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Chamber Briefs: Awards Highlight Local Gatherings

By IVY WEISS Contributing Reporter Agoura/Oak Park/Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce: The Agoura/Oak Park/Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce will host the Edward L. Masry awards for community service on Friday June 12 at Calabasas Country Club, 4515 Park Entrada, 5:30-8pm. Outstanding Sheriff Deputies, teachers, and community leaders will be honored. L.A. County Sheriff Chief Bill McSweeney and Lost Hills Captain Tom Martin will present the Deputies awards and Westlake Village Councilwoman Susan McSweeney, a long time teacher at White Oak elementary school will present the outstanding teacher awards. Ed Masry, former Mayor of Thousand Oaks, became famous for the movie Erin Brockovich and for contributing over one million dollars to help save Ahmanson Ranch in Calabasas. To attend the awards reception or to make a nomination, call Alex Soteras at the Chamber office, 818-889-3150. Regional Black Chamber of Commerce: The Regional Black Chamber of Commerce of the San Fernando Valley, along with its United Partners, hosted the 5th Annual Community Development & Business Diversity Day Summit on May 12. Over 200 people registered to attend this one-day event. Major topics of discussion included the Economic Stimulus Funding, Housing Crisis, and Jobs. These issues are of concern to all, and particularly small, minority and women-owned businesses in the San Fernando Valley. Norma Hollis of Norma Hollis Companies was the moderator for the combined luncheon sessions, which took place during the conference. Among the guest speakers were Saleed Ali, Valley representative of City Councilman Richard Alarcon’s Office, from the County Board of Supervisors, Ellen Sandt, several divisions of the Los Angeles Mayor’s office, including spokepersons Linda Mims and Dorothy Randle for MBOC, CDD, Workforce Sources. Other distinguished speakers were, Dr. Lula Balton, Regional Director of CDC, (West Angeles), Sr. Officers Vice President, Emerlita Butiun from Citizen Bank, SBA, Shelia Wiley, Jobing.com, and housing experts from AmeriFund Inc. The Chamber also recognizes all attendees, Panda Express, Monarch Grand Resorts, Los Angeles Clippers, and Pit Bull Energy Drink, and Black Enterprise Magazine for their added value of support. Canoga Park/West Hills Chamber of Commerce: The 21st Annual Canoga Park Memorial Day parade honoring the fallen men and women of the Armed Forces from all of America’s armed conflicts, including the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq was held on May 25. This year the Parade Grand Marshal was Stefanie Powers (Hart to Hart). The Media Grand Marshal was Larry Carroll joining with Celebrity Grand Marshals David Shark and Richard Tyson. Also along the route were Gary Bryan, Morning D-Jay from K-EARTH 101 and Arjay Smith of the Disney Channel. The parade included five flyovers, Fueled by the Fallen, the U.S. Mounted Marines, The New Buffalo Soldiers and the Well’s Fargo Stagecoach along with dozens of marching units, floats, equestrian units and classic automobiles from individual collectors and clubs. Over 20,000 spectators lined the route. San Fernando Chamber of Commerce: On June 19-20, the San Fernando Chamber of Commerce is presenting the International Business Expo and Conference at Los Angeles Mission College, 13356 Eldridge Avenue, Sylmar, 91342 The event is being sponsored by many major business, government offices, and community organizations. There will be a Green Expo, a Procurement Pavilion that will help you match your business with government and private sector buyers, a Job Fair for employers and their future employees, and an International Mixer. To register your attendance, please visit www.IBECONF.com. Woodland Hills Tarzana Chamber of Commerce: At the United Chambers of Commerce Annual Small Business Awards Breakfast on June 4, Jim and Marcia Brammer of State of the Art Images were honored for their extensive involvement in a number of local and national charities and other non-profit organizations. Local Chambers Honored for their Business Advocacy The Greater San Fernando Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Thousand Oaks-Westlake Village Regional Chamber of Commerce are two of the 13 California-area chambers recognized on May 18 with the first-ever President’s Circle award from the California Chamber of Commerce. The new award, presented at the CalChamber’s annual Business Summit in Sacramento, recognizes chambers for excellence in business advocacy and helping their members comply with California’s ever-changing and often confusing labor laws. “President’s Circle chambers are high achievers in two approaches to serving their members,” said CalChamber Executive Vice President Dave Kilby. “These chambers are both helping shape proposed laws by keeping the business perspective before lawmakers and guiding their business members to information that will keep them in compliance with existing labor laws.” President’s Circle recipients published vote records of their state legislators on key business issues, generated letters to state elected officials on issues of interest to members, participated in the CalChamber compliance product resale program at an exemplary level and brought a delegation to Sacramento for the CalChamber Business Summit. The Greater San Fernando Valley Chamber is the only Chamber in the City of Los Angeles to receive this award.

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