The Business Perspective

Celebrating Civic Leadership

Maria S. Salinas on October 10, 2019 at 11:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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One of the gems at the Chamber is its focus on leadership development through the work of the Southern California Leadership Network (SCLN). Participants take a deep dive into the systems and trends shaping our region; explore solutions to some of our region's most pressing issues; hone their leadership skills; and build relationships with leaders from business, government and the nonprofit sectors. Participants are inspired to address complex issues facing the city and region, prepared to take on leadership roles within their organizations and communities and connected with a network of dynamic leaders to advance lasting, prosperous change.

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Chamber visits L.A. City Hall

Maria S. Salinas on October 3, 2019 at 2:00:00 pm in The Business Perspective 
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A delegation from the L.A. Area Chamber, representing a broad spectrum of industries, joined us for our annual ACCESS L.A. City Hall advocacy day. The Chamber presented the Los Angeles City Council with the 10th Annual City Council Districts Economic Report prepared by Beacon Economics, which highlights economic trends across the City of Los Angeles. 

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Small Business and Our Local Economy: The Time is Now

Maria S. Salinas on September 25, 2019 at 3:00:00 pm in The Business Perspective 
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The next 10 years will bring unprecedented economic opportunity to this vibrant Los Angeles region. With major projects underway, a construction boom, robust private sector sourcing opportunities and the 2028 Olympic Games on the horizon, the procurement and growth potential for the approximately 1.1 million firms, comprised primarily of local, diverse, small enterprises, in the County of Los Angeles is tremendous. 

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A Legislative Update

Maria S. Salinas on September 19, 2019 at 12:00:00 pm in The Business Perspective 
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Last Friday marked the close of the legislative session for the year. Gov. Gavin Newsom now has until Oct. 13 to sign or veto the hundreds of bills that reached his desk. Over the last few months, the Chamber has engaged on almost 50 bills across a range of issues that would impact the business community. 

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Supporting the USMCA

Maria S. Salinas on September 11, 2019 at 3:00:00 pm in The Business Perspective 
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Global trade is key to the Los Angeles region. Since the renegotiation of NAFTA began, the L.A. Area Chamber has supported good faith talks and has advocated for the passage of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), the resulting new trade agreement. 

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A New Corporate Purpose

Maria S. Salinas on August 29, 2019 at 3:30:00 pm in The Business Perspective 
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More than 30 members of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce signed on to a new Statement on the Purpose of a Corporation issued by the Business Roundtable, a Washington, D.C. based nonprofit organization comprised of Chief Executive Officers from major U.S. companies. The statement recognizes that investments in customers, employees, supplies and communities should be on par with shareholder value.
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Redefining California's business model

Maria S. Salinas on August 14, 2019 at 12:00:00 pm in The Business Perspective 
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Our state lawmakers returned from summer recess this week and are back at work on a variety of legislative matters. Always vigilant on legislation that impacts the business community, the Chamber tracks these matters and works with our state representatives to lend our voice. One such matter is AB 5, proposed to codify the Dynamex decision impacting business/individual relationships into law.
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Reflections on a Bold Year

Maria S. Salinas on August 2, 2019 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Time has flown by. This weeks marks one year since I officially began my role as President & CEO of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. As I approached this day, I have reflected on the past year, the work we’ve accomplished together and the course we’ve been able to set for the future. 
 
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Employers, Know Your Rights

Maria S. Salinas on July 19, 2019 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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As business leaders in Los Angeles and Southern California, we are fortunate to live and work in a global city that exemplifies the world’s diversity and offers ...arrowRead More

Solve the Immigration Crisis Now

Maria S. Salinas on June 28, 2019 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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We have all seen and been horrified by the terrible images of the conditions of the migrant detention centers at the border. Similarly, recent announcement about pending immigration raids only serve to destabilize our communities, families and business. We can and must do more to improve our immigration system.

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