Magazine Spotlight: Nonprofit 2

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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.


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Magazine Spotlight: Nonprofit 1

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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

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Culver City Chamber to co-host breakfast with LAX Coastal

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. 

Read the article on Culver City News.


Magazine Spotlight: Medical & Care Services

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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.


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LAX Coastal Chamber Hosts a News-Worthy 4th of July Parade!

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!


Jory Rand, ABC7

What an honor to serve as Grand Marshal for the 20th Annual LAX Coastal 4th of July Parade

About to serve as Grand Marshal for the 20th LAX Coastal 4th of July Parade!!

HomeTown News

Twenty Years of Parades and Community

Calling all Community Support for the Fourth of July Parade!

Patch

LAX Coastal Fourth of July Parade 2019: Westchester/LA

The Argonaut

The 20th Annual Westchester Fourth of July Parade Celebrates American Values and Community Character

Fireworks, Parades & Parties

Neighborhood Council of Westchester/Playa

4th of July Parade

MyNewsLA.com

Parades to Mark Independence Day in Southland

Magazine Spotlight: Manufacturing

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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.


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Chamber Welcomes a New Year of Leadership

Leadership is important. The type of leadership you have has a direct influence on the success of your company, and the LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce boasts some of the best. Whether you’re a small business, large corporation, or nonprofit—like the chamber—your growth relies on the strength and dedication of those in charge; and that is why the LAX Coastal Chamber is proud to announce their 2019-2020 Leadership.

On Friday, June 21, the LAX Coastal Chamber headed to the top floor of the picturesque Marina del Rey Marriott Hotel to celebrate their sold-out Installation Awards Gala. It was an evening of celebrating in Palm Springs as they thanked outgoing Chair Ryan Gales of Jenkins/Gales & Martinez, Honorary Mayor Cozette Vergari of Vergari & Napolitano, and their 2018-2019 Board of Directors. As a thank you for a successful year, both Gales and Vergari presented awards to the individuals and companies that helped them thrive, such as the Corporate Partner of the Year: United Airlines, Distinguished Partner Award: Hilton Los Angeles Airport Hotel, Outstanding Committee: Development, Design & Construction Group led by Rashmi Menon of Parsons and Anthony Kirby of Arup, and Chairman’s Award: Mike Harriel of SoCalGas.

Special guest Javier Cano joined the Chamber as their Installing Officer. Cano is Vice President and Market General Manager for The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles, JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE, The Ritz-Carlton Residences at L.A. LIVE, as well as the Courtyard and Residence Inn Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE. This three time “General Manager of the Year” award winner was honored take the stage with the LAX Coastal Chamber once again, reminiscing fondly over his history as “The Chamber Guy” and when he served as President—now called Chairman of the Board—of the organization in the year 2000.

Smiles filled the room as Cano praised the Chamber’s dedication to the community before welcoming the 2019-2020 Leadership, Chair Michael D’Amodio of Seaview Investors, Honorary Mayor Kelly King of Villa del Mar Apartments & Marina, and their Board of Directors. This year’s board includes representatives from such local pillars as Google, LAWA, Parsons, Hollywood Park Casino, Southwest Airlines, Kaiser Permanente, Cedars-Sinai, AvAirPros, and Loyola Marymount University.

To continue the festivities, the Chamber also congratulated their 12th graduating class of the LAX Coastal Leadership Academy. After 9 months of leadership training—paired with gaining knowledge of the people and places that make up the LAX Coastal region—each graduate was presented with a certificate of completion and a sense of pride. To demonstrate the success of the program, Leadership Academy facilitator Kevin Walsh of Global Community Enrichment asked every graduate in the room to stand up to a wave of applause.

As an organization that has been working toward the betterment of this community since 1953, the LAX Coastal Chamber would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank You!” to local businesses, professionals, and residents for allowing them to serve such an amazing neighborhood. Here’s to another 65+ years of success!

2019-2020 LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce Leadership

  • Michael D’Amodio, Seaview Investors, Chair
  • Kelly King, Villa del Mar Apartments & Marina, Honorary Mayor
  • Ryan Gales, Jenkins/Gales & Martinez, Immediate Past Chair

Board of Directors

  • Charles Bassett, Wallypark
  • Karl Brooks, KRB Construction
  • Maria Canchola, Hollywood Park Casino
  • Andrew Chereck, Bryan Cave
  • Joe Coleman, Decron Properties
  • Grant Coonley, Hilton Los Angeles Airport Hotel
  • Christine Dieu, Marina del Rey Hotel
  • Alexandra Dumas, Google
  • Tracy Fietz, Kaiser Permanente
  • Thomas Flintoft, Kindel Gagan Inc.
  • Gabriela Flores, Cedars-Sinai
  • Kayla Friedman-Barb, Vanto Group
  • Art Galvan, Southwest Airlines
  • Rod Gopiao, Los Angeles Airport Marriott
  • Jon Graff, Reason Foundation
  • Mike Harriel, SoCalGas
  • Anthony Kirby, Arup
  • Cody Koopmann, Drollinger Properties
  • Rae Lamothe, Golding & Lamothe
  • Todd LaPlante, CBRE
  • Jonathan Lonner, Burns & Bouchard
  • John Loussarian, Westchester Family YMCA
  • Rashmi Menon, Parsons
  • Tony Palermo, Tony P’s Dockside Grill
  • Lori Peters, AvAirPros
  • Mila Petrenko, Otis College of Art and Design
  • Fred Puza, Loyola Marymount University
  • Stephanie Sampson, Los Angeles World Airports
  • Matthew Swanlund, Aesthetic Legal
  • David Voss, Jr., Voss, Silverman & Braybrooke, LLP
  • Stephanie Younger, Stephanie Younger Group | Compass

The LAX Coastal Chamber would also like to once again recognize the sponsors that made the 2019 Installation Awards Gala possible.

  • Platinum Sponsor: Kaiser Permanente, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines
  • Gold Sponsor: Cedars-Sinai, Drollinger Properties, Gateway Los Angeles, Hollywood Park Casino, Jenkins/Gales & Martinez, Kindel Gagan, Lincoln Properties, Loyola Marymount University, Seaview Investors
  • Silver Sponsor: Arup, Burns & Bouchard, Los Angeles World Airports, Marina del Rey Convention & Visitors Bureau, Pacifica Hotels
  • Bronze Sponsor: Los Angeles Airport Marriott, Marina del Rey Marriott, SoCalGas

ChamberFest LAeXpo was a success!

The LAX Coastal community came out in droves on Thursday, June 13 for an evening of food, fun, and business at the annual ChamberFest LAeXpo! Hosted by the LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce, ChamberFest is one of the largest networking events in this neighborhood, attracting over 1,500 guests, 10 restaurants, and 80+ businesses at Playa Vista’s own CenterPointe Club.

“ChamberFest LAeXpo is an exciting and high-energy community event,” said Chamber President/CEO Christina Davis. “It’s an opportunity to socialize with your neighbors and meet the area’s local business owners and operators. The success of ChamberFest is the combination of food, music, fun, prizes, and networking—and, of course, the great people!”

Attendance was free and open to the public, with special entrance to the Taste Of LAX Coastal Food Court. This year’s featured eateries include local staples such as Tony P’s Dockside Grill, Melody Bar & Grill, and Benny’s Tacos & Chicken Rotisserie, as well as community highlights like El Pollo Loco, Hotel MDR, La Pain Quotidien, Rainbow Acres Washington Blvd., and Sharky’s Woodfired Mexican Grill. Looking for something sweet? Yogurtland was also featured at the event with sample sizes of everyone’s favorite frozen yogurt.

Smiles were seen all across the event, especially for those who won one of the countless prizes donated by the event’s vendors. From items such as a weekend stay at the DoubleTree by Hilton Los Angeles Westside, free acupuncture from A.I.M. For Wellness, and one week of complimentary dance classes at Artistico School of Dance, each winner walked away with something to be treasured (and redeemed!). And don’t forget the ChamberFest LAeXpo grand prize winner who received one roundtrip ticket on Southwest Airlines!

Thank you to everyone who joined us at this year’s event—don’t forget to mark your calendar for next year!

The LAX Coastal Chamber would like to once again thank their host, the Playa Vista CenterPointe Club, an indoor/outdoor venue that provides each exhibitor a beautiful backdrop to display their products and services. They would also like to thank the evening’s generous sponsors:

Business Sponsor: Cedars-Sinai, Kaiser Permanente, and Southwest Airlines

Premier Vendor: The Argonaut, AMLI Marina del Rey, Courtyard by Marriott LAX/Hawthorne, Courtyard by Marriott LA Westside, Hillside Memorial Park & Mortuary, HomeTown News, Jane St. John RE/MAX Estate Properties, Los Angeles World Airports, Marina del Rey Marriott, MyBus Charters, Parviz Printing, Providence St. John’s, and Signarama

Magazine Spotlight: Legal Services 2

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Jen Law Firm is a proud LAX Coastal Chamber member, serving businesses throughout California with their commercial collections and judgment enforcement needs. The firm exclusively focuses on helping its clients recover difficult and hard to collect debts, leading many to ask managing attorney Jerry Jen, “Why collections?”

Because Jerry was raised in a family that relied heavily on a business income, Jerry understands the needs, tribulations and issues that businesses face daily—especially when its customers do not pay. Jerry’s goal is to help businesses alleviate the stress and headache of having to chase after their hard-earned money, when instead the businesses can focus on growing and doing the things they love.

Whether you are seeking to prevent future collections issues (or unfortunately dealing with some right now), the Jen Law Firm is committed to helping you protect your business. Sansyeri.com , Canlı Casino Siteleri


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Last Call to Support Your Local Parade!

Having maintained a “small town” feel for well over 70 years, the LAX Coastal region is special in so many ways. Nestled into the west side of the bustling city of Los Angeles, residents of this neighborhood are brought together each year through friendship, community, and the LAX Coastal Fourth of July Parade.

This annual American tradition has been brought to you for the last 20 years through the dedication and hard work of the LAX Coastal Chamber, the Parade Committee, and our volunteers. Each year we strive to deliver a fun, interactive, community-focused event in honor of our nation’s birthday, but our efforts alone are not enough. Through your generosity, this parade can thrive for years to come, continuing to provide an opportunity for neighbors to join together in celebration of both community and country.

Yes, we are asking you to help the parade. We know we are only as strong as the community we live in, so please help us keep this 20-year Westchester/Playa tradition alive.

Happy Birthday, America!


Support the 2019 LAX Coastal Fourth of July Parade!