L.A. stories of inspiration and success

L.A. stories of inspiration and success

February 29, 2024 - City Council District 7 Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez (right) presents the owner (middle) of Van Nuys restaurant, Sabor a la Mexicana, with a City of Los Angeles Certificate of Recognition
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 their businesses through the JEDI Zone program.

Sabor a la Mexicana’s business owner, Sandra Contreras, is looking to make changes to the restaurant patio. Contreras is seeking assistance from the program to aid in permit approvals to make improvements to her business.

In taking these tours and engaging with local businesses, the city is “Making sure that low-income communities access the same competitive economic development tools. By declaring this area a JEDI Zone and providing additional economic incentive tools, we are helping our small local businesses with a variety of programs,” stated Councilmember Rodriquez.

Watch L.A. This Week's short video of Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez and EWDD General Manager Carolyn Hull as they speak with the local business owners and describe the benefits of the JEDI Program.

The Jobs & Economic Development Incentive (JEDI) Zone program is an initiative that creates opportunities for businesses in shopping corridors to jump-start and improve the economic activity in their zone. The initiative focuses on, but not limited to, clearing building code violations, connecting business owners to qualified employees, assistance with access to capital at low interest rates, and façade improvement.

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, as well as employment and HR support for businesses. Whatever your business needs, EWDD is here to help you achieve your goals.

This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from March 2024. Read this issue and more.