The Valley Economic Alliance Newsletter September 2015 Highlights

HealthX-The Future of Health

Top hospitals and health professionals are presenting at HealthX-The Future of Health, a TED type event with presentations and demonstrations focused on new advancements in health technology. Join us on Friday, September 25th at Glendale Adventist Medical Center’s main auditorium in the east tower. Truly an event not to miss!


Spirituality in Healthcare, Discoveries and Advances in this Science
Kevin Roberts, FACHE, President & CEO
Glendale Adventist Medical Center

Time is Brain, The Treatment of Stroke Patients with Telemedicine
Michael Marvi, MD, MS, Board Certified Neurologist
Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center


Rehab Through Dance 
Marisa Hamamoto, Founder and Artistic Director
Infinite Flow-A Wheelchair Dance Company

3D Printing of Human Cochlea
Jerry Ok, Adjunct Instructor, Technology and Aviation
Glendale Community College

Registration and breakfast is from 7:30am-8:00am. Program and presentations to follow from 8:30am-10:30am. Attendees will be able to live tweet their questions to each presenter to be answered during a panel discussion.

Visit for individual tickets at $50, table reservations and sponsorship opportunities, or click banner above.

“Honor a Hero-Hire a Vet” Job and Resource Fair

The 9th Annual “Honor a Hero-Hire a Vet” Job and Resource Fair, is on Thursday, October 22nd at the Warner Center Marriott Hotel. Co-hosted by the Employment Development Department, this event is the largest veteran job and resource fair in California. Hundreds of veterans attend with resumes in hand and interview on site with various employers ready to hire. Surely an event not to miss!

We are currently looking for sponsors. Please call 818-379-7000 for registration and further information, or visit

Workshop at Microsoft

The Valley Economic Alliance, in partnership with Microsoft, held a workshop on Wednesday, August 19th, on Microsoft 365 and tools to help businesses manage, thrive and grow. Taught by the Alliance’s very own Keith McPherson and Toby Reed, attendees learned how to share information securely, streamline case management wherever your team is located, access files, schedules, email and conference online with any device and more.

This outstanding tech-ed partnership will provide a series of no cost/low cost webinars and workshops on topics such as tech tips, improving marketing, increasing website sales, disaster recovery and much more. Future events to be announced.

Success Story

Express Employment & Richard McGrath

The Valley Economic Alliance had the pleasure of working with Richard McGrath during the City of Los Angeles Layoff Aversion program. Richard outreached to businesses in the Harbor and West Los Angeles region, informed them about the free program and it’s benefits, and scheduled appointments to meet with regional representatives for business assistance consultations.

Though Richard’s excellent help towards the program was temporary, he has moved on to bigger and better with Senior Aerospace SSP.

Alliance Board member Express Employment Professionals reached out to Richard about the opportunity, scheduled an interview, and he started the position the following week.

“I reached out to Richard about the position as I was impressed with the experience listed on his resume and, after speaking with him, I was further impressed by his professionalism. Since starting, Richard has represented Express Employment Professionals with professionalism at the client’s facility, and moreover, he has become an ambassador for our office in the community,” said Bryan Dawson, staffing manager.

Senior Aerospace SSP is a large aerospace manufacturer in Burbank, CA, focused on systems and components for commercial and military markets. Richard has been placed as a Human Resources Project Manager focused on training. The position is responsible for gathering, reviewing, and processing training rosters to be compiled and submitted to the state to be reimbursed for government-sponsored training programs. Richard’s position is highly valuable as it could mean up to $2 million dollars of reimbursement for the company.

Boost Your Small Business Seminar with Facebook

Co-Hosted by the Greater San Fernando Valley Chamber of Commerce and The Valley Economic Alliance, Facebook‘s Boost Your Business seminars give you the chance to learn from community leaders and Facebook small business experts. They also connect you with business resources in your community and help you find the solutions you need on Facebook.

Whether you just started your business or want to take things to the next level, you don’t want to miss this event! Join us on Tuesday, August 25th at the Airtel Plaza Hotel.

This event will include Facebook best practices, strategies, success stories, a Q&A panel with local businesses and a chance to win one of three $500 Facebook advertisement credit coupons.

Register at

State of the Professional Organizations Address

Join The Valley Economic Alliance and our partners for the State of the Organizations Address, on Wednesday, October 7th, 4:00pm-6:00pm, on the 2nd floor of 5121 Van Nuys Blvd.

Organizations include:

  • The Valley International Trade Association (VITA)
  • The United Chamber of Commerce (UCC)
  • Valley Economic Development Corporation (VEDC)
  • Valley International Commerce Association (VICA)
  • American Institute of Architects (AIA)
  • Southland Realtors Association (SRAR)
  • Asian Business Association

Ugliest Mug Contest!

We will be serving appetizers and spirits. Bring your ugliest mug to use for refreshments. The ugliest mug wins a special prize.

Email to RSVP and join the fun.

In The News

San Fernando Valley Arts and Cultural Center Draws Local Artists

By Dana Bartholomew, Los Angeles Daily News
August 19, 2015

Tarzana–It’s featured scores of San Fernando Valley artists, poets and lecturers and has even hosted mahjong and merlot among its colorful canvases. The San Fernando Valley Arts and Cultural Center, which opened in Tarzana last year as the Valley’s only public arts hub, is thriving despite almost having to shut its doors this summer, officials say.

“We were very close to closing,” said Carolyn Uhri, president of the San Fernando Valley Arts Alliance and director of its arts and cultural center. “But the Valley has rallied. We are reorganizing in order to bring in enough money to keep going. “Fine arts has more than a chance in the Valley.”

The Valley has sometimes been hailed more for its cool swimming pools, shopping centers and broad boulevards of hot cars than as a destination for the arts.

Then the Valley Performing Arts Center opened in 2011 at Cal State Northridge to showcase such musicians as cellist Yo Yo Ma. The 4,600 square-foot arts and cultural center opened in Tarzana last October with galleries for local artists, art workshops for residents and performances and meeting space for the community at large.
Since then, the San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center at 18312 Oxnard St. has hosted roughly one art exhibit a month from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Its soaring galleries have featured such Valley artists as abstract painter Susan Gesundheit; collage artist Robert Zimdahl; and Adria Becker, an artist-in-residence who works in oils.

Between canvasses, the center featured music, theater, poetry and even a mahjong and merlot tournament. Later this year, it’ll host free monthly art classes for underserved local kids.

But the center, co-founded by Carolyn Uhri, a graphic artist, her mother Avis Uhri, and Ken Ronney, hit a financial snag last month when a children’s summer art academy and rock-and-roll photo exhibit drew less-than-expected crowds.

Since then, arts center officials have consulted with The Valley Economic Alliance. Elected officials this year have also contributed, including $4,000 from Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl and $10,000 from Los Angeles Councilman Bob Blumenfield.

It costs roughly $75,000 a year to keep the center open, Uhri said, with arts and community groups renting gallery and meeting space, and arts workshop fees and gift store sales helping to pick up the slack.

On Saturday, Oct. 24, the Arts and Cultural Center will host an “Around the World” gala fundraiser, featuring an exhibit of 200 works by artist Gerald Brommer and Bonnie Bowden and her jazz trio. Cost for tapas, wine and dessert is $25. For information, go to or call 818-697-5525.


Valley International Trade Association Presents “Exporting in the Connected World”

“Exporting in the Connected World” is a dynamic book for anyone looking to tap into today’s global market where trade happens at the click of a mouse and your virtual office is your smartphone.

Join authors Mark Matsumoto and Miguel Olivares on Wednesday, September 30th, at 8:00am, at the VITA Global Networking Breakfast in the Alliance’s BFG Boardroom in Sherman Oaks. Matsumoto and Olivares will share effective and empowering techniques on starting and growing your international business.

“Exporting in the Connected World” offers immediate, actionable tools and straightforward real-world advice. This event is great for professionals, entrepreneurs, and seasoned exporters looking for an edge, or those who wish to make their trade business a reality.

Visit to register.

TVEA Out and About…

At the ribbon cutting of the new Wells Fargo small business superstore branch on Ventura Blvd. in Sherman Oaks, on August 6th.

Tour and meeting with Marianne Haver Hill, President and CEO and Yolanda Anguiano, Job Training Coordinator from MEND Poverty in Pacoima. MEND is an amazing service center for low income and homeless individuals, with programs including a medical clinic, education, job training and placement, a food bank, clothing center, child and youth services and much more.

At the ribbon cutting and opening celebration of Bobrick Washroom Equipment, Inc.‘s new corporate headquarters on August 10th, in North Hollywood.

Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian and representatives from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, LADWP and the California Farm Bureau Federation discussed key water issues impacting the state and the San Fernando Valley on August 21st at Los Angeles Valley College.

VEDC’s Here’s The Money Access to Capital Business Expo

Visit the Alliance’s exhibit table at the 13th Annual “Here’s The Money” access to capital business expo on Saturday, September 12th, at 8:00am, at the Sheraton Universal, hosted by the Valley Economic Development Corporation.

As a Friend of the Alliance you will get complimentary admission by registering through the link below! Visit to register.