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

The Weekly Online Publication of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce

July 13, 2016




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The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is always actively looking out for the interests of our members and promoting Hollywood. Despite a short week due to the Independence Day holiday, our staff was working on your behalf:

The first meeting of the Entertainment Industry Conference Committee was held to begin planning for the 5th annual conference.  This year’s chairs are Sharon Keyser from Paramount Pictures and Doug Troy of Trailer Park.  The conference will be held the second week of November, and has quickly become one of the Chamber’s most-anticipated annual events.  As a strong supporter of the entertainment industry, this conference is an opportunity for the Chamber to focus public attention on the importance of the industry to our economy. If you are interested in working on this committee, let Chamber staff know.

Chamber staff completed work on the July Hollywood Business Advocate magazine.  This month’s issue will focus on the information shared at the 22nd annual Hollywood Economic Development Summit last month.  Look for it soon in your mail.

Hollywood Chamber Calendar

Tuesday July 19th, 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. - Economic Development Committee - 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
Tuesday, August 23rd, 3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. - Tourism Committee Meeting Register
Tuesday, August 23rd - 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. - Mixer at 33 Taps - Register
Friday, September 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


Boardmember Sam Smith Receives NAHU’s 'Person of the Year' Award

Hollywood HotDeals - a member benefit presented by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce The National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU) recently honored Sam Smith as the recipient of the Harold R. Gordon Memorial Award at the 86th Annual Convention in Albuquerque, NM. NAHU annually awards the industry’s greatest accolade, the Harold R. Gordon Memorial Award, which recognizes the recipient as the industry’s ‘Person of the Year.’ “Sam Smith is a trailblazer: someone with selflessness, passion, integrity, devotion and great ideas,” said Janet Trautwein, CEO of NAHU. “His contribution to the advancement of NAHU has been invaluable. We are incredibly pleased to present Smith with this award, and we look forward to many more years of benefiting from his wisdom and dedication to the health insurance industry.”

Smith has held many leadership positions for the Los Angeles and California Association of Health Underwriters. During the ballot to initiate the passage of Proposition 45, Smith was instrumental as being one of the few to spearhead the outline, vision and execution of CAHU’s Agents in Action campaign. Its success was an integral part of the defeat of Proposition 45, and, ultimately, impacted consumers across the country. In 1996, Smith founded his own insurance agency, Genesis Financial & Insurance Services, where he remains as the president and co-partner with past NAHU president Bruce Benton. Sam served as past Chair of the Hollywood Chamber, past Chair of the Hollywood Chamber Community Foundation, and continues to serve as a boardmember on the Hollywood Chamber Board of Directors. Congratulations Sam on this well-deserved honor.

Chamber Welcomes New Members at Mixer Hosted by The Fonda Theatre

The Hollywood Chamber welcomed new members at its June Business After Hours generously hosted by The Fonda Theatre. Chair Fariba Kalantari, DDS, welcomed these new members: Brian Lenzo, Blue Palms Brewhouse; Melissa Smith, Epiphany Space; Meghan McCabe, Evergreen Talent Management; Demetri Mina, FA Daniels; Lisa Huynh, Hollywood Club Crawl; John Boswell, Metropolitan Community Charities; David Nassau, myJurny.com; Pascal Halim, Pascal Halim; Ebrahim Rad, RAD Financial & Insurance Solutions Inc.; Suzanne Lezotte, SIM Group; Alan Sherin & Judie Sherin, TourTakers Dream Vacations; Vivian Mendoza, WaBa Grill Franchise Corporation.

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

Hollywood HotDeals - a member benefit presented by the Hollywood Chamber of CommerceThe Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is sharing the new requirements from the Department of Public Works, Bureau of Contract Administration (BCA), the City department which is implementing the Ordinance. 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.

The Poster which needs to be at each place of business
Questions & Answers on the regulation
Fact Sheet

More 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.

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.

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.

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 Pitbull with Walk of Fame Star

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that Pitbull will be honored with the 2,584th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Friday, July 15, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. PDT. The star in the category of Recording will be dedicated at 6201 Hollywood Boulevard in front of Eastown located in Celia Cruz Square. Helping Emcee and Hollywood Chamber President/CEO Leron Gubler to unveil the star will be Tony Robbins and Luther Campbell. “The world is fascinated by Pitbull’s story and his remarkable talent. The Hollywood community welcomes him with open arms and applauds him for his work by placing him on one of the world’s most famous landmarks, the Hollywood Walk of Fame,” stated Ana Martinez, Producer of the Walk of Fame ceremonies. Watch LIVE as the Hollywood Chamber honors Pitbull on www.walkoffame.net.

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.

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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


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Capitol Records

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Southern California Gas Company

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