L.A. Business This Week


Thursday | Feb. 5, 2015


Advocacy in Action
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This Week At The Chamber
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Member News
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Issues of Interest
Read about important current issues to business


FRI | Feb. 6
Health Care Council
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WED | Feb. 11
Small Business Onwers Roundtable
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THURS | Feb. 12
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FRI | Feb. 13
Education & Workforce Development Council  
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“The Chamber's 2015 agenda is laser focused on making Los Angeles more 'business friendly' - from the compelling work around LA 2020, to the need to change the City business tax, from bringing our voice to the appointment of the new School Superintendent (and K-12 reform) to work more closely with our elected City/County/State officials."

2015 L.A. Area Chamber Board Chair William Caswell at Thursday's Inaugural Dinner.







Clearing the air on SR 710 Nort: Guest Commentary
The Los Angeles Daily News
Feb. 4, Read more

Long-sought cuts in L.A. business tax advance
Los Angeles Times
Feb. 3, Read more

City Council approves tax cut for Los Angeles businesses
Feb. 3, Read more

Ronald Reagan’s Free-Market Mentors
Feb. 2, Read more

Tom Torlakson Launches Second Term as State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Feb. 2, Read more

Most Los Angeles County voters want to raise the minimum wage, poll says
The Los Angeles Daily News
Jan. 30, Read more

Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce Names William Caswell 2015 Board Chair, Celebrates Special Olympics World Games
Jan. 30, Read more

Wesson Begins Re-election Bid with Flurry of Endorsements
Los Angeles Sentinel
Jan. 30, Read more

L.A. County, Federal Officials Seek To End Vet Homelessness
Jan. 29, Read more

Los Angeles Will End Veteran Homelessness by End of Year
Jan. 29, Read more





On “Super Saturday," Jan. 31, L.A. Cash for College hosted 39 financial aid completion workshops simultaneously throughout the Los Angeles region. At these workshops, nearly 2,000 students and families received one-on-one assistance while completing their financial aid application, ensuring that they meet the priority deadline for federal and state aid. L.A. Mayor Garcetti, Chamber President & CEO Gary Toebben, Councilmember Curren Price, and California Student Aid Commissioner Ana Beltran were present at the Santee Education Complex workshops and spoke to participants about the importance of investing in L.A.’s working families through programs like Cash for College. Contact Kelly Reynolds, 213.580.7549.

More than 1600 individuals celebrate 2015 at Inaugural Dinner
The Chamber held its 2015 Inaugural Dinner Thursday at the JW Marriott at L.A. LIVE. Wallis Annenberg was presented with the Civic Medal of Honor; Charlie Woo of Megatoys received the Distinguished Business Leader Award; and Comcast/NBCUniversal was given the Corporate Leadership Award. The evening also celebrated the installation of the 2015 Board Chair William Caswell of Kaiser Permanente. For photos from the evening's festivities, click here. Contact Michelle Attebery, 213.580.7523.

Trust in business to be focus of special briefing
This week, the Chamber announced a special briefing, "The Edelman Trust Barometer," to be held Thurs., Feb. 26, at 11:45 a.m. Edelman U.S. President & CEO Russell Dubner will be at the Chamber for a presentation of the annual findings of the Edelman Global Trust Barometer and to discuss the importance of trust as an asset in building business success.To RSVP, click here. Contact Pat Clark, 213.580.7595

Chamber participates in U.S.-Australian forum

Chamber Global Initiatives Senior Vice President Carlos J. Valderrama, was invited by UCLA Anderson and the Australian Consulate General in Los Angeles to participate as a panelist in the U.S.-Australian dialogue of "Assessing the Future of the Asia-Pacific." The panel discussion, "The Future of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)," covered the potential of the TPP to reshape trade and investment in the most economically-dynamic region of the world, and whether or not the TPP could win acceptance throughout the region and in Congress. The keynote speaker was the Honorable Malcom Turnbull MP, Australian Minister for Communications. Contact Carlos Valderrama, 213.580.7570
Photo credit: Barbara Green

Chamber announces sponsorship opportunities for businesses during World Trade Week
This week, the Chamber announced opportunities for businesses to be sponsors during World Trade Week (WTW), placing them in front of hundreds of attendees. The most extensive and unique program of its kind in the country, WTW, an initiative of the Chamber, dedicates itself to educating the public on the positive aspects of international trade on the local and national economy. Businesses have the ability to sponsor scholarships, and we encourage you to hear from students who have benefited from these. Learn more or contact Jasmin Sakai-Gonzalez, 213.580.7569

good news

Grifols Academy of Plasmapheresis awarded ACCET accreditation
Grifols, a global company in the production of plasma-derived medicines, announced that its Academy of Plasmapheresis has been awarded accreditation by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET). Grifols is currently the only plasma industry member that holds this highly-sought-after distinction. This new status will allow Grifols to grant continuing education units (CEU) to participants in the Academy’s career development and training programs. These CEUs may be used by Grifols employees to meet the requirements of their specialized professional licenses and certifications. More information.

L.A. Convention Center reports profit after first year of privatization with AEG
The Los Angeles Department of Convention and Tourism announced last week that the privatization with AEG of the L.A. Convention Center has been effective in improving operational efficiency, increasing client and attendee satisfaction and has saved millions for the City's general fund. Read more.

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State treasurer to discuss California's fiscal future

Town Hall Los Angeles is hosting State Treasurer, the Hon. John Chiang. Chiang will speak about his plans for his term as California State Treasurer and the most pressing issues facing the office. The event is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 26 at City Club Los Angeles. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.















The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business in L.A. County. Founded in 1888, the Chamber promotes a prosperous economy and quality of life in the Los Angeles region. For more information, visit lachamber.com