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In 2010, I transitioned from the San Fernando Valley to Beverly Hills in an entirely client-facing industry. The Chamber of Commerce was an invaluable tool in getting my new network established in an opportunity-rich, affluent community. My Book of Business has grown millions of dollars due to connections made via Chamber events. More importantly, the opening of our branch was expedited thanks to the Chamber’s ongoing partnership with the City and its regular advocacy of its members. The Chamber has helped make my business a known quantity in Beverly Hills; I couldn’t have done it without them.
The Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce is one of the leading business organizations in Los Angeles County and is the premiere organization representing the Beverly Hills business community.
As the premier business organization in the Beverly Hills community, it is the Chamber’s role to create and develop policies that will guide effective pro-business legislative and local policy representation for our membership. Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce’s Government Affairs Committee will utilize the following principles to develop policy recommendations to the Board of Directors and to articulate positions on behalf of Chamber membership when meeting with elected officials:
Beverly Hills Chamber’s policies highlight the importance of a strong economy for Beverly Hills. The Chamber will promote all public policy that encourages economic development through tax based incentives, minimized regulatory burdens, and increased financing at all levels of government. The Chamber supports all of the following initiatives:
The Chamber is strongly committed to promote Beverly Hills as the premier local, national, and international tourist destination as well as encourage policies that provide investment in the growth of tourism.
The Chamber knows that a safe and inviting atmosphere for business, its employees, clients, customers, and families is imperative to promoting and enhancing economic development in Beverly Hills. Beverly Hills has world-class fire and police departments, with top national rankings and response times. Businesses benefit from quality public safety, and the City’s public safety departments benefit from the strong local economy that contributes over 75% to the City’s general fund.
Beverly Hills Chamber recognizes the importance of our educational system and supports innovative efforts to better our educational system, both public and private. The Chamber specifically supports the following:
Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce strongly believes that an effective and efficient transportation infrastructure is pivotal to the economic success of the Beverly Hills community and the Los Angeles region.
Access to quality health care is essential for all Americans. It is critical that working men and women be provided access to basic health care through the business community. The Chamber supports any reforms that include flexibility and promote integrated delivery systems that control costs, increase efficiency and maintain quality such as those policies that emphasize prevention. Funding for health care should be equitably based and avoid an undue burden on business. Any system should incorporate viable processes that control costs and reduces administrative overhead to improve efficiency.
The Chamber supports the reduction of unnecessary government regulations and limiting the creation of new regulations. The Chamber supports streamlining governmental regulatory policy by removing duplicate and overlapping regulations. When appropriate, the consolidation of regulatory administrative entities should be sought to achieve economies of scale or synergy. The Chamber supports “one-stop shopping,” where several permits or licenses are required. Beverly Hills Chamber believes that all government fees and costs should be thoroughly analyzed to determine their need and how they will be dedicated. Furthermore, their impact on commerce and placing regionally based businesses at a competitive disadvantage should be taken into account. The Chamber encourages government employees to respect the interest of the business community and when appropriate to exercise their duties in a timely or flexible manner to prevent undue economic hardship on entrepreneurs.
The Legal System
California businesses are currently confronted with an excessive and expensive litigation system. Businesses are overly burdened with surging liability insurance costs, extensive legal obligations, and hefty settlements. Costly legal bills for California business results in higher consumer prices, fewer jobs, and less investment in California. Beverly Hills Chamber supports:
Management and Labor
Equitably based standards for Management and Labor relations is imperative if California is to attain its full economic potential. Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce supports the following to maximize worker productivity and job creation:
Beverly Hills Chamber supports tax policies which are fair and equitable to all taxpayers. The Chamber believes that undue tax policies discourage investment and sends a negative signal to the business community and investors.
The Chamber recognizes the entertainment industry as a critical component to the economic well being of the Beverly Hills community and Los Angeles region. The Chamber strongly supports those policies that will make Beverly Hills and Southern California competitive places to conduct entertainment related business. Beverly Hills Chamber supports Intellectual Property Rights and Copyright infringement laws and regulations which will safeguard entertainment related product or services.
The Chamber recognizes the value and significance of hotels in Beverly Hills. Hotels are the largest contributors to the City coffers, which in turn maintains the quality of life Beverly Hills cherishes, e.g. superior school system, rapid police and fire response, etc.
Beverly Hills Chamber supports the importance of the auto industry. The local dealerships are an important asset to the community contributing a strong portion of the City’s total annual sales tax revenues (up to 20% in past years). The Chamber encourages the dealerships to continue servicing their vehicles in Beverly Hills to retain their customers.Share This Page: