The Valley Economic Alliance Newsletter March 2015 Highlights

The Valley Economic Alliance Newsletter March 2015 Highlights

Networking, Business Advice, and Workshop
The Valley Business Expo ’15

The 7th Annual Valley Business Expo ’15 featured near 80 exhibitors on
Thursday, March 5, 2015 at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel and Convention Center where more than 350 attendees had the opportunity to get business advice, network, make new connections and sample products. The day began with a Board of Governors meeting with presentations by Tony Tartaglia from SoCal Gas, Hilary Norton from Fixing Angelenos Stuck in Traffic (FAST) and Ken Ashford from the Metropolitan Water District.

Expo attendees were also able to receive a one-on-one assessment with a loan consultant from Valley Economic Development Center and attend an Economic Alliance workshop on branding by Scott Holleran. Workshop attendees learned the advantages of branding to promote successful media and productivity for today’s business leaders, executives and entrepreneurs.

Sponsors included Port of Long Beach, Van Nuys Airport, Chase Bank, FAST, The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, City of Burbank Water and Power, SoCalGas, L.A Galaxy, Cresa, Smart & Final, Republic Services, VEDC and Cathay Bank. Media sponsors included The San Fernando Valley Sun, Daily News, Largest Mixers and Working World.

“How to Avoid ADA Lawsuits” with David Warren Peters

The Valley Economic Alliance (TVEA) helped businesses from all over the Valley become more informed and aware of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) lawsuit abuse on Wednesday, February 11, 2015. TVEA is helping businesses avoid these lawsuits by promoting awareness of the issue, providing information on ADA law requirements, and connecting businesses to affiliates who can help them make the necessary changes.

David Warren Peters from Lawyers Against Lawsuit Abuse, discussed how to be more Access Friendly. Attendees learned that ADA violations are civil rights based, which makes it difficult to fight against in court. David shared that a simple signage fix, costing as little as $12, could end up costing $4,000 if fined.

Examples of other ADA violations discussed at this workshop included: not having a “Van Accessible” space with an 8 feet area for a van ramp, not having a 5 feet by 5 feet space on each side of a doorway, not having a Braille sign indicating accessible restrooms, having the term “handicap” on any signage or materials, and having door handles that require pinching, twisting, or grasping.

Save the Date : Valley of the Stars
Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony

Save The Date! The 18th Annual Valley of the Stars Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony is on Saturday, May 30, 2015 at CBS Studio Center in Studio City from 6:00pm-10:00pm.

Just Announced! Kevin Dobson, American film and television actor is our Master of Ceremonies.

The Gala will honor individuals and organizations that have helped grow and strengthen our economy, improve the quality of life in our communities, and bring national recognition to the San Fernando Valley.

For sponsorship and advertisement opportunities please contact Erica Gass at 818-379-7000 or email

The Universal Language Workshop By Madelon Wallace

Being a highly skilled and versatile communicator is vital for success in today’s marketplace. The key is the ability to understand different behavioral styles and learn how to adapt your style to build strong and positive relationships with your internal and external customers.

You can increase your success 25%, 50% even 75% by adapting your communication style to your audience. The Communication Breakthrough Program combines powerful tools with individual and group training for companies looking to take their effectiveness and performance to the next level.

Join us for this powerful workshop on Wednesday, April 22 at 8:30am. Learn how adapting your communication style to your audience will improve your effectiveness, build sales and most of all increase your company’s bottom line! Limited Seating. Contact to register.

Congestion, Infrastructure and Green Initiatives with Port of Long Beach

The Port of Long Beach will present at the  VITA Global Networking Breakfast on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 in The Valley Economic Alliance’s BFG Boardroom. Gina Barro, Business Development Manager at The Port of Long Beach, will discuss the Port’s infrastructure projects, green initiatives and congestion relief strategies. Breakfast and networking begin at 8am. Program and presentation at 8:30am.

As the second-busiest container seaport in the United States, the Port handles trade valued at $180 billion annually and supports hundreds of thousands of jobs. The Port welcomes 4,000 vessels a year and serves more than 140 shipping lines with connections to 217 seaports around the world. Goods moving through the Port reach every U.S. congressional district and help support nearly 1.5 million trade-related jobs across the nation, including 300,000 in Southern California. The Port is continuing with a decade-long capital improvement program topping $4 billion, the largest in the nation, building some of the most modern, efficient and sustainable marine facilities in the world.

Contact for more information or visit to register. $20-Members, $25-Non Members. Breakfast is being sponsored by Van Nuys Airport.

Recycled Water for Los Angeles with LADWP

California has been in a severe drought for the past 4 years – and 2015 looks to be the worst one yet. At the “Are You All Wet” meeting on Thursday, February 26, 2015, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) discussed how they have addressed this problem with various programs to help businesses save money on water costs, discussed recycled water and conservation techniques.

Rick Silva, Senior Utility Services Specialist at LADWP, mentioned that not everyone is in the position to use recycled water yet, but are eligible to tap into the current incentives and programs LADWP has in place to try and reduce water consumption. Through the “California Friendly Landscape Incentive Program,” LADWP will cover costs of replacing lawns with turf and reduce immediate costs for conservation efforts and increase long-term water savings.  Visit for more information.

Other LADWP speakers at this meeting included Serge Haddad, P.E and Kerry McCorkle, Recycled Water Specialist.

Visit to see full presentation.

Mike Quiroga is Business Person of the Year

Congratulations to Alliance Board Member Mike Quiroga for being named the 2014 Business Person of the Year at the Encino Chamber of Commerce Annual Installation Gala & Business Awards Dinner on Saturday, February 28. The Business Person of the Year Award is based on an Encino Chamber member’s involvement and contributions they have made to the Encino business community and to the Encino Chamber.

Mike is President of Mike’s Roofing & Building. Whether your home or roof needs a simple repair, a complete roofing system, or other building or contracting services, Mike’s Roofing & Building offers years of experience and great quality. Visit

Mike’s community involvement includes Van Nuys Rotary, Mid Valley YMCA, Mid Valley Community Police Council, Mid Valley American Heart Association, San Fernando Valley Business and Advisory Commission, New Horizon and much more.

Export University Workshop Series

Port of Los Angeles’ Export University Workshop Series is back by popular demand. Ten international trade workshops will be presented from Thursday, March 5 to Thursday, July 9 at the LA Law Library. Visit for a description of workshops and registration.

Just Added! Fitness for Business Workshop Series

The Fitness for Business workshop series continues with instructor Scott Holleran from 4:00pm to 5:30pm on Thursdays beginning April 30, 2015.

Scott, a writer, journalist and social media manager, takes each class through a step-by-step breakdown and analysis of successful media and productivity for today’s business leaders, executives and entrepreneurs.Class includes a presentation and Q & A session.

Visit or email to register and attend.

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