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The Business Journal Official Publication of the Pico Rivera Chamber of Commerce • June 2009 •

Small Business Can Now Apply for ARC Loans


tarting mid June 2009, SBA will begin accepting loans for a temporary new program called America’s Recovery Capital (ARC). ARC loans of up to $35,000 are designed to provide a “bridge” for viable small businesses with immediate financial hardship – to keep their doors open until they get back on track. “These ARC loans are another tool in the SBA toolkit which will provide critical support to small businesses struggling to make it through these tough economic times,” said Administrator Karen G. Mills.  “We encourage small business owners to inquire with SBA lenders to see if the ARC loan would be appropriate for their business’ needs,” said Alberto G. Alvarado, Los Angeles SBA district director. 


Business Roundtable Discusses Employment Strategies in a Down Economy By Linda Bock


ayor Pro Tem Bob Archuleta welcomed guest speakers Joanna Blake and Christopher Milligan, from the law firm of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo, at the Pico Rivera Chamber of Commerce Business Roundtable held at El Rodeo Restaurant. The event was held in conjunction with the City of Pico Rivera. Blake and Milligan gave a thorough and well-prepared presentation of employment strategies that would be helpful in a down economy. Joanna L. Blake represents employers in all aspects of labor relations and employment law matters, including employment discrimination, wrongful termination, harassment, and wage and hour. She also counsels employers regarding human resources policy matters, employee relations, and, in particular, assisting employers to administer leaves

Funeraria Del Angel Holds Annual BBQ

Members of the Pico Rivera business community joined at the El Rodeo Restaurant recently for the latest in a series of lunch forums designed to inform and educate them about vital issues impacting the local economy. Pictured during the luncheon are, from left, Alex Saulas (Health First Medical Group), Pico Rivera Councilman Bob Archuleta, Cheryl Romero (Preferred Bank), and Thomas Lott (TLC Promotions). The Business Roundtable series is presented by the City and the Pico Rivera Chamber of Commerce. Christopher Milligan practices of absence and conduct disability reasonable accommodation analysis. primarily in the areas of employment Blake is a frequent speaker on labor See Employment and employment issues. CONTINUED ON 7

12th Annual Golf Tournament a Big Success

Honoring city personnel: Staff of Funeraria Del Angel pose during the festivities along with Pico Rivera Councilmen Bob Archuleta and Ron Beilke. of the Funeraria, led by manager For many years, the Funeraria Jose Medina, lug equipment, light Del Angel has been the most genthe BBQ's and do all the cooking. erous sponsor of the annual BBQ The heavily attended outdoor event was originally started by the for our brave men and women in uniform who serve the city of Pico Morrow Family and has grown larger every year. Rivera. It’s always a very fun and excit- See BBQ ing day for all involved. The staff CONTINUED ON 7 The indetia below is not an error. Due to new postal regulations the address indetia must be at the top of the publication, printing the indetia this way places it at tht top of page one when the paper is held upside down.

Golfing for a good cause: {l-r} David Briano of State Farm Insurance, Pico Rivera Mayor Gracie Gallegos, Denise Walton of Enterprise RentA-Car, Maria Segovia, V.P. of Pacific Western Bank & Jim Osborne of Whittier Fertilizer Company at the tournament. The attendance was excellent for the 12th Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament held at the California Country Club in April. This year, the Pico Rivera Chamber, the City of Pico Rivera, El Rancho Unified School District, and Rio Hondo College co-hosted the tournament to help benefit the “I’m Going to College!” program. Rio Hondo College has partnered with local school districts to increase the number of first-generation and underserved youths who go on to higher education. The "I'm Going To College" (IGTC) programs are designed to encourage middleschool students and their parents

to get well informed about higher educational opportunities and to get hem thinking about academic excellence and college as soon as possible. The program helps them realize that going to college is a goal they want to begin to plan for now – both with the appropriate academic preparation as well as financial savings. In Pico Rivera, the El Rancho Unified School District, the City of Pico Rivera and the Pico Rivera Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Rio Hondo, started


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