Attention members! One of your fellow members, Walmart, is giving businesses an opportunity to have their products be sold nationally, through Walmart and Sam's Club stores. Information on this "open call" is available on their website (http://walmart-jump.com/). Also see the attached release from Walmart. Here's hoping to see you on their shelves!
We love our library - and rightfully so. So can you take a moment and help them out? The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to their communities. For 25 years, the award has celebrated institutions that demonstrate extraordinary and innovative approaches to public service and are making a difference for individuals, families, and communities. Read below for more info:
The Institute of Museum and Library Services—the federal agency that provides library and museum grants, policy development, and research—announced this morning that LA County Library is among its 30 National Medal Finalists for 2019, and one of 15 libraries. This is the Library’s second year in a row being nominated. LA County is one of three California institutions to have been selected as a 2019 finalist, and the only California library system.
IMLS will feature LA County Library on their Facebook and Twitter pages on March 15, and we encourage you to share how LA County Library has impacted your life. To participate you can visit the IMLS social media pages (see links above) on March 15 and comment on their post, or you can post anytime between now and April 22 on your own timeline. We ask that you include #IMLSmedals and tag them @LACountyLibrary.
It is a great honor to receive the award, which is a testament of the hard work done by the entire LA County Library team. I would like to take this time to express my appreciation to all of you for your support of LA County Library as they continue to remove barriers and improve lives.
Our fellow chamber partner, the Pasadena Chamber, has a great opportunity they want to share with our members.
The JPL Small Business Programs Office along with the City of Pasadena and the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce is proud to host the Small Business Opportunity Fair. This event focuses on helping the small businesses throughout the country highlight their products and/or services to the large business and government communities.
It is an all day event held on April 2nd in Pasadena. Please click on the link below to get more information and to register!
This last week, Southern California Gas Company presented "A Balanced Energy Approach that Can Work for Everyone - Making California's future renewable." This is something we have been following for a while and makes sense given the state's desire to be all electric construction by 2020 (businesses) and 2030 (residences). To see a pdf of the PowerPoint presentation, just click the link below. Also is a press release regarding their request for the CPUC to have renewal natural gas to their customers.
The Southern California Regional Rail Authority (SCRRA) is preparing an RFP to obtain a single firm that will operate and maintain the SCRRA rail system, called Metrolink. The selected firm will be responsible for operation and maintenance of the entire Metrolink fleet, maintenance of facilities, material acquisition and management, and other functions associated with operating and maintaining the nation’s third largest commuter rail system.
The DBE goal for the project has not yet been established but will be included in the final RFP.
If this sounds like something you would like to consider, please visit SCRRA's website at: https://www.metrolinktrains.com/bigrfp
Our partner SCE is offering a new Direct Install program. If the customer qualifies and if the vendor is in the area, they may be able to change out lighting to LED for free. There is no guarantee, but it is still a good program if it could be achieved. From what we understand, the vendor likes office buildings with low ceilings, and they would need to be small business customers. If you are interested, see the attached pdf and contact Joyce Lui from SCE. Her contact information is:
Account Manager, Business Customer Division
Did you know our partner Small Business Development Center has great sessions for small businesses. Most are free or low cost. Make sure and take advantage of them to make yourself as successful as possible.
Just got the new California Employment Report for December from the Center for Jobs and Economy. EDD reported that CA's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate went up to 4.2% while US was 3.9%. CA ranked second just behind Texas.
As employers, were you able to contribute to these stats by hiring in December? If so, we'd like you to let everyone know that you were an instrumental part of these stats. Just drop a comment below and let us all celebrate with you!
The Employment Development Department (EDD) is having a no-cost seminar for employees or independent contractor on January 16th. Make sure to register with EDD (www.edd.ca.gov/payroll_tax_seminars) or click the link below.
The draft Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for the proposed amendments to Rule 1403 - Asbestos Emissions from Demolition/Renovation Activities are now available on the SCAQMD website. They can be viewed by clicking here. The SCAQMD staff will be holding a sixth Working Group Meeting to discuss proposed amendments to Rule 1403 in early January 2019. The final date and time for the sixth Working Group Meeting will be provided in a forthcoming notice.
If you have any questions, please contact Don Hopps at email@example.com or (909) 396-2334.