L.A. stories of inspiration and success

L.A. stories of inspiration and success


(clockwise from top left) 2022 College graduates Naydelli Mendoza, Gilberto Ochoa, Maria Odalis Marcos, and Armando Garcia - all former Para Los Niños YouthSource program participants
In June, Para Los Niños, operator of the Northeast L.A. and Westlake/Central L.A. YouthSource Centers, shares four stories celebrating the college graduation of their youth participants.

PLN’s strategic goals include offering support to YouthSource participants through college and graduation. EWDD’s network of 14 YouthSource Centers are dedicated to providing key resources for

CuiLing Qiu (right) owner of Ling Ling BBQ Fast Food in Downtown L.A.'s Chinatown
First-generation Asian American restaurant owner CuiLing Qiu has operated Ling Ling BBQ Fast Food on Ord Street in Chinatown since 2019. Having been in operation for only three months when COVID-19 hit, Qiu’s restaurant was forced to stop in-door dining service and offer to-go or delivery orders only to her customers.

In May 2022, the Hollywood BusinessSource Center assisted Qiu in securing

The 17 military veterans that completed low voltage installation tech trainng through the Southeast Los Angeles WorkSource Center
The Southeast Los Angeles WorkSource Center (WSC) connected 17 military veterans, 11 of whom were homeless, with a training opportunity to become low voltage installation technicians in the Audio Visual (AV) industry.

The center, managed by EWDD contractor the Watts Labor Community Action Committee (WLCAC), recently partnered with Career Expansion, Inc (CEI), the California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) and the Southbay Workforce Board (SBWIB) to successfully conduct the

"I love working at DWC because I am able to touch the community and help others through Job Training." quote from Alex, a Production Trainer at Downtown Women's Center (DWC)
EWDD Updates from June 20, 2022, shares a success story featuring Alexandria, a women able to pursue a new career with job training from the Downtown Women’s Center and support from the Los Angeles Regional Initiative for Social Enterprise (LA:RISE) partnership.

“My name is Alexandria and I'm from a little town in Texas called Texarkana. I have always dreamed of moving to Los Angeles and being a bartender. Once all of my children moved out of the house to pursue their dreams I decided to pursue my own.”

Zoom virtual meeting screenshot from the EWDD and L.A. Mayor’s Office of Economic Development (MOED) Small Business Covid-19 Recovery Strategies meeting with Chilean delegates from the Ninth Summit of the Americas
In early June 2022, EWDD General Manager Carolyn Hull accompanied the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development (MOED) in a meeting with delegates from the Chilean government to discuss the City’s small business initiatives to keep mom-and-pop shops afloat and assist with financial recovery from COVID-19.

From June 6 to June 10, the City of Los Angeles hosted world leaders from across the Western Hemisphere for

Lura’s Kitchen cookie mixes: Tura Lura's Chocolate Chip with Pecans, Madear's Old Fashion Teacake and Langston's No Nonsense Chocolate Chip Cookie
After working as a business coach at the South LA BusinessSource Center for several years, Lura Ball decided to launch her own family business, Lura’s Kitchen.

The South LA BSC, overseen by EWDD contractor Vermont Slauson Economic Development Corporation (VSEDC), offers a series of webinars for small businesses and start-ups, including courses covering

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