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Coastal Comments

An LAX Coastal Blog

Getting Tired of Social Fatigue

April 21, 2017

There’s a running joke around the LAX Coastal Chamber office that our success is strongly due to the fact that each staff member is an incredibly different person. Even as recent as last night, Chamberlain, our handsomely charismatic socialite [read more...]

You Only Need Six Minutes

April 7, 2017

Did you know that UC Davis boasts the most popular chemical engineering class in the nation, “The Design of Coffee”?* The class attracts a quarter of the freshman class each year, using the many chemical transformations that coffee goes [read more...]

Announcing an American Adventure

April 3, 2017

On Tuesday, July 4, 2017, the LAX Coastal neighborhood will come together in a sea of red, white, and blue to celebrate America’s birthday: the 18th Annual LAX Coastal Fourth of July Parade.

We are excited to announce this year’s theme, [read more...]

Young Professionals Mentor Graduating Seniors

March 29, 2017

On Wednesday, March 29, the LAX Coastal Young Professionals visited St. Bernard High School in Playa del Rey to share their knowledge and experiences in the areas of interviewing and resume writing. Led by the LAX Coastal Chamber’s Vice President [read more...]

Introducing the LAX Coastal Magazine

March 22, 2017

The LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce is #yourlocalchamber. As a proud member of this community, the chamber works hard to build better relationships between local business, government, and residents, always striving to fulfill our mission of elevating the LAX [read more...]

A Day in the Life of Leadership Academy

March 10, 2017

My alarm goes off at a brisk 6:45am. For some people, the strange clan known as morning people, I hear that this is a lovely time of day where mist is rising off the asphalt and the sun is [read more...]

Making A Difference at City of Angels

March 3, 2017

Los Angeles is a city like no other; from the movie star glamour of Hollywood to the melting pot culture of its people, Los Angeles is a city of innovation, growth, and community. We are a city that works [read more...]

What is Enough?

February 24, 2017

Do you ever feel as if you aren’t accomplishing… enough? Not as in are you meeting deadlines and finishing reports on time, but rather are you doing enough in life? Are you exceeding your own expectations? Are you reaching [read more...]

Let’s Talk About Talking

February 10, 2017

Do you ever grow tired of talking to a computer?

Arguably one of mankind’s greatest advancements, language is a societal staple that began more than 100,000 years ago. Since its beginning our world has developed over 5,000 unique languages (many [read more...]

Celebrating Two Elevating Years, Again

January 27, 2017

On Thursday, January 26 the LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce opened their doors to the local community in celebration. January 2017 marks the official two-year anniversary of when they first opened the doors to LAX Coworking, a communal coworking [read more...]

Staying Politically Active

January 25, 2017

Your local chamber is more than just networking and mixers. The LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce has been a vital force in this community for over 60 years with the mission of making our region a better place to [read more...]

I Am A Constant Student

January 24, 2017

With the first month of 2017 coming to a close and life finally getting back to normal (was anyone else still receiving out of office emails during the last week of January? How are people still on vacation?), it’s [read more...]

Celebrating Two Elevating Years

January 11, 2017

You know that the LAX Coastal Chamber is the strongest voice for business within our community. We are here for you as a constant resource, helping to advocate, build relationships, and elevate your business. One of the ways we [read more...]

Tell Us Your Story

January 3, 2017

The LAX Coastal Magazine & Business Guide is just around the corner, and we want you to be in it! Your local chamber is once again on the hunt for feature articles to appear in this year’s publication, so [read more...]

Embrace Human Nature

December 30, 2016

Becoming a successful professional doesn’t have to mean losing your humanity. For years, society has told us that in order to be successful you need to be a little ruthless. Ebenezer Scrooge kept his eye on profits, Mad Men [read more...]

Staying Safe, Sane, and Successful

December 2, 2016

With the smell of December 1st fresh out of the oven, I’d like to believe that we can all agree on one, simple fact: the holidays are great. There are carols on the radio, the streets are decorated, a [read more...]

Launching the Annual Report

November 23, 2016

You’ve heard us say it once and you’ll definitely hear us say it again: as your local chamber, we are proud to be your core of business. The LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce is always honored to serve this [read more...]

Chamber Endorses Councilmember Mike Bonin

November 18, 2016

The LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce their continued endorsement for Councilmember Mike Bonin.

Mike has been proudly representing our area since March of 2013 under the mission of putting neighborhoods first. “We’ve never seen a councilmember with [read more...]

Here’s Lookin’ At You, 2016

November 11, 2016

Sometimes life is hard.

At one point or another, each and every one of us has gone through a period of time highlighted with an internal mantra of “Why me?” Sometimes it lasts a day, sometimes a week, and sometimes—here’s [read more...]

Be Heard.

October 28, 2016

You’ve heard the pitch. You’ve seen the commercials. You’ve read the billboards. You’ve seen your friends share videos on Facebook. You’ve received countless mailers and postcards… Must I go on? The message is everywhere.

Your vote counts.

We live, work, and [read more...]

Narcissism For A Cause

October 14, 2016

I am not hip.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not putting myself down. If you’ve met me before you know that I know I am awesome—and humble, shhh—but I am the first to admit that I am not “in.” I [read more...]

Engage with Local Leaders

October 10, 2016

The LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to making our area a dynamic place to work, live, and play, and that is why we are so strongly committed to our Leadership Academy Program. With registration opening for our [read more...]

Confessions of a (Happy) Workaholic

September 30, 2016

Running a coworking space isn’t easy.*

Running any workspace isn’t easy, actually. If someone tells you it is, they’re either doing it incredibly poorly or have an amazing right-hand wo/man who is doing all of the work. It is hard [read more...]

What is the State of LAX?

September 29, 2016

A new report released today by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) reaffirmed Los Angeles International Airport’s (LAX’s) role as a major economic generator in Southern California – creating 620,610 local jobs, and its on-going, capital-improvement program, [read more...]

Celebrating Your Local Chamber

September 16, 2016

Today marks the end of Chamber of Commerce week. And if I’m being totally honest, I completely forgot about it.

Seriously.

I know, I know. I wrote about it in the weekly e-newsletter just last week, and I still forgot. I [read more...]

American History Equals PTO

September 2, 2016

It’s a long weekend, y’all! (Okay, that was awful, please forgive me…)

It’s Labor Day weekend. Are you doing anything special this Saturday, Sunday, Monday? For many if not all of you, Labor Day means a day home from work. [read more...]

In Case You Forgot… You Are Great

August 26, 2016

You hear us recite the reasons to join a Chamber of Commerce. You listen to us urge involvement with your community. You hear us preach engagement and the multitude of benefits to residents, business owners, educators, and professionals, but, [read more...]

Meeting of the Membership Welcomes Councilmember Bonin

August 25, 2016

On Tuesday, September 27, local professionals will gather for the LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Meeting of the Membership with special guest Councilmember Mike Bonin. During this meeting, Councilmember Bonin will address the state of District 11, future [read more...]

Innovation is Queen

August 19, 2016

Innovation. You’ve seen this word thrown around a lot lately. Headlines, articles, Facebook posts, blogs, memes… It’s a buzz word. Just like when the concepts of hyperlocal and Silicon Beach started to permeate the media, innovation is a hot [read more...]

Gracias Todos

August 12, 2016

So this week’s blog is going to be a wee bit different.

Usually I—

try to look up relevant information for our readers or let you know of any great events that are coming up. But unfortunately, my time has come [read more...]

Let’s Talk About Focus! Wait, I have to answer an e-mail…

August 5, 2016

The issue of focusing on a task can be a battle we lose before we even begin. And how can it not? With so much time being spent on our phones, perhaps doing not-so-productive things, to all of the [read more...]

Business, Boats, and Beers

July 29, 2016

Don’t think of pink elephants!

 

So how many did you think of? Where they big? Where they small? Were their trunks moving?

Let’s try again, don’t think about networking events.

 

What did you picture? People in suits in a fancy hotel or [read more...]

Buying Local

July 22, 2016

Farmer’s Markets are fun.

This is fact… and like 90% opinion (because some might disagree), but it’s still a fact.

Back at school, I would visit the Ithaca Farmer’s Market next to Seneca Lake. It was always a delightful (and I [read more...]

What’s a Pokey-man?

July 15, 2016

 

If you’ve been driving down the street, watching the news, or talked to a friend (maybe even our Creative Director…), you’ve probably heard about the recent Pokémon Go craze that’s taken the nation by storm. There seem to be [read more...]

Welcoming New Leadership

July 14, 2016

The importance of quality leadership is an underlying theme that resides at the foundation of professional success. In order for an organization to succeed, a strong sense of leadership needs to be in effect.

“When good leadership is in place in [read more...]

You Are Cordially Invited

July 1, 2016

Happy First of July and (for our fellow business people) First of the Fiscal Year! We hope that everyone had as strong a year as we did. It’s not easy running a nonprofit but when everyone succeeds, and we [read more...]

A Little Something For Your Tool Belt

June 25, 2016

Didn’t we just post this blog two weeks ago? Yes.

BUT, we had to give it a 2.0 version because we have 3 more amazing resources for our readers you simply cannot pass up.

DropSource:

Dropsource is a mobile app development platform [read more...]

Business and Bears

June 17, 2016

Gather ‘round kids, its story time!

I was happily browsing my local bookstore when I found this little gem:

 

 

Some of you might be thinking “Wait, what?” and others might chuckle (my people!). For those of you who don’t know, I [read more...]

Love What You Do

June 10, 2016

If you have ever visited our beautiful office, you may have seen two framed pieces of art on our walls. They’re thin, tan butcher paper that says “Words To Live By” in the middle. Members of our community would [read more...]

Take This Moment To Self-Reflect

June 3, 2016

Today our blog is short and sweet, as most good things are (like donuts—that our Community Manager Sandra can’t have because she’s trying the Paleo diet for the month of June… No one has been harmed, yet, from her [read more...]

Innovatively Speaking

May 27, 2016

Good things are just over yonder (we hope!).

Your local Chamber recently had the chance to enter the 2016 Chamber Innovation Awards Competition for the first time this fine Friday morning, and we wanted you, our proud members, to share [read more...]

Local Attractions: A Blog for Your Taste Buds

May 20, 2016

It should come as no surprise to anyone walking into our office that Kirby and I love food. Love it. Adore it. Are as passionate about it as we are about our jobs. If one happens to stop by [read more...]

Marina del Rey: Landside and Waterside Shenanigans!

May 13, 2016

Thursday, May 12 was the final Leadership Academy session before our class graduates on June 10 at the annual Installation Dinner Gala! This last session was a wonderful ending to the entire Leadership Academy experience; for the past seven [read more...]

Moms Know Best

May 6, 2016

Mother’s Day is this Sunday!
And we hope you have something special planned for the day. Whether you are wining or dining, preparing a fun present, or even sending a simple phone call, Mother’s Day is a time to be [read more...]

Thanking Life’s Educators

April 29, 2016

Happy Happy Friday!

And just like that, the month of April has essentially ended! We hope it was as successful for our readers as it was for us. Your local Chamber had a wonderful morning networking mixer, this writer personally [read more...]

Spring Into Promoting

April 22, 2016

If you know me, you know that I went to Ithaca College and loved every snow filled minute of it. While I was there I became president of a poetry organization, presented at a symposium and even became a [read more...]

Halls of Power

April 18, 2016

Welcome back to the best blog around! This writer (and fellow Leadership Academy participant) will gladly give you a behind-the-scenes recap of our Leadership Academy adventures this month.

Leadership Academy, an LAX Coastal Chamber program aimed at developing and enhancing the [read more...]

LAX Coastal Does Metro

April 15, 2016

You’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a million times, and you’ve sat through hours of traffic as we try to make it come to fruition: take public transportation. The benefits have been touted; whether you’re looking to avoid traffic [read more...]

Staying Healthy – Coastal Style!

April 8, 2016

With a delicious cup of coffee in hand on this, the second only rainy day in Los Angeles, this LAX Coastal writer says hello!

If you’ve ever visited our wonderful space, then you’ve witnessed firsthand that we are a pretty [read more...]

A Week in Paradise

April 1, 2016

Welcome back to LAX Coastal Comments! We’ve wrapped up another fantastic week here in our Paradise of networking, room rentals, and new memberships, and we have even hosted our annual Protectors’ Luncheon. For the 21st consecutive year, we are [read more...]

Welcome to Coastal Comments

March 23, 2016

Welcome to the inaugural LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce Blog. Your local chamber is excited to introduce another avenue of communication between our prosperous organization and our wonderful members, “Coastal Comments: An LAX Coastal Blog.”

Since our establishment in 1953, [read more...]

Chamber Endorses Steve Napolitano

March 23, 2016

On Thursday, February 18 the LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce endorsed Steve Napolitano for LA County Supervisor for the 4th District. Steve has been a fixture in Marina del Rey as the current field deputy for Supervisor Don Knabe.

“Now [read more...]

A Piece of Paradise

March 23, 2016

Get ready to celebrate! This year marks the 75th anniversary of the first foundations being poured in the little piece of paradise we call Westchester. From bean fields and farmland, Westchester has grown into a thriving neighborhood with a [read more...]

Announcing our Chair-Elect

March 23, 2016

The LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce would like to announce our Chair-Elect, Charles Bassett of the L&R Group of Companies. Bassett will come into his term this summer to sit at the helm of the LAX Coastal Chamber for [read more...]

YPs Clean Up the Beach

January 25, 2016

Your LAX Coastal Young Professionals are dedicated to developing their leadership skills, networking with fellow young or young-at-heart professionals, and bettering our LAX Coastal community. Always looking for a new community service project, the YPs have started a Beach [read more...]

Public Safety and the Environment

January 25, 2016

Leadership Academy, an LAX Coastal Chamber program aimed at developing and enhancing the leadership skills of local professionals,  had a successful 5th session on Thursday, March 17 as they learned more about “Public Safety and the Environment.”

Starting with a first-hand [read more...]