Thursday | June 21, 2012


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TUE | June 26
Referral Network
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TUE | June 26
Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Info Session
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WED | June 27
Land Use, Construction & Housing Council
Mid-year discussion on CEQA reform
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WED | June 27
Business After Hours Summer Mixer
FigOly Restaurant at Luxe Hotels City Center
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"Following the recommendation of the Chamber my government is going to evaluate the possibility of having a Consulate General in Los Angeles."

— Republic of Congo President Denis Sassou Nguesso at the Chamber Friday.

  Media Highlights  



Don't miss high-speed train to future economy
San Francisco Chronicle , June 20
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MTA to vote on indefinite extension of half-percent sales tax for transportation
L.A. Daily News, June 19
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WEV, Wedgewood honored at SBA awards
The San Fernando Valley Sun, June 15
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This week, the L.A. City Council approved the Chamber-supported Hollywood Community Plan, 13-0. After eight years of collaboration between the City Planning Department and community stakeholders, the approved plan is a blueprint that will guide the future growth and development of this historically important regional center. The plan directs development away from residential neighborhoods and near major arterials and mass transit. It preserves single family neighborhoods and historic resources, and provides for open space, theater districts, new housing and locations for film industry businesses that call Hollywood home. Contact Jessica Duboff, 213.580.7558. Picture courtesy of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.

Chamber-supported education bills move toward the finish line
On Wednesday, three key pieces of legislation passed out of the Assembly Higher Education Committee. The first two are critical community college bills: Chamber-sponsored SB 1062 (Liu), which would provide the Chancellor’s office more flexibility to establish a strong state leadership team and SB 1456 (Lowenthal), which seeks to dramatically improve completion rates among California Community Colleges students. SB 1070 (Steinberg) also passed unanimously, and would support Linked Learning programs and better prepare students to be successful in college and their future careers. Contact Chelsey Rask, 213.580.7572.

Experts provide funding overview for emerging technology entrepreneurs
A panel of financing experts joined the Emerging Commerce Council Wednesday for an in-depth conversation about the current funding environment and financial options for emerging technology companies. "There are three questions entrepreneurs need to be able to answer before they seek financing," said Natalie Orta, Economic Development Division supervisor for the U.S. Small Business Administration, above. "'How much money do you need?' 'How are you going to use it?' And, 'how are you going to pay it back?'" Contact Jessica Duboff, 213.580.7558.

Leadership L.A. focuses on creative economy
"At the start of 2015, the Panama Canal will enlarge, which will allow larger ships to reach the U.S. East Coast. This will ultimately affect the overall trade route,” said Port of Los Angeles Assistant Director Mike Keenan, right, discussing the possible threats facing the City's competitive landscape at Friday's session of Leadership L.A. Fellows heard from panelists who emphasized the impact of media, hospitality and trade in Los Angeles. They also visited the Grammy Museum, Entertainment Technology Center at the University of Southern California and The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising/FIDM. Contact Hadia Kabir, 213.580.7524.

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Los Angeles City College and Goldman Sachs partner to help businesses grow
Los Angeles City College and Goldman Sachs & Co. is recruiting for the 10,000 Small Businesses program. 10,000 Small Businesses is a $500 million, five-year initiative to unlock the economic growth and job-creation potential of 10,000 small businesses across the United States through greater access to business education, financial capital and business support services. Through the support of the Goldman Sachs Foundation, business owners selected to participate in the program will receive a full scholarship covering tuition and program materials. Applications for the September 2012 class are due by Monday, July 16. Attend an information session at the Chamber on Tuesday, June 26, 10-11:30 a.m. Register now.

Upcoming Chamber member ribbon cutting
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Tuesday, June 26, 11 a.m.
701 West Redondo Beach Blvd., Gardena
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Expo Line extends service

Metro's Expo Line picked up passengers for the first time at the Culver City and Farmdale stations on Wednesday. By 2020, Metro predicts about 27,000 passengers will ride Phase 1 each week day. Phase 1 will connect to Phase 2 of the Expo Line in 2016. Phase 2 will run from Culver City to Santa Monica. Read more

Council discusses special interest initiative
On Tuesday, the Government & Fiscal Affairs Council heard both sides of the "Stop Special Interest Money Now/Stop The Special Exemptions Act," a measure slated for the November 2012 election. A smaller group of Chamber members will continue to study the issue and provide recommendations at the next Council meeting.

Surface Transportation Bill
Sen. Barbara Boxer, chair of the Environment and Public Works Committee, and Rep. John L. Mica, chair of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, announced today that conferees have moved forward toward a bipartisan, bicameral agreement on a highway reauthorization bill. House and Senate conferees plan to have a complete package by next week. Read more.




Adding value to your Chamber membership


California Cleantech Trade Mission to China Aug. 20 - Sept. 2
Join the Center for International Trade Development-El Camino College on a trade mission to meet with key buyers and distributors in six major Chinese cities — Hong Kong, Chengdu, Qingdao, Nanjing, Yixing and Shanghai. In pre‐arranged meetings and site visits, learn about cleantech business opportunities, and present your firm’s products and services to local and provincial decision‐makers. Learn more


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