Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce I Oct. 20
Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce Weekly Newsletter
$23,000 in scholarships awarded and nearly 7,000 students served at 2017 Cash for College Convention
The Chamber, in partnership with its affiliate UNITE-LA, provided college preparation, financial aid and career training to more than 7,000 local, college-bound students at their 16th annual L.A. Cash for College Convention last week. Twenty students who attended the event held at Los Angeles Trade Technical College were each awarded $1,000 scholarships, while seven students were awarded $500 Linked Learning scholarships. This year's successful event comes on the heels of the L.A. Cash for College team's recent national award for encouraging high school seniors to submit their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) forms. READ MORE and SEE PHOTOS.
Thank you to the 300+ volunteers and 10 generous sponsors that helped us continue to make a #CollegeReadyLA!

Sacramento legislative wins and losses
Midnight Sunday night was the deadline for Gov. Brown to sign or veto legislation to wrap-up the 2017 legislative session. This year, the Governor had a total of 977 bills reach his desk, 859 of which he signed, 118 of which he vetoed. The Chamber was successful on nearly two dozen of the bills we were working on. Additionally, a number of Chamber priorities, including transportation funding and cap and trade reauthorization, were approved earlier in the session. See our final round-up HERE. Victories include:
  • AB 132 - State support for Los Angeles 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games: SIGNED
  • AB 19 - California College Promise, which lays groundwork to waive fees for first year of community college for all first-time students: SIGNED
  • AB 1209 - New data collection mandate on employers: VETOED
Bitcoins and business: Chamber discusses future of cryptocurrency

The Chamber's Innovation & Technology Council hosted a discussion on the future of cryptocurrency and its potential impact on the way we do business. The Council received an introduction on the basics of cryptocurrencies from Simar Mangat and Priyanka Sekhar of Stream, including everything from blockchains to Bitcoin, and the implications of creating new types of currency. "Do your due diligence to understand the risk [of investing in cryptocurrency], but the fundamental technology is here to stay," said Mangat. SEE THE PHOTOS.
Kaiser Permanente delivers world-class care to South L.A.
Located on the corner of Marlton Avenue and Santa Rosalia Drive in the Marlton Square complex, Chamber member Kaiser Permanente's new Baldwin Hills-Crenshaw Medical Offices brings convenient access to high-quality primary and specialty care services for members who live and work in the Crenshaw community. The 100,000 square-foot facility is a cutting-edge, four-story medical office building complete with LEED Gold certification, and includes 2.5 acres of green space for the community. READ MORE.
Leadership L.A. empowers change agents 
Leadership L.A. a nine-month fellowship designed for working professionals, prepares L.A.'s current and emerging leaders through deep exploration of critical challenges and opportunities shaping our community. Fellows engage in rich classroom discussion and experiential learning on topics such as education, transportation, health care, the legal system and government, giving them a broadened understanding of the context in which they work. In addition, fellows participate in intensive personal leadership development and expand their network across sectors. The early application deadline for this competitive fellowship is Oct. 27 -- APPLY TODAY or LEARN MORE.
Chamber's Bixel Exchange helps more than 260 L.A. startups in 2017
Bixel Exchange's Startup LAunch SBDC program has served more than 260 startups this year, an increase of 31 percent over last year. Amit Thakkar, founder and CEO of LawMaker, the first platform in America to crowdsource new public policies, is just one of the many diverse startups being served by Startup LAunch this year. LawMaker launched this month with the help of advisors Doug Korte and Lindsey Heisser. "They anticipate issues that will come down the road six to 12 months ahead, making sure that we're being forward-thinking," said Thakkar. The program is always seeking new applicants -- LEARN MORE. 
Chamber joins U.S. House Minority Leader to push Dream Act passage
Chamber Executive Vice President David Rattray joined U.S. Minority House Leader, Nancy Pelosi, Congressmembers Judy Chu, Jimmy Gomez, and Lucille Roybal-Allard, the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles and L.A. area business leaders for a Dream Act roundtable and press event Wednesday morning. Pelosi urged an immediate passing of the Dream Act, of which Rattray expressed support. Not doing so would tear apart families and would harm employers who would lose hard-working, dedicated employees. READ MORE and SEE PHOTOS.
SCLN 30-in-30: Juan Devis
Juan Devis, Leadership L.A. '12 and chief creative officer for KCET, is this week's 30-in-30 honoree. Juan is an engaged alumni, regularly lending his time and expertise to attend seminars, speak to fellows and make meaningful connections. SCLN caught up with Juan to learn more about his leadership style and work in the creative community. LEARN MORE.
The 30-in-30 campaign is a celebration of SCLN's 30th anniversary, honoring 30 outstanding alumni throughout 2017. Thank you to our 30th anniversary sponsors: The Albertsons Companies Foundation and The Vons Foundation, Southern California Gas Company and Walmart
Congratulations to Bixel Exchange's Techstars LA startups!
The Chamber's Bixel Exchange Startup LAunch companies Avisare, Solutions Vending International and Playfull earned the opportunity to pitch their startups to investors at Techstars LA's Demo Day. As part of the Techstars accelerator program, all three startups were mentored over three months to develop their product, culminating in Demo Day. The Techstars LA accelerator aims to help tech startups from around the world that are innovating across a wide range of industries and challenges, and seeking to build a deep network across the L.A. tech ecosystem. LEARN MORE.
Chamber hears from Deputy Mayor of International Affairs
Amb. Nina Hachigian, the newly appointed deputy mayor of International Affairs for the Office of Mayor Garcetti, addressed members of the Chamber's Global Initiatives Council this week, where she shared an update on the City's current plans for strengthening its global reach and facilitated an open discussion to solicit ideas from participants about priorities for the future work of her office. SEE THE PHOTOS.
The Action
$23,000 in scholarships awarded and nearly 7,000 students served at 2017 Cash for College Convention
Policy This Week 
Sacramento legislative wins and losses
Bitcoins and business: Chamber discusses the future of cryptocurrency
The Member 
Kaiser Permanente delivers world-class care to South L.A.
The Opportunity 
Other News
Chamber's Bixel Exchange helps more than 260 L.A. startups in 2017
SCLN 30-in-30: Juan Devis
Chamber Joins U.S. House Minority Leader to Push Dream Act Passage
Congratulations to Bixel Exchange's Techstars LA startups!
Chamber hears from Deputy Mayor of International Affairs
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