L.A. Business This Week: Serving those who served us

 
 
Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce I Aug. 11
 
L.A. BUSINESS THIS WEEK
Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce Weekly Newsletter

Serving those who served us
 
In connection with L.A. Fleet Week, the Chamber announced this week that it will host a Veteran Hiring Luncheon on Aug. 31. The luncheon is open to business leaders and HR professionals, and will explore best practices and benefits of hiring members of the military community. The event will feature guest speakers Senior Vice President, Military and Veteran Affairs, NBCUniversal, and Brigadier General (R), U.S. Army, Carol Eggert and Vice Admiral, Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet, Nora W. Tyson. Chamber Board Chair Steve Nissen will moderate the panel discussion. There is no cost to attend. RSVP TODAY.

 
Chamber joins City's L.A. 2028 Olympic Games Ad Hoc Committee

Last Friday, the Chamber joined olympians, paralympians, businesses, educators, community groups and L.A. residents at the City's Ad Hoc Committee meeting on the LA 2028 Summer Olympics. The Chamber is a strong supporter of LA2028 and the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding to bring the 2028 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games to L.A. The Chamber will be at City Council today in support of a final approval of the 2028 plan. 

GO-Biz accepting applications for California Competes Tax Credit
The Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) has announced the third quarter application period is open for businesses interested in applying for the California Competes Tax Credit (CCTC). CCTC is an income tax credit available to businesses that want to come, stay or grow in California, and is open to any business planning to create new full-time jobs in the state. Applications must be submitted by Aug. 21. APPLY TODAY.

RecycLA transition problems?
Last month, the City of L.A. began the transition to an exclusive commercial waste-haul franchise system, RecycLA. The program divides the city into zones that will each be served exclusively by one waste collection company. As the roll out of the program continues, use these resources provided by the City to assist in the transition: SEE THE FACT SHEET or WELCOME PACKET.


Tapping the talents of unique populations
 
Chamber member Goodwill Southern California believes that any individual can contribute to the workforce. Join them Aug. 31 for "Tapping the Talents of Unique Populations," a breakfast forum bringing together a diverse group of stakeholders to discuss regional employment needs and strategies for developing skills and increasing career mobility for historically under-represented segments of the workforce. Breakfast will be provided and networking is encouraged. RSVP NOW.
     

Take part in L.A.'s newest Labor Day tradition
 
L.A. Fleet Week is a free, family-friendly, public event celebrating our U.S. armed forces at the Port of Los Angeles. Held Sept. 1-4, the event welcomes active military ships and personnel to the L.A. Waterfront, and features public ship tours, military equipment demonstrations, live entertainment, educational activities and more. RESERVE A SHIP TOUR or LEARN MORE.
Chamber's Bixel Exchange helps students in pursuit of a job in #TechLA
 
As part of the L.A. Tech Talent Pipeline initiative, the Chamber's Bixel Exchange partnered with Headspace last Friday to bring together a diverse group of Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) students for a tour of Headspace's offices in Santa Monica. Students engaged in a professional development panel discussion with employees from a variety of backgrounds. Headspace also led focus groups on human-centered design and emphasized the importance of having diverse teams working together to create products that can serve the world.
 
If your company is interested in hosting a similar event, contact Lindsey Heisser.
SCLN 30-in-30: Scott Witter

This week's 30-in-30 honoree is Scott Witter, executive vice president of personal and business banking for
City National Bank. Scott's lasting experience with Leadership L.A. 20 years ago allowed him broaden his network while learning about the community of L.A., big city infrastructure and politics. These insights allowed Scott to better understand his role and the role of City National Bank in the future of L.A. READ MORE.
 
The 30-in-30 campaign is a celebration of SCLN's 30th anniversary, honoring 30 outstanding alumni throughout 2017. Thank you to our 30th anniversary sponsors: The Albertsons Companies Foundation and The Vons Foundation, Southern California Gas Company and Walmart. To learn more about how to boost your company's profile during our 30th anniversary celebrations, contact Nancy Olson.
Media seeks Chamber comments on NAFTA

Carlos Valderrama, president of the Chamber's Center for Global Trade & Foreign Investment, was interviewed by CNN Spanish Network and Mexican newspaper El Universal this week. The interviews covered the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and possible outcomes of the final trilateral agreement. "The Chamber is optimistic that the renegotiation will result in a more current and practical agreement. Thousands of companies, trade associations and professional groups are providing the United States Trade Representative with crucial feedback on necessary updates to the agreement," said Valderrama. "It is our hope that the future of NAFTA will result in a working document that will allow for frequent clause reviews and amendments to ensure its relevancy over the next few decades."
Chamber's Bixel Exchange and Kapor Center talk tech entrepreneurship

Last week, the Chamber's Bixel Exchange was invited by the Kapor Center for Social Impact to a 1st Fridays Summer Series Founders Fireside Chat in Oakland. The event focused on tech entrepreneurs and ecosystems, and featured a discussion with Bixel's Startup LAunch Director Kat Yalung, Techstars' Don Loeb and 500 Startups' Clayton Bryan, who discussed the essentials in supporting growing tech ecosystems, best practices in partnerships, and staying true to your culture and diversity as a city. The speakers' advice for startups seeking funding: articulate your problem, know your strengths and weaknesses, and rally your team. LEARN MORE.
IN THIS ISSUE
 
The Action
Serving those who served us
 
Policy This Week |
Chamber joins City's L.A. 2028 Olympic Games Ad Hoc Committee

GO-Biz accepting applications for California Competes Tax Credit

RecycLA transition problems?
The Member |
Tapping the talents of unique populations
 
The Opportunity |
Take part in L.A.'s newest Labor Day tradition

Other News
Chamber's Bixel Exchange helps students in pursuit of a job in #TechLA
 
SCLN 30-in-30: Scott Witter
 
Media seeks Chamber comments on NAFTA 
 
Chamber's Bixel Exchange and Kapor Center talk tech entrepreneurship
New Members & Anniversaries
Chamber Diamond Club Members