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

 The Weekly Online Publication of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce                      March 3, 2015

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The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is always actively looking out for the interests of our members and promoting Hollywood.  Here are a few of our activities from last week:

Hollywood Chamber introduced new members at the business mixer which was hosted by W Hotel. Photo by Marlene Panoyan

  • The Chamber welcomed a new class of members who were presented with plaques at the mixer generously hosted by W Hotel. Members gain access to the Chamber’s networking opportunities, programs, exposure among many other benefits.
  • Chamber staff addressed the impact of the proposed Minimum Wage in extensive meetings with councilmembers Fuentes (CD7), Parks (CD8), Englander (CD12), Blumenfeld (CD3), and Cedillo (CD1). The Chamber has also scheduled additional meetings with other City councilmembers to represent the interests of businesses on the proposed the Minimum Wage increase.
  • Hollywood Chamber PAC held a fundraiser for Wally Knox for Council District 4 at Fabiolus Cucina. The PAC endorsed Wally Knox for CD4.
  • Hollywood Chamber met with a Chinese delegation to discuss collaboration and business relations with companies in China. The Hollywood brand is a world-famous destination and the Chamber promotes doing business with markets from all over the world.
  • Chamber’s Foundation Board met and approved two grants to community organizations. The Foundation’s annual fundraiser, Heroes of Hollywood is set for Thursday, May 28th at Taglyan Cultural Complex. Actress Dianne Ladd will be honored with the Mary Pickford Award; and Councilmember Tom LaBonge will be honored with the Distinguished Service Award in Memory of Johnny Grant. More than 400 business and community leaders attend this event each year. Click here to support in sponsorship the Heroes of Hollywood event.
  • The Tourism Committee offered new opportunities to better promote Hollywood. Patti MacJennett of Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board briefed about the latest tourism stats; Stacey Levine and Dylan Greer discussed how the Hollywood Palladium is supporting Hollywood tourism; and Michael Ajakwe Jr. of LA Webfest presented his unique web festival that will be held in Hollywood and bring thousands of participants seeking to experience Hollywood.

Hollywood Chamber Calendar

Thursday, March 5th, 11:30 a.m. - Walk of Fame star for Chris O'Donell Watch Live
Wednesday, March 11th, 11:30 a.m. - Walk of Fame star for Jim Parsons Watch Live
Wednesday, March 11th at Noon - TEAM Committee meeting Register
Thursday, March 12th at 2:30 p.m. - Legislative Action Committee RSVP
Thursday, March 12th at 4 p.m. - Best Practices to Market Your Business Register
March 16-19th, Washington DC Lobbying Trip - Join Hollywood Chamber Delegation
Tuesday, March 17th at 8 a.m. - Economic Development Committee RSVP
Tuesday, March 24th at 5:30 p.m. - Mixer at The Argyle Hollywood Register
Wednesday, March 25th at 4 p.m. - Board of Directors
Thursday, March 26th at 12 Noon - Installation & Awards Luncheon at Hilton Register
Thursday, March 26th at 4 p.m. - Tourism Committee Meeting
Monday, March 30th at 12 Noon - PAC Annual Meeting
Tuesday, April 21st at 8 a.m. - Economic Development Committee RSVP
May 17-21st - FHCP D.C. Trip
May 27-28th - Sacramento Trip - Join Hollywood Chamber Delegation
Thursday, May 28th at 11 a.m. - Heroes of Hollywood Luncheon at Taglyan

Chamber Welcomes New Members in February at Mixer

Hollywood Chamber welcomed new members at the W Hotel in February. Senior Vice Chair Beth Marlis presented plaques to the following members: Rachel Mumford, Barry's Bootcamp LLC; Susan Karsyan, BASSH Event Planning Firm; Dorian Villasenor, Calle Tacos; Anthony Hanna, The Comedy Store; Neel Sodha, Downtown LA Walking Tours; Staci Armao, The Gabriella Foundation; Vanessa Duffy, Joe’s Pizza; Manon Banta, Mobile Film Classroom; Chelsie Arnold, Rise-N-Grind; Melissa Sandfield, Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles; Connie Woods, SocialClimbr; Patrick Bird, SonicPool; Melissa Olson, Spring Hill Suites Burbank; George Kokoris, Umami Burger.

Chamber Foundation Gives Back $23,500 in Grants to Community

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation presented $23,500 in grants during the February Mixer at W Hotel. Heather Cochran, Chair of the Chamber Foundation presented checks to the following community organizations: 9 Dots, ArtworxLA, Aviva Family and Children’s Services, Blind Childrens Center, The Center at Blessed Sacrament, Covenant House California, Hemophilia Foundation of Southern California, The Musicians Foundation, My Friend’s Place, St. Barnabas Senior Services, Theatre West, RaiseAChild, Inc. Photo by Marlene Panoyan

Chamber Foundation Event Committee Now Accepting Nominations for Heroes of Hollywood

Do you know an outstanding individual, business, or non-profit organization that has made an extraordinary contribution to the Hollywood community? Submit teh completed Heroes of Hollywood Nomination Form by mail, fax or email by Friday, April 3rd, by 4 p.m. to:

Hollywood Chamber of Commerce - Attn: Heroes of Hollywood
7018 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA 90028
Fax: (323) 469-2805 • email: marina@hollywoodchamber.net

The Awards Ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 28th at the Taglyan Cultural Complex, 1201 Vine St. in Hollywood. The reception starts at 11:00 a.m., followed by the luncheon and awards program at 12 Noon. Please consider sponsoring Heroes of Hollywood luncheon which serves as one of two major fundraisers for the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to improving the lives of Hollywood community members. All funds raised from this luncheon will be awarded in the form of grants to local community organizations.

Dream Hollywood Tops Off Roof with Signage

The Dream Hollywood Hotel project topped its new development last week with a rooftop sign that read DREAM HOLLYWOOD. Chamber staff were on hand to witness the raising of the giant sign along with the developers as well as the project’s construction workers. Developed by the Hollywood International Regional Center, the project is located at 6417 Selma Ave. in Hollywood. The project includes 182-room boutique hotel with 4,000-sq.ft. of retail on the roof. Completion is anticipated in 2016. Photo by Marlene Panoyan

Tell your story in The Hollywood Community Guide & Business Profile

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Community Guide & Business Profile. The time is now be a part of this redesigned publication. Tell your story to thousands of business owners, affluent residents, visitors and those interested in relocating to Hollywood. Visit www.HollywoodBusinessProfile.com, or call (323) 469-8311 ext.14 for more information.

Get Comprehensive Outlook for the Global, U.S., California, and Los Angeles Economies at Forecast LA Event on April 7th

The second annual Forecast LA that brings together some of Southern California's most dynamic thought leaders will be held at Loyola Marymount University, 1 LMU Drive (Gersten Pavilion) on April 7, 8 a.m. to 12 Noon. Get answers to key questions about the coming year: What will be the consequences of falling oil prices locally and beyond? Credit is expanding - but is it chasing good or risky investments? Are we entering bubble territory? Across California, where are home prices headed and can Angelenos afford to buy in this market? While Los Angeles's economy continues to expand, why does local growth lag the state? Individual ticket is $175. Members of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce can click here to register with a discount code which will be applied automatically Registrants will also receive the new 2015 Forecast LA Economic Forecast Book!

City of Los Angeles Office of Finance is Offering Business Tax Webinars

The City of Los Angeles Office of Finance (Finance) announced the production of multiple Business Tax webinars immediately available for businesses to use during the 2015 Business Tax renewal period. The informational tax videos, available in English and Spanish, are currently airing on LA Cityview Channel 35 and can also be viewed from its website at LA City View Finance Videos or the Office of Finance website at Finance Informational Videos. Subjects covered in the webinars include basic Business Tax registration requirements, AB63 Tax Discovery notices,  Small  Business and  New Business Exemption qualification  details, and Taxpayer Advocate information. In addition, step-by-step instructions are provided to viewers of Finance’s On-line E-filing Services video to facilitate the filing of taxpayers’ 2015 Business Tax renewals. Finance General Manager Antoinette Christovale notes that businesses have the ability to use Finance’s enhanced and simple E-Filing services now available in English or Spanish.

Check out Chamber Members' Hollywood Hot Deals

Hollywood HotDeals - a member benefit presented by the Hollywood Chamber of CommerceThe Chamber's Hollywood Hot Deals is a monthly email newsletter which offers hot deals from members of the Hollywood Chamber. This complimentary service is a part of membership benefit at no additional cost. Hollywood Hot Deals is broadcast on The Spicy Business Talk, a live radio show played in KLEDLIVE.com 91.1FM. The show will be playing the Chamber’s Hollywood Hot Deals. Members of the Chamber who offer deals to member businesses and the community will now be able to benefit from an additional exposure on the radio. Kledlive, has 15 live hosts that play their shows and are re-broadcasted after midnight. Kledlive.com: From the heart of Hollywood and around the world this is www.Kledlive.com. Special offers from Chamber members with Hollywood Hot Deals

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Hollywood Chamber to Honor Chris O'Donnell with Star on Walk of Fame!

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that actor Chris O’Donnell will be honored with the 2,544th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday, March 5th at 11:30 a.m. The star in the category of Television will be dedicated in front of Jameson’s Irish Pub located at 6681 Hollywood Boulevard. Helping emcee and Hollywood Chamber President/CEO Leron Gubler to unveil the star will be actor and O’Donnell’s co-star on “NCIS: Los Angeles” LL COOL J. The show airs Mondays at 10 p.m. PST on CBS. The star ceremony wil be streamed live exclusively on www.walkoffame.com.

Hollywood Chamber to Honor Jim Parsons with Star on Walk of Fame!

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that actor Jim Parsons will be honored with the 2,545th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Wednesday, March 11th at 11:30 a.m. PDT. The star in the category of Television will be dedicated in front of the historic Hudson Apartments located at 6533 Hollywood Boulevard. “Jim’s fans have been anxiously awaiting this well-deserved star ceremony and they will get a big bang out of seeing our recipient receiving this honor!” stated Ana Martinez, Producer of the Walk of Fame ceremonies. Helping emcee and Hollywood Chamber President/CEO Leron Gubler to unveil the star will be television producer and Walk of Famer Chuck Lorre and DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg. The star ceremony wil be streamed live exclusively on www.walkoffame.com.

All Walk of Fame star ceremonies are live-streamed exclusively on www.walkoffame.com. Want to know the latest scoop on who is getting the next star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame? Follow producer Ana Martinez aka Stargirl on Twitter  @Wofstargirl. Stargirl knows all the details about the Walk of Fame and will definitely entertain you!

Hollywood Walk of Fame official website - www.walkoffame.comThe Hollywood Chamber is encouraging members and Hollywood businesses to add the above walkoffame.com button on their website to directly link to www.walkoffame.com the official Hollywood Walk of Fame online. Offer your site visitors direct access to Stargirl's anecdotes and daily experiences with stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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See More Offers from Office Depot Program for Hollywood Chamber Members

With flu season upon us, the importance of a clean working environment has never been more important. Office Depot has put together a video highlighting how Chamber Members can save on their cleaning solutions with their Chamber Program account.

The following promotion is being offered along with the Cleaning Solution Video. 
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Promo # 155101
Coupon #  47142490

The offer is also available via your program SignUp page by clicking on the "Specials and Promo's" button. Click here for details to sign up for the Hollywood Chamber Office Depot Program! Not yet a member of the Hollywood Chamber? Click here to start saving today on a variety of products and services!


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