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The LA Regional COVID-19 Recovery Fund provided a grant to Rosa Sanchez that allowed her to cover COVID-19 related expenses for her store, A & R Gifts General.

The store is a small gift shop and botanical store, located just a few miles south of the University of Southern California (USC). With the help of the LA Regional COVID-19 Recovery Fund grant, Rosa was able to pay the store’s rent and electricity bill.

happy preschool age children in reading circle
The LA Regional COVID-19 Recovery Fund provided a grant to Rebecca Sumandal, founder of Little Imaginations Child Care Center, that alleviated the financial strain on her business and allowed her business to continue to operate.

Little Imaginations Child Care provides affordable family childcare to working parents. During the pandemic, while safety guidelines allowed socially distanced activities, Rebecca got creative and started hosting hiking trips.

OSHA Achievement Safety Standards Certificate of Completion
The LA Regional COVID-19 Fund provided a grant that helped Erick Farruggia, owner of Safety Achievement LLC, shore up his company against some of the financial hazards caused by the pandemic.

Safety Achievement LLC is an occupational health and safety consultant service company that works with companies to identify non-compliance issues and hazards and provide training to establish a safe workplace environment. The company offers services including health and safety inspections, employee certifications, and on-site training to ensure that companies implement safety measures for their employees.

Juan Ramirez, owner of El Rinconcito Del Mar in Boyle Heights
The Hollywood BusinessSource Center (BSC) helped Juan Ramirez, owner of El Rinconcito Del Mar restaurant in Boyle Heights, obtain multiple loans and grants that allowed his restaurant to stay open and retain six employees during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In March 2020, Juan reached out to Lai Xu, a business coach at the Hollywood BusinessSource Center, operated by Managed Career Solutions Inc.

LA:RISE participant Stephanie
When Stephanie (left) graduated from high school, she found herself at a crossroads. Not enrolled in college or working, Stephanie began searching for an opportunity to develop on-the-job skills, build stability, and prevent homelessness.

The LA:RISE program gave Stephanie the opportunity to enroll in YWCA’s Digital Learning Academy. While there, Stephanie completed her on-the-job training by teaching seniors technology skills and working as a teacher’s assistant at a monthly youth coding boot camp.

LA:RISE participant Adrain
The LA:RISE program helped Adrain (left) successfully transition back into the workforce after he was released from prison. The job readiness training he received through the program helped Adrain land two jobs as a security guard and sweeper for Chrysalis Works.

Growing up, Adrain was a great student with good grades and a love for school. But as an adult, Adrain made several mistakes that led him into incarceration.

Anthony Jolly inside his Leimert Park business, Hot and Cool Café
The South LA BusinessSource Center (BSC) provided extensive business counseling to long-term client Anthony Jolly (left), the owner of Hot and Cool Café, helping the restaurant thrive and adapt to COVID-19 health and safety guidelines.

The café opened in 2018 in Leimert Park in South LA. Over the past two years, business coach Terry Gubatan has assisted Mr. Jolly with a variety of services.

Exterior of El Arte Barbershop in South Los Angeles
The LA Regional COVID-19 Fund provided a grant that helped El Arte Barbershop stay open and make modifications to its business to align with new COVID-19 safety standards.

El Arte Barbershop is a family owned establishment that has served the South LA community for more than 40 years. Continuing the family business alongside his father Roberto Sanchez, Sr., Roberto Sanchez, Jr. has worked hard to keep El Arte in South LA, which is meaningful to Sanchez, as the barbershop has served the Latino community in the neighborhood for decades.

Hamed Bagheri, owner of Easy Towing, Inc.
The West Valley BusinessSource Center (BSC) worked closely with client Hamed Bagheri for approximately a year to help him shift away from working two jobs as an Uber driver and at an auto body shop, to establishing his own business, Easy Towing, Inc.

In 2019, Mr. Bagheri began working closely with West Valley BSC consultant Elya Narinyan, who provided him with extensive business planning guidance, including assistance obtaining required licenses and permits, along with legal assistance and accounting advice.

Karina Ortiz, owner of North SF Valley personal training business Strong with Karina
The North Valley BusinessSource Center (BSC) helped entrepreneur Karina Ortiz launch her personal training business “Strong with Karina,” and tailor her services based on COVID-19 safety guidelines.

With several years of experience as a certified personal trainer, Karina felt motivated to start a training service that educates clients about the latest fitness and nutritional trends and provides effective one-on-one workout sessions, when permitted by state, county and city COVID-19 guidelines.

grade school age children participating in a STEM learning activity
The LA Regional COVID-19 Fund provided a grant to non-profit The People of Change, which allowed the organization to continue to provide Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs to youth in South Los Angeles.

Led by Dimitrio Jones, The People of Change spearheads a variety of community initiatives that pair professionals and community leaders with youth, along with other programs that assist the homeless and build new community businesses.

LA Channel 35 news magazine LA Currents interviews EWDD GM Carolyn Hull on December 1, 2020
EWDD General Manager Carolyn Hull recently appeared on LA Currents, a news magazine show on the City’s cable station LA Cityview 35. During her interview, Ms. Hull provided an overview of the critical services EWDD’s WorkSource, YouthSource and BusinessSource Centers continue to provide Angelenos during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I was stunned at how many different arenas that you are able to help, from small businesses to large businesses, to people with employment questions, to even opportunities for workforce training. It is really impressive,” said LA Currents host Maria Hall-Brown.