Sherman Oaks Chamber of Commerce Newsletter
April 2015
A Word From Our President

What a wonderful time to be in Sherman Oaks. Our Spring into Wellness Health Expo, LA Family Housing, and business development updates are part of the eclectic and diverse activities in our community. The historical first Wellness Health Expo at Westfield Fashion Square brought friends and families together, with over 50 vendors who showcased their offerings on a perfectly sunny Saturday. The LA Family Housing luncheon with its compassionate participants resulted in volunteer support for this pivotal group. The business development updates include new business and restaurant openings which continue to make Sherman Oaks a vibrant and exciting community.


Pedro Manrique
DeVry University and President of the Sherman Oaks Chamber of Commerce

 Chamber News
Spring Into Wellness Health Expo 
The SOCC held its first annual Spring Into Wellness Health Expo at Westfield Fashion Square this month. Over 50 local vendors attended to offer free diagnostics, health and safety information, exercise classes, healthy food demos, and to participate in a 3K walk in honor of weSPARK Cancer Support Center. 

L.A. Family Housing Spoke at Our Chamber Luncheon

L.A. Family Housing came to our monthly chamber luncheon, hosted by Panzanella Ristorante, to speak about issues related to homelessness in Sherman Oaks. The nonprofit organization is committed to helping people transition out of homelessness and poverty to improve their lives and our community.  If you would like to attend their next Volunteer Orientation or learn more about L.A. Family Housing, please contact Joyce Lee, Volunteer and Donations Coordinator, at (818) 255-2775 or . 


Sherman Oaks Street Fair Registration is Now Open
Registration for our 25th Annual Sherman Oaks Street Fair is now open. The event will take place on Ventura Blvd. on October 18, 2015 from 10AM-6PM. Last year, the fair attracted over 100,000 visitors. Vendor booths sold out early: reserve your spot now!

Community Updates
Sherman Oaks Continues to Grow
The SOCC and the local business community have been experiencing rapid growth this year as a number of new businesses have joined our already thriving community. Sherman Oaks is increasingly known for its highly sought after real estate, exclusive shopping, dining destinations, fitness studios, and more. 

Richard DiSisto Opening Downtown Johnny's in Sherman Oaks
Chamber VP and Sherman Oaks 
Downtown Johnny's
Restaurateur Richard DiSisto opened Downtown Johnny's this week on Ventura. He describes it as a "community tavern" that is a "throwback to a simpler time when people were just going out to have a great time"...more 

Chamber Members Featured on "Places to Grab a Beer in Sherman Oaks"  
Two of our members were recently recognized for their excellent work on "Places to Grab a Beer in Sherman Oaks"...more 

Member Receives "Best Of Houzz 2015" Award

Design Synthesis, owned by Chamber Treasurer Fran Kerzner, has been awarded "Best Of Houzz" for Design by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The "Los Angeles residential and commercial interior design firm" was chosen by the more than 25 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community...more

2015 Small Business Award Recipient Chosen 
weSPARK Cancer Support Center has been chosen to receive the 2015 Sherman Oaks Small Business Award from the United Chamber of Commerce. The nonprofit was chosen for the contributions they make to our community. weSPARK recently participated in the Chamber's Spring Into Wellness Health Expo by kicking off the event with a 3K walk.
May Calendar Events
"Get Out The Vote" Rally with Carolyn Ramsay 
Date/Time: May 3, 12:00-2:00PM
Location: Downtown Johnny's, 14649 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91604
Description: Get to know Carolyn Ramsay, Candidate for Los Angeles City Council
Fees/Admission: Complimentary Admission & Buffet, Donations Welcome
RSVP requested by 5/1: or 323-472-3237

Business Basics Breakfast
Date/Time: Wednesday, May 6, 7:30 to 9:00 AM
Location: Panera Bread, 14708 Ventura Blvd. 
Description: Lisa Elkan of Lisa PR will be speaking about Marketing, PR, & Social Media For Your Business
Fees/Admission: $20 pre-register through 5/4, $25 after and at the door
Inspirational Women in Business Luncheon
Date/Time: May 7, 2015, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM 
Location: Woodland Hills Hilton,  6360 Canoga Avenue, Woodland Hills, CA  91367
Description: Inspirational Women in Business Luncheon, with Honorary Chair
Hon. Wendy Gruel
Sponsored by United Chambers
Contact: Marian Jocz

Community Connections Luncheon
Date/Time: May 21, 2015, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM 
Location: Robin Hood British Pub, 13640 Burbank Blvd. Sherman Oaks, CA
Description: Join us for our monthly business luncheon with great food and guest speaker Stuart Waldman, President, VICA
Fees/Admission: $30 through 5/19, $35 after and at the door
Contact: Vicki Nussbaum
Multi-Chamber Networking Mixer
Date/Time: May 28, 2015, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Arthur Murray Dance, 4633 Van Nuys Boulevard, Sherman Oaks
Description: Multi-Chamber Networking Mixer with Sherman Oaks, Chatsworth and Encino and Studio City Chambers of Commerce
Fees/Admission: $10
Contact: Vicki Nussbaum

 Spotlight Member
GS Custom Plumbing

Owner Gene Sheynker has 22 years of experience and is proud to call himself a 3rd generation Plumber. GS Custom Plumbing offers a wide range of full-service custom plumbing and sewer services including faucet repair, complete copper re-pipe, tankless water heater installation and repair, water filtration systems, sewer video inspection, emergency gas shut-off, and more. They provide the highest quality customer service and make every effort to take care of your problem fast, even on nights and weekends- satisfaction guaranteed. They serve the Greater Los Angeles Area and respond to plumbing emergencies 24/7.  For inquiries, call 818-266-5538.  

Welcome New Members!


14827 Ventura Blvd, Suite 207, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
(818) 906-1951
Vicki Nussbaum, Executive Director
Emma Daly, Marketing and Social Media Manager