Helping Create a More Inclusive Economy

Embracing a broader vision of economic development to drive progress and maintain L.A.’s competitive edge.

In Los Angeles…

L.A.’s thriving economy is one of the strongest in the world

Nearly all companies in L.A. County are small businesses with fewer than 50 employees

More than half of all firms in L.A. County are minority-owned businesses

Los Angeles is a dynamic hub of international trade and innovation, with a booming economy to show for it.

Our city is known as the creative capital of the world, with trailblazing companies and a deep talent pool in entertainment, music, fashion, gaming, advertising and beyond. We also have more people employed in high-tech jobs, including aerospace, than any other metro region in the U.S. L.A. is also the largest major manufacturing center in the U.S., home to the world’s busiest port and airport, a major financial and banking center, and a top global tourist destination.

The LABC has a proven track record of advancing bold economic policy that leads to more jobs, higher incomes, broadly-shared prosperity, and better quality of life for all. We are focused on public policies that cut red tape to more quickly build the housing and modern transportation system that we need to continue attracting top-tier businesses and investment in our city. And we remain committed to promoting programs and policies to support a vibrant, equitable and sustainable economy.

Our Achievements

The City Council Ad Hoc Committee on Job Creation approved LABC’s request to send the “Compete4LA” final report to the Chief Legislative Analyst’s office for study of its findings

January 2019

August 2018

Released “Compete4LA” outlining procurement challenges faced by small businesses

Read the Report

Released “Utility Sector Workforce Development in the Los Angeles Region”

Read the Report

January 2017

June 2015

California minimum wage is increased to $15/hr by 2020 with LABC’s active support

The California Pension Reform Bill is signed into law after years of advocacy by LABC

September 2012

Small Business Spotlight

 COMPETE4LA

The LABCi studied the feasibility of implementing a regional clearinghouse to leverage major sporting and entertainment such as the Super Bowl, World Cup, Grammys and College Football Playoffs in Los Angeles to help small businesses connect to public and private procurement opportunities. The concept is based on an innovative system built for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games—a platform that was incredibly successful in helping distribute the positive economic impact of the games to local small and disadvantaged businesses.

The LABCi study is currently undergoing review by the Chief Legislative Analyst’s Office.

Thank you to our supporters and contributors:
UCLA Price Center Board of Advisors, Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, AIA | LA Political Outreach Committee, JPMorgan Chase Foundation and Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), Office of County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and the LA County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs .

Compete4la initiative achievements

LABC organizes support for small business initiative from leading community and civic groups

Read the Letter of Support 

July 2019

February 2019

Engaged USC to conduct an in-depth sector analysis to identify underserved  businesses that stand to benefit most from our small business program

City Council Ad Hoc Committee on Job Creation unanimously approves LABC’s request to study implementing an online procurement platform  

February 2019

August 2018

Published our feasibility study on the demand for an online procurement platform in Los Angeles

Read our feasibility study 

Conducted over 40 stakeholder meetings with members of the business community to better understand the problem, assess the need, and develop our research questions

December 2017- 

August 2018

December 2017

LABC forms partnership with the creators of the small business platform used in the 2012 Olympic Games

News from the labc

LABC Initiative to Create Digital Marketplace Advances

LABC Initiative to Create Digital Marketplace Advances

A Los Angeles City Council committee today approved a series of recommendations that pave the way for the creation of a free, transparent, and open supply chain inclusion program. The City’s recommendations are based off the Los Angeles Business Council Institute’s...

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LABC Initiative Seeks to Create Economic Opportunity for All

LABC Initiative Seeks to Create Economic Opportunity for All

It can be hard to capitalize on a good opportunity, for even the most experienced in the business. Los Angeles has a lot going on—we are an economic hub and a leader in some of the fastest growing industries in the world-- but even with all of this activity, often...

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Building to Net-Zero

Building to Net-Zero

While California and Los Angeles already have the most progressive environmental goals and targets in the country, the California energy agencies the California Energy Commission (CEC) and Public Utilities Commission (PUC) have articulated goals for the state that new residential construction be zero net energy by 2020, and new commercial construction by 2030.

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Check out highlights of the 2019 Mayoral Housing, Transportation and Jobs Summit

This year’s summit featured prominent elected officials, policy makers, nonprofit leaders and academics discussing the mounting affordable housing crisis and its effect on the L.A. region.

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