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‘Tis the Season to Shop Local New Members

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CONTENTS November 2011

Mission Statement

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.

Shop� Local!

Public Advocacy

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Your Chamber at Work

cover story

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‘Tis the Season to Shop Local

Community Development

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Guest Column

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Leadership Modesto

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Announcements

Chairman Ralph Curtis, Curtis Legal Group

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Awards & Achievements

Chairman Elect David Gianelli, Gianelli & Associates

Economic Development

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Vice Chairman of Internal Operations Eric Benson, JS West & Company

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Vice Chairman of External Operations Kathy Halsey, Individual Member

New Member Profiles

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People On the Move

Vice Chairman of Member Relations David Halvorson, American Chevrolet

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Land of Opportunity

Vice Chairman of Events & Special Projects Doug Johnson, Reach Business Systems, Inc.

Directors

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 Laura Ward, Ward Promotional Marketing Solutions Jeremiah Williams, Oak Crafts by Jeremiah

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Business Before and After Hours

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New Chamber Members

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Chamber Calendar

Welcome Team Corner

Ex-Officio Bill Bassitt, The Alliance George Boodrookas, Modesto Junior College Keith Boggs, Leadership Modesto David Boring, Never Boring Design Associates Greg Nyhoff, City of Modesto Cecil Russell, President/CEO crussell@modchamber.org

Networking & Referrals

Larry Clark

Being a part of the welcome team has been rewarding in many ways. First, given my busy schedule, it allows me time to participate with an organization that bridges both the business and community leadership environments. Secondly, it provides me with the opportunity to meet, greet, welcome and chat with business leaders. Thirdly, I’m given the opportunity to share with other businesses what I can offer to them as a business doing business. And lastly, I walk away from each ribbon cutting knowing that I have done my part to help strengthen Modesto. For more information please contact Larry Clark, The Wedding Planner/Center Stage Productions at (209) 522-6542. P

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MODESTO CHAMBER POSITION

CALIFORNIA CHAMBER POSITION

SUMMARY

LATEST ACTION

REASON FOR POSITION AND WHAT IT MEANS TO YOU

AB 22

Oppose

Oppose

Employment: credit reports.

10/9/2011-Chaptered by the Secretary of State, Chapter Number 724, Statutes of 2011

Hampers Employment Decisions - Unfairly limits private employers’ ability to use consumer credit reports for legitimate employment purposes, unless the information in the report is “substantially job-related” and for a "managerial position."

AB 52

Oppose

Oppose

Health care coverage: rate approval.

9/1/2011-Ordered to inactive file at the request of Senator Leno.

Rate Regulation - Creates uncertainty and delays for employers by creating an unworkable complex rate approval and regulation process for employer sponsored health coverage and adds implementation fees on health insurers to support a complex and regulated plan approval process.

AB 286

Support

No position

State highways: Routes 108 and 120.

9/6/2011-Ordered to third reading. Ordered to inactive file at the request of Senator Wyland.

AB 325

Oppose

Oppose

Employee's right to bereavement leave.

10/9/2011-Vetoed by the Governor

AB 350

Oppose

Oppose

Displaced Janitor Opportunity Act.

9/10/2011-Read third time. Refused passage. (Ayes 17. Noes 18. Page 2488.).

Costly Employee Retention Mandate - Inappropriately alters the employment relationship by requiring any successor contractor for “property services,” defined as licensed security, cleaning-related or light building maintenance, window cleaning or food cafeteria services, to retain employees of the former contractor for a minimum of 60 days and thereafter offer continued employment unless the employees’ performance during that period was unsatisfactory.

AB 375

Oppose

Oppose

Workers' comp: hospital employees: presumption.

9/9/2011-Read third time. Refused passage. (Ayes 20. Noes 16. Page 2474.).

Expands Costly Presumptions - Increases workers’ compensation costs for public and private hospitals by presuming certain diseases and injuries are caused by the workplace, and establishes precedent for expanding presumptions into the private sector.

AB 400

Oppose

Oppose

Employment: paid sick days.

5/28/2011-Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(5). (Last location was APPR. on 5/27/2011) Location: 5/28/2011-A. 2 YEAR

Paid Sick Leave Mandate - Unreasonably expands both public and private employers' costs and liability by mandating employers to provide paid sick leave for employees.

AB 438

Oppose

Oppose

County free libraries: withdrawal: use of private contractors.

10/8/2011-Chaptered by the Secretary of State, Chapter Number 611, Statutes of 2011

Anti-Privatization of Public Services - Excludes private sector from contracting to provide library services by establishing burdensome requirements on local governments that operate library systems, and creates a bad precedent for future efforts to privatize services.

AB 878

Support

No position

Contractors: workers' compensation insurance.

10/9/2011-Chaptered by the Secretary of State, Chapter Number 686, Statutes of 2011

The bill would provide that that information is not subject to the California Public Records Act. The bill would also provide that a willful or deliberate disregard and violation of workers' compensation insurance laws constitutes a cause for disciplinary action by the registrar against the licensee. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

AB 1130

Oppose

Oppose

Income taxes: tax rates.

5/27/2011-In committee: Hearing postponed by committee. (Refers to 5/27/2011 hearing) Location: 5/17/2011-A. APPR

Small Business Tax Increase - Targeted tax increase on higher income brackets, which will have a detrimental impact on small start-up businesses and discourage growth of such companies in California.

AB 1155

Opposeunless amended

Oppose

Workers' compensation.

10/7/2011-Vetoed by the Governor

Erodes Workers' Comp Reforms - Increases costs and lawsuits in the workers' compensation system by eroding the apportionment provision that protects an employer from paying for disability that did not arise from work.

AB 1239

Oppose

Oppose

Personal income tax: rates.

5/27/2011-In committee: Hearing postponed by committee. (Refers to 5/27/2011 hearing) 5/17/2011-A. APPR.

Small Business Tax Increase - Targeted tax increase on higher income brackets, which will have a detrimental impact on small start-up businesses and discourage growth of such companies in California.

SB 129

Oppose

Oppose

Medical marijuana: qualified patients and primary caregivers: employment discrimination.

6/3/2011-Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(8). (Last location was INACTIVE FILE on 6/2/2011).

Employee Safety Risk - Undermines employers' ability to provide a safe and drug-free workplace by establishing a protected classification for employees who utilize medical marijuana.

SB 568

Oppose

Oppose

Recycling: polystyrene food containers.

9/8/2011-Ordered to inactive file on request of Assembly Member Allen.

Polystyrene Food Container Ban - Threatens thousands of manufacturing jobs within the state by inappropriately banning all food vendors from using polystyrene foam food service containers, ignoring the numerous environmental benefits associated with polystyrene products.

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Oppose

Oppose

Local taxation: counties: school districts: community college districts: county offices of education: general authorization.

9/12/2011-From Assembly without further action. Location: 8/18/2011-S. REV. & TAX

Multiple Tax Increases - Mischaracterized “budget trailer bill” that is not necessary to implement the state budget. Rather, this bill creates uncertainty for taxpayers by providing 58 counties, over 70 community college districts, and over 1,000 school districts, subject to voter approval, the authority to impose and/or increase a local tax on all products and services.

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The bill would require the department to deposit the sale proceeds in a special account in the Special Deposit Fund and would require that interest earnings from funds in that special account accrue to the account. The bill would require the commission to program the funds in the special account to any phase of the North County Corridor and, upon appropriation by the Legislature, would authorize the commission to allocate the funds to the Stanislaus Council of Governments or any agency designated by that entity to deliver the North County Corridor. Unpaid Bereavement Leave - Adds to California’s reputation of being an overly litigious state by creating a private right of action and mandating an employer to provide an employee with up to three days of unpaid bereavement leave.


retain employees of the former contractor for a minimum of 60 days and thereafter offer continued employment unless the employees’public advocac y performance during that period was unsatisfactory. AB 375

Oppose

Oppose

Workers' comp: hospital SUMMARY presumpemployees: tion.

9/9/2011-Read third time. Refused

Expands Costly Presumptions - Increases workers’ compensation costs REASON POSITION AND by presuming certain diseases and for public FOR and private hospitals injuries areMEANS caused TO by the WHAT IT YOUworkplace, and establishes precedent for expanding presumptions into the private sector.

MODESTO CHAMBER POSITION

CALIFORNIA CHAMBER POSITION

AB AB 400 22

Oppose Oppose

Oppose Oppose

Employment: Employment: paid sick days. credit reports.

5/28/2011-Failed Deadline 10/9/2011-Chaptered by the pursuant 61(a)(5). (Last Secretaryto of Rule State, Chapter location on of 5/27/2011) Number was 724,APPR. Statutes 2011 Location: 5/28/2011-A. 2 YEAR

Paid Sick Leave Mandate - Unreasonably both public and Hampers Employment Decisions - Unfairlyexpands limits private employers’ private employers' costscredit and liability to provide ability to use consumer reportsby formandating legitimate employers employment paid sick leave forthe employees. purposes, unless information in the report is “substantially job-related” and for a "managerial position."

AB AB 438 52

Oppose Oppose

Oppose Oppose

County free coverage: libraries: Health care withdrawal: use of rate approval. private contractors.

10/8/2011-Chaptered by the file 9/1/2011-Ordered to inactive Secretary of State, Chapter at the request of Senator Leno. Number 611, Statutes of 2011

Anti-Privatization of Publicuncertainty Services - and Excludes sector from Rate Regulation - Creates delaysprivate for employers by creating contracting to provide servicesand by establishing burdensome an unworkable complexlibrary rate approval regulation process for employer requirements on local governments operate library and sponsored health coverage and addsthat implementation feessystems, on health creates precedent for future efforts toplan privatize services. insurers atobad support a complex and regulated approval process.

AB 878 AB 286

Support Support

No position No position

Contractors: workers' compensation State highways:insurance. Routes 108 and 120.

10/9/2011-Chaptered by the Secretary of State, Chapter 9/6/2011-Ordered to third Number 686, Statutes of 2011 reading. Ordered to inactive file at the request of Senator Wyland.

AB 1130

Oppose

Oppose

Income taxes: tax rates.

AB 325 AB 1155

Oppose Oppose

Employee's right to Workers' compensation. bereavement leave.

AB 350 AB 1239

Oppose Opposeunless amended Oppose Oppose

5/27/2011-In committee: Hearing postponed by committee. (Refers to 5/27/2011 hearing) Location: 5/17/2011-A. APPR 10/9/2011-Vetoed by 10/7/2011-Vetoed by the the Governor Governor

Oppose Oppose

Displaced Janitor Personal income Opportunity Act. tax: rates.

9/10/2011-Read third time. 5/27/2011-In committee: Hearing Refused passage. (Ayes 17. Noes postponed by committee. (Refers 18. Page 2488.). to 5/27/2011 hearing) 5/17/2011-A. APPR.

SB 129

Oppose

Oppose

AB 375

Oppose

Oppose

Medical marijuana: qualified patients and primary Workers'caregivers: comp: hospital employment employees: presumpdiscrimination. tion.

6/3/2011-Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(8). (Last location was INACTIVE FILE on 9/9/2011-Read third time. Refused 6/2/2011). passage. (Ayes 20. Noes 16. Page 2474.).

SB 568 AB 400

Oppose Oppose

Oppose Oppose

Recycling: polystyrene food containers. Employment: paid sick days.

SBX1 23 AB 438

Oppose Oppose

Oppose Oppose

AB 878

Support

No position

Local taxation: counties: school Countydistricts: free libraries: community withdrawal: college use of districts: county offices private contractors. of education: general authorization. Contractors: workers' compensation insurance.

9/8/2011-Ordered to inactive file on request of Assembly 5/28/2011-Failed Deadline Member pursuant Allen. to Rule 61(a)(5). (Last location was APPR. on 5/27/2011) Location: 5/28/2011-A. 2 YEAR 9/12/2011-From Assembly without further action. Location: 10/8/2011-Chaptered by the 8/18/2011-S. REV. & TAX Secretary of State, Chapter Number 611, Statutes of 2011

The thatdepartment that information is not subject the California The bill bill would would provide require the to deposit the saletoproceeds in a Public TheSpecial bill would also provide that a willful or deliberate specialRecords accountAct. in the Deposit Fund and would require that disregard and violation of workers' insurance interest earnings from funds in thatcompensation special account accrue laws to the constitutes a cause for disciplinary by the registrar against account. The bill would require theaction commission to program the the funds in licensee. This bill contains and other existing the special account to anyother phaserelated of theprovisions North County Corridor and, laws. upon appropriation by the Legislature, would authorize the commission Small Business Tax Increase - TargetedCouncil tax increase on higher income to allocate the funds to the Stanislaus of Governments or any brackets, which will by have a detrimental impact smallCounty start-up agency designated that entity to deliver theon North Corridor. businesses and discourage growth of such companies in California. Unpaid Bereavement Leave - Adds to California’s reputation of being an overly litigious state by creating a private right of action and mandating Erodes Workers' Comp Reforms - Increases lawsuits an employer to provide an employee withcosts up toand three days in of the unpaid workers' compensation bereavement leave. system by eroding the apportionment provision that protects an employer from paying for disability that did not arise from work. Costly Employee Retention Mandate - Inappropriately alters the Small Business Tax Increase Targetedany tax successor increase on higher income employment relationship by-requiring contractor for brackets, will have a detrimental oncleaning-related small start-up or light “propertywhich services,” defined as licensedimpact security, businesses and discourage growth of such companies in California. building maintenance, window cleaning or food cafeteria services, to retain employees of the former contractor for a minimum of 60 days and thereafter offer continued employment unless the employees’ Employee Safety Riskthat - Undermines ability to provide a safe performance during period wasemployers' unsatisfactory. and drug-free workplace by establishing a protected classification for employees who Presumptions utilize medical- marijuana. Expands Costly Increases workers’ compensation costs for public and private hospitals by presuming certain diseases and injuries are caused by the workplace, and establishes precedent for expanding presumptions into the private sector. Polystyrene Food Container Ban - Threatens thousands of manufacturing jobs the state by inappropriately allboth foodpublic vendors Paid within Sick Leave Mandate - Unreasonablybanning expands andfrom using ignoring the numerous privatepolystyrene employers'foam costsfood and service liability containers, by mandating employers to provide environmental associated with polystyrene products. paid sick leave benefits for employees.

BILL

LATEST passage.ACTION (Ayes 20. Noes 16. Page 2474.).

10/9/2011-Chaptered by the Secretary of State, Chapter Number 686, Statutes of 2011

Multiple Tax Increases - Mischaracterized “budget trailer bill” that is not necessary to implement theServices state budget. Rather, this sector bill creates Anti-Privatization of Public - Excludes private from uncertainty taxpayers by providing 58 establishing counties, over 70 community contracting for to provide library services by burdensome college districts, 1,000 school to voter and requirements on and localover governments thatdistricts, operatesubject library systems, approval, the authority impose a local tax on all creates a bad precedenttofor futureand/or efforts increase to privatize services. products and services. The bill would provide that that information is not subject to the California Public Records Act. The bill would also provide that a willful or deliberate disregard and violation of workers' compensation insurance laws constitutes a cause for disciplinary action by the registrar against the licensee. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

chamber board perspective AB 1130

Oppose

AB 1155

Opposeunless amended

AB 1239

Oppose

Oppose

Income taxes: tax rates.

5/27/2011-In committee: Hearing

Small Business Tax Increase - Targeted tax increase on higher income

November, it’s that time of year when we begin to whichboard?” will have Change a detrimental impact smallroots start-up postponed by committee. (Refers ofbrackets, members the school starts at aongrass level whether businesses and discourage growth of such companies in California. to 5/27/2011 hearing) Location: prepare for the holidays and elections. With the you live on a farm or in the inner city, and all change starts by electing 5/17/2011-A. APPR upcoming election upon us, it is more important people to implement change, whether it is a Mayor or a President. Erodes Workers' Comp Reforms - Increases costs and lawsuits in the Oppose 10/7/2011-Vetoed than ever to Workers' get out compensation. and vote. Many people think by the workers' compensation system by eroding the apportionment provision that Governor that their vote does not matter. Imagine if everyone Remember,protects too, when you are with the your town’s an employer fromunhappy paying for disability thatcondition did not ariseof from work. felt that way, we would never elect a President! roads or your state’s tax rate, being involved, voting for and knowing your Small Business Tax Increase - Targeted tax increase on higher income 5/27/2011-In committee: Hearing elected willwhich enable voice your complaints to the appropriate brackets, will you have to a detrimental impact on small start-up postponed by committee. (Refersofficials businesses and discourage growth of such companies in California. to 5/27/2011 not hearing) There have been many, many elections—and representatives. You voted for them and they work for you. 5/17/2011-A. APPR.

Oppose

Personal income tax: rates.

just on a local level—that have been decided by 100 votes.marijuana: So thinking that your voteDeadline Safety Risk ability to provide safe Medical 6/3/2011-Failed Some otherEmployee useless reasons for- Undermines not votingemployers' are that the polls are tooa crowded, and drug-free workplace by establishing a protected classification for qualified patients and pursuant to Rule 61(a)(8). (Last does not count could not be farther from the truth. or you get there time, or you do not have transportation. There employees who on utilize medical marijuana. primary caregivers: location was INACTIVE FILE on cannot dan garcia SB 129 Oppose

less than Oppose

employment 6/2/2011). are many organizations that volunteer their time to ensure everyone’s right discrimination. Maybe you feel that when it comes down to it, all the candidates are the to vote. If you need a ride, call the League of Women Voters; if you know same, so why bother voting? Even if this is how you truly feel, remember to inactive - Threatens thousandsballot. of manufacturing SB 568 Oppose Oppose Recycling: polystyrene 9/8/2011-Ordered you cannot Polystyrene get to theFood pollsContainer on time,Ban request an absentee What could jobs within the state by inappropriately banning all food vendors from containers. file on request of Assembly that the winning candidate-elect mayfood have an enormous impact on our be easier than voting by mail? using polystyrene foam food service containers, ignoring the numerous Member Allen. children’s future, our city, our state and ultimately our country, for years environmental benefits associated with polystyrene products. to come. Whether the excuse is apathy or laziness, voting has become a privilege that far SBX1 23

Local taxation: counties: 9/12/2011-From Assembly without Multiple Tax Increases - Mischaracterized “budget trailer bill” that is not necessary totake implement the stateThe budget. createsto vote, ask school districts: further action. Location:too many Americans for granted. nextRather, time this youbill neglect for taxpayers by providing 58 counties, over 70 community college 8/18/2011-S. Without minimizing the importancecommunity of the Presidential Election, itREV. is & TAXyourself howuncertainty you would you1,000 didn’t havedistricts, a choice—to college districts,feel andifover school subject toelect votera President, districts: county offices extremely important to vote in your state and local elections, as well. Do thehow authority to impose and/or increase a local on all countries of education: general choose a jobapproval, or decide many children to have. There aretaxmany products and services. you complain about the policies of yourauthorization. children’s school? If so, ask yourself, Oppose

Oppose

“Did I vote for the members of our school board? Do I even know the

where a person does not have a choice, and I’m sure they would gladly change places with you for the fundamental privilege of voting! P

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‘Tis the Season to Shop Local! By: Justin souza

If the crisp air and beautiful fall foliage haven’t tipped you off, then the holiday decorations going up all across town surely have: the holidays are just around the corner once again.

Modesto’s premiere local businesses are rolling out the red carpet for shoppers this season and ensuring that shopping local is the easiest decision you make all year.

As shoppers take to the stores to find the perfect gift for each one of their loved ones, it’s more important than ever to remember how much dollars spent locally do for Modesto’s economy.

Whether you are an early shopper looking to beat the crowds, a last-minute shopper desperate to get that perfect gift at the 11th hour or somewhere in between, Vintage Faire Mall is offering some great events to help you finish up your holiday shopping quickly and easily.

According to a study released by the City of Modesto, each dollar spent in Modesto turns 3.5 times because dollars spent locally tend to stay local, helping support other local businesses, pay taxes, build roads, support our libraries and boost our economy in a host of other ways. Modesto’s stores are making it easier than ever to keep all of your holiday spending local. Whether you’re planning a holiday party, lending a hand to the less fortunate in your community or just shopping for the perfect gift for someone on your list, there are plenty of gift opportunities and events to kick off the holiday shopping season right.

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Shopping season officially starts the day after Thanksgiving, and Vintage Faire gives eager shoppers the chance to start early with its second annual Midnight Madness event. Many of the Mall’s 130 stores will be open at midnight on November 25 with special deals and exclusive bargains. According to Vintage Faire Mall Marketing Director Janice Curtin, last year’s event drew over 11,000 eager shoppers and this year’s attendance is expected to surpass that number. Vintage Faire is also accommodating customers who need a quick gift at the last minute with their Procrastination Station. This shopping event scheduled for Friday, December 23 in Center Court, will feature last minute options available to help out last minute shoppers. The popular Santa-tracking station will return to the Mall’s Center Court again this year, with the big man himself in attendance daily from November 5 through December 24. The Soroptimist Community Christmas Tree, which has names and wish lists from more than 3,500 children in need, will return this year from November 19 to December 19. Shoppers can choose a child to shop for and Soroptimist members will wrap and deliver the gift. The tree is located upstairs outside Forever 21.


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For more information on all these events as well as the many others scheduled at Vintage Faire Mall, visit www.shopvintagefairemall. com or follow Vintage Faire Mall on Facebook or Twitter. If you’re a downtown shopper, Intrinsic Elements offers everything from hard to f ind musical instruments to clothing, local art, crystals, essential oils and f lower essences, from its J Street location. According to owner Susie Fagundes, “Intrinsic Elements is like a melting pot. We pride ourselves on embracing all cultures equally from Buddhism to Hinduism to Christianity and we offer items to cover the whole scope of our customers. You can f ind gifts for anybody of any age right here.” Fagundes said she was conscious of the perception that small boutique stores are more expensive, but has ensured that Intrinsic Elements has thousands of wonderful gift items at low prices. “Just because we’re local and little doesn’t mean you’re going to pay more.” Intrinsic Elements staff is eager to supply recommendations and advice to ensure that customers leave with the perfect item that matches their budget. This personal touch and focus on customer service is key to the store’s success.

The Market’s new seasonal offerings include pre-made Thanksgiving dinners that are all handmade at Greens Central from locally sourced ingredients. According to owner Ann Endsley, each is designed to be a wholesome, local and delicious option f it for the most conscientious family. Greens also features an expanded catering department ready to provide tasty, wholesome dishes for any size holiday party. For parties without a location, Greens now also rents out its production kitchen as a party location. For more information on these and other offerings from Greens Market, visit www.greensmarket.net.

"We try to be as earth friendly and local friendly as we can. Our goal is to keep all the money in Modesto.” – Susie Fagundes

Intrinsic Elements is a fantastic location for local shopping, and even supports local artists. From pieces by local artists on the walls to goods by local craftsmen throughout the store, the local connection is clear. “We try to be as earth friendly and local friendly as we can. Our goal is to keep all the money in Modesto,” added Fagundes. More information on the local store is available at www.intrinsicelements.com. The holidays wouldn’t be complete without great food. Greens Market is celebrating the season with many delicious limitedtime treats available from their 10th Street store. In addition to the Market’s usual local produce and freshly prepared food, Greens is adding holiday products including gifts and gourmet goods, a line of holiday baking items, a special holiday menu and special-order gift baskets already available in store so customers can get a head start on holiday shopping.

Village Baking Company will also be offering a whole host of holiday-themed sweets from its McHenry Village location throughout the season. Holiday sweets at the popular baking shop and café will include pumpkin cupcakes, whoopee pies and muffins as well as ginger scones and ginger snaps. The company also offers fabulous sweet conversation pieces in the form of gingerbread houses and gingerbread sleighs filled with cookies. According to store manager Maria Apodaca, Village Baking Company is also offering catering service to those whose holiday plans include a party. “We can provide sandwiches, salads or breakfast items as well as any type of pastry.” For more information on Village Baking Company’s holiday offerings, visit www.villagebakingcompany.com.

While you’re picking up your holiday cakes at Village Baking, stop by one of the McHenry Village’s fun holiday events. The shopping center at the corner of McHenry and Briggsmore Avenue has featured fun holiday events for all ages for over four decades and is promising the same holiday spirit for this year. Highlights will include Santa’s Village, sleigh rides and photos with Santa. More details will be made available at the McHenry Village website, www. mchenryvillage.com, as the season goes on. With these and the many other holiday events and gift options available from Modesto businesses, finding the perfect local gift for everyone on your list should be both easy and fun. With your help, we can keep Modesto’s economy booming during the holiday season, and all year round. P

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guest column The Retail of D is till ed S pirits in C al if o rn ia By Lee Pall esc hi, P res iden t Vall ey S pirits Wineries and breweries have flourished in California partly because you can buy wine and beer from your local winery or brewery, to consume on-site or take home. You can speak directly to the people who make it and learn about it. But you cannot buy Cold House Vodka from your local Craft Distillery. You must purchase it from a local retailer because of the different laws around distilled spirits in California and many other states. The retail of distilled spirits is much more difficult due to a three-tier system California has in place. This system requires Valley Spirits and others to sell through a distribution license then to a retail establishment such as our local chain of stores, bars, restaurants or nightclubs. With the new movement of high-end craft distillers in California we are working to get laws changed so we can have more direct interaction with our customers. We not only enjoy giving our consumers the opportunity to taste our Craft Spirits but we also need it. Most of us don’t have the millions to put commercials on television. But we do have the highest quality spirits in the world. Unable to compete with the large companies on marketing, we compete on quality. We search for opportunities to share our spirit with you so

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that you may taste it for yourself. We are passionate about what we make and we want to share it with you. Please help us to be able to better share our passion with you. Ask your local retailers to carry our products. Ask your local politicians to help with changes in the laws. But most of all, cheers and enjoy responsibly.

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Leadership Modesto By: Have you ever had an awakening? A recognition, realization or expanding awareness of something? I hope that over your lifetime you have many of these moments. They are moments that are filled with the opportunity to learn and grow. I can’t speak for everyone in the class, but for me Friday’s Leadership Modesto session was one of those experiences. We started our day at the State Theatre, where Mike Zagaris shared the story of the history and restoration of the Theatre. Next to the podium was Greg Edwards. He laid out his heart and passion for Off The Air productions and the shows that they do at Deva Café. Sam Pierstorff talked about the growing phenomenon of the monthly poetry slam at Prospect Theater and the annual ILL List that is making national news.

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Art Center is a non-profit organization and not owned by the Gallo family? The Center runs solely on the contributions of the community and purchases of tickets to all shows and events. It is a breathtaking multifunction theater that has plays, bands and comedians. The genre doesn’t matter. If you like it they have it, so check it out!

Modesto is destined for greatness through the arts, music and theater! It has the potential to be the epicenter of the west for outrageous talent, talent that is waiting to be seen and discovered.

Our next stop was the McHenry Museum, where we took in a little local history and preserved artifacts. The Mistlin Art Gallery showcased local artists in multiple media and a group art project turned out great. Fuzio served up a delicious meal while we were entertained by a sampling of Prospect Theater’s recent show, The Vertical Hour. We walked off lunch by taking a tour of Modesto Architecture. It was amazing to find out about the rich history that Modesto has had and that, from 1937 to 1972, the city drew national attention for its modernist architecture. We finished up our day at the Gallo Center for the Arts. Did you know that the Gallo

Now I’d like to share a few things that struck me during the day. This “Awakening” caused me to think about and see things differently. Ashamedly, I must admit that many of these events I wasn’t even aware of, and I’m a lifelong resident! Modesto has a stigma that I feel I’d like to help change. There is a negative image of the city that has been problematic and isn’t completely true. Modesto has GREAT things happening! Modesto is destined for greatness through the arts, music and theater! It has the potential to be the epicenter of the west for outrageous talent, talent that is waiting to be seen and discovered.

We need to get out and get involved again. Encourage our children to express their own dreams and creativity in arts, music and theater! Some of the most influential cultures grew to prominence because of their art. Why not us? Why not now? The Modesto Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Modesto would like to thank the following contributors for sponsoring food for the day; Lani Dickenson, Peter Rodriguez and Fuzio Universal Bistro. P

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28 th Annual Oktoberfest thank yo u to o u r s po n s o rs The Modesto Chamber of Commerce celebrated the 28th Annual Oktoberfest Friday, October 7, 2011 with blue skies and cool weather. The 2011 Oktoberfest was one of the best ever thanks to all-youcan-eat brats served up by Save Mart Supermarkets & Johnsonville Brats. Over 40 varieties of beer were donated by our loyal and long standing beer distributors Cencal Beverage Company, Delta Sierra Beverage and Stanislaus Distributing Company. Additional breweries that supported this event include BJ’s Brewhouse, Dustbowl Brewing Company, Fossil Fuels Brewing Company and Tioga-Sequoia Brewing. The wine garden featured a variety of wine donated by Barsetti Vineyards, Bronco Wine Company, E. & J. Gallo Winery and E2 Family Winery, as well as cheese, olive oil and specialty vinegars. Attendees danced the night away to music performed by Threshold, but wait…we had more! Yosemite Lanes provided a bowling lane; tee shirts were won at the basketball hoop; Burnside Body Shop provided FUN times with carnival games including beanbag toss and beer bottles just waiting for rings to be tossed on them. New this year was Laser Quest, with exciting quick draw contests. Each game provided attendees the opportunity to win great prizes.

T-Shirt Sponsor: Capax-Giddings, Corby, Hynes, Inc.

A special thanks to our Corporate Sponsor Central Valley Volkswagen, to Valley First Credit Union for assisting in the sale of tickets prior to the event and to Heartland Payment Systems. The Chamber sincerely thanks all our sponsors and vendors! We could not put on such a successful event without all the support we receive from our members, vendors and volunteers.

Live Entertainment: Threshold Participating Breweries, Wineries, Cheese and Nut Producers: Alaskan Brewing Company Anheuser-Busch Inbev Barsetti Vineyards Big Sky Brewery BJ’s Brewhouse Black Diamond Brewery Blue Moon Brewing Company Boston Beer Bronco Wine Company Cencal Beverage Company Craft Brewers Alliance Delta Sierra Beverage Dust Bowl Brewing Company E. & J. Gallo Winery E2 Family Winery Eel River Brewing Company Firestone Walker Brewing Company Fossil Fuels Brewing Company Full Sail Brewing Gordon Biersch Guinness Heineken USA Lagunitas Brewing Company Leinenkugel Lost Coast Brewery Mendicino Brewing Company Monster Beverage Company

The Chamber would like to thank additional event contributors, AAA, Boyett Petroleum, MJC Pirates Baseball Team, Kiwanis, Cumulus Radio, Cost Less Foods, the Oktoberfest Committee and the many volunteers who came out and gave their time. We appreciate your efforts and hope to see you next year. Thank you to our sponsors: Presenting Sponsors: Corporate Sponsors: Save Mart Supermarkets Central Valley Volkswagen Johnsonville Brats Stein Sponsor: B92.Nine Rock 96.7

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Midway Sponsors: Aspen Square Management Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino Water Bottle Sponsors: American Chevrolet Mocse Credit Union Mo-Cal Office Solutions Winton-Ireland, Strom & Green Banner Sponsors: Printing Sponsor: Omega Pacific Insurance Staffing Network Printing Sponsor: AlphaGraphics of Modesto

New Belgium Brewing Company Pepsi Beverage Company Rancho Marisol Rizo-Lopez Foods, Inc. Rubicon Brewing Sam Adams Schneider & Sohn 7 UP/Noah’s Water Sierra Nevada St. Pauli Girl Stanislaus Distributing Company Stone Brewery Sudwerk Brewery The Olive Oil Pantry Tioga-Sequioa Brewing Wyder’s Hard Cider P


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Ambassador Blitz

Enter a winter wonderland filled with beautiful designer-decorated trees while enjoying hors d’oeuvres and drinks. Then bid on your favorite tree to enjoy for the rest of the season! Thursday, December 1, 2011 • 6:00 p.m. Del Rio Country Club, Modesto Benefiting Gabriel’s Friends Community Hospice Pediatric Services $75 per person To purchase tickets, please call 578.6372.

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The Modesto Chamber Ambassadors are a very important volunteer group. This group is a critical facet of the Modesto Chamber of Commerce, intended to keep up on the pulse of Membership. Ambassadors assist in maintaining open lines of communication between the Chamber and its members. On Tuesday, October 25, 2011 the Modesto Chamber of Commerce held its first “Ambassador Blitz.” On this day, Chamber Ambassadors, Board Members and Chamber Staff volunteered nearly half of their work day to pay a visit to a large number of our members. The purpose of the Blitz was to make certain that we are in fact, promoting community development and a strong local economy. We asked our members if we are fulfilling their business needs and what more we can do to fill their needs. The Chamber received an abundance of feedback, which will enable us to better serve our Membership and the business community as a whole. The Chamber would like to thank all the volunteers who participated in the Ambassador Blitz, as well as the businesses who graciously took the time to visit with us. The Chamber would also like to thank Board Vice Chair, Member Relations David Halvorson, American Chevrolet for sharing his vision and concept of the Ambassador Blitz. Due to the high success rate of this event, we will continue to ‘Blitz’ throughout the year until every member has received a visit. For more information on the Ambassador Program, contact Meagan at mlopez@modchamber.org or call (209) 577-5757. P

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Announcements Soroptimist International of Modesto will celebrate its 75th

diamond anniversary on Friday, November 18, 2011 at the Charity Way Ballroom, 645 Charity Way, Modesto at 6 p.m. Dinner tickets are $25 per person. Reservations must be made in advance and no later than November 5, 2011. The theme for the evening is “75 years … Building a Community through Service.” The club’s charter date was November 28, 1936. Everyone is welcome to attend. For dinner reservations, please contact Sherlan Lang at (209) 529-1502.

The Heavenly Spa recently moved to 817 Coffee Road, Bldg

D in the Muir Park Professionals buildings across from Downey High School’s student parking. Clients now enjoy a scenic parklike setting and spacious interiors along with their rejuvenating facials, relaxing massages and a new holiday boutique. Call (209) 527-6100 and mention the Chamber for a special offer.

Sierra Dental Care will be collecting cans for The Second Harvest

Food Bank. We’re asking for the community’s support for this good cause. We would love for you to visit Sierra Dental Care and drop off some of your spare cans until November 21st. Your donation will help many families in need of a warm dinner during the coming Holidays. Thank you for your kindness and generosity. All people that donate cans on their visit, will be put in our drawing. We will be raffling three Professional Electrical Oral B toothbrushes worth $150.00 each. For more information contact Elizabeth at (209) 480-2843. P

EXPECT MORE STANISLAUS As a follow up to the Chamber’s State of Education event held in August, The Alliance held its inaugural meeting of EXPECT MORE STANISLAUS, on Thursday, October 20, 2011. The goal of this program is to continue to build bridges between business and education. As a result of the meeting, five leadership modules were developed: Mentoring, Leader Keith Boggs, Stanislaus County Chief Executive Office; Internships, Leader Cecil Russell, Modesto Chamber of Commerce; Career Days, Leader Bear Walters, CommonWealth; ROP/Technical Education, Leader Cindy Young, Stanislaus County Office of Education; and Education Business Collaboration, Leader Sean Carroll, The Alliance. Teams for each module were assembled and work assignments were delegated. Follow up meetings and expected outcomes will be reported by no later than January 2012. P

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new member profiles Second Harvest Food Bank of San Joaquin and Stanislaus Counties is committed to fighting hunger and feeding hope by providing

nutritious food to individuals and families suffering from hunger and food insecurity. Last year, the Food Bank distributed 12 million pounds of food to over 400,000 people throughout our community. The Food Bank accomplishes this through its three programs: Food Assistance, Food 4 Thought and Senior Brown Bag.  Over 200 non-profit agencies, community organizations and schools partner with the Food Bank to distribute food to people in need. For more information, visit us at www.localfoodbank.org or call (209) 239-2091.

Larsa Banquet Hall opened its doors in 2008 as a full service banquet

facility. The combined banquet space & lobby cover 20,000 square feet, which can accommodate 100 to 1,100 guests. With an event manager at your service, the event planning is made simple. The facility has state of the art technology for corporate businesses to hold their events as well as classrooms and meeting rooms available. Contact us today by visiting www.larsabanquethall.com or call us at (209) 634-7096.

OnTheRun, Inc. Whether you’ve run a marathon, are training for your

first, getting off the couch after years or looking to lead a healthier life; nothing makes us happier than helping our customers find the perfect pair of shoes, and gear that inspires you to reach your goal. OnTheRun, Inc. is a running, walking and fitness specialty store in the heart of Modesto’s McHenry Village. We feature the best footwear, apparel and accessories on the planet to help our customers be active, get outside, stay fit and have fun. For more information call (209) 572-1550 or visit www.ontherunusa.com.

Bethany Christian Services is the largest adoption agency in

the United States and provides comprehensive social services that include pregnancy counseling and family adoption services. We serve children in more than 15 countries. Since 1986, Bethany of Northern California has offered a residential living environment in Modesto for women facing an unexpected pregnancy. Bethany’s House was built to provide a safe haven where a woman can take the time to sort out future choices for herself and her child. For more information, go to www.bethany.org/northerncalifornia. P

CHAMBER CELEBRATES 100 YEARS 2012 will mark the beginning of the Chamber’s 100th year of service to its members. The 98th Annual Awards Dinner will kick off the celebration in a grand way.

Plans are now underway for an unforgettable evening honoring our 100-year members, our outstanding Chamber supporters and the business community.

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People On The Move Audrey Baker joins Valley Wealth, Inc. as a Wealth Advisor Focusing on risk

assessment and planning, Audrey provides a full suite of insurance services to her clientele of business owners, local professionals and high-income families. Audrey holds a B.S. in Business, and a B.A. in Spanish from the University of the Pacific, as well as an MBA from Santa Clara University. After becoming audrey baker a Financial Advisor, she studied further at The American College and earned the industry designations of Chartered Life Underwriter, Chartered Financial Consultant and Chartered Advisor for Senior Living. Audrey serves on the Board of Directors for both the Modesto Symphony Orchestra and the Central Valley Professional Exchange. For more information please call (209) 579-5900 or visit www.valleywealth.com.

Erika Bua Benchmark Commercial Real

Estate Services is excited to announce the newest addition to the firm, Marketing Coordinator Erika Bua. Erika has extensive experience in sales, consulting and business development. She values the importance of trust and integrity in building and maintaining client relationships. She understands the goals of the company, the needs of the client erika bua and meets both parties’ expectations. Erika is part of Benchmark’s aggressive strategy for marketing, leasing and selling properties. For more information, please call (209) 529-4425 or visit www.benchmarkcres.com.

Kaplan College is pleased to announce that

Wagner de Freitas has joined their Modesto campus as the Criminal Justice Program Director. Wagner de Freitas served in the United States Air Force for 23 years. He has been in law enforcement for 23 years working with the City of Ceres and the Stanislaus County Sheriffs’ Department. His education includes; A.A. Degree from Los Angeles City Wagner de Freitas College, B.S. Degree from Southern Illinois University and an M.A. Degree from Chapman University. For more information please contact (209) 543-7063.

Shelly Bizzini, APA, Enrolled Retirement

Plan Agent, Senior Plan Administrator, has joined the Valley Pension Services, Inc. team. Shelly earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She earned the Accredited Pension Administration credential (APA) in 2009 and became an Enrolled Retirement Plan Agent (ERPA) in 2011. Shelly brings 20 years of experience in accounting and Shelly Bizzini eight years of experience in the retirement field to her position with Valley Pension Services, Inc. Prior to joining the team, she worked in a CPA firm, and at E. & J. Gallo Winery and Sutter Memorial Hospital. She is excited to be a member of a team where expertise, professionalism, integrity and customer service are second to none. For more information, please contact shelly@valleypension.com.

Deborah Fallentine has joined the Valley

Pension Services, Inc. team. Deborah was born and raised in the Central Valley, attended Merced & Modesto Junior Colleges and is the mother of three lovely children. In addition to Deborah’s expertise from her time working at two other local Third Party Administrator offices, she has received her Distribution Certificate from the National Institute of Pension Administrators in 2010 and debororah is currently in the process of studying to attain her fallentine Accredited Pension Administrator designation. For more information please contact deborah@valleypension.com. P

Ambassador of the Month

Diane Porter

The Modesto Chamber of Commerce staff and its Board of Directors are delighted to announce Diane Porter, Brunn & Flynn as their Ambassador of the Month for September. Presenting Diane with her award is Ralph Curtis, Chairman of the Board. Diane is a fairly new Ambassador and is taking her volunteer commitment to the Chamber very earnestly. The next time you see Diane, be sure to congratulate her on a job well done! Thank you, Diane. P

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Awards And Achievements Never Boring Design has received three EMPixx awards

for recent work in film production. The EMPixx awards are a nationwide competition that celebrates excellence in the motion graphic and film industry with prestigious awards. Never Boring received two gold awards this year for videos created for Burnside Body Shop and Memorial Medical Center. A video created by Never Boring for Duarte Nursery took top honors and a platinum award. Never Boring has been honored with over 200 international design awards. For more information, visit neverboring.com

Attorney Timothy T. Flynn of Modesto

received the Legion of Merit Medal at a recent retirement ceremony after 36 years of service in the U.S. Navy Reserve. Flynn, a Captain in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, served six years in the enlisted Storekeeper rating and 30 years as a commissioned officer in the Navy’s legal corps. The award acknowledges exceptional meritorious timothy flynn conduct in performance of outstanding service. Flynn practices with Brunn & Flynn in Modesto in civil, business and estate planning matters. For more information visit brunnandflynnlaw.com or call (209) 521-2133. P

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Hospitality House

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New Chamber Members ActivAlliances, Inc. Jeff Orona P.O. Box 609 Hughson, CA 95326 (209) 380-0942 jefforona@activalliances.com www.activalliances.com Consulting Services

Ardyss International Lamont Evans 3405 Tully Road, Apt. 43 Modesto, CA 95350 (256) 613-6099 mr.evans2264@att.net www.ardysslife.com/imaginedat Wellness Center

GDM Distributors, Inc. Gregory Woods 413 Montague Court Modesto, CA 95351 (209) 416-4628 gwoods2487@yahoo.com www.gdmdistributors.com Import/Export

Gurjeet Rai 1301 I Street Modesto, CA 95354 (209) 578-5060 (209) 578-5115 gurjeet.rai84@gmail.com www.railawfirms.com Attorneys

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Tina Chircop 906 N. Carpenter #B Modesto, CA 95351 (209) 550-0525 (209) 550-0526 tc@modestodoorandwindow.com www.modestodoorandwindow.com Doors & Windows

Debra M. Fusco 605 Sylvan Avenue Modesto, CA 95350 (209) 499-2742 (209) 524-2672 dfusco@sylvan.k12.ca_us Individual Members

Dick’s Sporting Goods Agustin Pineyrua 3401 Dale Road Modesto, CA 95356 (209) 578-1215 (724) 227-1820 augie.pineyrua@dcsg.com www.dickssportinggoods.com Sporting Goods-Dealers

Edible Arrangements Tim Talbott 3020 Floyd Avenue #103 Modesto, CA 95355 (209) 551-3030 ca1326@dofruit.com www.ediblearrangements.com Gift Baskets, Parcels & Collectibles

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1317 Oakdale Road, Suite 310 Modesto, CA 95355 209) 474-7591 (209) 474-8249 christie@thehiresource.net www.thehiresource.net Employment Agencies

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Threshold The Band

Steve Harden 1700 McHenry Avenue, Suite A13 Modesto, CA95350 209) 572-1550 (209) 758-0792 steve@ontherunusa.com www.ontherunusa.com Sporting Goods-Dealers

Dave Monday Modesto, CA (209) 324-1030 (209) 549-7680 dmonday8@cs.com www.threshold-rocks.com Musicians

Workplace Solutions Pura Vida Shaved Ice Jenna Harvey Ryan Woods 1407 Standiford Avenue, Ste. A1 Modesto, CA 95350 (209) 566-9632 (209) 551-0745 puravidashavedice@gmail.com www.puravidashavedice.com Dessert Cafe & Espresso Bar

Jennifer Doll 801 10th Street 5th Floor, Ste. 101 Modesto, CA 95354 209-338-5847 209-338-5507 jennifer@trustwsi.com www.trustwsi.com Human Resources

Zorch Magazine Louie Yamaguchi P.O. Box 577893 Modesto, CA 95357 (209) 569-1218 zorch@fire2wire.com www.zorchmagazine.com Publishers-Periodical

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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 Seneca Foods, LLC Sysco Food Services of Central California Taco Bell

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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 Aramark Uniform Services Atherton & Associates, LLP 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 Ag Grinding/ Central Valley Ag Transport 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 Foods Delta Sierra Beverage DirectLine Technologies, Inc. English Oaks Nursing & Rehabilitation Hospital F & M Bank Galletto Ristorante Georgia-Pacific Gianelli & Associates Gilton Solid Waste Management, Inc. 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 MV Transportation, Inc. Magnum Boots USA Inc. 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 OLAM Spices & Vegetables, Inc. Pacific Gas & Electric Company Panelized Structures, Inc. Pepsi Bottling Group Plastipak Packaging Prime Shine Car Wash Rabobank Raley’s Rizo-Lopez Foods, Inc. Rocha Transportation 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 Storer Coachways Sutter Gould Medical Foundation Turlock Irrigation District US Bank 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 Wells Fargo Commercial Banking Winton, Ireland, Strom & Green Insurance Agency Yosemite Meat Company, Inc.


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Jim and Eddi Marie Julian have owned and run Beckles Candies & Gifts for 23 years. Beckles offers an exclusive and extensive range of gift confectionery to suit all tastes, ages and pocketbooks. The shop prepares customized gourmet gift baskets, tins, boxes and fun packs at affordable prices. From rich fudge in traditional and seasonal flavors to premium elegant truffles, delicious chocolates, imported licorices, sugarJim and Eddi Marie Julian free treats, chocolate-dripped fruits and a vast selection of all-time candy favorites, Beckles Candies and Gifts is your decadent destination in downtown Modesto. Tell me about your career and professional life. What have you done in the past that has led you to where you are now? I was teaching school when I saw the listing for Beckles in the newspaper. In buying a retail business, Jim and I hoped to provide our teenagers with some work experience, while making a little money as a family. This is a true family business. Our son and daughter were involved part time for several years. It’s now run mostly by Jim and myself. The shop was another way of reaching into our community and doing something that got us involved in downtown. We really are a community service organization! Are you originally from this area and if so where were you born? If not, where are you from? Jim and I are both from Indiana. My family came to Modesto in 1959, so that my father, who was a pastor, could lead a local church. My sister attended and Mother taught school in Ceres, Dad pastored the church, and I started at MJC. This was an adventure. It was a special mission we felt called to do and, in 1959, California was a very different world than Indiana. After finishing at MJC, I returned to southern Indiana to continue school at Oakland City University. I met Jim at the University, but I felt that Modesto was the right place for me to be and I wanted to come back. This has been home since we came out here when we were married.

audience that was going to buy it. Taking over Beckles was really a leap of faith. Over the years, we’ve read and learned a lot and haven’t been afraid to try new things. I now have files of stuff we’ve tried. Some of it worked, some didn’t. A change in ownership of our I Street location resulted in our being closed for several months and ultimately relocating. That was extremely difficult emotionally and financially. Finances continue to be a challenge; however, after 23 years, we’re still having fun attempting to tantalize people’s taste buds. What are some of the accomplishments of which you are particularly proud? We’re proud of our longevity. We did not expect to be in this shop so long. We thought we’d keep it 10 years or so, that the kids would leave home and we’d sell it. But we’re always in the middle of a project or wanting to try out another “great idea!” We’re not the grocery store candy. We make many of our products ourselves, some for the shop and some for special order, and others come from excellent chocolatiers. But we’re not locked in to anybody. There’s no corporation or franchise telling us what to do. We wanted to be very independent and we’re proud to have maintained that. You’re very much an entrepreneur. What do you think makes you such a success? Having a joy within yourself and being aware of who you are as a person, because that transmits to other people. It can be a tough day but my customers don’t need to know that. If they come in here to be cheered up, I want to be cheerful for them. And there have been times when I’ve needed cheering and the right person comes in and bolsters me. That interaction with people is invaluable. Customer relationships are really important and I would miss that interaction if I weren’t here. Do you participate in any community outreach efforts or clubs? Both Jim and I have been very involved in Scouts in the past. Our son and daughter are both high rank (Eagle and Girl Scout Gold). I’ve been involved with the music community—I sang with Masterworks for years—and we participate in DID and Chamber of Commerce activities. We also work with some of the educational foundations, HTC and Christian Berets. I serve on the Board of Trustees at Oakland City (Indiana) University and my husband serves on the Denominational Board. We continue in ministry at Herald General Baptist Church. We don’t sit around much!

What challenges have you had to overcome in your professional Prime Shine Car Wash is proud to present The Land of Opportunity. life and how did you achieve that? We came into the chocolate shop without a background in chocolate. I’d enjoyed concocting recipes with my Each month this series provides a forum in which to showcase the entrepreneurial Girl Scouts but it was just experimentation. I wasn’t thinking about a retail achievements of a Stanislaus County business owner. Prime Shine Express is proud to recognize the entrepreneurʼs ability to overcome obstacles and to honor their successes in their industry and in the community.

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JobNow Service Helps Prepare Job Seekers What’s in a library? Books, newspapers and magazines, right? Yes, but your Stanislaus County Library offers much more. Add to that list books on tape/CD, Playaways (audio book and player in one), DVDs of classic and educational f ilms, premium content databases—including the premier Foundation Center database for grant-seekers—free access to public computers and the Internet and wireless access at all 13 library locations. In a tough economy, libraries become more important than ever. One of the most common uses is searching for jobs and f inding resources to help with a job search. The library has always had books on writing résumés and cover letters, and study materials to help job seekers prepare for their next position. Today the library offers even more for job seekers. These days, many employers require applications to be submitted online, and for those without computers or Internet access, the library is an essential component of their successful job search. Job seekers needing help with résumé or interview preparation, studying for the GED or U.S. Citizenship or even help with reading, writing or math can get live expert help at the Stanislaus County Library. A service called JobNow is available to anyone with a library card through www.stanislauslibrary.org. “JobNow can help people in every step of the job search process,” said County Librarian Vanessa Czopek. “It not only provides needed information about jobs, but one-on-one help with everything from improving academic skills to acing the interview.” The JobNow service offers personality assessments to help beginning job seekers pinpoint their desired career f ield, as well as résumé and cover letter samples, general and industryspecif ic sample interview questions, online resources, local job search websites and more. Job seekers can get constructive suggestions on their own résumés, help in writing a professional cover letter and even get live interview practice and feedback.

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WORK IN

a series spotlighting some of our area’s most innovative and successful companies

Stewart & Jasper: Growing a Great Business Since 1948, Stewart & Jasper Orchards has

For many years, Stewart & Jasper exported

been a fixture of California agriculture and a

most of the nuts they produced as direct

major player in the almond market worldwide

sales to international consumers, until almond

while still remaining agile enough to navigate

production increases in emerging markets threatened to stifle Stewart & Jasper’s growth potential.

Founded by Romain Stewart and Lee Jasper in Newman, CA, Stewart & Jasper has

People appreciate

Under the direction of Jason Jasper, the company has placed an increasing focus

grown from a small poultry

a great

on local retail and value-

farm to a major provider of

local product.

added products as these

almonds remaining business

worldwide, a with

markets provide substantial

while

opportunities

family-owned 135

for

employees. These days, Stewart & Jasper

people still give gifts for holidays, but they tend

produces around 2% of the almonds grown in

to be things people can eat,” said Jason Jasper,

California—along with a smaller selection of

adding that while he doesn’t expect a large chain

walnuts, citrus and cherries—from 2,000 acres

of Stewart & Jasper stores in the near future, he

of Newman-area orchards. The company also

recognizes the growth potential of the retail

processes nuts and fruit through relationships

environment, especially for a local company.

with over 100 partner farms. In the last ten

“People appreciate a great local product. Since

years, Stewart & Jasper has expanded into

we control all aspects of our production, we can

offering

ensure that our quality is second to none.”

value-added

almond

products

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in Newman, Patterson and Monterey. A

By anticipating the changing market conditions

fourth year-round retail location located in

and moving to stay ahead, Stewart & Jasper

McHenry Village is slated to open this month.

Orchards have ensured continued profitability

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the developing market.

Service when you need it

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Warden’s Office

Products Center

Location: 1415 J Street Time: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

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Business Before Hours

DoubleTree Hotel

Location: 1150 9th Street

Time: 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 am.

8 Business After Hours Cash-Dudley Speiller & Torres

Professional Law Corporation & AIA/Mid-Valley Promotions, Inc.

Location: 518 13th Street

Time: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 pm.

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