May 10, 2022 – Celebrating New Business Willow Cat Hotel on their Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting. Congratulations to co-owners Susan and Mike! Thank you to our Lomita community for coming out to support and celebrate The Willow Cat Hotel. The Willow Cat Hotel was founded in 2021 to provide an incredible experience for animals and owners. A Home Away From Home.
April 21, 2022 – Watch the replay of our livestream Leadership & Community Awards Program. It was a festive celebration honoring and recognizing outstanding members, businesses, organizations and individuals in our community. Our Lomita Chamber Board of Directors were installed.
Congratulations to the Lomita Chamber 2022 Leadership & Community Award Recipients:
Civic Award Recipient: Emma Kelley
Community Champion Award Recipient: Friends of the Arts at Narbonne High & HArts Academy
Chamber Volunteer of the Year Award Recipient: Jeff Koven
Chamber Ambassador of the Year Award Recipient: Tabitha Pennington
Startup to Watch Award Recipient: Floral 101
Business of the Year Award Recipient: Adam Chiropractic & Wellness Center
Thanks to all our sponsors:
Coastal Funeral Center
South Bay Credit Union
The Van Lingen Group
City of Lomita
So Cal Gas
California Water Service
South Bay Workforce Investment Board
Jane Lau, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services California Properties
On behalf of the Lomita Chamber’s Health & Wellness Committee, we’re excited to announce a free community event, Health For All Ages to be held on Sunday, May 1st 2022 at the Lomita City Hall Front Lawn (10am to 2pm). Health For All Ages is a wonderful opportunity for attendees to learn more about your organization, connect with you and the work you’re doing in our community.
Organized by the Chamber’s Health & Wellness Committee, this fun outdoor event will offer access to learn more about the numerous resources available to keep our community healthy and well. Scheduled on-stage fitness demonstrations and youth performances will be held throughout the day. We hope to have members of our Community Emergency Response, Fire and Sheriff representatives as well.
We invite you to consider sponsorship of this event. As a Sponsor, you are publicly supporting community awareness and access to a diverse offering of top-quality health and wellness resources and organizations. The Health & Wellness Fair not only allows you to increase your organization’s brand reach, but also provides you opportunities for personal interaction with our event attendees.
We anticipate 200+ in attendance (50+ vendors) for this event including the families, youth and the active aging community. Sponsors and exhibitors are encouraged to invite others, fans, followers, clients and offer special event give-aways, health and wellness information, health screenings and more to increase awareness about the services or resources you offer, and how your organization can improve the health and wellness of our community.
Please refer to the Sponsorship Opportunities and Vendor Booth information on the benefits to your organization.
(Vendor/Exhibitor booth registration is now closed.)
April 22, 2021 – Join us for a festive celebration as we honor and recognize outstanding members, businesses, organizations and individuals in our community. We will also install our 2022 Lomita Chamber Board of Directors.
During the event winners of the Leadership & Community Awards will be announced for categories including Community Champion, Civic Award, Startup to Watch, Chamber Ambassador of the Year, Chamber Volunteer of the Year and Business of the Year.
Thank you to our Sponsors:
Coastal Funeral Center, South Bay Credit Union, SoCalGas and CalWater.
Are you familiar with new regulations affecting your business?
Do you know if you’re in compliance with the latest laws?
There are many changes in employment law requirements for businesses of all sizes.
Learn from legal experts about new laws at the state and federal level that employers must comply with in 2022.
In this informative program, business attorney DeAnn Chase and employment law attorney Scott Liner will provide the latest on 2022 employment laws.
The program will cover: current Covid-19 leaves, benefits and obligations, minimum wage laws, retirement savings plans/CalSavers mandate for employers with 5+ employees, amendments to AB 5 (Dynamex) and the use of independent contractors in the workplace.
Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions and have them answered by the legal experts.
Chase Law Group is an award-winning full-service law firm supporting businesses with a wide range of practice areas to protect business and personal and proprietary assets. The firm provides legal services throughout Southern California with an emphasis on business law and employment law.
FREE For Members with a current active membership in the Lomita Chamber of Commerce (or a fellow South Bay Chamber of Commerce) $10 for Guests
The webinar will be held on Tuesday, March 29th at 12pm to 1pm via Zoom.
REGISTRATION REQUIRED TO ATTEND
Login instructions will be provided upon registration and again via email the day prior to the webinar.
The Lomita Chamber of Commerce wishes to thank each of our guests for joining us at the 2021 State of the City Address. Whether you attended the luncheon or watched live online, we appreciate your time to participate in this annual event. We’re happy to share the replay at the Lomita Chamber website and YouTube channel. (The replay will also be made available at the new Lomita City website at LomitaCity.com.)
Special thank you to Mayor Mark Waronek, Mayor Pro Tem Cindy Segawa and Council Members Jim Gazeley, Barry Waite & Bill Uphoff for your participation, attendance and leadership.
photos courtesy of Lina Hernandez, City of Lomita
A lot of time, planning and resources go into producing events like this, especially a hybrid event. We thank all of our sponsors for your support to make this event possible.
We also want to recognize the team of talented people who made it all come together — ‘Team Lomita’ City Staff, Lomita Chamber Board & Ambassadors, Continental Gourmet, Bri’s Frozen Lemonades, Floral 101, Koven Video Productions, MB Studios and AV Productions.
We appreciate the opportunity to provide these programs and we look forward to next year!
LOMITA, California (Oct. 15, 2021) – Lemonade Day Lomita winner, Brianna Garcia, will go on to represent the “Friendly City” at Houston, Texas as the 2021 Lemonade Day National Youth Entrepreneur of the Year.
Lemonade Day Lomita 2021 Bri’s Frozen LemonadesOn Saturday August 7th, the Lomita Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the City of Lomita presented the first annual Lemonade Day Lomita event. The city overflowed with 37 lemonade stands open at local businesses and locations throughout the community. Brianna Garcia was one of 60 young entrepreneurs who made the commitment to start and run a lemonade stand for a real-life entrepreneurial experience.
In the months leading up to the event, Brianna and fellow youth in the program followed a curriculum to set goals, market their product, learn to budget and find investors. Brianna had the opportunity to pitch her business idea, Bri’s Frozen Lemonades, to earn a microloan from South Bay Credit Union to help cover her business expenses.
The morning of the event, a welcoming ceremony kicked off the festivities with special guests including Lemonade Day Lomita Sponsors and Mentors, young entrepreneurs and their families. Special guests included Congresswoman Maxine Waters, LAUSD School Board Member Tanya Ortiz Franklin, Mayor Mark Waronek, Mayor Pro Tem Cindy Segawa, and Councilmember William Uphoff who visited different lemonade stands in support of our youth entrepreneurs’ businesses. Every cup sold brought smiles to the faces of our youth entrepreneurs who felt the love and support from family, friends, mentors, and the community.
Brianna worked alongside her mentor Bonnie Orona from Adam’s Chiropractic & Wellness Center who helped her gain the necessary tools and skills needed to open her small business. Brianna was thrilled with the turnout, “I was so amazed at all the people that came to my stand. I sold over 200 cups of lemonade! I had so many of my family, friends, neighbors, and patients from Adam Chiropractic come to my stand.”
Lemonade Day National Youth Entrepreneur WinnerBrianna mentioned her nerves eased as the day went on and she loved the entire experience. “From designing and making my aprons with my mom, to [building] my stand with my dad it was all great,” she stated. “I plan on continuing to help other charities with my money, and would like to keep saving to buy my own phone and maybe some Knott’s passes.” Brianna donated more than half of all her proceeds to the Marine Mammal Care Center as she hopes to make a difference in her community.
All Lemonade Day Young Entrepreneurs who submitted their business results were eligible to win prizes and awards, including a chance to advance to the National Youth Entrepreneur of the Year Contest. The national title is announced annually by Lemonade Day National, a non-profit organization committed to providing youth with a proactive experience of entrepreneurship. At the 2021 Lomita Lemmy Awards, Brianna won Highest Grossing Sales and Lemonade Day Lomita Youth Entrepreneur of the Year making her eligible to compete for the national title.
In early October, Brianna posted on social media (@brisfrozenlemonades) giving thanks and love for all the support she received from family, friends, and the community as she was named the 2021 National Youth Entrepreneur of the Year. Lemonade Day National will fly Brianna and her father to Houston, Texas for Brianna’s award presentation and to share her experience with the Lemonade Day National Board.
Lemonade Day Lomita 2021 Brianna Brianna plans to expand her lemonade business as she works on obtaining her California business and kitchen license. “Now that I have had the chance to run my own stand and see how great being an entrepreneur is I am going to continue doing it,” said Brianna. “I have several aunts, uncles, and family friends [who] have their own businesses and participate in pop ups, farmers markets, and other events. I have talked to a few of them about being able to set up once I have my permits”.
The Lomita Chamber of Commerce intends on making Lemonade Day Lomita an annual signature event bringing together the community, kids, families, businesses, youth organizations and schools in our city. This amazing experience has planted the seed for the next generation to become the business leaders, social advocates, community volunteers and forward-thinking citizens of tomorrow. For more inspiring stories, great moments and successes visit the Lemonade Day Lomita website and social media platforms at Facebook and Instagram.
July 9, 2021 @1pm 5th Year Anniversary & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Still Got It Fitness 2173 Lomita Blvd. Lomita, CA 90717
The Still Got It Fitness motto is don’t let age change you, change the way you age.
Owners Bruno Perron & Travis Graham have taken this philosophy along with their experience and qualifications as certified professionals in the fitness industry to grow a thriving gym and personal training business in Lomita.
Now celebrating its 5th year in business, Still Got It Fitness has helped tons of clients meet their physical fitness goals to improve balance, strength, stamina and mobility for clients over 50. Now they’re taking their same level of high quality fitness and nutrition programs and focusing on all ages but with the same goals to help people maintain an active lifestyle and change the way they age.
Join us to CELEBRATE AND CONGRATULATE Bruno, Travis and the Still Got It Fitness team.
Congratulations Jane Lau! Nominated for her passion and positivity, Jane has devoted significant time and effort to community service initiatives, and Chamber-sponsored functions that positively impact the Lomita community and beyond. Jane has consistently made time to participate in Chamber events and has spread the word about ways to get involved to others in her circles of influence in the South Bay. She has stepped up, always with a smile and positive demeanor to help the Chamber and other organizations that serve our community. Thank you Jane for all your support and being a great example to others. Jane Lau is recognized as the 2021 Chamber Volunteer of the Year Award Recipient.
Thank you to our Sponsors: Coastal Funeral Center, City of Lomita, California, Thompson Building Materials, Lomita Post-Acute Care Center, California Water Service, Monster Tree Service of South Bay, Water Replenishment District, Torrance Memorial, Home Health Depot Medical Equipment & Supplies, Tabitha Pennington – State Farm Insurance Agency, Dee Dee McGuire Financial Services Professional with NYLIFE Securities LLC, Jane Lau Realtor at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices CA Properties #01854188, Lomita’s Best, South Bay Credit Union, Localista, and Koven Video Productions.