The City of Gardena has a number of partners that help us serve our Business Community with resources and information
The City of Gardena Economic Development Committee (EDC)
Its mission is to promote, encourage, enhance and facilitate economic opportunities by establishing and preserving a business and job friendly environment to attract and retain businesses, industry and commerce, that will enhance Gardena’s economic viability, financial stability, and improve the overall quality of life of its residents.
- Partner with Gardena Business Advisory Committee (GBAC) regarding specific business issues affecting Gardena;
- Promote new business development opportunities;
- Identify incentives that will encourage desirable business and industry to locate to Gardena;
- Identify issues that would prevent businesses from desiring to locate in Gardena;
- Provide input on finding ways to eliminate these issues;
- Provide assistance and support on business retention issues;
- Make targeted site visits with Economic Development staff; and,
- Provide support on issues affecting the economy and quality of life in the City.
The Committee consists of four members comprised of leading owners and operators of businesses within the City of Gardena. The current members are Victor Amenta, Naresh Solanki, Carlos Lifosjoe and Moe Shemirani. The EDC meets every other month on the 4th Thursday of the month at 4:00 p.m. For more information contact the Office of the City Manager at (310) 217-9504
Gardena Business Advisory Council (G-BAC)
The Gardena Business Advisory Council (G-BAC) serves as an advisory to the Council on matters pertaining to the city’s interactions with the business community. Members review city policies and procedures and propose recommendations for new programs, legislation, or procedures to move Gardena forward in becoming an increasingly business-friendly city.
The current members are:
Gene Hale (Chair), G &;C Equipment Corporation
Yas Konishi (Vice Chair), Gardena Watch Company
Charles Yoo, Pacific Realtors – Korean Chamber Of Commerce
Wanda Love, President, Gardena Valley Chamber of Commerce
Steve Rogers, Southwest Offset Printing
Joseph Lee, Comerica Bank
Their goals are:
(1) To support local Gardena businesses
(2) To help Gardena businesses do business with the City of Gardena.
The City of Gardena’s Outstanding Business Award recognizes and showcases successful Gardena businesses semi-annually. Honorees will be judged on their business achievements, including leadership, stability, growth & profitability, and community involvement. Applications will be reviewed and evaluated by the Gardena Business Advisory Council (G-BAC).
G-BAC meets every second Thursday of the even month at 4:00pm. For more information, contact the Office of the City Manager at 310) 217-9645
Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC)
The LAEDC’s mission is to attract, retain and grow businesses and jobs for the Los Angeles County region. LAEDC provides business assistance for new and expanding businesses, and they offer a variety of financial and technical assistance programs that can help improve your company’s bottom line.
For more information visit LAEDC’s website at http://www.laedc.org or call 213-622-4300.
Gardena Valley Chamber of Commerce (GVCC)
The Gardena Valley Chamber of Commerce is located at 1204 West Gardena Boulevard, Suite E & F, Gardena, CA. 90247For more information on joining or obtaining information, call (310) 532-9905 or visit the website at www.gardenachamber.com GVCC can also be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
North Gardena Business Association
The North Gardena Business Association was organized in January 2000 to pursue the eventual development of a Business Improvement District to finance improvements such as street lighting, security, street and sidewalk cleaning, marketing and promotion of public events through property assessment within specified geographical boundaries.
For information, please contact Laverne Knight, President of the North Gardena Business Association at (310) 516-1958
Southern California Edison (SCE)
SCE concentrates its economic efforts in the retention, expansion, and attraction of companies. It focuses attention on business climate issues and increases the competitiveness of the business community. It offers a variety of free, confidential services that address energy, environmental, and economic challenges facing companies today. For additional information visit Southern California Edison Website at www.sce.com or email Tod Sword at Tod.Sword@sce.com.
The USC Center for Planning & Development
The USC Center for Economic Development is a U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA) funded University Center providing information and technical assistance to public and private organizations and dedicated to improving the lives of people and their communities. For more information contact Associate Director, Dion Jackson via email at email@example.com or (213) 740-6868. Visit the USC Center for Economic Development website at www.usc.edu/schools/price/ced/dionjackso.html
Advantage CDC is a non-profit corporation partnering with the U.S. SBA and private sector lenders to provide eligible small businesses with long-term, fixed-rate financing for major fixed assets, such as land and buildings. For further information about Advantage CDC, call (562) 983-7450
The California Employment Training Panel
The California ETP provides customized training for employers. They are located at 4640 Lankersheim Blvd., Suite 311, North Hollywood, CA 91602-1841 and may be contacted directly at (818) 755-1313 for additional information or visit www.etp.ca.gov
Small Business Administration
Small Business Administration develops and supports entrepreneurs through a vast network of resource partners. To learn more on how SBA can assist you, contact the SBA District Office at 330 North Brand Suite 1200 Glendale, CA 91203 (818) 552-3210 www.sba.gov/ca/la
South Bay Business Website
This website includes valuable statistics for the South Bay that everyone can use. http://www.southbaybusiness.org/
Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) provides business plan assistance, loan package assistance, small business workshops, and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Certification. Here are just a few examples of the types of small business workshops that SBA offers in Southern California:
- Getting Financing for your Business
- Starting and Operating Your Own Business
- Promoting and Protecting Your Invention
- Creative Sales through Marketing
- How to Develop a Business Plan.
The nearest Small Business Development Center to the City of Gardena is located at El Camino College, 13430 Hawthorne Blvd., Hawthorne, CA 90250-5806. For more information on SBDC, visit their website at www.southbaysbdc.org Tel: 310) 973-3177 Fax: (310) 973-3132
California Manufacturing Technology Center (CMTC®)
CMTC® is a non-profit consulting company whose mission is to create solutions for the improvement of our customers’ performance by fostering innovation and sharing knowledge.. www.cmtc.com
CMTC® offers manufacturing solutions for growth and profitability for all types and sizes of industries. From small to large manufacturers you can choose from a variety of solutions to fit your needs
The Made in California Program is a web based program that offers manufacturers who make products in California or are part of a supply chain of manufacturers’, visibility through the California Manufacturing Technology Center (CMTC) website. CMTC would like to recognize the contributions of manufacturers in California and feature those companies that have contributed to the growth of the economy, are involved in continuous improvement, strive to create jobs, and to grow their businesses.
California Definition for Made in CA
- Company registered with either a primary or secondary manufacturing NAICS code (CMTC will verify).
- Supply chain manufacturers located within California will be considered.
- The product’s final assembly, manufacturing or processing must take place in California and the manufacturing facility must be located in California
Find out more: http://www.cmtc.com/made-in-california-program/
Benefits for California Manufacturers:
- No cost to list your company
- Special invites to premier events that CMTC sponsors or hosts
- Free exposure to visitors to the CMTC site to view your company information
- Free company profile page to increase awareness of your products, services and your company news
- Generate potential business for the manufacturer due to higher visibility
- Complimentary company listing in the National Innovation Marketplace (NIM) to receive alerts on national business opportunities
- Visibility to entrepreneurs seeking a manufacturer to produce their new product
- Develop synergies with other manufacturers to increase sales
- Access to Made in CA social media sites
- Support the manufacturing industry in California by participating