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September 2019 Highlights
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Access to Business Capital 
Saturday, November 9, 2019 Accessbusinesscapital  

Accessing L.A. Recap AccessingLA
Friday, September 27, 2019 

The Valley Economic Alliance (TVEA) participated in Accessing L.A. on Friday, September 27th, 2019 at California State University, Northridge. 

Accessing L.A. was hosted by The City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works and Mayor Eric Garcetti's Office to present attendees access to contracting opportunities and resources for small business owners and local entrepreneurs. This event provided  workshops, discussions, and panels for individuals to learn about how they can grow and improve their business. 

Attendees gained access to a variety of resources that included services involving Construction, Personal and Professional, and Commodities, Supplies, and Equipment. These services provided assistance with architectural work, human resources, marketing, general operations, electrical and more. 

TVEA's staff informed attendees on how TVEA can provide assistance to their business. Staff also provided a variety of flyers promoting and inviting guests to participate or sponsor upcoming events. 

Photo 1: From left: Jacqui Matsumoto, Director of Investor Relations at TVEA, Angelica Baneulos, Business Assistance Specialist at TVEA, and Yoryana Ahuactzi-Aguilar, Economic & Workforce Development Coordinator at TVEA. 
Glendale Tech Week Recap  glendaletech

The Valley Economic Alliance (TVEA) attended Glendale Tech Week, a week long event that was hosted September 14th to September 21st. Each event was hosted by different organizations at varying locations all throughout the city of Glendale. This unique experience  attracted local business start ups, families, and more. 

Glendale Tech Week was launched 4 years ago, hosting a variety of extraordinary events including discussions, panels, luncheons, networking events, game nights, and more.  All the events were either free or low cost to attendees and covered an array of topics that provided insightful information for techies, businesses and families. 

One of the most distinguishable events was the "Women at the Frontiers of Creative Innovation." A discussion panel where attendees were able to learn from inspired technologists and artists who shared their unique success stories and how they developed their career. These women shared insightful knowledge on augmented reality, game design, and artificial intelligence. 

Other noteworthy events included: "The Art of Gaming," a panel discussion discussing the ins and outs of the gaming industry, "Parenting Little Engineers", an interactive event for families to bring their children to learn about careers in engineering, "Biggest Causes of Data Loss and How to Protect Against Them," an informational discussion of what are the biggest risks companies face concerning their data and how to protect them. 

On the final night of Glendale Tech Week, an award ceremony was held to celebrate the individuals and companies in the local tech industry and to announce this year's Pitchfest winner.  Pitchfest is a "Shark-Tank styled" competition that allows  applicants to present their start-up companies and products to a panel of judges and a live audience for a chance to win a prize package of professional services valued at around $43,000.  Some of these services included, leadership expertise, strategic guidance, media production services, 3 months of complimentary office space, and more. All the services were donated by event sponsors to assist the winner in transcending their start-up company. 

The winner of this years Pitchfest was Albert Stepanyan, founder of Scylla, a threat detection company. Albert Stepanyan created an artificial intelligence product that connects with security-camera systems to detect faces, guns, vehicles, and sends alerts if a threat is detected. This product was designed to prevent active-shooter scenarios by providing a proactive security service. 

To view more photos from the event visit GlendaleTech2019.
Airbag Recall: Breakfast Briefing 
Wednesday, October 23, 2019  Airbag

In the News
Strong Show of Support from U.S. Businesses at 'Think Asia, Think Hong Kong' Los Angeles   HongKong

Los Angeles, September 23, 2019 - "Think Asia, Think Hong Kong", a large scale Hong Kong business promotion organized by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), was successfully held on September 19-20, 2019 in Los Angeles, attracting a strong show of support from business community in the United States. 

Photographed by: Scott Bogunia

The mega promotion, featuring a business symposium, business-matching sessions, networking events, business missions and a gala dinner, attracted around 1,500 participants eager to enter the Asian marketplace, either through Hong Kong or by making Hong Kong their home. The symposium was attended by  Fiona Ma, State Treasurer, State of California, who spoke in the morning along with other senior officials from the city of Los Angeles. 

This year's conference featured more than 50 industry-leading speakers from the U.S. and Hong Kong who shared new and exciting insights and breakthroughs in industries ranging from finance to biotech, logistics, design, e-commerce and business investment, among others. Attendees also heard first-hand success stories relating to Hong Kong's buisness advantages and received advise on how U.S. companies can seize new global opportunities through the Hong Kong platform. Close to 340 business-matching meetings were arranged to connect Hong Kong businesses and service providers with U.S. companies. 

Out and AboutOutandAbout

Jacqui Matsumoto and Yoryana Ahuactzi-Aguilar from The Valley Economic Alliance (TVEA) attended the HSBC Small Business Spotlight Series Event where they celebrated the success of Evelyn Escobar. The event took place on Thursday, October 3rd, 2019 at the H Club in Hollywood. 

Pictured from left are Jacqui Matsumoto at TVEA, Evelyn Escobar, at HSBC Bank USA, and Yoryana Ahuactzi-Aguilar at TVEA.   

Kenn Philips, President and CEO of The Valley Economic Alliance (TVEA), meeting with Varant Majarian, CEO at Majarian Publishing, on September 20th, 2019 to discuss new ideas and Varant's book. 

Pictured from left to right: Varant Majarian of Majarian Publishing and Kenn Philips, President and CEO, at TVEA. 
The 14th Annual Richard Leyner Mayor's Luncheon was hosted by the United Chamber of Commerce (UCC) on Wednesday, September 18, 2019. 

Pictured from left to right:  Diana Sanchez, at Van Nuys Airport, Florine Goodman,  UCC Board Director, 
Kenn Philips,at The Valley Economic Alliance (TVEA), Aura M. Garcia, Commissioner of Public Works for City of L.A., and Jacqui Matsumoto, at TVEA. 

Save the Dates Savethedate 

Access to Capital 
Saturday, November 9, 2019 
Hilton Woodland Hills 

2nd Annual: Are You Prepared? Shift Happens! 
Tuesday, January 14, 2020
California State University, Northridge 

Board of Directors Meeting 
Thursday, January 23, 2020
BFG Boardroom 

Heart of Giving 
Friday, February 14, 2020 
Boy Scouts of America

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