L.A. stories of inspiration and success

L.A. stories of inspiration and success


collage of images from the business summit (clockwise from top left) keynote speaker panel; Deputy Mayor for Business and Economic Development Rachel E. Freeman; EWDD Economic Development executive team; business assistance and networking tables
What a great turnout at the 2024 Los Angeles Region Small Business Summit series! The free in-person event was held in various Los Angeles locations on April 29, May 9, and May 15. Local business owners were able to

black and white photo of Nra Kudelka, owner of Clique Nails, Inc, with her baby
The Pico-Union/Westlake BusinessSource Center (BSC) assisted Nra Kudelka in acquiring a $150,000 loan to open Clique Nails Inc., a nail boutique shop.

Kudelka has over 25 years of experience as a stylist and costume designer in the Hollywood

Chef Evi Yeh, owner of Chef Evi Catering & Events LLC; photo by Elaine Pang
The Hollywood BusinessSource Center (BSC) helped Chef Evi Catering & Events LLC, a catering business impacted by the entertainment strike in Los Angeles, secure a grant to sustain her business and retain workers

"The current economic climate in Los Angeles for small businesses, especially

honoring AANHPI Heritage Month by celebrating EWDD staffers Caroline Palacios, William Ha, Connie Garcia and Michael Cham
May is Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month. EWDD is celebrating our AANHPI staff members and highlighting their essential work for EWDD and the wonderfully diverse City of Los Angeles.

HireLAX Construction Training Program Cohort 19 Graduation, March 2024
At the end of March 2024, the HireLAX Construction Training Program held a graduation for its Cohort 19. Deputy Mayor Brenda Shockley and Councilmember Hugo Soto-Martinez (CD13) attended the graduation to congratulate the new graduates and to encourage them to continue doing their best.

Deputy Mayor Shockley conveyed, "This

Council District 13 Councilmember Hugo Soto-Martinez (third from right, wearing a black jacket with the LA City Seal and a maroon polo shirt) at the Hollywood BusinessSource Center during a tour of BusinessSource, YouthSource and WorkSource Centers in CD13
Last month, Councilmember Hugo Soto-Martinez (Council District 13) visited EWDD’s service centers, the Hollywood BusinessSource Center (BSC), the Westlake YouthSource Center (YSC), and the Hollywood WorkSource Center (WSC) to learn about the ongoing workforce and business development resources available at all centers to the community.

At the BSC tour, Councilmember Soto-Martinez met with

April 11, 2024: Ribbon cutting ceremony in front of the new Woodland Hills WorkSource Center operated by EWDD partner Equus Workforce Solutions
On April 11, 2024, the Economic Workforce Development Department’s partner Equus Workforce Solutions opened its doors to the South Valley WorkSource Center (WSC). Among the attendees present for the celebration were Councilmember Bob Blumenfield (Council District 3) and EWDD leadership staff.

Councilmember Blumenfield made

2024 Women's History Month Women-Owned Businesses Spotlight on Nicole Carrasco, owner of Masa Catalina, specializing in Filipino-Mexican fusion cuisine
Prior to the pandemic, Nicole Carrasco was a professional interior designer in the construction industry, where she led an entire team dedicated to construction drawings. At the time, she made poor food choices, missed many family dinners, and faced burnout. Soon after, she began questioning her lifestyle choices as she considered motherhood. As time passed, her dream of being a mom was about to materialize when the pandemic occurred, leaving Carrasco without a job just a month before giving birth. These series of events, plus her love for Filipino and Mexican food, prompted Carrasco to start

2024 Women's History Month EWDD Employee Spotlight on Rosa Penaloza and Yovana Perez
In honor of Women's History Month, EWDD highlights and celebrates the achievements of Rosa Penaloza and Yovana Perez, two women who are part of EWDD’s Economic Development Division. Both of these women continue to make a significant and positive impact in the Los Angeles business community.

February 29, 2024 - EWDD's JEDI Zone team and City Council District 7's tours the Van Nuys area Jobs & Economic Development Incentive (JEDI) Zone; EWDD’s General Manager Carolyn Hull, left front, and CD7 Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez, right front
On Thursday, February 29, 2024, EWDD's JEDI Zone team and City Council District 7's team conducted a tour of the Van Nuys Jobs & Economic Development Incentive (JEDI) Zone. Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez and EWDD’s General Manager Carolyn Hull visited local small businesses, Sabor a la Mexicana and A New Smile Dental Group, to inform them about the resources available to