At heart, our Chamber exists simply to make Venice a welcome area for people to do business. We do this by enhancing the vitality of Venice in general and increasing visibility for our members in particular. To this end, we have a number of Committees that represent various aspects of membership and serve the interests of the Chamber’s overall goal to improve business for all members. Every Venice Chamber member is encouraged to actively participate in one or more of the following committees, to increase their opportunities to network and build deeper, more meaningful business relationships with other involved members.
Abbot Kinney Merchants Committee
The Abbot Kinney Merchants Committee was formed by the merchants to stimulate business along the boulevard. Participants on this committee are involved in a variety of subcommittees with the goal in mind to enhance the shopping and dining experience along Abbot Kinney Boulevard. The subcommittee groups focus on Marketing, Filming, Holidays, and Parking.
To learn more visit www.abbotkinneyblvd.com
Chair: Don Novack, Hal’s Bar and Grill/CasaLinda Mexican Grill
The Boardwalk Committee promotes business and safety along the Ocean Front Walk zone, while strengthening the special qualities that have made this area one of the top tourist destinations in Southern California. We founded the Venice Art Crawl (which was awarded the Venice Spirit Award at the 2010 Abbot Kinney festival) and the Neptune Festival, and we provide support for restoring public murals and adding new artwork. Our committee also collaborates with local organizations, business leaders, the police, and our LA City council representative’s office to address public safety, the boardwalk ordinance development, park funding, and lighting issues along the Boardwalk. Future goals include reinstating the Windward Merchants Association, helping to establish an information kiosk on the Boardwalk, and determining fee protocols for location film shoots.
Co-Chairs: Carl Lambert, Venice Breeze Suites and Daniel Samakow, Owner of James Beach, Canal Club and Danny’s Venice
Chamber in Action Committee
The Chamber in Action Committee focuses on community service. Each quarter, the committee will select a local non-profit group or business in need of improvement (via an application process) and organize Chamber members and volunteers to pitch in!
We will improve Venice, one business or community area at a time! The goal is to bring Chamber members and the community together to work on improving our businesses & community through an action-oriented and hands-on approach.
For application information call 310.822.5425 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the “Venice Chamber in Action” to consider your project, here are the pre-requisites:
-Must be business or community related
-Must be a member of the Venice Chamber of Commerce (Not a member? Join the Chamber!)
-Must be within the realm of the Chamber in Action’s resources, or there must be additional outside resources
Chair: Kelly Layne, Marketing Consultant
The Education Committee seeks to be our community’s forum for education, and the bridge between local businesses and educators. Its primary goal is to foster a high-quality education and dynamic learning environments for the children of Venice, thereby helping to fulfill Abbot Kinney’s original vision for Venice as a Mecca for culture, the arts, and education. The committee’s secondary goal is to encourage local children of all backgrounds and socio-economic levels to be educated together. In June 2011, the Venice Chamber established the inaugural WaVe Awards honoring local teachers, selected by their peers, who creatively engage their students and contribute to the vitality of our community.
Chair: Joelle Dumas, Ecole Claire Fontaine
The Events Committee is responsible for developing and organizing a variety of Chamber events. The monthly evening mixers and networking breakfasts help Chamber members promote their businesses and connect with the community. These activities also provide established and newer members the opportunity to foster and expand their business relationships with each other as well as with potential new members who attend from Venice and surrounding communities.
Chair: Sheelagh Cullen, HCH Inc.
Governmental Affairs Committee
The Governmental Affairs Committee acts as a liaison between elected officials and appropriate agencies to keep chamber members apprised of issues that affect their business. This committee also plans periodic “members only” events that provide opportunities to engage in dialogue and Q&A with local government representatives.
Chair: Betsy Goldman, Abbot Kinney Real Estate
Lincoln Blvd., Corridor Committee
The purpose of the Lincoln Blvd. Corridor Committee is to arrange a consortium of business owners along Lincoln Blvd for the specific purpose of addressing merchant concerns and increasing awareness in the Venice community.
Chair: Greg Horos, Locali Conscious Convenience
The goals of the Marketing Committee are to create a consistent brand that embodies the spirit of the Venice Chamber of Commerce, develop strategies to support the Chamber’s mission statement, and implement action plans to help the Chamber achieve its goals while providing resources for business members to thrive in the true spirit of Venice.
Co-Chairs: Trina Kaye, The Trina Kaye Organization and Kate Willson, Exhale Center for Sacred Movement
The objective of the Membership Committee is to assist in recruiting and retaining members. Committee members are available to provide information and answer questions about member benefits, activities, and events, helping Chamber members to make the most of their membership. They are visible at all chamber functions, welcoming new and prospective members, cultivating relationships with existing members, and facilitating introductions among all guests. In the community, committee members are the ambassadors for the Chamber, reaching out to local businesses and promoting the value of the Chamber.
Chair: Laura Gonyaw, Tax/Insurance
Venice Art Crawl Committee
The Venice Art Crawl Committee produces the Venice Art Crawl events four times during the year on the 3rd Thursday of the month with additional mixers and special activities scheduled throughout the year. The Venice Art Crawl was created as a means for strengthening communication and collaboration within the Venice community through a sequence of art events.
To learn more visit www.veniceartcrawl.com
Chair: Sunny Bak, Sunny Bak Studio
Venice Beach Young Professionals Committee
Venice Beach Young Professionals’ mission is to cultivate young, vibrant entrepreneurs and professionals to become better engaged in community life, expand professional and social networking opportunities, and become ambassadors for the Venice Chamber of Commerce.
We are a network of young entrepreneurs and business professionals who are leaders in their own fields and in the community. Members of Venice Beach Young Professionals are defining, developing, implementing, and leading the next generation.
Venice Beach Young Professionals also works to strengthen our members by encouraging them to achieve balance in their lives even as they work to strengthen their communities. To this end, the Venice Beach Young Professionals strive to develop programs that encourage individual members’ personal and professional growth.
For more information, email: email@example.com.
Chair: Co-Chairs: To be determined
Venice Legislative & Legal Committee
Formed in 2014, this committee was established to actively engage with elected leadership and other neighborhood organizations for purposes of supporting and promoting legal and legislative positions that are beneficial to the economic vitality of the business, community and quality of life in Venice.
Chair: Carl Lambert, Venice Breeze Suites
Venice Media District @ Silicon Beach
Serving the creative communities of film, TV & tech, the Venice Media District (VMD) is recognized by the Los Angeles City Council as one of the world’s most creative hubs for film, television, and technology. For over a century, creative icons, artists, and visionaries have thrived at LA’s artistic outpost by the sea. The Venice Media District focuses on bringing media professionals of all backgrounds together to share ideas, network with others in related fields, and collaborate on projects. Our goal is to brand Silicon Beach on a community level, in the heart of creativity – Venice Beach, California.
Co-Chairs: Elysa Voshell, Venice Arts and Sandie West, Creative Chakra Spa
Venice Sign Committee
Venice of America was introduced to the world by the legendary Abbot Kinney on July 4, 1905. Extending over Windward Avenue at Pacific Street (then Trolley Way), three-foot high letters spelling VENICE glowed to electric life. In 2005, marking the Venice Centennial, a group of citizens formed to create a contemporary replica. Today, the Chamber has assumed responsibility for this lasting legacy to the Venice of years past and a gateway to Venice Beach.
The Venice Sign Committee’s goals are to insure the maintenance of the Sign, establish and preserve the trademark rights in the Sign, and to merchandise the Sign for the ongoing benefit of the Venice community. Committee members raise maintenance funds through the Adopt-A-Bulb program, direct donations and license agreements.
Chair: David Moring, Attorney at Law