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MODESTO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

VOL. 38 | ISSUE 7 | JULY 2017

The Amazing

DOWNTOWN

RENAISSANCE COMING TOGETHER TO FOCUS ON PREVENTION

2017

BEST PLACES TO WORK

DO GOOD DISTILLERY IS DOING GOOD


JULY 2017 | CONTENTS MISSION STATEMENT

The Modesto Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to serving the greater Modesto Area, regional businesses and community prosperity through advocacy, collaboration, access to leaders, economic development, connectivity and business education.

CARES: Community, Advocacy, Relationships, Education and Service.”

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Chairman

Eric Tobias, F&M Bank Chairman-Elect Steven Rank, Rank Investigations and Protection, Inc.

The Amazing Downtown Renaissance

Past Chairman

David Gianelli, Gianelli & Associates Vice Chairman, External Operations Stephen Madison, STANCO Vice Chairman, Internal Operations Patricia Gillum, Patricia A. Gillum,CPA

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DIRECTORS

Elliot Begoun, The Intertwine Group Brad Blakeley, Edward Jones Investments Todd Falduti,Vintage Faire Mall Ryan Fitzpatrick,Valley BMW/Lexus David Gingerich, TD Gingerich Insurance Solutions, Inc. Paul Holshouser, Flowers Baking Co. of Modesto Michael Howell, Blom & Associates Warren Kirk, Doctors Medical Center Naomi Layland, Huff Construction Co, Inc. Craig Lewis, Lewis Capital Advisors Virginia Madueño, Imagen, LLC DeSha McLeod, Community Hospice Inc. Tom Nielsen, Individual Member Peggy O’Donnell, Mid-Valley Promotion Dillon Olvera, Beard Land & Investment Co. Kay Peck, HealthSouth Rehabilitation of Modesto Thomas Reeves, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. Lucy Virgen, Bank of the West Pete Zahos, Sysco Central California, Inc.

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RELATIONSHIPS

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Cecil Russell, President/CEO Modesto Chamber of Commerce CRussell@ModChamber.org\

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The Amazing Downtown Renaissance Coming Together to Focus on Prevention

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Keith Boggs, Stanislaus County Chief Executive Office George Boodrookas, Modesto Junior College David Boring, Never Boring Kristopher Helton, Leadership Modesto Jim Holgersson, City of Modesto David White, Opportunity Stanislaus Melissa Williams, Modesto Irrigation District

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MESSAGE FROM THE CEO

By Cecil Russell,

AMGEN TOUR

AMGEN TOUR PLANNING MEETINGS

YCCD CHANCELLOR INTERVIEWS

2017 CLASS GRADUATION

Chamber President and CEO In this issue of Progress we are rolling out our “NEW LOOK.” I hope you enjoy — please let us know. Below, we

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point out our participation in our community in addition to the Chamber’s own committees and meetings. We been, continuing to collaborate and strengthen our coalitions by engaging in the following activities and community meetings since the last issue of Progress. Also for all Chamber members — watch your email inboxes in the month of July for a members-only survey.

COMPREHENSIVE FEES TASK FORCE MEETINGS

SPIE BOARD

MEETINGS

We are looking for feedback on what you want from your

Central Valley

Chamber, how we can better serve you and the community,

JOB FAIR AND VETERANS SUMMIT

and what big issues we should be involved in. When you

MESSAGE FROM THE CEO / CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD

receive this survey, please take five minutes out of your

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MEETINGS WITH

CONGRESSMAN

JEFF DENHAM

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RIBBON CUTTINGS

MEETINGS WITH

MAYOR BRANDVOLD Meetings with several President’s Club Members

GROUND BREAKING CSU STANISLAUS CABINET RETREAT SPEAKER

LEADERSHIP MODESTO

COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION MEETINGS CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS

Intersection of Art Project Unveiling

GRAFFITI WALK OF FAME

2017

GRAFFITI DOWNTOWN PARADE

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BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETINGS

Chamber Committees and Special Events Planning Meeting


YOUR CHAMBER C.A.R.E.S. To execute our adopted mission, we have developed an

EDUCATION

acronym that helps keep us focused. That acronym is “CARES: Community, Advocacy, Relationships, Education and Service.�

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The Chamber serves the education community by hosting the annual State of Business and Education event, by fundraising for local students at the Ag Aware and Harvest Luncheon

At its heart, the Modesto Chamber is a community of likeminded business owners who share the vision for enjoying a thriving economy and creating and maintaining our community as a vibrant place to live, work, and play. The Modesto Chamber is the go-to resource and facilitator of ideas and communication for nonprofits, governmental agencies, and community leaders. More than just a business club, the Modesto Chamber strives to affect its environment for positive transformation by

annual series and partnering with local schools and colleges to train and educate young men and women, all in keeping with our pledge to help provide a ready workforce to serve local employers. Additionally, the Chamber educates its members on practical solutions and best practices through its Progress Magazine articles, monthly Chamber University and Seeds of Success speaker series, workshops and seminars, monthly committee meetings, and SCORE counseling.

supporting change agents in the community.

ADVOCACY Chamber Staff, Board of Directors, and many of our topical committees, such as Economic Development and Government Relations, are engaged and proactively representing our members by addressing business initiatives, addressing issues in our community, and working to relieve the regulatory burdens businesses endure due to local and state governments. The Modesto Chamber gets results, as shown by recent victories in forming more rational ADA legislation, defeating a no-growth measure, electing business friendly candidates, working

SERVICE The Chamber believes in service to the community and to its members. The Chamber Board and staff are active on many nonprofit and government committees, donating their business expertise, time, and resources. The Chamber also serves its individual members by hosting ribbon cuttings which introduce a new business to the community, valuable and cost-effective (free) marketing opportunities, exposure to social media, workshops, and training for our business partners and their associates, and other free and discounted resources. | P

alongside others to pass Measure L, a local self-help transportation measure, and championing for more water for our agribusiness, industry, and citizens. By working together, our members are stronger than they could ever be on their own.

RELATIONSHIPS The Modesto Chamber specializes in building relationships among businesses and services as the nexus to businesses, nonprofit organizations, and governmental agencies. We host monthly networking events, annual special events, an annual trade show, and our long-running Gala. Members also may serve on committees or go through the Leadership Modesto program where they will build long-term relationships with key leaders in the business world and local community.

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CHAMBER CALENDAR JULY

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE MEETING* Modesto Chamber of Commerce 1114 J St. 7:30 to 9 a.m.

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BUSINESS BEFORE HOURS American Chevrolet 4742 McHenry Ave. 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.

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NEW CHAMBER MARKETING TOOLS CLASS Modesto Chamber of Commerce 1114 J St. 12 to 1 p.m.

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STANISLAUS GREEN TEAM Modesto Chamber of Commerce 1114 J St. 9 to 10 p.m.

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GOVERNMENT RELATIONS COMMITTEE MEETING* Modesto Chamber of Commerce 1114 J St. 12 to 1 p.m.

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AMBASSADOR/WELCOME TEAM* Modesto Chamber of Commerce 1114 J St. 8 to 9 a.m.

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STATE OF BUSINESS & EDUCATION Martin G. Petersen Event Center 720 12th St. 7 to 9 a.m.

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STANISLAUS GREEN TEAM Modesto Chamber of Commerce 1114 J St. 9 to 10 p.m.

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BUSINESS AFTER HOURS Farmers Insurance 1101 Sylvan Ave., Ste. C201 5:30 to 7 p.m.

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GOVERNMENT RELATIONS COMMITTEE MEETING* Modesto Chamber of Commerce 1114 J St. 12 to 1 p.m.

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AMBASSADOR/WELCOME TEAM* Modesto Chamber of Commerce 1114 J St. 8 to 9 a.m.

BUSINESS AFTER HOURS Legal Pathways 1020 15th St., Ste. 10 5:30 to 7 p.m.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE MEETING* Modesto Chamber of Commerce 1114 J St. 7:30 to 9 a.m.


We care for more than 146,000 children every year. It drives us to be our best, to set higher standards, break barriers and exceed expectations. We are honored to be recognized as one the best children’s hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in orthopaedics, gastroenterology & gastrointestinal surgery, and diabetes & endocrinology. And while awards are nice, getting kids back to being kids - that’s what we live for.

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A NEW LOOK FOR PROGRESS

AND NEW APPROACH FOR YOUR CHAMBER

By Naomi Layland, Marketing/Business Development Director Huff Construction Company, Inc.

We hope that as soon as you picked it up, you noticed

highlights our new C.A.R.E.S. messaging. The C.A.R.E.S.

something different about this month’s Progress Magazine.

messaging,

A dedicated team has been working, behind the scenes,

Relationships, Educate, and Service, provides the perfect

to create a new marketing strategy for the 100+ year old

framework to showcase the efforts of the Chamber and our

Modesto Chamber of Commerce (MCC). Every aspect of

members in our community. In addition to the print version of

the Chamber’s new marketing strategy was designed with

the magazine, we will also be launching an electronic version

the Chamber’s users in mind. The intent of the changes are

which includes a link to the latest edition on our website.

which

stands

for

Community,

Advocacy,

to better reflect the vibrancy and diversity of Modesto’s business community.

Progress Magazine is the first step in re-launching our Chamber’s brand in new and innovative ways. Later this year, we will be releasing a re-designed and mobile-friendly

The re-launch of Progress Magazine is the first step in a new overall marketing strategy, which will continue to roll-out in 2017.

website. Our website will serve as a useful tool for our current members, community members and potential members. Along with the website redesign, we will be realigning our social media efforts to keep chamber members and the community up to date with current events. To top it all off, we are exploring other online and offline elements we can use to keep our members and the community informed. Watch for more in the coming months to see how you can take advantage of these great new tools!

While the Chamber’s core purpose is still making the greater Modesto area a best-in-class region, where businesses and

A special thank you to the team that worked on the re-

individuals alike can thrive, our new marketing approach

launch of Progress Magazine: Never Boring Associates, the

also allows us to be more forward-thinking and innovative.

Modesto Chamber staff and the Modesto Chamber Board of

The new design of Progress Magazine was created to be

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more user-friendly, featuring Chamber member stories and

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COVER STORY

Downtown Modesto is buzzing with life every day of the week. With restaurants, banks, theaters, clubs, and shops of all kinds, it’s no wonder the area is so busy. This wasn’t always the case, however, and what we see now when we walk

The Amazing

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downtown is an outstanding recovery of our city’s core. Modesto is one of California’s oldest cities and began with the hub, which would become the downtown area and was built along the rail lines in the 1870s. As trains brought goods in and out of town, the city thrived. In the early part of the 20th century, downtown Modesto was the place to be, one of the largest cities in the Central Valley. Unfortunately, by the middle of the century, Americans were moving out of city centers all

BY: ASHLEY STINSON

across the country and Modesto was no exception. Attempts were made in the latter half of the 20th century to revitalize downtown centers like Modesto’s, with limited success. In the last couple of decades, however, a major shift has been happening as Americans, once again found a desire for urban living. This shift has been a windfall for Modesto’s downtown, which has come back to life with the help of such organizations as the Downtown Modesto Partnership and the Downtown Improvement District, which are focused on making downtown Modesto a flourishing attraction throughout the Central Valley once again. The Downtown Modesto Partnership was put together through a grassroots initiative that involved many business and property owners and concerned citizens, as well as community groups such as the Modesto Chamber of Commerce, Opportunity Stanislaus, the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, and the Downtown Improvement District as a way to ensure that the revitalization of Modesto’s downtown could be given the attention it deserves. In recent years, a healthy downtown has become more important than ever. Josh Bridegroom, CEO of the Downtown Modesto Partnership, is optimistic about

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Downtown’s future among the shifting trends. “Downtown Modesto is well-positioned to succeed as the nation’s preferences once again shift to urban lifestyles,” said Bridegroom. “It’s the only real urban center in this region, with other cities having main streets more than urban downtowns.” What does it take for a downtown hub to truly stand out and to take full advantage of the resurgence in American interest

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in urban living? According to Bridegroom, it starts with a

to expand to downtown by 2020 and will provide Modesto

coordinated plan which balances the needs of property

citizens with the opportunity to easily travel to larger cities for

owners, business owners, and developers, and improves

work or leisure while, at the same time, allowing those in other

infrastructure to make Downtown an attractive place for the

cities to travel into Modesto for the same. With connectivity

public. This includes transit options, sidewalks, and better

between city centers quickly becoming one of the most

parking solutions. What might seem like background details

important things a city can do to entice younger cohorts to

can be vital to a thriving downtown environment.

work and start businesses in a city, a transit plan is a vital part of Downtown’s future.

“For example,” Bridegroom explained, “sidewalks are the primary conduit for social exchange and commerce downtown.

“I think it makes it much more palatable and appealing to build

Yet many of our sidewalks provide lack of shade, are obstacle

office space in Modesto when you’ve got that connection to

courses for pedestrians to navigate, and have no color or

the Bay Area,” said Dave Gianelli, former president of the

character. We can do better. We must do better.”

Downtown Modesto Partnership. “It’s not a lot of fun for people to drive over the Altamont these days for work.”

With this in mind, the Downtown Modesto Partnership has been enthusiastic in finding ways to position Modesto as a

Aside from transit and infrastructure, another important area

city which will be attractive to businesses and prospective

that Downtown is always trying to improve is the availability

residents. Part of their work involves raising money to improve

of attractions which will draw public interest. One of these

Downtown, and applying for grants to secure additional

points of interest is the Tuolumne River Regional Park

funding. The Downtown Modesto Partnership is an active

Gateway Parcel, which is undergoing some work to make it

advocate to area businesses and the public about the benefits

an attractive destination.

of improved transit and parking in the downtown area, as well as working with business interests to make Downtown an

“I think it is very likely that Tuolumne River Regional Park

attractive place for commercial endeavors.

Gateway Parcel at the south end of 10th Street will be developed as our version of Central Park in New York, Balboa Park in San Diego or Golden Gate Park in San Francisco—with

providing rail transit to the heart of Modesto. Passenger

live music festivals, interpretive trails, kayaking and boating

rail, such as the ACE train which runs through the Altamont,

opportunities, and cultural learning centers, such as museums,

connecting cities between Stockton and San Jose, is slated

an aquarium and possibly even a zoo,” said Bridegroom. | P

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One potential way of increasing interest in downtown is by

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COMING TOGETHER TO FOCUS ON PREVENTION By Kevin Carroll, Executive Director, Modesto Gospel Mission

Cities across the United States are reporting record numbers of

In my experience, there are different categories of those

those experiencing homelessness in their community. Women

experiencing homelessness; those who are seeking services and

and children, as well as youth ages 18-24, are among the growing

are actively engaged in their success, those who may not be able

population of those who are experiencing homelessness. There

to seek the services they need due to behavioral health issues

are many factors contributing to homelessness. Financial, lack

and other personal reasons, and those who refuse services. As

of employment, illness, mental health issues and substance

our community works to address all of these groups, many issues

abuse are just some of the factors that can lead people to find

are occurring that affects our businesses and the people who

themselves homeless: Generally there are two responses to those

work and play in downtown.

experiencing homelessness; contempt or compassion. Many communities have adapted a NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard)

The following are some general guidelines in making a difference

attitude towards those who are experiencing homelessness.

whether you are a business or individual person. Remember

Others have established proactive strategies to effectively

these folks have a name and a backstory. We may not agree with

engage those found on the streets and provide a plan to help

their behavior, but they still deserve dignity and respect. Some

those experiencing homelessness receive the services they need.

may not be able to control their behavior due to serious mental health issues. When engaging those you encounter, your safety is primary.

I encourage you to attend trainings that are offered by the County Focus on Prevention.

Please do not give anyone money and don’t provide food. Although there may be an apparent need, refer them to services such as the Salvation Army or the Modesto Gospel Mission. Partner with other businesses to work alongside the Downtown Improvement District and DOMO. There is a concerted effort to bring change to the downtown. If you encounter someone who

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is aggressive and they won’t leave, you can always contact law

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Recently HUD released the Stanislaus County 2016 Point in

enforcement. There is a great resource within the county called

Time survey for the homeless count. According to the results,

the Homelessness Engagement Team. You can contact them at

Stanislaus County had 1,661 experiencing homelessness and 1,221

209.543.5140 for help. It is important to identify the people you

of those were in Modesto. This was an increase of 238. Whether

may be experiencing issues with at your business so it can be

this increase is due to a more effective count or homelessness

communicated to the authorities and those who engage those

is on the increase, we still have work as a community to help

experiencing homelessness on a regular basis. Many reasons

address these issues. Focus on Prevention was launched 2

why we don’t know how to respond is a lack of knowledge

years ago, bringing an alignment of services and collaboration

and recognizing the differences between vagrants and those

to our community. Focus on Prevention has brought together

experiencing homelessness. I encourage you to attend trainings

multiple sectors including government, nonprofit, media, arts

that are offered by the County Focus on Prevention.

and entertainment, faith-based, businesses, and several others for the purposes of reducing and preventing homelessness.

The issues we all face in our community regarding vagrancy

Three other initiatives are also planned. Focus on Prevention has

and homelessness don’t have a single solution, but through

been educating the general public and the multiple sectors about

collaboration and communication we can do much more together

those experiencing homelessness.

than we can do apart. | P

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2017 BEST PLACES TO WORK

By Amber Edwards, Marketing and Communications Manager, Opportunity Stanislaus As the region’s economic development authority, Opportunity

Beginning in November, interested employers applied for the

Stanislaus has made great gains toward creating avenues in

program, paying a fee on par with the size of their company.

which businesses can grow, diversify, and thrive. Not too many

Their goal was the same: to rate highly enough to be awarded

years ago, employers were flooded with applications for every

the distinction of being a “best place to work” for a given year,

job opportunity and saw very little turnover but as the saying

an honor recognized by signage at each location, in program

goes: times, they are a changin’. Unemployment is at its lowest

promotion materials, and at an awards ceremony hosted by

in decades and employees who aren’t happy are making moves.

Opportunity Stanislaus. When registration closed in January

Employee attraction and retention has suddenly become a

the program had received a slew of applications, but in the end

huge employer need, so when Prime Shine Car Wash proposed

just nine companies locally made the cut.

a solution in mid-2016, the timing could not have been better. The 2017 Best Places to Work cohort includes: Ambeck Even though Prime Shine is one of the area’s top employers

Mortgage Associates, Grimbleby Coleman CPAs, PMZ Real

and offers a broad variety of benefits including tuition

Estate, Huff Construction Company, Inc., Community Hospice,

reimbursement and training at its own on-site university, they

DeHart Plumbing Heating and Air, Warden's Office Products,

are still plagued by those who might dismiss such a great

and both Prime Shine Car Wash and Opportunity Stanislaus.

employer as being “just” a car wash. But what if there was a way to let people know about the competitive wages, excellent

Even as honorees celebrate their award and implement

benefits, growth opportunities, and job security available at

feedback, preparations are being made for the 2018 program.

Prime Shine and that the company cares about its employees

“We had strong participation in year one,” said David White,

and their happiness?

Chief Executive Officer of Opportunity Stanislaus. “But the potential exists for Best Places of Work to grow exponentially as

The solution proposed by Prime Shine was this: create a

companies see the value and the potential for aiding recruitment

local version of the nationally heralded Best Places to Work

and retention efforts while elevating community standing. We

Program, an annual employer recognition program that

look forward to watching the program’s popularity increase as

analyzes organizational offerings and employee feedback

more businesses learn about the opportunity.”

to generate a list of exemplary local employers. Make the program competitive and unbiased so that only the leading

To learn more about the program please contact Amber

companies make the cut and then employees in search of a

Edwards, Marketing and Communications Manager for

first or new job would have the employment equivalent of a

Opportunity Stanislaus at 209.422.6420 or at

five star online review.

aedwards@stanbusalliance.com. | P

And so Best Places to Work: Central Valley was born, on track

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for its first cohort of participants to start in 2017. Because Opportunity Stanislaus realized a program such as this is only valuable when the results are unbiased, the help of The Best Companies Group, a Pennsylvania-based organization that specializes in surveys and data analysis was enlisted to administer and score surveys. Prime Shine and Opportunity Stanislaus seemed like logical local choices to spearhead the efforts and the program gained even more momentum when the Modesto Chamber of Commerce joined the partnership.

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“TENANT IMPROVEMENT TUESDAY" Permit Streamlining Program Goes Live The City of Modesto’s Building Safety Division and Fire

This program is based on the success of similar programs in

Department are collaborating to offer a new streamlined

other cities, and feedback from local designers to further improve

permitting program to our customers to expedite smaller, less

the program. The Tenant Improvement Tuesday program

complicated indoor retail and office type tenant improvements.

formally went into effect June 1, 2017. If you know designers and contractors engaged in tenant improvement projects, please let

In the past, this permitting process could sometimes take weeks

them know about Tenant Improvement Tuesday. | P

to get plans approved, due to back-and-forth cycles of comments and plan corrections. The new collaborative process is intended to circumvent that process, so that permits may be issued without transmittal and communication delays. The “Tenant Improvement Tuesday” program makes staff available on Tuesdays between 9 a.m and 3 p.m. for in-person appointments to review plans together, allowing adjustments on the spot and possible staff approval. The program goal is to expedite initial permit approval to within an hour. There are no extra costs or fees for using the Tenant Improvement Tuesday program. Of course, applicants can continue to use the standard permit application

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process, making appointments with staff as needed.

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PEOPLE ON THE MOVE

Rebecca Terpstra

Atherton & Associates LLP is pleased to announce the appointment of Rebecca Terpstra, CPA as a partner in the firm. Rebecca joined the firm in 2008. She graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and earned her Master of Science in Taxation from Golden Gate University.

Rebecca’s 16 years of experience has allowed her to develop an expertise in corporate, partnership, and individual taxation as well as IC-DISC and International taxation and serve clients primarily in the agricultural and real estate industries. Her expertise in these fields has helped the firm continue to grow and serve a larger range of clientele. Rebecca is a member of the Estate Planning Council and is involved in several professional and community organizations. She is a Modesto native and lives in Modesto with her husband and three active children.

Atherton & Associates LLP is pleased to announce the appointment of Craig Schaurer, CPA as a partner in the firm. Craig joined the firm in 2009. He graduated from California State University, Stanislaus with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. Craig Schaurer Craig’s 12 years of experience have allowed him to develop an expertise in corporate, partnership, and individual taxation and serve clients primarily in the agricultural industry. His expertise in these fields has helped the firm continue to grow and serve a larger range of clientele. Craig is a graduate of Leadership Modesto and is involved in several community and professional organizations. He lives in Salida with his wife and two children. For more information, please visit www.athertoncpas.com | P

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Oak Valley Community Bank announced that Victoria Gaffney has joined the Bank as Vice President, Commercial Loan Officer. She will be based out of the Modesto – 12th & I Branch. A lifelong Modesto resident with over ten years of commercial banking experience, Gaffney will be responsible for new business development, as well as, managing an existing client portfolio.

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Gaffney holds an MBA from CSU, Stanislaus. She is a member of the Modesto Chamber Ag Aware committee and Leadership

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50 + years

25 + years

GOWANS PRINTING CO.

AMERICAN CHEVROLET

DF ENGINEERING, INC

THE STATE THEATRE

GILTON SOLID WASTE MGMT, INC. WARDEN'S OFFICE PRODUCTS CENTER PMZ REAL ESTATE

PACIFIC MOBILE STRUCTURES, INC. STANCO CAL NUT MARKETING, INC.

INTER-FAITH MINISTRIES

CENTRAL WEST BALLET

WARD PROMOTIONAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS

PETRULAKIS LAW & ADVOCACY, APC

MCCOY TIRE CO., INC.

WINTON-IRELAND, STROM & GREEN INSURANCE AGENCY WALNUT GROVE, L.L.C. JAY'S TROPHY SHOP UMPQUA BANK GALLETTO RISTORANTE DELTA BLOOD BANK

10 + years JAMES E. RIDENOUR TAHOE JOE'S FAMOUS STEAKHOUSE MODESTO CITY-COUNTY AIRPORT B-V INSURANCE SERVICES

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15 + years

BAC COMMUNITY BANK

BRIGHTWOOD COLLEGE

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RIBBON CUTTINGS

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98 BOBA TEE 1205 Tully Rd., Ste. 1 Modesto, CA 95350

SAFELITE AUTOGLASS 5033 Pentecost St. Modesto, CA 95356

EYEGLASS WORLD 2225 Plaza Prkwy, Ste. C-1 Modesto, CA 95354

THE PARK MODESTO Ground Breaking Ceremony Coming Soon to Modesto, CA

NESTLE TOLL HOUSE CAFE BY CHIP 3401 Dale Rd., Ste. 503 Modesto, CA 95356

VALLEY DIABETES & OBESITY 1429 College Ave., Ste. H Modesto, CA 95350

MODESTO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE I MODCHAMBER.ORG


BUSINESS BEFORE HOURS

BUSINESS AFTER HOURS

AMERICAN CHEVROLET 4742 McHenry Ave. 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.

LEGAL PATHWAYS

American Chevrolet opened its doors in July of 1990 taking over

It’s been an exciting time at Legal Pathways over the last

the third worst Customer Satisfaction Rating in the US for the

year! We’ve continued to increase our visibility and client

Chevrolet franchise. Although the dealership struggled through

base in our wonderful community, thanks in large part to the

tough times in the early years, the Modesto community soon

Chamber and to networking with other Chamber members.

came to believe that the name “American Chevrolet” was more

We’ve had staff changes, as our wonderful former Client

than just a marketing ploy. The Halvorsons and their group of

Services Director Lucia Campos has moved on to pursue other

dedicated employees believed in and exhibited the American

opportunities, and we’ve welcomed Kristi Nelson, our fabulous

values of honesty, hard work and dedication to family.

new Client Services Director! You’ve probably seen her at

1020 15th St., Ste. 10 5:30 to 7 p.m.

various Chamber functions, out and about representing Legal At American Chevrolet the word “family” extends to employees

Pathways at Chamber events. We’ve also recently moved our

and our customers. Many key employees have been with

location, from our old home on 13th St., to 1020 15th St., Ste. 10,

the company almost since the beginning and have played an

still in downtown Modesto. We’re excited about our beautiful

invaluable role in the company’s success.

new location. Legal Pathways continues to focus on offering superlative client services for reasonable flat fees in the area of

The family philosophy has worked well for the Halvorsons. So,

estate planning, with attorney Julie Richardson at the helm. We

too, has their approach of “never take more than you give” as

hope you will join us for our Two-Year Anniversary and Grand

evidenced by their involvement with countless organizations,

Opening/New Office Celebration this month! | P

boards, and community activities. American Chevrolet believes it is the company’s responsibility as a business to give back, support and be involved in the Modesto community. | P

56thAnnual

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Harvest Luncheon September 15, 2017

MJC ACE Ag Pavilion (West Campus) • 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES & TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE www.modchamber.org or 209.577.5757

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ANNOUNCEMENTS Microsoft Office Training Available courses:  Microsoft Excel  Microsoft Word  Microsoft Access  Microsoft PowerPoint

Courses are available in beginning and intermediate levels. Each voucher is good for one 6-hour class.

THE SEASONS MCHENRY EVENT CENTER THURSDAY, JULY 13TH | 5:30 P.M. - 8:30 P.M Business Hours: 8:00 AM – 5:00 P.M (Monday – Thursday)

You're invited to attend an exclusive event brought to you by excelerate™ and featuring a speaker from Google. We'll bring insight about the latest trends in digital marketing that can help grow your business

Computer Tutor Business & Technical Institute 4300 Sisk Rd. | Modesto, CA 95356 | 209.545.5200 | www.computertutorbti.com

EDUCATION

Please call or visit our website for more information.

Join us for after hours refreshments and the presentation by Google.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Save The Date: November 1, 2017 Disney’s Approach to Business Excellence

EDUCATION

The Modesto Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with California State University, Stanislaus, will be hosting the Disney Institute® 1-day training course and workshop,Disney’s Approach to Business Excellence in early November. This course will emphasize the five powerful pillars of a successful business developed by the Disney® organization in its never-ending pursuit of excellence.

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CITY WORKS TO REDUCE DIG IN DAMAGE Digging into gas pipelines can have serious safety consequences

Last year, the City of Modesto had the sixth highest number of

that can be avoided by calling 811 or using 811express.com. 811

dig-ins across PG&E’s service area in California. PG&E wants to

is the federally-designated call-before-you-dig number that

partner with the City of Modesto to reduce the number of dig-

helps homeowners and professionals avoid damaging vital

ins within the city. There are millions of miles of buried utilities

utilities. Calling 811 before digging helps prevent unintended

beneath the surface of the earth that are vital to everyday living

consequences such as injuries, property damage, utility service

like water, electricity, and natural gas that need to be protected.

outages to the entire neighborhood and potential fines and repair costs. When residents are planting a tree or digging fence posts,

If we can work together to reduce the number of dig-ins by

or when business owners are planning renovations or relocations,

10 percent this year (compared to the number of dig-ins

the City of Modesto encourages calling 811 prior to starting the

that occurred in 2016), the city will earn a $20,000 financial

project. It’s free and required by state law.

contribution from PG&E.

Call 811 or use 811express.com at least two working days before

811 is a FREE service that notifies local utility companies to locate

digging and mark your project area in white using white paint,

and mark their underground facilities to prepare for safe digging.

flags or even baking flour. Local utilities will come out and mark

Learn more safety tips at pge.com/digsafely. | P

SERVICE

where gas, electrical and other utility lines exist underground.

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MODESTO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

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

DO GOOD DISTILLERY IS DOING GOOD By: Noel Daniel What began as talk over whiskey and cigars blossomed into a dream come brew. Owner Jim Harrelson’s boundless passion for his craft saw the creation of a distillery that is innovative, locally-sourced, and sustainable. It’s almost surprising that such a successful and unique distillery can take up root so close by.

“In the past year, we've racked up over 1,500 hours at local community events…” “We are most proud of how our business has grown in such a short time,” said Liz Harrelson, Co-Owner. “We've had to overcome many challenges with starting our unique business in Modesto. Since we're all from Modesto, we were stubborn about keeping our business here and it has worked out well. We plan to continue to grow and expand throughout California, with a special focus on building the local craft cocktail scene.” Do Good Distillery became a glint in Jim Harrelson’s eye while speaking with this brother-in-law, Paul Katuszonek. In fact, Paul introduced Jim to varying styles of craft whiskey, and this piqued Jim’s natural curiosity about the similarities between making good

whiskey and making good beer. As it turned out, his foundation in homebrewing provided the experience he needed to get started. The name Do Good comes from a quote attributed to Ben Franklin, “You do well, by doing good,” which has served as a guiding principle that perfectly sums up their business and commitment to helping the community. “We pay our employees to pour our spirits at numerous nonprofit events in our local community,” said Harrelson. “In the past year, we've racked up over 1,500 hours at local community events.” Their dedication not only to the community but also to their craft has earned them recognition from Assemblyman Adam Gray as 2017 Small Business of the Year. Their innovation, passion, and sustainable production values— which include shipping their wastewater to the anaerobic digester at the nearby Fiscalini Cheese Company—have more than warranted the award. “Do Good’s commitment to excellence and sustainability has allowed them to provide a quality product as well as encourage growth in a craft industry", said Gray. “It is my distinct honor and privilege to recognize their efforts and name them as the Small Business of the Year.”

SERVICE WHEN YOU NEED IT (Courtesy of Never Boring) 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 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 neverboring.com

B r a n di n g . S t r a t e gy. D e si gn.

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 www.ModChamber.org. 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.

For more information about Do Good Distillery, visit www.dogooddistillery.com. | P

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PRESIDENT’S CLUB CIRCLE OF INFLUENCE PLATINUM LEVEL

SILVER LEVEL

Flowers Baking Co. of Modesto, LLC

Seven Up Bottling Corporation

E. & J. Gallo Winery

Acme Construction Company, Inc.

F & M Bank

Solecon Industrial Contractors

Kaiser Permanente

American Chevrolet

Galletto Ristorante

Solar City

Walmart

American Medical Response

Gianelli & Associates

Solid Networks, Inc.

Walmart Neighborhood Market

Aramark Uniform Services

Gilton Solid Waste Management, Inc.

Stanislaus Distributing

Atherton & Associates, LLP

DIAMOND LEVEL

Golden Valley Health Centers

Grimbleby Coleman CPAs, Inc.

Bank of the West

Bank of Stockton

Beard Land and Investment Co.

Brightwood College

Capax-Giddings, Corby, Hynes, Inc.

Brunn & Flynn

Doctors Behavioral

California State University, Stanislaus

Care One Home Health

Health Center- DMC

Certified Public Accountants

Grover Landscape Services, Inc. I.J. Larsen Pumps, Inc.

Stanislaus Food Products Company Stanislaus Surgical Hospital Storer Coachways SunOpta Aseptic, Inc. Sutter Gould Medical Foundation

Infiniti of Modesto

Telcion Communications Group

International Paper Company

TSM Insurance

Iron Mountain, Inc.

Turlock Irrigation District

JS West & Company

Union Bank

Lewis Capital Advisors

US Bank

Central Valley Automotive

Maxx Value Foods

Valley Children’s Healthcare

Pacific Southwest Container

Central Valley Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge

Mercer Foods

Valley First Credit Union

Physician Referral Service-DMC

Central Valley Nissan

Mocse Credit Union

Valley Lexus-BMW

Central Valley Volkswagen Hyundai

The Modesto Bee

Vintage Faire Mall

GOLD LEVEL

Central Valley Medical Group

Modesto Toyota

W.H. Breshears, Inc.

5.11, Inc.

Central Valley Specialty Hospital

Oak Valley Community Bank

Crystal Creamery

Chuckchansi Gold Resort & Casino

O’Brien’s Market

DoubleTree Hotel

Clark Pest Control

Pacific Gas & Electric Company

Fiscallini Cheese Company

Cloudy in California

Panelized Structures Inc.

HealthSouth Rehabilitation

Collins Electrical

Comcast

Pepsi Bottling Group

Doctors Medical Center-DMC

Frito-Lay Company, Inc.

Central Sanitary Supply Co.

MedAmerica Billing Services, Inc.

Central Valley Ag Grinding

Modesto & Empire Traction Co.

of Modesto

and Hospice, Inc.

Memorial Medical Center

Covanta Stanislaus, Inc.

Modesto Irrigation District

Damrell, Nelson, Schrimp, Pallios,

Modesto Nuts Professional Baseball

RACOR, Division of Parker

Del Monte Foods

Delta Sierra Beverage

Hannifin Corporation

Pacher & Silva

Winton-Ireland, Strom & Green

Insurance Agency

Yosemite Meat Company, Inc.

Prompt Staffing

D.B.A Courtesy Staffing

Raymond James & Associates, Inc. Rizo-Lopez Foods, Inc.

Sysco Food Services of

English Oaks Nursing &

Rogers Jewelry Company

San Joaquin Valley College

Rehabilitation Hospital

Wells Fargo Bank

Prime Shine Car Wash

The Eberhardt School of Business

Central California

Warden’s Office Furniture Outlet

PMZ Real Estate

Seneca Foods, LLC

Taco Bell

Warden’s Office Products Center

Final Cut Media

Save Mart Supermarkets

First Choice Physician Partners

Smile Shine Family Dental

Food Maxx

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You’re at the Heart of What We Do. This June, Doctors Medical Center performed its 20,000th open heart surgery—and we couldn’t have done it without putting our hearts into it every step of the way.

Are you at risk for heart disease? To take a heart health assessment, visit: dmc-modesto.com/ for-patients/health-risk-assessments

AWARD-WINNING HEART CARE • American Heart Association / American Stroke Association’s Get with the Guidelines Heart Failure Gold Plus Award Recipient • AHA Mission: Lifeline(R) Receiving Center Gold Level Recognition Award Winner for Heart Attack Care • Recipient of the American College of Cardiology Foundation’s NCDR(R) ACTION Registry(R) - GWTG(TM) Platinum Performance Achievement Award for Heart Attack Care - one of only 197 hospitals in the US to receive this award • Accredited as a Chest Pain Center by the Society of Chest Pain Centers - First hospital in region to receive designation

COMMUNITY

• Joint Commission’s Top Performer on Key Quality Measures(R) distinction for heart attack and heart failure recipient

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• Accredited as a Mission: Lifeline(R) Heart Attack (STEMI) Receiving Center by the American Heart Association - First hospital in California to receive this accreditation

MODESTO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE I MODCHAMBER.ORG

1441 Florida Avenue Modesto, California 95350 (209) 578-1211

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