2018-2019 ANNUAL REPORT
OF LEADERS AND INFLUENCERS
FOR BUSINESS GROWTH
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.
â€œAt the heart of that growth are the visionaries, risk takers and entrepreneurs the chamber is proud to represent.â€? 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
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.
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.
Executive Sponsor Members
New Members this year Founding Members
(with the chamber since formation)
Membership by Industry
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
The Valleyâ€™s Regional Chamber
The Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce Reaches Across the Valley
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
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 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
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
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.
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)
Member Vendor Opportunities
of all chamber generated revenue in 2018-2019
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
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.
business education classes
chamber members participating
Branding Your Business Hispanic Business Summit Effective Networking (2) Chamber 101 â€“ 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
Monica Caipo Sosa
GWC General Construction
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
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. Itâ€™s never been a better time to get connected!
Networking Events Last Year
31 11 31
City of Cathedral City
City of Indian Wells City of Palm Desert
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
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
GOVERNMENT CONNECTION The Chamber prides itself on helping to make public officials accessible to membership.
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
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
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
David Nola Alpha Media
Mike Etheridge Western Water Works
Valerie Ward Burrtec Waste & Recycling Services
Tatiana Yturralde West Coast Cannabis Club
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
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
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