SoCal economists and the California Economic Forecast say the economy remains in a slow-growth mode and it will not pick up until 2014. But if you attended L.A.’s Largest Mixer® last week (July 18, 2013), you’d never know it.
“We saw a rise in attendance and in the number of business exhibitors,” said Founder Dave Linden, L.A.’s Largest Mixer. And we even saw new, big sponsors this year like GO DADDY and MICROSOFT, which means the economy is on the rebound,” he said.
Linden noted that there were more than 2,700 attendants and more than 200 exhibitors including some 43 L.A. Area Chambers of Commerce.
The included: American Business Women’s Association, Anaheim/Orange County Visitors & Convention Bureau, Asian Business Association,, Bell Chamber, Bellflower Chamber, Century City Chamber, Covina Chamber, Culver City Chamber, East Los Angeles Chamber, Greater Huntington Park Chamber, Greater Lakewood Chamber, Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber, Greater San Fernando Valley Chamber, Hollywood Chamber, Irwindale Chamber, La Verne Chamber, Latin Business Association, LAX Coastal Area Chamber, Long Beach Area Chamber, Los Angeles Area Chamber, Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Chamber, Los Angeles , Jewish Chamber, Malibu Chamber, Miracle Mile Chamber, Monterey Park Chamber, National Latina Business Women Association – LA, Norwalk Chamber, Pasadena Chamber, Redondo Beach Chamber, Santa Fe Springs Chamber, Santa Monica Chamber, Sherman Oaks Chamber, South Gate Chamber, Southern California Black Chamber, Temple City Chamber, Torrance Chamber, Travel & Tourism Marketing Association, Universal City/North Hollywood Chamber, The Valley Economic Alliance, Valley Industry and Commerce Association, Vernon Chamber, West Los Angeles Chamber, Whittier Chamber and Woodland Hills –Tarzana Chamber. –
The L.A.’s Largest Mixer was held at the Shrine Auditorium Expo Center, south of the downtown business district near USC. It was jammed-packed with small and large business owners on two floors and some of the main attractions included Microsoft’s door prizes of business software to handheld devices like the Surface. New this year was the Largest Mixer Passport Game Card, where attendees were invited to visit booths on the back of the passport to enter for a Microsoft Surface.
Linden received an appreciation award from the 9th District LA Councilman Current Price Jr., for his 15th years of attracting and retaining business in Southern California. The Shrine is in Price’s district; however he could not make the event to present the award.
Another business drawing card that keeps L.A.’s Largest Mixer an industry leader is the attraction of nearly two dozen restaurants and food companies offering free samples ice-cream, pies, Mexican dishes, American, Italian, Cajun and fine cuisine. Among them: Ben & Jerry’s, Cafe Rio Mexican Grill, Cantalini’s Express, Catering by Herach and Ara, Cobblermania!, Davis Foods/Ugly Pie, Everything Foods, Hooters of Downtown Los Angeles, Ingallina’s Box Lunch, Johnnie Mae’s Teacakes, Maggiano’s Little Italy, Manuels Original El Tepeyac Cafe, Mustache Mike’s Gourmet Italian Ice, Rock N’ Fish L.A. Live, Subway, The Fabiolus Cafe, The Sky Room, and Uncle Darrow’s.
Another good sign the economy is on the rebound are more sponsors are returning to the Largest Mixer, which this year included: KNX 1070 AM, 710 ESPN Radio, El Aviso Magazine, El Clasificado, Exitos 93.9, La Opinion, CBS Local, KDOC- TV Los Angeles, Radio FREE 102.3 KJLH, LA Weekly, Los Angeles Downtown News, Titan, MAYO Communications and VerticalResponse.
The next Largest Mixer will be Las Vegas’ Largest Mixer Sept. 18, 2013, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m at the Texas Station Hotel & Casino. On Oct. 23, 2013 Inland Empire’s Largest Mixer occurs at the Ontario Convention Center. For more info visit: http://www.largestmixer.com/