SHOP SMALL: Small Businesses Promotes Local Shopping During the Holiday Season

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“Shop Small!” during the holidays, says the Greater Monterey Park Chamber of Commerce, which is joining a national campaign to support small retailers as the holiday gift- giving season approaches.

According to the Small Business Administration:

  • There are 23 million small businesses in the country.
  • Small businesses have increased by 49% since 1982
  • 54% of U.S. sales happen at small businesses.
  • Small businesses have created 8 million jobs since 1990.
  • Franchised small businesses employ roughly 8 million people, and make up 40 % of all American retail jobs.

The chamber is serving as a “Neighborhood Champion” by offering bags, fly, signage and social media to encourage shoppers to shop local retail businesses and restaurants as they prepare for the gift giving season, announced Dora Leung, President of the Chamber.

Local business owners can obtain free “ShopSmall” promotional items by visiting the Chamber offices at the historic El Encanto building, 700 El Mercado Ave. in Monterey Park. The Chamber staff will also be distributing samples at many new retail businesses on Garvey Avenue in Downtown Monterey Park and along Atlantic Boulevard where many small retail businesses are located.

The ShopSmall period officially begins Saturday, Nov. 26. It began as an effort promote local small business as traditional “Black Friday” promotions tend to benefits mostly big box retailers. Besides “Small Business Saturday”. the Greater Monterey Park Chamber is encouraging residents to shop small local businesses throughout the year.  ShopSmall was founded and being promoted by American Express and UPS.

The Chamber will be posting photos and activities on its website at: http://www.gmpkchamber.org  and on its Facebook  and other social media pages. The Chamber encourages local shoppers to post photos of themselves as they shop local stores under the hashtag #shopsmallmontereypark and #shopsmall.

“The holiday season is very important to local retailers and restaurants as well as the city.” Leung said in encouraging local residents to ShopSmall.

The holiday season is also a great time to visit many local restaurants, she added. Monterey Park is well-known for its unique retail stores and variety of restaurants.

For more information contact the Chamber at (626) 570-9429,

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MORE SHOPPING OPPORTUNITIES COMING TO MONTEREY PARK: MARKET PLACE COMMERCIAL CENTER BREAKS GROUND

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Dora Leung, Chamber President flanked by Jack Morris (l) and Joe Merino, M&M Realty Partners, New Jersey

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Chamber Boardmember (l-r) Caleb Kwok, Steve Ramirez, Isabel Wu, Dora Leung (President), Jack Morris, Teresa Amador, Vivian Romero (Montebello Vice Mayor) and Joe Merino

The City of Monterey Park, along with developer M & M Realty Partners, a venture backed by two industry-leading real estate development, property management and construction companies, celebrated the construction of the Monterey Market Place Shopping Center on November 16, 2016. This new, long-awaited retail center is situated on a 45+ acre property in the City of Monterey Park, where construction began this summer. The Market Place will be anchored by a full service Costco Warehouse, as well as a Home Depot and Garden Center. Other featured tenants include an In-N-Out Burger and Chick-fil-A. The center is expected to open by early 2018.The site, located 10 miles east of Downtown Los Angeles in the City of Monterey Park, is situated along the 60/Pomona Freeway, just west of Paramount Boulevard and will have access from Paramount Blvd and Portrero Grande Drive.

“Our residents are very excited to be able to shop at Costco and Home Depot, as well to dine at In-N-Out and Chick-fil-A” stated Monterey Park Mayor Mitchell Ing. “The tenants committed to the site are first-class and in high demand. We expect tremendous success at the location for our residents, the developer and the outstanding tenants”.

“We’ve created a dynamic retail center that answers the wishes of our residents, for venture and choice among retail offerings, while providing extensive economic benefits such as jobs and tax revenue” commented Monterey Park City Manager Paul Talbot, who shepherded the project from inception to this stage.

Joe Marino, Partner M &M Realty Partners said, “We are excited to break ground and move closer to realization. We have worked closely with numerous agencies to bring this project to fruition. When completed, it will be a great shopping center that creates terrific business opportunities for our tenants, tremendous new revenue for the city and hundreds of new jobs to the entire community.

Enrique Manzanilla, Environmental Protection Agency Superfund Division Director said, “One of our goal is to address environmental challenges left behind by industry so that real property can be restored and given back to the community for a safe and productive future. EPA supports this revitalization effort that will boost the local economy.” “It took almost ten years to close the deal with M & M Realty Partners, but we will now have an exciting development underway on the north parcel of the former landfill site” stated David Hirsch, Trustee of the Development Parcel of the Operating Industries, Inc. site.

M&M Realty Partners is a privately-owned and financed company created by east-coast based Edgewood Properties, Inc, and JMP Holdings. The company owns and manages over 6,000,000 square feet of retail/commercial space. Among the company’s notable achievements is the redevelopment of the 223-acre former Garden State Race Track in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. The Garden State Park project is one of the largest mixed use projects in New Jersey and transformed the once–vacant racetrack into a walk-able $800 million Lifestyle Center, featuring over one million square feet of retail and commercial space and approximately 1,700 upscale residences. M & M Realty Partners possesses extensive, large-scale development experience in the commercial, residential and mixed-use sectors, expertise in environmentally-sensitive properties, and strong financial resources.

GMPCC welcomes M&M Realty Partners to Monterey Park. Dora Leung, President of GMPCC, states “We look forward to working with M&M Realty Partners as well as their future tenants so that residents of Monterey Park and surrounding communities will be able to have access to all the products and services they want locally.”

Questions may be directed to (626) 570-9429.

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After-Hours Mixer: Dia de Los Muertos on November 3, 2016

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The Latino observance of “Dia de los Muertos” will be the theme of a business outreach mixer sponsored by the Greater Monterey Park Chamber of Commerce on the evening of Thursday, Nov. 3 between 5 to 8 p.m. at the historic Jardin El Encanto building, located at 700 El Mercado Ave., Monterey Park.

The mixer will feature food, entertainment, exhibits and opportunities to meet with members of local businesses, residents and non-profit organizations. A Frida Kahlo “look-a-like” contest will be held with various prizes for the top winners. Live music, artisan exhibits and face-painting will also be featured. Kahlo was the famous Mexican artist whose works featured many Dias de Los Muertos themes.

Dia de Los Muertos originated in central & southern Mexico but is now celebrated worldwide during the first week of November. Although it coincides with Catholic tradition (All Souls & All Saint’s Day), the indigenous people have combined it with their own traditional beliefs honoring their loved ones who have passed on. Elaborate altars (ofrendas) are set up with flowers, toys and drinks to please spirits of dead relatives in the hopes they will bring good luck for the family in the coming year.

Donation for the event is $15 per person for a meal that will include Tamales and refreshments. For advanced reservations call (626) 570-9429.

Businesses and non-profit organizations wishing to have information tables or booths are welcome to the event. Booth space may be obtained by contacting the Chamber or by contacting Dave Barron at 626) 607-6837.

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Member News: Open House at DREAMWEAVER Medical Associates

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Dreamweaver Medical Associates

Dr. Francisco G. Rodriguez, DO, Primary Care Physician at Dreamwear Medical Associates in San Gabriel, CA invites his fellow Chamber members and the public to attend their open house and annual election kickoff on Friday, October 14, 2016.

The medical staff at DMA will answer any administrative questions while Dr. Rodriguez will be happy to any clinical questions at NO COST to attendees. They will also have their Health Insurance Specialists available to give a NO COST benefit analysis of existing health insurance plans. The Specialists represent all plans accepted by the office.

Dreamweaver Medical Associates are located at 330 W. Las Tunas Dr. #1 San Gabriel, CA 91776. The open house will take place between 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Light snacks and soft drinks will be provided.

For further questions, please call (626) 284-3300.

 

 

 

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Chamber Welcomes Hangzhou to MPK

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The Chamber recently hosted a group of young leaders in the field of finance and investment from Hangzhou, China. Representing private and governmental financial entities, they exchanged ideas and had an opportunity to dialogue with regards to American financial system. Keynote speaker was Mr. Joseph Leon, City Treasurer of Monterey Park. City Clerk Vincent Chang was also present representing the City of Monterey Park.

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EVENT REPORT: Chamber Partners with Wing Hop Fung, America Asia Travels and Mr. Baguette to Promote Art & Culture for Residents & Business Owners

 

The Greater Monterey Park Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center recently completed its first successful fundraiser with a summer excursion to the “The Pageant of the Masters” show in Laguna Beach. The Chamber partnered with Monterey Park businesses Wing Hop Fung, Mr. Baguette and America Asia Travels to take local residents and their friends on a fun and exciting evening on the town.

The Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach is a show that has been going on for several decades. It began when locals dressed up to replicate people in famous paintings to help attract patrons to local businesses. Today, it features a sophisticated stage with an annual theme (this year was “Partners”). Various “paintings” and “sculptures” featuring live people are displayed accompanied by a live orchestra.

The trip started at WHF where Lan Ong hosted a wine and tea tasting for the attendees. A variety of wine were available for sampling. Ms. Ong personally demonstrated the art of drinking tea as well. For those interested in taking some of WHF’s finest products home, special discounts were offered just for the evening.

After the tasting session, passengers boarded a 56-seater bus provided by America Asia Travels. The proud American Eagle themed bus was a sight to see when it arrived in front of the theater in Laguna Beach. Helen Koo, CEO of America Asia Travels, took time out of her busy schedule and went along to see the show.

Mr. Baguette, a local Vietnamese sandwich shop with stores throughout the San Gabriel Valley, kept passengers nourished with its signature sandwiches to all participants.

The Chamber would like to thank all its sponsors and partners as well as all attendees for making the summer excursion such a success.

 

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MEMBER NEWS: MERCI’S OPEN HOUSE FOR NEW CLASSROOMS AND ADMNISTRATION BUILDINGS SET FOR AUGUST 31st

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MERCI’s new Administration and Classrooms.

Monterey Park, CA—MERCI is pleased to announce that construction is finished on the new Administration and Classroom Buildings at 525 North Chandler, Monterey Park. The public is invited to an Open House on Wednesday, August 31st from 6:00-8:00 P.M. Rene Araiza, MERCI Board member, will be the emcee for the Open House program. There will be tours of the buildings. Desserts and beverages will be served.

Loans, donations and grants have helped to construct the two new buildings which replaced other buildings built in the early 1900s. MERCI Executive Director Marta Escañuelas says that, “The buildings are a beautiful addition to Monterey Park, but funds are still needed to help pay off the loans.” MERCI will recognize all donations, but donations of $10,000 or more will have rooms named in honor of the individual, organization or business. With donations of $100,000 or more, an individual, business or organization will have building naming rights for one of the two buildings.

A group of parents of children with developmental disabilities from the San Gabriel Valley and East Los Angeles formed MERCI in 1955 as a school because at that time there were no educational options for their children. In 1962 MERCI moved into the 525 North Chandler Avenue site which had been built in 1919. Over the years MERCI has moved into supporting adults with day programs and adults in group homes. MERCI presently serves more than 100 adults with developmental disabilities from all over the San Gabriel Valley in five programs. It is estimated that there are 8,000 children and adults in this area alone who could benefit from the programs if there were more space. Planning for the construction of the new buildings started in 2006 with the award of $814,000 of federal HUD funds administered by the City of Monterey Park for the group home which was completed and opened in 2013.

MERCI needs the support of the community to complete payment for the project. Donations can be mailed to MERCI, P.O. Box 676, Monterey Park, CA 91754 or potential donors can visit MERCI’s website at http://www.merci.org and make a donation online. Donations to MERCI are tax deductible, as MERCI is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. Individuals, businesses and organizations can rent the rooms for events evenings and weekends. For more information contact Executive Director Marta Escañuelas at (626) 289-8817 or E-mail her at martaesc1@verizon.net.

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