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March/April 2006 Vol. 13 No. 3

California Chamber of Commerce “ADVOCACY PARTNER OF THE YEAR” for 2003, 2004, 2005

VOTE April 11, 2006

Bob Foster FOR MAYOR FOR CITY COUNCIL Gary DeLong ✰ Alex Cherin Jackie Kell ✰ Val Lerch inside

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Hancock Honored at Business Forecast

University Benefits the Community

4 Chamber Urges No on Prop 82

Chairman’s Message Larry Whitley Boeing Integrated Defense Systems

Chamber Councils Making Progress


n my February column, I gave a brief summary of what your Chamber accomplished as of the January 2006 mid-term. We continue to try to create the best possible climate for business stability and prosperity. I want to address some of the accomplishments since my last column. The by-laws for our Government Affairs Committee have been amended and approved by the Board of Directors, along with an updated Public Policy platform. You can view the public policy issues we are tracking on The Chamber’s advocacy web site, In February, The Chamber was a primary supporter at the Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Transition Center dedication. Located near Hudson School, the center focuses on the education of homeless children in the Long Beach community. From a business perspective, Dr. Bethune’s legacy goes to the heart of business success—the people who make it happen. Dr. Bethune once said, “We have a powerful potential in our youth, and we must have the courage to change old ideas and practices so that we may direct their power toward good ends.” She made that profound statement back in the early 1900s—it is just as relevant today as we strive to have success in business. I urge you to visit the Bethune Transition Center and marvel at the great work they are doing on behalf of the Long Beach community and the Long Beach Unified School District. “I urge you to visit the Bethune Transition Center and marvel at the great work they are doing…”

Our councils are moving forward on several fronts. The Women’s Business Council hosted a very successful dinner event that focused on the power of leadership. The event included major federal, state and local legislative, community and civic leaders who talked about and answered questions on several critical business topics. The International Business Committee has put together a marvelous tour of China for March and will follow up with a seminar on international business opportunities and relationships. The TechPoint Technology Committee has completed the Cambrillo High School project to create a wireless campus that will benefit students and teachers alike. Your Chamber will be hosting its annual Business Forecast event on April 20, at the Westin Hotel in Long Beach. This event will be helpful in understanding the business environment we find ourselves in. Be there if you can. And the journey continues…together!

Chamber Honors Hancock and Highlights Security at Business Forecast Conference


f you don’t have April 20 reserved on your calendar, be sure to do so. The Chamber’s annual half-day conference, the Business Forecast 2006, will be something you won’t want to miss. “Preparing, Prospering, and Preserving our Long Beach Economy” is this year’s theme with a major focus on security and a discussion from top law enforcement and security officials including Police Chief Anthony Batts and LA County Supervisor Don Knabe on how our city is prepared. Additional breakout sessions led by industry experts will aim to educate attendees on hot John W. Hancock topics such as local real estate trends, and why businesses choose Long Beach. Jack Kyser, Chief Economist and Sr. Vice President for the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation, returns by popular demand to give his highly-anticipated economic outlook presentation in the morning, and Richard Weiss, Chief Investment Officer for City National Bank, will give keynote remarks at the Entrepreneur of the Year luncheon at Noon. Entrepreneur of the Year

The Entrepreneur of the Year—The Chamber’s most distinguished individual award—will be presented to a member who has changed and enhanced the landscape of Long Beach both personally and professionally. The 2005 honoree is John W. Hancock, President of Bancap Investment Group. John Hancock along with his partner Steve Conley, founded Bancap Investment Group in 1982. It has grown from what was once a small start-up enterprise into a well-established and thriving investment company. Much of the company's activity has been focused on Marina Drive, the restaurants and shopping areas lining the bay

from 2nd Street to Alamitos Bay Landing. Prior to Bancap, he spent 32 years with Security Pacific National Bank developing a strong background in banking, corporate finance, and real estate. During his career, he headed the National Division, and retired as Executive Vice President— Administrator of the Real Estate Industries Group. Mr. Hancock’s community involvement and passion for Long Beach is equally as impressive as his business career success. He has served for 9 years on the Port of Long Beach Board of Harbor Commission, including 3 years as President. He is a Director and Past Chairman of Memorial Health Services. In addition, he has served on the Board of the Long Beach Symphony for many years, including 3 years as President. Other Board affiliations include Long Beach City College Foundation, Rancho Los Alamitos, Long Beach Public Library Foundation, and Past President of Boy Scouts of America, to name a few. Just last May he was honored by the Long Beach Chapter of NCCJ with the Humanitarian of the Year Award. Special thanks to our major sponsors for making this conference possible: City National Bank, Long Beach City College, Greater Long Beach Workforce Development Board, Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, and the Port of Long Beach. To Register

Join us at the Westin on April 20 from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for one of the most important business gatherings of the year in Long Beach. Sign up today by registering online at For more information, contact Elisa Margoni at (562) 436-2810 or email

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Chamber Staff: Randy Gordon .... President & CEO ........................ (562) 436-6723 Judy Donley ....... Administrator .............................. (562) 437-8823 Janet Nguyen .... VP Government Affairs .............. (562) 983-1241 Shaun Lumachi ... Advisor, Government Affairs ......... (562) 843-0947 Elisa Margoni ..... VP Special Events ....................... (562) 436-2810 Judy Nelson ....... VP Business Councils ................. (562) 432-8128 Kelly Stortz ......... VP Member Services .................. (562) 590-9234 Marcia Orrego .... Assistant to the President .......... (562) 432-7830 Dylan George ..... Assistant, Gov’t Affairs .. (562) 436-1251 ext 103 Jackie Kuhl ......... Consultant, Publications.............. (562) 843-0951 Bobbie Spohn .... Membership Coordinator . (562) 436-1251 ext 118 Karen Vaughn ..... Information Specialist ............................. ext 100 Linda Izzo ........... Member Relations Executive ................. ext 101

Graphic Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Via Media Printing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Seaside Printing Assembly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Goodwill Industries Members wishing to submit articles, press releases, or member news items for upcoming issues of Long Beach Business, please fax to (562) 436-7099, attn: Jackie Kuhl, or e-mail Circulation: Long Beach Business is mailed directly to more than 2400 Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce members, elected officials and community leaders.

Mission Statement

Vision Statement

The Chamber is the platform for business to provide leadership, education and advocacy so that the Long Beach area thrives in the 21st century.

The Chamber will be the acknowledged leader in creating community consensus to support local, regional, and international business.




Creating a Stronger Community

How University Success Benefits the Community By F. King Alexander, President, California State University, Long Beach


individual ideas and the ability to manipulate them count far more than the traditional factors of production, reside public colleges and universities. In many ways, this is very good news for the citizens and business leaders in Long Beach where the viability of the future labor force is highly contingent upon the success of California State University, Long Beach in retaining, attracting and educating talented individuals from our region and around the world. What is even more encouraging is that CSULB’s popularity has reached new heights as we continue to be ranked among the best public universities in the West and the nation by many popular competitive collegiate

early a decade ago, when asked the question of whether Horatio Alger still exists in America today, The Economist magazine stated, “Horatio still exists but he has to go to college first.” Despite its simplicity, this comment reveals the changing economic and social demands of local communities, cities and nation states. It also indicates that we have entered a more complex era where societies are more competitive, knowledge-intensive technologies are more dominant and the keys to economic success are now human resources and not necessarily organizations of production, natural resources, and economies of scale. At the nucleus of this international transformation, where

2005-2006 Chairman’s Circle Diamond DeVry University

Hilton Long Beach

Long Beach Memorial Medical Center Press-Telegram ■ Verizon ■

Port of Long Beach

Platinum Long Beach City College

The Boeing Company

Gold City National Bank ■ Community Hospital of Long Beach ■ Epson America, Inc. ■ Farmers & Merchants Bank Holthouse Carlin & Van Trigt, LLP ■ Hyatt Regency Long Beach ■ Keesal, Young & Logan ■ Nextel St. Mary Medical Center ■ Seaside Printing Company, Inc. ■ Sound Energy Solutions Toyota Affiliated Companies ■ Universal Care

Silver BP Products North America, Inc. ■ California State University, Long Beach ■ Catalina Express Denso Sales California, Inc. ■ Lennar Corporation ■ Long Beach Airport Long Beach Business Journal ■ Long Beach Ice Dogs ■ Long Beach Towne Center Marriott/Renaissance Properties ■ Paragon Steel ■ Sea Launch ■ Southern California Edison Tredway Lumsdaine & Doyle, LLP ■ Westland Construction, Inc. ■ Windes & McClaughry Accountancy Corporation

Bronze AEG Home Depot Center ■ Aquarium of the Pacific ■ Boeing Realty/Douglas Park ■ Brookfield Homes Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. ■ Center for Judicial Advocacy ■ Camden Development ■ Charter Communications Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ■ Color Broadband ■ Comerica Bank ■ Construction Consultant Services, Inc. Davis Group ■ DDR/City Place/The Pike ■ DirectTV-California Broadcast Center ■ Earth Tech Ensemble Investments LLC ■ Ford West ■ Genesis Real Estate ■ Guzman & Gray, CPAs ■ HR-Network Long Beach Armada Baseball Team ■ Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center Laserfiche Document Imaging ■ The Marketing Arm ■ Matson Navigation Company, Inc. ■ Moffatt & Nichol Engineers Parkers’ Lighthouse ■ The Queen Mary ■ Spirit Cruises ■ Tax Technology Research THUMS Long Beach Company ■ Urban Pacific Builders ■ Via Media Graphic Design ■ Wal*Mart Water Replenishment District of Southern California ■ Watson Land Company ■ The Westin Long Beach The “Chairman’s Circle” is a special group of members that have committed to support the LBACC through sponsorships at various financial levels and at special events. If your company would like to become a member of the Chairman’s Circle, please contact Randy Gordon, President/CEO, at (562) 432-7830 for details.




news sources. In addition to our success in the national rankings, The Chronicle of Higher Education ranks CSULB as the nation’s 24th largest university. This kind of popularity enhances the university as a tangible economic asset to this community in multiple ways. According to a recent economic impact study, CSULB generates over $1 billion in annual economic impact in Southern California. Stated differently, measured by expenditures on goods, services, salaries, and benefits, as well as indirect expenditures in the region, CSULB’s economic activities generate $2.8 million per day in the region’s economy. Our students as active consumers in the local economy account for $223.5 million annually. On-campus purchases of books and meals led to additional indirect expenditures of $195.8 million, so that students’ total economic impact in our region is estimated to be approximately $419.3 million. The news gets even better. The typical CSULB student has a promising future, as illustrated by national Census Bureau earnings projections. The average income of a high school graduate in California is $32,000 while an undergraduate college graduate earns an average income of $58,000. Over a lifetime, the college graduate will earn nearly twice as much as the high school graduate, for a difference of nearly $1 million in To be a great public university we must continually view the needs of society as the responsibilities of our institution and the impetus for our teaching, research, and service. earnings potential. Many other indirect benefits will also accrue to our students and communities including the fact that college graduates, when compared to high school graduates, will be more likely to have health insurance, higher life expectancy rates, better job satisfaction, more leisure time, increased amounts of volunteerism, better engagement in civic responsibilities, more charitable contributions, and greater concern for environmental issues. When our students succeed, we all succeed. To be a great public university we must continually view the needs of society as the responsibilities of our institution and the impetus for our teaching, research, and service. In this proactive capacity we will not only remain at the nucleus of this knowledge-based transformation by providing tomorrow’s talent and ideas, but we will be able to help shape and broaden the inclusiveness of the eventual benefits to all.

Serving as the Voice of Business

Chamber Urges No on Proposition 82


he Long Beach Chamber is part of a broad-based and growing coalition of educators, private preschool providers, business groups, minority groups and taxpayer organizations led by the California Chamber of Commerce opposing Proposition 82, Rob Reiner’s initiative on the June 2006 ballot. This initiative would increase personal income taxes to fund a new, government-run preschool program. While expanding educational opportunities is a laudable goal, this initiative creates a complicated, costly government bureaucracy and is an inefficient use of the $2.4 billion raised from taxpayers and small businesses.

Reasons to Oppose After reviewing the facts, the majority of local chambers, including Long Beach, are coming out in opposition to this seemingly well-intentioned but flawed measure. Here’s why: There are more important uses for limited state resources, like K-12 schools.

With California facing chronic budget deficits and a shortage of funding for existing important programs, we should not be creating a new, multibillion-dollar preschool bureaucracy. Currently, 66 percent of preschool age children attend preschool in California. Proposition 82 aims to bring enrollment to 70 percent. That’s $2.4 billion per year for a 4 percent increase in preschool enrollment—hardly a wise use of limited taxpayer dollars! We should fix the problems we have with our current K-12 system before spending $2.4 billion annually in limited resources to create an unnecessary and duplicative new preschool bureaucracy. The measure fails to focus on expanding preschool availability for those children most in need.

According to an analysis by respected former Legislative Analyst William Hamm, only 9.4 percent of funding from the new program will go to enroll “high risk” kids in preschool who otherwise wouldn’t have gone

—those children from lower-income families or children that historically have shown achievement gaps. All the academic evidence (even the RAND report cited by the proponents) shows that lower-income, minority and high-risk children benefit most from preschool. We should target limited resources to help those kids most in need. Proposition 82 would reduce existing funding for schools, roads and other state programs and services, and could cost all taxpayers!

History shows that raising taxes on higher earners causes them to change their investment patterns to avoid the increased taxes. The personal income tax is now more than 50 percent of state General Fund budget revenue. Only 11 percent of California taxpayers pay 73 percent of this tax. Proposition 82 imposes an 18 percent increase in the personal income tax rate currently paid by higher earners and will have a significant negative impact on revenues for other important programs such as schools, public safety, transportation and health care. Small businesses targeted.

This increase in personal income taxes for those earning $400,000 or more will be particularly harmful to small businesses, the backbone of our economy. According to the California Taxpayers’ Association, 80 percent of California businesses pay taxes under the personal income tax. The government-run preschool bureaucracy will also shut down thousands of private, community-based preschools that currently enroll nearly half of all children in California preschools—replacing thriving businesses that provide jobs and tax revenue.

Join Coalition The groups opposing Proposition 82 support expanding educational opportunities and enhancing the availability of preschool for more children, particularly those most in need. However, Proposition 82 is riddled with problems, creates a new and unnecessary large bureaucracy at the expense of small businesses, and will not serve our children or our state well. Join us in opposing Proposition 82. For more information, visit

You’ve made a commitment to your health.

So have we.

For more information, contact your broker or Universal Care at 800-380-2522.




Chamber hosts press conference at SNUGTOP manufacturing facility in West Long Beach calling on elected officials to oppose attempts to reverse 2004 workers' compensation reforms.

Chamber Vows Opposition to Workers' Comp Reversal


he Long Beach Chamber held a press conference at the SNUGTOP Custom Fiberglass Manufacturing Company (SNUGTOP) headquartered in West Long Beach on February 23. The Chamber highlighted that excessive workers' compensation costs result in the loss of jobs, the closing of businesses, businesses moving out of state, and businesses deciding not to locate in the state. In 2004, the legislature and Governor Schwarzenegger worked together to reform the workers’ compensation system. Those reforms are working. The Long Beach Chamber calls upon our legislators, who in 2004, supported the reform in their entirety, to not support any legislative or initiative attempt to reverse those reforms. Some lawmakers are publicly calling for a roll-back of reform—a move that will halt all the progress that has been made. Groups that thrived under the old, broken system continue to file lawsuits against the reform. Three initiatives are being promoted and are in the signature gathering stage for the November 2006 election. The Chamber will vigorously oppose any initiative that attempts to undo the successful workers’ compensation reforms. Going backward, in The Chamber's view, is not an option and The Chamber will do whatever is necessary to protect these critical reforms. For additional information, please visit

Highlighting the Membership Law & Politics Super Lawyers honors the Top 5 percent of lawyers in both Northern and Southern California as chosen by their peers and Keesal Young & Logan lawyers have been recognized as among the top lawyers in California. The list of Super Lawyers is based on surveys of local attorneys who are asked to nominate lawyers they have personally observed in action, and it discourages voting based purely on reputation. KY&L was also recognized by the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and granted the President’s award to Skip Keesal for his personal and philanthropic efforts on behalf of children everywhere. This award puts Skip in the ranks of former Presidential award recipients Michael Douglas, Shaquille O’Neal, and Jennifer Lopez. ■

The Chamber’s President and CEO Randy Gordon was recognized for renewing his accredited Chamber Executive (ACE) status at the Western Association of Chamber Executives (W.A.C.E.) annual conference in Los Angeles. The ACE designation is awarded to only those chamber executives who meet stringent criteria set by the association’s board of directors. To continue to hold the Accredited Chamber Executive (ACE) designation, recipients must re-apply every five years and continue to meet strict professional development and educational requirements. Gordon was the lone chamber of commerce executive awarded their 10-year re-accreditation this year. The accreditation program was first awarded in 1993 to encourage chamber executives to upgrade and expand their skills through continuing education and training programs in the chamber management and business fields. There are currently a total of 44 ACE recipients who are active in chambers of commerce in the West. ■

The YMCA of Greater Long Beach recently announced that they will receive a $150,000 donation from LaserFiche, a local manufacturer of document imaging software. The funds will be used for a muchanticipated renovation and expansion of the fitness center at the Fairfield Family YMCA on Atlantic Avenue. “This generous donation allows us to significantly upgrade our existing fitness facility,” said Ricky Grover, Executive Director of Fairfield Family YMCA. “Our rejuvenated fitness center will allow Long Beach citizens of all ages to exercise and stay healthy with the latest equipment and health programs.” The fitness wing, to be known as the LaserFiche Fitness Center, will feature new equipment for the weight and cardiovascular rooms in addition to special areas for youth and senior fitness. “We’re excited that the donation will provide state-of-the-art equipment and excellent health and safety resources that will truly benefit the community,” said Nien-Ling Wacker, Chairman and CEO of LaserFiche. The Laserfiche Fitness Center is scheduled to open in September 2006.

Nien-Ling Wacker, Chairman and CEO of Laserfiche, has been selected for entry into the National Association of Women Business Owners Los Angeles Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony took place on March 17, 2006, during the 20th Annual NAWBO-LA Leadership and Legacy Awards Luncheon at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Established in 1979, NAWBO-LA represents more than 335,000 women-owned businesses in the Southern California area, and one of 90 NAWBO chapters in the United States. Since 1987, Laserfiche Document Management has led the industry in offering smart, flexible, and easily integrated document management solutions for a broad range of business and government needs. Founder Nien-Ling Wacker is a pioneer in the field and she has been a lifelong advocate for developing technology that fits in people's everyday working rhythm. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from the University of Melbourne, Australia, and a Master of Science degree from the University of Southern California.

(Ford West team pictured L to R: Servando Gonzales, Service Advisor; Steve Wood, General Manager; Ginger Presley, Business Manager; and Jim Friend, Service and Parts Director.)

Ford West continues their quest of making customer satisfaction “priority one.” Their hard work and team effort is acknowledged by the following organizations. The Better Business Bureau rated Ford West “AA” for customer service, satisfaction, and truth in advertising. The Automobile Club of Southern California honored Ford West with the Quality Service Award ranking them in the top 21 of 600 “AAA” approved auto repair facilities in the region, as stated in their January/February 2006 Westways Magazine. Ford West is also the recipient of the President’s Award the highest award attained through customer service and satisfaction from Ford Motor Company. ■

HR NETwork, developed in response to the growing needs of small and medium-sized companies that require quality, affordable Human Resources services, is opening a second office in Austin, Texas. With several multi-state clients, this move will enhance their ability to service their clients who have multiple locations. Workers’ compensation consultant Heather Guarnera will be managing the new office, with the task of growing the business in the Southwest beginning April 1, 2006. She will maintain her role of workers’ compensation consultant for all of HR NETwork’s clients. To help eliminate expensive overhead and staff, HR NETwork developed a new industry model. Their attention to the details of Human Resources issues allows companies to stay focused on the strategic growth of their business, with the peace of mind that they are in compliance and their employees are satisfied and productive. For more information about HR Network, visit

Thank You to

Keesal Young & Logan and St. Mary Medical Center for hosting The Chamber’s January and February Board of Director’s meetings.

Aaron Gordnier Office: (562)624-5008 • Cell: (714)715-0863 For more information call:




Focusing on Small Business

Train Employees at No Cost


he Long Beach Chamber invites you to participate in one or both no-cost training programs. Increase your skills as a business owner and improve the skills and expertise of your supervisory and management staff. This no-cost program is aimed at increasing the skills and knowledge of employees in California. Your company has already contributed to the training fund that underwrites this program. The goal is to make California employers more competitive! The Long Beach Chamber designated Sullivan International, Inc. as the administrator of this program for Chamber members. Sullivan staff will handle the application process and program paperwork.

Training Classes Supervisory Skills Training Entrepreneurial Training

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Effective Supervision Coaching and Counseling Employees Decision-Making and Communication Skills Handling Conflict and Change Time Management Marketing Financial/Cash Flow Management Project Estimating/Pricing Human Resources Contract Proposal and Project Management The first classes are forming now! The training will take place in about four months on a date and at a time mutually convenient to all participants. For more information please contact Sullivan International, Inc. at (562) 590-0512 or via email at

Failure to Post Mandatory Poster & Pamphlets Could Cost You


ost of the employment posters businesses must post as required by law carry some potential penalty for failure to post. For example, some employers are required to post a “Job Safety and Health Notice” that summarizes the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Act. An employer who fails to post this notice could face a fine of up to $7,000. Failure to post the following federally-required notices could result in fines of $100 per violation: • Family and Medical Leave Act Notice • Notice to Workers with Disabilities • Equal Employment Opportunity Notice In addition to the federally-required posters, each California has its own rules regarding state-required posters.

California law provides job safety and health protection for workers under the Cal/OSHA program. This poster explains the basic requirements and procedures for compliance with the state’s job safety and health laws and regulations. Failure to post this poster could result in a penalty of up to $7,000. What should you do? Replace your employment posters with the 2006 version of all updated federal and state agency posters. For more information please contact Bobbie Spohn at (562) 436-1251, Ext. 118 or via email at




New State Rules


he Chamber is urging employers to be aware of new laws and regulations that have already taken effect in 2006. Make sure your business is in compliance with both state and federal laws.

Laws and Regulations

Since January 2006, the following new laws are in effect in the following areas: • Final wages may be paid by direct deposit to an employee’s previously authorized account, provided that all other requirements for payment of final compensation are met. • Hearing notices for Labor Commissioner wage claim proceedings may be served by substitute service. • The period for filing discrimination claims by minors under the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) is extended to one year from the minor’s 18th birthday. • A collective bargaining agreement for employees in the motion picture or broadcast industry (covered under Wage Orders 11 or 12) that provides meal periods and a monetary remedy if a meal period required by the agreement is missed, supercedes the Labor Code and applicable Wage Orders. • Starting June 1, 2005, a new federal law requires proper destruction of documents that contain personal information of the type obtained in credit reports. • Starting June 10, 2005, new regulations were implemented for injured workers seeking independent medical review of diagnosis and treatment recommendations of physicians within a medical provider network. • Starting June 10, 2005, new regulations established the permanent disability rating schedule under workers’ compensation reform legislation passed in 2004. • Starting August 1, 2005, new regulations implemented the Supplemental Job Displacement Voucher program for injured workers with permanent disabilities. • Starting September 15, 2005, new regulations were established concerning care for injured workers by medical provider networks. • Starting August 22, 2005, new regulations established safety guidelines for employees working outdoors who may be at risk for developing heat illness. Further Information

These new laws and regulations will be covered in the Chamber’s 2006 California Labor Law Digest. For more information please contact Bobbie Spohn at (562) 436-1251, Ext. 118 or via email at

Volunteer Opportunities

International Business Association

Women’s Business Council

President, Terry Geiling Professional Business Services

Ambassadors Chair, Salvador Farfan Caught in the Moment Photography

President, Ivy Goolsby International Realty & Investments

The Year of The Dog

WC Means Business

Become an Ambassador and Benefit

his past February we rang in the Year of the Dog. Chinese horoscopes predict a year full of new, exciting and different activities. Not wanting to miss out, the IBA has already scheduled a full calendar of “new, exciting and different” events. Our first “new” function was a joint mixer earlier this month at the Pier 55 Restaurant. We all enjoyed refreshments, meeting old friends and new business contacts in a unique, waterfront setting surrounded by ocean freighters, working cranes and fishing docks. Our “exciting” set of events starts with The Chamber and IBA’s March 10–18 Trade and Tourism Mission to mainland China. Over 150 Long Beach business people will tour the country to observe first hand the explosive growth taking place in our country’s largest trading partner. This trip will be capped off by the IBA’s March 31 lunch meeting, titled “China—Threat or Opportunity?” It

omen’s Council is taking a number of steps to our mission. I am proud to report that much has been accomplished so far to set the stage for a dynamic year. There has also been a slight change within our organization: as of February 2006, the Women’s Council will now be known as the Women’s Business Council.

his is my last column as Ambassador Chair, and I’d like to thank a few folks that have made it a pleasure being involved with this program, and in the process try to encourage others to get involved. Two of the most important duties of the Ambassadors are to represent The Chamber when a fellow member has a special occasion such as a grand opening or special anniversary, and to stay in touch with the membership to see if The Chamber is providing the expected return on investment. Regardless of whether we are a sole proprietor or an associate within a large corporation, being an Ambassador provides the opportunity to promote our businesses while serving the community. My friend Joe Andazola from Andazola’s Gallery makes a point to attend as many openings as possible, and in the event that the establishment still needs art to don the walls, well he’s right there to help. Del Hart from AXA Financial Advisors offers his help either with planning the business’ growth or with the needs of individual associates. Mark Sanchez of Dewey Pest Control gets a great opportunity to discuss the business’ needs right there and then, before pests become an embarrassing problem. Patricia Margosian from the Law Offices of Richard Greenbaum, also gets the opportunity to discuss the importance of having an attorney review business contracts before signing. Other folks that have benefited from being involved are Brian Thorton of Thorton Realty, Victoria Alberty of Accents Plus Business Interiors, Bill Harper of Bill’s Fix It Service, Jerry Loeb of Joe R’s Churchill’s Fine Cigars, Bill Cheney, a mobile notary and Charles Simkins of CLC Print Services. With sincere apologies to the newer Ambassadors for not naming them here, I hope to continue net”working” with them and hope to meet and help others promote their business. If you are interested in becoming a Chamber Ambassador, please contact V.P. of Membership Kelly Stortz at (562) 590-9234.


Over 150 Long Beach business people will tour the country to observe first hand the explosive growth taking place in our country’s largest trading partner. will feature trade experts who will focus on helping local managers understand the impact of this changing environment, develop successful new business strategies and gain the contacts and tools they need to prosper in a world in which the earth is flat—and getting flatter. The “different” activity is the first-ever joint Port of Long Beach/Port of Los Angeles Green Port seminar. Senior executives from both ports will share the dais to highlight the Green programs they have in place and the progress they are making in protecting the quality of our air, water, and life style while absorbing the growing volumes of international trade. You ain’t seen nuthin yet. The IBA has even more fun and informative things planned. (We have to run hard to keep up with that captivating canine.)


The Women’s Council will now be known as the Women’s Business Council. Kudos to Rachel Plotkin and Silenka Smith for organizing an interesting and informative Experience Speaks on February 23 at the law offices of Kessal, Young and Logan. The program provided Women’s Business Council and the community an opportunity to personally interface with Congresswoman Juanita MillenderMcDonald, Congresswoman Linda Sanchez, State Senator Alan Lowenthal, Assembly Member Betty Karnette, Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe, and City of Long Beach Controller Lori Ann Farrell. Additional kudos to Claudette Powers for organizing the silent auction to benefit Women from Shelter to Workforce held during the February 23rd Experience Speaks event. Included among the many generous donations were two round-trip airline tickets donated by Jet Blue and a gift from the Ice Dogs valued at $700. The WBC’s next mixer will be on March 29 in the lovely Panorama Room at the Holiday Inn on Lakewood. Also, mark your calendars for our fund raiser with the Ice Dogs vs Idaho Steelheads at 7:30 p.m. on March 31 at the Long Beach Arena. Dress warmly and be prepared to have a really good time cheering our local team on to victory. Tickets are $15. Lastly, our annual scholarship dinner will be held on April 20 at the Holiday Inn on Lakewood. This year we have raised close to $20,000. For additional information regarding any of the above upcoming events, please call Judy Nelson at (562) 432-8128 or e-mail her at

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Upcoming Events March/April 2006 See Enclosed Flyers

Women's Business Council Mixer WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29TH, 2006 • 5:00–7:00 PM Holiday Inn Long Beach Airport Judy Nelson (562) 432-8128 •

IBA Luncheon: “China – Threat or Opportunity” FRIDAY, MARCH 31, 2006 • 11:30 AM Long Beach Airport Marriott Judy Nelson (562) 432-8128 •

2006 Business Forecast Conference “Preparing, Prospering & Preserving Our Long Beach Economy”

THURSDAY, APRIL 20, 2006 • 7:30

AM–1:30 PM

Keynote Speakers: Jack Kyser, Chief Economist, L.A. County Economic Development Corp. Richard Weiss, Exec. VP & Chief Investment Officer, City National Bank

Westin Long Beach Elisa Margoni (562) 436-2810 •

Cal Chamber’s California Business Legislative Summit APRIL 24-25, 2006 Sacramento Convention Center Janet Nguyen (562) 983-1241 •

115th Inaugural Gala THURSDAY, JUNE 22, 2006 6:00 PM RECEPTION • 7:00 PM DINNER & PROGRAM Hyatt Regency Long Beach Elisa Margoni (562) 436-2810 •

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