Hollywood Business Advocate - Official Publication of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce

The Online Publication of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce - Wednesday, March 14, 2018

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The Hollywood Chamber board and staff have been busy promoting the community and member businesses as well as planning several upcoming events. Here are some of the items we were following or initiating:

Hollywood Chamber unveils the star for Mark Hamill on the Walk of Fame. Photo by Bob Freeman

The Hollywood Chamber honored legendary actor Mark Hamill with the 2,630th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The star was dedicated in the category of Motion Pictures at 6834 Hollywood Boulevard in front of the El Capitan Theatre. On hand to unveil the star were Harrison Ford and George Lucas, two Storm Troopers and R2D2. The star ceremony attracted more than 2,500 fans and promoted Hollywood all over the world and across a galaxy far, far away...

The Hollywood Chamber was on hand to celebrate the grand opening of Virtual Reality Hollywood with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The cutting-edge VR gaming center is the second of three VR arcades in Los Angeles by VR Studios, LLC and offers the latest VR gear with choice of over 60 games and experiences as well as fully immersive VR racing experience with over 100 real cars and race tracks. As part of the Chamber’s membership benefit, these ribbon-cutting ceremonies help promote the member business and welcome them to Hollywood.

More than 30 member businesses convened one-on-one with other members, practiced their elevator speech, and gained new leads at the Chamber’s Speed Leads luncheon sponsored by Al-Wazir Chicken. The Chamber provides these networking opportunities for members to help promote their businesses and services.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee (PAC) welcomed its new board members Aaron Green of Afriat Consulting Group, property owner Ferris Wehbe, and Bill Roschen of Roschen Van Cleve Architects to its PAC Board of Directors. Chaired by Matt Fritch of the MBS Group, the PAC will be meeting in the upcoming months to discuss this year’s elections and review the candidate interview process. The Hollywood Chamber PAC provides an essential forum to actively engage local and state legislators on the needs and concerns of Chamber members and the Hollywood business community.

Hollywood Expo Taking Place at Universal Studios Hollywood™ on Tuesday, May 15th

Join us as we showcase the area’s best restaurants, attractions and venues at the Annual Hollywood Expo taking place at Universal Studios Hollywood™! The spectacular event will happen on Tuesday, May 15th from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in and around Universal’s Globe Theatre. The Hollywood Expo features approximately 100 exhibits which showcase goods and services from local business who are anxious to connect with concierges, event planners, and Chamber members. Considered the ultimate networking event of the year, the Hollywood Expo gives exhibitors, attendees, and media a chance to see what is new and exciting in the Hollywood area! To reserve exhibit space at the Hollywood Expo, please contact Kaylee Kiecker at kaylee@hollywoodchamber.net. Information on attending, including ticket prices, will follow.

Dadigan Elected to Lead Chamber in 2018-19

Donelle Dadigan, the President & Founder of the Hollywood Museum in the Historic Max Factor Building, has been elected to lead the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, beginning in April. She will be installed as Chair of the Board, along with other Chamber officers and directors at the Chamber’s 97th annual Installation & Lifetime Achievement Awards Luncheon, on Thursday, April 12th at the Sheraton Universal Hotel, 333 Universal Hollywood Drive. Admission is $75 for Chamber members. Reservations can be made at www.hollywoodchamber.net/events.

Dadigan is President and Founder of two not-for-profit organizations. The Hollywood Museum is dedicated to the history and heritage of Hollywood and the entertainment industry. The José Iturbi Foundation, inspired by Dadigan’s godfather pianist and conductor, José Iturbi, is dedicated to sharing and popularizing the wonders of classical arts and music. Read more

Chamber Welcomes the New Virtual Reality Venue to Hollywood

Hollywood Chamber staff joined the celebration and welcomed new member Virtual Reality Hollywood with a ribbon-cutting ceremony during the grand opening of their arcade location. Hollywood’s newest attraction is an immersive VR gaming center established in 2017. This is the second of their three VR arcades in Los Angeles by VR Studios, LLC. They offer an impressive variety of over 80 VR games as well as VR racing experiences with over 100 real cars and race tracks. Located at 6519 Hollywood Blvd, the thrilling venue provides single and multi-player VR experiences and encourages VR enthusiasts to discover new frontiers in virtual reality gaming. They also offer space for a variety of special events such as birthday parties, presentations, team-building activates and more. VR Studios delivers the perfect ultimate VR experience to video gamers and introduces others into VR world. Whether you are looking for fun things to do in Hollywood with the family, your friends, or your team, Virtual Reality Hollywood is now open every day 12 p.m. to midnight and welcomes everyone to dive in the virtual worlds of your dreams and beyond! Pictured from left: J.J. Connaughton, Director of Membership Services, host Michael Suvorov, Dmitriy Zherebtsov, Co-founder of Virtual Reality Hollywood, Leron Gubler, President & CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. Stop by the new Hollywood location to welcome Virtual Reality Hollywood or simply reserve your spot and gravitate for the ultimate VR experience at www.virtualreality-live.com/hollywood Photo by Marlene Panoyan

Members Exchange Leads at Speed Leads Luncheon

Member businesses had the opportunity to connect in person with other member businesses over lunch at the Chamber's Speed Leads Luncheon sponsored by Al-Wazir Chicken. After a brief welcome from the Chamber, attendees were offered the opportunity to introduce themselves and their services. Then representatives took turns to connect with every person in the room and exchange leads for their businesses. Attending Speed Leads luncheon is an exclusive Chamber benefit to help you promote your business. Photo by Marlene Panoyan

Hollywood Chamber Announces 2018 Premier Investors

The Chamber’s Premier Investors Club is a convenient way for sponsors to secure their events in advance and choose their level of sponsorship. This makes it easy for budgeting and eliminates future “asks” throughout the year. Additionally, Premier Investor logos are showcased on the Chamber’s printed and digital collateral, and on customized table signs at events. Premier Investors also enjoy preferred seating at events, invitations and special offers, annual use of the Chamber Boardroom, and annual access to a Walk of Fame ceremony! To learn more about the Hollywood Chamber’s Premier Investors Club, please contact Kaylee Kiecker at kaylee@hollywoodchamber.net

Last Chance to Submit a Nomination for Heroes of Hollywood, Friday, March 16th

The Heroes of Hollywood Committee encourages businesses to submit their nominations for Heroes of Hollywood. You can nominate an individual, business, or non‐profit organization for the 2018 Heroes of Hollywood Awards. The deadline to submit a nomination is Friday, March 16th, by 10 a.m. The selected nominees will be honored at Heroes of Hollywood Awards luncheon at Taglyan Complex, May 31st . Click here for Heroes of Hollywood Nomination Form.

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Hollywood Chamber to Honor RuPaul with Walk of Fame Star

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce also announced that performer RuPaul will be honored with the 2,631st star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Friday, March 16th, at 11:30 a.m. PDT. The star will be dedicated in the category of Television at 6652 Hollywood Boulevard in front of the World of Wonder production office which produces the show “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” “RuPaul is a Ruvolutionary performer who brought the art of Drag into the American public eye and made it mainstream. We are proud to add this groundbreaking entertainer on our historic Hollywood Walk of Fame,” stated Ana Martinez, Producer of the Walk of Fame ceremonies. Helping Emcee Leron Gubler unveil the star will be guest speaker Jane Fonda.

Hollywood Chamber to Honor Lynda Carter with Walk of Fame Star

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that actress Lynda Carter will be honored with the 2,632nd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday, April 3rd, at 11:30 a.m. PDT. The star will be dedicated in the category of Television at 6562 Hollywood Boulevard. “Superhero fans will be thrilled to see the TV’s iconic original ‘Wonder Woman’ Lynda Carter honored with her well-deserved star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame!” stated Leron Gubler, Hollywood Chamber of Commerce President and CEO. “We are proud to add Lynda onto our historic Walk of Fame.” Helping Emcee Leron Gubler unveil the star will be guest speakers Patty Jenkins and Les Moonves.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce which administers the popular star ceremonies encourages people who are unable to attend and fans around the world to watch the event live exclusively on www.walkoffame.com.

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Hollywood Chamber Calendar

Friday, March 16th, 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. - RuPaul Walk of Fame - Watch LIVE
Tuesday, March 20th, 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. - Economic Development Committee - RSVP
Thursday, March 22nd, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. - Business After Hours at Hollywood Improv - RSVP
Tuesday March 27th, 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. - Tourism Committee Meeting - RSVP
Thursday, April 5th, 12 p.m., to 2 p.m. - TEAM Hollywood Committee - RSVP
Tuesday, April 3rd, 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. - Lynda Carter Walk of Fame - Watch LIVE
Thursday, April 5th, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. - TEAM Hollywood Committee Meeting at Ford Theatres - RSVP
Thursday, April 12th, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. - Installation Luncheon at Sheraton Universal Hotel - Register
Thursday, April 12th, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. - Legislative Action Committee Meeting
Tuesday, May 15th, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Hollywood Expo - Sponsor or Exhibit
Thursday, May 31st, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Heroes of Hollywood - Sponsor

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