The Premier Business Organization in the San Fernando Valley
|The Greater San Fernando Valley Chamber is the largest Chamber in the San Fernando Valley and the 20th largest Chamber in Los Angeles County. It was established in 1911 as the Van Nuys Chamber and in 1989 merged with the Panorama City / Sepulveda Chamber to form what is known today as the Greater San Fernando Valley Chamber of Commerce.
The Chamber has strong community roots and has started such programs as the Youth Council (now known as New Directions for Youth), the Van Nuys Auto Row Business Improvement District, and Valley Economic Development Center, as well as the annual community Clean-up Day and the Business Watch Program.
The Chambers vision is to promote economic growth and community vitality and with that in mind has taken on such projects as a landscaped median project along the Van Nuys Boulevard Business Corridor. This project has been a partnership with residents and the City of Los Angeles.
Greater San Fernando Valley plays an active roll in public policy and played a key roll in the recent City of Los Angeles Business Tax Reform. The Chamber was also successful in working with state legislators on workers compensation reform and successfully lobbied for Greater San Fernando Valley recommendations to be added to the workers compensation clean-up bills this past year. The Chambers achievements can be attributed to successful coalition building among business organizations throughout the State.
Our mission is to build community relationships; create positive perception; provide education for business; revitalize the community; promote business development; and advocate for business to the government.
The Greater San Fernando Valley Chamber offers a broad spectrum of programs benefiting business:
Business Mixers offer a setting to meet and greet other business owners and managers and provide potential leads in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.
The Network Connection Breakfast is the most popular get-together for the best business-building opportunities.
Latino Reception and Mixers bring together businesses with diverse backgrounds. This networking event is for Latino and non-Latino owned and operated businesses in the Valley.
Publicity and Exposure
Web Site Listings highlight Greater San Fernando Valley Chamber members in the business directory at no charge. Members are listed by company name, category, and by contact name. Links to members web sites and emails are provided at no charge as well.
Showcase your business at a Greater San Fernando Valley Chamber Trade Show: Valley Business Expo, the Latino Consumer Expo, and Network Breakfast Table Top Showcases offer businesses an excellent marketing vehicle, giving businesses better exposure to their prospective clientele. Valley Business Expo is the biggest business-to-business trade show in the Valley; while the Latino Consumer Expo brings together local merchants and our diverse consumer market within a trade show atmosphere. The Network Breakfast Table Top Showcase focuses on further explaining and promoting your product or service at the monthly networking event.
Direct Marketing opportunities are provided through the Chambers Co-Op Mailing. Businesses can send their promotional flyers to the Greater San Fernando Valley membership and the Chamber does most of the work. For those businesses wishing to handle direct mailings to members themselves, membership labels are available for purchase.
Advertise with the Chamber and expose your products and services to your most important marketplace. Advertising is available for the Chambers web site; the e-newsletter; and Co-Op Mailing. Additional advertising opportunities are also provided for most Chamber special events.
Member businesses and their employees save money through the Member-to-Member Discount Program. All you have to do is offer a discount or other good deal to fellow Chamber members. To obtain Member-to-Member discount cards for your company, visit our chamberstore.com
Sponsoring a Greater San Fernando Valley event or program is a visible and rewarding way to promote your company and to support the Chamber. Complete descriptions of sponsorship opportunities are available at chamberstore.com.
Professional Development & Business Counseling and Education
The Greater San Fernando Valley Chamber promotes and supports effective local education and training initiatives concerning workforce excellence and to foster a strong future workforce. Working with middle schools and high schools, the Chamber is planning a Career Road Show to showcase career opportunities to Valley students.
SCORE Counseling is available at the Greater San Fernando Valley Chamber offices. SCORE is a program offered through the SBA to provide entrepreneurs with free, confidential face-to-face business counseling.
The Chambers Speakers Bureau is designed to provide businesses, community organizations, and schools with a resource for speakers for training sessions, special events, and meetings. Chamber members are eligible for one topic listing at no charge. Additional listings are available for $10 per topic.
Workshops & Seminars offer a forum on a variety of business subjects. Topics range from customer service and marketing to labor law and human resource issues.
The Chamber takes great pride in making the area a better place to live, work, and shop. Some areas in which the Chamber reaches out to the community are:
Graffiti removal through the Chambers Graffiti Buster's program is volunteer run and funded solely through monetary contributions, donated paint and other necessary supplies. The Chambers Annual Clean-Up Day is the main funding source for the year round Graffiti Busters and draws over 300 people to raise money, clean up the community, and increase awareness on this important program.
Business Watch was initiated by the Greater San Fernando Valley Chamber of Commerce in 1992 to augment the successful residential neighborhood watch programs. Over the past decade, the Business Watch program has expanded beyond Sepulveda Boulevard to all areas of the valley communities; has played a major role in the decrease of crime and graffiti; and has been recognized as a role model by the City of Los Angeles as a highly regarded community-based policing program.
The Van Nuys Boulevard Business Corridor Improvement Project focuses on improving curb appeal through streetscapes, facades, and landscaped medians. The current landscaped median project will eventually expand to cover approximately 10 miles of the business corridor.
The Chamber works year-round researching and developing public policy on key business climate issues to ensure elected officials and other decision makers are educated on the impact their actions have on the local economy.
Certificate of Origin services are available for businesses wishing to export goods and products.
Employer Poster Sets can be purchased through the Greater San Fernando Valley Chamber. Updated annually, the 26 x 39 poster contains all 15 current state and federal required notices on one door-size sheet. Also included is a step-by-step checklist to make sure your business and branch offices are displaying the poster correctly.
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