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2018-2019 ANNUAL REPORT

CONVENER

OF LEADERS AND INFLUENCERS

CATALYST

FOR BUSINESS GROWTH

CHAMPION

FOR A STRONG COMMUNITY


A Message from the President Helping Move a Growing Economy

Thank you for your investment. I know our sponsors, members and volunteers hear that often. At your chamber we like to believe it means even more when an organization like yours chooses to invest in something that is bigger than self. Our beautiful valley is now home to almost half-a-million people, and most are proud to call the Coachella Valley home. We are truly blessed to live here.

“At the heart of that growth are the visionaries, risk takers and entrepreneurs the chamber is proud to represent.� From humble beginnings, the valley has grown into an economic engine that entertains, educates and feeds the world. At the heart of that growth are the visionaries, risk takers and entrepreneurs the chamber is proud to represent. The GCVCC annually commits itself to a simple but profound mission, summarized in three words. Champion. Convener. Catalyst. Whether it is Championing a regulatory climate in government that allows our businesses to thrive, Convening leaders from across the valley to solve our most pressing issues, or directly serving as a Catalyst to the local economy, through relationship building and commercial activity, we serve a vital constituency within the valley. It does not happen without you; our valued sponsors and member investors who make all this happen. Your commitment of time, talent and treasure is making for a better Coachella Valley. Thank you for investing in us!

Joshua R. Bonner, IOM

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Champion Investors The Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce promotes regional prosperity, serving as a catalyst for economic vitality and strong communities across the valley. Thank you to our champion investors for supporting the Chamber.

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GREATER COACHELLA VALLEY

ONE OF CALIFORNIAS LARGEST CHAMBERS As an influential organization in the state, the Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce promotes regional prosperity, serving as a catalyst for economic vitality and strong communities. The Chamber is pro-actively involved in the important issues facing valley business. One of the largest Chambers in Southern California, the Greater Coachella Valley Chamber is comprised of over 1,400 business enterprises, civic organizations, education institutions, and individuals. As the largest business network in the region, the chamber is accelerating business.

1478 55

active members

Executive Sponsor Members

296 597

New Members this year Founding Members

(with the chamber since formation)

Membership by Industry

4

24%

Other/Small Business

11%

Restaurant

11%

Retail

9%

Building/Service

9%

Tourism

8%

Non-Profit

6%

Health

6%

Financial

6%

Real Estate

4%

Professional Services

3%

Auto

3%

Media

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Membership Rates for 2019-2020 Individual $160 Non-Profit $310 Small Business/ Govt Elected $360 Banks, Clubs, Apts, Attractions/ Hotels (1-99) $610 Developers, Media, Utilities, Auto, Hospitals $710

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The Valley’s Regional Chamber

The Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce Reaches Across the Valley

296

Number of Economic Development visits made to local businesses

Membership by area

4% 19% 4% 18% 5% 1% 9% 20% 4% 5% 8% 3% 760-347-0676

Unincorporated Riverside County Indio Rancho Mirage La Quinta Coachella Indian Wells Cathedral City Palm Desert desert hot springs County Unincorporated Palm Springs Out of Area gcvcc.org

The Chamber has introduced me to so many great people, and given me the ability to connect with my community. There are so many events, mixers, workshops, through our sponsorship we are able to reach the community and fellow business owners at a great value. I am so proud to be a part of the great things that are happening. Carmen Contreras

State Farm Insurance Home, Life, and Auto

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CHAMPION FOR A STRONG BUSINESS COMMUNITY PUBLIC AFFAIRS

The Greater Coachella Valley Chamber is the only chamber in the valley with a full-time Director of Public Policy. We also have a State and Federal Policy Advisor. The Public Affairs team represents the voice of business from the state capital to our local city halls. From supporting pro-growth legislation to opposing measures that unduly burden business, the Chamber is your voice in government.

bill spotlight sacramento AB 1870 (Reyes) — This bill would have unnecessarily extended the statute of limitations from one year to three years for all discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims filed with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing.

7 bills 18 bills

supported

opposed

Supported 4 Chamber Bills Signed into Law

Chamber Position: Opposed Status: Vetoed by Governor AB 1743 (O’Donnell) Career Technical Education — Before being incorporated into AB 1808, a budget trailer bill, extended and improved the Career Technical Education Incentive Grant program, which provides students with necessary training and education to prepare them for a variety of career options. Chamber Position: Support Status: Approved by Governor

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241

Days in Session

Opposed Bills 15 Chamber Failed to Pass

The Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce has allowed us as members to have a voice for potential legislation issues affecting our businesses. Your membership works for you! Jerry Tack

Gallery Links, Indian Palms Country

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State elected officials appear before chamber members at the statehouse.

COACHELLA VALLEY ADVOCACY City Spotlight The City of Coachella was selected to receive an Urban Greening grant award from the California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA) in the amount of $3,189,152.72 for its Grapefruit Boulevard Urban Greening and Connectivity Project. Chamber Position: Support Status: Awarded

4 City Council Candidate Forums The chamber held City Council Candidate Forums in Cathedral City, Coachella, Indio, and La Quinta. Public candidate forums allow the business community to address and asses candidates for office on their policy positions.

Voice of Business The Bi-Annual Voice of Business, mailed directly to over 5,000 businesses in the Coachella Valley, helps to inform our local business community about advocacy topics and pending legislation important to them.

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CATALYST FOR A STRONG COMMUNITY COMMUNITY SUPPORT

The Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with our city and local partners, supports community engagement, civic pride, and overall economic prosperity within our region through a variety of community-based events.

21 68,000 570 5,800

Major Community Events (200 or more attendees)

More than

Community Volunteers

971

Attendees

staff hours

Member Vendor Opportunities

97%

of all chamber generated revenue in 2018-2019

$1.755

million dollars, was returned directly to the local economy.

Being a member of Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce has given us the opportunity to deepen our relationship in this amazing community. James Lindquist Angel View

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Member Education and Training Members can count on the chamber to deliver relevant, timely training to them. From bringing in featured speakers like Google, to delivering free member training to satisfy government regulation, the Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce supports our members and the business community.

18 2018-2019

380

business education classes

chamber members participating

Training Programs

Branding Your Business Hispanic Business Summit Effective Networking (2) Chamber 101 – Getting the Most Out of Your Chamber Understanding and Reaching the LGBT(Q) Market Think Like Your Customer Understanding the Stock Market Setting Smart Goals Elevator Speech Workshop (2) The Future of Television Tax Law Updates

Thank you for teaching us the tools to get exposure in our beautiful Coachella Valley. We at GWC General Construction are so thankful for all your help.

Desert Demographics Earthquake Preparedness LinkedIn Advertising and Design on a Budget 2018 Employment Law Update

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Monica Caipo Sosa

GWC General Construction

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Connectivity & Leadership Communication Through several printed publications, digital properties, and visitor centers, the chamber helps connect valley tourism to local business.

Magazines The Gem Magazine, distributed directly to over 23,000 local homes, keeps residents informed of local events, business opportunities, and community news. Distributed to over 10,000 visitors through local events, hotels and visitor centers, Discover Indio Magazine highlights local business, including shopping and dining destinations in the valley. Public Maps are distributed across the valley to help guide tourists and seasonal guests to local member businesses. Greater Coachella Valley Digital Properties like GCVCC.org, DiscoverIndio.com, CCShopLocal. com and more receive over one million visitors a year.

“When building a small entrepreneurial business on your own, a critical component of your growth and success depends on your exposure to the community. Joining the GCVCC has proven to be such a blessing and I’m so grateful to Kimberly, Rebecca and the entire team at the chamber. Thank you for helping all of us succeed!” Eric Nicoli

Legacy Group Palm Springs

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Convener

Brining the Business Community Together The Chamber offers a variety of networking opportunities for business professionals, including our weekly Lunch Bunch, monthly Regional Mixers, Local Business Walks and more. It’s never been a better time to get connected!

222

Networking Events Last Year

31 11 31

City of Cathedral City

City of Indian Wells City of Palm Desert

3,460

19 36 19 12

City of Coachella City of Indio City of Palm Springs

13 28 22

City of Desert Hot Springs City of La Quinta City of Rancho Mirage

Unincorporated Riverside County

Members Participating

It takes a village to grow a business. This is YOUR village! You will have 100 of the most qualified and talented sales reps referring your business! You will have the opportunity valley wide, to educate the public on what you do! Bar none, the best bang for your buck! Pete Chryss

First Call Security and Sound

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GOVERNMENT CONNECTION The Chamber prides itself on helping to make public officials accessible to membership.

2,040

Member Audience

All Valley Mayor and Tribal Chair Lunch

Cathedral City State of the City

Coachella State of the City

Desert Hot Springs State of the City

Indio State of the City

La Quinta State of the City

Legislative Breakfast with Assemblymember(s) Chad Mayes and Eduardo Garcia Legislative Breakfast with Senator Jeff Stone | Legislative Breakfast with Sherriff Chad Bianco Legislative Breakfast with Supervisor V. Manuel Perez Legislative Breakfast with Congressman Raul Ruiz

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2019-2020 major events

September 2019 October 2019 November 2019 December 2019 January 2020 February 2020 March 2020 April 2020 May 2020 June 2020 760-347-0676

Mark your calendar Sept. 21 - Fiesta Patrias El Grito, Coachella Sept. 26 - All Valley Mayor & Tribal Chair Luncheon, Palm Springs October 2 - L  a Quinta State of the City, Expo & Business Awards, La Quinta October 19 - T  acos, Tequila & Chavelas Festival, Coachella October 22 - C  oachella State of the City, Expo & Business Awards, Coachella October 24 – Taste of Indio, Indio October 31 - Indio State of the City Luncheon, Expo & Business Awards, Indio November 2 - Indio BBQ Championship & Festival, Indio November 21 - Small Business Expo, Indio December 6 - Coachella Holiday Parade, Coachella

January 23 - 26 - T  he Southwest Arts Festival, Indio

February 8 - Taste of Jalisco, Cathedral City February 15 - La Quinta Car Show, La Quinta February 23 - D  esert Wedding & Quinceañera Expo, Cathedral City March 17 - C  athedral City State of the City & Orion Business Awards, Cathedral City March 20 - Desert AdFed Addy Awards March 27 - 29 - C  athedral City LGBT Days, Cathedral City Date TBD - C  ity of Indian Wells State of the City, Indian Wells Date TBD - T  he Chamber Invitational (GCVCC Annual Golf Tournament), Indian Wells Date TBD – D  esert Hot Springs State of the City, Desert Hot Springs

Date TBD - 2  020 Business Awards Dinner and Annual Meeting, Indian Wells

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GREATER COACHELLA VALLEY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE LEADERSHIP 2018-2019 Board of Directors Executive Committee

Ernesto Rosales, Ronald McDonald House Charities Southern California – Loma Linda

Jeff Levine Asher & Asher Consulting

Jill Tremblay Best Best & Krieger LLP

Toni Merrihew Chandi Group USA

Cary Boisvert Jay Chesterton Fantasy Springs Resort Casino – Forest Lawn Memorial Parks & Mortuaries Cabazon Band of Mission Indians

2018-2019 Board of Directors

Jason Schneider, CPA, Osborne Rincon, CPAs

Carmen Contreras Carmen Contreras State Farm

Herman Sebastian Garcia Mechanics Bank

Lindsay Grant Desert Sun Media Group

Jennifer Van Horn Spotlight 29/Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians

Deirdre Callanan North American Title

Rob Ballew Family YMCA of the Desert

Austin Beneteau Modern Woodmen of America

Lesa Bodnar Coachella Valley Economic Partnership

Cindy Burreson Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa

Debbie Wales JFK Memorial Hospital

Mike Williams Capitis Real Estate

Victoria Llort Mission Springs Water District

Rich Ramhoff Desert Regional Medical Center

Mickey Jumapao Envoy Mortgage

Julie Frazier Frazier Pest Control

Incoming 2019-2020 Board of Directors

Julio Figueroa AT&T

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David Nola Alpha Media

Mike Etheridge Western Water Works

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Valerie Ward Burrtec Waste & Recycling Services

Tatiana Yturralde West Coast Cannabis Club

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CHAMBER STAFF Office of The President and CEO Joshua R. Bonner, IOM President and Chief Executive Officer

Debby Valdez Executive Assistant

Diana Soto Vice President, Director of Public Policy

Patrick Swarthout Chief Policy Advisor

Rebecca Rizzo Director of Membership

Kimberly Krause Member Services Specialist

Public Policy

Membership

Sales & Marketing Roshan Patel Director of Sales and Partnerships

Anne Blalock Account Executive

Marianne Burton Account Executive

Communication Brandon Marley Director of Communication and Public Outreach

Arianne Harmon Membership Assistant

Enda Rodriguez Events Manager

Guadalupe Fox Events Coordinator

Events

Offices CATHEDRAL CITY

68487 E PALM CANYON DRIVE, BLDG. 3 SUITE 31 CATHEDRAL CITY, CA 92234

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COACHELLA

DESERT HOT SPRINGS

INDIO

1258 6TH ST. 12561 PALM DRIVE, SUITE C 82-921 INDIO BLVD. COACHELLA, CA 92236 DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CA 92240 INDIO, CA 92201

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LA QUINTA

78015 MAIN STREET, SUITE 206 LA QUINTA, CA 92253

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