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Official Publication of the National City Chamber of Commerce

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.

End-of-Year Checklist for Business Owners The final homestretch is a busy time of the year for the small business owner, with your time pulled between trying to meet end of year sales goals and closing out Q4 projects to holiday planning and parties. However, it’s also a critical time of year for wrapping up any legal loose ends associated with your business. There are a couple of steps to take to make sure your business is legally fit for 2014. By doing so, you’ll be making sure your business gets the right start in the New Year, and you won’t end up paying extra in administrative fees and fines. Here’s what you need to consider before the calendar hits 2014: 1. Incorporate or change your business structure If you’re like many small businesses you may have started as a sole proprietorship or partnership. But many businesses eventually outgrow these business structures. If your business is not incorporated, you may want to incorporate (either by forming an S Corp or LLC) to shelter your personal assets and perhaps give you more flexibility and cost savings when it comes to your taxes. 2. Close any inactive businesses If you’ve ever registered a business with the state and are no longer operating it, you need to file a formal termination with the state as soon as possible. Why? Until that paperwork is in, you’re still going to be charged for any fees associated with the business, you’ll need to file an annual report, as well as submit any tax returns. 3. Hold an annual meeting for your Corporation or LLC If you’ve gone through the work to incorporate your business, make sure

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or LLC this year, be sure to get one in before the end of the year. Along with the meeting, you’ll need to generate written minutes/resolutions to be signed by the shareholders (Corporation) or members (LLC). If this will be your first meeting, you can find free meeting minutes online to use as a starting point. 4. File an “Articles of Amendment” to record any company changes If you made any changes to your business (for example, if you changed your business address, dropped the .com from your official company name, authorized more shares, or a board member left), you’ll need to file an official notification with your state. 5. Review your estimated tax payments for 2013 Now that we’re nearing the end point of the year, review what your business has made year to date and assess your estimated tax payments to avoid underpayments or overpayments. You’ll want to adjust your final 2013 payment (which is due Jan 15, 2014) as needed. And, if you have not done so already, take advantage of the state enterprise zone tax credits. (Read more, page 4 ) The next month will be busy, but set aside some time to address these legal obligations. It will help you save money in fees and penalties moving forward. And what better gift could you give your business than a fresh start for the New Year?

2013 BOARD OF DIRECTORS Officers Board Chairman Jess Van Deventer Economic Development J&S Investments 125 E. 17th Street, NC jessvan@pacbell.net 619-477-6516

Past Chairman Robert "Dukie" Valderrama Economic Development Port of San Diego PO Box 120488, SD dukieval@aol.com 858-558-6622

Board Vice Chairman John Snyder Golf Tournament Chair EDCO Disposal Co. 6670 Federal Blvd, LG jsnyder@edcodisposal.com

Treasurer Luisa McCarthy La Vista Memorial Park 3191 Orange St, NC lmccarthy@lavistamemorialpark.com (619) 475-7770

619-921-2602

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Executive Member Christine Perri Economic Development Southwestern College 880 National City Blvd, NC cperri@swccd.edu 619-216-6668

Emeritus Past President Melyn Acasio Seacoast Commerce Bank 678 3rd Ave. Ste 101, CV macasio@sccombank.com (619) 409-5702

Director R. Daniel Hernandez La Maestra Community Health Centers 4060 Fairmount Ave San Diego, CA 92105 rdaniel@imagerympr.com (619) 864-6505

Director Marcus Bush SANDAG 2360 Euclid Ave #12 National City, CA 91950 mbush619@yahoo.com (619) 632-7884


Director Gary Fenelli Automobile Heritage Day Frank Motors 2400 National City Blvd, NC gfenelli@frankmotors.com 619-474-5573

Directors

Director Paul Robinson CPP Printing & Direct Mail Marketing 100 W 35th St Ste B National City, CA 91950 paul_r@copypostprinting.com (619) 425-1999

Director Glenn Loader Glenn’s Body Shop on the Mile 2855 “A” Ave, NC glenn@glennsbodyshop.com 619-477-2639

Director Brian Clapper National School Board 113 N. Belmont Ave National City, CA 91950 brnclppr@yahoo.com (619) 962-9950

Director Neerav Jadeja Paradise Valley Hospital 2400 E. 4th Street

Director Nathen Triplett Wells Fargo nathen.j.triplett@wellsfargo.com

National City, CA. 91950 NJadeja@primehealthcare.com (619) 470-4115

(619) 890-2966

Director Tim Moynahan Moynahan Towing 3200 National City Blvd, NC moynahantowing@cox.net 619-477-9362

Director Richard Velasquez Union Bank 22 E 8th St National City, CA 91950 richard.velasquez@unionbank.com (619) 336-2000

Director Felix Silva Wal-Mart 1200 Highland Ave, NC fdsilva09@gmail.com 619-336-0395

Director Claudia Valenzuela San Diego Gas & Electric 8330 Century Park CP31D, SD cvalenzuela@semprautilities.com 858-654-8307 Director Ivan Arabo Wrigley’s Supermarket 342 N Euclid Ave, NC wrigleysmarket@aol.com (619) 889-0705

NCCC Staff

Jacqueline L. Reynoso President/CEO 901 National City Blvd. National City, CA 91950 (619) 477-9339 Cell: (619) 890-6614 reynoso@nationalcitychamber.org

Irma Islas Membership Services 901 National City Blvd. National City, CA 91950 (619) 477-9339 irma@nationalcitychamber.org

Martha Bolaños Office Manager 901 National City Blvd. National City, CA 91950 (619) 477-9339 Cell: (619) 942-0721 Bolanos@nationalcitychamber.org

Stephannie Casas Administrative Assistant 901 National City Blvd. National City, CA 91950 (619) 477-9339 casas@nationalcitychamber.org

Armando Rodriguez Marketing Director 901 National City Blvd. National City, CA 91950 (619) 477-9339 rodriguez@nationalcitychamber.org National City Chamber News 3


PUBLIC

Policy

STATE TAX CREDIT PROGRAMS – MUST READ! CURRENT CALIFORNIA STATE EZ PROGRAM – Effective through December 31, 2013 • More than $36,000 over five years in hiring tax credits for each qualified employee hired. • Sales and Use tax credits on purchases of qualified machinery and parts (phone equipment, fax machines, printers, manufacturing equipment, etc.) • Accelerated expensing of certain depreciable property. • Up to 100% Net Operating Loss deduction and 15 year carry-forward. • Application of unused tax credits to future tax years. • Net Interest deduction for Zone business lenders. • Eligibility - Businesses must be located within the boundaries of the Enterprise Zone. WIND-DOWN OF EXISTING ENTERPRISE ZONE PROGRAM- Effective Immediately • All EZ credits, including the hiring credits, sales/use tax credits, NOL carryover, business expensing and net interest deduction are repealed effective Jan. 1, 2014. • Businesses have 10 years to claim any unused EZ credits. Or, put another way, you have 10 years to use what you’ve earned before 2014, but you can’t continue to earn new credits after 1/1/2014. • Note: If you have hired a new employee who might quality for the EZ hiring tax credit, and you have not yet obtained a voucher certificate from the City of San Diego for that hire, you should seek such certificate immediately. CONTACT: Kevin Sullivan, San Diego Regional Enterprise Zone (SDREZ) Manager, Ph: 619-533-5954 Email: ksullivan@sandiego.gov THREE REPLACEMENT PROGRAMS – Effective January 1, 2014 These three programs are legislated in State Assembly Bill 93 and State Senate Bill 90. NEW HIRING TAX CREDIT PROGRAM • Open to businesses located in former EZs as well as areas with high unemployment and poverty. Excludes temporary help agencies, retailers, and food services, unless those businesses have less than $2 million in gross receipts (which means they are a “small business” as defined by the legislation). Effective Jan. 1, 2014 through Jan. 1, 2021. • Businesses must obtain a tentative credit reservation from the Franchise Tax Board in order to claim the credit. • Must be a net new job created at the business – not just a replacement hire. • Wage not less than $12/hour. Credit capped at 350% of minimum wage. Employee must work 35 hours/ week or more. • Employee must fall in one of the categories below: o Unemployed prior 6 months. o Unemployed veteran (must be unemployed since return from service). o Ex-offenders previously convicted of a felony. o Recipient of the Earned Income Tax Credit. o Is a recipient of CalWORKs or general assistance. 4 WINTER 2013


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STATE TAX CREDIT PROGRAMS – MUST READ! NEW SALES TAX EXEMPTION PROGRAM FOR QUALIFIED PURCHASES • This program is very similar to a sales tax exemption enacted in 1993 for small manufacturers. • Qualified purchases include: o Equipment used in any stage of the manufacturing, processing, refining, fabricating or recycling process. o Equipment used for research and development. o Equipment used to maintain or repair equipment purchased in the two categories above. Effective July 1, 2014 through July 1, 2022 for businesses statewide, and is not restricted to former EZ boundaries. • Only applies to businesses with NAICS Codes 3111 through 3999, 541711 and 541712 and excludes any apportioning businesses. • Businesses capped at $200 million in qualifying purchases each calendar year. • • • • •

NEW GO BIZ FUND Intended to be used as one-time tax incentive to encourage companies to relocate or expand in California. Named the “California Competes Tax Credit.” Funded by $150 million in fiscal year 14/15; $200 million in each following fiscal year, ending in 17/18. Distribution of the credit determined by the California Competes Tax Credit Committee. Membership consists of the State Treasurer, Director of the Department of Finance and the Director of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (“GO Biz”). 25% of the credit reserved for small businesses. Criteria considered when awarding credit must include: o Number of jobs created. o Wages paid. o Unemployment or poverty in area where business is proposed to be located. o Other incentives offered. Requires that a recipient of the credit enter into a written agreement with the State.

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PUBLIC

Policy

TransNet: 25 Years of Keeping San Diego Moving This year, the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) is celebrating the 25th anniversary of TransNet, the local half-cent sales tax for transportation in San Diego County. We invite you to take a moment to recognize what TransNet has accomplished for our region. Thanks to TransNet, numerous upgrades to our transit system, highway network, and local streets have been completed, as well as a variety of habitat conservation efforts. Many TransNet projects have garnered awards for excellence and innovation from organizations such as the California Transportation Foundation and the American Society of Civil EngineersTransNet has kept projects moving in the San Diego region, even during the depths of the Great Recession. In recent years, SANDAG and our partner agencies were able to capitalize on lower construction and financing costs to advance projects and save taxpayer money. These construction projects help fuel our regional economy. In general, every billion dollars in expenditures is estimated to create 12,000 jobs directly and indirectly. TransNet goes beyond funding highway and transit infrastructure. It also supports local street improvements, smart growth, environmental conservation, and transit operations. • A share of TransNet revenue goes directly to cities or the county for local street improvements. • The TransNet Smart Growth Incentive Program provides grants to municipalities for compact, transit-oriented developments such as the 8th Street Revitalization Corridor in Natioanal City. • The TransNet Environmental Mitigation Program funds the protection and restoration of nativehabitats. Under the program, more than 3,300 acres of environmentally sensitive land have been preserved as open space. • TransNet provides funds to support efficient transit operations, as well as discount passes for seniors, youth, and persons with disabilities. In the coming decades, TransNet will continue to finance major initiatives to preserve and enhance this region’s quality of life, including extending the San Diego Trolley to the University City area of San Diego, launching a Rapid bus network, and building more than 40 bike projects throughout the region. For more information on TransNet-funded projects, visit: KeepSanDiegoMoving.com.

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PUBLIC

Policy

Summary of ObamaCare and Small Business A quick summary of what ObamaCare means for small businesses: • ObamaCare creates the Small Business Health Options Program or SHOP, a part of each States Health Insurance Marketplace, where small businesses with under 50 full-time equivalent employees can shop for group health plans starting October 1st, 2013. In 2016 those with 100 full-timers or less can use the SHOP. • Taxes and tax credits are based off of the number of full-time equivalent employees (FTE) and their aver age annual wages, not solely on the number of full-time employees. • Small businesses with fewer than 25 full-time equivalent employees with average annual wages below $50,000 can get tax credits (as adjusted for inflation beginning in 2014) to help pay for employee premiums. • Small businesses with more than 50 full-time equivalent employees with average annual wages above $250,000 must provide health coverage to full time employees come 2015. This is sometimes called "the employer mandate." • Businesses making over $250,000 in profit must pay a .9% increase on the current Medicare part A tax. The tax is split (.45% each) between the employer and employees making over $200,000 individual ($250,000 family). • All businesses with over 50 full-time equivalent employees have to let their employees know about their State's Health Insurance Marketplace / exchange. ATTENTION! Obamacare Small Business Mandate Delay: Obamacare's employer mandate has been delayed until 2015.

Testimonials

“Partnering with the National City Chamber of Commerce has been a tremendously effective way for our company to connect with the National City and South Bay business communities. Jacqueline Reynoso and her staff do an outstanding job addressing their members’ needs and proactively organize educational and relevant events which benefit the community as a whole. We look forward to continuing our membership with the organization.” Thank youDaniel Turek ,Associate Hughes Marino, Inc. | Tax Credit Services

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Warm Up to Winter As temperatures drop and the holiday season starts, gas heaters, ovens and appliances get a workout! Keep your natural gas appliances in safe working condition by taking advantage of SDG&E’s FREE gas appliance safety check. There are 2 easy ways to schedule an appointment. • Sign up online and manage your gas safety check appointment behind My Account. • Or Call SDG&E at 1-800-411-7343 to schedule. Stay safe AND warm this holiday season • Before you fire up your furnace, schedule an annual gas safety checkup. • Taking care of your gas appliances helps to keep them running efficiently and prevents potential safety hazards such as exposure to dangerous carbon monoxide. • • • •

Other Gas Safety Tips Call 811 before you dig. SDG&E will mark the location of buried utility-owned gas pipelines and other lines, free of charge. Learn how to detect a gas leak. Never use or store combustible or flammable items near gas or heat-producing appliances. Use decorative fireplace logs with care. Remember to open the fireplace/chimney damper completely before using your decorative gas log.

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GREEN

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Haunted Gardens at Olivewood – A Healthy Treat! A tradition that was started by Christy Walton at Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center (OWG), the education center attracts over 500 children to the gardens each year for Halloween. This year, OWG built an elaborate maze in the International Community Foundation parking lot, and created fun activities for the kids like digging for treats in the ‘bone yard’ and a ‘worm box’ that contained hidden goodies. The treats this year were a mixture of sugar-free gummy bears, Halloween themed toys, and oranges decorated as Jack-o-lanterns that were handed out to every child as they left. A group of volunteers from Qualcomm carved 50 pumpkins that were used for lighting and decoration. ‘Zombie’ volunteers helped during the night. A Dia de los Muertos altar was built for Oliver Noyes; this was an opportunity to share the history of the property with garden visitors. National City Council member Mona Rios came by and posted photos on her facebook page! The Mission of Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center is to connect and motivate students and families from diverse backgrounds through organic gardening, environmental stewardship, and nutrition education, empowering them to be healthy and active citizens. Their vision is to reconnect students and families to the natural environment through food, education and community engagement.

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PROGRAMS & BUSINESS

Resources

Workforce Development Resources In today’s competitive workforce, finding and retaining quality employees can be a challenging task. The South County Career Center Business Services Team makes your job easier by offering valuable services to help make the most of your workforce development efforts at no cost. Whether you need to post a job, coordinate a recruitment event, or would like to take advantage of the On-The-Job Training (OJT) program, the Business Services team provides no-cost recruiting services to employers in the region On-The-Job-Training (OJT) The OJT program provides a unique opportunity to invest in your company’s growth and future development. The purpose of On the Job Training is to create jobs, strengthen business and assist those most impacted by today’s economy. Take advantage of Substantial Financial Benefits with reimbursement of 50% of the wages earned by eligible new workers. It’s quick and simple – all paperwork is managed by the South County Career Center. Cash back for every new employee in the program you train and hire. Customized Training Customized Training is training that is designed to meet the special requirements of an employer. The training is conducted with a commitment by the employer to employ, or in the case of incumbent workers, continue to employ, an individual upon the successful completion of training for which the employer pays for no less than 50% of cost of the training. San Diego Regional Enterprise Zone Businesses in the San Diego Regional Enterprise Zone (SDREZ) have until Dec. 31st to hire eligible employees that could potentially earn businesses a tax credit equivalent to $36,000 over a five year period. Employees hired after this date may not qualify businesses for the hiring credit. For more information, please log on to the following link http://www.sandiego.gov/sdrez/ or contact the SDREZ Manager (Kevin Sullivan) directly at 619-533-5954 (ksullivan@sandiego.gov) Currently 97% of National City is designated as an Enterprise Zone. Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) Federal Hiring Tax Credits are available through the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) program. WOTC provides a federal tax credit incentive of up to $9,000 for employers who hire qualified candidates from nine designated target groups. South County Career Center, 1111 Bay Boulevard, Suite E, Chula Vista, CA 91911 Phone: (619) 628-0300 Office hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Wednesday 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. 10 WINTER 2013


Chamber Business Resources Green Business Program A green business adapts its practices to conserve and use renewable resources, and holds itself accountable for environmental and social impacts. It operates in a responsible manner, protecting the environment whenever possible. The National City Chamber of Commerce Green Business Program is designed to help businesses become sustainable, or “GREEN,” saving energy costs. The program promotes businesses and other organizations that demonstrate environmentally friendly practices and resource conservation. Participation in the program is voluntary and free.

Benefits:

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Installation and/or retrofit of energy efficient equipment at no cost/low cost. FREE energy toolkit. 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.

National City’s City Manager Round Table Wednesdays Once a month on the 1st Wednesday at 9am, the City Manager’s office invites the business community to participate in a round Table open forum with all City Department Heads. Those interested in asking questions, addressing their concerns and needs are invited to participate. Sign up today!

SCORE Business Counseling

SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small businesses start, grow, and succeed nationwide. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). SCORE also provides local workshops and events to connect small business owners with the people and information they need to start, grow, and maintain their businesses, as well as online workshops available 24/7. SCORE provides resources, templates and tools to assist entrepreneurs in developing tools and plans they need to navigate their way to small business success. Available at Chamber Office every Wednesday (9am-1pm). Schedule an appointment at (619) 557-7272.

SDSU Technical Assistance Program

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.

Consulting services that can be provided: - Customer Relations - 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

- Cost Analysis and Control - Export/Import - Inventory Control - Special Government Programs - Taxes - Accounting/Bookkeeping - Insurance - Personnel Management Training

SBDC

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

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 of exporting, we have an International Trade Specialist who can answer your questions... for free! Schedule an appointment at (619) 482-6393

National City’s Enterprise Zone If your business is located in National City, it is 95% likely that you are within the San Diego Regional ENTERPRISE ZONE and that your business qualifies for State TAX CREDITS. An Enterprise Zone is a geographically designated area in which businesses can receive several substantial state tax breaks and other benefits. Enterprise Zones were created in California to stimulate business investments in areas where they are traditionally slow, and to increase job opportunities in areas of high unemployment. National City is home to one of 42 Enterprise Zones statewide.

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Sales or Use Tax Credit Hiring Credit Accelerated Depreciation Deduction Net Interest Deduction for Lenders Job referral service that can be used to find, at no cost, qualified employees whose wages can be claimed as tax credits Tax savings for Enterprise Zone employees

TO LEARN MORE CALL OR VISIT US

National City Chamber of Commerce (619) 477-9339 901 National City Blvd., National City, CA

www.NationalCityChamber.org

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GRAND

Openigs

On Sunday, October 20th, A Reason To Survive (ARTS) celebrated its move to National City with a Grand Unveiling and Open House. The newly renovated ARTS Center opened its doors to allow community members to tour the center, view and buy student artwork, be entertained by music and dance performances, and participate in art activities. “The move to National City has been very exciting because it allowed us to triple our space and serve more youth through our programs and classes,” said CEO and Founder Matt D’Arrigo. “City officials and the local community have been incredibly welcoming and supportive.” ARTS is a nationally recognized nonprofit organization that believes the power of the arts and creativity can literally transform lives, especially those of kids. Location: 200 East 12th Street, National City, CA 91950

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On November 12th, Genesis Womens Clinic celebrated their grandopening with a ribbon cutting ceremony. City Council, Genesis staff, and community members gathered in celeberation with food and bevereages catered by Broadway Steak House.

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A New Day for the YMCA On Monday, November 11th, National City residents cut the ribbon on the newest YMCA facility to be added to the South Bay Family YMCA branch--the National City YMCA. The National City YMCA is comprised of the Las Palmas Pool and Camacho Recreation Center. At the Y, programming including group exercise classes, swim lessons, lap swim, sports and childwatch services will be offered to the community. The Y is a leading nonprofit organization for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. With more than 2,600 YMCA facilities in the United States of America, the Y is a leading nonprofit organization for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. In 10,000 neighborhoods across the nation, the Y has the presence and partnerships to not just promise, but deliver, positive change. With the National City YMCA’s opening, the South Bay Family YMCA’s economic power exceeds $11 million dollars. SOUTH BAY FAMILY YMCA | BORDER VIEW FAMILY YMCA (P) 619 216 3682 (C) 619 971 0861 (E) RKelley@ymca.org

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ADVERTISING

Opportunities Louis Nava Google Certified Photographer Digital Age Network P: (619) 381-7771 E: louis@digitalagenetwork.com

Claim Your Listing Owner Verified

Business owners will have to verify their Google Places page before photos can be uploaded to the Google Maps. If your business is not on Goolge Maps, sign up for a Google +Local page, it’s Free. Attract new customers by inviting them into your business from Google Maps Street View.

Increase Visibility Engage Customers

Schedule an Appointment Simple & Low Cost

Google Business Photo makes a strong impression on first time customers that find your business via Goolge Search, Maps, and Places. This is the easiest way to share with the world. Bring your Google Business listing to life with a 360-degree interactive virtual tour.

Call or email to schedule a photo shoot. There’s no hidden costs or monthly fees. Shoots usually take 1-2 hours depending on the size of your business. Packages start at $300.

National City Chamber Member Discount Available Armando Rodriguez Marketing Director National City Chamber of Commerce P: (619) 477-9339 E: rodriguez@nationalcitychamber.org

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ADVERTISING

Opportunities

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 2,000 contacts from the chamber's database. 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 second 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.

2013 Breakfast Meetings: The Chamber hosts bi-monthly breakfast meetings at the Clarion Inn. 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

SCORE

(Service Corps Of Retired Executives) 

The National City Chamber of Commerce and SCORE partner to offer small businesses access to experienced and qualified consultants…FOR FREE!  SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and building and growing small businesses nationwide. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).  The National City Chamber of Commerce houses SCORE counselors every Wednesday from 9:00 am-1:00 pm at the Chamber Office Building located at 901 National City Blvd., National City, CA 91950. Take advantage of this FREE resource and call a SCORE scheduler today at (619) 557-7272.

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. FACEBOOK TWITTER facebook.com/NationalCityChamber @ncccommerce

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/ National City Chamber News 15


CITY

News

In Loving Memory Juanita Castro Castro, Juanita Maria 04/01/1921 ~ 11/03/2013 CHULA VISTA -Juanita Castro left to be with the Lord on November 3, 2013 after a long battle with cancer. She lived a full life and will be missed. Juanita was preceded in death by her beloved son, Santiago Alberto Castro, and survived by her children Norma Ferguson of Las Vegas, Lucy Roberts of Chula Vista, Rudy Renteria of Williston North Dakota, Margy Frcho of Phoenix and Larry Renteria of St. Louis. Juanita is also survived by her 8 grandchildren, 11 great- grandchildren and 1 greatgrandson.

National City Police Department Ranked 1st Place The National City Police Department is proud to announce it received First Place in the California Law Enforcement Challenge; the Department won the competition within its category for best traffic safety programs in California. The California Law Enforcement Challenge is sponsored by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and is judged by the California Highway Patrol. The California Law Enforcement Challenge is a competition between similar size and types of law enforcement agencies for the best traffic safety programs in California. The areas of concentration include efforts to train officers, enforce laws, and educate the public about occupant protection, impaired driving, and speeding. The program allows law enforcement agencies to set comprehensive goals, to strive to reach new heights in traffic safety, to share their experiences with others, and to be recognized for their traffic safety accomplishments. Agencies submit an application (a presentation binder) which documents their efforts and effectiveness in these areas. The winning safety programs are those that combine officer training, public information and enforcement, to reduce crashes and injuries within its jurisdiction. Chief Manuel Rodriguez stated ‘I am very proud of our dedicated and talented officers for winning this award and continuing to make our community safer.� The National City Police Department is committed to provide the best service possible to ensure the safety of our community members!

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CITY

News

Sweetwater School Field Grand Opening Friday, October 11, 2013 Sweetwater High School and National City celebrated the next chapter in their history! A new field turf and all-weather track have been installed and it is ready to welcome a new generation of athletes. As Sweetwater High School enters its 93rd school year, the past dramatically meets the future in Gail Devers Stadium. All alumni of Sweetwater High School were encouraged to come “home” on Friday, October 11th, and be a part of this historic event. There was a ribbon cutting ceremony at 5 PM along with a celebration of past CIF champions, including SUHI’s very own Dan Saleaumua. After the ribbon cutting ceremony, the Sweetwater high school football team, under new head coach Brian Hay, took the field for their first official home game on the new field against Hilltop High School. Sweetwater was victorious. WE WON!!

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BUSINESS

News

South Bay Volkswagen & After-School All Stars The holiday season approaches, and so do the extra calories. The average American puts on two pounds or more during the holiday season. But doctors say starting healthy habits early in life can help win the battle of the bulge. To combat health concerns among local young people, the After-School All-Stars (ASAS) Sports Club held the South Bay Volkswagen Soccer Clinic on Saturday, November 9, in National City where San Diego County reports the highest rates of diabetes and cardiovascular disease-related deaths. About 300 at-risk youth ran soccer drills with celebrity coaches - San Diego Chargers' Shareece Wright and Geena the Latina from Frankie V and Geena in the Morning on Channel 93.3. Some young participants who didn't have transportation to the event, arrived in style, courtesy of the FOX Sports 1 FanExpress, and the young athletes even got their own pep rally with the San Diego Charger Girls and the FOX Sports San Diego Girls! The South Bay Volkswagen Soccer Clinic inspired these young athletes with the gift of fitness, and by donating 300 soccer balls to After-School All-Stars and jerseys for every clinic participant to take home. National City's high poverty rates make affording weekend league sports tough, if not impossible for many and this clinic offers them a chance to get out and move.

Lorena Gonzalez & Facebook Host Workshop On Friday November 8th, Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez and Facebook hosted a workshop for small businesses at National City’s Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center. Lorena Gonzalez and r epresentatives from Facebook gave an informative seminar for small business owners to get an in-depth overview of Facebook’s tools to grow and promote their business. The training covered three topics: 1) how to find new customers, 2) how to drive more in-store traffic, and 3) how to build a customer loyalty.

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BUSINESS

News

Eastlake Little League Team honored at Outback Steakhouse On September 24th, 2013 National City Businesses honored the Eastlake Little League team for their National Championship with a luncheon sponsored by Outback Steakhouse at Plaza Bonita. The team was recognized for demonstrating great sportsmanship and student leadership on and off the field. The team was joined by National City Council members, their families, Coaches, and other National City business assoiciates. We would like to thank the National City busines community for donating gifts to the players and Outback Steakhouse for sponsoring the luncheon.

SPECIAL

Events

Bowling Results: Gravediggers vs Chambermasters On Wednesday November 20, 2013 La Vista Memorial Park and the National City Chamber of Commerce played a friendly game of bowling at Brunswick Bowling Premier Lanes in Chula Vista. Team captains Luisa McCarthy, from The Gravediggers and Jacqueline Reynoso, from the Chambermasters led their teams aggressively throughout the evening as each team cheered for their teammates. The final score of the match was, Chambermasters 920 and Gravediggers 720.

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SPECIAL

Events

Mariachi Festival Mixer- Thursday, October 24, 2013 On Thursday, October 24, 2013 the National City Chamber of Commerce together with La Onda Arte Latino art gallery and the California Women’s museum hosted a kick off reception to jump start regional support for the 2014 National City Mariachi Festival and Competition. The event will be held at the beautiful Pepper Park at National City’s Bayfront on March 15, 2014. Mariachi Garibaldi, led by music director Jeff Nevin, performed a mini concert to dedicate the evening to current and future supporters of next’s year’s festival including the Unified Port of San Diego, the City of National City, University of San Diego, La Maestra Community Health Center, the County of San Diego and Univision. A special guest performance by Lupita Medrano charmed the evening with the sounds of ranchero music. Guests enjoyed a preview of what the community will experience at the festival next year: Delicious Mexican cuisine by Rodeo’s Taquiza Catering and fresh ceviche by Rincon Del Mar; Mariachi art exhibit and a special Museum expose of Mariachi Feminil (which runs through Nov. 3rd at the California Women’s museum); Wine and Tequila tasting; and a festive environment celebrating mariachi music and Mexican art and culture. “2014 will deliver a first rate program including an educational conference for mariachi students, an incredible lineup of mariachi artists competing for a grand prize, ballet folklorico, an extensive children’s entertainment area, and a grand finale concert for the community to enjoy. The National City Mariachi Festival and Competition is San Diego’s signature mariachi family event and you do not want to miss it!” – Jacqueline L. Reynoso, President/ CEO The mariachi program supports today’s youth in their artistic, individual and educational development. We are offering mariachi practitioners a two day music conference on Thursday, March 13 and Friday, March 14 at the University of San Diego. The conference will consist of mariachi music instruction and training for 200 students from throughout the United States and Mexico. Instruction will be provided by renowned Mariachi musicians. The conference culminates to the mariachi festival and competition on Saturday, March 15 at Pepper Park. For more information visit us at: www.mariachifest.com.


SPECIAL

Events

SDG&E Community Spotlight Tuesday, October 29, 2013 On Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at Southwestern College, San Diego Gas & Electric invited the South Bay Community for a night of networking and spotlight on the work and projects that SDG&E is currently working on for the community at large. It was a great way to meet & greet with other organizations in the South Bay. The guest speaker for the evening was Mr. Mike Niggli, President & Chief Operation Officer of San Diego Gas & Electric. The business community was greeted by a Mariachi performance by Mr. Jeff Nevin, Director of Music at Southwestern College.

NCCC Membership Breakfast Thursday, November 21, 2013 The National City Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the City of National City provided an Economic Development Community Report to business members. Mayor Ron Morrison and Chief Manuel Rodriguez provided an insight on new developments taking center stage in National City and how public safety has achieved many positive outcomes for the community.

CITD Co-Hosts Seminar for San Diego Manufacturers November 13, 2013- The San Diego Center for International Trade Development (CITD) and the National City Chamber of Commerce co-hosted a seminar for area manufacturers titled "International Opportunities and Resources for San Diego Manufacturers." The purpose of the seminar was to provide information on various resources available to local manufacturers and opportunities for exporting their products and services. After opening remarks by Jacqueline Reynoso, CEO of the National City Chamber of Commerce, Brad Raulston, Director of Community Development for the City of National City, and Sid Voorakkara, Senior Business Development Specialist with the State of California's Office of Business and Economic Development, representatives from various trade, economic, and workforce development organizations from both San Diego and Baja California presented on business opportunities in Mexico and overseas, permitting requirements, tools and resources to improve productivity and profitability, as well as manufacturing training and workforce development programs. National City Chamber News 21


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NATIONAL CITY CHAMBER

Calendar 2013 - 2014 SPECIAL EVENT DATES December 12th (5pm-8pm) National City 6th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony

Toy Drive, Book Drive, Music Performances, Food Vendors Arts & Crafts, Calssis Car Display, Museum Tours, Visit Santa Clause Location: A Avenue & 9th Strteet, National City, CA 91950 Admission is FREE

December 12th (4pm-7pm) National City Chamber Holiday Mixer Hosted Food & Drinks, Art, and Live Entertainment Location: National City Chamber of Commerce Couryard 901 National City Blvd., National City, CA 91950 RSVP Required: bolanos@nationalcitychamber.org Cost: $10 members / $20 nonmembers

January 31, 2014 (5pm-9pm) 104th Annual Installation Dinner Honoring National City's Business of the Year & Innauguration of the 2014 Board of Directors Location: Jacobs Center, 404 Euclid Ave., San Diego, CA Cost: See Page 21

March 13 & 14, 2014 ( All Day) Mariachi Student Workshops Educational workshops offered to 250 students from San Diego, Baja California, and throughout the southwest Location: University of San Diego www.mariachifest.com

March 15, 2014 (10am-6pm) Mariachi Festival The largest Mariachi Competition and showcase in San Diego County Music, Food vendors, Arts, Crafts, Beer Garden, and Exhibitors Location: Pepper Park, 3299 Tidelands Ave, National City, CA 91950 Admission is Free

Visit our website,

www.NationalCityChamber.org for upcoming events, workshops, and chamber activities. FACEBOOK facebook.com/NationalCityChamber

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Chairman's Circle

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 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. City of National City Big Ben Market (Official Beverage Sponsor) Pasha Automotive Services Mile of Cars Association RENEWAL

AUGUST

Members

California College of San Diego Clarion South Bay Deadmansink Express Pawn HG Fenton Holiday Inn Express SD So CV Inspect Testing, LLC King Lee Technologies

Niederfrank's Ice Cream NMS Management Point Loma Credit Union Prochem Sepcialty Products, Inc Professional R/E Management San Diego SBDC San Diego Unified Port District Western Hoist Windsor Gardens Convalescent Center of SD

Mendez Strategy Group

SEPTEMBER

National City SelfStorage

Acropolis Space Center Bellus Academy

Neighborhood National Bank

Pier 32 Marina San Diego Cold Storage San Diego Gas & Electric Southwest Airlines (Official Airline Sponsor)

Bethel Evangelical Church

Carnival Supermarket

OCTOBER

China Super Buffet Elite Signs, LLC

Considine & Considine

Ethnic Deli

Family House of Pancakes

Hometown Buffet Mitch & Martha Beauchamp National City Family Clinic National City Grocery Outlet National City Trophy Pasha Automotive Services

Jewelry Mart La Vista Memorial Park MAAC Project Monte De Piedad Paradise Valley Hospital Ron Baker Chevrolet

Shirley Ferrill

San Diego Leather Inc

Sylvan Learning of Bonita

San Joaquin Valley College

Teague Insurance

South Bay Community Services

Volunteers of America

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NEW

Members

Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce 2710 alpine Blvd Ste G Alpine, CA 91901 (619) 445-2722 Join Date: 8/20/13 Digital Age Network 5711 Water St La Mesa, CA 91942 (619) 800-4350 Join Date: 8/21/13

Young Audiences San Diego 4650 Mansfield St San Diego, CA 92176 (619) 282-7599 Join Date: 8/27/13 Primerica-Loutzenhiser & Assoc. 2515 Camino Del Rio S. Ste 312 San Diego, CA 92108 (619) 258-0169 Join Date: 8/29/13 Episcopal Comuunity Services 401 Mile of Cars Way National City, CA 91950 (619) 228-2801 Join Date: 3/6/13 La Villita 1604 18th St National City, CA 91950 (619) 336-0714 Join Date: 9/11/13

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Mr. Joey's Taco Shop 3259 J St San Diego, CA 92102 (619) 204-0828 Join Date: 9/15/13

Good Neighbor Project of SD P.O. Box 13160 San Diego, CA 92113 (619) 857-6164 Join Date: 10/2/2013

Talent Evolution 330 A Ave San Diego, CA 92101 (619) 474-1350 Join Date: 9/16/13

San Diego Office & Modular Design 320 Civic Center Dr. National City, CA 91950 (619) 336-1245 Join Date: 10/11/13

El Super Market 1811 L Ave National City, CA 91950 (619) 434-1522 Join Date: 9/17/13 Reliable Plumbing & Drain Cleaning Inc P.O. Box 6561 (619) 271-1477 Chula Vista, CA 91910 Ordaz Law, APC 2404 Broadway San Diego, CA 92102 (619) 550-3617 Join Date: 9/23/13 Megla Manufacturing Inc 2105 Cleveland Ave National City, CA 91950 (619) 259-2475 Join Date: 9/27/13 EC Hispanic Media 11205 Imperial Hwy Norwalk, CA 90650 (323) 278-5310 Join Date: 10/2/2013

A Reason To Survive 200 E. 12th St National City, CA 91950 (619) 297-2787 x 2003 Join Date: 10/16/13 Fit Fuzion 1223 3rd Ave Ste H Chula Vista, CA 91911 (619) 721-6781 Join Date: 10/18/13 Payless Shoe Source 900 Plaza Blvd National City, CA 91950 (619) 474-0449 Join Date: 11/12/13 Certified Tires Sweetwater 1705 Sweetwater Rd National City, CA 91950 (619) 399-7353 Join Date: 11/12/13


CORPORATE DIAMOND CIRCLE

City of National City Ron Morrison, Mayor 1243 National City Blvd (619) 336-4240 Mile of Cars Association Weldon Donaldson 2301 National City Blvd (619) 991-9904 San Diego Unified Port District Charles D. Wurster P O Box 120488 - 92112 (619) 686-6200 Super Shuttle SD (Cloud 9) Angela Vereen 123 Camino de la Reina San Diego, CA 92103 (619) 564-7900

PLATINUM CIRCLE

EDCO Waste & Recycling Services John Snyder 6670 Federal Blvd – LG San Diego, CA 91945 (619) 474-8855

Members

Pasha Automotive Service John Pasha 1309 Bay Marina Dr (619) 419-1200 Perry Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge Perry Falk 2340 National City Blvd (619) 477-1101 Ron Baker Chevrolet Bill Cumming 2301 National City Blvd (619) 477-2163 Southwest Airlines Lidia Martinez 500 W Harbor Dr, #411 San Diego, CA 92101 (866) 271-8495 Sycuan Resort & Casino Adam Day 5469 Casino Wy – EC 92019 (619) 445-6002 United States University Tim Cole 830 Bay Blvd - Chula Vista (619) 477-6310

El Camino Memotial-NC Andrea Limon-Perez 607 National City Blvd (619) 474-6565 Epsilon Systems Solutions Inc. Dan Dufresne 2101-A Haffley Ave (619) 702-1700 Express/Champion Floor Service Steve Foronda P O Box 600283 – SD92160 (619) 461-4225 Frank Hyundai-SubaruToyota Gary Fenelli 2400 National City Blvd (619) 474-5573 Goodies Bar & Grill Moe Sadighian 740 Bay Marina Dr National City, CA 91950 (619) 336-1783 HG Fenton Company Cory LaShell 400 Mile of Cars Wy, Ste D National City, CA 91950 (619) 262-5666

Mor Furniture for Less, Inc Rick Haux 1608 Sweetwater Rd (866) 466-7436

Vallarta Supermarkets Miguel Gonzalez 901 Euclid Ave (619) 472-1683

Paradise Valley Hospital Neerav Jadeja 2400 E 4th St (619) 470-4115

WAL-MART #5023 Felix Silva 1200 Highland Av (619) 336-0395

Holiday Inn Express So SD so CV Kathleen Williams 632 E St – CV 91910 (619) 426-2500

San Diego Gas & Electric Claudia Valenzuela 8330 Century Park Ct, CP 310 – San Diego 92123 (800) 411-7343

Westfield Plaza Bonita Sherry Jones 3030 Plaza Bonita Rd, Ste 2075 (619) 267-2850

Hometown Buffet Cynthia Averilla 1135 Highland Ave (619) 477-7990

GOLD CIRCLE

SILVER CIRCLE

A K B Solutions Gabriel I. Collignon 1041 Market St #178 San Diego, CA 92101 (619) 646-7329 COX Communication Ileana Ovalle-Engle 5159 Federal Blvd San Diego, CA 92105 (619) 262-1122

American Medical Response Michael Murphy 8808 Balboa Ave, Ste 150 SD 92123 (858) 492-3500 Applebee's Robert Fiscus 3030 Plaza Bonita Rd (619) 475-1855

Marine Group Boat Works Todd Roberts 1313 Bay Marina Dr. (619) 427-6767

Ball Automotive Group John Ball 1935 National City Blvd (619) 263-2035 Best Western Plus Marina Gateway Edgar Santos 800 Bay Marina Dr (619) 259-2800

Miller Marine Edward W. Senter, Jr. 1430 Hoover Ave (619) 474-5491

Big Ben Market Ray Mammo 108 E 8th St (619) 477-1015

Neighborhood National Bank Robert McGill 1717 Sweetwater Rd, Ste B (619) 789-4400

Centro Apartments Kimberley McBryde 45 E 12th St. (619) 477-0613

Paradise Village Mike Shetler 2700 E 4th St. NC 91950 (619) 495-7735

Clarion Southbay Ernesto Montalvo 700 National City Blvd (619) 474-2800

G8 Development Philip Chodur 7626 El Cajon Blvd – LM (619) 823-3402

ITT Technical Institute David Parker 401 Mile of Cars Way (619) 327-1800 J & S Investments Jess Van Deventer 125 E 17th St (619) 477-6516 JCPenney Rick Rico 3040 Plaza Bonita Center Rd (619) 267-6000 John's Incredible Pizza Co 3030 Plaza Bonita Rd. (619) 472-5555 Konica Minolta Joe Vieira 5959 Cornerstone Ct W, #200 – SD 92121 (858) 348 - 2234 MAAC Project Arnulfo Manriquez 450 E 8th St (619) 426-3595 McMillin Realty Scott McMillin 101 E 30th St (619) 409-8555 Mossy Nissan Philip E. Mossy 2700 National City Blvd 474-7011

NAPA Auto Parts Edgar Gomez 1810 Highland Ave National City, CA 91950 (619) 474-4601

Sudberry Properties, Inc Colton Sudberry 5465 Morehouse Dr, Ste 260 San Diego, CA 92121 (858) 546-3000

National City Swap Meet Terry G. Derr 3201 “D” Ave (619) 477-2203

Sun Diego Charter Co. Rich Illes 522 W 8th St (619) 336-9200

Navy Federal Credit Union Richard Allen 1727 Sweetwater Rd, Ste H (619) 477-3005

Sweetwater Authority Jim Smyth 505 Garrett Av – CV 91910 (619) 420-1413

Northgate Market Ed Cabral 1410 S 43rd St San Diego, CA (619) 266-6080

Sweetwater Crossing Shopping Center Kerrie L Ozarski Sweetwater & 805 Freeway (619) 780-0101

North Island Credit Union Irma Belisario 45 N Broadway, Ste A Chula Vista, CA 91910 (619) 656-1600

Sweetwater HarleyDavidson Anastasia Polles 3201 Hoover Ave (619) 477-4477

Office Depot Val Guerra 3430 Highland Ave (619) 422-6155

UCSD South Bay Radiation Oncology Teresa Langley 959 Lane Av – CV 91914 (619) 502-7730

Oxyheal Health Group W T Gurnee 3224 Hoover Ave (619) 336-2022 Perry Ford of National City Perry Falk 2050 National City Blvd (619) 477-2711 Pier 32 Marina Greg Boeh 3201 Marina Way (619) 477-3232 Project Design Consultants Greg Shields 701 B St., #800 San Diego, CA. 92101 (619) 234-0349 San Diego Cold Storage Mike Jerde 1240 W 28th St (619) 474-6525

Union Bank Richard Velasquez, Jr. 22 E 8th St (619) 336-2000 Vibra Bank Scott Parker 530 Broadway – CV 91910 (619) 422-5300 Westcott Mazda/KIA Kam Firozie 2800 National City Blvd (619) 474-1591 Wrigleys Supermarket Amer Arabo 34 N Euclid Ave (619) 264-4444 YYK Enterprises Inc Steve Johnston 726 W 19th St (619) 474-6229

San Diego PR Julia Simms 2727 Hoover Ave #200 (858) 248-2819 San Diego Padres Alex Montoya 100 Park Blvd – SD 92101 (619) 795-5213 Seacoast Commerce Bank Melyn Acasio 678 3rd Ave- CV 91910 (619) 409-5702 Southwestern College Dr. Melinda Nish 900 Otay Lakes Rd – CV 91910 (619) 421-6700 State Farm Agency Myriam Alfaro 2720 E Plaza Blvd, Ste N (619) 475-2770 National City Chamber News 27


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.

CHAMBER COMMITTEES

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 collaboratively with the City of National City, National City Chamber of Commerce Visitor Information Center and other community partners to foster va healthy business environment by marketing the Chamber of Commerce services, promoting members and community assets, and is responsible for development of the Chamber’s communications and collateral material including the Business Directory, Quarterly Newsletter, Website, and Press Releases. Meets First Wednesdays (11:30am-1pm).

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. Meets Second Thursdays (8am-9am). Chair: Dukie Valderama, San Diego Unified Port District.

Executive Committee

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 reynoso@nationalcitychamber.org. Special rates apply to Chamber members. The NCCC Conference Room hosts:

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. Meets Second Fridays (11am-12pm). Chairman: Jess Van Deventer, J & S Investments

100 person capacity/36 with conference table set-up

Display screen

Projector

White boards

Professional conference table and seating

Special Events Committees

Available on weekdays and weekends

Wifi

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, Mariachi Festival and Competition, and the Annual Inauguration and Awards Dinner.

Board Meetings

Held Third Tuesdays (8am-9:30am)

Graphic formating by Armando Rodriguez National City Chamber of Commerce

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National City Chamber Winter Newsletter 2013