#1 – The Chamber successfully launched its strategic plan that established the Chamber’s core values of TRUST & RESPECT | WELCOMING | COLLABORATIVE | CONTINUOUS LEARNING | SUPPORTIVE
#2 – As part of the Chamber’s strategic plan, the Chamber established its Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility Committee that’s main focus is to help the Chamber be a leader for business in the DEIA space. Special thanks to the 19 passionate and inclusive business leaders that guide the Chamber’s work in this space.
#3 – We welcomed 124 new members to the LAX Coastal Chamber business community!
#4 – With the help of our many members, we recognized and thanked over 650 Protectors in our community through our Annual Protectors’ Appreciation Week.
#5 – The Chamber onboarded two new dynamic staff team members to help meet the growing needs of our members and business community. – Tacha Vilson, our Director of Programs & Events and Mary-Catherine Micka, our Director of Business Relations.
#6 – Amongst a captivated audience of 325 Chamber members, we recognized the hard work of 26 educational leaders at the 39th Annual Teacher Eddy Awards.
#7 – On July 4th, the 22nd Annual LAX Coastal Chamber 4th of July Parade – “Yours for a Better Community : Celebrating the Best of America” commemorated the 100th Birthday of Howard Drollinger – a beloved local community hero and founding member of the Chamber. Howard’s daughter, Karen Dial (President, Drollinger Properties) served as this year’s Grand Marshal.
#8 – The Chamber properly thanked Christina Davis for her 17 years of outstanding leadership & service as President/CEO. Christina now works closely with the Chamber as a key partner as Executive Director of Gateway Los Angeles.
#9 – The LAX Coastal Chamber penned over a dozen letters to elected leaders and government officials on key issues that would affect the vitality of our business community – supporting key infrastructure projects to sustainable aviation fuel.
#10 – We collaborated with the Veterans Chambers of Commerce on a special Development, Design, and Construction “Craft Beer & Construction Night” that would bring together over 100 Chamber members in architecture, engineering, land use, and general construction.
#11 – The Chamber hosted over 57 networking events that brought our business community together.
#12 – We recognized LA County Supervisor, Kathryn Barger & SoCalGas President, Maryam Brown as “Amazing Women of Los Angeles” at this year’s City of Angels Gala.
#13 – We hosted a two-part “Meet the Candidates Forum” for Council District 11 that eventually led to the successful endorsement of our newly elected Councilwoman – Traci Park.
#14 – Over 120 businesses in the LAX Coastal region had their “Years in Business” milestones anniversaries celebrated and recognized.
#15 – The Chamber helped celebrate and provide visibility to 5 local small businesses with a Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.
#16 – Our Network for Change Program brought together over 60 Chamber members to support Friends of Ballona Wetlands in a cleanup day.
#17 – We hosted 10 Lunch N Learn Workshops & Webinars to provide resources and tools for our business community. Topics included Managing a Remote Workforce, Branding, Storytelling, and Recession Proofing Your Business
#18 – The Chamber launched a Boost w/Meta three-part workshop series along with a member-led Content Creation Series that gave businesses enhanced tools to increase their presence online.
#19 – We brought together over 500 business leaders, chamber members, and veterans to hear from LAWA CEO, Justin Erbacci at our State of LAX Luncheon – one of the largest sit-down signature events in the Chamber’s 69-year history.
#20 – Our 14th Leadership Academy Program celebrated the graduation of 17 Chamber business leaders.
#21 – We hosted a wide variety of virtual programs, networking events, and committee meetings to reach our even broader member network across greater Los Angeles.
#22 – The Chamber helped 21 local, small, women and minority owned businesses get their small business certification through the Chamber’s SBE Certification Program in collaboration with the Pacific Coast Regional Small Business Development Center and Jack Ochoa of Infinity GPC.
Each of you has played a vital role in a VERY busy and productive year here at the LAX Coastal Chamber! We look forward to finding even more innovative ways to support you and your business in 2023!