First Mixer of 2018!

February 15, 2018  |  No comments

Sixty+ business colleagues came together at Barbara Bestor Architecture’s new location. In attendance were three government representatives, chamber members from years past and many new faces. We received three new member applications! Wine and beer from sponsors Silver Lake Wine and The Satellite added to the fun. Thanks to Bestor’s team for providing great snacks.

Bestor ArchitectureBarbara Bestor asked our advice about her branding: whether to focus on the pink neon banana, the text or both. What do you think?
Living ArchitecturePhotos courtesy of Mike McGill

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How to Crush It in Business Without Crushing Your Spirit

January 22, 2018  |  No comments

If you or someone you know is thinking about going into business this year, please armor up with depression-preventing techniques and sage, entrepreneurial advice. E-book coach, Ellen Violette, and 16 contributors put together a wonderful resource. #1 in two categories!
Our own Betsy Hall is one of the contributing writers and editors.

How to Crush it in Business Without Crushing Your Spirit, How Entrepreneurs Can Overcome Depression And Find Success

How to Crush It in Business Book Read more about it on Amazon

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Winter Art Exhibition Sponsored by Women Painters West

December 31, 2017  |  No comments

Winter Exhibition is sponsored by Women Painters West. The juror for this exhibit is J. Michael Walker. Mr Walker is a Los Angeles based writer, cultural activist and painter. He has received over twenty fellowships and grants and his work is included in several public and private collections. His numerous exhibitions include a solo at the Autry Museum, the Museo de Artes in Mexico City and the Yale Center of the Arts.

The Opening Reception is on Thursday evening, January 11, 2018 from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Ebell Los Angeles Gallery located at 741 South Lucerne Blvd.

The first work selected, La Mujer del Fuego, as pictured below, is part of the “Back from The Apple” series that Brenda Welsh (Silver Lake Chamber member with Silver Lake Art Collective) commenced following a lengthy stay in New York City. That series, including this piece, was previously on exhibit at CitiSpace Gallery.

The second work, La Selva Negra, has been exhibited numerous times, including more recently at the Blackboard Gallery in Camarillo, California.

The exhibit runs from January 9 to February 5, 2018. Gallery hours and other detailed information are included in the announcement below.

Winter Exhibition

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The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program

December 22, 2017  |  No comments

The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program is a scholarship-based program (paid for by Goldman Sachs) for qualified small business owners who are interested in growing their business and adding jobs. It offers you valuable skills, the opportunity to access financial capital, powerful networking opportunities, and much more.

It is a practical 11-session business entrepreneurship program that examines business fundamentals through the lens of actual business experiences, provides you with one-on-one business advisory services, and helps you develop and implement a business growth plan tailored to your own business.

Classes start in May 2018 and run for thirteen weeks, one day per week, in Los Angeles.

Who should apply?
1) owners or co-owners of a small business
2) business in operation for at least two years
3) have revenues in last fiscal year of at least $150,000
4) have at least four employees, including the owner

Visit: to apply today! DEADLINE TO APPLY IS JANUARY 17, 2018.

Many SBEs are successful alumni as a result of this advocacy and support. We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity!​​​

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December 5, 2017  |  No comments

by Anna Marie Wood, owner of Templework LA

Templework LA   I opened December 19th, 2016. Opening a business isn’t for the weary, that’s for sure. On top of being a therapist here, I was responsible to planting seeds of awareness about my business and our services.

I was really on the third spring board when I met Emily Tufeld in May of 2017. She is a marketing mentor with Lovely lady. She came by and was really liking what she saw in terms of many things I already had in place with social media, marketing, business organization, etc. But additional awareness was needed. A publicist? Would that be the answer? It was July when she mentioned taking a “How to Pitch to Press” free seminar being held at SCORE…the SBA in downtown Glendale. I could learn pitching to media to be included in newspaper articles, online articles, pod-casts, radio and TV.
Media Training — Dale Thomas Vaughn
Dale Thomas Vaughn has worked with some of the most influential people in the world including billionaire industry moguls, academic thought-leaders and international …
I took the 2 hour free seminar and signed up for Dale’s online class… THIS. IS. AN. INVALUABLE. CLASS for anyone venturing into business. I highly recommend. I have been mentioned in the LA Times recently and was an Honoree for 2017 with SCORE. I can’t be happier. So, spread the word on Dale’s class if you like. 😊

I’m learning how to pitch to media on my own and it has empowered me and will only make my business stronger and more visible. 😊


Click here to learn more about the Small Business Administration’s SCORE program.

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December 1, 2017  |  No comments

One of many benefits of belonging to Silver Lake Chamber of Commerce

  • FREE listing in the always-stylish Silver Lake Chamber of Commerce Member Directory (7,500 copies distributed);
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