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

The Weekly Online Publication of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce

June 21, 2016




Working for YOU ...

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 achievements from last week:

L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, presenting sponsor Donelle Dadigan, and Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell of CD13 at the Hollywood Chamber's 'Breakfast with The Mayor.'

Mayor Eric Garcetti delivered a report to the Chamber and community of his tenure as Mayor of the City of Los Angeles.  It was a great opportunity for Chamber members to visit with the Mayor, discuss City issues, and to hear from the Mayor why the Neighborhood Integrity Initiative would be harmful to the interests of Angelenos.

The Walk of Fame Committee met and began review of hundreds of nominations for the Walk of Fame. The Chamber has administered the Walk of Fame for more than 55 years and built it into an international draw.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held for SIM Digital.  The company has moved to the former Kodak facility, located at 1017 N. Las Palmas.  One of the benefits of Chamber membership is the exposure that it offers our members.

Staff and volunteers worked hard to finalize details for the 22nd annual Hollywood Economic Development Summit.  A logistics session was held at the ArcLight Cinemas and research was concluded for materials to be distributed at the conference.

Hollywood Chamber Calendar

Thursday, June 23rd, 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. - Economic Development Summit - Register
Friday, June 24th, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. - Tech 101: The 7 Don’ts of Email Design - Register
Tuesday, June 28th, 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. - Shirley Caesar Walk of Fame Star Ceremony - WATCH LIVE
Tuesday, June 28th, 3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. - Tourism Committee Meeting - Register
Wednesday, June 29th, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. - Mixer at The Fonda Theatre - Register
Monday, July 4th - Hollywood Chamber Offices closed.
Wednesday, July 13th, 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. - Speed Leads Luncheon - Register
Tuesday, July 19th, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. - LA’s Largest Mixer at Pasadena Conference Center - www.lamixer.com
Thursday, August 4th, 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. - TEAM Meeting - Register
Friday, August 12, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Luncheon with President Pro Tem Kevin De Leon - Sponsor
Friday, August 9th - Police & Fire Appreciation Day - Support
Thursday, Sept. 22, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Luncheon with Councilmember David Ryu - Sponsor




REGISTER FOR AN EVENT: hollywoodchamber.net/events • SUBMIT YOUR EVENT: hollywoodchamber.net/myevent


Mayor Garcetti Addresses Hollywood Community at Chamber Breakfast

The Hollywood Chamber held a “Breakfast with the Mayor” at the Loews Hollywood Hotel last week. The sold out event marked the first address by Mayor Eric Garcetti to the Hollywood community since taking Mayor’s office in 2013. Mayor Garcetti used this breakfast to discuss his economic development strategy, Neighborhood Integrity Initiative, housing, homelessness, linkage fees, transportation and more. Attending guests also had the unique opportunity to participate in a Q&A session afterwards. Presenting sponsor is Hollywood Museum in the Historic Max Factor Building. Platinum Level sponsor is Variety. Gold Level sponsors are FilmL.A., Inc., Loews Hollywood Hotel, and Managed Career Solutions. Silver Level sponsors include AT&T, Capitol Music Group, CIM Group, Comcast | NBCUniversal, Emerson College Los Angeles, Famous Hollywood Dental Care, Hilton Los Angeles / Universal City, Hollywood Hotel, Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, Hudson Pacific Properties, Inc., Paramount Contractors & Developers, Paramount Pictures and W Hollywood Hotel & Residences. Photo by Marlene Panoyan

Chamber Celebrates Grand Opening of SIM Digital in Hollywood

Hollywood Chamber was on hand to help celebrate the Grand Opening of Sim Group Hollywood new location at 1017 N. Las Palmas Ave. at the corner of Santa Monica and Las Palmas. With a staff of 120 people at the new location, the company continues to grow their reputation as a leading expert in digital production solutions providing their combined service offerings on countless productions around the world. Pictured are Rob Sim, Founder and Vice Chairman, Sim Group; Scott Dorsey, Sim Group Board member; Jeff Cairns, Sim Group Board chair; Doug Buchanan, Granite Partners; Leo Del Zotto, Sim Group Board member; James Haggarty, CEO; Chris Parker, CTO; James Martin, CSO; John DeBoer, COO; Alex Sandahl, CFO; Ann DeGuire, President Camera Division; Eleanor O’Connor, President Lighting and Grip Division; Bill DeRonde, President of Post Division; Mike Polito, Vice President, Chainsaw; Graeme Parcher, GM, Sim Digital Hollywood; Hunter Betts, GM, Bling; Steve Purcell, GM, Chainsaw along with Hollywood Chamber Chair Dr Fariba Kalantari and President & CEO Leron Gubler. For more information, visit www.simdigital.com. Photo by Marlene Panoyan

L.A. City Attorney Mike Feuer Invites the Community to Hollywood Town Hall Meeting, July 12th

The Hollywood community is encouraged to attend Hollywood Town Hall – Community Meeting at Temple Israel of Hollywood, 7300 Hollywood Blvd. on Tuesday, July 12th, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Meet City Attorney Mike Feuer, Neighborhood Prosecutor Steve Houchin, Community Resource Specialist for West Bureau Kimberly Morosi, City Attorney staff, LAPD Hollywood Division, Neighborhood Councils within Hollywood, and community agencies within Hollywood. Attendees are welcome to ask questions and ideas to the meeting. For information, please contact (213)978-2702.

NBC4 Launches 21st Century Solutions, Announces $200K Grant Challenge

NBC4 Southern California is now accepting applications for its annual 21st Century Solutions grant challenge, open to local nonprofit organizations advancing communities through innovative programs. The program will award grants totaling $200,000 to three organizations.  Apply now through August 26.  For more information, eligibility requirements and to apply, visit NBCLA.com/Community.  We encourage you to learn more about last year’s awardees and their impactful community programs here. Stay connected for all breaking news and information by tuning in to NBC4, at NBCLA.com or through the NBCLA mobile app.

City of Los Angeles Minimum Wage Increase Takes Effect July 1st

Some important changes to minimum wage requirements will take effect on July 1st for businesses operating in Los Angeles. The City of Los Angeles will require a minimum wage of $10.50 for businesses and employees that meet the eligibility criteria. Paid sick time requirements may also be effective as early as July 1, 2016. Information and tools for businesses, including deferral applications and mandatory workplace posters, are available at www.wagesla.lacity.org and questions can also be directed to 1-844-WAGESLA or wagesla@lacity.org.

What is your LA? Create a Film for the 2016 NFMLA On Location: Los Angeles Video Project

NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) is thrilled to invite you to create a short film for the 2016 On Location film competition! Tell your story in a narrative, documentary, commercial or animation format that positively highlights Los Angeles to the rest of the world. Create original, branded entertainment with Los Angeles as the experience. These short films will celebrate the fabulous City of LA and answer the question “What is your LA?” This competition is an excellent opportunity for you to showcase your filmmaking skills and promises to highlight finalist entries with over a million views, a red carpet premiere screening event at Hollywood Center Studios with 750+ attendees, a celebrity judging panel with press interviews, an after-party, and over $50,000 in prizes, including cash! For this year’s On Location program, NFMLA has partnered with LA City Councilmember Bob Blumenfield, Fox Studios, KTLA, SAG-AFTRA, FilmLA, Sony Pictures Entertainment, HFPA, Alternative Camera Rentals and Dreamworks. To learn more about creating a film, please visit http://www.nfmla.org/onlocation.

YPI Program Partners with Community Businesses to Offer College Students Career Pathway Internships and Work Experience

The Youth Policy Institute is helping transition college students from the classroom to the workforce. Students who can take advantage of this program come from a variety of backgrounds. This may be the first formal work experience. They are determined to work and are local to the Hollywood area. YPI program will be paying their wages with 100-hour allotments. Businesses hiring these interns can help inspire youth and help them cultivate skills and experience. The internship is almost like an on-the-job training, and you can hire youth after they complete their hours. To take advantage of the YPI program, businesses are encouraged to set up an Employer Orientation session, sign a work-site agreement, designate number of interns needed, set schedule for internship, get matched and get started! To learn how you can hire an intern, please contact Martin Hernandez: mhernandez@ypiusa.org.

HealthCare Committee Publishes Healthy Hollywood Pages

Hollywood HotDeals - a member benefit presented by the Hollywood Chamber of CommerceThe Healthcare Committee of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce published "Healthy Hollywood Pages" promotional pamphlet which was distributed at the Hollywood Expo. The brochure lists the numerous organizations throughout Hollywood which assist, promote, and support the community in obtaining a healthier lifestyle. The health resource guide provides contact information for Chamber member companies which are at the forefront in their respective industries and professions in Hollywood. Healthy Hollywood Pages was made possible by the generous sponsorship of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Genesis Financial & Insurance Services, Providence St. Joseph Medical Center, and Optometrix. Additional sponsors included AltaMed General Pediatrics, Aviva Family and Children’s Services, Famous Hollywood Dental Care, Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House. View Healthy Hollywood Pages.

Hollywood Christmas Parade to Partner with Businesses and Offer Seats to Military Families

The Hollywood Christmas Parade is offering businesses the opportunity to partner with the parade to help military families. The parade will be held on Sunday, November 27th in Hollywood and includes celebrities, equestrian groups, floats, giant balloons, marching bands, dance groups, and specialty cars that entertain the crowds across its 3.5-miles route. These business partnerships will help military families and less fortunate families attend the Hollywood Christmas Parade in style and comfort. Promote your company to the parade’s loyal audience. For more information, visit thehollywoodchristmasparade.org.

Add your Upcoming Event to our Online Calendar

Members of the Hollywood Chamber can now add their upcoming events to the online calendar of the Hollywood Chamber website at no extra cost. This is a complimentary service and a benefit of your membership to the Hollywood Chamber. All member businesses are encouraged to submit their events online www.hollywoodchamber.net/myevent.

Not a Chamber member yet? Go to www.hollywoodchamber.net/join

Take Advantage of Chamber's Business Mentoring Service by SCORE

Richard Krelstein is a volunteer business mentor who will assist you with starting a business, growing your business, buying a business or selling your business. Krelstein offers one-on-one mentoring services on most Fridays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. By appointment only through the Hollywood Chamber. Call Vivian at 323-469-8311.

Hollywood Chamber to Honor Shirley Caessar with Star on Walk of Fame

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that living legend Shirley Caesar will be honored with the 2,583rd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday, June 28th, at 11:30 a.m. PDT. The star in the category of Recording will be dedicated at 6126 Hollywood Boulevard in front of The Fonda Theatre. Helping Emcee and Hollywood Chamber President/CEO Leron Gubler to unveil the star will be world-renowned artists Yolanda Adams and Kirk Franklin. “We are proud to welcome the Reigning Queen of Gospel Shirley Caesar to our famous Walk of Fame. She is known as a musical trailblazer who has influenced a wide range of artists across genres. Her career has made an indelible mark on American music and the sounds of gospel,” stated Leron Gubler, Hollywood Chamber of Commerce President and CEO. Watch the live streaming exlusively on www.walkoffame.com.

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.

Follow stargirl on facebook
Twitter: https://twitter.com/wofstargirl
On YouTube http://www.youtube.com/hwdwalkoffame
#Hollywoodwalkoffame, #wofstargirl

The Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Hollywood Sign are registered trademarks of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.

Secure and Back Up Your Data with KeepItSafe

All businesses, regardless of size, need to protect their critical data. This is an important step in emergency preparedness and safeguarding data in case of a disaster. KeepItSafe offers a reliable and affordable data protection service that easily eliminates the concern of backing up data on a regular basis. KeepItSafe offers a hands-on approach to protecting your company's vital information. KeepItSafe backs up customer data at automatically scheduled intervals and transmits the information seamlessly to multiple data centers for safekeeping. Their reliable and dedicated service eliminates the potential for human error while promoting faster recovery in the event of disaster. With KeepItSafe, you get peace of mind knowing all your business critical documents are safe and secure at a phenomenal value. KeepItSafe is a division of j2 Global family of cloud-based service providers, a member of the Hollywood Chamber and a global company headquartered in Hollywood. For more information, please visit www.keepitsafe.com.

Save with Hollywood Chamber's Office Depot Program

Click here to view special. Not a member of the Chamber Program? Click here to sign up to start saving today on a variety of products and services! 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!

Subscribe to our news!


Hollywood Chamber is on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/HollywoodChamberCA Hollywood Walk of Fame is on twitter  - http://twitter.com/#!/wofstargirl Hollywood Chamber is on YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/thehollywoodchamber

Hollywood Walk of Fame official website - www.walkoffame.com

Hollywood Walk of Fame is on Facebook  - http://www.facebook.com/pages/Hollywood-Walk-of-Fame/107930052586317 Hollywood Walk of Fame is on twitter  - http://twitter.com/#!/wofstargirl Hollywood Walk of Fame is on YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/hwdwalkoffame

IT'S ALL ABOUT JOBS a blog by Leron Gubler

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

Contribute to Chamber PAC

Member Business Directory

2015-16 Annual Report

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

Hollywood Business Resource Book - a publication of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce

Hollywood Walk of Fame Reception Guide - a publication offered by Hollywood Chamber of Commerce

Hollywood Chamber appreciates the support of our member investors, the Premier Investors Club for their help in furthering the Chamber’s advocacy agenda.


Hollywood Museum



FilmL.A., Inc.

Hudson Pacific Properties


Harridge Development Group

Hollywood Hotel

Iron Mountain Entertainment Services

Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center

Occidental Entertainment Group Holdings

Paramount Contractors & Developers

Paramount Pictures


The Afriat Group / Palladium Residences

Capitol Records

CIM Group

Famous Hollywood Dental Care

Managed Career Solutions

The Original Farmers Market

Southern California Gas Company

US Bank

For inquiries regarding this online newsletter, please contact:


Marlene Panoyan
Director of Communications/Social Media at the Hollywood Chamber
Call 323-469-8311 x17.


Permission granted to repost or reprint articles only with appropriate credit given to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Hollywood Business Advocate.


You can mail reprints to:

Hollywood Chamber of Commerce
7018 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood CA 90028
or e-mail us a link to repost url.












Since 1921... Hollywood Chamber of Commerce
Promoting and enhancing the business, cultural and civic well-being of the greater Hollywood community.
7018 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028 • MAIN (323)469-8311 • www.hollywoodchamber.netcontact us

©2016 Copyright Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. All rights reserved.