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New OneLA Regional Collaborative launches to change the face of local contracting

Innovative public-private partnership will help create opportunities and build wealth for small businesses and provide easier access to contract opportunities by combining the best of training, technology and one-on-one advising and matchmaking.


the County and regional contracting entities, and offer leads on financing and capital and resources.  The registration link for businesses to sign up is  www.One-La.org

“There is a significant opportunity for small businesses, roughly half of which are minority-owned, to access one of the largest procurers of goods and services in the county,” said Bob Annibale, Global Director of Citi Community Development and Inclusive Finance. “By removing structural impediments and streamlining the process of public procurement from multiple public entities, OneLA will facilitate a more efficient pathway for small businesses to thrive and contribute to an inclusive and vibrant local economy.”

In addition to the lead partners, founding public partners are: the Los Angeles County Development Authority, the U.S. Small Business Administration Los Angeles District Office, and the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.

Key community partners include: the Asian Business Association, California Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce, California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce, Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce, Lendistry, Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, Los Angeles Latino Chamber of Commerce, Los Angeles Small Business Development Center Network, National Association of Women Business Owners, Pacific Asian Consortium in Employment, Southern California Minority Supplier Development Council and the University of La Verne.

 

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Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce

The Los Angeles Chamber is the region’s premier business organization representing the interests of a broad spectrum of organizations across the private, non-profit, academic and public sectors while advocating across local, state, federal and global levels. The Chamber’s mission is to design and advance opportunities and solutions for a thriving regional economy that is inclusive and globally competitive. Founded in 1888, the Chamber is the oldest and largest business association in Los Angeles County. Its 1,500+ member companies work together with the Chamber to advance and support efforts that eliminate barriers and maximize opportunities for economic prosperity, creating a thriving region for all. For more information, visit www.lachamber.com.

 

LA County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs

Since 1976, the County of Los Angeles Department of Consumer and Business Affairs (DCBA) has served consumers, businesses, and communities through education, advocacy, and complaint resolution. As the small business advocate for the County, DCBA’s Office of Small Business serves entrepreneurs and business owners through small business counseling, connects them to contracting opportunities, procurement technical assistance and more. For more information, visit dcba.lacounty.gov.

 

LA County Internal Services Department

The County of Los Angeles Internal Services Department (ISD) provides essential services to support the County mission by maintaining more than 4,000 County facilities; supporting mission-critical information technology systems, networks, and data; operating a 24-hour data center; maximizing energy efficiency and sustainability programs; and facilitating billions of dollars of purchasing and contract transactions across all County departments. ISD seeks to anticipate customer needs, provide environmental leadership, create value through innovation and collaboration, and exceed expectations. For more information, please visit http://isd.lacounty.gov/.

 

Citi

Citi, the leading global bank, has approximately 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions. Citi provides consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investment banking, securities brokerage, transaction services, and wealth management.

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