Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What are the criteria for becoming a BizFed member?
Q. Who owns BizFed?
Q. Who sits on the Board of Directors?
Q. Who leads and manages BizFed’s activities?
Q. Who manages the BizFed database?
Q. How does BizFed distribute advocacy messages and Action Alerts?
Q. How does BizFed determine which issues are raised to the level of an Action Alert?

 

Q. WHAT ARE THE CRITERIA FOR BECOMING A BIZFED MEMBER?

A. Each partnering business organization will be listed as a member of BizFed. Criteria to be listed as a member include:

  • 501 (c) organization with business interests in Los Angeles County
  • Supports BizFed’s overall vision, goals and strategies as outlined in the organization’s bylaws
  • Agree to share member database with a confidential third party, (initially The Marshall School Of Business at USC) in order to aggregate business data throughout the county, for mapping/communication purposes covering every elected official’s district and to aid in BizFed’s efforts
  • Submit database in Excel format to BizFed on an annual basis. Databases shall include pertinent information necessary to carryout the mission of the Federation, and should include but not be limited to: name of company; company address(es) within LA County; primary contact; number of employees
  • Agree to send Action Alerts to members within 48 hours unless the alert conflicts with existing policy or does not have the support of the member’s board of directors
  • Agree that BizFed database is confidential and will not be shared with member organizations except in aggregate

Q. Who owns BizFed?

A. It is a 501 (c) organization owned by its member chambers and business trade groups.


Q. Who sits on the Board of Directors?

A. BizFed's Board of Directors is comprised of one representative from every member organization and oversee its operations. The members of the board are nominated and serve according to BizFed’s bylaws.


Q. Who leads and manages BizFed’s activities?

A. BizFed received founding staff support from the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and established its own funding to hire a chief executive officer for contact with all partnering organizations, managing the recruiting of additional staff, vendors, and/or partners and raising ongoing funds to ensure that BizFed succeeds.

BizFed's officers lead the alliance's key committees and are annually elected by BizFed's Board of Directors. Officers are board member representatives from chambers and trade groups ensuring geographical coverage throughout each of the five LA County supervisor’s districts. BizFed also is comprised of premier corporate investing members with major operations in LA County.


Q. Who manages the BizFed database?

A. The Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California (USC) serves as the independent, third-party agency that has developed and hosts the BizFed database. The database sorts member businesses by district within L.A. County for the following:

  • U.S. Congressional Districts
  • California Senate Districts
  • California Assembly Districts
  • L.A. County Board of Supervisors
  • L.A. City Council members
  • Select regulatory boards as determined by the board of directors

The database includes pertinent information necessary to carry out BizFed’s mission, and includes but is not be limited to:

  • Name of company
  • Company address(es) within LA County
  • Number of employees

All BizFed data is confidential and will not be shared with other partners except in aggregate. The BizFed database is updated on an annual basis.

Q. How does BizFed distribute advocacy messages and Action Alerts?

A. As affiliates of this exciting co-op for business organizations, BizFed members agree to communicate with their member businesses through a streamlined Web based Action Alert system that is easy for recipients to respond to by communicating with elected officials and regulatory bodies via e-mail, voice or fax.


Q. How does BizFed determine which issues are raised to the level of an Action Alert?

A. BizFed has developed a process for all member organizations that determines which issues are raised to the level of an Action Alert. Criteria for an issue to rise to the level of an Action Alert include:

  • The issue and position is proposed by two or more members.
  • The outcome of the issue will have a significant impact on the business environment in Los Angeles County.
  • The issue and position secures preliminary approval from the board of directors.
  • The issue and position is emailed to all of BizFed’s member organizations.
  • The issue and position is not opposed by more than 10 percent of the members.