Thursday | March 8, 2012


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  MON-TUE | March 12-13
California Get Your Business Online in Los Angeles
A Chamber partnering event with Google
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TUE | March 13
Referral Network
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WED | March 14
Small Business Owners Roundtable
Small Businesses Thinking Big
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WED | March 21
Global Initiatives Council
A Vision for Future Trade: The Port of Los Angeles
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"Your advocacy, your coming to Washington, your talking about the issues and talking about how we need to get this economy going is so critical."
— Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard at the ACCESS Washington, D.C. – Los Angeles on the HiIl welcome reception on Monday. 

"The greatest growth in America always comes from small businesses."
— House Majority Whip Rep. Kevin McCarthy at the ACCESS Washington, D.C. – Los Angeles on the HiIl delegation breakfast on Wednesday.

"Los Angeles is the top export metropolis in the U.S. with regard to goods and services produced. Not just the ports — in entertainment, travel and tourism, solar, energy efficiency, water conservation and clean economy. You are an export powerhouse."
Bruce Katz, vice president of the Brookings Institution and founding director of the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, at the ACCESS Washington, D.C. – Los Angeles on the HiIl delegation lunch on Wednesday.

  Media Highlights  


  Chamber Chair Is a Chip Off Her Great Great Grandfather's Block
L.A. Downtown News,
March 6
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Ready to Take Off?
Los Angeles Business Journal, March 5
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Google offers free websites to CA small businesses
Orange County Register, March 5
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Westside Subway Extension on D.C. Lobbying Agenda
Beverly Hills Patch, March 5
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Rick Orlov's Tipoff
L.A. Daily News, March 4
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Villaraigosa in D.C. Lobbying for Federal Funds
Venice-Mar Vista Patch, March 4
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Home for Good
New York Times, March 1
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This week more than 175 business, civic and labor leaders gathered in Washingon, D.C., to advocate for job creation and to ensure that Los Angeles continues to be a driver in the nation's economic recovery. The delegation included Chamber Board Chair Karen Hathaway, LAACO Ltd./Los Angeles Athletic Club; L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa; Glendale Mayor Laura Friedman; San Fernando Councilmember Sylvia Ballin; President of the Glendale Community College Board of Trustees Anita Gabrielian, AT&T; Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent John Deasy; Board of Education President Mónica García; and Board of Education Members Nury Martinez and Steve Zimmer. Thank you to our trip's Platinum Sponsor Time Warner Cable. View the advocacy agenda and photo gallery.

Delegation meets with nearly 100 legislators and agency officials
The ACCESS Washington, D.C. – Los Angeles on the Hill delegation attended a special White House briefing as well as meetings with U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, U.S. Secretary of Commerce John Bryson, Small Business Administrator Karen Mills, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Sen. Barbara Boxer, House Majority Whip Rep. Kevin McCarthy and many more. At the White House briefing, the delegation heard from White House staffers on topics ranging from President Barack Obama's summer work program and First Lady Michelle Obama's fight against childhood obesity and diabetes, to the Joining Forces initiative and the president's push to increase exports. At left, Sen. Feinstein addresses the delegation on transportation, small business concerns, unemployment and Iran at a special breakfast Tuesday. Contact Jessica Duboff, 213.580.7558.

Transportation teams discuss America Fast Forward and transportation reauthorization
"When we talk about communities that have their act together, we use Los Angeles as a model," said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood as he addressed the three transportation and goods movement infrastructure teams. In addition to discussing America Fast Forward and transportation reauthorization, LaHood talked about a Panama Canal study currently being conducted by the Department of Transportation on the impact of the Canal to the cargo movement. At another meeting, Sen. Barbara Boxer emphasized the importance of transportation reauthorization, noting that it will save 1.8 million jobs and create 1 million new jobs.  From left: Metro CEO Art Leahy, Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Contact Jessica Duboff, 213.580.7558.

Homelessness team advocates for chronic and veteran homelessness
The homelessness team, at left, met with Sen. Barbara Boxer's office and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to share Home for Good's first-year successes and advocate for sustained funding for housing vouchers for the chronically homeless and homeless veterans. Over the last year, Home for Good has found permanent supportive housing for 2,273 chronically homeless people and placed 874 veterans in permanent housing. Contact Beverly Kenworthy, 213.580.7531.

Education team calls for shared responsibility to improve schools
LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy, Board President Mónica García and Chamber Senior VP David Rattray provided a briefing for Congressional staff members on education reform efforts in Los Angeles, emphasizing the L.A. Compact and other work structured around a theme of shared responsibility. "We are lucky to have the most committed Chamber in the country to help with education reform," García said. Delegation team leaders also met with Office of Public Engagement Director Jon Carson at the White House to provide an update on the Chamber's national reform efforts. Carson invited the Chamber to follow up on future collaboration opportunities. Contact Alma Salazar, 213.580.7599.

Economy teams meet with Commerce Secretary John Bryson
U.S. Secretary of Commerce John Bryson, at left, discussed his top three priorities: manufacturing, increasing exports and getting U.S. businesses to invest domestically. "The world is moving toward Asia, and that's our coast," said Bryson, a native Angeleno. The group thanked him for his work on the free trade agreements and discussed the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Contact Jessica Duboff, 213.580.7558.

Energy and environmental sustainability team discuss solar energy
The energy and environmental sustainability team and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa met with U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu and Rep. Henry Waxman, chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The discussion focused on the 10 Million Solar Roofs program and extending the solar tax credit. Rep. Waxman also discussed the New Starts program, which helps fund the Westside Subway through his district. Above from left, Acting Assistant Secretary of Energy Henry Kelly and Secretary Chu. Contact Jessica Duboff, 213.580.7558.




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  ISSUES of interest  

March 15 Small Business Health Care Tax Credit deadline is next week!

The Small Business Health Care Tax Credit , a provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, is available now and was designed to encourage both small businesses and tax-exempt organizations to offer health insurance coverage to their employees. To be eligible, the business must have 25 or fewer employees, the average annual wage of employees must be less than $50,000 and the employer must pay at least 50 percent of the employees' insurance premiums. Both for-profit businesses and tax-exempt entities are eligible for this credit. In California alone, more than 630,000 businesses may be eligible for the credit! Learn more.




Adding value to your Chamber membership

  The Presidents' Forum
Wednesday, March 21
8:25 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
The Hilton Pasadena Hotel

L.A. Area Chamber member company CBIZ MHM is providing Chamber members a discounted rate for a special invitation-only event. The Presidents' Forum is designed specifically to address the business needs of company presidents and founders. The Entrepreneurship Institute (TEI), a 35 year old, non-profit corporation, is organizing the one-day event to maximize interaction and provide new thinking and solutions. To attend and receive a $50 discount, visit Click on "I would like someone to call me with more information before I make a decision." Type "CBIZ" in the "additional comments" field on the forms page.

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