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The Mexican-Armenian Task Force Committee invites you to a reception with the Consulate General of Mexico and Armenia. August 21 at the California Club LA.
Welcome to the 2Q/13 Issue:
Long Beach Small Business Expectations for 2013
Hello! You are part of a select group of Long Beach Small Business Owners and Managers that participated in a recent telephone survey by the College of Business at CSULB on small business expectations for 2013. Here are the survey results. Click the link to read the results!
The Long Beach Small Business Monitor is a series of surveys among a scientifically selected random sample of Long Beach small business owners and managers. The surveys are designed to provide the community with an understanding of the expectations and challenges of Long Beach small business.
The survey series is sponsored by the College of Business Administration at CSULB and supported by community business and organizations. The results represent the opinions of a scientifically selected sample of Long Beach small business owners and managers. Results in this issue are from surveys completed in January-March 2013.
In the next month you will be emailed a new survey so we can find out how things are going. Please be on the lookout for this survey. Thank you again for your time and opinions.
Thank You to Our Respondents: To the randomly selected group of 100 Long Beach small business owners and managers that competed this survey, thank you for your time and opinions!
Sponsorship Information: If you or your company or organization would like to help sponsor these local community surveys, please e-mail Dr. Flexo for more information.
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Scott W. Flexo, Ph.D.
Department of Marketing
College of Business Administration, CSULB
I wanted to share with you a report that identified a significant gap in workforce training among Latino populations in Los Angeles and Orange Counties. Although California’s economy is creating jobs, the higher education system cannot produce enough graduates with skills necessary to fill those jobs creating a workforce “skills gap.” The report, “The Workforce Training Gap: The Impact on Latino Population in Los Angeles and Orange Counties,” www.mycareercounts.org is based on research by Encina Advisors, LLC. The findings show that the workforce training gap significantly affects the growing Latino populations in these two counties.
Specifically in Los Angeles, the report found that in 2011-2012, Latino students comprised 56.5 percent of the 18 to 19 age group, and 49.6 percent of the 20 to 24 age group, of community college students in Los Angeles County. The two age groups total more than 313,000 students. But currently, Los Angeles County’s community colleges are unable to serve more than 83,000 Latino full-time equivalent students (FTES) who desire to attend. In the next 10 years about 378,000 Latinos in Los Angeles County who would like to attend community college will be unable.
I hope you find this report useful. For more information, please contact Chelsea Minor at
Always The Bes
President & CEO
Regional Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
When I started thinking about writing a blog on financial guidance and parenting, I immediately recognized parallels between my personal and professional life. Having been in financial services for more than half my life, I think of money in much broader terms.
For instance, most people think about “banking” as making deposits or withdrawing money. I think of raising a family, working on your relationship, and trying to lead a good life, which are all about making deposits (giving) and taking withdrawals (receiving).
My goal is to help moms (and all parents) incorporate the parallels that exist between sound financial guidance, and raising children, running a household, and being a great partner and true friend. In other words, my job is to make sure that moms take care of themselves financially.
My biggest financial lesson came early in life — when my college scholarship was pulled during my senior year at Santa Clara University. My parents were unable to help me financially due to their own painful challenges, and I found myself with overwhelming credit card debt right out of college. I used that difficult time as a life lesson, and now my husband and I are making sure to save and plan for the education costs of our three children.
In my 14 years as a mom … 16 years as a wife… and 24 years as an executive … the most profound things I’ve discovered have to do with learning to appreciate difficult times, making mistakes, and yes—even learning from tragedies. I’m convinced that we are shaped by how we respond and learn from the most difficult challenges we face. Even small challenges, if appreciated from the right perspective, can bring us to enlightened places.
“My mom defined unconditional love, provided some discipline, and offered constant support.”
With Mother’s Day upon us, I am reminded of all the deposits my mom has made in my life — minus my couple of years being a possessed teenager who wanted to be treated like an adult, but still had a needy child inside. My mom defined unconditional love, provided some discipline, and offered constant support. Until I became a mother myself, I don’t think I realized how much she was taking regular “withdrawals” through her enjoyment from raising three kids.
The magical power the words “I love you” spoken by a child to a parent are extraordinary, and yes, those words can even melt away the frustration of having to break up a fight between sisters, or when trying to find the floor under a pile of clothes in a teenager’s room. I’m constantly reminded how much I have to be grateful for — from both my past and my present.
In the spirit of Mother’s Day I’d like to share a recent lesson from one of my children.
It started one Sunday at 8 am with basketball practice in La Canada—followed immediately by a soccer game in Altadena; followed by two soccer games in La Verne; followed by another soccer game in La Canada; and yet another soccer game in Pasadena; and a strong finish with a track meet in La Puente.
“With three active kids in sports, our weekends consist of chauffeuring, coaching, and cheering them on at games.”
I wish I could say this was NOT a typical weekend day for our family, but with three active kids in sports, our weekends consist of chauffeuring, coaching, and cheering them on at games — IT IS.
As we pulled into our driveway at 8 pm, I made the remark, “This was such a long day.” My 14-year- old son turned to me, and while I was sure he was going to agree and say how tired he was too, to my surprise, gave me a high-five and said, “And mom, it was a great day! Thank you, I love you.”
Two things happened: I gladly took the “withdrawal” as my heart melted. I also realized that my son was coaching me on being grateful for the opportunity to be out all day with the people I love the most.
I hope that you — and mothers everywhere — enjoy making deposits and taking withdrawals this Mother’s Day!
Lisa has previously spoken with Hispanic Lifestyle about Wells Fargo’s lending goal for women owned businesses.
About Lisa Stevens
Lisa Stevens, a 24-year company veteran, is an executive vice president and holds leadership positions across the country for Wells Fargo. Stevens is president for West Coast Regional Banking, which includes the states of California and Oregon. She also oversees Customer Experience and Regional Marketing nationally for Regional Banking. In addition, she serves as lead executive for Small Business for the company, which provides a full range of financial services to more than 2.5 million business customers with annual revenues up to $2 million.
De izquierda a derecha, Fred Ruiz de Fred Ruiz, Betty Porto de la panadería Porto, Carlos Galván Jr., de La Amapola, María Contreras-Sweet de ProAmérica Bank, Roy Jasso de Wells Fargo, Jeff Vigil de My Business Matches, Víctor Parker de la Administración de Pequeños Negocios y Sandy Cajas de Regional Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. . Foto: Agustín Durán/Latinocalifornia.
La Cámara de Comercio Regional Hispana reúne a empresarios de primer nivel que comparten su historia y experiencias para ayudar a cientos de hombres de negocios.
Por Agustín Durán
My Business Matchmaking se convirtió el viernes pasado en un día lleno de oportunidades donde cerca de 200 hombres y mujeres de negocios y futuros empresarios buscaban nuevas oportunidades, un contrato, un consejo, una idea o una palabra de aliento para seguir adelante con su negocio.
My Business Matches™ Teams up with Regional Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for Speed Business MatchMaker
My Business Matches™ (MBM) has teamed up with the Regional Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to bring together a "speed" business matchmaker for the upcoming Business Matchmaking Super Star Conference, on April 12, 2013 at Hotel Maya in Long Beach, California.
The "speed" business matchmaker will match corporations and federal agencies with qualified small business in the Southern California area.
Sandy Cajas, President and CEO of the Regional Hispanic Chamber of Commerce chose My Business Matches online business solution for their speed business matchmaker because... "MBM has been a true parter with all the Hispanic chambers of commerce throughout the nation; their service has proven to be the most effective in connecting buyers and suppliers in all industries."
President and CEO of My Business Matches, Jeff Vigil, said, "The RHCC is a powerful organization and I am proud to be providing them the tools to host a Speed Business Matchmaker in Southern California. Together, the RHCC utilizing My Business Matches software can make quality business introductions that can lead to contracts for small business owners and overall, create jobs in California. "
About My Business Matches
My Business Matches is an online portal that connects buyers and suppliers based on business categories or NAICS codes. It was established in 2007 and is based in San Antonio, Texas. My Business Matches mission is to equip corporations, organizations and government agencies with an online, user friendly business matchmaking portal that matches, schedules meetings (virtually and in person) and tracks the business results between buyers and capable, qualified suppliers. For more information, visit www.mybusinessmatches.com.
The Regional Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Recognizes Joe Alderete with Southern California Edison as Corporate Excellence in Leadership award at the RHCC Leadership Lunch for his Commitment to Supplier Diversity and Hispanic Businesses.
At the Regional Hispanic Chambers of Commerce (RHCC) Leadership Lunch the RHCC recognized the contributions and accomplishments of Southern California Edison as Corporate Excellence in Leadership of the Year award in the area of supplier diversity and increased use of minority, women and disabled veteran business enterprises (MWDVBE) in the area of procurement/contracting.
The award was presented to Joe F. Alderete, Southern California Edison. Joseph F. Alderete has been the Manager of the Supplier Diversity Program for Southern California Edison for over 12 years. In this position, he oversees the Company's Women and Minority Business Program. He insures compliance with all CPUC rules and regulations, and all public law relating to women and minority procurements.
During this time, Edison International was named by Fortune Magazine as one of the top 15 companies in the United States for Asians, Blacks, and Hispanics, having won the highest percentage of spending with minority vendors.
He has worked for Edison for over 35 years. Before his current position, he worked in Procurement and Material Management as a Senior Procurement Agent, and was involved in the company's "Strategic Sourcing" effort. He has also worked in our Human Resources and Transmission and Distribution departments.
"The RHCC is pleased to have established a strong working relationship with Southern California Edison and has stablished an amazing business relationship with Mr. Alderete. The Regional Hispanic Chamber of Commerce continues to improve on outreach and increasing the number of qualified suppliers who they do business with," stated Sandy Cajas, President & CEO of the Board for the RHCC.
About Southern California Edison
Southern California Edison (SCE) is one of the largest electric utilities in California, serving more than 14 million people in a 50,000 square-mile area of central, coastal and Southern California, excluding the City of Los Angeles and certain other cities. Based in Rosemead, California, the utility has been providing electric service in the region for more than 120 years. SCE's service territory includes more than 180 cities.
Read more About Southern California Edison
The Regional Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (RHCC) is a membership driven non-profit 501c6 organization. The RHCC is comprised of small business owners, corporate representatives, community leaders, and association members representing various professions. With over 500 members and a database of over 17,000 subscribers, the RHCC is on a steadfast trajectory of growth placing it among the state's fastest growing minority chambers in the state of California.
Visit the The RHCC at www.RegionalHispaniccc.org