L.A. Business This Week


Thursday | Jan. 31, 2013


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FRI | Feb. 1
Health Care Council
The inner workings of the
Benefit Exchange

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TUE | Feb. 5
Transportation & Goods Movement Council
Southern California together in transportation and goods movement

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THU | Feb. 7
125th Anniversary Inaugural Dinner
more info & register

FRI | Feb. 8
Education & Workforce Development Council
Helping community college students transition to post-secondary institutions

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"Are there better days ahead? Proposition 30 moved things in the right direction, but we have a long way to go."

— California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice Harris at the Accenture Pancakes & Politics Speaker Series on Friday.




Linked learning comes of age in California with new pilot programs
EdSource, Jan. 29
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On Saturday, the Chamber and its Cash for College partners hosted more than 40 financial aid completion workshops across Los Angeles County. Thousands of students, many of whom aspire to be the first in their families to attend college, received one-on-one assistance from hundreds of volunteers in submitting their financial aid applications. The Chamber will be hosting more workshops before the March 2 financial aid deadline. To volunteer or for more information, contact Paola Santana, 213.580.7586.
Above, a student fills out her financial aid form on Saturday.

Chamber Board of Directors votes to endorse half-cent sales tax on March ballot
On Thursday, the Chamber's Board cited the need to maintain the strength of the City's police and fire departments in its endorsement of Measure A. Contact Ruben Gonzalez, 213.580.7568.

L.A. County accepting stormwater parcel fee protests by email
Property owners who wish to oppose the Clean Water, Clean Beaches Ballot Measure — a parcel fee that would raise $295 million per year to treat storm water and urban runoff pollution — can email the L.A. County. The Chamber helped delay action on the measure because it lacked the proper process for public input, critical transparency and accounting standards. The measure is tentatively scheduled to be reconsidered on March 12. Contact Frank Lopez, 213.580.7573.

Nominate an outstanding business-education partnership
The Pillar Partnership Spotlight highlights Los Angeles Unified School District schools and businesses that are working together to strengthen education and develop our future workforce. Nominate a partnership today. Contact Geraldine Contreras, 213.580.7553.

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The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator adds five companies
The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) recently added five startups: Skyline Innovations, Magnovate Technologies, Somatis Sensor Solutions, Chai and Open Neighborhoods. LACI is a result of the Clean Tech Los Angeles alliance, which includes the Chamber. Read more.

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Workforce Investment Board seeking nominations
The City of Los Angeles is seeking nominations for appointments to the Workforce Investment Board (WIB). The board provides vision, coordination and direction for the City's workforce development activities. Business leaders in manufacturing, biotechnology/life sciences and philanthropy are encouraged to apply. Interested candidates can fax their resumes to David Eder, WIB acting executive director, 213.744.9398 or email Mirela Chavez. Apply by Monday, Feb. 18.




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Coro Southern California Business Placements Presentation

Monday, Feb. 4, 9-10:30 a.m.
L.A. Area Chamber
Join the 2013 Coro Fellows for a presentation on potential anxieties some experience when entering a new work environment. Fellows will discuss their experiences in the business sector and hear from Bob MacDonald, managing partner and founder, Craton Equity Partners. Register now.


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 www.lachamber.com