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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                      December 16, 2014

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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:

The Hollywood Chamber PAC held Candidate Debate for CD4. Photo by Marlene Panoyan.

  • The Hollywood Chamber Political Action Committee hosted a debate between six of the leading candidates vying to replace Councilmember Tom LaBonge, who is termed out.  The spirited debate gave about 200 Chamber members the first opportunity to see the candidates and to hear their positions on business issues.  One of the Chamber’s priorities is to provide our members with information to help elect business-friendly candidates.
  • Director Peter Jackson of Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit fame, received the 2,538th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  Joining him were stars from his movies, including: Andy Serkis, Orlando Bloom, Luke Evans, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, and Elijah Wood.
  • Thanks to Starline Tours, members of the Chamber’s Tourism Committee received a guided tour of 15 hotel projects in various stages of development throughout Hollywood, with Chamber President Leron Gubler providing the commentary.  A reception was held afterwards at the Redbury Hotel.  Since we monitor these projects, the Chamber provides opportunities for members to get the lowdown on developments in the pipeline before anyone else can get it.
  • The Entertainment Conference Committee held a “wrap-up” on our most successful State of the Entertainment Industry Conference and made a preliminary list of things to do to make the conference even better next year.  The conference provides an opportunity to focus attention on the needs of our signature industry.
  • The Entertainment, Arts and Media (TEAM) Committee met and was briefed by Rajiv Dalal, representing the Mayor and Paul Audley of FilmL.A. on implementation plans for the new film tax credits.  They also discussed efforts to save Hollywood’s live theatres.  Participating on this committee is a way for you to show your support of this important industry.
  • Live event producer Don Mischer received the 2,539th star on the Walk of Fame as the final inductee of 2014.  On hand to help him celebrate were entertainer Seth MacFarlane and talk show host Jimmy Kimmel.

Your Schedule for Upcoming Events and Committee Meetings

Holiday Mixer and Toy Drive: Wednesday, December 17th at 5:30 p.m. Register
Economic Development Committee: Thursday, December 18th at 8 a.m.

Chamber Encourages Businesses to Voice Concerns on Street Vending in Hollywood

The Los Angeles City Council’s Economic Development Committee rushed through action to allow street vending throughout Los Angeles. Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell’s staff responded to the potential action by noting the action by the Economic Development Committee will need to go through several additional hoops before becoming law. Thus, there will be an opportunity for the business community to speak out against the proposal. “We need our members to speak out loudly against this ill-advised proposal,” said Chamber President Leron Gubler. “If it is approved without mitigating measures, problems on Hollywood Blvd. and other commercial areas in our community will be greatly increased.” He urged members to take the time to email letters of objection to our councilmembers and to Richard Williams, legislative assistant. See this sample letter. Please email those letters to: councilmember.ofarrell@lacity.org; councilmember.Labonge@lacity.org; richard.williams@lacity.org.

Holliday Mixer &  Toy Drive at Lombardi House on December 17th.

Hollywood Chamber Tourism Committee Promotes Local Venues with Hollywood for the Holidays!

Hollywood for the Holidays

More than 40 member businesses participated in the Chamber's Second Annual 'Hollywood for the Holidays' online guide. Presented by the Chamber's Tourism Committee, 'Hollywood for the Holidays' is a complimentary promotional publication that helps promote Hollywood venues during the holiday season. Whether planning for company event or a special party, the online guide offers the best options to enjoy 'Hollywood for the Holidays.' The guide is shared with Chamber members via email and can be found online at http://www.hollywoodchamber.net/holidays. The promotional 'Hollywood for the Holidays' guide will run through January 2015.

Friends of the Hollywood Central Park to Hold Annual Gala at Palladium on January 8th!

Hollywood for the HolidaysFor the Love of Hollywood benefitting Hollywood Central Park annual gala will be held on January 8th, 5:30 p.m. until 11 p.m. at the Hollywood Palladium at 6215 Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. This year’s honorees include Mitch O'Farrell, LA City Council Member, District 13; Michael LoGrande, Director, Los Angeles Planning Department; Dixon Slingerland, Executive Director, Youth Policy Institute; and Gail Goldberg, Executive Director, ULl-Los Angeles. The event will be hosted by Richard Montoya of Culture Clash. The evening will start with a reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. followed by dinner and program from 7 to 9 p.m. and an after party from 9 to 11 p.m. Complimentary valet parking. Cocktail Attire.

Tlle Hollywood Central Park is a landmark infrastructure project that will create more than 40,000 direct and indirect jobs over 10 years, provide economic stimulus and long term economic security, provide healthy communities and provide children with open green space in which to grow and thrive. The Hollywood Central Park will transform Hollywood's disadvantaged communities into thriving economic engines and is an investment in our children, our community and our future.

Friends of the Hollywood Central Park Friends of the Hollywood Central Park is formed to raise funds to create a new park in Hollywood, one of the most dense and green space starved neighborhoods in Los Angeles, by covering a portion of the Hollywood Freeway (US 101) with a 38 acre street level community park.

For more information and tickets, please visit http://hollywoodcentralpark.org/events/gala-2015

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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ffered by Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE)
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Consulting services will be available most Fridays 10 a.m. - 12 Noon
By appointment only. Call Vivian at 323-469-8311.

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.

Hollywood Chamber Honors Don Mischer with Star on Walk of Fame

Watch all Hollywood Walk of Fame star ceremonies live exclusively at www.walkoffame.com.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce honored producer & directorDon Mischer with the 2,539th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today, December 11, 2014. The star in the category of Television was dedicated in front of the new Marshalls Store at 7013 Hollywood Boulevard. “We are very happy to add acclaimed producer Don Mischer to the Walk of Fame,” stated Leron Gubler, President/CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. “His productions are known all over the world and will remain part of our television history for eternity,” he added. Assisting emcee and Hollywood Chamber President/CEO Leron Gubler to unveil the star was Jimmy Kimmel. Seth MacFarlane also attended and said a few words on behalf of Mischer. Watch Don Mischer immortalized on the Walk of Fame at http://www.walkoffame.com/don-mischer.

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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See December 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. Office Depot Cleaning Solutions

The following promotion is being offered along with the Cleaning Solution Video. 
Purchase $200 or more in Betco Commercial Cleaning Solutions and receive 50% off of a purchase of Keurig K-Cups or Empire Coffee Beans (limit 2)
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!


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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