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t is with great sadness that the Chamber announces the firing of a true community partner, Dr. Bryan Reece, President of Norco College. Norco College is supposed to be an independent, accredited college, but a part of the Riverside Community College District. Over the



orona continues to excel in helping businesses. On May 22, longtime Corona business and Chamber leader Chris Miller of Thomas Miller Mortuary & Crematory was honored with the California Small Business Advocate award from the California Chamber of Commerce, marking the third time in four years that your Chamber’s legislative advocacy leaders have been recognized for helping lead the Chamber’s effort to protect employers like you. He was one of only

two individuals honored. Chris has a long history of supporting the chamber and our legislative outreach, formerly serving as Chairman of the Board and Chairman of the Legislative Action Committee (LAC).

“Chris’s work has really earned the award and frankly it speaks to the effort put in by the Chamber that of the last eight leaders recognized statewide with the most prestigious small business ... Continued on page 11

years, the Riverside campus has dominated the funding and exposure in the Inland community college world. Norco and Moreno Valley started as satellites of the Riverside campus before being accredited to “stand on their own” as independent colleges. We found out June 11 that at least Norco is not independent when Dr. Reece was fired from his position. The RCCD is governed by ... Continued on page 14


award. He was one of two who received this coveted award for 2019. There are hundreds of chambers throughout California and thousands of ... Continued on page 5




et ready to celebrate the power and passion that women bring to the workforce, and be provided with tips and tools to make you even more successful,

By Jennifer Bourgeois, Ph.D. the Executive Leadership Roundtable (ELR), we had that opportunity! Our journey began in September of 2018 and culminated on June 21, 2019. Through this year, we spent one day a month learning about all that Corona and the immediate area had to offer. We immersed ourselves in the rich, colorful history of Corona, the educational system from Transitional Kindergarten – College, the extensive manufacturing


orona 2020 has provided a guideline for local business success. This public/private partnership between the City of Corona and the Corona Chamber is unique and receiving statewide attention. Recently at the CAL Chamber Capitol Summit, Corona business owner and Corona Chamber member Chris Miller received the Small Business Advocate

Conference Speakers Ready to Ignite the Power and Passion of Women

Looking Back to Move Forward onnecting to one’s community can be the greatest way to see into the legacy left behind and the journey not yet traveled. It is the way to see the beauty in the world around you, yet see the needs of your neighbors. Too often in our fast paced society, we do not stop and really learn about the community we live in, yet if we did, we would understand the roots and know best how we can make the fabric of where we live as strong as possible. Through


companies within the city, the infrastructure of Corona, as well as, an understanding of how our area fits into the safety and security of our country through the different bases in the immediate vicinity. As we learned about the various topics, we couldn’t help but realize how much the city has to offer and how we can, in turn, give back to ensure it continues to be prosperous. Giving back can take the form of shopping in the community, finding ways to create jobs by learning about the economic impact of the changes of how consumers purchase goods, ... Continued on page 9

keeping you healthy and helping you to balance your stress for optimal wellness. Don’t miss this excellent networking and learning opportunity, and join men

and women alike as we hear the stories, challenges, triumphs, and mechanisms these successful and influential women used to rise to the top. We will also feature dozens of exhibitors to help you discover amazing products and services from local businesses. Invited speakers include opening speaker Lisa Marie Platske, Federal law ... Continued on page 8

Riverside County Workforce Development Aids Businesses to Fulfill Employment Needs


here are many ways that Riverside County Workforce Development can assist businesses throughout the County of Riverside. Riverside County Workforce Development has sites throughout the County where job seekers frequently go daily to seek employment.

Experienced Career Coaches are on-site that work with businesses and job seekers to connect them to employment and any necessary training to obtain jobs that are in high demand in the labor market. If a business would like expanded services, they can customize and host a job fair at the business or at any of their locations, assist in pre-screening applicants, and administer any necessary testing. Riverside County ... Continued on page 15



July/August 2019

Brain Balance of Corona Announces Collaboration with Cambridge Brain Science B

rain Balance Achievement Centers, the leading drug-free program to help individuals improve focus, behavior, social skills and academics, announced a nationwide collaboration with Cambridge Brain Sciences (CBS), a leading online platform for cognitive assessments. Brain Balance is collaborating with CBS on a variety of efforts, including providing access to data in an effort to study changes in cognitive development over time and how developmental concerns impacts

cognition in children and young adults. The research study, which CBS began in May, is open to the general public as well as current enrollees in the Brain Balance program. The data collected over the next year, through both child and young adult cognitive assessments, will allow scientists at Cambridge Brain Sciences to better understand what cognitive development looks like in individuals who struggle with a myriad of challenges, including, but not limited

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Chairman of the Board Mike Ryan Ryan & Associates Financial Services

Finance Vice Chairman Palbinder Badesha Express Employment Professionals

Chairman-Elect Don Williamson Corona History Association

Immediate Past Chairman John Weyhgandt Western States Financial

First Vice Chairman Kim Mabon Creative By Design

President/CEO/Corporate Secretary Bobby Spiegel CORONA Chamber of Commerce

Treasurer/Finance Chair Jon Haratyk Living Better 101


Marta Cortez Eduardo’s Mexican Restaurant Anthony Edwards Robertson’s Ready Mix Dr. Aimee French French Medical Corp. Don Garling Lifetime Vinyl Fence Fabricators, Inc. Jim Gore Vulcan Materials Company

Aug. 12 John Weyhgandt Western States Financial

Sept. 9 Palbinder Badesha Express Employment Professionals

Jim Dorsey Photography (951) 735-8668


Angie Byars 3M Corona

July 8 Mark Peabody Peabody Engineering & Supply, Inc.

Don Williamson Editor

Linda Richards Member Services Linda@MyChamber.org

Sam Buenrostro, Ed.D. Corona-Norco Unified School District

Meetings are held 8:00-9:30am the second Monday of each month at the Corona Chamber 904 E. 6th St. RSVP for free at MyChamber.org.

Stephanie Shapiro Member Services Stephanie@MyChamber.org

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to, ADHD, ASD, dyslexia, processing disorders, high functioning autism and anxiety. Brain Balance of Corona has recently grown as the Brain Balance Center located in Rancho Cucamonga has closed its doors, and they welcome these families from other Inland Empire cities with open arms as they continue the important work with their children’s development. Visit BrainBalanceCenters. com to learn more.

Kristen Holstrom Holstrom, Block And Parke, APLC

Lea Petersen Southern California Gas Company

Ruth Jaffe Kaiser Permanente

Dr. Anthony Pirritano Integrated Medical Center Of Corona - CompAccess

Sean R. Kelley Kelley Law Gordon Macaulay Collins Aerospace Chad Miller American National Manufacturing, Inc. Mark Peabody Peabody Engineering & Supply, Inc. Linda Pearson Corona Regional Medical Center

Lily Quiroa Waste Management Mike Quraishi Aladdin Cleaning Services, Inc. Bryan Reece, Ph.D.

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Constant Change Guarantees Downsizing of More National Retailers T

he landscape of retail is changing, there is no doubt about that. Online shopping has become more prevalent, and online based behemoths like Amazon strive every day to ensure that our online experience outweighs our need to drive over to the local retailer to spend (waste?) time shopping. As we watch yet another national retailer shutter its doors (almost a monthly occurrence these days), many people are drawn to anger and concern – at least from what can be derived from the many posts and comments on social media. But is this change in retail, this “retail renaissance,” inherently negative, or just a sign of the times into a more consumer-friendly market? Here are some things to consider:


Many large retailers are driving consumers to their websites to shop, not just Amazon (which manages to get the blame any time another store goes under). If you watch commercials and advertisements closely, you will see that the retailers themselves have been driving traffic to online shopping for quite a while. “Shop online, pickup in stores” is such a common phrase in advertising these days, that it may just melt into the background.

IN THIS NEW RETAIL RENAISSANCE, A SHOPPER CAN FIND EXACTLY WHAT THEY ARE LOOKING FOR AND OFTEN FOR THE PRICE THEY WANT – ALL FROM THE COMFORT OF THEIR LIVING ROOMS OR IN BETWEEN MEETINGS. Why would retailers want to drive consumers to shop online? This format allows them to carry less inventory, hire fewer employees, and cut down on the size of their retail footprint. The bottom line? It looks better for their bottom line.


In just the past few months, we have watched in horror as big stores such as Bed Bath & Beyond, Cost Plus World Market, Victoria’s Secret and Dress Barn have either shuttered stores or have announced they will. Many national retailers are looking at

their portfolios, determining which locations are not performing to their standards and are therefore downsizing so that they don’t go out of business. Much of this reorganization is being driven by the changing landscape of retail and the need to constantly be on top of the market to ensure a healthy profit margin.


Recently, folks on social media will post that a retailer is closing down or is rumored to be closing down. It is often within that same post - and almost always part of the comments – that they will also admit to having not shopped there for several years. Sometimes, the commenters will even admit that they have not even been to that particular shopping center for a number of years and yet are shocked to see that some of the stores have vanished. The next time you hear of a retailer closing, ask yourself (and be honest) when you shopped there last – and when you really expected to go again. “During my past 40 years of experience with the development of 41 shopping centers throughout California, I can state that the only constant has been ‘change,’” said Arthur Pearlman, an internationally recognized developer of commercial projects and chairman of Arthur Pearlman Corporation. “The internet has adjusted the shopping patterns, the tenant has adjusted its marketing and sales formats, the shopper has taken advantage of these changes and the industry keeps maturing to focus upon these ever-changing trends. The gist of my experience has always been CHANGE; I love it and have learned to creatively deal with it.” The reality is that retail is changing, but it’s not altogether bad. In this new retail renaissance, a shopper can find exactly what they are looking for and often for the price they want – all from the comfort of their living rooms or in between meetings. The retailers who are adjusting their sails (or sales?) to accommodate this new shopper will prosper – or at least continue to survive.

Integrity... By Bobby Spiegel, President/CEO, Corona Chamber


ast year, a Chamber member committed a substantial amount of funds for one of our projects. The event occurred with that business receiving extensive sponsor rewards. Their team members enthusiastically participated and enjoyed themselves in the process. Despite delivery of guaranteed sponsor benefits, the company had not deposited the required funding. The Chamber staff dutifully pursued payment without success. It took months before we were finally able to chat with the owner of the business. In years past, the owner had been a faithful and consistent donor to the Chamber. His failure to pay was an anomaly. In our talk, the owner began explaining that tough times had hit this company; a hint of desperation could be detected in his voice as his explanation progressed. He managed to end the conversation with optimism, “…when things improve I promise I will make things good!” Now that I have been serving the Chamber for 18 years, people often ask me what a typical day is like. My responses have varied over the years, however, I have had a chance to reflect and it boils down to “integrity”. Each Chamber member, from their printed guarantees, to their verbal commitments, each business has to make its own case to determine their “integrity”. Happily, business did improve for our

IT IS OUR HONOR TO SERVE YOU DAILY AND TO CONTINUE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE! Chamber member and as promised, a check was received in the full amount owed. From our business owners, to our professional staff, to the volunteers involved with our Ambassador Club and to our Board of Directors; each proves daily, they have integrity. This article is dedicated to them. I admire those businesses that take the time and make the effort to invest in our Chamber. They do so for many reasons: some attempt to improve their market share; others are members because of their desire to be part of something bigger than themselves; while others rely on our organization to provide guidance, seminars and information. Regardless of the reasons why someone is part of the Corona Chamber, it is our honor to serve them daily and to continue to Make a Difference!



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Help Us Welcome Our New Members Your Corona Chamber is a catalyst for business growth, a convener of leaders and influencers, and a champion for a stronger community. Our members invest in our organization for numerous reasons. Many find the resources provided, the advocacy efforts and the economic profiles as viable assets driven by our five Core Competencies: Sustaining and Creating a Strong Local Economy; Representing

the Interest of Business with Government; Promoting the Community; Promoting Political Action; and Providing Networking Opportunities and Business Referrals for our member firms. If you are not currently a member, please contact the Corona Chamber at (951) 737-3350 or info@mychamber.org. For a full listing of members, visit the Business Directory at MyChamber.org.

5 LINQ Protection (951) 757-7515 Corona, CA 92882 5 LINQ Protection is a full-service, Executive Protection, Security and Private Investigation Co. Our team is seasoned in Executive Protection, Private Investigations, and all levels of Security. 7-Eleven (805) 637-8294 725 E. Grand Blvd. Corona, CA 92879 7-Eleven is your go-to convenience store for food, snacks, hot and cold beverages, and so much more. Generally open 24 hours a day. Academy Mortgage Corporation (951) 547-2263 255 Rincon St. Corona, CA 928789 Our mission is to be 1st CHOICE in delivering the dream of sustainable homeownership by inspiring hope and building prosperity in the lives of our employees, Realtors, and the community we serve.

Hometime Windows and Doors (909) 982-1400 1471 Pomona Rd. #F Corona, CA 92882 Hometime Windows & Doors is a factory-direct and family-owned window company serving Southern California. We specialize in the manufacturing and installation of high-quality efficient vinyl windows.

American Entrance Systems, Inc. (951) 977-9949 10000 Indiana Ave. #5 Riverside, CA 92503 American Entrance Systems, Inc. has been providing Southern California residents, property management companies, and rental properties with professionally experienced sales, installation, service, and repair.

Aflac – Noemi Schulman (909) 262-6938 1561 E. Orangethorpe Ave. #200 Fullerton, CA 92831 Aflac provides supplemental insurance to help pay out-of-pocket expenses your major medical , insurance doesn t cover. Get started with a quote today!

Barrett Business Services Inc. – Ontario (909) 218-5788 3401 Centrelake Dr. #150 Ontario, CA 91761 BBSI offers a range of solutions to help you better navigate pitfalls and build a stronger foundation for your business.

Aflac – Small Business (951) 444-5873 1315 Corona Pointe Ct. #202 Corona, CA 92879 Aflac provides supplemental group insurance benefits choices for small businesses. Offer a better employee benefit supplemental insurance plan by Aflac today!

Brand Purpose (888) 325-0285 P.O. Box 20764 Riverside, CA 92516 Brand Purpose is a marketing consultancy whose purpose-based brand strategy helps clients energize and align their cultures to achieve powerful market advantage.

Christina Blinks (951) 523-8145 Corona, CA 92879 Ease the burden for those you love with pre-need life insurance. Help reduce the stress and financial burden associated with your final memorial expenses. CS Financial Services, Inc. (714) 451-6772 14701 Peyton Dr. #37 Chino Hills, CA 91709 CS Financial Services helps small and medium-sized businesses get access to accounting and financial services larger corporations use and offer services tailored to their needs. D Carwash Guy (951) 224-1405 Corona, CA 92879 Our specialty is the enhancement of any vehicle, including boats, RVs, trucks, sports cars and more. We use quality biodegradable products to protect the environment and your vehicle. Fireblast Global (800) 716-1977 545 Monica Cir. Corona, CA 92880 Fireblast Global is the premier manufacturer of advanced live fire training simulators. For more than a decade, Fireblast Global has specialized in the design & production of fire training equipment. Hanson & Associates Physical Therapy, Inc. (951) 382-4238 4300 Green River Rd. #109A Corona, CA 92880 We offer our clients a clean and well-equipped clinic staffed with friendly and knowledgeable physical therapists who are professional and dedicated to their work.

Kabab Crush (951) 734-1770 350 N. McKinley St. #102 Corona, CA 92879 At Kabab Crush, we serve healthy, flavorful Mediterranean cuisine made fresh. We use fresh, clean ingredients and serve generous portions prepared with cooking styles straight from Bethlehem. Knewt Media (951) 314-0758 Corona, CA 92879 Today’s marketplace is as competitive as ever, but the playing field has evolved. The digital battlefield where you compete for customers and where your customers are, presents new challenges. Level Advisors (949) 404-4986 x102 25191 Sea Vista Dr. Dana Point, CA 92629 We offer a multitude of ways to build, support and protect not just your critical economic assets, but your personal peace-of-mind. Everything we offer is done so with that simple goal in mind. Liberty Tax Service (951) 736-0865 462 Corona Mall #102 Corona, CA 92879 Your friendly, local tax experts are just around the corner and happy to help! Get the maximum tax refund and friendly service you deserve. Lomeli Communications, LLC (855) 615-7590 1941 California Ave. #79391 Corona, CA 92877 We provide installation, sales, and maintenance on the following; IT Network Administration, VoIP/PBX Phone Systems, Video Cameras, Alarms, Network, and Network Cabling. Make Dust (714) 323-2375 Yorba Linda, CA 92886 If you don’t make dust, you eat dust! Make Dust can help with the trials and tribulations of running your own business.



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Corona 2020 cont’d members eligible for this recognition. Chris, one of the architects of the Corona 2020 program, has been active in outreach and support for all businesses within our region. We are extremely proud of Chris and salute him for his outstanding service and dedication to the business community. In May, we recognized over 55

New York Life Insurance Company – Scott Lichtenwalter (951) 833-0918 Corona, CA 92882 Agent with New York Life offering many services including personal planning and life insurance strategies. Podium Detail, LLC (714) 502-4572 Corona, CA 92879 We are mobile so we go to you. We strive to give you the best service all winners seek. After all, we are the detail service for champions. Don’t fall short, book now for your Podium Finish. Solid Rock Broadcasting Network (951) 268-7892 180 Joy St. #B Corona, CA 92879 Your media solution is here. We are a 24-hour radio station. TV broadcasting recording, photography, and video commercials. Tacos Melano’s (951) 496-3422 623 E. 6th St. Corona, CA 92879 Offering authentic Mexican food that will not disappoint. Thai Lotus (951) 277-1298 2795 Cabot Dr. #170 Corona, CA 92883 Thai Fusion Restaurant offering catering and delivery. Thai Variety (951) 808-8375 650 S. Lincoln Ave. #108 Corona, CA 92882 Thai Variety offers traditional Thai food. We use fresh ingredients and traditional recipes and are happy to offer you the Thai experience. Wells Fargo Bank – Commercial Lending (951) 265-1154 1250 Corona Pointe Ct. #310

Corona, CA 92879 We take the time to understand your business, from your operations to your long-term vision and goals, and we support you with local relationship managers and bankers who work alongside your team. Winner Circle Athletics (909) 225-2313 255 N. Lincoln Ave. Corona, CA 92882 The largest sports Science Academy in the nation. Onsite café, physical therapy, recovery lounge, nutrition center, academic center, football, soccer, baseball turf field and batting cages. World Financial Group (951) 258-6408 300 S. Harbor Blvd. #900 Anaheim, CA 92805 World Financial Group offers services in financial literacy, debt management and retirement savings. We have a full line of financial services.

Celebrate! The following businesses were recently recognized at Good Morning Corona for their milestone anniversaries with the Corona Chamber. Join us in congratulating them for their ongoing investment in our community. 30 years • TriCounty Eye Institute 25 years • Couts Heating & Cooling, Inc. • Riverside Medical Clinic 20 years • Midpoint Bearing 15 years • Nature’s Specialties LLC 10 years • Thermal Structures • Tom’s California Popcorn • Vulcan Materials Company 5 years • Corona Auto Body • Estancia Del Sol • Living Better 101 • Olive Branch Community Church & Christian School • Spectra Color, Inc.


Management Consultants of America (951) 394-7679 400 Ramona Ave. #212P Corona, CA 92879 Our service includes a consultation to help identify gaps and opportunities, comprehensive report that includes a project plan with timelines and milestones, a cost analysis, and schedule.

Chick-fill-A is owned by local resident Shawn York. He recently acquired a second location on Hidden Valley in addition to his flagship store at the Crossings Shopping Center. According to Shawn, these two locations are thriving. Chick-fill-A employees go through intensive training, learning proper etiquette and responses to provide excellent customer service. Their catering department has

businesses through Corona 2020 for their employment growth, which exceeded 1,200 net jobs! Each business offers a unique story. A few are highlighted here. A Cone Zone is a traffic control and sign company headquartered in Corona. The owner is Elaine Norland, a rare female in this male dominated industry. Elaine has become an icon in industry as an example to follow. Elaine has been recognized by numerous organizations, including NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners). She started by herself with a pickup truck and the determination to provide great service, excellent products, and fair pricing. Early progress resulted in her expansion and hiring employees. In May, she was again one of the businesses recognized for adding more jobs to the local economy. A Cone Zone works with many large companies and recently announced a new agreement with a Fortune 10 company. This will almost double their staff. In addition, Elaine has two very large organizations with pending contracts, which will again increase her employee count by 20. Elaine Norland continues to set the standard for other businesses. Another business who received recognition in May for creating new jobs is Ganahl Lumber. We are excited to report that two local Ganahl team member residents, who once drove hours to work every day, now work at the Corona location. These high paying jobs enable these individuals to work, live, shop and play in Corona!

increased, with most of their jobs paying above minimum wage. American Electric Supply, Inc. has bounced back from the 2009 recession, and employee-owned founder Mike Pratt remains involved in the day-today operations. In the past, American Electric Supply collaborated with an established electric company, proving to be excellent partners. The same qualities that built their company continue today. Having businesses like American Electric Supply ensures the strong balance of quality business practices that will be shared amongst other businesses. We will be sharing more businesses in future issues, and if you go on the Corona Chamber website, under the directory section, you can read more about the various businesses and their practices they offer. Lastly, if your business has created more jobs, we want to learn about your success. The Corona 2020 program will be honoring more businesses, and we welcome you to be one of them. Contact the Corona Chamber at (951) 737-3350 or visit our website www.MyChamber.org for registering.



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Corona Chamber Victorious in 2nd Annual Clash of the Chambers Competition


he Corona Chamber participated in the 2nd Annual Clash of the Chambers during Small Business Week May 5-11, 2019. This contest, cosponsored by Excelerate America, included 100 chambers of commerce across the nation to see who could best showcase their local community. Each chamber was scored on their creativity, usage of photos and videos, and utilization of three popular social media platforms: Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. The weeklong competition was created to coincide with National Small Business Week. Since 1963, National Small Business Week has been recognizing the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. Clash of the Chambers was created by Excelerate America to further promote event awareness and drive excitement and camaraderie within local communities nationwide. Recognizing the feat this would be, the Corona Chamber turned to the community for help, first by soliciting nominations for businesses to visit and feature, then by encouraging participation in the chamber’s efforts to reach a broader audience than what they could reach alone. The nominations came in fast and furious, and with the whole staff’s efforts, 120 businesses were each featured on all three platforms over the course of the week. In addition to the chamber’s original

posts, members of the community were encouraged to share about their favorite local businesses on their own pages. Using the designated hashtags, the Corona Chamber was able to find and share those posts as well. In all, these were shared 2,052 times by the end of the contest, with even more coming in afterward. There were two prizes awarded by the chamber for the assistance in spreading positivity about the great small businesses in the community. A basket filled with $500 worth of prizes was won by Stephanie Papavero, and a feature article was won by Action Martial Arts (AMA). When the scores were tallied, AMA had been shared 240 times by their loyal clients, and the dedicated posts and shares by Papavero and Melissa Rexroat had earned them almost half of all of the drawing entries for the prize basket. In the end, your Corona Chamber of Commerce emerged victorious, claiming the top prize and being named the 2019 Clash of the Chambers Champion!


he Corona Chamber Foundation has organized the first ever “Corona Night with the Dodgers” on Thursday, August 1 against the San Diego Padres. The theme is “Welcome Home, Joe Kelly.” Joe is a graduate of Corona High School, where he played the outfield. It was while attending University of California, Riverside that he began to pitch. After pitching for the Boston Red Sox against the Los Angeles Dodgers in last year’s World Series, Joe signed with the Dodgers. His Dad, Joe Sr., lives in Corona and operates a business specializing in processing real estate loans, Corona Chamber member JWK & Associates. The Dodgers are the reigning National League Champions and are consistently competitive. Tickets for the game are on the Reserve level and are just $25 per seat, with the best seats being distributed first. Each of the first 300 tickets will receive a baseball card of Joe Kelly. Of that number, one in 20 will be a premium issue, either signed by


Corona Night with the Dodgers Promises a Night of Fun Watching America’s Favorite Pastime

Joe or include a piece of a game used jersey (randomly distributed, while supplies last). Get yours now at GiveBigCorona.com or by calling Dodger Night Chairman Don Williamson at (951) 529-2999. Dodger Stadium is one of baseball’s oldest and most historic ballparks, as beautiful now as it was when it opened in 1962. This is a perfect chance for those who have never been there to finally get to a game. Bring family, co-workers, employees, friends, neighbors, everyone, grab a Dodger Dog, and enjoy a summer’s night at the ballfield.

Action Martial Arts: A STUDIO FOR EVERYONE


e l c o m e to Action Martial Arts Academy (AMA), where they provide excellent education with the best in Martial Arts Taekwondo, USAT, Hapkido, Gumdo, USA Taekwondo, Korea Hapkido Federation, World Haidong Gumdo Federation, and Korea World Tukkong Association. Action Martial Arts Academy seeks to foster the development of students throughout their entire education. Their teaching community is made up of a group of talented and creative professionals, who are passionate about creating the best Martial Arts School in Corona. Action Martial Arts Academy offers the tools and support necessary for our students to reach their full potential. Their Martial Arts School offers a wide variety of services to all students, no matter what their skill level may be. From Taekwondo to Hapkido and Gumdo, they’ve got you covered. They understand that each student has a different style of learning, and aim to accommodate all students. They offer the following services:


Tae   Kwon   Do (also known as Taekwondo) is the art of self defense that originated in Korea. It is recognized as one of the oldest forms of martial arts in the world, reaching back over 2,000 years. The name was selected for its appropriate description of the art: Tae (foot), Kwon (hand), Do (art).


People from across Corona and nearby turn to Action Martial Arts Academy when they’re looking for the opportunity to learning and succeed in something new and exciting. With their Hapkido Class, you will surely be ahead of the game. Start today on the path to becoming an excellent student by using the most innovative and thoughtful methods in the world of teaching.


Action Martial Arts is the only school in Corona to teach Haidong Gumdo. This sport can be enjoyed by anyone and it has a lot of benefits for modern people who have such a busy lifestyle.

Their students and parents are staunch advocates of the studio. During May’s Small Business Week, they came out in force, sharing on social media all of the wonderful things they love about them, far surpassing any other local small business featured. “AMA is a wonderful place for my three young kids aged 2-8. They each attend a class that is appropriate for their age, and I love that the core principles of Taekwondo are effectively present in each class. My kids love going there and want to come home and practice what they have learned in class. AMA is a great fit for all types of personality as well. Whether you have an outgoing child or a shy child, they will thrive there. The owners are truly passionate about Taekwondo and want nothing more than to see these kids achieve success. I highly recommend giving this studio a chance,” says Melissa Rexroat. “Action Martial Arts is the best Taekwondo studio we could have hoped for and joined. I have two boys aged 3 and 5 in classes at AMA. My younger son is in the “taekwon-tots” class of 2-4 year olds. We are very pleased with how well Master Rigg handles such young kids and the level of skill he is instilling in them. For all age groups, they teach form and technique, allowing the kids to achieve a level of self-pride and accomplishment. The biggest aspect I was looking for was discipline; Master Rigg and Master Mary are the perfect level of discipline and fairness. I am very glad the Rexroat Family recommended this studio for us. We have definitely found our home,” states Stephanie Papavero. Who Can Learn Taekwondo, Hapkido, Gumdo & Tukkong? It is ideal for students of any age or sex. It is not a dangerous activity. It is taught to anyone aged 4 and up for mental and physical development as well as for self-defense. It is not necessary to have previous experience, nor is it ever too late to start. The cardiovascular, muscular, and mental benefits are to be enjoyed by all participants whether they are male, female, small, large, weak or strong; it makes no difference.

There are two locations in South Corona to serve you, at 2225 Eagle Glen Pkwy., Ste. 102 and 9064 Pulsar Ct., Ste. B. You can reach them at (951) 833-8646 or actionmartialarts@ att.net. You can learn more at actionmartialartsama.com.



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Planning our Future Workforce


uring a Manufacturer’s Council meeting in October 2017, companies discussed the largest challenges they face while doing business in Southern California. They touched on a number of topics that included taxes, regulations, global market conditions, etc., but every company agreed there was one primary issue that put their business and production at the most risk. Simply put: a lack of qualified talent. These companies are not wrong, and they certainly aren’t alone. In recent years, more than 6 million good jobs remained unfilled nationally and low unemployment rates have intensified the problem for businesses. Since that meeting, a handful of businesses – in partnership with Corona-Norco Unified School District (CNUSD) and Norco College

– decided to take a new approach to developing talent in Corona. Or, perhaps better said, they decided to take a much older approach…called apprenticeship. Apprenticeship is fairly simple. Businesses partner with educators and offer on-the-job learning opportunities while schools offer advanced skills training and education to their employees. “It’s a way for individuals to make work a part of their education and to grow in their profession,” says Charles Henkels, Apprenticeship Director at Norco College. “It’s also a way for companies to get the recognition they deserve as ‘Talent-Creators’ in our community. Apprentices don’t just have a job, they have a plan and purpose, and companies that offer apprenticeships provide an

By Kevin J. Fleming, Ph.D., MBA

opportunity for them to achieve bigger things. That’s something students and career-builders recognize and value similar to a great healthcare or retirement package. Apprentices aren’t the only ones that benefit from the program, either. For example, Cal-Draulics, Inc. has recruited apprentices directly out of high school and the community college and has offered the program to internal employees, as well. Their Machining Manager, Jose Gonzalez, shared, “The benefits of having our apprentices is the attitude they bring to the table by having excellent attention to detail as well as catching on so quickly that they are running two to three machines at a time…more than some of the experienced employees.” Likewise, when asked whether apprenticeship works, Michael Pierce, the Operations Manager for Developlus explained, “Apprentices are a vital part of any great team. They are open to change, filled with enthusiasm and hungry for success. Those three traits together can be difficult to find even in the most seasoned veteran. Currently, there are about 13 companies training apprentices in partnership with CNUSD and Norco College and 60 active apprentices. The City of Corona and the Corona Chamber of Commerce have spurred the development of apprenticeships in Corona by supporting the Workforce Strike Team and the LAUNCH

THE COMPANIES HAVE HELPED OUR COMMUNITY LEAD THE DEVELOPMENT OF A DYNAMIC MODERN APPRENTICESHIP SYSTEM. Apprenticeship Network (www. launchapprenticeship.org), a group of educators and local businesses that meet to solve our community’s talent needs, and the program continues to grow. “We’ve largely focused on industrial apprenticeships in this region because it represented the ‘loudest voice’ we heard from industry. They called us,” says Henkels, “But, we know the apprenticeship model works in other industries and professions, as well.” Those companies that set out to solve the problem of a talent shortage, have a lot to be proud of. They’ve given their employees and students in our community a chance to build a strong career foundation and advance in their profession and they’ve helped our community lead the development of a dynamic modern apprenticeship system. So…let’s keep leading! For more information, contact Charles Henkels, Apprenticeship Director, at (951) 372-7028.

CNUSD's response to the California Healthy Youth Act & 2019 California Health Education Framework California Healthy Youth Act The California Healthy Youth Act (CHYA) which took effect in January 2016,

is a law

that requires districts to provide students with comprehensive sexual health education, along with information about HIV prevention, at least

once in high

school and once in middle school.

California Health Education Framework The 2019 California Health Education Framework for California Public Schools, K–12, is a

guidance document

that districts may use when developing health education programs for students. Districts

are not required to

use the framework when developing lessons for students. Frameworks are written for all subjects, from math and science to history and language arts. They are not curriculums and school districts are not required to use the materials they recommend.

Frequently Asked Questions


law requires that districts provide students with comprehensive sexual health education, along with information and once in middle school. While allowable in earlier grades, CNUSD does not provide this instruction in elementary school. Human Growth and Development is provided in 5th


about HIV prevention, at least once in high school

and 6th grade. Lessons are focused on the changes that students may be experiencing within their bodies as they begin and move through puberty and include information on self-esteem, hygiene, nutrition and physical wellness. Students receive these lessons in gender-segregated classes, boys with the boys and  girls with  the  girls.


Yes. Parents can opt their children out of comprehensive sex education (7th - 12th grade) per AB 329. School districts are required to notify parents/guardians at the beginning of the school year. To opt-out, parents/guardians must request in writing that their child not participate in the instruction. (EC

§ 51938(a).) In 5th and 6th grade parents will be

notified a minimum of 14 days prior to the first day of human growth and development instruction. Parents may also optout of Human Growth and Development instruction by providing the school written notification. All materials are available for review at the Instructional Resource Center located at Sierra Vista Elementary and at the CNUSD Parent Center.

CAN PARENTS OPT OUT OF INSTRUCTION OR MATERIALS THAT DISCUSS GENDER, GENDER IDENTITY, GENDER EXPRESSION, AND SEXUAL ORIENTATION? Schools may not discriminate based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Parents may not opt out of lessons unrelated to sexual education that relate to sexual orientation and gender such as anti-bullying lessons and the rights and achievements of LGBTQ people in other contexts such as history that may be taught in schools.

WILL KINDERGARTENERS BE TAUGHT ABOUT GENDER IDENTITY? No lessons on Gender Identity are taught in elementary school. If parents have questions or concerns about specific lessons used in their child's class, they may contact the school or Peter Lum (grades 7 - 12) 951-736-5148 or Charla Capps (TK- 6 grade) 951-736-5117 at the District. For more information about the California Healthy Youth Act and the 2019 Health Education Curriculum Framework, please go to




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Power and Passion cont’d enforcement officer-turned CEO, an award-winning leadership expert, international best-selling author, and regular contributor to Forbes. Her topic is “Courageous Leadership: How to Be a Leader Worth Following.” If you want to be a courageous leader worth following, you’ve got to understand the art of influence because leadership is influence. Discover 7 pillars of leadership that open the door to unlimited opportunities. Delivered with practical strategies you can immediately implement (and lots of stories), this is one presentation you won’t want to miss! • Leverage bigger opportunities by creating powerful partnerships (or risk failing) • Recognize how your personality can help and hinder your success (and what to do about it) • Identify how to position yourself (and why you better do it fast) Leeza Villagomez is the owner and founder of the Yoga Den Health Spa & School who has mastered the highly-sought life of balance. Formerly a model having lived in more than 15 countries, it’s no coincidence yoga came to be a way of living for Leeza. Yoga is what kept her balanced, grounded and healthy.

It was her love of yoga and commitment to the practice and ability to enjoy the ebb and flow that kept her balanced during her twelve years in the often grueling and hectic world of modeling, where the opposite dualities of both a health consciousness, as well as a party heavy lifestyle, are present. She’s studied with the best the world has to offer, and she will share with you how to live a life of mindfulness and fulfillment. Sophia Brooks, President & CEO of Global Learning Partners, is recognized as a highly successful

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businesswoman, author, keynote speaker and respected leadership coach. With more than twenty years of experience as a master trainer, Sophia has trained thousands of people throughout the United States. She has held international management positions for two global Fortune 500 corporations, and has presented training programs and strategic initiatives to international audiences. She will share about the power of language, handling stress, enabling you to do your job better and happier. The physician panel will feature doctors in specialized fields including cardiology, podiatry, and obstetrics and gynecology, with more doctors being confirmed now. Dr. Arti C. Amin is a board-certified Podiatrist who specializes in the conservative and surgical management of the foot and ankle, including wound management. Do you know the long-term effects of wearing high heels or flats are? What about what to look for when you go get a pedicure? You can ask Dr. Amin this and more at the Conference. Also featured will be Dr. Karin Jones, Chief of Service, OB/ GYN. These doctors are from healthcare facilities right here in the Inland Empire. Closing speaker Dr. Rebecca Heiss is an evolutionary biologist, author, and renowned speaker who will share on “Evolving Power: Empowering Women to Lead With, Not Against, Our Biology.” From a very young age girls and boys are treated differently. Females are taught to compete for mates, with a

focus on beauty and youth, whereas males are taught to compete for status. But wait! A change up begins to happen…find out how our culture and advancements have shifted outward dynamics and what that means biologically. The 8th Annual Riverside County Women’s Leadership Conference: Celebrating the Power & Passion of Women will take place Thursday, September 12 from 8:00am - 12:30pm at Crossroads Church, located at 2331 Kellogg Ave., Corona 92881.

Tickets are discounted through July 15. Get yours for just $45 (regularly $60) at MyChamber.org/WLC Contact Stephanie Shapiro at the Corona Chamber of Commerce at Stephanie@MyChamber.org or (951) 737-3350 for sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities, and get your brand in front of 500+ women! Speakers and lineup are subject to change



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Leadership Rountable cont’d and our community project. Through discussion, the ELR class of 2018-2019 articulated whatever community project is completed, it should be one to have impact, sustainability and respond to a community need. Many ideas were shared; however, one place within the community stood out meeting all three criteria – Orange Grove High School in the Corona-Norco Unified School District (CNUSD). When the members of the ELR class of 2018 – 2019 heard that students were having difficulty finding their meals outside of school, they knew where the project needed to be for this year. The class worked with Renewable Farms to create an Aquaponics Garden at Orange Grove High School.



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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2019 Funds raised help to offset Legislative Outreach Efforts and other Member Services

Inclusive Playground Coming Soon to Corona


A highly sustainable method of producing greens and protein by filtering nutrient rich pond water through raised garden beds. Beneficial nitrifying bacteria in the beds convert the water into fertilizer for the plants to absorb. The plants and bacteria clean the water making happy fish and healthy food. https://youtu. be/4HuRM5ygwZw The garden will yield about 150 pounds of produce and about 800 fish on a yearly basis. The students will be able to take home the produce and fish to eat with their families. This project is providing a basic necessity for those who will be leading us in the future.

a member of the ELR class of 2019– 2020! Juan Santos from American Financial Network and ELR class of 2018-2019 member shared, “When I heard about the Executive Leadership Roundtable (ELR), I was intrigued by the different activities and tours. After sitting down with one of the members of the class, my decision was made right then and there. ELR is a unique and fun opportunity to learn about the behind the scenes of business and entrepreneurship within Corona. It was a rewarding experience, and I would recommend anyone to take advantage of the opportunity to participate. You’ll be glad you did.” Applications are due July 29 and are available at MyChamber.org or by calling the Corona Chamber at (951) 737-3350.

ages and have committed $50,000 in matching funds for the Lincoln Park playground. Now in its second year, the Kompan grant program provides funding to help organizations install inclusive play spaces in the communities they serve. Each year, five applicants are selected for the grant. Corona is the first grant recipient in the state of California. “Corona has been in need Kompan, Inc. has announced that the City of Corona is a recipient of a $50,000 matched funding grant  for the installation of an inclusive playground at Lincoln Park, where children of all abilities will be able to play together.

The inclusive playground will be the first of its kind in Corona and is being made possible through a partnership between Kompan, the City of Corona, and the Corona Parks Foundation (CPF), a nonprofit organization. Since 1993, CPF has been raising funds to enhance the quality of life in the City by promoting and providing parks and recreation amenities and programs for citizens of all

of facilities that provide the opportunity for everyone to play together, regardless of age or physical ability,” said David Montgomery-Scott, Library & Recreation Services Director. “Equipment such as that offered by Kompan will help fill that need. Corona, in partnership with the Corona Parks Foundation and Kompan, is absolutely thrilled to finally be able to bring an inclusive playground to our residents.” The City of Corona would like to thank CPF for its commitment to this effort and the Victress Bower School for Exceptional Children, Peppermint Ridge Care Facilities, and the Corona Rotary Club for their support in the pursuit of grant funding. If you would like to learn more about this project or the CPF, please call Tracy Martin at (951) 817-5880 or email Tracy.Martin@ CoronaCA.gov.



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5th Annual Memorial Mile March Honored Corona Servicemen Lost in Combat

Veterans Connect at the Corona Public Library T he Corona Public Library has unveiled a new one-stop shop for military veterans to find information about free resources. Veterans across the country are not accessing their benefits and/ or services to their full potential. The Corona Public Library, in partnership with CAL Vet, is working on connecting veterans and their families to local resources that provide them with the support they need to access these benefits. Visit the Veteran Resource Center at Corona Public Library to learn about state and federal education, employment, housing, health, disability and other benefits that may be available. The special focus of this project is to provide information to reintegrate California veterans into the California workforce and our

communities in order to provide veterans the quality of life of other Americans. The Corona Public Library Veterans Resource Center can be the connection vets need for help. Our skilled volunteers can help veterans with finding employment, accessing health benefits, buying a home, and other needs. Stop by the resource center Tuesdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., and Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The Corona Chamber Foundation held the 5th Annual Memorial Mile March May 25, 2019. Shown here is this year’s Grand Marshal, WWII Veteran Norv Newhan (center, in hat), with his family. The Memorial Mile March is a walk to honor our military. It starts at the Corona Chamber of Commerce and concludes at the Historic Civic Center, where flags are placed to recognize a fallen military member, veteran or a loved one currently serving. Walkers enjoyed an easy stroll passing some of the historic homes in Corona, with American flags provided by the Foundation. Once the end of the Walk was reached, participants placed those flags in the

shape of the letters USA on the lawn of the Historic Civic Center, which stayed up all weekend in memoriam. Save the date for next year’s event, Saturday, May 23, 2020.

Learn more about the program and how you can get involved at www. CaLibrariesForVeterans.org or by calling the Corona Public Library at (951) 736-2381. You can also email vet.connect@coronaca.gov. The Corona Chamber Foundation is also a proud sponsor of the Corona Chamber’s annual Salute to the Military program, to be held Friday, November 15, 2019 at Eagle Glen Golf Club. All veterans, reservists, and active duty military are invited to attend this early morning breakfast and networking meeting as guests of the business community. Let us honor you this Veteran’s Day week. Register now for free at MyChamber.org.

Enrollment for Mandatory Retirement Savings Plan for Employers Coming in 2020 C alifornia employers who do not currently offer a retirement savings program for workers will soon be mandated to provide the opportunity for employees to save at work. This stems from SB-1234, signed into law in 2016 by then-Governor Jerry Brown, requiring California’s Secure Choice Retirement Savings Investment Board to develop a workplace retirement savings program for private sector employees whose employers do not offer a retirement plan. The program was designed to have minimal administrative effects for employers. Employers with at least five employees will be required to provide a private retirement plan or enroll in the state-run CalSavers program and

facilitate their employees’ contributions. With the CalSavers program, employers will not be responsible for an employee’s decision to participate or not, no liability for the employee’s investment decisions, will not be a fiduciary, and will not be responsible for the administration or payment of benefits earned by participating employees. Employers can begin enrolling in the CalSavers program starting July 1, 2019. Employers who erroneously receive notice of requirement to participate in CalSavers but already sponsor their own retirement program (or are exempt for another reason) may need to inform CalSavers in a yet-to-be-established procedure. ... Continued on page 11



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Small Business Advocate Award cont’d

award given for advocacy by the California Chamber of Commerce, three have been business leaders in Corona,” said Anthony Edwards, 2019 Chair, LAC. In giving the award to Chris, CalChamber cited his leadership of the CORONA 2020 partnership, which has helped save employers and employees alike over $6 million in time and opportunities that otherwise would have been lost to traffic, according to calculations provided by the state and federal government. “We went to Sacramento to share our success in saving commuters

over 370,000 hours in traffic by attracting over 1,700 jobs here to Corona, and the reception from leaders across the political spectrum was very enthusiastic,” explained Mike Ryan, 2019 Chairman of the Board for the Corona Chamber. “CORONA 2020 is helping explain to policymakers that our employers are committed to being environmentally sensitive while they create great jobs for residents.” During the summit in Sacramento, the Corona Chamber worked with Senator Richard Roth (D-Corona), CalTrans District 8 Director Mike Beauchamp, the

Retirement Savings cont’d There are also many options for businesses to customize a program to match their specific needs, size, and budget. Options to consider include (but are not limited to): Simple IRA – Created for small businesses (100 or fewer employees), funded by employee salary deferrals of up to $12,500 and employer contributions of up to 3% of employee compensation. For those age 50 and older, there is an additional catch-up contribution of $3,000 available. SEP IRA – This flexible plan may be ideal for small businesses and those self-employed. Funded entirely by the employer, it allows for contributions of up to 25% of compensation or $54,000 of employee compensation, resulting in a higher level of tax deductions. 401(k) – Created for small- to midsized businesses, this plan includes a setup fee, annual maintenance charges, and flexibility in employer matching. It allows for high employee pre-tax contributions of up to $18,000 per year, plus a $6,000 catch-up contribution for those age 50 and older. Profit-Sharing Plan – Similar to the SEP, this program allows employer contributions to vary annually based on business earnings. The plan features loans and hardship withdrawals, and allows for employer deductions of up to the lesser of 25% of compensation or $54,000 per participant, of employee income. Money Purchase Plan – Suited for businesses with stable income flows, this plan requires employers

to contribute a fixed percentage of compensation each year. Employers may deduct up to the lesser of 25% of compensation of $54,000 per participant, of employee income. Additional add-on plans are also available. The information provided here is not to be considered legal advice, but simply a start for you to open up dialogue with a professional. Deadlines for compliance are as follows: • Employers with 100 or more eligible employees: June 30, 2020 • Employers with 50-99 eligible employees: June 30, 2021 • Employers with 5-49 eligible employees: June 30, 2022 These deadlines are only for companies not currently offering a retirement savings plan. Employee participation will be voluntary and will allow them the option to opt in or out at any time. There are many reasons an employer would decide to register for CalSavers, as there are in sponsoring their own retirement plan. What is best for each employer will need to be determined by their own circumstances, but one must be selected by the stated deadlines to avoid hefty penalties for failure to comply with the mandate. For more information on CalSavers, visit Employer.CalSavers.com. For information on non state-sponsored options, visit the Business Directory at MyChamber.org and search for financial services and investments.



California Chamber of Commerce, the California Building Industry Association, the Design Build Institute of America, and the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, in addition to hearing from Lenny Mendonca of GoBiz California, and Governor Gavin Newsom as attendees at the Sacramento Host Breakfast. The Summit again proved successful as the Corona Chamber continues to represent the interest of business while fighting for more business-friendly legislation

exclusively by the Corona Chamber. This emotional yet very rewarding experience was a small act for the business community to show our continued respect for first responders and the men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice in protecting our community. The Corona Chamber continues to outreach for the betterment of the business climate in our state. If you are interested in learning more, please contact the chamber to be involved with our Legislative Advocacy Outreach. Meetings are

From Left: CalChamber President/CEO Allan Zaremberg, Chris Miller, and CalChamber Chair Grace Evans Cherashore.

on behalf of all businesses throughout our region. The Corona Chamber was recognized for the ninth time by the California Chamber of Commerce with the coveted President’s Circle Award for continual Advocacy Outreach. “Each year, Corona has one of the largest contingents in Sacramento, and it’s that level of commitment that has helped explain why we as a community really needed the billions in road improvements that have been constructed or are currently underway in and around our region,” continued Mike Ryan. “Leader after leader lauded our very strong effort as being critical to helping make the case for current and future transportation and infrastructure funding. That is always gratifying to hear that our fight for employers is paying off for the entire community.” Added to our Sacramento venture this year was the first ever laying of a wreath at the California Firefighters Memorial Wall, hosted

held the first Friday of each month at 8am at the Chamber office, located at 904 E. 6th St., Corona 92879. The next meeting will be held July 12, and there will be no meeting in August. The normal schedule will resume September 6. Plans are set now for our Federal Advocacy Outreach. This year’s Washington, D.C. Summit promises to be the most thorough ever for the Corona Chamber of Commerce. Staying two blocks from the White House, steps from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and our other meetings, we will again work with our elected delegation including Rep. Ken Calvert, Rep. Mark Takano, and our Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris, the U.S. Navy, State of California and many others. The D.C. Capitol Briefing will have meetings beginning September 9th through the 11th. Registration forms are available now by visiting MyChamber.org or calling (951) 737-3350.



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Stages of Life: 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s+ WHO HAS THE RIGHT IDEA ABOUT MONEY?


egardless of what stage of life you’re in, you must make financial and investment decisions that will be with you for the remainder of your years. But the moves you make when you’re just starting out in your career may be quite different from when you’re retired. So, let’s look at some of these moves, stretched out across your lifetime. • In your 20s and 30s: During this period, you should strive to place yourself on a sound financial footing by taking steps such as reducing, and hopefully eliminating, your student loans and embarking on saving for retirement through investments such as a 401(k) and IRA. You also might buy a home, which offers some financial benefits, but be careful not to

become “house poor” by devoting too much of your monthly income to mortgage payments. If you have young children, you might also want to start saving for college, possibly through a 529 plan, which offers tax benefits, high contribution limits and the ability to switch beneficiaries, as needed. And if you do have a family, you’ll certainly need to maintain adequate life insurance.Also, since you’re at the early stages of your working life, you should chart a long-term financial and investment strategy with the help of a financial professional. Your strategy should encompass your important goals, risk tolerance and time horizon. And you’ll want to revisit your strategy regularly to accommodate changes in your life and financial situation.

• In your 40s and 50s: These are the years in which your career advances, leading to bigger salaries. The more you earn, the more you should be putting away in your 401(k) or other employersponsored retirement plan, along with your IRA. During the middleto-end of this particular period, you might finish helping pay for your child’s higher education – which should free up even more money to put away for retirement. You also may want to consider long-term care insurance, which can help protect you against the devastating costs of an extended stay in a nursing home. • In your 60s, 70s and beyond: Once you’re in this age range, chances are pretty good that you’ll either retire soon or are already retired (although, of course, you may well want to work part-time or do some consulting). However, you certainly haven’t “retired” the need to make financial and investment decisions, because you’ll have plenty, including these: When should I take Social Security? Will my investment portfolio provide me with enough income to help keep me ahead of inflation? How much can I afford to withdraw each year from my retirement accounts without outliving my resources? Again, a financial professional can help you deal with these and other issues.

Also, if you haven’t done so, now is the time to draw up your estate plans, so you can leave the type of legacy you desire – one that provides for the next generation (or two) and the charitable organizations you support. You’ll need to work with a legal professional to create estate planning documents and arrangements appropriate for your needs. You will spend a lifetime making financial and investment decisions – so put in the time and effort, and get the help you need, to make the best decisions you can.

This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor. Roston Willis can be reached at (951) 603-3371 or roston. willis@edwardjones.com.

How to Leverage Your Time at Networking Events

Every Saturday 7am until 9am—FREE, Family Friendly Located at Saleen Automotive 2735 Wardlow Road, Corona 92882

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• Listen more than you talk • Offer to help—and then follow through • Don’t just work: volunteer • Be a contact and a connector • Work on a brief and concise “elevator pitch” • Just be yourself Each month, various business owners share their top tips for leveraging new and existing contacts. These tips were Sponsorships provided by Mike Quraishi of Aladdin Now Available Cleaning and John Weyhgandt of

Western States Financial. Learn how to put these and other tips into practice by joining us every third Friday at Good Morning Corona, the place where businesses converge.

Register at MyChamber.org for the July 19 and August 16 meetings, or call us at (951) 737-3350. Register early and save on admission. You won’t want to miss either of these days!



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The Power of Three for Business Success D

o you remember the episode of School House Rock where the number three was highlighted? It was called “Three is the Magic Number.” There are many examples in the world. There are three particles in an atom that include the proton, neutron, and electron. There are three parts to time, which we know as past, present, and future. With storytelling, there is a beginning, middle, and end. At least three legs are needed to support a chair or a table. Yes, three is a magic and powerful number. With business, three works in the same way. You just need to remember three powerful statements or three focuses. If you improve on any of the three focuses, they are a powerful effect on helping with the success of your business. The descriptions and examples herein imply to brick and mortar. However, these focuses apply to any business, whether it is online, service-based, manufacturing, or merchandising.

The first focus is to always increase the number of clients that you have. Remember that there is a constant attrition pulling at your client base. There are different reasons for losing clients, but accepting the fact that you are losing clients kind of lights a fire under you to be mindful that the “bucket is losing water” and you must be constantly filling this bucket with water. Another way of looking at this is increasing clients also increases client spending. If at the current status, only one thousand clients walk into business a month and spend ten dollars, then that equals to ten thousand dollars in gross sales. However, per the first focus, by increasing an additional one hundred client visits, then that equates to one thousand dollars more than the previous situation. The second focus is to increase the sales per client visit. If your average ticket sale is twenty dollars, you are going to gross a certain amount a month. For example, one thousand clients per month walk into your

business. Gross sales are twenty dollars multiplied by one thousand clients. That is gross sales of twenty thousand dollars. Per the second focus, if you increase sales by one dollar, then the one thousand clients equate to an additional one thousand dollars in gross sales. The third focus is to increase the number of times your current clients come back to do business with you. If the client comes into your business two times a month and spends twenty dollars, this equates to forty dollars a month or four hundred and eighty dollars in a year. What if the client comes back with an additional visit per month? That equates to an additional twenty dollars a month and two hundred forty dollars in gross sales per year. This grand total is seven hundred twenty dollars compared to the previous example of four hundred and eighty dollars. And this is just for one client. I challenge you to create “what if” scenarios for your business using any and all the three focuses. After

IF YOU IMPROVE ON ANY OF THE THREE FOCUSES, THEY ARE A POWERFUL EFFECT ON HELPING WITH THE SUCCESS OF YOUR BUSINESS. working the scenarios, you will become motivated and excited about the possibilities, and you will realize quickly how affecting one or more variable can have a powerful affect toward your business success. In other words, a small improvement leverages into a geometric effect. The number three is a magic and powerful number. Darren Takenaga, a business owner in Corona and a science teacher, writes on various topics that relate to business, marketing, and life skills. He is an author of “Profit Now for Your Restaurant.” He can be reached at Darren.takenaga@ gmail.com or through his website – SenseiOfSuccess.com.





Dr. Reece cont’d five elected trustees, but managed by a Chancellor who was previously President of the Riverside Campus. Since Dr. Reece arrived at Norco, he reached out to the communities that make up the Norco boundaries: Corona, Norco, Eastvale and Jurupa Valley. He also brought some innovative ideas and programs, some that were logical, and a couple that were literally too innovative for a district used to moving slowly. Dr. Reece and RCCD Chancellor Wolde-Ab Isaac embraced the Photonics concept introduced through an informal meeting in August 2017 by Dr. Young K. Bae, CEO of YK Bae Corporation. They traveled to Washington, D.C. for the Corona Chamber’s Annual Legislative Capitol Summit, meeting with Chamber leadership, the US Navy, and political leaders. This program, when combined with the Naval base located adjacent to Norco College, looked to be a job creation goldmine for the region. The previous Chancellor travelled to DC with the group but never informed the Trustees, or embraced the idea as “practical”, so every effort was made to undermine the community’s efforts to move it forward. When Assemblymember Cervantes proposed a $24 million Veterans’ housing project at Norco College, it was torpedoed as well. An interim President has been named, but it is too early to project all of the next steps. The RCCD has

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proposed a major general obligation bond for next year’s elections cycle to build the infrastructure that all three colleges need, but the Norco College area has always suffered from major underfunding in the past. That leads the community members to wonder what funding might be available for our region, before embracing any ideas of future bonds. Another unknown is how the Trustees and the Chancellor will find the next President for Norco, someone innovative and inclusive for the community, but ensuring some autonomy moving forward. The Corona Chamber fully supports the educational mission at Norco College, but also feel it is time to have some college classes in the City of Corona. It may be in the best interest of the region to advocate for the Photonics project, as a joint project with Norco College, but based in Corona. The Chamber will review options on the future of which educational institutions will be considered partners for the Photonics program. It is critical that moving forward, everyone is able to grow the educational achievement and college completion rates for our young people, veterans and others interested in obtaining degrees and certificates to increase their earning capacity. Please help us and get involved; these students are our future employees, and the time is now. Contact Corona Chamber President/ CEO Bobby Spiegel at (951) 733-1836 or bobby@mychamber.org.

Summer Concerts On The Green


njoy an evening of cool tunes and refreshing rhythms at the City of Corona’s annual Summer Concerts on the Green! Each concert will take place Thursdays, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., on the South Lawn of Corona City Hall. Arrive early with your chair and blanket to enjoy food and drinks available for purchase. Additionally, the Corona Parks Foundation will host a beer and wine garden for adults to enjoy! The concert series kicks off on July 11 with Stone Soul performing horn blowin’, foot stompin classic soul and Motown. Enjoy spot-on covers with the look, feel, and sound of original artists. On July 18, The Moon Colony, a dynamic five-piece band that hits all the high notes, will provide a night of classic rock covers with non-stop energy and unparalleled authenticity. Get lost in hits from the ‘70s with the K-Tel All-Starz on July 25! The band will recreate the magic and wonder of a great era of rock ‘n roll! The summer concert series will end on August 1 with Latin Nation, specializing in cumbias, salsas, merengue, and corridos. They also

entertain with rock en español, old school, and the very popular Mariachi. Bring the family out and enjoy the live entertainment! No pets, please. Summer Concerts would not be possible without the generous support of local sponsors including the Corona Parks Foundation, Thomas Miller Mortuary and Crematory, General Outdoor Advertising, Off Broadway Corona Theater, and the Corona Chamber of Commerce. Join local sponsors and promote your business by supporting your city. Sponsorship opportunities are still available to help fund summer fun! To inquire about becoming a sponsor or to learn more about this event, please call (951) 736-2241.

2019 Executive & Business Partners These financial partners provide additional funding to the chamber to support & provide additional member services.

To become an Executive or Business Partner for 2019, contact Bobby Spiegel at (951) 733-1836 or Bobby@MyChamber.org



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Workforce cont’d Workforce Development can also assist businesses by advertising their recruitments to qualified job-seekers on-line through Cal-Jobs, social media and at any of their locations. Riverside County Workforce Development also has professional employees that administer programs that are dedicated to assist businesses at no cost to the employer. These programs include: On the Job Training: This program will reimburse up to 50% of an employee’s salary for a maximum of 480 hours of training for full-time positions. This is a great program that allows businesses to hire and train an employee while they are actually performing the job. The position must be a permanent position working in a high demand industry, which includes positions in manufacturing, utilities, logistics, construction and healthcare. Employment Training Panel: This program is eligible to specific employers that pay into a state training tax and wish to upgrade the skills of their existing employees. The training is completely customized to meet the business’s needs and is provided by the University of California, Riverside or the employer themselves.

Rapid Response Team: This is a team of Workforce Development, Employee Development Department, and Covered California employees, which offer direct services to businesses experiencing lay-offs. Their Rapid Response Team will immediately work with individuals that are being laid-off and can also set-up job fairs for businesses that are hiring and recruiting individuals within the same industry. Riverside County Workforce Development is committed to assisting businesses and is readily prepared to accommodate the growing needs of businesses in this region. Any businesses requiring their services may contact Stephanie Adams at (951) 955-3075 or sjadams@ rivco.org or Charlene Henderson at (951) 955-3046 or chenderson@rivco. org for further information.

Mark your calendar for a workshop at the Corona Chamber on Thursday, August 22 and 7:30am. Details and RSVP at MyChamber.org.

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Pick up your copy of Corona Business News at the following locations: All Star Drafts Sports Bar & Grill 2785 Cabot Dr. #110, Corona, CA 92883 Ayres Hotels 2260 Griffin Way, Corona, CA 92879 Ayres Suites Corona West 1900 Frontage Rd., Corona 92882 Baker’s Dozen Donuts 325 S Main St, Ste A, Corona 92882 Bear Alignment & Brake Service 927 W. 6th St., Corona 92882 Best Western 1084 Pomona Rd., Corona, CA 92882 Blackburn’s Farm To Table 4300 Green River Road, Corona 92880 Bob’s Big Boy 3521 Hamner Avenue, Norco 92860 Burger Basket, Norco 2775 Hamner Ave., Norco 92860 Charles Meigs Community Center 21091 Rider St, Perris 92570 Circle City Center 365 N Main St., Corona 92880 Citrus City Grille 2765 Lakeshore Dr., Corona 92883 City of Corona, Police Department 730 Public Safety Way, Corona, CA 92880 Corona Art Association 815 W. 6th St., Corona 92882 Corona City Hall (multiple locations) 400 S Vicentia Ave., Corona 92882 Corona Public Library 650 S Main St, Corona 92882 Corona Smog Center & Test Only 12690 Magnolia Ave., Riverside 92503 Cowboy Surfer Grill 387 Magnolia Ave., Ste. 106, Corona 92879 Cowgirl Cafe 2859 Hamner Ave., Norco 92860 Del Taco #1168 219 E. Ontario Ave., Corona 92881 Dog Haus 350 N. McKinley St. #102, Corona 92879

Dollar Self Storage-Lincoln 205 North Lincoln Avenue, Corona 92882 Eagle Glen Golf Club 1800 Eagle Glen Parkway, Corona 92883 Eduardo’s Mexican Restaurant 513 West Sixth St., Corona 92882 Fairfield Inn & Suites 3441 Hamner Ave., Norco, CA 92860 Family Basket Restaurant 670 7th St., Perris 92570 Farmer Boys - Lincoln Ave. 263 North Lincoln Avenue, Corona 92882 Farmer Boys - Sixth 1625 East Sixth Street, Corona 92879 First Bank 104 E. Ontario Ave. Corona, CA 92879 Glen Eden Sun Club 25999 Glen Eden Rd., Corona 92883 Gregory’s Salon 16781 Van Buren #D, Riverside 92504 Holiday Inn Express & Suites Corona 1550 Circle City Dr., Corona 92879 Howard Johnson 1695 Hamner Ave., Norco, CA 92860 Hunnys Cafe 9022 Puslar Ct., Corona 92883 IHOP - Corona 2450 Wardlow Rd., Corona 92880 Joanna’s Cafe 17950 Van Buren Blvd., Woodcrest 92508 Joe’s Barber Shop 1009 W. 6th Street., Corona 92882 Kutt’n Kings Barber Shop 624 E Grand, Corona 92879 Kabob Hutt 165 Washburn Circle, Corona 92882 Lake Mathews General Store 17 Cajalco Rd., Perris 92570 Linda’s Feed & Supplies 1234 Sixth St., Norco 92860 Luna Modern Mexican Kitchen 980 Montecito Drive, Suite 110, Corona 92879

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Mantra Indian Cuisine 712 N. Main St., Corona 92880 Mead Valley Community Center 19450 Clark St., Perris 92570 Mead Valley Library 21580 Oakwood St., Perris 92570 Miguel’s Jr - Compton Avenue 2320 Compton Avenue, Corona 92880 Miguel’s Restaurant - Dos Lagos 2715 Lakeshore Drive, Corona 92883 Motel 6 200 N. Lincoln Ave., Corona, CA 92882 Mr You Express 175 E. Ontario Ave #101, Corona 92879 Norco Equipment Rentals 1246 Sixth St., Norco 92860 Norco’s Best Burgers 3158 Hamner Ave., Norco 92860 Orange Empire Railway Museum 2201 S A St., Perris 92507 Performance Auto Care 11883 Magnolia, Ste. 40, Riverside 92503 Perris Valley Recovery 236 E Third St, Ste. B, Perris 92570 Postal Annex 387 Magnolia Avenue Suite 103, Corona 92879 Postal Annex, #54 Riverside 3410 La Sierra Ave, Ste. F, Riverside 92503 ProView Eye Care Optometry 800 Magnolia Ave. Ste. 113, Corona, CA 92879 Residence Inn By Marriott Corona 1015 Montecito Dr., Corona 92879 Round Table Pizza 1180 El Camino Ave, Suite 116, Corona 92879 Sandoval’s Barber Shop 126 S D St., Perris 92570 Send & Receive Mail Printing N More 17130 Van Buren Blvd., Riverside 92504 Sentinel Weekly News 1307-C W. 6th St., Ste.139, Corona, CA 92882

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Silver Dollar Pancake House 710 East Sixth Street, Corona 92879 Sizzler Restaurant 1461 Rimpau Avenue, Corona 92879 Slam Dunk Sports Bar 2854 Hamner Ave., Norco 92860 So Much Style Barbershop 247 E 3rd St, Ste. B, Perris 92570 SOS Postal 277 E 4th St., Perris 92570 Staybridge Suites Corona South 2731 Blue Springs Dr, Corona, CA 92883 Stone Church Brewing 2785 Cabot Dr., #160, Corona, CA 92883 Storage Stop 3475 Second St., Norco 92860 Sushi Kawa Sports Bar & Grill 469 Magnolia Ave., Ste. 101, Corona 92879 TAPS Fish House & Brewery 2745 Lakeshore Dr., Corona 92883 The Grove Outreach Center 227 N. D St., Perris 92570 Time 2 Relax Day Spa 1261 Sixth St., Ste. 6, Norco 92860 Vito’s Italian Pizza 440 River Rd., Ste. C, Corona 92880 Woodcrest Library 16625 Krameria Ave., Riverside 92504 To be added to the location list please call Linda at 951-737-3350.

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