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MISSION STATEMENT “To increase opportunities for businesses and advocate for our membership in matters related to business, government, and community relations.”
VISION STATEMENT “The National City Chamber of Commerce is recognized as the premier local Chamber of Commerce in the San Diego Region, is highly respected by the community as the unified voice of business, and participates as a major partner in planning the future of our community, insuring a healthy balance between economic prosperity and quality of life. The Chamber is an advocate for business friendly legislation at all levels of government, and is an organization with a strong, active membership.”
CHAMBER PRIORITIES Advocate for members. Provide information on current issues. Promote business growth.
NATIONAL CITY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & SOUTH COUNTY CAREER CENTER HOST 2017 CAREER PATHWAYS TO SUCCESS JOB FAIR This year's job fair hosted 75 registered companies, over 500 job seekers attended and 150 resume reviews were conducted by our professional resume reviewers. This is the highest percentage of resume reviews in the 7 year history of this event - A full one third of every person who walked through the doors received a one on one consultation. The feedback from the employers was excellent - everyone we spoke to was thrilled with the quality of the job seekers they were speaking with. We've received emails from some of the companies that were in attendance, and they have already interviewed people! We would like to thank our Sponsors: Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher and VCCUSA, LLC. This event would not be possible without the invaluable participation of Diane Rose, Paul Aceves, and Enemias Rocha from South County Career Center; Anita Brinkley, Assistant to Councilmember Mona Rios, Councilmember Mona Rios; Carla Holland from SBDC, and help from staff and volunteers. We thank you for the time and commitment to make this event a true success!
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2017 BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND CHAMBER STAFF OFFICERS Board Chairman
Brian Clapper...............................619-962-9950 *Automobile Heritage Day/ Annual Dinner Chair National School Board 1500 N Avenue National City, CA 91950 email@example.com
Board Vice Chair
Vanessa Mapula Garcia..............858-654-1211 *Economic Development San Diego Gas & Electric 8335 Century Park Court, CP 11B San Diego, CA 92123 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Marvin Harrison.........................619-231-1977 *Economic Development Considine & Considine 1501 Fifth Avenue San Diego, CA 92101 email@example.com
Charles Reilly...............................858-452-6607 *Annual Dinner Charles Reilly PR Company 901 National City Blvd National City, CA 91950 firstname.lastname@example.org
DIRECTORS Emeritus Past President
Paul Robinson.............................619-425-1999 *Business Development Chair CPP Printing & Direct Mail Marketing 100 West 35th Street, Suite B National City, CA 91950 email@example.com
Emeritus Past President
John Snyder.................................619-287-5696 *Golf Tournament Chair EDCO Disposal Co. 6670 Federal Boulevard Lemon Grove, CA 91945 firstname.lastname@example.org
R. Daniel Hernandez..................619-941-2376 *Mariachi Festival Chair San Ysidro Health Centers 1275 30th St. San Diego, CA 92154 email@example.com
Ivan Arabo..................................619-889-0705 *Salute to Navy Chair/Economic Development Chair Wrigley's Supermarket 342 North Euclid Avenue National City, CA 91950 firstname.lastname@example.org
John Borja...................................619-668-2394 *Economic Development/ Bayside Brew & Spirit Festival Chair Teague Insurance 4700 Spring Street La Mesa, CA 91941 email@example.com
Ruth Ryan-Cruz............................619-528-2202 *Business Rendezvous Group Ryan-Cruz Law, APC 3111 Camino Del Rio North, Suite 400 San Diego, CA 92108 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Octavio Aguirre.........................619-470-4115 *Economic Development Paradise Valley Hospital 2400 East 4th Street National City, CA 91950 email@example.com
Dennis DuBard.................................619-544-8860 *Salute to Navy General Dynamics NASSCO 2798 East Harbor Drive San Diego, CA 92113 firstname.lastname@example.org
Raman Natarajan......................619-315-2250 *Mariachi Festival Hollywood Casino 14145 Campo Road Jamul, CA 91935 email@example.com
Maribel Gavin...........................619-474-9700 Sweetwater Union High School 2900 Highland Avenue National City, CA 91950 firstname.lastname@example.org
Victor Gonzalez.........................619-384-8536 *Mariachi Festival Premier Property Security Services 1401 Highland Avenue, Suite A National City, CA 91950 email@example.com
Sophie Silvestri.................................619-419-1139 *Automobile Heritage Day Pasha Automotive Services 1309 Bay Marina Drive National City, CA 91950 firstname.lastname@example.org
Eddie Trejo.......................................619-773-6986 *Bayside Brew & Spirit Festival Co-Chair Machete Beer House 2325 Highland Avenue National City, CA 91950 email@example.com
Stepheni Norton.............................858-848-6914 *Economic Development Dickinson Farm 1430 E 24th Street National City, CA 91950 firstname.lastname@example.org
Karen McManus........................619-827-8103 *Annual Dinner Banner Bank 279 F Street Chula Vista, CA 91910 email@example.com
Pedro Anaya..............................858-541-7800 *Mariachi Festival Southwest Strategies 401 B Street, Suite 150 San Diego, CA 92101 firstname.lastname@example.org
Nick Inzunza..............................619-581-8965 *Economic Development Co-Chair Beautiful National City 333 Highland Avenue National City, CA 91950 email@example.com
Susan De Los Santos..................619-434-1720 *Salute to Navy/Economic Development Filipino Press 600 East 8th Street, Suite 3 National City, CA 91950 firstname.lastname@example.org
Leslie Larranaga-Britt................858-384-6565 *Automobile Heritage Day Mile of Cars Association 10601 Tierrasanta Boulevard, Suite 308 San Diego, CA 92124 email@example.com
Rebecca Cortez..........................619-871-0180 *Salute to Navy/Golf Tournament Life Vantage 901 National City Blvd National City, CA 91950 firstname.lastname@example.org
Randy Bogel...............................619-299-3762 *Salute to Navy San Diego Military Advisory Council 5330 Napa Street, Suite A San Diego, CA 92110 email@example.com
CHAMBER STAFF Jacqueline L. Reynoso.....................619-477-9339 President/CEO.........................Cell: 619-890-6614 901 National City Boulevard National City, CA 91950 firstname.lastname@example.org
Kenneth P. Campbell.......................619-477-9339 Marketing Coordinator 901 National City Boulevard National City, CA 91950 email@example.com
Fabian Rodriguez.............................619-477-9339 Green Business Program Coordinator 901 National City Boulevard National City, CA 91950 firstname.lastname@example.org
David Grepe.....................................619-477-9339 Project Coordinator 901 National City Boulevard National City, CA 91950 email@example.com
Irma Islas.........................................619-477-9339 Membership Services 901 National City Boulevard National City, CA 91950 firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Chairman’s Circle has been created to prominently recognize companies whose continual support has been instrumental in the growth of the National City Chamber of Commerce and its business members. In addition to visibility in the Chamber’s Newsletter, referral guide and event programs, Chairman’s Circle members receive priority seating at Chamber events, complimentary use of the Chamber's Conference Room and invitations to special member-only receptions. Chairman’s Circle members enjoy the convenience of a one-time, all inclusive transaction that insures representation at Chamber events. Through a choice of five levels of financial commitment, benefit packages are tailored to meet individual preferences. Companies who are committed to the Chairman’s goals and objectives are invited to arrange for a visit to discuss the benefits and privileges of membership. Contact President/CEO Jacqueline Reynoso at (619) 477-9339 or email@example.com. Official Airline Sponsor
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CALIFORNIA'S HOUSING AFFORDABILITY PROBLEMS 'AS BAD AS THEY'VE EVER BEEN IN THE STATE'S HISTORY,' HOUSING DIRECTOR SAYS California’s housing affordability challenges remain daunting and continue to increase, according to a draft report from the state’s Department of Housing and Community Development released Tuesday. The report found: • Housing production over the last decade fell more than 100,000 new homes short of demand and continues to lag, leading to surging prices at all income levels. • The state’s homeownership rates are at their lowest since the 1940s. • One-third of the state’s renters spend more than half their income on housing costs. • California has 12% of the nation’s population, but 22% of the country’s homeless population. “What the report tries to get at is that the facts on the ground for a typical California family are really as bad as they’ve ever been in the state’s history,” said Ben Metcalf, director of the Department of Housing and Community Development. The report includes a range of potential solutions, including streamlining local and state land-use and environmental rules and boosting funding for low-income housing. “If there is good news in all this, these are, in some cases, problems that we have created through local and state policies,” Metcalf said. “And because these are challenges that have been created through policies, we know we can fix them.” The state has not passed major housing legislation in recent years, most notably failing to reach a deal on Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to limit some local review of housing projects and spend $400 million on low-income housing subsidies. This year has already seen a series of housing proposals, including plans for billions in new spending as well as faster permitting for cities that have low housing production.
CHAMBER SUPPORTS SDG&E PIPELINE RELIABILITY PROJECT San Diego is home to more than 2,500 restaurants, which collectively employ over 100,000 San Diego County residents and generate hundreds of millions of dollars each year for our local economy. Natural gas fuels San Diego County. It is used on a daily basis by nearly every local family and business to heat water, dry clothes, cook food and power machinery. Natural gas is also used to generate more than half of the electricity powering our region, and it plays a vital role in San Diego's key industries. The California Public Utilities Commission is expected to hold public scoping meetings on the Pipeline Safety & Reliability Project. These meetings will give interested parties the opportunity to ask questions, learn more 4 SPRING 2017
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about the project and provide input and comments about what should be included in the draft Environmental Impact Report. Exact dates for the scoping meetings have not yet been announced. The Pipeline Safety & Reliability Project is just one of many key initiatives in support of building the cleanest, safest and most reliable energy company in America. To learn more about SDG&E's Pipeline Reliability Project, please visit https://www.sdge.com/key-initiatives/ pipeline-project.
POLITICS JUST GOT A LITTLE TOUGHER IN NATIONAL CITY For more than 30 years, National City council members could get an item placed on their meeting agenda without approval from their peers. That just changed. The City Council voted 3-2 on March 21, 2017 to require a threemember consensus, or council majority, to do it. City Manager Leslie Deese said the item brought for discussion was meant simply to reaffirm the city’s original 1985 policy, which eroded as standards relaxed over the years. Councilwomen Alejandra Sotelo-Solis said it ended up being a complete overhaul of the standing policy. “Whether you are on the majority or the minority of said initiative or idea, you really lose that opportunity to have the community’s input, the dialogue of your peers,” she said. Councilwoman Mona Rios also opposed the resolution. “We as elected officials should be doing everything we can to make access and engagement easy for our community, instead of (enacting) policies like tonight and placing roadblocks,” she said. The mayor and two councilmen voted in favor. It was Councilman Albert Mendivil who in January requested that city staff look into how items initiated by council members are placed on the agenda. Mayor Ron Morrison and Councilman Jerry Cano supported the idea. In February, city staff also described the policies that govern the order that items are placed on the agenda, as requested by Rios. The city’s decades-old policy discusses the limits for items not already on the agenda and how to get them on it, specifically that items not on the agenda cannot be discussed or considered during a council meeting, according to the Ralph M.Brown Act. If a council member wants to place an item on a future agenda, they must make that request under council comments at the end of the meeting. Before the March 21 vote, it only took one council member to direct staff to place an item on the agenda for discussion. Now, that request must be backed up by two others. A handful of people spoke against the resolution during public comment. No one spoke in favor. Student council representative Jose Estrada, who spoke as a National City resident, told the council the change would kill “the democracy and representation citizens have with council members.” “The voters of National City elect their representative to be able to share their opinions, to be able to speak up for those residents up on the dais,” he said. “With this new council policy, that’s no longer going to be able to happen.” Councilwoman Rios agreed. She said stopping an item before it has a chance to be heard is “acting as judge and jury before that item comes forward.” “I don’t think that’s transparency, and I don’t think that’s the kind of government that we call democratic,” she said. 6 SPRING 2017
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Morrison clarified that three-vote rule wasn’t based on whether a council member agrees with something in particular, but rather that it’s something the city should be discussing in the first place. “The way the rule is right now, the person could just keep putting the same thing on the agenda, time and time again,” he said. “You could also be putting stuff on there that has nothing to do with the city.” Mendivil said those opposed to the resolution were overreacting. “Go with good faith, and that anything that has to do with the good of the city will be on the agenda. Things will not be blocked,” he said. Sotelo-Solis said she’s trusted in the process only to frequently see the votes come out 3-2. “We’ve had the conversation and … even with the dialogue, there’s no change,” she said. Rios said she wasn’t surprised by the outcome of the vote. “We’ve seen how three votes are constantly what seems to direct what happens here, and that’s disappointing for me as a council member.” Neighboring cities, including Chula Vista and Coronado also use the three-vote rule to get an item on the agenda, something Mendivil mentioned. The City Council will have an opportunity to change the policy back, or make other changes in October, when it along with the city manager will review policies for any additions, deletions or changes.
BUSINESS CONFIDENCE CONTINUES POSITIVE TRAJECTORY County businesses unsure of impact of Affordable Care Act reforms March's Silvergate Bank-sponsored Business Forecast brings continued good news with back-to-back months of healthy optimism. The Business Outlook Index (BOI) is firmly in positive territory at 25.5.
The main driver of this recent surge in enthusiasm is revenue. In the previous quarter, 46 percent of county businesses had predicted their revenues would increase, while 7 percent believed revenues would decrease. This month, 52 percent expect an increase, while only 4 percent say revenues will subside. Industry-wise, development/construction, manufacturing, hospitality/restaurants, and transportation, have all reported increased optimism since last quarter, placing them atop the county’s leaderboard. While hospitality businesses and development firms - like the majority of other industries – are somewhat positive about adding workers, they will be much more likely to extend their current employees’ hours. Development and construction firms also see general conditions in their industry improving during the next three months. Large companies with more than 50 employees show the most significant gains in confidence. Last quarter their BOI was 17, but now that has moved up to 37, fueled by an expanding workforce. Medium, small and micro firms generally trail their larger counterparts. National City Chamber News 7
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Another recent trend is geographic: firms in the city of San Diego went from a BOI of 22 in the previous quarter to 31 currently. The BOI elsewhere in the county has shown no such advance and is still at 21. When asked about new challenges companies may be facing, the focus on minimum wage has subsided somewhat, going from 10 percent focusing on it last month to 5 percent now. Government-related challenges, however, are still cited by 24 percent of San Diego County’s businesses. With questions surrounding what a repeal or changes to the Affordable Care Act would look like at the time of this survey, the Chamber sought to explore the business community’s understanding of these proposed changes, starting with how many are offering employee health plans. The survey found that only one-third of companies in San Diego include a health plan that covers all their employees. Twenty-eight percent of companies cover some of their employees and 39 percent don’t cover any. Some of the reason for such a lack of universal coverage is firm size. Small companies tend not to need to cover their employees, and one-person firms usually get their healthcare coverage from another source (spouse, previous job, etc.). As businesses become larger they tend to offer coverage for their employees. But, interestingly, the largest firms are not more likely to cover a greater percentage of their employees. In the age of Obamacare, this is surprising because firms with more than 50 full-time employees are required to cover all employees or pay a fine. Perhaps those not covering all employees are counting part-time workers in their numbers, or perhaps others are paying the fines mandated by Obamacare. In any event, it is the companies employing 11 to 50 workers that cover the highest percentage of their employees.
Only 31 percent of local firms report that they have enough information on the changes being proposed for the Affordable Care Act. Just slightly more business people, 33 percent, don’t believe they have sufficient information to gauge the impact of reform on their company. Further, the survey found that a quarter of the firms do not believe the ACA applies to their company and even 10 percent of the firms with more than 50 employees believe this to be the case. To learn more, visit www.silvergatebank.com or contact Dino D’Auria at firstname.lastname@example.org. 8 SPRING 2017
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ECOCHOICE IS A PRODUCTIVE CHOICE FOR BUSINESSES SDG&E’s EcoChoice program gives customers the option to purchase up to 100% clean, renewable energy. The program may be a good option for those who lease or don’t have the ability to adopt solar due to costs or the inability to put panels on their rooftop. With Ecochoice, there’s no upfront installation cost and you’re supporting clean, renewable energy in our community. Those who enroll will pay a small premium every month depending on their subscription level. Customers can visit our online calculator to estimate how much it will cost each month to purchase renewable energy through the program. Customers can also enroll online. For more information, visit sdge.com/ecochoice.
IS YOUR FACILITY PREPARED FOR AN INFLUX OF ELECTRIC VEHICLES? The San Diego region is about 10 percent of the state. If Governor Brown’s goal of 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles on California roads by 2025 is reached, our region could see 150,000 electric vehicles on our streets. We already have over 23,000 EVs in San Diego. It’s not a question of “if” you will be asked to install charging, it’s a question of “when”? SDG&E’s Power Your Drive program is installing 3,500 electric vehicle charging stations at apartments, condos and businesses across our service area. Interest in the program has been strong with over 400 properties on the interest list and only 350 sites available as of now. Sign up on our interest list or learn more on sdge.com/PowerYourDrive
SDG&E SPURS ENERGY STORAGE INNOVATION WITH FLOW BATTERY TECHNOLOGY SDG&E recently unveiled a new vanadium redox flow (VRF) battery storage pilot project in coordination with Sumitomo Electric (SEI), which stemmed from a partnership between Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Development Organization (NEDO) and the California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz). During the four-year demonstration project, SDG&E will be researching if flow battery technology can economically enhance the delivery of reliable energy to customers, integrate growing amounts of renewable energy and increase the flexibility in the way the company manages the power grid. To read more of this story, visit sdgenews.com.
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The South Bay Energy Action Collaborative is a partnership between the Cities of National City, Chula Vista, Coronado, and Imperial Beach. For more information about the program, please contact the City of Chula Vista’s Conservation Section (they administer the program) at (619) 476-2308 or email Conservation@chulavistaca.gov. This initiative is part of the Local Government Partnership program, which is funded by California utility ratepayers and administered by SDG&E® under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission.
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REGIONAL EDUCATION CAMPAIGN TARGETS WASTEFUL WATER AGENCY SPENDING The San Diego County Water Authority is taking a stand for fiscal accountability and transparency at Metropolitan Water District (MWD) of Southern California by launching a regional education campaign called “Stop the Spending!” The initiative is designed to shine a spotlight on overspending, ratepayer overcharges and unplanned borrowing at the Los Angeles-based agency in hopes of protecting residents and businesses from more needlessly high water rates. Among the central issues: • MWD overcharged ratepayers $847 million more than the agency’s own budgets said was needed from 2012-2015. • MWD overspent its budget by $1.2 billion from 2013-2016 on things like buying Bay-Delta islands ($175 million) and turf replacement ($420 million). • In 2016, MWD authorized $900 million in unplanned borrowing to pay for its overspending. These unrestrained fiscal practices contributed to a doubling of treated water rates by MWD over the past decade – and ratepayers are about to be on the hook for a lot more unless MWD’s out-of-control spending can be stopped. A new study commissioned by the Water Authority details how MWD is undercounting local supplies being developed by water agencies across Southern California. At the same time, MWD is developing billions of dollars of its own projects and programs that its own data show won’t be needed to meet demand. Such tactics have severe consequences: The region’s economy and residents’ checkbooks suffer when essential resources such as water cost more than they should. To learn more about necessary fiscal reforms at MWD, go to www.mwdfacts.com.
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WATER AUTHORITY APPLAUDS GOVERNOR BROWN FOR DECLARING END TO DROUGHT EMERGENCY Record-setting precipitation this winter means that the drought is indeed over, and the Water Authority applauds the governor’s decision to formally end the drought emergency for most of California. It’s critical for water agencies and regulators to maintain credibility with the public by acknowledging the dramatic improvement in water supplies, which is why the Water Authority’s Board of Directors passed a resolution declaring the end of the drought conditions for the county in January, 2017. It’s also important to remember that San Diego County ratepayers spent more than $3.5 billion over the past three decades to improve the region’s drought resilience – for instance, with new water storage capacity and new locally controlled, drought-proof water supplies from the Claude “Bud” Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant. We not only had enough supplies to meet demands during the height of the drought, but we are in a stronger position today to ensure regional water supply reliability than we were at the start of the drought due to 100,000 acre-feet of conserved water we have stored in San Vicente Reservoir for future dry years, and the addition of up to 56,000 acre-feet per year from the desalination plant. “And, I want to recognize the incredible efforts of San Diego County residents, who beat the state’s emergency water-use reduction mandates during 2015 and 2016, and continue to use less water than they did in 2013 even though drought conditions have ended. This balanced approach – water-use efficiency combined with supply investments – served our region well and should be part of any statewide drought-management efforts in the future. “Going forward, it’s critical for San Diegans to keep embracing water-use efficiency as a way of life, including by continuing to adopt WaterSmart landscapes that maintain our quality of life while using less water. Water is our most precious natural resource, and we know that dry times will return. It’s incumbent on each of us to use water wisely no matter the weather, and the Water Authority will continue to offer resources that promote water efficiency as a positive and permanent lifestyle. “Finally, we are reviewing the governor’s long-term water-use framework released today. We have consistently advocated for state policies that include supply development and water-use efficiency, and it’s important the targets and measures in the governor’s framework support this balanced approach.” -- Mark Muir, Chair, Board of Directors, San Diego County Water Authority. Note: For more information about programs, rebates, classes and other resources that are part of Water Authority’s Live WaterSmart outreach and education campaign, go to www.WaterSmartSD.org.
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A REASON TO SURVIVE (ARTS) CARRIES OUT PROPOSED PUBLIC ART PROJECT Public Art creates ample opportunities for publicity and media attention-ARTS has been working with the National City Chamber of Commerce to uplift the image of the old H&M Goodies Family Auction building, which was a complete loss, not to mention an eye sore on 8th Street. With sponsorship from the National City Tourism Marketing District (TMD) and careful planning working alogside The City of National City, this project was able to get underway. Attention to the beautification project was possible through media unveiling events at the end of each phase, and development of collateral materials to highlight Public Art in National City for visitors to see. Public ART enhances community vitality, economic value, and attracts new visitors. We thank ARTS for their consistent dedication to improving the image of our beautiful National City! To learn more, please visit or contact ARTS at: 200 East 12th Street, National City, CA 91950 or call them at (619) 297-ARTS (2787).
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MICHAEL T. NICHOLS SELECTED AS AMBASSADOR OF THE QUARTER The National City Chamber of Commerce recognizes those leaders who consistently go above and beyond their role as a Chamber Member. We recognize outstanding professionals that volunteer selflessly at Chamber events and are commited not only to the Chamber, but to the National City Community as well. This quarter, we are pleased to recognize a leader of the Business Rendezvous Group (BRG), as well as an incredibly active Ambassador of the Chamber, Michael T. Nichols, Attorney at Law. When the Chamber is in need of volunteers, Michael takes initiative over the task and is a great team player. He consistenly volunteers at Chamber events such as the Annual Installation Gala, International Mariachi Festival, Chamber Mixers, as well as Member Breakfasts. Congratulations Michael, we at the Chamber are proud and appreciative of you for all your time and contributions. Thank you! Michael T. Nichols, ESQ. (619) 855-5435 email@example.com
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Newsletter Ads: For new and current chamber members, it is a great idea to place your ad in our Chamber Newsletter that is published on a quarterly basis. Our Newsletter is distributed to over 600 Chamber members and posted on our website for easy downloading and email forwarding. Newsletters are also distributed to over 3,000 contacts from the chamber's database, posted on social media, and shared at special events throughout the quarter. PRICE RANGE: $50 (business card ad) - $250 (full page color ad) Monthly Mailers: The Chamber’s monthly mailers are an excellent way to promote your business, event, workshop, or discount product or service to National City businesses, residents, and community partners. You deliver us 600 copies, and we prepare the postage and mailing. Mailers are due the first week of each month. PRICE: $150 Members / $250 Non Members Electronic Mailers: Email your flyer to our extensive database of business and community contacts. PRICE: $50 per e-flyer sent out Member Discount Program: The National City Chamber of Commerce has instituted a program where new and current members can provide a generous discount to other Chamber members when they purchase a particular product or service. The program not only helps other members but also provides additional exposure for participating businesses. FREE to participate. Contact us at (619) 477-9339. Breakfast Meetings: The Chamber hosts bi-monthly breakfast meetings. You can sponsor a breakfast meeting and provide excellent exposure for your business to an active group of business leaders, prospective clients, City officials, and elected representatives. Breakfast sponsorships offer display tables, prominent banner placement, logo in program, live recognition, and commercial time. Secure your sponsorship today! Limit 4 sponsors per breakfast meeting. Breakfast Sponsorships: $50 - $500 Mobile Apps MyChamberApp is a mobile directory built for the National City Chamber of Commerce. Chamber members can find and promote their Chamber businesses, events, and network within their local community. Equipped with location based mobile technology, the information is instantly geographically relevant, making it a great way to find local discounts and hot deals. It is available to download for free on the iPhone, iPad, Android, and Blackberry. Check out how we can help your business today! Only $10 per year.
Social Media Facebook is another great way to promote your business; you may send us a PDF or JPEG image of a flyer, coupon, or other advertisement and a short message (less than 420 characters) that we can then upload to Facebook and distribute widely. Many of the posted items will also be posted simultaneously to our Twitter account. Offering discounts to members and non-members is an excellent way to attract customers to your business. As a member you have an opportunity to post coupons on our website under the “Hot Deal” section. You may preview our “Hot Deals” section at: http://www.nationalcitychamber.org/hot-deals/. Use your personalized login information to submit your deal. NationalCityChamber
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Ambassador Program It is the mission of the National City Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Program to promote member commitment and retention by raising awareness of Chamber activities and benefits; Informing and involving new Chamber members to promote strong continuing membership; Encouraging meaningful and beneficial participation in the Chamber's programs; and Serving as a liaison between the Chamber staff and membership. The Ambassador Program consists of volunteers from the Chamber membership who donate their time to assist the Chamber in various activities. Are you interested in serving as a Chamber Ambassador? If so, please contact the Chamber office by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 619.477.9339 Business Rendezvous Group Led by Board of Director, Susan De Los Santos of the Filipino Press, and Ambassadors, a newly formed chamber networking group, called "Business Rendezvous," is creating a new buzz. This group was developed to connect business professionals and create meaningful business relationships that result in business growth. Interested? Join us 1st and 3rd Thursdays at 11:45 am. RSVP to email@example.com Business Forecast The Chamber is dedicated to bringing up-to-date, relevant and important information to the business community. To that end, the National City Chamber - in partnership with the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce - has launched a new monthly economic report conducted by Competitive Edge research that provides valuable insights into future trends of the regional business community. Lookout for the next publication of Business Forecast and participate in the monthly surveys. Chamber Bucks Creating a strong and unified business voice depends on the strength of our membership. We have created a Chamber Bucks loyalty program to incentivize members to refer new member prospects. For every new member that you refer, you will earn $25 in Chamber Bucks. Chamber Bucks may be redeemed for ads in the Chamber News, membership renewal, or used toward special event booth fees. Mobile Apps MyChamberApp is a mobile directory built for the National City Chamber of Commerce. Chamber members can find and promote their Chamber businesses, events, and network within their local community. Equipped with location based mobile technology, the information is instantly geographically relevant, making it a great way to find local discounts and hot deals. It is available to download for free on the iPhone, iPad, Android, and Blackberry. Check out how we can help your business today! Only $10 per year.
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Open your Chamber Business Account with Office Depot & Save Big Today Get discounts of up to 60% from a list of 600 frequently-purchased business essentials including paper, ink and toner. Plus get 5% off most other items. Register for your online business account today or text “NationalCitySPC” to 555-888 to receive your savings card for in-store purchases. Sign up for an online business account at www.NationalChamberProgram.com/signup. Please reach out to Marilyn hill at 858-352-0446 or firstname.lastname@example.org to see what Office Depot can do for you! There is no cost or obligation to review your options.
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Its Time To Re Think Payroll - We'll Keep You Compliant & Efficient Payroll Vault is re-defining how you think about payroll, which is why we’ve emerged as a national leader in payroll services. Our seasoned experts serve as your ‘internal’ payroll department—fully handling the complex, compliance-driven payroll tasks that take your focus away from running your business. All Chamber Members who sign up receive a $50 discount on set up fees. Please reach out to Elsie Nash at 619-985-4105 or firstname.lastname@example.org to see what Payroll Vault can do for you! There is no cost or obligation to review your options.
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Chamber Business Resources Green Business Program
SDSU Technical Assistance Program
The National City Chamber of Commerce Green Business Program encourages and facilitates energy efficient business practices in National City through education, outreach, networking, marketing, and advocacy. We strive to raise the level of sustainable business practices used by NCCC members and influence a political environment that supports sustainability initiatives, policies, and promotion of “green” businesses. The objective of The National City Chamber of Commerce is to be a one-stop resource for information, education, program participation, and marketing tools to promote green businesses.
This is an ongoing technical assistance program designed to assist women owned, minority owned and other small businesses, as the key target populations. Call (619) 594-3950.
Installation and/or retrofit of energy efficient equipment at no cost/low cost. FREE advertising and promotion for your business. Community recognition of your voluntary efforts to improve our environment. Cost savings through improved efficiency, energy and water. FREE Workshops and Seminars.
Thomas Jefferson School of Law Legal Clinic
The Small Business Law Center (SBLC) will help underserved local businesses and support community economic development in San Diego. The transactional clinic will provide pro bono legal assistance to small businesses and nonprofits in the community. Assistance is offered in: business formation, contract review and negotiation, commercial leasing, subsidized property transactions, nonprofit tax exemption, permitting and licensing, and employment issues. Call (619) 961-4382.
Consulting services that can be provided: - Business Plan Creation - Business Expansion - Market Study - Market Research - Advertising and Promotion - Web Site Development - Search Optimization - Internet Use - Computer Training - Contract Bidding - Time Management Scheduling
- Customer Relations - Cost Analysis and Control - Export/Import - Inventory Control - Special Government Programs - Taxes - Accounting/Bookkeeping - Insurance - Personnel Management Training
The Small Business Development Center delivers management assistance and training to small businesses. Additional on-site resources are also available including a library of guides for various types of businesses. For more information visit online www.sandiegosbdc.org or call (619) 482-6391.
Center for International Trade Development
The San Diego Center for International Trade Development (CITD), hosted by Southwestern College, helps small and medium-sized businesses with international trade. If you're a seasoned import/export pro with a specific issue, or completely new to the expanding world City Manager’s Round Table Wednesdays of exporting, we have an International Trade Specialist who can anOnce a month on the 1st Wednesday at 10am, the City Manager’s swer your questions... for free! Schedule an appointment at office invites the business community to participate in a round Table (619) 482-6393 open forum with all City Department Heads. Those interested in asking questions, addressing their concerns and needs are invited to CA Competes Tax Credit Program participate. Sign up today! The California Competes Tax Credit is an income tax credit available to businesses that want to come to California or stay and grow in SCORE Business Counseling California. Tax credit agreements will be negotiated by GO-Biz and SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to educating approved by a statutorily created “California Competes Tax Credit entrepreneurs and helping small businesses start, grow, and succeed Committee,” consisting of the State Treasurer, the Director of the Denationwide. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business partment of Finance, the Director of GO-Biz, one appointee each by Administration (SBA). SCORE also provides local workshops and the Speaker of the Assembly and Senate Committee on Rules. For events to connect small business owners with the people and informore information visit the CA Competes Website at mation they need to start, grow, and maintain their businesses, as well www.business.ca.gov as online workshops available 24/7. SCORE provides resources, templates and tools to assist entrepreneurs in developing tools and plans TO LEARN MORE CALL OR VISIT US they need to navigate their way to small business success. Available National City Chamber of Commerce at Chamber Office every Wednesday (9am-1pm). Schedule an (619) 477-9339 appointment at (619) 557-7272.
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EMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE FOR VETERANS The America’s Job Center of California have specially-trained staff to ensure veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces receive maximum employment and training opportunities. How do we do this? The South County Career Center – Puts Veterans FIRST ~ Priority Service! Priority Services: As a veteran, you are entitled to receive a Priority in Service, which includes: *Assistance by Veteran Specialists who are dedicated to providing priority employment and training services to Veterans. *A 24-hour “Veterans Only” hold on all new job orders received by the CalJOBS Labor Exchange System. *Placement of qualified veterans' résumés before non-veterans' résumés on job order screens that are viewed by EDD staff or prospective employers. What you should do FIRST: *Enroll in CalJOBS at– http://www.caljobs.ca.gov/ Fill out the Veterans’ Questionnaire form. *Visit the South County Career Center ~ 1111 Bay Blvd. Suite E. Chula Vista, CA. 91911, *Ask to speak with a Veteran Representatives. *Attend one of our Orientation sessions. CONTACT: Enemias Rocha (LVER) Enemias.Rocha@edd.ca.gov (619) 628-0341
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UPCOMING EVENT, DONT MISS OUT!
August 12th, 2017
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NATIONAL CITY COUNCIL VOTES TO HIRE NEW CITY ATTORNEY The National City City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to hire a county counsel from Central California to fill the vacant city attorney seat. The decision followed an April 4 vote by council members during a closed session meeting to offer the job to Angil Morris-Jones. On April 18 it appointed Morris-Jones, who was selected after a statewide search led by Bob Murray & Associates. She will officially start with National City on May 1 with a salary of $200,000. Her contract is for three years through April 30, 2020. “I am excited about the opportunity to serve as legal counsel and look forward to being involved in making a positive difference for the people of National City,” Morris-Jones said in a news release. The position had been filled in by the interim retired City Attorney George Eiser III, while the search was conducted. Eiser was former City Attorney Claudia Silva’s predecessor, having previously served as city attorney for 25 years. Silvia’s position became vacant last fall when she accepted a position as assistant counsel with the county. She had worked at the city since 2005, the last six years as the city attorney, before resigning in October. Morris-Jones comes to National City from Yuba County where she serves as county counsel. Before that, Morris-Jones served in the counsel offices for the counties of El Dorado, Fresno and Merced. She also served as city attorney in Palmdale and Turlock. Morris-Jones earned her juris doctor degree from Loyola University School of Law in Los Angeles. “Our city is very fortunate to be able to find someone with the breadth of experience, knowledge and stability that Ms. Morris-Jones brings to the table,” said Mayor Ron Morrison. Morris-Jones, along with two staff attorneys, will be responsible for advising the City Council, city boards and commissions and city staff. In general, the city attorney’s office provides the services necessary to accomplish the programs of the city’s policy makers, according to legal requirements.
PARADISE CREEK AFFORDABLE HOUSING, NATIONAL CITY -- PHASE I COMPLETED Paradise Creek is the largest and most significant state-funded residential development in National City. Located 5 miles south of San Diego in National City's Westside neighborhood, currently an industrial area surrounded by homes and an elementary school, Paradise Creek is a two-phased, 201-unit affordable family apartment development with area enhancements of the park, trails, bike lanes, pathways and intersection improvements funded by the City of National City. A public-private partnership between Related California, Community HousingWorks and the City of National City, Paradise Creek includes pedestrian walks, picnic areas, play areas, a new public park, intimate plazas and a community center which will incorporate management, leasing and social services offices along with a fitness center, learning/computer center, conference room and recreation room. The first floor (phase I) is fully occupied as of March 2017. The waitlist for phase II is currently closed and will re-open early 2018. Visit http://www.paradisecreekliving.com for more information. National City Chamber News 23
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NATIONAL CITY’S WAR MEMORIAL AND VETERAN'S WALL OF HONOR National City’s War Memorial and Veteran's Wall of Honor ensures that our fallen heroes will forever be remembered not only for their service to our Country, but for their roles in families and our community. For generations to come, visitors to the War Memorial will be inspired by their heroism and devotion to duty, and will be filled with a sense of pride in our community. The community can now purchase commemorative tiles in honor of military veterans. The Veteran's Wall of Honor is located at the corner of 12th Street and D Avenue incorporated with National City's War Memorial. Limited number available- order today! Example: Example:
National City’s War Memorial was dedicated in 1948 and rededicated on December 7, 2015. Located at 12th Street & D Avenue.
$65 for an 8”x 8" tile
$35 for a 4”x 8” tile
For questions contact Lauren Maxilom at (619) 336-4289 or email LMaxilom@nationalcityca.gov
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CONSERVATION HEROES WANTED $10,000 GRANT UP FOR GRABS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL NONPROFIT Do you know someone planting a community garden, organizing beach and trail cleanups, or being a community advocate for open spaces? Cox Communications and The Trust for Public Land want to help San Diegans recognize their conservation heroes who are volunteering their time to create, preserve and protect our region’s outdoor spaces and natural habitats for all to enjoy. Nominate your volunteer for the Cox Conserves Heroes Award from April 24 through May 12 at coxconservesheroes.com. Your hero could be named California’s Cox Conserves Hero and receive $10,000 to donate to his or her favorite environmental nonprofit. 24 SPRING 2017
CINCO de mayo at petco park PARK 05/05/17 AT PETCO
Padres vs dodgers 7:10 P.M. Join us FOR A PRE GAME FIESTA WITH food and beverage specials, music, dancing and much more!
Featuring the winner of the National City Chamber of Commerce Mariachi Festival. Visit Padres.com to get your tickets today National City Chamber News 25
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NASSCO AWARDED $22.7 MILLION NAVY CONTRACT The U.S. Navy awarded General Dynamics NASSCO a $22.7 million deal to perform dry dock work on the Freedom-class littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth, which is based in San Diego. Work is set to be complete by November. The Navy’s Southwest Regional Maintenance Center awarded the contract, which the Pentagon announced April 13. Littoral combat ships are small ships that carry modular mission packages adapted to antisubmarine warfare, mines countermeasures or surface warfare. There are two types of littoral combat ships; the Freedom design has a single hull. General Dynamics (NYSE: GD)’s NASSCO facility is the largest of the Barrio Logan shipyards. In addition to ship repair, NASSCO builds ships.
SAN DIEGO’S LARGEST IT EVENT IS MAY 11 AT PETCO PARK Join San Diego’s IT leaders at the Top Tech Exec Awards. Celebrating the 10 year anniversary, the Top Tech Exec Awards honor outstanding information technology executives who work in San Diego, as nominated by their peers and clients. Nominees and honorees will be recognized on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at Petco Park. Tickets to the event include live entertainment, interactive games, heavy hors d’oeuvres, hosted craft beer and other beverages and much more. Get your tickets today at http://bit.ly/toptechregistration.
SAN DIEGO COUNTY REGIONAL AIRPORT AUTHORITY ANNOUNCED IT HAS HIRED A NEW PRESIDENT & CEO The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority announced it has hired a new president and CEO from a similar but smaller California airport, Mineta San Jose International Airport. Kimberly J. Becker, who has risen through the ranks at the Silicon Valley airport since 1995, will start work in San Diego on May 1. Her salary will be $280,000. “I’m absolutely honored to be part of this organization,” she said. “I find the similarities between San Jose and San Diego pretty stunning.” Becker, 53, will be the authority’s second president. She called her predecessor Thella Bowens, who will retire March 31 after nearly 21 years, “an incredible, remarkable leader” and praised the airport’s strategic plan. “Succeeding her allows me to leverage all that I have done in San Jose and to build on a very solid foundation,” Becker said. San Diego is the nation’s busiest single-runway airport and last year saw total passenger volume increase to a record 20 million. Becker will join the Airport Authority as it is aggressively adding new nonstop air service, building a new Customs and Border Protection facility to accommodate rapid growth of international arrivals, and planning the replacement of 50-year-old Terminal 1. 26 SPRING 2017
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Airport Authority Board Chair April Boling said Becker was chosen following input from local business and community leaders and an extensive industry search. “We are delighted to have recruited Kim, whose proven leadership capabilities and collaborative style will allow our agile, high-performing team to take SAN to the next level,” Boling said. Becker has also worked at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey and Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport. She earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and an MBA in Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
ROBERT “DUKIE” VALDERRAMA HONORED WITH LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FROM BARRIO STATION In presenting the award at the organization’s 47th Anniversary Benefit Dinner, Barrio Station executive director Rachael Ortiz praised Chairman Valderrama for his years of support for Barrio Logan and his lifelong dedication to the economic advancement of his hometown, National City. Ortiz credited Valderrama with working to reroute commercial and industrial truck traffic from the Port’s Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal away from residential streets in Barrio Logan, and for supporting improvements at the Port’s Cesar Chavez Park, which is enjoyed by Barrio children and adults. “Family and community are the two most important things to me. In making decisions on Port projects and programs, I always consider how those who live, work and play on and near Port tidelands will be affected. I am humbled by this honor and will continue to advocate for the best interests of the people I serve,” said Chairman Valderrama. “Chairman Valderrama is very deserving of this honor from Barrio Station. As the most veteran member of our Board of Port Commissioners, his people-first approach has been a great benefit to Barrio Logan and National City, and is reflected in the culture of the Port as well,” said Randa Coniglio, Port of San Diego CEO. “Chairman Valderrama is a highly respected leader who brings a valuable Latino perspective to the Board of Port Commissioners on issues related to waterfront neighborhoods and cultural appreciation,” said Ortiz. “As a member of the Portillos, National City’s largest family, Dukie’s roots along with his hard work, are important community assets.” Chairman Valderrama, accompanied by several members of his family, accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award before an audience of local community and business leaders on March 2, 2017 at the Barrio Station Theater. Recent Port improvements to Cesar Chavez Park and the adjacent pier include the installation of tables, chairs, benches and shade structures, along with new, high mast lighting for added security. With community input obtained through extensive public outreach, the design and color scheme of the elements were chosen to coordinate with nearby Chicano Park. Barrio Station is a grassroots community-based nonprofit organization created in 1970 as an after school “safe haven” for the high risk youth of Logan Heights and neighboring communities in San Diego. Congratulations Dukie!
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SAN YSIDRO HEALTH CENTER'S SOUTH BAY FAMILY HEALTH AND DENTAL CENTER RIBBON CUTTING - 02/04/17 The grand opening of the San Ysidro Health Center’s newest addition to the family of community health centers took place. We are proud to invest in National City and offer compassionate, high quality medical and dental services in this state of the art and innovative facility. The ribbon cutting was attended by the mayor of National City, Mr. Ron Morrison, Council Member Mona Rios, Mr. Daniel Hernandez Marketing Director of the San Ysidro Health Centers, Mr. Brian Clapper Chair of the National City Chamber of Commerce and Jacqueline Reynoso, President/CEO of the national City Chamber of Commerce. There was a Mariachi group with live music to entertain the visitors and an attractive buffet breakfast was served to delight all attendees. The new facility is located at 330 & 340 East 8th Street, National City, CA 91950.
REFUGIO MUSIC RIBBON CUTTING - 02/11/17 On Saturday, February 11th, 2017, Refugio Music opened its doors to the National City and San Diego South Bay communities as a place where young music students can learn music in a unique setting and where musicians can record their creations. Refugio Music is a creative hub for upcoming artists, grassroots musicians and leaders that are using their talent to fulfill their dreams and to inspire many others. The festive event was highlighted with performances by Israel Maldonado, Gabriela y la Buena Onda y Poezia. There was a unique art show for the event with paintings by Mario Torero, Ricardo Islas, Chican@ Art Gallery’s Cesar Castaneda, Wero, Nathan Lou, Albert Songalia and Semilla Luna. The event was attended by Councilmember Mona Rios, Councilmember Alejandra Sotelo-Solis, Mr. Brian Clapper Chair of the National City Chamber of Commerce and Jacqueline Reynoso President/CEO of the National City Chamber of Commerce Visit refugio Music at 1633 Hoover Avenue, National City, CA 91950 or contact them at (239) 247-9454.
NATIONAL CITY CENTER FOR BUSINESS ADVANCEMENT RIBBON CUTTING 02/24/17 Local businesses now only need to knock on one door to find the services, expertise and resources they need to grow and thrive. The new Center for Business Advancement officially opened its doors with a ceremonial ribbon cutting on Friday, Feb. 24 at the Higher Education Center at National City. “The academic programs and the community services we offer here in National City are truly unique,” said Vice President of Academic Affairs Kathy Tyner. “And now we have created a real hub by putting together—under one roof—all the resources small business owners need to grow their businesses.” 28 SPRING 2017
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This hub brings together four business service organizations to better provide support to small businesses that help them achieve success and stimulate the local and regional economy. The Center for Business Advancement is comprised of the San Diego Center for International Trade Development (CITD), the San Diego Contracting Opportunities Center (SDCOC), the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the South San Diego Small Business Development Center. The CITD helps businesses connect to a global economy through resources that help with international trade and partnerships. The SDCOC helps small businesses gain coveted and lucrative government contracts. The SBDC and the South San Diego SBDC’s professional advisors focus on businesses’ individual needs and offer personalized consulting. Through each of these organizations, small business owners can receive one-on-one counseling, training, attend workshops and access capital that help their small businesses thrive. Joining the Center for Business Advancement at the celebration were members of the campus community, successful local businesses helped by the center and South Bay leaders, including National City Mayor Ron Morrison National City Councilwoman Mona Rios and Congressman Juan Vargas. For more information, visit: www.swccd.edu/businessdevelopment
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY'S RE STORE RIBBON CUTTING - 03/25/17 Habitat for Humanity's discount home improvement centers feature a wide array of building materials and home furnishings for sale - with new inventory daily! Purchases support Habitat’s affordable homeownership programs right here in San Diego County. Congratulations to Habitat for Humanity on their Grand Opening of their new Re-store in National City! Support the store that builds homes and hope. Visit their shop at 310 National City Blvd., National City, CA 91950 or call them at 619-516-5267.
CC & J CARGO INTERNATIONAL RIBBON CUTTING - 04/08/17 On Saturday, April 8th, 2017 CC & Cargo International hosted their grand opening and ribbon cutting and opened its doors to National City, offering the services of rental of party tables and chairs, and transportation logistics. They hosted future customers, family, friends, National City Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and staff. • Party Rentals: Tables & Chairs • Door to Door: Cargo from U.S. to Philippines CC & J Cargo International is located at 340 east Plaza Blvd., National City, CA 91950 and can be reached at (619)434-8223.
Contact the National City Chamber of Commerce at (619) 477-9339, to inquire about arranging your ribbon cutting / grand opening ceremony today! National City Chamber News 29
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107TH ANNUAL INSTALLATION DINNER - "HAVANA NIGHTS" JANUARY 27, 2017 No passports were needed to enjoy the 107th Annual Installation Dinner "Havana Nights" themed celebration. This is the Chamber’s foremost occasion to dine with local business leaders and visionaries and to celebrate our incoming Board of Directors. Businesses, organizations, and individuals were also recognized for their contributions and efforts to National City. This year's winners wereBusiness of the Year, Community Leader Award, Green Business of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Award and Volunteer of the Year.
SOUTH BAY SUSTAINABILITY FAIR (Q1) - FEBRUARY 16, 2017 National City Chamber of Commerce is excited to have hosted the first ever quarterly regional South Bay Sustainability Fair on February 16, 2017 at the National City Chamber of Commerce courtyard and conference room. The free public event hosted 23 organizations ranging from non-profits, government agencies, vendors, and other related organizations promoting programs, products, and services that support sustainability. The main areas of focus at the fair included energy efficiency, water conservation, alternative transportation, waste diversion, renewable energy and healthy living. If you weren’t able to make it to the inaugural event in February the next South Bay Sustainability Fair is scheduled for June 10, 2017 from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. See you there!
PORT OF SAN DIEGO CELEBRATES THE ARTS AT THE NEW AQUATIC CENTER - FEBRUARY 25, 2017 The Port of San Diego welcomed the public to celebrate the arts, including the newly-installed Sea Dragon sculpture, at a free special event on Saturday, February 25, 2017. The family-friendly festivities featured live dance and musical performances, free food and refreshments, giveaways, activities for kids, and views of the San Diego Bay. Sea Dragon was originally created by artist Deana Mando for the Port’s “Urban Trees 3” exhibition in 2006 and later purchased by the Port for its Tidelands Collection. Restored to like-new condition, the 17-foottall Sea Dragon will now engage visitors at the National City Aquatic Center from its location near the facility’s boat ramp and the National City Marina.
5TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL MARIACHI FESTIVAL - MARCH 12, 2017 Over 20,000 people celebrated the fifth Annual International Mariachi Festival at Pepper Park in National City, on Sunday, March 12. Festival attendees were able to enjoy over 75 stands of art and food, mariachi music, live entertainment, and different activities for people of all ages including a children’s zone and a beer garden. The children’s activities included a large inflatable rock climbing wall, face painting, and arts and crafts. Adults 30 SPRING 2017
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over 21 years old were able to enjoy the festival view from a beverage garden top deck. The festival also featured professional mariachi bands including Javier Rodriguez and Mariachi Los Reyes, Mariachi de Sol America Guadalajara, and Mariachi Aztlan. The National City Chamber of Commerce and other organizations like the Mariachi Scholarship Foundation, and the Port of San Diego organized this event.
WELCOME RECEPTION FOR PORT CHAIRMAN ROBERT VALDERRAMA MARCH 16, 2017 The National City Chamber of Commerce and the South County Economic Development Council congratulated the new Port of San Diego Chairman, National City's own, Robert "Dukie" Valderrama, with a welcome reception. Valderrama has been heralded by his colleagues, friends and community leaders as having endless energy and passion for his job, career, family and his community. We look forward to his leadership at the Port of San Diego.
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Upcoming Event Calendar
NATIONAL CITY CHAMBER Business Rendezvous Gruop 1st & 3rd Thursday’s of every month (11:45am-1:15pm)
To provide a consistent and meaningful networking event during the business day where networking-minded business professionals can gather, share their company’s competitive advantages, build valuable relationships and create opportunities to grow their business. Location: National City Chamber of Commerce (conference room) (901 National City Blvd, National City, CA 91950) RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Ambassador Committee Meeting 2nd Wednesday of every month (11:30am - 12:30pm)
It is the mission of the National City Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Program to promote member commitment and retention by: Raising awareness of Chamber activities and benefits, Informing and involving new Chamber members to promote strong continuing membership, Encouraging meaningful and beneficial participation in the Chamber's programs, Serving as a liaison between the Chamber staff and membership. Location: National City Chamber of Commerce (conference room) www.nationalcitychamber.org
South Bay Sustainability Fair June 10, 2017 (11:00am - 4:00pm)
The National City Chamber of Commerce is excited to host the quarterly regional South Bay Sustainability Fair! This free public event will host non-profits, government agencies, vendors, and related organizations promoting education, products, and services that support sustainability. If you have any interest in energy efficiency, water conservation, alternative transportation, waste diversion, and healthy living then this is the fair for you! Location: National City Chamber of Commerce 901 National City Blvd., National City, CA 91950 www.southbaysustainabilityfair.com
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9th Annual National City Chamber Golf Tournament Monday July 10, 2017 (12:00pm to 6:00pm)
Since 2009, the Chamber has held an annual golf tournament in memory of Kile Morgan, the city’s five-term mayor (1966-86) and remarkable civic leader who was instrumental in the Chamber’s development, including construction of its current headquarters. This is a great opportunity to play golf with other business entrepreneurs in the National City community and network at the same time. Location: Coronado Municipal Golf Course 2000 Visalia Row, Coronado, CA 92118 www.nationalcitychamber.org
26th Annual Automobile Heritage Festival and Car Show Saturday, August 12, 2017 from 10:00am to 3:00pm
Each summer, approximately 200 entrants display their custom cars at Kimball Park and compete for awards in various classes ranging from Turn of the Century production cars to classics, muscle cars and Motorcycles. Great food and live music help energize the event, which is free for spectators. (There is an entry fee for those displaying their cars and motorcycles.) Location: Kimball Park, National City 12th Street and D street in National City, CA 91950 www.nationalcitychamber.org
2017 Breakfast Series
Educational Speakers, Networking, and Access to Local Leaders Held Last Thursday of Every Other Month at 8:00 am Next breakfast: June 2017 Location: Paradise Village (2700 E 4th Street, National City) FOR ALL EVENT RESERVATIONS email@example.com / (619) 477-9339
CORPORATE DIAMOND CIRCLE City of National City Ron Morrison, Mayor 1243 National City Blvd. National City, CA 91950 (619) 336-4240
COX Communications Adriana Mendoza 5159 Federal Blvd. San Diego, CA 92105 (619) 262-1122
Westfield Plaza Bonita Damien Osip 3030 Plaza Bonita Rd., #2075 National City, CA 91950 (619) 267-2850
Hollywood Casino-Jamul, San Diego Ramon Natarajan 14145 Campo Rd, Jamul, CA 91935 (619) 315-2250
G8 Development Philip Chodur 7626 El Cajon Blvd. La Mesa, CA 91942 (619) 823-3402
Mile of Cars Association Leslie Larranaga-Britt 10601 Tierrasanta Blvd #308 San Diego, CA 92124 (858) 384-6565 National City Tourism Marketing District Jacqueline L. Reynoso 901 National City Blvd National City, CA 91950 (619) 470-4115 San Diego Unified Port District Randa Coniglio P. O. Box 120488 San Diego, CA 92112 (619) 686-6200
Greenwood Memorial Park Cathy Fiorelli 4300 Imperial Ave San Diego, CA 92113 (619) 264-3131 Marine Group Boat Works Todd Roberts 1313 Bay Marina Dr. National City, CA 91950 (619) 427-6767 Miller Marine Edward W. Senter, Jr. 2275 Manya St San Diego, CA 92154 (619) 791-1500 x202
American Medical Response Michael Murphy 8808 Balboa Ave. Ste 150 San Diego, CA 92123 (858) 492-3500 Ball Automotive Group John Ball 1935 National City Blvd. National City, CA 91950 (619) 263-2035 Best Western Plus Marina Gateway Edgar Santos 800 Bay Marina Dr. National City, CA 91950 (619) 259-2800
Big Ben Specialty Market Naseem Salem 108 E. 8th St. National City, CA 91950 Neighborhood National Bank (619) 477-1015 Dan Yates 1717 Sweetwater Rd., #B Brickrow Group National City, CA 91950 Super Shuttle SD Adriana Ladd (619) 789-4400 Angela Vereen 2434 Southport Way Suite A 123 Camino de La Reina #200 National City, CA 91950 Paradise Village San Diego, CA 92103 (619) 477-3133 Bill Lawson (619) 564-7900 2700 E 4th St. Castle Manor Nursing & National City, CA 91950 PLATINUM CIRCLE Rehab (619) 475-5040 EDCO Waste & Recycling Marissa Padilla Services 541 V Ave Pasha Automotive Services John Snyder National City, CA 91950 John Pasha 6670 Federal Blvd. (619) 791-7900 1309 Bay Marina Dr Lemon Grove, CA 91945 National City, CA 91950 (619) 474-8855 Centro Apartments (619) 419-1200 Anna Correa Paradise Valley Hospital 45 E 12th St. Pure Water Technology of SD National City, CA 91950 Octavio Aguirre Tina Scherr 2400 E 4th St. (619) 477-0613 4683 Mission Gorge Pl. National City, CA 91950 San Diego, CA 92120 (619) 470-4115 Clarion Hotel National City (619) 564-8500 Paul Herrmann San Diego Gas & Electric 700 National City Blvd. Ron Baker Chevrolet Vanessa Mapula Garcia National City, CA 91950 8330 Century Park Ct., CP11D Bill Cumming (619) 474-2800 2301 National City Blvd. San Diego, CA 92123 National City, CA 91950 (858) 654-1211 Coastal Front Properties (619) 477-2163 Stacy Fuerte GOLD CIRCLE 3035 E. 8th St. Southwest Airlines A K B Solutions National City, CA 91950 Lidia Martinez Gabriel I. Collignon (619) 434 -7970 500 W Harbor Dr., #411 1041 Market St. # 178 San Diego, CA 92101 San Diego, CA 92101 Epsilon Systems Solutions Inc. (866) 271-8495 (619) 646-7329 Dan Dufresne 2101-A Haffley Ave. ACME Safety and Supply Corp Sycuan Tribal Development National City, CA 91950 Corporation Candace Friedman (619) 702-1700 Michael Rookus 1616 West Ave. 5469 Casino Way National City, CA 91950 Express/Champion Floor El Cajon, CA 92019 (619) 299-5100 Service (619) 445-6002 Steve Foronda Ambree Backflow Services P O Box 600283 Wal-Mart #5023 Pat Ambre San Diego, CA 92160 Felix Silva 2005 Highland Ave. Ste. 20 (619) 461-4225 1200 Highland Ave. National City, CA 91950 National City, CA 91950 (619) 419-6801 (619) 336-0395
NATIONAL CITY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Frank Hyundai-SubaruToyota Gary Fenelli 2400 National City Blvd National City, CA 91950 (619) 474-5573 Freddy's Frozen Custurd & Steakburgers Abdullah Abdullah 327 Mile of Cars Way National City, CA 91950 (619) 434-5649 Funeraria Del Angel BergeRoberts Jeffrey Cruz 607 National City Blvd. National City, CA 91950 (619) 474-6565 HG Fenton Company Cory LaShell 400 Mile of Cars Way, #D National City, CA 91950 (619) 262-5666 Holiday Inn Express So SD So NC Rose Fierro 1645 E Plaza Blvd National City, CA 91950 (619) 262-5666 Holiday Inn Express So SD So CV Kathleen Williams 632 E St. Chula Vista, CA 91910 (619) 426-2500 Hometown Buffet Lisa Wahl 1135 Highland Ave. National City, CA 91950 (619) 477-7990 Howard Johnson Express Ramesh Patel 521 Roosevelt Ave National City, CA 91950 (619) 474-6517 J & S Investments Jess Van Deventer 125 E 17th St. National City, CA 91950 (619) 477-6516 KMEA Leigh Comstock 2423 Hoover Ave National City, CA91950 (619) 399-5900 MAAC Arnulfo Manriquez 1355 3rd Ave. Chula Vista, CA 91911 (619) 426-3595 Mossy Nissan Philip E. Mossy 2700 National City Blvd. National City, CA 91950 (619) 474-7011
NAPA Auto Parts John Hartman 1810 Highland Ave. National City, CA 91950 (619) 474-4601 National City Motel Rupal Patel 510 National Cit Blvd National City, CA 91950 (619) 477-1673 National City Swap Meet Terry G. Derr 3201 “D” Ave. National City, CA 91950 (619) 477-2203 Navy Federal Credit Union Esther Basa 1727 Sweetwater Rd., #H National City, CA 91950 (619) 477-3005 Office Depot Mark Mattias 3430 Highland Ave. National City, CA 91950 (619) 422-6155 Perry Ford of National City Perry Falk 2050 National City Blvd. National City, CA 91950 (619) 477-2711 Pier 32 Marina Greg Boeh 3201 Marina Way National City, CA 91950 (619) 477-3232 Ranch House Liquor LLC, Inc Monthir (Mike) Hermiz 404 Palm Ave. National City, CA 91950 (619) 474-3000 Rodeway Inn Mike Patel 607 Roosevelt Ave National City, CA 91950 (619) 477-7502 Sam's Club Victor Aguilar 6336 College Grove Way San Diego, CA 92115 (619) 551-6202 San Diego Cold Storage Frank Plant 1240 W. 28th St. National City, CA 91950 (619) 474-6525 San Diego Padres Veronica Nogueria 100 Park Blvd. San Diego, CA 92101 (619) 795-5195 Southwestern College Kindred Murillo 900 Otay Lakes Rd. Chula Vista, CA 91910 (619) 421-6700
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Sudberry Properties, Inc Colton Sudberry 5465 Morehouse Dr, Ste 260 San Diego, CA 92121 (858) 546-3000
Union Bank Rafael Flores 22 E. 8th St. National City, CA 91950 (619) 336-2000
Sweetwater Authority Jim Smyth 505 Garrett Ave. Chula Vista, CA 91910 (619) 420-1413
USE Credit Union Vicki Lisama 10120 Pacific Heights Blvd. San Diego, CA 92121 (619) 602-6763
Sweetwater Crossing Shopping Center Sandra J. Dellibovi Sweetwater & 805 Freeway National City, CA 91950 (619) 780-0101
Vibra Bank Frank Mercadante 530 Broadway Chula Vista, CA 91910 (619) 422-5300
TDK- Lambda Americas Inc. Lynette Delos Santos 401 Mile of Cars Way, # 325 National City, CA 91950 (619) 628-2803
Westcott Mazda/KIA Kam Firozie 2800 National City Blvd. National City, CA 91950 (619) 474-1591
Wrigley's Supermarket Amer Arabo 34 N Euclid Ave. National City, CA 91950 (619) 264-4444
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Reve Productions David Alcaraz 2049 Clearwater Pl Chula Vista, CA 91913 (619) 410-2230 Join Date: 11/28/16
San Diego Flood Restoration Tom Frederick 826 Orange Ave Coronado, CA 92118 (619) 846-4902 Join Date: 12/28/2016
Refugio Music Fabio Rojas 1633 Hoover Ave National City, CA 91950 (239) 247-9454 Join Date: 12/6/16
Tacos El Chilango Juan Romo 2515 Sweetwater Rd #70 Spring Valley, CA 91977 (619) 386-3460 Join Date: 1/11/17
Millennial Print Services Shannon McCarthy Del Rio 713 South Fickett St Los Angeles, CA 90023 (323) 490-0415 Join Date: 2/24/17 Sam's Club Victor Aguilar 6336 College Grove Way San Diego, CA 92115 (619) 551-6202 Join Date: 3/4/17
Gatsby by the Bay Lana Burke 8885 Rio San Diego Dr #237 San Diego, CA 92128 (619) 863-4588 Join Date: 12/8/2016
Fun Stuff Too Connie Clem 8621 Hickory Dr California City, CA 93505 (240) 626-6291 Join Date: 1/20/17
Ranch House Liquor LLC Inc Monthir (Mike) Hermiz 404 Palm Ave National City, CA 91950 (619) 474-3000 Join Date: 3/9/17
Hollywood Casino Jamul-San Diego Ramon Natarajan 14145 Campo Rd Jamul, CA 91935 (619) 315-2250 Join Date: 12/13/16
A P S Roofing Pedro Mendez 1714 E 11 St National City, CA 91950 (858) 276-7323 Join Date: 1/23/17
Granite Escrow + Settlement Services San Diego Christian O'Shea 3838 Camino Del Rio N #210 San Diego, CA 92108 (619) 640-0110 Join Date: 12/14/16
TapSnap Tonie Andrade 447 Coast Hills Dr Chula Vista, CA 91914 (619) 762-0140 Join Date: 1/24/2017
Inner City Recovery Home for Women Ana Gomez 484 Parkbrook Spring Valley, CA 91977 (619) 638-9573 Join Date: 3/23/17 Harris & Associates Alex Yescas (No address on file) 619-236-1778 Join Date: 3/23/2017
Payroll Vault Elsie Nash 750 Otay Lakes Rd #254 Chula Vista, CA 91910 (619) 985-4105 Join Date: 2/1/2017
Gregg Gumbayan Insurance Agency Gregg Gumbayan (No address on file) 619-470-0988 Join Date: 3/23/17
Synergy One Lending Alfredo Covarrubias 2127 Olympic Pkwy #1006-119 Chula Vista, CA 91915 (619) 210-5658 Join Date: 12/16/16
Indoff Incorporation Steve Bloom 230 Glover Ave Ste J Chula Vista, CA 91910 (619) 241-3771 Join Date: 2/10/17
Pho 7 Cow Tu Nguye 1025 Highland Ave National City, CA 91950 (619) 512-1549 Join Date: 4/3/17
Century 21 Award Luz Magdalena 860 Kuhn Dr #200 Chula Vista, CA 91914 619-651-5280 Join Date: 12/16/16
Cyber Warfare Institute LLC Jaja O'Neil 3007 Logan Ave San Diego, CA 92113 (619) 753-2569 Join Date: 2/16/2017
T.H.S.D.,Inc. Gregory Paramore 2251 San Diego Avenue Ste. A-100 San Diego, CA 92110 (619) 635-8477 Join Date: 4/5/17
State Farm Joaquin Serna-Gomez 6119 Lake Murray Blvd La Mesa, CA 91942 (619) 303-7786 Join Date: 12/16/16
CC & J Cargo Cheryl Olivar 3403 East Plaza Blvd National City, CA 91950 (619) 306-6218 Join Date: 4/6/17 SDMAC Randy Bogle 409 Camino del Rio South San Diego, CA 92108 (619) 299-3762 Join Date: 4/6/17 ULG Marine Priscilla Barr 1428 McKinley Ave. National City, CA 91950 (619) 309-1661 Join Date: 4/13/17 Smart Art International Frank Rakovic 337 2nd St National City, CA 91950 (619) 581-9651 Join Date: 4/19/17 A & S Catering & BBQ Anthony Andrews 1158 Main St Ramona, CA 92065 (760) 214-4149 Join Date: 4/24/2017
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NATIONAL CITY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE As a Chamber Member we invite you to get involved with one or more active committees. We are constantly seeking volunteers to assist with community events.
Business and Membership Development Committee The Business and Membership Development Committee is responsible for building and sustaining a strong, pro-active membership organization, providing financial assets to support programs and initiatives necessary to ensure the Chamber continues to be a leading advocate for businesses. This committee works corroboratively with the City of National City, National City Chamber of Commerce Visitor Information Center and other community partners to foster a healthy business environment by marketing the Chamber of Commerce services, promoting members and community assets. Chair: Paul Robinson, CPP Printing and Direct Mail Marketing
Economic Development Committee
The Economic Development Committee of the National City Chamber of Commerce focuses on promoting economic development in National City through the development and implementation of projects, programs, and policies that stimulate economic growth and prosperity, enhance community development initiatives, leading to improved quality of life. This committee is the legislative and regulatory advocate for businesses at the local, state, and federal levels. The Committee reviews legislation, supports pro-business policies and actively represents Chamber members. Chair: Ivan Arabo, Wrigley's Supermarket Co-Chair: Nick Inzunza, Beautiful National City Meets Second Thursdays (8am-9am).
The National City Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee maintains oversight of the Chamber’s finances, execution of Chamber Policies, member services, products and programs, and oversees the performance of the chief executive officer.
Chamber Conference Room & Courtyard If you are interested in using the National City Chamber Conference Room or Courtyard for your business meeting, workshops, or private reception please contact the National City Chamber office at (619) 477-9339 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Special rates apply to Chamber members. The NCCC Conference Room hosts:
Chair: Brian Clapper, National School Board
100 person capacity/36 with conference table set-up
Meets Second Fridays (11am-12pm).
Professional conference table and seating
Available on weekdays and weekends
Special Event Committees
The Special Event Committees of the National City Chamber of Commerce are tasked with organizing the Chamber’s annual events including Automobile Heritage Day, Career Pathways Job Fair, Golf Tournament, Salute to Navy Luncheon, International Mariachi Festival, Bayside Brew & Spirits Festival, and the Annual Installation and Awards Dinner.
Held third Tuesdays (8am-9:30am)
It is the mission of the National City Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Program to promote member commitment and retention by raising awareness of Chamber activities and benefits; Informing and involving new Chamber members to promote strong continuing membership. Contact us to get involved (619) 477-9339.