Long-term North Valley BusinessSource Center client Mariana Ospital at the grand opening of her third business location in Arleta, California
The North Valley BusinessSource Center (BSC), overseen by EWDD partner VEDC, helped long-term client Mariana Ospital obtain several loans over two years to expand her business, Mariana Services, which recently celebrated the grand opening of its third location in Arleta.

Mariana first visited the North Valley BSC in March 2017, after a bank declined to provide a loan she needed to expand her business, which includes tax, insurance, legal, travel and auto registration services, along with immigration consulting and civil marriages.

Mirna Aracely Garcias and her husband outside her business, La Fiesta Party Supplies and Gifts
The West Valley BusinessSource Center (BSC) assisted entrepreneur Mirna Aracely Garcias in securing a $50,000 Small Business Administration loan, helping her business La Fiesta Party Supplies and Gifts overcome cash flow issues and increase sales by 10 percent.

Mirna emigrated from Guatemala to the US in 2000 in search of a better life with hopes of achieving the American Dream. Soon after, she met the man who ultimately became her husband. They decided to open a business in the City of Los Angeles and together, opened a party supply store.

The new Koreatown LAHTA Culinary Training Facility ribbon cutting ceremony
EWDD partner Los Angeles Hospitality Training Academy (LAHTA) celebrated the grand opening of its state-of-the-art Culinary Training Facility with a ribbon cutting ceremony May 7, 2019. EWDD and the City’s Workforce Development Board (WDB) help finance LAHTA programs with grant funding.

The new, fully equipped kitchen facility will allow LAHTA to expand the reach of its programs and provide the most up-to-date, industry-recognized training to a broader and more diverse population due to its centralized location at the heart of Koreatown.

LA:RISE participant Marnella (pictured) gained the skills to advance in her current job and the confidence to  also pursue her dream career
The May 13, 2019, EWDD Updates highlights two LA:RISE (Los Angeles Regional Initiative for Social Enterprise) success stories. The City’s WorkSource Centers and LA:RISE prioritize individuals recently released from prison, the unsheltered or those at risk of homelessness, and youth ages 18-24 who are neither in school or working.

After working in a transitional job at a social enterprise and leveraging training and services from the WorkSource Center, LA:RISE participants are placed at jobs in the private sector, in public-sector jobs in the City of LA, or in vocational training programs.

Fit Culture Pilates (exterior studio front) in San Pedro, California
The Harbor-Watts BusinessSource Center helped entrepreneur Ashley Rios obtain a $128,000 loan from the US Small Business Administration (SBA) to open Fit Culture Pilates in San Pedro, creating three full-time jobs and 15 part-time jobs.

Ashley was referred to the Harbor-Watts BusinessSource by the San Pedro Chamber of Commerce in late 2018 for assistance with funding to start a contemporary Pilates and barre studio.

The South Valley BSC helped long-term client Suzanne Chery establish Love and Kare Home Health, a non-medical home care business
The South Valley BusinessSource Center (BSC) provided long-term assistance to entrepreneur Suzanne Chery, helping her establish Love and Kare Home Health, a home care business. The center has been assisting Suzanne since February 2016 with her other business ventures, including selling Mary Kay Cosmetics and hair extensions.

In 2017, Suzanne approached the South Valley BSC for assistance in establishing a non-medical home care organization business. While Suzanne was studying for her Business Management degree at California State University, Northridge, she started working for an elderly