Chamber Welcomes Hangzhou to MPK


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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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 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

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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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