Thursday, March 28, 2013

Paragon Trucking Opens In Monrovia

Even though Terrence Williams is a long time area resident and long time business owner, his company Paragon Trucking is new to Monrovia.

Last week, Mr. Williams was welcomed to the Monrovia business community by members of the Chamber of Commerce.

Paragon Trucking picks up and delivers excess cargo from China to businesses throughout Southern California.

Welcome to Monrovia, Paragon Trucking!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Run Together. Zumba Together. Cheer Together.

Hey Monrovia fitness businesses!

I'm sure this is on your radar by now, but get involved with this year's Fountain to the Falls 7 Mile Walk/Run by participating in the Health & Fitness Expo. This expo will kick off at 6 a.m. on Saturday, May 18, and will feature:

- Zumba in the Street by the YMCA from 7:01 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.
- Free amenities  like health screenings, flu shots and massages
- Giveaways
- Fitness Class Round II: "Body Vive" taught by the YMCA from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

You can participate by having a booth, adding information into the runner's goodie bags, or simply sending out people to run or cheer by wearing your logo.

Here's how you can get involved. Want more information? Contact Jennifer McLain by email at

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

State of California Helps Businesses

Taxes. Regulations. Free money.

These are the three most common topics that come up during business visits of  Monrovia's larger employers when they start talking about how the State of California can help - or how it has hindered - their business.

But the State is working on ways to overcome some of these negative stereotypes by working on proactive ways to keep employers in California.

On Tuesday, City of Monrovia Economic Development staff attended a policy workshop hosted by the LAEDC featuring Kish Rajan, the director of the Gov. Jerry Brown's Office of Business and Economic Development. He provided input on what the State is doing to attract, retain and grow businesses statewide.

Among their areas of focus include:

1) Small businesses advocacy, through programs such as the loan guarantee program and other incentives.
2) A Business Development Team, which looks at how to retain businesses in California.
3) International Business Development.
4) Identifying and promoting "Innovation Hubs" and Entrepreneurship.
5) Infrastructure Development.
6) Improve Marketing of Film, Travel and Tourism Committee efforts.

To learn more about their programs, click here.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Monrovia City Manager Talks Business

  Relationship building and business retention.

Monrovia City Manager Laurie Lile, right, is joined by
Pasadena City Manager Michael Beck and Duarte Deputy 
City Manager Karen Hererra on Thursday at the 
Foothill WIB's board meeting.
Those will be the two leading priorities of the City of Monrovia's Economic Development efforts in the coming years, said Monrovia City Manager Laurie Lile during her presentation at the Foothill Workforce Investment Board's quarterly meeting.

Ms. Lile presented alongside Pasadena City Manager Michael Beck and Duarte Deputy City Manager Karen Hererra during a panel discussion on "Partnering with Economic Development: Creating the Workforce Advantage."

For Monrovia, the community and City Council has concluded during the PlanMonrovia Strategic Planning Process that one of the City's six priorities in the next five years should be Economic Development. Specifically, these actions:

According to Ms. Lile, retention and growth efforts have moved forward in large part through the Business Visits that have targeted Old Town Businesses and top employers. And as far as building relationships - this will be critical in helping to identify need by our local businesses and finding the appropriate resources to meet these needs.

Among the organizations that the City will focus its efforts on include businesses, brokers and economic development organizations such as the Monrovia Chamber of Commerce, the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, Foothill Workforce Investment Board, and the San Gabriel Valley Partnership, just to name a few.

While redevelopment dollars may have disappeared, the need for attracting businesses, and retaining and growing our existing workforce remains more important than ever.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Free Business Assistance

Are you looking to start a business but are having a tough time with your business plan? Do you own a restaurant but seem to be upsidedown on the budget? Are you in need of financial options? Then the Foothill Workforce Investment Board is here to help.

The Small Business Development Center is one of the best kept secrets in the San Gabriel Valley. On Mondays and Tuesdays, business owners can head into the 1207 E. Green Street Center in Pasadena for one-on-one FREE consulting. All you need to do is make an appointment before you go.

Below is the information:

Monday, March 4, 2013

Substance Abuse Treatment in the Workplace

Students at Azusa Pacific University are teaming up with the Santa Anita Family Services on a project to better assist businesses in Los Angeles County. These students are trying to assess the barriers that exist in making referrals for substance abuse treatment in the workplace in order to better serve the community. 

The survey is open to business owners. Here is the link is: