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‘The Chamber…building a stronger local economy’

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Chamber Members Count! Transportation and infrastructure development in California and the nation will soon need sources of funding to meet the growing population needs and revitalize the aging roadways. Which method would you most likely support to fund future transportation projects in the region?

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$1.3 Billion 91 Freeway Project Expected to Bring 16,200 Jobs 91 Freeway expansion will mean less congestion, faster commutes, and improved air quality for Southern California residents More than 400 business and civic leaders from across California and the region 30.2% celebrated the beginning of construction 25% 17.1% for the widening of the 91 Freeway (SR-91) 9.2% from the Riverside/Orange County line to 6.5% the I-15 in Corona. The Chamber has been an avid supporter of the $1.3 billion project that is expected to create approximately 16,200 jobs over the next three and a half years of construction. The project will consist of extending existing tolled express lanes on SR-91 between the Orange/Riverside County line and I-15; adding general purpose lanes between SR-71 and I-15, as well as from the 15/91 interchange to Pierce Street. Along the route, the project will also improve 5 local interchanges and the 15/91 interchange. Nearly 280,000 vehicles travel SR-91 daily, and this number is expected to grow by another 140,000 vehicles by 2035. Once completed in early 2017, the 91 Project will expand transportation choices, reduce delays, allow faster emergency response, relieve local street congestion, and offer better access to public transit and trails.

Transportation leaders and elected officials commemorate the beginning of the 91 Freeway expansion project by breaking ground at the future construction site.

A number of federal, state, and local officials attended a formal groundbreaking ceremony at the North Main Corona Transit Center to mark the beginning of construction, including Brian Kelly, Secretary of the California State Transportation Agency. “This project’s innovative financing approach supports important improvements to a critical link between the Inland Empire and Orange County,” said California State Transportation Agency Secretary Kelly. “The Express lanes will give drivers new transportation choices, while helping public transit and carpools reach more destinations.”

Economic Outlook Positive for Riverside as California Makes Historic Gains Transportation infrastructure is the topic of discussion for Riverside and the region

transportation in California.

Kelly started by stating, “I’m proud to stand here today and say I think California is in the midst of an important economic After years of decline comeback.” According to and economic struggle, recent statistics, California it appears California is has created more jobs headed in the right directhan any other state in the California State Transportation Agency tion. And moving along country since February Secretary Brian P. Kelly speaks on with the economy are 2010. This is indicated infrastructure at Good Morning Riverside. plans for a transportation by twenty-seven consecuinfrastructure system that will support the tive weeks of job creation and a 3.5% growth growing needs of an ever-increasing population in the states Gross Domestic Product (GDP). and continue to fuel the state’s economic vitality. With many transportation projects starting Further, after years of decline, manufacturing and underway across the region, so are the jobs are up and exports reached an estimated discussions in Sacramento and Washington, $162 billion last year, marking a historic DC about the future of transportation investhigh for California. “We had a very difficult ment in California and the nation. last half of the decade and we are immerging from it,” said Kelly. Describing how this At the recent Good Morning Riverside, growth will affect business Kelly explained, Secretary Brian P. Kelly of the California State “After years of cuts, decline, and disinvestment, Transportation Agency (CalSTA) briefed the we now have the opportunity to reinvest in business community on the states positive economic outlook and upcoming plans for See Economy on page 6

The project is expected to create approximately 16,200 jobs, of which 4,600 will be related to construction, while the remainder will be long-term employment. These will also bring a 2.3% permanent increase in local taxable sales. See Freeway on page 8

Local Employers to Face New Laws in 2014 Several new laws impacting wage and leave requirements mean significant changes for employers

As part of its effort to keep local businesses informed on the latest legislation impacting their rights and responsibilities, the Chamber has provided a brief list of some of the laws taking effect in 2014 that will impact local employers. Unless specified, the following list of new legislation goes into effect January 1.

Minimum Wage AB 10 raises California’s current minimum wage of $8 per hour by two, one-dollar increments: to $9 per hour effective July 1, 2014, and to $10 per hour effective January 1, 2016.

Domestic Work Employees AB 241 enacts the Domestic Worker Bill of Rights, which provides for specific overtime pay for certain in-home employees, specifically a “domestic work employee who is a personal attendant.” Those employers who provide in-home care will need to carefully determine whether the new law applies to them because AB 241 contains many specific definitions and exclusions. See Laws on page 8



J a n u a r y 2014 Mission Statement

We are committed to building a stronger local economy by actively promoting and supporting our community, by fostering the growth and strength of our member organizations, and by engaging federal, state and local officials on behalf of business interests.

Executive Committee for 2013–2014 Chair of the Board Judy Carpenter – Riverside Medical Clinic Vice Chair, Chair-Elect Ron Redfern – iR3 Associates Vice Chair – Governmental Affairs Howard Saner – Riverside Physician Network Vice Chair – Economic Development Bob Stockton – Rick Engineering Company Vice Chair – Membership George Hoanzl – Jaguar Computer Systems Vice Chair – Community Development Paul Jessup – Riverside County Office of Education Vice Chair – Area Business Councils Tom Nightingale – Wells Fargo Bank Regional Commercial Banking Office Vice Chair – Area Business Councils Joe Ortiz – Best Best & Krieger Vice Chair – Area Business Councils David Fisher – Altura Credit Union Vice Chair – Finance (Treasurer) Linda Itzen – Itzen & Associates/Ameriprise Financial Legal Counsel Ken Stream – Gresham Savage Past Chair Brian Hawley – Luminex Software, Inc.

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Al Arguello – Bank of America

Dr. Cynthia Azari – Riverside Community College District Beverly Bailey – Stronghold Engineering Patrick Brilliant – Riverside Community Hospital Larry Boyer – UTC Aerospace Systems Jeb Brown – Riverside City Attorney’s Office Larry Burns – California State University, San Bernardino James Cuevas – JJC Project Management Group, Inc. Carl Dameron – IE African American Chamber of Commerce Steve Desko – Walter’s Automotive Group Karen Dicey – Angelica’s Florist & Gifts Dr. Ronald Ellis – California Baptist University Julio Figueroa – AT&T Jim Fuson – Galleria at Tyler Debbi Huffman Guthrie – Raincross Hospitality Corp. Peter Hayashida – University of California, Riverside Peter Hubbard – American Medical Response Mary Kannor – Louie’s Nursery Charissa Leach – Adkan Engineers Rose Mayes – Fair Housing Council of Riverside County, Inc. Darcy McNaboe – Village Enterprises Bob Mendez – RLM Wealth Group Kathy Michalak – Habitat for Humanity Riverside Gigi Mindreau-Banks – The Hanigan Company Mark Orozco – Greater Riverside Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Patty Moorman – Bourns, Inc. Daniel Peterson – Artesian Design, Inc. Lea Petersen – Southern California Gas Company Steve Popkin – Parkview Community Hospital Medical Center

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Transportation the Topic of Discussion for Riverside The New Year has arrived and with it comes new possibilities and opportunities to continue moving Riverside and the business community forward. What better way to keep progress moving than by investing in the region’s transportation infrastructure to better meet the needs of a growing population and our aging roadways. As a strong supporter of the 91 Freeway Project, the Chamber was proud to celebrate the recent groundbreaking, along with Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC) and several regional partners, of this $1.3 billion project that will create an estimated 16,200 jobs for the region. We are also delighted about the announcement that RCTC has been awarded $75 million by the Federal Transit Administration for construction of the $247 million Perris Valley Line Metrolink extension project. These transportation projects are vital to the local economy, adding jobs, easing congestion on our busy freeways, and greatly improving the quality of life for the citizens of Riverside County. Confirming that Riverside is on the right track with transportation, Secretary Brian P. Kelly of the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) briefed the business

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“These transportation projects are vital to the local economy… greatly improving the quality of life for the citizens of Riverside County.”

members and local businesses informed about legislation affecting business, the Chamber has provided a brief list of new laws for 2014. In particular, there have been significant changes to minimum wage and leave requirements that employers will want to be mindful of in the coming year. We encourage businesses to utilize this information to better understand how these changes will impact their operations. So, as we begin a new year, there is no shortage of work to be done to keep Riverside and California moving forward. The Chamber will remain committed to serving our members, providing opportunities for entrepreneurs and businesses to thrive, and together building a stronger local economy. Best wishes as we start a new year of better business!

the economic outlook for California and optimism for a bright and prosperous future. Kelly congratulated Anne Mayer and the RCTC team, for their work, commitment, and consistent efforts to improve the region’s transportation infrastructure and keep Riverside moving forward. Finally, in a continued effort to keep our

Judy Carpenter Chair of the Board

Regional Intelligence Report Shows Persistent Growth in Riverside The Chamber, in partnership with the City of Riverside, has released the latest quarterly Regional Intelligence Report by Beacon Economics portraying the current and predicted future economic state of Riverside business. In the State of California, job growth is expected to accelerate into the 2–2.5% range in 2014. Since the economic slump, California has added back 825,000 of the 1.368 million jobs lost during that time.

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community about the state’s upcoming plans for improving transportation throughout California at the latest Good Morning Riverside. He shared encouraging news about

According to the report, “Employment is growing, housing is improving, business activity and tourism are expanding, and incomes are rising again.” This positive outlook is significant as Riverside maintains steady gains and remains above the mark in the Inland Empire.

Employment The overall market in the Inland Empire shows a struggling unemployment rate at 10%. Nevertheless, private employment was up 1.5% from August 2012 to August for Riverside. In this same timeframe, Leisure

and Hospitality was the most impressive industry in terms of job growth at 250 jobs or 3.7%. Education and Health Services follow with a 2.9% increase and total 15,250 jobs. In the face of these gains, there has been criticism because of the part-time jobs that inflate the appearance of the labor market. The study answers, “Yet bear in mind that 70% of the Chamber released latest quarterly Regional Intelligence Report showing positive signs of growth for Riverside’s economy. part-time workers are classified as part-time for ‘non-economic’ reasons – these are workers the first to second quarter. This comes after who are not pursuing full time employment a momentous 6.3% increase from the fourth (e.g. students, parents that only want part-time quarter of 2012 to the first quarter of 2013. work, etc).” This favors the City as it provides The continual upward trend shows an opportunities for students enrolled in the optimistic outlook for future business in surrounding colleges and universities. Riverside, according to the report. Businesses are more at ease and consumers are more willing to spend. The report adds, “This Consumer and Business Spending is in line with the nation overall, where For 2013, consumer and business spending consumers sentiment among small businesses increased by a minimal margin of 0.4% from is at its highest levels since before the Recession.”

Chamber Board Nominations Open for 2014-2015 The Chamber is now accepting nominations for individuals interested in serving on the Board of Directors for 2014-2015. This year will provide more possibilities to make a difference in Riverside as we take on new opportunities to help strengthen the business community. Serving on one of the area boards is a great leadership experience that will help shape the direction and action of the Chamber.

Greater Riverside Board of Directors: Al Arguello – Bank of America Steve Desko – Walters Mercedes Julio Figueroa – AT&T Jim Fuson – The Galleria at Tyler Patty Moorman – Bourns Inc. Steve Popkin – Parkview Hospital   Medical Center Rob Starr – Toro Company Dr. Randal Wisbey – La Sierra University

The following are the names of candidates currently on the ballot for the Greater Riverside and Area Business Council Boards:

Arlington: Sandy Austell – Lexus of Riverside See Board on page 3

Commercial and Residential Real Estate Both commercial and residential real estate remain “an engine for growth” throughout Riverside County. The median price of an existing single family home has increased for the sixth consecutive quarter. However Riverside remains more affordable compared to Orange and Los Angeles Counties. “Workers can garner substantial cost savings by opting to live in the City of Riverside and commuting to neighboring counties; these savings are amplified when workers are able to find employment locally and avoid the costs associated with a long commute,” according to the report. The full Regional Intelligence Report is available online at


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10 Ways the Chamber Helped Your Business The Chamber is committed to building a stronger local economy by being an advocate for our members and voice for business. Here are 10 ways your investment in the Chamber helped us to improve the Riverside business community.

The Riverside business community showed up in force to serve over 4,700 military personnel and their families at the 41st Annual Military Appreciation Picnic, sponsored by Albertsons, at March Air Reserve Base.


Supported Action to Implement the Smart Code Specific Plan

The Chamber supported, in concept, the Smart Code Specific Plan, which introduces a new way for developers and contractors to swiftly move through the entitlement process while maintaining a simplified vision to build upon in a specific zone or region. The objectives of Smart Codes are to focus on improving the City’s planning and zoning systems while seeking practical ways of growing “smarter.”


Invested in Riverside’s Future Workforce

The Chamber and Bank of America presented the 9th Annual Riverside College and Career Fair at the Galleria at Tyler, that hosted over 7,000 Riverside-area high school students and their families. Students from all grades had one-stop access to over 150 colleges and universities, businesses, and educational support organizations, as well as the opportunity to learn about financial aid.


Sponsored Online Giving Day Benefitting Area Non-Profits

The Chamber was proud to partner with the Community Foundation and a task force of over 20 local community leaders for the second annual Give BIG Riverside Fundraiser. The event brought in over $300,000 for local non-profit organizations and introduced philanthropy to the community in a fresh new way; emphasizing 24-hour online giving, social media, and web-based fundraising technology.

Visitors watched as Gene Sherman cut the ceremonial red steel pipe at the grand opening of Vocademy, a brand new makerspace that teaches hands-on skills and helps visitors make creative projects.


Supported RCC Efforts toward the Pathway to Law School Initiative

At the recent Business Education Partnership Council meeting, the Chamber and the Council supported RCC’s work toward being selected as 1 of 20 colleges in the Pathway to Law School Initiative. Members of the Council were informed of Riverside City College’s efforts to compete for the State Bar of California’s Community College Pathway to Law School Diversity Pipeline outreach initiative, also referred to as “2+2+3”.


Attracted Business to Downtown Riverside Region for Festival of Lights

The Chamber partnered with The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa and the City of Riverside to present the Festival of Lights Switch-On Ceremony. This year, the switch-on ceremony attracted over 55,000 guests. Thousands of families from across Southern California and beyond visit each year with an economic impact of over 20 million dollars to the local community.


Strengthened Important Relationship with MARB

The Chamber’s Military Affairs Committee (MAC) hosted the 41st Annual Military Appreciation Picnic with over 250 volunteers at March Air Reserve Base (MARB). Activities included food and beverages for more than 5,000 military personnel and their families, entertainment, and familyoriented activities. MAC helps maintain a mutually beneficial relationship between the greater Riverside community and our regional military installations.


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Supported Efforts to Amend Sign Code

The Chamber has become an active member of the City-assembled Sign Code Committee. This group of business leaders will gather as an advisory group reporting to the Planning Department in their efforts to update commercial and residential sign regulations. The group is meeting throughout the year to propose amendments for the City Council.


Sold Out Golf Classic Connected Businesses

The Chamber and AT&T hosted the 28th Annual Golf Classic which sold out a month in advance. The Golf Classic offers some of the best networking opportunities for area business leaders while supporting the Chamber. Participating businesses gained visibility as sponsors and prize donors.


Welcomed New UCR Chancellor

New University of California, Riverside (UCR) Chancellor Kim Wilcox discussed future plans for the campus with the Chamber and business community, also noting recent accomplishments that included the School of Medicine funding and the start of the new School of Public Policy. Wilcox was appointed the 9th Chancellor of UCR in August 2013.


Celebrated New Jobs and New Businesses

The Chamber celebrated new businesses in the area and hosted ribbon cuttings for The Bail Depot Bail Bonds, Bakers Drive Thru, Canyon Crest Athletic Club, Jersey Mike’s Subs, Keller Williams, Kumon of Corona, Pine Bakery, and Vocademy.

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Chrisann Coustenis – New York Life Lisa Molina – MFI Recovery Center Stephanie Ruiz – AmericanWest Bank Joe Zichichi – Charter Business Downtown: Dr. Edward Bush – Riverside Community   College District Matt Friedlander – United Way   of the Inland Valleys Barry Hildebrandt – WCI Real Estate Stan Morrison – Security Bank of California Chad Thompson – Riverside Marriott   at the Convention Center Andrew Walcker – IW Consulting Engineers EastHills: E.M. Abdulmumin – DeBois Institute Ambro Blackwell – Chase Bank Gail Ousley – United Way of the Inland Valleys Michele McKinney Underwood –   Western Municipal Water District Hunter Park: Shannon Carlson – Adcock Ahern & Devlin Pam Lee – Olive Crest Homes Tom Nightingale – Wells Fargo Bank Joy Stoeffler – Tastefully Simple Michael Wales II – Paychex, Inc. La Sierra: Sandra Colon-Williams – Sharp Business Systems Lynn Hounsley – Integrity HR George Velasco – Kaiser Permanente   Medical Center Riverside Magnolia Center: Robert Beatty – Notre Dame High School Betsy Herrick – Prudential California Realty Kim Hicken – Home Instead Senior Care Judith Vails – Janet Goeske Senior Center Cynthia Wright – The Wright Image Jacque Thurman – Chase Bank Ballots for the Greater Riverside and Area Business Council Boards will be mailed out to the general membership later this month. Those interested in serving are welcome to apply. The Chamber’s bylaws state the following: Article V, Section 4 C, Ballots shall be mailed to all members in good standing at least ten (10) days prior to the election. The ballot will contain a list of all of the nominees certified and recommended by the Nominating Committees. Nominees shall be placed on the ballot by the Nominating Committee. Members joining after ballots have been mailed out shall not be entitled to a vote. For more information on the nominating process, requirements, and job descriptions, contact Chamber President/CEO, Cindy Roth at 951-683-7100.


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Business Coalition Calls for Unemployment Insurance Flexibility A coalition consisting of the Chamber, the California Chamber of Commerce, and other local chambers across the state recently asked congressional leaders to oppose increases in the already-rising unemployment tax burden and provide California flexibility in addressing the state’s $10 billion unemployment trust fund debt.

Flexibility Needed The coalition asked congressional leaders to support measures to promote job creation, oppose additional federal taxes related to unemployment insurance (UI), and promote state flexibility in addressing the solvency of state unemployment trust funds. Specifically the letter outlines support for maintaining the Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA) tax base or rate at the current levels. Because state UI tax bases are required to match at least the minimum federal tax base, there would be an immediate increase in state unemployment taxes of as much as 200% unless California were to modify its rate schedule to adjust the per employee tax. Currently, 29 states, including California, have a taxable wage base lower than the proposed $14,000.

UI Deficit Means Higher Federal Taxes on Employers For the fourth straight year, California’s Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund continues to be in debt to the federal unemployment trust account. By the end of 2013, the state’s deficit to the federal fund is projected to be $9.7 billion, more than three times the nearest state debt (New York $2.6 billion), but less than the $10.2 billion owed at the beginning of 2013. Because California remains in debt to the federal fund, California employers are paying a higher federal unemployment insurance (UI) tax to pay off the debt. Each year that a balance is owed to the federal fund, California employers pay a higher tax and the state must pay interest on the outstanding debt. As the federal budget is being approved in Washington, DC, the Chamber is continuing to work with the coalition to urge congressional leaders to balance an employer’s responsibility to fund unemployment insurance with their ability to operate in a resurging economy.

California Small Employers May Enroll Now for Health Care Coverage Covered California, the state’s marketplace for the federal health care reform law, has launched the full self-enrollment function of the Small Business Health Options (SHOP) online marketplace. This new function on the Covered California website will enable small business owners with one to 50 eligible employees to fully enroll for coverage now that may begin as early as January 1, 2014.

Online enrollment for small businesses in 36 other states relying on the federal exchange has been delayed for a year by federal officials while they work on making the federal health care insurance website workable for individuals seeking to shop for insurance.

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for the Certified Insurance Agent community, such as the ability to create an online profile for an individual consumer or small employer; the ability to start and submit an application on behalf of an individual or small employer; and the ability to process and manage employer online enrollment applications for SHOP.

Tax Credits Many small business owners qualify for a federal tax credit to help offset contributions toward employee premiums. Beginning in 2014, the only way for small business owners to access the tax credits is to purchase insurance through Covered California’s SHOP. Small businesses are eligible for a federal health care tax credit if they have fewer than 25 full-time-equivalent employees for the tax year, pay employees an average of less than $50,000 per year, and contribute at least 50% of their employees’ premium cost. Employers with 10 or fewer full-timeequivalent employees, with wages averaging

U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein recently urged coopIn a letter to Los Angeles eration Mayor Eric Garcetti, Senator between Dianne Feinstein (inset) noted Los Angeles that ONT lost more flights and Inland between 2007-2012 than any other California airport. Empire leaders to restore the economic health of Ontario International Airport (ONT). While some challenges still remain to expand activity at the airport, the Chamber firmly believes that ONT is essential to the region’s economy and more than capable to serve as a thriving hub for passenger travel and economic activity.

“Many airports across the Nation and in California have made significant progress in their recovery since the recession. Airports with similar challenges to Ontario have worked with local business leaders, transit agencies, and governments to put plans together to improve transportation access, reach out to new carriers, waive fees and offer other incentives to attract international service, and market the strengths of their facilities,� Feinstein added.

In a letter to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Feinstein indicated that between 2007 and 2012, ONT lost 49 percent of its flights, causing gates to shut down, concession to leave, and significant job losses.

Both Riverside and San Bernardino counties, the regions that would most take advantage of increased flight service at ONT, are the fastest growing counties in California by population and among the fastest growing regions in the nation. With this significant population growth, there is also a measurable increase in economic activity in the region. Unfortunately, limited flight availability and higher ticket prices at ONT have compelled local residents to travel longer distances to seek alternative departure locations.

Feinstein wrote, “I have heard deep concerns from many business and community leaders that the decline of Ontario International Airport traffic will have a long lasting, negative regional impact on the Inland Empire. I urge you to reach out to Inland Empire leaders to develop a cooperative strategy to address the challenges at the airport.

Efforts such as the opening of the University of California, Riverside School of Medicine, increased foreign trade activity in Riverside County, and an aggressive campaign to market Riverside and the region as a destination for tournaments, events and conventions will mean increased wealth and spending power in the region and a greater need for available flight service for business or personal travel.



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New Labor Laws Topic at Upcoming Chamber Seminar

Local and federal leaders and transportation officials celebrated the agreement to provide a $75 million federal grant to fund the Perris Valley Line extension. The project will give Riverside County residents more opportunities to reach employment centers across the region.

Perris Valley Line Funded, More Options for Commuters to Job Centers This month the Chamber kicks off the New Year with the return of its Business Seminar Series. On January 31, 2014 the Chamber will host a seminar discussing the “New Labor Laws of 2014.� This seminar will focus on how to prevent workplace lawsuits and will cover topics like minimum wage, overtime, sexual harassment, workers compensation, and more. Speaking on these topics will be experienced labor law attorneys Joseph Ortiz of Best Best & Krieger and Bradley Neufeld of Gresham Savage.

This seminar will take place in the Chamber’s Bourns Boardroom from 7:30 AM-9:00 AM and will include a complimentary light breakfast. Discover how your workplace will change this year and get your organization prepared. Don’t let this opportunity pass by. For more information, contact Community Development Coordinator Richard Prince at 951683-7100 ext.218 or email rprince@

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The Chamber celebrated with regional leaders recently as the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) awarded $75 million to the Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC) for construction of the Perris Valley Line Metrolink extension. The Chamber has been a strong supporter of the Perris Valley Line extension as a means of bringing commuters to employment centers in the region. FTA Deputy Administrator Therese McMillan congratulated RCTC at a formal ceremony held at the Perris Transit Center. Local leaders thanked local Congressmen Mark Takano and Ken Calvert for working to secure federal funds for the project. The $247 million project will extend the current Metrolink 91 Line by 24 miles and will include new stops in Perris, South Perris/Menifee, March Air Reserve Base, and the Hunter Business Park in Riverside. By extending Metrolink to more of the region, local residents can take the train to jobs within Riverside County. The success of

Metrolink will make the area more attractive to potential employers that will want to locate near vibrant rail stations. The project is expected to create an estimated 4,400 direct and indirect jobs, which will be a definite plus for Riverside County.

RCTC bought the rail right of way for the project in 1992 and will begin construction this month. The construction will include track improvements, double tracking in some areas, the construction of new stations, and improved signaling and safety systems. Prior to the formal signing ceremony, FTA Deputy Administrator McMillan hosted a roundtable discussion with local government and business leaders. The session offered an opportunity for local interests to provide input to the FTA and other federal agencies on local needs and concerns. Service is expected to open in mid-2015 and carry more than 4,000 passengers per day.



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Kelly closed by acknowledging the great work of Anne Mayer and the Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC) team, as well as Riverside Transit Agency’s (RTA) ridership increases and plans for rail crossing improvements. He encouraged the business community to continue working together to keep Riverside and its transportation system moving forward.

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Riverside’s Mayor Bailey: We Are Better Together The 37th Annual State of the City Address is set for Thursday, January 23, 2014 where the City of Riverside’s 17th Mayor, William “Rusty” Bailey, will deliver his second annual State of the City Address, “We are Better Together”. The topic will acknowledge the City’s successes and achievements over the past year and demonstrate their correlation to the strength of the Riverside community.

The evening event will take place at the Riverside Auditorium and Events Center beginning at 5:00 PM with guests checking-in. The main program will officially begin at 5:30 p.m. featuring Keep Riverside Clean & Beautiful’s presentation of Beautification Awards, the Riverside Hero Award presentation, and State of the City Address by Mayor Bailey. Immediately following the program, sponsors and ticket holders are invited to attend The Mayor’s Reception for the opportunity to network with the region’s elected and public officials and city department directors. More than 25 elected officials and city representatives have already confirmed.

Event Registration Online registrations can be made by visiting All sponsor seats/tickets include entry to The Mayor’s Reception following the event.

• Gold Level Sponsor: $1,000– Includes 10 seats in VIP Seating Mayor Rusty Bailey Section • Silver Level Sponsor: $750 – Includes 8 seats in Preferred Seating Section • Bronze Level Sponsor: $500– Includes 4 seats in Preferred Seating Section • General Ticket: $50 Per Person To register or for more information, please contact Special Events Manager Kelly Straine at kstraine@riverside-chamber.cor or 951683-7100 ext. 211.

Event Parking Curbside metered parking is available throughout downtown Riverside and is FREE after 5:00 p.m. All City parking lots and garages are FREE after 5:00 PM on weekdays. Garages 1, 2, and 3 have FREE parking up to 90 minutes weekdays. • Garage 1: Enter on Orange St. between Mission Inn Ave. and University Ave. • Garage 2: Enter on Orange St. between University Ave. and 9th St. • Garage 3: Enter on Market St. between Mission Inn Ave. and University Ave. For more about Downtown Riverside Parking Facilities, visit

Chamber Accepting Nominations for Small Business Eagle Awards The Chamber honors a local business every year with the Small Business Eagle Award for representing leadership and achievement in operating a small business. Eligibility for this prestigious award requires that businesses operate within the Riverside area and have less than 50 employees. In addition, the company must be a registered California business and a current member of the Chamber. Nominated businesses should highlight both current and past achievements that exemplify their contributions to Riverside and the small business community. The Chamber will select recipients and evaluate each business according to six guidelines. The criteria includes: staying power as an established business for at least three years, an increase in the number of employees, an increase in sales, innovation of the service or product, a positive response to adversity or challenges faced, and community contributions in personal time or by other resources.

New Publisher, Editor Announced at The Press-Enterprise Freedom Communications, who recently purchased The Press-Enterprise (P-E) from Dallas-based A.H. Belo in a $27.25 million sale, has announced Michael H. Burns as the papers new Publisher and named Michael Coronado as Editor. Burns, who brings 20 years of sales and marketing experience to the P-E, has been Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the Orange County Register since April 2012 and more recently, Senior Vice President of Revenue, coming to the Register from the top berth in sales and marketing management at Freedom. Described as an innovative and high-energy

leader, Burns has stated it took him about one-minute to say “yes” when he was asked to take the job as publisher of The PressEnterprise. “Freedom is a company that thinks outside the box and is passionate about its quest to drive local reporting and put renewed emphasis on print,” Burns said. Coronado, who was a Reporter for The Press-Enterprise from 2000-2004 and then became a key editor at the Orange County Register, is the new Editor of Inland Southern California’s largest newspaper. Burns commented that he was impressed with Coronado’s vision and his storytelling skills, especially when the Register began publishing more community-based content. “He understands what we’re trying to do,

Nomination forms are now available at the Chamber and can be obtained by calling 951-683-7100. All nominations must be received by January 31, 2014.

Last year, the Chamber was privileged to award Champion Electric as the recipient of this award. The tradition will be carried on as the Chamber looks forward to recognizing a business that truly makes an impact on the local economy and presents itself as a community leader.

Chamber Business Briefs EastHills Business Council Teams Up to Award New Bicycles Jaws dropped, hands covered faces, and excitement filled the multi-purpose room at Mark Twain Elementary The EastHills Business Council, Jenson USA, and the Riverside Police School as 20 stu- Department share an exciting moment with Mark Twain Elementary students selected to receive new bicycles. dents received new the adventures they could enjoy if they bicycles. The event is part of the EastHills had a bike. This dream can now become a Business Council’s 12th Annual Holiday reality for the deserving children. Bike Program and is a continuing effort to promote and support the community. The Chamber congratulates the outstanding students at Mark Twain Elementary The EastHills Business Council teams up School and thanks Jenson USA for their with Jenson USA and the Riverside Police Department to donate the bicycles and continuing generosity and spirit of giving. Because of the overwhelming support in goodie bags to the children rewarded for the community, the EastHills Business academic and citizenship achievement. Council hopes to continue the program The children selected for this special award for many years to come. wrote essays on what they would do and

Chamber Chair (2012-2013) Brian Hawley (left) presents Champion Electric President Glen Rowden (right) with the 2012 Small Business Eagle Award.

and he understands the Inland Empire,” Burns said. With the Register, Coronado had been the editor who directed coverage of more than a dozen cities in southern Orange County for the past seven years. He also handled coverage of military affairs at Camp Pendleton, worked as night Editor for breaking news, and as a General Assignment Reporter for South Coast cities. Gigi Mindreau-Banks Announced as Chamber Ambassador of the Month Gigi Mindreau-Banks, Account Executive for The Hanigan Company, once again, has earned a place as the Chamber’s Ambassador of the Month for January 2014. The Hanigan Company provides printed and promotional products for the Inland Empire and the San Diego area. Gigi has been an Ambassador since 2009 and is currently serving her second year as Chair of the Ambassador Committee. She represents both her company and the Chamber with equal professionalism and enthusiasm; wholeheartedly embracing the idea of promoting business and the community. She never misses an opportunity to educate other businesses about the benefits of belonging to the Chamber. She resides in Riverside with her husband Duncan and two lovely girls: Kimberly and Katie. She is a member of the National Charity League - Riverside, Marketing Coordinator of TEAM Networking Group, and recently joined the La Sierra Business Council Board of Directors. The Chamber also congratulates Henry Citarella of Western & Southern Life on returning as the Ambassador of the Quarter. For those interested in becoming an Ambassador for the Chamber, please contact Special Events Manager Kelly Straine at

RCC and Don Ajené Wilcoxson shared with BEP Council efforts to be selected for the State Bar of California’s Pathway to Law School Initiative.

RCC Seeks Selection for Pathway to Law School Initiative The Chamber recently held their Business Education Partnership Council meeting where members were informed of Riverside City College’s efforts to compete for the State Bar of California’s Community College Pathway to Law School Diversity Pipeline outreach initiative, also referred to as “2+2+3”. Don Ajené Wilcoxson, Associate Professor of Business at RCC, shared the benefits of this new program and how it would prove beneficial to the Riverside community and local businesses. Wilcoxson assists Laneshia Judson, the lead faculty member for RCC’s efforts to become a selected Pathway to Law School institution. Also, she facilitates the Paralegal program and is the advisor of their law society. California is a 60% majority to minority state. Currently, RCC enrolls hundreds of students into their Paralegal Studies program. The State Bar of California states this initiative will create a clear pathway for community college students who meet certain requirements, to be guaranteed admission or given priority enrollments to four top accredited law schools in California: UC Davis School of Law, UC Irvine School of Law, Santa Clara Law School, and University of Southern California (USC) Gould School of See Pathway on page 10


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Winner Introduces Beautiful Waterwise Yard to Neighborhood Once again, homeowners in the City of Riverside had a chance to win a Water-wise Landscape Makeover valued at $10,000 with Keep Riverside Clean and Beautiful’s (KRCB) annual fundraiser.

This year’s winners, Julie and Matt Stowe, chose a family friendly backyard makeover with a water-wise English garden feel, while keeping a beautiful tree line within the new design. The project was led by Ken Crowl, labor and installation was managed by Terry Mahoney of Brickman Landscape, and design done by IDLA Landscape Architecture.

This year’s Waterwise Landscape Makeover winners, Julie and Matt Stowe selected a family friendly back yard that preserves the historic charm and offers easy maintenance with an all new irrigation system for water conservation.

Freeway… Continued from page 1

Investments in local freeway infrastructure have shown great reliability in expanding local job opportunities. The flow of goods moving from the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will mean significant prospects for growth in truck, rail, and warehousing services. Ongoing infrastructure investments are needed to ensure timely deliveries from the ports to Riverside County, and the 91 Project is a key factor. Caltrans Director

Malcolm Dougherty stated, “When complete, drivers will spend less time on the road and will allow trucks and freight to be hauled more efficiently.” The Chamber congratulates the Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC) for leading the effort to construct the project, which is being funding through a combination of sales tax bonds and the local Measure A Transportation Sales Tax program.


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Meal and Rest Periods – Expansion to Heat Illness Recovery Periods SB 435 expands meal and rest break prohibitions to “recovery” periods taken to prevent heat illness. Under SB 435, an employer cannot require an employee to work during a recovery period mandated by state law under Cal/OSHA’s heat illness standard. An employer that does not provide an employee with a recovery period must pay the same premium penalty that exists for unprovided meal or rest breaks.

Lien on Property for Employee Complaints AB 1386 requires that the amount due under a Labor Commissioner order, decision, or award that has become final shall create a lien that may be recorded on the employer’s real property.

Prevailing Wages A number of bills signed this year relate to prevailing wages. Employers that provide services or construction work for the government or public entities must pay the prevailing

wage, which usually is significantly higher than the minimum wage.

Driver’s License for Undocumented Immigrants AB 60 requires the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to issue a driver license to an undocumented person who can prove identity and California residency and who can meet all other licensing requirements, including the written and behind-the-wheel exams. The card is not acceptable for federal purposes, such as verifying eligibility for employment. In other words, this card is not acceptable for Form I-9 verification. AB 60 does not take effect until January 1, 2015, or on the date the DMV executes a specified declaration, whichever is sooner.

Paid Family Leave Benefits SB 770 expands Paid Family Leave (PFL) wage-replacement benefits for employees to include benefits for time taken off to care for a seriously ill grandparent, grandchild, sibling, or parent-in-law. PFL does not create the right to a leave of absence, but provides California workers with some financial compensation/wage replacement during a qualifying absence. This legislation takes effect July 1, 2014.

Chamber Offers Free Business Counseling Through SCORE: 951-683-7100

Sponsors of the Landscape Makeover were: Riverside Public Utilities, Western Municipal Water District, Custom Service Systems, and our 2009 winners, Patty and Mike Blakely. Several local businesses donated supplies and materials: A-G Sod Farms, Bonnett Irrigation, Discount Tree Service, Earth Work Soil Amendments, Greenbelt Growers, Green Meadows Landscape, Louie’s Nursery, Paradise Garden Center, Southwest Boulder & Supply and Village Nurseries. The makeover also features a Smart irrigation system sponsored by Toro. The project raised $15,000 and the proceeds will continue to fund tools and supplies for city-wide beautification projects with community volunteers.

KRCB’s Community Appearance Index (CAI) tour is set for January 16th. Each year this tour becomes a crucial tool in determining the overall cleanliness of the City and assisting the KRCB staff with litter and graffiti eradication projects. A group of judges will be driven to five streets in each of the seven Riverside council wards: Residential neighborhood, Shopping Center, School, Park and Business District. While touring these streets, judges score five categories: Litter, Graffiti, Illegal Signs, Abandoned/Junk Vehicles and Outside Storage. Look for the results of our CAI tour to be released in March by each Council Ward.

KRCB to Recognize Distinguished Properties at Mayor’s State KRCB received 47 nominations for the annual beautification awards. Winners will be announced at The Mayor’s State of the City Address, to be held the evening of January 23rd at the Riverside Municipal Auditorium.

Touring to Find the City’s Misplaced Waste

At the event, KRCB will also feature a video presentation of the award winning properties that capture outstanding landscape and overall curb appeal. Awards will be presented for: New Construction with Landscaping, Exterior Reconstructing with Landscaping, Maintenance of Existing Facilities, Historical & Cultural Preservation and Sustainable Design and Innovation.

The litter and debris you see when driving about town is simply misplaced waste. To assist in identifying critical areas of the city,

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Member Anniversaries “Membership with the Chamber has been a great resource for our organization. It connects us to Riverside and the business community in a very positive way. Southwest California Pageants staff and titleholders really enjoy the many Chamber events we have been able to attend and appreciate the chamber staff keeping us up-to-date on local issues and events.” Anne Bowman, Director Southwest California Pageants

84 Years

Johnson Machinery

Leivas Tax Wealth Management Redwine & Sherrill

67 Years

21 to 25 Years

Riverside City Teachers Association

49 to 51 Years

Albert A. Webb Associates La Sierra University

28 to 34 Years

Altura Credit Union #6 Burke Williams & Sorensen, LLP

California Riverside Ballet Mission Inn Foundation & Museum Riverside County Assessor  County Clerk-Recorder Riverside County   Economic Development Agency Tournament House   Sports & Fitness Center

Athens Services Goforth & Marti   G/M Business Interiors International House of Pancakes Micromold, Inc. Phillips Enterprises Prevent Child Abuse Riverside County Singh Chevrolet

6 to 10 Years 16 to 20 Years

Alvarez Lincoln Jaguar Inland Empire Small Business   Development Center (SBDC) Kiwanis Club of Riverside Lamar Advertising Nordstrom PrimeCare of Riverside Riverside County Bar Association Riverside Medical Clinic Foundation

11 to 15 Years

Angelicas Florist & Gifts

Alvord Educational Foundation Athena Research Group, Inc. The Boeing Company City National Bank CSC Computer Science Corporation IEHP - Inland Empire Health Plan Karen Allen Salon & Spa   Riverside Plaza Lavish Hair Salon & Day Spa O’Connor Telezinski   a Professional Law Corporation Richard Lemire Sandals Church TDA Investments Westwood College

1 to 5 Years

Allstar Kia Ashley Furniture Home Stores BMW Motorcycles of Riverside CarbonLITE Industries, Inc. Carpets By Duane, Inc. Cash America Payday Advance China - US Business Summit ieCrowd - Innovation Economy  Corporation Keller Williams Realty Knudsen Law Office Laborers’ International Union Local 1184 Lake Arrowhead Resort & Spa LivHOME, Inc. MetLife The Palms On University RedFusion Media, Inc. Phil Rizzo San Bernardino School Employees   Federal Credit Union Southwest California Pageants Waypoint Homes Xerox

Member Highlights

Councilmember Steve Adams (left) welcomes Pacific Pulmonary Medical Group’s Dr. Ahmed El-Bershawi with an official City of Riverside pin at the facility’s Grand Opening.

The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa’s 21st Annual Festival of Lights Switch-On Ceremony attracted over 55,000 southern California residents to Riverside with an economic impact of over 20 million dollars.

Welcome to the Chamber “My husband and I joined the chamber to surround ourselves with successful people, to partner with other businesses and support each other as we strive to accomplish our personal goals. We are glad the chamber has made this possible.” Regina Gray, Owner Sweet Epies Bakery & Cafe

Olive Crest’s Pam Griffith (right) accepts an easy-bake oven from Hyatt Place Riverside/Downtown Director of Sales Donna Esparza (left) to kick off the toy drive at December’s Afterhours Business Mixer hosted by the downtown hotel.

GTN Management International, LLC Janet Franco 188 South 2nd Ave. • Upland, CA 91786 (866) 486-0070 Entertainment /Magician

Law’s Restaurant – Mike Huddleston 9640 Indiana Ave. • Riverside, CA 92503 (951) 354-7021 • Restaurants Lifehouse of Riverside Healthcare Center

ABLE Now – Ana Sandoval Riverside, CA 92501 (202) 717-0696 Community Service Organizations Actuarial Consultant, Inc. - ACI

Justin Bonestroo 387 Magnolia Ave., #103-305 • Corona, CA 92879 (310) 212-2626 • Employee Benefits/Consultants/Products

Acura of Riverside – Taylor Ferguson

8101 Auto Dr. • Riverside, CA 92504 (951) 662-8576 Automobile/Truck Dealers

Augie’s Coffee Roasters – Austin Amento

4205 Main St. • Riverside, CA 92501 (909) 798-2255 • Coffee/Tea Houses

Cafe Momma Floras, Inc. – Brenna Walker 10530 Magnolia Ave., Ste. C • Riverside, CA 92505 (951) 353-9800 Bakeries/Donut Shops

Chabad Jewish Community Center Judith Daniel 3579 Arlington Ave., #100 • Riverside, CA 92506 (951) 222-2005 • Community Service Organizations

Combined Worksite Solutions – Donna Poole Moreno Valley, CA 92557 (818) 605-7856 • Insurance

Concorde Career College – Ken Guerrero 201 E. Airport Dr., Ste. A • San Bernardino, CA 92408 (909) 884-8891 • Schools, Colleges & Universities

Dean and Company, LLC – Karen Alameddine 1525 E. Ontario Ave., #100 • Corona, CA 92881 (951) 444-7147 • Accountant/CPA & Tax Services

FXMIT, Inc. – Fernando Martinez 31805 Temecula Pkwy., #119 • Temecula, CA 92592 (951) 296-3000 • Information Technology

Patty Roach 8781 Lakeview Ave. • Riverside, CA 92508 (951) 685-1531 • Convalescent & Nursing Care Centers

Moreno Valley Urgent Care Clinic - Riverside James Harrison 1744 University Ave., #100 • Riverside, CA 92507 (951) 243-5050 • Medical Groups & Clinics

PanoramaVision, LLC – Tyrol Mitchel

6550 Van Buren Blvd., Ste. B • Riverside, CA 92503 (855) 686-4766 • Communications

SCS Lighting Solutions, Inc. – Nick Dutra

25801 Obrero Dr. • Mission Viejo, CA 92691 (925) 487-4880 • Lighting

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Sylvia Berrios 2744 Canyon Springs Pkwy. • Riverside, CA 92507 (951) 413-6003 • Grocery Stores & Markets

Smart & Final - Tyler – Sylvia Berrios

4039 Tyler St. • Riverside, CA 92503 (951) 641-8468 • Grocery Stores & Markets

Smart & Final - Vine – Carmen Salas 3310 Vine St. • Riverside, CA 92507 (951) 341-8230 • Grocery Stores & Markets SolarCity – Robert Rudd 1755 Iowa Ave., Unit B • Riverside, CA 92507 (310) 362-7500 • Solar Energy Systems & Products Talking Threads Custom Embroidery Tricia Warren Riverside, CA 92506 (951) 683-7205 • Advertising Specialties/Promotional Products

Thumbs Up Notary Services – Ann Ferguson 15239 La Palma Way • Moreno Valley, CA 92555 (951) 836-0870 • Notary Service Traffic Management, Inc. – Richard Valle 2712 E. La Cadena Dr. • Riverside, CA 92507 (951) 750-1800 • Traffic Control

Transportation Corridor Agencies – Jeff Bott 125 Pacifica, #100 • Irvine, CA 92618 (949) 754-3458 • Transportation Services

US Colleges – Tara Pullee 2023 Chicago Ave., #B1 • Riverside, CA 92507 (951) 784-4466 • Schools, Colleges & Universities

Wrap and Reduce with Dee – Dee White Mira Loma, CA 91752 (951) 415-2177 Health & Wellness/Service & Products


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One Way, Three Steps to Getting New Customers The Mega Mixer & Trade Show will showcase more than 100 Chamber member exhibitors seeking to promote, connect, and grow their business. Start 2014 off right by generating new leads and new opportunities for your business using these three steps: Register. Mega Mixer & Trade Show exhibitor spaces start at $250, but there are also Premier ($400) and Premier Plus ($500) spaces available for those who need more room or want electricity. All exhibitors will be listed in the event program and the Chamber will do the heavy lifting by providing the tables, chairs, and tablecloths. Display. Whether you are featuring a top product or launching a new service, this is a creative way to spotlight that information as you gain face-to-face contact with 1,000 new connections. Make sure you have plenty of signage, do a product demonstration, and have a way to follow up with potential customers. Talk… Now! Once you have registered, start talking about it online, in your store, and through your marketing right away. Let

people know you want to meet them IRL (in real life) or give your top customers an incentive to stop by your table. If a new connection hears your current customers giving rave reviews, it will make quite an impression! The 2014 Mega Mixer & Trade Show, presented by the Chamber and hosted by the Galleria at Tyler, is set for Thursday, January 30 and admission is free! From 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. exhibitors from a variety of industries will display their latest products, information, and exclusive deals. Also, The Taste of the Galleria is back, featuring samples from restaurants like Elephant Bar and TGI Fridays. Follow #MegaMix14 on Facebook and Twitter for event news and updates. You can also RSVP to the event page “2014 Mega Mixer & Trade Show” on Facebook. To register your business for the Mega Mixer & Trade Show, learn more about this networking opportunity, or to donate a door prize, contact Special Events Manager Kelly Straine at or 951-683-7100 ext. 211.

SHOP… Continued from page 4

$25,000 or less per year, are eligible for the maximum amount of tax credits.

About SHOP SHOP is a second marketplace, separate from the one for individuals, and is designed to give employers and their employees more options for health coverage. In 2014, health insurance companies participating in SHOP are: Blue Shield of California, Chinese

Community Health Plan, Health Net, Kaiser Permanente, Sharp Health Plan and Western Health Advantage. These plans will be sold through Certified Licensed Insurance Agents trained and certified by Covered California. Small businesses are not required to buy insurance for their employees. SHOP is voluntary and small businesses will not be penalized for non-participation.

Pathway… Continued from page 7

Law. As a result, RCC’s participation with this initiative has potential for significant impact in our local student community by providing more enrollment opportunities to students. The State Bar of California will accept 20 colleges into this program. Since competition is high, RCC is reaching out to its community for local support. The Chamber and the Business Education Partnership Council appreciates and supports RCC’s efforts to be selected for The Community College Pathway to Law School Diversity Pipeline.

Cindy Roth, CEO of the Chamber, explains “This initiative will give students the ability to see the possibility of getting into one of the highly rated law schools participating in this program. Once these students graduate, pass the Bar Exam and become members of the legal profession, hopefully, they will return to our community and serve the diverse population that makes up the City of Riverside.” For additional information contact Community Development Coordinator Richard Prince at 951-683-7100 ext. 218 or email rprince@

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Chamber Calendar

Stay connected with the Chamber and create your next business opportunity at one of our signature events. Visit or call 951-683-7100 for more information on any of the Chamber’s events. EVERY WED

FRI | JAN 17

Business In Action

Governmental Affairs Council

7:15 AM – Chamber Bourns Boardroom 3985 University Ave. By providing an outlet for business members, BIA is a place to network with an opportunity to hear various speakers on related subjects.

11:30 AM – Chamber Bourns Boardroom This month’s Governmental Affairs Council meeting will feature a discussion with Jess Romo, Manager of Ontario International Airport, on the current status of flight carriers and efforts to revitalize passenger traffic at the airport.


THU | JAN 23

INSIDE Downtown

37th Annual State of the City

7:15 AM – Riverside Art Museum 3425 Mission Inn Ave. Come hear the latest updates in the Downtown Business Council as the Riverside Art Museum hosts INSIDE Downtown. Attendees will also receive updates from Councilman Gardner and a police report from Lt. Hardin.


5:00 PM Riverside Auditorium & Events Center 3485 Mission Inn Ave The Chamber and the City of Riverside present the 37th Annual State of the City. Highlights to include KRCB’s Beautification Awards, presentation of the Riverside Hero Award and Mayor William “Rusty” Bailey’s second State of the City Address.

Good Morning Riverside

THU | JAN 30

7:00 AM – The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa 3649 Mission Inn Ave. Sponsored by Altura Credit Union in January, the Chamber will host business and community leaders as they update members on the latest news, projects, and events that impact the region.

Mega Mixer & Trade Show 4:30 PM – Galleria at Tyler 1299 Galleria at Tyler More than 100 exhibitors and 1,000 attendees will be making business connections. This opportunity only comes around once a year and is one you won’t want to miss.

TUE | JAN 14

FRI | JAN 31

Business Education Partnership Council

Business Seminar Series

7:30 AM – Chamber Bourns Boardroom 3985 University Ave. This month’s Business Education Partnership Council will feature Michael Fine, Interim Superintendent of Riverside Unified School District, who will brief the Council on the process for the Local Control Accountability Plan.

7:30 AM – Chamber Bourns Boardroom 3985 University Ave. This month’s Business Seminar focuses on the “New Labor Laws of 2014”. Labor law attornerys Joseph Ortiz and Bradley Neufeld will discuss topics like workers’ compensation, minimum wage, overtime, sexual harassments, and more.

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Greater Riverside Business - January 2014 Issue  

The Greater Riverside Business is a monthly publication of the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce.

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