Latina small business owner applying for the Comeback Checks Program
Within an hour of its launch, EWDD received 900 applications for Round 1 of the City of LA's $25M "Comeback Checks" grant program, which will provide $5,000 grants to 5,000 small businesses in need of COVID-19 financial recovery assistance. Applications for round 1 are due November 2, 2021.

Microbusinesses, small and medium businesses are eligible to apply. Funding will be distributed over several rounds. Applicants that are not selected as finalists at the end of round one will not need to reapply

Youth interns Sebastian (left) and Kaylee (right)
The City of Los Angeles knows that opening the door to a meaningful future is life-changing for any young person, especially those facing economic and social challenges. An internship can be the key in helping L.A. youth learn about the workplace, find a mentor, get motivated for higher education and fulfill the promise of a brighter future.

(left to right) Sisters Montana and Christina Bailey, owners of Polar Bear Kitchen
Polar Bear Kitchen (PBK), founded by sisters Montana and Christina Bailey, is a Black-owned women's company "inspired by the world to create a flavor everyone can vibe with."

PBK's slogan, "Not your average smoothie company," reflects how PBK creates uniquely named smoothies that build awareness of social issues and collaborates with nonprofits to donate a portion of proceeds from each smoothie sold.

gloved hands mixing plant based ingredients (courtesy of Innovative Cosmetic Labs website)
Founded in 2008, the Chatsworth-based contract manufacturer Innovative Cosmetic Labs (ICL) has a mission of formulating products using only clean, eco-friendly, and plant-based effective ingredients.

Due to the pandemic, ICL saw sales decline since consumers were purchasing fewer beauty products. Because of this, ICL’s owner, Matt Stearn, was tasked with pivoting from

Keenya Walker, a full-time Addiction Counselor
Keenya Walker is a single mother of five who has struggled to keep food on the table. While her children were at home due to the COVID-19 school closures, it was difficult for her to find employment.

The Southeast Los Angeles WorkSource Center (WSC), run by EWDD partner Watts Labor Community Action Committee (WLCAC), helped enroll Keenya into the Los Angeles Community CARE Corp Program, which offered temporary employment to Angelenos whose livelihoods

The East Side Riders Bike Club (ESRBC) youth members
It’s rare to meet a true community leader, advocate, and businessman as humble as John Jones III, president and co-founder of the East Side Riders Bike Club (ESRBC).

Located in Watts, the ESRBC has served more than 135,000 meals, donated hundreds of bikes to youth, and provided safety training and physical education classes, all aimed at keeping the youth in Watts off the streets, out of gangs, and off drugs.