November-December 2017 Highlights
NEW DATE - Thursday, February 15, 2018
Hero Hired Career and Resource Fair
Save the NEW DATE  for the Hero Hired Career and Resource Fair  on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at Los Angeles Valley College's (LAVC) Monarch Hall from 9am-2pm.

Hundreds of veterans including students from LAVC will participate in the job fair, hosted by The Valley Economic Alliance. The job fair gives veteran job seekers priority access to over 50 employers and resource companies at 9:00am. Employers will be taking resumes, interviewing candidates and hiring at the event. Job fair opens to general job seekers at 10:00am.

Employer/Resource Provider Tables are available. Visit

Job Seeker registration is available on Eventbrite.  
Jingle & Mingle Holiday Open House Recap

The Valley Economic Alliance hosted their Annual Holiday Open House on  Wednesday, December 13th. Guests enjoyed food, drinks, Black Market Gelato tasting, networking and raffle prizes.
Raffle prize sponsors included American Institute of Archiects San Fernando Valley (AIA SFV), Filipino American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Los Angeles, First Light Homecare, Club Pilates NoHo, Twisted Teddies and Top Leaders. 

Tierra Del Sol displayed gifts hand made by their clients and Kangen Water served alkaline water. 

Pictured to left is Desiree Gemigiani, Executive Director of AIA SFV with Maryanne Omega, Board member of Filipino Chamber of Commerce who donated the gift basket. 

Guests also donated blankets to the homeless that were distributed by Love is a Warm Blanket at Homeless Connect Day the following day at El Cariso Park in Sylmar, hosted by Supervisor Shiela Kuehl. 

Pictured to right are providers from Homeless Connect Day. 

View more photos from the Holiday open house on our Facebook page. 
190 Jobs Saved! 

The Valley Economic Alliance's (TVEA) Business Assistance team met with Tom Manzo, President of Timely Industries, a San Fernando Valley based leading manufacturer of pre-finished steel door frames.  Since Timely's pre-finished steel door frames were introduced over 45 years ago, they have earned the trust of architects, contractors, building owners and building product distributors nationwide. Timely Industries' installations are found in many of America's most prestigious commercial, industrial and residential buildings. They manufacture Fire-Rated Door Frames, Sidelights, Borrowed Lights, Communicating Door Frames, Pocket Door Frames and Adjustable Door Frames.
Kenny Broderick from TVEA met Mr. Manzo at the Citizen's Against Lawsuit Abuse-Small Business Summit in June and learned about the The Labor Code  Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) lawsuit that Timely Industries was served with and had to settle the lawsuit for over one million dollars.  PAGA allows employees to sue their employer for minor labor violations. Passed in 2004 to increase labor enforcement by deputizing employees, the law can leave businesses with six-figure penalties for retroactive violations. The company was targeted by an employee who claimed they had not provided a lunch break at the appropriate time and had misclassified a safety bonus.

TVEA got to work and helped connect Timely Industries to various resources to help them recover from this major setback by bringing down their overall expenses and save its 190 employees, many who have worked there for decades. Resources included the Pacoima Development Federal Credit Union who helped employees with car loans, home equity loans and the ability to cash their paychecks at the Credit Union instead of being charged additional fees. TVEA also introduced the manufacturer to CAEATFA Full Sales and Use Tax Exclusion, to utilize during their facility expansion and purchasing new heavy equipment. 

Employees also came together to write letters to the California's Department of Industrial Relations to defend their workplace. Letters in both English and Spanish highlighted job perks and flexibility and stated they did not want to be included in the lawsuit. 

TVEA is committed to helping with the fight to change or amend the labor law that opens the door to PAGA lawsuits. 

Mr. Manzo has since co-founded  The California Business and Industrial Alliance, (CBIA) an organization to promote the interests of California-owned small to mid-sized businesses and the people they employ. It accomplishes this through a mix of public education, legislative lobbying and grassroots organizing. CBIA is led by a team of experienced California business owners and communicators committed to creating a regulatory climate that fosters the creation of new businesses, and helps existing ones prosper. CBIA will work with legislators of all political backgrounds who share common interests and invites other businesses that have been affected by PAGA to join forces.

Valley Hackathon III Winners Present to Glendale City

First, second and third place  Valley Hackathon  III winners got the opportunity to present their mobile applications and websites to  City of Glendale  representatives at a Hackathon recap meeting at Glendale City Hall on November 13th.
"Help App" received first place and offered disaster navigation, information and communication. The user friendly interface included a chat system by area and community, color coded system of emergency shelters and resources. "Quick Safe" received second place and "Emerging Together" placed third.

Meeting attendees from the City of Glendale included Jennifer McLain, Principal Economic Development Officer; Sandra Rodriguez, Program Coordinator; Jan Bear, Deputy Building Official; Tamar Saad, Economic Development Coordinator; and Karen Khukoyan. 

Watch a recap of Valley Hackathon III. 
TVEA High School Intern Spotlight

Jose Flores is a senior at High Tech LA in Van Nuys, anticipating graduation in June 2018. Jose has been on the high honor roll every semester, has received many awards, and maintains a 4.0 GPA while applying to college and staying  involved with Robotics, Students Run LA and Boy Scouts of America, where he recently became an Eagle Scout after renovating a classroom at a nun's missionary. 

His dream college is Stanford University, however has applied to many UC and CSU schools. Jose wants to study mechanical engineering in hopes of becoming a mechanical engineer and working at Google. 

Jose has been instrumental in helping TVEA staff with administrative duties and upcoming projects and programs. He has enjoyed learning and experiencing working in an office environment. 

Jeremy Miller is a senior at El Camino Real Charter High School and is second in his class. He is President of the school's economics and finance club. Jeremy has applied to many colleges and plans to study business and financial fields. He hopes to then attend law school and become a lawyer. 

Jeremy has worked on various projects while interning with TVEA including transportation improvement and workforce development research. 
TVEA helps Develop new LA Country Workforce Intermediary Construction Sector Analysis

Construction  is a multi-billion dollar industry in Los Angeles County, employing more than 120,000 workers, a full 3% of all employment countywide. Construction is projected to be a top growth sector for the next five years, with an estimated annual growth rate triple that of other sectors that are considered to be rapidly growing, including healthcare.
Building trade unions in Los Angeles have developed workforce systems and models to provide comprehensive, certified apprenticeship programs that build worker skills, knowledge, and experience while providing wages through on-the-job training. These "earn as you learn" programs are jointly funded by contractors and workers through training contributions. In addition, pre-apprenticeship programs help refine the construction pipeline by introducing potential workers to construction careers. Likewise, targeted training programs provide mentorship and coaching to under-represented workers in order to establish a career in the construction industry. 
The Los Angeles County Workforce Development Board engaged Workforce Connections to study the public construction sector in Los Angeles County, with particular focus on identifying gaps between the current workforce and employer needs. Specifically, this report aims to accomplish the following goals:
  1. To develop a construction sector profile that includes an analysis of employer and job-seeker needs.
  2. To analyze the training gaps and opportunities within the construction sector with businesses, employers, and Los Angeles County's America's Job Centers of California Centers.
  3. To identify additional employer and other stakeholder resources to enhance Los Angeles County's ability to meet jobseeker and industry sector needs. 
The Valley Economic Alliance  assisted Workforce Connections to complete a report that provides a brief summary of industry trends, relevant labor market information, a sector growth outlook, and current and projected workforce challenges and opportunities. The second half of this report identifies the problems facing the industry and solutions the Workforce Investment Board can adopt to invest in and support the growth of the construction workforce of the future. 

The Construction Report was presented at the LA County's 1st Annual Los Angeles County Construction Symposium on November 3rd at the Almansor Court in Alhambra. The event included exhibitors and panel discussions on public sector and contractor/pipeline. 
Out and About

The Valley Economic Alliance coordinated another meeting for Senator Bob Hertzberg's team and two Valley based green technology companies on November 21st. 

AllTemp  is based in Westlake Village and is the replacement for freon gas. Many larger companies have designed petroleum based alternative gas, however AllTemp is the new refrigerant technology that is  environmentally friendly and first sustainable refrigerant that satisfies all current international environmental protocols to curb ozone depletion and global warming while delivering significant energy reduction and superior performance. It is also the only product that does not require equipment modification, valve and seal replacement and compressor oil changes.

JobRunner is based in Sherman Oaks and is focused on Construction Technology to bring efficiencies to the construction trade. JobRunner is a mobile application that is similar to Uber and Lyft on how they negotiate, deliver and price, except JobRunner picks up from any major hardware and lumber supplier in the Valley and drops off construction supplies and materials directly to the job site. The team offers a logistics network to deliver same-day service to the trades for items that are forgotten or needed "last minute" due to changing plans, site inspections, or plan modifications required on the job site. 
VEDC and TVEA hosted National Small Business Veteran's Week on November 3rd at The Entrepreneur Center in Pacoima.

Attendees learned about access to capital from local and national experts and building a business plan with guided help.
The Association of Fundraising Professionals of the Greater San Fernando Valley Chapter hosted the 31st Annual National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon on November 2nd at Valley Presbyterian Hospital.

Pictured are TVEA Boardmembers David Fleming and Awardee Pegi Matsuda. 
At the 3rd Annual Inspire Gala benefiting science education at the  Discovery Cube Los Angeles  on November 4th.

The Discovery Cube facility is dedicated to science education for children and children of the San Fernando Valley and Greater Los Angeles area. 
Los Angeles Mission College hosted an Open House on November 6th, at their new satellite Sunland-Tujunga Campus. Pictured are Senator Anthony Portantino who represents California's 25th District and Dr. Monte Perez, President of LA Mission College with students from the ESL class. 
City of Los Angeles Workforce Development Board's Business Services, Marketing and Resource Development Committee Meeting meeting at Los Angeles Valley College on November 8th. 

Valley Presbyterian Hospital hosted the First Annual Women in Philanthropy on November 15th at the Airtel Plaza Hotel in Van Nuys.  

The event included a Fashion Show featuring community leaders including TVEA Board members Jane Skeeter, Erika Endrijonas, and Diana Sanchez.

Proceeds from the event provides funding for the Women and Children's Services Department at Valley Presbyterian Hospital. More than 150 nurses and clinical professionals helped to deliver more than 3,400 babies last year and provided free childbirth health education to more than 2,400 pregnant women and their families. 

The United Chambers of Commerce of the San Fernando Valley hosted the 13th Annual Richard Leyner Mayor's Luncheon with Los Angeles City Mayor Eric Garcetti on November 29th at Warner Center Marriott. 

Kenn Phillips with TVEA Boardmembers Kevin Tamaki of AT&T and David Shapiro, Mayor pro Tem of City of Calabasas at VICA's Annual Meeting and Silent Auction on December 8th at Warner Center Marriott.

VICA also hosted a toy drive during the meeting to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of the West Valley.
At the Comcast NBCUniversal Community Leadership Holiday Party at the new Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville at Universal CityWalk on December 12th. Pictured are; TVEA Boardmember Carmen Bowen and Weyland Morse from Concorde Career College, Lucy Burghdorph of Hollywood Burbank-Airport and Lance Aylor of Transamerica.
Tour of North Valley Military Institute in Sun Valley on December 15th, with Major John Wells, Admissions Director. 
Wise Heroes featured The Valley Economic Alliance

WiseHeroes, a website and Youtube channel featured The Valley Economic Alliance's Kenn Phillips and Women's Collaborative Mentoring Program partner, Gail Lara!  

What drives you? What motivates you to work tirelessly on a product or project knowing the odds are slim that it will reach global recognition? Everyone's reasons are different but the obsession is the same. WiseHeroes seeks to find the why and how of what makes entrepreneurs devote time to an idea. 

WiseHeroes speaks to people to learn about businesses, their successes, failures, and everything in between. WiseHeroes highlights stories told by organizations, business owners, entrepreneurs and startups. and the WiseHeroes Youtube channel explores stories from app developers, startup founders, entrepreneurs and other business people.

Visit to see more. 

Community Foundation of the Valleys hosts First "Give Back, Give Local" Reception Benefiting Valley non-profits

The Community Foundation of the Valleys (CFV), a non profit organization dedicated to inspire, encourage and facilitate charitable giving for lasting impact on those who live in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valley communities, held their first annual " Give Back, Give Local" Reception on December 5th, hosted by Valley Presbyterian Hospital.

While the Skirball, Rye, and Creek fires raged in the Valleys there was still a good turn-out for the
Reception where everyone celebrated the excellent work and impact of organizations in our

Grants were given to: Carousel Ranch for their horse therapy and vocational programs; Fire Family
Foundation for being first responders to fire victims' immediate needs, Hope of the Valley for their
homeless post-hospital rehabilitation and care, ONE Generation for their intergenerational
programs, and the Santa Clarita Coalition for essential needs of homeless Veterans.

In addition, CFV partnered with Executive Service
Corporation (ESC) and Valley Nonprofit Resources (VNR) to launch the first Valley Giving Leadership Education Scholarship. The scholarship was given to Executive Service Corporation to
benefit a Valley Beth Hillel leader to attend a year-long institute program with a leadership coach.

"With the region served by CFV being home to more than 2.2 million residents, we have a unique
opportunity to improve the futures of so many in need," said Tamara Gurney, Chair of the CFV
Board of Directors. "As many local nonprofits struggle to fund their services, CFV is more
determined than ever to serve as the vital conduit between donors and community needs by
encouraging the generosity and support of the Valleys' residents," she said. 

CFV is driven to facilitate beneficial social change in the Valley areas through their "Valley Giving
Legacy" program. They customize "Give Back, Give Local" plans to meet the philanthropic needs
of each of their donors.

Like any new organization focused on building the community, CFV seeks individuals, businesses
and organizations who are passionate about building a strong culture of giving in our Valleys.
In addition to continuing to build its assets and donor base, key priorities for CFV are educating
and partnering with professional financial and estate advisors, working with corporations and their
giving plans, gifting grants to local nonprofits in the Valleys. CFV's "Give Back, Give Local"
priorities are animals, arts, capacity building, children and youth, disaster relief, education,
environment, healthcare, homelessness, poverty, seniors and veterans.

For more information on CFV, visit

Pictured: Back row: Muhannad Malki, Advisory Board Member; Marianne Haver-Hill, Board Member; Heath Goldman, Vice Chair, Board; Janet McIntyre, Executive Service Corps; Ken Craft, Hope of the Valley; Sue Sexton, ONE Generation. Front row: Gail Lara, Communications Task Force Member; Pegi Matsuda, Advisory Board Member; Felicity Palmer, Executive Service Corps; Ilean Rogers, Fire Family Foundation; S. Brigette Loden, Executive Director; Denise Redmond Tomey, Carousel Ranch. 
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