progress Modesto Chamber of Commerce
May 2011 Vol. 32 Issue 5 Modchamber.org
Free Medical Clinic Gives Hope to Modesto Homeless New Members Cover Photo by Studio Warner
Work In Progress
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Co ver Sto ry
Free Medical Clinic Gives Hope BOARD OF DIRECTORS Chairman
to Modesto Homeless
Ralph Curtis, Curtis Legal Group
David Gianelli, Gianelli & Associates
Vice Chairman of Internal Operations Eric Benson, JS West & Company
Co m m u ni ty D evel o pm en t
Vice Chairman of External Operations Kathy Halsey, Individual Member
Vice Chairman of Member Relations David Halvorson, American Chevrolet
Vice Chairman of Events & Special Projects Doug Johnson, Reach Business Systems, Inc.
Lynn Dickerson, Gallo Center for the Arts Dan Garcia, Tri Counties Bank Pat Gillum, Pat Gillum, CPA Neal Khatri, Best Western Khatri Properties Craig Lewis, Prudential California Realty Sharon Likely, Kaiser Permanente Mike Moradian, Peace of Mind Home Inspections Bill Moreno, Fire 2 Wire Ron Owen, Bank of the West Suzy Powell, Individual Member Chris Ricci, Chris Ricci Presents Jeremiah Williams, Oak Crafts by Jeremiah
Guest Column Leadership Modesto Announcements Awards and Achievements
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Bill Bassitt, The Alliance George Boodrookas, Modesto Junior College Keith Boggs, Leadership Modesto David Boring, Never Boring Design Associates Greg Nyhoff, City of Modesto
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Amb assad or Co r n er
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of good will.” The Modesto Chamber’s Ambassadors are the good will arm of the
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To promote the region’s economic strengths and vitality; identify and promote services that are valuable to our members; advocate for public policy that is advantageous to the business community; and fully participate and partner in activities to improve quality of life.
garnering support for the Chamber. The Ambassadors are charged with extending Agnes Amerine
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events. The side benefits are having fun with community involvement. Come join our team! Agnes Amerine, Account Manager, Network Builders, I.T., 209-522-6248, firstname.lastname@example.org
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L e ader s hi p
C hairma nâ€™s G uest C olu mn Modesto competes with other cities for employers
and businesses and needs to be as competitive as
it can reasonably afford to be in order to attract
economic and job growth. When we last examined our fees, we were living in a different world: Joe Muratore
construction costs were at all-time highs and our
population was booming. It is starkly different
today and a fresh look was needed. To this end,
the Finance Committee created a Comprehensive Fee Task Force in 2009. Their mission was to understand the total development
fee picture for Modesto and how it relates to our actual costs
for maintaining roads, parks and infrastructure. They were also charged with comparing our fees and costs to those of other cities in the region.
What they found was startling. For shopping centers, supermarkets and Medical Office developments, our fees were typically 30%50% higher than other Central Valley cities (Manteca, Stockton,
Merced, etc.). For general office and single-family homes we were slightly higher than average and for manufacturing and warehouse developments we were 20% to 40% below average.
The task force found that fees are currently charged as a percentage of the value of the project rather than in relation to the cost of the actual services provided.
Because of this, they found that large
projects were paying more than their fair share and small projects were not paying enough.
They also found that of the nearly $1 billion in infrastructure projects
that were proposed for the next 20 years, 30% to 40% were unlikely Construction Management
to be built because population growth did not warrant it.
Based on their study and findings, the committee proposed that
fees actually be lowered for all seven development types. These
reductions ranged from 45% for medical offices down to 8% for Senior housing, which already had lower fees. Now our office and retail fees are about average and our manufacturing and warehouse fees are among the most competitive in the region.
I am proud
of the work this committee accomplished. They were thorough in
their efforts and the council responded by unanimously voting to adopt the new fee schedule and methodology.
4th & U, Berkeley, California General Contracting Pre-Construction Planning
SCM-CMS, Inc. for an on-time and under budget completion of
4th & U, BERKELEY Value Engineering
Essex Property Trust, Inc.
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Joe Muratore serves on the Modesto City Council and Chairs the Economic Development Committee.
C h a m b e r B oard P ers p ec t ive Your Chamber has been undergoing some
We are excited that the City Council has approved the construction
continue to change and plans to increase its
commend the Modesto Youth Soccer Association for agreeing to manage
dramatic changes. While the Chamber will
support for individual businesses, the Chamber also
development. The Chamber applauds the efforts David Gianelli
of CommonWealth Modesto in branding Modesto and encourages the members of CommonWealth
to keep the ideas flowing and to seek our assistance whenever
of soccer fields at Mary Grogan Park near Enochs High School. We and maintain those fields. The tournaments that Modesto will soon be
able to host will bring in millions of dollars to our local economy each year. It will also bring outsiders to our community who will get a good
sense of what Modesto has to offer. MYSA is going to need community support in order to make these fields a success.
necessary. They recognize that Modesto’s greatest asset is its sense
Finally, we strongly support the efforts of Tom Changnon and the
live here a while and it is abundantly clear. Modesto is special.
campaign. We will not always agree on the resolution of the issues
of community. This may not be readily apparent to outsiders, but
The Chamber intends to work more closely with the City of Modesto in order to improve our downtown and make Modesto more appealing
to new business. The personality of a community is defined by its downtown. We applaud the efforts of our City Manager, Greg Nyhoff
and Kimberly Murdaugh in their “Embrace It” campaign and also in helping to bring a “can do” attitude to city government.
Stanislaus County Office of Education in their “Choose Civility”
we face, but we need to recognize that we do have a common goal. We are all trying our best to improve our community and we need to
find ways to work together in spite of our differences, to accomplish this higher purpose.
Our Chamber is fortunate to have a leader like Cecil Russell who cares deeply for Modesto. We are looking at a very bright future because of Cecil and others like him who have a passion for Modesto.
S ave the D ate
First Annual State of Education The first Annual State of Education event is scheduled for August 25,
businesses can become engaged in, to make a transformation that has
2011 at the DoubleTree Hotel. Mark your calendars now and plan to
impact and meaning. Working together to influence change, we can
take part in one of the hottest issues facing our region, education and
make a difference in educating the workforce within our community.
Join us as we work to bring more diverse development, job creation and ultimately business dollars back into our city.
This new event will introduce a major collaborative initiative between business, education and the non-profit sector and how we as a Chamber
Sponsorship opportunities are now available. For more information,
can positively affect workforce within our county. Our goal is to bring
contact Elizabeth Facanha, Special Events Manager at (209) 577-5757 or
a business challenge to the forefront, then offer SOLUTIONS that
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Free Medical Clinic Gives Hope to Modesto Homeless Photos by Studio Warner, Written by Justin Souza
n May 11, the grand opening of a free medical clinic in
immediate connection. “They had a building and plans and approval
city’s most disadvantaged residents. The Salvation Army
recalled, “They just ran out of funds to build the medical clinic.”
downtown Modesto will offer access to medical care to the Collaborative Health Clinic, built through a first-of-its-
kind collaboration between the area’s four major charity clubs—
A dedicated group of community volunteers broke ground on the
help countless members of the area’s homeless population get well
September. The clinic’s months of construction have meant plenty of
Rotary, Soroptimists, Modesto Lions, and Kiwanis—is poised to
new clinic at the existing facility on Modesto’s 9th and D Streets in
and get back on their feet.
dirty hands and sore backs for the many service club members who
With the introduction of this free clinic at The Salvation Army’s
facility rests on the generosity of an army of medical professionals
population will gain access to needed medical care unavailable
help get funding for staff and supplies and I already have a list of
other concerns. The basic medical services available at this new
are asking how they can help with this project,” said Currie.
Modesto’s indigent community.
Added Aird, “I’ve been with The Salvation Army since 1979 and I’ve
Built by the collaborative efforts of Modesto’s major charity clubs,
hard to make a difference. It’s truly inspiring.”
Rotarian Chris Currie and blossomed naturally from his interest
According to its mission statement, The Salvation Army Collaborative
wife’s medical magazines one day and noticed how there are these
community who have the least access by empowering each person to
wonderful would it be to have something like that in Modesto?”
It supplements the existing Transitional program at The Salvation
Since the Sunrise Rotary does not have the resources to
become self-reliant again through a variety of rehabilitation courses
have wielded hammers and saws, but the ongoing success of the
Berberian Homeless and Transition Shelter, Modesto’s homeless
who have donated time. “We are working with local hospitals to
through other channels due to a lack of transportation, funds, or
volunteer doctors, dentists, optometrists, RN’s, LVN’s, and PA’s who
facility will be a tremendous boon to the living conditions of
never seen a community that cares so much and is willing to work so
the new six-office medical facility was originally the brainchild of in improving the Modesto community. “I was reading one of my
Health Clinic aims to relieve pain and suffering of those in the
free medical clinics in different cities,” said Currie. “I thought, how
become a healthy, productive and self-sufficient member of society.
Army facility, a 2-year course focused on helping homeless persons
tackle such a large project alone, Currie had the novel idea
including remedial education and job interview skill instruction.
Modesto Lions and Soroptimists. All of the clubs jumped at the
Added Currie, “The medical clinics will offer an additional
of approaching Modesto’s other three service clubs: Kiwanis, chance to collaborate.
service by providing homeless patients glasses so they can
In the past, each of Modesto’s service clubs has pursued its own
confidence because their damaged teeth have been repaired and
teaming up, the clubs were able to pursue a much larger project
from walking around in the elements treated so that they can look
read application forms, allow them to go to an interview with
individual projects, but all are restricted by limited budgets. By
they can smile confidently again, and let them get their sores
and potentially make a correspondingly larger impact on the
healthy when asking for a job.”
with the motivation and funds to develop a free medical clinic,
The volunteer-staffed clinic will include six offices and four
community. While the proposed collaboration provided the clubs they next faced the challenge of finding a location. When
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exam rooms. The rooms will each be personalized with logos and plaques to indicate which of the four clubs underwrote its
Coordinator Brian Aird with the project idea, there was an
from the City and everything we needed to get this going,” Currie
construction and focused on one specific medical need in the city’s homeless population.
In the room designed by the Rotarians, patients will be offered dental care including basic services such as exams and teeth
cleaning as well as more substantial treatments like pulling rotted teeth and treating abscesses.
For eye care, patients will be directed to the exam room designed
by the Lions. Services in this facility will augment the club’s Eye Mobile Clinic and work in conjunction with the Lions I n S i g h t R e c y c l i n g C e n t e r i n Va l l e j o — a n e y e g l a s s e s re c y c l i n g
a n d re f u r b i s h m e n t p ro g r a m — t o p ro v i d e g l a s s e s t o t h o s e t h a t need them.
Medical exam rooms developed by the Kiwanis and Soroptimist clubs aim to reduce sickness in the homeless population by serving
patients with basic first aid including flu shots, exams and some non-narcotic over-the-counter medications. The Kiwanis’ room
will be focused on treating male patients while the Soroptimist’s
exam room will serve as a women’s clinic. This was a natural fit,
said Patricia Good, Soroptimists of Modesto North spokesperson, as it underscores the Soroptimist’s mission statement, “improving
Chris Currie, Modesto Sunrise Rotary
the lives of women and girls in local communities and throughout the world.”
While Aird said the clinic’s services will initially offer only dental and vision care to the current 100-person population of the transitional program, “we tentatively hope to expand into helping patients with medical needs by the center ’s winter session.”
Volunteers who want to support the new clinic can contact The Salvation Army at (209) 523-7577.
“I’ve been with The Salvation Army since 1979 and I’ve never seen a community that cares so much and is willing to work so hard to make a difference. It’s truly inspiring.” – Brian Aird, The Salvation Army
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the summer of 2010. Pam Tallman, after teaching piano in her home for As Pam and her husband Larry were making that a reality they decided
to incorporate Larry’s interest in teaching robotics. The result includes
individual and group music classes in piano, guitar, woodwinds and strings, as well as small group classes in art, computer programming and robotics. For more information visit www.modestoacademy.com.
Sierra Arms Corp is Modesto’s only fully licensed firearm dealer.
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reloading components, safes and complete gunsmith services. The staff at Sierra
adopted the verified response ordinance. The police will only respond to
We offer an extensive line of new and used firearms, accessories, ammunition,
Arms Corp regularly competes in shooting sports, to include the action games, United States Practical Shooting Association and International Confederation of
Revolver Enthusiasts. Our endeavors with a rifle regularly take us to benchrest, military, silhouette, and long range tactical matches. Our gunsmith specializes
in custom weapons for competitive and practical applications. Our custom guns have placed at regional and national level matches. For additional
a verified event and that is exactly what the Sonitrol security system does;
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actually leads to apprehensions. In fact, in 2010, we experienced a record year with 740 apprehensions! Sonitrol also specializes in access control,
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Re co rd Att e nda n c e a t t h e 1 6 t h An n u al A g A w a r e L u n c h e on Modesto
Keynote Speaker at the 16th annual Ag Aware Luncheon held April 7th at the SOS Club. A record crowd of over 500 listened intently as Mr. Dickson talked about the 83-year history of the Modesto City Schools FFA program and his 36 year involvement. He noted the importance of the Ag Aware Luncheon which raises money for FFA programs, serving about 1,500 students at seven high schools.
students Shannon Mahaffey, Davis High School and Paris Farrell, Enochs High School shared their FFA experience, telling the audience of their experiences at the yearly FFA convention and their plans to continue their education in the Agriculture field.
Table Sponsors continued
Farmland Management Services
Save Mart Supermarkets
Fisher Nut Company
Bank of the West
J.M. Equipment Co., Inc.
Mapeâ€™s Ranch/Lyons Family.
Melvin Wheeler & Sons
Modesto Junior College AG Staff
American Chevrolet Atherton & Associates Curtis Legal Group Del Monte Gianelli & Associates Grimbleby Coleman, CPAS, Inc JS West Company
Platinum level sponsors Garton Tractor, New Holland Agricultural Equipment and Gold Level Sponsor Oak Valley Community Bank helped this yearâ€™s program generate over $11,000 for FFA scholarships, bringing the sixteen-year total to $145,000. FFA students and programs benefit from new equipment purchases and funding for travel to state and national leadership activities.
Mocse Credit Union Modesto Commerce Bank Rabobank Turlock Irrigation District US Bank Valley First Credit Union Wells Fargo Bank Wells Fargo Regional Commercial Banking Group
In addition to the corporate
Winton-Ireland, Strom & Green Insurance Agency
sponsors, Ag Aware Chairman Audrey
Yosemite Meat Company, Inc
American AgCredit, credited Foster Farms Poultry, Foster Farms Dairy, FreshPoint Central California, CocaCola Bottling Co. and Save Mart Supermarkets for their contributions
Table Sponsors A.L. Gilbert Company
of food and beverages. Centerpiece creations were sponsored by the
Almond Board of California
California Women for Agriculture; programs, door prizes and other
materials were provided by Modesto City Schools and Modesto Junior College Ag Department.
Bank of America Blue Diamond Growers
that were table sponsors and donors for the event:
Boyett Petroleum Burchell Nursery, Inc. California Milk Advisory Board California Poultry Federation Crop Production Services CSU Stanislaus Ag Dept. Dave Wilson Nursery Duarte Nursery E & J Gallo Winery
Modesto Junior College Foundation Modesto City Schools Perez Farms Provost & Pritchard Consulting Group San Joaquin Equipment Co. Satake USA Sheriff Adam Christiansen Stanislaus County Assessor Stanislaus County Farm Bureau Tri Counties Bank Union Bank Veterinary Service, Inc Yosemite Farm Credit Direct Donors Almond Board of California Associated Feeds Beard Land Improvement Company Modesto Empire and Traction Company Braden Farms California Poultry Federation California Women for Agriculture Ceres Pipe & Metal Coca Cola Bottling Company Foster Farms Dairy Foster Farms Poultry Fresh Point Central California GCA Financial Services Modesto Steel Save Mart Supermarkets Stanislaus Farm Supply
G ues t C olumn New Route for Amgen Ken Cochrane Certified Family Law Specialist
By Jessica Smart, Public Information Analyst City of Modesto
Jerry Casheros Partner
Modesto will be in the international spotlight Tuesday, May
17, when the world’s elite cyclists speed into town for a heartpounding race to the finish during the 2011 Amgen Tour of California!
The festivities are set to begin at 11 a.m. when the
Super-Rama Lifestyle Festival kicks off on I Street between 11th and 9th Streets with fun for the whole family. More than
just a healthy living expo, the Lifestyle Festival features health
screenings, cancer awareness education, live music, food, entertainment, bicycle safety and more! Matt Fletcher Partner
Betty Julian Of Counsel
Cyclists and spectators alike will get a taste of Modesto when Stage 3 of the 2011 Amgen Tour of California races into
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Scenic Drive. With a slight right onto Downey and a quick left
onto I Street, the riders will enter the circuit route turning onto
11th Street and then a quick jaunt over to College. Next up: a right onto Coldwell and then a tight right onto Sycamore.
Down Sycamore and a zig-zag across Needham gets riders
to 16th Street before turning onto I Street to do it all again – gearing up for a sprint to the finish line at 12th and I Streets.
Mark your calendars! Tuesday, May 17, will be an exciting day you won’t want to miss! Visit www.modestogov.com/amgen.
Thank you Modesto Chamber of Commerce members for sponsoring the Modesto Stage 3 Finish:
Premarital Agreements Post-Marital Agreements
Save Mart Supermarkets
Post Divorce Modification
Memorial Medical Center
Private Family Law Judging
Sutter Gould Medical Foundation
Boyett Petroleum Bertolotti Disposal Gilton Solid Waste Management, Inc. Modesto Convention and Visitors Bureau DoubleTree Hotel Uno Chigaco Grill Fire2Wire Hill Center for Integrative Medicine
For more information, contact us at (209) 524-1100 or visit us online.
through Oakdale on their way to Modesto via Claus Road to
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Media Day started with a “buzz.” The 2011 class gathered at the
downtown offices of Never Boring
Design Associates to learn about all things publicity. Students were
educated by Marketing Director, Courtney Considine on the various generational approaches to social media and how this relates to
online conversations. Topics included how to bridge the generation gap by utilizing online conversation to connect adolescence and
adulthood. The class split in two, in an exercise to create their own promotional campaign with the goal of attracting teenagers to apply for Leadership Modesto.
The day continued with a visit to The Modesto Bee, where the class participated in a “breaking news” exercise with Modesto Bee Director of Interactive Media, Dan Day. The segment was eye opening, to say the least. Classmates also sat in on the daily news meeting and provided feedback to Modesto Bee editors for the next day’s coverage.
One of the favorite parts of the day for many was a Media Training
provided by David Jones, Director of Communications and Legislative
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Media Day’s lunch was provided by Rodriguez Law. Thank you for your contribution.
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A n nou nce m ents Extra Hands Party Planning is hosting an Open House on May 26, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. at Modesto Centre Plaza in the Pistache Ginkgo room. You are invited to come and meet Shaunna Keith and
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Chamber University Presents A Special Seminar on Social Security
As you approach retirement, it is more important than ever to understand the role that Social Security benefits can and should play in your overall retirement income plan. Join us for a masterful overview of: • How
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Facilitated by: Eric Slack, Regional VP with Allianz and
Fill The Need” Trap Shoot Competition at the Escalon Sportsman’s
get 50 targets and a delicious lunch. Top shooters for men, women and juniors will receive a trophy. Join us at our family friendly event
filled with good food and great raffle prizes. For more information or sponsorship opportunities, contact Geri Lewis at (209) 593-5618.
Mocse Credit Union is proud to be a continuing sponsor of the
6th Annual Every Student Succeeding Awards Breakfast. The Stanislaus Chapter of the Association of School Administrator’s (ACSA), along
with the Stanislaus County Office of Education, recognized 23 local students from 13 school districts in Stanislaus County. The students were honored who had succeeded against various challenges and excelled beyond expectations of their principals and staff. One student
from the 23 was selected to represent Stanislaus County at the ACSA State Conference.
from 9 a.m. Saturday to 9 a.m. Sunday (24-hrs). Johansen High School
Stadium, 641 Norseman Drive at Claus Rd. Join the American Cancer Society in creating a world with less cancer and more birthdays, Relay For Life is
a fundraising event dedicated to cancer awareness, celebrate survivors, remember those who lost their lives to cancer, and unite a community in
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Wealth Management Date: May 18, 2011 3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Location: Modesto Chamber of Commerce 1114 J Street, Modesto, CA Chamber Conference Room Hosted By: American Asset & Wealth Management 3202 Atchison Street, Riverbank, CA
18th Annual Relay For Life of Modesto May 14-15,
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N ew C h amber M ember s American Tire Depot Donnie Hall 3120 McHenry Avenue Modesto, CA 95350 (209) 575-2000 ph (209) 576-1080 fax ATD063@yahoo.com www.americantiredepot.com Automotive Repairing & Service
Extra Hands Party Planning Shaunna Keith P.O. Box 576526 Modesto, CA 95357 (209) 416-2718 ph (209) 521-6828 fax email@example.com www.extrahandspartyplanning.com Special Events
New Bethany Missionary Baptist Church Pastor Charles Evins 315 6th Street Modesto, CA 95354 (209) 595-6966 ph firstname.lastname@example.org Churches & Clergy
Sierra Arms Corp. John Kirkpatrick 1408 Carpenter Road, Suite 1 Modesto, CA 95351 (209) 544-1911 ph (209) 544-1190 fax email@example.com www.sacguns.com Guns & Gunsmiths
Sonitrol Security Candice Wright 3728 Imperial Way, Suite E Stockton, CA 95215 (559) 333-3810 ph (209) 941-2166 fax firstname.lastname@example.org www.sonitrolsecurity.com Security Systems
Heidi Howell P.O. Box 1112 Modesto, CA 95353 (209) 550-0544 ph (209) 550-0545 fax email@example.com Individual Members
McGrath Moving & Storage, Inc. Michael McGrath 645 Janopaul Lane Modesto, CA 95351 (209) 577-0676 ph (209) 577-4015 fax firstname.lastname@example.org www.mcgrathmovingandstorage.com Movers & Full Service Storage
Modesto Mathnasium Bryon Sordo 2508 Oakdale Road Modesto, CA 95355 (209) 551-6284 ph (209) 551-6284 fax email@example.com www.mathnasium.com/modestonorth Education
Marvin Fontanilla 3401 Dale Road, #508 Modesto, CA 95356 (209) 275-2224 ph firstname.lastname@example.org www.tuttimelon.com/modesto Restaurants
Zak Davis, Morgan StanleySmith Barney Zak Davis 1020 10th Street Modesto, CA 95354 (209) 968-1791 ph (209) 576-3297 fax email@example.com Financial Services
m i n n i e â€™s n e w s b i t e s Do you know that when you shop locally each dollar you spend turns 3 Â˝ times?
goes to the shop owner who uses it to pay Minnie Dodge
his employees who use it again to purchase products from other local business. A portion
if that dollar also goes to pay state and local taxes which are used to pay for our policemen, firemen and school teachers. The Modesto Chamber urges you to support your community by shopping local. Help keep our community strong by spending your dollars here. Remember, Modesto Means Business!
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A wards A nd A c hie v e m e n ts
P eople On The M ove
Becky Jones, Sales Manager for Plus IT Inc., was awarded Ambassador of the Month for the
Marc Peterson joins TSM Insurance Services
Chamber of Commerce Chairman of the Board,
of CSU, Chico, Marc brings the knowledge and
after a successful career as a Golf Professional on the
month of January. Presenting the award is Modesto
Canadian Tour. A native of Modesto and graduate
Ralph Curtis. Becky is fairly new to the Modesto Becky Jones
area and has found the Ambassador Program to be a great avenue to get out into the community and
experience he gained as a tour professional to TSM Marc Peterson
business and personal opportunities I have seen in my
meet fellow business professionals. The Modesto Chamber of Commerce
travels. Working locally in the commercial market will enable me to share
company, as well as the Chamber.
when asked how his experience will benefit local companies.
greatly appreciates all of Becky’s hard work in representing herself, her
my experiences and help customers grow their businesses,” Marc replied
The Modesto Chamber of Commerce commends Larry Clark owner of The Wedding
Matthew Oliver also joins the TSM Insurance
dedication to the Chamber’s Welcome Team. Larry
building trades, Matthew started a successful career as
Services team in the commercial lines department.
Planner/Center Stage Productions for his continued
After spending several years in the construction and
attended the most Ribbon Cutting events for Larry Clark
the first quarter of 2011. Larry was present at 19 Ribbon Cuttings for the quarter and along with the
a personal lines agent. The relationships he developed Matthew Oliver
in both the construction industry and working with
individuals has helped broaden Matthew’s skill as a
other team members, welcomes new members at their Ribbon Cutting
commercial agent. “Understanding the needs of businesses, as well as the
I know will benefit my clients,” Matthew recently commented.
Ceremonies. Larry can be contacted a firstname.lastname@example.org or his P
Oak Valley COmmunity Bank
We Mean Business
Kristine Griesheimer, Ripon Branch Manager, with Steve, Sandie, Nicole, and Ryan Nelson of Pools by Nelson, serving local homeowners since 1974.
Experience business banking the way it should be – the perfect blend of oldfashioned personal service and modern technology to meet your every need.
“We enjoy working with Oak Valley because they care about their customers. Let us make your business, our business. They have our interests at heart and genuinely want to help us achieve our long-term goals. – Ryan and Nicole Nelson, Pools by Nelson
and his clients. “This region offers some of the finest
Modesto Chamber of Commerce Progress
Deep Roots ~ Strong Branches
Oakdale • Sonora • Modesto • Turlock Patterson • Ripon • Escalon • Stockton
challenges individuals face with their insurance, has provided insight that P
P r e s i d e n t’ s C lub R e c e pt i o n The
President’s Club - Circle of Influence held
a reception on March 24, at the Whitmore
Mansion. Newly appointed President and CEO, Cecil Russell was the special guest
speaker for the evening. President Russell
spoke about change, and how as a community we must come
together to bring this about. To quote President Russell, “A rising tide floats all boats” the business community cannot wait for government to assist us in the difficult times. We must help ourselves and unite as one to effect change. Despite the torrential weather, members of local government and business leaders
showed their support by attending the event. The Chamber Board of Directors would like to thank President Russell for sharing his thoughts. A special thanks to the Whitmore Mansion for hosting and catering the event with excellent food and service. If you are interested in joining the President’s Club - Circle of Influence,
call Nita Gruendeman at (209) 577-5757 to find out about the many benefits.
p res i dent’s c lub C ircle Of I nfluence Platinum level Kaiser Permanente Save Mart Supermarkets
Bank of the West Capax-Giddings, Corby, Hynes, Inc. Doctors Behavioral Health Center-DMC Doctors Medical Center-DMC Frito-Lay Company, Inc. Pacific Southwest Container Walmart
Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Inc. Costco Wholesale DoubleTree Hotel Evergreen Nursing & Rehabilitation Care Center Foster Farms Dairy JC Penney Company Memorial Medical Center The Modesto Bee Modesto Irrigation District Modesto Nuts Professional Baseball Post Foods, LLC RACOR, Division of Parker Hannifin Corporation Sysco Food Services Taco Bell
We make house calls
Fine Family Portraiture
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5.11 Tactical Inc. AAA AAA Locating, Inc. AT&T Acme Construction Company, Inc. Ambeck Mortgage Associates American Chevrolet American Medical Response Applegate Johnston, Inc. Aramark Uniform Services Atherton & Associates BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse Basic Resources, Inc. Brandman University Part of Chapman University Brown, Fink, Boyce & Astle, LLP Bunge Oils California State University, Stanislaus Candlewood Suites Central Valley Automotive Central Valley Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge Central Valley Nissan Central Valley Volkswagen Hyundai Central Valley Medical Group Children’s Hospital Central California Children’s Hospital & Research Center-Oakland Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino Citibank Clark Pest Control Comcast Construction Management Corporation Courtyard by Marriott Covenant Village of Turlock Curtis Legal Group Damrell, Nelson, Schrimp, Pallios, Pacher & Silva
Del Monte Plant #1 Delta Sierra Beverage DirectLine Technologies, Inc. English Oaks Nursing & Rehabilitation Hospital External Resources Inc. F & M Bank Galletto Ristorante Georgia-Pacific Gianelli & Associates Gilton Solid Waste Management, Inc. Great Valley Center Grimbleby Coleman CPAs, Inc. Grover Landscape Services, Inc. Harris Moran Seed Company Heald College I.J. Larsen Pumps, Inc. Infiniti of Modesto Institute of Technology International Paper Company ITT Technical Institute JS West & Company Kaplan College Magnum Boots USA McHenry Medical Group, Inc. Mercer Foods Mocse Credit Union Modesto Commerce Bank Modesto Toyota Mraz, Amerine & Associates Nestle USA Oak Valley Community Bank O’Brien’s Market, Inc. OLAM Spices & Vegetables, Inc. Oldcastle Glass Pacific Gas & Electric Company Panelized Structures, Inc. Pepsi-Cola Bottling Group Plastipak Packaging Prime Shine Car Wash Rabobank Raley’s Rizo-Lopez Foods Inc. San Joaquin Valley College Seven Up Bottling Corporation Solecon Industrial Contractors Solid Networks, Inc. SpringHill Suites by Marriott Stanislaus Food Products Company Stanislaus Surgical Hospital Stantec Consulting Storer Coachways Sutter Gould Medical Foundation Turlock Irrigation District US Bank (Modesto Main) Valley Bio Energy, LLC Valley First Credit Union Valley Lexus-BMW Versa Cold Logistics Services W.H. Breshears, Inc. Warden’s Office Products Center Warden’s Office Furniture Outlet Wells Fargo Bank Winton, Ireland, Strom & Green Insurance Agency Yosemite Meat Company, Inc.
Construction by DeGraff Development
Work In Progress Modesto Chamber of Commerce
a series spotlighting some of our area’s most innovative and successful companies
D e G r a f f D e v elopment
Service when you need it (Courtesy of Never Boring Design Associates) Building a brand is more than just picking a name for your business. From a great logo and business card,
The recession has shuttered many construction
to an engaging website and social media presence,
companies, but DeGraff Development has
establishing a great brand is about maintaining
businesses across the Central Valley since
soldiered on based partially on their excellent
1987 with one simple tenet: great customer
service meets every client’s needs. Since
company President Chad DeGraff, the company
working hard for you. For more information, or ideas
Rich and Arlene DeGraff began the business
has weathered the downturn economy by
on how our specialists in marketing and design can
from their house, the construction firm’s
focus on the customer has kept clients
company but our goal has always been to create
from the Bay Area to the
Sierras coming back year after
clients are repeat customers or customer referrals.
Centrally located in Oakdale,
message you deliver to your clients. Your brand is how you bring business to your door, make sure it’s
help you build your brand, contact Never Boring Associates today at 526-9136.
a ‘small company’ atmosphere with ‘small company’ values
A DVERTISING I GRAPHIC DESIGN
I WEB DESIGN
I MARKETING I FILM & MULTIMEDIA
I COMMERCIAL SIGNS
for our customers.” This focus
MODESTO MEANs BUSINESS
pushes return business that
The Chamber stands by this statement.
has kept them profitable in a
every client’s needs.
DeGraff Development remains a family-owned company. Rich and Arlene’s son Chad now
year and ensured that 80% of
consistency and interest throughout the whole
- DeGraff Construction
leads a team of 18 employees
We practice it on a daily basis. As an organization, we use Chamber Members exclusively. We hope we can ‘count on you’ to practice using Chamber Members to meet all of your business needs. You can find new and
The company’s current specialty is insulated metal panels for cold storage buildings, a key component
initiative. The steel panels are made in the Central Valley from recycled steel
and 3D modeling to traditional stucco.
and are again recyclable at the end of the
The company’s in-house experts are well
building’s lifespan. Employing pre-fabricated
equipped to take any size construction
components also reduces the amount of
project from conception to completion, be
raw materials required while maintaining the
it a small remodel or a full design build.
highest level of structural integrity. A win for
through our 2010 directory at http://www.villageprofile.com/california/modesto. Progress Magazine is the voice of the Modesto Chamber of Commerce, and the leading business publication in Stanislaus County. For more information or advertising info call (209) 526-9136.
© Never Boring Design
with diverse skill sets from design builds
current members online at www.modchamber.org, or
their clients, and for the planet. This story can also be found at www.modbee.com/workinprogress
N e tw or k i ng And Referrals
R i bb on C ut t i ng s
Shields Electric Co.
Stanislaus County Bar Association
P.O. Box 1682, Modesto, CA 95353 (209) 585-5718
3000 Omega Way, Modesto, CA 95355 (209) 551-2144
804 14th Street, Modesto, CA 95354 (209) 571-5729
Modesto Academy of Music & Design
Peace of Mind Home Inspection, Inc.
5428 Pirrone Road, Salida, CA 95368 (209) 545-6872
3833 McHenry Avenue, Modesto, CA 95356 (209) 523-4706
1111 J Street , G-106, Modesto, CA 95354 (866) 757-8480
B u s i n ess B efore and A f ter H ours april business before hours
april business after hours
Hosted by: Humphreys College
Hosted by: United Cerebral Palsy of Stanislaus County
Coffee Provided By:
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Humphreys College has proudly offered opportunities for
United Cerebral Palsy educates advocates and provides support
Modesto campus offers certificate programs as well as associate and
of disabilities. UCP works to advance the independence,
educational growth in the Central Valley for over 113 years. The
bachelorâ€™s degrees in the areas of criminal justice, early childhood education, legal studies, liberal studies, accounting, business administration, and community studies. Humphreys College 3600 Sisk Rd # 5A
Modesto, CA 95356 (209) 543-9411
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services to ensure a life without limits for people with a spectrum productivity and full citizenship of people with disabilities through an affiliate network that has helped millions. United Cerebral Palsy 4265 Spyres Way, #2 Modesto, CA 95356 (209) 577-2122
Prime Shine Express presents:
LAND OF OPPORTUNITY ...a series spotlighting entrepreneurial achievement
Adela & A. D. Hawkins Owners Trophy Works Trophy Works was first established in 1978, and Adela and A.D. Hawkins have owned and operated the business in Modesto for the last 25 years. AD & Adela Hawkins
How has what you have done in the past led to where you are now? Before Trophy Works, Adela had mainly worked in Human Resource management in Silicon Valley. She enjoys person-to-person interface and assisting people. A.D. has a technical and management background. He had worked in computers and technology in Silicon Valley and has always enjoyed client interface and problem solving. Neither of us had any experience in the Recognition Awards business but with our complimentary expertise and backgrounds we had a good foundation for the business. Would you share with me some background that has contributed to helping you achieve your goals? We’ve always made it our business to build long-term relationships with clients. We strive to ensure that they are completely satisfied with the quality of their purchase. Many times, customers will just call us with a situation, give us a price range and the time they need the item and then let us take care of the rest. We consider this a stamp of approval on the way we do business and we always go out of our way to provide the perfect item for the occasion. What challenges have you had to overcome? Early on, we had to find the niches and products that would be welcomed in Modesto. We made small purchases of products and had other sources provide finished products to test the market. Cash flow was a problem initially but we made sure vendors got paid on time and had to go with little left over for ourselves sometimes. The last couple of years have seen our business decline from previous highs due to the recession. Only recently has the business returned to levels that can sustain us. This is partly due to the recession ebbing and partly because our customers have stayed with us and kept providing us business to help us survive and thrive. What are some of the accomplishments of which you are particularly proud? The trusting relationships we’ve built with our clients, and our customer list comprised of the “who’s who” in the county and city is a prime source of pride. We can identify our work on walls and desks all over the city, from schools and businesses to hospitals and people’s homes.
You’re very much an entrepreneur. What do you think makes you such a success? We have developed good relationships and contacts in the area. When we first came to Modesto, we attended our customer’s events, joined service clubs and churches and we even used to just drive around the Modesto area to familiarize ourselves with our new home. We know the area now and we don’t drive around much anymore but we have continued to engrain ourselves in the community. We also try to stay on top of technology. Our industry has made major advancements since we began and we have examined every new technology and idea we could find. We were early adopters of mechanical engravers, lasers, color printing, anything that looked like it would fit in our market. But we don’t abandon something that works for something new. We still have most of the equipment we purchased 20+ years ago and it is still working and turning. What do you like about your job? Our customers! Our customers are first class people to begin with and the fact that they appreciate the efforts and talents of others makes them even more outstanding. Our motto, “Helping People Honor People,” says it all. We have met both the “Best of Modesto” and the up-and-comers. We have been here 25 years and still look forward to opening the doors every day. What advice do you have for business people? Good retainable employees provide constant quality products; for example, we’ve been very lucky to employ a great and reliable Master Engraver who we can always count on to deliver what our customers need. Be aware of the changes in your market and try to look ahead as much as possible. Satisfied current customers are your best source of advertising and referrals. What do you like about doing business in the Modesto community and why do you think this is the Land of Opportunity? Being in the recognition business allows us to see the genuine community spirit and the hope people have for our future. We are proud to be a small part of this spirit and belief in our community.
Prime Shine Express is proud to present The Land of Opportunity. Each month this series provides a forum in which to showcase the entrepreneurial achievements of a Stanislaus County business owner. Prime Shine Express is proud to recognize the entrepreneur’s ability to overcome obstacles and to honor their successes in their industry and in the community.
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N etw o r ki n g A nd R e fe rra l s
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New Member Orientation Location: Chamber Conference Room Time: 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Business Before Hours: Dr. Toshi Hart Location: 4213 Dale Road Time: 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Chamber U Seminar: A Special Seminar on Social Security Location: Chamber Conference Room Time: 3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Business After Hours: Costco Wholesale Location: 3801 Pelandale Ave. Time: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Business Before Hours: Littler Mendelson/Divinci’s Location: 1400 Standiford Avenue, Ste. 7 Time: 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Business After Hours: The Stratford at Beyer Park Location: 3529 Forest Glenn Drive Time: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Business-to-Business Trade Show Location: Modesto Centre Plaza, 10th Street & K Street Time: 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
WE’VE DELIVERED EXPECTATION-EXCEEDING SERVICE FOR OVER 50 YEARS
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