Sherman Oaks Chamber of Commerce Newsletter
September 2015
A Word From Our President
What an amazing and engaged community! We had our Foundation kick off, fourteen new businesses joined our chamber, three  ribbon cutting ceremonies for great businesses, and an informative luncheon with our exceptionally accessible Councilmember Ryu. During our luncheon, we were engaged by the humility and wisdom of our Councilmember who fielded excellent questions from our members. Our eclectic and diverse community is showcased in this newsletter, hope you enjoy this, and look forward to joining us at our 25th Annual Sherman Oaks Street Fair. 
Pedro Manrique
DeVry University and President of the Sherman Oaks Chamber of Commerce

 Chamber News
The 25th Annual Sherman Oaks Street Fair- October 18 10am-6pm
The Street Fair is the largest event in the SFV. It will be located on Ventura Blvd. in Sherman Oaks and will stretch 9 blocks from Van Nuys Blvd. to Kester Blvd. Approximately 100,000 people and 200 vendors are expected to attend. Vendor booths sold out early last year: reserve your spot now! The event features:
The Sherman Oaks Chamber Foundation 
The Sherman Oaks Chamber Foundation's mission is to promote and encourage educational, social and artistic opportunities for the businesses and residents of Sherman Oaks and to enhance our sense of community and spirit. To support the foundation, please visit our GoFundMe page. 

Chamber Launches New Website
We're proud to announce that we have launched a new website. In addition to being more user and mobile friendly, we have added several new features including pages promoting our member's blogs and available meeting spaces. We will also be adding a page for Chamber and member news and news releases. To have your blog, meeting space, or news release added to the website, please send us an email with the information.  

The 2nd Annual Sunset Social 
The SOCC had its 2nd Annual Sunset Social in June to raise money for our newly formed Sherman Oaks Chamber Foundation. Approximately 100 guest attended the charity event, including the newly elected Councilmember of District 4, David Ryu. The event was held in the beautiful home of Fran Kerzner, Chamber Treasurer and owner of Design Synthesis. Food, wine, and beverages were donated by Whole Foods Sherman Oaks and cocktails were hosted by Chamber VP Richard DiSisto, owner of Tunnel Bar, Tipple & Brine, and Downtown Johnny's. Together we raised almost $5,000 for the charity in one night. 

Councilmember David Ryu Speaks at Chamber Luncheon
New members with our speaker, host, and sponsor
This month, Councilmember David Ryu gave an engaging speech and Q&A session at our sold out Community Connections Luncheon. The excellent lunch was hosted by Richard DiSisto at his restaurant, Tipple & Brine. It sponsored by Blanks Studios, LLC and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council

Community Updates
Sherman Oaks Gets its First Electric Bike Store
ElectroBike Grand Opening
ElectroBike, Sherman Oaks' first electric bike store, celebrated its Grand Opening with a Chamber Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at their Sherman Oaks Galleria location. Their line of cutting-edge, eco-friendly bikes are a fun, sustainable, and cost-effective transportation alternative. ElectroBikes resemble traditional bikes and are completely gas-free, making it a great way to reduce the rider's carbon footprint as they navigate through LA. Watch the video from the grant opening to learn more about the company and the future of electric bikes!

Marty Cohen to be Honored for Support of Building for America's Bravest Program
Chamber member Marty Cohen of Valley Carpet One is being honored by The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation for his generous support of the Foundation's Building for America's Bravest (BFAB) program. In recognition of this support, members of the Fire Department of New York will be traveling from NY to present a specially-designed shadowbox containing hallowed 9/11 steel from Ground Zero to Marty Cohen. The event will take place at his store in Van Nuys on September 17 at 1:30pm.

Mend Urgent Care Opens in Sherman Oaks
Mend Urgent Care Grand Opening
Mend Urgent Care opened its doors in Sherman Oaks earlier this month.  The Chamber was honored to have the opportunity to join them in celebrating their grand opening with a Chamber Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. Mend is available to patients on demand, after hours, weekends, and whenever life throws a curveball.

National Night Out
The community came out to support Sherman Oaks' National Night Out which is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live.  The event was held at the Ralphs in Sherman Oaks on Ventura. 

 Wells Fargo Awards Grants at Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Earlier this month, Wells Fargo celebrated its opening in Sherman Oaks by generously awarding grants to several local charities and schools including Children of the Night, Sherman Oaks Elementary, and more. 


September/October Calendar Events

SOCC Community Connections Luncheon
Date/Time: September 17, 2015, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM 
Location: Cucina Bene, 4511 Sepulveda Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
Description: Join us for our monthly business luncheon with great food and guest speaker
Fees/Admission: $30 through 9/15, $35 after and at the door
Mix & Mingle
Date/Time: September 29, 2015, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Location: The Oaks Tavern, 13625 Moorpark St, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
Description: Join the Chamber for a networking mixer
Fees/Admission: $15, includes appetizers and a drink. Cash bar available

Business Basics Breakfast
Date/Time: Wednesday, October 7, 7:30 to 9:00 AM
Location: Panera Bread, 14708 Ventura Blvd. 
Description: Join us for our monthly business luncheon with great food and a guest speaker.
Fees/Admission: $20 pre-register through 5/4, $25 after and at the door

25th Annual Sherman Oaks Street Fair
Date/Time: October 18, 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM 
Location: Ventura Blvd. in Sherman Oaks between Van Nuys & Kester
DescriptionThe Sherman Oaks Street Fair is the largest event in the San Fernando Valley. The event features fabulous live music, almost 200 vendors and displays, food courts, a beer, wine, and cocktail garden, classic cars, antique fire trucks from the LAFD Historical Society, carnival rides, a Kids Zone, raffle prizes, and much more. we expect up to 100,000 people to attend this year. 
Fees: Vendor Booths starting at $250, free for attendees, sponsorship opportunities
Mix & Mingle 
Date/Time: October 27, 2015 5:30 PM- 7:30 PM
Location: Sherman Oaks Galleria, TBD
Event Description: Join us in creating connections and power partners at the SOCC Mix & Mingle! 
Fees: $15, includes appetizers and a drink. Cash bar available

 Spotlight Members
Best Western Plus Carriage Inn
Best Western Plus Carriage Inn hotel features a cocktail lounge, exercise facility, outdoor heated swimming pool and meeting space to accommodate up to 30 people. Guests of this pet-friendly hotel in Sherman Oaks also enjoy a complimentary morning newspaper and high-speed Internet access. There's also a Denny's® restaurant on premises, serving American dishes 24 hours a day. This Los Angeles area hotel offers discount tickets to nearby attractions including Universal Studios® and Six Flags® Magic Mountain.

Blanks Studios, LLC
Blanks Studios is the hottest new dance/fitness space in Los Angeles and the only one in the Valley to offer a variety of dance and dance/fitness classes with no membership. The studio features some of the most popular programs in the industry from DIO®, to Zumba®, to Groov3™, Hip Hop, Broadway, Tap and new classes coming for seniors! 

ElectroBike's first US store was in Venice but it recently opened its second location in Sherman Oaks. Their line of cutting-edge, eco-friendly bikes are a fun, sustainable, and cost-effective transportation alternative. ElectroBikes resemble traditional bikes and are completely gas-free, making it a great way to reduce the rider's carbon footprint as they navigate through LA. 

Payscout, Inc. 
Payscout is a global payment processing provider covering six continents by connecting merchants and consumers via credit, debit, ATM and alternative payment networks. What differentiates Payscout is our mission: "Payscout supports the entrepreneurial dream one transaction at a time".  Our "GO GLOBAL NOW" technology platform gives merchants instant access to 100+ countries, billions of consumers and trillions of dollars. Payscout was recently recognized as one of America's fastest-growing privately held companies in 2014 and 2015.
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