(left to right) EWDD Interim General Manager John L Reamer, Jr, REDF Principal Consultant Strategic Partnerships Vivienne Lee, LA Workforce Development Board Chair Charlie Woo, and EWDD Assistant General Manager Robert Sainz
The Center at Cathedral Plaza was packed Monday September 30, 2019 for “A Pathway Forward: Homeless to Hired Summit,” an event celebrating the fifth year of the Los Angeles Regional Initiative for Social Enterprise (LA:RISE).

The event, held by LA:RISE partner the Roberts Enterprise Development Fund (REDF), commemorated the launch of the fifth year of the program, which has successfully placed more than 2,500 participants in subsidized or transitional employment, including 950 participants that have successfully made the leap from transitional employment to permanent employment.

Elizabeth Rojas, owner of Eli's Crafts, shows off her City of LA business license that the North Valley BusinessSource Center helped her obtain
The North Valley Region BusinessSource Center (BSC) provided extensive business coaching to entrepreneur Elizabeth Rojas, helping her launch Eli’s Crafts, a business specializing in custom products.

Elizabeth was unemployed following surgery after an accident and was trying to figure out a new way to make money. She started personalizing coffee cups and noticed people were interested in paying for them.

participants of the Compass Rose Collaborative (CRC) September 2019 Cohort participating in construction training
Approximately 15 participants from the latest cohort of the Compass Rose Collaborative (CRC) program are completing training that is preparing them for construction jobs at the $1 billion Lucas Museum site, along with restoration efforts at the Woolsey Fire site in Malibu.

The most recent cohort participated in a 3-week training to earn pre-apprenticeship certifications in Forklift, OSHA10 and CPR. The City of LA was one of three cities awarded the CRC grant from the US Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration in June 2018.

Crystal Duran displays the storefront of her dance academy, CrystalArts
The MidCity Region BusinessSource Center assisted dance teacher Crystal Duran in securing a $5,000 mini micro loan that will allow her to upgrade up her business, CrystalArts Dance Academy.

Crystal obtained a Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology-Dance from Cal State Northridge and worked as a choreographer for several years. In 2015 she opened her dance academy.

the exterior of recently remodeled Lupita’s Corner Market in Westlake Park
The City of Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department (EWDD) provided grant funding to renovate Lupita’s Corner Market, a transformation that creates a healthy food option in LA’s Westlake/MacArthur Park.

EWDD gave financial support for the project by providing Community Development Block Grant funding to the Los Angeles Food Policy Council, which spearheads the Healthy Neighborhood Market Network Program (HNMNP). The HNMNP addresses Mayor Eric Garcetti’s initiative to introduce healthy food options to the City’s food deserts. The program builds the capacity of corner stores by assisting neighborhood market owners to operate as successful healthy food retailers in underserved communities.

Downtown Taco Company food truck
The Harbor-Watts BusinessSource Center has provided long-term assistance to Pablo Romero, owner and operator of Downtown Taco, located in the Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles.

Pablo first came to the Harbor-Watts BusinessSource as a taco street vendor working throughout the streets of Los Angeles. After an initial assessment, the BusinessSource provided Pablo with training in permits and licensing, business entities and access to capital.

LA:RISE Participant Erick, posing in a moss green hoodie
Erick joined social enterprise Los Angeles Conservation Corps (LACC) and the LA:RISE program when financial difficulties left him unable to keep up with bills and put him at risk of becoming homeless.

Working at LACC has equipped Erick with both marketable and soft skills he needs to succeed in the workforce. From learning to master a variety of workshop tools, to communicating effectively with his coworkers, Erick is job-ready.

EWDD Booth at KJLH 2019 Men’s EmpowerMENt Summit
With support from the Harbor WorkSource Center and EWDD partner Friends Outside, EWDD hosted a booth at the KJLH Men’s EmpowerMENt summit September 7, 2019 highlighting free job training and educational benefits available through the City’s Gang Injunction Curfew Settlement.

In the weeks leading up to the event, EWDD, in partnership with the LA City Attorney’s Office, launched a radio and social media campaign with KJLH to spread the word about the program.

Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) sign announcing the Jobs Plus Initiative
The Watts/Los Angeles WorkSource Center, operated by EWDD partner the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA), will administer job training and supportive services to 250 Nickerson Gardens residents through a $3.7 million Jobs Plus Initiative Grant.

Awarded by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the grant is geared toward training public housing residents for employment. Through the grant, Nickerson Gardens residents will receive training and placement for careers in healthcare and construction.

William Mercado, owner of the mobile organic juice company, The Juice Market
The Central/West Region BusinessSource Center assisted William Mercado in securing a $23,000 Small Business Administration microloan that allowed him to launch his mobile organic juice company, The Juice Market.

With more than 10 years of experience in the restaurant and hospitality industry, William noticed a rising trend for healthy eating and knew he wanted to be in a business that promotes healthy living.

Ramon Sanchez serving food from his restaurant Mexican Grill at a holiday event
The East Los Angeles BusinessSource Center (BSC) has provided ongoing business consulting to entrepreneur Ramon Sanchez, from helping him launch his Mexican Grill restaurant, to current efforts to obtain an entertainment and alcohol license.

The East LA BSC began working with Ramon in 2017 by providing extensive business coaching. Additional services included financial planning, business plan development, business acquisition advisory services, lease negotiation services, and obtaining necessary licenses and permits with the City of Los Angeles and Health Department.

Woolsey Fire Clean-Up Crew Adrian, Alejandro, Angel, Bryce and Marlo, Compass Rose Collaborative Participants
The City of Los Angeles was one of three cities awarded a grant in 2018 from the US Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration (DOL-ETA) for the Compass Rose Collaborative (CRC) young adult re-entry program. The CRC program, offered at the Boyle Heights Technology YouthSource Center, provides six weeks of training.

Participants earn a Labor Ready Apprentice Certificate along with certificates in MultiCraft Core (MC3), OSHA10, CPR, Forklift, Hazardous Waste Operations, and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER). Below are two of the latest CRC participant success stories.