Sherman Oaks Chamber of Commerce Newsletter
September/October 2015
A Word From Our President
Sherman Oaks is, hands down, one of the best communities in Los Angeles! We had a ton of fun at our 25th Annual Street Fair in Sherman Oaks with 100k+ people. Despite maddening predictions of the weather, we dodged the rain early morning and late evening, just enough to have a spectacular day basking in the sun. We had a rich range of vendors, food, food trucks, carnival, a car show, a community stage and fantastic bands at our concert stage. To add to all that fun, our local pet adoption team had an amazing day - finding homes for 20 animals while at our Street Fair.  On behalf of our chamber, thank you Sherman Oaks for being a source of pride and inspiration through our residents, visitors, and people perusing the net who joined us in celebrating our community. 
Pedro Manrique
DeVry University and President of the Sherman Oaks Chamber of Commerce
Welcome New Members!


 Chamber News
The 25th Annual Sherman Oaks Street Fair
On October 18th, our Chamber hosted its 25th Annual Sherman Oaks Street Fair on Ventura Blvd. in Sherman Oaks, the largest event in the San Fernando Valley, with an estimated 100,000 attendees, 35 sponsors, and over 200 vendors, displays, and exhibits.
Our great community came together to celebrate Southern California heritage, culture, and community. In addition to the local vendors, the Fair included a food court, food trucks, and a cocktail garden. Main attractions included a Beepi Classic Car and Hot Rod Show, a Wells Fargo Carnival & Fun Zone, a Major Concert Stage, a Health Education Pavilion sponsored by the Sherman Oaks Hospital, and a Community Performing Arts Stage presented by Ford

Small Business Saturday- November 28
Saturday, November 28th is Small Business Saturday, a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities. Make the day eventful and start promoting your business with free Small Business Saturday marketing materials to encourage local shoppers to patronize brick and mortar businesses that are small and local like yours.

Senator Robert M. Hertzberg Speaks at Chamber Luncheon
Senator Hertzberg, his team, and Chamber President
Pedro Manrique
This month, Senator Robert M. Hertzberg gave an engaging speech and Q&A session at our Community Connections Luncheon. The excellent lunch was hosted by Cucina Bene . It sponsored by Valley Motor Center Autobody and SolarCity . 
To join us at the next luncheon on November 19th from 11:30-1:00pm, register here!

Community Updates

Marty Cohen Honored for Support of Building for America's Bravest Program
In September, our Chamber member Marty Cohen of Valley Carpet One was honored by The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation for his generous support of the Foundation's Building for America's Bravest program. In recognition of this support, members of the Fire Department of New York traveled from NY to present a specially-designed shadowbox containing hallowed 9/11 steel from Ground Zero.  Marty was also awarded Certificates of Recognition from Congressman Brad Sherman and  Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian. 

Are you and your Business Prepared for El Niño?
Torrential rains and widespread flooding are expected to come with the arrival of El Niño this Winter. While legislatures discuss what they're going to do to prepare, residents and business owners should be doing the same. LA Sanitation has published helpful tips in their Wet Weather Preparedness Guide. For more info, visit the webpage. 

Syncis Opens in Sherman Oaks
Last month, the Chamber joined  Syncis  as ot celebrated its grand opening in Sherman Oaks with a Chamber Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. Syncis  brings together independent agents, small business owners, and s ome of the largest insurance and financial services providers to make financial products more accessible to middle-income families. 

Upcoming Events

Multi-Chamber Networking Breakfast
Date/Time: Friday, November 6, 2015 7:30-9:00am
Location: Monterey at Encino, 16821 Burbank Blvd. Encino, CA 91436
Description: Multi-chamber networking breakfast with the Studio City, Encino, Chatsworth Porter Ranch, and Granada Hills Chambers of Commerce
Admission: $20 per person - Members Only Limited Seating

SOCC Community Connections Luncheon
Date/Time:  November 19, 2015,  11:30 AM  -  1:30 PM 
Location: Robin Hood British Pub
Description: Learn more about homeless services in the Valley from Ken Craft, President/CEO of Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission
Fees/Admission: $30 through 11/17, $35 after and at the door
Contact:  The Chamber Office

Small Business Saturday
Date/Time: Saturday, November 28, 2015
Location: Everywhere
Description:  Inspire your customers to shop small!
More info: Learn more at the Small Business Saturday website

Holiday Party - Chamber Members Only
Date/Time: Friday, December 11, 2015, 7:00  - 10:00 pm
Location: Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton, 5638 Sepulveda Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91411
Description: Join the Chamber for our annual Holiday Party
Admission: Bring a toy donation
Contact:  The Chamber Office

 Spotlight Members
Aflac is a Fortune 500 company, providing financial protection to more than 50 million people worldwide. When a policyholder or insured gets sick or hurt, Aflac pays cash benefits fairly, promptly and directly to the insured. For nearly six decades, Aflac voluntary insurance policies have given policyholders the opportunity to focus on recovery, not financial stress. For more information about AFLAC Supplemental Insurance, contact our member Noelle Sullivan at 

Encino Pediatric Dental Group are a research-based, prevention-focused pediatric dental practice where your children's imagination will be embraced by their relaxed and child-friendly approach to dentistry. As Board Certified Pediatric Dentists, caring for your child's oral health through prevention, quality treatment, and positive motivation is their top priority. Learn more about the team, pediatric dentists, and the dental services they provide on their website

PostalAnnex+ is your neighborhood business center.  As an authorized shipper for FedEx, UPS, DHL, and USPS, they offer packing and shipping services for overnight, ground, and international shipping. In addition they offer private mailbox rentals with a prestigious Ventura Boulevard address, copy and print services, notary public (no appointment needed), passport photos, livescan fingerprinting, office supplies, gifts, and much more. Stop by or visit their website today to learn more about all the great services they offer.

Syncis is one of the top marketing organizations in America. They bring together independent agents, small business owners, and some of the largest insurance and financial services providers to make financial products more accessible to middle-income families. Visit their website for more information. 
14827 Ventura Blvd, Suite 207, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
(818) 906-1951
Vicki Nussbaum, Executive Director
Emma Daly, Marketing and Social Media Manager