icon images of concrete, a skillsaw, a planer, a bucket of paint and a jackhammer, all representing various construction jobs
The South Los Angeles BusinessSource Center (BSC) recently helped Sergio Armas, president of Adolfo’s Contractor Corporation, obtain a $75,000 business loan to retain 10 jobs and create up to 12 new positions.

In fall 2017, Adolfo’s Contractor Corporation’s bid was selected for a large project that required the purchase of new equipment and 10 new staff.

Sergio needed a loan in a short time frame to provide upfront financing for the project.

an image of construction employee apparel including work boots, a tool belt and a hard hat
The Watts/Los Angeles WorkSource Center (WSC) hosted the Jordan Downs Redevelopment Job Fair on January 11th, where local residents will have an opportunity to interview for 54 available spots as framers, plumbers, general labors, iron workers and other construction jobs.

Hiring priority will be given to Jordan Downs residents, Watts residents, YouthBuild participants (a program designed to help low-income youth ages 16-24 gain construction experience) and City of Los Angeles residents, said Pamela Paige, Workforce Development and Section 3 Manager at the Watts/Los Angeles WSC.

(left to right) EWDD’s Alex Lakshtanov and Chris Rajapakse helping victims of the December fires with employment and business related support
EWDD WorkSource and BusinessSource staff provided families and business owners impacted by the recent fires in Los Angeles with information about how the City’s WorkSource and BusinessSource Centers can assist with recovery efforts.

EWDD answered the call to staff the Creek, Skirball and Rye Fires Local Assistance Center at the Lake View Terrace Recreation Center December 12th through December 16th, joining other government agencies to provide services and information to residents and businesses impacted by the fires.

Juan Gonzales with family and West Valley BSC staff at the grand opening of his Reseda restaurant
The West Valley BusinessSource Center (BSC) helped entrepreneur Juan Gonzales develop a business plan to help him secure a $50,000 small business loan, then provided marketing materials to help promote the opening of the second location of his “Tamales House” restaurant.

Juan opened his first handmade tamales location “California Tamales House,” in North Hills in 2005. The restaurant specializes in quality, healthy tamales that are fresh, gluten free and not cooked in lard.

LA-based GLOW GIRL! Natural Skin Care Line
The Mid-City Region Los Angeles BusinessSource Center assisted entrepreneur EnJunaya Canton in securing a $500 microloan to increase her inventory of natural skin care products.

In 2015, EnJunaya branded her line of natural skin care products as GLOW GIRL!

The line features products free of toxins and

YO! Watts donated over 400 bags of healthy food to local families
The YO! Watts YouthSource Center celebrated its new location at 1773 East Century Boulevard by donating more than 400 bags of healthy food to local families and hosting a holiday dinner party for 175 guests on December 21, 2017.

EWDD General Manager Jan Perry toured the three-story facility with Hugh Carter, director of the YO! Watts YouthSource Center.

The center includes a gym, a computer lab and staff offices.

Fresa y kiwi paleta from Sabores Michoacán, courtesy of the Sabores Michoacán facebook page
The North Valley BusinessSource Center helped entrepreneur Marisela Bulgarin achieve her dream of opening Sabores Michoacán, a Mexican ice cream parlor in the North East San Fernando Valley.

North Valley BusinessSource staff helped Marisela develop a business plan through one-on-one consultations, along with assistance filing permits and licenses and lease review.

EWDD partner Managed Career Solutions sent 17 workers from the Hollywood WorkSource and BusinessSource centers to Southern California's first Workforce Development Professional Apprenticeship Program, administered by the US Department of Labor
On Thursday, December 14, 2017, staff from the Hollywood WorkSource and BusinessSource Centers completed a year-long course in Southern California’s first Workforce Development Professional Apprenticeship Program, administered by the US Department of Labor.

Started in January 2017, the program provided 144 hours of class instruction, including innovative lessons and theories designed to help workforce and economic development workers improve their programs.

Former LAP3 Youth Ambassador Steven Mason now works at EWDD and is taking steps toward a bright future
When Steven Mason was growing up, his parents told his younger sister to not follow his example, to build a life opposite of the one he pursued.

“Whatever you can think of as far as crime, I did it,” Steven said, now age 22.

At age 13, Steven brought a knife to school to defend himself against a bully who taunted him for his stutter. He then

Entrepreneur Leon Nyarecha obtained a development loan with assistance from the Harbor BusinessSource Center
The Harbor BusinessSource Center (BSC) helped entrepreneur Leon Nyarecha obtain a $2,000 loan to develop an app-based retail store that sells Simple Scooper – a compact, easy to use dog poop scooper which prevents dog owners from ever having to touch dog poop.

Leon was looking for assistance to get SimpleScooper LLC off the ground when a former client referred him to the Harbor BSC in September 2017.

Children received toys and gifts donated to the PLN YouthSource Staff
Nearly 100 participants and family members from the Central and East Region Para Los Niños (PLN) YouthSource Centers attended the PLN Holiday Celebration on Tuesday December 20, 2017.

Students and guests enjoyed lunch and children received toys and gifts donated to the PLN YouthSource Staff. Attendees also played games facilitated by PLN staff.

Vernon-Central/LATTC WorkSource Center, operated by Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD)
The Vernon-Central WorkSource Center at Los Angeles Trade Technical College (LATTC) provided comprehensive support services to a former foster youth, helping the young mother overcome barriers that could derail her path to college graduation.

Three years ago, Tiffany, 25, had exited foster care and was struggling to provide for her twin boys. She said she was drifting without a plan when she experienced a major loss. Her sons were taken away.

“Instead of dwelling on something that’s negative, I decided to turn it into a positive,” she said. “I had to get it together, and I knew I had to do everything right.”