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12.07.17 Economic Briefing

Beacon Economics Founding Partner Chris Thornberg joined the Chamber for our semi-annual economic briefing.

12.04.17 Holiday V.I.P. Reception

The Chamber celebrated the start of the holiday season with Board members and Circle Level Members at the 2017 Holiday V.I.P. reception.

11.30.17 SCLN Visionaries Awards

The Chamber's Southern California Leadership Network celebrated their 30th anniversary at the 2017 Visionaries Awards held at the Theater at Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles. Thirty of the leadership organization's most outstanding alumni were honored at the event, including Rep. Pete Aguilar, Former Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration Maria Contreras-Sweet, L.A. County Sheriff Jim McDonnell, and L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. The event featured first-hand stories of leadership by award recipients, a performance by Vignes Rooftop Revival and Low Leaf and the Ascendance, interactive poetry with Melrose Poetry Bureau and Rent Poet, and networking with more than 350 leaders.

11.30.17 Diplomatic & Commercial Officer's Group LA Tech Update

Yesterday, members of the Chamber's Diplomatic & Commercial Officers Group heard from leaders in the L.A. tech scene, Dakota Ortiz of the Annenberg Foundation, and Kat Yalung of Bixel Exchange. They provided an overview of the current trends in the L.A. tech community and the role of incubators, accelerators and investors in contributing to innovation growth. "L.A. will need to focus on encouraging an open global business mindset and partnerships abroad for the next wave of tech entrepreneurs to broaden their reach," said Ortiz.

11.29.17 Land Use, Construction & Housing Council

The Chamber's Land Use, Construction & Housing Council heard from the Vince Bertoni, director of the City of L.A.'s Planning Department, at their last meeting of 2017. Bertoni gave the Council an update on the progress of general and community plan updates, re: code, and the recently released Transit-Oriented Communities guidelines. The Council took a support position on the motel conversion ordinance and discussed how to advocate for the permanent supportive housing ordinance that will be heard at the City Planning Commission in December. Additionally, the group heard a presentation from Chamber member City Century on their Olympia project

11.16.17 Small Business Saturday: WeHo Sausage & Catering Co.

From Thanksgiving and cocktail parties to the office holiday party, Chamber member WeHo Sausage & Catering Co. has your festivities covered this holiday season. The local catering company serves up fresh and customized meals designed to fit the tastes of you and your guests, including a special holiday menu, custom charcuterie boards, cured salamis, and build-your-own flavor sausages.

Owner Peter Tulaney first established the catering company in 2014 as a pet project after discovering the benefits to eating fresh ground sausages, as opposed to anything store bought, or industrially processed. Peter decided to take his show on the road and opened a part-time catering company, catering small events and festivals. Within a few short years, his following expanded allowing him to open his first commercial kitchen in the Pico-Union district of DTLA. Currently, Peter and his staff cater office lunches and special events throughout the city. "Admittedly - office lunch catering is the bulk of our business - carrying us through week to week, but I really enjoy catering events - nothing is more fun than a great cocktail party," said Tulaney.

SEE THE HOLIDAY MENU and SCHEDULE your catering today!

11.10.17 Small Business Saturday: Fancifull Gift Baskets

The Chamber visited member business Fancifull Gift Baskets this week. Remember to shop small this Small Business Saturday, Nov. 25!

11.07.17 Transportation & Goods Movement Council

The Transportation & Goods Movement Council was joined by Brian Annis, Undersecretary, California State Transportation Agency, to discuss the progress of SB 1 planning and implementation. SB 1 is expected to generate $5.2 billion annually to fund our roads, highways and bridge infrastructure. Featured project: Through a public-private partnership with NBCUniversal and others, the opportunity exists to develop and advance key mobility projects that will address unmet needs in the 101/134 Cahuenga Pass corridor, improve operations, and provide congestion relief. We hope to present these ideas to transportation funding decision-makers and seek to inform the business community because we believe the message will be stronger with a business-based coalition joining in support of the proposed mobility projects.