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

The Weekly Online Publication of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce

September 14, 2016




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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 celebrities and officials who helped serve LAPD and LAFD at the annual Police & Firefighters Appreciation Day. Photo by Marlene Panoyan

The Chamber presented its 22nd annual Police-Firefighters Appreciation Barbecue, serving several hundred public safety officers. Numerous Hollywood restaurants and clubs provided the food, celebrities and members volunteered to make the day special. The Hollywood renaissance could not have occurred without the support of our safety workers, and this is an opportunity for the community to annually let them know how much we appreciate their service.

One of the coolest guys in entertainment, Usher, received the 2,588th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of Eastown. Helping him celebrate were Harvey Weinstein of the Weinstein Company and Terry Lewis, half of the great musical team Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis. The ceremony drew widespread coverage that helps to reinforce the Hollywood brand as a destination.

Chamber VP Public Policy Nicole Shahenian testified before the Planning & Land Use Management Committee of the City Council in support of the proposed Ivar Arms Hotel on the site of the Jack-in-the Box restaurant at the corner of Cahuenga and Sunset Blvd. Chamber support is critical in getting important projects approved by the City.

Chamber President & CEO Leron Gubler did an interview with Austrian TV about the revitalization of Hollywood and the Walk of Fame.

Hollywood Chamber Calendar

Thursday, September 15th, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Luncheon with Councilmember David Ryu - Register
Tuesday, September 20th, 11:30 a.m. - Walk of Fame for Kathy Bates- Watch LIVE
Tuesday, September 27th, 8 a.m. - Economic Development Committee Meeting - Register
Tuesday, September 27th, 3:30 p.m. - Tourism Committee Meeting - Register
Thursday, September 29th, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. - Mixer at Wood & Vine - Register
Thursday, October 6th, 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. - TEAM Meeting - Register
Tuesday, October 18th, 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. - Speed Leads Luncheon - Register
Tuesday, October 18th, 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. - Economic Development Committee Meeting - Register
Friday, October 21st, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. - Tech101: Plan Your Holiday Shopping Promotions - Register
Thursday, October 27th, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. – All Hallow’s Eve at Hollywood Forever - Sponsor
Wednesday, November 30th, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. - Entertainment Industry Conference - Sponsor




REGISTER FOR AN EVENT: hollywoodchamber.net/events • SUBMIT YOUR EVENT: hollywoodchamber.net/myevent


TTMA to Honor Chamber's Gubler and LAX at Taglyan, October 4th

The Travel and Tourism Marketing Association (TTMA) will be holding its Annual Awards Luncheon at Taglyan Cultural Complex in Hollywood on Tuesday, October 4th, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The event this year will be honoring Hollywood Chamber’s own Leron Gubler, President & CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce with the AKM - Anastasia K. Mann Leadership Award, and the LAX - Los Angeles World Airports with the TTMA Landmark Award. Individual tickets are $100. Click here to register online. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, please contact: susan@ttma.org or call 626-298-1987.

Two Members Refer New Businesses to the Hollywood Chamber

The Hollywood Chamber’s new Referral Program is off to a great start! Two members received $25 off their membership renewal for referring new business that joined the Hollywood Chamber. Hollywood Hotel received referred new member Athens Services, and Empowered Gifts referred new member Vibes 365. As a benefit of the program, the Chamber waived the setup fee for both new members.“We are hoping to get more members participating in the fall!” said JJ Connaughton, Director of Membership Sales. The Hollywood Chamber's new Referral Program offers $25 credit and other benefits to both the referring member and the new business which joins. To claim your $25 reward, you have to be a member of the Hollywood Chamber and refer a new business for membership via an introduction email. If they join, your business will receive one-time $25 off dues on the next anniversary date of your membership. There are no limits on referrals. You will receive $25 off on membership dues for each member you refer when they join the Chamber. For more information, please visit http://www.hollywoodchamber.net/refer

Click here to refer a new business for membership.

Job Opening: Hollywood Chamber Seeks Membership Coordinator

Do you love Hollywood as much as we do? Then consider working for the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce! The Hollywood Chamber is looking to fill a membership coordinator position. We need someone who has excellent communication and writing skills, proficient with Word and Excel, and excels in customer service! This is an ideal opportunity for someone working on a degree in communications, business, or similar. This could also be a great opportunity for a recent college graduate, who is looking for a great place to start, and make connections in the business community, as well as for someone who is just looking for an opportunity for extra income. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is one of the most prominent chambers and you will have the opportunity to develop relationships while learning about community involvement. The position includes free parking, and an insight to the Hollywood business community.
Learn more about this job opening: www.hollywoodchamber.net/jobs.

Sign up for LAPD's Run-Hide-Fight Event Sept. 28th

Hollywood CPAB is presenting a Run-Hide-Fight event scheduled at the First Presbyterian Church on September 28th, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Members interested in attending can contact to the CRO office ( SGT ll DARRELL DAVIS at 323-871-4068 or e-mail Arthur Holmes at 22655@lapd.lacity.org.

LACC to Honor Councilmember O’Farrell and HFPA at GALACC, Oct. 5th

Los Angeles City College to Honor Councilmember O’Farrell and HFPA at Annual GALA October 5th The Los Angeles City College annual Gala will be held on October 5th at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The honorees include the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for their extraordinary support of their Cinema and TV Department, and Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell for his support of LACC and the Hollywood community. The honorary chairs are Mayor Eric Garcetti and Bob Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment. The LACC Foundation has awarded almost $500,000 to approximately 900 students during this current academic year. If you would like to attend the GALA, be a sponsor and/or advertise your business all the while helping students get educated and prepared to enter the Los Angeles work force, please click here: http://donate.laccfoundation.org/GALA-2016-Sponsorship-information. Please, email wengerc@LAcitycollege.edu with any questions.

Chamber Member Businesses Partner to Offer Broadway Film Series

Rooftop Cinema Club at the Montalban Theatre & Hollywood Pantages partner for a Broadway Film Series September 15 - 20.  See Hedwig & the Angry Inch - Sept 15 (special appearance and performance by Darren Criss before the film), Rent - Sept 16, Cabaret - Sept 17, An American In Paris - Sept 18, Finding Neverland - Sept 19 and Dirty Dancing - Sept 20.  Tickets are selling fast! CLICK HERE TO BUY or visit HollywoodPantages.com/film.  Tickets are $19.  Doors open at 6 p.m.  Come early for dinner and drinks on the roof or enjoy the perfect date night! Films begin at 8 p.m. Buy tickets: www.HollywoodPantages.com/film

Support L.A. Works 25th Anniversary Celebration on October 1st 

L.A. Works is proud to celebrate its 25th anniversary year by partnering with LACEYH, a countywide collaborative body of over 200 member organizations and community leaders dedicated to ending youth homelessness in Los Angeles. L.A. Works Day will be held on October 1st, and thousands of corporate and community volunteers will engage in hands-on service projects in Hollywood to enhance nonprofits, shelter facilities for youth, and public school sites. As Los Angeles’ largest volunteer network, L.A. Works builds bridges between volunteers and the region’s nonprofit community. Volunteers will assemble hygiene kits and other basic need distribution packets for the 11,000 LAUSD students without stable housing, and participate in interactive opportunities, including a service fair for homeless youth. Teams of volunteers participating in the day will include elected officials, large corporations and small local businesses, schools and universities, local community members, families, and groups from the entertainment industry and sports teams. L.A. Works is seeking businesses to sponsor on the shared value issue of youth homeless.

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.

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 Kathy Bates with Walk of Fame Star

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that award-winning actress Kathy Bates will be honored with the 2,589th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. PDT. The star in the category of Motion Pictures will be dedicated at 6927 Hollywood Boulevard in front of the TCL Chinese Theatre. “We are thrilled that Kathy Bates will be gracing our Walk of Fame! This very prominent actor is a triple threat on stage, screen and television!” stated Walk of Fame producer Ana Martinez. Helping Emcee Leron Gubler unveil the star will be actress Shirley MacLaine.

Hollywood Chamber Honors Usher with Walk of Fame Star

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce honored Usher with the 2,588th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. PDT. The star in the category of Recording was dedicated at 6201 Hollywood Boulevard in front of Eastown. Helping Gubler unveil the star were Harvey Weinstein and Terry Lewis. “Usher is one of the most successful artists of our modern music world. We are proud to welcome him to the Hollywood Walk of Fame,” stated Ana Martinez, Producer of the Walk of Famer ceremonies.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce which administers the famed Hollywood Walk of Fame encourages fans around the world to watch the star ceremony via the exclusive live-stream on www.walkoffame.com.

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
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Hudson Pacific Properties


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