Nearly two-dozen BizFed members engaged in an insightful small-group dialogue last month with Congressman Kevin McCarthy, delving into issues ranging from taxes and transportation to education and visa reform –...
Nearly two-dozen BizFed-member business leaders took part in a special behind-the-scenes Inspection Trip of the Colorado River Aqueduct & Hoover Dam Nov. 2-4. The educational trip was hosted by Metropolitan Water...
Today we are pleased to report that the LA County Board of Supervisors voted NOT TO PROCEED with the proposed “Clean Water, Clean Beaches” parcel tax measure. This is a big victory for the business...
Have you checked out the California Business Roundtable's California Center for Jobs and the Economy yet? There's a lot for BizFed members to use on the website! BizFed member organization Building...
With this year's unprecedented turnover in LA County's state legislative delegation (13 Assembly and 2 Senate), BizFed held its first-ever special breakfast reception Feb. 22 for freshman state legislators to...
BizFed leaders are continuing their nearly 2 years of direct engagement with Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office to help move California’s economy forward, meeting recently to discuss the status of his office...
You saw the news about LA City Council approving the Southern California International Gateway (SCIG), which will both create jobs and improve air quality for Southern California.  As hard as we work to urge...
LA Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti last week gave BizFed a shout-out by name, at a breakfast with key business leaders, and emphasized his commitment to making Los Angeles a better place to do business. BizFed has already...
A BizFed leadership delegation visited Sacramento May 15, continuing our alliance's advocacy on behalf of business across the region. BizFed leaders who attended included: Tracy Rafter, BizFed CEO;  Mark...
MOVE LA has authored an exceptional piece looking at the top transportation gains during Mayor Villaraigosa's tenure as mayor of LA City. BizFed - and its many member organizations - have been involved in many of...
The BizFed Institute convened more than 100 top business leaders at Woodbury University in Burbank Wednesday for a frank and spirited discussion of the opportunities and challenges associated with accessing the...
At the President's Export Council meeting today at the White House, President Barack Obama highlighted a steady increase in U.S. exports during his term as “one of the biggest bright spots” in the...
BizFed (Los Angeles County Business Federation), representing over 120 top business organizations with more than 260,000 business owners across the region – with more than 2.5 million employees across LA County...
The June 3 primary is rapidly approaching - and BizFed is actively engaged in holding special Meet-and-Greets with key candidates in LA County races for Supervisor, Assessor and Sheriff. If you missed last week...
The June 3 primary is rapidly approaching - and BizFed is actively engaged in holding special Meet-and-Greets with key candidates in Los Angeles County races for Supervisor, Assessor, and Sheriff. If you missed...
Proposals to change California’s Proposition 13, combined with significant government spending increases threaten the economic future of the state, members of the Los Angeles Business Federation (BizFed) heard...
A new BizFed survey shows employers think things are getting better – 25% more say business conditions will improve this year than did last year and 20% more report that they plan to hire than did last year....
BizFed CEO Tracy Rafter was in Washington, D.C. on May 21 with U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx (pictured) and other top officials to celebrate the award of $2.1 billion to extend the...
California State University conferred an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters on LAEDC CEO and BizFed member Bill Allen at the May 22 Commencement ceremony of the David Nazarian School of Business and Economics at...
BizFed CEO Tracy Rafter was honored with the leadership award at the 17th annual Valley of the Stars Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony hosted by The Valley Economic Alliance (TVEA). Rafter was honored for...
Southern California policymakers and businesses must urgently work to both conserve and tap into new sources of water or quality of life and economic growth will suffer, according to an expert panel convened in June...
There is timely intelligence from the President’s Export Council June meeting in DC that BizFed CEO Tracy Rafter attended on behalf of BizFed along with Gene Hale, founding Chair of GLAACC and owner of G&C...

The Small Business Administration recently launched a new, streamlined healthcare tool at Business USA to help you find out exactly what you and your employees need to know about the Affordable Care Act. In a few quick steps, you'll understand the essentials of new insurance options and other health care changes.

Grow Your Business Through Exporting

It has never been easier to sell a product or service to a buyer in another country. Additionally, exporting has never been more necessary. With domestic markets growing slowly, one proven path to expansion is to reach consumers outside the United States. In 2012, U.S. companies answered the call to export more by selling a record $2.1 trillion worth of goods and services. This staggering sum could double and your business can be part of reaching this goal.

LA City Mayor Announces Appointments

As you know, BizFed is advocating for business community representation at City Hall - we will keep you posted, and in the meantime, here is  the very latest intel on Garcetti Administration appointments.: Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced the appointment of Rick Cole as Deputy Mayor of Budget and Innovation and that he is appointing Mike Davis, Kevin James, Monica Rodriguez, Barbara Romero, and Matt Szabo as Commissioners of the Board of Public Works.

BizFed Chair LaDonna DiCamillo was sworn-in this week as Chair of the Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. DiCamillo is the director of government affairs for BNSF Railway Company in Los Angeles, working with California communities on the local level and with the legislature to address rail-related issues while improving freight mobility and trade growth. She has been in the railroad business since 1989.

Don't miss the 3rd Annual City Economic Development Conference run by the League of California Cities in partnership with the Port of Los Angeles -- both great BizFed members.  BizFed's Advocacy Committee Co-Chair, Robb Korinke, puts on this dynamic discussion among public and private leaders on issues impacting job creation, business attraction and retention and trade, creating a collaborative forum for strengthening Los Angeles' regional economy.  Here are the details:

In the2013 survey of BizFed members, a shocking 92% of LA County business leaders identified “access to capital” as a continuing challenge.  Therefore, we wanted to make sure you are aware of the 10,000 Small Businesses program run by Goldman Sachs in conjunction with BizFed member Long Beach City College, which helps address this very issue. 

Business Groups Oppose AB880

A coalition of Californian business groups including BizFed -- hosted by the Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce -- came out this morning against AB 880, a pending piece of legislation that addresses a possible financial loophole within the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

LA Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti last week gave BizFed a shout-out by name, at a breakfast with key business leaders, and emphasized his commitment to making Los Angeles a better place to do business. BizFed has already opened a dialogue with LA’s incoming mayor, and we’ll be working over the coming weeks to ensure the business community has a seat at the table on key issues affecting the City of Los Angeles and the entire region.