Los Angeles Green Business Academy Strengthens Local Green Entrepreneurs: Business Experts Connect With Entrepreneurs to Grow Area’s Green Business


Contact: Alyssa Cocchi

Gardena, Calif., May 3, 2013 – Today, Green For All and University of Phoenix’s Los Angeles Green Business Academy (#LAGreenBizAcademy) brought skilled business professionals and green entrepreneurs together to help Los Angeles-area small businesses thrive. 

During the daylong workshop, business leaders, business support organizations, and capital providers discussed sustainable business resources, working with the government and finding business capital in a tight capital market.

The Los Angeles green business community is already booming, enjoying the largest cluster of green employment in the United States. According to a Californians For Clean Energy & Jobs Network study, green jobs accounted for approximately 178,500 of the roughly 4.5 million employed people in the Los Angeles region during 2010.

“As the Los Angeles green economy continues to develop, we need to not only provide small business owners with the resources to grow, but connect them with local organizations and community stakeholders,” said Green For All’s Senior Associate Business Engagement, Khary Dvorak-Ewell. “Since 2010, we’ve been working with University of Phoenix on a series of Business Academies to do just that.”

The Los Angeles Green Business Academy is Green For All and University of Phoenix’s 12th business academy event and first one in the Los Angeles region. The academies support green entrepreneurs in growing their businesses, especially businesses located in underserved communities.

“University of Phoenix is dedicated to being a good corporate citizen by serving communities and individuals across the country in the areas of education, workforce readiness and sustainability,” said Apollo Group’s Director of Sustainability Melissa Antone. “The movement towards local business is becoming more and more important. We’ve globalized. Now we need to localize. We are proud to work with Green For All on this event.”

Speakers and panelists that attended the event included: Khary Dvorak-Ewell, Senior Associate Business Engagement - Green For All; Melissa Antone, Director of Sustainability - Apollo Group (University of Phoenix); Rada Chanmugathas, Campus College Chair - Apollo Group (University of Phoenix); La Ronda Bowen, Ombudsman - California Air Resources Board; Elizabeth Topp, Co-Founder - shiftalliance; Kira Hudson, Go Green 4 Good; Clando Brownlee, President - Go Green 4 Good; Barbara Voss, Senior Regional Manager - Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation; Kecia Washington, Mayor's Office of Contractor Relations, Office of Economic and Business Policy - Executive Director; Marcia Davalos, Small Business Majority - Southern California Outreach Manager; Yolanda Lewis, Black Economic Council – CEO/ President; Hassan Nicholas, Community Financial Resource Center (CFRC) - Senior Program Officer, Consumer Financial Services and Education; Jenny Kassan, Cutting Edge Capital – CEO. 

About Green For All Green For All is a national organization dedicated to improving the lives of all Americans through a clean energy economy. The organization works in collaboration with the business, government, labor, and grassroots communities to create and implement programs that increase quality jobs and opportunities in green industry – all while holding the most vulnerable people at the center of its agenda. For more information, please visit www.gfa.fchq.ca

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