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‘The Chamber…building a stronger local economy’

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Which is the most important for retaining and growing your business in Riverside? 1. Quality of Workforce 2. Services 3. Amenities 4. Other (New Customers) 5. Workforce Housing 6. Top Rated Schools 7. Improvements in Transportation 8. Incentives

Each month, the Chamber helps build a stronger local economy through surveying its membership. GRB Inside Highlights Chair’s Column.......................... 2 Governmental Affairs............... 3 New Members............................ 9 Calendar..................................... 11


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Chamber and City Champion Build Riverside Task Force for Enhanced Development Project aims to improve the construction experience

The Chamber and the City of Riverside convened a task force of business leaders, contractors, and developers to develop the Build Riverside initiative, a program extension of Streamline Riverside to improve the construction experience through consistency, transparency, certainty, and expediency. This is a top priority for the Chamber in order to bolster development and attract more builders to the City of Riverside. The One Stop Shop and Streamline Riverside have resulted in significant improvements in the development review and entitlement process from initial project idea to permit issuance. Continuing this momentum, Build Riverside will provide the “back half ” process to Streamline Riverside. The City seeks to create a faster turnaround with the implementation of a Uniform Plan Check with expedited after hours service. For greater consistency in the construction experience, the City hopes to implement a mentoring program or “buddy system” with inspectors to promote unity and prevent lapses in services and standards. For expediency, Public Works construction inspectors will assist the One Stop Shop in answering construction-related questions

Build Riverside seeks to increase consistency, transparency, certainty, and expediency in the construction experience by focusing on the phase from permit issuance to occupancy.

and expediting the permit review and approval process while establishing a Uniform Plan Revision Submittal Policy. To ensure certainty, uniform pre-construction meetings will be conducted and the expansion of Public Works inspector preliminary site evaluation forms will include input from the development community. For greater transparency, standard plan updates are set to include workshops with

Success in Local and State Elections Will Bolster Riverside’s Business Climate Propositions and county seats among victories for business community The Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce Political Action Committee (GRCCPAC) successfully endorsed the candidacies of Mike Hestrin for District Attorney and Dr. Wendel Tucker for Riverside County Board of Education, Trustee Area 2. In a victory for the Chamber, voters approved Propositions 68, 69, and 72, which will promote transparency, enhance water conservation, and improve quality of life for local residents. In the race for key county seats, the GRCCPAC endorsed candidates with a record of promoting the public safety and improving education for students. Re-elected to a second term as District Attorney, Mike Hestrin has been an advocate of establishing new judicial positions and resources, which will improve overall access to justice. He has also worked to prevent criminal activity among local youth by establishing a nationallyrecognized Crime Prevention Unit.

the development community to review and receive input. T-shirts designs will also be used with identification badges, names, See Build on page 3

Young Entrepreneur Strives for Business Growth, Giving Back General Door Service selected as 2018 Young Entrepreneur Award recipient The Chamber is honored to recognize Gene and Justin Ganas of General Door Service, Inc., as the recipients of the 2018 Young Entrepreneur Award. General Door Service was selected for the award due to their detailed plan regarding expansion in Riverside, community involvement, and plans to utilize the $3,000 to spur further growth for their company. As recipients, they will also be awarded with a year of Chamber membership, QuickBooks training, growth analysis, and mentorship opportunities.

Another success for the business community was the re-election of Dr. Wendel Tucker to the position of Trustee Area 2 for the Riverside County Board of Education. In his distinguished educational career spanning more than four decades, Dr. Tucker’s top priorities include establishing school curriculum that fits the needs of students and educators, training for educators and administrators, and ensuring student safety. Proposition 68 authorizes the state to sell $4.1 billion in general obligation bonds to fund programs such as parks, habitat See Election on page 3

During the official announcement at Good Morning Riverside, the Ganas brothers accepted the $3,000 cash prize, which was sponsored by the Chambers’ Six Area Business Councils. They plan to invest the prize money into special tools, new project bids, and a second truck that will allow them to hire more employees. As a result, they will be equipped with the resources needed to expand and enhance service for their customers. Today, they are a one-stop commercial door, dock and gate service, repair and replacement See Young on page 2




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 2018–2019 Chairman of the Board Joseph Ortiz – Best Best & Krieger Vice Chairman, Chairman-Elect Bob Hicks – Stream Kim Hicks Wrage Alfaro Vice Chair – Governmental Affairs Howard Saner – Riverside Physician Network Vice Chair – Economic Development Michael Lewin – Mirau Edwards Cannon Lewin & Tooke Vice Chair – Membership Kathy Michalak – Habitat for Humanity Riverside Vice Chair – Community Development Joseph Zichichi – Spectrum Business Vice Chair – Divisions Scott Megna - Riverside Convention Center Vice Chair – Divisions Robert Beatty - Notre Dame High School Vice Chair – Divisions JD Franklin – OSI Industries Vice Chair – Finance/Treasurer Brian Hawley – Luminex Software Legal Counsel Gary Montgomery – Thompson & Colegate Past Chairman of the Board/Chair–GRCCPAC Andrew Walcker – Overland Development Co.

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Al Arguello – Bank of America Mike Blakely - Individual Member Paul Bordwell - AltaPacific Bank Patrick Brilliant – Riverside Community Hospital Colonel Matthew Burger – 452d Air Mobility Wing Larry Burns - Inlandia Institute Judy Carpenter – Riverside Medical Clinic Tina Covington - Altura Credit Union Jamil Dada – Provident Bank Carl Dameron - African American Chamber of Commerce Dr. Ronald L. Ellis – California Baptist University Rich Erickson – Lee & Associates Julio Figueroa – AT&T Matt Friedlander – Habitat for Humanity Riverside Jim Fuson – Galleria at Tyler Justin Gilbert – Bank of America Vinay Gupta – Asian Indian Chamber of Commerce Debbi Guthrie – Guthrie Companies Dr. David Hansen – Riverside Unified School District George Hoanzl - Jaguar Computer Systems Peter Hubbard – American Medical Response Dr. Wolde-ab Isaac – Riverside Community College District Pepi Jackson – Riverside County Black Chamber of Commerce Debbie Johnson - On Target Promotions Cynthia Larive – University of California, Riverside Jim Maurer – The Press-Enterprise Rose Mayes – Fair Housing Council of Riverside County Vincent McCoy – Inland Empire Small Business Development Center Scott Meinert – VALIC Financial Advisors Bob Mendez - RLM Wealth Group Kevin Milligan - Individual Member Ana Miramontes – Bank of America Patty Moorman – Bourns, Inc. Tom Nightingale – Wells Fargo Bank Lea Petersen – Southern California Gas Company Steve Popkin – Parkview Community Hospital Medical Center Emilio Ramirez – Greater Riverside Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Mark Rubin – Regional Properties Stephanie Ruiz - Banner Bank Zareh Sarrafian – Riverside University Health System Rob Starr – The Toro Company Ron Thompson – UTC Aerospace Systems Matt Webb – Albert A. Webb Associates Vita Willett – Kaiser Permanente Medical Center Riverside Dr. Randal Wisbey – La Sierra University

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Business Community Bands Together to Educate Businesses and Elect Business-Friendly Leaders There is a lot happening in Riverside and the Chamber has been actively working to ensure that our region continues to grow the economy at a steady pace. The Chamber just wrapped up Riverside Business Week. It was great to see many Riverside businesses seeking resources, connections, advice, and tools to improve or start their business. The week consisted of four different events focusing on topics such as workforce development, innovative projects coming to Riverside, business tools and resources available through the City and Chamber, and new strategies for business growth. The week’s cornerstone event, the Riverside Business Expo & Mixer, highlighted nearly 60 exhibitors who offered their resources to local businesses in order to create more jobs and foster business growth. The Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce Political Action Committee (GRCCPAC) celebrated the election outcome of Mike Hestrin for District Attorney and Dr. Wendel Tucker for Riverside County Board of Education, Trustee Area 2. Their work in their respective positions will help promote public safety in the region and

establish a student curriculum and staff training to enhance the education in local schools. The Chamber looks forward to continue working with Hestrin and Tucker to further the Riverside community of residents and businesses.

The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art, Culture and Industry received $9.7 million; three judgeships are assigned to the region to increase access to justice for local residents; and Riverside can compete for $40 million in mental health funding. The Chamber will continue to support economic growth opportunities and keep the business community informed of any political or economic issues that could impact the local business community. I encourage all of our members and all businesses in our region to stay informed, involved, and connected with leaders that have the ability to make a positive impact for our region.

“The Chamber will continue to support economic growth opportunities and keep you informed of any political or economic issues that could impact the local business community.” In a win for Riverside, Governor Jerry Brown signed his final budget and it contains funding and initiatives for the local community.

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New City Manager Poised and Ready to Lead Riverside Team The Chamber was honored to convene the new Riverside City Manager, Al Zelinka, with business and community leaders at Good Morning Riverside to highlight top goals and objectives. Going forward, continued collaboration between the Chamber, City, and other entities will be crucial to ensuring the region remains a business-friendly hub for entrepreneurs. Zelinka also introduced members of his team and highlighted several points about his excitement of the job. Zelinka expanded on the concept of collaboration, which is injected into the mindset of each leader in Riverside and pays dividends to residents and businesses. Working together to advocate on behalf of the region in Sacramento and Washington, D.C. ensures Riverside is on the top of legislators’ minds as they prepare budgets and allocations for funds. The Chamber’s collaborative efforts to support projects such as the California Air Resources Board emissions testing facility and the Riverside Transmission Reliability Project are important for economic growth, innovation, and structural stability for future businesses and residents. Facilitating investment to retain millennial and college graduates coming from the four universities in Riverside is a top priority by the business community due to the economic boost it brings to the region. Also at Good Morning Riverside, the Chamber proudly announced the recipient of the 2018 Young Entrepreneur Award. This award jumpstarts a young entrepreneur’s career in the Riverside business community. This brings the vision full-circle as the recipients, General Door Service, attended Riverside City College and continued on that journey to open their business in Riverside.

New Riverside City Manager Al Zelinka highlighted his vision for the City while the Chamber recognized the 2018 Young Entrepreneur Award recipient at Good Morning Riverside.

Elevating Riverside’s image and identity is a top priority for the City’s Marketing and Communications Departments to ensure Riverside’s story is told and gateways in and through the City make it visually obvious

and pleasing when driving through City boundaries. For more information, contact Bethany Wiekamp at 951-683-7100 Ext. 227.

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company. Gene was able to effectively utilize mentorship at Riverside City College to enhance their company’s growth. The brothers have big plans for the future, a few of which including hiring on new team members, putting more trucks on the road, and finding additional ways to give back to the community.

The Young Entrepreneur Award is another way the Chamber continues its mission of building a stronger local economy by investing in the next generation of local business leaders. For more information, contact Jonathan Soto at or 951-683-7100 Ext. 216.

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Continued from page 1 and the “Build Riverside” logo on apparel to help indicate when an inspector is on a project site. Long term objectives for Build Riverside include utilizing the Computronix software with a customizable dashboard, allowing photographs of a site to be quickly uploaded and accessed, and providing the ability to schedule inspections and 24/7 real time feedback available on mobile devices. With this helpful technology, the inspector will be able to utilize the Computronix app in their vehicle and provide a detailed inspection report immediately upon completion of the inspection. These long term objectives include implementation spanning from 6 to 18 months. For more information, visit BuildRiverside. com or contact Brooke Biddle at bbiddle@ or 951-683-7100 Ext. 210.


Continued from page 1 conservation, and water-related projects. As a result, Riverside will be able to compete for funding for the California Citrus Historic State Park, Santa Ana River Conservancy, and Salton Sea. The successful passage of Proposition 69 promotes transparency with how state dollars are spent by requiring all revenues collected from the state’s transportation package, SB 1, to be used on projects to bolster California’s roads, highways, and infrastructure. Voters across the state voted overwhelmingly to support Proposition 72, which excludes new rain water capture systems from being assessed as taxable property. While recent droughts threatened water reliability for businesses and consumers, this initiative will provide an incentive for homeowners to establish methods to collect and conserve rain water. The Chamber applauds the victories for key propositions and local races and will continue to advocate on behalf of businesses to advance Riverside’s economy. For more information, contact Andrew Sall at or 951-683-7100 Ext. 220.

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Volunteers to Serve Local Heroes at the Military Appreciation Picnic On September 8, members of the community have the opportunity to honor the men and women in uniform at the 46th Annual Military Appreciation Picnic. Community members can express gratitude to those at Team March by volunteering at the picnic or by serving as an event sponsor.

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Budget Deal Funds “The Cheech”, Medical Services, and Education Governor Jerry Brown signed his final budget which includes a host of investments that will benefit Riverside’s businesses and community members. The $201 billion budget for 20182019 not only increases funding for K-12 and higher education and state reserves, but it also funds several priorities for Riverside including new medical slots, a tele-psychiatry program, judgeships, and the Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art, Culture and Industry. The Chamber applauds Senator Richard D. Roth, Assemblymember Sabrina Cervantes, and Assemblymember Jose Medina. Their collaboration has resulted in critical funding for Riverside being included in Governor Brown’s budget. In a significant boost to the arts and culture in Riverside, the budget provides $9.7 million to create the Cheech Marin Center for Chicano

Art, Culture and Industry in Downtown Riverside. The Center, also known as “The Cheech”, is projected to open in 2020 and will be home to more than 700 pieces of Chicano art, making it the largest collection of its kind. Governor Brown’s budget further supports Riverside County by allotting $15 million for the establishment of a tele-psychiatry program at the University of California, Riverside, which will assist in providing mental health services through the use of new medical professionals and facilities. Additionally, the budget includes $40 million to fill medical residency slots in areas that have been designated as medically-underserved, including Riverside County. As a result, these new expenditures will enhance medical

This year’s theme, “A Century of Service”, continues the 100-year anniversary celebration of March Air Reserve Base and the important role it has played in the nation’s defense. The picnic will run 12:00 - 4:30 PM at Le May

Park at the Base and will offer service members and their families the opportunity to experience live music entertainment, participate in familyfriendly games and activities, and enjoy a barbecue picnic and refreshments. With more than 9,000 personnel, the base contributes more than $579 million to the local economy. Since the inception of the base in 1918, the Chamber has been a proud advocate in promoting its growth and looks forward to working to ensure its durability for years to come.




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Golf Classic Convenes Members to Support the Chamber’s Ongoing Mission The Chamber’s 18-hole Golf Classic tournament, sponsored by AT&T on Friday, September 21, brings local business and community leaders for a connection opportunity outside of the office. In the spirit of sportsmanship, the teams will travel the course filled with interactive connection opportunities provided by Chamber members.

The Leadership Riverside Class of 2018 launches Care Closet to provide clothing and other needed items to underserved students in Riverside Unified School District.

The Golf Classic provides more than 200 players, sponsor representatives, and volunteers with a unique and fun networking opportunity. By participating, businesses can gain valuable exposure while also ensuring the Chamber can continue to build a stronger local economy. Businesses can take advantage of valuable exposure through a variety of sponsorships ranging from $250 to $1,500 with most including player entries and branding opportunities.

Leadership Riverside Class of 2018 Launches Care Closet Initiative The Leadership Riverside Class of 2018 has announced their Care Closet initiative to improve an existing Clothing Closet at Ramona High School and to create similar spaces at additional Riverside Unified School District (RUSD) high schools. These Care Closets will provide clothing and other needed items—in a safe, confidential, and welcoming environment—to underserved students who lack access to these basic necessities.

unusual or exceptional needs that may arise. Their ultimate goal is to help bring similar closets to other Riverside high schools so all students can have access to basic necessities.

Class members will be working with Ramona High School staff and administrators to help improve the Care Closet, adding improved shelving and hangar space as needed. The class is working with CarePortal, a unique technology platform that connects area faith-based and community organizations to children and families in crisis.

Upon commencement in June, Leadership Riverside graduates are expected to remain actively engaged in the workings of the region and launch a project that will benefit the community. The Class of 2018 drew upon their experiences in the program to focus on the Care Closet expansion idea.

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For added value at the Golf Classic, marketing opportunities include adding a business logo to amenity items, purchasing tee signs, sponsoring the putting contest and beverage carts, and exhibiting a business on the course as a hole sponsor. Chamber members can also donate door prizes valued at $50 or more. Special thanks to AT&T, Auto Club Speedway, Best Best & Krieger, HUB International Insurance Services, Itzen Wealth Management, National Community Renaissance CORE, OctoClean, Riverside Medical Clinic, Riverside Public Utilities, and Tilden-Coil Constructors for their ongoing support of the Chamber’s programs and events. For more information or to register, contact Serena Chapman at or 951-683-7100 Ext. 211.

The members of the Class of 2018 have spent the last 10 months immersed in the Leadership Riverside program, examining the significant issues, challenges, and processes affecting the region and the quality of life for citizens.

For more information about the Leadership Riverside Class of 2018 Project, contact Aly Herrera at or 951-683-7100 Ext. 218.


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Ontario International Airport Expands with New Airline In continuing their surging growth, Ontario International Airport (ONT) recently announced that Frontier Airlines has added another destination just months after beginning service at the airport. As the airport destination of choice for Inland Southern California’s residents and the Chamber, this move will provide enhanced and attractive options for the region’s travelers. Frontier Airlines will begin to offer convenient non-stop flights from ONT to Orlando, Florida on August 13. The new flight destination boosts the number of markets serviced by ONT to 19. Since being returned to local control in late 2016, ONT has experienced tremendous growth and an increase in visitor traffic. This summer, officials are projecting more than 1.4 million passengers will fly through ONT between Memorial Day and Labor Day. A 12.1% increase from the same period in 2017. The Chamber applauds the addition to ONT and will continue to advocate for enhanced amenities and flight options from ONT in order to continue its relevance in the region.

Alvord Board Names New Superintendent The Chamber applauds the Alvord Unified School District (Alvord USD) Board of Education selection of Allan J. Mucerino, Ed.D. He was formerly the Superintendent of the Duarte Unified School District. With his experience increasing graduation rates, institutionalizing research-based student support programs, and implementing a variety of college and career pathways and Early College programs, he is sure to make a difference at Alvord USD. “Dr. Mucerino’s knowledge of innovative strategies, his deep knowledge of what our students need, outstanding leadership, teaching practices, local experience, and credentials are a great match for our Alvord Unified community,” Board President Julie Moreno said. “He is known for bringing communities together around a common goal. His outreach to all segments of the community and his attention to accelerating student achievement have been demonstrated in his past work. He believes in creating a strong team, always focused on student performance.” Mucerino looks forward to working collaboratively as a member of the District’s Governance team and with students, staff, and education community of Alvord USD.

Chamber Ambassador Recognized for Excellence The Chamber is excited to announce Janice Wood as the Ambassador of the Month. Her favorite part of being an Ambassador is advocating the value and many benefits of Chamber membership as well as networking at community events. As an Ambassador, Wood spends her time making valuable connections at Good Morning Riverside, the AfterHours Business Mixers, and INSIDE meetings. She especially enjoys assisting with the celebration of grand openings and attending Business In Action meetings, which she believes provide a great way to experience inspiration, support, and camaraderie. Wood stated, “The connections also provide me with meaningful ways to give back to Riverside as a community volunteer for a number of worthy causes”. The Ambassador Committee is a dedicated group of volunteers with focused efforts on membership retention that help make this Chamber successful. For more information about the Ambassador Committee, contact Serena Chapman at or at 951-683-7100 Ext. 211.

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services for residents and provide new educational opportunities for medical students. In another budgetary win, Riverside County will receive two new trial court judges along with a new appellate justice for the Fourth District Court of Appeal for Riverside/ San Bernardino Counties. The Chamber has been a strong advocate for increasing the number of judges in the region to improve access to justice for local residents. To maintain fiscal prudence and prepare for any strains on future budget proposals, the budget fills the State’s rainy-day fund. Lastly, the budget increases K-14 spending to $78.4 billion and continues to enhance investments for higher education institutions. For more information on Governor Brown’s 2018-2019 Budget, contact Andrew Sall at or 951683-7100 Ext. 220.

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Business Leaders Urge City Council to Prohibit Cannabis in Riverside The Chamber has advised the members of the Riverside City Council to reaffirm their decision to prohibit the commercial cultivation, distribution, and sale of cannabis in Riverside over the concern it would have on the community and local businesses. The City Council will vote on the ordinance on July 10 after already directing City staff to develop specific language on the cannabis prohibition.

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has also demonstrated that businesses have often relocated away from dispensaries, creating vacuums of sparse investment and economic growth in those communities.

Riverside’s economic profile is driven by development that focuses on science and technology, manufacturing and engineering, professional services, and healthcare. Projects like the California Air Resources Board emissions testing facility and new investments in urban residential projects are testaments to that thoughtful and needed growth. Allowing the sale and distribution of cannabis in Riverside would hinder, rather than improve, the local economy.

The Chamber is concerned the commercial cultivation, distribution, and sale of cannabis in Riverside will negatively impact local residents and businesses as well as stifle many of the innovative growth projects underway across the city. Drawing from lessons learned from a delegation visit to Denver, Colorado, the Chamber is concerned that cannabis sale and distribution in Riverside will create more challenges for law enforcement to provide public safety and saddle the City with increased costs to ensure compliance among cannabis dispensaries. Past experience from other communities

The Chamber urges local business leaders to share their concerns with the City Council and ask them to reaffirm the decision to prohibit the sale, distribution, and commercial cultivation of cannabis in Riverside. For more information, contact Brooke Biddle at or 951-683-7100 Ext. 210.

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Member Anniversaries “Best Best & Krieger is proud to celebrate our 60th year of membership with the Chamber, which has been a consistent and effective advocate for local businesses. They continue to help develop infrastructure for the region to grow and thrive, ultimately improving the quality of life for our communities. Having grown to more than 200 attorneys and 10 offices nationally, the firm looks forward to decades more of Chamber membership!” Howard Golds, Partner Best Best & Krieger

60 Years

Best Best & Krieger

44 to 56 Years

Luxfer Gas Cylinders Riverside Construction Co., Inc. Trophy Award Co.

30 to 38 Years

Hospitality Dental Group Parkview Nursery Pierce Brothers Crestlawn   Memorial Park & Mortuary Rick Engineering Co.

21 to 26 Years

Ben Bridge Jewelers

IMEG Corp. Mario’s Place Melendez Insurance Agency Outlets at Lake Elsinore Pacific Premier Bank ProCompNet Soroptimist Intl. of Riverside The Unforgettables Foundation

Courtyard by Marriott The Grove Community Church Heiting & Irwin Nordstrom Provident Bank Riverside Area Rape Crisis Ctr. Riverside Housing Development Corp. Dwight Tate Varner & Brandt, LLP Windermere Tower Properties –   Collette Lee

6 to 10 Years

AFFSS Corp Appian Escrow Arco AM/PM 5 Points Fuel Brookdale Riverside Inland Lighting Supplies Lloyd Pest Control

11 to 19 Years

Advanced Security Technologies Compass Pest Management Tom Evans

Loma Linda University Healthcare  Ophthalmology Roger Luebs Match-It Realty Mega Western Sales Motel 6 – Riverside South Path of Life Ministries Premier Party & Tent Rental Rivers & Lands Conservancy RKM Heating and Air Conditioning Kathy Wright, Ed.D.

1 to 5 Years 5 Star Pho Acorn Technology Services Affordable Technology, Inc. AG Organics, Inc. Allegra Marketing Print Mail/Image 360 Biztek Solutions, Inc. C4 Effects Caliber Collision Ctr – 14th St. Caliber Collision Ctr. – E La Cadena Dr. Caliber Collision Ctr. – Indiana Ave. Caliber Collision Ctr. – Van Buren Blvd. California Tool and Welding Supply Citrus Heritage Escrow, Inc. Community Now

Corona-College Heights   Orange & Lemon Assoc. Cruise Planners – Tom Chitwood Edge Plastics, Inc. Exclusive Towing Galaxy Theater Mission Grove Mark Hawkins Helping Hands In-Home Care Holstrom, Block & Parke, APLC Interval Equipment Solutions, Inc. La Sierra University Church Let’s Network Mission Ambulance, Inc. Murray Real Estate Pick Group of Young Professionals Renaissance Village Moreno Valley Southern California Railway Museum Staybridge Suites Corona South Steven Walker Communities Traffic Management, Inc. Tubeworks, Inc. The Ultimate Professional, Inc. UpDog Media, LLC Van Buren Land And Investments Victor Concrete, Inc. Voices for Children

Member Highlights

At Good Morning Riverside, new members such as Amazon connected with 230 attendees and heard from Riverside’s new City Manager, Al Zelinka.

The Chamber celebrated business growth in Riverside at several grand openings last month, including the Artemis Institution for Clinical Research.

Welcome to the Chamber “I believe the Chamber is an integral part of the opportunities that a strong business environment brings to a community. I look forward to being involved in such a great organization that defends business values, and actively collaborates with businesses in Riverside. Building relationships is important to my business and gaining access to the Chamber’s endless resources and exposure should prove to be beneficial.” Stacy-Ann Holgate Farmers Insurance – Stacy-Ann Holgate Agency

Artemis Institute for Clinical Research—Rob Rifkin 11748 Magnolia Ave. #D • Riverside, CA 92503 (951) 374-1190 • Medical Groups/Clinics

BBVA Compass Bank—Bashar Salim

5395 Canyon Crest Dr. • Riverside, CA 92507 (951) 787-0880 • Banks

Community, A Walgreeens Pharmacy

Jim Simpson 7000 Indiana Ave. #112 • Riverside, CA 92506 (951) 892-7538 Pharmacies/Pharmaceuticals

Curt Pringle & Associates—Curt Pringle

1801 E. Katella Ave. #1002 • Anaheim, CA 92805 (714) 939-9070 • Public Relations/Advertising

European Deli Market—Aura Stoiam

7120 Indiana Ave. #G • Riverside, CA 92504 (951) 274-9100 • Restaurants/Fast Food

Farmers Insurance - Stacy-Ann Holgate Agency Stacy-Ann Holgate 3641 Adams St. • Riverside CA 92504 (951) 977-9899 • Insurance

Flawless Nails—Amber Rodriguez

3225 Market St. #103 • Riverside, CA 92501 (909) 633-5576 Nail Salons

Lawrence T. Geraty Riverside, CA 92515 (951) 318-2526 Individual Member

Goodwill Southern California

Thomas McDaniel III 1325 Spruce St. #110 • Riverside, CA 92507 (951) 205-7588 • Community Organizations

Goosehead Insurance—Nick Christensen

3333 Concours St. Bldg. 7 #7102 • Ontario, CA 91764 (951) 500-1870 Insurance

Gym Rats Fit, Inc.—Courtney Franklin

9950 Indiana St. #11 • Riverside, CA 92503 (951) 532-7655 • Health Clubs/Fitness

Jerome’s Furniture—Ali Tommalieh

10300 Magnolia Ave. • Riverside, CA 92505 (858) 753-1553 • Furniture

KA Management, LLC—Eugene Marini

5820 Oberlin Dr. #201 • San Diego, CA 92121 (619) 820-6180 • Real Estate/Developers

Keller Williams Realty - Ulises Madrigal Ulises Madrigal 7898 Mission Grove Pkwy. #102 Riverside, CA 92508 (714) 222-5448 Real Estate/Residential

The Chamber’s Riverside Business Expo & Mixer connected business leaders and entrepreneurs with new resources and insightful business experts.

Luv 2 Play Riverside—Ryan Condron

Ileen Rathnam

MG Business Services, LLC—Wahab A. Gondal

Right at Home—Michael Barboza

6346 Brockton Ave. • Riverside, CA 92506 (951) 823-0695 • Business Services

495 E. Rincon St. #211 • Corona, CA 92879 (951) 272-6200 • Senior Assisted Living

Medical Healing Massage—Elias Yamil Saba, Jr.

Rising Stars Business Academy—Alicia Berridge

1040 Nevada St. #302 • Redlands, CA 92374 (626) 393-5132 • Massage Therapist

12125 Day St. #N209 • Moreno Valley, CA 92557 (951) 246-6174 • Educational Services

Music & Arts—Steven Steward

Riverside Dental Ceramics

4790 La Sierra Ave. • Riverside, CA 92505 (951) 228-0030 • Amusement Places

6511 Magnolia Ave. • Riverside, CA 92506 (951) 683-7777 • Music Education

NUUO—Frank Wei

15179 Sierra Bonita Ln. • Chino, CA 91710 (714) 990-1688 • Security/Surveillance Systems & Services

National University—Stephanie Allen

1325 Spruce St. #305 • Riverside, CA 92507 (951) 343-3880 • Universities & Colleges

Old Riverside Foundation—Rebekah Manning 1510 University Ave. • Riverside, CA 92507 (951) 231-7901 • Community Organizations

Pacific Western Bank—Kimberly Ward

3281 E. Guasti Rd. #650 • Ontario, CA 91761 (909) 544-5500 • Banks

Riverside, CA 92505 (951) 236-6939 Individual Member

Christopher Kassaseya 3974 Jurupa Ave. • Riverside, CA 92506 (949) 440-4516 • Dentists

So Cal United Legal Aid—Xavier Marshall

4192 Brockton Ave. #203 • Riverside, CA 92501 (951) 530-8555 • Community Organizations

Staples #1109—Mark Hodges

2550 Canyon Springs Pkwy. #I • Riverside, CA 92507 (951) 656-6594 • Office Supplies/Equipment & Furniture

WPC Services—Anthony Steele

2900 Adams St. #C130 • Riverside, CA 92504 (951) 358-2300 • Business Services

Wendy J. Strack Consulting, LLC—Wendy Strack 3380 La Sierra Ave. #104-187 • Riverside, CA 92503 (951) 712-3173 Consultants

Perris Auto Repair Center—Anthony Eid 5168 Western Way • Perris, CA 92571 (951) 943-2677 • Automobile/Repairs, Paint & Services

Whitehead Construction—Paul Whitehead 4126 Indus Way • Riverside, CA 92503 (951) 270-0054 • Construction

Preferred Plumbing 911, Inc.—Monica Roach

Winship Stake & Lath—Lisa Winship

4097 Trail Creek Rd. • Riverside, CA 92505 (951) 687-5325 • Contractors/Plumbing & Supplies

400 N. Main St. • Riverside, CA 92501 (951) 682-9329 • Lumber & Building Supplies



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Educational Institutions and Chamber Meet to Pinpoint Funding Priorities The Chamber’s Business Education (BEP) Council recently engaged leaders from the Riverside County Office of Education, University of California, Riverside, and California State University, San Bernardino to hear about how the May Revision to Governor Brown’s 2018-2019 Budget Proposal will impact local K-12 and higher education institutions.

Western Invests in Region’s Water Infrastructure Now under construction, the Sterling Pump Station will help secure the local water supply and greatly reduce dependency on imported water.

Throughout the discussions with members of the council, it was noted that the May Revision dedicated a significant amount of one-time education funds for fiscal year 2018-2019; there is approximately $2 billion in one-time discretionary funds to be used for school safety and improvements, teacher training, and technological advancements in the classroom.





The Chamber’s BEP Council primarily focuses on identifying education and workforce development priorities in the community. All members are welcome to attend Business Education Partnership Council meetings. For more information, contact Aly Herrera at or 951-683-7100 Ext. 218.


educational agencies to offer Career Technical Education programs that are aligned with needed industry skills and regional workforce development efforts.


University of California, Riverside’s Assistant Vice Chancellor of Governmental and Community Relations, Elizabeth F. Romero, shares insight on how the May Revision to the Governor’s 2018-2019 Budget Proposal will impact local education.





The May Revision continues the new ongoing resources for higher education that were proposed in January, including an additional $1.2 billion for the University of California, $1.6 billion for the California State University, and $2.4 billion for California Community Colleges. The Governor’s Budget has also proposed $200 million to establish a K-12 component within the Strong Program to encourage local





For K-12 schools, 2018-2019 funding levels are projected to increase by $4,600 per student. The available funding will allow the state to reach 100% implementation of the Local Control Funding Formula, correcting historical inequities in school district funding, and permanently increasing the formula’s base to assist districts in accommodating rising costs.




CONSTRUCTION INFORMATION: Location: Sterling Avenue in the Riverside Business Park Expected Completion: Fall 2019 Weekday work hours: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Construction Hotline: 951.269.2339 Sterling Avenue will remain open with possible lane closures. Access to all nearby businesses and parking lots will be unobstructed.

6990 Jurupa Avenue, Riverside CA • 951-688-3524 or 800-2GET-AIR • •License #C20 815323 When was your house built? What kind of phone did you have then? The Heating, Venting, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) industry may not have advanced as much as telephones over the last 15-20 years, but the advancements have been significant. The ever-expanding capabilities of smartphones allows users to control and monitor their home or business from anywhere in the world. This innovation is providing greater comfort, higher efficiency, and longer reliability. The temperature in your home or business is key to a comfortable living and working environment. Choosing to upgrade your system is an easy choice, but in our experience, the biggest obstacle is choosing the right contractor for the job. The owner of Magnolia Heating and Cooling (MHC), Eric Smith, is one of six contractors across the nation selected to be on the TRANE Dealer Council. Trane is a major air conditioning manufacturing company. They are currently working on a top secret advancement; this advancement is sure to take the HVAC industry to a new level. Eric is a valued member of this prestigious board; selected because of his and his company’s reputation in the HVAC industry. Magnolia Heating and Cooling, is known for providing the best solution. With innovative system designs and custom installations, the trends in the HVAC industry will continue to be driven by technology to meet the demands of consumers. A new HVAC system is a major improvement project and a 20-year investment. MHC is an expert in installation and can help you every step of the way. Calling MHC will guarantee a superior installation with exceptional service from start to finish. Customer reviews and testimonials prove that Magnolia Heating and Cooling is a leader in customer service, retention, satisfaction and providing the best option available. Magnolia Heating and Cooling will ensure a state-of-the-art, efficient system, with the best possible equipment installed to the highest standards in the industry. Call today for a qualified Comfort Consultant to complete an In-Home Comfort Evaluation and provide custom recommendations; offering the right system for your home or business, guaranteed! PAID ADVERTISEMENT


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


Business In Action

INSIDE Arlington

7:15 AM · CHAMBER’S BOURNS BOARDROOM Business In Action is a great place to network with local businesses while having the opportunity to hear various speakers on important business topics. Here are some of the great topics coming up: July 11 – Carrie Madrid, The CARE Project; July 18 – Todd Dorn, Inland Empire SCORE.

7:15 AM · RIVERSIDE HARLEY-DAVIDSON 7688 INDIANA AVE River Springs Charter School will highlight new growth and developments to help serve K-12 students and the Arlington community. Do not miss an opportunity to convene with business leaders and stay informed on upcoming developments and important issues in Arlington.



Business Education Partnership Council

AfterHours Business Mixer

7:30 AM · CHAMBER’S BOURNS BOARDROOM The Alvord Unified School District Board Vice President, Robert Schwandt, will highlight Alvord’s Local Control Accountability Plan and how their strategies for education will impact students in the local community.

5:30 PM · PARKVIEW COMMUNITY HOSPITAL 3865 JACKSON ST Network with potential clients and convene with local business leaders, community members, and elected officials at the AfterHours Business Mixer sponsored by Parkview Community Hospital.

THU | JULY 12 Good Morning Riverside 7:00 AM · THE MISSION INN HOTEL & SPA 3649 MISSION INN AVE Business and community leaders will meet the new Air and Marine Operations Center Director and hear a Ward 7 update from Councilmember Steve Adams at Good Morning Riverside. This fast-paced meeting joins members from different industries to connect with new contacts. Thank you to this month’s sponsor, Riverside Public Utilities.

FRI | JULY 13 Governmental Affairs Council 12:00 PM · CHAMBER’S 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 issues and vote to approve any legislative positions that align with the Board-approved policy platform.


MEDICINE SERVICES Employers who currently use our Occupational Medicine Services tell us: • Availability - “Greatly appreciate the accessibility and equally important, the communication we receive from you." • Service – “The responsiveness of your coordinators and their synchronization with me, adjustors and case managers is remarkable, and appreciated.” • Specialty Care – “You make things so simple for us since you have all of the sub specialties under one roof.” • Back to Work – “Your focus on getting employees healthy and back to work is appreciated by us, and by our employees.” • Reputation – “Riverside Medical Clinic is a leader in the community and does so much for it. It’s easy to rely on you.” We enjoy helping employers take care of their employees and invite you to talk with us about caring for your employees. Please contact: Irma Vasquez 951-782-3018

TUE | JULY 24 Economic Development Council 7:30 AM · CHAMBER’S BOURNS BOARDROOM At this month’s Economic Development Council meeting, members will receive an update on the Northside Specific Consolidated Plan along with other local, state, and federal economic development challenges and opportunities.

FRI | JULY 27 Business Seminar Series 7:30 AM · CHAMBER’S BOURNS BOARDROOM Members can equip their business with the tools, knowledge, and resources needed to do business with local military installations such as March Air Reserve Base and the Naval Surface Warfare Center – Corona Division. Industry experts will provide tips and guidelines to businesses for getting on the military’s bid lists.

Get well. Be well. Stay well.

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