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‘The Chamber…building a stronger local economy’

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Chamber Members Count!

How important is it for the Chamber to be involved in attracting new jobs to the region? 2% 12% 22% 64%

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Governor’s Jobs Advisor Confident of Business Climate in California State and local leaders focus on reform and workforce development to grow local business

With nearly 200 members of the business community in attendance, the Chamber hosted an Economic Development Briefing with local and state leaders to discuss efforts to grow business and create more jobs for 64% 22% the region. The briefing highlighted local 12% efforts to create a stronger local economy 2% and featured Mike Rossi, Senior Advisor on Jobs and Business Development to Governor Jerry Brown, Assemblymember Jose Medina, Riverside County Workforce Investment Board chair Jamil Dada, Riverside County Assistant Executive Officer George Johnson, and Riverside City Manager Scott Barber. In his initial comments, Rossi stated that California is getting stronger in attracting new investment and encouraging more businesses to relocate or expand their operations in the state. He also noted several examples of California businesses leading the charge in growth through technology including Apple, Zappos, and Facebook. However, Rossi also recognized that several challenges still exist and the state could do more to encourage new development and expedite the regulatory and environmental review process.

Mike Rossi, Senior Advisor to the Governor on Jobs and Business Development highlights examples of business growth in California. Inset: Assemblymember Jose Medina stresses the need to help students face the changing the economy.

Assemblymember Medina noted that while California has many positive elements, the state faces several new challenges in an everevolving economy including developing a stronger workforce and creating a smarter regulatory framework. As a former educator, he noted that education from K-12 through community college and higher education is See Rossi on page 4

With Chamber Support, Power Reliability Plans Approved by City Council Plans to establish secondary access point to state power grid moves forward

In a unanimous vote, the Riverside City Council heeded the input of the Chamber and other local community groups in approving the Riverside Transmission Reliability Project (RTRP), a proposed project by Riverside Public Utilities. When completed, this project will provide Riverside residents, businesses, and healthcare providers with continued access to power in the likelihood of an unforeseen emergency that could bring down the City’s only existing connection to the statewide grid. Tremendous growth in the community will quickly place a strain in the existing electricity resources, causing the potential for rolling blackouts and the inability to meet the power needs of businesses, especially in manufacturing and technology. With the passage of the RTRP and the construction of a secondary

access point to the state grid, more power will be available to satisfy the community’s projected power needs in the future and generate access to additional “green” power resources mandated to use by state law. The RTRP will also underscore maintain public safety and reliable access to care in the community by providing a back-up system if the community’s primary access to power should be interrupted. This is particularly important for local residents and businesses as it will greatly reduce the potential for a blackout of power during a natural disaster or other disruption. In 2006, The California Independent System Operator, which is responsible for the proper maintenance and operation of the grid, directed that a transmission project like RTRP be completed by mid-2009. A reliable and efficient power and utility system ensures the safety of our community and is fundamental to a strong local economy.

Chamber to Honor Citizen & Business of the Year More than 500 attendees expected as Chamber celebrates 113th Inaugural

The Chamber will honor Dr. Ronald O. Loveridge as Citizen of the Year and HUB International as Business of the Year at the 113th Annual Inaugural Celebration presented by Title Sponsor Riverside Medical Clinic that will take place on Wednesday, March 27, at the Riverside Municipal Auditorium. The event, billed as the “Chamber Awards”, will honor members of Riverside’s business community with a dramatic flair inspired by the Tony Awards and memorable Broadway shows. Expected attendance is over 500 guests that will arrive at 6:00 PM to enjoy a cocktail hour, buffet, and silent auction followed by the main program at 7:00 PM. The Citizen of the Year is awarded to an individual who makes outstanding contributions within the Riverside region. Dr. Ronald O. Loveridge recently finished his term of nearly two decades serving as Riverside’s mayor, With 31 years of public service – as the Ward 1 Councilmember beginning in 1979 and as Mayor since 1994, he has effectively led and championed initiatives to address Riverside’s greatest opportunities and challenges. His career also includes showcasing Riverside and the region through his work with the National League of Cities, League of California Cities, California Air See Inaugural on page 6



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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 2012–2013 Chairman of the Board Brian Hawley – Luminex Software, Inc. Vice Chair, Chair Elect Judy Carpenter – Riverside Medical Clinic Vice Chair – Governmental Affairs Ron Redfern – The Press-Enterprise Company Vice Chair – Economic Development Bob Stockton – Rick Engineering Vice Chair – Membership George Hoanzl – Jaguar Computer Systems, Inc. Vice Chair – Community Development Paul Jessup – Riverside County Office of Education Vice Chair – Divisions Robin Lang – Regional Properties Vice Chair – Divisions Sharon Sola – Riverside Auditorium & Events Center

Vice Chair – Finance/Treasurer Linda Itzen – Itzen & Associates Legal Counsel Ken Stream – Gresham Savage Nolan & Tilden Past Chairman of the Board/Chair – GRCCPAC Howard Golds – Best Best & Krieger, LLP

Board of Directors 2012–2013 Al Arguello – Bank of America Cynthia Azari – Riverside Community College District Patrick Brilliant – Riverside Community Hospital Victoria Brodie – Indira Innovations Larry Burns – Cal State University San Bernardino James Cuevas – JJC Project Management Group, Inc. Carl Dameron – Dameron Communications Steve Desko – Walter’s Automotive Group Douglas Drumwright – Parkview Community Hospital Medical Center Ronald Ellis – California Baptist University Lenny Esposito – Genesis Digital Marketing Dave Fisher – Altura Credit Union #6 Shirin Folsom – Goodrich Debbi Guthrie – Raincross Hospitality Corp. Jim Fuson – Galleria at Tyler Peter Hayashida – University of California Riverside Lynn Hounsley – Integrity HR, Inc. Peter Hubbard – American Medical Response Tom Hunt – Hunt Public Relations Clarissa Leach – Adkan Engineers Rose Mayes – Fair Housing Council of Riverside County, Inc. Kevin McCarthy – United Way of the Inland Valleys Kathy Michalak – Habitat for Humanity Riverside Gigi Mindreau-Banks – The Hanigan Company Patty Moorman – Bourns, Inc. Joseph Ortiz – Best Best & Krieger Lea Petersen – Southern California Gas Company Peggy Ricks – First Impression Glenn Rowden – Champion Electric, Inc. Waudieur Rucker-Hughes – Riverside Unified School District Roger Rupp – The Boeing Company Howard Saner – Riverside Physician Network Carol Tagayun – AT&T Vita Willett – Kaiser Permanente Medical Center Riverside Randal Wisbey – La Sierra University Cynthia Wright – The Wright Image David Wright – Riverside Public Utilities Kathy Wright – Individual Leni Zarate - PSOMAS

Chamber Staff Cindy Roth, President/CEO Kevin Wingate, Communications & Marketing Manager Nicholas Adcock, Governmental Affairs Manager LaDonna Ardary, Administrative Assistant/Office Manager La Wanda Roy, Accounting Manager Teryn Andersen, Accounting Clerk Kelly Straine, Special Events Manager Carole Slagle, Membership & Advertising Manager Ramonia Disney, Membership & Advertising Sales Julie Houser, Divisions Coordinator Sonja Wardle, Information Specialist Nick Psomas, Community Development Coordinator Keep Riverside Clean & Beautiful Connie Librenjak, Executive Director Jenny Anderson, Senior Project Coordinator Andrew Markis, Project Coordinator

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2012 has been an eventful year. As my term as the Chamber’s Chairman of the Board draws to a close, I’d like to thank our Board of Directors, the Chamber staff, our members, and volunteers for all of their hard work and dedication. Our success this year was made possible by your efforts and commitment. This year, the Chamber’s mission of strengthening the local economy was aided with our successful advocacy for the establishment of the UCPath Center in Riverside resulting in 500 new jobs. We were also able to support the enactment of legislation to curb predatory litigation for special access violations which protects small businesses that are the heart of our economy. The Chamber was also successful in contributing to the development of our future workforce through partnership with Completion Counts and the Riverside Community College District to launch a two-year priority registration program. Another fruitful collaborative effort was the Chamber’s partnership with the City of Riverside to contract Beacon Economics in the production of the recently released baseline economic study that will be

crucial in the development of our region’s economic roadmap. The local business community experienced a number of positive developments over the past year, but some of the most promising

“Our success this year was made possible by your efforts and commitment.” have been our region’s steps towards improved access to healthcare. We recently saw the culmination of our efforts with the announcement of the $315 million expansion investment for Riverside Community Hospital. This goes hand in hand with the positive developments happening around the UCR school of Medicine. The Chamber has strongly supported both of these endeavors and will remain steadfast in working with our community leaders to ensure that we achieve our goals. These healthcare related

successes are major victories for Riverside and will help us move towards a healthier and more prosperous future. Moving forward, I am confident that Judy Carpenter of Riverside Medical Clinic will continue to lead the Chamber in successfully advocating on behalf of the business community, continually improving, increasingly meeting the needs of our members, and supporting the community at large. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to lead this organization. It has been my pleasure and privilege to work with all of you for the betterment of Riverside. I will continue to serve the Chamber and this community and look forward to working with you in our commitment to improve, and appreciate our great City. Photo Courtesy of Michael J. Elderman Photography

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Past Year Brought Numerous Accomplishments for Biz Community

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Chamber Receives Industry Communications Award The Chamber is honored to receive the First Place Award for 2012 Outstanding Communications Achievement, a special merit award for its weekly electronic newsletter, Chamber Communicator and an honorable mention award for its monthly publication, Greater Riverside Business from the Western Association of Chamber Executives (W.A.C.E.). W.A.C.E represents more than 800 chamber professionals in 15 Western states and Canada, and is the premier organization for the professional development of chamber executives and staff. The judges highlighted the Chamber’s focus on issues that affect the business community and its ability to present relevant information to Chamber members. The Chamber is also pleased to announce the selection of Chamber President/CEO, Cindy Roth, as the recipient of the 2012 Russell E. Pettit Memorial Excellence in Leadership Award. Each year, the Western Association of Chamber Executives (W.A.C.E.) recognizes a chamber executive with the Russell E. Pettit Memorial Excellence in Leadership Award for outstanding contributions in advancing the professionalism of the chamber industry and encouraging others to make chamber work a career. “Cindy is a consummate chamber professional,” said Wayne Griffin, President/CEO of Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau. “She is passionate about her career and our industry and serves as a role model for those seeking to make chamber work a career.”

Chamber President/CEO Cindy Roth (center) and Communications and Marketing Manager Kevin Wingate (left) accept the Chamber’s W.A.C.E. awards from President/CEO of W.A.C.E. Dave Kilby.

“An advocate for strong leadership, Cindy has used her position at the Chamber to guide the business community in making decisions, moving City Hall and getting action done,” said Bobby Spiegel, President/ CEO of the Greater Corona Valley Chamber of Commerce. “Cindy does her homework, comes prepared and understands her role as the voice of business.” The awards were presented this month in Burlingame CA, at the W.A.C.E annual conference which recognizes exceptional chambers of commerce. The conference also

provides chamber professionals the opportunity to share ideas and methods to improve local economies, and learn best practices among chambers of commerce and trade organizations across the western United States. “It is an honor to receive this award and to be recognized and included with those previous recipients of the Pettit Memorial Excellence in Leadership Award who have done so much towards improving the chamber industry,” said Roth. “I am truly humbled and touched by this acknowledgment.”

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

The Chamber supported Riverside Community Hospital’s $315 million expansion plans which will help meet regional healthcare needs and create jobs.


Supported Efforts to Streamline Plan Check Process and Attract New Business to the Region

The Chamber supported the implementation of ProjectDox, which is another example of the Chamber’s continued efforts to increase the incentives of doing business in the City of Riverside. ProjectDox will save time and money related to the plan check and submittal processes, improving and clarifying communication between everyone working on a project while enhancing the opportunities to attract businesses and jobs to the region.


Collaborated with Local Stakeholders in Support of $315 million Hospital Expansion Project

The Chamber was a collaborative partner with the Riverside Community Hospital in supporting the $315 million expansion that will create jobs and improve healthcare access for the region. The expansion will include a seven-floor, 292,000 square-foot tower which will house 12 intensive care patient rooms, 60 medical and surgical patient rooms, a laboratory and food services operations allowing for better service of region by improving access to healthcare with a total capacity of 445 acute-hospital beds.


Launched Newly Designed Chamber Website

The Chamber recently launched its newly designed website developed to be more intuitive and visually appealing. The site has helped generate more than 2-million hits leading to increased referrals for member businesses. The new site features the latest community business news, live updates and valuable local business information making the website a resource that can be returned to again and again.

The Chamber’s annual Mega Mixer and Trade Show More helped more than 1,000 attendees make connections at the events new location, the Galleria at Tyler.


Connected More Than 1,000 Members at Mega Mixer

The Chamber helped members make new business connections at the annual Mega Mixer and Trade show, the area’s premier event for making new business contacts. The event brought together more than 1,000 business and community leaders at the Galleria at Tyler.


Helped Businesses Remain Compliant with New Laws for 2013

With new California and Federal employment laws taking effect for 2013, the Chamber helped businesses remain compliant by providing updated compliance materials and providing a Business Seminar outlining key labor laws for employers.


Advocated in Support of Legislation to Provide Ongoing Funding for School of Medicine

The Chamber supported legislation introduced by Senator Richard Roth and Assemblymember Jose Medina aimed at providing the new University of California, Riverside School of Medicine with ongoing funding to ensure completion of the accreditation process.


Partnered with City to Provide Regional Economic Data for Business Decision Makers

In a joint effort with City of Riverside, the Chamber recently released an economic study prepared by Beacon Economics. The study was provided to members and offers

Lenny Esposito, owner of Genesis Digital Media presented at the Chamber’s recent Business Seminar on helping businesses effectively leverage the benefits of social media.

a comprehensive snapshot of the region’s key economic indicators with accurate, timesaving statistics for anyone making important economic or financial decisions.

Supported Construction of Perris Valley Line Metrolink Extension


The Chamber supported urged approval of the final design and construction of the line’s Hunter Park station. The new station will not only create new jobs through construction, but will also move the entire extension project closer to opening commuter rail travel to employment centers across Inland Southern California.

Provided Members with Resources for Improving their Social Media Presence


Social media professionals Lenny Esposito, of Genesis Digital Marketing and Jon Burges of RedFusion Media provided members with the essential tools to market their businesses through social media. The Chamber’s Business Seminar on the basics of social media provided members with the tools they need to increase their bottom line.


Assisted Businesses in Efforts to Increase Visibility and Recognition

The Chamber testified in support of a new pylon sign for the Park Sierra Dining and Entertainment Park. The new sign will provide greater visibility and recognition to the many businesses in this important entertainment district.

Chamber Advocacy Sets Priorities to Place Region in Focus

With its 2013 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. From environment to healthcare, the platform sets a clear direction and empowers the Chamber to be more responsive in City Hall, Sacramento, and Washington, DC.

Business Environment Business-friendly regulations are part of the Chamber’s agenda to get Riverside working again. A major theme will emerge this year as the Chamber advocates for greater cost/benefit analysis of new rules, regulations, taxes and fees as well as more educational resources for businesses to understand how to comply with regulations.

Education The Chamber will continue to advocate for better K-12 graduation requirements to get students into college and prepared for the workforce. The UCR School of Medicine remains a top priority the region, specifically advocating for ongoing funding to ensure future development of the school.

Employee Relations Advocacy efforts will also center on worker compensation reforms that balance employer costs with fair benefits paid to injured workers. This also includes simplifying tax rules for independent contractors.

Environment A major focus this year will be a concerted initiative to modernize the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and expedite the difficult environmental review process that often stifles necessary development for the region. Part of that effort will also be to advocate for reasonable solutions to critical species and habitat designations in the region. See Advocacy on page 4


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an important component for economic development. He stressed that state funding for the UCR School of Medicine remains his top priority as a means of stimulating job creation, specifically in the healthcare industries.

Newly-elected Supervisor Kevin Jeffries meets with Chamber members to discuss regional issues, including reforms to the development and planning process and the need for a federal medically-underserved designation for the region.

In his comments, Dada stressed that the workforce investment board system is an effective way to re-train working adults to meeting the needs of the modern economy. Johnson and Barber also called for greater reform of the environmental review process to allow greater development

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and opportunities to attract new business. In reference to modernizing the environmental review process outlined under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the panelists agreed that addressing environmental concerns are important but that the process has become vulnerable to exploitation by parties more interested in slowing the development of a specific project over mitigating environmental impacts. They stressed the need for stricter deadlines for outside input and reduced duplication of general analysis studies.

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Just a few months into his first term representing Riverside County’s first district, Supervisor Kevin Jeffries joined the Chamber’s Governmental Affairs Council to outline several of his priorities for the future of the region. At the meeting, Chamber members briefed Jeffries on their concerns for the region and planned to work with him on future initiatives to create a stronger local economy.

Supervisor Jeffries stated that one of his major priorities is to identify and address structural and institutional delays in the planning and development process to reduce the startup time for new business in Riverside County. He noted that he still wanted to make sure that the process maintained necessary due diligence and input to ensure that planned developments meet the economic and visionary needs of the community. However, he felt that Riverside County could

do more help local businesses, especially smaller ones, to expand and grow more jobs.

In reference to the county’s budget situation, Jeffries noted that some increases in local sales tax revenues have aided the budgetary deficit but continued efforts need to be made to ensure the deficit is closed. He stated that within his own discretionary spending, he and his staff are reviewing or establishing additional reviews of how, and towards what issues money is spent. Overall, Supervisor Jeffries stressed the need to create more jobs within the region and reduce the significant commuter traffic that impacts the region’s infrastructure and economy. Several Chamber members stressed the need to also address the disparity of state and federal spending on health care in the region in comparison to other parts of California and the nation.

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 a federal designation identifying communities within Riverside County as medically-underserved. This designation will allow healthcare providers to attract more physicians and allied healthcare professionals to the region.

Military The Chamber will continue to advocate for the assignment of the KC-46A Tanker and the MQ-9 Reaper or other next generation remotely-piloted aircraft to available units at March Air Reserve Base. This advocacy coordinated in conjunction with modernization of facilities and infrastructure at the base will preserve its approximately $500 million economic impact to the region. Furthermore, the Chamber will also continue to support operations at the Naval Surface Warfare Center-Corona Division, protecting its more than $300 million impact to the local unity.

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Aaron Brown (left), Mike Fine (top) and Jeff Kraus (bottom) presented the Governor’s budget to the Business Education Partnership Council.

Chamber Reviews Governor’s Budget and Impact on Local Education The Chamber’s Business Education Partnership Council received an update on the Governor’s budget and how it affects the education system. The Chamber hosted education administrators for a discussion of how each level of education in the region is impacted. Mike Fine, Deputy Superintendent at Riverside Unified School District, spoke to the council on the K-12 system and explained

the details of how the education system will be funded. The Chamber also heard from Aaron Brown, Vice Chancellor of Business and Financial Service at RCCD who spoke at the community college level. Brown touched on the positive aspects of the budget revision that helps RCC by lessening the cut-backs. According See Education on page 8

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Continued from page 1 Resources Board, South Coast Air Quality Management District, Southern California Association of Governments, and Western Riverside Council of Governments. Ron’s national prominence was recently recognized by his induction into a prestigious national think tank, the National Academy of Public Administration. Even after his career as mayor, Dr. Loveridge continues to serve the community as a professor and at the University of California, Riverside, where he also serves as the Director of the Center for Sustainable Suburban Development.

More than 200 KRCB student volunteers took to the streets for a host of beautification projects, collecting over 6,000 lbs. of litter and debris.

KRCB Tours to Find City’s Bright Spots Every year Keep Riverside Clean & Beautiful conducts the Community Appearance Index (CAI) Judging Tour throughout the City of Riverside. Judges visit five streets in all of the seven Riverside council wards, including residential, mall/shopping center, school, park and main business districts. 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, resulting in the 2013 CAI:


Litter: 2013: 2.17 / 2012: 2.14 Graffiti: 2013: 1.6 / 2012: 2.20 Illegal Signs: 2013: 2.02 / 2012: 2.06

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The Riverside office of HUB International has grown from a small agency with roots dating back to the 1940’s to the largest independent insurance agency in the Inland Empire through acquisitions and internal growth. It is the regional headquarters for HUB’s California operations led by President Kirk Christ and CEO Roy Taylor, which now includes over 33 offices and over 700 employees throughout California. Taylor and Executive Vice President Nick Goldware’s roots and service to the Riverside community go back to their predecessor agencies founded by their fathers in 1946 and 1960. Today, Goldware exemplifies legendary community involvement and Taylor is well known in Riverside for his philanthropic efforts. Most importantly though, is the 185 plus employees in the Riverside office take pride in servicing the needs of 25,000 local clients. In addition the Chamber will recognize the efforts and achievements of outgoing Chair, Brian Hawley with Luminex Software, Inc., and welcome new Chair Judy Carpenter with Riverside Medical Clinic.

Outgoing and incoming Board Members, Volunteer of the Year and Business Council of the Year will also be recognized at this year’s event. Reservations are going quickly, so act now to make sure you don’t miss out on the Chamber’s premier event! To reserve your seat or to sponsor this event, contact Special Events Manager, Kelly Straine at 951-683-7100 ext. 211 or kstraine@

A Special Thank You to Title Sponsor Riverside Medical Clinic and Additional Supporters: Level I Sponsors Best Best & Krieger HUB International Johnson Machinery Milestone Media Provident Bank Riverside Community Hospital Riverside Public Utilities Solarmax Technology, Inc. Wal-Mart Level II Sponsors AT&T Bank of America Gordon & Jill Bourns Gresham Savage Kaiser Permanente   Medical Center Riverside La Sierra University Luminex Software, Inc. Security Bank of California Southern California Gas Company Stronghold Engineering, Inc. Tavaglione Construction   and Development, Inc. Tilden-Coil Constructors, Inc. University of California, Riverside Wells Fargo Bank Regional Commercial   Banking Office


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Local leaders gathered with the Inland Empire Small Business Development Center staff at the Grand Opening celebration of their newest location in downtown Riverside.

Chamber Applauds Opening of Newest Small Business Development Center The Chamber congratulates the Inland Empire Small Business Development Center (SBDC) on the recent opening of its newest location in downtown Riverside. The Inland Empire SBDC stimulates economic growth in the Inland Empire by providing small businesses and entrepreneurs with expert consulting, effective training and access to resources. The Keep Riverside Clean & Beautiful Leader Elected to Keep America Beautiful’s Board of Directors Keep America Beautiful (KAB) announces the appointment of Connie Librenjak Connie Librenjak, executive director of Keep Riverside Clean & Beautiful (KRCB), to KAB’s national Board of Directors where she’ll represent the interests of KAB’s national network of nearly 600 local affiliates. “Keep America Beautiful affiliate representatives are essential to serving on our board of directors, providing the on-the-ground perspective that comes from utilizing our programs at the grassroots level,” said Matt McKenna, president and CEO of Keep America Beautiful. “Connie Librenjak has proven to be a strong and efficient director in Riverside. Her experience in nonprofit management and years in private business will provide our board with tremendous insight and direction.”

Inland Empire SBDC provides existing and startup businesses with technical assistance designed to improve their competitive standing in the marketplace. SBDC clients receive expert guidance and benefit from the experiences of staff and other businesses. The Inland Empire SBDC focuses on doing things that have positive impacts on the clients and the local economy. (KRCB). Since 1992 KRCB has provided opportunities for over 10,000 volunteers annually to receive hands-on stewardship with community beautification projects that reduce litter, eradicate graffiti and provide more green space in the City. Through her leadership, KRCB is recognized for distinguishing itself as an exemplary affiliate organization, taking first place in its population category in 2011 with Keep America Beautiful. Librenjak draws on her experience in diversified sales, marketing and business development strategies to lead an organization that is high on enthusiasm and commitment to its mission. Librenjak also serves the Mayor’s Transportation Accountability Program (TAP), the Green Action Plan Committee (GAP), and is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Riverside.

“It has been a wonderful experience serving the community with Keep Riverside Clean & Beautiful and to be appointed to KAB’s national board is an exciting step forward,” said Libernjak. “ I look forward to representing affiliates from across the nation and learning more about the KAB organization and their partnerships with the private sector.”

Monica Tuleja is the Chamber’s Ambassador of the Month The Chamber congratulates Monica Tuleja as Ambassador of the Month. Teluja and her husband Richard, own Monica Tuleja Peak Pest Elimination, providing general pest control to residential, commercial, and rental properties. They offer one time solutions along with maintenance service, and do not tie customers down with long term service agreements. “Good service and integrity is the best contract,” says Tuleja.

Connie Librenjak is the Executive Director for Keep Riverside Clean & Beautiful

Tuleja joined the Ambassador Committee in 2009 with the desire to learn more

about the city she worked and lived in. Since that time, she has seen her business grow as the Chamber helped her in making the right contacts to increase sales and to make new connections. At her favorite Chamber events like the Mega Mixer & Trade Show, you will see her meeting new people and sharing ideas. Tuleja takes great pride in representing the Chamber as an Ambassador, but also devotes time to support the Make A Wish Foundation and Christmas Trees of Hope. Michelle Steele, Branch Manager of the Corporate Branch of Provident Bank, is the Ambassador of the Month for February 2013. Provident Bank is a full service bank serving the Inland Empire. To learn more about how being an Ambassador can help your business grow, contact Special Events Manager Kelly Straine at 951-683-7100 ext. 211 or

Councilmember Hart serves up part of a Zoo at Farrell’s Grand Opening Celebration.

Business is Sweet: Farrell’s Returns to Riverside Farrell’s made their triumphant return to Riverside official and celebrated by formally cutting the Grand Opening ribbon for their largest location yet - 8,700 square-feet! After receiving certificates of recognition from Assemblymember Eric Linder, Councilmember Nancy Hart, Senator Richard Roth, Supervisor Kevin Jeffries, and the Chamber’s La Sierra Business Council, Farrell’s treated the crowd to celebratory single scoop ice cream sundaes.

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to Brown the budget is a step in the right direction but that there would still be overall decreases. Jeff Kraus, Governmental Affairs Manager at UCR outlined the changes that the University of California, Riverside is facing. In agreement with Brown, Kraus mentioned the budget as a step in the right direction in that it brings the funding levels back to as they were in 2008, but increases still need to happen to accommodate the larger student base.

Readers from all walks of life support Read Across America year after year.

Chamber Business Leaders Celebrate Literacy with Dr. Seuss The Chamber, in partnership with both school districts, recruited more than 200 business and community leaders to fill classrooms and read their favorite children’s book. Participants spent time with students in the Alvord and Riverside Unified School Districts, reading stories of humor, adventure and suspense. Participants were able to share a learning experience with students while stressing the necessity of value and appreciation for reading. Coinciding with the birthday of beloved children’s author, Dr. Seuss, Read Across America Day recently swept through

The Business Education Partnership Council meets the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30 AM in the Chamber Bourns Boardroom. For more information contact Nick Psomas at 951-683-7100 ext. 218 or

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elementary and middle. Business leaders and community members in Riverside and across the nation spent time reading their favorite childhood books and stories to school children as part of an effort to raise awareness of the importance of child literacy. Each year, the Read Across America Day program positively affects nearly 25,000 elementary and middle school children in the Alvord and Riverside Unified Schools Districts alone. Paul Jessup, chairman of the See Seuss on page 10

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The Governor’s budget may be a step in the right direction, but as all three panelists described, there is much more funding needed to support the education system. The Chamber’s Business Education Partnership Council will continue to support the education system through advocacy and community involvement.

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Member Anniversaries

Holiday Inn Express Janet Goeske Foundation LR Miller Company, Inc. Mary Kay Cosmetics, Inc. Riverside Metro Auto Group Riverside Rancheros Stronghold Engineering, Inc. Thomas Wathen Center at Flabob Airport

“Being part of the Chamber has enriched my life, blessed me with new friends and clients and gives me a place to build long lasting relationships.” Susan Goodson Independent Sales Director Mary Kay Cosmetics, Inc.

6 to 10 Years

Preston & Simons Mortuary

Citizens Business Bank Horn & Associates Kretschmar & Smith, Inc. Marriott Riverside Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC

40 to 49 Years

16 to 20 Years

104 Years AT&T

77 Years

Clark’s Nutritional Centers Reid & Hellyer United Way of the Inland Valleys

31 to 38 Years

Arc of Riverside County HUB International of California   Insurance Services McDonalds #962 - Arlington Ave.

23 to 28 Years

Anchos Southwest Grill & Bar Burgess Moving & Storage

California Department of Rehabilitation Dogon Behavioral Medical Group, Inc. Habitat for Humanity Riverside International House of Pancakes   University Ave. PrimeCare of Riverside Riverside Art Museum Riverside Community Players Riverside County Supervisor District #1 Riverside National Cemetery

11 to 15 Years

Farmer Boys - Corporate Office

Advanced Imaging Strategies Auto Club Speedway Awards & Specialties City of Riverside Office of the Mayor Cruz Custom Tailor Hooks Ian Davidson Landscape Architecture Inland Counties Legal Services JR Building Maintenance, Inc. Kaplan College LSA Associates, Inc. Naval Surface Warfare Center-Corona Notre Dame High School Peach PR Attractions Raymond James Financial Services Silagi Development & Management, Inc. Stan Brown Trinity Fellowship C.O.G.I.C.

1 to 5 Years

Artesian Design, Inc. Bullseyesport, LLC Cabinet Source Carollo Engineers Culligan Water FX Signs Inc. GRID Alternatives Hampton Inn & Suites Moreno Valley Hilton Garden Inn Fontana Insurance Incorporated Intercoast College JJC Project Management Group, Inc. Kyocera-Direct, Inc. Law Offices of Marie Moreno Myers, Esq. Mirau Edwards Cannon Lewin & Tooke Mission Lake Center Pactrust Bank Part-Time CFO, Inc. Phood on Main Riverside Adult School Riverside African American Historical Society, Inc. SEMA Construction Stanley Pest Control Tangram Think Together Visiting Nurse Association of California Zacares USA Zellerbach Family Dental

Member Highlights

Bea Canales Parmley of Visterra Credit Union and Matt Friedlander of United Way of the Inland Valley were on hand to welcome attendees of the Chambers Afterhours Business Mixer.

Hunter Park Business Council President Leni Zarate (right) presents a certificate of recognition on behalf of the Chamber to Doug Magnon (left) and Deanna Magnon (center) at the Grand Opening of their restaurant, Magnone Trattoria & Market.

Welcome to the Chamber “I was a member of the Chamber while with another company and had been impressed with how the Chamber strategically encourages growth in business. Now that I’m with Monoprice, the region’s eCommerce leader, it made sense to rejoin with the Chamber.” Justin Jordan Director of Client Relations Monoprice, Inc.

Alliance Judgment Recovery—Joanne Rooney

17130 Van Buren Blvd., #55 Riverside, CA 92504 951-780-5431 • Debt Settlement/Judgement Recovery

Amaya Japanese Restaurant & Ultra Lounge Ceazar Aguilar 3775 Tyler St., #3-13 • Riverside, CA 92503 909-709-4393 • Restaurants

American Red Cross—Lois Beckman

6235 River Crest Dr., #A • Riverside, CA 92507 888-831-0031 • Community Service Organizations

Ashley Furniture Home Stores—Kurt Haines 855 Ashley Way • Colton, CA 92324 909-433-5300 • Furniture Austin Realty Group - Keller Williams

Leanne Austin 7065 Indiana Ave., #200 • Riverside, CA 92506 951-205-2657 • Real Estate-Residential

Canyon Crust—Gary Romano

5225 Canyon Crest Dr., #94 Riverside, CA 92507 951-682-3589 • Restaurants

Custom Office Suites—Steve Kroeze 6600 Jurupa Ave. • Riverside, CA 92504 951-509-8823 Office Space/Executive Suites, Rentals

Dave’s Wheel Alignment—David Heard

Member business made connections with more than 1,000 attendees at the Chamber’s 2013 Mega Mixer & Trade Show held at the Galleria at Tyler.

Law Offices of William C. Smail William Smail 11762 De Palma Rd., #1-C, #303 Corona, CA 92883 951-277-3450 Attorneys/Law Firms

11801 Pierce Street, 2nd Floor Riverside, CA 92505 951-905-5322 • Web Site Design

Patricia Powe 5225 Canyon Crest Drive, #307 Riverside, CA 92507 951-684-2187 • Counseling & Mediation - Marriage & Family

Optimum Group LLC—Ali Sahabi

Storetrieve—Chris Adams

2900 Adams Street, #A-15 • Riverside, CA 92504 951-579-4115 • Real Estate Developers

Pick Group of Young Professionals

Brent Lee 7197 Brockton Ave., #6 • Riverside, CA 92506 951-505-9362 • Community Service Organizations

Protech Staffing Services—Leo Castaneda

6892 Doolittle Ave., #1 • Riverside, CA 92503 951-359-1844 Automobile/Truck Repairs, Paint & Services

Glidden Professional Paints—Ted Krupp

Riverside Nissan—Jonathan Ross

Larry Allen for City Council—Larry Allen

Robbins Brothers - The Engagement Ring Store—Cammy Webber

Riverside, CA 92505 951-840-0241 Government Agencies

Stepfamily Systems Co-Parenting Center

Maven 2.0 Inc.—Ralph Richardson

5055 Canyon Crest Dr., #103 Riverside, CA 92507 951-823-0023 • Employment Agencies

6655 Indiana Ave. • Riverside, CA 92506 951-544-8105 • Paints-Manufacturing/Dealers

Staff Right Solutions—Charles Coulter 6600 Jurupa Ave., #206 • Riverside, CA 92504 951-977-9235 • Employment Agencies

3880 Indiana Ave. • Riverside, CA 92504 951-509-6500 • Automobile/Truck Dealers

3775 Tyler Street, #1A • Riverside, CA 92503 951-785-9064 • Jewelers

Riverside, CA 92508 909-815-7223 • Document Storage/Records Management

T-Mobile USA—Jeff Kirkland 3257 E. Guasti Rd. • Ontario, CA 91761 951-816-0097 • Telecommunications TRAX Equestrian Center—Karren Davidson 2121 St. Lawrence Avenue Riverside, CA 92504 951-689-8009 • Community Service Organizations Voit Real Estate Services—Thomas Swieca 3280 Guasti Rd. • Ontario, CA 91761 909-545-8013 • Real Estate Broker Waypoint Homes—Marco Vartanian 6175 Magnolia Ave. • Riverside, CA 92506 949-629-9758 • Property Management


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KRCB… Continued from page 6

Abandoned/Junk Vehicles: 2013: 1.65 / 2012: 1.6

Saturday, April 27 – Ward 6 Beautification Project / Bryant Park Neighborhood

Outside Storage: 2013: 1.81 / 2012: 1.86

Saturday, May 11 – Great American Cleanup Keep Riverside Clean & Beautiful is a community volunteer program sponsored by the City of Riverside’s Public Works Department and the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce. For more information and how to receive community service hours and leadership training at beautification projects, contact KRCB at 951-683-7100 ext. 212 or visit us at

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 9 - Ward 7 Beautification Project / Rutland Park Neighborhood

Chamber Now Providing Mandatory Compliance Updates For 2013

Seuss… Continued from page 8

Chamber’s Business Education Partnership Council, noted, “Volunteering for Read Across America Day may take about one hour or one day of reading, but the impact of role modeling good reading habits to tomorrow’s generation will last a lifetime as it contributes to their future academic success and workforce preparedness.”

The Chamber recognizes reading as a cornerstone to life-long learning and thanks the multitude of volunteers, businesses, and organizations that came out to demonstrate their support for education and the future of today’s young students. Also, additional thanks to the staff of both the Alvord and Riverside Unified School Districts for coordinating this effort.

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


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All employers in California must post a current California and Federal Employment Poster in a prominent place in their workplace where all employees can see it. Failure to comply can make you subject to penalties and fines of up to $17,000 by the State of California. January 1, 2013 is the legal deadline for all 2013 employment posters to be posted. Choose from a laminated or non-laminated poster in English or Spanish: 26” x 39.75” poster with all 16 required California and Federal notices. This poster includes the mandatory update to the Discrimination and Harassment notice, effective January 1, 2013. The Chamber is offering Compliance posters at a greatly discounted rate. To pre-order your poster, contact Sonja Wardle at 951-683-7100 ext. 208 or visit the Chamber Online Store at Please allow necessary time for shipping and processing of all orders.

New Posting Mandatory for Some Public, Private Employers The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued important new regulations expanding federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) protections. The new regulations mandate a change to the federal FMLA poster entitled Employee Rights and Responsibilities under the Family and Medical Leave Act.

To clarify any confusion employers may have, the new FMLA regulations (and the FMLA posting requirement) do not affect privatesector employers with fewer than 50 employees. The FMLA applies only to the following covered employers:

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•P  ublic or private elementary or secondary schools, regardless of the number of employees. All covered employers must display the poster prepared by the DOL summarizing the major provisions of the FMLA and explaining how employees may file a complaint. The poster must be displayed in a conspicuous place where employees and applicants for employment can see it. A poster must be displayed at all locations even if there are no eligible employees. The regulations do not take effect until March 8, 2013 — 30 days after the publication of the final rule. The new poster has a revision date of February 2013. However, the DOL specifically noted that employers may either start using the new poster immediately or may use the old FMLA poster through March 7, 2013. To purchase the California and Federal Employment Notices Poster with the revised federal FMLA notice, contact the Chamber at 951-683-7100.


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 2013

Chamber Calendar

Stay connected to the Chamber and create your next business opportunity at one of our key signature events. Visit for the latest Chamber program you won’t want to miss. Tue | March 12

Tue | March 26

Business Education Partnership (BEP) Council

Economic Development Council (EDC)

7:30 AM • Chamber Bourns Boardroom The BEP Council encourages mutually beneficial partnerships between the business and education communities of Riverside. For more information, contact Community Development Coordinator Nick Psomas or 951-683-7100 ext. 218.

7:30 AM • CHAMBER BOURNS BOARDROOM The Economic Development Council (EDC) meets monthly to discuss local efforts to encourage economic development in Riverside. For more information, contact Divisions Coordinator Andrew Markis at or 951-683-7100 ext. 210.

Thu | March 14

Wed | March 27

Good Morning Riverside

113th Inaugural Celebration

7:00 AM • The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa 3649 Mission Inn Ave. The Chamber hosts Riverside’s signature business and community leaders as they update members on the latest news, projects, and events that impact the region. In March, Good Morning Riverside is sponsored by Riverside Community Hospital.

Tue | March 19

6:00 PM • Riverside Municipal Auditorium 3485 Mission Inn Ave Enjoy an exquisite evening with dinner, awards, entertainment and more. This year’s event will honor HUB International as Business of the Year and Dr. Ronald O. Loveridge as the Citizen of the Year. For more information or to sponsor this elegant black-tie preferred event, contact Special Event Manager Kelly Straine at or 951-683-7100 ext. 211.

Thu | April 4

INSIDE Magnolia Center 7:15 AM • Assistance League of Riverside 3707 Sunnyside Dr Members will meet with newly appointed Ward 3 Councilman Ken Gutierrez at INSIDE Magnolia Center. Attendees will also see newest plans for the Riverside Plaza renovations and learn about the services the Assistance League provides to the community. For more information, contact Business Development Coordinator Andrew Markis at or 951-683-7100 ext. 210.

Thu | march 21

INSIDE Downtown 7:15 AM • The Press-Enterprise 3450 14th Street Receive an update on construction and timelines for the renovated Riverside Convention Center at INSIDE Downtown. Members will also receive an update on the 91/HOV lane and receive area reports from Councilman Gardner and Lt. Hardin. For more information, contact Business Development Coordinator Andrew Markis at or 951-683-7100 ext. 210.

Every Wed

Afterhours Business Mixer 5:30 PM • Riverside Medical Clinic 7117 Brockton Ave Make connections in a casual and fun atmosphere. Enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres, win door prizes, and increase your visibility all in one night. For more information or to donate a door prize, contact Special Events Manager Kelly Straine at or 951-683-7100 ext. 211.

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7:15 AM-8:30 AM • Chamber Bourns Boardroom Make new connections at every Wednesday at Business in Action. For more information contact Information Specialist Sonja Wardle at 12/11/12 2:20 PM Page 1 or 951-683-7100 ext. 208.

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Greater Riverside Business - March 2013 Issue  

The March 2013 Issue of Greater Riverside Business, a monthly publication of the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce.

Greater Riverside Business - March 2013 Issue  

The March 2013 Issue of Greater Riverside Business, a monthly publication of the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce.