August 2021 Highlights

The mission of The Valley Economic Alliance is to engage and unite Valley stakeholders to raise standards of living and economic vitality across the San Fernando Valley.
In This Issue
  • Breaking News
  • Employment
  • Making Your Impact
  • Investor Spotlight
  • Calendar of Events
  • In Memoriam
Breaking News
Valley Capital Conference
Closing The Funding Gap For Your Business Growth

Wednesday, September 1, 2021
10:00am –11:30am

Register by August 18 for a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card

Lender Financing Panel: Securing the Right Loan for the Right Purpose
  • AmPac Business Capital, Bank of America, Mission Valley Bank, Pacific Western Bank

Angel Investing Panel: Tech Valley: Building the San Fernando Valley Tech Eco-System
  • List Ventures, Pasadena Angels, Payscout and Tech Coast Angels

Breakout Rooms Hosted By:
Bank of America, AmPac Business Capital, Cathay Bank, Comerica Bank, J.P. Morgan Chase, Mission Valley Bank, Union Bank, Pacific Western Bank
Congratulations to The Valley 200 Most Influential Leaders in the Valley Area
Board of Directors

Bill Allen, Gerhard Apfelthaler, Rev. Zedar E. Broadous, Cleveland Brown, Brian Chu, Barry Cohn,
Armida Colmenares-Stafford, Martha Diaz Aszkenazy, Don Franken, Fred Gaines, Barry Gribbons, Kim Guard, Tamara Gurney, Marianne Haver Hill, Tracy Hernandez, David Honda, Marian Jocz, Richard Katz, Stephen Landsman, Rebecca Lienhard, Pegi Matsuda, Walter Njboke, Paul Palkovic, John Parker, Gloria Pollack, Mike Quiroga, Robert Rodine, Brad Rosenheim,
Bob Scott, David Shapiro, Jane Skeeter, Darnell Tyler, Stuart Waldman and Randy Witt

Honorary Board Members
Bert Boeckmann, David Fleming, Nancy Starczyk

President & CEO
Sonya Blake
Connect to the resources and network that are available to help San Fernando Valley businesses grow.

We will conduct a one-on-one intake assessment to address the areas that are impacting your business.

Our Business Advisor Brett Dickstein is available for assistance at or
(818) 379-7000 x105 to discuss your needs.
Premier Property Preservation, is a general contractor specializing in foreclosure clean up, debris removal, deferred recurring maintenance, repairs, restoration, building structures from ground zero and remodeling homes.

The Alliance connected him with partners Goodwill, Tierra del Sol, and The Campbell Center, helping him to secure workers he needed, along with bridge financing.
Founders Business Accelerator (FBA) An impact acceleration program aimed at increasing the economic, community, and environmental impact of small businesses and micro-enterprises in the City of Los Angeles.

In this 6-month virtual program, small business owners learn how to increase their resilience and develop their strategy in today’s rapidly changing business landscape.

Office of the Small Business Advocate Announces New Funding Rounds for the California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program

Three additional rounds for the California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program will be available to support small businesses and nonprofits that have struggled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Round 7: Waitlisted applicants from certain previous rounds
Selection Window: Tuesday, August 3 through Thursday, September 16

Round 8: Nonprofit cultural institutions only
Application window: Friday, August 27 through Wednesday, September 8

Round 9: New Applicants and Waitlisted applicants from certain previous rounds
Application window: Thursday, September 9 through Thursday, September 30

Saybrook University is Hiring
  • Associate Director of Institutional Advancement
  • Grants Coordinator
  • Field Marketing Associate
Women Build Metro Virtual Job Fair
Thursday, August 19 2021
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

  • Meet representatives of contractors, unions, apprenticeships and apprenticeship readiness programs.
  • Introduce yourself to decision makers and agencies in LA County Metro's construction program.
  • Just starting out? Learn what construction careers are all about.
City of Burbank Virtual Job Fair
The City of Burbank Employment Connection in partnership with the Burbank Chamber of Commerce will be holding a Virtual Job Fair on Thursday, August 26, 2021 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Searching for employees in Burbank? Just fill out the Job Opportunity Form and email to: for posting.
The Valley Works Job Board is available for job seekers to connect with various industry employers. This free on-line job board provides the following:

  • Employer Cards – Click on any of the Employer Cards to go to the Employer Pages to view jobs available.
  • Supplemental Employers Pavilion – In this section, you can access the “Jobs” pages of our partners.
  • Video Library – View expert videos on writing your resume and cover letter, interviewing well, and optimizing your LinkedIn profile among other topics.

Making Your Impact
Why I support
The Valley Economic Alliance

Charlie Crumpley, Editor and Publisher
San Fernando Valley Business Journal
63rd Annual Fernando Awards event which will be held on Friday, November 5, 2021 from 6:30 PM until 9:30 PM at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.
Congratulations to our Board Members and Supporters for their Fernando Award nomination
Paula Bahamon, Tim Gaspar, Kim Guard, Tamara Gurney, Louise Oliver, Diana Sanchez and Gustavo Valdespino were among the seventeen 2021 Fernando Award Nominees.

Mayor James Bozajian, President of the Los Angeles Division of the League of California Cities
Calabasas Mayor James R. Bozajian was sworn in on Thursday, August 5, 2021, at the Calabasas Civic Center as President of the Los Angeles County Division of the League of California Cities.

The position can only be held by an elected municipal official in Los Angeles County, typically a City Councilmember or Mayor.
To encourage local giving for causes in The Valley, we are conducting the Give Where You Live campaign.

Volunteer Opportunities

We are seeking some energetic, creative, and reliable volunteers to assist us in advancing our mission to help businesses endure through the COVID-19 crisis and stimulate Valley-wide recovery and prosperity.

Volunteer positions are available in graphic design, website design, social media management, and event management. If you're interested in volunteering, please complete our Volunteer Form to get started.

Investor Spotlight
Hilda Kennedy
Founder and President
Richard Pallay Jr.
SVP, Community Lending
AmPac Business Capital

Established for 16 years, a partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration as a 504 Lender and a Micro Lender, and a partner with the Department of Treasury as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), AmPac has funded more than half a billion dollars in loans for small businesses.

As the only faith based SBA 504 Lender in the country, AmPac is committed to connecting Faith & Business and works with local churches and house of worships to bring information to business owners involved in local churches.

Hilda Kennedy is Founder and President and serves on the national executive board for SBA 504 lenders across the country, a member of the Board of Trustees for Cal Baptist University, Riverside, and served as President of the National Association of Women Business Owners, both locally in the Inland Empire and statewide representing 11 chapters throughout the state of California.

Richard Pallay brings a wealth of expertise that will allow AmPac clients to achieve their entrepreneurial goals. As the newly appointed SVP of Community Lending, the New York native is tasked with developing the infrastructure for AmPac’s lending efforts, including supervising underwriting and loan servicing and assist Greater Los Angeles entrepreneurs in the pursuit and understanding of the importance of financial resources to help them thrive.

Lois P. Klavir, MBA
Vice President | Business Relationship Manager III
Lois Pagaspas Klavir is a Business Relationship Manager at JPMorgan Chase.
In her role, she acquires, manages and grows account relationships with complex business clients with annual revenues of $5MM to $20MM. Lois serves the LA North Market and is one of the region’s top Small Business Administration (SBA) loan producers. Lois specializes in owner-occupied real estate financing, business loans, lines of credit, business credit cards, merchant services, treasury services, and business deposits.
In addition to her 21-year banking career, Lois devotes her time to serving and volunteering in her community. She is the President-Elect for the Filipino American Chamber of Commerce Greater LA ( serving the San Fernando Valley area. Prior to her current role at the Chamber, Lois held leadership positions as the VP of Events and the VP of Membership. Lois is also one of the Founding Board Members and the VP of Membership for the Coalition of Filipino American Chambers of Commerce (COFACC). The Coalition was founded in 2018 and continues to grow.
Invest in The Alliance
Make your impact by funding our job retention and attraction programs while receiving valuable recognition and benefits. Contact Jacqui Matsumoto at or click below for more information.

Calendar of Events 

Wednesday, August 18, 2021
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

This free workshop presented by Southern California Edison is designed for small businesses to:

  • Learn how to maximize the benefits of solar with energy storage, and understand the impacts to your new energy bill. 
  • Get answers to frequently asked questions about solar and energy storage.
2021 Los Angeles City Council Redistricting Commission public hearing

Wednesday, August 18, 2021
6:00 PM

The City of Los Angeles charter calls for City Council district boundaries to be redrawn every 10 years to ensure that the population is equally distributed within districts. The public is encouraged to provide input for consideration.

Onyx African American Business Hub

Thursday, August 19, 2021
12:00 Pm - 1:00 PM

Join us for our Onyx African American Business Hub for our Black Business Month Series and get help starting or growing your business in the San Fernando Valley. All are welcomed.

Sessions include:
  • August 19 – Financing Your Business
  • August 26 – Marketing for Growth

Speakers include:
Sonya Kay Blake, The Valley Economic Alliance, Richard Pallay, AmPac Business Capital. Marsel Watts, CDC Small Business Finance, Selena Davis, Pacific Coast Regional, Roger Roman, PUSH Consulting and Kim “Kat” Shepard, Marketing Consultant.
Connecting with Metro

Tuesday, August 24, 2021
4:00PM - 5:30PM

Metro actively works to expand contracting opportunities for Disabled Veteran Business Enterprises through its DVBE Program.

Metro Contractor Development and Bonding Program is designed to expand contracting opportunities and support successful bidding on projects.

This session will cover:

  • Enrolling in Metro’s Contractor Development and Bonding Program.
  • Qualification and obtaining bonding for Metro’s projects.
  • DVBE contracting opportunities and capacity building resources.
  • Additional veteran services available.
Build LACCD - Small Contractor Opportunity Forum

Wednesday, August 25, 2021
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

The Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) $9.6 billion capital improvement program seeks to modernize and renovate the nine college of the District.

Learn how to pre-qualify to work on projects specifically designed for small and/or local contractors with a B or C License.

  • Job Order Contracts (JOC) are small projects valued under $1 million
  • Pre-qualified Service Provider (PQSP) are projects valued from $25K - $5M
  • Small Business Certifications* from a Federal or California public agency accepted
The Valley Economic Alliance Diversity Committee Meeting

Wednesday, September 15, 2021
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Mel Wilson, MRE
Asset Management Consultant
Mel Wilson & Association

Presentation Highlights:

  • Ensuring equity in LA's transportation system The historical impact of housing discrimination and the state of race relations today
  • The effect of the eviction moratorium on renters and landlords, particularly people of color
  • Demographic shifts between urban and surrounding areas, and their impact on underserved communities
  • The critical need for the development of workforce housing as well as housing and supportive services for people experiencing homelessness
In Memoriam 
Karl Boeckmann
September 9, 1935 - August 4, 2021

Karl Boeckmann was a decades-long civic and business leader in the San Fernando Valley who built a legacy of dedication, hard work, integrity, leadership and community involvement.

Karl was recipient of aggregate honors and awards, including the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the One Generation Hearts Across the Valley award, the Philanthropist of the Year and successful 2004 was presented with the Fernando Award for outstanding assemblage enactment and service.

Karl will remain in our hearts and be greatly missed.