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‘The Chamber…building a stronger local economy’

Volume 36, Number 8

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UCR and RUSD Partnership Expands STEM Education to Enhance Future Workforce Chamber Collaborates to Enrich Local Education With an increasing number of jobs requiring skills in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), preparing a highly-educated workforce in STEM fields is a national and local priority. This has been a top priority for the Chamber’s Business Education Partnership (BEP) Council resulting in strong support of the joint strategic partnership between Riverside Unified School District (RUSD) and the University of California, Riverside (UCR) to build a state-of-the-art STEM high school facility. The Chamber applauds RUSD and UCR as the joint strategic partnership was recently solidified at a Term Sheet Signing event at a RUSD Board of Education Meeting. The STEM high school will enrich student’s educational environment, allowing them to build critical thinking skills for college-level work and gain the necessary knowledge to thrive in innovative careers. While any new initiative toward education can be constructive, the Chamber believes a particular initiative toward STEM is vital to the success of Riverside’s future.

Riverside Unified School District and the University of California, Riverside formalize their joint strategic partnership by signing an agreement to build a state-of-the-art STEM high school facility.

Lynn Carmen Day, RUSD’s Chief Academic Advisor, gave an update on a RUSD and UCR Term sheet signing event at a recent BEP Council meeting, stating that construction See STEM on page 2

Chamber-Endorsed Refined Business Tax License Program Goes to City Council Saves Businesses Time and Effort with New Changes to the Business Tax License In the interest of local businesses, the Chamber has advocated and worked with the City of Riverside to secure critical adjustments to the Business Tax License program. The program now offers user-friendly insight to help businesses avoid penalty charges and refining the Businesses can now apply, renew, and pay business application and payment process. taxes online which streamlines the process for the business community. If individuals are planning on conducting business in the city, a maximum of 75% at 120 days. Apart from they must obtain a City of Riverside business the reduced penalty charges, the business tax tax license. license itself is not increasing or decreasing in price. Business tax electronic filing is now available online, saving businesses time and effort. Businesses can now apply, renew, and pay The six month amnesty program will begin online at Critical in September and run until the end of technical and enhanced aesthetic changes are February 2018, seeking to eliminate penalties and interest for non-compliant businesses now included in the program. Forms now that apply or pay within the pre-determined include visually appealing digital formatting time-frame. The Business Tax License and Spanish as a language option. program is set to go before City Council in August. In addition to online options, the Chamber advocated for reduced penalty charges, For more information, contact Brooke Biddle where the previous process included a 100% at 951-683-7100 Ext. 210 or bbiddle@ penalty fee at 90 days. The new process now includes 50% payment at 90 days and

Chamber Champions a Stronger Local Business Community Business Leaders Celebrate Membership Milestone The strength of the Chamber and its valuable programs and benefits available for members lies in membership. To push past the 1,300 member mark, board members collaborated with Chamber staff to identify over 50 prospective members who would benefit from membership. The Chamber applauds its board members for being committed to the vision of the organization and looks forward to future collaboration in the years to come. The reason for a membership drive is more than just about the goal itself, but making a push to reach businesses in the Riverside area that would benefit from the Chamber’s advocacy, connection, and community opportunities. The Chamber relies on membership in order to perform the various benefits members use each day. As a catalyst for business growth, the connections made through different member businesses bring strength for advocacy efforts. Without the voice of the Chamber and the collaborative efforts through other organizations, the voice of Riverside may not be heard in Sacramento or Washington, D.C. Connecting with state and federal leaders is important for Riverside businesses in order to voice challenges and opportunities the region presents. Convening business leaders through over 250 events per year resulting in nearly 26,000 See Milestone on page 7




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 2017–2018 Chairman of the Board Andrew Walcker – PSOMAS Vice Chairman, Chairman-Elect Joseph Ortiz – Best Best & Krieger Vice Chair – Governmental Affairs Bob Hicks – Gresham Savage Vice Chair – Economic Development Michael Lewin – Mirau Edwards Cannon Lewin & Tooke Vice Chair – Membership George Hoanzl – Jaguar Computer Systems Vice Chair – Community Development Bob Mendez – RLM Wealth Group Vice Chair – Divisions Joseph Zichichi – Spectrum Business Vice Chair – Divisions Kathy Michalak – Habitat for Humanity Riverside Vice Chair – Divisions JD Franklin – OSI Industries Vice Chair – Finance/Treasurer Brian Hawley – Luminex Software Legal Counsel Gary Montgomery – Thompson & Colegate Past Chairman of the Board/Chair–GRCCPAC Howard Saner – Riverside Physician Network

Board of Directors 2017–2018 Al Arguello – Bank of America Girish Balachandran – Riverside Public Utilities Robert Beatty – Notre Dame High School Patrick Brilliant – Riverside Community Hospital Dr. Michael Burke – Riverside Community College District Judy Carpenter – Riverside Medical Clinic Vinay Gupta – Asian Indian Chamber of Commerce Jamil Dada – Provident Bank Dr. Ronald L. Ellis – California Baptist University Rich Erickson – Lee & Associates Julio Figueroa – AT&T Tracy Fitzsimmons – Olive Crest Matt Friedlander – Habitat for Humanity Riverside Jim Fuson – Galleria at Tyler Justin Gilbert – Pacific Premier Bank Debbi Guthrie – Guthrie Companies Dr. David Hansen – Riverside Unified School District Peter Hubbard – American Medical Response Pepi Jackson – Riverside County Black Chamber of Commerce Cynthia Larive – University of California, Riverside Jim Maurer – The Press-Enterprise Rose Mayes – Fair Housing Council of Riverside County Vincent McCoy – Inland Empire Small Business Development Center Scott Megna – Riverside Convention Center Scott Meinert – VALIC Financial Advisors Kevin Milligan – Riverside Public Utilities Ana Miramontes – Bank of America Patty Moorman – Bourns, Inc. Colonel Matthew Burger – 452d Air Mobility Wing Tom Nightingale – Wells Fargo Bank Regional Commercial Banking Office James Persinger – Pick Group of Young Professionals Lea Petersen – Southern California Gas Company Steve Popkin – Parkview Community Hospital Medical Center Emilio Ramirez – Greater Riverside Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Mark Rubin – Regional Properties Bob Ryan – HDR Engineering, Inc. Zareh Sarrafian – Riverside University Health System Rob Starr – The Toro Company Yundra Thomas – Atchley & Associates Insurance Services Ron Thompson – UTC Aerospace Systems Matt Webb – Albert A. Webb Associates Vita Willett – Kaiser Permanente Medical Center Riverside Dr. Randal Wisbey – La Sierra University Joseph Zichichi – Spectrum Business

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Business Community Focuses on Downtown Development and Member-Friendly Legislation The local business community and Chamber have been working hard to influence and cultivate economic growth in the region. With a win for the business community, the Chamber-supported Streetplus program was approved by City Council. This will be an added amenity for Downtown businesses as cleanliness and safety will be the top priority for Streetplus Ambassadors patrolling the area. Streetplus will bring an additional security presence to Downtown on the weekends and during large events. Additionally, businesses in the downtown area will now have access to escorts and patrols throughout downtown public parking garages. Continuing the momentum from another large win, the California Air Resources Board emissions testing facility continues to be one of the Chamber’s priorities. The Chamber, City, County, and the University of California, Riverside just completed the first series of luncheons where groups of employees tour Riverside and get a glimpse of the city. These luncheons are important to provide information

to employees relocating to Riverside and how they can use Chamber members and other sources to buy homes and use local stores, all of which will benefit our economy.

“We will continue advocating for our members and are thankful for the tremendous support the business community has shown lately.” Advocating for the business community through monitoring legislation continues to be a priority for the Chamber. While analyzing and tracking over 100 bills throughout the season, the Chamber has opposed bills which

are detrimental to the region’s economy. AB 1701 would penalize contractors for a third party wage violation they may not have committed. With an increase in development and building in Riverside and Inland Southern California, this bill would be detrimental to local contractors and architects, thus harming Riverside’s economy and rate of growth. Overall, the Chamber has been working to ensure the economic growth of the region. We will continue advocating for our members and are thankful for the tremendous support the business community has shown lately. The economic vitality of our city and region continues to grow thanks to members.

Andrew Walcker Chair of the Board

Chamber Acts as Catalyst for Business Growth, Advocacy for Uber/Lyft at ONT Successful In a win for the business community, the Ontario International Airport Authority recently agreed to provide airport access to rideshare service companies, such as Uber and Lyft. As a result of advocacy efforts between the Chamber and local businesses, new and cost-effective transportation options will be available for commuters and travelers alike. With the approval of this program, new jobs will be created in order to fulfill the heightened demand of convenient travel. As Ontario International Airport (ONT) continues to grow in size and significance, the demand for new travel options has surged for the surrounding area. By allowing companies such as Uber and Lyft to operate at ONT, tourists and visitors will be more likely to access the many amenities that the Inland Southern California region has to offer. The Riverside Convention Center will benefit from this advocacy as they will be able to book more conventions which would use ONT to travel to their facility. This will give Downtown Riverside an additional boost as more travelers use local hotels and amenities during conventions and conferences. As the region’s population continues to grow exponentially, likewise there has been a surge in tourism and demand for additional opportunities for businesses to hold conventions and meetings. This step in allowing rideshare programs to operate out of ONT is the latest stride taken by community and business leaders to provide opportunities for economic growth and create new, sustainable jobs. Interim CEO of ONT, Mark Thorpe, engaged the attendees of Good Morning Riverside by updating them about upcoming amenities at the airport. The potential for growth and development in the current land around the airport allows for regional and local economic development growth. Upcoming dining and service amenities such as new flights, parking for every budget,

(Pictured left to right) Interim CEO of ONT Mark Thorpe, Deputy State Director Heather Hutt for Senator Kamala Harris, and Past Chair of the Chamber Howard Saner connect at GMR.

and food options including Einstein Bagels, Wahoo’s Fish Tacos, and Rock & Brews will not only provide amenities to travelers, but boost the local economy. In addition to passenger flights, ONT has doubled its commercial flights with FedEx and continues to contract flights with UPS and Amazon. The additional commercial flights are significant to the local economy as these companies use local infrastructure and

distribution centers in order to be closer to the airport. The Chamber applauds ONT for its strides towards additional amenities and enhanced customer service towards the region. In addition, the Chamber will continue to collaborate with leaders from ONT and the City of Riverside to create jobs for the region.

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for the STEM high school will start in two years, with the school opening in 2021. The STEM high school will be built on Parking Lot 13, a 4.6-acre area on the northeast end of campus near science buildings and the botanic gardens. The new STEM high school will have areas of study that include environmental sciences, pollution, renewable energy, life sciences, genetics, nutrition, sports medicine, statistics, logistics, computer science, robotics, teacher

education, engineering, and aviation. Having the STEM school on the UCR campus will elevate the opportunities for UCR faculty and students to engage high school students through outreach and it will bring the excitement of discovery from the research campus to the high school classroom. For more information, contact Aly Herrera at 951-683-7100 Ext. 218 or aherrera@

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California Legislature Approves Cap-and-Trade Program

Thanks to Albertsons/Vons/Pavilions, community and business leaders will volunteer to help serve lunch to over 5,000 servicemen and women at March Air Reserve Base on September 9.

Community Leaders and Partners Honor Team March at Military Appreciation Picnic

September 9, the Chamber and local partners are giving back to the servicemen and women who have dedicated their lives in service to the country. The Military Appreciation Picnic is a valuable opportunity for the community to honor and show support to the service members at March Air Reserve Base (MARB). Thanks to Albertsons/ Vons/ Pavilions, volunteers will serve a picnic lunch to over 5,000 military personnel and their families. This year’s theme, “A Century of Service”, commemorates the upcoming 100-year anniversary of MARB and the important role it has played in the nation’s defense. With more than 9,000 personnel, the base contributes more than $579 million to the local economy. Since the inception of the base in 1918, the Chamber has been a proud advocate in promoting its significance and growth and looks forward to working to ensure its durability for years to come.

The picnic will run from 12:00-4:30 PM at LeMay Park. Business and community leaders over 21 years of age who register in advance can show their appreciation by serving food, volunteering for other important duties at the event, or by participating as a sponsor. Special thanks to this year’s sponsors so far: AFA Bob Hope Chapter, Altura Credit Union, Bank of America, The Boeing Co., Bud’s Tire and Wheel, Coldwell Banker Blackstone, Michael Goldware, Brian and Vickie Hawley, Hillwood Investment Properties, Les Schwab, March Joint Powers Authority, Pacific Premier Bank, Stronghold Engineering, Inc., Dwight Tate, Mike and Clara Vanderpool, and Western Municipal Water District. Volunteers must be at least 21 and register in advance to receive base clearance. For information, contact Andrew Sall at 951-683-7100 Ext. 220 or

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The California Legislature recently approved AB 398 (Garcia), which extends California’s cap and trade program to the year 2030, and provides what is believed to be the most costeffective path to accomplishing climate change goals. With the AB 398, a bill that will extend California’s cap-and-trade program to 2030, current cap-andwas approved by a supermajority vote in the stateLegislature. trade program set a market-based approach to cap-and-trade, to expire in 2020, sponsors of the legislation which the state’s nonpartisan Legislative argue that this will provide businesses with Analyst Office found to be significantly the greatest opportunity to comply with cheaper than any other regulatory mechanism. California’s climate mandates. Proponents of the legislation argue that this approach will better enable businesses to Last year, SB 32 became law, mandating cope with the costs and mandates associated California to reduce its overall greenhouse with the aggressive climate change goals. gas emissions 40% below 1990 levels by 2030. However, the bill neglected to include The Legislature also approved ACA 1, a plan that detailed a way for businesses and a constitutional amendment that would industries to comply with the new regulation require a review in 2024 to determine the after 2020. AB 398 would answer concerns effectiveness of the state’s Greenhouse Gas over compliance measures and costs by Emissions program. ACA 1 would also continuing cap and trade until 2030 while establish a new fund for revenue generated simultaneously providing businesses with from the sale of cap-and-trade permits, also continued provisions and reducing the beginning in 2024. In order to ensure comchances of substantial cost increases. pliance and accountability, all appropriations from this fund would require a two-thirds Essentially, cap-and-trade places limits on vote by the California Legislature. For more carbon emissions and requires businesses information on the state’s cap-and-trade and organizations to acquire permits, either program, contact Andrew Sall at 951-683-7100 through handouts or auctions, to continue Ext. 220 or emissions at higher levels. AB 398 installs


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Coming in 2018, a new Chick-fil-A location on Central Avenue will boast new jobs while increasing amenities to businesses and residents in the area.

New Chick-fil-A Slated to Bring 80 New Jobs to Magnolia Center The Riverside Planning Commission has recently approved the Chamber-supported Chick-fil-A restaurant on Central Avenue which will improve the surrounding shopping area and bring new jobs. There will be approximately 80 new jobs through the total number of employees and jobs created through construction of the facility. The operator will engage the community and seek opportunities to partner with local educational institutions to invest in Riverside’s future workforce. “We are very excited to be a part of the community, as we have been looking in this part of Riverside for a number of years!� says Don Ikeler, Director of West Region Design & Construction of Chick-fil-A, Inc. The prime location of this project on Central Avenue will assist in economic prosperity for adjacent businesses. The drive-thru restaurant will be a 4,721 square-foot building on the northwest portion of the center to replace the vacant Coco’s Restaurant. The new

construction will help to cultivate a pedestrianfriendly environment featuring water conserving landscaping. The drive-thru restaurant includes an approximately 620-square-foot outdoor dining patio on the northern area of the site with frontage onto Central Avenue. A single drive-thru lane includes a 10-14 vehicle stacking space and iPads utilized by staff to create a quick ordering process, thus lowering any traffic concerns. An audio sensitive voice box at the ordering window will self-adjust the level of audio based on background noise, helping to assist in noise reduction for neighboring residents and businesses. With the Chamber’s advocacy, this project will bring an overall increase in economic prosperity for the surrounding plaza, capital investments, property value, and new jobs. For more information, contact Brooke Biddle at 951-683-7100 Ext. 210 or bbiddle@

The Chamber’s 18-hole Golf Classic tournament, sponsored by AT&T, is known for bringing together companies and small businesses for a day out on the course. The Golf Classic is a day full of networking and business opportunities for everyone and includes many fun and interactive opportunities. After a day on the course, the tournaFunds raised by the Golf Classic are used to further the Chamber’s ment members will return mission of creating a strong local economy, promoting Riverside, to Jurupa Hills Country and connecting businesses through the Area Business Councils. Club for a dinner and awards ceremony sponsored by Banner Bank. Center, Mission Grove Shopping Center Regional Properties, Notre Dame High The Golf Classic provides more than School, OctoClean, Pierce Brothers Crestlawn 200 players, sponsor representatives, and Memorial Park & Mortuary, The Pressvolunteers a unique and fun networking Enterprise Co., Raceway Ford, Rick Engineering opportunity while raising funds for the Co., Riverside Convention Center, Riverside Chamber and six Area Business Councils Medical Clinic, Riverside Public Utilities, to provide member’s favorite programs. SolarMax Renewable Energy Provider, Inc., Funds are raised by sponsorships ranging Spectrum Business, SystemGo IT, Thompson from $250 to $5,000 with most including & Colegate, Tilden-Coil Constructors, Inc., player entries and signage opportunities. Wells Fargo Bank Regional Commercial Banking Office, and Western Municipal Special thanks to our current sponsors: Water District. AT&T, Allstate/Escamilla Family Insurance Agency, Altura Credit Union, Alvarez Lincoln Golf Tee Signs are also available for Jaguar, American Medical Response, Anheusersponsorship. Funds raised through the sale Busch, Inc., Auto Club Speedway, Banner of tee signs, player fees, door prizes, and Bank, Best Best & Krieger, Big Brothers sponsorship proceeds make many member Big Sisters of the Inland Empire, Champion services and programs available throughout Electric, Inc., Custom Service Systems, the year. Chamber member businesses can HUB International Insurance Services, Heroes also participate by organizing player groups. Restaurant and Brewery, Home Instead For more information, contact Serena Senior Care, Infiniti of Riverside, Manheim Chapman at 951-683-7100 Ext. 211 or Riverside, Marriott Riverside at the Convention

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Chamber Helps Stop Legislation that Targets Employers; Continues Opposition of Bill

Streetplus patrols on foot, bike, and Segway, serving as a resource for businesses to utilize in addressing minor safety issues but also enhancing quality of life in Downtown Riverside.

Streetplus Ambassadors Enrich Quality of Life for Downtown Businesses With the Chamber’s avid support, City Council approved the Streetplus Program to aid Downtown Riverside in security and cleanliness. Streetplus will provide businesses with increased safety and additional protection for employees with the availability of escorts and patrols throughout the downtown public parking garages. Ambassadors with the Streetplus program will also utilize the City’s Homeless Outreach Team to ensure safety for businesses. This program is a nationwide recognized industry in facilitating needed change in safety, cleanliness, and hospitality of downtown city areas. Streetplus Ambassadors will patrol on foot, mountain bike, and Segway with digitally monitored patrols. In addition to patrols and safety escorts, Ambassador duties will include: offering directions to the public, conducting business checks, identifying incidents that impact safety, and picking up and disposing of litter.

During holidays and events where visitor and pedestrian traffic is high, Streetplus will provide much needed assistance.

This program will aid the City and Riverside Police Department as an additional security presence in downtown. Overall, Riverside Police Department believes trained Streetplus individuals will serve as a proactive safety element for the city. Streetplus will be easily recognized in distinguished yellow polo shirts differing from law enforcement attire.

Recently, the Chamber was successful in halting legislation that would prohibit certain employers from contracting with the state, thus stalling business growth. The bill, SB 30, failed a committee deadline and can only be acted upon beginning in January 2018. The Chamber is also continuing to oppose AB 1701 which would negatively impact California’s economy by leaving contractors and employers vulnerable to litigation for violations they did not commit.

AB 1701, by Assemblymember Tony Thurmond, places liability on contractors for a wage violation they did not commit. As a result, a contractor would be subject to litigation in the event that a subcontractor does not pay wages to a third party, even though the contractor may not have been involved in or aware of the third party’s hiring. Therefore, new costs will be imposed on businesses, likely leading to a reduction in an employer’s workforce and causing delay in completing the contracted service.

Although the Chamber supports efforts to secure the national borders to ensure California’s future prosperity, SB 30 would have negatively impacted the state’s economy. The bill would prohibit the state from contracting with businesses that have provided goods and services to the federal government in their development of a wall along California’s southern border. The bill neglected to take into consideration the businesses’ ability to perform the contracted service or provide the good. The Chamber will continue to oppose legislation that weakens California’s economic climate by barring the state from contracting with businesses associated with the development of a border wall, regardless if the business is related to the operation of constructing the wall, and holding businesses liable for wage violations they themselves did not commit. For more information, contact Andrew Sall at 951-683-7100 Ext. 220 or

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Chamber Business Briefs City Employee Named to Statewide Homelessness Council The Chamber congratulates Emilio Ramirez, Deputy Director of Community and Economic Development in the City of Riverside, for being named by Governor Jerry Brown to the new statewide Homelessness Coordinating and Financing Council, which is devoted to identifying ways to prevent and end homelessness across California. The 15-member Council identifies resources, benefits, and services that can help people avoid becoming homeless or, if they already are homeless, begin to make the transition back into housing. As a member of the Council, Ramirez will bring to the state level the knowledge and skills he brings to Riverside’s efforts to combat homelessness. “Helping people overcome the challenge of homelessness has become a key part of my professional life, and I am very excited about being able to provide some expertise on the state level,” Ramirez said. The Chamber congratulates Ramirez on this prestigious appointment and looks forward to having a representative from Riverside work to create a better quality of life for residents and businesses.

Chamber Applauds City Officials on State Seismic Safety Commission Riverside City Councilmember Mike Gardner and Riverside City Fire Department Captain Tim Strack have been re-appointed to the Alfred E. Alquist Seismic Safety Commission, which advises the Legislature and the Governor on policies and programs to reduce the risks from earthquakes. The Chamber applauds the re-appointments as the officials bring over a decade of combined experience to the commission. Gardner has served on the commission since 2010 and is currently its chairman, a post he previously held in 2014-15. Strack has been on the commission since 2011, and served as chairman in 2015-16. “We’re fortunate to have such strong experts in the City of Riverside, and we’re proud to share their expertise with the rest of the state,” Mayor Rusty Bailey said. “California is better off with these two Riversiders providing assistance on such an important statewide board.” The Seismic Safety Commission manages the State’s Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program; reviews seismic activities funded by the State; provides consistent policy direction for earthquake-related programs for agencies at all government levels; and proposes and reviews earthquake-related legislation.

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Chamber Recognizes Ambassador of the Month The Chamber is delighted to announce Yolanda Meyers, Executive Officer and Founder of Christmas Trees of Hope as the Ambassador of the Month. Her company was started in 2008, and is a non-profit organization that leases, places, and decorates artificial Christmas trees and other holiday ornaments for family residences and businesses. Proceeds are donated to children’s causes. Meyers became an Ambassador four years ago when she learned how the Chamber benefits local businesses. She said, “The most fulfilling aspect of being an Ambassador is the ability to share how the Chamber can grow businesses because it has given me the opportunity to meet with significantly more clients and fellow business owners than I could ever have met on my own.” Meyers also volunteers for Ladies Guild of Southern California Teen Challenge, the California Visiting Nurses Association’s Home Health Hospice Outreach, and the New Hope Family Worship Center weekly food ministry. For more information on the Ambassador Committee, contact Serena Chapman at 951-683-7100 Ext. 211 or schapman

connections speaks to most businesses looking to be part of the Chamber. Connecting businesses with other members, city and county officials, members of local school districts, state and federal leaders, and military leaders give a diverse range of access to member businesses looking to make new connections or build their clientele. In addition, the Chamber is a champion for the local community by supporting local school districts, higher education, and enhancing the quality of life for residents and businesses. Supporting local schools reduces brain drain in the region and equips students to attend college locally to become business men and women who will bring their education into the local workforce. This is important for the Chamber to be part of enhancing the quality of life for both businesses and residents as many people reside and work in Riverside. The Chamber’s purpose in attaining more members allows them to fulfill their mission to convene leaders and influencers, be a catalyst for business growth, and maintain strong local communities. Members are encouraged to refer prospective members to the Chamber is order to continue building a stronger local economy and to make a difference in the Riverside region.

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The 13th Annual Riverside College & Career Fair provides one-stop access to future career and educational pathways to high school students, college students, and their families.

Highlight Local Career Pathways to Over 7,000 Students and Families The Riverside College & Career Fair gives thousands of high school and college students one-stop access to future career and educational opportunities. The Chamber is pleased to host the 13th event, presented by Bank of America, for over 7,000 students in order to set the foundation for the region’s future workforce. The fair will take place on September 28 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM and will return to the Galleria at Tyler. Event admission is free and open to the public. Local businesses are encouraged to sign up for exhibitor space to help educate and highlight possible career paths to Riverside’s youth. This is a great opportunity to start building relationships for future internship, recruitment, and business opportunities and help students envision what a future could be like with local businesses. Exhibiting at this event is a great way to spread awareness of a business and its commitment to the community while focusing on Riverside’s

future workforce by guiding Riverside’s youth on their next steps. More than 150 representatives from numerous public and private colleges and universities from across the state will host booths throughout the Galleria at Tyler. Additionally, local business and industry leaders will be available to discuss various career pathway options with students. Resource and counselor stations will be present to provide information about college admissions, financial aid, interview tips, and communication skills. Bank of America, in partnership with the City of Riverside, Riverside County Workforce Development Board, the Galleria at Tyler, Alvord, Jurupa, and Riverside Unified School Districts, and the Chamber’s Business Education Partnership Council will host this event. For more information, contact Aly Herrera at 951-683-7100 Ext. 218 or


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Member Anniversaries

6 to 10 Years

“The strength of our community has been directly affected by many of the achievements the Chamber has made. From economic development to quality of life issues, the Chamber brings the right people together to collaboratively address the challenges that businesses from all sectors encounter. Olive Crest appreciates and utilizes the many benefits that this partnership brings.” Tracy Fitzsimmons Executive Director Olive Crest 93 Years

Southern Calif Gas Co.

50 to 58 Years

Bank of America – 3650 14th St. Jacobs Development Co. Parkview Community Hospital Medical Center Tavaglione Construction and Development, Inc.

43 to 44 Years

Altura Credit Union – 2847 Campus Pkwy. Luxfer Gas Cylinders

31 to 37 Years

Lou’s Lock & Safe, Inc. Riverside University Health System Victor Electric Woodcrest Chiropractic

21 to 29 Years The Abbey Co. Autotech

Chuck Beaty Ben Bridge Jewelers CDC Small Business Finance Corporation Loma Linda University Health Center Parkview Community Hospital Foundation RJN Investigations, Inc. South Coast Air Quality Management District Toyota/Scion of Riverside Wells Fargo Advisors

16 to 20 Years

Coldwell Banker Armstrong Properties Carol Fick Vern Goodwalt Junior League of Riverside, Inc. Mario’s Place Riverside Aquettes Riverside March Field Chapter MOAA Riverside Sunrise Rotary Martin Tobias

University of Redlands School of Business  Riverside Campus

11 to 15 Years

Altura Credit Union #1 – 6403 Riverside Ave. Argosy University Bank of America – 4601 La Sierra Ave. Bank of America – 6370 Magnolia Ave. Bank of America – 10297 Magnolia Ave. Dr. Bozner’s Vision Lab Beltone of Riverside Broeske Architects & Associates, Inc. Canyon Crest Athletic Club Canyon Park Apartments Enterprise Funding Corporation Hush Air Heating & Air Conditioning Jurupa Valley Executive Suites Konica Minolta Business Solutions Dana Reupert Wells Fargo Bank Regional Commercial Banking Office

ActionCOACH Airport Mini Storage Ambergate Escrow, Inc. Bank of America – 9204 Magnolia Ave. BBSI-Barrett Business Services, Inc. Ben Clymer’s The Body Shop Coldwell Banker Residental Brokerage Coverall Health Based Cleaning System Holstein Taylor and Unitt APC Inland Lighting Supplies Law Offices of Catherine A. Schwartz LivHOME, Inc. Massage Envy – 19029 Van Buren Blvd. McCoy and Associates Riverside County Department of Veterans Services Riverside Transit Agency RLM Wealth Group Salvation Army Totally Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Wendel Tucker Vision Solved Wealth Management Group W. Douglas Millsap, CPA

1 to 5 Years

Adrian Cisneros Insurance Agency - Farmers AFFSS Corporation AG Organics, Inc. BitPeel LLC Boy Scouts of America – CIEC Caliber Collision Center – 2910 14th St. Caliber Collision Center – 2756 E. La Cadena Dr Caliber Collision Center – 6634 Indiana Ave. Caliber Collision Center – 18805 Van Buren Blvd. Care Ambulance Service

Damsel in Defense Independent Pro – Teresa Carpenter Eastside Reconciliation Coalition Exclusive Towing Fiesta Village GRAE La Sierra, LLC Graff Hair Technology Home Care Assistance IE Commuter I’m Here to Help You, Inc. Inter Valley Health Plan Interval Equipment Solutions, Inc. Local Boy - Special Event Services Miracle Ear Mission Ambulance, Inc. NetKomp, Inc. New American Funding Next Home Citrus City OctoGreen Raincross Window Cleaning Ratkovich Properties Realty Executives Residence Inn by Marriott Corona Riverside Riverside County Workforce Development Centers Rogers Anderson Malody & Scott, LLP Silent Valley Club, Inc. Soholt & Company Landscape, Inc. St. Andrew Orthodox Church Staples Steak ’ N Shake Steele Financial Group TEAM Referral Network - Riverside Lunch Chapter VALIC Financial Advisors Vocademy - The Makerspace Waddell & Reed - Carol Asper

Member Highlights

Business In Action provides the opportunity for members to make business-to-business connections and learn about other organizations in the community.

MBK Homes celebrated a grand opening for a new Metro Gateway housing complex with local business leaders, City officials, and Chamber members.

Welcome to the Chamber “As a new business owner in the City of Riverside, I knew that joining the Chamber would be instrumental in getting my business up off the ground. I am looking forward to getting to know the Chamber members and seeing how I can serve my community and work to grow my business.” Meagan Levins Owner Santa Maria Style Oak Pit BBQ 5.11 Riverside—Sabrina Mazumder 3388 Tyler St. • Riverside, CA 92503 (951) 588-2477 • Shopping/Retail

AGA Applied General Agency—Dulce Tee Sy 1485 Spruce St. #A • Riverside, CA 92507 (323) 439-3572 • Insurance/Health

Aflac—Scott Wattenbarger Riverside, CA 92507 (760) 207-7289 Insurance/Health—Mash Babaria

4023 Trailcreek Rd. • Riverside, CA 92505 (877) 992-2247 • Manufacturers

Bob Livingston - Realtor—Bob Livingston 835 N. Main St. #D • Corona, CA 92880 (951) 235-5113 • Real Estate/Residential

Bryan Fletcher Architect/CASp-ADA Inspector-137

Community Now—Shor Denny

14340 Elsworth St., #B113 • Moreno Valley, CA 92553 (951) 413-6587 • Community Organizations

Del Taco #301—Luis Robles

4407 Brockton Ave. • Riverside, CA 92501 (951) 682-0228 • Restaurants/Fast Food

Farmers Insurance - Bryan Germain—Bryan Germain Chino, CA 91710 (909) 696-0468 Insurance

Formillus—Michael Bern

3080 12th St. • Riverside, CA 92507 (951) 941-7176 • Architects

Foster Army Animal Rescue—Richard Kirby 3564 Central Ave. • Riverside, CA 92506 (951) 222-2104 • Pet Services & Supplies

Bryan Fletcher Corona, CA 92879 (949) 205-0954 • ADA Code Compliance

Franklin Training Systems—Chet Franklin

C4 Effects—Kurt Yinger

Glen Oaks College—Jennifer Pineda

160 W. Foothill Pkwy. #105-93 • Corona, CA 92882 (951) 453-5148 • Promotional Products/Merchandise

Cali Fence Co.—Aaron Diaz

Fontana, CA 92337 (909) 746-7640 • Contractors/Landscape

California Tool and Welding Supply—Chris Craig 201 Main St. • Riverside, CA 92501 (951) 686-7822 • Manufacturers

Citrus Heritage Escrow, Inc.—Beatrice Munoz 7197 Brockton Ave., #1 • Riverside, CA 92506 (951) 351-7200 • Title/Escrow Companies

Moreno Valley, CA 92555 (951) 313-3866 • Consultants/Business 1660 Chicago Ave. N-1 • Riverside, CA 92507 (951) 683-8300 • Schools/Vocational

Gomez Motoring—David Gomez

6009 Jurupa Ave. • Riverside, CA 92504 (951) 352-1420 • Automobile/Parts & Supplies

Mark Hawkins—Riverside, CA 92506 (951) 233-7011 Individual Member

Heartland Payment Systems—Carmela Giliberto Fontana, CA 92336 (909) 899-6223 • Financial Services

Members connect through the Chamber’s signature event, Good Morning Riverside, while hearing the latest local information impacting businesses.

IDLC - Injury & Disabilty Law Center—Joe Gaffney

Riverside Catholic Schools—Robert Beatty

JMW Insurance Solutions—Martin Johnson

Riverside Home & Appliance—Evan Spurlock

Jimmy John’s—Sean Rutherford

Santa Maria Style Oak Pit BBQ—Meagan Lee Levins

3747 Central Ave., #102 • Riverside, CA 92506 (951) 779-0010 • Restaurants/Fast Food

Riverside, CA 92506 (805) 440-5666 • Caterers

Michael Jordan

St. Francis de Sales Catholic School—Kathy Kothlow

4049 Brockton Ave. • Riverside, CA 92501 (951) 244-1776 • Insurance

10800 Hole Ave., #8 • Riverside, CA 92505 (951)501-2900 • Insurance

Riverside, CA 92506 • (951) 781-0625 Individual Member

La Sierra Academy—Evelyn Fowler

4900 Golden Ave. • Riverside, CA 92505 (951) 351-1445 • Schools

La Sierra University Church—Steve Hemenway 4937 Sierra Vista Ave. • Riverside, CA 92505 (951) 354-7095 • Churches

Merrill Lynch-Michael A. Sepulveda—Michael Sepulveda 4141 Inland Empire Blvd., #150 • Ontario, CA 91764 (909) 489-9700 Financial Services

Neighborhood Partnership Housing Services, Inc.—Jenny Ortiz 9551 Pittsburgh Ave. • Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730 (909) 988-5979 • Community Organizations

Noelani’s Halau O Hula Dance Mo’olelo—Roberta Kellett 1663 Industrial Ave., Ste. C • Norco, CA 92860 (951) 751-1881 • Dancing Instruction

On Point—Larry Mulligan

4100 Jurupa St., #102 • Ontario, CA 91761 (909) 937-3355 • Educational Services

Postal Annex + —Vinod Desar

19510 Van Buren Blvd., #F3 • Riverside, CA 92508 (951) 653-8080 • Mail & Shipping Services

RC Hobbs Companies—Roger Hobbs

1428 E. Chapman Ave. • Orange, CA 92866 (714) 874-6572 • Real Estate/Developers

Rebecca Franklin-WMS Application Consultant—Rebecca Franklin

Riverside, CA 92506 Schools

10015 Magnolia Ave. • Riverside, CA 92504 (951) 354-7770 • Appliances/Sales & Repairs

4205 Mulberry St. • Riverside, CA 92501 (951) 683-5083 • Schools

St. Thomas the Apostle School—Dian Pizurie 9136 Magnolia Ave. • Riverside, CA 92503 (951) 689-1981 • Schools

T and D Communications, Inc.—Jason Childs 4145 Indus Wy. • Riverside, CA 92503 (951) 737-0600 • Communications

Terra-Nova Windows, Inc.—Benito Velazquez 6164 River Crest Dr. • Riverside, CA 92507 (951) 653-2854 • Windows/Glass

Robin Treen

Riverside, CA 92505 (909) 815-5500 Individual Member

Vibrant Living—Daniela Bumann

P.O. Box 214 • Redlands, CA 92373 (951) 235-8393 • Consultants/Business Coaching

Victoria Village Dentistry—Jyoti V. Desar 6700 Indiana Ave., #115 • Riverside, CA 92506 (951) 200-5624 • Dentists

Wellness 4 Water—Leon Smith

Corona, CA 92880 • (714) 716-7707 Health Care/Health & Wellness Products

West Valley National Bank—Candace Wiest 3576 Arlington Ave. #206 —Riverside, CA 92506 (623) 535-2499 • Banks

Willis Towers Watson—Melinda Ullring

Riverside, CA 92503 • (260) 416-8136 Computer Software Development Consulting

Riverside, CA 92506 (203) 606-0260 • Insurance

Rich Cosner & Associates—Rich Cosner

Workforce Consultants—Greg Wilson

6349 Riverside Ave. • Riverside, CA 92506 (951) 476-3500 • Real Estate/Residential

3760 Oceanic Wy. #501 • Oceanside, CA 92056 (562) 746-5419 • Human Resources/Professional Employer Organization


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2018 Membership Guide Showcases Local Businesses and the Riverside Community

As the economic powerhouse of one of the Also included is a calendar of events fastest growing regions in the United States, indicating important happenings in Riverside Riverside’s world-class live entertainment, throughout the year. In the business directory critically-acclaimed festivals and art, and portion, viewers will find local member internationally recognized universities, make businesses conveniently listed alphabetically this region a thriving business community. and categorically for residents and tourists Discover the possialike. The Visitor bilities to advertise Guide showcases and experience the City’s offerings local treasures at in entertainment your fingertips with and nightlife, the Chamber’s new arts and recreation, 2018 Riverside shopping, dining, Visitor Guide and signature events, Members have the opportunity to showcase their This is Riverside: and local educabusinesses by advertising in the highly-distributed Magazine and This is Riverside: Magazine and Business Directory. tional treasures, Business Directory. serving as a valuable resource for members looking to promote The expanded distribution and ultra-targeted and grow their business by reaching content design make these publications the thousands of potential customers through “go-to” guide to Riverside. 10,000 copies distribution in high traffic locations will be available to local businesses, area throughout the city. residents, and people interested in relocating to the area. 15,000 copies will be distributed Sponsored by the City of Riverside, the throughout Riverside to hotel guests, Riverside Convention and Visitor’s Bureau convention center attendees, and visitors. and the Chamber, the new guide displays an advertorial format that will help Chamber An online, tablet-ready version will also businesses tell their story with a feature style be available and offer continuous increased article and will be used as a resource for visibility through the Chamber and residents, visitors, and potential clients Convention & Visitors Bureau websites. to navigate Riverside’s unique offerings. Members can use the guide electronically to direct business to the area. This new and For more information about advertising, innovative approach promotes businesses contact Bethany Wiekamp at 951-683-7100 and advertises Riverside as a great place Ext. 227 or bwiekamp@riverside-chamber. to live, work, and do business. com.

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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 WEDNESDAY

WED | AUG 16

Business In Action

New Member Reception

7:15 AM • CHAMBER’S BOURNS BOARDROOM BIA is a great place to network with local businesses while having the opportunity to hear various speakers on important business topics. Here are some of the great topics coming up: August 16 – Fundamentals of a Marketing Flyer, Marcy Decato; August 23 – The SystemGO IT Story, Matt Irving.

5:30–6:30 PM • CHAMBER’S BOURNS BOARDROOM The New Member Reception is for members looking to find out what the Chamber has to offer. Not only is it a way to learn the benefits of being a member, but there is also an opportunity to introduce your business to other members. Light refreshments will be provided, so come ready to learn the value of membership!

THU | AUG 10

THU | AUG 17

Good Morning Riverside

AfterHours Business Mixer

7:00 AM • THE MISSION INN HOTEL & SPA 3649 MISSION INN AVE August’s Good Morning Riverside is sponsored by Riverside Medical Clinic. The Chamber will host signature business and community leaders as they update members on the latest news, projects, and events that impact the region.

5:30 PM – LEXUS OF RIVERSIDE 3150 ADAMS ST Members and business leaders from around the region come to the AfterHours Business Mixer to connect with over 200 other members, City officials, and leaders in the industry. Special thanks to Lexus of Riverside for being this month’s host.

FRI | AUG 11

TUE | AUG 22

Governmental Affairs Council (GAC)

Economic Development Council (EDC)

12:00 PM • CHAMBER’S BOURNS BOARDROOM GAC provides a basis for the Chamber to act on local, state and federal government issues. GAC members review and take positions on a range of business related legislation and issues and vote to approve any legislative positions that align with the Board-approved policy platform.

7:30 AM – CHAMBER’S BOURNS BOARDROOM EDC provides a basis for the Chamber to act on local, state and federal economic development issues, thus creating a favorable and profitable business climate for the region. Catch up on what is developing in Riverside!

FRI | AUG 25

TUE | AUG 15

Business Seminar Series

INSIDE Hunter Park 7:15 AM • HABITAT FOR HUMANITY RIVERSIDE 2180 IOWA AVE Make your next business contact with other business leaders. Habitat for Humanity Riverside will host members to hear updates from local businesses and community leaders.

1:00 PM - CHAMBER’S BOURNS BOARDROOM The Chamber is helping employers by hosting a Sexual Harassment Prevention Training seminar. This seminar will provide Riverside business leaders with the opportunity to receive the legally-required two hours of sexual harassment prevention training needed every two years.



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