On the 20th anniversary of the Northridge earthquake that caused devastation throughout Los Angeles, Bud Darling, owner of Safe N’ Ready, provided 35 attendees of the Arcadia Chamber’s monthly Networking Breakfast sponsored by sponsored by Rose Hills Memorial Park & Mortuary with valuable advice and handouts on how to prepare their businesses and homes for emergencies.
Also at the breakfast Thursday morning (Jan. 16, 2014) in the Sunset Room of the Santa Anita Golf Course, Arcadia Service Center, 40 E. Duarte Road, was recognized with as this month’s Business Icon by the Chamber and Arcadia Historical Society. Society VP Carol Libby introduced co-founder Samy Siriani, who accepted the certificate of appreciation for 20 years of contribution to the financial health of the City and to the historical cultural fabric of the community.
Sue Cook of Arcadia Performing Arts Foundation won the drawing to speak for three-minutes as next month’s Business Spotlight speaker. Three great raffle prizes were also donated to lucky winners: Board member Annette Ousterhout of Jan’s Towing offered a mug full of office goodies won by Arcadia resident Marilyn Daleo; Allen Tsay of Waddel and Reed won a free newspaper ad from Patricia Colonello of Mountain Views News. And board member Vicki Knight of Century Rooter Service & Plumbing donated a box of See’s Candies won by Victor Buell of Beacon Media News.
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Darling encouraged attendees to enroll in FEMA’s several hours of classes on Community Emergency Response Teams, take CPR classes, and prepare kits for emergencies. He also handed out and described a guide of seven steps to creating an earthquake-resilient business, which includes: 1.) identify potential hazards; 2.) create a disaster plan; 3.) prepare disaster supply kits; 4.) identify your building’s potential weakness; 5.) protect yourself and emloyees during an earthquake; 6.) after earthquake, check for injuries and damage, and 7.) when safe, continue to follow your disaster plan of assessment, communitcation, recovery activities, full restoration of services, and lessons learned.
As always, attendees of the Networking Breakfast (third Thursday of each month), which this month included City Council candidate and new Chamber member Burton Brink, not only enjoy a great breakfast buffet and valuable networking with dozens of others, but also introduce themselves one at a time with a 30-second “elevator pitch.” In addition, they have a chance to win one of multiple gifts donated by members and attendees for a business card drawing, one of which is a free three-minute Business Spotlight, this month by last month’s winner, Nyvette Gann of Insurance Solutions.
Tickets to the breakfast, which runs from 7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m., are $20 in advance ($25 at the door) and discounted to $15 for Chamber members who pay at least two days in advance ($20 at the door for Chamber members). Free admission for those holding a Chamber All Access Pass.
Tickets can be ordered by phone at 626-447-2159 or online in the “Shop” area atwww.ArcadiaCaChamber.org, or purchased in person at the Chamber office, 388 W. Huntington Drive, Arcadia, during regular business hours.