L.A. stories of inspiration and success

L.A. stories of inspiration and success

CD4 Councilmember Nithya Raman (second from left) with EWDD General Manager Carolyn Hull (third from left) and LA City Council President and CD2 Representative Paul Krekorian (far right) at the February 28, 2023, Black In The Valley business mixer
While a winter storm fell outside, a crowd filled the Mardi Gras Tuesday restaurant in Sherman Oaks last Thursday for a Black Business Mixer hosted by Los Angeles City Council Districts 4, 2, and 12.

CD4 organized the event in honor of Black History Month in partnership with Black in the Valley, a local business and cultural group in the San Fernando Valley. The mixer offered an opportunity for local businesses to learn about the City’s resources for black-owned and minority-owned businesses. More than 130 small businesses registered for the event.

“We are here to help you!” said Councilmember Nithya Raman (CD4). In his welcome remarks, Council President Paul Krekorian added, “I want to thank you for believing in LA. Everyone who opens a business here is making a bet on the future.”

EWDD General Manager Carolyn Hull was part of a panel that addressed questions about how small businesses can receive support from the City to aid their financial recovery from COVID-19. Carolyn highlighted how EWDD’s BusinessSource Centers offer multiple resources to help businesses thrive, including access to capital. She also discussed how EWDD’s WorkSource Centers can assist in helping employers find trained and qualified employees.

“We’re really here to help build communities and wealth, and the best way to do that is to support small businesses,” she said.

EWDD offers a variety of services, programs and benefits to the entire Los Angeles City community. BusinessSource Centers offer resources to microenterprises, small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs that help revitalize our economy and strengthen our local communities. WorkSource Centers support both job seekers and local business by offering free job training, resume and placement services, and employment and HR support for businesses. YouthSource Centers provide our teens and young adults assistance with completing high school and getting into college, finding a career path and skills training, and mentoring with all-around support. Whatever you need, EWDD is here to help you achieve your goals!

This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of February 27, 2023. Read this issue and more.