Thursday | March 15, 2012


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| March 21
Global Initiatives Council
A Vision for Future Trade: The Port of Los Angeles
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THU | March 22
World Water Day in L.A.
Learn how L.A. can support a growing population's water needs
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TUE | March 27
Referral Network
Business Breakthrough Tuesdays
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THU | March 29
Member Orientation
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"We need more jobs here to eliminate the commute."

—Rialto City Councilmember Deborah Robertson at the Leadership Southern California seminar on Friday in the Inland Empire.

  Media Highlights  



Senate OKs transportation bill with help for L.A. area
Los Angeles Times, March 15
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Local Chambers Flock to Havana
Los Angeles Business Journal, March 12
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Google to Host Free Seminars for Small Businesses, March 11
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On Wednesday, the Senate passed a $109 billion bipartisan transportation bill that would save or create 2.8 million jobs. The legislation, co-sponsored by Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK), comes just 17 days before the expiration of the current transportation bill on March 31. "We now encourage the House to take up the Senate bill and pass legislation for a conference committee. There is no higher priority in America today," said L.A. Area Chamber President & CEO Gary Toebben. Transportation reauthorization and the inclusion of America Fast Forward was the top priority of the Chamber's recent ACCESS Washington, D.C. trip. Take action today and voice your support. Contact Jessica Duboff, 213.580.7558.

Do you remember your first paycheck?
Share that feeling of getting your first paycheck with young adults like Cameron Morris, left, who are in need of a first job. The White House has announced Summer Jobs+ 2012, calling on business leaders to provide entry-level work experience for youth, and the Chamber and HIRE LA's Youth are ready to answer the call. Join us by providing job or internship opportunities for youth 16-21 years old or sponsoring a youth job for young adults like Morris who just received his first paycheck. Contact Maria Dolores Nieto, 213.580.7599.

Home For Good Funders Collaborative to fund housing and services for homeless
The Home for Good Funders Collaborative recently released its first Request for Proposal (RFP). The RFP represents more than $75 million in resources from 18 public and private funders. The Collaborative was created in alignment with the goals of Home For Good, the action plan to end chronic and veteran homelessness in L.A. County by 2016. Home For Good is an initiative of the Chamber and United Way of Greater Los Angeles. Contact Beverly Kenworthy, 213.580.7531.

Leadership L.A. 2012 launches this week
The Southern California Leadership Network’s Leadership L.A. class of 2012 launched its two-day orientation today. This class marks the 25th anniversary of Leadership L.A. During orientation, Fellows will experience a series of leadership building exercises with an overview of civic entrepreneurship with Jodi Walker, Success Alliances; an introduction to personal leadership style assessment with Kevin Groves, Pepperdine University; and a discussion on the internal dynamics of leadership with Jeremy Hunter, Drucker School of Management, Claremont Graduate University. Contact Hadia Kabir, 213.580.7524.


Boeing 787 Dreamliner receives top honors
The Boeing Co.'s 787 Dreamliner recently won the 2011 Robert J. Collier Trophy, one of the aerospace industry's most prestigious honors for excellence. The award places the ultra fuel-efficient Dreamliner in an exclusive group that revolutionized air travel. This week, the 787 Dreamliner was unveiled in Long Beach. Read more.

Google offers free websites and online training
Google recently launched California Get Your Business Online, a program that offers California small businesses free websites and online training. Google is working with small business groups across the State, including the Chamber, to help drive economic growth by giving California businesses the tools and resources to establish a website, find new customers and grow their business. Read more.

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  ISSUES of interest  

L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa seeking candidates for Mayoral Internship Program
This program provides a unique opportunity for some of this country's best and brightest undergraduate and graduate students. Those selected to participate will work closely with all levels of government, in addition to City commissions and departments, on a breadth of issues related to the team's focus area. Please inform candidates you may know of this great opportunity. Application deadline for the Summer 2012 program is March 31. The program runs from May 28 – Aug. 31.

Learn about County and State green building requirements at free training sessions

Residential and commercial building professionals can learn how to comply with green building standards enacted by L.A. County and the State by attending one in a series of free training sessions being sponsored by the County during the next three months. Learn more.




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