Thursday | Dec. 10, 2009
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"We were flying a Cessna but recruiting for a 747 flight crew. If you believe in something, you can make it happen."

óMark Goldston, Chairman, President and CEO of United Online, Inc. at the Chamber's Power Hour Series Wednesday, comparing his startup company NetZero to a small plane when it first began. View photo gallery.

  Media Highlights  

Chamber Board Member David Fleming mentions Visionaries award
KNX Business Hour, Dec. 9
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Business is Proud of the Progress at LAPD
Chamber President & CEO Gary Toebben's The Business Perspective blog on Fox & Hounds Daily, Dec. 8
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CELEBRATING DYNAMIC LEADERSHIP. More than 350 business, government and civic leaders came together at the Walt Disney Concert Hall on Tuesday for the Southern California Leadership Network's Southern California Visionaries awards luncheon. Five outstanding regional leaders were honored for their leadership, vision and commitment to Southern California. From left: Graduate of the Year: Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas (Leadership L.A. 1989 Fellow), County of Los Angeles; Public Sector Leader of the Year: Gilbert Ivey, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California; Excellence in Civic Leadership: Linda Griego, Griego Enterprises, Inc.; Southern California Leadership Network Board Chair Tony Buzzelli, Deloitte; Southern California Leader of the Year: David Fleming, Latham & Watkins LLP; and Lifetime Still Achieving Award: James A. Thomas, Thomas Properties Group. (View photo gallery).

Chamber partners to launch Green Business Certification program
The Chamber, along with L.A. City Councilmember Richard Alarcon, the Los Angeles Community College District and others, launched a new Green Business Certification program Wednesday at Ciudad restaurant in downtown Los Angeles. The program will give small and medium companies a practical how-to guide to green their businesses. The effort initially will cover three business sectors: auto repair, restaurants and office-retail. "In today's economy, businesses are looking at ways to save money and draw in more business, and the Green Business Certification program will do just that," Councilmember Alarcon said. Contact Alexander Pugh, 213.580.7558 or

Chamber facilitates relationship to boost trade
At a lunch co-organized by the Chamber Wednesday, the Trade Commission of Ecuador announced a formal working relationship with Mercury Air Group, Inc. to send roses via Los Angeles to Japan. Roses grown in Ecuador, one of the South American nation's most valuable exports, are heading to Japan, the most expensive rose market in the world, via Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). In the past, Ecuadorian roses have transited through Amsterdam, Frankfurt or Miami to reach Japan. "It has long been a goal to find a way for Ecuadorian flowers, especially roses, to reach world markets faster and at lower costs," said Eduardo Borrero, Trade Commissioner of Ecuador in Los Angeles. The Trade Commission of Ecuador is a member of the Chamberís Trade Commissioners Networking Group. Contact Jasmin Sakai-Gonzalez, 213.580.7569 or

good news

Chamber affiliate UNITE-LA receives grant from BNSF Railway
BNSF Railway Company recently granted UNITE-LA Inc. $25,000 to build its efforts in school reform, college access and youth work readiness. During these challenging times, youth are perhaps the most vulnerable and this contribution will help UNITE-LA ensure that L.A. youth achieve success in their education and career preparation.

Cangene Plasma Resources California opens new facility
Cangene Plasma Resources California recently celebrated the expansion of its facility in Van Nuys. The company also announced that it has shifted from a traditional paper record-keeping system to a new electronic donor management system. Read more. Chamber members receive complimentary ribbon cutting ceremonies. To participate, contact Pat Clark, 213.580.7595 or

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