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’The Chamber…building a stronger local economy’

Volume 35, Number 12

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In your opinion, how are business conditions in the CITY of Riverside compared to 18 months ago? Improved...........................55% Little or no Change...........42% Gotten worse......................3%

In your opinion, how are business conditions in the COUNTY of Riverside compared to 18 months ago? Improved...........................43% Little or no Change...........54% Gotten worse......................3%

In your opinion, how are business conditions in the State of California compared to 18 months ago? Improved...........................29% Little or no Change...........51% Gotten worse....................20% Each month, the Chamber helps build a stronger local economy through surveying its membership.

GRB Inside Highlights Chair’s Column.......................... 2 Governmental Affairs............... 3 New Members............................ 9 Calendar..................................... 11


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Voters Agree to Invest in Future of Riverside, Pass Measure O and Z The City will receive a boost in funding for City projects and schools After months of advocacy efforts regarding 11 local and state ballot measures, the Chamber is pleased to having been successful on eight accounts. As a result of these wins, Riverside will receive additional funding to renovate school facilities, secure money for City services, and require greater transparency from the state’s legislators, to name a few.

Propositions and Ballot Measures Most significantly for the region, Riverside’s residents voted to pass Measure Z and Measure O, both of which have significant economic impacts for the City. Measure Z, which passed by a substantial 15-point margin, will provide funds to much-needed City services, such as the local police and fire departments, while also restoring the City’s General Reserve Fund. Measure O, which passed by a more than 2-to-1 margin, will raise over $380 million and be used to renovate school facilities, better preparing Riverside’s students for success in the classroom. Moreover, the Chamber also saw victories in the passage of Propositions 51, 52, 54, and 58. Respectively, these Propositions will raise

With the passing of Measure O, students will be better prepared for college and good paying jobs in fields like health sciences, engineering, technology, robotics, and skilled trades.

funds for K-12 and community college facilities, limit the legislature’s ability to divert funds away from Medi-Cal, require greater legislative transparency and accountability, and increase the amount of language immersion programs offered to K-12 students. On another high note, the Chamber’s move to oppose Propositions 53 and 61 also ended in success, as the measures failed to receive a majority approval. See Funding on page 7

Ontario Assumes Control of Airport with Support from Local Business Community The Chamber spent years advocating for local control to stimulate region’s economy After years of tremendous support from the Chamber and local business entities, the Ontario International Airport Authority officially assumed control of the Ontario International Airport (ONT).The Los Angeles World Airports relinquished control Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti hands Ontario Internaof ONT after nearly 50 years tional Airport Authority President Alan Wapner a ceremoin charge. Not only will this nial key, officially turning Ontario International Airport over reduce congestion at LAX, but to local authorities. it will incentivize travelers to fly out of Ontario, bolstering the local economy. A recent ceremony to commemorate the region’s victory was attended by many local The Inland Southern California region’s business leaders, Federal Aviation Adminiseconomic growth over the past five years tration officials, and numerous state and has landed it a position as one of the fastest federal officials. During the ceremony, growing areas in the country. Local control Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti presented of ONT will ultimately result in flight a ceremonial key to Ontario International expansions, an enlarged hotel, restaurant, Airport Authority President Alan Wapner, and service sector, and a larger pool of jobs who has spearheaded the campaign to release to fill. As a result, the Inland Southern ONT from Los Angeles’ control. California region will benefit from a surge in economic activity for years to come. See Airport on page 7

Businesses Hold Legislators Accountable to Vote Record The report highlights how Riverside’s legislators measure up on important local issues With the 2016 Legislative Session now over, the California Chamber of Commerce issued a vote record that highlights how California’s state legislators, including those from Riverside, voted on bills that affect local businesses and the economy. The vote record is based on a variety of key areas that prove important to the well-being of businesses and the economy, including: education, environmental regulation, health care costs, labor and employment, legal reform and protection, water supply, and workers’ compensation. With a comprehensive vote record readily available to the public, citizens are better prepared to hold their legislators accountable on issues most pertinent to their region. It is important, however, to view a legislator’s vote record at greater than face value. Throughout the course of a Legislative Session, equal to one year, legislators vote on thousands of bills, a significant percentage of which are business-related. It is difficult to understand a legislator’s complete position towards business issues based on a single vote. On some occasions, a legislator may not vote on a bill because they are unwilling to vote against a colleague, but they are willing to See Record on page 4




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 2016–2017 Chairman of the Board Howard Saner – Riverside Physician Network Vice Chairman, Chairman-Elect Andrew Walcker – PSOMAS Vice Chair – Governmental Affairs Joseph Ortiz – Best Best & Krieger Vice Chair – Economic Development Andrew Walcker – PSOMAS Bob Stockton – Rick Engineering Vice Chair – Membership George Hoanzl – Jaguar Computer Systems Vice Chair – Community Development Bob Mendez – RLM Wealth Group Vice Chair – Divisions Sandy Austell – Lexus of Riverside Vice Chair – Divisions Kathy Michalak – Habitat for Humanity Riverside Vice Chair – Divisions Gary Montgomery – Thompson & Colegate Vice Chair – Finance/Treasurer Brian Hawley – Luminex Software Legal Counsel Joseph Ortiz – Best Best & Krieger Past Chairman of the Board/Chair–GRCCPAC Bob Stockton – Rick Engineering

Board of Directors 2016–2017 Al Arguello – Bank of America Girish Balachandran – Riverside Public Utilities Patrick Brilliant – Riverside Community Hospital Dr. Michael Burke – Riverside Community College District Larry Burns – Inlandia Institute Judy Carpenter – Riverside Medical Clinic Bill Chamberlain – Raceway Ford Paul D’Anieri – University of California, Riverside Carl Dameron – Inland Empire African American Chamber of Commerce Dr. Ron Ellis – California Baptist University Dina Esquivel – Greater Riverside Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Julio Figueroa – AT&T David Fisher – Arrowhead Credit Union J.D. Franklin – OSI Industries Matt Friedlander – Habitat for Humanity Riverside Jim Fuson – Galleria at Tyler John Grande – Dimesoft Business Solutions Suvesh Chandiok – Asian Indian Chamber of Commerce Debbi Guthrie – Raincross Hospitality Group Dr. David Hansen – Riverside Unified School District Betsy Herrick – Murray Real Estate Bob Hicks – Gresham Savage Peter Hubbard – American Medical Response Pepe Jackson – Riverside County Black Chamber of Commerce Michael Lewin – Mirau Edwards Cannon Lewin & Tooke Law Offices Donna Little – Custom Service Systems Rose Mayes – Fair Housing Council Jim Maurer - The Press-Enterprise Scott Megna – Riverside Convention Center Patty Moorman – Bourns B/General Russell Muncy – March Air Reserve Base Tom Nightingale – Wells Fargo Bank Regional Commercial Banking Office Bill Oaks – Sierra Memorial Chapel Mortuary James Persinger – The Pick Group of Young Professionals Lea Petersen – Southern California Gas Company Steve Popkin – Parkview Community Hospital Medical Center Mark Rubin – Regional Properties Roger Rupp – Retired Member Zareh Sarrafian – Riverside University Health System Rob Starr – The Toro Company Yundra Thomas – Atchley & Associates Insurance Ron Thompson – UTC Aerospace Systems Matt Webb – Albert A. Webb & Associates Vita Willett – Kaiser Permanente Dr. Randal Wisbey – La Sierra University Leni Zarate – PSOMAS Joe Zichichi – Business

Chamber Staff Cindy Roth, President/CEO Bethany Wiekamp, Communications Manager Nicholas Adcock, Vice President La Wanda Roy, Accounting/Human Resources Manager Katrina Lumague, Accounting Clerk Carole Slagle, Membership & Advertising Senior Sales Patricia Fierro, Membership & Advertising Sales Kara Coronado, Business Project Coordinator Sonja Chiado, Information Specialist Paige Hawkins, Special Events Coordinator Richard Prince, Community Development Coordinator Andrew Sall, Governmental Affairs Manager Keep Riverside Clean & Beautiful Connie Librenjak, Executive Director John Sanger, Senior Project Coordinator Alex Rendon, Project Coordinator

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Voices of Local Businesses in Our Community Strengthened by Chamber Support After over 10 years of the Chamber working together with the Air and Marine Operations Center (AMOC) at March Air Reserve Base, we are delighted to see AMOC’s expansion come to fruition. The expansion is slated to bring 271 jobs to the area, thus causing a ripple effect as the new employees use Chamber member businesses to shop locally, buy homes, and use other businesses to get settled. At the latest Good Morning Riverside, Keith Jones, Director of Operations at AMOC was invited to speak about the recent groundbreaking ceremony, job creation, and the new facility. He highlighted what AMOC does for the nation and the community and mentioned their key relationships with Border Patrol and other Federal entities in order to ensure the safety and security of residents in the United States. The Chamber will continue to work together with AMOC and local businesses for more growth and sustainment opportunities to benefit members. After working with the City of Riverside and Riverside Unified School District, the Chamber is pleased to report positive results from the November 2016 General Election. Measure O and Measure Z passed and the Chamber

applauds local voters for their forward thinking and investment into the City of Riverside and local schools within the district. These measures will better the City of Riverside

“These measures will better the City of Riverside by improving public safety, quality of schools, city beautification, and workforce development, all of which will attract visitors and new residents.” by improving public safety, quality of schools, city beautification, and workforce development, all of which will attract visitors and new residents. Attracting new people ensures growth in the City of Riverside, making a lasting impact on businesses and ensures lasting success.

With the 2016 legislation session now behind us, the Chamber has published a legislative vote record compiled by the California Chamber of Commerce (CalChamber) that shows the votes of several of our state legislators on critical business issues. While one record does not illustrate the full scope of each legislator’s views on business, this is an excellent reminder that the business community is holding legislators accountable when they cast their votes. The Chamber will continue to work closely with CalChamber and other business entities throughout the state to ensure lawmakers know what policies will affect local businesses. As the holiday season gets in full swing, I wish you the best of times with friends and family and thank you for your continued support and engagement in the Chamber.

Howard Saner Chair of the Board

Business Advocacy Key to Air and Marine Operations Center Expansion Keith Jones, Director of Operations at the Air and Marine Operations Center (AMOC), briefed local business and community leaders about the current facility, what some of the plans are for the new building, and thanked the Chamber for its advocacy for expansion. After over 10 years of advocating for more growth and expanded operations, the Chamber recently joined AMOC at March Air Reserve Base to celebrate a groundbreaking for the new facility expansion that will help the homeland security team better protect the nation’s defense. The budget of the new building is approximately $13.5 million and the facility is set to house 271 new high-paying positions. These positions will bring economic impact to Chamber members in Riverside as the new employees buy homes and shop local stores. The local, multi-agency, multi-mission, federal law enforcement operation uses sophisticated technology to detect, identify, and track suspected aviation and maritime targets. The organization is a critical component of protection for the region, securing the nation’s borders, and combating criminal organizations. It is the only center of its type in the U.S. government and proves time and again its importance. With 230 current employees, the team supports federal, state, and local partners across the country with different missions. Jones continued speaking about the team he works with. 95% of the people who work at AMOC are veterans. They like to hire veterans for their maturity and skills they bring, as they are specialists in their trade and all work together with their talents to defend the nation’s borders. The new facility is slated to house new technology consisting of commercial space-based

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technology and increased collaboration with Department of Defense, which will expand their capabilities overall to keep up and surpass any threats coming to the United States.

The Chamber congratulates Jones and his team and looks forward to having his new team members become residents of the City of Riverside.



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Chamber Offers Solution for Members to Avoid $17,000 in Fines All 2016 California Compliance Posters need to be updated and replaced for 2017. The Chamber is offering compliance posters at a discounted rate to keep members compliant and to help void fines inflicted on local businesses. Failure to post the new 2017 posters in a visible place could result in up to $17,000 in fines. January 1, 2017 is the legal deadline for all new compliance posters to be posted. All 17 California and federal notices every California business must post are found on one compact poster. California’s Division of Workers’ Compensation has recently added a

section entitled “Notice to Employees – Injuries Caused by Work” to all compliance posters. A compliance poster must be posted at all physical business locations. Posters are also offered in Spanish if Spanish-speaking employees are present. The posters are 26” x 39.75” and should easily fit on a door, in a break room, or in a hallway. Order your poster by visiting the Chamber’s Online Store at For more information, contact Sonja Chiado at 951-683-7100 Ext. 208 or schiado@ *Please allow necessary time for shipping and processing of all orders.


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not always vote in line with what businesses stand for, this opens the door for increased advocacy and collaboration between businesses and legislators. The Chamber works to maintain relationships with local officials, despite potential differences in voting, so as to provide an active voice for Riverside’s local business community.

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The bag ban requires stores to immediately eliminate consumption of single-use plastic bags and instead charge consumers a $0.10 fee for compostable and reusable bags.

Plastic Bag Ban Upheld by Voters, Law Already in Effect By a fairly narrow margin, voters across California voted to uphold legislation that banned the consumption of certain plastic bags. This new law will require immediate compliance from both large and small grocery stores in order to avoid the possibility of fines. As a result of the bill's passage, stores would be prohibited from selling or distributing compostable bags unless the bags were made available for purchase for no less than $0.10 each. There are a number of different stores that the law applies to, which includes full-line grocery stores with sales of at least $2 million annually and sell dry groceries, canned goods, nonfood items, and some perishable items. Moreover, the ban affects the following types of stores: large retail stores with floor space exceeding 10,000 feet; convenience, who engage in the sale of a limited line of goods, such as bread, milk, soda, and snack

foods; and convenience and liquor stores that sell items intended to be consumed off premises. Refusal to comply with the law can lead to severe penalties on local store owners: $1,000 for the first offense, $2,000 per day for the second offense, and $5,000 per day for each subsequent violation.

Originally passed as SB 270 in 2014, the ban on single-use plastic bags was later suspended after the bill qualified for referendum on the November 2016 ballot. After the bill passed in the November election, the law was declared in effect as originally written. However, single-use bags are allowed for consumption under a few circumstances. They may be used for, prescriptions from a pharmacy, perishable groceries such as vegetables and fruit, some bulk food items, and protecting a purchased item from being contaminated or damaged.

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Market Your Business to Over 1,000 New Prospects in the New Year Chamber members can take advantage of the best opportunity to make new contacts by signing up early and securing their space for the 2017 Mega Mixer & Trade Show on January 26, 2017. The Mega Mixer & Trade Show has drawn approximately 1,000 participants in years past, making the event one of the premier opportunities to make new connections in the Riverside area. This annual event hosted by the Chamber and the Galleria at Tyler will feature 100 exhibitor spaces exclusively available for Chamber member businesses looking to display their latest products and services.

Scheduled from 4:30-7:30 PM on the upper floor of Riverside’s exciting shopping, dining and entertainment destination, the Galleria at Tyler is located at 1299 Galleria at Tyler. The event is complimentary for business and community members.

“The number one reason businesses join the Chamber is to network and the Mega Mixer & Trade Show gives everyone access to those vital connections,” said Cindy Roth, President/ CEO of the Chamber.

To register for the 2017 Mega Mixer & Trade Show, learn more about this networking opportunity, or to donate a door prize, contact Paige Hawkins at 951-683-7100 Ext. 211 or

Early registrants can secure their participation in the Chamber’s largest networking event now, as space is limited. Exhibitor participation levels range from $250 for a General Space to $500 for a Premier Plus Space, all including a table, two chairs, tablecloth, and will be recognized in the event program.






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Chamber Business Briefs Councilman Paul Davis to Provide Leadership on Regional Board Paul Davis, a Riverside City Council Member for nearly eight years, has been named President of the Riverside County Division of the League of California Cities. Davis had previously served as Second Vice-President of the local division, which brings together elected officials from 28 cities around Riverside County to work on issues of mutual concern. The Riverside County Division is part of the statewide League of California Cities, which advocates for cities around California. “I’m excited to bring my experience and background to the leadership of this organization that does so much for cities around our county,” Davis said. “Riverside County is a large and diverse place, and the League’s local division plays a strong role in educating and unifying elected representatives from Corona to Blythe.”

Riverside to create and sustain favorable business conditions. Member Celebrates 25 Years of Business This year Champion Electric, Inc. proudly celebrates 25 years of providing electrical service. The founders, Glenn and Cyndi Rowden, could not be more pleased with the legacy they have built and have passed on to their son and Executive Vice President, Tom Rowden. Tom Rowden and his Executive Team carry out the vision and mission of Champion Electric, Inc. that was established long ago.

The Riverside County Division is guided by an executive committee under the leadership of a division president. Elected city officials and professional city staff attend division meetings throughout the year to share what they are doing and advocate for their constituents’ interests in Sacramento.

A humble beginning for the company, starting in the garage of the family home has matured into a well-established electrical contractor. Champion Electric, Inc. has completed hundreds of schools and has taken on additional electrical services including commercial and residential electrical and solar, general contracting, and federal and public works projects. The aspiration to create a company that would provide Southern California with excellent electrical service and, at the same time, provide employees with unimagined possibilities of success is now a reality.

The Chamber applauds Davis’ appointment and looks forward to collaborating further with him to promote the City of

The Chamber applauds Champion Electric on their 25 years of service to the Riverside community and their membership with the

Chamber for over 15 years. Champion will continue to provide the same fundamentals and ethical service they are known for and stay committed to providing the highest quality product and service. Chamber Announces Ambassador of the Month Dedication Bryan Owens, Owner and Attorney at the Law Office of Bryan S. Owens, earned this month’s title for Ambassador of the Month. His company provides legal and litigation services to small to mid-sized businesses. They strive to help the businesses usually targeted by individuals seeking to make quick money and those businesses whose limited experience may lead to compliance problems. Owens became an Ambassador six months ago to make new contacts with Riverside's new and growing businesses. Owens says, “I love welcoming businesses to Riverside and helping them to realize the great value of the Chamber.” You will often find Owens at New Member Mixers, INSIDE meetings, and socializing at Grand Openings, three of his favorite Chamber events. In addition to being a part of the Ambassador Committee, he actively lends his time to the Riverside Sunrise Rotary, Boy Scouts of America, State Bar of California, Riverside Bar Association, U.S. Vets A Night for Veterans, and the Ramona High School Mock Trial Team.

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Local Candidates The Chamber extends its congratulations to Assemblyman Jose Medina and Assemblywoman-Elect Sabrina Cervantes, who won their respective races. In correspondence to the passage of every local and state measure regarding education enhancement, Riverside voted to re-elect Assemblyman Jose Medina to a third two-year term. Previously, Assemblyman Medina was a local educator and has spent much of his time in the Assembly working to expand access to education, with the creation of the UCR School of Medicine as the most pertinent example.

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Howard Saner, Chair of the Chamber’s Board of Directors, stated, “The transfer of the Ontario International Airport to local authorities brings about an incredible opportunity for our region to potentially create thousands of jobs as a result of the greater demand for local air travel. We must take advantage of this opportunity to further grow our economy and place our region on the global map.” This feat would not have been possible, however, without the immense support and collaboration between U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, Mayor Garcetti, the Ontario International Airport Authority, and many local Chambers and organizations. The gate has been opened for the Inland Southern California area and Los Angeles to come together to work in unity to promote economic prosperity for the entire region.


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Member Anniversaries

CSC Government Solutions, LLC   A CSRA Company Riverside Councilmember   Mike Gardner - Ward 1 LSA Assoc., Inc. San Joaquin Valley College   Ontario Campus

"We have had a wonderful relationship with the Chamber over the last 37 years. We appreciate all that is done for small businesses, and the time spent on making Riverside a better place to do business. Over the years you can see the emphasis on the economic growth in our community. We have enjoyed and look forward to continued successes! Thanks for all you do!"

6 to 10 Years

Kathleen Hartman President/CEO Riverside Personnel Services

91 Years

Fritts Ford

70 Years

Dutton Cadillac - GMC/Buick

49 to 52 Years

Albert A. Webb & Associates Alvord Unified School District

30 to 37 Years

Altura Credit Union, 14th St. Arlington Animal Hospital Raceway Ford Riverside Dental Group   and Dental Assoc. Offices

Riverside Personnel Services Riverside University Health System Dale E. Stringer, DDS Walters Mercedes/Porsche/Audi/  Fiat/Smart/Sprinter

23 to 28 Years

Ability Counts, Inc. American Lung Association   in California Dalke & Sons Construction, Inc. Inland Empire Small Business   Dev. Center (SBDC) Riverside County Bar Association Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC – Lemon St.

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Bud's Tire & Wheel California Department of Rehabilitation The Carolyn E. Wylie Center Charles Brown Architect First Congregational Church of Riverside G/M Business Interiors International Relations Council   of Riverside, Inc. Kiwanis Club of Riverside Quality Printing

11 to 15 Years

ABC Supply Co., Inc. Bello Salon

BMW Motorcycles of Riverside Culligan Water FX Signs, Inc. - Electrical Signage Gibson-Hadley Insurance Agency Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Council Inland Counties Legal Services Laborers' Int’l. Union Local 1184 MaidPro Marigold Financial Massage Envy Office Depot Business Solutions #6389 Raincross at Riverside Thunderbird Lodge Vanir Construction Management, Inc.

1 to 5 Years

Boys & Girls Clubs Byron Commercial Capital, LLC Chase Bank – Arlington Chase Bank – Canyon Crest

Chase Bank – Magnolia Chase Bank – Riverside Chase Bank – Trautwein Chase Bank – University Concorde Career College Dart Container Corporation GAR Labs, Inc. Hillwood Investment Properties - A Perot Co. Imtasik Family Counseling Services, Inc. Inland Regional Center Loma Linda University Health - Neurosurgery Marcia L. Campbell - CPA Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. Meridian of Riverside National Orange Show OfficeMax Plexus Global, Inc River Springs Charter School Santa Cruz Inn Servpro of East Riverside City Special Olympics Southern Calif.   Inland Empire Region St. Carries Center for Human Development SWBC Mortgage, Inc. TBS Business Solutions USA, Inc. TEAM Referral Network - Riverside Lunch Chapter West Coast Dental WG Technology Consulting

Member Highlights

Grand openings, ribbon cuttings, or anniversary celebrations offer exposure for new and veteran members to meet with elected officials and promote their businesses to Chamber members.

The Riverside Police Department introduced new area commanders at Good Morning Riverside which allowed local businesses to meet their public safety leaders.

INSIDE meetings allow businesses throughout Riverside to hear updates and work on area-specific opportunities and challenges close to where they conduct business.

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Riverside Plaza Dentistry

"The best way to learn about this great community was to join the Chamber. In just a few weeks I have met a wealth of great people, participated in meetings, and I am taking advantage of the multitude of opportunities provided by the Chamber. I look forward to increasing my knowledge of Riverside and increasing Western Data’s exposure by getting to know and networking with more people as well as becoming more involved."

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Friends of California Citrus Park

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Yundra Thomas Riverside, CA 92504 (909) 645-8534 Community Organizations

Cynthia Garcia Karimi 9400 Dufferin Ave. • Riverside, CA 92504 (951) 333-6786 • Community Organizations

Don Jenkins 1700 Growest Ave. • Riverside, CA 92504 (951) 900-7024 • Nurseries & Garden Centers

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New York Life Insurance Company

American Career College Vanessa McCormick 3130 Sedona Ct. • Ontario, CA 91764 (626) 251-0696 • Universities & Colleges

Arc Mid-Cities Sharon Cunningham 14340 Elsworth St. #121B Moreno Valley, CA 92553 (951) 214-6950 • Community Organizations

Architecture Design Collaborative Chris Lindholm Riverside, CA 92505 (951) 965-9021 • Architects

Ruthan Smith Riverside, CA 92507 (909) 553-6749 Individual Member

Michael Taylor Technical Sales Western Data

Jacquelyn Bugbee 6493 Magnolia Ave. • Riverside, CA 92506 (951) 682-7441 • Party Rentals & Costumes

Bailey Potter 3602 Riverside Plaza Dr. #101 Riverside, CA 92506 (951) 892-5494 • Dentists

Miguel Ramirez-Cornejo 3844 La Sierra Ave. • Riverside, CA 92505 (951) 977-2513 • Banks

Kimco Staffing Brian Bourbonnais 1770 Iowa Ave. #160 • Riverside, CA 92507 (951) 686-3800 • Employment Agencies

Law Offices of James W. Denison James Denison Aliso Viejo, CA 92656 (949) 273-8564 • Attorneys

Michael A. Evans Graphic Designer Michael Evans Perris, CA 92570 (951) 333-8302 • Graphic Designers

Citlalli Rojas 4202 Riverwalk Pkwy. #200 • Riverside, CA 92505 (956) 878-2488 Insurance

Norms Restaurants Nate Bertke 3889 Tyler St. • Riverside, CA 92503 (951) 343-9562 • Restaurants

Steam Glow Mobile Detailing & Svcs Andre Thomas 868 Parula St. Perris, CA 95271 (877) 620-8796 • Auto Detailing (Mobile)

Supp Nation Paul Bautista 10977 Magnolia Riverside, CA 92505 (951) 977-9288 • Nutrition & Personal Care

Total Education Activity Model (TEAM) Corporation

Marvin Scott 11711 Sterling Ave. # I/J • Riverside, CA 92503 (951) 335-9888 • Air Conditioning/Sales & Installation

G. Albert Hreish 4076 Flat Rock Dr. Riverside, CA 92505 (951) 688-8593 • Export/Import Companies

Riverside Eye Specialist

WFG - The Riverwalk Team

Rivco Mechanical Services Inc

Jenny Glendrange 4605 Brockton Ave. #100 Riverside, CA 92506 (951) 686-4911 • Optical/Optometrists/Opticians

Christopher Gonzalez 4204 Riverwalk Pkwy. #280 Riverside, CA 92505 (951) 476-6779 Financial Services



D E C E M B E R 2016

Gr e a t e r R i v e r s i d e B u s i n e s s

Make a Difference in the Community by Serving on the Chamber’s Board Nominations are now being accepted for those interested in serving on the Chamber’s Board of Directors for 20172018. Serving as a board member provides valuable leadership experience and offers the opportunity to help shape the Chamber’s involvement in the local business community. This year will provide many opportunities to make a positive difference in the business community as we take on the issues to help foster a stronger local economy by creating and retaining local jobs.

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Members encouraged to nominate outstanding leaders to serve on Chamber Board in order to make a difference in Riverside and shape the Chamber's role in the business community.

Ballots for those serving a three year term on the Greater Riverside and Area Business Council Boards will be mailed out to the general membership in January. The Chamber’s bylaws state the following: Article V, Section 4 C, Ballots shall be mailed to all members in good standing at least ten (10) days prior to the election. The ballot will contain a list of all of the nominees certified

and recommended by the Nominating Committees. Nominees shall be placed on the ballot alphabetically by the Nominating Committee. Members joining after ballots have been mailed out shall not be entitled to a vote. Those who are interested and eligible are encouraged to apply. For additional information, contact Cindy Roth at 951-683-7100 Ext. 219 or

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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 WED

MON | DEC 12

Business In Action

Business Seminar Series

7:15 AM • CHAMBER’S BOURNS BOARDROOM 3985 UNIVERSITY AVE BIA is a place to make connections with an opportunity to hear various speakers on related subjects. This committee helps develop strong business ties business opportunities.

TUE | DEC 6 AfterHours Business Mixer 5:30 PM • VICTORIA CLUB 2521 ARROYO DR Victoria Club, a premier private club located in the center of Riverside, will host business and community leaders as they kick off the holiday season by celebrating with new connections over beverages and hors d'oeuvres.

THU | DEC 8 Good Morning Riverside 7:00 AM • THE MISSION INN HOTEL & SPA 3649 MISSION INN AVE Dr. Ronald Ellis, President of California Baptist University, will give a report about the construction of their new sports arena and the positive impact it will have on local businesses. This month’s sponsor is The Community Foundation.

FRI | DEC 9 Governmental Affairs Council (GAC) 12:00 PM • CHAMBER’S BOURNS BOARDROOM 3985 UNIVERSITY AVE GAC provides a basis for the Chamber to act on local, state and federal government issues. 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 3985 UNIVERSITY AVE Proposition 64 passed, what do you do now? Joseph Ortiz, Partner at Best Best & Krieger, will share best practices and tips on how to maintain a drug-free workplace and prevent workplace lawsuits. Discover how your business might be impacted with this new legislation.

TUE | DEC 13 Business Education Partnership Council 7:30 AM • CHAMBER’S BOURNS BOARDROOM 3985 UNIVERSITY AVE La Sierra University President, Dr. Randal Wisbey, will share current and upcoming development for the campus. The University is a key component in student attraction and retention. Join the BEP Council and explore how your business can partner and support the University’s growth.

TUE | DEC 20 INSIDE Magnolia Center 7:15 AM • REGAL RIVERSIDE PLAZA STADIUM 16 AT RIVERSIDE PLAZA • 3535 RIVERSIDE PLAZA DR Make your next business contact with other business leaders in your community. This month, Riverside Plaza and Regal Cinemas will be hosting the event to update you on all the great happenings and news in the Magnolia Center Business Council.

THU | JAN 5 INSIDE Downtown 7:15 AM • RIVERSIDE ART MUSEUM 3425 MISSION INN AVE Connect with other business leaders in the community. Celebrate the New Year with Riverside Art Museum as the leaders give updates on the latest news.

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Greater Riverside Business - December 2016  
Greater Riverside Business - December 2016