Investor Spotlights

Investor Spotlights – May 2023

Miller Kaplan originated in Los Angeles, California as two separate firms in 1941 – later merging together to become one of the nation’s top 100 accounting firms offering audit, tax, business management, industry metrics, information security, licensing and royalties, and consulting services.

In 2020, the firm acquired Citadel Information Group, Inc. – adding a wide range of information security management services including: vulnerability assessments, staff awareness training, security management of the IT network, incident response and business continuity planning, and Virtual-CISO (vCISO), among others.

Founded in 1952 and formerly known as Heery International Inc., the firm operates throughout the United States as part of Turner & Townsend. It specializes in project and program management for public sector organizations, with industry-leading experts in corporate, cultural, healthcare, justice, sports, K-12 education, higher education, aviation and government facilities.

Recognized for service excellence by a broad spectrum of professional organizations and industry publications, the talented multidisciplinary team at Turner & Townsend Heery exceeds client expectations — adding value, best practice and expertise at every turn. The team’s unique client-centric culture is integrated into each project and reflects a passion for the built environment and staying true to the client’s vision.

More than just a marketing slogan, “Your Success is Our Mission” summarizes Mission Valley Bank’s way of doing business and echoes their commitment to provide “added value” to every customer relationship. Their objective is to enhance the financial well-being of each customer, and to contribute to his or her personal and business success.

A long time Valley leader offering premier community business banking products and services, Mission Valley Bank exists because there’s a demand for a local business bank where you are important, your bankers know your name, and service consistently exceeds your expectations.

Established in 1992, California Manufacturing Technology Consulting® (CMTC) is a private non-profit organization that provides technical assistance, workforce development, and consulting services to small and medium-sized manufacturers throughout the state of California. CMTC operates under a number of cooperative agreements with the Federal and State government, the largest of which is with the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) under the Department of Commerce for the State of California.

New Investor Spotlight – April 2023

More than 135 years in the making, Skanska is one of the largest construction and development companies in the world. Here in Los Angeles, Skanska has continued using knowledge and foresight to build some of the most iconic infrastructure and technically challenging transportation projects in the region. These projects have provided access to jobs, education, and services, while removing vehicles from the road and using alternative fuel sources to promote sustainability.

Skanska has been committed to economic development across Los Angeles and the Valley region with more than 1,000 employees in the Los Angeles area – including in the San Fernando Valley. Through our Small Business Bootcamp and PLA and Workforce Diversity Town Hall meetings, we have helped small and disadvantaged businesses network, gain experience, successfully bid subcontracts, and understand PLA contract requirements, compliance, and benefits to diverse hires.

Skanska’s success has allowed us to continue to encourage greater local participation and stakeholder engagement on our projects, which ultimately builds stronger infrastructure, stronger transit options, and a stronger community.

Investor Spotlights – April 2023

Since 1974, Citizens Business Bank has been creating banking relationships by focusing on our customer and helping them achieve more for their business, their employees, and the communities they serve.

Assisting entrepreneurs with opportunities to foster and grow their businesses, Citizens Business Bank’s unwavering commitment to their five core values of financial strength, superior people, customer focus, cost-effective operation, and having fun builds long-standing relationships with each customer.

The SBA Group at Citizens Business Bank is dedicated to funding, delivering quick credit decisions with courteous and professional service. With the understanding of the SBA financing process inside and out, and their dedicated SBA specialists will work to determine which SBA program best meets your company’s needs.

Bobrick Washroom Equipment, Inc. is a 117-year-old global washroom accessory, toilet partition and child accommodation company headquartered in North Hollywood, California, with seven manufacturing divisions across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, and trading relationships that extend into more than 100 markets worldwide. A leader in product innovation and manufacturing, Bobrick prides itself as a company that delivers best-in-class products and service, while fostering an environment of collaboration and continuous learning. At Bobrick, giving back to the community is integral to their identity as a company.  They remain loyal to their local communities by reaching out through partnerships, volunteerism and community outreach sponsorships.

Bobrick’s headquarters in North Hollywood, CA is a LEED Gold-certified facility. Their 100,000 square foot campus features rooftop solar panels, photometric sensors and electric vehicle charging stations.

SoCal Gas is committed to provide customers with safe, reliable service goes beyond natural gas. Dedicated to improving the quality of life in the communities they serve by giving their energy, time, financial support and focus their efforts in areas where they can make a difference.

In 2021, SoCalGas donated more than $9 million to nonprofit organizations throughout their service area to improve the quality of life in the communities they serve.  They also have increased their funding for the Gas Assistance Fund, a program managed by United Way of Greater Los Angeles that helps families in need pay for their utility bills.   SoCal Gas educates and informs communities about emergency preparedness, natural gas safety, energy efficiency and renewable energy clean natural gas and innovation.

The City of San Fernando is a community of attractive contrasts combining modern metropolitan conveniences with a close-knit community of friendly, civic-minded residents. Moreover, San Fernando proudly offers responsive city services, good access to city government, a large labor pool, a lower business tax than Los Angeles, and no utility tax.

City of San Fernando allows homeowners, contractors and general public conducting business in the City of San Fernando to view and track details of various permits and cases online with a free user account. The portal user account email must be associated with the permit and case in order to access project details and request inspections. The Online Permit Counter provides Check Permit and Plan Check status, Check Inspection Results and Review Project related financial data.

Investor Spotlights – March 2023

Comerica Bank is dedicated to helping small businesses succeed and has been a Leading Bank for Business with a focus on long-term relationships through every economic cycle for small businesses for over 173 years.

Our stability and experience for the past 173 years enables Comerica Bank to provide the credit and insights their customers rely on to get the financing they need to succeed.

Since 1849, Comerica has been raising expectations of what a bank can be, understanding the challenges faced by women and minority small business owners. Let the Leading Bank for Business* deliver the trusted thought leadership, industry-leading knowledge and valued financial partnership you can count on.

The mission of The Campbell Center is to partner with adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, empowering them to successfully gain independence and attain their desired outcomes through opportunity and choice.

The Campbell Center has a long history and strong partnerships with the Valley for over 65 year. They have several programs for their Associates, including supported employment, a community integration program, a fulfillment center and the support 3 residential homes.

The Campbell Center has always provided quality, essential services to diversely abled individuals that provide a warm social setting, meaningful activities with a true quality of life.

The YMCA is the nation’s leading nonprofit committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.

The YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles is one of the oldest, largest, and highest-impact Y Associations in the world. From its beginning in 1882 when Los Angeles had fewer than 20,000 inhabitants, through the founding of the Mid Valley Family YMCA in 1945 and on to today, the Y has continued to evolve in how it meets community needs while remaining dedicated to its mission of bringing people together.

Access Purchasing Network is a provider of integrated purchasing solutions. It offers a variety of products, such as office supplies and equipment, promotional items, production supplies, construction materials, store supplies, and audiovisual equipment and supplies. In addition, it offers a range of services, including telecommunications, data management, outsourced billing, and delivery and distribution.

The company serves various industries that include accounting, financial services, entertainment, hotels, law firms, health care, nonprofit organizations and construction. Its clients include America One, Berman & Berman, Catch 23 Entertainment, GR Medical Management, Holiday Inn LAX, Nederlander, Saban International and Six Continents Hotels. Access Purchasing Network is located in Encino, Calif.

Investor Spotlights – February 2023

HSBC, one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organizations, has been connecting Americans to global opportunities and bringing cross-border business and investment to the United States.

HSBC’s financial education platforms, Your Money Counts  and the HSBC Financial Wellness Center provides the tools to help individuals develop an action plan to create a budget, manage credit, purchase a home, safeguard against identity theft, and more.  HSBC’s weekly one-hour virtual Financial Workshops will cover these important topics:

  • Budgeting Basics for Homeownership
  • Managing Personal Credit for Homeownership
  • Protecting Your Identity and Information

Saybrook University was established to challenge the idea that human beings needed to be broken down into parts and isolated from the rest of the world to be understood. Instead, their founders declared that human beings are complex, and to understand them, one must understand the interconnectivity of everything that they experience. Committed to helping students achieve their full potential, Saybrook University’s community is deeply rooted in this humanistic tradition.

Saybrook University prepares students to challenge conventional thinking around social structures, mental and physical health, the business environment, and more.

For more than 40 years, Maximus has partnered with state, federal and local governments to provide communities with critical health and human service programs. leveraging their extensive experience to develop high-quality services and solutions that are cost effective and tailored to each communities’ unique needs.

Through the government programs Maximus manages, they match job seekers to employers in a wide range of industries.  Take advantage of substantial tax incentives while gaining access to a more diverse pool of candidates.

Express Employment Professionals Glendale connects businesses with workers in the Light Industrial, Office Services, Skilled Trades, and Professional sectors. Whether you’re looking for new hires or you’re trying to get hired,  Express  employment experts streamline the staffing process for everyone. For local businesses, Express supplies exceptional candidates at every career level, whether you’re looking entry-level labor or management material. Their team combines local expertise and a personalized approach with the significant resources of their global headquarters, increasing the quality and competitiveness of your hiring pool.

Express workforce solutions are always customized to your business and its needs, providing a full range of employment solutions that include full-time, temporary, and part-time employment in a wide range of positions.

Investor Spotlights – January 2023

An integral part of the Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley for more than 60 years California State University, Northridge (CSUN) commitment to student success, inclusive excellence and service to the community has made it a national model for institutions of higher learning. With over 38,550 passionate students and more than 2,100 dedicated faculty (Fall 2021), the proud history of CSUN continues to grow.

The City of Calabasas is 13.3 square miles, located in western LA County within the Santa Monica Mountains. The City incorporated in 1991, and is the last City within LA County to incorporate. In the 31 years since the City’s incorporation, the City has grown with new developments on both the east and west sides of the City, including the Calabasas Civic Center. As Calabasas continues to grow, the City seeks to attract new businesses & development to our urban environment, while maintaining the scenic beauty and character of Calabasas.

American Business Bank is dedicated to not only propelling Southern California businesses forward and a commitment working directly with local non-profit organizations and social programs to ensure they have the volunteer support and necessary financial backing to achieve their missions and strengthen the community, making a difference in a wide range of programs and causes across the Southland; it’s a true passion for the Bank and its people.

San Fernando Community Health Center (SFCHC) is a state-of-the-art Federally Qualified Health Center located in the City of San Fernando and serving the entire San Fernando Valley. They are a patient-centered medical home, where you will be provided with compassionate, high quality, and evidence-based care. The FQHC designation allows us to provide quality care at an affordable price to everyone in our community.

New Investor Spotlights – December 2022

Manufacturers Bank was formed in downtown Los Angeles by a group of banking entrepreneurs in June, 1962, to serve the apparel industry. Today, Manufacturers Bank serves the specialized needs of California middle-market businesses manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, importers, exporters, and service companies, including small businesses and professionals.  The mission of Manufacturer’s Bank is to achieve being the “bank of choice” for middle market and professional services companies.  Their vision is to be the premiere California regional business bank that can provide the sophistication and expertise of a larger institution with the personal “high touch” services of a smaller bank.

The YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles has been making a positive impact in our communities for over 130 years. Their 26 branches stretch across over 100 miles of Los Angeles County, from Antelope Valley to San Pedro.  The Y is committed to providing programs and services that are inclusive and welcoming to all, working to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to reach their full potential.   They value an environment that fosters dignity, respect, fairness and appreciation for all aspects and dimensions of diversity.  The YMCA’s strategic priorities focus on: 1) Sports, 2) Food insecurity, 3) Youth and Teens, 4) Education, and 5) Healthy Living.  The Alliance applauds YMCA and is happy to have them join us.

Investor Spotlights – November 2022

Founded in 1992 by Severyn and Martha Aszkenazy, Aszkenazy Development is a thriving development, design, construction, leasing, and property management company based in the city of San Fernando, California. Their focus is creating high-quality projects with true design authenticity, close attention to detail, generating economic sustainability and revitalizing mature communities while reinforcing the community’s cultural roots. To date, Aszkenazy Development has developed and continues to manage over 750,000 square feet of commercial and multi-family properties.

For over 50 years since opening their doors in 1972, employees at Mike’s Roofing & Building have always been at the core of the company’s success. Their hard-working employees have delivered excellent service and also have worked to support the community with cleaning up a local park that was in jeopardy of closing down due to lack of municipal resources for clean-up service, donated their time to repair and to replace roofs on community centers such as the Mid-Valley YMCA and Tierra del Sol and a San Fernando Valley US Marine veteran through a partnership with the national veteran program Owens Corning Roof Deployment Project. These community roofing projects saved thousands of dollars in operating expenses which enabled both communities.

As the City of Los Angeles’ official tourism marketing organization, Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board markets and promotes Los Angeles as the premier destination for leisure travel, meetings and conventions. L.A. Tourism is a private, non-profit 501(c)(6) business association. The mission of L.A. Tourism is to advance the prosperity of L.A.’s tourism economy and the livelihoods that depend on it. L.A. Tourism works proudly on behalf of more than 1,100 Member businesses from the area’s hospitality community and is responsible for sales and marketing efforts focused on the meetings & convention industry, domestic and international leisure travelers, travel trade and media worldwide.

SRAR is a local trade association with 11,000 members serving the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys. It is one of the largest associations in the nation and REALTORS® and the community regard the Southland Regional Association of REALTORS® as the voice for real estate, a trusted resource and partner in an ever-changing environment.   SRAR’s mission is to support their members in serving their community with the highest standards of ethics and professionalism, and to champion real property rights and pathways to homeownership for all.

New Investor Spotlight – November 2022

Data Direct Networks (DDN)

DDN is the world’s largest private data storage company and the leading provider of intelligent technology and infrastructure solutions for Enterprise at Scale, AI and analytics, HPC, government and academia customers. Through its DDN and Tintri divisions, the company delivers AI, Data Management software and hardware solutions, and unified analytics frameworks to solve complex business challenges for data-intensive, global organizations. DDN provides its enterprise customers with the most flexible, efficient and reliable data storage solutions for on-premises and multi-cloud environments at any scale. Over the last two decades, DDN has established itself as the data management provider of choice for over 11,000 enterprises, government, and public sector customers, including many of the world’s leading financial services firms, life science organizations, manufacturing and energy companies, research facilities, and web and cloud service providers.     

Investor Spotlights – October 2022

Century Housing, a leading Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) closed the first two loans in its Century Emerging Developers Program, a long-term commitment to racial and social equity designed to promote minority and women developers through a partnership with a local nonprofit active in the affordable development space. 

Venice Community Housing (VCH) will develop a 61-unit, 100% affordable new construction project just south of the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Mall and the upcoming Leimert Park Metro Rail station. Century’s acquisition and predevelopment financing will help VCH further its mission of building minority-owned business capacity and our common calling to serve low-income Los Angeles households, in this case those earning 30-60% of AMI.

Loop Media Inc. has added TikTok channel and is available now to all businesses and venues using the Loop Player.  It has also expanded its distribution to NBC Universal’s Peacock streaming service, added new channels for its Sonifi in-room hotel partnership and will be producing four new music-video channels for Peacock, NBC Universal’s streaming service a, featuring country, pop, Latin and classics.

Loop’s wide variety of content has something for everyone, including “TriviaLoop,” a set of new channels featuring non-stop around-the-clock multiple-choice quizzes in eight different categories, all available on the Loop Player.  The player provides premium video content, fully licensed music videos and digital signage.

Pacific Western Bank is a commercial bank with over $40 billion in assets headquartered in Los Angeles, California, with an executive office in Denver, Colorado. The Bank is focused on relationship-based business banking to small, middle-market, and venture-backed businesses nationwide. The Bank offers a broad range of loan and lease and deposit products and services through 69 full-service branches located in California, one branch located in Durham, North Carolina, one branch located in Denver, Colorado.  The Bank provides community banking products including lending and comprehensive deposit and treasury management services to small and medium-sized businesses conducted primarily through our California-based branch offices and Denver, Colorado branch office. The Bank also offers financing of business-purpose, non-owner-occupied investor properties through Civic, a wholly-owned subsidiary. The Bank also provides a specialized suite of services for the HOA industry.

Glendale CC

Glendale Community College is a dynamic institution with more than 25,000 students, enrolled in college-credit at the Verdugo Campus, continuing education at the Garfield Campus, community services classes held throughout the community, and the Professional Development Center (PDC) located in Montrose.

All students achieve their informed educational goals through outstanding instructional and student services, a comprehensive community college curriculum, and educational opportunities found in few community colleges.

Los Angeles Mission College has served the educational needs of neighbors in the San Fernando Valley throughout a 30-year history, with community support and involvement as their most valued resources. Located in Sylmar, the college has strong, historical ties to the neighboring communities of San Fernando, Pacoima, Mission Hills, North Hills, Panorama City and Granada Hills. In recent years, their enrollment base has expanded to include many of the communities throughout the greater San Fernando Valley, as well as Canyon Country and Santa Clarita.

Los Angeles Pierce College is a top-ranked two-year public institution in Southern California providing excellent opportunities for transfer education, career training, and life-long learning. Founded in 1947, Pierce is a comprehensive college with an astounding 145 disciplines and 85 academic degree programs being taught to 20,000 diverse students. It has 60 state-approved certificates and a growing collection of free short-term non-credit certificates.

Established in 1949, this public two-year community college is one of the largest campuses in the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) and serves more than 20,000 students in the central and eastern sides of the San Fernando Valley. Los Angeles Valley College offers more than 100 associate degree programs and 62 certificate programs in in-demand career fields.

Investor Spotlights – September 2022

The City of Burbank Economic Development strives to create jobs, encourage innovation and new ideas, attract new investment, increase sales tax revenue, create vibrant neighborhoods, and improve the quality of life for all.

The Child Care Resource Center (CCRC) has been serving children, families, and child care providers since 1976. CCRC manages programs to assist with issues such as finding and selecting child care and child care financial assistance to families. CCRC’s Creative Bridge is a full-service shop with a team of qualified experts providing effective and creative graphic design and printing solutions.

The City of Glendale delivers exceptional customer service through precision execution and innovative leadership.  As a premier City anchored in pride of civic ownership, Glendale’s success is realized through a community that is safe, prosperous, and rich in cultural offerings.

Founded in 1983 and headquartered in Irvine, California, Pacific Premier Bank is one of the strongest-performing and fastest-growing banks in the nation with total assets of approximately $20 billion. In addition to supporting the small business owners, Pacific Premier specializes in serving middle-market, and corporate businesses who need a broad range of loan, deposit, and treasury management products. We have specific market sector experience in Commercial Banking, Commercial Real Estate Lending, SBA Financing, Franchise Lending, Community Associations, Specialty Banking, and more.

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