L.A. Business This Week


Thursday | June 13, 2013


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Bold in Business
Celebrating 125 years

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FRI | June 14
Education & Workforce Development Council
Common Core Standards
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WED | June 19
Global Initiatives Council
E-Commerce and Emerging Markets
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THU | June 20
Cash for College Partners' Reception & Scholarship Awards Ceremony
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FRI | June 21
Energy, Water & Environmental Sustainability Council
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"Nobody is going to figure it out for you. Nobody will tell you how to get customers and make sales.”

Jason Nazar, co-founder and CEO of Docstoc.com, the breakfast keynote speaker at the Small Business Awards & Training on Tuesday.

"Be honest with yourself — what can you do well? And then build your team around that.”

Mark Manguera, founder and owner of Kogi Korean BBQ, the lunch keynote speaker at the Small Business Awards & Training on Tuesday.




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More than 500 small business owners and supporters joined the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Chamber on Tuesday to celebrate the power of small businesses at the 32nd annual Small Business Awards & Training at The Westin Bonaventure. This year's event included a half-day conference featuring seminars focused on building entrepreneurs' and small business owners' business muscle. Contact Michelle Attebery, 213.580.7585. Above, some of the award winners honored at the luncheon with Chamber President & CEO Gary Toebben, SBA District Director Victor Parker and title supporter Wells Fargo representative Bryan Moeller, senior VP and director of Small Business Banking. Photo by Wave Tech Media.

Initiative to update outdated zoning launches
On Wednesday, the City Planning Department and the mayor's office officially launched Re:Code LA, the five-year initiative to comprehensively update the City's outdated zoning code. The Chamber applauds the City for moving forward on this top priority for the business community. Updates to the downtown zoning code will be first in this long-term process. On June 26 the Chamber's Land Use, Construction & Housing Council will hear updates from City planning staff. Register now or contact Tina Hossain, 213.580.7531.

Chamber convenes health care experts for session on the Affordable Care Act
On Friday, the Chamber's joint meeting of the Health Care and Small Business councils focused on empowering small business owners to navigate new rules and options for health care coverage. The new options will be available through the State's online marketplace, the Small Business Health Options Program, which will begin enrollment on Oct. 1. "We are a $15 trillion economy and we should be able to provide some basic level of coverage for each person," said Mark Wilbur, Employers Group. A panel of leading experts discussed how plans and pricing will change, which businesses will need to provide health care coverage for employees, and the impact on bottom lines. Contact Tina Hossain, 213.580.7531.

Chamber honors Mayor Villaraigosa for transportation efforts
The Chamber joined other business organizations at a Move LA reception Wednesday evening to applaud Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa for his efforts in transportation in the last eight years. During his term, the mayor put together a diverse coalition of groups to pass Measure R, including the Chamber and the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO. Contact Frank Lopez, 213.580.7573.

Leadership L.A. fellows focus on creative arts drivers and economic development
On Friday, Leadership L.A. 2013 visited The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising/FIDM and saw the revitalization taking place on Broadway street, including the preparation for a street car trolley and new restaurants. The group also heard from Chris Martin, AC Martin Partners, on the Wilshire Grand tower, which will be the tallest structure on the West Coast. "This is uniquely Los Angeles, it will be a cultural icon," said Martin. Contact Simon Flores, 213.580.7547.

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Thanks to the following for their support of our 125th Anniversary campaign: Farmers Insurance Group of Companies, Kaiser Permanente and Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.

A view of the exhibit room from the balcony of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce building in 1902. Read more. Courtesy of USC Special Collections

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Magellan Storage celebrates two grand openings

Magellan Storage, Downtown L.A. recently celebrated the completion of its downtown L.A. facility remodel and the grand opening of its Magellan Storage - Commercial St. location. The downtown facility has been improved aesthetically and enhanced functionally with new features including a large freight elevator.

Business-education partnerships at work

On Friday, 900 volunteers from Deloitte LLP participated in the company's annual IMPACT day. At Marianna Avenue Elementary School in East L.A., 450 volunteers helped paint murals on school buildings, participated in project-based learning activities in classrooms, and held a carnival for 500 young students and their families on the last day of school. City National Bank and ABC7 donated 4,000 books to the school's library. Read more.

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