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regional chamber of commerce

P r o m o t i n g a n d e n h a n c in g b u s i n e s s w i t h i n t h e C e r r i t o s a re a December 2016

Volume XIV, Issue VI

My Wife Loves By Scott Smith

My wife loves Yelp. She checks in every time we are out to eat and uses the app to find out where to eat when we are traveling, paying close attention to reviews. I bet you do the same thing. Maybe you don’t use Yelp, but I would guess you look at online reviews of some sort. These reviews are not just important to the consumer, but also to companies.

14th Annual Turkey Bowl Winners of The Wattle Award, for Best Dressed Team went to Team Sheraton Cerritos Hotel

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Holiday Luncheon Oh What Fun!

Thursday, December 8, 2016 11:30 am - 1:00 pm Sheraton Cerritos Hotel 12725 Center Court Drive - Cerritos

Holiday Mixer

Sheraton Cerritos Hotel Wednesday, December 14, 2016 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm 12725 Center Court Drive - Cerritos

Let’s Do Lunch! A'Roma Ristorante

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 11:30 am - 1:00 pm 30 Centerpointe Dr., Ste. 1 - La Palma

Labor Law Workshop Thursday, January 26, 2017 8:30 am - 10:30 am Cerritos Library - Skyline Room

It used to be that companies looked solely at the bottom line as a measure of success. This isn’t the case any longer. Companies are now very tuned into to customer reviews and now hold them as a measure of success. Today, managers must make sure their stores are both profitable and consumer friendly. Customer feedback has always played a key role in how companies market to consumers. Maybe you have filled out survey about a specific product or you may have even taken part in a focus group. That type of feedback is still done today when a company rolls out a new product, but many companies are now doing exactly what you do - looking at online customer reviews. Why are companies so interested in online reviews? It’s simple - people read them and, more importantly, trust them. A survey conducted by showed that 88 percent of consumers hold as much trust in an online review as a personal recommendation. That same survey noted that 85 percent of consumers read up to ten reviews before they trust a business and 88 percent have read a review to “determine the quality of a local business.” A study by Google revealed that over 67 percent of consumers are influenced by online reviews. Clearly consumers are reading and placing meaning in online reviews. Yelp reviews can have a significant impact on a business. Yelp is important as 98 percent of Yelp users claim they have made a purchase at a business they found on the app. A one star increase on Yelp can boost a business’ revenue by up to nine percent. On the other hand, one negative review can cost a business up to 30 customers. Remember, consumers are more likely to share a negative review rather than a positive one. Be careful when considering those reviews. Regulators are concerned about the growing number of paid reviewers companies are hiring to post positive reviews. Oh, and be careful when you go to post a negative review. A recent ABC News story covered how a small hotel had a $500 “fine” in their event contracts for guests giving negative online reviews. Yelp claims 80 percent of all reviews are positive, which sounds good unless your business has a negative review, potentially costing you customers. So, don’t just look at reviews, but leave one as well. Did you get good service? Leave a review. Was the food delicious? Leave a review. Was your shopping experience better than anticipated? You guessed it - leave a review. If you want to continue to have a good experience at your favorite store or restaurant, leave a review. Your review could be the one that brings in a new customer.

Cerritos Regional Chamber of Commerce · 13259 E. South Street · Cerritos, CA 90703 phone: (562) 467-0800 · fax: (562) 467-0840 · ·

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Board Chair’s Report

Teri Bazen Board Chair 2016-2017

For a Good end, Sow a Good beginning. - When you show someone favor and acceptance, you will receive the same. - Help those who are in need. - Give an encouraging word to others, even when an encouraging word is not needed. - Do not cheaply flatter someone, put praise the treasure when you see it. - Encourage everyone around you to be the best they can. - A little Love goes a long way. - When doing anything always do your best. - Don't forget to have Fun. - Everything you do will find its way back to you at some point. For a Good end, put forth a Good beginning in everything.

Wishing you and yours a Wonderful Holiday Season - Teri Bazen

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Executive Committee Board Chair TERI BAZEN Norwalk-La Mirada Plumbing DR. MARK CHUNG Sleep & Lung MD ANN GRIFFO ABC Unified School District MELANIE BROAD Broad Wealth Management BRIAN JONDLE Hub International Insurance Services GINA COLE Legal Shield Past Board Chair RONALD JOHNSON Irvine University

Board Members

14th Annual Turkey Bowl Thank you to this year's sponsors:

JAE LEE Rose Hills Memorial Park & Mortuary PAUL MOTENKO Stacked Restaurants JB D’SOUZA Calmet Services ALEXANDER KHANANASHVILI Obesity Solutions

George Ray Bob & Marianne


KEN KRAUS Los Cerritos Center DESMOND THOMPSON Lexus of Cerritos JONATHAN MATSON Matson Architects, Inc. MAHA RAYAN Union Bank GIGI MANZANILLA Primerica

Staff Community Family Guidance Center

SCOTT SMITH President/CEO JILL OVARD Operations Manager MAY PEITZSCH Member Benefits Coordinator CLARENCE FUQUA Bookkeeper

The Business Insider

is published monthly by the Cerritos Regional Chamber of Commerce. 13259 E. South Street Cerritos, California 90703 562/467-0800

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Upcoming Events DECEMBER 8




11:30 am - 1:00 pm Sheraton Cerritos Hotel 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Sheraton Cerritos Hotel

23-26 CHAMBER OFFICE CLOSED Christmas Holiday 31-1 CHAMBER OFFICE CLOSED New Year’s Holiday






11:30 am -1:00 pm A'Roma Ristorante- 30 Centerpointe Dr. - La Palma

8:30 am - 10:30 am Cerritos Library - 18025 Bloomfield Ave.

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New Chamber Member Please join us in welcoming the new Member to the Chamber of Commerce. Stop by their location and welcome them to our business community!

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Member Anniversaries 30 Years or More

3-D THEATRICALS Gigi Meese 1255 N. Knollwood Circle Anaheim, CA 92801 714-589-2770

City of Cerritos

20 Years or More

Cerritos Travel Agency Balloon Decor 'N' More

15 Years or More

Welcome to the Chamber and Thank you for your membership!

American Cancer Society Ave. 3 Pizza Subs & Catering Southland Motor Car Dealers Association

10 Year or More

La Palma Intercommunity Hospital

5 Year or More

Gateway Academy State Bank of India Sall Research Medical Center City of Cerritos - Mark Pulido Metropolitan Water District of Southern CA

City of Cerritos Tree Lighting The City of Cerritos held its tree lighting ceremony on November 21st at the City’s Civic Center. Local performers and children provided great music, and Santa was on hand to take photos with children. Santa arrived on his “sleigh” - a Los Angeles County Fire Department truck. Mayor Ray’s grandchildren joined the Cerritos City Council on stage to light the tree. Photo provided by the City of Cerritos

1 Year or More

Eyesite Optometry Extreme Autowerks University of Phoenix City of Cerritos - George Ray City of Cerritos - Naresh Solanki

Mayor George Ray was joined by his grandchildren and the Cerritos City Council as they lit the City of Cerritos Christmas Tree

Thank you for your continued membership!


BRONZE George Ray



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Turkey Bowl The Chamber’s 14th Annual Turkey Bowl was held on November 17th at AMF Cerritos Lanes. Decked out in team shirts and themed outfits, bowlers took to the lanes in friendly competition while enjoying the delicious food buffet generously donated by Food & Beverage Sponsors A’Roma Ristorante, BJ’s Restaurant, Lazy Dog, Rosewood’s Restaurant, Stacked Restaurant, Macaroni Grill, TGI Fridays, Norwalk La Mirada Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning, and Walmart. Thank you to the following Turkey Bowl Sponsors: Perfect Game Sponsors were Norm Reeves Honda and Extreme Autowerks; Strike Sponsor participants included Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices CA Properties, Community Family Guidance Center, the Office of L.A. County Supervisor Don Knabe, CalMet Services, Funeraria del Angel Bellflower Mortuary, and Digical; Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud claimed the title of Alley Sponsor.

Strike Sponsor - CalMet Services

The team from AMF Cerritos Lanes took the Strikeology Award for Best Team Score

Strike Sponsor - the Oompa Loompas from DigiCal

Perfect Game Sponsor - Norm Reeves Honda

Strike Sponsor - Office of L.A. County Supervisor Don Knabe

Bing Lee and Ken Lin from Extreme Autowerks were all smiles

Perfect Game Sponsor - Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

Chamber Ambassadors Mary Ann Wood, Jamie Schramm, Amanda Blanton, and Paolo Quiroga volunteered to help at this fun event

Strike Sponsor - Funeraria Del Angel Bellflower Mortuary

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ROSE HILLS Rose Hills Memorial Park cordially invites Chamber members to the celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe, with a special play created in partnership with students from Rio Hondo College's Performing Arts department. The event will be held on Sunday, December 4th from 1 pm to 4 pm at Mission Hills by Rose Hills Memorial Park, 3888 Workman Mill Road in Whittier. Visit www.OurLadyOfGuadalupeRoseHills.ocom or call (323) 887-4837 for more information.

AMF CERRITOS LANES Looking for a great job? Look no further than AMF Cerritos Lanes. They are searching for exceptional hospitality industry professionals—candidates who are ready, willing, and able to bring a delightful experience to our guests and to make exceptional service the order of the day. Currently, openings are for Mechanic/Entry-Level Mechanic, Counter/Desk Attendant, Porter, Shift Leader, Bartender, Food & Beverage Attendant, and Lane Servers. Bowlmor AMF offers a very competitive wage and an attractive benefits package including a limited medical/dental/ vision plan for full time employees, a 401K, and a flexible spending account. We are committed to growing our business while helping our employees to grow both personally and financially. Interested applicants should apply on-line at:

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SOCAL GAS Every winter the demand for natural gas increases as we heat our homes and businesses. This winter, we are facing limited availability of natural gas locally. That's why we are asking all Southern Californians to work together to help conserve natural gas on certain days. If a SoCalGas Advisory is called, you can help by lowering your thermostat to 68 degrees, waiting a day to use major natural gas appliances and washing with cold water when possible. Sign up at to receive SoCalGas Advisories if an advisory is called, or call 1-800-427-2200 for more information.

CAMINO FEDERAL CREDIT UNION Camino Federal Credit Union presented Children’s Hospital Los Angeles with a check for $3,500 to benefit the hospital’s operations. This is the result of fundraising on the part of the credit union through candy sales and employee jeans days.

Ernesto Flores, President/CEO - Camino Federal Credit Union presents Sara Hackett of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles with the check

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Now until Dec. 24th

Cerritos Regional Chamber of Commerce · 13259 E. South Street · Cerritos, CA 90703 phone: (562) 467-0800 · fax: (562) 467-0840 · ·

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Business Insider December 2016  

In this month's issue: My Wife Loves Yelp 14th Annual Turkey Bowl City of Cerritos Tree Lighting Members in the News And more!

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