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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                      June 22, 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:

Hollywood Chamber staff participated at the L.A.'s Largest Mixer.

  • The Chamber was well represented at the annual L.A.’s Largest Mixer held at the Shrine Auditorium that featured chambers of commerce and businesses from throughout Los Angeles.

  • Chamber officials and representatives from L.A. Tourism met with Councilmember Tom LaBonge to discuss Hollywood issues.

  • The Chamber was a co-sponsor of the Community meeting welcoming new Neighborhood Prosecutor Jackie Lawson to Hollywood. City Attorney Mike Feuer participated in the meeting.

  • Chamber President Leron Gubler participated in a meeting of the Parking Policy and Strategy Working Group evaluating ways to improve City management of parking.

  • The Legislative Action Committee met and reviewed propositions that will be presented on the November ballot.

  • Hollywood Hot Deals was emailed out to Chamber members detailing great values by doing business with fellow Chamber members.

Hollywood Chamber to Hold LaBonge Luncheon at Avalon, October 2nd

Hollywood Chamber members will definitely want to mark down and “save the date” for the final annual Chamber luncheon with Councilman Tom LaBonge. LaBonge, who has served the Hollywood community for 14 years, and who is known as L.A.’s top booster, will be termed out when he completes his final term next June. The luncheon will once again be held at the Avalon, 1735 N. Vine Street, on Thursday, October 2nd. “This will be an opportunity for us to all express our appreciation to Tom for his many contributions to our community,” said Chamber President & CEO Leron Gubler.

Sponsors who have already signed up to support the luncheon include the following: Presenting Sponsor – Hollywood Museum in the Historic Max Factor Building; Gold Level Sponsors – Paramount Pictures, Sheppard Mullin and Variety; Silver Level Sponsors – Andrews International, Author Services, CIM Group, Hollywood Hotel, Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center, Occidental Entertainment, Original Farmers Market, Paramount Contractors & Developers, and Southern California Gas Co.

More information on the luncheon and how to make reservations will be made available soon. For information about sponsorship, please contact Kaylee Kiecker via email kaylee@hollywoodchamber.net.

Hollywood Chamber Plans Police & Firefighters Appreciation BBQ August 27

The Hollywood Chamber is currently seeking financial donors to contribute to the Police & Firefighters Appreciation BBQ, which will be held on Wednesday, August 27th from Noon to 8 p.m. at the Hollywood Division Police Station, located at 1358 N. Wilcox Ave. Your donation of $100 or more will help cover costs associated with the Chamber’s efforts to salute the true heroes in the community. As donor, you will be mentioned in all of the collateral that is distributed to the media as well as the police and fire stations. Please contact info@hollywoodchamber.net if you are able to support this important event!

Grow Your Small Business Or Start a New One at Workshop

The Hollywood Chamber encourages you to take advantage of a great opportunity to learn about City and State Resources available to you and to start or grow a business in the City of Los Angeles at a workshop to be held at 855 North Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles on Thursday, July 24, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Governor’s Go-Biz representative will be on hand along with several State Agencies to answer questions existing businesses might have or to learn how to start a new business. Senator Kevin de León, President pro Tempore-elect along with specialists will be available to help you with business entities, business plans, startup incubators and accelerators. The workshop aims to help attendees in tax implications, how to set up an accounting system, and how to get financing! A special session for young entrepreneurs will provide key tools and resources. The Hollywood Business Source is funded by the City of Los Angeles to provide free assistance to entrepreneurs and business owners in Los Angeles. Services include business formation, business management, access to capital consulting and workshops. Call 323-454-6100, visit www.mcscalifornia.com or register online: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/business-expo-and-workshop-tickets-11863334553

Learn about California Withholding Requirements

California Dept. of Finance has asked the Hollywood Chamber to share the below information on California Withholding Requirements on those who pay nonresidents to perform services in California. Generally, if you pay a nonresident independent contractor more than $1,500 in a calendar year, you are responsible for withholding 7 percent of the payment and sending it to FTB. Nonresidents are required to file tax returns on the income they earn in California; this withholding is a pre-payment of the tax that may be due on that income. For your convenience, the links below offer useful tools and information that is available ftb.ca.gov.

If you have any questions about withholding obligations, please contact Patrick Britton, Withholding Services and Compliance of Franchise Tax Board at 916-845-7283.

LAPD Issues Alerts on Common Scams

The LAPD is alerting the community of common crimes that are usually being perpetrated via telephone. Scammers represent themselves as bill collectors for utilities (predominantly DWP, but also as collectors for the IRS, citations, etc.) and request that the victim purchase a pre-paid re-loadable debit card (Green Dot/Money Pak, but also Visa, MasterCard, Vanilla Card, etc.) for the specific amount of the bill charge and threaten that the victim’s utilities will be shut off immediately, or the citation will go to warrant, etc., if the victim does not do so. The victim is then instructed to call the scammer back with the PIN (account number) to that card. Once the scammer has the PIN, he is able to transfer the funds to any other credit card - essentially a convenient and untraceable method of transferring money. The victim is left no recourse.

Crime prevention tips to help you avoid falling victim to this scam:

  • Be suspicious of callers who demand immediate payment for any reason.

  • Remember that anyone who has the number on a pre-paid re-loadable debit cards has access to the funds on the card.

  • Never give out personal or financial information to anyone who emails or calls you unsolicited.

  • Never wire money, provide debit or credit card numbers or Green Dot MoneyPak numbers to someone you do not know.

  • Utility companies and government agencies will not contact you demanding immediate payment by pre-paid re-loadable debit cards.

  • Scammers sometimes send false IRS emails to victims before calling them to scam them. If you know you owe taxes or you think you might owe taxes call the IRS at 800-829-1040.

Also learn more on GreenDot LAPD Crime Prevention Alert and Fraud Alert and Identity Theft

Congressman Schiff to Host a Forum on Identity Theft

Congressman Adam Schiff is hosting a forum on Identity Theft on Monday August 4, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at The Witherbee Auditorium in Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, 5333 Zoo Drive. Representatives from the IRS, FBI, Federal Trade Commission, Social Security, and US Postal Inspection Service will be on hand to share information and discuss concrete ways to protect your identity. Limited seating. Please RSVP to CongressmanSchiff.RSVP@mail.house.gov or call 323-315-5555 or 818-450-2900.

Enjoy Weekend Shuttle Services to Hollywood Sign Viewing Area Every Saturday and Sunday for $7

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

Councilmember Tom LaBonge and the Department of Recreation and Parks announced recently a promotional shuttle program to view the Hollywood Sign. “We encourage our members to help spread the word on this shuttle service to the Hollywood Sign viewing area,” said Leron Gubler, President & CEO of the Hollywood Chamber. “This trip offers visitors a great experience of our landmarks.”

The promotional launch will provide shuttles every Saturday and Sunday, through the end of July, 2014. The fee will be $7 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.

2014 BAFT West Cost Global Trade Finance Workshop

The BAFT Global Trade Finance Workshop will be holding its 2014 West Coast Global Trade Finance Workshop two-day event on July 24 and 25, at City National Bank, 555 South Flower St in Los Angeles. The workshop highlights interactive sessions featuring case studies, single issue questions, game questions and the popular mock court including case studies on how to draft an import and export letter of credit correctly. Trade topics of interest to include incoterms, cargo insurance, regulatory and compliance topics such as OFAC and trade enforcement issues. Their special interactive lunch session is designed for the Trade Community partners as an open dialogue to generate ideas and discuss how to improve working relationships and efficiency of completing trade transactions through the process. Expert speaker lineup from the OFAC US Department of Treasury, US Attorney’s office, trade finance heads from national and global banks, and more. The smaller conference allows for more one on one time with speakers and other trade experts plus network with peers, potential clients and partners. Special corporate pricing is offered at $350 for the two-day workshop - 65 percent discount off regular registration rates! Register today at www.baft.org/LAworkshop

Hollywood Chamber Seeks Part Time Membership Coordinator

The Hollywood Chamber is looking for a part time membership coordinator who has excellent communication and customer service skills. Hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and responsibilities include outreach to existing members and various administrative duties. For more details, please email kaylee@hollywoodchamber.net. No phone calls, please.

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

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

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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.

Chamber members and their staff can save on school supplies with Office Depot Chamber program! 

The new school year is right around the corner and the Hollywood Chamber’s Office Depot Program brings tons of savings to your business and your employees! Now Chamber members can pass the savings along to their employees with the Chamber’s Printable Store Purchasing Card. Click here for your Printable Store Purchasing Card at: http://www.benefitscorporation.com/documents/HollywoodChamber.pdf

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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 Silver Sponsors

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CIM Group

Hollywood Hotel

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Paramount Contractors & Developers

Paramount Pictures

SoCal Gas

Sunset Gower/Sunset Bronson Studios


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