More than 500 Gather to Celebrate the Entrepreneurial Spirit at the 2016 Small Business Awards

May 23, 2016 9:00 am
by L.A. Area Chamber


The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Small Business Administration celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit with the 2016 Small Business Awards on Tuesday, May 24.  The entrepreneurial spirit is not only achieving the American dream, it’s powering our economy. Small businesses account for the vast majority of U.S. job growth in recent years, and California’s 3.5 million small businesses employ more than half of the private sector workforce. Prior to the Awards Luncheon, a special Innovate Now Workshop will be held to discuss the importance of innovation for small business success. Attendees will hear from John Parlet, founder of John’s Incredible Pizza Co., as he presents a case study for innovation, followed by a panel discussion about specific ways small business can implement innovation.



Tuesday, May 24

8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.


8:30 a.m. – Lender Training Session

9:30 a.m. – Innovate Now Workshop

11 a.m. – Luncheon Registration & Reception

12:15 – 1:30 p.m. – Luncheon & Awards Program



Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City

555 Universal Hollywood Dr.

Universal City, CA 91608



Victor Parker, District Director – Los Angeles, U.S. Small Business Association

Gary Toebben, President & CEO, L.A. Area Chamber

Matthew Toledo, Publisher & CEO, Los Angeles Business Journal


Innovate Now Workshop Panelists:

Sky Kelley, Founder & CEO, Avisare

Sanjay Kucheria, CEO, Trinus Corporation

Bryan Moeller, Senior Vice President, Wells Fargo

Patrick Wolf, Chief Innovation Officer, Magnopus


Award Recipients for:

  • Innovation Through Technology Business of the Year
  • Women in Business Champion of the Year
  • Family Owned Business of the Year
  • California SBA 8(a) Graduate of the Year
  • Small Business Person of the Year
  • Small Business Exporter of the Year
  • Veteran Small Business Champion of the Year
  • Women’s Business Center of Excellence
  • Financial Services Champion of the Year
  • Minority Small Business Champion of the Year
  • SBDC Excellence and Innovation




The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce represents the interests of business in L.A. County. Founded in 1888, the Chamber promotes a prosperous economy and quality of life in the Los Angeles region. For more information, visit

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