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VOL. 41 | ISSUE 09 | september 2020

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Always Together (But Six Feet Apart)

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IN MODESTO 1302 J St. & 4204 Dale Rd.

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.

september 2020 | CONTENTS

Executive Committee Chairman

Pete Zahos; Sysco Central California Inc.

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

Schools Update

Patricia Gillum Pat Gillum CPA



Brad Blakeley, Edward Jones Investments Kirstie Boyett, The State Theater Michael Gaffney, PG&E Warren Kirk, Doctors Medical Center Brian McDermott, Team S.O.S DeSha McLeod, Community Hospice Inc. Eric Nielsen, Gianelli Nielsen Peggy O'Donnell, Mid-Valley Productions Jason Pineda, Freshpoint Inc. Bill Robinson, Principal Financial Group Madhu Singh, Bank of Stockton Jared Steinwert, F&M Bank David Wright, Wright Insurance Company


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Keith Boggs, Stanislaus County Chief Executive Office George Boodrookas, Modesto Junior College Melissa Williams, Modesto Irrigation District


CEO Message




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Inspire Youth, Inspire Dreams

President & CEO

Trish Christensen Modesto Chamber of Commerce tchristensen@modchamber.org


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A Message From The President & CEO Energy By Trish Christensen


he economy, the economic impacts, the survival of our business structure, are so often the lead topics these days. Our community is filled with tremendous concern, worry, and fear regarding the economy. We are focused on the harsh impact of the extended grip COVID-19 is holding on our health, safety, professions, careers, and way of life and living. Nothing and no one have been immune to its presence at some level. Some are suffering greatly financially, mentally, emotionally, or all the above. Some are not experiencing all of those in the same way. Yet we are all affected. People and organizations have learned to be creative, to think outside their norm, and to evolve the delivery of their services, products, and/or resource options. People are finding a way to survive.


This is a very dynamic time to be witnessing the highs and lows of our environment. On one end, we are aware of businesses closing, families losing their homes, kids missing out on in person learning and friendships, and the gloom that has come from being isolated from our personal villages. On the other end, we know there are companies that are thriving, hiring, and expanding. Interest rates are incredibly low, and the local housing market is on fire. There are ever broadening opportunities for personal growth and development thanks to an increasing assortment of online, virtual, and hybrid classes, trainings, and certification programs.


I’ve really taken notice of the energy our community has generated since COVID arrived. The sadness and trauma of it all sparked instant response to help, save, support, and find answers and new resources. Collaboration exploded amongst companies, nonprofits, governmental agencies, and individuals.

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Those who could, honestly strived to do so quickly and relentlessly for those who were being hit hard. It has been quite impressive to watch and be a part of. So much of what we are living and dealing with is out of our control … but our community is trying to do all it can to help hold one another up and find our way through it, together. Such a wonderful fabric woven throughout our community. Here we are in the middle of summer. There is no clear end in sight to this pandemic status. Yet, the seeds that were planted pre-COVID are growing, and great things are erupting all around us. A great example of this is the Guild of Valley Children’s Healthcare opening their Children’s Garden where peppers, tomatoes, and squash are already thriving and starting to be accessible by patients, their families, and the Boys & Girls Club of Stanislaus County. As you skim the pages of this edition you will see stories on expansion, building, growth, career training, and people on the move … all positive, healthy signs of energy working to launch us through this chaos. As we continue to navigate our way to the other side, I look ahead with a feeling that the best is before us. Many great things are coming soon. We just have to keep the positive energy humming. I hope you find your high energy moment to create a Summer 2020 memory that will help fuel your journey. There are plenty of opportunities to be found all around us. ~ From chaos comes creativity, from creativity comes growth and organization … With Warm Regards, Trish

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At its heart the Modesto Chamber is a community of likeminded

The Chamber serves the education community by hosting the

business owners who share the vision for enjoying a thriving economy

annual State of Business and Education event, by fund-raising for local

and creating and maintaining our community as a vibrant place to live,

students at the Ag Aware and Harvest Luncheon annual series, and

work and play. The Modesto Chamber is the go-to resource and

partnering with local schools and colleges to train and educate young

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

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

facilitator of ideas and communication for nonprofits, governmental men and women, all in keeping with our pledge to help provide a ready facilitator of ideas and communication for nonprofits, governmental men and women, all in keeping with our pledge to help provide a ready

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The Chamber believes in service to the community and to its

The Chamber believes in service to the community and to its members. The Chamber Board and staff are active on many nonprofit

addressing business initiatives, addressing issues in our community members. The Chamber Board and staff are active on many nonprofit and government committees, donating their business expertise, time

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The Modesto Chamber specializes in building relationships among business and serving as the nexus to businesses, nonprofit

The Modesto Chamber in building relationships and specializes governmental agencies. We hostamong monthly organizations, businessnetworking and serving the special nexusevents, to businesses, nonprofit events, as annual an annual trade show, and our long-running Gala. Membersagencies. also may serve committees or go organizations, and governmental We onhost monthly through the Leadership Modesto program wheretrade they will build longnetworking events, annual special events, an annual show, and term relationships with key leaders in the business world and or go our long-running Gala. Members also may serve on committees

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throughlocal the community. Leadership Modesto program where they will build longterm relationships with key leaders in the business world and local community.

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CHAMBER CALENDAR september ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 2 Committee* Virtually Zoom* 11:30 A.M.


Ambassador & Welcome Team meeting Virtually Zoom* 11:30 A.M.


Labor Day- Closed


Business U-Dark Virtually Zoom* 12:00 P.M.




Stanislaus Green Team Shawn Orgel-Olsen CaGBN Virtually Zoom 12:00 P.M.

october Ambassador & Welcome Team* 2 Modesto Chamber of Commerce* 8:00 A.M


ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Committee* Virtually Zoom* 11:30 A.M.


Business U Virtually Zoom* 12:00 P.M.


Stanislaus Green Team Virtually Zoom 12:00 P.M.


Tech Network COMING SOON 2:00 P.M.


Tech Network COMING SOON 2:00 P.M.


Government Relations Committee Virtually* 11:30 A.M.


Government Relations Committee Virtually* 11:30 A.M.


Young Professionals COMING SOON 12:00 PM


State of the Valley Virtually Zoom 12:00 P.M.


Women in Business Virtually Zoom* 4:00 P.M.


Young Professionals COMING SOON 12:00 P.M.


Women in Business Virtually Zoom* 4:00 P.M.

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*See website for more detail.** Change in usual location Please note that calendar events and details are subject to change.

Our purpose it to cultivate supportive relationships among the business women within our community. Each gathering will focus on: Successful survival tactics during an economic disruption. Round the room discussion about the struggles and victories of operating a business affected by the pandemic. Strategies for continued success and what that means to you. Attendees engage to support, listen, and share with on another.

 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Zoom platform For more information please contact the Modesto Chamber of Commerce at info@modchamber.org

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Gatherings will be every 4th Wednesday of the month, our first meeting will be September 23rd


announcements U.S. News & World Report Names Doctors Medical Center High Performing Hospital Doctors Medical Center has been recognized as a High Performing Hospital for 2020-21 by U.S. News & World Report. The annual Procedures & Conditions ratings, now in their 6th year, are designed to assist patients and their doctors in making informed decisions about where to receive care for common conditions and elective procedures. These ratings extend the U.S. News mission of providing consumers with patient decision support beyond the Best Hospitals rankings, which are geared toward complex specialty care. Doctors Medical Center earned “High Performing” ratings for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and Heart Failure, in recognition of care that was significantly better than the national average, as measured by factors such as patient outcomes. “High Performing” is the highest rating U.S. News awards for those types of care. “We are so proud to receive this recognition. Providing excellent care for our patients in the Central Valley has always been our top priority,” said Michael Sasevich, M.D., cardiothoracic surgeon at Doctors Medical Center. “Our team of physicians and nurses is committed to the highest standards for quality and safety, and this recognition is another example of that commitment.”


For the 2020-21 ratings, U.S. News evaluated more than 4,500 medical centers nationwide in 10 procedures and conditions. Less than a third of all hospitals received any high-performing rating, and only 37 earned this rating in all 10 Procedures & Conditions. The state and metro area rankings recognize hospitals that received high performing ratings across multiple areas of care. “For more than 30 years, U.S. News & World Report has been helping patients, along with the help of their physicians, identify the Best Hospitals in an array of specialties, procedures and conditions,” said Ben Harder, managing editor and chief of health analysis at U.S. News. “The hospitals that rise to the top of our rankings and ratings have deep medical expertise, and each has built a track record of delivering good outcomes for patients.” The U.S. News Procedures & Conditions methodology is based entirely on objective measures of quality such as risk-adjusted outcome rates, volume, quality of nursing and other care-related indicators. The 2020-21 rankings and ratings will be published in the “Best Hospitals 2021” guidebook. 8

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announcements Stanislaus Community Foundation Announces Grants Totaling $315,000 Stanislaus Community Foundation announced it has awarded $100,000 in its first round of Resilient Stanislaus Fund Grants to 24 local nonprofit organizations. The priority areas for these grants went to organizations that provide services around jobs and economy, social and emotional needs, arts, culture, and youth. In addition to the $100,000 funding for local nonprofits, the Resilient Stanislaus Fund provided $150,000 into the Stanislaus County emergency grants for small business program and $65,000 to MJC and Stanislaus State University’s hardship funds to support their most vulnerable students’ basic needs. “During a time of hardship and division, it is inspiring to see the many ways our community has come together to serve our neighbors though their generous gifts,” said Marian Kaanon CEO of Stanislaus Community Foundation. “While the needs of this community are great, we are committed to support local business, nonprofits and our students.”

The Resilient Stanislaus Fund provides support for nonprofit organizations and small businesses in Stanislaus County that are particularly affected by the outbreak of COVID-19. In addition to its grantmaking Stanislaus Community Foundation is coordinating with United Way of Stanislaus County, local government agencies and other philanthropic partners to align and leverage public and private dollars. With partners prioritizing resources for basic needs, Stanislaus Community Foundation, with support from generous local donors, has supported organizations that provide services around jobs and economy, social and emotional needs, arts, culture, and youth. Another way Stanislaus Community Foundation is supporting local nonprofits navigate these challenging times is by providing technical assistance. In a collaborative effort with United Way of Stanislaus County, fifteen nonprofit organizations are currently accessing personalized financial coaching. For more information or to make a donation to the Resilient Stanislaus Fund visit www.StanislausCF.org.

DMC Junior Volunteers Awarded $25,500 In Scholarships

The Service League volunteer program recently awarded 22 junior volunteers with scholarships totaling $25,500, which will go towards their college education. The following recipients received scholarships: Alexandra M. Quinonez, Alina Rodriquez, Angel Abdulnour, Anoop Sanghera, Audrey Reeves, Ayush Patel, Charlize Badillo, Chloe Leder, Ekum S. Sanghera, Eric R. Miao, Grace R. Nightengale, Gurmenjit K. Bahia, Jasmine Madrigal, Julianna Cole, Karen Nguyen, Laurel-Anne M. Carlson, Mahboba Ansari, Mark Razo, Minh Trinh, Nazifa Maahi, Nicholas Panyanouvong and Sarah G. Mah.

The Service League also donated $12,000 to Modesto Junior College and $12,000 to Stanislaus State for their medical and nursing programs.

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Funds for the scholarship program at Doctors Medical Center come from profits earned in the volunteer-run hospital gift shop. The junior volunteer program requires students maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 and commit to one year of volunteering at the hospital. They learn responsibility as they gain experience and confidence for the future. Scholarship recipients are chosen based on their GPA, school and community activities, awards and honors, quality of their essay depicting their goals for the future and their performance while volunteering at Doctors Medical Center. They must also volunteer at least 200 hours per calendar year to be considered.

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announcements Collins Electrical Company Makes Top Solar Contractors List Although the COVID-19 pandemic is the immediate crisis unfolding at present, mitigating climate change is also an urgent issue. Solar PV installation is one way to help reduce greenhouse gases from fossil fuels. Solar Power World has recognized the efforts of solar contractors across the United States in its 2020 Top Solar Contractors list, where local solar installer Collins Electrical Company, Inc. (CECI) achieved a rank of 90 out of 407 companies. The Top Solar Contractors list is developed each year by Solar Power World to recognize the work of solar installers big and small. Solar firms in the utility, commercial and residential markets are ranked by number of kilowatts installed during the previous year. Companies are grouped and listed by specific service (developers, electrical subcontractors, EPCs, installation subcontractors, rooftop installers), markets and states. “The Solar Power World team is so pleased to highlight more than 400 companies on the 2020 Top Solar Contractors list, especially during this unprecedented time,” said Kelsey Misbrener, senior editor of Solar Power World. “All contractors featured on the 2020 list reported strong 2019 installation numbers and are continuing to stand tall this year.” This year’s collection of over 400 Top Solar Contractors is facing obstacles that this industry has never seen before. The first quarter of 2020 was the country’s biggest ever, with 3.6 GW of new solar capacity added. But COVID-19 impacts showed their force in Q2, and Wood Mackenzie is forecasting residential and non-residential markets will see 25% and 38% decreases in year-over-year installation volumes this year.


“The silver lining of the current situation seems to be that most solar installations have simply “pushed” into the next fiscal year rather than being cancelled all together. This should make for a very busy and prosperous 2021,” said Craig Gini, CECI Renewables General Manager and Vice President.


Collins Electrical Company, Inc. employs over 400 workers, many of whom have had a hand in installing over 16.5 MW of solar power in 2019. Since its reinvigoration in the solar marketplace in 2010, the company has installed more than 130 MW. “Collins Electrical is proud to be a part of the Top Solar Contractors List,” Gini stated. “It’s an honor to be recognized for the hard work and commitment to provide our customers the best possible project. We feel that our electricians are the very best at what they do, and they are the ones who really do the hard work.” Modesto Chamber of Commerce I ModChamber.org

Established in 1928, Collins Electrical Company, Inc. (CECI) is one of the top electrical construction and engineering firms in Northern California. With offices in Dublin, Marina, Modesto, Fresno, Stockton, & West Sacramento, CECI maintains specialized focus on commercial, industrial, institutional, and energy-based markets. As an IBEW Union contractor, CECI upholds a valued reputation for unmatched quality and excellence in design, construction, and project management. Electrical construction and engineering services provided by the company include: • Design Build • Design Assist • Energy Services • Preconstruction • Pre-Fabrication • Service & Maintenance • Solar Photovoltaics • Special Projects • Traffic & Street Lighting Solar Power World is the leading online and print resource for news and information regarding solar installation, development, and technology. Since 2011, SPW has helped U.S. solar contractors — including installers, developers and EPCs in all markets — grow their businesses and do their jobs better.

New Chief Strategy Officer Appointed for Tenet’s Central Valley Hospitals Tenet Healthcare has appointed Sabrina High as the new Chief Strategy Officer for its three Central Valley Market hospitals – Doctors Medical Center, Emanuel Medical Center and Doctors Hospital of Manteca – effective July 13, 2020. As Chief Strategy Officer, High will focus on the growth and development of the market’s network of services to ensure the hospitals are meeting the needs of their communities and providing convenient access to high-quality care close to home.

“Sabrina has excellent experience working in healthcare business development and brings a fresh perspective to enhancing and expanding our healthcare delivery,” said Warren Kirk, CEO of Tenet’s Northern California Group. “We are delighted to have her in this role on our executive team.” High has been with Tenet since 2013. She most recently served as the Group VP of Business Development for the Northern California Group in which she was responsible for driving growth within the six hospitals. Prior to her VP role, Sabrina served as a Physician Relations Manager at Doctors Medical Center where she was responsible for strategically planning and implementing outreach efforts and improving hospital physician relationships. She also previously served as a Pharmaceutical Sales Representative with Pfizer Pharmaceuticals. Sabrina earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Marketing from California State University Stanislaus. She and her husband have two children and reside in Modesto.

announcements American Heart Association Recognizes DMC’s Commitment To Quality Stroke Care

Doctors Medical Center earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and other stroke treatments aligned with the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. Before discharge, patients should also receive education on managing their health, get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions. “We are dedicated to improving the quality of care for our stroke patients by implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The GuidelinesStroke initiative,” said Warren Kirk, CEO of Doctors Medical Center. “Our team has done a wonderful job of utilizing the tools and resources provided to help us track and measure our success in meeting evidenced-based clinical guidelines developed to improve patient outcomes.” Doctors Medical Center also qualified for recognition on the Target: Stroke Elite Honor Roll. To qualify for this recognition, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke. In addition, Doctors Medical Center received the Association’s Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll award. To qualify for this recognition, hospitals must meet quality measures developed with more than 90% of compliance for 12 consecutive months for the “Overall Diabetes Cardiovascular Initiative Composite Score.” As announced earlier this year, Doctors Medical Center met specific scientific guidelines to become

a Comprehensive Stroke Center, featuring a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to the emergency department. “We are pleased to recognize Doctors Medical Center for their commitment to stroke care,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., national chairperson of the Quality Oversight Committee and Executive Vice Chair of Neurology, Director of Acute Stroke Services, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts. “Research has shown that hospitals adhering to clinical measures through the Get With The Guidelines quality improvement initiative can often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates.” According to the American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association, stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and nearly 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year. Doctors Medical Center of Modesto is the largest full-care hospital between Stockton and Fresno, and from the Sierras to the San Francisco Bay Area, with a 394-bed general acute care and a 67-bed inpatient psychiatric capacity. DMC is known for providing comprehensive inpatient, outpatient and emergency care. Doctors Medical Center offers a wide range of services including cardiology, neurosurgery, orthopedics, surgical weight loss, emergency and trauma services, minimally-invasive and robotic surgery, women and children’s services, medical/ surgical, behavioral health, oncology and critical/ intensive care. To learn more about Doctors Medical Center, please visit www.dmc-modesto.com. Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines is the American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with tools and resources to increase adherence to the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal of saving lives and hastening recovery, Get With The Guidelines has touched the lives of more than 9 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit heart.org/quality. september 2020


Doctors Medical Center has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.


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Health Officer Issues School Statement To Community By JULIE VAISHAMPAYAN / MD, MPH, FIDSA During the past couple weeks many parents in our community prepared their children to go back to school. This year’s back to school was not a normal experience with the reality of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is not where we wanted to be this fall. Despite the challenges this pandemic continues to present, our classrooms remain a critical place for learning and growth, especially for Kindergarten and Elementary school students. Our challenge currently is finding the balance of what is best for our children’s scholastic, mental, social, and physical health. Our ultimate goal is getting our children back to school., For many, it is their best chance for learning and having access to all the other services that are critical for them.


Per CDPH guidance, schools cannot open for in-person education until our 14-day case rate has dropped below 100 per 100,000 and stays there for 14 days. Current state guidance allows local public health to begin considering elementary school opening through a waiver process when the 14-day case rate is below 200 per 100,000. This is based on data showing that elementary school children are less likely to become infected, less likely to become extremely sick, and less likely to spread this infection. COVID-19 moves amazingly fast. Two months ago, we started seeing an increase in our cases. One month ago, our cases peaked. One month from now, we hope to be seeing even lower case rates. Based on current trend, we may drop below 200 cases per 100,000 in the next week. Now is the time to plan for elementary schools to begin the process of re-opening.

Once our case rates are down, there will be many Dr. Julie Vaishampayan options for our schools to choose from in support of learning for their students. Public Health will continue to collaborate with school leadership as they work to ensure that students are provided meaningful and equitable opportunities to learn and succeed in all learning models. Ultimately, how any school or school district operates is up to them to follow state guidelines and work through with their stakeholders.

Elementary schools may apply for waivers to be able to open for in-person learning earlier than other grades by meeting several criteria, including detailed plans for physical distancing, how they will handle outbreaks if and when they occur, and when they would close, if necessary, in case of an outbreak. The process of review and approval of waivers may take one to two weeks. Elementary schools must submit their waiver application at least 14 days prior to the intended opening date.

This pandemic came on suddenly and we have learned so much about this virus and how it is spread, with knowledge growing every day. This has led to so many changes in recommendations for how best to protect ourselves and our families. Many may be feeling confused and overwhelmed by all the information they have received this summer and by yet another change. And everyone needs to be prepared to change again. Activities that are low risk now may be high risk and to be avoided in two months.

Now is the time to bring together parents, educators, administrators, and school boards to assess their schools. We have many schools and school districts with widely varied student body sizes and facilities.

We continue to encourage parents to look at their household members, their health, their risk for severe disease from this virus, and then make the best decision for their children regarding all activities including in-person education.

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There will be unique circumstances regarding the needs of the staff, students, their families, and their home situations. Schools need to consider all of these factors and make the best decisions for their schools, whether this means continued distance learning, moving toward in-person learning, or a mix of both.

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Your Safe Care is Our #1 Priority A COMMUNITY BUILT ON SAFETY Taking care of your health is as important as ever. Don’t ignore your symptoms or downplay your pain. Taking care of your health now may prevent greater health risks in the future. Our doctors and staff are equipped to take care of all patients safely. We’re here to care for you and your loved ones.

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WHEN: December 9, 2020 WHERE: Virtual Platform




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Save Mart – Committed To Empowering and Supporting Women By DON WILLIAMS / Global Marketing and Communications Leader - Glodow Nead Communications Modesto headquartered, The Save Mart Companies, has been named by Forbes as one of America’s Best Employers for Women for 2020. The prestigious annual award is presented by Forbes and Statista Inc., the world-leading statistics portal and industry ranking provider. In appreciation of the award, the company noted, “The Save Mart Companies has long been committed to inclusivity and cultivating a culture that supports women,” said Nicole Pesco, chief executive officer of The Save Mart Companies. “It’s a privilege to be included among the companies on this list and to be recognized by Forbes as a top employer for women. We are so very appreciative of our many team members who participated in this survey and who make us proud every day with their dedication to our customers.” Ranked No. 35 overall nationwide, The Save Mart Companies was ranked as the No. 1 grocer nationally, No. 4 among retailers nationally, and No. 4 among all California companies. The independent survey canvassed more than 75,000 U.S. employees – including 45,000 women – on issues relevant to women in the workplace with the goal of shedding light on their experiences. The participants, all of whom are guaranteed anonymity, assessed their employers in a wide range of categories, including working conditions, diversity, discrimination, family support, flexibility, parental leave, pay equity, representation and career. Additionally, women participating in the survey were asked to evaluate

other employers in their industries that stand out either positively or negatively with regard to gender issues. “We are dedicated to creating an environment where women not only feel comfortable, but a workplace that fosters professional development and enables employees to succeed, both at home and in the workplace,” said Lee Debra Gelb, vice president, Human Resources at The Save Mart Companies. Gelb added that her ongoing goal at The Save Mart Companies is to develop career pathing for women seeking leadership positions at the company. For more information on Save Mart Supermarkets please visit: www.savemart.com.



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JRP Group: One Of California’s Fastest-Growing Real Estate By DANIEL FREGGIARO First and foremost, we would like to congratulate everyone that made the list on INC 5000. This is our very first time making it on the INC 5000 list. The JRP Group Ranks No. 91 on the inaugural 2020 Inc. 5000 Series: California With Two-Year Revenue Growth of 230 Percent. We are leading the Real Estate industry with the way we are using technology and offering the highest quality of service to all our current as well as prospective clients. Not a lot of independent Real Estate companies can claim such recognition as one of California’s fastest-growing Real Estate companies. So how did we get here? We are devoted to our clients and our agents’ success. Our growth comes from providing our agents with the necessary tools needed in today’s market. Today more than ever it is important to adapt. This is why we provide all our agents with a free marketing hub, training, leads and much more. In addition to that, whenever an issue happens in any transaction, our staff will make sure all your transactions become smooth, assisting you every step of the way.

Regardless if you are a seasoned agent in the industry or a brand-new agent. Our goal is that every agent that joins our organization becomes the best they can be in this industry. This recognition couldn’t have been reached without the support of our staff, agents, and associates. As a company, our drive and unique set of values to achieve our goal of serving agents and clients are what have allowed us to grow rapidly.

Our Valuable Ambassadors And The Job They Do… By BRIAN MCDERMOTT / Modesto Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Team Leader

During that time, I have seen the role of an Ambassador go from one that required some face to face visits and meetings to check in on our members and get them program information to one where we do our visits over the phone to see how they are doing and if they are getting Trish’s emails. We then briefly go over some of the programs that are still available during COVID-19. One of the things I have noticed is that now more than ever, our members greatly appreciate the calls they get from the Ambassadors. I have had more than a few that were looking for help and ways to keep their business going during this difficult time. Working with the Chamber’s internal staff, we have been able to help several members

find loans and get the information they need to keep their businesses going. It really feels good knowing the work we are doing directly and positively impacts our members when they need it most. The Ambassador Team is looking for good people that would like to be a part of this rewarding and valuable volunteer position. Not only will you be helping our members and local businesses at time when it’s so important to them, but you will also be able to talk about what you do for a living which could lead to an opportunity to assist them further, creating a win-win scenario for both the member and Ambassador. If you are one of these people, please contact the Chamber Office at 209-577-5757 or you can email me at bmcdermott@team-sos.com and I would be happy to meet with you to discuss the opportunity further.


Good day. I hope this finds you safe, healthy and in good spirits. I have been an Ambassador for the Modesto Chamber of Commerce for about 6-7 years now and am proud to say was the 2015 and 2018 Ambassador of the Year award winner.

Wishing all of you good health and blessings. september 2020


Congratulations to this MONTH'S milestone memberships

65 years +

American AgCredit

50 + years Wells Fargo Advisors Doctors Medical Center-DMC Fabricated Extrusion Co., LLC

40 + years Sanders Construction Co.

35 + years Multi Business Systems Funworks Family Fun Company American Cancer Society Yosemite Farm Credit Vision Faire Optometry

25 years +

Principal Financial Group Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department Stanislaus County Free Library Precision Automotive


15 + years


Modesto Junk Co., Inc. Robert Half International Modesto Radiological Medical Group, Inc. Law Offices of Leslie Jensen W.H. Breshears, Inc. Modesto Seed Co., Inc. Yosemite Foods Inc. Fresh Ideas Flower Co. Marie B. Kelly & Assoc. Visually Impaired Persons Support Modesto Chamber of Commerce I ModChamber.org

10 + years H.E.D. Seed Productions, Inc. Physician Referral Service-DMC Carol Whiteside Bertolotti Disposal Orient House Restaurant Direct Flooring & Home

5 + years Central California Art Association/Mistlin Gallery Innovative Paradigms Erin Milan Salon & Spa Commercial Architecture, Inc. Central Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Gerbo Designs Aspiranet - Modesto Branch

1 + years Ontel Security Services, Inc. Los Amigos Tire Pros The Denn Power Pilates, LLC Pacific Shore Stones Leaders in Community Alternatives IHeart Media Audi Modesto Turner's Outdoorsman Live Oak Apartments Sousa Insurance Services, LLC Rose Bouquet The Farmacy The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) Nine3One Shifty's Speed Shop Catholic Charities Diocese of Stockton TopFlight Insurance Services The UPS Store Carlos Vieira Foundation Stanislaus Brewing Co. DBA St. Stan's Beer

American AgCredit: Happy 65 Year Chamber Member Anniversary Founded in 1916, American AgCredit provides loans and other financial services to agricultural and rural customers throughout California, Colorado, Hawaii, Kansas, New Mexico, Nevada and Oklahoma, as well as to capital markets customers in all 50 states. We are a proud member of the Farm Credit System, created more than 100 years ago with the sole purpose of serving the financial needs of farmers and ranchers. We are truly “built for agriculture.” Our unmatched expertise allows us to provide farmers, ranchers and agribusinesses with the resources and financial solutions they need to be successful. We are a customer-owned cooperative with the sole mission of supporting the financial needs of American agriculture. We offer loans, lines of credit, leasing, and crop insurance products.

Our commodity diversity and willingness to stand by our customers in good times and bad fosters longstanding and productive relationships. We are deeply invested in our local agricultural communities through scholarships, youth programs and other community involvement.

Our borrowers are customer-owners and can share in our success through a cash patronage distribution.

The sound financial guidance and product flexibility we offer, combined with our deep agricultural expertise, ensures we are able to help agriculture and rural communities thrive.

The financial and agricultural expertise of our staff enables us to support a wide range of customers in a variety of ways.

Learn more about how we can serve your needs by giving us a call at 800.800.4865 or visiting us online at AgLoan.com.

New Chapter Executive Named For Valley’s Red Cross Region Losavio has been in the social services and non-profit field for over 15 years, with several years working in a leadership capacity. His tenure with the Red Cross started in 2013 during Hurricane Sandy where he served as a member of the Long-Term Recovery Case Management team. During that time, he served hundreds of families who were devastated from the hurricane. Through the programs and resources provided at the Red Cross, he helped them recover financially as well as start to rebuild their homes. Starting in 2015, Losavio served as the Regional Director of Client Services and Recovery for the Greater New York Region, one of the busiest disaster regions in the United States. During this time his team managed the casework, disaster mental health, disaster spiritual care, and health services program for New York City, Long Island and several counties in Upstate New York and Connecticut. The team’s top priority was to ensure families had all of the tools and resources needed to make a full recovery from building fires, vacates, building collapses and natural disasters occurring in the New York region.

He also managed several major national recovery efforts, such as setting up the Puerto Rico Evacuee Service Center that served thousands of families after Hurricane Maria. His team also created one of the first virtual casework hubs to support families across the US devastated by Hurricane Matthew and Harvey. In addition to this work, his team provided mental health support and financial assistance among other services to the families affected by the West Side Highway Terrorist incident. Most recently, Losavio served as the Regional Director of the Service to the Armed Forces and International Services program for the American Red Cross of Greater New York. Over the last two years, he has managed a team of staff and volunteers to support the military and international community. In this role, he built and managed a team of over 200 volunteers. This team works to support the casework and resiliency for active duty service members, veterans and their families. They also provide support to five veteran hospitals, families preparing for pre or post deployment, individuals joining the military, and families who were displaced due to war or conflict. Losavio holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Rutgers University.

Christopher Losavio

In his new role, he will lead the team of 526 local volunteers to serve the more 1.6 million residents of Merced, San Joaquin, and Stanislaus counties with lifesaving programs and services. As we head into an exciting new era for our organization, we want to thank you for your continued support of the Red Cross mission to help our communities prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies.

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Following an extensive search, the American Red Cross has selected Christopher Losavio as the new Executive Director of the American Red Cross ‘Heart of the Valley Chapter’ serving Merced, San Joaquin, and Stanislaus counties. He assumed his role on July 27, 2020.



American AgCredit Wells Fargo Advisors Doctors Medical Center-DMC Fabricated Extrusion Co.,LLC Sanders Construction Co. Multi Business System Funworks Family Fun Company American Cancer Association Vision Faire Optometry Central Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce


Deep Roots ~ Strong Branches


866.844.7500 • www.ovcb.com Bill Loretelli Jr., Veronica Loretelli, and Bill Loretelli Sr., with Oak Valley’s Sylvia Orozco, Modesto-McHenry Branch Manager, 579.3365

Oakdale • Sonora • Modesto • Turlock • Patterson Escalon • Ripon • Stockton • Manteca • Tracy • Sacramento

“We’re treated so well at Oak Valley, everyone is friendly and happy to see you – it’s like family. If you look at our customers, you see local people who support us and we naturally try to support other local businesses too. We only wish we switched sooner.” - Bill Loretelli Sr., Loretelli Farms


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president’s club Circle Of Influence Diamond Level

Bank of the West (Dale Road)

Maxx Value Foods

Save Mart Supermarkets

Bank of the West (H Street)

Blue Diamond Growers

Mister Car Wash (Prime Shine Car Wash)

Save Mart Supermarkets - Corp Office

Bank of the West (McHenry)

Blue Diamond Growers

Mister Car Wash (Prime Shine Car Wash)

Seven-Up Bottling Co. of Modesto/

Bank of the West (Pelandale)

Caliber Collision

Mister Car Wash (Prime Shine Car Wash)

Varni Brothers Corporation

Beard Land and Investment Co.

California State University, Stanislaus

Mister Car Wash (Prime Shine Car Wash)

Solecon Industrial Contractors

Capax - Giddings, Corby, Hynes, Inc.

Care One Home Health and Hospice, Inc.

Mister Car Wash (Prime Shine Car Wash)

Central Sanitary Supply Co.

Mister Car Wash (Prime Shine Car Wash)

Solid Networks, Inc.

Doctors Behavioral Health Center-DMC

Central Valley Automotive

Mister Car Wash (Prime Shine Car Wash)

Doctors Medical Center-DMC

Central Valley Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge

Mocse Credit Union

Frito-Lay Co., Inc.

Central Valley Nissan

Mocse Credit Union

Pacific Southwest Container, Inc.

Central Valley Volkswagen Hyundai

Modesto Toyota

Physician Referral Service-DMC

Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino



Clark Pest Control

NT Nail Spa

COIT Services Inc.

O'Brien's Market

Gold Level

Collins Electrical

O'Brien's Market

The Modesto Bee

Crystal Creamery


O'Brien's Market

TSM Insurance & Financial Services

Doubletree by Hilton Modesto

Damrell, Nelson, Schrimp, Pallios, Pacher & Silva

Oak Valley Community Bank

Turlock Irrigation District

EMOE, Division of Parker

Del Monte Plant #1

Oak Valley Community Bank

Union Bank

Hannifin Corp.

English Oaks Nursing & Rehabilitation Hospital

Oak Valley Community Bank

US Bank

Encompass Health Rehabilitation

Exceed GPR & Locating, LLC

Opportunity Stanislaus

US Bank

of Modesto

F&M Bank (Carpenter Road)

Pacific Gas & Electric Co.

US Bank (Modesto Main)

Fiscalini Cheese Company

F&M Bank (Dale Road)

Pepsi Bottling Group

US Bank Turlock

IHeart Media

F&M Bank (McHenry)

PMZ Real Estate

Valley BMW

Modesto Irrigation District

Flooring Liquidators, Inc.

Residence Inn by Marriott Modesto North

Valley Children's Healthcare

Modesto Nuts Professional

Flowers Baking Co. of Modesto, LLC

Rizo-Lopez Foods, Inc.

Valley Children's Healthcare


Food Maxx

Rogers Jewelry


Rogers Jewelry Co.

Valley First Credit Union

Nestle USA - Carnation Sutter Health Valley Area

Galletto Ristorante

Rose Bouquet

Sysco Central California Inc.

Gianelli Nielsen

Round Table Pizza #1033

Gilton Solid Waste Mgmt, Inc.

Round Table Pizza #1034

platinum Level

Golden Valley Health Centers

Round Table Pizza #186

E & J Gallo Winery

Golden Valley Health Centers

Round Table Pizza #701

Kaiser Permanente

Golden Valley Health Centers

Round Table Pizza, Corporate

Golden Valley Health Centers

San Joaquin Valley College

silver Level

Golden Valley Health Centers

Save Mart Supermarkets

Wells Fargo Bank

American Chevrolet

Grimbleby Coleman CPAs, Inc.

Save Mart Supermarkets

Wells Fargo Bank

American Medical Response

Grover Landscape Services, Inc.

Save Mart Supermarkets

Wells Fargo Bank

Atherton & Associates, LLP

Infiniti of Modesto

Save Mart Supermarkets

Wells Fargo Bank

Audi Modesto

International Paper Co.

Save Mart Supermarkets

Winton-Ireland, Strom & Green Insurance Agency

Bank of Stockton - Dale Road

JS West & Companies

Save Mart Supermarkets

Winton-Ireland, Strom & Green Insurance Agency

Bank of Stockton - Modesto Main Branch

Lewis Capital Advisors

Save Mart Supermarkets

Yosemite Meat Co., Inc.

Stanislaus Food Products Co. Stanislaus Surgical Hospital Stifel Investment Services Storer Coachways Sutter Gould Medical Foundation The Century and Nine3One The Farmacy

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

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STATE OF THE VALLEY 2020 September 21st 2020 12:00 pM-1:15 PM

Zoom event FEATURING

Mark Keppler Executive Director of the Maddy Institute There is no question that the Coronavirus has upended our lives in many ways. Mark Keppler, the Executive Director of the Maddy Institute will discuss the implications of the Coronavirus for the San Joaquin Valley, generally, and the northern San Joaquin Valley in particular, as it relates to: The November Election. Our Economy and well as our Education and Health systems. The future opportunities that the current crisis may uncover.

Additional Guest Speaker


Dave White - Chief Executive Officer from Opportunity Stanislaus. In 2016 Dave, the board and his team created a new organization, Opportunity Stanislaus, to be the leading economic development, workforce development and small business development organization serving the Stanislaus County region. David will join as a guest speaker and summarize data and new opportunities coming to San Joaquin Valley.


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The Modesto Chamber of Commerce event sponsorship does not guarantee exclusive industry representation. To reserve your sponsorship, please contact Felicia Lopez at flopez@modchamber.org, or online at www.modchamber.org. 1114 J St, Modesto, CA 95354.

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MJC Is A Beacon Of Hope For Community And Businesses By ROSIE ZEPEDA / Director of Public Relations, Modesto Junior College Despite COVID, scorching heat, fires, and with the Fall semester upon us, Modesto Junior College has proven its resilience. Our commitment to our community and our mission is stronger than ever. This Fall semester, services, and the majority of our classes will be conducted remotely. We have made it easier for students to choose classes that will best serve their unique circumstances, for many themselves working remotely. The Vice President of Instruction Dr. Jennifer Zellet elaborates: “We learned a lot from our students during remote learning in the Spring and the Summer. Based on this feedback, we structured our Class Schedule to offer online courses for ondemand instruction, Zoom courses for those students who prefer a structured schedule with an instructor, and hybrid courses for students enrolled in courses that fulfill the essential workforce category. We will continue to listen to students this Fall semester and adjust accordingly.” With Stanislaus County experiencing one of the highest unemployment rates in the Central Valley, Modesto Junior College has continued to partner with area industry to upskill workers. The institution is aiding those who have lost jobs or are economically disenfranchised to complete short courses and gain skills to quickly secure employment. Dr. Vickie Mulvaney-Trask will be leading these efforts at MJC. This past July she became the Dean of Workforce Development and Lifelong Learning. Dr. Mulvaney-Trask describes the two goals she is concentrating on this Fall: “One of our main goals right this minute is to form partnerships with businesses and industries in our area to retrain their workers. We can do this by customizing courses

specific to upscaling the skills of their workforce, classes like Time Management, How to Effectively Work from Home, Microsoft Excel. Our second goal is to provide courses that build immediate skills for our community, like how to use Zoom, Accounting Fundamentals and a number of courses to build online skills.” MJC President Dr. James Houpis summed up the beginning of the Fall semester: “During these unprecedented times, MJC will continue to be a beacon of hope for our community. We have built capacity to get those most vulnerable, back on their feet.” For businesses looking to partner and need help upscaling their workforces, email: mulvaneytraskv@yosemite.edu.

Social Emotional Support - Staying Emotionally Healthy this School Year


Many are feeling a variety of emotions including fear of the unknown.


Infectious disease outbreaks such as COVID-19, as well as other public health events, can cause emotional distress and anxiety. Feeling anxious, confused, overwhelmed or powerless is common during an infectious disease outbreak, especially in the face of a virus with which the general public may be unfamiliar. These feelings of distress and anxiety can occur even if you are not at high risk of getting sick. There is an array of resources to help support emotional and mental health while social distancing. The Modesto City Schools has compiled a list of resources including newspaper and magazine articles, coping skills, steps toward mindfulness, etc. If you or someone you know is struggling, please offer this as help. Modesto Chamber of Commerce I ModChamber.org

MCS Social Emotional Support: (209) 4926000 – option 3, the hotline can be reached Monday-Friday, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Here is a list of additional resources available on the Modesto City School website: Local Mental Health Resources; NAMI Resource and Information Guide; NAMI Student Guide to Mental Health; Self-Care Strategies for Teens; CDC Managing Stress and Anxiety; CDC Taking Care of Your Emotional Health; SAMHSA Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health; Suicide Prevention Lifeline Chat; Emotional Wellbeing During the COVID-19 Outbreak; NBC Article: Coronavirus is Canceling Senior Year Across America: 5 Ways to Help Your Child Cope. Source: Modesto City Schools: www.mcs4kids.com


In response to the current “shelter in place” order, the Leadership Modesto Steering Committee, with support from the Modesto Chamber of Commerce, is extending the 2019 – 2020 class year, to the 2019 – 2021 class year. This is to provide the current class, whose planned schedule was suspended in March, time to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic professionally and resume the planned class schedule when we are all truly moving on from this. This year’s class enjoyed their leadership experience, day trips, and class project planning through the halfway point of the annual schedule. With the time uncertainty that represents the fluidity of this unprecedented crisis, it felt most fair to the time and financial investment of this class and to suspend the schedule for the rest of this year. This will allow them to resume and complete their Leadership Modesto experience starting back up in January 2021. Their graduation will be celebrated in June of 2021. Please check the Modesto Chamber of Commerce website in early 2021 for information on the next upcoming class. For any additional questions please email leadershipmodesto@gmail.com or info@modchamber.org

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Sylvan Family Online Educational Resources And Assistance During school closures, parents may be looking for affordable internet providers. We offer the following information as a courtesy to parents/guardians. Internet For All Now: The California Emerging Technology Fund has provided this link to affordable offers as well as a number to call (1-844-841-INFO (4636)) someone who can assist parents: Affordable Internet Offers. Some cell phone providers are offering the tethering (hotspot) functionality for existing cell phones for free during this time of need. We recommend that parents reach out to their current mobile providers to see what they are offering at this time. Here is a list of Providers and their services: FCC Lifeline Program: www.fcc.gov/general/lifeline-program-low-income-consumers Federal Communication Commission Lifeline Program for LowIncome Consumers Search for Lifeline Providers in Your Area Comcast/Xfinity: http://www.comcastcorporation.com/COVID-19/ COVID-19 Response: New customers who sign-up for Internet Essentials will receive 60 days of free internet service, increase speeds from 15/2 to 25/3, 40 hours of Xfinity Wifi hotspots per month and open on an unlimited basis. Internet Essentials Free to New Customers Xfinity WiFi Free for Everyone Pausing Our Data Plan No Disconnects or Late Fees

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AT&T: https://accessatt.solixcs.com/#/home COVID-19 Response: No termination regardless of ability to pay, waive late payment fees due to inability to pay, and keep public WIFI hotspots open for those who need them. (855) 220-5211 Up to $10 per month (plus taxes) 10 Mbps No term commitment No deposit No installation fees In-home Wi-Fi modem included


Spectrum/Charter: https://www.spectrum.com/browse/content/spectrum-internet-assist COVID-19 Response: Charter Communications, Spectrum’s parent company, announced it will make its services available for free for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who don’t already have internet through the company. Free Internet modem High-speed Internet at 30 Mbps No data caps No contracts Optional in-home WiFi service at $5/month Modesto Chamber of Commerce I ModChamber.org

Sprint: https://newsroom.sprint.com/covid-19-updates-sprint-responds.htm COVID-19 Response: Complimentary international calling rates from the U.S. to countries defined by the CDC as Level 3. Metered data plans receive unlimited data for 60 days Additional 20GB of mobile hotspot data per month for 60 days Coming soon: Mobile hotspot-capable handsets who don’t have mobile hotspot today will receive 20GB per month for 60 days T-Mobile: https://www.t-mobile.com/news/t-mobile-update-on-covid-19-response ALL current customers will have unlimited smartphone data (excluding roaming). An additional 20GB of mobile hotspot / tethering service/extra free data up to 5GB of data per month Increasing the data allowance for free to schools and students using our Empower ED digital learning programs to ensure each participant has access to at least 20GB of data per month Cox: https://www.cox.com/residential/internet/connect2compete.html $9.95 per month (plus taxes) 10 Mbps No term commitment/No deposit No installation fee/ In-home Wi-Fi modem included Carriers that market Paid/low cost wireless hotspots: Mobile Citizen: https://mobilecitizen.org/ Plans starting at $10/month Human-I-T: https://www.human-i-t.org/ Low-cost Internet and devices: Kajeet: https://www.kajeet.net/ Offers 4-month plans Source: Sylvan Union School District – www.sylvan-ca.schoolloop.com

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