BusinessSource Helps Upholsterer Turn Side Business Into Full Time Gig
After Adriana Flores Estrada was laid off from her full-time job, she decided to focus 100 percent on her existing business, O & A Upholstery, which specializes in custom upholstery and furniture slipcovers, outdoor patio furniture and wall upholstery.
In early April 2018, Adriana visited the North Valley BusinessSource Center and received an Access to Capital consultation, which helped her decide to expand her business.
The South Los Angeles BusinessSource Center provided ongoing guidance to entrepreneur Doña Imelda Tecualpetla, helping her realize her dream of opening her own Salvadoran restaurant, “Restaurante La Union.”
When she was 16 years old, Imelda emigrated from Puebla, Mexico to the US. For the past 23 years, she’s held a series of jobs to support her four children as a single mom. She’s worked as a seamstress, a housekeeper and gained 14 years of experience working as a Salvadoran cook.
The Downtown/Pico Union WorkSource Center, in partnership with the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), was able to provide funding to help an LAUSD adult school student receive training to become a pharmacy technician.
Daisy Tavares was laid off from LAUSD in 2017, where she had been working in maintenance and operations and working as a librarian.
Daisy had been a pre-med major in college but ultimately decided that she was more interested in
Approximately 64 participants from EWDD’s YouthSource Centers attended the Gradelo Basketball Festival on May 12, 2018 at University Senior High School, a special event sponsored by former LA Laker Metta World Peace to benefit sports and educational programs at various schools throughout the Los Angeles Unified School District.
A team from the Brotherhood Crusade YouthSource Center in the South-Crenshaw Region played in the high school basketball tournament.
West Adams WorkSource Hosts Hiring Event For Re-Entry Job Seekers
An estimated 100 re-entry workers attended a hiring event Wednesday May 16, 2018 at the West Adams WorkSource Center (WSC), run by EWDD partner Asian American Drug Abuse Program, Inc, where several were provided offers on the spot for entry-level jobs in construction, transportation and warehousing.
The event was a collaborative effort between the West Adams WSC, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Division of Adult Parole Operations and the Los Angeles County Office of Education.
“The Possibilities Are Endless” – Targeted Local Hire Program Helps South LA Native Land City Job
Marshawno Gauff, 34, grew up in South Central Los Angeles and returned to Southern California two years ago after earning a degree in hospitality management at San Jose State University and working several years in sales, customer service and management roles.
He had been applying for jobs at the City since he returned to LA without any luck until a cousin informed him about the City’s Targeted Local Hire Program (TLHP).
“The Gateway to My Future” – Targeted Local Hire Program Helps Worker Change Careers
At age 19, Brandon Kirby landed a job as legal analyst in the private sector with a company where he envisioned he would work until retirement. In 2014, he was laid off and spent three years applying for a job at the City of LA.
After learning about the Targeted Local Hire Program (TLHP), Brandon visited the Sun Valley WorkSource Center and within four months he was hired as an Office Trainee at the City’s Department of Public Works Bureau of Sanitation.
West Valley BSC Helps Catering Company Secure $50K Loan to Expand
The West Valley BusinessSource Center helped David Madero, owner of Mexican food catering company Los Cabritos LLC, develop a business plan, marketing strategies and secure a $50,000 loan to expand his business.
With the loan, David was able to create four new jobs and successfully set up a catering booth at the Northridge Farmers Market.
David’s ongoing relationship with the West Valley BSC began in January 2018 when he first visited the center seeking assistance with marketing and access to capital. At the center,
Re-Entry Worker Receives Job and Financial Coaching, Gets Hired
Re-entry worker Oscar Aviles visited the Vernon Central/LATTC WorkSource Center (WSC) for assistance in finding a customer service job.
In addition, Oscar enrolled in the center’s Financial Opportunity Center (FOC) program for financial coaching and he also enrolled in Friends Outside of Los Angeles to receive re-entry services such as the Parole to Payroll workshop.
Earlier this year, Oscar attended a WSC recruitment event where he met a recruiter from SP+ Parking company and was hired to work as a parking attendant.
LA:RISE is a program designed to serve the populations hardest to place in jobs, including disconnected youth, the homeless and those with histories of past incarcerations. Adam successfully completed 300 hours of work with LA:RISE partner Los Angeles Conservation Corps (LACC) where he gained on-the-job experience in landscaping, construction and community service.
“Follow Your Passion” – Jan Perry Talks EWDD with Women Entrepreneurs
EWDD General Manager Jan Perry delivered the keynote address Wednesday May 1, 2018 at “Build Your Business,” a one-day event held by the Foundation of the Women Presidents’ Organization (FWPO) for women entrepreneurs to teach them how to scale up their businesses to generate $1 million in revenue.
Approximately 80 women registered for the event, including CEOs and company presidents representing many industry segments. Jan gave a speech highlighting EWDD’s BusinessSource, WorkSource and YouthSource Centers and how the department’s services are dedicated to helping all entrepreneurs launch, grow and maintain their businesses.