Initiating Change in our Neighborhoods (ICON) operates the new North Valley BusinessSource Center in Pacoima, pictured here with staff at the center's ribbon cutting on Friday, December 6, 2019
A crowd of 100 people attended the grand opening of the North Valley BusinessSource Center on Friday, December 6, 2019. EWDD partner, Initiating Change in our Neighborhoods (ICON), recently took over the site and is now the provider for both the North Valley and South Valley BusinessSource Centers.

EWDD Assistant Chief Grants Administrator Jacqueline “Jackie” Rodriguez spoke at the event and thanked ICON staff for establishing the new site.

Renee, a Los Angeles Reconnections Career Academy (LARCA 2.0)benefit recipient
In partnership with the LA City Attorney’s Office, EWDD recently wrapped up an ad campaign to increase awareness about the City’s Gang Injunction Curfew Settlement, also known as the Los Angeles Reconnections Career Academy (LARCA 2.0).

Through the program, settlement members are eligible for free benefits such as job training, tuition assistance and tattoo removal.

EWDD partnered with local radio stations

Garrett Gin, Bank of America Senior Vice President of Global Marketing and Corporate Affairs, and a City of Los Angeles Workforce Development Board (WDB) member

A Bank of America Executive Shares How LA’s Initiative Benefits Employers and Businesses

The Hire LA’s Youth initiative provides young Angelenos ages 14 to 24 a chance to gain work experience through internships, summer jobs and employment opportunities all-year round.

Jeannine poses next to the "Just Hired" notice board announcing her new job as a WorkSource Career Coach
The Vernon-Central/Los Angeles Technical Trade College (LATTC) WorkSource Center recently hired Los Angeles Regional Initiative for Social Enterprise (LA:RISE) participant Jeannine as a career coach.

Jeannine was experiencing homelessness and struggling with unemployment when she learned about the LA:RISE program through the Vernon-Central/LATTC WSC.

(left to right) Mid-City BusinessSource Center business counselor Steve Meng with long-term clients Helina Zerfu and Eyob Tadesse, owners of Buna Ethiopian Restaurant & Market
The Mid-City BusinessSource Center (BSC) recently helped long-term clients Helina Zerfu and Eyob Tadesse secure a $50,000 microloan to help them consolidate a high interest debt and upgrade their business, Buna Ethiopian Restaurant & Market LLC.

Helina and Eyob first met with a Mid-City BSC business counselor in 2017 for assistance with their financials and business plan. Their experience was so positive that Helina and Eyob returned to the Mid-City BSC in November 2019 for guidance on financing options to grow their business.

Visitors at the LA Women’s Entrepreneurship Day event November 19, 2019
For the second year in a row, EWDD’s Business Response Unit (BRU) attended the Los Angeles Women’s Entrepreneurship Day celebration at City Hall South, November 19, 2019.

This year, the BRU team emphasized providing information about how small businesses owned by women, minorities and disabled individuals can receive certifications to win more contracts with the City.

Los Angeles area entrepreneurs Kim Lopez (left) and Adriana Zuniga (right) at their newly opened coffee shop, Cara Vana, in North Hollywood
The North Valley BusinessSource Center (BSC) assisted entrepreneur Adriana Zuniga to help her launch her Latin-infused coffee shop Cara Vana, Inc. Adriana learned about the BusinessSource Centers at a women’s entrepreneur event.

She visited the North Valley BSC after she encountered some issues that were preventing her from launching her business.

At the center, a business coach provided guidance about how to obtain

Compass Rose Collaborative alum Demarkus Matthews working on a laptop for his information technology industry job with General Assembly
Compass Rose Collaborative (CRC) graduate Demarkus Matthews stopped by the Boyle Heights Technology YouthSource Center (BHYTC) on November 12, 2019 to inform staff that he is now working at General Assembly, where he earns $25 per hour working as a teacher’s assistant.

Demarkus said he loved being part of the CRC six-week hands-on construction training program because he learned practical skills, participated in a paid internship and got back into physical shape.

Grilled Fraiche original food truck
The Harbor BusinessSource Center (BSC) provided long-term business financial services to entrepreneur Peace Love Reedburg, helping him create a two-phased plan to expand his Grilled Fraîche restaurant into a second brick and mortar location.

Originally launched in 2015, Grilled Fraîche began as a food truck and, two years later, opened its first brick and mortar location in Windsor Hills in 2017. The business is aimed at offering healthy food options and catering to areas often known as "food deserts."

EWDD Administrative Clerk Breeana London sharing her Targeted Local Hire Program success story at the LA LGBT Youth Center
EWDD Administrative Clerk Breeana London visited the Los Angeles LGBT Youth Center Friday, November 8, 2019 to share her Targeted Local Hire Program (TLHP) success story. Breeana was the guest speaker for the Hollywood-based center's Youth Services Program's "Friday Speaker Series.”

These monthly career talks are designed to introduce various career paths to the homeless Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer, Transgender, Intersex and Asexual (LGBTQIA) youth clients who participate in the center’s education and employment program.

Entrepreneur Lennie Brown (left) holds $4,500 microloan check that he obtained with assistance from the PACE operated Central/West BusinessSource Business Counselor Frank Sosa (right)
The Central/West BusinessSource Center recently helped Lennie Brown secure a $4,500 microloan for working capital for his business Brown & Brown Quality Care Facility, Inc, which serves disabled adults by providing job training, housing, and transportation.

Earlier this fall, Lennie met with a Central/West BSC business counselor who reviewed his financials, and explored various capital opportunities.

LA Hospitality Training Academy booth at the October 30, 2019, Hospitality Job Fair for Young Adults
The Hollywood WorkSource Center partnered in a Hospitality Job Fair at the Los Angeles City College (LACC) Campus on Wednesday October 30, 2019.

The job fair was geared toward youth job seekers by providing direct hiring opportunities with local hotels and hospitality employers. More than 24 hotel properties and hospitality service employers were represented by hiring managers/coordinators in attendance, including but not limited to Hilton, Kimpton, UCLA, Omni, Interstate and the Four Seasons.