MEMBER NEWS: West San Gabriel Valley Association Of REALTORS® Partners with Boys & Girls Club of West San Gabriel Valley to Help the Youth of the San Gabriel Valley


WSGVAR Representatives with Boys & Girls Club kids.

On Friday, August 12th, West San Gabriel Valley Association of REALTORS®(WSGVAR) partnered with the Boys and Girls Club of West San Gabriel Valley (BGCWSGV) to donate backpacks and school supplies to children enrolled in the after school program.  Both organizations have come together to make a greater difference in the community.

To kick off the school year, “our organization collected over 100 backpacks and dozens of back-to-school supplies … these donations will help families in need of our support, giving them one less thing to worry about as this school year begins.” said 2016 WSGVAR President, Kevin Kwan. Monterey Park’s Mayor, Mitchell Ing, and the President of the Greater Monterey Park Chamber of Commerce, Dora Leung were present at the ceremony where approximately 200 students benefited from the donation drive.

BGCWSGV has served the youth of Monterey Park, Alhambra and the surrounding areas for over 42 years. They provide a safe and structured environment where children can learn and have access to programs that will shape their future. Membership fees for the Boys and Girls Club are kept low and no child is turned away due to an inability to pay.

WSGVAR and its Foundation work with the surrounding communities, offering scholarships to high school seniors, as well as donating to various local organizations. For over 93 years they have served REALTORS® in Alhambra, Monterey Park, Rosemead, San Gabriel, and Temple City. The mission of WSGVAR is to advocate and enhance the interests of REALTORS®; to promote adherence to the REALTOR® Code of Ethics and professional competency of members; to safeguard and preserve private property rights, always mindful of cultural backgrounds within our communities.  


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Jerome Horton to be Special Guest at Asian Small Business Expo – Free Admission



Greater Monterey Park Chamber members and friends are invited to participate in the 17th Annual Asian Small Business Expo on Saturday, September 10th between the hours of 9 am to 1 pm. The FREE event will feature workshops. Topics of discussion will include: Recipe for Funding; Targeting Your Target Market; Changes in the Minimum Wages and Labor Law; The Art of Effective Business Networking and New Opportunities in Financing.

Jerome Horton, California Board of Equalization will be special guest.

There will also be a women’s entrepreneur panel featuring Annie Choi (Found Coffee), Khiow Hui Lim (iDigBrand, Inc.) & Ginger Lim Dimapasok (Cafe 86).

Event will held at: Almansor Court located at 700 S. Almansor St. Alhambra, CA 91801

Further details may be found at: Asian Small Business Expo 2016 (

Event if free but registration recommended:

Or call: (213) 473-1605



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GRAND OPENING August 27th: Welcome to the World of Beautiful Skin!


Rose Diaz, owner of Skin FX, Monterey Park

We are always happy to see someone opens a new business in the City of Monterey Park. When that new business is owned by someone originally from Monterey Park, we are even more excited.

New GMPCC member Skin FX Aesthetic Studio will be having its Grand Opening celebration on August 27, 2016. Starting at 10:00 am, guests will be able to enjoy light morning treats while enjoying the sounds of soft classical Flamenco jazz. Official ribbon cutting will be at 11:00 am.


Skin FX Aesthetic Studio began as a concept over small talk, and a need for skin care while staying in the beautiful region of Taiwan’s rainforest of Nantou, in 2006.

Founder, and Licensed Esthetician, Rose Diaz, spent a summer overseas as a missionary to teach English to the Bunun aborigines. Little did she know that over beautiful harmonies of aboriginal choirs, and dancing, and a mesmerizing view of Sun Moon Lake, that the experience would lead to a career in skin care.

Without the convenience of being able to walk to a mall in this remote area, Rose was asked for assistance with another missionary’s skin. Time spent treating her partner with limited products and methods led to discussions of pursuing further education in the field of skin care. On the way back, her stay in Taipei only further encouraged her new pursuit after seeing the variety of skin care products available.

Rose returned to her home town of Monterey Park, and completed courses in skin care, at the East Los Angeles Occupational Center, receiving two scholarships; one helping her to further her education at the University of Inclusive Health under the direction of Dr. Howard Murad.

Shortly after she completed her program, Rose received her new title as an Inclusive Health Ambassador and became licensed by the State of California. She was quickly hired to work in a Dermatology clinic in South Pasadena, CA to receive further training in a clinical setting.

With clinical training and a passion for all things skin care, Rose incorporated under the name of Green Rose LLC, and created the blueprint for Skin FX Aesthetic Studio. Approximately six months later she collaborated with an old friend and now investor, Romano Galassi, an engineer for the City of Los Angeles, to make the dream a reality.

Rose continues researching the most safe and effective products and modalities, and collaborating with professionals in the field of skin care,  who use the latest technologies from the east to the west.

Her goal is to design treatments that will allow you to be as beautiful on the outside as you are on the inside.

Skin FX is where noninvasive health and beauty modalities, and the philosophy that nutritional coaching and positive life habits can be taught to promote skin care health.

Initial Treatments that will be provided at Skin FX are: Sugar Wax Face and Body Hair Removal, Microcurrent/Skin Tightening, Exfoliation/Microdermabrasion, Cavitation/Cellulite Treatments, Nutritional Coaching to Support Esthetics.

All are welcomed to attend the grand opening at 1900 South Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 2, Monterey Park, CA 91754. Activities will start at 10:00 am with ribbon cutting at 11:00 am.

Media: For service appointment: or call (626) 905-6330.


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Lunch & Learn: Leverage Your Small Business to Success – Thursday, August 25th

Qing Lunch n Learn 2016-08-25

Whether you are just starting a business, are in need of working capital, looking to purchase commercial real estate or expand your operation, the Small Business Administration (SBA) is here to help you succeed.

The Greater Monterey Park Chamber of Commerce will offer tips on how to get what you need for your business. Speakers will included Mr. Qing Huang, CRTP, ChFC, CEO of Boulder Accounting Services and a representative from East West Bank, who will talk about SBA programs.

The event is FREE for Chamber members and $10 for perspective Chamber members. Lunch will be served at the event.

Please RSVP to or call (626) 570-9429. Media, please email David Barron at



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Chamber Host Ecuadorian National Day Celebration


Ecuadorian VIPs and dignitaries get ready to celebrate.

Representatives and community leaders from nations representing South and Central America as well as Mexico were on hand to help the South American country of Ecuador celebrate its independence at the historic Jardin El Encanto in Monterey Park recently.

The Chamber established its relationship with the Ecuadorian community when it suffered a devastating earthquake earlier this year. Shortly thereafter, Past president and current MP City City Clerk Vincent Chang – who was born in Ecuador, set up El Encanto as a donation center to help victims of the earthquake.

Ecuador, a small country which straddles the equator on the west coast of the South American continent,   celebrates August 10th as its National Day. Also known as “El Primer Grito de Indepencia”, the fledgling nation first declared its independence from Spain in the city of Quito (now the capital) on August 10, 1809. Although the government that was formed lasted only about two months, it laid the foundation for an independence movement for Ecuador and the rest of Spanish colonial-ruled South American continent. The Ecuadorian War of Independence was fought between 1820 and 1822. The coastal city of Guayaquil was the first Ecuadorian city to gain full independence on October 9, 1820. That day is known as Independence Day. The nation of Ecuador gained full and complete independence from Spain on May 24, 1822. Fought on the foothills of a volcano, that day is known as the Battle of Pichincha.

Today, Ecuador is a popular South American travel destination with many scenic and historical sites including the Andean mountains, Amazonian rainforest as well the world-renown Galapagos Islands, made famous by Charles Darwin. The capital city of Quito is a UNESCO heritage site with beautiful colonial buildings.  Indigenous culture and markets abound for those seeking an out-this-world shopping experience.

Business opportunities also abound with the county being rich in a number of natural resources including some of the world’s best chocolate. Interested in establishing a business relationship? Contact GMPCC.

The event was co-hosted by the Greater Monterey Park Chamber of Commerce and the Comision Permanente de Fiestas Patrias Ecuatorianas.

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Monterey Park Fire Chief Scott Haberle will be the featured guest at the “Dim Sum & Donuts” breakfast networking mixer hosted Thursday, June 23 by the Greater Monterey Park Chamber of Commerce.

The chamber’s bi-monthly breakfast mixer offers an opportunity for local business people to network with potential customers and meet leading members of the community. The networking event features Dim Sum, Donuts and Pan Dulce, along with coffee, tea and Juice. A $10 donation is requested.

Chief Haberle will discuss the current status of the City fire department and plans for the rebuilding of Fire Station 62 located at Garfield Avenue and Elmgate Street. The station serves the southeast section of the city.

Beginning his career with Monrovia in 1992, Haberle has held the ranks of firefighter/paramedic, fire inspector/investigator, fire captain, battalion chief and deputy fire chief. In addition to working on fire and emergency medical incident responses, Haberle has coordinated and managed a number of specialized assignments ranging from fire prevention as the fire marshal, administration of the emergency medical services and operations division, the citywide disaster preparedness program including the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and the emergency operations center.

Haberle has a master’s in public administration from the University of La Verne and has completed his Executive Fire Officer designation from the National Fire Academy.

Haberle was appointed Fire Chief in 2014. He heads the Monterey Park’s department of 52 sworn fire personnel, three fire stations with an annual budget of over $11,000,000.

RSVP to or call David at (626) 570-9429. Activities begins at 7:30 am.

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Lunch and Learn: Eviction Basics – FREE for Members

Eviction Lunch and Learn 2016-05-19
The Greater Monterey Park Chamber of Commerce is conducting a Lunch & Learn on Thursday May 19, 2016 from 12:001:30 pm at the historic El Encanto, 700 El Mercado Ave. Monterey Park, CA 91754. This Lunch & Learn will cover the general time frames for processing unlawful detainer actions, and will focus in more detail on the preparation and service of the various notices of termination of tenancy on which the eviction action is based. There will also be an open Q&A session at the conclusion of the presentation.
The topic will be presented by Frank Lay. Mr. Lay has been associated with At Yo aur Service® and the Law Office of Allen K. Brown full time since 1993. Mr. Lay has processed literally thousands of evictions under every imaginable scenario. He is experienced in cases for nonpayment of rent, termination of Section 8 tenancies, eviction after foreclosure, mobile home situations, rent control situations, commercial and residential tenancies as well as just about every other situation imaginable. He is also a frequent speaker at various real estate investment club and other professional venues.
Lunch will be provided and is sponsored by Dora Leung, President of the Greater Monterey Park Chamber of Commerce and a licensed Realtor and real property manager. The cost to attend this Lunch & Learn is free for Chamber members and $10.00 for non-members. Please call (626) 570-9429 or email for RSVP and questions.
Note: This seminar is not conducted by a licensed attorney nor is it intended to substitute as legal advice. Only licensed attorneys may provided legal advice. Consult with a licensed attorney for opinions on questions specific to your case.
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