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Volume 1, Issue 8

Spring, 2019

The Greater Huntington Park Area Chamber of Commerce

BUSINESS VIEW Your Chamber of Commerce Newsletter President Andy Molina Southeast Churches Services Center

1st Vice President Sonia Luz * Casa Luz Restaurant

2nd Vice President Jose Zepeda, Jr. El Aviso Magazine

Treasurer Don Brabant * Brabant Realty & Management

Executive Director/CEO Leticia Martinez

Greater Huntington Park Area CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

DIRECTORS Gilda Acosta* St. Francis Hospital

Denise Campos So. California Gas Company

Salvador Garcia Avila’s El Ranchito Restaurant

Ramon Gonzalez Norm’s Restaurants

Leonardo Lopez Leonardo’s Restaurant

Martin Nava NewStart Housing Development Corp.

Vicente Ortiz Don Chente’s Bar and Grill

Patricia Rives Community Hospital

* Past President

INSIDE CONTENT Southeast Business Expo— Largest Mixer” on Page 2. And more....

First Latina Women In Business Conference Planned Plans are underway for the Greater Huntington Park Area Chamber of Commerce’s 1st Annual “Latina Women In Business Conference” for the southeast area. The conference will be the first to salute the many women in business throughout the southeast Los Angeles communities. Business women from the areas of Bell, Cudahy, Huntington Park, Maywood, South Gate and Vernon are encouraged to participate and promote their services. The first of its kind event for the community is planned for Thursday, August 1, 2019 at the NewStart Housing Development Corporation’s—HP Family Center located at 3355 Gage Avenue, Huntington Park, CA from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The Chamber of Commerce recognizes the unique challenges that women in business face in the workplace. For many decades, dating back to the previous early century there were several women who owned and operated their businesses in the community. Special guests of government, entertainment and news media will be invited to attend the event, and will include a panelist of Latina Women in business who will share their stories of experience and triumphs. Businesses are encouraged to be a sponsor for the event and have an official table to display and distribute their literature to the many in attendance. Cost to the event is $40.00 per person and will include a continental breakfast, plus a seat to listen to the various panelists. For more information, or to confirm your attendance, please call the Chamber of Commerce at (323) 585-1155 or website www.HChamber.org/Activities/.

HP Spring Festival Carnaval Primavera—Successful The HP Spring Festival—26th Annual “Carnaval Primavera Downtown Festival” held on the first weekend of April 5, 6 and 7, 2019 along Pacific Blvd., between Gage Ave. to Slauson Ave. was an overall success. The event attracted multiple thousands of families to the downtown area where all the businesses were showcased. Chamber President Andy Molina and Executive Director/CEO Leticia Martinez alongside the Board of the Directors opened the event with an official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on the Main Stage. After the ribboncutting a free performance show by Jesse Alvarado on Celia Cruz’s “La Vida es un Carnaval” to the many attendees and news cameras. Internationally acclaimed Miss Columbia Ariadna Gutierrez along with the Consul General of Columbia and other representatives of the country were honored to Continued… Page 3.


Chamber President’s Message As President of the Greater Huntington Park Area Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors, we take pride in being the voice of business for our many members. Our Chamber of Commerce’s interest is to promote economic development in our community, and throughout Andy Molina the southeast Los Angeles area that will benefit the residents and small businesses. There are several events/activities that will be of great

benefit to you and your businesses. Two of the new activities adopted by our Chamber of Commerce is the 1st Annual Latina Women in Business Conference and the Southeast Los Angeles Area Largest Mixer—Business Expo. Both newly added activities to the Chamber’s operational year will offer all businesses of the community to gather in one place to promote, network and work together. As President, I encourage all small businesses to join our Chamber of Commerce’s initiative in uniting all the workforce of the Southeast area. Andy Molina, President

HP to Host Southeast Business Expo—Largest Mixer For the first time in decades, the Chamber of Commerce is working with various cities throughout the Southeast Los Angeles area to host the largest Mixer that will showcase the various businesses of Bell, Cudahy, Huntington Park, Maywood and South Gate. The Chamber Ambassadors Committee Co-Chaired by Gilda Acosta of Saint Francis Hospital and Sonia Luz of Casa Luz Restaurant will be working with a group of community leaders to encourage the participation of many businesses. This year’s Southeast Los Angeles Business Expo– Largest Mixer is scheduled to be held on July 19, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the HP Family Center located at 3355 Gage Avenue, Huntington Park, CA. Special invited guests from the Cities, County, State and Federal will speak on the various programs available for small businesses. The specially planned expo will offer the opportunity for businesses to gather in one place and promote their services to one another. A specially designed book outlining and promoting the services of all the businesses participating will be compiled and made available at various City Halls, and other areas of public interest. The business expo directory will include the business name, address, contact information and other special promotion. For further details, please call the HP Area Chamber of Commerce at (323) 585-1155 or Email us at Info@HPChamber.org.

Upcoming Chamber Activities

State Minimum Wage Per Year With Governor Jerry Brown passing the minimum wage law back in April, 2016, the following is a breakdown of the different stages of increase to meet the $15.00 minimum wage requirement:

Also planned for the summer months are the various Chamber Activites of “Senior Citizens Day” and the “Taste of Huntington Park—Restaurant Week.” If you are retail business or restaurant that would like to offer a 20% discount for the senior citizens residing in Huntington Park, contact the Chamber. Participating businesses will receive a free window decal supporting the program. The Senior activity will be August 16-18 and then be proceeded by the “Taste of Huntington Park—Restaurant Week” on August 19-23. All participating businesses will be promoted on our Chamber social media and website. Page 2

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Welcome New Business to HP—Celia’s Insurance On behalf of all the businesses in the community, the Chamber of Commerce welcomes Celia’s Insurance to Huntington Park. As a native of El Salvador, her aspirations of coming to the United States was a dream come true for her. Attending area schools, and working in the retail industry, she discovered the value of operating a business. She later applied and received her license to sell home and auto insurance, income tax preparer, and auto registration. Beginning 19 years ago with her first business, her thoughts were to open her second business in Huntington Park. As an active member of Peace Chapel, her goal is to continue to build a good brand with Celia’s Insurance while giving others opportunities to learn of the growing industry. Celia wants to use her work platform as well as her position at Peace Chapel to help strengthen and uniting community members. As a successful business woman, she wants others to embrace and understand that all things are possible with hard work, perseverance and believing in God. Come by and visit Celia’s Insurance located at 3029 Florence Ave., Huntington Park, CA.. The Chamber thanks Celia for joining our organization.

HP Festival...continued from Page 1. have been recognized at the opening festivities. Miss Gutierrez received an official “Key to the City” from Mayor Karina Macias and Council Members Manny Avila and Jhonny Pineda who were in attendance. Also receiving a “Key to the City” was Mexican Actress, Singer and Producer Stefanie Salas who is the grand daughter of highly reknown actress Sylvia Pasquel. Other special guests at the event and recognized were Singer Carmen Singer, Singer and Producer Pedro Rivera and live concert performance by Bebe Coronel as an appreciation for his recognition at our event. The festival drew positive exposure on the news the Spanish and English networks featuring the event on morning, evening and program segments. Other highlights of the festival included the various corporate displays by our sponsors—

Telemundo, Channel 52, T-Mobile, El Aviso Magazine, AT&T, Pollo Campero, DirectTV, Square, Pan Victoria, Sprint and others. Also included were food trucks and booths that offered various foods and beverages, plus live performances on the main stage, dancers and singers throughout the festival grounds, face painting, arts and crafts, commercial and retail displays, petting zoo and pony rides, plus amusement rides for all ages. Carnaval Primavera Downtown Festival is an event annually presented by Chamber of Commerce to promote and showcase the downtown area of Pacific Blvd. The event attracts multiple thousands of families throughout the City and other areas of Los Angeles. Businesses in the downtown area welcome the attendees and encourage them to shop at their stores on the weekend, and to return throughout the year.

In Grateful Appreciation City of Huntington Park Pacific Blvd Businesses

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The Greater Huntington Park Area

Chamber of Commerce 6725 Seville Avenue Huntington Park, CA 90255 Phone: (323) 585-1155 www.HPChamber.Org

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