vega get a job as a vocational worker with the City of Los Angeles through the Targeted Local Hire Program (TLHP), which is designed to help under-served and under-employed Angelenos find an alternative pathway to civil service careers at the City.
After working many jobs in labor, security, retail and towing in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, J was struggling to earn enough money to support his family. He often worked more than eight hours a day and still could not afford health insurance due to high costs.
One Year Later – Targeted Local Hire Attains Civil Service Status at HCIDLA
From the moment Tyren Brown started working part-time for the City of Los Angeles, he searched for an opportunity to join the City full-time. Today, Tyren is a full-time Admin Clerk with civil service status, thanks to the Targeted Local Hire Program (TLHP), which is designed to help under-served and under-employed Angelenos find an alternative pathway to civil service careers at the City.
The TLHP placed Tyren at the Los Angeles Housing and Community Investment Department (HCIDLA), where his daily duties include reviewing complaints and scheduling visits so inspectors can check buildings to make sure residents have hot water, electricity and gas, the necessary accommodations to make housing livable, he said.
Thirty-Five Employers, 150 Participants Attend Southeast LA WorkSource Job Fair
Approximately 150 job seekers attended a job fair hosted May 2, 2019 by the Southeast Los Angeles WorkSource Center, operated by EWDD partner Watts Labor Community Action Committee (WLCAC).
In total, 46 booths set-up at WLCAC’s Phoenix Hall for the job fair, including 35 employers and service providers, some of which were offering positions, said Elton Blake, Executive Director of Employment and Training Services at the Southeast LA WorkSource Center.
Vernon-Central/LATTC WorkSource to Hire for Crenshaw Crossing Project
The Vernon-Central/Los Angeles Technical Trade College (LATTC) WorkSource Center, overseen by EWDD partner Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD), will soon be able to provide priority hiring to community members for the proposed Crenshaw Crossing Mixed-Use Project at the intersection of the Los Angeles Country Metro Crenshaw and Expo lines.
The Watt Companies and the West Angeles Community Development Corporation, the developers of the project, selected CRCD to administer the project’s local hire program.
EWDD Serves as Official Partner of 2019 Mayor’s Small Business Summit
The City of Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department’s Economic Development Division (EDD) led EWDD’s efforts to serve as an “Official Partner” of the second annual LA Mayor’s Small Business Summit.
EWDD provided extensive assistance in promotional efforts, sending multiple email blasts to contacts through EWDD’s nine BusinessSource Centers throughout the LA region, including strategically timed posts across @laewdd social media channels. The summit is a multi-faceted, free program with workshops, exhibitors, and hands-on contracting and certification assistance.
Para Los Niños Celebrates 16 Certified Nursing Assistant Graduates
The Central YouthSource Center, run by EWDD partner Para Los Niños is celebrating 16 Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) with a graduation ceremony Friday April 26, 2019. The event will be held at the YouthSource Center, located in Westlake, followed immediately with a hiring event for students.
CNAs provide basic, day-to-day care for patients in nursing homes, hospitals and other health care facilities and act as assistants to registered nurses.