Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce I Nov. 17
 
L.A. BUSINESS THIS WEEK
Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce Weekly Newsletter
Chamber looks to the future of L.A.'s tech workforce with Bixel Exchange Tech Salon
 
More than 150 people joined the Chamber's Bixel Exchange Tuesday as  they hosted Tech Salon: How To Get A Tech Job In L.A. The event marked the release of "Building L.A.'s Tech Talent Pipeline: A Sector Report on the Information Technology Industry," as part of an innovative partnership with LinkedIn and the City of L.A. The report takes a look at current industry skill sets, hiring trends and career pathways for L.A.'s tech workforce. LinkedIn Head of U.S. Public Policy Nicole Isaac and leaders in L.A. tech and education, including the Center for a Competitive Workforce, Cornerstone OnDemand, Hyperloop One, GoGuardian and Boingo Wireless, the City's Education & Workforce Development Department and CSUN, convened to discuss how the public and private sectors can best bridge L.A.'s IT skills gap. SEE THE PHOTOS and READ THE REPORT.

 
Chamber calls for alterations to H.R.1 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act
 
This week, the Chamber released a letter sent to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy calling for alterations to be made to the proposed H.R.1 legislation. While the Chamber supports tax reform to grow businesses, create jobs and stimulate the economy, we have several points of opposition to H.R.1. There are provisions in H.R.1 that would damage the California economy and our prospects for future growth. H.R.1 passed the House yesterday by a vote of 227-205, with California Republican Congressmembers Darrell Issa, Tom McClintock and Dana Rohrbacher joining the California Democrats in opposition. READ THE LETTER.

Common sense solutions needed for small business lending
 
This week, the Chamber was a signatory on a letter to Congress calling for tailored regulation to promote Main Street lending. Signed by more than 100 chambers across the country, the letter states that requirements introduced by the 2010 Dodd-Frank legislation have slowed the flow of credit to small businesses. A bi-partisan bill was released Monday by the Senate Banking Committee to address the issue. READ THE LETTER.
 
 
Fresh and festive: WeHo Sausage Co. caters to you
 
From Thanksgiving and cocktail parties to the office holiday party, Chamber member WeHo Sausage & Catering Co. has your festivities covered this holiday season. The local catering company serves up fresh and customized meals designed to fit the tastes of you and your guests, including a special holiday menu, custom charcuterie boards, cured salamis, and build-your-own flavor sausages. SEE THE PHOTOS, the HOLIDAY MENU and SCHEDULE your catering today!
 
Whether it's a shopping for a present, your family dinner or a cup of coffee, the Chamber invites you to join us in helping our local small businesses thrive by shopping small on Saturday, Nov. 25. Learn more about Small Business Saturday HERE.
     
 
Is your business ready to grow? 
 
Join the Chamber Dec. 6 for a workshop as unique as your small business! At the 2017 Small Business Council Workshop, discover simple actions you can take that will increase revenue and profitability almost instantaneously. Two dynamic panels will inspire you to unlock the possibilities for growth and change the way you examine your business. RSVP NOW.
Port of Long Beach Executive Director talks building the green port of the future
 
Mario Cordero, executive director of the Port of Long Beach, addressed members of the Global Initiatives Council this week, providing a briefing on the Port's performance in 2017, plans to expand exports, the Port's clean air program and future construction projects. "International trade is alive and well and will continue to be strong ... By 2029, international trade will drive two thirds of the nation's economy," said Cordero. The session also included a global trade policy recap for the year by Brian Peck, vice chair of Trade Policy for the Council and director of the USC Gould School of Law, Transnational Law & Business Center. View the RECAP, the PRESENTATION and PHOTOS.
Committed to transforming education
 
The Chamber celebrated a motion this Tuesday that recommitted the L.A. County Board of Supervisors to the goals of the L.A. Compact. Convened by the Chamber's education affiliate UNITE-LA, the L.A. Compact is a bold commitment by 24 cross-sector leaders in the L.A. region to work collaboratively across silos and improve student outcomes from cradle to career. The County Board's support for the L.A. Compact will open up new opportunities to better support youth involved in the County's child welfare and juvenile justice systems, improve school readiness, and connect students with critical health and social services. READ THE MOTION and learn more about the L.A. COMPACT.
SCLN 30-in-30: Maria Contreras-Sweet
 
SCLN is honored to announce former Chamber Board Member, the honorable Maria Contreras-Sweet as our final 30-in-30 honoree! Her achievements in bringing efficiencies and modernization to large scale organizations have earned her international acclaim. Maria was sworn in as a member of President Obama's cabinet as the 24th administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration. She completed Leadership L.A. in 1989, just two years after its inaugural class. Learn more about her leadership journey and experience with SCLN HERE.
 
The 30-in-30 campaign is a celebration of SCLN's 30th anniversary, honoring 30 outstanding alumni throughout 2017. Join us on Nov. 30 as we celebrate all of our honorees at the 2017 Visionaries Awards. Thank you to our 30th anniversary sponsors: The Albertsons Companies Foundation and The Vons Foundation, Southern California Gas Company, Southern California Edison and Walmart
Global trade career pathways in the spotlight at LAX Aviation Career Day
 
The World Trade Week Education committee and past scholarship winners participated as exhibitors at the second annual LAX Aviation Career Day hosted by Los Angeles World Airports and Los Angeles Unified School District. More than 750 local high school students were introduced to careers in the aviation and global trade industry at LAX's Flight Path Museum & Learning Center. The committee showcased the recently launched online Global Trade Careers Guide, as well as scholarship opportunities. Learn how you can SUPPORT WORLD TRADE WEEK.
IN THIS ISSUE
 
The Action
Chamber looks to the future of L.A.'s tech workforce at Bixel Exchange Tech Salon
 
Policy This Week 
Chamber calls for alterations to H.R.1 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act
 
Common sense solutions needed to small business lending
 
The Member 
Fresh and festive: WeHo Sausage Co. caters to you
 
The Opportunity 
Other News
Port of Long Beach Executive Director talks building the green port of the future
 
Committed to transforming education
 
SCLN 30-in-30: Maria Contreras-Sweet
 
Global trade career pathways in the spotlight at LAX Aviation Career Day
CHAMBER CALENDAR
 
Thursday, Nov. 22 - Friday, Nov. 24
 
Wednesday, 
Nov. 29
 
Thursday, Nov. 30
 
Friday, Dec. 1
 
Monday, Dec. 4
 
Wednesday, Dec. 6
 
Friday, Dec. 8