News for Business

Friday, May 18, 2018
Dr. Marlon Boarnet Announced as Keynote Speaker at Economic Development Summit   Dr. Marlon Boarnet, Professor of Public Policy and Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Spatial Analysis, University of Southern California will be offering keynote remarks on the theme of this year's Economic Development Summit.   Dr. Boarnet is a renowned authority on urban economics, urban growth ...read more
Categories: Business, Development, Community, City of Los Angeles, Hollywood, Chamber, Economic Development
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce proudly presented the 30th Annual Hollywood Expo at the world-famous Universal Studios Hollywood ™ Globe Theatre on Tuesday, May 15th. The annual Chamber function is a premiere networking event which provided attendees an ideal opportunity to learn what’s happening in Hollywood. It is geared towards travel professionals who attract group businesses to the ...read more
Categories: Business, Chamber, Community, Expo, Featured, Hollywood
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce welcomed six businesses as new members at its April Business After Hours generously hosted by The Fonda Theatre. Guests networked and enjoyed hors d'oeuvres courtesy of Wood & Vine while experiencing views of Hollywood’s skyline. Music was provided by Luis Otero of Resilience DJs.   New Chair Donelle Dadigan and J.J. Connaughton, Director of Membership Services ...read more
Categories: Business, Community, Advocacy, Chamber, Hollywood
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
HOLLYWOOD, CA – April 18, 2018 – The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee (PAC) announced its support today of Assemblymember Miguel Santiago in his run for reelection.  "The Hollywood Chamber PAC is proud to support Miguel Santiago in his race for reelection to represent Assembly District 53. Since taking office, he has wasted no time in pursuing legislation that will improve ...read more
Categories: Business, Government, Hollywood, Vote, PAC, Chamber, Accountability, Advocacy
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
HOLLYWOOD, CA – April 18, 2018 – The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee (PAC) announced its support today of Assemblymember Richard Bloom in his run for reelection.  "The Hollywood Chamber PAC proudly supports Richard Bloom in his bid for reelection to represent the 50th Assembly District. His efforts in fostering economic development and job creation in the legislature are ...read more
Categories: Accountability, Business, PAC, Advocacy, Chamber, Hollywood, Vote
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Katherine Perez-Estolano will be the keynote speaker at the 2018 Hollywood Economic Development Summit on Thursday, June 21st at the ArcLight Hollywood. The Hollywood Chamber’s 24th annual event will run from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Early Bird admission rate is $50 through May 31st. Register online at www.hollywoodchamber.net/summit.   Katherine Perez-Estolano will share her expertise in urban ...read more
Categories: Advocacy, Development, Business, Economic Development, Community, Chamber, Hollywood
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
HOLLYWOOD, CA – April 17, 2018 – The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee (PAC) announced its support today of Assemblymember Laura Friedman in her run for reelection.  "The Hollywood Chamber PAC is proud to endorse Laura Friedman once again, this time in her bid for reelection to represent the 43rd Assembly District. Since elected, Laura has excellently represented Hollywood ...read more
Categories: Accountability, Business, Hollywood, Advocacy, California, PAC
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
HOLLYWOOD, CA – April 17, 2018 – The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee (PAC) announced its support today of Senator Ben Allen’s bid for reelection.  "The Hollywood Chamber PAC is proud to endorse Ben Allen in his race for reelection to represent Senate District 26. He has consistently demonstrated a special ability to identify and address problems through policy,” stated ...read more
Categories: Advocacy, California, Government, Business, Chamber, PAC
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
A second panel of business leaders will be discussing the “Vision for the Future of Urban Development in Hollywood” at the 2018 Hollywood Economic Development Summit on Thursday, June 21st at the ArcLight Hollywood. The Chamber’s 24th annual event will run from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Early Bird admission rate is $50 through May 31st. Register online at www.hollywoodchamber.net/summit.   The ...read more
Categories: Hollywood, Chamber, Technology, Business, Real Estate, Economic Development, Transportation
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce welcomed ten new member businesses at its March Business After Hours generously hosted by Hollywood Improv. Members networked in the historic Hollywood Improv and tickled their funny bone thanks to the amazing comedians of “Tonight at the Improv.”   With its iconic brick wall, the Improv has long been a part of Hollywood and the premiere stage for live comedy in ...read more
Categories: Chamber, Hollywood, Business, Community, Networking
Monday, March 19, 2018
This past year as Chairman of the Board has passed in a blink of an eye for me, yet that blink puts into perspective just how profoundly Hollywood evolves in a year – as well as what challenges and opportunities remain on the Chamber’s agenda as to how Hollywood is and will be perceived on the global stage. I sincerely appreciate and thank the Board of Directors for honoring me to represent and ...read more
Categories: Advocacy, Board of Directors, Business, Chair, Chamber, Community, Hollywood
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
The Hollywood Chamber staff joined the celebration and welcomed new member Virtual Reality Hollywood with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the grand opening of their arcade location. The celebration continued with an after-party and an open invitation to VR experiences. Hollywood’s newest attraction is an immersive VR gaming center established in 2017 as the second of three VR arcades in Los Angeles ...read more
Categories: Business, Chamber, Community, Hollywood, Marketing, Membership, Promoting Hollywood, Things to See
Thursday, March 01, 2018
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with Variety, presented the 15th Annual Awards Media Welcome Center at the Hollywood Museum in the Historic Max Factor Building on March 1st exclusively for press accredited by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. For one day only from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Hollywood Chamber hosted its exclusive annual press event to promote ...read more
Categories: Branding, Community, Business, Hollywood, Advocacy, Chamber, Things to See, Awards, City of Los Angeles, Walk of Fame
Monday, February 26, 2018
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce welcomed ten new businesses at its Business After Hours mixer generously hosted by Liaison Restaurant + Lounge in March. Members made new connections in the sleek and contemporary lounge all while enjoying signature cocktails and Liaison’s posh atmosphere.   Embedded in its name, Liaison’s experience brings people together to enjoy both exquisite dining and ...read more
Categories: Business, Membership, Hollywood, Chamber
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
The Hollywood Chamber welcomed five businesses as new members at its January Business After Hours Mixer which was generously hosted by Soul Restaurant & Bar. The monthly networking event kicked off with a ribbon-cutting ceremony followed by an evening of networking and sampling delights of southern hospitality. During the event, Dr. Fariba Kalantari, Chair of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce ...read more
Categories: Advocacy, Chamber, Mixer, Business, Hollywood
Thursday, December 21, 2017
As the year winds down, it is nice to be able to share some very positive news. Hollywood will soon be the home of two very innovative Japanese concepts, Japan House and Miniso, that are both scheduled to open within the next couple of weeks. Japan House is a unique project of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It is a world outreach effort to promote Japan’s best art, cuisine, design, ...read more
Categories: Advocacy, Business, Chamber, Community, Hollywood
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Plans for the Hollywood Chamber’s 2017 State of the Entertainment Industry Conference is well under way. The half-day conference will be held at Loews Hollywood Hotel slated for November 30th. The program will start with networking at 8:30 a.m. followed by a packed agenda through 1:30 p.m. Early Bird Special rate through Friday, November 17th is $129. Admission thereafter is $159.Register ...read more
Categories: Advocacy, California, City of Los Angeles, Hollywood, Business, Chamber, Entertainment, Motion Pictures
Monday, October 23, 2017
“The State of the Stream” will be one of the topics of the Chamber’s Entertainment Industry Conference. This year’s conference will take place at the Loews Hotel Hollywood on Thursday, November 30th. The half-day conference will start with networking at 8:30 a.m. followed by a packed program through 1:30 p.m. Early Bird Special rate through Friday, November 17th is $129. Admission thereafter is ...read more
Categories: Business, Chamber, Community, Hollywood, Advocacy, California, City of Los Angeles, Entertainment
Wednesday, October 04, 2017
Plans for the Chamber’s 2017 State of the Entertainment Industry Conference are well under way with committee co-chairs Susanne Ault of Variety and Kristin Cavanaugh of Sony Pictures at the helm. This year’s conference will take place on Thursday, November 30th at the Loews Hotel Hollywood and will include exclusive conversations with top level industry leaders. The event will also include the ...read more
Categories: Business, Chamber, Entertainment, Government, Motion Pictures, Tax Credits, Television, Advocacy, California, City of Los Angeles, Filming, Hollywood, Recording
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce held its “Celebration of Anniversary Events” where Leron Gubler was recognized for his 25 years at the helm of the Chamber! The Celebration of Hollywood Anniversaries was held on Tuesday, September 19th at the new Kimpton Everly Hotel poolside. Emcees for the event were Walk of Famers actress Tippi Hedren, celebrating the 50th anniversary of her film “The ...read more
Categories: Awards, Community, Membership, Milestones, Networking, Business, Hollywood, Chamber
Thursday, September 07, 2017
As technology continues to advance most aspects of our professional environment, it is critical to consider strategies to safeguard your business assets and protect your clients from online threats. Join the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce on Friday, September 22nd to learn how to protect your business and best practices to survive a cybercriminal attack. Starting in October, Google will flag ...read more
Categories: Business, Community, Chamber, Technology
Thursday, July 20, 2017
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce hosted an exclusive Breakfast with L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti on Thursday, July 20th at Loews Hollywood. This was the second address by Mayor Garcetti to the Hollywood community since taking Mayor’s office in 2013. Attendees and sponsors heard Mayor Garcetti discuss extending the California film tax incentive bill AB-1839, homelessness, public safety, the proposed ...read more
Categories: Business, City of Los Angeles, Government, Hollywood, Hollywood Community Plan, Homelessness, Housing, Mayor
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce held its "Building Your Business" educational series on Friday, June 23rd presented by Liz Harsch of Tailor-Made Advertising. The session focused on reviewing mid-year marketing checklist and discuss strategies to grow your business faster. Harsch has been helping small businesses make more of their marketing budget since 1988. She has been awarded by Constant ...read more
Categories: Business, Tech, Marketing
Friday, June 16, 2017
One of the two keynoters at the 2017 Hollywood Economic Development Summit, taking place on Thursday, June 22nd, at the ArcLight Hollywood, is a professor in the USC Department of Urban Planning. Dr. David Sloane studies the evolution of cities through the lens of cultural landscapes, urban planning, food and health care systems. He is expected to apply his knowledge to Hollywood as a working case ...read more
Categories: Business, Chamber, City of Los Angeles, Development, Economic Development, Hollywood
Thursday, June 15, 2017
The Hollywood Museum in the Historic Max Factor Building showcased their elegant art deco Penthouse Ballroom for the Hollywood Chamber’s June Business After Hours Mixer! The Hollywood Chamber welcomed ten new member businesses at its June Business After Hours Mixer generously hosted by the Museum. Guests experienced the elegant Penthouse Ballroom and had exclusive access to the museum following ...read more
Categories: Business, Hollywood, Mixer, Membership, Chamber, Networking
Thursday, June 01, 2017
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce held an educational series about the upcoming L.A. Minimum Wage Rate which will be taking effect on July 1st. The series aimed to assist our members in building a better business for the future was held on Friday, June 2nd at the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce state-of-the-art Conference Room. Cynthia Ruiz discussed the new employment regulations. Also on hand were ...read more
Categories: Business, City of Los Angeles, Jobs, Minimum Wage
Thursday, May 18, 2017
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours mixer was generously hosted by Lucky Strike Live on May 15th.   Located smack on the corner of Hollywood & Highland, LUCKY STRIKE LIVE has rapidly erupted from a hidden bowling alley into Hollywood’s underground entertainment hub. Featuring live performances every week by national touring and local artists, Lucky Strike Live’s one-of-a-kind ...read more
Categories: Business, Hollywood, Chamber, Membership
Friday, April 28, 2017
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Microsoft, and UGM Enterprises presented a panel conversation about key strategies for staying current, connected and relevant in our crazy-fast changing times on Friday, April 28th, at the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. Panelists Debra Balamos, Ish Obregon and Myra Casciato shared helpful tools, stories, insights from their diverse ...read more
Categories: Branding, Business, Education, Marketing, Tech
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce held its March Business After Hours on Thursday, March 26th at Teddy’s in the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Since opening in 1927, The Hollywood Roosevelt has taken the spotlight as the birthplace of the Academy Awards and the once-home to Marilyn Monroe. Named after the 26th President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, the hotel is a legendary venue ...read more
Categories: Business, Hollywood, Networking, Chamber, Membership
Monday, March 20, 2017
The next California Competes Tax Credit (CCTC) offers more than $68 million in available tax credits. This program is open to any business planning to create new full-time jobs in the state, regardless of size or location. Since 2014, GO-Biz has awarded over $400-million to 574 companies that are projected to create over 60,000 jobs and make $13.5-billion in investments. The deadline to submit ...read more
Categories: California, Tax Credits, Business, Government
Thursday, January 19, 2017
HOLLYWOOD, CA-- A room full of Hollywood's business community attended the Chamber's annual State of Hollywood to hear Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell. Having nearly completed his first term representing the 13th Council District, Councilmember O’Farrell had a lot to report at his fourth State of Hollywood address at Taglyan Cultural Complex on Thursday, January 26th. The Councilmember, who is up ...read more
Categories: Chamber, Business, Government
Friday, January 06, 2017
After nearly 25 years in the same location adjacent to the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is making a big move to the Sunset Media Center at 6255 Sunset Blvd, Ste 150. The telephone and fax numbers, email and website addresses remain the same. Please be patient while we transition to the new office.  “Interestingly enough, the Chamber will be returning to the same ...read more
Categories: Business, Chamber, Hollywood
Monday, October 17, 2016
The California Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) released a study in September (California’s First Film Tax Credit Program) that for the first time, offers an assessment of the economic and fiscal impact of the filming incentives that the State of California approved for our entertainment industry.  This is particularly interesting because the LAO is the nonpartisan fiscal and policy advisor to ...read more
Categories: Business, Chamber, Government, Blog, California, City of Los Angeles, Jobs
Friday, September 16, 2016
Two weeks ago, the Los Angeles City Council gave final approval to the 5901 Sunset Blvd. project, proposed by Hudson Pacific Properties. This is a marvelous project for Hollywood and Los Angeles.The architecturally stunning building tiers back from the residential areas to the north so that the highest portion of the building is along Sunset Blvd. This approximately 300,000-sq.ft., 15-story office ...read more
Categories: Chamber, Hollywood, Business, Economic Development
Thursday, September 15, 2016
Los Angeles City Councilmember David Ryu, who represents the 4th Council District, delivered his first address to the members of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce at Avalon Hollywood on Thursday, September 15th. In office since July 2015, he discussed some of his accomplishments and initiatives. He also answered questions related to development, neighborhood integrity initiative, land use, ...read more
Categories: Business, City of Los Angeles, Hollywood, Chamber, Community
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Los Angeles and California embarked on an unprecedented experiment this past year, when both voted to phase in a $15-minimum wage over a period of years. In L.A., the rate will reach $15 in 2020 for businesses with 26 employees or more and in 2021 for smaller businesses. In California, the $15 rate will be achieved in 2021, making it the highest state minimum wage in the nation.  Business ...read more
Categories: Business, Hollywood, Blog, City of Los Angeles, Minimum Wage
Monday, June 27, 2016
Some important changes to minimum wage requirements will take effect on July 1st for businesses operating in Los Angeles. The City of Los Angeles will require a minimum wage of $10.50 for businesses and employees that meet the eligibility criteria. Paid sick time requirements may also be effective as early as July 1, 2016. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is sharing the new requirements from the ...read more
Categories: Business, City of Los Angeles, Minimum Wage
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Last week, the City held a public hearing on the proposed 25-year Master Plan for Paramount Pictures. This storied studio, which dates back to 1912, is the last remaining major studio located in Hollywood proper. Warner Bros., Columbia, Fox and Disney got their start here, but all moved out many decades ago. As hearings go, this one was cordial. Even those who had issues were on their best ...read more
Categories: City of Los Angeles, Entertainment, Business, Economic Development
Friday, May 06, 2016
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce proudly presented the 28th Annual Hollywood Expo at the world-famous Avalon Hollywood on Thursday, May 5, 2016. The annual Chamber function proved to be it is a premier networking event and provides exhibitors an ideal opportunity to showcase their business and make new introductions. “This year’s Expo was held during National Travel & Tourism Week, as Hollywood ...read more
Categories: Business, Healthcare, Tourism, Chamber, Marketing, Travel
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce welcomed Rooftop Film Club at The Montalbán with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, April 6th. The 2016 Opening Night started with a bang screening the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie to a sold out crowd. Since its debut last year, the movie event has become a staple of Hollywood’s culture scene and has sold out tickets to almost every ...read more
Categories: Entertainment, Business, Hollywood
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Recently I attended a gala press announcement hosted by the Japanese Consulate and Consul General Harry H. Horinouchi. I was particularly interested to learn about a cutting-edge initiative that is going to be very beneficial to Hollywood, and which is bound to become a new attraction for both locals and tourists. Known as Japan House, the program is a new public diplomacy initiative from ...read more
Categories: Community, Business, Hollywood
Thursday, March 10, 2016
Serving as Chamber Board Chair this past year has been a powerful and enthralling education in the mathematics of volunteerism and “the sum being greater than its many parts.” It’s been an extraordinary lesson in participatory democracy. More than ever, I stand reaffirmed in the inherent power of community engagement, and in awe of the passionate commitment of those who serve as the volunteer ...read more
Categories: Chamber, Community, Business, Hollywood