LA Covid-19 Community Connectory

Due to COVID-19, employers and workers in our region are facing challenges of epic proportions.

During these unprecedented times, the LAEDC has established this LA Covid-19 Community Connectory which seeks to provide crucial resources for vulnerable residents, small businesses, and nonprofits. The Community Connectory:

  • Engages LAEDC’s award-winning staff of business assistance and layoff avoidance professionals to directly help employers overcome challenges, retain staff and position for economic recovery.
  • Spotlights a growing array of financial resources that directly support individuals, as well as programs to help businesses and community-based organizations.
  • Provides frequent analysis and economic outlooks from LAEDC’s Institute for Applied Economics to help all people in our region plan for economic recovery.

All the services of LA Community Connectory are provided at no charge, in keeping with LAEDC’s public-benefit mission, and true to our history of helping save over 240,000 direct jobs in LA County over the past 20 years.

Click here to go to site for more information and to register for services

Job Postings in LA, Pasadena & San Gabriel Region – Some are Work From Home

The economic devastation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has been felt in every corner of the county, including in the South Pasadena area and across greater California. But local job opportunities are still out there, as businesses attempt to navigate the new normal.

Looking for work? You may be in luck. Here’s a weekly roundup of recently posted jobs in the region, as powered by Zip Recruiter to help you through the current landscape. Click any job listing below for more details, or to apply. full story here


How can we make ourselves stand out from our competitors?

By:   GrowthWheel International Inc. and David Madié

When you start a business, it is often because you want to do something that has not been done in quite the same way before. Perhaps you hope to develop a product or a service that has not been seen before, or maybe design a brand with a new expression and distinct values. Perhaps you are even aiming to be unique. In reality, very few ideas and products are actually unique. More often, new products and services solve the same problems or fulfill the same needs as others, but in a slightly different way or with a twist.

The good news is that an idea does not have to be unique or completely new to be a good business idea. It is enough for a startup to be distinctive or just be better than the competition at what it does. So how do you accomplish that?  Click here for link to full story

Entrepreneurial Success Starts with You… From the Inside Out – Free Webinar from The Women’s Center – 12-7-20

December 7, 9am to Noon, Free Webinar

Four modules in twelve hours. Take the first step towards your entrepreneurial success.

You will be learning how to motivate yourself, how your internal mindset must be consistent with your external mindset. In other words, we’ll be doing a deep dive into what is blocking you from being the most successful entrepreneur   you can be. You will be uncovering your brilliance by discovering the secret energy of your thoughts, beliefs, decisions and actions.

You will also be learning how to become the CEO and Leader of your business and you’ll identify your Leadership Archetype. In addition, you will be learning how to guard your high energy time and become a minimum of three times more productive. And lastly, you will learn your value and how to charge accordingly for a financially successful business.

Click here to register

What Are Today’s L.A. Women Fighting For? – A Virtual Event Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020 at 6pm

A Zócalo/Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County Event Series

Women have made Los Angeles one of the nation’s most progressive cities, fighting for their own rights as well as those of children, laborers, immigrants, and other underrepresented groups since well before they gained the right to vote over 100 years ago. The city, which has the lowest gender pay gap of any American metropolis, has been a leader in creating policies designed to create wealth for working-class women in particular, from passing legislation to create the country’s first public bank to raising the minimum wage. But women in Los Angeles—particularly lower-income and Black and brown women—still face a number of challenges, including health disparities, housing struggles, and human trafficking. What battles are the women of Los Angeles fighting today, and what are the plans to win them?

California State Senator Maria Elena Durazo, artist and Social and Public Art Resource Center co-founder Judy Baca, Social Venture Partners Los Angeles executive director Christine Margiotta, and civil rights activist and lawyer Connie Rice, co-director of the Advancement Project, visit Zócalo to discuss what all the women of Los Angeles need to truly thrive.

Register Here

Where Vets & Military Can Eat Free On Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2020

California restaurants are stepping up with freebies & specials to thank vets and active duty for their service


ACAPULCO: On Veterans Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11, the Mexican chain invites veterans and active military, with ID, to enjoy a complimentary, three-item combination plate. Options include tacos, enchiladas or such classics as chicken tamales, chile rellenos or chicken taquitos. Meals include rice, refried beans or fresh vegetables. Restaurant finder here.

APPLEBEE’S: Vets and active duty with proof of service are entitled to a free meal on Veterans Day 2020 as part of the chain’s decade-plus-long tradition. Offer is good at participating locales, and menu options may vary. Find restaurants near you.

BJ’S RESTAURANTS & BREWHOUSE: Current and former military are invited to enjoy a free entree, up to $14.95, and soda on Nov. 11. Offer not valid for takeout or delivery. Details. See locations.

BLACK ANGUS: On Veterans Day, Nov. 11, vets and military can order the All-American Steak Plate for $10.99 — featuring an 8-ounce sirloin, mashed potatoes, broccoli and a non-alcoholic beverage. The offer is good from open to close, for on-site dining or takeaway (order online) and with a valid military ID or proof of service . . . . full list here at Patch

The New Women’s Business Center – Free November Workshops

The NEW Women’s Business Center provides resources and tools to ensure women entrepreneurs are on the right track for economic independence through small business ownership.

We are here to help your business. Register for local training workshops that help you develop your business. Book a 1-on-1 appointment with our staff. Get the support you need to succeed.

Some of the upcoming workshops: Using Pinterest to Grow Your Fashion Brand, All You Need to Know to Apply for a Loan, Street Vendors, Who Needs a Corporation? and many more.

Click here for November workshop calendar