By JESSICA SELVA, Staff Reporter
Many local chambers rely on the membership and participation of small businesses for their livelihood. In support of local entrepreneurs and their companies, the United Chambers of Commerce recently released the winners of its 2010 Small Business Awards.
In selecting the winners, they considered factors such as business growth, business success, and community service, said Gloria Pollack, the United Chamber of Commerce’ s director of special events.
Small businesses are a vital component of the local economy, she said.
“We’re trying very hard to preserve the small-business person,” Pollack said, adding that they have been especially hard-hit during the economic recession. “It’s a good feel- ing of community and having a sense of knowing the people.”
The award winners include the following: Susan Fries “Termite Lady,” Ecola Termite Services, Inc.; Doug Ridley, Adelman Enterprises, Inc.; Robert Sommers, Howard Sommers Towing; Barry Shapiro, All About Printing; Keven Steinberg, Fink & Steinberg Attorneys at Law; Jeff Newcomer and Sarah Keller, EmbroidMe; Peter and Brian Given, SmartBox Portable Storage; Solomon and Gloria Herbert, Black Meetings & Tourism
magazine; Diane Taylor, Traders Loan & Jewelry, Inc.; Ed Alan Lindain & Lance Rolda, Lindain & Baldomero, LLP; Tama Holve, Willett Travel; Jonathan Levy, Beezley Management; Arthur DeLorenzo, Aim Mail Center #143; Eissa Shousha, Executive Pro- pellers; Colleen Langford, Holiday Inn Woodland Hills – Warner Center.
The following is a brief profile Beezley Management.
Beezley Management is responsible for advising multimillion-dollar construction and renovation projects in the San Fernando Valley and beyond.
It has advised projects such as the construction and improvement of several new buildings and an athletic complex at Los Angeles Valley College.
Other projects Beezley Management has worked on include the construction of the Los Angeles Clippers’ training center and the seismic repair and expansion of Oviatt Library at California State University, Northridge.
The company, nominated by the Valley Economic Alliance, has expanded since it started in 1997 and has used its services to serve the community.
“We’ve grown pretty steadily and pretty aggressively,” Jonathan Levy said. “In 2005, we were two people. Today we’re 20. We probably manage projects ranging from a couple million dollars up to being actively involved in programs that are in excess of $1 billion.”
Levy said the company, which generates about $2.5 million to $3 million in billable revenues, focuses its efforts on providing quality service.
Phillips said the company’s service is what makes it successful with the projects it does for its clients and for the community.
“They’re able to bring in all the parties together to figure out what would be the best use of the site,” said Kenn Phillips, vice president of the Alliance’s workforce initiative. “They’re very willing to go ahead and take any piece. … They just want to provide some additional value.”
Phillips said the company has worked on various projects with the Alliance since it became involved with the group about a year ago.
Beezley Management has helped provide guidance for Canoga Park High School students designing and building a green-learning sustainable garden.
The company is also helping the Alliance strategize a plan for replacing blacktop surfaces from local Los Angeles Unified School District schools with cooler, greener options.
“They add green value to the community,” Phillips said of Beezley Management. “They create beautiful park space, livable community space to make our lives better.”