Learn, Adapt, and Evolve 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2021   10:00 AM

The Board of Public Works and Bureau of Contract Administration present the 2021 Accessing L.A. RiseWith Virtual Event in partnership with the Mayor’s Offices of Budget and Innovation and Economic Development, the Economic & Workforce Development Department, and The Valley Economic Alliance.


This event will focus on the City of Los Angeles’ continued efforts to equip businesses with the tools and resources to learn, evolve and thrive in an ever-changing business environment. RiseWith is organized as part of the celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month.



Find out more about City of Los Angeles programs and resources that have pivoted during the pandemic to continue providing services to you. Gain information from City Departments and stakeholders about best practices and upcoming opportunities.



Get updates on the new Los Angeles Business Assistance Virtual Network platform and how it has evolved to better meet your needs. Hear about how the City’s bid preference programs have been revamped to support local businesses.  



Become equipped with practical tools that can help you adapt to the digital marketplace and maximize your business online through a presentation on the L.A. Optimized Accelerator Academy. Get useful tips to develop and grow a successful business.

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Accessing LA is the flagship contracting and business networking event of the City of Los Angeles.  In lieu of the in-person outreach event, virtual events will be held to share information and resources on how to do business with the City.

The most recent event was held on May 19-20, 2021. The Board of Public Works & Bureau of Contract Administration, in collaboration with the Mayor’s Office holds this annual Professional & Personal Services networking event is part of the celebration of National Public Works Week and Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. This LIVE  free 2-part virtual event was open to all.

Explore the recording links to this and past events.

 May 19-20, 2021 - FREE Admission
A 2-Part Virtual Event
Wednesday, May 19, 2021 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM 

Prime Perspective and Community Level Contracting 

Watch and learn from the perspectives of guest Prime Contractors (TetraTech, HNTB Corporation, MARRS Corp and TY Lin International) on how they outreach to subcontractors and practices to meet their diversity and equity goals. 

Get updates on developments in Community Level Contracting .

Thursday, May 20, 2021 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM 

Koi Pond

You are enjoined to listen to Koi Pond finalists give a business pitch.  Pick up a few pointers on how you could brush up your elevator speech from the instant feedback that the finalists would receive from an executive panel.





All are welcome to tune in and have the option to interact, ask questions, network with each other and key leaders in the 5 breakout rooms  in these industries: Architecture, Engineering, IT, Marketing, Women-owned Businesses

Breakout Room Facilitators:

City of Los Angeles City General Managers and Executives 

  • Bureau of Engineering

  • Information Technology Agency

  • Bureau of Sanitation

  • Department of Water & Power

County of Los Angeles - Public Works​

US Department of Labor

Geosyntec Consultants

Gruen Associates

HNTB Architecture



Merriwether & Williams Insurance Services


Mott MacDonald

Murakawa Communications

NAC Architecture



Tetra Tech

TY Lin International

Wicked Bionic

What is Koi Pond?

Breakout Room Interactive Networking

Koi Pond is an exclusive feature of  AccessingLA TeamWith.  Chosen applicants from Personal/Professional Service firms and nonprofit organizations will give a 2-minute business pitch to a virtual audience on how they will promote workforce equity and/or provide employment opportunities to transitional workers.  They will receive instant feedback from an executive panel.The application period closed on May 10, 2021. 

Prime Perspective and Community Level Contracting 

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2021 Koi Pond Winner

Keu Reyes, Creative Director of Spread, brought energy to Koi Pond.  He shared his unique hiring approach to create a diverse and equitable, yet effective workforce.   Watch his candid, winning pitch.

About AccessingLA

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Accessing LA, the City of Los Angeles’ flagship networking series, is a collaboration of Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Office of Economic Development, various Council offices, the Office of Procurement and the Department of Public Works.


Each of the three events in this series focuses on a particular industry that brings together several City departments, public agencies, and contractors (both primes and subcontractors). BuildWith focuses on the construction industry. The TeamWith event places emphasis on professional/personal services.  RiseWith promotes business/contracting development, especially in the San Fernando Valley. 


Accessing LA's aim is to provide opportunities for building meaningful relationships, gaining valuable perspectives and accessing an abundance of resources to promote economic development and contracting with the City of Los Angeles.   From start up businesses to seasoned subcontractors, the Accessing LA events create an experience and a dynamic tight-knit community for those who want to do business with the City and other public agencies.


Past Events

Event Recording Links and Slides
Helpful Links and Resources