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‘The Chamber…building a stronger local economy’

Volume 33, Number 3

Chamber Members Count! Over the next year, do you believe the state’s economy will:



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57% Improve Remain 33% 57% about 10% 33% the same Worsen 10%

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Each month, the Chamber helps build a stronger local economy through surveying its membership.

GRB Inside Highlights Chair’s Column.......................... 2 Governmental Affairs................ 4 New Members............................ 9 Calendar..................................... 11



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UCPath Center Creates Jobs and Positive Impact for Region New shared service center will serve as a one-stop-service-hub for UC employees The business community, city leaders, and UC officials recently celebrated the completion of the UCPath Center. The Chamber has long been a supporter and advocate of this shared services center that will bring approximately 500 jobs to the region and provide a streamlined, standardized, and single payroll, benefits, and human resource process for all University of California (UC) employees systemwide. The University of California’s decision to locate the new UCPath payroll and benefits center in the Riverside area will have a tremendous positive impact on the region’s economy. The new center is expected to save the UC system as much as $100 million annually and increase the estimated $1.4 billion it generates annually through the UCR campus. “The UCPath Center is a welcomed addition to the region and will offer significant contributions to the continued growth of the local economy,” says Chamber President/CEO Cindy Roth. The UCPath was developed to replace the outdated systemwide payroll-personnel system with a new state-of-the-art technology and provide a shared services center designed to serve the ten UC campuses and five medical centers. The center will serve as a one-stopservice-hub for the approximately 190,000 employees currently employed by in the

The Chamber joined Senator Richard Roth, Assembly Member Jose Medina, and UC officials to celebrate the ribbon cutting and opening of the new three-story, 150,000 sq. ft. UCPath Center located in Riverside.

UC system, making it the 3rd largest employer in California. Riverside was chosen from six other UC campuses which submitted proposals to host the center due to its central Southern California location, as well as availability and condition of the space that would be used. Further, Riverside offers a lower cost of living, compared to the rest of the state, without compromising the excellent quality of life that our residents and local businesses enjoy. This is due in large part to the superb business climate and the strong level of coordination and partnership between business, government, and educational institutions. The three-story, 150,000 square foot

GrowRIVERSIDE: Citrus and Beyond! Conference Cultivates Local Agriculture Rich agricultural history and future economic potential creates opportunity for Riverside growers and community The City of Riverside, in partnership with the Chamber and community, is excited to announce the upcoming GrowRIVERSIDE: Citrus and Beyond! Conference presented by Seedstock. This two-day conference will take place at the newly renovated Riverside Convention Center from March 19th to March 20th. The results-based event will focus on bringing the community of Riverside back to its agricultural roots; creating more economic opportunities for growers, residents, and other supporters. A broad series of topics will be discussed that aim to build a strong local agricultural future. Attendees will be included in the examination and development of solutions

through a series of objective questions, as well as professional input from a vast panel of diverse speakers that all hold the common goal to “grow Riverside.” “The progressive sustainable urban farming innovations to be presented at this event will prove an invaluable asset to Riverside and its environs,” said Congressman Takano. “I am greatly impressed with the forwardthinking leaders of this historically rich agricultural region and look forward to witnessing the future success of the collaborations that are certain to be generated as a result of the Grow Riverside conference.”

UCPath building is located about six miles from the UCR campus and will soon house staff, who will be assigned to one of five departments, which include production, employee services, quality and performance management, information technology, and human resources. Facilities specialists, as well See UCPath on page 2

Chamber Honors Business Leaders, Celebrates 114-Year History Inaugural Celebration among first events held at the newly-renovated Riverside Convention Center Invitations for the Chamber’s Inaugural Celebration have hit mailboxes around the Riverside region inviting the business community to commemorate 114 years of building a stronger local economy. This year’s black-tie event, with decor inspired by art deco and The Great Gatsby 1920s, will be held on Thursday, March 27 at the all-new Riverside Convention Center.

As Riverside continues to expand and become one of the top economic drivers in Inland Southern California, the rich agricultural history and future potential must remain

The Chamber recently announced the major award winners for the evening, which include 2013 Citizen of the Year Brigadier General Stanford E. Brown, USAF, Ret and 2013 Business of the Year Albert A. WEBB Associates. The evening will also honor 2013 Chair of the Board Judy Carpenter, President and Chief Operating Officer of Riverside Medical Clinic, for her past year of leadership and welcome 2014 Chair of the Board Ron Redfern, Principal of iR3 Associates. Other awards will include Small Business Eagle Award, Business Council of the Year, Chairman’s Award, President’s Award, Ambassador of the Year, and Volunteer of the Year.

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M a r c h 2014 Mission Statement

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

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

Board of Directors 2013–2014

Al Arguello – Bank of America

Dr. Cynthia Azari – Riverside Community College District Beverly Bailey – Stronghold Engineering Patrick Brilliant – Riverside Community Hospital Larry Boyer – UTC Aerospace Systems Jeb Brown – Riverside City Attorney’s Office Larry Burns – California State University, San Bernardino James Cuevas – JJC Project Management Group, Inc. Carl Dameron – IE African American Chamber of Commerce Steve Desko – Walter’s Automotive Group Karen Dicey – Angelica’s Florist & Gifts Dr. Ronald Ellis – California Baptist University Julio Figueroa – AT&T Jim Fuson – Galleria at Tyler Debbi Huffman Guthrie – Raincross Hospitality Corp. Peter Hayashida – University of California, Riverside Peter Hubbard – American Medical Response Mary Kannor – Louie’s Nursery Charissa Leach – Adkan Engineers Rose Mayes – Fair Housing Council of Riverside County, Inc. Darcy McNaboe – Village Enterprises Bob Mendez – RLM Wealth Group Kathy Michalak – Habitat for Humanity Riverside Gigi Mindreau-Banks – The Hanigan Company Mark Orozco – Greater Riverside Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Patty Moorman – Bourns, Inc. Colonel Russell Muncy – 452nd Air Mobility Wing Daniel Peterson – Artesian Design, Inc. Lea Petersen – Southern California Gas Company Steve Popkin – Parkview Community Hospital Medical Center Peggy Ricks – First Impression Glenn Rowden – Champion Electric, Inc. Mark Rubin – Regional Properties Roger Rupp – The Boeing Company Rob Starr – The Toro Company Michelle Steel – Provident Bank Andrew Walcker – IW Consulting Engineers, Inc. Matt Webb – Albert A. Webb Associates Vita Willett – Kaiser Permanente Medical Center Riverside Dr. Randal Wisbey – La Sierra University Steve Badgett – Riverside Public Utilities Leni Zarate - PSOMAS

Chamber Staff Cindy Roth, President/CEO Steve Hemenway, Communications & Marketing Manager Nicholas Adcock, Governmental Affairs Manager Rebekah Cloud, Administrative Assistant/Office Manager La Wanda Roy, Accounting Manager Ruben Solis, Accounting Clerk Kelly Straine, Special Events Manager Carole Slagle, Membership & Advertising Manager Ramonia Disney, Membership & Advertising Sales Jennifer Silberstein, Membership & Advertising Sales Michael Johnston, Business Development Coordinator Sonja Wardle, Information Specialist Richard Prince, Community Development Coordinator Keep Riverside Clean & Beautiful Connie Librenjak, Executive Director Jenny Anderson, Senior Project Coordinator Ronald Liu, Project Coordinator

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Past Year’s Successes Give Business Community Much to Celebrate The past year has been an eventful and busy time for the Chamber, with many successes and accomplishments to celebrate. As the Board of Directors Chair, it has been a pleasure to serve the Riverside and business community, and to build on previous victories, which continue to grow and strengthen the local economy. During my time as Chair, we were honored to be able to share in the celebration and funding of the University of California, Riverside School of Medicine. As a premier institution and training facility for the next generation of health professionals, the school will mean better care for our residents and greater investment and growth possibilities for local business. Having spent most of my career in the field of healthcare, it is very exciting and encouraging to see the amazing opportunities this school will provide to Riverside and the region. The Chamber also celebrated the passage of Measure A through the joint efforts of community leaders and a variety of local entities. This permitted the continuous transfer of vital funds necessary to keep open a wide array of local programs that greatly enhance the quality of life for residents and

allow Riverside to remain a location of choice for business. March Air Reserve Base (MARB) has also been a highlight during my term as Chair. Serving as an operation hub for both the

“…I would like to thank all those who have helped make this past year’s achievements possible.” California Air National Guard (CA ANG) and the Air and Marine Operations Center (AMOC), the base provides over 8,500 jobs and generates an estimated $500 million annual economic impact to the area. MARB has been, and will continue to be, a vital asset to Riverside, the Chamber, and the region. Concluding my term, I would like to thank

all those who have helped make this past year’s achievements possible. Thank you to our Board of Directors, the Chamber staff, and the countless volunteers who have tirelessly dedicated their time and energy to turn big visions and goals into reality. Most importantly, thank you to the members, who truly are the strength of the Chamber, for your commitment and investment into this community. Moving forward, under the leadership of Ron Redfern with iR3 Associates and through the combined, collaborative efforts of business and civic leaders, I am confident that the Chamber will continue the work of promoting the Riverside community, advocating on behalf of business, and maintain the steadfast commitment to creating an ever stronger local economy.

Judy Carpenter Chair of the Board

Construction Begins on Perris Valley Line Extension, Chamber Celebrates New Stops in Riverside Business leaders recently joined the Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC) and local officials to celebrate the beginning of construction on the 24-mile Perris Valley Line Metrolink Extension Project. The work effort adds four new transit stations and extends the Metrolink system to thousands of commuters in Inland Southern California. RCTC began construction of the Perris Valley Line late last year. This service will expand Metrolink’s 91 Line commuter rail service from the City of Riverside to the City of Perris. The new line will extend 24 miles from the downtown Riverside Metrolink station and add four new stations in Hunter Park, Moreno Valley/March Field, downtown Perris and south Perris. Judy Carpenter of Riverside Medical Clinic and Chair of the Chamber shared her congratulations for the hard work that RCTC and the community had put into bringing the Perris Valley Line to fruition. She affirmed, “This project has been a long time coming but it shows we can do as a region when we work together to solve problems and move towards goals. It shows that we have some of the best minds in transportation working to address not only the needs of the region today but those of the community tomorrow and the day after.”

Local, state, and federal elected officials joined community and business leaders to formally break ground on the new Perris Valley Line Metrolink extension. When complete, the new rail line help commuters reach new job centers and attract more employers to the region.

“Riverside County is an excellent location for employers and businesses,” said RCTC Chair Marion Ashley. “The addition of train service by the end of next year will make it an even more attractive job center.” By extending Metrolink to more of the region, local residents can take the train to jobs within Riverside County. The success of Metrolink will make the area more attractive to potential employers that will want to locate near vibrant rail stations. The project

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as health and safety experts will also be located on-site.

associates will be available via telephone from 7 AM to 7 PM Monday through Friday.

An online UCPath Portal will allow faculty and staff to make the majority of changes to their personal, benefit, and withholding information themselves. However, more complicated issues will be handled through an online, highly responsive case management system where employee service

The UCPath is a key component of the university’s Working Smarter initiative that aims to strategically improve the efficiency of business operations in order to direct savings toward the university’s core mission of teaching, research, and public service.

is expected to create an estimated 4,400 direct and indirect jobs, a definite plus for Riverside County. In addition, the project will construct and rehabilitate railroad tracks and upgrade 18 at-grade crossings. Once complete, the project will improve mobility, enhance safety at rail crossings, reduce noise, create new jobs and offer an environmentally-friendly alternative to driving. Congressman Mark Takano praised the project for its positive impact on mobility. “With this brand new Metrolink line, Riverside County commuters will finally be one step closer to traffic relief, as the Perris Valley Line will take an estimated 4,000 cars off the road each day,” said Takano. “Investing in local infrastructure projects is one of the best stimulants for our economy, as they create jobs, increase efficiency, and provide resources for generations to come.” Service is expected to open in late-2015 and carry more than 4,000 passengers per day.


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

Local Business to Sacramento: “Fix Funding for New CA Cities” The Chamber recently joined a growing list of regional stakeholders and concerned groups to urge the State Legislature to support the passage of SB 69, a new bill aimed at restoring critical funding for newly-incorporated cities in Riverside County.

A sold out crowd of over 900 community leaders, city officials, students, and guests were present at the 37th Annual State of the City Address hosted by the Chamber with the sponsorship support of area member businesses.


Engaged Governor Brown on Local Education Priorities

Members of the Chamber joined local education leaders in a private meeting with Governor Jerry Brown to discuss the changing dynamics and issues impacting education and public safety in the region. The Chamber urged Governor Brown to continue to prioritize college and career readiness in K-12 education and empower local school districts to take a more active role in encouraging achievement.


Promoted the Grand Opening of the Convention Center

The Chamber supported the grand re-opening of the 65,000 square foot Riverside Convention Center. The $40 million transformed Riverside Convention Center has already booked several events well into the future. These events will mean more activity and business for Riverside’s Downtown and surrounding hotels, restaurants, museums and galleries, and retail stores.


Over 400 business and civic leaders celebrated the groundbreaking of the $1.3 billion 91 Freeway expansion project that is expected to create approximately 16,200 jobs and improve the quality of life for commuters and resident.

Advocated for Better Business Climate in California

A coalition of business groups across the state, including the Chamber, successfully urged state leaders to strike down legislation that would have created a dangerous and unfair precedent in wage-and-hour disputes. The bill, AB 1164, would have allowed an employee claiming a wage violation to place a lien on an employer’s property before any trial or administrative hearing has been held to determine if any wages are actually owed by the employer.


Promoted Economic Development through Major Employer Visits

Each year the Chamber conducts roughly 40 major employer visits to help grow and meet the needs of the business community. In recent months, the Chamber and staff from the City Manager’s Office have met with various employers to discuss opportunities and collaborations for the future. Businesses with over 30 full time employees showcase their business and interact with both the private and public sectors.


Increased Flight Service at ONT Airport

Chamber leaders recently met with Jess Romo, Airport Manager for Ontario International Airport (ONT), to discuss the continuing concern regarding flight service at the airport. ONT is well-equipped to be a thriving regional airport to serve the travel needs of a growing population in the region. The Chamber is continuing to engage airport officials on opportunities to increase the market and presence for ONT, and preserve its strategic economic importance in Inland Southern California.


Business Seminar Equips Local Business Leaders

The Chamber launched the return of its Business Seminar Series. The first seminar, led by export labor law attorneys, Joseph Ortiz of Best Best & Krieger and Bradley Neufeld of Gresham Savage, discussed “New Labor Laws of 2014.” Topics covered included minimum wage, overtime, sexual harassment, workers compensation, as well as how to help prevent workplace lawsuits.

Members exchange business cards at the New Member Reception where businesses learn about the unlimited opportunities of connections, networking, and benefits of being part of the Chamber.


Hosted Discussion on State of Riverside

The Chamber partnered with the City of Riverside to present the 37th Annual State of the City event that featured Mayor William “Rusty” Bailey’s second State of the City Address, “We are Better Together”. Following the event, over 900 business leaders and invited students gathered to make connections.


Connected More Than 1,000 Members at Mega Mixer

Members made new business connections at the annual Mega Mixer and Trade show. As the area’s premier place for making new business contacts, the event brought together more than 1,000 business and community leaders at the Galleria at Tyler.


Supported Job Creators and Key Projects

New businesses and hundreds of jobs were welcomed to the region. The UCPath Center, which will create approximately 500 jobs, commemorated the completion of their 3rd floor build out with a ribbon cutting. BevMo! opened its doors in Mission Grove and regional small business continued to show growth with the Grand Opening of Allstate Inland Empire Insurance Agency, Inc.


BEP Recruits Volunteers for Read Across America Day

The Chamber recruited over 250 individuals from businesses and non-profit organizations to volunteer for the annual Read Across America Day. Partnering with Alvord and Riverside Unified School Districts, volunteers visited over 30 elementary schools.

In 2011, the Legislature was compelled to take drastic steps to close the state’s massive budget gap. Amongst the laws passed, SB 89 eliminated the use of Vehicle License Fee (VLF) revenue to fund newly incorporated cities and annexed areas. This law had immediate impacts for Riverside County as four newly incorporated cities in the region – Eastvale, Jurupa Valley, Menifee and Wildomar – lost critical funding. The new bill, SB 69 introduced by Senator Richard Roth, will provide funding for newly incorporated cities and cities which annexed inhabited areas that lost funding as a result of SB 89. The legislation utilizes a county’s Educational Revenue Augmentation Fund (ERAF) to provide the funds. However, the revenue will be fully reimbursed by the state’s general fund – so there is no impact on schools. The situation for the City of Jurupa Valley is especially urgent, as VLF funding was eliminated only days before the city incorporated. The residents had voted for cityhood based on state VLF money being available. The city is facing possible disincorporation, potentially forcing Riverside County to provide essential services in Jurupa Valley which it has not budgeted to provide. While the bill in its current form only aims to address the funding shortfall for cities that were already incorporated and relying on VLF funding, it begins a discussion amongst state leaders on how future cities can form and expand. Cities play a vital role in fulfilling many of the state’s policy goals which include achieving smart growth objectives, promoting transportation and infrastructure investments, meeting affordable housing needs and realizing greenhouse gas reduction goals. Without a new funding source, it is unlikely there can be any new incorporations or annexations. California’s Vehicle License Fee has been a See Funding on page 10

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Water and Power Leaders Look for Business Help in Sacramento and DC Local access to affordable and reliable water and power were the focus of a recent meeting of the Chamber’s Governmental Affairs Council as business leaders met with General Manager John Rossi of Western Municipal Water District, and Stephen Badgett, Deputy General Manager and COO for Riverside Public Utilities. Rossi stated that the completion of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) and the reliable delivery of water to the region are critical for local business expansion and job creation in the region. The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is a vital link in California’s water system; but its current capabilities are endanger from habitat loss, invasive species, water diversions, and other stressors. Rossi stressed that the business community are a vital link to advocating to state and federal leaders on the need for action to sustain the Delta and achieve both water supply reliability and Delta ecosystem restoration. He urged for the need to complete the BDCP and make system improvements that reliably deliver water supplies to 25 million Californians and nearly 3 million acres of irrigated farmland. In particular, the BDCP calls a twin tunnel system to deliver the water from the Delta to the California Aqueduct without threats to the current system. Badgett stressed the need maintain local control of the Utility’s ability to manage energy and water resources. He stated that the over-regulation of local services could mean increased costs for residential and commercial ratepayers. Specifically, Badgett

Business Priorities Set for Chamber’s 2014 Advocacy Agenda With its 2014 Legislative Policy Platform, the Chamber is advocating to local, state, and federal legislators prioritize legislation that will help encourage local business expansion and job growth. Restarting California’s economy continues to be at the forefront of the Chamber’s agenda in City Hall, Sacramento, and Washington, DC.

Business Environment The completion of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta will mean more effective and reliable delivery water resources to residents and commercial consumers in Inland Southern California.

noted that efforts in Sacramento and Washington, DC to set rates for water and energy consumption often have negative local impacts for residential and commercial consumers. Additionally, Badgett asked for the business community’s help to urge state and federal agencies for a more thoughtful approach to adopting renewable energies in California. He stated that voluntary programs and incentives to encourage greater energy use from renewable sources allow more flexibility and efficiency in deliver power resources to local consumers. This reiterated the need to maintain the Utility’s ability make its own rates responsive to the needs of local residents and businesses. The Chamber continues to support the reliable and efficient delivery of water and power resources that make Riverside and the region an attractive location of business expansion. For more information on the Chamber’s legislative advocacy, contact Vice President/Governmental Affairs Manager Nicholas Adcock at 951-683-7100 ext. 217.

Financing Districts Proposed to Stimulate Local Job Creation

In 2012, the loss of redevelopment agencies left a gap in the tools that local governments could use to stimulate their economies and encourage new development in their communities. However, Governor Jerry Brown recently proposed the expansion of Infrastructure Financing Districts as part of his 2014-2015 budget to assist local job creation. The Chamber recently urged the Legislature to support this plan expansion use of IFDs and their ability to use tax increment financing to back government Governor Brown proposes to expand Infrastructure Financing bonds for local development. Districts (IFDs) to help local entities create more jobs. According to current state law enacted in 1990, cities and counties may establish IFDs that, like former redevelopment agencies, are empowered to use tax increment financing to back tax allocation local government bonds, the proceeds from which are used to encourage new development in communities.

Specifically, the Administration’s recent budget proposes legislation to expand the use of IFDs to fund projects for military base reuse, urban infill, transit priority projects, and affordable housing. The goal is to focus on projects which have tangible quality-oflife benefits for local residents.

However, IFDs in their current form are limited in the types of projects that they may fund, specifically only highways and transit projects; water, flood control, sewer, and solid waste projects; child care facilities; and libraries and parks. As redevelopment agencies across California are winding down their activities, the Governor’s budget proposes expanding the tax increment financing tool utilized by IFDs for a broader array of uses than that which is currently authorized under law.

However, cities and counties that are still winding down their redevelopment activities will need to resolve any outstanding legal issues before taking steps to establish or expand their IFDs. While many details are still being set forth in the Legislature, the Chamber supports to use of IFDs and other tools to provide local entities with the tools to stimulate their local economies and create more jobs in the region.

This year, the Chamber will focus heavily on filling the gap left by the elimination of redevelopment agencies. In particular, the Chamber will work hard to support the expansion of Infrastructure Financing Districts and the use of tax increment financing to stimulate the development of infrastructure, child care facilities, libraries and parks, military base reuse, urban infill, affordable housing, and consumer services.

Education The Chamber will continue to advocate for greater access to higher education and a variety of programs are essential to meet the region’s workforce needs, including industrybased training and apprenticeships, career technical education, and continuing education.

Environment Modernization of the California Environmental Quality Act will continue to be a major priority for local business. Part of that effort will also be to advocate for reasonable solutions to critical species and habitat designations in the region as well as the funding to implement habitat conservation plans that encourage development and preserve natural resources.

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Advocacy efforts will also center on the preparation of cost/benefit analyses to ensure economic impacts are weighed before the imposition of state and federal regulatory statutes.

Healthcare While much attention will be paid to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the Chamber will also focus on addressing the disparity of healthcare resources distributed across the state. In particular, the Chamber is partnering with local stakeholders to advocate for the allocation of Health and Mental Health Realignment funds based on the state and region’s current population and equitable distribution across California.

Infrastructure In 2014, federal transportation investment will be up for reauthorization and the Chamber will focus on urging Congressional and Administration leaders on passing a national freight policy that encourages goods movement and expands infrastructure investment in Inland Southern California. The Chamber will also focus on reviving Ontario International Airport as a thriving regional travel hub.

International Trade Expanding foreign trade opportunities in Riverside County will continue to be a major priority for the region, including advocating for the establishment of a customs district specifically serving Riverside and San Bernardino counties.


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Chamber Receives Communications Award, Staff Member Graduates Academy The Power of Independence

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The Chamber was recently recognized for its efforts in communications and awarded First Place for its weekly e-newsletter, Chamber Communicator, at the 2014 Western Association of Chamber Executives (W.A.C.E.) Annual Conference. Scoring high in all categories, the judges commended the professional look, readability, vital content, and the importance of topics covered for the business community. The Chamber was honored to receive the prestigious communication award, given the strong, competitive submissions from many chambers throughout the Western states and Canada.

Communications and Marketing Manager Steve Hemenway (left) and VP/Governmental Affairs Manager Nicholas Adcock (right) accept the Chamber’s a First Place award from W.A.C.E. President/CEO Dave Kilby.

Also acknowledged was Nicholas Adcock, VP/Governmental Affairs Manager for the Chamber, who was among 28 chamber executives to graduate from the W.A.C.E. Academy Class of 2013. Adcock joins previous W.A.C.E. Academy graduate Kelly Straine, Special Events Manager for the Chamber.

Council; formed to identify and recognize future leaders, all under 40, in the chamber of commerce industry. The Chamber is again pleased to recognize Adcock, who was selected along with 16 other chamber CEO’s and staff professionals, to serve on the Emerging Leaders Advisory Council.

“We congratulate all of the graduates and their chambers for having the vision to invest in professional development,” said W.A.C.E. President Dave Kilby. Further, W.A.C.E. announced the members of its first-ever Emerging Leaders Advisory

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Redfern to Lead Chamber’s Business Community in 2014 The Chamber is pleased to announce Ron Redfern as incoming Chair for the Board of Directors in 2014. Redfern is president and CEO of iR3 Associates, a strategic consulting firm offering media, marketing and management expertise to media and communications clients. His successful career and experience managing media businesses in the newspaper, broadcast, and digital sectors has positioned him as a thought leader and prominent authority on strategy, leadership, continuous improvement, and business and executive staff development.

California Newspaper Publishers Association, he continues to serve on that industry board and the board of the California Press Foundation. Very active in service to his region and the community, Redfern is currently serving as a director of the Monday Morning Group of Western Riverside County, a regional advocacy group comprised of business, community and civic leaders. Redfern is a Trustee of the University of California Riverside Foundation, as well as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board for the School of Business at UCR. From 2007-2013 he sat on the board of the California Chamber of Commerce.

From 2005 to 2013 Redfern led the Inland Southern California Region’s leading news media organization, Enterprise Media, as president and CEO Ron Redfern and as publisher of the Inland Redfern earned a Bachelor Southern California Region’s of Science degree in marketing largest, local daily newspaper The Pressfrom California State University, Northridge, Enterprise, and newspaper website, graduating magna cum laude, and was Prior to Joining A.H. Belo and The Pressawarded a Doctorate of Letters from California Enterprise, Redfern served as president and Baptist University in 2010. CEO of Media General’s Florida Communications Group in Tampa, Florida. In 2012, Redfern was recognized by The California Press Association as the Justus F. His successful career as a media executive Craemer California Newspaper Executive of has spanned over 30 years, most of which the Year and also awarded the President’s has been spent with media companies in Award by the Chamber for outstanding Southern California. As past president of the service to the local business community.

Social Media Experts to Educate Local Businesses on Best Practices The Chamber’s Business Seminar Series this month will help to educate business owners and community members on how to master current social media tools and trends. Experts Lenny Esposito, owner of Genesis Digital Marketing, and Su Pak, founder of IEShineOn. com, will be presenting on this exciting and helpful topic. The seminar will provide techniques on how to accelerate marketing programs, enhance customer relations, and expand consumer reach.

Social media can be one of the easiest ways for small businesses to reach new customers, but managing a strong social media marketing strategy is more complex than it seems. New apps, platforms, software, and trends are introduced on a nearly daily basis. This ever changing online environment causes companies to wonder how to keep up. Whether you hope to develop your brand, increase website traffic, or enhance customer engagement, this seminar can help.

Genesis Digital Marketing helps commercial and nonprofit organizations achieve their marketing objectives by offering strategies and counsel on brand development, online presence, ad campaigns, and e-commerce. works to keep Inland Empire residents informed on the latest happenings within their region and communities. Both Esposito and Pak are committed to the success of Riverside businesses by equipping them with invaluable social media tools and resources.

The seminar takes place on March 21 and will be held in the Chamber Bourns Boardroom at 7:30 AM. A complimentary light breakfast is included. Take advantage of this opportunity to strengthen your company’s social media strategy by learning under successful industry professionals. To reserve your space, register online at For more information, contact Community Development Coordinator Richard Prince at rprince@riverside-chamber. com or 951-683-7100 ext. 218.


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Regulatory and reform progress offers a positive outlook for business owners, but much work is still left in order to ensure maximum savings. For this reason, the Chamber will continue to support cost-saving measures and find ways to help local businesses thrive and remain competitive. The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Program is yet another way to help members achieve that objective.

Workers’ compensation insurance is a basic requirement for California employers. Businesses are required to have coverage for employees at all times while in operation. A common mistake among many employers is not carrying workers’ compensation insurance or allowing it to lapse. Failure to provide adequate coverage can result in employers paying costly medical costs, penalties, and even lawsuits. Therefore, finding affordable insurance can prove extremely beneficial and help to avoid costly expenses.

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Business Community Partners with Schools to Promote Literacy

March 8th will kick off the Great American Cleanup season in the La Sierra neighborhood. Thank you Josh Maher from AmeriCorps for your team’s participation with KRCB cleanups and taking on critical areas, where we change the appearance of a neighborhood in a single day!

Tour Finds Community’s Bright Spots; Neighborhood Beautification Projects Every year Keep Riverside Clean & Beautiful conducts the Community Appearance Index (CAI) Judging Tour throughout the City of Riverside. Judges are driven to five streets in all of the seven Riverside council wards, which include residential, mall/shopping center, school, park and main business district. While touring these streets, judges score five categories: litter, graffiti, illegal signs, abandoned/ junk vehicles and outside storage on a 1-4 grading scale (1 being best and 4 being worst). These scores are then averaged to give the results of the 2014 CAI: 1. Litter 2014: 2.26 vs. 2013: 2.17 2. Graffiti 2014: 1.69 / 2013: 1.60 3. Illegal Signs 2014: 2.23 / 2013: 2.02 4. Abandoned/Junk Vehicle 2014: 2.23 / 2013: 1.65 5. Outside Storage 2014: 1.80 / 2013: 1.81

Results from the CAI are used for research to identify critical neighborhoods to assist in determining KRCB Beautification projects throughout the year.

SAVE THE DATE to Beautify City Neighborhoods… Saturday, March 8th – Ward 7 Beautification Project / Rutland Park Neighborhood Saturday, April 26th – Ward 6 Beautification Project / Hunt Park Neighborhood Saturday, May 11th – Great American Cleanup / Citywide cleanups See KRCB on page 10

The Business Education Partnership Council recently partnered with Alvord and Riverside Unified School Districts to host Read Across America Day. The Chamber recruited individuals from businesses and non-profit organizations to bring the joy of reading to children of all ages. Volunteer readers visited classrooms, spoke with students, and read their favorite children’s stories. This event demonstrated the Riverside business community’s investment in the development of its future workforce by motivating children and encouraging student achievement.

Read Across America Day is a nationwide celebration held annually to honor the legacy of Dr. Seuss and to encourage children to read and learn. This event continually grows and gains increased participation every year in the Riverside region. This year over 250 community members volunteered to read. They visited over 30 elementary schools and positively affected thousands of students. Next year, do not miss this opportunity to display your organization’s commitment toward the development of Riverside’s upcoming leaders when help is needed again. Join the Chamber, in thanking the myriad of businesses, organizations, and volunteers who collectively helped make this event successful. Some major volunteer groups include: Riverside City Manager’s Office, Mission Inn Foundation, Provident Bank, First 5 Riverside, Riverside Public Utilities, Navy Federal Credit Union, San Joaquin Valley College, Riverside Woman’s Club, University of California Riverside – AGSMSA,

Chamber Business Briefs RCHF Invests Millions into Community Riverside Community Health Foundation (RCHF), a member of the Chamber and local nonprofit dedicated to improving the health and well-being of the community, invested over $2.4 million into the Riverside community through its programs and grants in 2013. The impact of RCHF’s 2013 grants, which totaled over $1.2 million, will be felt at some of largest medical centers that serve Riverside residents. Parkview Community Hospital received $173,500 to install a new nurse call system that will provide reliable communication for patients and nurses and an additional $100,000 for a new surgical microscope that will be used in delicate procedures; Riverside County Regional Medical Center (RCRMC) Foundation was awarded $169,312 to provide Infusion PC Devices and Pump Modules for intravenous therapy use for the Emergency Department and Same Day Surgery Department at RCRMC. RCHF invested another $1.2 million into the community through its health education and prevention programs, which provide nearly 100,000 interventions yearly. Additionally, nearly $200,000 was invested to provide access to dental education, screenings, and sealants through its Miles of Smiles program this past year, as well as nearly $100,000 for teen health education and youth development through funds the organization received from a 2011 California PREP grant.

For a complete list of all 23 area grantee organizations in 2013 or for more details about RCHF’s 2014 granting cycle, visit or contact Desirée SantosKho, Program Associate, at 951-788-3471.

Riverside Community Hospital Recognized for Excellence The Chamber celebrates with member business Riverside Community Hospital (RCH), which was recently designated as a Center of Excellence in Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (COEMBS) by the Surgical Review Corporation (SRC). The COEMBS designation recognizes surgical programs with a demonstrated track record of favorable outcomes in bariatric surgery. Since the Center for Surgical Weight Loss opened at Riverside Community Hospital in 2011, under the direction of John Coon, MD, it has grown to include a nurse coordinator, several dietitians, physical therapists and several key departments to ensure comprehensive, coordinated care. “Riverside Community Hospital is very proud to achieve this recognition as a Center of Excellence,” said Patrick Brilliant, Chief Executive Officer. “Our team members worked very hard to prepare for the extensive onsite review.” The SRC promotes the delivery of bariatric surgical care with the highest levels of efficacy, efficiency, and patient safety. To qualify as a Center of Excellence, the surgeon and hospital must meet stringent

requirements. Surgeons must complete at least 50 bariatric surgeries per year with a minimum lifetime experience of 125 surgeries. Chamber Announces Katherine Kearns, Ambassador of the Month Katherine Kearns, AVP, Business Banking Officer for The Bank of Hemet, has been Katherine Kearns announced as the Chamber’s Ambassador of the Month for March 2014. Since 1974, The Bank of Hemet has provided financial products and services that meet the needs of their community. They consider themselves a hometown bank with national reach; using technology to expand their deposit footprint through the Business Deposit remote deposit capture program. The Bank of Hemet has seen lending expand into over 20 different states, as they continue to focus on making loans secured by income producing properties. Kearns joined the Ambassador Committee almost six months ago, wanting to grow her book of business. She finds many rewards through welcoming new members to the Chamber and assisting them in making the most of their membership. Through her donation of time, Kearns has seen her network of business associates grow tremendously and, as a result of referrals from fellow chamber members, her company has gained new lending and deposit relationships. To learn more about becoming an Ambassador, contact Special Events Manager Kelly Straine at or 951-683-7100 ext. 211.

Hilton Garden Inn Fontana, Altura Credit Union, Ontario International Airport, The Press-Enterprise, United Way of the Inland Valleys, Kaplan College, Riverside East Rotary, Anheuser-Busch Sales of Riverside, California Baptist University – Allied Health, and March Air Reserve Base. For more information, please contact Community Development Coordinator Richard Prince at (951) 683-7100 ext. 218 or

Riverside Public Utilities Reviews Benefits of Water Conservation Surcharge At the recent Economic Development Council meeting, members supported Riverside Public Utilities (RPU) 10 year renewal of the water conservation surcharge. The aims of the water surcharge and conservation initiatives are to preserve our resources. Programs and incentives are implemented to assist and educate customers, while reducing overall system production costs. Possibly the most important benefit from the effort is to maintain our City’s water independence. RPU has been dedicated to several Water Conservation Programs such as high efficiency toilets, high efficiency clothes washers, water-wise landscaping, synthetic turf, and sprinkler nozzles. They have also been a part of grants and research funding for water innovation. Other initiatives consist of direct installation programs, outreach, education, and other sponsorships. One of the most successful programs to date has been RPU has teamed with the Western Municipal Water District and Toro Company to make this program successful. The program offers easy retrofit and reduces runoff to save an estimated 1,300 gallons of water each year. Some of the most notable accomplishments of the water conservation programs comprise of over 6,400 high efficiency toilets installed, over 5,200 high efficiency clothes washers, and over 215,000 high efficiency sprinkler nozzles. The programs have reached over 28,000 children in efforts to continue a water management well into the future. The renewal of the surcharge adopted in May 2004 is estimated to save 20% per capita by 2020. 1.5% of water usage will be applied to the bill charging the average residential customer $0.70. However, this is not a new charge and there will be no change to the customer’s current bill. For more information on how you can conserve water, please visit


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More than 500 business and community leaders are expected to attend the event which begins at 6 PM with a silent auction and a speakeasy cocktail hour. Dinner will be served at 7 PM as guests enjoy entertainment by AD3, featuring Realis Gymnastics Academy, award presentations, and the installation of the 2014-2015 Board of Directors. The new Centennial Plaza will feature RCC’s two new educational buildings, a four-level parking structure, and the Center for Social Justice & Civil Liberties.

New Plaza Invests in Future of Downtown Riverside Community College District (RCCD) will celebrate on March 13 the official groundbreaking ceremonies of the Riverside Community College (RCC) Culinary Arts Academy/District Offices building and the Henry W. Coil Sr. and Alice Edna Coil School for the Arts. The Chamber has long supported and testified on behalf of RCC and the business community to ensure the swift construction of the plaza, which will mean approximately $100 million of investment in Downtown Riverside, as well as an opportunity to further attract and develop the workforce of tomorrow. The Plaza, set to be completed on RCC’s Centennial of March 13, 2016, will feature the two new educational buildings, a fourlevel parking structure, and the Center for Social Justice & Civil Liberties, which opened in June 2012. Located at the corner of Market Street and University Avenue, district officials say the Plaza is more than a financial investment.


“With Centennial Plaza we are investing in the future of the downtown area as a center for arts, education, and innovation,” said Interim Chancellor Cynthia E. Azari. “We expect the culinary academy and the arts school to draw students from throughout the Inland Empire, and to bring new arts patrons to Riverside venues.” The Coil School for the Arts will boast a 450-seat concert hall, equipped with state-ofthe-art acoustic capabilities, and supported by a recording studio and a musical instrument digital interface studio. The Hall fills a critical need in the regional arts scene, offering a mid-size venue suitable for musical, theatre, and spoken voice performances. The new RCC Culinary Arts Academy will provide a permanent home for the wellregarded culinary program that currently operates out of leased space on Spruce Street. See Plaza on page 10

Online registration to attend is now open. Tickets to the 114th Inaugural Celebration are $95 per person. For sponsorship or event information, contact Special Events Manager Kelly Straine at kstraine@riverside-chamber. com or call 951-683-7100 ext. 211. A Special Thank You to all event sponsors, including Title Sponsor Riverside Medical Clinic and the following: Level I Sponsors: HUB International Insurance Services, Johnson Machinery, The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa, Provident Bank,

Riverside Community Hospital, Riverside Public Utilities, UTC Aerospace Systems, Walmart Level II Sponsors: AT&T, Albert A. Webb Associates, Bank of America, Best Best & Krieger, Bourns, Inc., Care Ambulance Service, County of Riverside Economic Development Agency, Gresham Savage, Kaiser Permanente – Riverside County, La Sierra University, Parkview Community Hospital Medical Center, Security Bank of California, Stronghold Engineering, Inc., Tavaglione Construction and Development, Inc., Tilden-Coil Constructors, Inc., University of California, Riverside, Wells Fargo Bank Regional Commercial Banking Office, Zion Enterprises


Continued from page 1 in focus. The navel orange has become the signature crop in the region and growers maintain more than 1,000 acres of citrus groves today. In addition, 11% of the acreage in the City of Riverside has been designated for the development of agricultural use. This large selected land use typically does not occur in Southern California cities. The conference keynote speakers will include Dr. Glenda Humiston, California State Director from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development, Paula Daniels, founder of the Los Angeles Food

Policy Council, and Rodney Taylor, Director of Nutrition Services for the Riverside Unified School District. Seedstock is an agricultural consulting service that uses live events and other tools as a social venture to develop food systems in different areas. The company works with government agencies and other investors to maintain a sustainable state of agriculture. For more information on the GrowRIVERSIDE: Citrus and Beyond! Conference, contact


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Member Anniversaries

Tom Wathen Center @ Historic Flabob Airport Trinity Fellowship C.O.G.I.C.

“Being a member of the Chamber has not only given me a platform to grow as a business woman, but has also enriched my life with new friendships. The Chamber has also helped me build valuable relationships with people and businesses throughout the community.”

6 to 10 Years

Susan Goodson Sales Director Mary Kay Cosmetics, Inc. 78 Years Preston & Simons Mortuary

41 to 49 Years American Medical Response Blue Banner Company, Inc. Clark’s Nutritional Centers United Way of the Inland Valleys

31 to 39 Years BMW of Riverside Burrtec Waste Industries, Inc. Charter Business European Travel International HUB International Insurance Services McDonalds #962 (Arlington) Riverside Plaza

27 to 29 Years

Burgess Moving & Storage Horn & Associates Riverside County Medical Association David Willmon

Farmer Boys - Corporate Office L R Miller Company, Inc. Riverside Downtown Partnership Stronghold Engineering, Inc. Trimble & Company

21 to 25 Years

11 to 15 Years

Anchos Southwest Grill & Bar Citizens Business Bank Michael Goldware - Attorney at Law Kretschmar & Smith, Inc. Riverside Community Players Riverside National Cemetery

16 to 20 Years

Albertson’s #6514 (Trautwein) California School Employees Assn. Chapter 339 Days Inn - Riverside/Tyler Mall Dogon Behavioral Medical Group, Inc.

Anderson & Associates, CPA Awards & Specialties General Stan Brown City of Riverside - City Managers Office Janet Goeske Foundation LSA Associates, Inc. Melendez Insurance Agency Naval Surface Warfare Center - Corona Division Riverside City Council Ward 6 - Jim Perry Riverside Convention & Visitors Bureau Tilden-Coil Constructors, Inc.

Auto Club Speedway BNSF Railway Co. City of Riverside Office of the Mayor Dresmann Promotional Products Ian Davidson Landscape Architecture Jazzercise JJC Project Management Group, Inc. KB Home, Inc. Necessary Nutrition Notre Dame High School Planned Parenthood/Pacific Southwest Riverside Riverside City Council Ward 2 - Andy Melendrez Riverside City Council Ward 5 - Chris Mac Arthur Riverside County Child Care Consortium Riverside Public Library Starwood CPG Operations, LLC Stream Design Consultants, LLC Sunrise Senior Living at Canyon Crest The Unforgettables Foundation

1 to 5 Years

American Red Cross Arlington Square Austin Real Estate Group - Keller Williams Avana Canyon Crest Avon Gardens Events Center BBVA Compass Bank

Brandi & Friends Salon Bullseyesport, LLC Garrett & Jensen Attorneys Hilton Garden Inn Fontana Immanuel Lutheran Church & School Insurance Incorporated Intercoast College Kyocera-Direct, Inc. Law Offices of Floyd Skeren & Kelly Meridian of Riverside Monoprice NAMI Western Riverside OSI Industries, LLC Pacific Pools & Patios Pedersen Real Estate Pick Group of Young Professionals Riverside African American Historical Society, Inc. Riverside Eye Specialist Robbins Brothers - The Engagement Ring Store Splash Kingdom Waterpark Tamale Factory THINK Together UEI College University of California Riverside - Extension Center Vavrinek Trine Day & Co. Visiting Nurse Association of California - Riverside Wells Fargo Bank (Magnolia) West Coast University Zellerbach Family Dental Zonta Club Riverside

Member Highlights

Representatives from Janet Goeske Foundation (left to right) Howard Saner, Judith Vails, Joan Roberts, and Russ Cornelius celebrate being the exclusive Good Morning Riverside sponsor in February.

EastHills Business Council President Karen Dicey congratulates Riverside BevMo! General Manager Mark Stiglbauer to celebrate the Grand Opening of their 13th Inland Empire store located on Mission Grove Parkway.

Welcome to the Chamber “We were so excited to open our first Neighborhood store in Riverside and felt that joining the Chamber would be the perfect way to introduce ourselves to the community and meet our future partners.” Tina Prado Regional Manager BevMo! A1 Computer Consulting — Bob Restifo

6185 Magnolia Ave., #143 • Riverside, CA 92506 (951) 684-8724 • Computer Sales/Service/Consulting

AB Commercial Carpet & Floor Maintenance

Best Plumbing Services, Inc. — Melinda Best 3820 Commerce St. • Riverside, CA 92501 (951) 788-1321 • Plumbing & Plumbing Supplies

Care1st Health Plan - Medicare Health Plan Allen Rivera • Lake Elsinore, CA 92532 (909) 286-8420 • Healthcare Programs

AM Interiors — Angela Morris

Caring Transitions of Greater Riverside

Allstate Inland Empire Insurance Agency, Inc.

Mike Ponce 1525 3rd St #B • Riverside, CA 92507 • (951) 784-0951 Insurance

Andersen Mediations — Robert Andersen

6185 Magnolia Ave., #330 • Riverside, CA 92506 (951) 505-0357 Arbitration & Mediation Services

Avis Budget Rent A Car — Mary Ann Dodier 1521 University Ave. • Riverside, CA 92507 (951) 787-0646 • Automobile/Truck Rentals

BBC Carpet One — Tyler Morris

6236 River Crest Dr., Ste. E • Riverside, CA 92507 (951) 214-6929 • Carpet/Rug/Upholstery – Cleaners

Delta Sigma Pi - Lambda Chi Chapter Jaquelyn Parker 3549 Iowa Ave., #203 • Riverside, CA 92507 (562) 335-2441 • Community Service Organizations

Designed Ecology — Ken Kaiser

3585 Main St., #214 • Riverside, CA 92501 (951) 205-1054 • Interior Decorators & Designers

First Mountain Bank — Matthew Koch

Juan Luis Ramirez • 16255 Pick Place • Riverside, CA 92504 (951) 789-7500 Carpet/Rug/Upholstery - Cleaners Riverside, CA 92506 • (951) 529-4200 Interior Decorators & Designers

Sharp Business Solutions representatives Sandra Colon-Williams (center) and John Pulver (right) connect with new potential customers at the Mega Mixer & Trade Show held at the Galleria at Tyler where almost 1,000 business and community leaders made connections.

Sierra Vehawn • Riverside, CA 92504 (951) 266-6187 • Moving & Storage

Champions Extended Learning — Melissa Galban 17925 Krameria Ave., #812 • Riverside, CA 92504 (909) 247-0247 • Child Development & Day Care

Clear Channel Media & Entertainment - Riverside

Mark Thomas • 2030 Iowa Ave., Ste. A • Riverside, CA 92507 (951) 684-1991 • Advertising Agencies

D’Elia’s Grinders — John Perrone Jr

2625 Whispering Pines • Running Springs, CA 92382 (909) 583-1334 • Banks & Mortgage Loans

General Security Service — Andrew Paterson 393 E. La Cadena Dr., #4 • Riverside, CA 92501 (951) 686-0916 • Security Guards & Patrol Services

Highlander Realty, Inc. — Michelle Palush 6940 Indiana Ave., #5 • Riverside, CA 92506 (951) 686-2968 • Real Estate-Residential

J Michael Media — Michael Isidro

Loma Linda, CA 92354 (909) 771-9907 • Advertising Agencies

Life Arts Center — Ivan Crystal

3485 University Avenue • Riverside, CA 92501 (951) 784-5849 • Event Planning/Convention Services

The Living Desert — Roshan Patel

19009 Van Buren Blvd., #121 • Riverside, CA 92508 (951) 780-3354 • Restaurants-Fast Food

47900 Portola Ave. • Palm Desert, CA 92260 (760) 346-5694 • Theme Parks

Definition Boutique & Fashion PR House

M A Ramos DMD, A Professional Corporation

Brittney Washington 3772 Arlington Ave., #4 • Riverside, CA 92506 (951) 275-3804 • Retail/Shopping

Marjorie Ramos 10110 Indiana Ave. • Riverside, CA 92503 (951) 354-9756 • Dentists

Mehan and Sons — Robert Mehan

4126 Wayne Ct. • Riverside, CA 92504 (909) 210-9949 Transportation Services

Michele Gutman Health Coaching — Michele Gutman Corona, CA 92883 • (909) 519-4626 Healthcare Programs

Mobley Marketing Group — Peter Mobley Riverside, CA 92506 (951) 290-7047 • Marketing Agency

Motel 6 UCR - Riverside East — Alex Patel 1260 University Ave. • Riverside, CA 92507 (951) 784-2131 • Hotels/Motels/Resorts

Motivational Systems, Inc. — Ryan O’Coyne 801 Marlborough Avenue • Riverside, CA 92507 (951) 774-3013 • Graphic Designers

Mountain West Financial, Inc. — Kristine Maine 6950 Indiana Ave., #2 • Riverside, CA 92506 (951) 782-0470 • Banks & Mortgage Loans

Nationwide Insurance & Financial Services Tina Olsen-Gregory 6864 Indiana Ave., #202C • Riverside, CA 92506 (951) 680-9460 • Insurance

Non Surgical Wellness — Elizabeth Hartzell

6770 Magnolia Ave. • Riverside, CA 92507 (951) 778-1111 • Health & Wellness/Service & Products

Olive Branch Group — Anthony Olivarez Redlands, CA 92374 (951) 415-7469 • Energy Management

See Welcome on page 10


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Welcome… Continued from page 9

Plantation Productions Inc — Mandy Hyde

Senergy Heating & Air Conditioning

Anthony Torres 9085 Mission Blvd., #145 • Riverside, CA 92509 (951) 204-6454 • senergyheating& Heating & Air Conditioning

6185 Magnolia Ave., #320 • Riverside, CA 92506 (951) 347-6572 • Audio, Video & Voiceover Productions

R & R Reporting — Cynthia Windell

3890 11th St., #205 • Riverside, CA 92501 (951) 782-0012 • Court Reporting

Simpler Life Emergency Provisions Inc

Bob Smedaker • 2035 Park Ave., #1 • Redlands, CA 92373 (909) 798-8108 • Retail/Shopping

RAW Emergency Restoration Services, Inc. Tammi Preston 14457 Meridian Pkwy. • Riverside, CA 92518 (855) 344-3200 • Restoration & Remediation: water, fire, smoke, mold

Sunshine Portrait Studios — Jenny Smith

Red White and You, Inc. — Ismael Hernandez

Sunwest Bank — Jesse Houston

3565 Main St. • Riverside, CA 92501 (951) 992-1664 • Photography/Studio

Corona, CA 92879 • (626) 324-2348 • Real Estate-Residential

Rite-A-Way Services, Inc. — Tammi Preston Leadership Riverside Class of 2013 visits March Air Reserve Base for Military & Homeland Security Services Day as part of a 10 month program that seeks to develop the next generation of active leaders for Riverside.

Chamber Seeks Candidates for 2015 Leadership Program

Leadership Riverside, the Chamber’s premier program for engaging local leaders on regional issues, is seeking decision-makers in business, service, government, and education to apply for the incoming Class of 2014-2015. Leadership Riverside looks for individuals who have attained skills and positions of leadership to equip them with the knowledge and awareness that can further influence and shape the community’s future. Upon graduation, each class is then called upon to utilize the skills and information gained in this program to work and advocate for the betterment of the region. Since 1986, Leadership Riverside has strengthened the community by developing and empowering today’s local leaders. The program includes 10 monthly, full-day sessions devoted to key community issues at locations throughout Riverside. Participants get an in-depth knowledge of the region, and build strong, lasting relationships between participants and organizations they encounter. The program equips decision-makers of local

businesses, government, non-profit organizations, schools and universities, with the knowledge to address critical regional issues, such as economic development, education, healthcare, public safety, social services, arts and culture, and others. Classes consist of approximately 20-26 dynamic individuals who are drawn from different backgrounds and philosophical perspectives, who upon graduating, go on to contribute to Riverside’s economic and cultural vitality. Through facilitated sessions and conversations with policymakers, industry experts, and leaders, you will enhance your understanding of issues impacting Riverside, while advancing your personal, professional, and civic development. You will join the ranks of our more than 500 alumni who have gone on to serve on boards and commissions; representing the voice of the greater Riverside region. For more information regarding application, contact Community Development Coordinator Richard Prince at or 951-683-7100 ext. 218.


Riverside Recovery Resources — Amanda Hanley 3757 Elizabeth St. • Riverside, CA 92506 (951) 684-2813 • Drug & Alcohol Treatment Center

Threes Company Services, Inc. — Laurent Creton 22815-D Savi Ranch Pkwy. • Yorba Linda, CA 92887 (714) 888-0233 • Construction Companies

Roll-A-Shade — Ty Pereira

12101 Madera Way • Riverside, CA 92503 (951) 245-5077 • Window Coverings

Victorian Salon and Day Spa — Jonathan Lozano 6499 Magnolia Ave. • Riverside, CA 92506 (951) 684-5579 • Day Spa & Wellness Center

Rollin Air, Inc. — Tammi Preston

14457 Meridian Pkwy. • Riverside, CA 92518 (855) 225-9550 • Heating & Air Conditioning

Vortex Restoration — Janos Borcsa

9324 Douglas Dr. • Riverside, CA 92503 (877)831-5808 • Restoration & Remediation: water, fire, smoke, mold

Scan Health Plan — Darrell Evans

3380 La Sierra Ave., #104-140 • Riverside, CA 92503 (951) 768-5398 • Healthcare Programs

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toward the incorporation of new cities and the annexation of unincorporated areas. The Chamber and its member businesses are working to urge state leaders to support SB 69 as a means to ensure cities in Riverside County has the resources to grow and provide essential services to local residents.

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or to find out how to receive community service hours and leadership training at beautification projects, contact KRCB at or 951-683-7100 ext. 212.

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A demonstration kitchen, bakery, prep kitchens, an ice carving room, and a public dining room are just some of the teaching and learning spaces in the new building. A rooftop garden terrace area complements the first floor of the academy; boasting an herb garden, catering kitchen, and ample space for special events.

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Riverside-based Tilden-Coil Constructors will serve as the construction manager for the two projects, which are funded by state funds and RCCD’s local Measure C bond measure approved by voters in 2004.

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

M a r c h 2014

Chamber Calendar

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

TUE | MAR 18

Business In Action

INSIDE Magnolia Center

7:15 AM – Chamber Bourns Boardroom 3985 University Ave By providing an outlet for business members, BIA is a place to network with an opportunity to hear various speakers on related subjects. This committee helps develop strong business ties and new business opportunities.

7:15 AM – Altura Credit Union 6403 Riverside Ave Altura Credit Union will be hosting INSIDE Magnolia Center. Judy Carpenter will provide her final Business Council report from her time as Chamber Chair. Ward 3 Councilmember Mike Soubirous and Lt. Vance Hardin will provide city reports.

TUE | MAR 11

THU | MAR 20

Business Education Partnership Council

Afterhours Business Mixer

7:30 AM – Chamber Bourns Boardroom 3985 University Ave Paul Jessup, Deputy Superintendent for the Riverside County Office of Education, will brief the Business Education Partnership Council on Career Technical Education opportunities available to students and adults in Riverside County.

5:30 PM – Riverside Medical Clinic 7117 Brockton Ave Take advantage of a legendary opportunity to connect with other businesses as Riverside Medical Clinic hosts the March Afterhours Business Mixer. Admission is free for Chamber members and guests. Enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres, win door prizes, and make new contacts.

THU | MAR 13

FRI | MAR 21

Good Morning Riverside

Business Seminar Series

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

7:30 AM – Chamber Bourns Boardroom 3985 University Ave This month’s Business Seminar shows businesses how to take advantage of current social networking platforms and tools. Learn effective techniques and tips from social media.

WED | MAR 27

FRI | MAR 14

114th Annual Inaugural Celebration

Governmental Affairs Council

6:00 PM – Riverside Convention Center 3637 Fifth Street Join the Chamber to celebrate 114 years of building a stronger local economy. Award presentations will include 2013 Citizen of the Year, 2013 Business of the Year, and installation of the 2014-2015 Board of Directors.

11:30 AM – Chamber Bourns Boardroom The Governmental Affairs Council (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. 





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M a r c h 2014

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

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Greater Riverside Business - March 2014 Issue  

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

Greater Riverside Business - March 2014 Issue  

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