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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                      September 18, 2014

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 activities from last week:

Hollywood Chamber continues to seek your feedback on the proposed minimum wage increase. Photo by Marlene Panoyan

  • It was standing room only at a meeting of the Legislative Action Committee to discuss the potential impact of a proposed L.A. minimum wage law to hike wages to $13.25 an hour by 2016.
  • Katey Sagal of Sons of Anarchy and Married With Children fame, received the 2,529th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  She was joined by cast members from Married With Children, Christina Applegate, David Faustino, and Ed O’Neill.
  • Chamber President & CEO Leron Gubler spoke at a 9-11 Memorial Service held by the Hollywood American Legion Post 43.
  • The Chamber helped Television Center celebrate the opening of their new art deco parking garage.
  • The Chamber wrote a letter in support of the Taglyan Cultural Center’s application for a conditional use permit to allow the sale and dispensing of a full line of alcoholic beverages.
  • A letter was written by the Chamber to Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell asking his office to urge the City Department of Transportation to allow overnight parking in the new Vine Street parking garage for people taking the LAX Flyaway.
  • The East Hollywood BID was briefed by the City on plans to develop medians along Vermont Avenue.

Tell the Chamber How a $13.25 Minimum Wage Increase will Effect Your Business Business?

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce will be soliciting feedback from L.A. businesses on the Mayor’s proposal to increase Los Angeles’ minimum wage to $13.25 by 2017.  The Chamber will be sharing your stories with the Mayor and the City Council as they consider the sweeping program. Members are encouraged to help the Chamber put the Business face on the Minimum Wage issue by sharing your story with us. Please send your comments on what an increase in the Minimum Wage will mean to your business! Your comment need to include relevant business information that would be persuasive to the Mayor and Council – Business Name, Number of Employees, Length of time in LA, etc. Please send your story to Nicole@hollywoodchamber.net with the subject line “the Business Face on Minimum Wage.”

Your Schedule for Committee Meetings in September

Tourism Committee: Thursday, September 18th at 4 p.m.
Ribbon-cutting for YogaWorks: Thursday, September 18th at 5 p.m.
Maximizing Your Membership Luncheon: Wednesday, September 24th at Noon
Annual LaBonge Luncheon: Thursday, October 2nd SOLD OUT
Walk of Fame: Thursday, October 9th at 11:30 a.m.
All Hallows Eve Party: Monday, October 27th, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
State of Entertainment Industry Conference: Friday 21st, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Use Your Chamber Membership to Help Promote Your Venue with "Hollywood for the Holidays"

Hollywood HotDeals - a member benefit presented by the Hollywood Chamber of CommerceStart planning for the holidays! Now you can promote your venue just in time for the holiday season at no extra cost to you. Members of the Hollywood Chamber are encouraged to include their venue information in the Chamber's Second Annual "Hollywood for the Holidays" online guide. Your guide for holiday event space is presented by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Tourism Committee. Last year, about 30 member businesses in Hollywood took advantage of this promotional opportunity. This complimentary service is available to members only to help promote their space through January 2014.

To take advantage of this value added service, simply send the following to info@hollywoodchamber.net. No flyers please.

  • A horizontal photo of your venue (at least 400px wide)
  • Your venue logo (in .jpg, .png or .eps format)
  • A paragraph in text format briefly describing your venue
  • (50-75 words)
  • Venue Address
  • Website
  • Contact name
  • Contact email
  • Contact Telephone

Important General Election Dates

With the November 4 General Election just around the corner, here are key election deadlines to remember:

  • Election Day: November 4 General Election
  • Voter Registration: Online or postmark by October 20
  • Vote-by-Mail Ballot Request: Mail to arrive by October 28
  • Completed Vote-by-Mail Ballot: Mail to arrive by 8 p.m. Election Day

For more information, please visit www.sos.ca.gov
Register to vote: www.registertovote.ca.gov

Take Advantage of Hollywood Chamber's
Award-winning F
ree Business Counseling Service o
ffered by Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE)
Richard Krelstein, a retired business turn-around specialist
Consulting services will be available most Fridays 10 a.m. - 12 Noon
By appointment only. Call Vivian at 323-469-8311.

Attention Chamber of Commerce Members:  Are you interested in doing business with the County of Los Angeles?  Did you know that County certified Local Small Businesses are eligible for an 8 percent bid price preference and prompt payment on their invoices? You may be eligible for certification in the County’s Local Small Business Enterprise (Local SBE) program and they just made it easier to do so by streamlining the requirements. The criteria to become a Local SBE is that you must: 1) be certified by the State of California DGS as a small business; 2) have your principal place of business located in the County for at least the past 12 months, and 3) be a registered vendor with the County.

If you are already a registered vendor with the County, a business is required to update their online County vendor profile with their State small business certification and submit only ONE document for County verification; i.e., a "Principal Place of Business Attestation". The Attestation may be found online at the Office of Small Business website: http://osb.lacounty.gov/PDFs/PRINCIPAL_PLACE_OF_BUSINESS_ATTESTATION.pdf

If you are not yet a registered vendor with the County, you must first register online and then update your profile.

Enjoy Weekend Shuttle Services to Hollywood Sign Viewing Area Every Saturday and Sunday for $10

Saturday & Sunday only including selected holidays
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Hour subject to change

The fee will be $10 per person, excluding children 2 years of age and under who are free when riding on the lap of an adult. Tickets can only be purchased online at www.laparks.org.

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 Chamberís 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

JOB OPENING: Senior Sales Manager

The Hilton Garden Inn is looking to hire a Senior Sales Manager. The senior sales manager is responsible for managing accounts to achieve guest satisfaction and ensuring all revenue goals are achieved or exceeded by soliciting past and new business. Requirements include a minimum of three to five years of hotel sales experience, the ability to communicate effectively with guests, employees and clients at all levels of the organization, the ability to meet/exceed client needs and resolve complaints, and a solid understanding of hotel operations. Experience making sales presentations, negotiating with senior decision makers, and utilizing automated sales systems are also needed.
Learn more about this position and apply here:
http://bit.ly/1lA3c36 or  http://jobs.interstatehotels.com/

Please RSVP to kevinsweetgallery@gmail.com

Children's Hospital Blood Drive

Urgent need for blood and platelet donors at CHLA. Please call and make an appointment to donate! Your donation can save up to 3 lives. Donate your blood on Friday, September 19 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, 4650 Sunset Blvd. #131, Los Angeles, CA 90027 For details, please contact Cindy Nakamoto at 323-361-2441 or email blooddonor2@chla.usc.edu

Stained Art Classes Offered

Students are needed for the Tuesday Stained Glass Class at Barnsdall Art Center. 12 Week session starts on 9/16/14. Tuesday nights 6:30-9:30 p.m. More information at: http://www.barnsdall.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/FALL_2014.pdf.

Chamber to Honor New Kids on the Block with Star on Walk of Fame

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce will honored New Kids on the Block with the 2,530th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. at 7072 Hollywood Blvd., south side of the Boulevard next to Live Nation in the category of Recording. Stand by for more updates in the next weeks. 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.

Follow stargirl on facebook


Twitter: http://twitter.com/#%21/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.

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Hollywood Chamber Members and their staff can Save with Office Depot Chamber program! 

FREE and Exclusive for all Chamber Members!
The Hollywood Chamber has partnered with Office Depot to bring its members a cost savings program on items they use most. This program offers discounts of up to 60 percent from a list of 650 commonly- purchased business essentials including paper, ink and toner. Shop online and receive fast and free delivery on qualifying orders of $50 or more within local delivery areas. Also, save up to 70 percent on your copy and print needs. The savings from the program are significant. We encourage you to look into this program and see what it can offer you.
Click here for details to sign up for the Hollywood Chamber Office Depot Program!

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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

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