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Using Google Platforms to Increase your Business Revenue Workshop

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Join us, this Wednesday, March 25, 2015 from 6:00pm-8:00pm, for an informative social media workshop lead by our very own IAACC Chamber member, the dynamic, Deborah Deras. This illuminating workshop will touch on the topics of: Using Google Platforms to increase your business revenue, Why you need to be on Google+, How to use Google hangouts to create videos on Facebook and how to increase SEO for your business.

All participants will be eligible to receive free follow up one on one marketing and social media consulting with Deborah Deras. Attend for information on how to sign up.

deborahDeborah Deras is a marketing consultant, international keynote speaker and technology trainer. She founded the largest Online Latino Summit in the nation. She is the author of Confessions of an Adrenaline Addict. She is the CEO of Synergy Unlimited LLC, started in a garage in Inglewood has expanded to include corporate clients such as: Macy’s West, New York Life Insurance, State Farm Insurance, Farmers Insurance, Kaiser Permanente, and J.P. Morgan to name a few.

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AEG abandons plans for downtown stadium, cuts off talks with NFL

farmers-field-stadium After investing five years and $50 million in an attempt to bring an NFL team back to Los Angeles, AEG is abandoning plans for its Farmers Field football stadium downtown.  The sports and entertainment conglomerate is no longer in discussions with the NFL or any teams about the project, company officials said Monday.

“I think it’s fair to say we have turned our attention to proceeding with an alternative development,” AEG Vice Chairman Ted Fikre said.

Fikre said AEG will not seek an extension of its deal with the city, which expires April 17 and hinges on a long-term agreement with a team. The city, which owns the proposed stadium land, had already given the company an additional six months.

AEG failed to attract an NFL team, even though many league owners and executives viewed the site favorably. In recent weeks, competing stadium proposals in Inglewood and Carson, backed by NFL team owners, have overshadowed the AEG plan.

“We would always prefer to have an excellent site in the mix, but we recognize that it is not in our control,” said NFL Executive Vice President Eric Grubman, the league’s point man on the L.A. market.

In January, St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke and his partners revealed plans to build an 80,000-seat stadium at the former Hollywood Park site in Inglewood. The San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders said last month they have joined on a competing proposal in Carson. Those projects are moving forward, although no team has announced plans to relocate.

Billionaire Ed Roski has not spoken to the NFL in more than a year about his proposal in the City of Industry, effectively putting that option out of the running.

Farmers-FieldFarmers Field, proposed in April 2010, was to be built where the West Hall of the Convention Center now sits. Eight years earlier, AEG had dropped plans for a football stadium on the other side of Staples Center.

Although AEG says it no longer has designs on an NFL stadium, the company has been marshaling a case against the Inglewood site. It also pointed out to Carson’s mayor that a stadium could affect AEG’s assets in the city, including StubHub Center, a sports complex it owns.

The company hired former Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge, who produced a report criticizing the Inglewood stadium as being a potential safety risk and terrorist target because of its location on the flight path of planes arriving at Los Angeles International Airport.

Mark Rosenker, a former head of the National Transportation Safety Board, also hired by AEG, cited in a separate report a potential for accidents on landings and debris falling from airplanes.

Those claims have been dismissed by aviation officials, including the former Federal Aviation Administration official in charge of the region.

In a visit to The Times on Monday, Ridge and Rosenker repeated their assertions. They said AEG founder Philip Anschutz commissioned the inquiries out of concern for the well-being of the region’s residents.

“We’ll never be able to rebut those who say, ‘Well, [Anschutz] got the report he wanted,’” Ridge said. “No, he got the high-level risk report that’s predicated on facts. And if you’d have commissioned me, I’d have given you the same report.”



Before Kroenke unveiled his $1.86-billion stadium, Farmers Field was the most expensive L.A. proposal at $1.5 billion, and was the only project with a sponsor attached. Farmers Insurance in 2011 signed a 30-year, $700-million deal with AEG to buy the naming rights for the stadium, with the understanding that no money would change hands until the venue was built.

A year later, the L.A. City Council unanimously approved a deal with AEG that included using stadium revenue and other funds to finance a new $350-million wing of the Convention Center.

L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti said Monday that the city’s priorities are accelerating the revitalization of downtown and improving the Convention Center.

“In terms of football,” Garcetti said, “we continue to stand with the fans — we would welcome a team anywhere in our region that delivers the greatest benefit to our communities and economy.”

Representatives of the Carson and Inglewood proposals declined to comment on AEG’s decision.

Anschutz was never entirely sold on the idea of building a football stadium; Tim Leiweke, the company’s former president, was the driving force behind the concept. Farmers Field was a particularly expensive endeavor because it required AEG to tear down and rebuild the West Hall, fit a stadium into a confined space and add a parking structure.

farmersSlide5BeforeNFLGameAEG needed two teams to occupy the stadium, and Anschutz needed to buy a discounted stake in one of them, to make the project financially worthwhile. With the values of NFL franchises escalating, in part because of a new labor agreement and record-breaking television contracts, there is no desire in the league to sell a team at a bargain price.

Last week, the company announced plans to add a 755-room hotel development at L.A. Live.

AEG’s L.A. Live — which includes the Nokia Theatre, Staples Center, hotels and restaurants — would probably be vying with the proposed Inglewood sports complex for the same entertainment dollars.

Fikre said the company also is concerned about Inglewood and Carson using ballot initiatives to approve the stadiums, instead of those sites going through the lengthy process of environmental review. AEG spent $27 million on a 10,000-page environmental review of the Farmers Field site.

Fikre said AEG might eventually support a stadium in Carson, “but we’re certainly not going to be supportive of a major project like that being jammed through in a rushed process.”

Youth Business and Industry Job Shadow Day Was a Success!!


2015.02.26 Inglewood Job Shadow Day-115By Natane Ammons

Thursday, February 26, 2015. The Inglewood/Airport Area Chamber of Commerce’s Education Committee has once again put together another successful Youth Business and Industry Job Shadow Day Event.  The event took place on Thursday, February 26, 2015. This year the Chamber partnered with Inglewood Unified School District, the City of Inglewood, and the South Bay Workforce Investment Board in order to provide a more comprehensive program to help young adults develop job skills needed for success.


The students, school counselors and Education Committee members gathered together2015.02.26 Inglewood Job Shadow Day-43 in the Inglewood Library Lecture Hall in the wee morning hours of 7:30 a.m. The students arrived promptly and were dressed for success. The morning kicked off with a ceremonial pom and circumstance performed by music students from Delian Music. After a very powerful opening speech provided by District 2’s Councilman Alex Padilla, the students were disbursed to various business sites from Downtown Los Angeles to right here in our home town of Inglewood, California.


Upon the students return from their various business sites visited and lunch with their business hosts, students were asked to turn in evaluation forms and reflection forms in return for a raffle ticket and informational bags (containing literature on youth job resources and Employment fairs offered by the South Bay Workforce Investment Board) provided by Los Angeles World Airports. Over 50 prizes were raffled off amongst the eager students. One student in particular received the grand prize raffle drawing of free guitar lessons and a 2015.02.26 Inglewood Job Shadow Day-165guitar donated by Delian Music!


Youth Business and Industry Job Shadow Day is an event that attempts to match Inglewood students with a business of their choice for a day in order to give the students a chance to experience first hand how that business actually operates.  It is the hope of the Education Committee that this will assist students in making solid career choices, and open up new areas for students who might be undecided in future career choices.2015.02.26 Inglewood Job Shadow Day-61During the past thirty-three years, this event has been very successful.  Our member businesses were able to place over 150 students for the day.

We look forward to more businesses participating next year by pledging to host students at your place of business to observe workers in action and learn about the skills needed to be productive in the world of work.


Inglewood Approves Stadium Plans

10407169_10152811003406429_1579404319349452741_nINGLEWOOD, Calif. — The Inglewood City Council late Tuesday night approved plans to build a football stadium that includes St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke as a partner, clearing a path for a return to the Los Angeles area of the NFL for the first time in two decades.

The council approved the $2 billion plan with a 5-0 vote after a meeting with several hours of public comment and many vocal Rams fans wearing jerseys in attendance.

With only a small handful of dissenters, most of the commenters exuberantly supported the move.

The Inglewood City Council approved plans for a $2 billion, 298-acre project — shown in an artist rendering — with a 5-0 vote Tuesday night after several hours of public comment with many vocal Rams fans wearing jerseys in attendance.
They included Henry Yet, 54, of Brea, a board member of the Southern California Ram boosters.

“I’m not going to sleep, I’ll probably stay up all night just thinking about it,” he said after the vote. “This is a monumental step.”

Another commenter, Eric Geller, urged the council to “plant those shovels in the dirt tomorrow morning.”

The vote adopts a new redevelopment plan without calling a public vote, effectively kick-starting construction and sidestepping lengthy environmental review of issues such as noise, traffic and air pollution.

It adds the 80,000 seat, 60-acre stadium to an existing 2009 plan to redevelop the former Hollywood Park racetrack site with homes, offices, stores, parks and open space and a hotel.

Rams fans were in attendance to support the stadium approval.

Rams fans were in attendance to support the stadium approval.

Kroenke is part of the Hollywood Park Land Co. development group that is promoting the project. But a plan is also in the works in St. Louis in hopes of keeping the team with a 64,000-seat stadium on the city’s north riverfront.

Yet said he believed Kroenke and the team would make the move, even if there are legal or other obstacles.

“He knows he’s going to be in litigation, but he has the money and the firepower to do it, and the city says yes,” Yet said.

New urgency for Inglewood came to the issue last week with the announcement that the Oakland Raiders and the San Diego Chargers are planning a shared stadium in suburban Carson if they don’t get their current hometowns to cough up enough money to replace their aging stadiums. Another stadium plan remains alive for downtown Los Angeles, but has no team attached.

Stadium proponents said it is important to approve the concept as soon as possible to avoid delays in the redevelopment that already is underway. They would like construction to start by year’s end to have a venue ready for the 2018 football season.

A Feb. 20 consultants’ report to the city manager backing the stadium notes that the developer, not the public, would pay the cost of building the stadium and says the plan would allow the city — once home to the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Kings before they moved to L.A. — “to continue its legacy of providing the region with world-class sports and entertainment.”

Christopher Meany, executive vice-president of the Hollywood Park Land Development Company said that the plan is important for the community and said at the meeting Tuesday night that the project is “really going to be the new heart of Inglewood.”

“Their vision is being realized here,” Meany said.

Meany has emphasized that the plan does not include any taxpayer dollars.

Mayor James Butts Jr. said the project was “the best financial arrangement in the history of stadium deals in this country.”

But while the deal does not include upfront tax money, the development group expects to recoup up to $100 million in local tax dollars in the first five years of operation, which would cover costs ranging from installing street lights and fire hydrants to running shuttle buses and providing police security on game days.

Supporters also said the stadium would bring the city more than 10,000 jobs and tens of millions of dollars a year in new tax revenue.

Courtesy of ESPN & Associated Press