The Harbor BusinessSource Center helped long-term clients, entrepreneurs and brothers Moses and Maurice Harris open Bloom & Plume Coffee at 1638 West Temple Street in Los Angeles’ Historic Filipinotown neighborhood.
Moses was first referred to the Harbor BusinessSource in early 2018. At the time, Moses and his brother Maurice co-owned the Bloom & Plume floral studio and wanted to create a neighborhood coffee shop to display their work.
After moving to Los Angeles from Ethiopia, Selam Patterson had a hard time finding a job, until a friend at church referred her to the Downtown/Pico Union WorkSource Center, an experience she said opened up possibilities she never imagined, including finding a job with the City of LA.
“With this opportunity, my life changed,” she said. “I feel financial secure and it was a start to lead my life to the right direction.”
Selam currently works as an Admin Clerk for the Los Angeles Public Library in South LA. It’s a position she’s held for more than a year.
EWDD’s WorkSource Centers were honored at a special presentation Tuesday February 26, 2019 at City Hall celebrating the two-year anniversary of the Targeted Local Hire Program (TLHP).
Nine of EWDD’s WorkSource Centers are credited with processing the approximately 5,653 active applicants into the program, which offers underserved and underemployed Angelenos an opportunity for an alternative pathway to civil service careers at the City of LA.
The Central West Region BusinessSource Center helped entrepreneurs Francois Blaignan and Sirinun Ploadpilew, owners of Tinitus Inc., obtain a $50,000 Small Business Administration microloan to refinance a high interest debt and renovate two music studios.
Francois’ work has been featured in TV commercials and he currently has contracts with Apple, Beats, Nike and Uber, along with work for feature films and music production.
Four members of the Southeast YouthSource Center Watts Youth Council, who were selected to represent Southern California, recently attended the Young Worker Leadership Academy held at the University of California, Berkeley.
According to staff from the Youth Opportunity Watts (YOM) YouthSource Center, attending the Academy was a great experience for the youth, who learned about workplace topics including toxic chemicals, hazards, harassment, and health and safety.
Nine out of the dozen participants invited to Mayor Eric Garcetti’s intimate Hire LA’s Youth roundtable discussion on Wednesday February 20, 2019, had ties to EWDD through YouthSource or WorkSource Centers or through an EWDD partnership initiative.
“The event was amazing!” said Destiny Nguyen, who worked at the Para Los Niños Central Region YouthSource Center through the Hire LA’s Youth program and now currently works at EWDD.