singer-songwriter Aleksandra Krutikova
In 2013, singer-songwriter Aleksandra Krutikova moved from Russia to the U.S. in search of music opportunities. Unaware of the challenges of starting a business in the music industry, Aleksandra had many setbacks and wanted a fresh start after dissolved partnerships with third-party entities left her without access to her past projects.

With the assistance and guidance offered at the Harbor-Watts BusinessSource Center (BSC), Aleksandra released

YouthSource intern Lucia Nunez at the office of Assemblywoman Wendy Carrillo (AD-51)
Participants from the Boyle Heights Technology YouthSource Center recently started internships at the office of Assemblywoman Wendy Carrillo (AD-51), assisting the communications team and pitching in with office duties.

A recent high school graduate, Julian Martinez was selected for his photography skills. He said that he "enjoys working with the communications team and is learning how to work in a professional environment."

Martha, RebootLA participant
In October 2020, a Facebook pop-up ad about RebootLA appeared in Martha’s feed, an encouraging sign that it was time to enroll in a program she had long considered – coding bootcamp. Two weeks before, Martha got a DUI and RebootLA appealed to her because it offered sponsorships, financial support and training for individuals with a criminal record to pursue careers in the tech industry.

The program helped Martha regain

(left) David Barlavi, owner of Cell Funds
The Central/West BusinessSource Center helped Daniel Barlavi, owner of mobile phone recycling company Cell Funds, obtain funding from several COVID-19 financial assistance programs, allowing him to keep his business open and save six jobs.

Established in 2006 in Sherman Oaks, Cell Funds specializes in recycling, refurbishing, and reselling used cell phones and other small electronics. The business provides individuals and organizations an eco-friendly opportunity to

Chef Ramon “Ray” Sanchez, founder of QQ Café
QQ Café is a Downtown Los Angeles-based, 100% Latino-owned restaurant located near the Los Angeles Flower Market. Founded by Chef Ramon “Ray” Sanchez, QQ Café has been operating since 2012 and has become a well-known staple to local residents and patrons of the Los Angeles Flower Market.

QQ Café, has been a long-term client of the East Los Angeles BusinessSource Center (ELA BSC) since its founding in 2012. The ELA BSC has provided QQ Café with extensive business services ranging from

On The Go LA food truck
EWDD administers and supports several incubators in the City of Los Angeles through Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding, including Grid110, an economic and community development non-profit dedicated to creating pathways to success for early-stage entrepreneurs in Los Angeles.

Grid110 recently highlighted participants Gabriel Gamez and Enrique Loyola, founders of On The Go LA, which provides an easy, low-cost way for local food entrepreneurs — chefs, pop-ups, and caterers — to rent a food truck and serve their food to multiple communities