Joining forces with three chambers of commerce and displaying the diversity of the business community, the Chair’s Multi-Chamber Happy Hour at the City Club in Downtown LA provided an unforgettable opportunity to network, sample great food and to learn more about the incredible diversity and vital services, grant opportunities and programs offered by the chambers to start, grow and develop a business.
With an incredible panoramic view atop the 51st floor, the Happy Hour was filled with excitement and attended by more than 300 members of the Los Angeles Latino Chamber of Commerce (LALCC), Asian Business Association (ABA), and the Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce (GLAACC).
Each of the chambers discussed their shared vision of working together, promoting growth, opportunities and development for their members.
Describing the importance of uniting the chambers and addressing the audience, LALCC Director of Operations and Programs Olivia Rios, said “I'm so excited to be here with you. This evening we are all here as one group... It’s how we unite together. It's how we do business...together. And this is the only way to go.”
Naomi Scott, Operations Director for GLAACC said her chamber is “dedicated to the growth and development of Black owned business in the greater Los Angeles area. Our goal is to educate and empower. We create a space for entrepreneurs to come and grow, develop and start their businesses.” Ms. Scott added how GLAACC offers its members “plaques, seminars, coaches, mentors, and networking opportunities. All for the ultimate goal of creating generational wealth for its members.”
Jason Kim of the ABA talked about business grants available to small business owners and encouraged audience members to engage ABA staff to learn more about the eligibility requirements. He said “I have good news for some of the attendees today, if your business has between 24-49 employees, your business has a chance to qualify for between $5,000-$50,000 in grants. This is what the government is doing right now. If you are not aware of this, please go talk to the Asian Business Association afterwards.... and you don’t have to be an Asian business, you can be any business owner.”
Brent Stokes, President of the City Club Los Angeles, gave opening welcoming remarks and introduced the representatives of each chamber. The City Club is where the LALCC Advisory Board regularly meets for its meeting and provides a sky-level setting atop the City National Tower in downtown Los Angeles. The City Club was the perfect setting for the Chair’s Multi-Chamber Happy Hour and is known for hosting a diverse membership of chambers, businesses, executives, industry leaders, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, foodies, families, connoisseurs, and innovators.