The Valley Economic Alliance Newsletter January 2015 Highlights

The Valley Economic Alliance Newsletter January 2015 Highlights

What is your Passion?

Over the past few months we have met with The Valley Economic Alliance board members and investors, and learned about their community passion projects. We have started to connect like minded Alliance leaders to their passions which includes developing young entrepreneurs, finding jobs for veterans, transportation and environmental projects.

Over the Holidays, we remodeled the office with fresh paint and new carpet. Join us at our new office for a Grand Reopening & Ribbon Cutting on Thursday, January 22, 2015 from 9:30am-10am.

In other news, Business Life Magazine featured The Valley Economic Alliance in their Outlook 2015 issue. I shared my plans on the Valley Visionaries project and the Executive Forecast. Click below to read more.

All the Best,

Kenn Phillips, President and CEO
The Valley Economic Alliance

Examine Innovation, Infrastructure and Social Media at the Executive Forecast on January 23

We are days away from the first ever Executive Forecast set for Friday, January 23, 2015 at the Hilton Woodland Hills. This premiere event is a “TED Talk” type discussion to examine innovation, infrastructure and social media. Experts will discuss topical issues, share innovative tools that will help you grow your business and identify methods for incorporating these into your long term strategic plan.

For the first time ever, we will be incorporating new and innovative technology to engage attendees and capture data on topics relative to importance. Attendees will use their smart phones prior to each presentation and rate the importance of topics for speakers to prioritize their remarks.

Experts include Simon Nielsen, founder and CEO of Ctrl.Me Robotics who will discuss how industries such as entertainment, real estate, agriculture and homeland security have been incorporating drones as part of their evolving practice. Martin L. Adams, deputy senior assistant general manager of water operations, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power will discuss how their recycling water plan will help businesses reduce their water expense. Thomas Lorenz, director of communications and community relations with the City of Glendale will share how retail, education and law enforcement can use new social media technology as a tool to improve customer satisfaction.

For registration and sponsorship opportunities, visit

We Jingled and We Mingled…

The Valley Economic Alliance and their Strategic Partners including The American Institute of Architects, The Valley Industry and Commerce Association, The Valley Economic Development Center, United Chambers of Commerce, Randy Witt Productions and the Filipino American Chamber collaborated and opened their doors to over 150 guests at their annual Jingle Mingle holiday party on December 17, 2014. The night was filled with networking, food, drinks and raffle prizes.

Get Fit for Business in the New Year

The Valley Economic Alliance is hosting a new Fitness for Business series of workshops to help you get fit for doing business in 2015 with four intensive classes by instructor Scott Holleran. Learn public relations, branding, sales and social media in this exciting program, which emphasizes a thorough approach to business development through integration. Each 90-minute afternoon workshop is $20 per attendee per class, and held at the Alliance’s BFG boardroom, with Q & A and a visual presentation.


Tuesday, January 27, 2015 – 2:00pm
Do-it-Yourself PR Workshop
Learn the essentials of good public relations.

Thursday, January 29, 2015 – 2:00pm
How to Brand What You Design, Make and Do Workshop
In this introductory seminar, get point by point instruction on branding.

Monday, February 9, 2015 – 2:00pm
How to Get New Customers Workshop
This sales workshop yields lessons in how to get new customers to increase revenues and profit margins.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 – 2:00pm
Succeed with Social Media Workshop
A comprehensive tutorial in social media including Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Space is limited. Please register by simply clicking on workshop of choice.

Welcome to The Valley Economic Alliance

Madelon Wallace is a business performance specialist that offers over 20 years of experience in strategic planning and business development.

Madelon applies her experience with the FocalPoint Coaching method to help executives, managers and business owners to design and implement the right business solution to increase sales/profit; decrease cost; improve productivity and improve effectiveness.

Madelon joined The Valley Economic Alliance because she believes in its mission and to deepen her connection to the community.  She believes that when small business does well, our community does well and our economy does well.

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John Parker co-founded Parker Brown, Inc. with Scott Brown. Parker Brown, Inc. is a full service general contracting firm with services including analysis, designing, building, budgeting and management.

John is deeply involved in the communities he serves. He is the past president of the Canoga Park/West Hills Chamber of Commerce, past president of the United Chamber of Commerce, former president of the Canoga Park Improvement Association, a past member of the Oversight Committee on the Bond Program of Pierce College, and executive vice president of the Women’s Odyssey. He is currently a commissioner on the Los Angeles County Building Rehabilitation & Appeals Board.

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Energy from Thin Air

Primo Wind, Inc. is on a mission to change the way the world uses wind energy. They design, manufacture and deliver wind energy products that are aesthetically pleasing and produce the most amount of energy with the smallest footprint together with an emphasis on being a complimentary solution to other renewable energy sources.

Kenn Phillips visited Primo Wind, Inc.’s headquarters in San Diego and had a first look at their rooftop wind generators. The wind turbines are 70-inchs (horizontal) and can be installed on top of any building.

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