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.

(from left to right) EWDD Youth Operations Director Makeda Vela, EWDD CASW Destiny Nguyen and EWDD Interim General Manager John L Reamer, Jr, pose with the #SummerJobsConnect Social Media Award
EWDD’s Youth Operations team recently received the Outstanding Social Media Team Award from the Cities for Financial Empowerment (CFE) for their efforts in the #SummerJobsConnect Twitter campaign.

Each year, as part of the national Summer Jobs Connect (SJC) initiative, the CFE Fund, with generous support from the Citi Foundation, partners with mayors and local governments from across the country to connect 2,550 young people with summer jobs, and more than 110,000 young people with financial education, banking access, and other financial empowerment resources.

exterior of Suehiro Mini, a new Suehiro Café location in Chinatown that offers high quality food in a fast, take-out format
The East Los Angeles BusinessSource Center recently provided extensive business assistance to entrepreneur Kenji Suzuki, helping him expand his family’s business to create Suehiro Mini, a take-out location that utilizes new digital platforms to serve and deliver high quality Japanese food.

In 1972, Kenji’s mother Junko and aunt Yuriko opened Suehiro Café in Little Tokyo, which specializes in serving authentic Japanese food. Kenji took over running the family business in 2001 when his mother retired.

EWDD Business Services staff share information about the City’s Financing Programs at the Small Business Expo on Wednesday October 30, 2019
Approximately 300 people stopped by the EWDD booth at the Small Business Expo, held Wednesday October 30, 2019 at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles.

EWDD’s Economic Development Division provided information about the City’s Financing Programs including Microloans, Small Business Loans, City Revolving Loan Fund and Major Projects Loan program. These various loan programs are designed to assist private businesses, property owners and

One of the LACI Advanced Prototyping Center Fellowship Program participants learns technical details of advanced circuitry
The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) recently celebrated its first graduating class from its Advanced Prototyping Center (APC), a fellowship program designed to provide individuals from underrepresented communities training and opportunities to join the cleantech workforce.

“The things I learned here, I cannot find anywhere,” said participant Thai Nguyen who interned at Saya Water, where she assisted in developing an adapter for a water management system. “This is my first internship. I cannot forget this my whole life.”

Carlos “Charly” Flores poses inside his family owned business, Charly’s Screen Printing, with his mother and father
The South Valley BusinessSource Center (BSC) recently helped former intern, turned client, Carlos “Charly” Flores Jr. launch Charly’s Screen Printing, a family-owned business that also employs his mother and father.

Carlos, known as Charly, was an undergraduate student at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) when he participated in the South Valley BSC Youth Entrepreneur Training Program. After completing the eight-week training course the summer of 2017, Charly was hired as an intern at the South Valley BSC that fall. His internship was a requirement of his studies in Communication Design.