Corona Business News March/April 2022

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Honoring Corona’s Standout CORONA Chamber Businesses and the Helps Employers Notch Professionals Leading the Way Major Win in Sacramento A STATE ASSEMBLY DECIDES TO NOT CONSIDER $400 By Jeff Miller, Legislative Action Committee Chairman


t the end of January, with the legislative year barely three full weeks old, the Corona Chamber and a statewide coalition of employers led by the California Chamber of Commerce declared a major victory against a

plan that would have nearly tripled the size of state government and involved it permanently in every health care decision every California resident makes. AB 1400 written by Assemblymember Ash Kalra (Democrat - San Jose)

would have forced every California resident to enroll in an expansion of the MediCal system for health care. Under the nonpartisan legislative analysis of the proposal, the program would have expanded the ... Continued on page 2

Fentanyl Awareness Campaign Being Brought to Corona Community


he Executive Leadership Roundtable (ELR) is a yearly program organized by the Corona Chamber of Commerce to bring together a cohort of leaders to learn about Corona, understand the challenges the area faces and participate in a class project to enhance the Corona community. This year, the ELR class of 2022 is focusing their efforts to raise awareness for the prevalence and impact the drug fentanyl is

having on our society. It can be found in what some may believe to be “safe” pills, a painkiller or other legal medication, but laced with this deadly poison. Just 2mg of fentanyl is lethal; for context, there are 5,000mg in a single teaspoon. The class decided to take on the project after the first day of the program, when one of the participants, Darren Hagen, received a phone call that his brother, Jimmy McMinn, had

passed away from an accidental overdose due to fentanyl. Darren Hagen is a retired 7-time National Champion race car driver and the owner of multiple businesses including The Healing Tree, Full Spectrum Bottling, Reliable and others. Riverside County and ... Continued on page 15

Find out inside how you can pitch your innovation!

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ne of the most significant recent successes that western Riverside County has had is the recent announcement of the USAF’s decision to base a squadron of KC-46 air refueling aircraft at March Air Reserve Base (MARB) to replace the aging KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft that are currently based there. The decision was at least partially a result of a great deal of work and advocacy on the part of a variety of organizations and people throughout the region. MARB is our local base, where multiple

Innovation Month: Pitch to Judges in Shark Tank-Style Competition! R iverside County is a hot bed for innovation, and there seems to be no slowing down—which is why Riverside County Innovation Month is returning in 2022! The entire month of April will be dedicated to many innovative and entrepreneurial activities and events that are occurring throughout the county. These events have been coordinated between the County of Riverside Economic Development Agency, local Chambers of Commerce, University of

2022 Board Chair Palbinder Badesha



s the Banquet Room at Eagle Glen Golf Club began to fill up with smiling, familiar faces on Thursday, January 20th, it felt like the closest thing we’ve had to “back to normal” for a couple of years. This was the Corona Chamber’s first in-person Board Installation & Awards Gala since 2020, and if the jovial atmosphere and abundance of positive post-event

California, Riverside, Small Business Development Centers, and many other related organizations to bring awareness to the wide variety of innovation and entrepreneurship that is occurring throughout the region. The countywide Fast Pitch competition will also return to headline Innovation Month. This competition is a chance for Riverside County entrepreneurs to pitch their business ideas in front ... Continued on page 6

branches of service personnel use as ‘their home’. “MARB is already a economic engine for our region, and this announcement will be a huge factor for expanding the workforce and providing jobs to the local area,” states Palbinder Badesha, 2022 CORONA Chamber Board Chair. “A lot of hard work, often behind the scenes was done in order for this amazing news to be shared.” The basing decision is expected to ensure the MARB continues to be an important part of national ... Continued on page 12

In This Issue New Members – page 4 Anniversary Milestones - page 6 Board Installation Recap – page 8 Small Business Spotlight – page 12 NAVSEA Change of Command – page 15



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Legislative Platform cont’d from page 1 current state budget of $286 billion by 75-275% to nearly $600 billion, or roughly 20% of the total national government budget. “Every American wants the best care for themselves including

every Californian,” said Palbinder Badesha, 2022 Chair of the Corona Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. “At our Chamber, we have led a groundbreaking partnership to expand access to care


CORONA Chamber of Commerce 904 E. 6th Street, CORONA, CA 92879 (951) CHAMBER | My CORONA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 2022 OFFICERS Board Chair Palbinder Badesha Express Employment Professionals

Vice Chair of Finance Sam Buenrostro, Ed.D. Corona-Norco Unified School District

Vice Chair Dr. Anthony Pirritano Integrated Medical Center of Corona CompAccess

Immediate Past Chairman Kim Mabon Creative By Design

Chairman of Finance Chad Miller American National Manufacturing, Inc.

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

#CORONACHAMBER BOARD OF DIRECTORS Patrick Akes Grimes-Akes Family Funeral Home Kathy Armstrong Do It American MFG Company, LLC David Brambila Creative Marketing Marta Cortez Eduardo’s Mexican Restaurant Jim Gore Vulcan Materials Company

Ruth Jaffe Kaiser Permanente

Lily Quiroa Waste Management

Barry E Knight BEK Impact Co.

Mike Quraishi Aladdin Cleaning Services, Inc.

Crystal Lopez Carter Bradley Insurance Solutions

Dean Seif CARSTAR Allstar Collision

Jeff Miller Jeff Miller Insurance Agency Eugene Montanez Allegra Marketing-Print-Mail/ Image 360 Signs & Displays Linda Pearson Corona Regional Medical Center

Dr. Tim Gramling California Baptist University Dr. Monica Green, Ed.D. Norco College Dr. Prabh Grewal Corona Oral Surgery

Janet Steiner MakeDust John Weyhgandt Western States Financial

Corry Shed Liaison for NAVSEA, Corona Division

Bobby Spiegel President/CEO

Tammy Harwick Marketing & Sponsorship Specialist

Deserie Ramirez Vice President of Operations

Jenna Sanchez Member Engagement Representative

Stephanie Shapiro Vice President, Communications & Events

Betty Sherin Member Services Representative

Robert Yanez Membership Development Coordinator


Anthony Maldonado Programs Coordinator

Stay up to date on the latest legislative goings on by tuning in to our weekly Chamber Business Briefings— every Wednesday at 10am on Zoom. Head to (case sensitive) to find out more.

Anne StGermain Level Advisors


Andrew Cream Communications Specialist

Congressional Budget Office in Washington, DC or other third party estimates widely used to analyze proposals.

Mark Widder Veg-Fresh Farms

Lea Petersen Southern California Gas Company

Trisha Yontz Member Services Representative Assistant to the President/CEO

for Corona residents and employers as part of Corona 2020 and soon Corona 2030. That said, the plans proposed under AB 1400 would have been paid for with historic tax increases that would have hit nearly every employer extremely hard.” Over the last year, the work done by the Corona Chamber Legislative Action Committee has saved employers over $50,131.70 per employee according to the impacts of proposed legislation and regulations that were not implemented by the State of California or the national government. The cost estimates were drawn from the non-partisan Legislative Analyst in Sacramento, the

Writers/Editors Andrew Cream, Stephanie Shapiro and Bobby Spiegel Graphic Design Kim Mabon Creative By Design Jim Dorsey Photography (951) 735-8668

For advertising information, contact the Chamber at (951) CHAMBER Since 1910, the Corona Chamber has been providing ‘resources for prosperity’ for the businesses and community of Corona, CA. This Chamber represents the interest of business in the greater Corona service area by providing its members networking opportunities, promoting the community, and engaging federal, state, and local officials in order to improve the economic prosperity of the Inland Southern California region. With a membership of over 750 businesses, representing over 55,000 jobs, the Corona Chamber is the voice of business. Learn more by visiting

CORONA Chamber CRUSHES Communications Awards! In early February, the Western Association of Chamber Executives (W.A.C.E.) met for their annual conference. W.A.C.E. is comprised of Chambers of Commerce from 20 different states and Canada. Each year, chambers submit their various works for judging and critique evaluations. The CORONA Chamber received Frist Place for the WEBSITE AWARDS; Honorable Mention for the NEWSLETTER AWARDS and Tied with the

Greater Phoenix (AZ) Chamber for the OUTSTANDING COMMUNICATIONS ACHIEVEMENT AWARD! Huge congratulations to Stephanie Shapiro, Vice President of Communications and Events along with Andrew Cream, Communications Specialist and the entire Chamber Team! W.A.C.E. provides tremendous outreach and professional development training specific to the Chamber industry.

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he CORONA Chamber remains positioned to lead the fight for our business community. We are a catalyst for business growth, a convener of leaders and influencers and a champion for stronger communities. During the last couple of years, our world has changed tremendously, with unusual tribulations, similar to a hundred-year flood; the pandemic was initially projected to be here and gone… Not to diminish the severity of this pandemic, but I have concluded, to survive as a business, and as myself, you have to “deal with it,” period! An individual’s level of tolerance for life’s many challenges is personal. I often joke with my wife, who has an enormously greater pain tolerance than I do, that whenever I see blood, I omit ketchup from my meals for a week. Having weathered through contracting Covid (in July 2020); thereby earning the natural Covid fighting antibodies, I was still encouraged to get the vaccine and most recently the booster, which I did. I share this, because I feel strongly about allowing individuals to make their own choices. Some in the medical profession advised me against going beyond the

Providing Tools to Help You Deal with Life’s Challenges

natural antibodies, while others explained, “Getting vaccinated is the right thing to do.” In the end, I made the choice. As of this writing, there have been no side effects; however, some have opined that my natural immunities are being negatively impacted. The crisis is not yet over. In mid-January, we saw a massive spike in a variance of Covid and realistically, we can continue to expect numerous variances in the future.

HOW WE DEAL WITH CHALLENGES WILL BE TOPICS FOR OUR ONGOING MEMBER BUSINESSES RESOURCES. Too often life brings various obstacles for which we are not provided with coping suggestions or recommendations. The CORONA Chamber continues to offer insights and solutions on our weekly Business Briefing call. All should join the stream every Wednesday at 10am. Most calls are completed in 30 minutes or

11th Annual

August 25th, 2022 If you would like to join the planning committee or be considered as a speaker, please contact Stephanie Shapiro at

less, and occasionally we extend the dialogue depending on topics and priorities. Call our offices at 951-CHAMBER. You can also watch the Briefings at any time over on our YouTube page. A growing industry for California and new to CORONA is cannabis. The City Council is working through the final stages for approval of up to 12 retail dispensaries. Happily, many of these potential merchants have joined our Chamber. While to date I do not personally utilize these products, I have gained some tremendous insights, learning about how this industry works. The required documentation and regulations from all governmental agencies and systems/processes for these retailers to operate are immense. As our Chamber offers Advocacy Outreach, we are collaborating with the Riverside County District Attorney’s Cannabis Task Force. The regularly scheduled meetings are hosted at our offices. Our goal is to ensure businesses operating within our membership are informed while complying with all the regulations and licenses required by multiple agencies. Some important facts for you to consider: • Advocacy is a huge part of our

Chamber. An event to fund our Legislative/Advocacy Outreach will be PROM2.0 on March 26. We encourage and welcome your support. You will see information about this event on the cover page of this publication. Other important dates: • State of the County with County Supervisor Karen Spiegel will be Thursday, March 17 • State of the City with Corona Mayor Wes Speake will be Friday, April 22 • State of the State with State Senator Richard Roth will be Friday, May 20 Coming up in April will be our Innovation Month (for Riverside County) and our Fast Pitch Competition. There is an article on page 7 that provides you all the information. 2021 was incredible and unique. Our Board Chair Kim Mabon brought her talent and expertise for marketing and organization to assist the CORONA Chamber, as we were Creating Vision. I am very excited to work side by side with Palbinder Badesha, our 2022 Board Chair, as we work with our business community towards Creating Jobs while Building a Stronger Community.



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Help Us Welcome Our New Members Listed on these pages are our newest members. For a complete member listing, visit 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) CHAMBER (242-6237) or Infinity Corona (213) 305-0219 Infinity Corona brings safe, compliant, quality medical and recreational cannabis to the community of Corona in accordance with city permitting and guidelines.


Kids R’ Giants (951) 807-5586 Corona, CA 92879 KIDS R’ GIANTS Therapeutic Behavior Support Program in Corona, California is an evidencebased, cognitive-behavioral model therapeutic program that is built to help troubled children and their caregiver learn how to effectively manage their emotions and overcome their traumas.

Dorry’s Restaurant at Tom’s Farms (951) 638-5213 23800 Temescal Canyon Rd Corona, CA 92883 Full service American Restaurant & Bar with event venue and catering. Essayli for Assembly (951) 907-3288 PO Box 79301 Corona, CA 92877 Bill Essayli previously served as an Assistant United States Attorney as well as a Riverside County Deputy District Attorney and is currently running for the 63rd Assembly District.

BP Distribution, LLC (909) 252-6180 1145 E Orange Show Rd. Ste. A San Bernardino, CA 92408 We are a packaging and labeling company, servicing the cannabis industry since 2016. We offer state compliant child resistant packaging, graphic design and labeling solutions.

Farmers Insurance Jorge Avila (951) 329-9000 1307 W 6th St. Suite #103A Corona, CA 92882 As your local Farmers® agent, I help customers identify the insurance coverage options that it’s their needs—auto, home, renters, business insurance and more.

Chef2theBone Fish Fry (951) 268-6751 641 N. Main St. Corona, CA 92880 Chef2thebone Fish Fry and a perfect place to experience your southern style fish fry and southern hospitality. We pride ourselves on customer service and use only original recipes that have been passed down for generations.

Happiest Ours (951) 566-4777 490 N. Main St. Ste. 103 Corona, CA 92878 Happiest Ours is a simple start-tofinish online booking & a one-stop shop service for hiring mobile bartenders. Happiest Ours Wine & Spirits is being established to complete the mobile experience.

CAI - Combustion Associates, Inc. (951) 272-6999 555 Monica Circle Corona, CA 92878 CAI offers a wide array of packaged combustion and gas turbine-power generation systems, both skid-mounted and stationary for embedded generation, that are costeffective and energy-efficient without compromising quality or effectiveness.


Co Healthy Spot (951) 393-0028 Corona, CA 92879 We make healthy taste delicious: protein shakes, treats and more.

Somos Insurance Solutions (951) 270-4027 321 E. 6th St. Ste. 11 Corona, CA 92879 A deluxe insurance agency that is here to customize your insurance portfolio. Southland Pest Control, Inc. (951) 616-1917 2900 Adams St. Unit A-14 Riverside, CA 92517 Southland Pest Control and Termite Inspection is comprised of over 20 years of pest


Better Nutritionals (310) 502-2277 3390 Horseless Carriage Dr. Norco, CA 92860 Better Nutritionals is a high-end contract manufacturing facility providing gummy and chocolate supplement processing with a top shelf quality.

or real estate services, Shtil Group will provide a seamless experience and top-notch customer service.

Kyocera Document Solutions (949) 322-4553 255 E. Rincon Ste. 200 Corona, CA 92879 For more than 20 years, we have minimized environmental impact by developing long-life, lowwaste printers and multifunctional products. Medero Aviation (951) 316-5725 Corona, CA 92881 Medero Aviation offers affordable flight instruction for aspiring pilots who desire to take to the skies. Striving to share the passion of aviation to the next generation of professional aviators! Shtil Group (760) 383-3083 10808 Foothill Blvd. Ste. 160-627 Corona, CA 92879 At Shtil Group we have a passion for helping people to achieve a better financial standing. Whether you are in need of mortgage

management experience with the most current technology and methods. We proudly serve all of Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. Special Forces Sports Foundation (951) 314-1481 Corona, CA 92882 Special Forces Sports Foundation partners with school districts and local club sports teams to create inclusive sports for individuals with special needs and young athletes. Stacey Marks, Attorney at Law (951) 289-3652 4160 Temescal Rd. Ste. 401 Corona, CA 92883 Attorney, practice includes Special Education Law, Family Law, Estate Planning, Conservatorships and Guardianships.



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Fair Chance Act Dictates CA Employer and Applicant Rights in Hiring Practices


he Corona Chamber partnered with the City of Corona and Riverside County District Attorney’s Office to host an educational seminar on the Fair Chance Act this February. Though the law went into effect in 2018, it’s something California employers are still working into their hiring practices, which is why Deputy District Attorney Hunter Taylor was on hand to explain the law and answer individual business’s questions. The Fair Chance Act, also known as “Ban the Box”, generally prohibits employers with five or more employees from asking about an applicants’ conviction history before making a job offer. This was enacted to reduce barriers to employment for individuals with conviction histories because gainful employment is essential to these individuals supporting themselves and their families and to improving their community ties and mental health—all of which reduce recidivism. The Fair Chance Act is part of California’s employment antidiscrimination statute called the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), which is enforced by the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH). Mr. Taylor shared some statistics with attendees, including that over 95% of individuals who are incarcerated return to their home community, and that their unemployment rate is nearly 5x higher than the general population, which isn’t due to a return to crime or a decision not to reenter the workforce, but often due to biases toward hiring those with a criminal record. This spurned the creation of the RESTOAR Initiative, which focuses on restoring opportunities after rehabilitation. This topic may invoke emotions for some—but what does it mean for employers? To start, this law does NOT apply to: • Employers with less than five

employees • Jobs where a state or local agency is required to do a background check • Farm labor contractors • Jobs with a criminal justice agency • Jobs where employers are required by law to do a background check Public and private employers with five or more employees are not permitted to ask about or consider arrests and/or conviction history before making a conditional job offer. Sometimes an applicant may offer this information themselves, but it is not an invitation for employers to then ask questions. Hiring managers should redirect the conversation and continue with the interview as normal. Once a conditional offer has been made, employers can then conduct a background check and ask about and consider criminal convictions that are not considered off-limits, such as those who participated in diversion programs, whose records were sealed or expunged, or who received a certificate of rehabilitation from a judge. They may take into account any crimes currently pending trial or resolution. Employers do not need to provide an explanation of reasoning when rescinding a job offer due to a criminal history, but must notify an applicant in writing and provide them with five business days to respond with additional information or refuting documentation.

Just like a credit report, sometimes there are errors. If an applicant believes there is an error in consideration, as long as they provide notice of intent to refute within those five business days, the employer must then allow an additional five business days for them to gather said evidence. They must also tell applicants about the process along the way, and if a job offer is still to be rescinded due to what was uncovered during the background investigation, it must directly relate to the job in which they are applying and be considered as having an adverse relationship. Employers are not allowed to blanketly dismiss a person with a criminal history in general. If the information is challenged by the applicant, they can appeal with the employer, and the employer must let them know that they have a right to file a complaint with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing. The DFEH website has created templates of documents employers can utilize in their best practices. ( Employers are not allowed to use the criminal history of an applicant whose record was expunged or who received a certificate of rehabilitation. For a certificate of rehabilitation to be granted, there must be a minimum of seven years since release from incarceration (10 for sex offenders), and the certificate is only awarded by judicial decision, which factors in additional

crime(s) (if applicable), counseling received, and other ways the individual has worked to restore themselves as good members of society.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF HIRING SOMEONE WITH A RECORD? RESEARCH SHOWS THAT THOSE WITH CRIMINAL BACKGROUNDS ARE PROMOTED MORE QUICKLY AND RISE TO HIGHER RANKS THAN THEIR PEERS. THEY ALSO TEND TO MAINTAIN EMPLOYMENT LONGER, REDUCING EMPLOYEE TURNOVER. The Corona Chamber works to consistently provide educational workshops, training seminars, and other means of keeping employers up to date with regulations and other pertinent information. A catalog of past programs is available on the Chamber’s YouTube channel, with additional bonus content for current chamber members.

What Our Members Are Saying! I have been to presentations, ceremonies, banquets honoring individuals and business presentations all over the world. But I have never been to one so emotional that made me really understand the meaning of Veterans Day. And the individuals that spoke their true feelings of devotion and commitment really made me think. Thank you for allowing me to be present. – Al Boza, Universal Metals

Kudos to you and any others who made today’s honoring Veterans breakfast so special! I appreciate the opportunity to begin connecting with the Corona chamber and community. I had heard and read about what a vibrant group of people you are, and I certainly felt that during the last 2 weeks of my joining your chamber. Even though I am sure that all of you were extra busy given the magnitude of this morning’s event, I always experienced patient, friendly, helpful service during and after my application process. As Colonel Haynes said this morning, it is always important to recognize others for a job well done. Again, Kudos to you! – John Michael Uszler, MD, Proctor-Gallagher Institute Consultant



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Celebrate! Thank you to our members who recently renewed their membership with us. The businesses featured below are celebrating Chamber milestone anniversaries. Your partnership in our organization makes a difference in our community during uncertain times. When the going gets tough, the Chamber doesn’t sit on the sidelines. We are doing everything in our power to support members, and together, we will get through this! Join us in celebrating these members for their ongoing investment in our community. 5 years

Grace S. Clark, CPA, A.P.C. (951) 399-2675 400 Ramona Ave. Suite 106 Corona, CA 92879 Grace S. Clark, CPA has been providing personal and business accounting and tax services since February 2009 and is a Certified QuickBooks Proadvisor.

10 years

Inland Mechanical Services (951) 807-1259 1181 California Ave. Ste. 260 Corona, CA 92881 We provide professional commercial air conditioning and heating services throughout Southern California, including Riverside and Corona.

Impact Canopies USA (951) 674-1441 22600 Temescal Canyon Rd. Corona, CA 92883 Impact Canopies USA is a trendsetter in the development, manufacturing, and distribution of instant canopy accessories. 15 years

Inner Qi Wellness Center (951) 428-4135 710 Rimpau Ave. #106 Corona, CA 92879 Inner Qi Wellness Center provides Chiropractic, Acupuncture, Aroma Acupoint Therapy (Essential Oils), Massage Therapy and Facial Sculpting in a relaxing, healing environment.

Innovation Month cont’d from page 1 of judges at the regional events with the finalists moving on to the county finale, which will be held in Temecula on April 27th. The CORONA Chamber—in partnership with the City of CORONA—will host our local regional event on April 5th live and in person. If you have an innovation that you’d like to present to our panel of judges, applications are now available and the deadline to submit is March 23rd. The winners will be announced at the City Council meeting on April 6th, where all participants

SilverLakes (951) 465-5775 5555 Hamner Ave. Norco, CA 92860 SilverLakes is a state-of-the-art sports complex and venue. We strive to provide the best sport facilities and experience to all of our guests.

will be invited and acknowledged. Last year’s winner of the CORONA Regional Fast Pitch Competition was Steve Ward of Future N Focus Inc. Not only did Steve win the Corona fast pitch competition, but he also went on to win the county finale! When asked about his thoughts on Innovation month Steve had this to say, “The Innovation Month experience was very important to our business. Not only did it bring us more positive publicity and customers, but it also provided another form of validity

The Toasted Barrel (951) 737-9463 1300 El Sobrante Rd. Corona, CA 92879 “The Toasted Barrel” is a trendy, upscale steak house with great pasta and seafood choices. With our pleasing décor, live jazz and low lighting, The Barrel is a great choice for that special date night, birthday or anniversary.

for our team, investment community and prospects. “These experiences are important to growing businesses looking to build momentum and take advantage of the free mentorship these types of opportunities provide. “We are ever so grateful for this experience and look forward to mentoring future businesses, choosing to take part in Innovation Month” To find out more about the Fast Pitch Events and other fun activities the Chamber has going on during Innovation Month, go to

Insperity (949) 608-6817 2211 Michelson Dr. Ste. 540 Irvine, CA 92612 We love helping clients strengthen and streamline their businesses. You’ll get the readyto-use HR infrastructure that your business needs to be more efficient and profitable.

Innovation Month:

Key Dates Application deadline:

March 23rd Corona Regional Fast Pitch:

April 5th Regional winners announced at Corona City Council meeting: April 6th Riverside County Fast Pitch Finale: April 27th

Corona Fast Pitch Competition: Meet the Judges

Wes Speake Mayor, City of Corona

Kat Shepherd SCORE

Chad Miller Sizewize Manufacturing

Jeff Lopez Dekra-Lite Industries

Dr. Tim Gramling California Baptist University



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Chamber Hosts Second in Series of Cannabis Meetings with Law Enforcement and Industry n February, the Corona Chamber hosted the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office and members of the cannabis industry for an information session on Riverside County’s Cannabis Regulation Task Force (CRTF). There, Supervising Investigator Tom Lambi and Deputy District Attorney Lauren Dossey shared about the CRTF’s efforts to protect consumers and support a fair marketplace for legitimate cannabis businesses. The task force is comprised of local, county and state officials, code enforcement, police officers, an analyst from the California National Guard, deputy DA, investigative technician, and the Department of Cannabis Control (DCC). Since its inception in 2018, they have investigated over 100 dispensaries/delivery services and over 200 growing operations, and seized four tons of processed marijuana and 150,000 plants and THC products. The task force relies on licensed cannabis operators to share about their needs and what they’re seeing with illegal operations. The goal of putting together this Cannabis Advisory Committee is




industry can be discussed to foster a greater partnership. This will allow the CRTF to better recognize

the needs of the community and therefore operate in a more effective manner. Though the District Attorney’s office is not a regulatory agency, a member of the DCC is on the task force. Funding for the CRTF is allocated from the DA’s budget, with no receipt of state funding (other than the aforementioned member from the DCC). The City of Corona has also invested in the inclusion of an investigator from the Corona Police Department for the CRTF. Illegal or unlicensed dispensaries could be providing customers with untested and potentially harmful products. This task force, in place to protect properly licensed legal cannabis businesses from unfair business practices and enforce regulatory requirements to protect the environment and consumers, is unique to Riverside County. We are once again leading the way for other cities and counties to follow our example. For further information, to report an illegal operation, or to provide comments, the Cannabis Regulation Task Force can be reached at (888) 814-8450 or at

UNVEILING for “Unveiling Possibilities,” an evening to experience and honor our mission to provide loving homes and empowering support services to the nearly 100 residents we serve.

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Honoring cont’d from page 1 feedback are anything to go by, it was a roaring success—and a much-needed chance to catch up and honor the best that Corona has to offer. Close to 300 guests were greeted on the evening with a VIP reception and the chance to receive henna tattoos from local artist Uma’s Henna Designs. The Installation’s Bollywood theme—chosen in honor of incoming Board Chair Palbinder Badesha—was continued with Indian-style décor and a fantastic dance performance from sisters Sana and Vara Manoj to kick off the evening. We were also treated to a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem by Laux sisters Reagan, Rylea, and Cassady from Christian Arts and Theatre (CAT) and Norco High School AFJROTC cadets Ava Tompkins, Zachary Pawlow, Ashley Cortez, and Alyssa Fletcher, under the supervision of David M Spartley III, USAF Retired, were on hand to post the colors. As emcee, our very own President/CEO Bobby Spiegel had a busy evening, introducing our many awardees with sincerity and heart, while ensuring the night ran (close) to schedule! We had 16 awards to deliver to a host of well-deserving individuals and businesses in the Corona region. We kicked off the night with a thank you to Kim Mabon, outgoing

Photography courtesy of Jim Dorsey and Curtis Bloom of Jim Dorsey & Associates Photography.

Board Chair, toasting her for her dedication to the role over the last 12 months. Congressman Ken Calvert expressed his gratitude via a pre-recorded video message, outlining Kim’s positive contribution to the local business community. The three special Don Garling Lifetime Achievement Awards were presented first, to Liz Cahn-Castruita, C.C. Vest and Stan Grube. Unfortunately, a personal matter kept Liz away on the evening, but we were treated to two personal and heartwarming tributes: one to C.C. from her husband Dan, and to Stan from his old friend and colleague, Dr. Ricky Allen. The Chamber’s outgoing board members were next recognized for their commitment to the business community during their tenure, before 2021 Chair Kim Mabon presented her Chairman’s Award to the Corona Chamber staff! This may have resulted in the biggest cheer of the night or maybe we were just imagining things... As guests tucked into their dinners, the awards kept coming— with Destroy Duchenne’s Elijah Stacy being presented with the Rising Star Award; Dominick Verrette of the Leela Project picking up the Making A Difference

Award; and JustServe, a volunteer organization run by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, winning Nonprofit of the Year. The Board Installation was expertly handled by Riverside County District 2 Supervisor Karen Spiegel; the 2022 Board is headed up by Palbinder Badesha of Express Employment Professionals. We were next treated to an entertaining speech filled with British wit from the new Chair, highlighting her journey from growing up in England to meeting her husband and starting a family and business in Corona, California. “Joining the Chamber is one of the best investments you can make in yourself and your business! Like you, I have learnt that building a successful business

requires personal sacrifice—my daughter still reminds me that I forgot her at school 15 years ago. But I didn’t forget—I had a sales appointment and was running late! “We are proud to be the Voice of Business. Whether you are a member or not, we are always working on your behalf to fight the daily onslaught of State and Federal bills and laws. The more members we have, the stronger we will be in defeating anti-business legislation.” Then it was time to honor the various businesses that excelled in the last 12 months. Congratulations to the following for their outstanding achievements in 2021: Altura Credit Union (Financial), Allegra Marketing Print Mail/Image 360 (Service), Dr. Seth Bernstein and



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Dr. Lisa Benham (Healthcare), Corona Rose Flowers (Retail), Gold’n West Surplus, Inc. (Sustainability), Vegan Depot (Start Up), Veg Fresh Farms (Distribution) and Sizewise (Manufacturing)! The night ended with a special presentation to the Citizens of the Year, Kerry & Glen Fletcher. This worthy couple have been integral to the Corona community for over 30 years, through their long list of volunteering efforts and the success of the family business, Pete’s Road Service. A big thank you from the Chamber to our vendors, award presenters, volunteers, attendees, donors, and everyone who helped make this such a fantastic event!



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State of the County

March 17


w/ Supervisor Karen Spiegel

VIP Bottle Service | Prom Court | DJ Dancing | Auctions | Dinner PLUS! Honoring Active Duty Military

State of the City

April 22

w/ Mayor of Corona Wes Speake

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State of the State

May 20

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ELR Graduation

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June 17


Honoring Local Heroes

August 19

Candidates Forum

September 16

Congressional Update

October 21

w/ Congressman Ken Calvert

Salute to the Military

November 11 (Veteran's Day)

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March Air Base cont’d from page 1 upgrading ramp space, all of which were necessary to accommodate weight bearing issues stemming from the KC-46’s heft. • Working to overcome and reverse certain misconceptions regarding the community surrounding MARB, such as cost of living, lack of amenities, quality of education, and similar quality of life concerns on the behalf of commanders and personnel.

million apiece! Along with the 12 airplanes come a lot of personnel, lots of equipment, new hangars, etc. The total investment of this new mission is $2.2 Billion and will increase MARB annual economic impact from $800 million to over $900 million for our region. The KC 135 is a militarized Boeing 707, and the KC 46 is a militarized Boeing 767. Cindy Roth: Worked extensively with the DoD (Department of Defense) and congressional staff and presented papers from various interested parties, particularly the Military Affairs Committee of the Greater Riverside Chambers

K-46 Pegasus at Pease Air National Guard Base


defense and homeland security. This will also will protect MARB from closure and the region from the economic harm that would follow. The effort was multi-pronged, and included: • Eliminating physical issues on the base including the reconstruction of the northwesterly 1,500 feet of the base’s runway, strengthening taxiways, and

“Our region has talented individuals who bring their expertise, passion and support to issues like this,” states Bobby Spiegel, CORONA Chamber President and CEO. US Congressman Ken Calvert worked all D.C. angles, many of which most involved parties are not privy to (such as work that happened inside the Pentagon). His office set up numerous meetings—many at staff level—with other legislators. Several of those meetings were with other congressional offices, particularly US Senator Dianne Feinstein’s office. “Locally, there are three individuals who I want to be sure receives

thanks for their roles. Cindy Roth, President and CEO for the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce; Jamil Dada, Chair of Riverside County Workforce Development Board and Chair for MARB Honorary Commanders (as well serves on numerous other boards, committees and commissions) and Rob Field, former Economic Development Manager for the Riverside County.” Six years ago, Congress appropriated funding for 179 KC- 46s to replace the aging KC 135s. Subsequently, there were some technical difficulties that Boeing was having and there has been a three-year delay. So far only 50 of the KC 46s have actually been delivered to four different active-duty bases around the country and another 36 are scheduled for delivery this year in 2022 to three other bases. MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa Florida, Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane Washington and Joint Base Dix / McGuire /Lakehurst in New Jersey are each getting 12 airplanes this year. March will be getting their 12 KC-46s in fiscal year 2024. According to AAA, any car that is 25 years old is considered an antique: and here we are flying 60-year-old air tankers at March ARB. So, we are extremely excited that we will be getting brand new state of the art KC-46s and each of the 12 aircraft cost $170

of Commerce and the Monday Morning Group of Western Riverside County. She also engaged neighboring communities and outreached to me to rally our businesses and residents for support. Jamil Dada: Like Cindy’s work, along with his work directly with USAF Commanders from his position as one of the few civilians to serve as an Air Mobility Command Civic Leader. During the pandemic, Jamil traveled personally to Washington, D.C. to meet with various leaders. He also worked directly with the Governor’s Military Affairs Council in Sacramento. Rob Field: Performed research and wrote legislative platform items on behalf of the County of Riverside regarding all the aforementioned issues, and also traveled extensively in support of the issue. The platform items were presented in both Washington D.C. and Sacramento; the latter became important in terms of helping to support the overall effort, which State representatives and staff were generally unaware of. “This is another example of great leadership, I applaud Cindy, Jamil, Rob, and Congressman Calvert. They have enabled safety for our future, combined with numerous jobs and opportunities for the coming years.”



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Join Us for a Thrilling Angels Vs Dodgers Clash!


e are excited to announce that Corona Night with the Angels is returning—and this time the Angels face the Dodgers! Join us on March 27th at 6pm as the Angels and Dodgers go head-tohead in this exciting clash. The Angels 2022 season is looking promising ,with the return of the 2021 AL MVP Shohei Ohtani, ninetime All-Star Mike Trout, and 2019 World Series Champion, Anthony Rendon, among the many other great ball players on the roster. The Dodgers on the other hand are trying to make it back into the playoffs for the 10th consecutive

year. They found success in 2020 when they won the World Series but fell short last season, losing their League Championship Series to the Atlanta Braves. Last year’s Corona Night with the Angels saw a group of more than 300 attendees representing the CORONA Chamber at the Angel Stadium. The Angels took on the Yankees and won in a thrilling back and forth matchup. With both the Angels and Dodgers motivated to have a successful season, this long-standing rivalry game is sure to be one for the books. So come on out to the ball

game with hundreds of your friends from CORONA and see another great edition of the freeway series. Tickets range in price from

$30-$55 and you can get yours now by going to We’ll CATCH you at the game!


Community Outing

Sunday, March 27th - 6:07pm Join us at Angel Stadium on 3/27 as the Angels take on the Los Angeles Dodgers! Seat selection is available in Field All-Star, Club AllStar, and Lower View MVP. Tickets are heavily discounted, and your purchase helps support the Corona Chamber! To purchase, please visit the link below:




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Chamber Golf Classic Returns as a Premier Event for Leaders to Convene



Honoring Active Duty Military

EAGLE GLEN GOLF CLUB For more information on Sponsorship, exhibitor opportunities, marketing your business through the auction, the twilight celebration or attending, contact or (951) 737-3350 IN PARTNERSHIP WITH

he Corona Chamber’s annual Golf Classic returns Thursday, May 26, 2022 at the renowned Eagle Glen Golf Club. We are proud to partner again with presenting sponsor Advanced Flow Engineering (also known as aFe Power) to host this year’s tournament. This full-day event brings together an array of industry leaders and influencers. Whether teeing off at a par 5 hole, shooting the breeze with an on-course exhibitor, or standing on line for one of the day’s tasty treats, bonds are formed and future dollars ready to be exchanged. The chance to play in the tournament has sold out, but a waiting list is available and there are a plethora of additional opportunities to get involved: businesses can set up an exhibitor table on the course; have their logo displayed on

signage; sponsor a variety of areas such as lunch, dinner, putt your poison, etc.; market through a donation to the auction; sponsor or purchase tickets to the twilight celebration; procure opportunity tickets for a chance to win one of five grand prizes; volunteer; and more! This year’s tournament will again honor Active-Duty Military personnel with special recognition at the evening’s twilight celebration. This post-golf program is open to the public and will feature awards, dinner, live and silent auctions, opportunity drawings, cigar lounge, magic, comedy, and networking. Kick off your Memorial Day weekend with the Chamber and friends at what will be a night to remember! Those interested in learning more, please contact the Chamber at (951) CHAMBER (242.6237).



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the Corona Chamber have committed to raise awareness about the impact of addiction and illegal drug use. The ELR Class of 2022 would like to engage the Corona community with a path through Santana Park, bringing a message of hope and healing for a threat that now claims more US lives than car accidents. The Pathway of Hope and Healing will consist of four benches: • The Bench of Spirituality • The Bench of Compassion • The Bench of Life Choices • The Bench of Remembrance The benches will be on a treelined path through Santana Park in Corona with a plaque that explains the why and gives hope for overcoming illegal drug use and abuse. It is designed to get people to think about why people engage in illegal drug use, to drive awareness and educate our community to make better choices. The Bench of Spirituality will encourage others to seek insight from a higher power. The Bench of Compassion will help individuals recognize that we are all in this together and encourage them to be generous and consider how they can share their story or find ways to help others.


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The Bench of Life Choices is a destination for thoughtfulness for people to take time to think and pray about easy and hard choices. The Bench of Remembrance is a bench that features the names of needless lives lost to illegal drug use/abuse: in remembrance of those who lost their lives to drugs (note that each previous bench can be funded or dedicated to individuals in the community who lost their lives). The Executive Leadership Roundtable is asking for funding to support the project. The Corona Chamber Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation serving the people and community of Corona. The specific purpose of this corporation is to promote and support educational activities within the community. Other Foundation activities include providing support to the community’s active-duty military

and veterans, and supporting and offering financial assistance to individuals and families faced with the economic hardship associated with a wide array of emergency and non-emergency medical expenses. Tax ID # 33-0517358

Your generous donation will assist in funding the Executive Leadership Roundtable Project to address the impact of illegal drug use in our community. The Pathway of Hope and Healing will be placed at Santana Park offering a message to drive awareness, educate young people in the community, and drive meaningful conversation, while giving back. The Corona Chamber Foundation wholeheartedly thanks you for your generosity in supporting the community and our continued commitment to further the Foundation’s exempt purpose.


Change of Command at Naval Surface Warfare Center, Corona Division C


Capt. Michael P. Aiena (left) and Capt. Khary W. Hembree-Bey

apt. Michael P. Aiena, a native of New Orleans, Louisiana has assumed the Command of the local Naval Surface Warfare Center, Corona Division. He is a 2000 graduate of the United States Naval Academy where he earned a bachelor’s degree in history. He is pictured here (on left in photo) with the former Commanding Officer, Capt. Khary W. Hembree-Bey. Capt. Aiena earned his master’s degree in applied physics from the Naval Postgraduate School. He takes over the command from Capt. Khary W. Hembree-Bey who has been the commander since September 6, 2019. The Change of Command Ceremony is a time-honored tradition which formally restates the concept of continuity of command. It is a formal ritual conducted before the assembled company of the command. The Change of Command is unique in the world today; it is the transfer of total responsibility, authority and accountability from one individual to another. The hear of the ceremony is the reading of orders by the relieving officer, and the officer to be relieved. Command passes upon

utterance of the relieving officer, “I relieve you!” The officer being relieved responds “I stand relieved!” This simple procedure is duplicated hundreds of times daily throughout navies of the world as watch officers pass responsibility to their relief. The strength and supremacy of America’s Navy stems in large measure from the observance of customs and traditions, each founded on need, each contributing its share to stability, combat effectiveness and smooth transfer of authority.



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