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Project Joy, Inc.

Submitted by: Kimberly Watson
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State: California
City: Palmdale

Business Description

Project Joy, Inc is a 501c3 public benefit corporation based in Palmdale, CA. Our mission is to empower, educate and encourage the most vulnerable women and children in the Antelope Valley.

What makes your business one of the best small businesses in your community?

Our specialty is helping hard to place job seekers, many with multiple employment barriers, regain hope and jobs. Most of our clients are homeless and domestic violence survivors. Many have their dreams and goals buried. Our unique approach is to come along side our clients and together come up with a career path and strategy to reach their goals. Joining them at appointments, personally connecting to resources and individual career coaching and mentorship is what makes us different. Many clients write us stating thank you as they could not have done it alone. It’s more than finding a job, it’s empowering individuals to find and pursue their destiny, with dignity.

The following responses will be considered in judging for a SCORE Award.

How has working with a SCORE mentor helped your business?

Ms. Barnes was instrumental in guiding me thru our first federal sub-contractor Agreement in 2016 and answering my growth related questions along the way. She coached me on how to set a proper foundation so the business can expand in capacity and be sustainable.

Please describe the specific ways that your business has been successful and how it will grow in the next year.

We have grown as a federal sub-contractor to the largest homeless agency in our community. We are on our third contract this year and financial capacity quadrupled in 2017. This year we are launching our own career training center and career clothing boutique (free to our clients). We are expanding our services to other social service agencies with this new initiative. We expect to double our capacity at a minimum.
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