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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                      October 29, 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 welcomed new Marshalls store at the Peterson Building. Photo by Marlene Panoyan

  • The Chamber helped to celebrate the opening of Marshalls new 30,000-sq.ft. store, located on Hollywood Blvd. at Orange.
  • The Economic Development Committee reviewed two new proposed developments – the Essex project on Sunset Blvd. that incorporates the historic Earl Carroll Theatre, and the Champion Project on Cherokee, just north of Hollywood Blvd.
  • Chamber President Leron Gubler addressed the Hollywood/Los Feliz Kiwanis Club about Hollywood development.
  • David Green of the Nederlander Organization was elected to the board of the Hollywood Chamber Political Action Committee.
  • The late John Denver was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  His star, the 2,531st, is located on Hollywood Blvd. at Sycamore.

Ready Set Vote! L.A. County Elections are on Tuesday, November 4th

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has taken the following positions on the November 4, 2014 LA County Ballot:

State Ballot Measures

SUPPORT Prop 1 - State Water Bond. $7.54-billion to fund critical water resource infrastructure needs.
SUPPORT Prop 2 – State Budget Stabilization (Rainy Day Fund). Strengthens the current rainy-day fund and requires the state to pay down more of its debts and unfunded liabilities. Creates an education reserve to avoid future cuts to schools
OPPOSE Prop 45 - Health Insurance Rate Regulation Initiative. Puts one politician in charge of your health insurance. Undermines and confounds the voter approved independent health care commission process recently put into effect.
OPPOSE Prop 46 - MICRA Initiative. Increases health care costs, threatens privacy, could lead to loss of your doctor.

The Hollywood Chamber PAC has endorsed the following candidates for L.A. County:

L.A. County Assessor Jeff Prang
L.A. County Sheriff Jim McDonnell
L.A. County Supervisor District 3 Bobby Shriver

Did you know that L.A. County posted the lowest turnout in the state for the June 3 primary, with only 16.97% of all registered voters turning out to vote? Statewide turnout hit a record low during that election with only 25.17% of the 17.6-million people who are registered throughout the state! Together we can change that!

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and Chamber PAC urge you, your staff, your members, and your constituents to participate in the Nov. 4 election.

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
  • Completed Vote-by-Mail Ballot: Mail to arrive by 8 p.m. Election Day

Election Resources: Register to Vote ; Find Your Polling Place ; Vote By Mail ; Subscribe to E-Sample Ballot

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

Your Schedule for Upcoming Events and Committee Meetings

Walk of Fame: Wednesday, October 29th at 11:30 a.m. Upcoming ceremonies
Seminar or Speed Leads: Wednesday, November 12th at 12 Noon
Tourism Committee: Thursday, November 13th at 3 p.m.
Legislative Action Committee: Thursday, November 13th at 4:30 p.m.
Economic Development Committee: Tuesday. November 18th at 8 a.m.
State of Entertainment Industry Conference: Friday 21st, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Register
November Mixer at Tinhorn Flats: Tuesday, November 25th at 5:30 p.m. Register

Finally, A Little Bit Of Good News For Small Businesses

By Leron Gubler, President & CEO, Hollywood Chamber

IT IS ALL ABOUT JOBS a blog by Leron Gubler

It has been a very long summer for businesses in the City of Los Angeles. First, the City Council took a timid approach to promised reform of the gross receipts tax. Next, they passed a resolution (with no discussion at Council) calling for a split roll property tax. Then, they approved the second highest minimum wage in the nation for hotels without regarding the economic studies they had commissioned. And finally, they moved forward on a plan to raise the minimum wage across the board by 47 percent over a three-year period. Read Gubler's recent blog IT IS ALL ABOUT JOBS at www.hollywoodchamber.biz.

New Marshalls Store Brings Fashion to Hollywood at Unbelievable Prices

Hollywood Chamber was on hand for the Grand Opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony last week for Marshalls at the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Orange. One of the nation’s largest off-price retailers, Marshalls has more than 960 stores in 48 states and Puerto Rico. Shoppers at Marshalls Hollywood will find top-quality, on-trend fashions and the most sought-after designer brand names at unbelievable prices in ladies fashion, shoes, accessories, men’s apparel, home, juniors, kids apparel and accessories, luggage, beauty and more! “The new Hollywood store will be stocked with a new, fresh assortment of the designer and brand name merchandise that shoppers love, every single week,” said Richard Sherr, President of Marshalls. “Our buyers are fashion experts with a keen sense of style and are passionate about finding the most coveted merchandise for our shoppers for so much less!” In celebration of its new Hollywood location, Marshalls contributed to the local community by presenting a $5,000 donation to Covenant House at the ribbon-cutting ceremony. The new store is located at 7013 Hollywood Boulevard and boasts 31,960-sq.ft. of retail space in the Peterson Building. In addition to providing a new shopping option for local residents, the new store will add approximately 60 full- and part-time jobs to the area. Regular store hours are from 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thurday, 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays. Stop by, say welcome and do your shopping at Marshalls. Photo by Marlene Panoyan

Let's Help You Promote Your Venue at No Extra Cost with the Chamber's "Hollywood for the Holidays" as Part of Your Membership Benefit!

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 2015.

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

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.

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.

Halloween is Around the Corner! 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

Attention: If you dropped off mail in a large receptacle at the main branch of the Post Office on Wilcox Avenue on Columbus Day after hours, please check with the post office and follow up on mailing you sent on that day.

Street Closure: Argyle will be closed through Thursday between Sunset and Selma due to work related to Camden project.

Hollywood Chamber to Honor Kaley Cuoco with Star on Walk of Fame

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that actress Kaley Cuoco will be honored with the 2,532nd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Wednesday, October 29, at 11:30 a.m. PDT at 6621 Hollywood Boulevard. Helping Emcee and Hollywood Chamber President/CEO, Leron Gubler to unveil the star in the category of Television will be Chuck Lorre and cast members from The Big Bang Theory:
“We are thrilled to honor popular actress Kaley Cuoco as we add her name to our famous sidewalk. She asked to have her star close to the star of friend and co-star the late John Ritter,” stated Leron Gubler, President and CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. “What a great tribute this is from one Walk of Famer to another Walk of Famer – forever immortalized on Hollywood’s most beloved landmark!”

Event will be live-streamed exclusively on www.walkoffame.com

Hollywood Chamber Honors John Denver Posthumously with Star on Walk of Fame

The Hollywood Chamber proudly dedicated the 2,531st Walk of Fame star to the late John Denver on Friday, October 24, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. PDT. The star was unveiled at 7065 Hollywood Boulevard. “We are proud to honor one of America’s singing icons who has been missed for many years. Luckily for us we have his amazing music to remember him by,” stated Hollywood Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Leron Gubler. Helping Gubler unveil the star in the category of Recording were two of Denver’s three children, Zak Deutschendorf and Jesse Belle Denver, accepting the honor on behalf of the family. The guest speaker was Joe Henry, author, poet and lyricist who was a good friend of Denver and co-wrote many songs with him. The Band Trampled by Turtles performed an acoustic version of Denver’s song “Annie’s Song. The band is in town for their performance tonight at the Fonda Theatre. They are: Erik Berry, Dave Simonett, Dave Carroll, Ryan Young, Tim Saxhaug and Eamonn McLain. Watch John Denver star ceremony and read more on http://www.walkoffame.com/john-denver. Photo by Bob Freeman ©Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. All Rights Reserved.

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 October Offers from Office Depot Program for Hollywood Chamber Members

The fall seasons are officially upon us and with an uptick in purchases comes great new opportunities for savings. Enjoy this October coupon ($15 off qualifying orders of $75 or more.

For details on the Lexmark promotion, Chamber members can refer to the “Specials and Promotions” button via your signup page here: http://www.benefitscorporation.com/hollywoodchamber.html. The promotion saves Chamber Office Depot Members 75% off the list prices of Lexmark MS310d and MS310d Laser Printers (until supplies last). Chamber members are encouraged to contact their account managers for more information on the promotion.

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!

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

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IT IS ALL ABOUT JOBS a blog by Leron Gubler

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