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October 2018

Contractors Fight to Remain Independent

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Chairman’s Message


October Luncheon


High Desert Writers Club - 6 Champions Corner


Tech Talk


Winter Wonderland


Apple Bites

Chris Ackerman’s





Glenda Bayless

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Janice Moore President/CEO Joy Adkins Membership Services Representative


Ambassadors • Executive Government Relations

Executive Committee Chairman Virginia Watterson

First Vice Chairman Tom Hoegerman Treasurer Carol Thomas Keefer Secretary Janice Moore Past-Chairman of the Board Victoria Martin

Members of the Board Chris Ackerman Richard Bounce Amber Brendel Arlene Pence Bruinsma Isaac Cisneros Thomas Hallin Dana Hernandez Arsalee Morales Richard Richter Terry Saenz Sabrina Schneider Tessa Schutz Mike Thrapp Bob Tinsley

Source Magazine

Managing Editor T. Faye Griffin - Words by T. Faye Design and Layout Chris Ackerman - Signify Designs Printed at Mojave Printing Solutions The AV Business Source Magazine is published monthly by The Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce Spirit River Center 16010 Apple Valley Rd. Apple Valley, CA 92307 Tel. 760.242.2753 Fax. 760.242.0303 Email. info@avchamber.org Web. www.AVChamber.org

G r e e t i n g s Fellow Chamber Members! My name is Virginia Watterson, and I am humbled to have been selected as your 2018/2019 Chairman of the Apple Valley Chamber Board of Directors. For those of you who do not know me, I am the owner of Massey Insurance Services , located in the beautiful Spirit River Center here in Apple Valley. Shortly after relocating my business to Apple Valley in 2015, I joined the Chamber and quickly got involved by being accepted to the Board of Directors. I have served on many committees, including as your Treasurer last term. I am excited about all the forward progress the Chamber

has made over the last three years, and I am equally excited to see continued growth and strength for this organization, its members, and the shared relationships we continue to foster with the Town. We have just completed our annual Board orientation where all of your current board members met with the ambassadors. A number of great ideas were shared and many robust conversations were had; everyone left with a sense of what has gone well, what we need to work on, and with excitement for future additional benefits we can bring to the membership. I look forward to working with and serving you!

Gini Watterson

Calendar October 2018 October 3rd Executive Committee Meeting Chamber Conference Room, Spirit River Center 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Chairman: Virginia Watterson, Massey Insurance October 12th Ambassador Committee Meeting Chamber Conference Room, Spirit River Center 16010 Apple Valley Road, Apple Valley 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Chairman:ia Wendy Ramey, Agio Realty October 16th Board of Directors Meeting Chamber Conference Room, Spirit River Center 16010 Apple Valley Road, Apple Valley 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Chairman: Virginia Watterson, Massey Insurance

October 17th 2018 General Membership Luncheon Apple Valley Golf Course Check-in begins at 11:15 a.m. Luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 5200 Rancherias Rd., Apple Valley, CA 92307

November 2018 November 2nd Government Relations Committee Meeting Chamber Conference Room, Spirit River Center 16010 Apple Valley Road, Apple Valley Noon – 1:00 pm Chairman: Pat Orr, Little Caesars

Member Stats Kate O’Rourke

40 Years

General Membership Luncheon

Bluestar Properties Inc.

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Richard A. Rorex.

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Bounce Realty

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Ebmeyer Charter & Tour

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Renewing Members

SaddleRock Reverse Mortgage

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Curt Emick

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Victor Valley Transit Authority

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RDA Architect

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Independent Contractor Coalition Continues Working for Legislative Solution By Jennifer Barrera

The effort to develop a proposal supporting the ability of workers to work independently will continue through the legislative recess. As many employers know, the California Supreme Court outlined a new test in Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court, No. S222732 (April 30, 2018) to determine whether a worker must be classified as an employee, rather than as an independent contractor, and subject to all the laws governing wages, hours and rest breaks, as well as the withholding of taxes. The Supreme Court replaced a totality of circumstances test that it had created with a decision in 1989 and replaced it with an “ABC” test of three factors, the most significant being that the worker performs work which is not the hiring entity’s usual business. The consequences of misclassifying a worker as an independent contractor instead of an employee can be costly. In addition to penalties for violating employment laws, compensation could be required retroactively for breaks and overtime.

CALCHAMBER CONCERNS Because the court provided no exemptions and indicated that a worker is presumed to be an employee, the California Chamber of Commerce is very concerned about the potential consequences for businesses as well as the individuals who intentionally perform freelance work. During the final month of the legislative session that just ended, the CalChamber advocated that the Legislature engage on this issue and delay the litigation impact of the case for a year to

provide the time to develop an up-to-date test that mirrors the realities of an on-demand economy and the desire of many workers to be self-employed. The court could consider only the facts presented in the case in front of the justices. In determining the outcome of the Dynamex case, the court was constrained to rely on a wage order that was last updated well before the first smartphone was introduced into the California economy. The Legislature, on the other hand, could and should take testimony from all affected businesses and workers to fashion a law that protects workers but also gives them the freedom to pursue their own schedules. The affected professions and industries include ondemand services, such as transportation, childcare and health care, as well as music instructors, insurance agents and physicians.

LABOR OPPOSITION CalChamber led a coalition of at-risk employers and independent contractors seeking to, at a minimum, delay the litigation impacts for a year so that the Legislature could work out a compromise. Hundreds of independent contractors gathered at the State Capitol to urge policymakers to protect the ability to work independently or freelance. Unfortunately, organized labor was strongly opposed to an approach that would modify the court decision. Employees are much easier to organize than independent contractors and the labor unions are supportive of the court’s ruling as it stands.

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DRIP IRRIGATION Surround your plants and trees with mulch to limit evaporation, regulate the soil's temperature and apply water directly to the roots

OUTLOOK It seems that many members of the Legislature are sensitive to the need to weigh in. It was the shortness of time, well after the Legislature’s committee process had concluded, the complexity of the issue and the strong opposition of organized labor that made an August solution impossible. CalChamber will be working with and continuing to build a coalition of affected workers and businesses over the legislative recess. Coalition members hope to have legislation introduced when the Legislature returns to begin a new session after the election. Reprint courtesy of the CalChamber (California Chamber of Commerce)

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BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT HDCWC: THE WRITE STUFF The High Desert Branch of the California Writers Club (HDCWC) consists of an energetic and diverse group of extraordinary writers committed to perfecting their craft and helping each other excel. Founded in 1990, the HDCWC has several awardwinning members who meet monthly in a friendly, open atmosphere of desert hospitality, to hear from experts about writing and marketing their work and to discuss their craft. Among the HDCWC’s outstanding programs is the upcoming Howl at the Moon Writers Conference (HATM). During the daylong session on October 6, at the James Woody Conference Center, 13467 Navajo Road, Apple Valley, participants will receive training from award-winning film producer Marilyn R. Atlas. Atlas will present successful principles of character development that will

help everyone create unforgettable characters for their books and scripts. Atlas is also a talent/literary manager and author who co-wrote the book “Dating Your Character.” Among her film credits are “Real Women Have Curves” for HBO, which won the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival, “A Certain Desire” starring Sam Waterston, and “Echoes” a winner at the Texas International Film Festival. The HATM conference is well-known for presenting top quality talent at affordable prices, and registration is just $45 for CWC members and $55 for nonmembers. Further details and online registration are available at www. hdcwc.com or you may call 760-2216367. Monthly meetings are held at 10 am on the second Saturday of each month at the Community Church at Jess Ranch, 11537 Apple Valley Road, Apple Valley.

Members are involved in all genres and writing interests. New members from beginners to professionals are always welcome. These meetings are free and open to the public. To learn more about the High Desert California Writers Club, visit: hdcwc.org.

CHAMPIONS CORNER|CHAMBER AMBASSADORS You see them all over town. From Jess Ranch to The Village, from ribboncutting ceremonies to fundraising events to the monthly general membership luncheon and everything in between—they are there. Clad in their signature smiles and red apparel, the Apple Valley Chamber Ambassadors are always welcoming, helpful, and ready to talk about the chamber. We recently spoke with outgoing Ambassador Committee Chairperson, Dana Hernandez of Rockin’ Our Disabilities Foundation about her experience as one of these champions of the chamber. Dana, first of all, thank you for your service as Chair. It’s been my pleasure to serve as on the Ambassador committee. I’ve have made new friends and really enjoyed

working closely with every one of them. How is being an Ambassador beneficial? Being an ambassador is so rewarding for the chamber and for your business; the chamber needs us to help spread

Who should consider getting involved? I encourage all chamber members to become an ambassador if you are looking to increase awareness of your business, build new business relationships. You’ll meet new companies coming to the community, and most of all, you get to be a chamber cheerleader. Is this the end of your journey as an Ambassador? Oh no! I’m stepping down, but not away. My schedule is getting busier and busier, but I’ll continue to serve as support to the ribbon cuttings and chamber needs.

Dana Hernandez (2nd row, left) with our Ambassadors

the word about the great things they’re doing in the community, and to share why joining the chamber is a benefit for their business. Also, you develop new contacts and learn new things working with others.

Are you a Champion-in-the-making? Interested in getting involved? Then join the Ambassadors every third Friday of the month from 12-1pm at the Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce Conference Room.

Technology in the workplace is constantly evolving. It’s important that your business stays ahead of the game. This issue introduces an occasional column in which our “resident geek,” Thomas Hallin, answers your questions about current trends in technology and innovation.

We run a small non-profit with limited resources. How can an app be used to boost our fundraising efforts? A mobile app is a great tool wherein you can centralize information about the charity and your cause, collect donations, and feature sponsors. A fundraising event app can also effectively be used to manage bids for silent and live auctions. By showcasing auction items in the app, before and after the actual event day, your organization can generate incremental revenue for your cause.

What are the essentials in creating a mobile office? It is estimated that more than two-thirds of people around the world work remotely at least once a week. Having a wellorganized mobile office is key for optimum productivity. Of course everyone’s needs are different. But here’s my recommended checklist for those “on-the-go”: • Fully charged portable charger • Charging cords • Smartphone and either tablet, laptop or Chromebook • Wi-Fi Hotspot (if you do not have unlimited plan on your cell-phone) • Mobile apps that provide easy access to: • GPS • Parking finder • Mobile wallet with stored tickets/boarding pass • CRM / Sales Management tool • iBooks or downloaded PDF version of presentations • Accounting / Billing • Point-of-Sales device

What’s YOUR Question?

By Thomas Hallin

Thomas Hallin is an intrapreneur turned entrepreneur with over 20 years of international sales, marketing and business development expertise. His work includes Fortune 100 companies, small businesses, and start-ups, as well the serving on boards of various nonprofits. Have a tech question for Thomas? Please email it to: techtalk@avchamber.org

Shop Local. Source Local.

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bus lot that houses their fleet . Is your business sourcing local? Share your story at shoplocal@applevalley.org for an opportunity to be featured in an upcoming Shop Local ad.


Save The Date


By T. Faye Griffin

Despite current sweltering temperatures there is an indication of a delightful cooling trend just ahead in the form of the 2nd Annual Apple Valley Chamber Winter Wonderland. Set for Saturday, December 1st at Sunset Hills Memorial Park, this event is the must-do of the season. Guest will be transported to a wintery playground where fun abounds with music, dancing, raffles, delicious food, beer, wine, and a signature holiday cocktail. According to committee chairperson Miriam Munoz, the event has been “re-imagined with a new event layout and exciting new features. Returning this year is the insta-hit of inaugural event in 2017—the custom decorated Christmas tree auction. “One hundred percent of proceeds raised by the silent auction goes to non-profits” says Munoz. Local restaurant partners will provide food for the evening. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Don’t miss the chance to support the work of local nonprofits and kick off the holiday season with the most festive party in town!

Apple Bites

Christian Wilson, Executive Director for Alpha Connection, receives his membership plaque from Chair Virginia Watterson.

Photos By Chris Ackerman

Mark Creffield, CEO of the Victor Valley Chamber of Commerce invites our members to sign up for High Desert Opportunity on Thursday, October 25 at the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds.

Father Reverend James Steele receives a proclamation from the Town of Apple Valley Councilman Curt Emick, Scott Nassif and Mayor Art Bishop for his many years of service as a Missionary, ordained Christian Orthodox Priest (Greek), and CEO of MOSAIC, Inc.

Mayor Art Bishop is the Installing Officer for the 2018/2019 Board of Directors. Newly installed Chair Virginia Watterson accepts the challenge.

John Snyder, Shear Realty, invites the members to a “Shear Fest” Fall Social with Beer Brats and Brownies, October 3 at Shear Realty Apple Valley office.

Outgoing Chair, Victoria Martin receives a proclamation from the Town of Apple Valley Councilmen Curt Emick, Scott Nassif, and Mayor Art Bishop for outstanding service to our business community.

Sue Moore, Moore Digital Marketing announces “Get Connected” with the Apple Valley Chamber Web Site from noon to 1:00 PM at the Chamber Office on October 2.

Tom Hoegerman accepts the position of Vice-Chair for the Apple Valley Chamber Board of Directors as Mayor Art Bishop reads the pledge.

Irene Gaulke, invites members to meet with her as the newly hired Apple Valley representative for the Victor Valley Daily Press.

Tom McCarthy, General Manager, of the Mojave Water Agency presents on the “California Fix”.

Newly installed Board of Directors for the Chamber of Commerce are introduced to the Chamber’s membership.

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