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Modesto Chamber oF COMMERCE

VOL. 40 | ISSUE 02 | february 2019

Health and Healthcare Autism Speaks 40 Years of Hope

Where Everybody Knows Your Name

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IN MODESTO 1302 J St. & 4204 Dale Rd. 2

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Mission Statement

The Modesto Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to serving the greater Modesto Area, regional businesses and community prosperity through advocacy, collaboration, access to leaders, economic development, connectivity and business education.

february 2019 | CONTENTS

Executive Committee Chairman

Steven Rank, Rank Investigations and Protection, Inc.

Past Chairman

Eric Tobias, F&M Bank

Vice Chair, External Operations

Tom Nielsen, Individual Member

Vice Chair, Internal Operations

Patricia Gillum, Patricia A. Gillum,CPA


Brad Blakeley, Edward Jones Investments Kirstie Boyett, The State Theater Michael Gaffney, PG&E Michael Howell, Blom & Associates Warren Kirk, Doctors Medical Center Naomi Layland, Huff Construction and Ardis Farming Craig Lewis, Lewis Capital Advisors DeSha McLeod, Community Hospice Inc. Kathy Monday, Squeeze In and Damrell, Nelson, Schrimp, Pallios, Pacher & Silva Michael Moradian, Jr., Peace of Mind Pest Control & Home Inspections Peggy O’Donnel, Mid-Valley Productions Kristin Reza, Bank of Stockton Bill Robinson, Principal Financial Group Lucy Virgen, Bank of the West David Wright, Wright Insurance Company Pete Zahos, Sysco Central California


Keith Boggs, Stanislaus County Chief Executive Office George Boodrookas, Modesto Junior College Tim Harms, Leadership Modesto Joe Lopez, City of Modesto David White, Opportunity Stanislaus Melissa Williams, Modesto Irrigation District

Health and Healthcare

Life Without Limits


Cecil Russell, President/CEO Modesto Chamber of Commerce

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Message from the CEO


Chamber Calendar


Stanislaus Green Team


Interfaith Ministries


People on the Move


Leadership Modesto


Ribbon Cutting




President's Club



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Staff Accountant, Rebecca “Becky” Taber-Smith Events Coordinator, Trish Christensen Communications & Marketing, Jennifer Konradi

40 Years Strong

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Message from the CEO By Cecil Russell, Chamber President and CEO

Message from the CEO / CHAIRMAN of THE BOARD

This issue of Progress is focused on overall general health, health care and how it is related to businesses in our community. We are blessed that we have the quality of professional care that is provided to everyone in our community. The three major hospitals, Kaiser, Doctors Medical Center, and Memorial are top notch and have won many awards for their level of service and innovations. Doctors has brought high quality cardiac care with Valley Heart Institute and has also brought Darroch Brain and Spine Institute to its portfolio of health services. These hospitals offer world class health services, so that many of us do not need to travel to the Bay area and can receive great care here at home. An additional health facility to now have a presence in Modesto, is Valley Children’s Healthcare. Their beautiful new care center is scheduled to open in February; again, so that these children do not have to travel to the Bay area or to the other Valley Children’s’ facilities located in the Fresno area.


We also have many facilities for patients recovering from injuries and/or convalescing. Health South, which opened a state-of-the-art unit a couple of years ago, and Central Valley Specialty Hospital, are two of the larger facilities in our community. We also have many care centers for people that need permanent and around the clock assistance. There are many that have provided this service for several years and now some new; evidently one that will open this year, The Park. This will be adjacent to the new El Rio Memory Care Center located on North Dale. All of these health care businesses and many others that were not mentioned, have created thousands of excellent paying careers that will help grow our economy and also provide a great quality of life for all of us in our community. We all need to continue the fight against the ‘State Water Grab’. The state water board ruled, as most of us expected, to proceed with their ‘Water Grab” plan; that if implemented, will have devastating effects on not only our farmers and all areas

Attended City Economic Development

Attended Stanislaus County Workforce Development Board Meeting Attended Tourism Task Force Meeting

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As we have mentioned many times before, Agriculture is very important to our economy. With that in mind, a new symposium featuring Gallo Winery, Hilmar Cheese, Assemblyman Heath Flora, and our State Controller will be held on February 7th at MJC, “Sowing the Seeds of an Innovative Tech Ecosystem”. You can register at Your Modesto Chamber, along with Rank Investigations, and the State Theatre will host an Active Shooter Symposium on February 12th from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the State Theatre. This is a free service offered to our community and will be open to the first 500 registrants. Coffee and donuts will be provided! Contact the Modesto Chamber for additional information. The Chamber is currently working on two other events, the State of the City Address with the Mayor and others, as well as an event with the newly appointed Director of Economic Development for the State of California. We will provide more information as the dates and times develop. With the new year already in full swing, we here at the Modesto Chamber are extremely excited for all the new events and developments that will soon happen. Keep in touch and in the know! Remember, the Chamber works for you.

Attended Assemblyman Heath Flora’s Roundtable

Presentations by Stanislaus Green Team

Attended Stanislaus County Supervisors Meetings

of agriculture, but on every citizen that depends on a safe and reliable source of water. As anticipated MID, TID, and all the other water districts, have filed lawsuits against the state. The water districts worked with some state officials on a voluntary agreement but were rejected by the water board. MID has stated that, “the state board used its power to adopt a misguided and devastating plan”. We are in total agreement with MID and all the other water districts. MID goes on to say, “We must protect our more than 130-year-old water rights, our water supplies, and the communities that we serve”. Join the fight and support MID! You can write letters to the local newspaper, your elected representatives, and to the new Governor. Stay committed, our future depends on it.

Attended Luncheon for the MJC Voss Berryhill Scholarship from our Harvest Lunch

Attended retirement function for County Supervisor Dick Monteith

Attended Modesto City Council Meetings

Attended MJC Business Advisory Committee Meeting

Attended Dedication ceremony and retirement function for County Superintendent Tom Changnon.

THE COMMUNITY THAT GROWS TOGETHER, THRIVES TOGETHER. At Kaiser Permanente, we don’t see health as an industry. We see it as a cause. That’s why we’re excited to be a part of the Central Valley. Our doors, hearts and minds are always open to help every last one of you thrive. Learn more at

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CHAMBER CALENDAR february Ribbon Cutting 1 Turner’s Outdoorsman**

march ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 6 Committee Meeting Modesto Chamber of Commerce** 7:30 A.M.

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Committee Meeting Modesto Chamber of Commerce** 7:30 A.M.


State of Business and Education 7:00 A.M.


Active Shooter Symposium 9:00 A.M.



Business Before Hours 7:30 A.M.

Sexual Harassment Seminar Modesto Chamber of Commerce** 8:00 A.M. 9:30 A.M. 1:00 P.M.*


Government Relations Committee Modesto Chamber of Commerce** 12:00 P.M.


Business Before Hours 7:30 A.M.


Government Relations Committee Modesto Chamber of Commerce** 12:00 P.M.


Office Closed Presidents Day


Sexual Harassment Seminar Modesto Chamber of Commerce** 8:00 A.M. 9:30 A.M. 1:00 P.M.*


Government Relations Committee Modesto Chamber of Commerce** 12:00 P.M.


Stanislaus Green Team Modesto Chamber of Commerce** 9:00 A.M.


Stanislaus Green Team Modesto Chamber of Commerce** 9:00 A.M.


Ribbon Cutting Rainbow International Restoration of Modesto 5:00 P.M.


Sexual Harassment Seminar Modesto Chamber of Commerce** 8:00 A.M. 9:30 A.M. 1:00 P.M.*


Business After Hours MidiCi The Neapolitan Pizza Company 4:30 P.M.


Business After Hours 5:30 P.M.

Please note that calendar events and details are subject to change. *See website for more detail. **The Modesto Chamber of Commerce is located at 1114 J St., Modesto


**The Modesto Chamber of Commerce is located at 1114 J St., Modesto


**The Modesto Chamber of Commerce is located at 1114 J St., Modesto

**The Modesto Chamber of Commerce is located at 1114 J St., Modesto

business after hours MidiCi The Neapolitan Pizza Company 4:30 P.M.

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stanislaus green team Modesto Chamber of Commerce** 9:00 A.M.

MISSION STATEMENT: The Modesto Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to serving the greater Modesto Area, regional businesses and community prosperity through advocacy, collaboration, access to leaders, To execute our adopted mission we have connectivity developedand anbusiness acronym that helps keep us focused. economic development, education.

That acronym is “CARES: Community, Advocacy, Relationships, Education and Service.” To execute our adopted mission we have developed an acronym that helps keep us focused. That acronym is “CARES: Community, Advocacy, Relationships, Education and Service.”

COMMUNITY At its heart the Modesto Chamber is a community of likeminded business owners who share the vision for enjoying a thriving economy and creating and maintaining our community as a vibrant place to live, work and play. The Modesto Chamber is the go-to resource and facilitator of ideas and communication for nonprofits, governmental agencies, and community leaders. More than just a business club, the Modesto Chamber strives to affect its environment for positive transformation by supporting change agents in the community.

EDUCATION The Chamber serves the education community by hosting the annual State of Business and Education event, by fund-raising for local students at the Ag Aware and Harvest Luncheon annual series, and partnering with local schools and colleges to train and educate young men and women, all in keeping with our pledge to help provide a ready workforce to serve local employers. Additionally, the Chamber educates its members on practical solutions and best practices through its Progress Magazine articles, monthly Chamber University and Seeds of Success speaker series, workshops and seminars, monthly committee meetings, and SCORE counseling.

ADVOCACY Chamber Staff, Board of Directors and many of our topical committees, such as Economic Development and Government Relations, are engaged and proactively representing our members by addressing business initiatives, addressing issues in our community and working to relieve the regulatory burdens businesses endure due to local and state governments. The Modesto Chamber gets results, as shown by recent victories in forming more rational ADA legislation, defeating a no-growth measure, electing business friendly candidates, working alongside others to pass Measure L, a local self-help transportation measure, and championing for more water for our agribusiness, industry and citizens. By working together, our members are stronger together than they could ever be on their own.


The Modesto Chamber specializes in building relationships among business and serving as the nexus to businesses, nonprofit organizations, and governmental agencies. We host monthly networking events, annual special events, an annual trade show, and our long-running Gala. Members also may serve on committees or go through the Leadership Modesto program where they will build longterm relationships with key leaders in the business world and local community.

SERVICE The Chamber believes in service to the community and to its members. The Chamber Board and staff are active on many nonprofit and government committees, donating their business expertise, time and resources. The Chamber also serves its individual members by hosting ribbon cuttings which introduce a new business to the community, valuable and cost effective (free) marketing opportunities, exposure to social media, workshops and training for our business partners and their associates, and other free and discounted resources.

C - Community A - Advocacy R - Relationships E - Education S - Service

February 2019


Taking Advantage of Health and Healthcare By: Jennifer Konradi, Marketing and Communications Director The new year is here, and we are one month down. Like the majority of society, maintaining a healthy lifestyle is now a priority. With a fresh new start of the year, the inevitable “What can I do to be healthier?” question seems to loom over most individuals’ heads. As resolutions go, it seems like the biggest trend … and the one that is not met over and over again. It is the one resolution we promise ourselves relentlessly, however it is the one we do not take as seriously. The unspoken, always forgiven, broken promise that continues to affect us in the most negative way. The word health is biased to mean just eating correctly and being active; to maintain a healthy lifestyle it is about knowing when to listen to your body when it needs help. It is about seeing a physician on a regular basis to be sure your body is at its optimal health. It is about not ignoring the fact that you have not seen the dentist in a couple of years. With healthcare being so easily accessible and numerous programs that allow individuals to take advantage of continuing a healthy lifestyle, it is time to make health and healthcare THE number one priority. A healthy body sets the stage for your day-to-day well-being and how well you will age. Maintaining fitness through beneficial nutrition and exercise promotes efficient circulation, digestion, and muscle strength. This allows you to live an active life, and a healthy immune system helps you ward off disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, healthy body benefits extend to mood elevation and greater mental alertness, as well as reduced chronic disease risk. We live in a community that is lucky enough to have amazing healthcare provided to us at any given moment.

That is the obvious statement. Exceptional, local healthcare. Why not take advantage of that? Our body is a vessel that we need and use on a day-to-day basis. It is the one thing that we take advantage of more times than not. Without it working at an optimal level, our health and ultimately our lives will pay the ultimate price. In addition to the factors listed above, you should make time for whole body health. Visit your doctors for regular checkups. This includes your primary doctor, as well as your dentist and eye doctor. Let your health benefits and preventive care services work for you. Make sure you know what your health insurance plan involves. Preventive care can detect disease or prevent illness before they start. This includes certain doctor visits and screenings. Again, take advantage of what your community provides you. Your body will thank you. An estimated 10 million Californians experience barriers to dental care. The California Dental Association and CDA Foundation host CDA Cares, a program that allows volunteer dentists, with the assistance of other dental professionals and community volunteers, to provide dental services at no charge for the community. Dr. Elizabeth Demichelis, Dr. Bruce Valentine, and Dr. Brian Hutto are just a few amazing dentists in our Modesto community that partake in this brilliant program. These dental professionals support oral health by volunteering their professional knowledge and time to help the efforts to meet the community’s needs on this issue. Oral health is critical to the total health and well-being of an individual. It can enhance employment outcomes, improve overall health and quality of life and, for many, restore dignity.

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The three major hospitals in the community of Modesto are Kaiser, Doctors Medical Center, and Memorial. The amazing quality of service does not go unnoticed. All three hospitals have won many awards for their level of service and innovations. Doctors Medical Center has brought the community high quality cardiac care with the Valley Heart Institute, just to add to its portfolio of health services. These hospitals offer world class health services, and they are just around the corner to many of us. An amazing addition to the Modesto community is the presence of Valley Children’s Healthcare; one of the largest pediatric healthcare networks in the country, here in our backyard. Valley Children’s primary care providers provide the best care close to home for the children of the Central Valley. Not having to travel far to get the ultimate care, is one of the biggest reliefs a parent and child can receive while already facing a difficult time.

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Apart from the obvious see a doctor and dentist regularly to acquire peak health, the obvious and dreaded (for most) diet and exercise lecture needs to be understood. Diet helps overall digestion and metabolism issues any one person may have. When you keep your metabolism working well, you enjoy greater energy and fewer aches and pains. Dietary deficiency can deprive your body of these essentials and create fatigue. Getting enough nutrition, on the other hand, leaves you mentally and physically sharp. Regular exercise utilizes your healthy bones, muscles, heart and lungs, preparing them to meet daily demands. When your body reaches a consistent plateau of health, it is more likely to hold up under unusual stress and less likely to give way to infection. A daily fitness program that incorporates aerobic exercise and strengthening of the bones and major muscle groups helps you avoid pulled muscles, joint sprains and bone fractures.

Staying fit means less downtime and more time moving and burning calories, which helps you maintain your weight. Your body may be screaming pain, but it is appreciating this test you are putting it through in order to achieve the goals that have been set. Illnesses form over time, maintaining your physical health over the course of your life is your best shot at prevention. In addition to the factors listed above, you should make time for whole body health. Visit the local doctors and hospitals that are so easily provided, for regular checkups. Let your health benefits and preventive care services work for you. All in all, being preventative and mindful is fundamental. Preventive care can detect disease or prevent illness before they start. This includes certain doctor visits and screenings. Make this “New Year, New Me” resolution one that will truly stick and will do the one purpose it is actually intended to serve; keeping your “vessel” healthy in all ways ... mind, body, and soul.

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Contact us today at 209-527-4220 or February 2019


Sowing the Seeds of an Innovative Ag Tech Ecosystem

The Issue: Ag is growing and evolving at a rapid pace - changing agriculture as we know it.

The Solutions:

Featuring: Hilmar Cheese CEO

Head of R&D E. & J. Gallo

David Ahlem

Nick Dokoozlian

Assemblyman Heath Flora

For more information or to register, visit:


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State Controller Betty Yee

stanislaus green team MEETING: February 21st, 9:00am The “Stanislaus Green Team” was launched by the Modesto Chamber of Commerce in November of 2012. The purpose was to create a nexus between commerce and environment, and the desire of the Modesto Chamber to work collaboratively, searching for regional solutions to challenges facing Stanislaus County. Simply put, assisting businesses in “Going Green” will not only reduce their costs of doing business, but it will also help the

environment and move the Stanislaus County economy forward. The “Stanislaus Green Team” meets at the intersection of Environmental Stewardship and lowering the cost of doing business. If you are interested in speaking at a Stanislaus Green Team meeting, please contact Trish Christensen at tchristensen@

heart of a donor brunch The Modesto Gospel Mission will be hosting its annual Heart of a Donor Brunch on Saturday, March 9th, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Along with a delicious meal, guests will hear testimonies from men and women whose lives are being transformed by the Mission’s programs, see the new Day Center, and receive a special message from Executive Director Jason Conway. This brunch will be held in the renovated Chapel at the Modesto Gospel Mission at 1400 Yosemite Blvd.

Following the brunch, a tour of the Mission campus will be conducted by Jason Conway. This optional tour will provide guests with the opportunity to see for themselves the wide breadth of programs and services the Mission offers by visiting the women and children’s shelter, the New Beginnings building, the residential living space of the New Life Program disciples, the medical clinic, the men’s emergency shelter, and the Youth Center. This eye-opening tour always results in the exclamation “I didn’t realize that you did so much!” Please call the Modesto Gospel Mission office at 209.529.8259 and R.S.V.P. by March 1st. February 2019


It’s not if you observe an active shooter, it’s when...

Learn what you need to know to be prepared and how to respond from police pyschologist Philip S. Trompetter and experienced law enforcement professionals

Active Shooter Symposium

How should you respond? • • • •

This is a free service offered to our community Registration is required to attend Open to the first 535 registrants Complimentary coffee and donuts available

Feb 12, 2019

9 to 10:30 a.m.

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The State Theatre - 1307 J Street, Downtown Modesto

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Third Annual “Autism Speaks” Fundraiser Meets With Success We held our third “Autism Speaks” fundraiser on October 6, 2018. The fundraiser featured two squads of four person teams each sponsored by local vendors and customers. Throughout the event prizes were raffled and the participants checked out the silent auction items and placed their bids accordingly. It ended up being a very rewarding day for “Autism Speaks” and we look forward to hosting it again next year. We thank all the participants, sponsors and vendors for their involvement in making this event a huge success for “Autism Speaks”. We also hosted a car show which was a good attraction for the participants before and after the bowling event. From the efforts of the participants, sponsors, employees and friends we had a variety of items for our raffle prizes and silent auction.

All who came to the event had a fun time and shared laughs, stories and memories as the fundraiser seemed to pull everyone together for this great cause. This was our third major fundraiser and when all the funds were tallied we raised $15,337. We will again be recognized as a “corporate” sponsor at Autism Speaks’ “Relay for Life” walk next September which will be held at the Modesto Junior College. Again, thanks to everyone who participated in the event. This fundraiser will take place this year on October 12, 2019.

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Nonprofit Highlight Life Without Limits is Focus of UCP UCP of Stanislaus County is nearing its 40-year milestone of providing programs and services to adults with developmental and physical disabilities in our community. UCP offers innovative and enriching opportunities for its members. The organization is steadfast in its commitment to facilitate a Life Without Limits and community inclusion for all adults with disabilities. Day Program Services located in Modesto and Turlock provide daily classes and community-based interactions with new people during outings. Employment Services offer members opportunities to receive job training, obtain employment and earn a paycheck. All members are provided opportunities to engage in community service, develop work and life-skills, promote inclusion and gain independence towards a Life Without Limits. Each year, UCP holds its annual Sips & Treasures fundraiser. UCP members enter artwork in an annual contest to determine whose creation will be featured and incorporated in the event’s marketing and promotional materials. On November 20, 2018, we were excited to announce that a member from the Modesto Day Program won the contest.

We learned in December, Donna passed away. We are honored to feature her creation. Donna was a member at UCP since 2013. She was a bright individual with a caring heart. She was observant and advocated for those around her who didn’t have ability to speak up. Donna liked to keep to herself for the most part and follow her daily routine. While at the Modesto Day Program, Donna enjoyed working on math, reading and writing. Her favorite pastime was to relax and watch the TV series “Murder, She Wrote”. It is our privilege to continue to provide services to Stanislaus County. Our hats off to our staff, the direct service providers, who are dedicated to providing a person-centered approach to the individuals participating in our programs. Please join us on April 27, 2019 for the Third Annual Sips & Treasures fundraiser. For more information, please visit www. or call 209.577.2122 ext. 106.


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Interfaith Ministries of Greater Modesto to Host Second Annual Feast for the Eyes Gala, Dinner and Auction The event will take place on February 23, 2019 and All Funds Raised Will Benefit Their Feed Modesto Program Interfaith Ministries of Greater Modesto (IFM) will host their second annual Feast for the Eyes on February 23, 2019 at The Century in downtown Modesto. Presented by Modesto Subaru, this year’s theme is “Rhapsody in Blue” inspired by jazz, the art deco aesthetic, and blue color palettes. It will be an evening of sumptuous décor, eye-catching fashion, exquisitely prepared food, signature cocktails and live entertainment. All funds raised will benefit their Feed Modesto program. Sponsorships are available now for this unique community event. Founded over 40 years ago, Interfaith Ministries works as a caring and sharing group of faith-based congregations, organizations and individuals that help those in the greater Modesto area who need food, clothing and other humanitarian services. IFM serves the equivalent of close to 2 million meals a year to the neediest in the local community, where over 20 percent of the population live below the poverty line which includes more than 36 thousand children. Interfaith Ministries’ Feed Modesto program provides services to needy individuals and families through their food pantry and home delivery services. They also provide healthy food to other nonprofits and churches that feed the community as well. There are additional programs such as their Clothes Closet which provides clothing to low-income and homeless individuals and families. Money raised from the Feast for the Eyes event will support these programs.

Chief Executive Officer, Elizabeth Wright, says, “We are excited to once again host this special evening of fun while raising important funds that enable us to provide healthy food to over 40,000 people yearly.” She adds, “With this festive event we bring the community together to celebrate the work we do and join us in our mission to bring the social change we need to end hunger.” Don’t miss the opportunity to support this important community event by being a sponsor. Various levels are available. For information about sponsorship opportunities contact David Rogers, Communications Director, at (209) 572-3117 or drogers@ For media inquiries contact Veronica Jacuinde at (310) 508-1896 or

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Business Before Hours, Business After Hours Events These networking events are held as opportunities for members to Host other members in to their businesses to network, build relationships, and socialize outside of the normal work day! These are the perfect environments to showcase your office, products, and/or services, and to share your individual “business story”. If you happen to be a based from home business, you are always welcome to host your event at the Chamber Conference room. Business Before Hours are traditionally held on the second Thursday of each month from 7:30 to 8:30 am. *Sponsorship Investment is $125.00 . Business After Hours are typically held on the fourth Thursday of each month from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. *Sponsorship Investment is $250.00. Included for your sponsorship: *Company Logo on business tailored event flyer *Event and flyer promoted via Chamber Happenings *Event and flyer promoted via all our social media platforms *Event, flyer, and business promoted in Progress Magazine month of event *Pre-event announcements at Chamber events *2 – 3 items to include in a business card drawing *For After-hours events we secure a liquor license, and provide adult beverage As a Host you are responsible for providing: Before – *Location large enough for up to 50 attendees *Continental Breakfast *3 plus Door prizes After – *Location large enough for up to 100 attendees *Appetizer/small plate tidbits *3 plus Door prizes An Agreement, which has more details, must be completed, with payment, to secure your date. For more information on becoming a host in 2019, please call Trish Christensen 209577-5757 ext. 106 or email at


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People On The Move Oak Valley Community Bank Announces Executive, Senior VP “Melissa is immensely committed to the bank and our employees. We have added 10 branches and our employee base has grown from 75 employees to 190 during her tenure.

Oak Valley Community Bank, a wholly owned subsidiary of Oak Valley Bancorp (NASDAQ: OVLY), announced the promotions of Gary Stephens to Executive Vice President, Commercial Banking Group, Melissa Fuller to Senior Vice President, Human Resources, and Peter Brown to Senior Vice President, Credit Administrator. Stephens began working with Oak Gary Stephens Valley Community Bank in 2004 as a commercial lender and quickly made the transition to Vice President, Commercial Loan Team Leader. He was promoted to SVP, Credit Administrator in 2009 and served in that role until 2015. Since that time, he has held the position of SVP, Senior Lending Officer within the Commercial Banking Group. “Gary’s lending expertise and vast credit acumen has benefitted our clients and the bank for many years. He has proven his ability to customize financing solutions to help clients expand their businesses, purchase facilities, enhance cash flow, and maximize business efficiencies,” stated President and CEO, Chris Courtney. “His promotion recognizes the broad range of responsibility Gary has assumed in his time with the bank.”

Melissa Fuller

Fuller has been with the bank nearly 15 years, managing core Human Resources functions since 2004.

This promotion acknowledges her ability to stay abreast of continuously changing HR regulations and apply that knowledge to serve the growing HR related needs of our employees and the company,” stated Senior EVP, Chief Operating Officer, Rick McCarty.

Peter Brown

Brown has been with the bank for 10 years, serving as Credit Administrator since 2016 and prior to that was one of the bank’s top performing commercial lenders. “Peter has undertaken an increasingly influential role within our Credit Administration Department. His aptitude for seeking out and acquiring high-quality commercial credits as a lender made for a natural evolution into credit administration. His promotion reflects the diligence with which he has upheld the bank’s credit culture, led by example, and fostered a shared vision within the Credit Department since taking on the Credit Administrator role,” stated EVP, Chief Credit Officer, Mike Rodrigues. Oak Valley Bancorp operates Oak Valley Community Bank and their Eastern Sierra Community Bank division, through which it offers a variety of loan and deposit products to individuals and small businesses. They currently operate through 17 conveniently located branches: Oakdale, Turlock, Stockton, Patterson, Ripon, Escalon, Manteca, Tracy, Sacramento, two branches in Sonora, three branches in Modesto, and three branches in their Eastern Sierra division, which includes Bridgeport, Mammoth Lakes and Bishop. The Sacramento – Capitol Mall Branch, which opened in 2018, is the latest addition to Oak Valley’s network. For more information, call 1-866-844-7500 or visit

Community Hospice Announces New Board Member Community Hospice, the oldest and largest nonprofit hospice provider serving the Central Valley since 1979, is pleased to announce a new Board member. Joining the Community Hospice Board of Directors is Chief Nursing Officer for Tenet Healthcare Northern California Group, Ms. Cheryl Harless, DNP, MBA, RN. “I am pleased to welcome Cheryl as our newly appointed Board member,” said C. DeSha McLeod, Community Hospice President and CEO. “Cheryl is a visionary leader who brings to Community Hospice a wealth of healthcare experience and knowledge; we look forward to working together to provide compassionate and quality care, education and support to our community.” The Community Hospice Board of Directors is comprised of community volunteers who provide strategic oversight and governance to the organization’s mission to provide compassionate care, education and support to patients and their families, regardless of ability to pay.

About Community Hospice: Community Hospice is the largest and oldest nonprofit hospice agency in the Central Valley. Serving the community since 1979, Community Hospice has cared for thousands of friends and neighbors offering compassionate and quality care, education and support to terminally ill patients and families, regardless of ability to pay.

Cheryl Harless Care extends to over 2000 patients each year in private homes, skilled nursing facilities, retirement communities and at the 16-bed inpatient Community Hospice Alexander Cohen Hospice House. Community Hospice also provides bereavement and grief support to anyone in the community. For more information, please call 209.578.6300 or visit February 2019


announcements Up with People Comes to Modesto for a Special Performance Up with People is coming to Modesto from March 18 - 25, 2019 to support Boys and Girls Clubs of Stanislaus County (BGCStan). Up with People’s mission is building a more hopeful, trusting and peaceful world by empowering young people to be positive agents of change through action and the international and powerful language of music. Participants from 20 countries are traveling to Modesto for a week of community service and cultural exchange culminating with a professionally produced performance at the Gallo Center for the Arts on March 22 at 7 p.m.

Through the generosity of Presenting Sponsor, Fuzio Universal Bistro, 100 percent of the proceeds raised will benefit Boys and Girls Clubs of Stanislaus County.

Tickets are available now at www.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Stanislaus County is an after-school enrichment program that has served local youth since 2013 with four Clubs in Modesto. The Clubs provide a safe and nurturing environment for kids ages 6 to 18 to learn and have fun. Members participate in activities like sports, technology, art, dance and science. Our programs have an impact. Nearly 90 percent of Club members graduate from high school and approximately 80 percent go on to attend college.

Up with People is known worldwide for bridging cultural gaps and participating in international relations and education. Their blend of music and social action creates the chance for youth to develop a new understanding of the world, recognize the responsibility they have to others, and become global citizens by acting as positive agents of change. Go to www. for more information.

Janine McClanahan, BGCStan Board Chair, says, “We are thrilled to partner with Up with People to bring this incredible youth program to the City of Modesto. Not only will this be a unique opportunity for our community, it will raise important funds that enable us to keep helping those youth that need us most.”

To learn more about the Boys & Girls Clubs of Stanislaus County visit For Up with People sponsorship opportunities contact Kenni Friedman at

Friends of Community Hospice Annual Card/Game Party, Luncheon The Friends of Community Hospice will be hosting their 30th Annual Card/Game Party and Luncheon on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. the Modesto Elks Lodge. Along with lunch and games, attendees have the opportunity to participate in a raffle and silent auction. Your $30 donation to attend this event goes to support the patients, families and programs of Community Hospice.

Community Hospice is the largest and oldest nonprofit hospice agency in the Central Valley. For the past 40 years, Community Hospice has cared for thousands of friends and neighbors offering compassionate and quality care, education and support to terminally ill patients and families, regardless of ability to pay.

The Modesto Elks Lodge is at 645 Charity Way, Modesto. For more information regarding the Friends of Community Hospice Annual Card/Game Party and Luncheon, visit or call the Community Hospice Foundation at 209.578.6370.

Care extends to over 2000 patients each year in private homes, skilled nursing facilities, retirement communities and at the 16-bed inpatient Community Hospice Alexander Cohen Hospice House. Community Hospice also provides grief support services to anyone in the community.

Community Hospice Foundation, established in 2001, raises funds and awareness for Community Hospice.

For additional information regarding Community Hospice programs and services, visit or call 209.578.6300.

Gray Calls for Lawsuit to Halt Implementation of State Water Grab Assemblymember Adam C. Gray (D-Merced) released the following statement after the State Water Resources Control Board voted to adopt proposed amendments to the Bay-Delta Plan: “This plan is dangerous. It fails to protect people, it fails to protect the environment, and it fails to justify destroying thousands of jobs in one of the highest unemployment areas of the state. Despite the legitimate and comprehensive alternatives put forward by our local irrigation districts, the Water Board shoved their fingers in their ears and adopted their plan as is. “Board Member D’Adamo did a yeoman’s job breaking down the issue and offered up real solutions. But her efforts were in vain.


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“The Water Board had a clear choice to make tonight. They could have embraced settlement agreements and secured real tangible improvements for fish and habitat within less than a year. Instead they chose to adopt their disastrous plan and guaranteed a decade’s worth of litigation. “We will see you in court.”

leadership modesto Class Takes On Business Day 2019 By Enriqueta Maldonado The Leadership Modesto Class had the privilege of meeting with several impactful business leaders over the course of an exciting Business Day. A common message that was conveyed by the local business leaders was that in order to start, maintain, and retain a business - reputation and relationships are key. The day started with a presentation at Del Rio Country Club. Presentations regarding the background of the Country Club by both its General Manager (Duncan Reno) and the President of the Club (Evan Porges) were great.

We were then given a behind the scenes tour of Innov8, the location where all the “magic” happens under the leadership of Dan Costa. It was amazing to see how all the businesses interact with each other from the operations perspective but are standalone from a creative side. We had the pleasure of an informal conversation with Mr. Costa. He was very insightful, sharing what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur. He stated the being humble and hungry continue to be two of his key business mottos.

It was interesting to hear how the owners and partners of Churchkey saw that there was a need for something different in our area and decided to fill that void.

The group was invited to lunch by Mr. Bob Campana, owner of Redwood Café. He provided really interesting information on his business ventures and again emphasized how relationships are key to success in business. We then went on to visit Huff Construction. This discussion was very insightful regarding the pros and cons of doing business in California vs. other states. Gary Huff spoke to us about the importance of having a sense of urgency when doing business. He also stated that connectivity is paramount when conducting business. He stated, “It’s all about the people, it’s all about the people who work with you.” We were invited to a tour of locally family owned Crystal Creamery. We had the opportunity to see all the products that are produced. We finished off the day with a presentation at Churchkey. It was interesting to hear how the owners and partners of Churchkey saw that there was a need for something different in our area and decided to fill that void. It was a very full day in learning, visiting and first-hand expertise from successful local entrepreneurs. We all feel very fortunate to be able to have these opportunities to continue expanding our personal and business relationships through exposure to the Leadership Modesto program.


It was very interesting to hear of the generational transitions that are happening at the Country Club and how they are affecting its membership and activities. Neverboring Design provided us an inside look at advertising in our area and how it impacts local businesses. Owners David Boring and Julie Orona also gave us some insight on the evolution of the advertising business in the Modesto area.

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MidiCi The Neapolitan Pizza Company 3401 Dale Rd, Modesto, California 95356

Business After Hours:

Date: Thursday, February 28th, 2019 Time: 4:30 PM When: Thursday, February 28, 2019 Where: 3401 Dale Road, Suite 646, Modesto Time: 4:30 PM — 6:30 PM This new restaurant provides pizza lovers with authentic Neapolitan Pizza, honoring the tradition of Neapolitan Pizza-making – please join us as and take in the wonderful atmosphere they have created here. Bring your business cards to be entered in the drawing… and be prepared to network!

Location: 3401 Dale Road, Suite #646 Modesto in the Vintage Faire Mall MidiCi The Neapolitan Pizza Company located in the Vintage Faire Mall opened January 2019! MidiCi The Neapolitan Pizza Company will be available for dine-in, take-out and catering. This unique restaurant provides pizza lovers with authentic Neapolitan Pizza served in an upscale dining atmosphere while maintaining the ease and affordability of a casual restaurant concept. Honoring the tradition and the passion of the art of Neapolitan Pizzamaking, is apparent as soon as you walk in and smell the freshness of the ingredients and sense the Italian home away from home. For more information, please visit


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member Highlight Turner’s Outdoorsman Modesto, CA. Grand Opening Turner’s Outdoorsman, California’s leading Hunting, Shooting Sports and Fishing Tackle Retailer, announces its Grand Opening Sale of the new store in Modesto, located at 2225 Plaza Parkway, Suite M1. The store features an extensive selection of firearms, ammunition and shooting sports accessories including hunting equipment, as well as a vast selection of fishing tackle that is certain to fill the needs of the valleys hunters, shooters and anglers. The new Modesto Turner’s Outdoorsman Location will celebrate its official Grand Opening on Friday, February 1st with a massive sale! The retailer expects to have over 300 customers in attendance for its 8am opening.

Turner’s Outdoorsman is the largest privately-owned specialty sporting goods chain in California and has been in business since 1971.Turner’s now operates 23 stores throughout California from Modesto to San Diego in addition to their E-commerce store. Turner’s has locations across the central valley and plans to continue their expansion into Northern California in 2019.



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Clean Eating, Local Ingredients at Greens on Tenth By: Virginia Still The vision began with an organic family farm that was developed to generate excitement about local agriculture, education, a cooking school and event venue. Due to some roadblocks this has not come to total fruition as of yet, however, Ann Endsley has not given up on the idea. Some unexpected challenges caused Ensley to change directions which led to the creation of Greens Market and the success of that to the opening of Café at Greens on Tenth and a thriving catering business and event venue. “For zoning reasons we are agricultural and at the time there was not a lot of interest to help people with agricultural properties do things like that,” stated Endsley. “My goal is that people celebrate our local agriculture and really be able to participate and bring your kids down to the farm and see where their food is grown.” The specialty food market opened about 10 years ago and carried all kinds of produce from their organic farm as well as other farms including local honey, jams, cheeses, and meats that were not available at the major supermarkets in town. There was a case with freshly baked goods, hot lasagna, enchiladas, and tamales offered at the market for guests to grab and go. “These were all products that were being made right here in our own backyard but you had to drive to San Francisco


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or the Ferry Building or somewhere like that to find these products,” said Endsley. “I would go up there and I would literally see jams from Escalon in the Ferry Building in San Francisco and think this is 10 minutes from my house and I can’t buy it here. Let’s have the public be able to get those products, you know these are our neighbors and our friends and our families and we can’t even support their companies.” With the passion to celebrate local artisan products and the success at the market, Endsley outgrew the original location at the Royal Robbins building and opened the Café on Tenth Street. The café is only open for lunch and with the commercial kitchens they were able to grow their catering business which Endsley added is really their main business. “We purchased this building just because of the kitchen,” added Endsley about the Café at Greens on Tenth. “We never intended to open a restaurant or be in the restaurant business. We just kept responding to the customer’s needs. People started learning that Greens food was being made out of this building and they started asking “why can’t we just come in here and eat?” So we put tables down and opened our doors here about six or seven years ago.”

The menu changes on a regular basis dependent on the local ingredients that are available that support the clean, organic eating options that she wants to serve. Recently on the menu they had a variety of salads like the Chinese Chicken salad, Four Seasons salad, and Tossed Cobb salad.The bowls are a popular item on the menu like the Farro, Kale, Apples and Cheddar bowl, Roasted Cauliflower, Olive, Feta and Almond bowl, or the Mediterranean Chickpea, Farro, and Feta bowl, all of which can have protein added to them like chicken, beef, or salmon. “I have always been passionate about food but mostly what I am passionate about is that all of our food is clean,” expressed Endsley. “Everything is just made from real food and fresh. Every salad dressing, every sauce, is all made from scratch from olive oil, real lemon juice, real garlic, salt and pepper. That is what really I find interests me is creating really good food and some of it is very healthy. We have a ton of vegan clients that we cook for and a ton of gluten free clients. We have a gluten free kitchen upstairs.” The Green’s Famous Burger and Fries has been added back to the menu by popular demand and the Fiscalini Cheddar Grilled Cheese Panini was another delicious option that delights the taste buds for a hearty lunch. “The burgers are great,” stated Endsley. “People are kind of addicted to them. These bowls are really fun. They are really popular. They incorporate some grains and again they are healthy but there is feta, and cheddar and they are really hearty. They are like a meal in a bowl.”

“That (catering and events) is what we love to do, that is our passion,” explained Endsley. “That is really what our expertise is in, in creating really fun food and events. So basically what motivates me is creating jobs for people so I am always kind of on the forefront of our businesses expanding them to create more jobs.” The original idea of creating Agritourism in Modesto has not eluded Endsley. She still has hopes that this can happen but until then she will continue to grow organic produce on the farm and utilize those products for the catering business that she loves.


Three years ago they purchased the building next door that was renovated and where they created a large event venue and upstairs there are offices and meeting space that have evolved. The space upstairs can be rented for meetings or parties including bridal or baby showers. They will have a new location opening soon on McHenry. With the success of their event venue they are already booking for 2020.

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Celebrating 40 Years of Love, Hope and Compassion Community Hospice, a nonprofit hospice provider caring for those facing a serious/life-limiting illness, has reached a milestone of 40 years, becoming the oldest and largest nonprofit hospice provider in the Central Valley. From its small, 1979 beginnings in a church basement in Modesto, CA, Community Hospice has grown to meet the needs of our surrounding communities providing support and services in multiple counties, including; Stanislaus, San Joaquin, Merced, Calaveras, Mariposa, Tuolumne, and parts of Contra Costa, Sacramento, Alameda and Santa Clara. What began as a dream and desire to celebrate and enhance the lives of friends and neighbors facing a life-limiting illness, became a reality and has continued to grow to meet the ever-changing needs of our communities. Over the course of 40 years, Community Hospice has offered end-of-life hospice care, and has developed additional programs, including; palliative care for those facing a serious illness (not hospice), pediatric care programs, grief support services to anyone in the community that has experienced a loss, children’s school-based grief support, Camp Erin® of the Central Valley and community crisis response. The organization also has the Alexander Cohen Hospice House, a 16 private patient room inpatient hospice facility, a robust education program, Durable Medical Equipment Division, seven Hope Chest Thrift Stores and a Logistics Processing Center. Today, Community Hospice cares for over 3,000 community residents each year through various programs. “As we celebrate our 40 year anniversary, we are filled with gratitude for all those that have been a part of our organization,” said C. DeSha McLeod, President/CEO Community Hospice. “Our organization has grown tremendously throughout the years and we are excited for the future and are honored to care for our community members in their time of need.”


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What began as an all-volunteer organization has evolved to nearly 300 employees and over 550 volunteers that work together to support the mission of the organization. “Community Hospice is fortunate to have compassionate and dedicated staff members and volunteers that are committed to enhancing quality of life for our friends and neighbors,” said McLeod. “It is because of them, our donors and many others we are able to fulfill our mission of providing compassionate and quality care, education and support, regardless of ability to pay.” Community Hospice looks forward to providing the same compassionate and quality care and support they have provided throughout the years and will continue to expand their programs as the community demands. McLeod said, “Community Hospice has the same dream and desire today our founders had, to celebrate and enhance the lives of our friends and neighbors as they face life changing challenges. As we look towards the next 40 years, we promise to continue to meet the evolving needs of our community with love, hope and compassion, just as we have the past 40 years.” To learn more about Community Hospice programs and services or to learn how you can get involved, visit or call 209.578.6300.

Community Hospice Mission: To provide compassionate and quality care, education and support to terminally ill patients and their families, regardless of ability to pay.



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Tips and Tools for Improving Small Business Processes and Profits

By: Lucy Reed

Are you looking for ways to enhance your small business, but aren’t sure where to start? Finding methods for improving your processes and profits can be a tough challenge. Here is important information to help you make decisions that will positively impact your venture’s bottom line. Tools for your trade. Are you looking for ways to increase efficiency? Thanks to the internet, you have an abundance of options right at your fingertips. Examine your business for time-consuming processes or repetitive actions which could be managed with an app or online platform. For example, if you’re still manually tracking inventory or relying on phone calls and emails to connect with suppliers, a system for purchase orders could improve your efficiency. There are software platforms available, such as Square for Retail, that can help make this process more seamless. Another suggestion is to clean up your inbox and calendar by taking advantage of online tools for meetings and communications. Instead of hiring office help or a human resources team—or worse, managing those details yourself—consider outsourcing your assistance. Vetted freelancers are available through hiring hubs, cutting both overhead and obligations in one convenient snip. Better customer satisfaction. Online engagement is a top priority in our electronic age. The Balance Small Business points out your online reputation can help you stand out from the crowd. Create a website if you don’t already have one, and monitor website traffic to see who is and isn’t biting, and why. Make it a point to be active on social media to make strategic alliances and connect with clients. Encourage repeat customers by inviting your clients to join your email list and sending them coupon codes and discounts. Stay visible and remind your audience you are an expert in your field by sending relevant newsletters and blog posts. If your business performs cash sales, Chron suggests developing a database of your cash customers. You can keep a log handy at your register and request email addresses at the time of checkout. In whatever methods you employ, keep lines of communication open and be responsive to your customers,


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taking their positive and negative suggestions seriously and letting them know you’re listening. Happy customers mean repeat business and more word-of-mouth advertising—it’s a no-lose! Cut down expenses. Simple math tells us that lowering expenses can mean increasing profits, and while that sounds easy on the surface, it can be complex in reality. One area you might not automatically think about is marketing expenses. Contemplate your current methods of advertising and look for what you can cut. If you have an established business, chances are you know what is working and what isn’t. For example, if you’re receiving good responses from your social media posts, but newspaper ads are falling flat, you need to evaluate whether you should invest in the newspapers anymore. Many of the best outreach tools are free these days, so it makes sense to take advantage of them. Another idea is to connect with your suppliers to negotiate costs. If your business has grown substantially and you are purchasing in a greater bulk than before, or if you haven’t discussed terms in a long time, your fidelity and increase in purchases might warrant a discount. Reward your employees. An important key to improving efficiency is employee retention. By lowering turnover, you cut training costs, and in the long run you can build a team which makes the most of each member’s talents and helps them to grow. Encourage them to provide input into your operations while you stay flexible in meeting their needs. Your employees are often your front line, interacting directly with existing and potential customers, so they also are vital to your company image and reputation, as well as to your company’s growth and efficiency. You’re passionate about your business, and you want to see it be successful in all respects. Use tools at your disposal, cut unnecessary expenses, and keep employees and customers happy. In the grand scheme of things, your strategies for success can boil down to these simple concepts.


to this MONTH'S milestone memberships

50 + years

Yosemite Self Storage Brighter Side Classic Wine Vinegar Company, Inc. A Step Above Flooring, Inc.

Jensen & Jensen Attorneys

Express Employment Professionals


GreenWorks Commercial Janitorial Services, Inc.

Briggsmore Center

25 years +

Patricia A. Gillum, CPA Green Rubber-Kennedy Ag. Metrolist Services, Inc.

Yosemite Community College District

10 + years

MS West Enterprises DBA Certified Collision Center

Employment Development Department

Step Aside Pest Management, Inc.

Sylvan Union School District

Best Western Townhouse Lodge

SpringHill Suites by Marriott


Mo-Cal Office Solutions

Anthem BlueCross, CareMore Health

Papapavlo's Mediterranean Bistro

Satake USA Inc.

Intrinsic Elements

PicBox Photo Booth Company

MJC Technical Education

Society for Disabilities

Trophy Works, Inc.

Mid Valley Health Services

State Farm Insurance

Motel 6 Modesto

Modesto Gospel Mission

Brunn & Flynn

Law Office of Thomas P. Hogan

Warden's Office Furniture Outlet

Modesto Confidential & Management Association

Kemper CPA Group, LLP Central Catholic High School

Britton Konynenburg Partners JH Lawder, Inc. Structural Engineers

Smileworld Dental Modesto Kidz Dental

Datapath Compassionate Friends

1st Choice Legal Assistance

15 + years

Stanislaus Council of Governments (StanCOG)

Buffalo Wild Wings

Direct Appliance

McCormick, Barstow LLP

Latino Community Roundtable

7/11 Materials, Inc.

Buoyancy Charitable Community, Inc.

Aflac - Downtown Modesto

Homewood Village Mobilehome Community

Fresno Community Development Financial Institution

MaryAnns Aromatherapy And Wellness

Mocse Credit Union

The Seasons at McHenry Event Center

Lodi Association of Realtors, Inc.

Academy Mortgage Corporation Roofline Supply

Advanced IPM

Welcome NEW MEMBERS ■ Farmers Insurance - Aleen Ortiz 3300 Tully Rd., Ste. B-3, Modesto (209) 543-8000

■ Opera Modesto 1214 11th Street, Modesto (209) 523-6426

■ Inderjit S. Toor Construction, Inc. 2309 Tenaya Dr., Ste. A, Modesto (209) 538-4040

■ Wells Fargo Home Mortgage 1700 Standiford Ave., Ste. A, Modesto (209) 574-2640

February 2019


Sexual Harassment Prevention UPDATES!

The laws in California have once again been changedspecific to sexual harassment prevention training in the workplace. The following chart helps to provide clarity and understanding around who must be trained and how often. The Modesto Chamber of Commerce in partnership with AgSafe are offering compliant inperson, English and Spanish training for all audiences noted below.

Employer With 5 or More Employees

Upcoming Trainings

(Regular, seasonal, full-time & part-time)

NonSupervisory Employees



1-hour training for all current employees by January 1,2020


1-hour training forall newly hired employees


Retrain employees every 2years after initial training


2-hour training for all current supervisors by January 1,2020


2-hour training forall newly hired supervisors


2-hour training for promoted employees to supervisor within6 months of promotion

Trainings held at Modesto Chamber of Commerce

¥February 19, 2019 8:00am – 9:00am Spanish 9:30am –10:30am English ¥March 11, 2019 8:00am – 9:00am Spanish 9:30am –10:30am English ¥March 26, 2019 8:00am – 9:00am Spanish 9:30am –10:30am English Class Cost: $25 per person or 5 for $100 ¥February 19, 2019 1:00pm – 3:00pm English ¥March 11, 2019 1:00pm – 3:00pm Spanish ¥March 26, 2019 1:00pm – 3:00pm English Class Cost: $55 per person

Retrain supervisors every 2years To register, please visit the Modesto Chamber Event Calendar at ¥

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president’s club Circle Of Influence Platinum level E & J Gallo Winery Kaiser Permanente Walmart Walmart Neighborhood Market

Diamond Level Bank of the West (Dale Road) Bank of the West (H Street) Bank of the West (McHenry) Bank of the West (Pelandale) Beard Land and Investment Co. Capax-Giddings, Corby, Hynes, Inc. Doctors Behavioral Health Center-DMC Doctors Medical Center-DMC Frito-Lay Co., Inc. Pacific Southwest Container, Inc. Physician Referral Service-DMC

Gold Level 5.11, Inc. Crystal Creamery Doubletree by Hilton Modesto EMOE, Division of Parker Hannifin Corp. Fiscalini Cheese Company HealthSouth Rehabilitation of Modesto IHeart Media Modesto Irrigation District Modesto Nuts Professional Baseball Sutter Health Memorial Medical Center Sysco Central California Inc. Taco Bell (9th) Taco Bell (Kansas) Taco Bell (Oakdale) Taco Bell (Pelandale) Taco Bell (Plaza) Taco Bell (Sisk) Taco Bell (Sisk) Taco Bell (Sisk) Main Taco Bell (Standiford)

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Silver Level American Chevrolet American Medical Response Aramark Uniform Services Atherton & Associates, LLP Audi Modesto Bank of Stockton - Dale Road Bank of Stockton - Modesto Main Branch Brightwood College BURGERIM California State University, Stanislaus Care One Home Health and Hospice, Inc. Central Sanitary Supply Co. Central Valley Automotive Central Valley Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge Central Valley Nissan Central Valley Specialty Hospital Central Valley Volkswagen Hyundai Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino Clark Pest Control COIT Services Inc. Collins Electrical Comcast Damrell, Nelson, Schrimp, Pallios, Pacher & Silva Del Monte Plant #1 Delta Sierra Beverage English Oaks Nursing & Rehabilitation Hospital F&M Bank (Carpenter Road) F&M Bank (Dale Road) F&M Bank (McHenry) Final Cut Media Flooring Liquidators, Inc. Flowers Baking Co. of Modesto, LLC Food Maxx Galletto Ristorante

Gianelli Nielsen Gilton Solid Waste Mgmt, Inc. Golden Valley Health Centers Grimbleby Coleman CPAs, Inc. Grover Landscape Services, Inc. Infiniti of Modesto International Paper Co. JS West & Companies Lewis Capital Advisors Maxx Value Foods Mercer Foods Mocse Credit Union Modesto Toyota O'Brien's Market Oak Valley Community Bank Pacific Gas & Electric Co. Panelized Structures Inc. Pepsi Bottling Group PMZ Real Estate Prime Shine Car Wash Residence Inn by Marriott Modesto North Rizo-Lopez Foods, Inc. Rogers Jewelry Rogers Jewelry Co. Round Table Pizza #1033 Round Table Pizza #1034 Round Table Pizza #186 Round Table Pizza #701 Round Table Pizza, Corporate San Joaquin Valley College Save Mart Supermarkets Save Mart Supermarkets - Corp Office Seven-Up Bottling Co. of Modesto/Varni Brothers Corporation Smile Shine Family Dental Solecon Industrial Contractors Solid Networks, Inc. Stanislaus Food Products Co. Stanislaus Surgical Hospital

Storer Coachways Sutter Gould Medical Foundation The Eberhardt School of Business The Modesto Bee TSM Insurance & Financial Services Turlock Irrigation District Union Bank US Bank US Bank (Modesto Main) US Bank Turlock Valley BMW Valley Children's Healthcare Valley First Credit Union Valley First Credit Union (Dale Branch) Valley First Credit Union Administrative Offices Valley Lexus Vintage Faire Mall/Macerich Company W.H. Breshears, Inc. Warden's Office Furniture Outlet Warden's Office Products Center Wells Fargo Bank Winton-Ireland, Strom & Green Insurance Agency Yosemite Meat Co., Inc.

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