Progress Magazine May 2022

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Modesto Chamber oF COMMERCE

VOL. 43 | ISSUE 05 | MAY 2022


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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.

may 2022 | CONTENTS

Executive Committee Chairman

Michael Gaffney, PG&E

Past Chairman

Steve Rank, Rank Investigations and Protection, Inc.

Vice Chair, External Operations Michael Moradian Jr. Peace of Mind Pest Control

Vice Chair, Internal Operations, Treasurer

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Patricia Gillum Pat Gillum CPA

Chairperson Elect

Kirstie Boyett Zacharias, Executive Director at American Leadership Forum- Great Valley Chapter


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Garrett Ardis- Huff Construction Company Inc. Dennis Bettencourt- Blue Diamond Growers Brad Blakeley, Edward Jones Investments Josh Cheney - F&M Bank David Halvorson Jr.- American Chevrolet Debra Hendricks - Debra Hendricks Consulting Warren Kirk, Doctors Medical Center Rachell Le Viege - Lift-A-Hand Home Care Agency Eric Mangal, Grimbleby Coleman CPAS Inc. Brian McDermott - HMC3 Kymber Miller- Sysco Central California Inc. Peggy O'Donnell, Mid-Valley Productions Jason Pineda, Freshpoint Inc. Bill Robinson, Principal Financial Group Kari Santos - I.J. Larsen Pumps DeJeune Shelton- Modesto Junior College Madhu Singh, Bank of Stockton John Villines- Modesto Gospel Mission

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Administrative Assistant, Hope Gyorfi Sustainability Coordinator, Jolene Camarena Events Coordinator, Felicia Lopez Membership Coordinator, Sabrinna Gonzales-Fewell Staff Accountant, Jaime Lastra



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A Message From The President & CEO As The Case May Be By Trish Christensen


his month’s theme of Progress Magazine is Public Service and Environmental Sustainability. There are two topic points that have a great deal of energy focused on them in our community. They carry over into our programing as well. Our current Leadership Modesto class had its public service day tour a few weeks ago and they all loved the experiences they had! This included independently scheduled ride a longs with either Modesto Police or Sheriffs officers, which is a very unique experience. They were also exposed to the various teams, gear, and training our law enforcement officers have in place. There is a great summary to be found further in this edition by the class scribe for the month.


The City of Modesto’s, Forward Together Committee, something I am a member of, has spent countless hours in various sub-committee and full committee meetings. We have learned a great deal about the ins and outs of our police departments policies and regulations. We had opportunities to briefly experience what it feels like to wear the uniform in live and video simulations. We have heard about the various calls they receive and respond to, and have had great conversations around various ways, teams, and services that could be incorporated, or enhanced to aid in proper response to those calls.


As far as the environmental and sustainability topic, our community has a lot taking place on that front as well. From water and air, to recycling and conserving. Our Stanislaus Green Team has had some incredible speakers share impactful information with us the last few months. Recordings on the various topics can be found on our website.

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Our California Green Business Network, Stanislaus (CAGBNStan) has been very busy supporting businesses throughout the county in their efforts to complete their industry specific checklists. We support the participating business along the way and then come in to verify their reporting. We are amazed to witness how focused, passionate, and dedicated these businesses are when it comes to caring for our natural resources. Each time a business gets approved and earns the CAGBN green certification, we celebrate it with a green ribbon cutting. We recently celebrated Crystal Creamery, Valley Milk, and the Farmacy. The program is a free service open to all businesses within the county, big or small, regardless of industry. Chamber membership not required. We are excited to share that we are in the process of planning our first sustainability symposium! We will have some incredibly informative speakers. We will introduce all those whom we have certified to date. You will also have an opportunity to meet a mix of business and service providers in the vendor zone. Watch for information to come as we solidify the plan. Please contact me or the team anytime. We love hearing from our members, partners, and supporters. Thank you for reading and stay well.

With warm regards, Trish

Each member of the Chamber is important, no matter the size of business. We desire for local businesses and organizations to succeed and thrive. To reach this goal we provide exposure, opportunities to engage with Regional Electeds and community partners, as well as networking with businesses and organizations across industries. We work to better our community by providing up-to-date education and training, certifying qualifying businesses as Green, and providing advocacy on City, State, and Federal levels. The Chamber is a family of dedicated professionals striving to make a difference in their business and way of life. Whatever your business needs are, we invite you to join us.

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.” C - Community At its heart, the Modesto Chamber is a community of like-minded 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. With over 100 years of history and experience in the Greater Modesto Area, we understand what it means to be a business owner and customer in our community, with featured events such as local and regional forums, Ag Aware, Harvest Luncheon, and Family Day. Chamber members get the opportunity to actively engage in and influence the community they live and work in. A - Advocacy The Modesto Chamber supports local businesses and is an active advocate for the common interest of its members. The Chamber has an Economic Development Committee and a Government Relations Council. These advocacy committees are dedicated and proactive in representing our members and community. They work to address business initiatives and relieve the regulatory burdens businesses face may face. The Chamber is also honored to certify local businesses and organizations through our California Green Business Network Stanislaus Program. Through this we create more conscientious and sustainable ways of life while lowering the cost of doing business for our community and future generations. R - Relationships The Modesto Chamber of Commerce specializes in building relationships and serving as the nexus to businesses, nonprofit organizations, and governmental agencies. With over a dozen Committees, Programs, and Events in which our members can participate, the Chamber offers ample opportunity to meet and connect with other business owners in our community. As a relational organization, the Chamber works with its members to ensure the opportunity to connect and grow in every niche and industry to help build and cultivate long-lasting relationships among business owners and community partners alike. E - Education The Modesto Chamber of Commerce values education and offers members the opportunity to stay on the leading edge with new and emerging information and training that will set your business apart from the rest. In partnership with Modesto Junior College, the Chamber is pleased to offer an assortment of trainings applicable to any business or industry for credited completion through our Chamber University platform. Our Chamber also works with members to provide a platform to speak to their own industry expertise and invite other members to learn from those leading our local industries. S - Service The Modesto Chamber of Commerce offers its members a wide range of opportunities to promote and engage their business across industry and community lines. The Chamber Weekly E-Blast, Website, and our Progress Magazine provide opportunities to advertise and promote your business, keep up to date with articles about local businesses in our community, and stay in the loop about up-and-coming Chamber and community events. Our Chamber also offers indemand materials, such as Member contact list, Federal and State compliance posters, export document services, and so much more. Chamber members can also personalize their business profile within our website and have access to our Member-Only Information Center, where members can connect with other members, boost their social media presence, promote job postings, public events, and member-to-member discounts.








june Economic Development Committee - TBD Mike Butler Senior Account Executive with BIRD Jarrett Hollis VP of Projects with Aemetis *Register on website, in person & Zoom 11:30 A.M. Rising Professionals 8:00AM-9:00AM Papapolloni Mediterranean Bistro 2501 McHenry Ave, Modesto, CA 95350 Rise and Shine with CEO’s *In Person, Register on website Tech Connect Guest Presenter: CEO/ Software Engineer Taylor LaMar Topic: "Breaking Barriers in Software" *In person & Zoom 12:00 P.M. Register on website Member’s Mix & Mingle The Park at Modesto Independent Living Community 2832 Healthcare Way, Modesto 5:30PM-7:00PM


Women in Business 8:00 AM-9:00 AM Coffee Connect Nine3One 931 10th St, Modesto, CA 95354 *In Person, Register on website


Stanislaus Green Team Valerie Thorsen, San Joaquin Valley Program Manager CALSTART *In person & Zoom 12:00 P.M. Register on website


Ambassador & Welcome Team Meeting *In person & Zoom 8:00 A.M


Government Relations Council Joe Lopez, Modesto City Manager Topic: Modesto City Finances & the Future *In person & Zoom 11:30 A.M. Register on website

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Economic Development Committee - TBD *Register on website, in person & Zoom 11:30 A.M.


Rising Professionals Lunch and Learn: 12:00pm – 1:00pm *Register on website, in person


Tech Connect *In person & Zoom 2:00 P.M. Register on website


Members Mix & Mingle /Green Ribbon Cutting New Bridge Management 843 E Main St, Turlock, CA 95380 Ribbon Ceremony: 4:00 PM Mixer: 5:00PM-7:00PM


Stanislaus Green Team Meeting JD Gessin, CEO Operations West Coast Biofuel *In person & Zoom 12:00 P.M. Register on website


Ambassador & Welcome Team Meeting *In person & Zoom 8:00 A.M


Government Relations Council Daniel Iniguez Regional Director American Medical Response Topic: AMR Update * In person & Zoom 11:30 A.M. Register on website


Women in Business Lunch and Learn Guest Speaker Karla Gregg – Personal Coach and Master NLP Practitioner 12:00pm – 1:00pm *Register on website, in person

*See website for more detail. Find Zoom Registry links and more at Please note that calendar events and details are subject to change.

AnNOUNCEMENT Shanae Kerr Appointed to BAC Community Bank Executive Team Shanae Kerr has been appointed to the executive team of locally-owned BAC Community Bank as Executive Vice President, Chief Risk Officer. “Over the past 20 years, Shanae has been instrumental in advancing the Bank’s reputation of safety and stability. She is relied upon by the Board’s Audit Committee to ensure that regulatory compliance and risk mitigation are effectively managed,” said Dana Bockstahler, Chief Executive Officer. “The promotion is well deserved and we are excited she is joining the executive team.” Shanae started her banking career as a credit analyst after receiving her Bachelor’s degree from California State University Hayward with a focus on Finance and Economics. Over the years, she has enhanced her skills and abilities through various forms of continued education and on-the-job experience. Most recently she earned a graduate certificate from the Pacific Coast Banking School.

BAC Community Bank, first headquartered in Brentwood, operates 10 branch offices throughout San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and eastern Contra Costa counties and is identified as “one of the strongest financial institutions in the nation” by BauerFinancial, Inc. The bank is now centrally headquartered in Stockton, California and is continuously recognized for banking excellence through local awards and banking industry accolades.

Shanae Kerr

BAC Community Bank is an Equal Housing Lender and Equal Opportunity Employer. Member FDIC. More information available online at www.

AnNOUNCEMENT Get Involved in Modesto’s General Plan Update & Advocate for Environmental Justice in Modesto’s Disadvantaged Neighborhoods By Katie Moose / California Health Collaborative

They only do big comprehensive updates like this once every 10 to 20 years, so this really is an incredible opportunity. In 2016, California passed a law, SB 1000, or the Planning for Healthy Communities Act. This law requires that the city develop and adopt an Environmental Justice Element into the General Plan. SB 1000 requires local jurisdictions with “Disadvantaged Communities” (Modesto has several) to engage those communities in developing localized solutions to address their specific needs in eight main areas: • Reduce Pollution Exposure and Improve Air Quality in Disadvantaged Communities (DAC’s) • Ensure equitable access to Public Facilities in DAC’s • Ensure access to Healthy Food choices in DAC’s • Ensure Safe & Sanitary Homes in DAC’s • Promote Physical Activity in DAC’s • Promote Civic Engagement among members of DAC’s

What You Can Do • Sign Up for the City’s General Plan Update Email List: https://gp2050. • Complete city surveys. • English • Spanish • Complete the Online Engagement Page: https://gp2050.modestogov. com/tell-us-what-you-think/ • Join the Stanislaus Sustainable Communities Coalition, which has an active General Plan subcommittee workgroup. We meet via zoom on the first Friday of each month at 3:30. Please email Alec to get on the list serve: Invite Katie Moose from California Health Collaborative to come present to your other groups or coalitions about the Modesto General Plan update, the importance of SB 1000, and how they can get involved to ensure a just and equitable vision for Modesto 2050. Email her at: The city has a website dedicated to the update at https://gp2050.


The City of Modesto is launching a comprehensive update for their General Plan, called “Modesto 2050.” The General Plan serves as a guide and vision for the city and all city policies must follow the General Plan under state law.

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AnNOUNCEMENT New Leadership at Kaiser Permanente Central Valley Aphriekah DuHaney-West, MSN, MBA, has been named Senior Vice President and Area Manager of the Kaiser Permanente Central Valley Service Area. DuHaney-West will have oversight of and is responsible for hospital operations and the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan for the area that include facilities in Stockton, Modesto, Manteca, Lathrop and Tracy.

in quality, safety, physician recruitment and retention, and community health.

“I am honored to join the amazing professionals that make Kaiser Permanente Central Valley such a special place for our employees, patients and members,” DuHaney-West said. “I look forward to leading our team and continuing to build upon our mission of delivering high quality, affordable care to the community.”

She also established new services, including the credentialling of Ochsner Academic Medical Center as Louisiana’s only Level II pediatric trauma center and Level I adult trauma center.

DuHaney-West joins Kaiser Permanente from Ochsner Health, where since 2020 she served as CEO and COO at the Ochsner Academic Medical Center in Shreveport, LA. She led numerous initiatives to drive improvements

While at Ochsner Health, DuHaney-West oversaw efforts to expand the Intensive Care Unit capacity for COVID-19 patients and implemented systemwide practices to increase patient safety.

Prior to Ochsner Health, DuHaney-West held leadership roles with LifePoint Health in Arizona and Louisiana. She holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a master’s degree in nursing science and business administration. She is certified in healthcare management as a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

AnNOUNCEMENT United Way Announces New President & CEO Keristofer Seryani has been named President & CEO of United Way of Stanislaus County.


Seryani joins the United Way of Stanislaus County after spending decades in finance, strategy and business development in the energy industry. A refugee, Seryani came to the US from Iran in 1988. Seryani holds a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Whittier College in Southern California and his M.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University in Washington DC.


He brings a strong business management background and a core understanding of the organization’s mission and vision. In considering his role in this critical time for the organization, he offered the following thoughts: “The United Way is an organization with a long history of

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improving the lives of Stanislaus County residents. I am thrilled to take on this new role and look forward to working with the Board of Directors, staff and the community and leaving a long-lasting impact on our county.” “I am very excited to welcome Keristofer Seryani to United Way.” said Michelle Tetreault, Board Chair. “He is a strong leader and comes to us with a strong background in community engagement and outreach. He is the right person to grow United Way and bring us into a very bright future.” Seryani is active in Stanislaus County, he is a member of Turlock Sunrise Rotary, Vice Chair of the Turlock Parks, Arts and Recreation Commission and board member of The Lightbox Theatre Company. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling and the arts.

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MoBand Announces 2022 Concert Season The Modesto Band of Stanislaus County (MoBand) starts its summer concert season June 9 at Mancini Bowl in Modesto’s Graceada Park. The band’s opening concert will feature rock-and-roll music to kick off Modesto’s Graffiti Celebration. The music of Roy Orbison, The Everly Brothers, and The Beach Boys will highlight the program. The concert starts at 8 p.m.The six-concert season runs through July 14 on consecutive Thursdays. All concerts are free and start at 8 p.m. Audience members are encouraged to arrive early for good seats in the bleachers and the lawn area. This season’s theme is “Hot, Hot, Hot!” and this year’s selection of music will have something for everyone including patriotic music, light classics, movie themes, rockand-roll classics, and hot Latin selections. Also returning this season is the “Night at the Bowl” fundraiser set for June 21. The evening features the tastes of local restaurants and wines along with the music of Neil Buettner and the band, Third Party. Tickets are $50 per person. “The 7th Concert” on July 21 is another fundraiser that supports the stability and well-being of MoBand and its programs. Donations are accepted during this concert which features the band, Triple D.

Affectionately known as MoBand, the Modesto Band of Stanislaus County is one of the oldest community bands in the United States. It is also one of the largest, with an average membership of 130 performers. Membership is open to all area musicians who have graduated from the 8th grade. There are no auditions. Musicians are encouraged to attend and have a good time. All high school, college and adult musicians are welcome.

Rehearsals are held each Monday and Wednesday night from 6:30 to 9 p.m. beginning June 6. A special welcome back rehearsal will be held June 1 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Rehearsals take place at Mancini Hall, 718 Tuolumne Blvd. in Modesto.


The second concert will feature the music of Carlos Santana, and other Latin favorites. The third concert will feature classic Country favorites as well as pop music hits. The band’s fourth concert will salute the Fourth of July in patriotic fashion. MoBand’s fifth concert brings together selections from the American songbook. The last concert will highlight music from the season in a “hot summer hits” finale.


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Concerts start June 9 at Modesto’s Graceada Park For more information about MoBand and tickets to Night at the Bowl, visit

CAGBN-S is a program of the Modesto Chamber of Commerce with the goal of leading our County in the direction of Sustainability.




Future Benefits

We have a checklist available for all sectors of business types and sizes. We can certify any business from an at home office to a large manufacturing facility. Once you register your business, you will be provided a checklist according to your sector category. Simply fill out the checklist online and submit it, From there our Coordinator will go over it with you in person.

Marketing Benefits Business name in the Statewide green Business website Green Ribbon cutting Ceremony Chamber recognition in magazine, social media, eblasts and more

OUR GOAL We are focused on spreading the word of this program to the business community in an effort to build enhanced community partnerships and developing awareness of the program. CAGBN-S is FREE to businesses, Chamber member or not. Once you register on the platform, we walk with you down the path of becoming green certified.

JOIN THE GREEN BUSINESS COMMUNITY The California Green Business Network leads the state and nation in working with small to medium sized businesses to create a vibrant green economy. Led by a coalition of cities and counties, we contribute by helping to make our communities healthier and more livable while also conserving resources and saving money, right here in Stanislaus County.


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Karla Gregg: Certified NLP Master Practitioner Karla Gregg is a personal growth coach and brand story consultant who helps visionary women rewrite their story, speak their truth and find their truest self. As a certified NLP Master Practitioner, Karla uses Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) & Mental Emotional Release® (MER) to help her clients let go of what isn’t serving them on a subconscious level. NLP is the study of excellent communication both with yourself and with others. It is a guide for your conscious and subconscious mind. MER, is a therapy technique in NLP, that helps you identify and release your limiting beliefs, negative emotions and fears that hold you back, and replace them with empowering beliefs and positive thoughts that support your life vision on a conscious level. Through that, she is able to help women take control of their narrative by replacing those disempowering beliefs and behaviors, with empowering beliefs and positive behaviors that support their life vision on a conscious level.

TO OUR NEW MEMBERS! TWFG Ingrid Walker Insurance - Alma Gonzalez (209) 918-0677 1050 N Carpenter Rd Suite A2 Modesto, CA The Pact (209) 403-9252 2365 Iron Point Rd, Ste 190 Folsom, CA

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Karla offers her 1:1 private coaching program, where she takes her clients on a 3-month journey where she uses her framework of : self-awareness, self-discovery and storytelling to help her clients reach their fullest potential by taking control of their life narrative so they can step into their fullest potential. If you are ready to feel at peace with your life decisions, feel at ease with who you are, gain the clarity, confidence and courage to overcome the fear and self-doubt that is holding your back in your personal and professional life, Karla will guide you into becoming the empowered leader that is within you. Please find more information at https://karlagregg. com/ or email at may 2022


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Congratulations to this MONTH'S milestone memberships

40 + years

10 + years

Veterinary Service, Inc. Culligan Water Conditioning Gordin & Associates, Inc. Goss & Goss

Comcast Fisher Nut Company Old Republic Title Co. Sushi Garden Innova Seeds Co. Oliveira Wealth, External Resources, Inc. NAI Benchmark Brewer Family Dentistry Velvet Grill & Creamery JKB Energy Inc. Greens on Tenth Modesto View White Crane Ranch, Inc.

30 + years Modesto Jet Center Adecco Employment Services Bethel Retirement Community Ciccarelli Jewelers Frito-Lay Co., Inc.


20 + years


Abe's Discount Plumbing & Electrical Supplies Del Rio Country Club Mitchell's Modesto HarleyDavidson Stanislaus County Fair Carpetland V & R Business Services Inc. Osborne & Associates, Inc. American Storage Advanced Interior Restoration Services Burnside Body Shop

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5 + years Flowers Baking Co. of Modesto, LLC J's R Us Event Planning Renee's Day Spa & Salon Modesto Graffiti USA Valley Mountain Regional Center Princeton Event Center Novo Technologies

1 + years Mary Ann Sanders John Sanders Modesto Cannabis Collective ServiceMaster Restore Wesson Hearing Aid Center J&L Career Consultants University of the Pacific, Career Services Sarina Schieferstein Photography

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Gilton Solid Waste Mgmt, Inc.

E & J Gallo Winery

Alpine Protective Solutions

Golden Valley Health Centers

Kaiser Permanente

American Chevrolet

Grover Landscape Services, Inc.

American Medical Response

Infiniti of Modesto


Atherton & Associates, LLP

International Paper Co.

Beard Land and Investment Co.

Audi Modesto

JS West & Companies

Sutter Gould Medical Foundation

Capax-Giddings, Corby, Hynes, Inc., a HUB

Bank of Stockton - Dale Road

Maxx Value Foods

The Century

International Company

California State University, Stanislaus

Mister Car Wash

Doctors Behavioral Health Center-DMC

Care One Home Health and Hospice, Inc.

Mocse Credit Union

Doctors Medical Center-DMC

Central Valley Automotive

Modesto Toyota

Frito-Lay Co., Inc.

Central Valley Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge


The Parks Group

Pacific Southwest Container, Inc.

Central Valley Nissan

NT Nail Spa

TSM Insurance & Financial Services

Physician Referral Service-DMC

Central Valley Volkswagen Hyundai

O'Brien's Market

Stockton Heat

Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino

Oak Valley Community Bank


Clark Pest Control

Opportunity Stanislaus

COIT Services Inc.

Pacific Gas & Electric Co.

US Bank


Collins Electrical

Panelized Structures Inc.

Valley BMW

Blue Diamond Growers


Pepsi Bottling Group

Crystal Creamery

Del Monte Plant #1

PMZ Real Estate

Doubletree by Hilton Modesto

English Oaks Nursing & Rehabilitation

Residence Inn by Marriott Modesto North

EMOE, Division of Parker Hannifin Corp.


Rizo-Lopez Foods, Inc.

Valley Lexus

Fiscalini Cheese Company

Exceed GPR & Locating, LLC

Rose Bouquet

Vintage Faire Mall/Macerich Company

IHeart Media

F&M Bank

San Joaquin Valley College

Modesto Irrigation District

Flowers Baking Co. of Modesto, LLC

Save Mart Supermarkets

Modesto Nuts Professional Baseball

Food Maxx

Seven-Up Bottling Co. of Modesto/Varni

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Brothers Corporation

Sysco Central California Inc.

Gianelli Nielsen

Solecon Industrial Contractors

Stanislaus Food Products Co. Stanislaus Surgical Hospital Stifel Investment Services Storer Coachways

The Farmacy The Modesto Bee

Turlock Irrigation District Union Bank

Valley Children's Healthcare Valley First Credit Union

Warden's Office Products Center Wells Fargo Bank Winton-Ireland, Strom & Green Insurance Agency


Yosemite Foods Inc.

Contact the chamber to learn more about our president's club level benefits

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California Green Business Network -Stanislaus, a program of the Modesto Chamber of Commerce, was proud to celebrate our Chamber members with their Green Ribbon Cutting!


To find out how your business can be Green certified go to

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American Chevrolet Ameriprise Financial Assemblyman Heath Flora Bay Valley Tech Blue Diamond Growers California State University, Stanislaus Central Valley Community Bank Ceres Pipe & Metal Covenant Village of Turlock Gallagher Gatewood, a professional accountancy corporation Gallo Center for the Arts Grimbleby Coleman CPAs, Inc. Lakewood Memorial Park/Funeral Home Inc. Lewis Capital Advisors Mid Valley Promotions Parents by Choice Rank Investigation and Protection, Inc. Sierra Vista Child & Family Services Stockton Heat Sylvan Learning Center Valley Builders Exchange


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Lending in Your Community At Oak Valley Community Bank we’re committed to supporting the borrowing needs of the communities we serve. Here are a few examples of projects we’ve recently financed for clients.

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Inflation and the Economy By: Peter Fong, District Director Central CA / In this study by SCORE, we asked a large sample of small business owners how they felt about the current economy and inflation, how turbulent economic factors have affected their profitability, and what they have done to protect their businesses in response. Part 1: The Economy, Inflation and Pricing – explores current business owner sentiment about the economy, inflation and pricing. Part 2: Business Impact and Resolve – asked small business owners how they’re managing profits, sales and expenses in the current economy, and their response to business challenges to stay profitable. Key research findings include: Part 1: The Economy, Inflation and Pricing


• Getting customers remains the top challenge for small business owners but cash flow, inflation and supply chain disruptions are growing concerns.


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• Most business owners are worried about inflation. 30.5% list inflation as a top concern and another 62.5% are generally concerned as they keep an eye on rising prices. • Due to continued economic uncertainty, three out of four business owners (76.4%) report feeling ambivalent about the economy – either somewhat positive, somewhat negative or neutral. SCORE is a 501(c)3 nonprofit and resources partner for the SBA since 1964, providing free mentoring resources and educational workshops. Get more resources like this at megaphone-main-street-inflation-economy Request a mentor: Get Involved: Contact us:

Join American Cancer Society's Mission To Save Lives The American Cancer Society’s mission centers on cancer prevention, research and patient services. A few ways to engage in the Stanislaus/San Joaquin Area is by joining us at our local events and helping us to save more lives. American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer From large-scale traditional walks to unique local experiences and celebrations, the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer has united communities, companies, and individuals across the country in the fight to end breast cancer for more than two decades – and we have no intention of ever slowing down. Join the Making Strides movement to help save lives and fund the future of breast cancer research and programs.

The Making Strides walk starts at 9 a.m. Oct. 22 at Modesto Junior College's West Campus. For more information contact or visit American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Greater Stanislaus County For more than 35 years, communities across the world have come together to honor and remember loved ones and take action for lifesaving change. Even when facing the challenges of COVID-19, Relayers found a way to fundraise for a future free from cancer.

Join us for the Relay For Life of Greater Stanislaus County and help us raise funds to improve and save more lives from cancer. The Relay For Life of Greater Stanislaus County is set for 9 a.m. Oct. 8 at John Thurman Field in Modesto. The activities include a survivor's breakfast, guest speakers, live music, video board tributes, a midnight movie, and games. There also will be lots of food. For more information contact or visit American Cancer Society 35th Annual Moonlight Gala Join us at the American Cancer Society’s 35th Annual Moonlight Gala on Saturday, August 13, 2022 at a private estate in Stockton for a one-of-a-kind evening, featuring great food, dancing, a spectacular auction, and much more. With your support, the American Cancer Society saves lives by helping people stay well and get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back against cancer. For more information contact Janelle.wilkinson@cancer. org or visit


We invite you to join us for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of San Joaquin Valley. A walk to support our loved ones touched by breast cancer. Music, vendors, guest speakers, and lots of family fun! Dress in pink and join the Making Strides movement to help save lives and fund the future of breast cancer research and programs.

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Striving For A World Without Alzheimer's Today, there are more than 6.5 million Americans age 65 and older living with Alzheimer’s disease. That number is expected to double to nearly 13 million by 2050. In Stanislaus County alone, there were an estimated 8,398 people age 55 and older living with Alzheimer’s in 2019, which is expected to grow to nearly 18,000 by 2040. Currently, more than 11 million family members and friends serve as Alzheimer’s caregivers, providing an estimated 15.3 million hours of unpaid care valued at nearly $257 billion. The Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s and all other dementia, and we’re leading the way to end these debilitating diseases by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support. We have local chapters across the nation, providing services within each community, including right here in Modesto, served by the Northern California and Northern Nevada Chapter.

The Association offers a number of resources online, in person and on the phone – wherever caregivers are most comfortable accessing information when they need it most. We provide local support and programs to families facing this devastating disease, including a 24-7 Helpline staffed by master’s level clinicians and specialists who are available 365 days a year and can help families navigate a variety of disease-related issues.


To help fulfill our critical mission to advance Alzheimer’s care, support and research across the world, we engage individuals and corporate sponsors in fundraising efforts throughout the year.


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Highlighting these robust efforts are two signature fundraising events: Walk to End Alzheimer’s and The Longest Day. The 2022 Walk to End Alzheimer’s – Modesto will be held Saturday, September 17 at Graceada Park with the goal of raising $145,000 to support local programs and services. Our volunteers and supporters are the backbone of our mission, and we couldn’t do the work we do without the dedication of those in our local community. We’re always looking for volunteers to support our local Walk to End Alzheimer’s, as well as recruiting community teams and corporate sponsors. Please join our cause by visiting to sign up today or contact for more information on sponsorship and volunteer opportunities. Working together, we can create a world without Alzheimer’s.


For more information about the Association or to find local programs and services, visit or call our 24-7 Helpline at 800-272-3900. may 2022


Celebrating 20 years of Generosity: Stanislaus By Melissa Van Diepen

Stanislaus Community Foundation (SCF) celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. What started as a dream around community philanthropy – the idea that organizing philanthropic investments in a specific community – has blossomed into a regional force for good. Local attorney and founding Board member Mike Gianelli first discovered Community Foundations after speaking to his brother, also an attorney based in Tuolumne County, about the Sonora Regional Foundation. He began to discuss starting a similar organization in Stanislaus with his clients and local leaders and hired Patty Stone as the founding CEO in 2002, with initial funds from Bette Belle Smith among other donors.


“I was intrigued by the unique potential of Community Foundations to aggregate charitable dollars,” said Gianelli. “Stanislaus Community Foundation has been a solution for so many local donors and has reinvested both resources and leadership back into the community, for the better.”


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Over the past 20 years, Stanislaus Community Foundation has become well-known among local donors, nonprofits and the larger community as an organization committed to finding common ground and bold solutions to many issues facing our region. With a dynamic team and led by a visionary Board of Directors, SCF has steadily grown its giving – and its impact. Community Foundations are found across the country and are place-based, meaning they are focused on their unique region, and reflect the values and goals of their specific community. They are nonprofit public charities created by – and for – the community, and are governed by an independent, volunteer board of civic leaders. Unlike private foundations typically controlled by one donor, Community Foundations house multiple funds established by local families, individuals, businesses, and nonprofit groups. Donors of every type can contribute a variety of assets to be used for charitable purposes. Donors or corporations that establish funds can then recommend that grants be distributed to qualified nonprofit groups and schools.

Funds are pooled and invested, with management from a volunteer Investment Committee comprised of local experts. Today, SCF manages over $47 million in charitable assets and houses more than 175 component funds, each with a unique charitable purpose as directed by the donor. Over 20 years, SCF has granted more than $35 million to nonprofits and scholarship recipients.

Beyond grantmaking and philanthropic services, Stanislaus Community Foundation has taken on important – and needed – leadership roles. Over the years, SCF has developed a substantial body of leadership work focused on three key areas: educational excellence, economic opportunity, and civic engagement. Most recently, SCF has brought together key government, business, and civic stakeholders to forge Stanislaus 2030, a collaborative focused on solving for regional economic growth and opportunity in the coming decade.


Donors choose to invest their charitable assets and give through Stanislaus Community Foundation for many reasons, including stretching the impact of their dollar.

There are a variety of ways that donors can work with Stanislaus Community Foundation. Interested in learning more about SCF? Please visit or call (209) 576-1608. may 2022


Strong, Capable and Resourceful By Micaela Meyer, Marketing Assistant, Center for Human Services Center for Human Services (CHS), located in Modesto, has a mission to improve the lives of families in Stanislaus County by assisting and encouraging them in the face of trials. The nonprofit organization has served youth, families, and individuals for over 50 years, offering mental health counseling, substance use disorder treatment, school-based services, shelter programs, and family resource centers located in communities across the county. For those experiencing poverty, there are a variety of barriers that a person must overcome in order to rise up. These can include issues with employment, education, mental health, and/or housing instability. While this process is already difficult for an individual, the hardship is even greater for single mothers who are seeking a better life for themselves and for their children.


To help alleviate this burden in Stanislaus County, CHS is repurposing a former shelter location into Thompson Place, a new low-cost residential program for single mothers. Thompson Place will house up to 5 residential participants and their children at a time, with a Program Manager, Housing Manager, Navigator, and live-in Residential Advisor on staff and available for assistance. This program will be one facet of a larger endeavor called Two Gen, a pilot project taking a multi-generational approach and providing resources for single mothers ages 18-24. These women will have access to life skills coaching, career opportunities, social connections, general assistance, and self-care activities.


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The heart behind this initiative is a human-centered awareness of the challenges single mothers are facing with a desire to listen to their experiences and meet their needs. Through it all, the program will affirm the dignity of these women as strong, capable, and resourceful individuals. CHS hopes to serve at least 20 single mothers and their children in the program’s first year and will seek to develop partnerships with other local agencies for the benefit of clients and the community in which they serve. CHS is thrilled to bring this new program to life and to continue building futures and changing lives in this underserved demographic. To learn more about Center for Human Services, visit or call (209) 526-1476.

Society for disABILITIES - 75 Years of Service By Cathy Mendoza, Executive Director, Society for disABILITIES

When I first met Mae she was a bit despondent and a lot determined. We were delivering a motorized scooter to her but what she was really getting was some freedom. Mae lives in a board and care home in a small town and, due to COPD and other health issues, cannot walk far. She couldn’t even make it to the corner store for a cup of Coca-Cola - her favorite. I tried to chat with her a bit, small talk really. But as she sat on that bright red scooter, she looked at me and said, “I gotta go!” The last time I saw Mae, she was humming to herself headed to the corner store for her beloved soda. I did get a glimpse of her as we drove away – she was driving her scooter in circles and figure eights in the parking lot with a huge smile on her face.

For 75 years, the Society for disABILITIES has been bringing smiles to the faces of our clients and their caregivers. We work tirelessly to enhance lives in our community through our Medical Equipment Loan Closet, Adapted Sports Programs and Thrift Store career rehabilitation. Since our founding in 1947 and through seven name changes, we have persevered and grown in our mission to enhance the lives of people with disabilities. Today we serve over 6,000 individuals per year. Please join us as we celebrate our 75th year of service to the most vulnerable in our community - volunteer, donate and refer. You can help us bring smiles to those who need us most. We are always accepting donations in sellable condition to help fund the many programs and services that we offer. If you have any questions or concerns, you can contact us at (209) 524-3536 and we’ll be happy to assist you.

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When I first heard about Emilio, I only knew that his mom was hesitant to bring him to our adapted sports events. She was afraid, that due to his physical impairment, he wouldn’t be able to participant in a meaningful way and be embarrassed or discouraged. After a few laps around the skating rink with apparatus to support him and surrounded by his peers, she realized he would be just fine in our adapted sports programs. His mom reached out to us after that day saying, “Thank you for putting on the skating event! I truly appreciate you guys. I’ve always been too afraid to let our son participate. Watching him skate, I saw how happy this made him and I’d like to sign him up for winter snow skiing. This event gave me the push we needed to try new activities and not restrict him due to our own fear.” The last time I saw Emilio, he was pulling in from a trip down the ski run in one of our specialized “sit ski chairs.” He was fresh faced from the brisk winter air and grinning ear to ear, as were his parents when they saw him. I hear that he slept, with a smile on his face, all the way home.

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A Servant’s Heart Leadership Modesto It’s a challenging time to be in law enforcement. With intense social and political pressures on public servants, they might be forgiven if they were a bit jaded, hunkered down, and questioning their career choices. Fortunately, LEMO Class of 2022 saw quite the opposite during our Public Safety Day. We saw a human-centered, diverse group of people who are reflective, constantly improving, and deeply committed to serving their communities. In opening remarks, Brandon Gillespie, Chief of the Modesto Police Department, articulated the simple, three point vision for MPD: “A servant’s heart, relentless drive, and courageous spirit.” Indeed, that vision felt like the theme of the day. Chief Gillespie, joined by Assistant Chief Ivan Valencia, focused their discussion on efforts to deepen relationships with the community, serve Modesto’s diverse population, and ensure police were addressing tricky challenges like crisis intervention, mental health and homelessness. Later, at a lunch meeting, Sheriff Jeff Dirkse showed that same passion and commitment to the community. While overseeing a sprawling operation covering 1800 square miles and a detention center housing 1200 inmates, Sheriff Dirkse stated the biggest challenge for his team and the County: Mental Health and Addiction. The human-centered approach to law enforcement begins at the academy - an advanced training center run by the Sheriff and serving agencies throughout our region. The LEMO class participated in scenario based training, playing the role of a frustrated community in a tense meeting with officers. The cadets represented law enforcement in the scenario (despite it being only their second day of training). They learned about communication barriers, understanding people’s frustrations, and creative problem solving to address community needs.


While the Sheriff's Department and Modesto Police clearly demonstrated their intense commitment to community engagement and service, they also knew there were things we really wanted to see: Technology and Operations.


Meeting with SWAT teams of MPD and the Sheriff, we saw the tools, people, and bullet proof vehicles that respond to the most extreme scenarios.

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There were robots, tools for opening doors, and the 65 pounds of personal gear worn by team members. We spoke with Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Operations for both agencies. Commonly known as drones, they ensure citizen and officer safety in dangerous situations by giving an aerial view. And no, they’re not used for proactive surveillance. Ironically, the officers with the best view of what’s happening on the streets of Modesto aren’t on the streets, they’re in the MPD Real Time Crime Center. In a seriously impressive, high-tech room, officers access real-time data from multiple sources. Video and audio are live-streamed on a video wall with content from traffic cams, officer body cams, and UAVs. With a $180 million budget, the Sheriff's Department serves a huge area and therefore have many specialized operations that they share with other agencies. A deputy displayed a jail on wheels for transporting prisoners, with individual cells outfitted with cameras and speakers. We met folks from the Mobile Field Force - commonly known as the riot team. Given the national unrest over the past few years, this team has been busier than usual. It’s hard to fathom, but a ratio of 60 officers to 3500 demonstrators wouldn’t be out of the norm. LEMO was treated to a K-9 demonstration, spoke to motorcycle deputies, met the Sheriff's Dive Team who descend murky waters to find all sorts of things, saw the Air Support Unit take off in their “whirly chicken” (slang for helicopter), and met the bomb squad. We also toured the Detention Center, an operation that makes up around 50% of the Sheriff’s budget. During our visit to the academy, some class members tried the interactive, very challenging Use of Force Simulator. Another scenario-based tool, the simulator exposes cadets to split-second use of force decisions required on the job. It was a sobering look into the profound difficulties faced by officers. The technology, tools, and operations were interesting, impressive, and certainly fun to see. They paled in comparison, however, to the incredible people we met. These are folks who love what they do. They are justifiably proud of their tireless service to our community. And, each of them embody the credo articulated at the start of the day – A servant’s heart, relentless drive, and courageous spirit.

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