The concept of coworking has developed beyond a change in a professional’s workday—it’s changed the way people do business. In 1994, the Chiat/Day ad agency built a New York office that was designed to break every workplace tradition, with the help of Italian architect Gaetano Pesce. There were no offices or personal desks, the walls literally glowed with vibrant colors and hieroglyphs and surfaces were built to seemingly hinder productivity (such as tables coated with resin that made paper stick to the surface and chairs that wobbled intentionally).
As expected, the workers of Chiat/Day abandoned the space within a year, but the coworking community sees that office as a revolution. It was one of the first creative, open-planned, collaborative spaces within Corporate America, and it taught the rest of us that it’s okay to break the rules and to learn from our failures.
Today, there are currently more 18,900 coworking spaces worldwide with 1.7 million cumulative members. Office buildings are advertising open “Creative Space” and abandoning traditional offices, enticing new tenants with open floor plans and exposed architectural features. Nonstandard items such as treadmill desks and office yoga are no longer startling concepts, they’re becoming commonplace. While many feel there are downsides to this new, collaborative workplace (such as noise distraction and a higher likelihood of spreading illness), with more than 70% of US offices featuring an open-plan design something is obviously working.
In 2009, the real estate world was on its head. It was no time to start a company that focused on land-use entitlements—and yet, that is exactly what Jonathan Lonner chose to do.
That year, Jonathan opened the doors to Burns & Bouchard. Burns, after his grandparents’ last name, and Bouchard, for the last name of his wife’s grandparents. Kristen Lonner, Jonathan’s wife, was a successful land-use and community-outreach expert and a partner at a successful local lobbying firm; however, she too was experiencing the uncertainty of the market. But when Jonathan’s client list began to grow and Kristen began partnering with him on projects, it became clear that the two were meant to do this together.
Jonathan’s development experience from his years at Lee Homes and Kristen’s City Hall experience working for Councilmember Cindy Miscikowski were serving them well as a power duo. In 2010, Kristen would leave the security of a well-established 40-year firm to join Burns & Bouchard and grow their services to not only entitlements but lobbying and outreach as well.
Almost 10 years later, Burns & Bouchard represents development projects from Hollywood to Venice Beach, Woodland Hills to Glassell Park, and of course, Westchester/Playa del Rey—the same community where Jonathan and Kristen were starting their family when Burns & Bouchard was born.
This past year, one of the highlights at Lux Virtualwas working on their second interactive Virtual Reality project with the Metropolitan Water District (MWD). Lux Virtual has worked hard to build a relationship with the innovation team at MWD, focusing on continually bringing new technologies to the agency and connecting them to fellow companies focusing on technological innovation.
The project was developed to educate the public on how difficult it is to get water to Los Angeles, and the importance of water conservation—especially with the continual increase in population and an ever-present risk of droughts from year to year. MWD is focused on better storage, increased conservation methods and educating the public on how to best conserve water and minimize its use.
Early on in the project, Lux Virtual hosted over a dozen employees from multiple water agencies at an all-day drone and video 360 training/educational course. This was made possible because they had the opportunity to bring Corey Petrick onto this project, an Emmy-Award winner for digital innovation for his work with Video 360 images on the film “Capturing Everest.”
Robert DeCou, Founder & CEO of Lux Virtual, is a firm believer in building relationships. “To grow and excel in this fast-paced economy,” says Robert, “building partnerships, joint ventures and solidifying relationships is essential. Be diligent in building new friendships in your community and it will serve you well in both health and prosperity.”
The Sean Story story (yes, that is not a typo!) begins in a small town in the heart of Silicon Valley where a young man began to use his skills for marketing, technology and business to build websites for local businesses. Surrounded by innovative tech giants from a young age, Sean was motivated to bring high-quality websites to the businesses of his town. More than 10 years later, Sean now calls the sands of Playa del Rey his home.
Sean is known for awesome websites, cybersecurity, secure computer networks and WiFi solutions, as well as providing tech support for small to medium-sized businesses. His design approach is built on the fundamental idea that every creative work should have a purpose. This philosophy, combined with a keen eye for detail and a sleek aesthetic, allows Sean to create pieces that leave clients in awe and their customers coming. His IT services follow a similar formula, with an emphasis on reliability, security and ease of use.
As a proud Chamber member and Playa Venice Sunrise Rotarian, Sean loves small towns and looks forward to calling Playa del Rey his home for many years to come. At Sean Story Inc., he looks forward to helping you with his technological expertise—balanced with artistry and a contagious splash of passion.
The LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce was established on March 11, 1953, as the Westchester Chamber of Commerce. Since its inception, the Chamber has changed names seven times to better represent the areas and members it covers, before finally landing on “LAX Coastal” in 2007.
The Chamber’s mission is to promote business and enhance the vitality of the community. It is a nonprofit 501(c)(6) organization comprised of over 550 businesses with a board of 34 members.
As a 501(c)(6) organization, the Chamber is classified as a business league. According to the IRS, a business league is defined as, “an association of persons having some common business interest, the purpose of which is to promote such common interest.”
The Chamber is proud to serve the communities of Westchester, Playa del Rey, Playa Vista, Marina del Rey, Del Rey and Ladera Heights. To find out more about how to get involved with your local Chamber, contact us today.
The LAX Kiwanis club just celebrated their 65th anniversary! They are proud of their service and financial assistance to those most vulnerable in the communities surrounding LAX: local children and their families affected by poverty, unemployment, racial bias and lack of educational opportunities. Just a few of their efforts include:
Awarding 700+ scholarships to LAX-area high school students—99% of them with high-ranking GPAs, a family income at or below the poverty level and active in volunteerism
Partnering with local schools to raise money for teacher mini-grants
Donating new clothes, shoes and backpacks each August to help less fortunate students start school with a smile
Adopting hundreds of local families every holiday season
Supporting the LAX Coastal Education Foundation with a gift of $19,000 to support local schools as a thank you for their partnership in the 2018 Golf Tournament
Raising funds to send local kids to YMCA Summer Camp
Volunteering at local Ronald McDonald Hospitals
Partnering with local schools to raise funds for teacher mini-grants
On Wednesday, July 17 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., the Culver City Chamber of Commerce will co-host their July breakfast mixer, “Good Morning Culver City!” with the LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce at the Doubletree by Hilton LA Westside, 6161 W. Centinela Ave., Culver City.
This type of collaboration between the two chambers is something that should be happening more often, according to Colin Diaz, president of the Culver City Chamber.
“Christina Davis (LAX Coastal Chamber President/CEO) and I get along really well,” Diaz explains.”
This will be the second collaboration of the year that the Culver City Chamber and LAX Coastal Chamber will have this year after the “Good Morning Culver City!” in April hosted by the LAX Coastal Chamber and local business Industrious, and Diaz says he hopes to eventually make these collaborations consistent and quarterly.
Part of the reason that the Culver City Chamber is able to come together so seamlessly with the LAX Coastal Chamber is the overlap that the two Chambers have in terms of its members. Combine that with the close proximity of the two offices; with the Culver City Chamber office and the LAX Coastal Chamber office being located just 2 miles apart from each other.
As with all of the Culver City Chamber’s breakfast mixers, it is an opportunity to tell people more about your business and network with the business professionals of Culver City and surrounding areas. There will be several special guests, as well as a “binge networking session” that will encourage people to ask questions about their and other member’s businesses. Additionally, there will be a business card raffle towards the end of the event.
Many of us have loved ones who are getting older and starting to need a little help with everyday activities. We know that people who are allowed to age in place live longer, happier lives; at the same time, many seniors who would like to remain independent may need some assistance to ensure they are safe and healthy. It can be a delicate balance for families, and oftentimes finding the right help can be a real challenge. That’s where New Day In-Home Care comes in.
“We grew up here, and our home care company grew out of our personal experience of caring for family members,” says owner Clark Broyles. “We know how delicate these decisions can be, so we bring a caring and professional approach to those looking for support. It’s all about understanding the needs of the senior and the family as a whole.”
New Day In-Home Care helps seniors maintain their independence and stay socially connected in the comfort and familiarity of their own home. With carefully screened caregivers and services ranging from meal preparation to personal care, they can provide the support your loved one needs. Sometimes it’s hard to ask for help. New Day In-Home Care can make it a little easier.
The 20th annual LAX Coastal Fourth of July Parade was a success! Thousands of members of the LAX Coastal community came together in a sea of red, white, and blue to celebrate America’s Independence with “America, Better Together!” on July 4, 2019–and the media took note!
See below for a list of some of the highlights we received with local news sources.
Do you know of one we missed? Send it over so we can give a thank you shout-out!
California Manufacturing Technology Consulting (CMTC), a private nonprofit corporation, was established in 1992 as an affiliate of the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program to provide consulting services to small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) in California. MEP is a federal program under the National Institute of Standards and Technology that works with U.S. Manufacturers to help them create and retain jobs, increase profits and save time and money—ultimately securing their global competitiveness.
CMTC’s mission is to serve as a trusted advisor to manufacturers, providing solutions which will grow both their businesses and the California economy. One way the company achieves this goal is by participating in Annual Manufacturing Day. MFG DAY is a celebration occurring on the first Friday in October, giving small and medium-sized manufacturers the opportunity to showcase their products and capabilities to students, educators, businesspeople, politicians and the media since its inception in 2012.
MFG DAY also helps to dispel misconceptions about manufacturing—that all work is “dark, dirty and dangerous”—in order to recruit the next generation of skilled workers. And, with manufacturing facilities losing a large number of workers to retirement in the coming years, this is absolutely crucial for the continued success of the industry. And the good news is that it’s working! A Deloitte survey of nearly 270,000 students participating in MFG DAY events revealed that:
89% became more aware of manufacturing jobs in their communities
84% became more convinced that manufacturing provides rewarding career
64% became more motivated to pursue careers in manufacturing
In our Golden State, which boasts the nation’s largest manufacturing sector, CMTC is a vital partner. California’s Manufacturing Network, formed and managed by CMTC, provides services exclusively to SMMs in California. The Network is a collaboration of more than 20 partners that deliver technical assistance, serving more than 1,100 companies annually, generating significant financial impacts for our clients and for our state— proving once again that CMTC is California’s trusted resource for a thriving manufacturing industry.