Monthly Archives: October 2013
Oct 31 2013
Micro-business Means Business Nov 20, 2013 @kpcc @KPCCforum

Micro-business Means Business

Wednesday, November 20, 8:30 – 9:30am

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Courtesy of Leanna Lin

Leanna’s Lins Wonderland in Eagle Rock is teaming up with neighboring businesses to offer deals and activities for “Small Business Saturday.”

Your local diner, the independent bookstore on the corner, the mechanic who fixes your brakes, your child’s math tutor – all are examples of micro-business at work. These small enterprises, most with one to five employees and many owned and operated by minorities, are all around us, part of our daily fabric. We depend on them from dawn to dusk. But the challenges and pitfalls of running a “micro-biz” are many:  some owners can’t quality for loans; others don’t have the right training to manage administrative tasks, HR issues, or the shifting “post-recession” marketplace; still others struggle with cash flow.

Passion and persistence can keep these businesses going, but training, connections to markets and customers, and capital are the tools that make for success. KPCC’s business reporter Ben Bergman gets inside “micro-biz” with Stacey Sanchez, senior community loan officer for CDC Small Business Finance and the California Association for Micro Enterprise Opportunity (CAMEO). Joining them is successful micro- to small- business owner Adela Beltran, who started selling clothes door-to-door and now owns and operates the Paramount Auto Center in Downey. We’ll also hear from other entrepreneurs, both successful and struggling, and representatives of support organizations.  Don’t miss this opportunity to get information and advice, and share ideas that will help push your own micro-biz to success!


Ben Bergman: business reporter for KPCC


Adela Beltran: owner and operator of the Paramount Auto Center in Downey. Her journey began in La Barca, Jalisco, where at the age of eight, she ran her family’s market. When they moved to the U.S., she worked as a seamstress, then sold clothes door-to-door, started a travel agency and a clothing boutique, and now the car dealership.

Stacey Sanchez: Senior Community Loan Officer for CDC Small Business Finance and member of the board of directors for the California Association for Micro Enterprise Opportunity (CAMEO).

7:45am – Doors open/Breakfast
8:30am – Program

Admission is FREE, but RSVPs are required.


Oct 31 2013
“Feast from the Farm” Luncheon – November 20, 2013 – Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
Mark Peel and our November “Feast from the Farm”
Feast from the Farm
Save the date! We are thrilled to be hosting our “Feast from the Farm” fundraising luncheon on Wednesday, November 20 from noon until 2 pm at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Look forward to lunches featuring local farmers from our Hollywood Farmers’ Market, crafted by guest chef Mark Peel, of the beloved Campanile restaurant! More information to follow, but for now check out our official event page and flyer below.

Feast from the Farm- Save the Date

– See more at:

Sustainable Economic Enterprises of Los Angeles (SEE-LA) would like you to join us at the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel for a fundraising luncheon, featuring revered guest chef Mark Peel, and produce sourced from local farmerss of The Hollywood Farmers’ Market.


“Feast from the Farm” Event Committee:

Cheryl Bosnak (Chair), Michael Woo, Laurie Dowling, Tom McGovern, Carole Joseph, James Haydu

Oct 30 2013
The Grilled Cheese Truck update and a special invitation from Dave Danhi

Hey Y’all Grilled Cheese Truck Fans,

I have some great news to share with all of you!  Our Company, The Grilled Cheese Truck, Inc.,  has commenced an additional round of private financing for up to $5 million (the “Financing”) under the new Jumpstart Our Business Startup (“JOBS”) Act regulations,  so we can continue to expand our operations as set forth in our business plan.  Because of my attention to our social media, it feels as if I “know” a lot of you, and wanted to personally reach out about this great opportunity.

As the Company enters into this round of private capital funding, I would like to invite you to participate in what I believe is a meaningful investment.  Interested followers of The Grilled Cheese Truck who meet certain investor thresholds can purchase an interest in The Grilled Cheese Truck with a minimum investment of $5,000 and up to the sum of $25,000.

To my knowledge, the Grilled Cheese Truck became the first publicly held, fully reporting, gourmet food truck in America in October 2012.

I am happy to invite qualifying investors to become shareholders in the Company at this exciting time in our development.  The Grilled Cheese Truck has been named the number one Food truck in Los Angeles several times, and the winner of the Best food truck in Southern California by the Los Angeles Times 2 years in a row!  We’re now considered by many as the number one gourmet food truck in America!   The demand for our tasty melts has been rather amazing, and the lines continue to grow.

Over the past year our Company has experienced significant growth!   We began the year with two Grilled Cheese Trucks, and we now have additional trucks rolling out successfully in Southern California, Phoenix, and Texas.   Our existing trucks are already a proven winner in the QSR (Quick Serve Restaurant) industry, financially out-performing other food trucks and many fast food franchise businesses.

Over the last 4 years, I have received numerous requests for investment opportunities in our Company and now can finally offer such opportunity. The food truck industry is experiencing significant growth and we believe we have a first mover advantage.   According to the National Restaurant Association, food truck revenues are expected to generate 2.7 billion dollars in 2017, up from approximately $650 million dollars in 2012!

The Grilled Cheese Truck is not only capitalizing on the increasingly popular food truck revolution, but also recognizing our country’s post-war veterans.    Once our franchising activities are established, we intend to market the first 100 franchises primarily to post-war veterans.

The Grilled Cheese Truck’s training and operation have already proven to be a perfect match for veteran’s unique skill sets.  In fact, General (ret) Wesley Clark, former NATO Supreme Allied Commander, joined The Grilled Cheese Truck as Vice Chairman and Director, and is actively involved in our Veteran Franchise Program, which includes providing up to 100 qualified Veterans the opportunity to participate in ownership of their own franchise Truck!   Veterans have unique skill sets that are well suited for owning and operating their own food truck franchise and these veterans deserve to have an opportunity to live the American dream and own their own business.

Right now we are in the preliminary stages of our business plan.   Like early Starbucks and MacDonalds, Wall Street is now seeing tremendous demand and growth in the QSR sector, and we believe The Grilled Cheese Truck is going to be one of the fastest growing young companies in America.   We are reaching out to people like you, our loyal followers that have been watching the Grilled Cheese Truck for months or even years, who can identify with our food and support my vision of providing veterans an opportunity to own their own franchise Grilled Cheese Truck!

I invite you to consider an investment in our Company and contribute to helping us give back to the deserving veterans of this country.  We have an aggressive, yet very realistic, growth plan and to see it through, we need to raise additional funds so we can achieve our vision and goals.  Please take a few minutes to watch the Grilled Cheese Truck Video and see the offering related materials at

Please note that you must qualify as an “Accredited Investor” to participate.   Now’s the time to get in at the initial stages of something really special!

Should you have any questions, or want additional information, please reach out to our office at 949.479.2571.

Thanks again in advance for your interest and I hope you decide to become a part of The Grilled Cheese Truck shareholder base.

Yours truly,

Dave Danhi, Founder, Chef and Chief Creative Officer/The Grilled Cheese Truck, Inc.

Oct 30 2013
The Gaucho Certified Farmers Market at UCSB Wednesdays 11am-3pm

An avenue for staff, students, faculty, and the local community to access fresh, locally grown produce & artisan goods. Wednesdays from 11-3pm, Lot 23.

Getting excited about our Grand Opening
market tomorrow! Food trucks to include Georgia’s Smokehouse& Burger Bus! See you tomorrow from 11am-3pm, behind the SRB!

The Gaucho Certified Farmers Market is an avenue for staff, students, faculty, and the local community to access fresh, locally grown produce and artisan goods. We will bring together all facets of sustainability, helping to educate the UCSB community on healthy eating and living.

By defining “local” as anything grown or produced in the Tri-County area (Santa Barbara, Ventura, San Luis Obispo), the market will act as a platform to promote the rich bounty of the Central Coast. We will have farmers and artisans tabling to offer education and insight into sustainable food production. We will also invite student, staff and faculty groups to table with information on a variety of ways to be sustainable.

Please contact us at

Oct 29 2013
L.A. SALT: a market at the pehrspace November 3, 2013 12-5

L.A. SALT: a market at the pehrspace

November 3. 12-5
A curated array of affordable, beautiful things. Made in Los Angeles. Fine arts and crafts, artisanal goods, handcrafted edibles.

The first LA SALT market will take place on November 3 from 12-5 pm at the Pehrspace, a DIY art and music space located near Echo Park Lake. The market will feature both crafters and artists who are veterans and those who are emerging onto the handmade scene for the first time. Admission is free!

If you are interested in taking part in LA SALT, email us at

You can find the Pehrspace at:
325 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90039

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Oct 29 2013
Contemporary Crafts Market Supporting Independent Artists and Craftspeople Pasadena Convention Center




Supporting Independent Artists and Craftspeople,
The Market Offers Jury-Selected Pieces to Holiday Shoppers
Contemporary Crafts Market
Pasadena Convention Center
November 1-3, 2013
Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission: $8, children 12 and under FREE
Over 40 door prizes available | (310)285-3655
(PASADENA, Calif./LOS ANGELES) – DATE – Just in time for the holidays, the Contemporary
Crafts Market comes to the Pasadena Convention Center November 1-3, 2013. Returning as
the West Coast’s premiere event for one-of-a-kind functional and decorative crafts, the
November market will feature the distinctive works of approximately 200 of the nation’s finest
artists — ranging from intricate jewelry, unique glassware and ceramics to hand-painted textiles,
custom furniture, mixed-media creations and much more. All items on display and for sale have
been jury-selected for their exceptional quality.
The Contemporary Crafts Market has been a showcase for burgeoning and established talent
since its inception 28 years ago. The market brings together an eclectic mix of artisans, while
also allowing visitors to meet the artists behind some of the nation’s finest crafts.
“Each year, the Contemporary Crafts Market provides shoppers and collectors with some of the
finest craft pieces from across the United States,” said Roy Helms, founder of the Contemporary
Crafts Market and past president of the American Craft Enterprises, the marketing arm of the
American Crafts Council. “This market will be no exception, with a truly extraordinary array of
pieces available to visitors that are perfect gifts for family and friends.”
The Contemporary Crafts Market is a carefully juried show featuring fine crafts and quality
functional and decorative arts. The exhibitors undergo a rigorous screening process to qualify
as participants in the show. All artwork must be quality hand-made designs and be represented
by the artist.
Helms has continually sought to raise awareness of fine crafts as a serious art form by
highlighting talented artists, including many whose works can be found in national and
international museums and galleries. For nearly three decades, the Contemporary Crafts Market
has done a great deal to bring greater recognition and appreciation to the crafts profession by
challenging America’s perception of handmade art.
“The level of quality and originality of crafts being produced by participating artists has
superseded itself year after year attracting new craft and folk art audiences,” added Helms.
Many noted interior designers, high-end collectors and retail buyers often visit the market to
gain insight into developing color and style trends. As the ideal resource for unique and original
holiday shopping, the Contemporary Crafts Market remains an invaluable testament to the
American Crafts Movement.
This November’s market will feature a number of artists who take novel approach to the art of
craft including:
Local Pasadena artist Joe Feinblatt is a wood turner producing fine quality bowls, wood
turnings with spun metal, and unique ‘green’ lamps, that are not only energy efficient, but are
produced from sustainably harvested or salvaged woods.
Artist Joseph Gatto has been making jewelry for over 60 years. He
reuses or recycles precious metals, gold, silver and platinum
together with antiques, or antiquities up to 3000 years old. He is a
proud environmentalist and an advocate of objects made by hand
by local crafts persons.
Artist Yumi Ueno’s designs
are an exploration of three dimensional geometric
abstraction. Using precious and semi-precious stones with
silver and gold, Ueno’s work emphasizes the importance
and beauty of color, pattern and texture. Ueno’s
inspiration comes from her memories of reading fairytales
as a child, resulting in whimsical pieces that evoke
imagination and amusement.

Nov 2013 Dunn Nov 2013 Szabados Nov 2013 Vizzusi

A limited number of free passes are available from this web site. Click on one of the three images above and print or scan our QR code below. Bring to the Will Call Desk at the entrance of the show for up to two free admission tickets.

Pasadena Convention Center
300 E. Green Street
Pasadena, CA 91101
November 1, 2 & 3, 2013

Hours Friday and Saturday, 10 AM to 6 PM;
Sunday, 10 AM to 5 PM

Admission $8; children 12 and under, free.

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Oct 29 2013
Prodigy Guitarist Olivia Chang to Perform at Altadena Library at a Taste of Spain event

Prodigy Guitarist to Perform at Altadena Library


Although only thirteen years old, classical Spanish guitarist Olivia Chang has already received several awards including one from the White House! What’s her secret?  Well, her father, James Chiang, is also a classical guitarist and instructor and has been tutoring her since she was seven.  Olivia has performed at several venues throughout the Southland.  On November 1 at 7 p.m. she will play several Spanish favorites as part of Altadena Library’s celebration “A Taste of Spain.”  This event will also include flamenco dance by Jessica Pacheco and a talk by restaurant critic and food historian Richard Foss on the history of traditional food of Spain. This program is suitable for families with older children.  Light Spanish refreshments will be served.


Olivia has performed in a Cadet Band at Winter Wassail Concert at WalnutHigh School from SuzanneMiddleHigh School where she is a straight A student and received the President’s Education Award from the White House from President Obama. Olivia participated in a Classical Guitar Masterclass with Christopher Parkening in 2010 and Rolan Dyens in 2011. She is also a finalist in the  National Solo Competition of American Strings Teachers Association, 2013 and the third place winner of Sierra Nevada Guitar Competition, 2011. She has been performing at 7th Annual LMU Guitar Festival, Yorba Linda Public Library, American Guitar Society, Guitar Solo International (GSI), Orange County Guitar Circle and The Fret House. Under the teaching of her father, she has passed the Grade 8 Exam and is a qualified applicant for the Music Diploma from The Associate Board of Royal School of Music (ABRSM), London, England. More information on James Chiang can be found at


This free event sponsored by the Friends of the Altadena Library will take place at the main Altadena Library located at 600 E. Mariposa Street, Altadena.  For more information please call 626-798-0833 or visit

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Oct 27 2013
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Oct 27 2013
Apple iTunes 11.1.2 Windows Update

Apple iTunes 11.1.2 Windows Update

This update adds support for Arabic and Hebrew and improves performance and stability.

The previous version of iTunes came with several major new features, including:

  • iTunes Radio. iTunes Radio is a great new way to discover music. Choose from hundreds of stations or start a new one from your favorite artist or song. Enjoy iTunes Radio ad-free once you subscribe to iTunes Match.
  • Genius Shuffle. Introducing a magical new way to experience your music library. Choose Genius Shuffle and iTunes instantly plays songs that go great together. Click it again to hear something new—enjoying your music has never been this easy.
  • Podcast Stations. You can now create custom stations of your favorite podcasts that update automatically with new episodes. Your stations, subscriptions, and current play position sync over iCloud to the Podcasts app.
  • Sync with iOS 7. You can now use iTunes to sync your favorite music, movies, and more to devices with iOS 7. In addition, iTunes now makes it even easier to quickly organize and sync apps to your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

For information on the security content of this update, please visit:


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