The Valley Economic Alliance Newsletter October 2015

HealthX, a Huge Success!

The Valley Economic Alliance held HealthX, a TED talk type event focused on the future of health and new innovations in healthcare at Glendale Adventist Medical Center on Friday, September 25th.

Audience members enjoyed a series of presentations from healthcare industry leaders and professionals.

The purpose of HealthX is to educate and to improve the quality of life in the San Fernando Valley and its 5 city partners. HealthX is part of The Valley Economic Alliance’s industry-focused series.

Sponsors included Glendale Adventist Medical Center, El Proyecto/Worksource, Latham and Watkins, LLP, Concorde Career College, Microsoft, Providence Health and Services, Encino Hospital Medical Center, Clearpath and Express Employment Professionals.

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In the News
San Fernando Valley Business Journal

Airtel Hotel Owner Jim Dunn Dies

Jim Dunn, 70, owner of the Airtel Plaza Hotel in Van Nuys, died Monday, September 14th of health care complications. In addition to running his hotel, Dunn served on the board of The Valley Economic Alliance and as co-chair of the Aviation Policy Committee for the Valley Industry & Commerce Association.

A former fixed-wing and helicopter pilot, Dunn combined his love for aviation with his love for the hospitality industry by opening a hotel across from the Van Nuys Airport. He hosted many community events at his hotel and was involved in airport policy issues.

He helped bring community recognition to the Van Nuys Airport, and even integrated a reconstruction of the hangar from the film “Casablanca” into his hotel. Dunn commented in a Business Journal interview earlier this year that the project was “for fun, not finance.”

Jim Dunn received the Valley of the Stars Economic Engine award in February 2010 from The Valley Economic Alliance. Photographed are David Fleming Chairman Emeritus and Jim Dunn.


“State of the Professional Organizations” Address

The Valley Economic Alliance hosted a “State of the Professional Organizations” on October 7th, with strategic partners including VEDC, VICA, UCC, AIA, ABA and VITA.

Organizations shared what they are doing this year to collaborate and leverage with their strategic business partners in order to improve the local economy and better help the community.

The evening was filled with ugly mugs, Mediterranean food catered by Lusy’s Cafe and Grill in Van Nuys, and delicious wines sponsored by San Vicente Cellars in Westlake Village.

Denis Wilson from Microsoft sponsored the ugliest mug contest. The winner won a copy of Microsoft Office 2013.

Launch of Business Incubator Program

The Valley Economic Alliance has launched a business incubator program!

The incubator program offers office space for start-up companies to utilize and jump start their businesses. Wells Fargo Bank is the first incubator sponsor.

Joseph Hobley, founder of Ugenesis is the first incubee with the Alliance. Ugenesis believes that business growth is the result of human to human connections; Ugenesis gives you the time for you to manage and grow your company. Ugenesis helps you reduce your labor and office supply expense with automatic ordering. Need a website or marketing campaign, we can help you clarify your brand and message to reach new customers. Have an idea on a new business?

Ugenesis helps you with building, operating and growing your business especially during your genesis. Let us help you today to insure you are on the right path to economic prosperity.

Ugenesis is offering a “grand opening-free publishing” promotion for a limited time. Visit for more information or call (800) 201-7051.

In the News
Los Angeles Daily News

Time to identify San Fernando Valley’s Unmet Transportation Needs

The San Fernando Valley’s effort to win its share of the next round of public transportation project funding will really rev-up in October.

Governor Jerry Brown signed Senator Kevin de Leon’s SB 767, which authorizes Los Angeles County Metro to pursue a transportation funding measure for the November 2016 ballot. At their October 22 meeting, the Metro board will take an important step in shaping a potential sales-tax proposal. On October 26, The Valley Economic Alliance, Valley Industry and Commerce Association and State Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, will host a transportation summit at Valley Presbyterian Hospital, where speakers will identify the San Fernando Valley’s unmet transportation needs.

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Monday, October 26
Transportation Summit

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Out and About

The Valley Economic Alliance was an exhibitor at VEDC’s 13th Annual “Here’s the Money” access to capital business expo. About 450 businesses attended the September 12th expo looking for resources and assistance. The expo included workshops, a marketing panel discussion, and remarks by John Sweeney, owner of Brave New Workshop in Minneapolis – one of the top ranked comedy clubs in the country.

At the “State of the Valley” Luncheon hosted by The Greater San Fernando Valley Chamber of Commerce at The Beverly Garland. Pictured from left; City of Los Angeles Councilmember Bob Blumenfield, Chamber CEO Nancy Hoffman Vanyek, President & CEO of The Valley Economic Alliance Kenn Phillips and, City of Los Angeles Councilmember Paul Krekorian.

Kenn Phillips meeting with Lisa Pitney, Vice President of Government Relations and Valerie Carney, Manager of Government Relations from Alliance Investor The Walt Disney Company.

The Valley Economic Alliance participated at Facebook’s Boost Your Small Business Seminar on Tuesday, August 25th. The program was hosted by the Greater San Fernando Valley Chamber. Attendees learned best practices for better visibility on Facebook, strategies and success stories from local businesses.

Alliance investors Dalia Bieltz, President of Clearpath Federal Credit Union, and Kimberly Holland, Executive Director at Glendale Community College/Professional Development Center, received Business Life Magazine’s Women Achievers Award on September 28th.

The Valley Economic Alliance secures $120,000 Advertising Grant

Optimize Media LLC, an Economic Alliance marketing partner, recently secured an annual grant of $120,000 to help The Alliance better promote economic development in the Valley. This grant gives The Alliance $10,000 per month of online Google advertising to promote projects, programs, and get more exposure to better help businesses in the San Fernando Valley.

“Online advertising is changing at the speed of light and it’s hard to keep up with all the latest technologies and new opportunities. I enjoy helping small businesses and non-profits take advantage of ‘big business’ technologies, which we have made available to everyone, to more effectively promote and grow their organizations,” said Brian Foltz, CEO of Optimize Media.

If you are a non-profit organization, find out if you qualify for this grant by calling (818) 275-4244 or visit

Business Assistance

The Valley Economic Alliance’s business assistance team met with Mac-O-Licious and assisted with financing and cost containment resources.

Los Angeles Magazine recently featured Mac-O-Licious and said, “There’s just something about Kelly Chapman’s mac and cheese. That’s the conclusion Chapman herself came to after years of making it for office potlucks, family Thanksgiving dinners, and even a wake.”

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In the News
Los Angeles Daily News

Billboard campaign touts new Village at Westfield Topanga

When Matti Leshem scored the gig to create the billboard and ad campaign for The Village at Westfield Topanga, he settled on a reality theme, sort of his personal love story about the City and the San Fernando Valley.

Kenn Phillips, President and CEO of The Valley Economic Alliance, said Westfield marketing brilliance should reap a big bang for their billboard bucks.

“Billboards are a great way to advertise, especially those close to the freeway get a lot of viewers. Westfield continues to lead the industry in brand recognition because they know their customers,” he said.

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An Affordable & Environmentally Friendly Living Community

Aszkenazy Development and Pueblo Contracting Services proudly announced the completion of their latest project, the Platinum Green Point Rated Harding Apartments at 124 Harding Avenue. This new living community is conveniently located between the Maclay Shopping District and the Sylmar/ San Fernando Metrolink Station, in the lovely City of San Fernando.

For more information, please call SK Management (818) 581-2885.