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Thursday | Jan. 24, 2013


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FRI | Jan. 25
Accenture Pancakes & Politics Breakfast Speaker Series
Chancellor of California Community Colleges Brice Harris

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FRI | Jan. 25
Helping Los Angeles Students Afford College - A Convening on Federal and State Financial Aid
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SAT | Jan. 26
Cash for College Super Saturday
Help high school seniors fill out financial aid forms

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THU | Jan. 31
Emerging Commerce Council
Improving your performance for high-growth tech startups
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THU | Feb. 1
Health Care Council
The inner workings of the
Benefit Exchange

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"Environmental protection is a key priority of mine. In 2013, we'll work to green the City as we grow the economy, make neighborhoods more livable and improve transportation."

— L.A. City Councilmember Jose Huizar at the Chamber's Energy, Water & Environmental Sustainability Council meeting on Friday.




State Budget a Positive Step for Education
Fox & Hounds, Jan. 23
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As part of Home for Good's commitment to ending chronic and veteran homelessness, we encourage our Chamber members to participate in the 2013 Homeless Count , Jan. 29-31. Home For Good is a partnership initiative between the Chamber and United Way of Greater Los Angeles. By knowing who and where homeless people are in L.A. County, we are better able to plan and identify resources to provide vital services to homeless individuals, and ultimately move them into housing. Consider donating your time in the participating 72 cities and 21 communities to help us achieve the most accurate count ever of the homeless population in our region. Find out more.

One more week left to apply for U.S. Small Business Administration Awards
The U.S. Small Business Administration - Los Angeles District Office, in collaboration with the Chamber, is currently accepting award nominations for National Small Business Week. Nominations are for business awards for local small business owners, business champions and the 2013 Small Business Person of the Year. Apply now or contact Patrick Rodriguez, 818.552.3222.

California Connections 2013 in the Bay Area
Starting on Wednesday, fellows of Southern California Leadership Network's California Connections 2013 embarked on a two-and-a-half day session in the Bay Area. Fellows received a tour of the California Supreme Court and met with Associate Justice Kathryn Werdegar about the budget and legal issues facing the region. "A challenge that faces the State is the shrinking of resources and courts being closed," said Werdegar. "This causes ordinary citizen issues such as divorce and eviction to be delayed. We have a constitutional responsibility to educate fellows. Without courts our society will collapse." Contact Simon Flores, 213.580.7547.

Apply for new Solar Feed-in-Tariff Program
From Feb. 1 - June 28, applicants can apply for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's new solar program, the 100 megawatt Feed-in-Tariff (FiT) Set Pricing Program. Applications for solar projects from 30 kilowatts to three megawatts will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. During the first five business days of the application period, all submitted applications will be prioritized on the FiT reservation list by lottery. Applications received after the first five business days will be dated and time stamped. Applications will be confirmed based on the priority of the FiT Reservation List for up to 20 megawatts. LADWP will enter into a standard 20-year contract for each project and purchase the solar power at a set price, starting at 17 cents per kilowatt-hour for the first 20 megawatts. Learn more.

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Pepperdine University Graduate School receives top ranking
The Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership program at the Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology ranks No. 17 in Leadership Excellence's magazine's Education/
Universities/Schools of Management and Business category for excellence in leadership development. Based on the evaluation of 1,000 organizations known for developing top leaders, Leadership Excellence selects 500 top programs to feature across seven unique categories. Read more.

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