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VOL. 40 | ISSUE 12 | DECEMBER 2019


Celebrating The Traditions OF The Season

Happy Holidays There’s no better time than the holidays to extend cheer to our loyal customers and friends. As

the temperatures dip, the leaves drop, and snow dusts the mountaintops, families and friends gather to celebrate traditions. Good cheer and a sense of wonder is in the air. During this season we are especially grateful for the relationships we enjoy in the communities we have the pleasure of serving. From the entire Bank of Stockton family, we wish you the Happiest Holidays.

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Steven Rank, Rank Investigations and Protection, Inc.

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Eric Tobias, F&M Bank

Vice Chair, External Operations

Tom Nielsen, Individual Member

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Patricia Gillum, Patricia A. Gillum,CPA


Brad Blakeley, Edward Jones Investments Kirstie Boyett, The State Theater Michael Gaffney, PG&E Michael Howell, Blom & Associates Warren Kirk, Doctors Medical Center Naomi Layland, Huff Construction and Ardis Farming Craig Lewis, Lewis Capital Advisors DeSha McLeod, Community Hospice Inc. Kathy Monday, Squeeze In and Damrell, Nelson, Schrimp, Pallios, Pacher & Silva Michael Moradian, Jr., Peace of Mind Pest Control & Home Inspections Peggy O’Donnel, Mid-Valley Productions Kristin Reza, Bank of Stockton Bill Robinson, Principal Financial Group Lucy Virgen, Bank of the West David Wright, Wright Insurance Company Pete Zahos, Sysco Central California


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

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A Message From The Interim President & CEO AND JUST LIKE THAT ‌ By Trish Christensen

You wake up one morning to the realization you are several days into December and you are rapidly drifting towards the holidays. The lists of things to do, to get, to make, to wrap, to gift, to plan, and the invitations from people to visit, to share a meal, or to celebrate with are running rampant in your mind. Yet, all those thoughts primarily equate to “the things we look forward to�, the magic of the holiday season. Rich with constant motion, it does tend to be intertwined with laughter, love, and joy. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could guarantee that every individual experienced a magical holiday season? I appreciate how our Chamber Member Family is so rich with generous, caring, compassionate people. We start the month off witnessing this at the annual Bank of the West/I.J. Larson Pumps, Inc. Business Before Hours event. Their tradition of hosting this event shines a light on their collective devotion to the Salvation Army’s Toys for Tots drive. You may drop off locally purchased toys at any Bank of the West branch. All toys will be gifted to children within our own community. In just the first week of the month, we celebrate a ribbon cutting at Catholic Charities Diocese of Stockton (on H Street). Our Economic Development Committee speaker will be Kelly Tallant, General Manager of Macerich Properties speaking about Vintage Faire Mall and the holiday retail outlook. Chamber University will feature Rich Matheson, MNC’s Digital Fulfilment Director: How Businesses can create Audience Engagement. Our monthly Ambassador and Welcome Team meeting takes place on Friday. Lastly, we get to meet up at the Wise Guys After-Hours event on the 12th. Thank you to all who participated in the surveys we launched at the beginning of November. I am taking the time to read every word and response as they come in. The feedback is fascinating, and so valuable. Once we are through it all, and can create a summary, we will create a plan to incorporate what we learn to make 2020 a great year to be a Chamber Member and make a positive difference on our community! Please take the time to make your nominations for our annual members choice awards. The deadline to submit is December 23rd. The 106th Annual Gala will take place on February 1st. Sponsorship and ticket sales are now open. If you visit www. you can download the nomination form and see Gala sponsorship levels. The forms are also included within this edition. Or, feel free to call the office, 209-577-5757. The staff will be happy to assist you over the phone.


Watch for news of a casual holiday open house at the Chamber planned for Thursday, December 19th. We will have hot chocolate, hot apple cider, and holiday treats on hand. If you have something sweet you wish to share, please drop it by. The more the merrier ‌ When it comes to sweets, and people đ&#x;˜Š.


I wish each and every one of our readers a peaceful and memorable holiday season. I hope you savor every moment you spend surrounded by those who mean the most to you ‌ The gifts that make life truly meaningful, our family and friends~ With warm regards, Trish


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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE Vintage Faire Mall Update & Holiday Retail Outlook Kelly Talant, GM of Macerich Properties Modesto Chamber of Commerce* 7:30 A.M. CHAMBER U- MNC DIGITAL How businesses can create audience engagement campaigns Modesto Chamber of Commerce* 12:00 P.M. BUSINESS BEFORE HOURS – SALVATION ARMY TOYS FOR TOTS DRIVE Bank of the West & IJ Larson Pumps 3600 McHenry Ave, Modesto, CA 7:30 A.M.


AMBASSADOR & WELCOME TEAM MEETING Modesto Chamber of Commerce* 8:00 A.M.


BUSINESS AFTER HOURS – WISE GUYS PC Wise Guys PC 3600 Sisk Rd Suite 2F, Modesto, CA 5:30 P.M.









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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE Update on Crows Landing Project Keith Boggs, David Leamon & Angela Freitas 7:30 A.M.


RIBBON CUTTING Wesson Hearing Aid Center 1079 Eucalyptus Suite B, Manteca, CA 9:30 A.M.


CHAMBER U-DARK Modesto Chamber of Commerce* 12:00 P.M.




STANISLAUS GREEN TEAM- TBD Modesto Chamber of Commerce Modesto, CA 12:00 P.M.


GOVERNMENT RELATIONS COMMITTEE-TBD Modesto Chamber of Commerce Modesto, CA 12:00 P.M.


BUSINESS AFTER HOURS Aspen Dental 3900 Sisk Rd., Modesto, CA 5:30 P.M.

*See website for more detail. Please note that calendar events and details are subject to change. **The Modesto Chamber of Commerce is located at 1114 J St., Modesto



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

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At its heart the Modesto Chamber is a community of likeminded

The Chamber serves the education community by hosting the

business owners who share the vision for enjoying a thriving economy

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

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

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

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

partnering with local schools and colleges to train and educate young

At its heart the Modesto Chamber is a community of likeminded

business owners who share the vision for enjoying a thriving economy

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

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

The Chamber serves the education community by hosting the

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

students at the Ag Aware and Harvest Luncheon annual series, and partnering with local schools and colleges to train and educate young

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

agencies, and community leaders. More More than than just ajust business club,club, the the workforce the Chamber Chamber agencies, and community leaders. a business workforcetotoserve serve local local employers. employers. Additionally, Additionally, the Modesto Chamber strives to affect its environment for positive educates its members on practical solutions and best practices through Modesto Chamber strives to affect its environment for positive educates its members on practical solutions and best practices through transformation by supporting change agents in the community. its Progress Magazine articles, monthly Chamber University and Seeds transformation by supporting change agents in the community. its Progress Magazine articles, monthly Chamber University and Seeds ofof Success speaker monthlycommittee committee Success speakerseries, series,workshops workshops and and seminars, seminars, monthly meetings, and SCORE counseling. meetings, and SCORE counseling.



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

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

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RAILROAD REMAINS A DRIVING FORCE FOR COMMUNITY Modesto was founded as a result of railroad expansion in the late 19th century, and now, nearly 150 years later, new transportation investments by the “Valley Rail Program” and the “Altamont Corridor Vision Phase 1” will help support further economic growth, livability, and sustainability for this diverse and thriving region. Modesto is part of a growing “Northern California Megaregion,” with linked job centers, diffuse housing patterns, and interconnected economic, cultural and educational resources. Against this backdrop, passenger rail is becoming an increasingly vital backbone of our region’s transportation network. The state is prioritizing improvements in several rail systems throughout the state, and Modesto is well-positioned to benefit from investments that are going to transform how this city is served by both the Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) commuter train, and the Amtrak San Joaquins. Both of these services will directly connect to the high-speed rail interim operating segment at Merced. The improvements planned for these systems will greatly increase access, convenience, and frequency of service for Modesto residents traveling throughout the Central Valley, Bay Area, and California. In preparation for the variety of rail transportation improvements underway, the City of Modesto will be renovating the Modesto Transit Center (historic Southern Pacific Railroad Station) to better serve not just the new passenger rail services, but also existing services offered by Modesto Area Express (MAX) and Stanislaus Regional Transit (StaRT). The improvements will provide a safer and more inviting environment at the Modesto Transit Center which will help encourage regional transit use and transit-oriented development downtown. The Modesto Transit Center improvements will be completed by fall 2021 in advance of the initiation of new ACE service.


Valley Rail Program


A comprehensive rail improvement project called “Valley Rail” is currently underway. Valley Rail received significant grant funding from the state’s Transit and Intercity Rail Program (TIRCP) as well as other state transportation funds (totaling over $1 billion) to better connect San Joaquin Valley travelers to the Sacramento region, and extend ACE service from Stockton down to Merced and also up to Sacramento. This project involves improvements to existing freight rail lines to enable passenger rail use, buildout of new passenger stations along the routes, and conversion of the entire fleet of trains and thruway buses to renewable diesel fuel. MODESTO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE I MODCHAMBER.ORG

A total of sixteen new passenger stations are proposed including Modesto, Ceres, and Turlock in Stanislaus County and Ripon (in San Joaquin County) which will serve northern Stanislaus County residents. These new stations will improve convenience and accessibility for riders, tap into a broader ridership market, and help support a more integrated network of passenger rail services. Reliable and sustainable rail transportation will allow Central Valley residents to have easier access to the Sacramento International Airport and improve transportation service to over to 30% of California’s Disadvantaged Communities. The project will include seven new daily round-trips between the San Joaquin Valley and Sacramento regions with three of these connecting to ACE trains to San Jose, a direct ACE train between Ceres and San Jose, and connects into the planned High Speed Rail network in Merced. The environmental process for the Lathrop to Ceres ACE extension is completed, and the environmental review process is currently underway for the improvements north of Stockton, with the release of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) expected this winter. Construction is expected to start in 2020. The first new train from Ceres to San Jose is expected to be operating by late 2021/early 2022, with additional trains by 2023. ACE service to Merced will begin by 2027. The Valley Rail Program will dramatically reduce vehicle miles traveled (VMT) and expand rail ridership – by 2025, Amtrak San Joaquins ridership is expected to increase to 1.8 million annual riders, and ACE ridership will expand to 3.1 million annual riders. This will lead to reduced congestion on the roadways, and major reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Altamont Corridor Vision Phase 1 The “Altamont Corridor Vision Phase 1” outlines key improvements that would go even further to improve connectivity and enhance passenger rail. The Altamont Corridor that connects the San Joaquin Valley to the Bay Area is the most heavily traveled and fastest growing corridor in the Northern California mega-region, with over 86,000 daily commute trips through this area. The Bay Area Council estimates that congestion between the San Joaquin Valley and the Bay Area will increase an additional 75% by 2040. This means lost productivity and less family time, as well as higher emissions and environmental impacts.

In order to alleviate congestion, provide greater connectivity, and meet state environmental goals, a more robust and efficient passenger rail alternative is needed in the Altamont Corridor. In response to these pressures, the San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission, Tri-Valley - San Joaquin Valley Regional Rail Authority, and the San Joaquin Joint Power Authority are partnering to secure funding for the Altamont Corridor Vision Phase 1 which will enable the buildout of the Valley Link Project that will connect to BART at the Dublin/Pleasanton Station and San Joaquin County and expand and improve ACE service between the San Joaquin Valley and San Jose. The Phase 1 improvements include a new alignment through the Altamont Pass that would be shared by Valley Link and ACE that would include a 3.5 mile tunnel and enable speeds up to 125 mph – reducing travel times by 11 – 15 minutes.


San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission (SJRRC), Tri-Valley – San Joaquin Valley Regional Rail Authority, and San Joaquin Joint Powers Authority (SJJPA) are focused on trying to get the Bay Area improvements of the $1.9 (FY 19 $) Altamont Corridor Vision Phase 1 to be funded as part of the $100 billion Bay Area transportation measure called “FASTER Bay Area” that is expected to be placed on the November 2020 ballot for voters in the nine Bay Area counties. If funding is secured, design/ construction for the Altamont Corridor Vision Phase 1 could start in 2021 and new service could be operating by 2027.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS Doctors Medical Center Achieves National Reaccreditation For Bariatric Surgery Patients seeking surgical treatment for severe obesity and its related conditions have a high-quality choice for receiving treatment at a nationally accredited program that meets the highest standards for patient safety and quality of care in the Central Valley. Doctors Medical Center is proud to announce the hospital’s bariatric surgical center has been reaccredited as a Comprehensive Center under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP®), a joint program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). The MBSAQIP Standards, outlined in the Resources for Optimal Care of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Patient 2016 ensure that bariatric surgical patients receive a multidisciplinary program, not just a surgical procedure, which improves patient outcomes and long-term success. The accredited center offers preoperative and postoperative care designed specifically for their severely obese patients. “This reaccreditation signifies that our bariatric program met nationally established criteria by demonstrating expertise in delivering quality specialty care, safely and effectively,” said Matthew Coates, M.D., Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Director at Doctors Medical Center. “This recognition shows our team’s commitment in delivering safe outcomes for our patients. Community members and patients can be confident in choosing Doctors Medical Center as their bariatric surgical center.” Doctors Medical Center’s commitment to quality care begins with appropriately trained staff and the leadership surgeons who participate in meetings throughout the year to review its outcomes. They seek continuous improvement to enhance the structure, process and outcomes of the center. To earn the MBSAQIP designation, Doctors Medical Center met essential

Doctors Medical Center Earns Top Grade In Patient Safety Doctors Medical Center was awarded an “A” from The Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2019 Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing the hospital’s achievements protecting patients from harm and providing safe healthcare for the Central Valley.


The Hospital Safety Grade is designed to give consumers information they can use to make healthcare decisions for themselves or a loved one. The Safety Grade assigns an A, B, C, D or F grade to all general hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents and infections.


“We focus on driving improvements in care delivery and patient satisfaction every day. Our clinical leaders regularly review our patient care processes and compare our data to nationally recognized benchmarks and best practices,” said Warren Kirk, CEO of Doctors Medical Center. “This rating recognizes our commitment to placing safety at the forefront of our patients’ care. Nothing is more important to us than offering our patients trusted care in a safe environment.” “‘A’ hospitals show us their leadership is protecting patients from preventable medical harm and error,” said Leah Binder, President and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “It takes genuine commitment at every level – from clinicians to administrators to the board of directors – and we congratulate the teams who have worked so hard to earn this A.” Developed under the guidance of a national Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year. The grades are peer-reviewed, fully transparent and the results are free to the public. MODESTO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE I MODCHAMBER.ORG

criteria for staffing, training and facility infrastructure and protocols for care, ensuring its ability to support patients with severe obesity. The center also participates in a national data registry that yields semiannual reports on the quality of its processes and outcomes, identifying opportunities for continuous quality improvement. The standards are specified in the MBSAQIP Resources for Optimal Care of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Patient 2016, published by the ACS and ASMBS. After submitting an application, centers seeking MBSAQIP Accreditation undergo an extensive site visit by an experienced bariatric surgeon, who reviews the center's structure, process, and clinical outcomes data. Centers are awarded a specific designation depending on how many patients it serves annually, the type of procedures it provides, and whether it provides care for patients under age 18. In the United States, around 15.5 million people suffer from severe obesity, according to the National Institutes of Health, and the numbers continue to increase. Obesity increases the risks of morbidity and mortality because of the diseases and conditions that are commonly associated with it, such as type II diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease, among other health risks. Metabolic and bariatric surgical procedures have proven to be effective in the reduction of comorbid conditions related to severe obesity.* Working with ASMBS, the ACS expanded this quality program for bariatric surgery centers so that it can assist bariatric patients in identifying those centers that provide optimal surgical care. *Buchwald H, Avidor Y, Braunwald E, et al. Bariatric Surgery: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. JAMA. 2004;292(14):1724-1737. DOI:10.1001/ jama.292.14.1724.

Doctors Medical Center was awarded an ‘A’ grade, when Leapfrog announced grades for the fall 2019 update. To see full grade details and access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit About Doctors Medical Center Doctors Medical Center of Modesto is the largest full-care hospital between Stockton and Fresno, and from the Sierras to the San Francisco Bay Area, with a 394-bed general acute care and a 67-bed inpatient psychiatric capacity. DMC is known for providing comprehensive inpatient, outpatient and emergency care. Doctors Medical Center offers a wide range of services including cardiology, neurosurgery, orthopedics, surgical weight loss, emergency and trauma services, minimally-invasive and robotic surgery, women and children’s services, medical/surgical, behavioral health, oncology and critical/intensive care. To learn more about Doctors Medical Center, please visit About The Leapfrog Group Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents and infections.

ANNOUNCEMENTS Modesto resident and Stanislaus Community Foundation CEO Marian Kaanon, 45, of Modesto has been appointed to the California Complete Count Committee. The California Complete Count Committee is an advisory panel of diverse leaders from across the state. Committee members help to develop and support a comprehensive Census outreach strategy to achieve full participation in the 2020 Census. California Complete Count Committee members are appointed by the California Governor, including one designee chosen by the Speaker of the State Assembly and one designee chosen by the State Senate President pro Tempore. At each of the Committee’s quarterly meetings, members come together to listen to updates from the California Complete Count Office, to hear updates from the U.S. Census Bureau, and to draft reports with their advisory recommendations that are due to the Governor’s Office twice per year. Marian joined Stanislaus Community Foundation as President & CEO in 2012. During her tenure, Stanislaus Community Foundation has tripled its assets under management and now leads the Cradle to Career Partnership, a multi-sector movement aimed at boosting outcomes along critical gateways for students in Stanislaus County. A first generation Assyrian American, Marian was born in Baghdad, Iraq and grew up in Modesto. She is an active Rotarian with Modesto Rotary Club, a Senior Fellow with the American Leadership Forum, and a graduate of the Irvine New Leadership Network.

Flora Recognized As 2019 Almond Champion Assemblymember Heath Flora (R-Ripon) has been recognized as the Almond Alliance of California’s 2019 Champion of the Year for his leadership in educating his colleagues on both sides of the aisle about issues important to the California almond industry. The Almond Champion of the Year Award is presented annually to state legislators, members of Congress and other elected officials who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership in education, coalition building, and promoting legislation and policies that encourage the advancement and protection of California agriculture and the California almond industry.

“I am honored to join the California Complete Count Committee,” said Marian Kaanon. “As a resident of the Central Valley, I know the importance of ensuring that we have an accurate census count so that future federal and state funding follows. I’m looking forward to collaborating with other leaders from around the State to increase census participation.”


For more information, please visit California Census 2020 at www.Census. Ca.Gov or visit Stanislaus Community Foundation at www.StanislausCF. org. About the Stanislaus Community Foundation Stanislaus Community Foundation, with close to $40M in charitable assets, has been a catalyst to transform local resources into common good since 2002. The foundation houses more than 160 unique chartable funds which have been set up by individuals, families, corporations, public and nonprofit agencies with diverse charitable goals. Since its inception, Stanislaus Community Foundation has provided close to $17 million in grants and scholarships within the region.

Assemblymember Flora works with multiple trade organizations to help educate his colleagues about how specific pieces of legislation and policies may be harmful to the agricultural industry. For the almond industry specifically, Assemblymember Flora was instrumental in bringing to life what we call the informal Almond Caucus, helped us implement our signature annual event Almond Movers and Shakers and the Almond Festival at the State Capitol. All of these events needed a strong legislative champion and Assemblymember Flora effectively served in that role. He works hard to establish strong working relationships on both sides of the aisle and has ensured rural and urban legislators understand the almond industry. Chairman of the Almond Alliance of California Mike Curry pointed out, “Assemblymember Heath Flora is a champion for our industry, and we look forward to his continued leadership while helping us expand the knowledge about California almonds within the State Capitol.” About the Almond Alliance of California The Almond Alliance of California (AAC) is a trusted non-profit organization dedicated to advocating on behalf of the California almond community. California almonds generate more than $21 billion in economic revenue and directly contribute more than $11 billion to the state’s total economy. California’s top agricultural export, almonds create approximately 104,000 jobs statewide, over 97,000 in the Central Valley, which suffers from chronic unemployment. The AAC is dedicated to educating state legislators, policy makers and regulatory officials about the California almond community. As a membership-based organization, our members include almond processors, hullers/shellers, growers and allied businesses. Through workshops, newsletters, conferences, social media and personal meetings, AAC works to raise awareness, knowledge and provide a better understanding about the scope, size, value and sustainability of the California almond community.


Community Foundation CEO Appointed To California Complete Count Committee

For more information on the Almond Alliance, visit or check out the Almond Alliance on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. DECEMBER 2019


BURNSIDE IS RIDING HIGH: ECONOMIC FORECAST By Noel Daniel Burnside Body Shop is one company that’s running full throttle into the new year, replete with a new building, a five year economic outlook, and two Burnsides with an unbridled determination to succeed. Currently a 5 million dollar mom and pop company, Burnside projects that, in the next five years, they will grow from $5 million in projected sales to over $6 million in sales. That’s a conservative five percent increase in sales each year. “I think we’ve been very fortunate in that we’ve had a substantial increase every year,” said Stephanie Burnside, Chief Financial Officer of Burnside Body Shop. “Since the economic downturn, we have continued to grow.” To what does Stephanie credit their massive success? To the community, of course. Burnside Body Shop, much like many other successful businesses in our area, places an emphasis on community work in order to both establish themselves and give back to a city that gives so much to them.


“And we have an amazing team that has allowed us and afforded us the opportunity to have a name on a building,” Stephanie added. “We are the last locallyowned and operated body shop.”



For those who staunchly support local businesses, this is a considerable benefit — and an impressive fact, on top of that. Other shops have sold to larger, insurance-owned collision repair and paint facilities or closed their doors — among them, Lovelady’s Body and Paint Shop Inc., Ray Starn Auto Body Shop, and Durham Body Shop. In this regard, the economic forecast is stellar. Not to mention the additional benefits such as their new shop location and the State Route 132 (SR 132) expansion which will connect the Kansas-Needham overpass with Maze. The move found its catalyst in the flooding that presents a problem to those on Franklin Street. Tow trucks had even managed to be stranded in the flooding. Therefore, the city, county, Caltrans — and everyone who was involved in the project — decided that it would be better off to relocate Burnside Body Shop.

They are proud to announce, however, that they’re moving into another historic building — the old Stanislaus Implement and Hardware building near the police department. As a business that used to operate in three separate locations, Stephanie is excited to be united under one roof. “I think that definitely increases productivity and efficiency. We’ll be able to maximize the space a little better than what we’re able to do here,” she said. As for whether or not the move from their very visible Franklin Street location will affect sales, Stephanie said she is optimistic that it will not. Burnside Body Shop is, in her words,

a “destination location.” When a driver is in an accident or needs vehicle repairs, they tend to seek out a reputable shop such as Burnside. “It’s not like they just drive by and are like ‘oh darn, I need to get my bumper fixed,’” she said. “We do get tow-ins from accidents, and that’s where the marketing from Never Boring has been so successful. It keeps us top-of-mind and educates customers so that, when they are in an accident, they can say, ‘I want my vehicle repaired at Burnside Body Shop.’” Out of everything, Stephanie mentioned that it was their ties with the community that were so integral to their success. Brent is visible through his work with the North Modesto Kiwanis or his presence at the Graffiti car shows. Stephanie herself served several years in Modesto Rotary and is a former city councilwoman. The two have a litany of other roles they play in local activities. “It’s an honor to give back to the community that’s given us so much and we look forward to serving them for the generations to come,” said Stephanie. For more information about Burnside Body Shop, visit their website at


“I don’t think they realized how big a chore that was, to relocate a body shop,” Stephanie said with a laugh. “There’s a ton of things that I don’t think anybody anticipated. And finding a comparable property, we just don’t have as many to choose from as an office building.”



110066tthh AAnnnnuuaall G waarrddss mbbeerrss CChhooiiccee AAw Meem & 22001199 M Gaallaa & NOMINATION FORM Our Mission: 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. The Modesto Chamber of Commerce “CARES: Community, Advocacy, Relationships, Education and Service.” To be eligible for a nomination, businesses must be members of the Modesto Chamber of Commerce for at least one full year. Members will be notified of their nomination prior to the event however, winners will not be revealed publicly until the evening of The Gala on February 2, 2020. A testimonial of 500 words as to WHY your nominee deserves that award is REQUIRED with your recommendation. Once you complete the reverse side of this form and return it to the Modesto Chamber, your nomination is complete. You may also visit our website to submit your nomination online at The deadline to submit a nomination is December 23, 2019. Nominee Criteria NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION OF THE YEAR Nominee must be a consistent example of service to our community in providing goods and services that “improve quality of life.” SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR (Awarded to a Company with 25 or fewer on staff) Nominee must show innovation in business practice, have a superior customer service philosophy, and must show overall growth as a company.


DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD (For an Individual) Nominee has displayed exceptional dedication in furthering the mission of the Chamber and enhancing Chamber programs and services.


CHAMBER MEMBER OF THE YEAR AWARD (Awarded to a Company) Nominee has shown a continued commitment to promoting the business community’s growth through their donation of time, resources, and personnel, supporting the Chamber’s Mission of business growth. Please download the nomination form at Then Fax: 209.577.2673; Email:; Or Mail: 1114 J Street Modesto, CA 95354;


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GRANT FUNDS AVAILABLE IN COUNTY Stanislaus County Fiscal Year (FY) 2020-2021 Notice Of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the following programs:

in the order in which applications are submitted.

• Federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Public Service Grants (PSG) Program

March 17, 2020

• State Emergency Solutions Grants (CA ESG) Program

Opening of the Public Review period for the Draft FY 2020-2021 Annual Action Plan which will include grant funding recommendations.

• State Emergency Solutions and Housing (CESH) Program

April 28, 2020

CALENDAR OF EVENTS (Subject to change)

Public Hearing - FY 2020-2021 Annual Action Plan will be presented to the Board of Supervisors for approval.

• Federal Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Program

December 13, 2019


Deadline to submit electronic and original grant applications. Due no later than 4:30 p.m. at the Stanislaus County Department of Planning and Community Development, 1010 10th Street, Suite 3400, Modesto. No Exceptions. January 8, 9 and 10, 2020 Grant Presentations to Stanislaus County Grant Review Panel (10-minute presentation limit). Presentations will be scheduled



Reasonable accommodations will be made available with advance notice at meeting locations to ensure access for persons with disabilities including sign language, interpreters, and assistive listening devices. If you have questions please contact: Stanislaus County Planning And Community Development Department, 1010 10th Street, Suite 3400, Modesto, CA 95354 Information / RSVP Line 209.525.6330 Fax 209.525.5911 Email:

PRESIDENT’S CLUB CIRCLE OF INFLUENCE Bank of the West (H Street) Bank of the West (McHenry) Bank of the West (Pelandale) Beard Land and Investment Co. Capax - Giddings, Corby, Hynes, Inc. Doctors Behavioral Health Center-DMC Doctors Medical Center-DMC Frito-Lay Co., Inc. Pacific Southwest Container, Inc. Physician Referral Service-DMC


Crystal Creamery Doubletree by Hilton Modesto EMOE, Division of Parker Hannifin Corp. Encompass Health Rehabilitation of Modesto Fiscalini Cheese Company IHeart Media Modesto Irrigation District Modesto Nuts Professional Baseball Sutter Health Valley Area Sysco Central California Inc. Taco Bell (9th) Taco Bell (Kansas) Taco Bell (Oakdale) Taco Bell (Pelandale) Taco Bell (Plaza) Taco Bell (Standiford) Taco Bell (Yosemite)

PLATINUM LEVEL E & J Gallo Winery Kaiser Permanente Walmart


American Chevrolet American Medical Response Aramark Uniform Services Atherton & Associates, LLP Audi Modesto Bank of Stockton - Dale Road Bank of Stockton - Modesto Main Branch Bank of the West (Dale Road)

BURGERIM Caliber Collision California State University, Stanislaus Care One Home Health and Hospice, Inc. Central Sanitary Supply Co. Central Valley Automotive Central Valley Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge Central Valley Nissan Central Valley Specialty Hospital Central Valley Volkswagen Hyundai Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino Clark Pest Control COIT Services Inc. Collins Electrical Comcast Damrell, Nelson, Schrimp, Pallios, Pacher & Silva Del Monte Plant #1 Delta Sierra Beverage English Oaks Nursing & Rehabilitation Hospital F&M Bank (Carpenter Road) F&M Bank (Dale Road) F&M Bank (McHenry) Flooring Liquidators, Inc. Flowers Baking Co. of Modesto, LLC Food Maxx Galletto Ristorante Gianelli Nielsen Gilton Solid Waste Mgmt, Inc. Golden Valley Health Centers Grimbleby Coleman CPAs, Inc. Grover Landscape Services, Inc. Infiniti of Modesto International Paper Co. JS West & Companies Lewis Capital Advisors Maxx Value Foods Mercer Foods Mister Car Wash (Prime Shine Car Wash) Mister Car Wash (Prime Shine Car Wash) Mister Car Wash (Prime Shine Car Wash) Mister Car Wash (Prime Shine Car Wash) Mister Car Wash (Prime Shine Car Wash) Mister Car Wash (Prime Shine Car Wash) Mister Car Wash (Prime Shine Car Wash) Mocse Credit Union

Mocse Credit Union Modesto Toyota Nine3One NT Nail Spa O'Brien's Market O'Brien's Market O'Brien's Market Oak Valley Community Bank Oak Valley Community Bank Oak Valley Community Bank Opportunity Stanislaus Pacific Gas & Electric Co. Panelized Structures Inc. Pepsi Bottling Group PMZ Real Estate Residence Inn by Marriott Modesto North Rizo-Lopez Foods, Inc. Rogers Jewelry Rogers Jewelry Co. Rose Bouquet Round Table Pizza #1033 Round Table Pizza #1034 Round Table Pizza #186 Round Table Pizza #701 Round Table Pizza, Corporate San Joaquin Valley College Save Mart Supermarkets Save Mart Supermarkets Save Mart Supermarkets Save Mart Supermarkets Save Mart Supermarkets Save Mart Supermarkets Save Mart Supermarkets Save Mart Supermarkets Save Mart Supermarkets - Corp Office Seven-Up Bottling Co. of Modesto/Varni Brothers Corporation Solecon Industrial Contractors Solid Networks, Inc. Stanislaus Food Products Co. Stanislaus Surgical Hospital Stifel Investment Services Storer Coachways Sutter Gould Medical Foundation The Century



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When: Thursday, December 5, 2019 Where: 3600 McHenry Ave Modesto Time: 7:30 AM — 8:30 AM We invite you to join us for our annual toy drive!


We ask that you bring new, unwrapped toys or books for boys and girls of all ages. The Salvation Army will be on hand to collect our items. Please purchase LOCALLY as these will be gifted LOCALLY!


Come ready to enjoy our tamale breakfast. Bring your business cards to be entered into our drawing!


Ribbon C uttings Autism Behavior Services, Inc. - Nov. 5 1317 Oakdale Road, 610, Modesto CA

Warden’s Office Products - Oct. 22 4101 Technology Drive, Modesto CA

Umpqua Bank - Nov. 7 1300 K St., Modesto CA

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS ■ F LORY INDUSTRIES 47374 Toomes Road, Modesto CA (209) 545-1167

■O  SMOSIS LOUNGE LLC 803 Coffee Road, Modesto CA (209) 556-2116

■ COURTHOUSE SQUARE 1207 13th St. Suite 1, Modesto CA (209) 492-9335

■N  T NAIL SPA 3200 Sisk Road, Suite J, Modesto CA (209) 604-5735

City of Modesto’s Utility Users Tax The City of Modesto’s Utility Users Tax is collected on water, gas and electric services at a rate of 6%, cable television services at 3%, and telecommunication services at 5.8%. The maximum tax utility users have to pay for each service is $1,500. The Modesto Municipal Code currently provides for refunds of over payments made within 12 months from the receipt of the refund request. To request a refund, please provide the city with a written request and copies of your utility bills which verify you overpaid. Requests for refunds should be mailed to: City of Modesto Attn: Finance Department PO Box 3441; Modesto, CA 95353 You may elect to prepay the utility users tax maximum if you believe you will exceed the cap. If you have any questions, please contact the Utility Tax personnel at (209) 577-5303 DECEMBER 2019


Modesto Executive Electric, Inc. - Nov. 13 446 Charity Way #1, Modesto, CA 95356

Shifty’s Speed Shop - Oct. 29 101 McHenry Ave., Modesto CA


ST. STAN’S KEEPING THE BRAND ALIVE By: Virginia Still The restaurant business can be very challenging and as St. Stan’s owner Rich Hodder has witnessed firsthand, there is a lot of competition. Over the last few years, though, St. Stan’s has managed to survive in downtown Modesto. Now with a new menu and the expansion of their handles (beers on tap) and a new brewery location on the horizon in the spring of next year, they are serving up great food, great beer, and great customer service. “We are really excited about bringing the brand back better than ever,” expressed Hodder. “And the original feeling behind it is that it is Modesto’s really original craft brewery. I think it is really meaningful.” The St. Stan’s brand has been in Modesto since the ‘70s and has changed hands a few times. Hodder and some partners purchased the brand in 2016 and opened at 1028 11th St., downtown, in 2017. They have been operating for over two years there and looking forward to relocating their brewery to a location in Modesto that is set to open in Spring 2020.


“We are a m i c ro b re we r y,” stated Hodder. “Currently right now not brewing is a weird space for us to be in because that is how we identify ourselves. So hopefully we will be brewing again next spring at the new location. We only have a few beers that are ours.”



With the 17 handles offered at St. Stan’s and many of them guest handles they are looking to expand them to 33 handles including some new craft sodas and a couple wine taps. Currently they offer their very own St. Stan’s Barley Wine and Dunkel along with other guests like Lagunitas IPA, Mission Brewery Hefeweizen, Anchor Steam, and 805 Blonde.

They also offer two ciders, a Blackberry Cider from Indigeny that is out of Sonora and Concert in the Park by Tapped Apple from Salida. To keep that family friendly vibe they have future plans to serve up nonalcoholic beverages as well including craft sodas and a quality Kombucha drink with less than half a percent of alcohol content. The Barley wine is 12.5 percent alcohol that is an ale beer. They also have red and white wines. “We want to support local famers and buy local products,” he said. “We get our organic mushrooms for the pizzas locally out of Oakdale, E&H Farms. They are beautiful organic locally sourced mushrooms and people love them. They are really good.” The wood fire brick oven is used to make all their pizzas, calzones, and sandwiches. They have created some specialty pizzas that have become customer favorites like the Beast Pizza with garlic crema, bacon, avocado, spinach, tomato, mozzarella cheese and a fried egg or the Organic Mushroom with creamy pesto, green onions and herbs. Perhaps something spicy is what delights the palate; then the Spicy Chicken Verde Pizza would be a great taste, with

spicy Verde sauce, roasted chicken, red onions, bell peppers, cilantro and mozzarella. Or try the Spicy Monkey that has a red chili next to it on the menu that has Five Monkeys BBQ sauce, red pepper flakes, siracha sauce roasted chicken and fresh jalapenos upon request. On the lighter side there are a few salad options including a Caprese salad, a variety of wraps, gourmet sausages, and other options like wings, sandwiches, a Bavarian pretzel, loaded fries, and stuffed mushrooms. “We have three generations that come in here feeling comfortable in this nice, relaxed, inviting atmosphere,” explained Hodder. “We feel very blessed to be in business with the great St. Stan’s beer brand. It is a tough, challenging business but it is really rewarding.” They cater events and serve up food to go using Uber Eats, Door Dash, and Slice which is a pizza specific delivery service. They offer a trivia night on Thursdays where guests can win prizes, game night on Tuesdays, and Happy Hour on Wednesdays. “That is what excites me is giving them a good experience; great beer, great food and great customer service is the trifecta of a great experience,” said Hodder. “So that is what we try to provide here at St. Stan’s. Having great customers is how we keep the doors open. We appreciate it tremendously that the community has been as supportive as they are. We are excited about the new location next spring and what we are going to be doing there.”

Photos by: Virginia Still


“Most of them (beers on tap) are smaller breweries and most of them are very much local,” added Hodder. “We started getting beer from a new distributor that is primarily international beers, so we have an Icelandic beer. So we are branching out a little bit and trying to get a variety of beers.”



PEOPLE ON THE MOVE MICHELLE REIMERS SELECTED AS TID GENERAL MANAGER Michelle Reimers has been selected by the Turlock Irrigation District (TID) Board of Directors to succeed Casey Hashimoto as General Manager on January 2, 2020. Reimers, who is serving as TID’s Assistant General Manager of External Affairs and has been with the District for 14 years, was selected after an extensive nationwide search that began in August. “The Board believes Michelle’s unique blend of skills and vision for the District made her the best candidate for the position,” said Charlie Fernandes, TID Board President. “During her career, she has advised the District on a number of major issues and challenges, and we are fortunate to have her continued leadership in this new role.” Reimers, who lives and farms in the District, has a unique perspective as an end-user of both electrical power and irrigation water, said Fernandes. “Michelle is a visionary leader who will help carry the interests of residents, farmers, and industrial users forward as the energy and water sectors face increasing challenges,” said Hashimoto. Elevated to Assistant General Manager in September 2016, Reimers has been responsible for Customer Service and Consumer Programs, directed state and federal legislative and regulatory efforts, and led all communications and brand management for TID.

One of her most pressing projects has been assisting on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission relicensing of the Don Pedro Project. She has also been instrumental developing a strategy for a voluntary agreement with the State of California.

Michelle Reimers Formed in 1887, TID was California’s first irrigation district and provides agricultural water to 4,900 growers cultivating approximately 145,000 irrigated acres. TID also provides electricity to more than 100,000 accounts in a 662 square-mile service territory. The District employs 453 workers and has a total budget, including debt service and capital, of approximately $400 million. “It is an honor to work for one of the most trusted and reliable water and power providers in California,” said Reimers, who holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Communications from California State University, Stanislaus. “I look forward to leading the incredibly talented team at TID and continuing the valuable relationships we have with our customers.” Reimers will be the seventh General Manager in the history of TID. Learn more about TID at

VAN WINKLE JOINS TSM INSURANCE SERVICES TEAM TSM Insurance Services is pleased to announce the addition of Janie Van Winkle to the Medicare Sales Team. Janie, a Central Valley native, comes to TSM with 30 years of experience in the insurance field.With prior experience in Medicare Health Plans at CareMore, she is looking forward to offering more options and advice to meet the needs of the members of our community.

Located at TSM’s Coffee Road location, Janie is available to assist with all your insurance needs! She welcomes the opportunity to meet with you today!

Janie Van Winkle





The Modesto Chamber of Commerce Ambassador serves as an “extension” of the Chamber to promote strong local economy, community development and involvement, and aid in networking and referrals. Our ambassadors are highly visible and prestigious volunteers who serve as the Chamber’s primary liaison to new and current Chamber members. They are well educated on the Chamber and provide membership mentoring to assure that members are receiving the full value and benefits from their membership investment. Ambassadors help educate current members about the resources, savings, and marketing exposure that can be utilized as a Modesto Chamber member. Carolyn Huff explains her experience as an Ambassador like this: “For me, being an Ambassador with the Modesto Chamber of Commerce is a great way to give back to the community I grew up in. I love that we are all looking for ways to make Modesto a better place, both for businesses and for families. As an Ambassador, I get to personally meet business owners and hear a little of their story. We MODESTO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE I MODCHAMBER.ORG

have very talented people in our community, and it is an honor to be a volunteer with the Modesto Chamber of Commerce.” While being a part of this team can be extremely rewarding and enjoyable, it comes with some responsibly as well. The Modesto Chamber has a small but important list of minimum requirements and expectations for all our Ambassadors. We ask that our Ambassadors are well versed in the Chamber’s benefits and activities, can complete a total of four visits a month to new and existing members, can attend our once a month team meeting, and can participate in a minimum of five chamber events or programs annually. If you are interested in becoming an Ambassador, or learning more about the program, please call us at (209) 577-5757, or email Sabrinna Gonzales at

Wise Guys PC

When: Thursday, December 19, 2019 Where: 3600 Sisk Rd Suite 2F Modesto Time: 5:30 PM — 7:30 PM Come join us at Wise Guy’s PC and learn about their hands-on courses & new and up coming services as well. Let’s get together and network where believing in community and education is Wise!


Bring your business cards to be entered in the drawing… and be prepared to network!



LEADERSHIP MODESTO Community Services Day Highlights Area Non-Profits By Chris Brady Inspiring is an understatement when it comes to our recent 2020 Leadership Modesto Class outing. The theme of the day was Community Services and it was packed with a myriad of incredible people and organizations doing so much great work right here in Modesto. The talent and passion of the steward leaders from each organization was evident from our first stop and continued throughout our day. The various non-profit organizations shared their missions, goals, inspirations and history of their organizations. Let us share with you how these organizations and their tireless leaders are making a difference in the lives of those in our community. Our morning began with the impressive Marian Kaanon, CEO of the Stanislaus Community Foundation. She shared that the Community Foundation works with over 100 local nonprofits to help each one reach its philanthropic goals to advance the common good in Stanislaus County. They facilitate this process by bringing local partners and resources together to address a community need. One example of this would be the Foundation’s Stanislaus Futures initiative, where they partner with local education institutions and private philanthropists to help low-income students in our county attain the goal of reaching higher education and obtaining a bachelor’s degree. Next we visited the City of Modesto Senior Citizens Center where we were graciously hosted by Shannon Parker, Recreation Director for the Center. She shared how the Center provides a safe environment for seniors to maintain active and vibrant lifestyles. The Center hosts up to 1,000 seniors throughout various activities, including yoga, Tai Chi, line dancing, Zumba, aerobics, bingo, and themed dinners each week. The seniors can even get technical help on their laptop computers, tablets, and smart phones. The Leadership Modesto class participated in technical assistance while on our visit to the Center. This gave us the chance to visit with them and share some of our tech knowledge, ranging from photograph downloads to navigating social media applications. We even kicked up our heels in a few rounds of line dancing. A humbling experience to say the least!

We were then met with the charismatic spirit of Elizabeth Wight, CEO of Interfaith Ministries (IFM) in Modesto. She leads IFM in its efforts to provide over three million meals a year to our most vulnerable and needy community members. Over 40 tons of fresh produce a year is distributed through their creative Gleaning and Gathering, and Free Mobile Farmers Market programs. Additionally, IFM has a clothes closet where they distribute free clothes and aid those in search of jobs by providing professional attire for interview candidates. Community Hospice Foundation was where we met the empathetic CEO/President, DeSha McLeod. The foundation’s goal is to provide compassionate and quality care, education, and support to terminally ill patients and their families, regardless of their ability to pay. Ms. McLeod shared with us the broad spectrum of services they provide, most notably their end of life care. Community Hospice also provides many other services such as hospice care, palliative care, pediatric care, grief and bereavement support, crisis response, the Hope Chest thrift stores, and Community Connections, which provides health related educational resources for individuals, families and caregivers. They truly provide the “Circle of Care.” We then walked down the street to meet the devoted Keenon Krick, Executive Director of the United Cerebral Palsy (UCP). He and his team shared with us about the adult day program services they provide for those with disabilities in our community. UCP aims to integrate the disabled into the community and society through their programs and services. They provide everything from general life skill development and soft skill development to money management. It was inspiring to witness the care and respect the UCP staff have for their members as well as the quality of life and experiences they provide, that able people often take for granted.


We then traveled to Without Permission (WP), an anti-human trafficking organization, founded by the courageous Debbie Johnson. Ms. Johnson started WP to combat the terrifying epidemic of human trafficking that is not only affecting our nation, but our state, and most importantly, our very own community. Through her efforts, thousands of educators, law enforcement, and faith-based community members have been coached on prevention awareness. Her organization has also aided hundreds of victims of human trafficking and those that have been devastated by this tragic epidemic. Her passion and unrelenting commitment to this great cause is a prime example of the amazing leaders and community advocates we have in Modesto.


True stewardship was keenly demonstrated in each of the leaders of these noteworthy organizations. Incredibly, these were just a few of the many community service groups serving for the benefit of others. There is an abundance of volunteering opportunities in this community. So, I would like to ask my fellow Leadership Modesto classmates and all our community members, “If you’re not making a difference, what are you doing?” Let’s go make a difference in our community, together. A huge “thank you” to Kristin Mostowski and Steve Collins for arranging this informative and inspiring day for us to experience.


To complete our eye-opening day, we visited the Center for Human Services – Pathways program. Taryn Muralt, dedicated Program Director for Youth Services, introduced us to the transitional housing program developed for youth ages 18-24. These brave individuals are making the transition from homelessness to temporary housing, with the goal of employment and permanent housing. While our community faces the daunting challenge of a growing homeless population, it was encouraging and enlightening to know that there are much needed programs such as this one for our homeless youth to help break the cycle of homelessness.








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UNDERSTANDING RISK, REWARD OF USING THE CLOUD By David Kamins, Account Manager, Mid Valley IT oday the term “Cloud” is synonymous with data storage that resides somewhere else. The Cloud is the mysterious and intangible location of your data that is somehow accessible to us anywhere and anytime we want it. Presumably, our information is not only accessible, but it is protected, encrypted and kept private. The Cloud is promoted as being inexpensive, or even free, and touted to be the ultimate economic way to do business in our current technological environment. One of the greatest risks of doing business today is the protection and security of your data. Having your data compromised can release information that can be detrimental to a business. Whether it be trade secrets, financial information or customers’ private details, the loss of this information could cripple an organization. The cloud is your ultimate risk. Any information that you allow someone else to store on their hard drives is subject to the risk that they may lose control of it themselves. You must know who is managing your data and understand what protections are in place for you. There have been massive data breaches recently that have put many people and organizations at risk. Target, Equifax, Yahoo and many others have been victims of attacks that have released critical and personal information that can be used to do harm.

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If these massive organizations have a hard time protecting their data, how will your organization fare? If I have scared you, good. You should be a little worried. You should be thinking about all of the information that you are currently storing on the cloud and wonder if it is secure. Hopefully you have a trusted technology professional consulting you in data protection. If not, there are many professionals like me willing to speak with you for free to get you started down the right track. The cloud can be all of those things it promises. It can save a business money, or even help get one off the ground. It can secure your data from loss and allow you to operate your organizations from anywhere. The cloud brings people together and allows collaboration on a worldwide scale. The cloud is a viable and powerful tool. Just remember, anything that has the power to help you, also has the power to hurt you.

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MODESTO GOSPEL MISSION: PROVIDING REFUGE FOR RECOVERY AND RESTORATION By John Villines Chief Operating Officer, Modesto Gospel Mission For many people, the holidays at the end of the year are a time of excitement and anticipation, as friends and families gather together to fellowship over a great meal or to exchange gifts with loved ones. Nostalgia is often high, and many people report feeling a warmth and kindness toward people – “peace on earth, good will toward men.” Sadly, this is not the experience of many people in our community. The holidays are often times of loneliness, hunger, depression, and anxiety, especially for the homeless and the poor. The Modesto Gospel Mission has been serving the local homeless and impoverished since 1948. It is proud to stand alongside many other great nonprofit and service organizations who serve our local community throughout the year. Its purpose is to provide refuge for recovery and restoration to those in need, and it is open 24/7 to fulfill this purpose. November and December are the busiest months of the year for the Modesto Gospel Mission. Cold and wet winter months leads to increased attendance in its Freedom Road Day Program, as well as a spike in using its dinners, showers, and shelter services at night. The Mission also sees a rise in people using its evening medical clinic, which is open one or two days per week, and is staffed by local physicians and nurses. Two of the Mission’s signature events are also held this time of year. These events typically serve not only the homeless in this community, but also those that are battling the reality of poverty in disadvantaged and often dangerous neighborhoods such as the Airport District.


Each November, the day before Thanksgiving, the Mission hosts its “Great Thanksgiving Banquet & Bundle Up” where it provides a traditional Thanksgiving dinner and warm coats and other winter clothing items. Last month turned out to be another success as we served Thanksgiving meals and gave away coats, scarves, hats and gloves to hundreds of men, women, and children.


However, December is the favorite time of year for those who serve at the Mission. On December 23, the Mission hosts its annual “Christmas at the Mission – Gift Drive & Give Away.” This special event is always well attended, with over 2,000 served every year. Starting with a Christmas meal, the guests then move into the Chapel where there are stations set up for various ages of boys and girls, as well as for adult men and women. Each guest gets to choose an unwrapped gift from the MODESTO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE I MODCHAMBER.ORG

appropriate station. For many people who live in Modesto, even providing a simple meal and Christmas gifts are impossible. Due to the generosity and faithfulness of the Mission’s donors and volunteers, it is able to provide a little bit of Christmas and hope to those that are without. This is always a joyful time, and nothing beats seeing the smiles on the faces of children as they pick out a gift for themselves. So how can compassionate people bring a little “peace on earth, good will to men” during this time of year? The Modesto Gospel Mission is privately funded by individuals, businesses, and churches in our community. Donations of new, unwrapped gifts are crucial to our Christmas event. You can bring these gifts to the Mission located on Yosemite Boulevard, or to one of our community partners who are displaying one of our barrels. You can also sign up online to volunteer and serve at the Mission, at https:// If you want to know more about the Mission and the different programs it provides, contact us for a tour or learn more at Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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Business Before Hours, Business After Hours Events These networking events are opportunities for members to invite all Chamber members to their businesses to mingle, build relationships, and connect outside of the normal workday. They are perfect environments to showcase your office, products, and/or services, and to share your individual “business story”. If you happen to be a based from home business, you are always welcome to host your event here in the Chamber Conference room. Business Before Hours are traditionally held on the second Thursday of each month from 7:30 to 8:30am. *Sponsorship Investment is $125.00. Business After Hours are typically held on the fourth Thursday of each month from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. *Sponsorship Investment is $250.00. Included for your sponsorship: *Company Logo on business tailored event flyer *Event and flyer promoted via Chamber Happenings *Event and flyer promoted via all our social media platforms *Event, flyer, and business promoted in Progress Magazine month of event *Pre-event announcements at Chamber events *2 – 3 items to include in a business card drawing *For After-hours events we secure a liquor license, and provide adult beverage As a Host you are responsible for providing: Before – *Location large enough for up to 50 attendees *Continental Breakfast, or other food of your choice *3 plus Door prizes After – *Location large enough for up to 100 attendees *Appetizer/small plate tidbits, or other food of your choice *3 plus Door prizes


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