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March 2013 Vol. 34 Issue 3

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CONTENTS March 2013


leadership Message from the CEO


Chamber Board Perspective


cover story The Modesto Chamber of Commerce’s 99th Annual Gala and 2012 Member Choice Awards

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Community Development Awards and Achievments Leadership Modesto Work in Progress

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Economic Development People on the Move New Member Profiles

Vice Chairman, External Operations Craig Lewis, Prudential California Realty


Vice Chairman, Member Relations Bill Moreno, Fire2Wire


Boys & Girls Club of Stanislaus

Vice Chairman, Events & Special Projects Laura Ward, Ward Promotional Marketing Solutions

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Networking & Referrals New Chamber Members Business Before and After Hours Calendar


Stanislaus Green Team

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.

Executive Committee Chairman Ralph Curtis, Curtis Legal Group Chairman-Elect David Gianelli, Gianelli & Associates Past Chairman Kathy Halsey, Individual Member Vice Chairman, Internal Operations Patricia Gillum, Patricia Gillum, CPA

Directors Pamela Cullors, Sysco Food Services of Central California Dan Garcia, Tri Counties Bank David Halvorson, American Chevrolet Brad Hawn, CHG Doug Johnson, Reach Business Solutions Warren Kirk, Doctors Medical Center Steve Madison, STANCO Michael Moradian, Peace of Mind Home Inspection, Inc. Ron Owen, Bank of the West Chris Ricci, Chris Ricci Presents, Inc. Jim Ridenour, Individual Member Eric Tobias, F&M Bank Ruben Villalobos, The Villalobos Legal Group Jeremiah Williams, Oak Crafts by Jeremiah Amy Wolfe, AgSafe


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Welcome Corner

Ex-Officio Bill Bassitt, The Alliance Keith Boggs, Stanislaus County Chief Executive Office George Boodrookas, Modesto Junior College David Boring, Never Boring Design Associates Greg Nyhoff, City of Modesto Cecil Russell, President/CEO Modesto Chamber of Commerce

George Isaac

Having just joined Data Path as Director of Sales, becoming part of the Welcome Team seemed only natural. It’s the perfect environment to welcome a new business to Modesto and support its future success. It’s also a great opportunity to meet and get to know other Chamber Members and learn about their business. I truly feel more invested in the community as a member of the Welcome Team and it has been a positive step in my tenure at Data Path. To learn more about the Welcome Team or Data Path, contact me, George Isaac, at (209) 312-9818. P

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Chamber Board Perspective

By Chamber CEO Cecil Russell

By David Gianelli, Gianelli & Associates, Chamber Board of Directors

The Modesto Chamber of Commerce celebrated its 99th Annual Gala and 2012 Member Choice Awards on Saturday, January 26, 2013. The evening kicked off with a VIP reception and entertainment provided by local trio, BoyGirlBoy. Chamber members and volunteers were honored for their outstanding service to the Chamber and the community, and 30 years of Leadership Modesto was celebrated. Chamber Board Vice cecil russell Chairman of External Operations, Craig Lewis Chamber ceo of Prudential California Realty, served as Master of Ceremonies and the 2014 incoming Chairman of the Board, David Gianelli of Gianelli & Associates and graduate of the Leadership Modesto class of 1994, led the Leadership Modesto 30th Anniversary Celebration. The evening’s guests enjoyed a potpourri of amazing dishes from twelve of Modesto’s finest restaurants. Joe Baird from O’Brien’s Market brought back his fabulous cheese display. Guests sipped a great selection of wines from Gallo Winery and creative spirits from Coldhouse Vodka. The magnificent venue of the Gallo Center for the Arts provided the perfect backdrop for guests to mingle with their contemporaries. Dozens of quality businesses, organizations and individuals were recognized as nominees for seven different awards. A complete list of award winners is featured on page 6 in this issue of Progress. In addition to recognizing our award-winning members, guests enjoyed a captivating musical performance by Modesto’s own Francesca Bavaro, winner of the 2011 Valley’s Got Talent competition. Kyle Barker and his band wound up the evening in the Gallo Center for the Arts lobby accompanied by the vocal styling of The Sensations. Guests enjoyed after event drinks and desserts from Village Baking Company & Café.


At the Chamber’s Annual Awards Gala, Leadership Modesto celebrated its 30th year of identifying, educating and motivating community leaders. Four of its founders, Jeff Cowan, Stan Hodges, Dave Kilby and Mike Zagaris were in attendance and were recognized and honored at the Gala. L eadership Modesto’s ten month long program provides a setting in which participants can develop close relationships and share mutual concerns with fellow classmates and alumni. It expands participants’ understanding of Modesto and Stanislaus County through exposure to community issues they might not otherwise have the opportunity to explore. Participants are given the opportunity to exchange ideas with current experts, decision makers and community leaders on a broad range of topics. David Gianelli

Participants get exposed to a variety of different themes which include Health Care, Art, Culture and Community, Law Enforcement, Local Government, Business, Agriculture and Education. In 2000, each class began taking on projects that allow the class to give back to the community in some way. Classes have hosted events, revitalized playgrounds and supported causes close to their hearts. When our beloved Bette Belle Smith died, one class honored her by hosting a Day of Service in her name. The most recent class has chosen to help support the newly established Boys & Girls Clubs of Stanislaus County.

We are very pleased to have hosted the event at the Gallo Center for the Arts and thank Lynn Dickerson for her support. We would also like to thank Sara Hosner for her role as stage manager, and Mallory Hawkin from Gallo Center of the Arts for her contribution. A special thanks goes out to our Annual Awards Gala Committee and to the Leadership Modesto Committee for their help and direction. I would be remiss if I did not recognize the Founders of Leadership Modesto: Connie Bird, Ed Boyle, Virginia Bruch, Jeff Cowan, Stanley Hodges, David Kilby, John Sutton, and Michael Zagaris and thank them for their vision and leadership. We also want to thank Congressman Jeff Denham, Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen and Modesto Vice Mayor David Geer for their participation and presentation of support for Leadership Modesto.

Over 30 years of Leadership Modesto classes and twelve class projects have not only aided in the training and development of current and future leaders, but have also resulted in over 100,000 community service hours and tens of thousands of dollars raised and given back to our community. Furthermore, one Alumnus was so touched by her own experience that she decided to develop a program through her work at the Stanislaus County Office of Education. Vicki Baumann, Leadership Modesto class of 2002, wanted to bring a similar program to the high schools in our area and so developed Leadership Academy. This year, Leadership Academy is celebrating its 10th year. This opportunity, a similar experience to Leadership Modesto, is for high school juniors and seniors. To date, over three hundred students from twenty-two different high schools throughout the county have participated!

In this issue of Progress Magazine, we recap many facets of the Chamber’s Annual Gala evening. We hope those in attendance at the event will recall a brilliant evening of great food and drink, wonderful company and the recognition of many deserving members. If you were not able to attend, I hope that you will be inspired by what you see on the following pages and make a point to join us next year. We look forward to seeing you there! P

Through Leadership Modesto, the Chamber is shaping new leaders. Modesto should be optimistic about its future. We can build on the progress that we have made. Leadership Modesto has realized the vision of its founders. Leadership alumni are a collective power that is committed to the future of our community and the people who live here. Leadership Modesto is a force that has and will continue to create positive change and make great things happen. P

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A Poem by Gillian Wegener

This poem was written by Gillian Wegener exclusively for the Modesto Chamber of Commerce’s 99th Annual Gala & Member Choice Awards. Gillian was gracious enough to recite the poem on stage at the event in front of the Gala audience. At first, there was the land, and it lay before the newcomers, An unfolding story, the rules and the hawks, the rivers glistening through grass and oak, the trails those of elk and coyote. The newcomers followed those trails, and the trails became wider. Soon the broad skies looked down on farms, roads straight as arrow shafts marking the borders, and this was progress. The land gave itself up to wheat and orchards, but the people – McHenry, Stoddard, Beard, Cressey, Hatton, Schafer, and thousands with names given up to the wind and the time and the seasons – had more in mind and the railroad came, which laid out towns, so trains replaced ferries, and the dust rose and settled along the streets. But it didn’t take long until those were paved, until the sun could trace a straight path down J Street, until the churches moved in, and there were enough votes to make Modesto the county seat, so the court house was built, and the schools, made of brick to emphasize the gravity of learning, and the mansion, with its white columns and its citrus trees and its turret looking out over the land and no one looking could deny that here was progress. And the hotels: the Hughson, the Modesto, the State, the Covell; And the theatres: the Modesto, the Strand, the Princess, the State, the Winter Garden Ballroom with its glamour and music and novelty acts. It was all progress. Even as one bank became another and this hotel was lost to fire, and that one was gutted and rebuilt, and this theater became a new one with stadium seating, and that one hung on to its history and renewed its art deco self, and businesses grew and grew, some closing, some lasting into a new era, new faces passing on the familiar sidewalks, familiar faces spotted in a new restaurant, ideas for the next big thing on everyone’s mind – a new venture, an opening, a renovation, a sprucing-up, an upward move, something different to push the town forward into a stronger position, give it a new angle, a clear vision for a future for steel-makers and electricians, nurses and landscapers, office workers and teachers and artists and winemakers, plumbers and salespeople, realtors and tech support, farmworkers and dentists, civil servants, architects, attorneys, poets, and ranchers and journalists and repairmen and on and on because it takes all of us – our labor, our ideas, our energy – together to make a town that works and that will keep working, that will keep making progress into a future encompassing the land and the rivers and the drifting hawks, a future of which we all can be proud.

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Ralph Curtis, Chairman Modesto Chamber Board of Directors

Robert J. Cardoza Award

Awarded to John & Mary Ann Sanders

Presented by Chairman Ralph Curtis & Bowen Cardoza

Chamber Member of the Year

Awarded to MedAmerica Billing Services, Inc. Jimmie Profitt Accepting

Presented by Board Director Doug Johnson, Reach Business Solutions

Non-Profit of the Year

Awarded to Haven Women’s Center of Stanislaus Belinda Rolicheck Accepting Presented by Board Director Patricia Gillum, Patricia A. Gillum, CPA

The event program ended with a surprise gift of gratitude given to Cecil Russell by local community leaders in appreciation of Cecil’s personal and professional efforts and passion surrounding the Arch Celebration. Pictured here from left to right: Jeremiah Williams, Oak Crafts by Jeremiah Chris Murphy, Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group Cecil Russell, Chamber President & CEo Michael Moradian, Jr., Peace of mind home inspection, inc. Laura Ward, ward promotional marketing solutions david geer, vice Mayor city of modesto

Distinguished Service Award

Awarded to Michael Moradian, Jr. Peace of Mind Home Inspection, Inc.

Small Business of the Year

Awarded to Beckles Candies & Gifts Accepting Eddi Marie Julian

Presented by Board Director Ronald Owen, Bank of the West

Presented by Board Director Laura Ward, Ward Promotional Marketing Solutions

Ted Shields Welcome Team Member of the Year

Vera Girolami Ambassador of the Year

Presented by Board Director Pamela Cullors, Sysco Food Services of Central California

Presented by Board Director William Moreno, Fire2Wire

Awarded to Lucy Castrejón F & M Bank

Awarded to Brad Blakeley Wells Fargo Advisors

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The Modesto Chamber of Commerce’s 99th Annual Gala and 2012 Member Choice Awards By Justin Souza n Saturday, January 26, the Modesto Chamber of Commerce was proud to welcome more than five hundred Chamber members, guests and friends to the Gallo Center for the Arts for the Chamber’s 99th Annual Gala. At this year’s event, the Chamber celebrated all of the great companies, corporations and entrepreneurs that have created an unrivaled business community here in Modesto with the 2012 Member Choice Awards. These awards recognized some of the Chamber’s exceptional businesses and members. Chamber Member of the Year MedAmerica Billing Services, Inc. was named Chamber Member of the Year. This local company provides streamlined billing services to emergency room physicians in eight states across the country for its parent company CEP America. MedAmerica Billing Services, Inc., which today is run by Chief Operating Officer James Proffitt, was founded here in Modesto in 1975. Over the last 38 years, the company has maintained a Modesto focus even as it has grown to a staff of nearly 800 employees. MedAmerica Billing Services, Inc. has expanded its Modesto-area workforce by almost 20% over the last two years and now operates from a facility of over 100,000 square feet off Carpenter Road in Modesto. Throughout its history, MedAmerica Billing Services, Inc.’s central goal has been to foster the Modesto community through local hiring and extensive employee training, according to Proffitt. “We’re really happy that we can hire a lot of people locally,” said Proffitt. “We’re training people in the medical billing profession and medical coding, it’s affording a lot of local folks the opportunity to build a career and learn a skill. I’m really proud of that. I think it’s a really great thing for the community.” The Night’s Other Winners The star studded night included the presentation of awards to seven other Chamber businesses and members.

Beckles Candies & Gifts took home Small Business of the Year. Owners Jim and Eddi Marie Julian have run the shop since 1988 and said they were honored to accept the award and to mark 25 years as Chamber members. Non-Profit of the Year went to Haven Women’s Center of Stanislaus. Belinda Rolicheck, Executive Director of Haven, accepted the award for the Center which helps provide a safe place for women and children who are victims of domestic or sexual violence. Michael Moradian, Jr. from Peace of Mind Home Inspection, Inc. took home a Distinguished Service Award due in part to his initiative and persistence in the revitalization of the Downtown Modesto Arch during 2012. Under Moradian’s leadership over a several-month project, the iconic Arch was brought from a state of disrepair to a revitalized shape that will last for generations to come. Members Lucy Castrejón from F & M Bank received the Ted Shields Welcome Team Member of the Year Award and Brad Blakeley from Wells Fargo Advisors was named the Vera Girolami Ambassador of the Year at the event. Blakeley said that the opportunity to represent the Chamber has been an honor. “This has been a great opportunity to be an Ambassador for the City of Modesto,” said Blakeley. “I wholeheartedly believe in our community and I think that fits nicely with the priorities of the Chamber. Cecil Russell and his staff really are trying to develop a network of people that take pride in their community and want to make it a better place to be, and that’s backed up in what the Chamber does.” Retiring Chamber Board members Neal Khatri from Best Western Townhouse Lodge and Sharon Likely from Kaiser Permanente were also honored for their service. Robert J. Cardoza Award One of the most anticipated awards of the night went to John & Mary Ann Sanders, who together were presented the Robert J. Cardoza Award by Ralph Curtis and Cardoza’s son Bowen. This annual award, which honors Modesto community members who show a passion for improving the area, is often one of the most emotional of the night and this year’s was no exception. John Sanders, who accepted the award with emotion welling in his voice, said that “it’s wonderful to belong to a group of people that come together for their community.”

Our County and State elected officials honored the Leadership Program and its Founders with a joint resolution the night of the Gala. Pictured here from left to right are: Kristin Olsen, Assemblywoman Dave Kilby, lemo founder jeff cowan, lemo founder michael zagaris, lemo founder

stanley hodges, lemo founder dick moneith, supervisor dana ferreira, Representative of congressman denham

John and Mary Ann, who have been married for 47 years, brought their family on stage with them to accept the award. The pair have spent decades working to make Modesto an even better community. Mary Ann had an illustrious 37-year career in education and shared that, even in retirement, education remains an important part of her life. As a board member for the Stanislaus County Office of Education and an active member of the Modesto Chamber’s Education Committee (among many other community activities), Mary Ann continues to doggedly pursue her life’s work. “I so appreciate the Chamber’s vitality, leadership and progress!” she said. John Sanders’ commitment to the Modesto community has often come in the form of celebration of the area’s automotive roots. John is a native of Modesto and has been an active member of the North Modesto Kiwanis since 1972. John is also the founder and Chair of the American Graffiti Car Show, helped secure the 100 cars for the 2012 Arch celebration and is responsible for bringing George Lucas to be Grand Marshal of 2013’s Graffiti Parade. “I thank the Chamber for this really neat award,” said John. “It’s an honor, and I very much appreciate it.” After the awards, attendees were treated to a performance by Valley’s Got Talent winner Francesca Bavaro, who played to a standing ovation. Kyle Barker and The Sensations then got the dance floor hopping as guests departed the theatre and joined an after-event bash with drinks, coffee and desserts provided by Village Baking Company & Café. Into the Future Emcee Craig Lewis also used the night to introduce an impassioned new initiative that will take the Chamber—and the Modesto area—into the future. “I believe that if we want things to change here, it’s up to us in the business community to make it happen,” said Lewis. Lewis added that the Chamber is taking the first step toward change by putting out a new General Plan for the community that prioritizes the issues and changes important to the business community. “It’s within our power to determine what we want the future to look like, so my plea is for everyone to get engaged in designing the future they want to see. And ultimately, this is about creating jobs at a higher wage scale,” said Lewis. The Modesto Chamber of Commerce would like to thank the Gallo Center for the Arts for the beautiful venue, as well as all of the vendors and performers who provided fantastic food and entertainment for the event. The Chamber also wants to thank all the event sponsors and Chamber members whose support make this and all other Chamber events possible. P

The Modesto Chamber recognized the City of Modesto’s support of the refurbishment of the Arch and presented the city with an appreciation plaque. Accepting the plaque from Chamber President & CEO Cecil Russell is Vice Mayor David Geer. Cecil russell chamber President & ceo

Presenting Sponsor Kaiser Permanente Corporate Sponsor Doctors Medical Center Gianelli & Associates

david geer vice mayor city of modesto

Petrulakis Law & Advocacy, APC Prime Shine Car Wash San Joaquin Valley College Scenic Oak Funding Sutter Gould Medical Foundation/ Memorial Medical Center US Bank Walmart Warden’s Office Products Center

Alumni Sponsor F & M Bank Grimbleby Coleman CPAs, Inc. Modesto Commerce Bank Event Caterers & Contributors Cencal Beverage Company Gala Sponsors Coffee Break Service American Chevrolet DoubleTree Hotel Atherton & Associates, LLP E. & J. Gallo Winery Bank of the West Edible Arrangements California Mortgage Associates Frost Bakery & Fine Foods Capax-Giddings, Corby, Fuzio Universal Bistro Hynes, Inc. Galletto Ristorante Cardoza Family Greens Market Limited Partnership Institute of Technology Dale Commons Assisted Living My Chef Restaurant and Catering Heald College O’Brien’s Market J.S. West & Company Sysco Food Services of Mary Ann Sanders Central California MedAmerica Billing Tahoe Joe’s Famous Steakhouse Services, Inc. Tresetti’s World Caffé Modesto Junior College Valley Spirits, LLC Modesto Nuts Village Baking Company & Café Professional Baseball Vito’s Ristorante Modesto Oak Valley Community Bank

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Your Chamber at Work Your Land Use & Tran sp ortati on C ommitte e I n A cti on By Craig C. Lewis, Prudential California Realty, Chamber Board of Directors, Land Use & Transportation Committee Chair Over the past tweleve months, the Land Use & Transportation Committee of the Chamber has been attempting to understand what the vision is for our community as viewed by our local governmental leaders. We have diligently met approximately twice a month for the past eight months and have a committee of about 40-45 concerned Chamber members attending. We have a diverse group from many industries, Craig Lewis including but not limited to Ag processing, Vice Chair school leaders, medical, insurance, attorneys, External relations economic development, real estate, land use, lumber, land and transportation consultants, packaging, engineering, construction and banking leaders. We have had presentations from StanCOG (twice), City of Modesto Planning and Economic Development Departments, Stanislaus County Planning and Public Works Departments, CalTrans, the Mayor and Board of Supervisors, LAFCO, Countywide Mayor’s Committee and those in government that have been assigned to design the future of our community. The reason for doing so is to examine and evaluate whether or not we are on the right path in order to correct our unemployment, diversify our economy and create jobs! Through this examination, our Land Use and Transportation Committee feels that we are inadequately prepared to change the future of our community. Our observation has been that we are headed for “more of the same” if we continue to go in the direction that has been outlined to us by these organizations. The definition of insanity is continuing to do the same thing and expect a different result. One of my favorite sayings is, “If you like the results you are getting then continue to do what you are doing but if you want different results, then do something different”. As a committee, we are not satisfied with our past results, nor are we satisfied with what is planned for our future. We want to improve and prepare for the future. Consequently, we need to do things differently. As a business community and as citizens of this community, our destiny is within our hands. It is up to us to design it and make sure it happens. As an initial step in designing our future, we have to define what our future land

use and transportation goals and aspirations are. If you only knew how little “shovel ready” land we have available for future jobs, you would be as shocked as we are. The General Plan, for the City of Modesto, which outlines our future, has not been updated for 16 years! We have failed to pass a transportation only sales tax in our county, while 80% of California has been able to achieve this. We are part of the 20% that have not. San Joaquin, Sacramento, Fresno, Tulare and Kern, Contra Costa, Alameda, San Mateo, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Orange Counties have all passed this self-imposed tax in order to stimulate their local economy and create jobs. If the community wants to put more police officers and fire fighters on our streets, we need to create more jobs! More jobs in our area will naturally create the revenue needed to pay for additional public safety needs. For long term sustainability we need long term jobs at a higher average wage scale than what we have currently in our community. Do you see the counties mentioned above talking about a public safety tax? No, because they are creating jobs and revenue to pay for police and fire protection. It creates a double burden on those of us that have chosen to live here. We need to create more jobs. We can do this by having more zoned and “shovel ready” land and by providing transportation corridors to move our goods and services. We need to outline and define where we want to preserve our valuable agricultural land and at the same time outline and define where we can create our diversified job centers which will necessitate efficient and omission reducing transportation corridors. We can shape our future, not only for ourselves but also for our children and grandchildren. If not, the future will be planned for us and if we are not pleased with the outcome, we will only have ourselves to blame. Now is our moment to make those changes. We need to do things “differently” in order to have “different results.” Please join us in creating a future where agricultural land is protected, our economy is thriving with diversified jobs and our citizens are safe and secure. Please write us with your supportive and creative ideas for more jobs at If you are interested in being a part of the Chamber’s Land Use and Transportation Committee, please contact the Chamber. P

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Mayor Garrad Marsh spoke to a standing room only crowd on February 6, 2013 at the DoubleTree Hotel. The Mayor discussed Modesto’s positives and negatives, and that we can’t continue to do the same thing and expect a different result. Marsh also shared some of his new ideas for 2013. While public safety and the Salida annexation were the issues discussed at greatest length, the Mayor also spoke about economic development and better education for our at risk youth. Mayor Marsh recogonized 20 of his Top Teens who were present at the event and Chamber President Cecil Russell challenged the audience to support the Top Teen program with donations and participation. The Mayor closed by stating that we must think anew and make changes to get a different result.

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Following his presentation, George Petrulakis facilitated a question and answer period during which the Mayor and City Manager Greg Nyhoff answered a wide range of questions from the audience. This event continues to grow each year, creating an atmosphere where audience participation is encouraged through the Q&A process. The Chamber thanks the event’s many sponsors, without whom important events such as these (from left to right) Police Chief Galen Carroll, would not be possible. P Mayor Garrad Marsh, City Manager Greg Nyhoff



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President’s Club Sponsors Diamond Bank of the West MedAmerica Billing Services, Inc.

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Tickets are now on sale for the 18th annual Ag Aware Luncheon, sponsored by Duarte Nursery and Garton Tractor/ New Holland. The popular Ag Aware will be held April 11, 2013 Luncheon event at 11:30 a.m. at the SOS Club, 819 Sunset Ave., Modesto. This year’s Keynote speaker is Jim Aschwanden, Executive Director of the California Ag Teachers Association and Student FFA representatives.


In its 18 year span, the Ag Aware program has raised over $130,000 for Modesto City Schools’ FFA programs. These funds assist FFA student travel to state and national leadership conventions and assist with the purchase of new equipment for FFA programs. In addition, the luncheon provides a forum to educate and inform the local business community on current agricultural issues. Multiple sponsorship opportunities are available for this important event. Tickets are $25 per person and are available at the Modesto Chamber of Commerce office at 1114 J Street, Modesto. Table sponsorships are $350 (includes 8 tickets and advertising package) and may be purchased by contacting the Chamber at (209) 577-5757. Call now for your reservation! P

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Jerry Van Houten

Receiving special recognition at Riverbank’s annual Community Awards Banquet is Jerry Van Houten with American Asset & Wealth Management who was voted as Business of the Year. Van Houten received an award plaque from the Riverbank Chamber of Commerce and the City of Riverbank which was presented by Mayor Richard O’Brien. American Asset & Wealth Management specializes in Financial & Retirement Planning. Visit for more information on services provided. Securities and advisory services offered through: Cetera Advisor Networks, member FINRA, SIPC. P

Doctors Medical Center is pleased to announce that they are the recipient of eight CIGNA Center of Excellence Designations for 2013. The CIGNA designations are based on DMC’s effectiveness in treating the selected condition or performing the specific procedure. We recognize our employees, physicians and our leaders for delivering the highest levels of quality patient care and in making these designations possible. DMC was awarded for excellence in the following categories: • Angioplasty, with and without Stent • Cardiac Defibrillator Implant • COPD (pulmonary disease) • Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery

• Elective Cardiac Medical • Heart Valve Replacement • Pneumonia • Pulmonology Medical

MedAmerica Billing Services, Inc. is a President’s Club - Circle of Influence Diamond Level Member and was recently voted as the ‘Chamber Member of the Year’ at the Modesto Chamber 99th Annual Gala & Member Choice Awards. MedAmerica Billing Services, Inc. will celebrate their 20th Anniversary on March 17th, 2013. This Modesto based medical billing company has created more than 800 jobs in the community since its inception, and they continue to grow each year. Congratulations! For more information please contact (209) 491-7710. P NAI Benchmark was recently awarded NAI Global’s international Fast Starter Award for outstanding performance in 2012. The Fast Starter Award recognizes the new member of NAI Global who did the most to immediately embrace and exploit their membership to their benefit and the benefit of the entire NAI network. “Winning the Fast Starter Award is a fantastic achievement and a testament to the market expertise, hard work and passion displayed by our team of professionals,” said Ryan Swehla. NAI Benchmark is one of the leading independent commercial brokerage and property management firms in the Central Valley. For more information, please visit P


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Galletto Ristorante

“Inperspective” Photography

Galletto Ristorante

110 Santa Barbara Avenue, Modesto, CA 95354

1101 J Street, Modesto, CA 95354

“Inperspective” Photography’s owner James Scott received his first camera on his 12th birthday

Since opening in 2001, Galletto Ristorante has celebrated seasonal ingredients created in an

and has been taking photo taking photos ever since. What started as a hobby quickly became

uncomplicated and inspired style. Our kitchen produces an earthy and satisfying offering that

a profession. James spent a number of years working in the beautiful Yosemite Valley where he

allows diners to bask in the culinary delights of Northern Italy. Offering a rustic Northern

photographed captivating nature shots as well as sports, weddings and portraits. For your next

Italian menu, a variety of private dining settings, and an unparalleled wine selection, Galletto

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Your vision. Our commitment. Berliner Cohen’s Modesto attorneys Judy Jensen, Leslie Kalim McHugh, Edalina Mendonca, and Kevin Kelley serve your legal needs in corporate and tax, real estate, estate planning, probate administration, employment, hospitality, land use, public agency representation, and business litigation. 1130 12th Street, Suite B ● Modesto, California 95354 ● 209.576.1197 ● Modesto ● Merced ● San Jose March


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Boys & Girls Club of Stanislaus County By David Gianelli, Gianelli & Associates

David Gianelli

The Modesto Chamber of Commerce strongly believes that building our economy depends on building a strong community foundation. This begins with our youth. It is vitally important that students develop the character needed to understand and fulfill their roll in the development of their future and Modesto’s. The Modesto Chamber strongly supports the Boys and Girls Club of Stanislaus County.

The Boys & Girls Club of Stanislaus County was formed with one goal in mind – to serve the youth who need us most. Current after school programs have limited capacity to serve the children in our community. There simply are not enough options. Many children are on waiting lists for after school programs. While many wonderful organizations exist to engage these children, more – much more – needs to be done. Modesto continues to be plagued with high crime rates. We have disproportionately high gang participation. A long term solution to this problem is to provide more opportunities for children to be engaged in positive programs after school and through the summer.

who need it most, by providing a safe, positive and engaging environment and life-enhancing programs that build character and prepare and inspire children to achieve great futures. Our vision, our hope, is that through successful school and community partnerships, and collaborations with other local youth serving non-profits, no less than 90% of our children get on track to graduate from high school with a solid plan for the future. Boys & Girls Clubs seek to provide our youth with three priority outcomes academic success, good character and citizenship and healthy lifestyles. With academic success, the goal is for each child to not only graduate from high school but to graduate with a plan for the future, whether that be college, trade school, military or employment. With good character and citizenship, the goal is to produce engaged citizens who are involved with their community, who are registered to vote and who exhibit strong moral character. With healthy lifestyles, the goal is for children to adopt a healthy diet, practice healthy lifestyle choices and make a lifelong commitment to fitness.

The Boys & Girls Club of Stanislaus County intend to start programs at the start of the next school year. We need your help. If you are interested in helping the Boys & Girls Club, you can contact them by email at Donations can be sent to the Boys & Girls Boys & Girls Clubs are rated as one of the top charitable organizations in Club of Stanislaus County, located at 422 McHenry Ave., Modesto, CA x 5.pdf the country based on financial efficiency and program ModProgress effectiveness. Boys & 7.75 95354 or through their website at P Girls Clubs save and change the lives of children and teens, especially those

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Ride for Mom™ By Bob Fores, Founder of Ride for Mom™ The Modesto Chamber is pleased to support and sponsor Ride For Mom™. We are proud to promote healthy living while raising awareness of preventative measures for noncommunicable diseases.

Bob Fores Fores Macko, A Professional Law Corporation

Welcome to the second annual Ride for Mom™. On the day before Mother’s Day, have fun cycling with your family while raising awareness about living better. The event will take place Saturday, May 11, 2013 and is staged at Johansen High School located at 641 Norseman Drive, Modesto, CA.

The inaugural event in 2012 had over 420 riders, 100 volunteers and 17 booths at the lifestyle fair. The event raised enough money to make four $2,500.00 grants to beneficiaries that support “Be Active. Eat Healthy. Live Better.” The organizing team learned a lot from the 2012 experience. Based on feedback from our participants, we are making adjustments to make the event more efficient and better organized. In addition to the 10, 30, 72 mile bicycle rides, we are adding a century ride. The event will again include rest stops and support, a healthy lunch and a lifestyle fair. Please note that pre-event check-in will take place on Friday May 10, 2013 from 4:00p.m. to 7:00p.m. at a new location, 641 Norseman Drive, Modesto,

the location of the event. The pre-event check-in will not take place at last year’s pre-event check-in location. Be Active. Eat Healthy. Live Better.” Our goal is to have fun participating in a healthy activity while raising awareness on how to live better in order to prevent cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Funds raised will be distributed locally in the form of one time grants to promote this awareness. It is estimated that $800 billion to a trillion dollars are lost annually in medical costs and lost employee time as a result of cancer, diabetes and heart disease alone. That does not include the profound emotional and social costs to families and friends. Many of these diseases are preventable through exercise and good eating habits, choices that all of us can make right now. Imagine the savings that would be realized if we as a society made better lifestyle choices. I started riding my bike seven years ago when my mother, “Jinx,” battled cancer, for a second time. This time she lost that battle. Mom did not take the best care of herself physically. I wonder if Mom would still be here if she had made different lifestyle choices. Cancer and diabetes run deep in my family. Making better lifestyle choices will lessen those diseases in the future. While the event is again presented by the Rotary Club of Sunrise Modesto and its foundation, Ride for Mom™ is community based. To register, volunteer or obtain more information, check out our website, or e-mail Registration is online through Active. com. See you on your bike on May 11, 2013. P



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Tom Glover

Stephen Grisez

Lacey Payne

Kevin Claybaugh

Provost & Pritchard Consulting Group has announced the

Keeping Modesto Cool Since 1957

addition of four new staff members: Tom Glover, PE, Principal Engineer; Stephen Grisez, Senior CAD Technician; Lacey Payne, EIT, Engineering Technician; and Kevin Claybaugh, Field Technician. Glover’s knowledge and experience with the state and federal water projects will broaden the firm’s ability to provide solutions to the challenges facing municipal and irrigation district clients. Grisez, Payne and Claybaugh bring their technical experience to enhance Provost & Pritchard’s project teams. For more information, please visit P

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Gianelli & Associates is pleased to introduce Sarah


Birmingham to their office. Sarah is a Certified Specialist in Family Law. Her practice areas include: legal separation, dissolution of marriage, child custody, adoptions, guardianships and more. She earned her J.D. from Santa Clara University, School of Law. She is very involved in the community and is the incoming president of Soroptimist International. She works with clients who are navigating transitions in their personal lives. For more information, please contact (209) 521-6260. P


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Oak Valley Community Bank

announced that Karrie Knight will be transferring to the Bank’s Stockton Branch as Assistant V ice President, Branch Manager. Last year, Knight joined Oak Valley and initially started managing the Modesto-Downtown location. Knight has 12 years of banking experience throughout the Central Valley, the latter half of which Karrie Knight was spent in the Stockton market. Knight currently resides in Stockton and has strong ties to the local community. For more information call 1(866) 844-7500 or visit P

30 years ago, Never Boring was just a phone and a stack of business cards resting on a weight bench in David Boring’s garage. Today, we’re the most accomplished ad agency between Sacramento and Fresno.

we owe our success to you, our clients and friends who have made sure that the

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Stanislaus Green Team W hat i s a G re e n T e am i n Bu s i n e s s ? By Rikki Keenan Green teams are self-organized, grassroots and cross-functional groups of employees who voluntarily come together to educate, inspire and empower employees around sustainability. They identify and implement specific solutions to help their organization operate in a more environmentally sustainable fashion. Most green teams initially focus on greening operations at the office, addressing such issues as recycling in the office, composting food waste, reducing the use of disposable takeout containers and eliminating plastic water bottles.



Having a Green Team gives people something to believe in; something that is a tangible, visible representation that they are a company that cares. Below is a detailed summary of 10 best practices for Green Teams in business: • Start with the visible and tangible: focus on internal operations • Get senior management involved, but don’t lose the grassroots energy • Engage employees to capture ideas • Communicate and share best practices • Engage employees with their bellies: a low carbon diet campaign • Engage employees in their personal lives • Engage customers to be part of the solution • Use art to raise awareness • Create a toolkit to support and guide green teams • Align green teams with corporate sustainability goals

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Prime Shine Car Wash presents:

LAND OF OPPORTUNITY ...a series spotlighting entrepreneurial achievement

Royal Robbins Royal Robbins Royal Robbins is an outdoor apparel company that was established by Liz and Royal Robbins in 1968. Before establishing the company, Royal had established a career as one of the pioneers of American rock climbing and his name is still synonymous with the practice of clean climbing and for many of the popular routes up rock Royal Robbins faces in Yosemite. He and his wife Liz are no longer associated with the Royal Robbins apparel company, but Royal commented on how they established the company and brought it to success. When was your company founded? Liz and I founded the company in 1968. We began with the importing of climbing shoes called PAs which we sold alongside shorts designed by Liz. We later added other climbing equipment from Europe. Are you originally from this area? If not, where are you from and how did you come to the area? I wasn’t born in Modesto but I moved here after marrying Liz in 1963. When you were younger what goals did you set for yourself and why? My goal when I was younger was always to be physically fit. I knew that I needed to be fit in order to perform well at all of the things I was interested in. Do you have any particular history that has contributed to helping you achieve your goals? Simply learning early on to practice perseverance and focus. Those qualities helped me achieve my goals.

I got a lot of help from reading and especially from the Pacific Institute, which is an organization that helps people all over the world learn to change themselves and the world by changing the way they think. The program helps you change your own mind and change your attitudes through positive thinking. The institute has helped people in different institutions from government to small business by changing the way they think. What are some of the accomplishments of which you are particularly proud? I am proud of developing team spirit at Royal Robbins and encouraging individuals who I hired and who I met to do their very best and follow their dreams. What do you like about your job? All the people that I met inside and outside the company through the outdoor industry. It was the outdoor industry that made our work such a good fit for us. Do you participate in any community outreach efforts or clubs? I’m the past president of the Downtown Modesto Rotary Club and am very active in the Boy Scouts of America. What advice do you have for business people when it comes to achieving their goals? Don’t give up. Just always keep your goal in mind and persevere. What do you like about doing business in the Modesto community and why do you think this is the Land of Opportunity? Modesto has so many great people. Whether you’re in business or in education, there are good people to work with.

What challenges have you had to overcome in your professional life and how did you achieve that? My main challenge was just learning how to become a leader. We founded a company that became made up of lots of people, so as a leader I was responsible to all of them.

Prime Shine Car Wash 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 Car Wash 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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New Member profiles Scenic Oaks Funding is the largest local mortgage banker serving

Stanislaus County and the surrounding areas throughout California. As part of the PMZ family, we pride ourselves on employing some of the most experienced loan officers in the area and a knowledgeable processing team, including in-house underwriters who are able to approve and close your loan. Whether you are a first time homebuyer, an experienced investor, or thinking of refinancing your current home, we have the loan program to suit your specific lifestyle. Visit for more information. P

Agape Villages Foster Family Agency is a private, non-profit

Christian Agency servicing children who have been removed from their biological homes due to severe neglect and abuse. We train people who are willing to open their homes and hearts to children in need. Agape has many programs to help children overcome and heal from the abuse they have endured. We have our own social workers who visit the children weekly, making sure the children are not only healing, but thriving in their new environment. There are many ways to help Agape, even if you can’t be a foster parent. We are always looking for volunteers, donations, foster parents and participation in our events. For more information, call our office at (209) 824-5365 or visit P

{ mi nnie’s news b it es } As in everything, all good things must come to a close. So it is with my career at the Modesto Chamber. It is with very mixed emotions that I husband and I are excited to be moving back to my hometown, Boise, Idaho. I have seen many changes at the Chamber over the past several

We took off, some by stairs, some by elevator, to get to the second floor where the City of Modesto accepts payments for water, sewer, parking fines, and other bills. It’s directly next to the County of Stanislaus Tax Collector’s office, where you may go to pay your property taxes or other fees/fines of the County in person. Our final clue for the day: “This location is mentioned in the title of one of the Harry Potter Books, but no secrets here. Even though it takes you below ground, there’s nothing to fear!” And we were off to the City Council/Board of Supervisor Chambers, located in the basement of 1010 10th Street! On arrival, we completed a challenge quiz with interesting facts about Modesto. But now, we had to get down to work. Under the guidance of Gloriette Genereux, Director of Finance, we took on the difficult task of “balancing the City budget.” While the job was scaled down to fit in the time allotted, it was clear that every cut has an impact to our community, and that none of the cuts, while necessary, are made lightly.

Wow! At the end of the day we were exhausted (especially those who took the stairs!), but with a sense that we had learned so much about the work that is done in the City/County building, and respect for the difficulty in making decisions that impact our community.

years and I am confident that it is heading in the right direction under strong leadership. We have an excellent staff, dedicated Board of Directors and amazing volunteers, all the right ingredients for success. In the past 14 years I have come to know so many of you, made excellent friends and have very much enjoyed my time here. Thank you for making me a part of this great community. I shall miss you all.

On Friday, February 8, Leadership Modesto gathered at 7:30 in the morning to start our “Amazing Race Through Local Government!” Our host, Modesto City Councilwoman Stephanie Burnside, gave us a brief introduction, telling us about her experience as a City Councilwoman, and then broke us into teams of two for our first Challenge Clue. The first clue was a substitution code to answer the question: Where should you go to take care of this? The answer was: You need to pay your water/sewer bill immediately!

We ended the day by discussing two topics that ignite passions on both sides, blighted homes and pension reform. With information from Brent Sinclair, Director of Community & Economic Development, and Joe Lopez, Director of Human Resources, we took sides and debated these difficult issues.

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WORK IN Storer Transportation Services: 61 Years and Still on the Move

Service when you need it (Courtesy of Never Boring Design Associates)

Storer Transportation Service got its start in the







Modesto area back in 1952. Since the beginning, the

transportation came in 1967 when Warren Storer

storied transportation company’s history has been

modified one of the company’s vans by installing

tied to the educational community.

an electric, hydraulic lift onto the rear of the van, thus creating one of the first wheelchair buses in

Storer founders Walter and Gladys Storer first saw

California. Over the years, Storer has diversified

the need for transportation services created with

its operations to include Para-Transit (Dial-A-

the Special Education programs being developed

Ride), transit contract service and it also operates

for children throughout Stanislaus County. Their

a deluxe fleet of tour buses.

When business is booming, advertising is the last thing on your mind. But when times get tough, an aggressive ad campaign becomes the last thing you want to spend money on. By maintaining an advertising presence through thick and thin, you can keep your business rolling, stay at the top of your customers’ minds and keep slowdowns to a minimum. Never Boring Design is an industry expert at creating unique, effective and affordable advertising. Find out how we can keep your business moving forward, visit us today at


According to Sarah Storer,

handicapped children from

today, the company operates

their homes to Washington

a fleet of over 350 vehicles

School. In subsequent years,

“Walter Storer and his son,

including some of the finest

the Storers expanded this

Warren, were pioneers in the

motor coaches in the State

contract to include additional school





transportation for visually- and hearing-impaired students.

development of the door-to-

of California under the name Storer



door school bus service for

extensive fleet consists of

students with disabilities”

amenity-packed 54 passenger MCI coaches, 46 passenger

Walter Storer and his son,

Van Hool coaches as well as

Warren, were pioneers in the

21 and 11 passenger deluxe

development of the door-to-

mini coaches. This fleet is

door school bus service for students with disabilities.

operated and maintained by a staff of over 500

The original fleet—which consisted of modified

local employees.

MODESTO MEANs BUSINESS The Chamber stands by this statement. 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 current members online at, or through our 2012 directory at 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.

bus yellow—served the company’s growing needs

“Our greatest joy has been in providing safe,

until the late 1950’s. But when the Volkswagen Micro

dependable and high quality transportation services

Bus was brought to the American market during that

to Stanislaus County for the past 60 years,” said

decade, Storer Transportation Services purchased a

Storer. “We will always be proud to be a part of such

fleet of 23 to handle its expanding business.

a wonderful community.” P

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transportation of 13 physically



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April 2013


Business Before Hours


Ag Aware Luncheon

Heald College Location: 5260 Pirrone Court Time: 7:30 am – 8:30 am

Location: SOS Club, 819 Sunset Avenue Time: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm


Stanislaus Green


Location: Kirk Lindsey Center, 1020 10th Street Plaza Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Business Before Hours Data Path, Inc. Location: 318 McHenry Avenue, Suite A Time: 7:30 am – 8:30 am


Business After Hours


Stanislaus Green

Dale Commons Assisted Living Location: 3900 Dale Road Time: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Team Meeting

Team Meeting

Location: Kirk Lindsey Center, 1020 10th Street Plaza Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am


Business After Hours Boys & Girls Club National Multiple Sclerosis Society United Way of Stanislaus County Location: 422 McHenry Avenue Time: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

The Stockton Thunder presents Modesto Chamber of Commerce Night as the Thunder battles the Idaho Steelheads on Saturday, March 30th at 7:30 p.m. at the Stockton Arena. Tickets will be located in the lower bowl near the ice and are $10 per ticket. The first 2,000 fans in attendance will receive a Thunder rally towel. For tickets and information, contact Michael Ravotti at (209) 373-1523 or P Dale Commons Independent & Assisted Living, Pacifica Senior Living and Garden City Healthcare Center bring you “Healthy Aging Affair.” Join us as we focus on the importance of living longer and living stronger with ways to keep your body healthy. Our goal is to assist older adults, their families and caregivers to achieve safe, healthy, independent and self-reliant lives. The event will be on April 25, 2013 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Dale Commons, 3900 Dale Road, Modesto and refreshments will be provided. For more information please contact (209) 526-2053. P

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Course Date/Time March 2, 2013 8:00am - 3:00pm

What You Can Do Today to Make a Better Tomorrow for your Business- Never Boring Design Associates

March 7, 2013 8:00am - 9:30am

How Smart Leaders Create Engaged Employees – Dale Carnegie

March 12, 2013 8:00am -10:00am

Getting Started with E-mail Marketing - IMC Consulting & Training

March 19, 2013 9:00am - 11:00am

Dynamic Communications – The Corporate College

March 22, 2013 8:30am - 10:00am

Supervisor Sexual Harassment Prevention Training – SinglePoint Outsourcing, Inc. April 16, 2013 10:00am - 12:00pm

To register for all SinglePoint Outsourcing, Inc. classes call (559) 625-4800

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Adult, Child & Infant CPR and First Aid Training – The Medics Plus

Course Description Learn how to administer CPR and First Aid for adults, children, and i nfants. You’ll learn how to handle emergency situations, take basic precautions to prevent disease transmission, care for injuries or sudden illness until advanced medical help arrives, help someone in breathing and cardiac emergencies, administer chest compressions and use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). This class also teaches you to care for life-threatening bleeding, sudden illness, shock and injury.

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It doesn’t take a big budget to make a big difference for your business. Marketing experts from Never Boring Design will speak on how to ensure that you’re making the most of your business’ low hanging fruit and your existing customers. Find out some easy, cost-effective ways you can solidify your customer base and start to expand your market share today.

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Members $40.00 Non-Members $50.00 Members $10.00 Non-Members $20.00

Based on new, groundbreaking research we will show you the three clusters of behaviors that significantly impact engagement. Then, within each cluster we will break down the individual actions you can take to develop enthusiastic, empowered, confident and inspired employees - the type of employees who care, Members who want to be part of a success story and who will drive your organization to the top. $10.00 AT THIS WORKSHOP YOU WILL LEARN: • The costs and benefits of employee engagement • What makes for an engaged employee • Actions that you can take to engage your workforce Email Marketing: • Choose from over 450 email templates designed for every type of industry or theme • Promote and link to your social media presence on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn from your emails • Make it easy for customers to share your email message through social media with our Social Share toolbar • Check out your email’s success including: Open rates, click-throughs, bounces, and more • Grow your subscriber list right from your Facebook page, website, or mobile phone

Non-Members $20.00

Members $10.00 Non-Members $20.00

This workshop focuses on communication behavior: • Knowing your own behavioral style • Identifying the behavioral style of others • Blending your sales type to improve communication

Members $20.00 Non-Members $30.00

Supervisors are at risk for a lawsuit if they allow or engage in sexual harassment. In this 2-hour interactive course, you will become equipped to recognize sexual harassment and know what to do about it. You will also learn about the laws that govern sexual harassment and discrimination while meeting California’s Supervisor Training requirement.

Members $20.00 Non-Members $40.00

*All Chamber University courses are provided at the Modesto Chamber of Commerce; call the Chamber to register: (209) 577-5757.



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