The following was presented tonight at the Los Alamitos City Council meeting in Public Comments. It is introducing the Los Alamitos Business Co-operative (also known as LABCoop) to the community.
Good evening member’s of City Council, residents and business community. Last meeting Mr. Edgar again insinuated that some of us don’t “give” as much as others. After a bit over two years in the making, tonight I am proud to announce a new Los Alamitos 501(c)6, the Los Alamitos Business Co-operative or LABCoop. As acting CEO during the formation and until the board chooses to replace me, I would like to note that we are still undergoing formation and expect to be fully operational by no later than the end of March 2013.
LABCoop’s primary mission will be to develop programs that either leverage economies of scale to save the paid membership of LABCoop money, or develop marketing programs that the paid membership can participate in that will enhance the memberships revenue opportunities. In addition LABCoop will also provide educational seminars for membership that will permit the membership and the general public to listen and participate in programs that provide information on how to save their business money; grow and develop their business and have information from elected or appointed members of the government.
LABCoop is not a social organization, but is strictly focused on bringing added value to the membership. There are three levels of membership. The first level is free general membership and every business in the LABCoop service area is already a free general member. The member receives a listing in the on-line Business Directory for free. So, Councilmember Grose, you are already a member and your business Event Medical Services is already listed in the LABCoop business directory.
There are two levels of paid memberships for those interested in participation in one of the Member Associations, and we are pleased to announce that Los Alamitos’ paper of record, the News-Enterprise has already joined as a Sponsoring Member and will be providing one of the member benefits, a special rate card for Association and Sponsoring Members.
LABCoop is 100% volunteer operated. We are on-line at labcoop.org. After we get approval for our non-profit status all bylaws and other documents will be published on-line in full transparency. All voting by membership will be on-line and our support system is already live on-line. LABCoop is a membership bottom-up driven organization where the membership drives the organization to meet the mission. We already have the first two open to the public informational sessions set up with elected officials and look forward to announcing their dates in the next 45 days as well as working with LATV to make the events available on-line and in broadcast. We are the Los Alamitos Business Co-operative, The Los Alamitos “Changer of Commerce”.
At this point I will be more than happy to answer any questions that the City Council or the public may have regarding the Los Alamitos Business Co-operative or labcoop.org.
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