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‘The Chamber…building a stronger local economy’

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The Chamber applauds the Riverside City Council for passing the modernized Business Tax License and Amnesty Program which will support local businesses in creating awareness, minimizing penalties, and simplifying the application and payment process for the Business Tax License Program. The Chamber successfully advocated for no increases in renewal rates in addition to negotiating a discount for businesses who pay early. Businesses can now apply, renew, and pay online, saving both time and effort. Enhanced aesthetic designs were also implemented to include digital formatting and Spanish as a language option. If individuals are planning on conducting business in the city, they must obtain a City of Riverside business tax license. With the streamlined and user-friendly online program, new businesses can submit their application online with ease by receiving an email once the application is processed and prompt instructions on how to complete payment. A business renewing their business license can easily login to their account on and the system will also automatically calculate the businesses taxes and provide available online payment. The six month amnesty program will help to eliminate the unnecessary penalties for

The new Business Tax License Program upgrades allow businesses to go paperless and utilize the enhanced online forms and options for applying, renewing, and making payments.

businesses, with the program beginning throughout the City of Riverside in September and running until the end of February 2018. The amnesty program was put in place to maintain transparency and keep businesses aware of the regulations. The Chamber continues to advocate on behalf of businesses for issues like the improved Business Tax License Program by acting as a voice to cultivate efficient processes for businesses. For more information, contact Brooke Biddle at 951-683-7100 Ext. 210 or

CA Transportation Secretary Brian Kelly Convenes with Local Business Leaders Attendees to discuss new projects and economic and job growth

issues. As Secretary, he is responsible for overseeing one of California’s largest portfolios. Its operations address a number of transportation issues that have a direct impact on the state’s economic vitality and quality of life including public safety, construction and maintenance, and intercity and high-speed rail.

At the Chamber’s Legislative Summit on October 13, business and community leaders will hear from California Transportation Secretary Brian Kelly about the critical transportation and infrastructure California Transportation challenges facing the region. Secretary Brian Kelly will As Riverside prepares to receive connect with business The Legislative Summit is a an influx of funds for projects luncheon open for Chamber leaders to discuss the future and growth of to bolster the region’s roads, members at $50 per seat or transportation and highways, and bridges, this $400 for a table for eight. Tickets infrastructure projects. year’s Legislative Summit for prospective members are provides leaders in the business $60. The program and luncheon community an opportunity to confer with will begin at 12:00 PM with check-in at Secretary Kelly about how these funds will 11:30 AM. Member businesses are invited stimulate economic growth, create new jobs, to become promotional partners for this and improve quality of life for residents. event where more than 250 people are expected to attend. On July 1, 2013, Secretary Kelly was sworn in as the first secretary of the new California To register for the Chamber’s Legislative State Transportation Agency, which replaced Summit or for more information, contact the Business, Transportation, and Housing Andrew Sall at 951-683-7100 Ext. 220 or Agency to focus strictly on transportation

Business Leaders Support Consideration to Ban Marijuana Dispensaries The safety of business community and local residents is priority Recently, the Riverside City Council voted to move forward with discussions regarding a temporary ban on the cultivation and sale of marijuana in the city. The Chamber is a strong supporter of the ban, which would safeguard the community and reduce the potential for increased crime and vagrancy. It is expected that City Council will consider a vote to impose a short term ban this month, with a vote on a long term ban needing to take place in subsequent months. With the passage of ballot measure Proposition 64 during the November 2016 General Election cycle, California voted to legalize the sale and recreational use of marijuana. Cities, however, still retain the authority to determine whether or not to allow marijuana dispensaries to operate within city limits. If the City Council votes to ban the cultivation and sale of marijuana in Riverside, the city will benefit from a safer community and better business environment. While the Chamber supports efforts to encourage new businesses and industries to grow in Riverside, there are a number of serious and valid concerns associated with permitting the establishment of marijuana dispensaries in Riverside. Unfortunately, due to the growing vandalism and misconduct as a result of the opening of unpermitted marijuana dispensaries, many businesses have had to make the difficult decision to relocate. Another apprehension held by the business community is the safety concern these See Marijuana 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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Chamber Connects Businesses with Opportunities for Growth and Prosperity The Chamber has been working diligently to influence positive change and progress within the business community. We have had a couple significant wins for the businesses community, which is all thanks to our collaborations and partnerships with local organizations. To assist members in business exposure and growth, the Chamber has an action-packed fall season to allow the business community to get informed. Additional growth in Riverside also means modernizing some internal processes. In a win for the business community, the Chamber urged City Council to approve the modernization of the Business Tax License and Amnesty Program in order to help businesses attain the business tax license and reduce potential penalties. The approved enhancements include electronic filing and online applications where businesses can apply, renew, and pay online. The Chamber supported the upgrade to the program, believing the improvements to be beneficial for businesses. Speaking of benefiting your business, our Legislative Summit and Inland Empire Navy Birthday Ball allow businesses to support the Chamber’s advocacy efforts but also get exposure through sponsorship and other investment opportunities.

At the Legislative Summit, Transportation Secretary Brian Kelly will specifically discuss how nearly $500 million in transportation dollars will impact local Chamber members.

“We will continue advocating on your behalf and keep our members informed of any local, state, or federal challenges and opportunities that may impact businesses.” More specifically, The Inland Empire Navy Birthday Ball is a collaborative effort between local Chambers and the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Corona Division to recognize their $400 million economic impact while celebrating their presence in the region for the past 75 years. These opportunities are

a great way to support your favorite Chamber programs in addition to getting your business’ name out to members of the community. While the Legislature was on recess for a month, the Chamber continued to monitor legislation and keep the business community in mind. The Chamber has opposed bills that are detrimental to the region’s economy. AB 1250 would create obstacles for contractors to do business with the County of Riverside, thus hindering them from bidding on projects and slowing economic and job growth in the region. As we move forward, the business community continues to show its commitment in strengthening the local economy. We will continue to advocate on your behalf and keep our members informed of any local, state, or federal challenges and opportunities that may impact businesses.

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Riverside Grows its Value through Innovation and Economic Development Opportunities for entrepreneurship and jobs for residents and local businesses were highlighted to over 200 business leaders at the Chamber’s Good Morning Riverside by Al Zelinka, Assistant City Manager. Some goals made by the City are to increase income and assets while decreasing the costs of living and doing business for individuals, businesses, and organizations. The Chamber is collaborating with the City of Riverside to make these goals a reality for member businesses to ensure a better quality of life. Zelinka said, “Nothing is better than the partnerships in this City.” These goals can be achieved through opening opportunities for entrepreneurship, capitalizing on partnerships, investing in education and arts and culture, telling the story of Riverside, and devoting attention to health, wellness and infrastructure. Biz2Credit recognized Riverside as #10 in the Top 25 Cities for Small Business. Entrepreneurship has taken root in all wards throughout Riverside. Riverside Excite, a business accelerator for startup businesses, launched in 2015 with four companies and has grown to 17 companies with 20 more in the pipeline. Talented millennials are graduating from universities and colleges in the region and starting businesses right here in Riverside. The tools and resources available to entrepreneurs make Riverside stand out from the rest. A few examples of successful startups can be found throughout the City’s seven Wards. Riverside Food Lab, Riverside Unified School District Food Hub, Blue, Thompson Brewing Co., DCH Roasters, and Luv 2 Play are just a few examples of entrepreneurship throughout the City of Riverside. Zelinka added, “Innovation is part of everything we are doing.” Business retention is on the rise as well as

Business leaders connect at Good Morning Riverside where Al Zelinka, Assistant City Manager with the City of Riverside highlighted the ways Riverside is creating value for businesses and residents.

larger corporations are investing by expanding their locations and recruiting executives instead of relocating to a different region. The City of Riverside is a booming region with significant development and growth

on the horizon. In order to keep up with the demand for housing, office space, and people relocating to the region, the City has made a concerted effort to make placemaking a priority. See Value on page 7

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Chamber Backs Project to Strengthen Riverside’s Energy Resources

AB 1250 Stunts Job Growth and Imposes New Regulations on Counties and Contractors

The Chamber’s board members voted overwhelmingly to support a proposal, called the Riverside Transmission Reliability Project (RTRP) Hybrid Option, by Riverside Public Utilities to bolster Riverside’s energy resources and infrastructure, thus bringing forth new opportunities for economic expansion and ensuring the energy needs of the local business community and residents can keep up with the region’s growing population. Currently, Riverside imports its energy through a single power connection, which is problematic in meeting the total energy needs of the city. The RTRP Hybrid Option would create a new electrical substation as well as bring in new transmission and subtransmission lines that would allow Riverside Public Utilities to import more energy. Not only does this project represent a substantial investment in Riverside’s energy infrastructure, much of which has not been updated in decades, but it will also expand the energy resources business owners rely on to conduct daily operations and grow their business. As one of the top 20 most populous cities in California, Riverside is the only one that has just a single connection to the state electric network, limiting the amount of energy the city receives to just 557 megawatts. Although Riverside Public Utilities has built several power generational plants throughout the city to support energy needs in times of

The Riverside Transmission Reliability Project aims to support businesses and consumers by expanding the city’s energy capacity and modernize key infrastructure.

peak demand and emergencies, these plants do not serve as effective long-term solutions to Riverside’s capacity shortage. While the city has seen tremendous economic and population expansion over recent decades, it is crucial that action is taken to bring in additional outside connections to reduce the risk of exceeding electrical capabilities. To better serve the local community, the RTRP Hybrid Option would improve the reliability and delivery of service in the event of power shortages and secure enough power to meet the future needs of businesses and the community. For more information, contact Andrew Sall at 951-683-7100 Ext. 220 or

While the Legislature has just returned from a month-long recess, the Chamber has been hard at work advocating for the business community. The Chamber has actively opposed AB 1250, which severely limits the opportunities for the County of Riverside to contract with businesses and organizations that provide crucial public services that the county cannot provide directly. If this bill is passed AB 1250 establishes overwhelming standards to contract and signed by the Governor, and places new fees on contractors, therefore reducing the it is likely there will be a workforce by discouraging contractors to secure bids. reduction in jobs, slowed economic development, and a smaller pool and subcontractor employees to any party of qualified contractors to bid on county that makes a request. contracts. While the Chamber supports public and AB 1250 sets new onerous standards and private partnerships that lead to the delivery regulations for counties to abide by when of critical services such as healthcare, public contracting with businesses, nonprofits, safety, and economic development, AB 1250 and economic development organizations creates overwhelming barriers that make it by creating conditions where these entities nearly impossible for contractors to bid on will no longer be able to deliver the necessary contracts for these types of projects. Even services that counties rely on to grow if the County finds that a specific project and thrive. would result in cost savings, contractors would be discouraged from attempting to This bill will require the County to conduct bid on a project due to the new costs and an analysis on whether contracting for fees associated with the required audit. personal services would result in cost savings. However, contractors would be left responAs a result, projects vital to a county may sible for reimbursing the County for the be delayed or halted, job growth would stall, cost of the analysis which imposes a fee on and counties would be left with a smaller pool of contractors to complete projects. contractors. AB 1250 brings about privacy For more information, contact Andrew Sall and safety concerns by requiring contractors at or 951to provide personal information, including 683-7100 Ext. 220. the names and hourly rates, of contractor



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Leadership Riverside Advocates for the Betterment of the City The Chamber is proud to announce and welcome 24 dynamic individuals who were selected to participate in the Leadership Riverside Class of 2018. These decisionmakers will be equipped with knowledge and awareness of a variety of industries and top regional issues that shape the community’s future, preparing them to tackle challenges and trends impacting the region.

The program includes 10 monthly, full-day sessions devoted to key community issues at locations throughout Riverside; including Discovery Day, Government Day, Law & Justice Day, Human Relations & Social Services Day, Arts, History, & Culture Day, Health & Emergency Services Day, Education Day, Economic Development Day, Military & Homeland Security Day, and Visioning Day. Leadership Riverside takes leaders within the community and empowers them with knowledge, resources, and network connections necessary to make meaningful and lasting impacts within Riverside. Participants get an in-depth knowledge of the region and build strong and lasting relationships between the participants and organizations they encounter.

Towards the end of the program, the class designs a project as a way to culminate their experience with Leadership Riverside and to leave an imprint on the community from the knowledge and understanding they gained throughout the program. This year’s class consists of 24 leaders derived from business, education, government, and non-profit sectors. Upon graduation and beyond the class project, each class member is called upon to utilize the skills and information gained throughout the program to work and advocate for the betterment of Riverside. The program has over 500 alumni, many of whom play critical roles in the development of Riverside’s economic and cultural vitality. Join the Chamber in congratulating this year’s class as they prepare to collaborate with each other and use the knowledge acquired to tackle issues and trends impacting the greater Riverside region. For more information about the Leadership Riverside program, contact Aly Herrera at 951- 683-7100 Ext. 218 or aherrera@



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Robert Brown Parkview Community Hospital Medical Center

Jennifer McDowell City of Riverside Fire Department

Eric Charrette Riverside Police Department

P.T. McEwen Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Redlands-Riverside

Victor Cisneros Riverside Unified School District Megan Demshki Aitken Aitken Cohn

The Riverside College & Career Fair attracts over 7,000 students and their families to the Galleria at Tyler and exhibits over 100 educational institutions, approximately 50 career pathways, and over 30 local school guidance resource booths. This event gives thousands of high school students and families one-stop access to future career and educational opportunities. The fair will take place on September 28 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at the Galleria at Tyler. Event admission is free and the public is welcome to attend.

More than 170 booths will be featured throughout the Galleria at Tyler and will host representatives from numerous public and private colleges and universities from across the country. Local business and industry leaders will be available to discuss various career pathway options with students.

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The Chamber would like to thank Bank of America, in conjunction with the City of Riverside, the Riverside County Workforce Development Board, the Galleria at Tyler, and Alvord, Jurupa, and Riverside Unified School Districts, for their continued investment in tomorrow’s leaders through this year’s Riverside College & Career Fair. The presence of various businesses, colleges, universities, and institutions can inspire a young person to pursue education and training beyond high school and show them the pathway to a successful career. For more information, contact Aly Herrera at 951683-7100 Ext. 218 or

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The Chamber would like to thank the Riverside College & Career Fair title sponsor, Bank of America, for investing in Riverside’s future workforce and inspiring local students to pursue education and training beyond high school.

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The Chamber is proud to partner with Convenient and free next-day delivery Office Depot/OfficeMax by providing is available on most items for business and a great selection on everyday office essentials corporate customers. The Business Solutions at discounted prices and much more to the website offers a secure shopping portal members of the that customers greater Riverside can customize community. From to fit purchasing friendly store requirements. associates to a knowledgeable Now one company, Business Solutions Office Depot and Division, Office OfficeMax retail The Chamber collaborates with Office Depot Depot is proud to stores provide a to provide discounts exclusively to Chamber members as a benefit of membership. be resourceful and one-stop shopping committed to increasexperience offering ing the value of Chamber memberships. not only office supplies but also furniture, cleaning, and break room supplies. And Office Depot is pleased to offer Chamber when it comes to technology, a trained staff members additional savings both online and is ready to assist any business hardware and in retail stores. To utilize the Office Depot software needs. discounts in a retail store, a Store Purchasing Card (SPC) is required. To shop online, the For more information on how to sign up, SPC code is required to receive the discounts. or get in-store discounts, contact Bethany It is unique to the Chamber and will provide Wiekamp at 951-683-7100 Ext. 227 or the discounts when checking out.

Chamber Offers Free Business Counseling The Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce partners with SCORE, a national group of volunteers who have retired either from their own business or from management jobs in larger companies who provide confidential, one on one counseling on business issues. Business tutoring and counseling is available free of charge at the Chamber by appointment every Wednesday, except for holidays. Please call the Chamber Office at (951) 683-7100 to make an appointment!

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Chamber Stands By New $10 Million Capital Fund to Catapult Startup Businesses The Chamber confidently supports the University of California, Riverside’s new Highlander Venture Capital Fund which will provide capital within the university to eligible business startups. This fund aids in bringing high-quality jobs to the region by empowering entrepreneurs and blossoming businesses within the community. With new innovative businesses entering the marketplace, this fund will help bring high-end technology, agriculture, software, and energy businesses to the community. The Entrepreneurial Proof of Concept and Innovation Center, which launched last fall, has countless resources for startup businesses to assist in their initiation process. The EPIC team works to help businesses certify and meet needed requirements to bring their idea successfully into the marketplace.

EPIC now has more than 55 clients in the pipeline including large companies looking to relocate to the Riverside area. Associate Vice Chancellor of Technology Partnerships Rosibel Ochoa asks the business community to join forces in supporting the Highlander Venture Capital Fund’s initiative by helping address the main needs of new entrepreneurs by donating time, serving as a mentor, helping to identify commercial lab and office space for companies to relocate, and helping financially to raise $2.5 million for the Highlander Fund. The Chamber believes Riverside will greatly benefit from this fund by bringing business innovation to the city and providing the sustaining element of capital for new businesses to survive and thrive in the local economy. For more information, contact Brooke Biddle at 951-683-7100 Ext. 210 or

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Chamber Business Briefs

RTA Kicks-Off New RapidLink Express Service The Chamber is excited for the recentlylaunched Riverside Transit Agency RapidLink Gold Line, an express route between Corona and the University of California, Riverside (UCR) along Magnolia and University Avenues. The route will provide weekday-only service during peak commuting hours with buses departing every 15 minutes, providing service that is up to 30% faster than other buses along the same corridor. “It is a great time to be a bus rider,” said RTA Chair Linda Krupa. “Having these new RapidLink buses on the streets gives us a major boost in terms of what we can offer our customers, and we are thrilled to introduce the next generation of RTA buses to members of the public who are ready to try public transit.” RapidLink comes with its own brand of buses and stops and serves 14 locations, including stops in Downtown Riverside, Riverside City College, Riverside Plaza, Galleria at Tyler, and the Corona Transit Center. The Chamber looks forward to hearing more about the success of the RapidLink Gold Line and how it will serve as a resource for members of the community.

Chamber Applauds Local Job Growth Outpacing the State The latest release from the California Employment Department (EDD) shows Inland Southern California added 2,200 jobs in July. With the recent gains, year-overyear growth in the region stands at 2.7%, well above the 1.7% growth in the state overall. From July 2016 to July 2017, Inland Southern California was responsible for the second largest number of jobs added in California. The Chamber will continue to be a catalyst for job growth by collaborating with the business community to grow employment opportunities in the area. Inland Southern California’s unemployment rate increased to 5.5% in July, up 0.2% from June. The driving force behind this increase was a jump in the local labor force (+9,500). “Despite the uptick in the unemployment rate, the local labor market is very tight even with recent increases in the labor force,” said Robert Kleinhenz, Executive Director of Research at the Center for Economic Forecasting and Development. The Chamber will continue its mission of building a stronger local economy. Collaborating with local organizations and educational institutions to champion stronger communities will ensure the region continues to see job growth and economic prosperity.

Ambassador Recognized for Commitment to Community The Chamber is excited to announce James Needham, CEO and Founder of Affordable Technology, Inc., as the Ambassador of the Month. Needham founded his company in 2008 when he was 26 years old. Affordable Technology, Inc., specializes in home alarm systems, home automation, electronic installations, and a variety of other services. Since becoming an Ambassador, Needham has enjoyed attending the Chamber’s AfterHours Business Mixers and grand openings. He says, “Being an Ambassador has helped me give back to my community and allowed me to communicate the value of being part of the Chamber.” Being an Ambassador has grown his personal network and helped him showcase his company to potential clients. In addition to being a part of the Chamber’s Ambassador Committee, he actively lends his time to the Hesperia Community Church where he assisted in developing and maintaining their audio visual department the past five years. For more information, contact Serena Chapman at 951-683-7100 Ext. 211 or

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dispensaries pose and the additional police and safety services that would be required in order to safeguard the community. The Chamber urges the Riverside City Council to prohibit all commercial cannabis activity across Riverside in order to allow businesses to operate and attract clientele without the increased risk of crime while also providing local residents with ease-ofmind and a better quality of life. For more information, contact Andrew Sall at 951683-7100 Ext. 220 or

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In other words, capitalizing on Riverside’s community assets, history, and potential, will promote business and resident health, happiness, and well-being. Many initiatives are taking place in Downtown Riverside and throughout the city to create a better quality of life and promote business retention. One way the City is promoting retention and growth is through the new One Stop Shop at City Hall for businesses looking to upgrade or build a facility. Many Chamber member businesses have testified to its success and the City has seen a recent 93% satisfaction rate. The Chamber will continue to work closely with the City of Riverside to be a champion for stronger communities and a defender of business values. Working closely with government entities is important for the Chamber in order to ensure the voice of the business community is heard.


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Local business members connect with City officials and community leaders at the Navy Ball, an event that recognizes the Navy’s significant presence in Inland Southern California.

Local Chambers will Celebrate Navy’s 242nd Birthday at Inland Empire Ball The Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce, Corona Chamber of Commerce, and Norco Area Chamber of Commerce have come together with the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Corona Division to celebrate the Navy’s local presence and $400 million economic impact at the Inland Empire Navy Birthday Ball. Local community and business leaders, City officials, military, and civilians will all gather to celebrate the 242nd birthday of America’s Navy. The event includes ceremonial observances and events that will help raise funds for the Navy-Marine Corps Relief. The Ball will celebrate the Navy’s legacy by featuring classic Navy ceremonies and music, historic retrospectives, and a keynote address from Vice Admiral Thomas S. Rowden Commander Naval Surface Forces.

Corona has been home of Inland Southern California’s Navy for more than 75 years. President Franklin D. Roosevelt established the Navy’s presence in the Inland Empire in December of 1941, after the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor. Each service utilizes the warfare center’s technical services to support their missions.

The event will be held on October 14 at the Riverside Convention Center, 3637 Fifth Street, in Downtown Riverside. Sponsorships range from $1,500 to $2,500 and tickets can be purchased for military and civilians by calling Nailea Ayala at 951-683-7100 Ext. 216 or For media inquiries, contact Public Affairs Officer Troy Clarke at 951-273-5137 or 951-538-3207.

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Member Anniversaries “The Chamber has been a champion for the Riverside community by being involved in both local and state challenges and opportunities. Our business has benefited from this collaborative effort through local growth opportunities and ensuring Riverside has a voice in the region. We are looking forward to continuing this partnership with the Chamber and other fellow members.” Donna Little CEO Custom Service Systems

66 Years

Market Broiler Restaurant/   Preferred Hospitality, Inc. PIP Printing Riverside RighTime Home Services Riverside City Clerk’s Office

21 to 23 Years

UTC Aerospace Systems

45 to 47 Years Galleria at Tyler Roy O. Huffman Roof Co.

32 to 37 Years KABC Eyewitness News Parkview Nursery Riverside County Sheriff/Coroner   Stanley Sniff Riverside County Superintendent   of Schools Judy White

AMTRAK Custom Service Systems Lee & Associates   Commercial Real Estate Service Riverside City Police San Manuel Band of Mission Indians

11 to 15 Years

Bobbie Mays State Farm Insurance Tower Property Management UniVillage LP

16 to 20 Years

Arlington High School Auto Expert California Citrus Co-op Champion Electric, Inc. Gresham Savage Lifetouch Studios

6 to 10 Years

Atchley & Assoc. Insurance Services Brookdale Riverside

Christmas Trees of Hope Mark Earley Five Star Catering & Event Production Fuller Truck Accessories Hamblin’s Body Paint & Frame Melaleuca - Independent   Marketing Executive New York Life Riverside County Parks   & Open Space District Total Plan Business Interiors Western & Southern Life

1 to 5 Years

Accion Alice & Brent Bechtel   Keller Williams Realty Big John’s Military Surplus, Inc. Braille Institute Chamber Marketing Partners, Inc. Cintas Coldwell Banker Blackstone Realty/   EGA Homes DFI/DiGerolamo Family Insurance   & Financial Services EcoTierra Consulting, Inc.

Empowering the Youth of Today, Inc. Express Employment Professionals ieCrowd - Innovation Economy Corp. Inland Empire Occupational Medicine Magnolia Heating & Cooling Main Electric Supply Co. Morongo Casino Resort and Spa Pacific View Charter School Patriot Restoration Printing Connection, Inc. Re/Max Patriots Riverside County Philharmonic Riverside County Supervisor   Chuck Washington - District #3 Riverside Flower Club Signal 88 Security of Riverside Singletary Properties Solutions Group International Splash Kingdom Waterpark   & Big Air Trampoline Park Steer’N Stein California Corp. Stilwell Construction, Inc. Tech Pros Pest Control, Inc. Tom Aminikharrazi & Associates

Member Highlights

At the Chamber’s Business Seminar Series, members engaged with procurement specialists to learn tips on how to do business with Riverside’s educational institutions.

Local business leaders, City officials, and Chamber members celebrated the grand opening of New Power, Inc., in the Hunter Park Business Council.

Welcome to the Chamber “We are a new business to this area, and are looking for ways to get up and running in a new environment. We are looking forward to using the resources and networking provided by Chamber to help us grow.” Marco Martinez Store Manager Momentum Racks and Shelving

American English Institute

Sandra Adams 5225 Canyon Crest Dr., #451 Riverside, CA 92507 (951) 824-6150 Educational Services

Angels for Christ Ministries, Inc.

Kathy Macias Corona, CA 92878 (951) 966-4883 • Community Organizations

Crown-Tech Innovations Group, Inc. Dave Pitts 11173 Bayview Ct. • Riverside, CA 92505 (951) 212-7690 Technology/IT Solutions

Dominican Mulatto Shapewear

Joseph Hunt 2192 Galleria at Tyler • Riverside, CA 92503 (951) 588-6951 • Shopping/Retail

Escobedo Design

Armando Escobedo 3643 University Ave., 2nd Floor, #8 Riverside, CA 92501 (951) 482-6256 • Graphic Designers

Euryale Brewing Co.

Don Miller 2060 Chicago Ave., #A-17 Riverside, CA 92507 (951) 530-8865 • Manufacturers

Garblecloud, Inc.

Bijit Hore Riverside, CA 92507 (510) 279-3732 • Information Technology

Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. Lauren Wheat 2663 Canyon Springs Pkwy. Riverside, CA 92507 Shopping/Retail

The Learning Experience

Members convened to hear Susan Goodson with Mary Kay Cosmetics discuss the Power of Authenticity at the Chamber’s weekly Business In Action meeting.


Michael Fraitag 24105 Frampton Ave. • Harbor City, CA 90710 (951) 341-6769 • Audio Visual

Rancho Janitorial Supplies

Jose R. Flores, Jr. 10840 Mulberry Ave. • Fontana, CA 92337 (909) 822-5449 • Janitorial Services & Supplies

Riverside I/O

Mike Kennedy 3499 10th St. • Riverside, CA 92501 (951) 403-8945 • Community Organizations

Skyline Home Loans

Christopher Tosti 5055 Canyon Crest Dr., #116 Riverside, CA 92507 (951) 640-0805 • Mortgages

Skyline Home Loans

Art Montalvo 9373 Haven Ave., #100 Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730 (805) 317-5524 • Mortgages

Arun Advani 515 Alessandro Blvd. Riverside, CA 92508 (951) 386-2560 Child Development & Day Care

So Cal Stone Fabricators, Inc.

Momentum Racks and Shelving

Southern California Railway Museum

Jose Martinez 1270 Center St. • Riverside, CA 92507 (951) 394-8581 • Warehouse Shelving Racks

Diana McCall 310 N. Cota St., Ste. N • Corona, CA 92880 (951) 371-6500 • Countertops/Solid Surfaces Donna Zanin 2201 S. A St. • Perris, CA 92570 (951) 943-3020 • Museums

Student Transportation of America Ken Pittman 1989 Massachusetts Ave. Riverside, CA 92507 (951) 684-5221 Transportation/Service

Time Rack DeAnna Martindale 400 E. Rincon St., #101 Corona, CA 92879 (951) 284-1500 • Payroll Services

Tubeworks, Inc. Francine Miles 1506 7th St. Riverside, CA 92507 (951) 784-7900 • Manufacturers

Wakeland Housing Development Corp. Shonda Herold 1230 Columbia St., #950 San Diego, CA 92101 (951) 689-0793 • Community Organizations

Who Am I, Inc. Josie Guillen 4164 Brockton Ave. Riverside, CA 92501 (951) 742-7448 Community Organizations

Worship Interiors Group Eric Voorhees 1000 Indiana Ave., #4 Riverside, CA 92503 (888) 840-2588 • Furniture Reupholstery


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KRCB Encourages 9/11 Day of Service Cleanup Keep Riverside Clean and Beautiful (KRCB) is encouraging individuals, families, and businesses to organize a community day of service in honor of Ground Zero cleanup volunteers. On that day 16 years ago, volunteers came from everywhere to give of their time, skill set, and above all a tireless effort. To honor these volunteers, residents and business owners in the City of Riverside have an opportunity to organize an independent one-hour cleanup any day or time between September 4 and 11. Contact Alex Rendon at 951-683-7100 to schedule a cleanup. Summer draws to a close and the fall season holds Local volunteers show their spirit of volunteerism and participate more citywide volunteer in a community beautification day in the City of Riverside with the opportunities such as The Adopt-A-Street program Santa Ana River & City Waterways Cleanup on Beautification Awards. The awards will be September 30, Ward 4 Beautification Project presented at the Mayor’s State of the City on November 4, and The Mission Inn Hotel Address on January 25, 2018. Awards will & Spa’s Festival of Lights Switch-On Ceremony highlight local businesses that excel in the on November 24. Over 1,000 local residents following categories: New Construction with come together to participate in these beautiLandscaping, Exterior Reconstruction with fication projects and have consistently shown Landscaping, Maintenance of Existing their dedication to maintaining the wellFacilities, Historical and Cultural Preservation, being of the community year after year. and Sustainable Design and Innovation. Nominations are now open to submit business properties in the City of Riverside with outstanding curb appeal for the annual

To volunteer or receive community service hours and leadership training, contact KRCB at 951-683-7100 or visit

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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

TUE | SEP 19

Business In Action

AfterHours Business Mixer

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 is what is coming up: September 6 - Jeff Kraus, UCR Campus Update; September 13 - Eugene Valdez, Seeking Financing to Grow Your Company; September 20 - Connection Session.

5:30 PM – RIVERSIDE COMMUNITY HOSPITAL 4510 BROCKTON AVE Make plans to come and enjoy an opportunity to connect with other members along with business and community leaders over drinks and hors d’oeuvres at the Riverside Community Hospital Orthopedic Center located next to the new tower.

THU | SEP 14

TUE | SEP 26

Good Morning Riverside

Economic Development Council (EDC)

7:00 AM – THE MISSION INN HOTEL & SPA 3649 MISSION INN AVE Dr. Deborah Deas, Dean of the School of Medicine at the University of California, Riverside, headlines Good Morning Riverside with Riverside Physician Network as this month’s sponsor. The Chamber hosts signature business and community leaders as they update members on the latest news, projects, and events that impact the region.

7:30 - 8:30 AM CHAMBER’S BOURNS BOARDROOM EDC seeks to build a stronger local economy as the Chamber acts on local, state and federal economic development issues helping create a favorable and profitable business climate for the region. Catch up on what is developing in Riverside!

THU | SEP 28

FRI | SEP 15

Riverside College & Career Fair

Governmental Affairs Council (GAC)

4:00 - 8:00 PM – GALLERIA AT TYLER 1299 GALLERIA AT TYLER Bank of America and the Chamber invite colleges, universities, non-profit organizations, and local businesses to build connections with over 7,000 of Riverside’s students.

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 issues and vote to approve any legislative positions that align with the Board-approved policy platform.

FRI | SEP 29 Business Seminar Series: Doing Business with Local Military

TUE | SEP 19 INSIDE Magnolia Center 7:15 - 8:30 AM – CALIFORNIA PIZZA KITCHEN 3540 RIVERSIDE PLAZA, STE. #308 INSIDE Magnolia Center provides networking opportunities between Chamber members, businesses, community leaders, Councilmember Mike Soubirous, and more!

7:30 - 9:00 AM CHAMBER’S BOURNS BOARDROOM Members can equip their business with the tools, knowledge, and resources needed to be considered by the March Air Reserve Base and Naval Surface Warfare Center, Corona Division. Industry experts will provide tips, resources, and guidelines to businesses for getting on the military’s bid lists.

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