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Riverside County Continues to Re-Open Businesses, Sets Sights on Orange Tier More testing and vaccinations needed to re-open

Optimism for economic recovery continues to rise as Riverside County just recently entered the Red Tier for re-opening. The Chamber is reminding residents and businesses to continue getting tested and vaccinated, when eligible, in order to improve metrics and further re-open more businesses. Now in the Red Tier, businesses such as restaurants, movie theaters, gyms, and museums can re-open for indoor operations, although at significant limited capacity. Retail centers and shopping malls are also allowed to increase their indoor capacity from 25% to 50%. Starting April 1, amusement parks and outdoor live events were also to re-open at reduced capacity. While this is welcome news for businesses across the region, remaining vigilant about testing and vaccinations is the only way to further re-open the economy. Riverside County may soon enter the Orange Tier as data continues to trend in the right direction. If and when this occurs, restaurants, places of worship, movie theaters, and museums can increase indoor capacity to 50% while gyms, wineries, breweries, family entertainment centers, and amusement parks can increase indoor operations to 25% capacity. The most certain way to reduce COVID-19 transmission and improve criteria for re-opening

The Chamber encourages residents to keep getting tested and vaccinated in order to keep Riverside County moving swiftly through the re-opening tiers.

is by getting vaccinated. Those in Phase 1A, Phase 1B, public transit and janitorial workers, congregate setting workers and residents, and those aged 16-64 with certain underlying medical conditions are eligible to receive the vaccine. Schedule an appointment through Riverside County by visiting rivcoph.org/ COVID-19-Vaccine-with-Registration or sign up for MyTurn at myturn.ca.gov/ to be notified when you are eligible. Recent data shows that Riverside County is falling behind the state median average for testing. High numbers of testing allows regions to move more quickly through the tiers and paints a more-accurate picture of a county’s positivity and case rates. Individuals who are vaccinated should still keep getting

Chamber Advocates for Future STEM High School Future workforce depends on STEM education

The Chamber reaffirms their long-standing support for Riverside Unified School District (RUSD) to build a STEM High School. The Chamber continues to advocate for this project because excellent school choices are one of the best tools for Building a new state-of-the-art RUSD STEM facility will help foster economic development, a pipeline between the District and UCR to prepare students who due to their ability to attract will pursue and succeed in STEM fields in college. business, the best academics, and high-earning industries to the community. program at the STEM High School will provide opportunities for students today and Building a new state-of-the-art RUSD STEM our workforce tomorrow. facility will help foster a pipeline between the District and the University of California, The timing of the STEM High School could Riverside (UCR) to prepare students who not be better as the California Air Resources will pursue and succeed in STEM fields in Board, the air quality research center of the college. As Riverside increasingly becomes a world, opens this year here in Riverside. center of research and innovation, organizaEducating a pipeline of students in STEM tions joining this community are looking for would help fill future positions at this facility. quality talent in STEM fields to meet their future workforce demands. The instructional See STEM on page 7

tested to help boost numbers. Members can schedule same-day tests by visiting either gettested.ruhealth.org/home or curative.com/. For more information, contact Andrew Sall at asall@riverside-chamber.com or 951683-7100 Ext. 220.

Tom Nightingale to Lead Chamber in 2021-2022 Military, community experience to serve membership The Chamber is honored to announce the selection of Tom Nightingale as the Chair of the Board of Directors for 2021-2022. Nightingale is the Senior Vice President and Regional Sales Leader of the Inland Empire and San Gabriel Valley at Fifth Third Bank. Nightingale’s professional and civic experience spans from work in both military and community organizations. Serving as one of March Air Reserve Base’s Honorary Commanders and Board Chair of the Planes of Fame Air Museum combines his passion for flying and maintaining World War II aircraft. In addition, he has served in the Chamber on the Executive Committee, Finance Committee, and the Military Affairs and Governmental Affairs Councils. He is no stranger to the inner workings and mission of the Chamber and will serve the membership well based on his experience with other organizations. Nightingale’s prior service as a board member in other community organizations includes Inland SoCal United Way, Inland Action, Inland Empire Economic Partnership, Institute of Management Accountants, and the Financial Executives International. Nightingale earned bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Psychology from the University of Washington and an MBA from the See Chair on page 7





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

Executive Committee for 2021–2022 Chair of the Board Tom Nightingale - Fifth Third Bank Vice Chair - Chair-Elect Julio Figueroa - AT&T Vice Chair - Governmental Affairs Bob Mendez - RLM Wealth Group Vice Chair - Economic Development Rich Erickson - Lee & Associates Commercial Real Estate Services Vice Chair - Membership Kathy Michalak - Habitat for Humanity, Riverside Vice Chair - Community Development Jennifer Binkley-Heiting - Altura Credit Union Vice Chair - Business Councils Scott Ditfurth - Best Best & Krieger Vice Chair - Business Councils Michael Lewin - Mirau Edwards Cannon Lewin & Tooke Law Offices Vice Chair - Business Councils Ana Miramontes - Bank of America Vice Chair - Finance/Treasurer Ernie Hwang - Pacific Premier Bank Legal Counsel/Past Chair of the Board/Chair - GRCCPAC Gary Montgomery - Thompson & Colegate, LLP

Board of Directors 2021–2022 David Batista - Parkview Community Hospital Medical Center Brent Bechtel - Keller Williams Realty David Bristow - The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa Dr. Victoria Brodie - California Baptist University Judy Carpenter - Riverside Medical Clinic Brigadier General Melissa Coburn 452nd Air Mobility Wing Dave Crain - Dutton Cadillac – GMC/Buick

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Opportunity Arises as New Chamber Leadership is Sworn in Amidst COVID-19 Recovery This is a unique time to come into leadership as this Chamber’s Chair of the Board. Over the past year, we have rallied together as a business community, listened to your priorities and concerns, and supported each other when in need. This again shows Riverside’s true character of working together. The world has definitely changed but communities like Riverside are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel as students are returning safely to school and customers are visiting their favorite businesses. The challenges that lay ahead are an opportunity for your Chamber to continue as the catalyst for business growth, a convener of leaders and influencers to get things done, and a champion for our local community. We must keep advocating that Riverside is a major hub of a regional economy and we need the means to foster its growth. We must have the jobs, housing, infrastructure, healthcare, and more importantly, the funding from Sacramento and Washington, DC to achieve our potential.

Jamil Dada - Provident Bank Carl Dameron - Inland Empire African American Chamber of Commerce Jackie DeSouza Van Blaricum Riverside Community Hospital Dr. Prabha Dhalla - Dhalla Orthopedic Center, Inc. Dr. Ronald Ellis - California Baptist University Dr. Joy Fehr - La Sierra University Jim Fuson - Galleria at Tyler Dr. David Hansen - Riverside Unified School District Ron Hasse - The Press-Enterprise Company Brian Hawley - Luminex Software, Inc. Dr. Wolde-Ab Isaac - Riverside Community College District Pepi Jackson - Riverside County Black Chamber of Commerce Brian Johsz - Athens Services Carmen Lainez - Greater Riverside Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Gary Leach - Keep Riverside Clean & Beautiful Craig Marshall - Thompson & Colegate, LLP Rose Mayes - Fair Housing Council of Riverside John McPhee - The Toro Company Scott Megna - Riverside Convention Center Patty Moorman - Bourns, Inc. Eric Oliver - Beyond Elva Padilla - Lexus of Riverside Cathy Paredes - Bank of America Norm Pelzer - RLM Company Lea Petersen - Southern California Gas Company Michelle Rubin - Regional Properties Howard Saner - Riverside Physician Network

Like many communities, Riverside is forging its own path of recovery and economic growth. The opening of the California Air Resources Board Southern California Headquarters this

year will be an incredible realization of several years of work. It is also a launch pad for more as we pivot from this new facility through a “Green Team” partnership of the Chamber, the County, the City, and UCR to attract the businesses and investors that see Riverside as a hub for technology and innovation as we house the air quality research center of the world.

“If we pull our resources together and maintain our relationships, then Riverside will continue to accomplish great things for our region.” In Riverside, we have the workforce with new graduates and skilled employees from our community college and universities. New objectives such as the UCR OASIS project will work to bring sustainability, advanced technology, and social inclusion within a common space for students and the community.

We already have the centers of innovation here such as March Air Reserve Base and the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Corona Division where the latest technologies are developed, tested, and put in the field. We will continue to safeguard their impact in the region due to their significant economic impact. We have a very long list of goals and objectives, and I am deeply honored and humbled to serve as Chair of the Board for this Chamber. Our past Chair of the Board, Gary Montgomery, did a great job this year and I look forward to continuing his momentum of success. Clearly, there is a lot of work ahead of us. If we pull our resources together and maintain our relationships, then Riverside will continue to accomplish great things for our region.

Tom Nightingale Chair of the Board

New County CEO Inspires Businesses with Articulate Vision The County of Riverside sets the pace for local change in economic development, social justice, public trust, and many more initiatives. New leadership is at the helm of the County as members and community leaders had the opportunity to hear from the new Riverside County Executive Officer, Jeff Van Wagenen, at a recent Good Morning Riverside meeting. He articulated his four-part plan which included goals and objectives to manage the County’s opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.

Zareh Sarrafian - Riverside University Health System Robert Schwandt - Alvord Unified School District Philip Small - Energport, Inc. Dr. Thomas Smith - University of California, Riverside Ron Thompson - Collins Aerospace Andrew Walcker - Overland Development Company Matt Webb - Albert A. Webb Associates Vita Willett - Kaiser Permanente Medical Center Riverside Andrew Woodard - Woodard Group Joseph Zichichi - Spectrum Business

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The first of the four-part plan involves going back to basics and returning the focus to constituents by supporting departments, upgrading budget support, and offering accountability and transparency. Van Wagenen expressed the importance of improving intergovernmental relationships and plans to do this by meeting with individuals in leadership at all 28 cities in the county.

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The ability to enhance public information and awareness starts with a strong partnership with all cities. Efficiently tracking projects with measurable results helps build transparency and trust with businesses and residents with a cohesive message. His second part of the plan is to support policy direction. Van Wagenen plans to hold workshops in May in order to deliver a strategic plan draft to the Board of Supervisors soon after. Van Wagenen firmly believes a strategic plan formalizes the County’s priorities and helps drive employees to execute the plan from start to finish. This includes the hard work to testify in Sacramento on behalf of the region, lead through the pandemic, develop and track the budget, educate students, and more. The third portion of the plan is about transforming service delivery. On a larger level, economic development is a service that helps everyone in the surrounding area. Economic development is so important that Van Wagenen

County CEO Jeff Van Wagenen delivers four-part plan for county-wide success to business and community leaders at a recent Good Morning Riverside.

announced that this department will report directly to the executive office. Between attracting new businesses and securing additional jobs, economic development is a crucial part to work towards reaching systemic equity. Van Wagenen’s vision includes seeking equity in healthcare, housing, education, social justice, and more. These pieces work together for the greater good of the County of Riverside. Setting strategic timelines to drive success is the fourth part of the executive office’s plan. Leading a cultural transformation to build a strong team is critical to execute the entirety

of the plan. Collaborating with employees and managers on all levels ensures the vision is complete and serves the county as a whole. Policy direction is dictated by a balanced budget and Van Wagenen is committed to delivering one in the future with a sound review process, pension reform, and lowering the deficit to nothing. The Chamber is enthusiastic about working with Van Wagenen. Supporting the county as it rolls out its new strategic plan will be a crucial part to assist members and build a strong economy for businesses to grow and residents to thrive.

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The business community’s input in the form of a task force will help direct the future implementation of complete street improvements while planning for new developments.

Complete Streets Ordinance to Ensure Safe, Multimodal City Streets The Chamber has convened a task force to provide guidance on the Complete Streets Ordinance draft by the City of Riverside Public Works Department. The standards in the document are intended to guide developers and City staff when implementing or updating a roadway design in response to a private development or publicly-led project. The task force will add input from the business community to help developers and City staff. City staff requested comments on the draft Complete Streets Ordinance document from the Chamber’s Economic Development Council as it would modify the City’s plan check process and requirements for developers within the public right-of-way. The City anticipates the ordinance will resolve previous questions on how to best address the needs of pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit users as part of the traffic review process.

The ordinance seeks to provide guidance on street character, connectivity, and access for all users, development of continuous pedestrian paths and urban trails/recreation opportunities, and the inclusion of public gathering spaces throughout the City. The Complete Streets Ordinance is part of a broader “Riverside PACT” effort which consists of: a Pedestrian Target Safeguarding Plan, an Active Transportation Plan, the Complete Streets Ordinance, and a Trails Master Plan. These plans include creating funding strategies and opportunities to provide a wider range of safe transportation options. The Chamber and members of the Complete Streets Task Force will continue to advocate for changes that will further catalyze development in the region and provide safer pathways for pedestrians and bicyclists.

The Chamber’s Board of Directors recently met with newly-appointed United States Senator Alex Padilla to discuss a number of pressing issues for the Chamber and the Riverside community. It was a unique opportunity to meet with Senator Padilla at a time when the United States Senate is passing significant legislation for federal COVID-19 response and recovery. Senator Padilla highlighted his longstanding relationship to Riverside during his time In a recent meeting with U.S. Senator Alex Padilla, the as a State Senator and Secretary Chamber’s board members were able to discuss several of State for California. He opportunities and challenges of importance to the business supported the establishment community including healthcare, military, and education. and funding of the School of Medicine at the University of California, Pegasus Tanker aircraft that will reaffirm the Riverside (UCR) and has visited Riverside base’s strategic importance and regional impact. on a number of occasions to meet with Chamber members and other local stakeholders. Judy Carpenter of Riverside Medical Clinic highlighted how COVID-19 has intensified Several board members also had the the need to train more doctors, nurses, and opportunity to share with Senator Padilla healthcare professionals to serve the region. about a number of issues that are important David Bristow of The Mission Inn Hotel to the region. Jamil Dada of Provident Bank & Spa urged Senator Padilla to continue thanked the Senator for his support of addiworking with the Biden Administration tional resources to address the skills gap for to appoint more federal judges to serve in middle-skill jobs. Dr. Tom Smith of UCR the region and improve the access to justice urged the Senator to support more funding for local litigants. for federal PELL grants to help more local students’ access higher education. The Chamber looks forward to the continued partnership with Senator Padilla Tom Nightingale of Fifth Third Bank briefed to advance Riverside’s business community the Senator on the investment at March Air and build a stronger economy locally and Reserve Base to secure the Boeing KC-46A across the nation.



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Chamber Voices Opposition to Additional Leave Mandates

The City of Riverside is slated to build additional 18,000-22,000 units to meet state-mandated Regional Housing Need Allocation number.

City of Riverside Collaborates to Comply with State-Mandated Housing Goals The State of California has assessed current community needs and concluded that the City of Riverside needs to build 18,00022,000 housing units by 2029. To accomplish this, the City of Riverside has the Housing Element, which is a guide for building safe, decent, and affordable housing to match the community’s growing population. The Chamber has convened developers and stakeholders to advocate on behalf of local businesses. This ensures the process allows enough land to be available for both housing and potential new businesses to provide the jobs necessary to employ new residents. The Chamber’s Economic Development Council met with the City’s Planning Department to hear the latest update. Every eight years, the California Department of Housing and Community Development assesses the projected housing needs of the entire state and assigns the minimum number of housing units to be produced over the next eight-year period to the governing bodies of the state’s major regions.

Per state law, the specific purposes of the Housing Element are to assess both current and future housing needs and constraints and establish housing goals, policies, and programs that provide a strategy for meeting Riverside’s housing needs. Without a Housing Element approved by the California Department of Housing and Community, the City would be ineligible for some of the state’s housing grants and funds it currently receives. Other state funds, including those used to maintain roads and utilities could also be jeopardized. The City would also be vulnerable to lawsuits for not working proactively to meet its housing objectives. The City of Riverside has also gauged the community’s opinion to evaluate locations to build additional housing in the City, visit http://bit.ly/RivHousing to find out more. The Chamber is encouraging the city to reach the Regional Housing Need Allocation number while also allocating land for future business development.

The Chamber and an active coalition of over 110 business organizations oppose two bills that require businesses to provide up to 80 hours of duplicative and retroactive COVID-19 sick pay. The Chamber and coalition advocated successfully for amendments which have lessened the impacts of AB 84 (Ting) and SB 95 (Skinner). However, both would still impose new costs on businesses during a time when many are still struggling to recover from the pandemic.

AB 84 and SB 95 impose burdensome new paid leave requirements on top of state and federal leave businesses are already required to offer.

The bills require businesses with more than 25 employees to provide the paid leave for a number of circumstances related to COVID-19. The most concerning is the retroactive component, requiring employers to pay employees for leave taken back to January 1, 2021 and forward. This mandate will create an administrative burden by forcing the employer to verify that an employee was on leave for a qualifying reason and provide payment within one pay period. Additionally, any federal tax credits that are made available to employers will not cover the full payroll costs, imposing new financial hardships on businesses that are just now beginning to re-open. The state and federal government already offer generous sick and other leave for employees, the leave in AB 84 and SB 95 can be taken on top of the months of leave already granted. Due to COVID-19, the

California Legislature expanded the California Family Rights Act to allow businesses with five employees to take up to 12 weeks of leave just last year. As a result of the leave being retroactive, employers may face lawsuits to address instances where an employee believes they are owed wages. Employers could also face additional lawsuits for any error made in implementing the new mandates, further stunting business recovery. Under strong opposition from the coalition and the Chamber, the authors of AB 84 and SB 95 revised the legislation to limit the number of businesses and instances in which the leave must be provided. As of this writing, the bills have passed the Legislature and await action by the Governor. For more information, contact Andrew Sall at asall@riverside-chamber.com or 951-683-7100 Ext. 220.

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Host of Bills Improve Workplace Environment, Lower Business Costs The Chamber supports several pieces of COVID-19-related legislation that reduce business costs, provide flexibility in the workplace, and shield businesses from potential lawsuits.


Across the state, businesses have been tasked with modifying their operations and investing in protective equipment to protect employees and customers. The Chamber continues to prioritize business recovery by supporting legislation to reduce costs, shield employers from lawsuits, and AB 62 (Gray) provides grant flexibility in employee schedules. a dollar-for-dollar tax credit for businesses to The Chamber recognizes the always-evolving cover the cost for testing, ventilation, barriers, economy has seen an increase in need for and other safety equipment as required more flexibility in work schedules. AB 230 in the workplace. AB 1313 (Bigelow) aims (Voepel) allows individual non-exempt to shield businesses that have acted in good employees to engage in an agreement with faith and followed health and safety guidance the employer to work up to 10 hours in a day from lawsuits alleging that an individual or up to 40 hours in a week without payment contracted COVID-19 at their facility. of overtime. Similarly, AB 1028 (Seyarto) gives telecommuting employees the ability to SB 430 (Borgeas) grants state agencies work up to 10 hours in a day without overthe ability to waive or reduce penalties time while also choosing their meal and rest for violations by an employer that were breaks. Additionally, the bill eliminates not wilful or criminal and did not pose financial penalties and certain lawsuits a serious health, safety, or environmental against employers that grant this flexibility. threat. This important legislation helps protect businesses from unnecessary litigation The Chamber will continue to support the in many situations during which the legislation to spur the economic recovery of employer has little to no control, such as Riverside’s businesses. For more information, when an employee is telecommuting and contact Andrew Sall at asall@riversideneglects to take their meal break prior to chamber.com or 951-683-7100 Ext. 220. the five-hour threshold.


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Chamber Business Briefs Calvin Turner Named UCPath Executive Director Calvin Turner has joined the Office of the President as UCPath Executive Director. The UCPath Center is a crucial component of the University of California’s (UC) high priority project to centralize, streamline, and standardize the university’s Human Resources, payroll benefits, general ledger, work force administration, and academic processes. The Chamber was actively involved in advocating to relocate this office to Riverside. As UCPath’s Executive Director, Turner will provide strategic leadership over UCPath operations and partner with UC locations to stabilize and optimize UCPath operations. Turner comes to the University of California from his role as Director of the National Finance Center, the premier federal shared services provider of payroll, human resources, insurance and more. As NFC director, Turner successfully ensured continuity of business operations in light of natural disasters and unprecedented government shutdowns, while simultaneously growing NFC’s customer base, implementing operational improvements and launching organizational transformation initiatives to improve transparency and customer service. Turner has over 20 years of banking experience and was also an instructor at the University of Phoenix New Orleans campus.

RCC Business Professor Appointed to State Bar of California Dr. Don Ajené Wilcoxson, professor, Business and Entrepreneurship at Riverside City College was appointed to serve on the State Bar of California Committee of Bar Examiners. Wilcoxson received this appointment based on his qualifications as a successful educator and commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion. He was instrumental in the development of RCC’s Pathway to Law School Program. The Chamber applauds the selection of Dr. Wilcoxson and was happy to collaborate with partners to advocate for this appointment. The Pathway to Law School Program is a partnership with the State Bar of California through California LAW, a nonprofit profit organization. The program offers community college students pathways to the state’s top law schools. “I would like to thank State Senator Roth for his nomination, and I am honored and humbled to serve on the California State Bar Committee of Bar Examiners,” Wilcoxson said.

Tami Perez Named Ambassador of the Month The Chamber is excited to announce Tami Perez, Campus Director of EmbryRiddle Aeronautical University, as the Ambassador of the Month. Tami has been a Chamber Ambassador for just three months, but has already made a major impact through her consistency in connecting with members and attending programs. Perez joined the Ambassador Committee to make connections with other businesses and work towards creating a thriving business community in Riverside. She is also dedicated to educating the community about the high-level degrees offered at Embry-Riddle to foster an environment that supports education. The most fulfilling part of serving as an Ambassador is finding commonalities through her encounters with other members. By finding common ground, Perez is able to build meaningful connections with other business leaders and support them as they do business during the pandemic. Perez is a frequent attendee at Business In Action and is a member of the Chamber’s EastHills Business Council. Outside of the Chamber, Perez is a member of Women In Aviation, Royal Aeronautical Society, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and more.

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When constructed, the STEM High School will include approximately 30 classrooms, labs, commons, and outdoor learning spaces, accommodating up to 800 students in total. Students will benefit from a safe, positive learning environment. In a call for greater equity, all age-appropriate students in RUSD will have the opportunity to apply for the STEM High School. Additionally, the selection process for students will mirror that of what is done at the Riverside STEM Academy, fostering a diverse student population. The Chamber applauds efforts by UCR and RUSD to follow national models to deliver quality STEM education that will prepare the region’s future leaders for high-quality careers. The Chamber will continue to support educational opportunities to meet the needs of the community for a prosperous future. For more information about how to show support for the STEM High School, contact Jesse Jimenez at jjimenez@riverside-chamber. com or 951-683-7100 Ext. 218.


Continued from page 1 University of La Verne. His career includes more than 15 years in banking in Inland Southern California and over 20 years of manufacturing and executive management. The Chamber looks forward to working with Nightingale to continue building a strong local economy by serving as a catalyst for business growth, gathering business leaders, and championing for the local businesses.

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Small, Large Business Dedication Helps Build Riverside Economy Community leaders convened to celebrate two years of achievements and exceptional work of several businesses and individuals at the Chamber’s virtual 121st Inaugural Celebration. The evening marked the transition of leadership as the new Board of Directors was installed to lead the Chamber in 2021-2022, including the new Chair of the Board, Tom Nightingale of Fifth Third Bank.

Individuals, along with large and small businesses were recognized at the Chamber’s 121st Inaugural Celebration for accomplishments in sectors ranging from the military, community, housing, business growth, education, and more.

In addition, the 2019 Chair of the Board Robert Hicks of Stream Kim Hicks Wrage & Alfaro, and 2020 Chair of the Board Gary Montgomery of Thompson & Colegate, were honored for their exceptional leadership during their terms. AT&T was honored with the prestigious Business of the Year Award for their philanthropic involvement in the community. Jamil Dada, Vice President of Provident Bank, was named Citizen of the Year as a prominent leader within workforce and military spheres, serving in leadership roles on both the local and statewide workforce development boards. More honorees included Andrew Walcker with the President’s Award, SystemGo IT with the Small Business Eagle Award, Gless Ranch with the Medium-Sized Business of the Year Award, and Fair Housing Council

of Riverside County with the Non-Profit of the Year Award. The Innovator of the Year Award went to Rico Alderette, owner of Made Shop Riverside. The Chairman’s Award was received by former Mayor Rusty Bailey for championing sustainable efforts to end homelessness and stimulate affordable housing to match the region’s economic growth. James Joseph with Co Card West and Eric LaNier with Edward Jones were recognized as Ambassadors of the Year, being major advocates and liaisons to the business community. Dana Reupert was named Volunteer of the Year for her years of dedication to the Riverside College & Career Fair. The Chamber is proud to collaborate with dedicated individuals and businesses that are committed to building a stronger local economy.

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PROVIDING TELEMEDICINE To help curtail the spread of the COVID19 Coronavirus, and to ensure our patients can continue to receive the health care they need, we offer Telemedicine for our Patients. How Does It Work? • Patients who currently have an appointment may be contacted. If you agree to Telemedicine, a link to Telemedicine will be sent to you. Just follow the instructions. • For future appointments, when the appointment is made, depending on purpose of visit, you may be offered Telemedicine. If you accept, our staff will guide you on the process. • These are options. If you prefer, you may still visit our clinics and see your provider.

What You Need • Email access • Good internet access • Computer with camera, speaker and a microphone OR • Smart phone with camera/video and a microphone What If You Are Not A Riverside Medical Clinic Patient? Great News! We are accepting new patients. Just reach out by contacting our patient relations team at 951-782-3602.



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Life Works Coaching Veronica Guarneros PsyD 4129 Main St #200C • Riverside, CA 92501 (888) 490-0045 •lifeworkscoaching.org Counseling

“We are proud to be a new member! The informational packet, service, and strong business environment is fantastic. As a business owner, building a strong referral network is essential. The Chamber makes this task available through well-attended networking programs and business resources. Joining the Chamber is one of the best decisions I have made.”

Roll-A-Shade Ty Pereira 12101 Madera Way • Riverside, CA 92503 (888) 245-5077 • www.rollashade.com Window Coverings

Veronica Guarneros Program Facilitator Life Works Coaching

BioLife Plasma Services-Riverside

Cerrell Associates

Tablemation Solutions, Inc.

Marc Mitchell 5900 Wilshire Blvd., #2150 • Los Angeles, CA 90036 (323) 466-3445 • www.cerrell.com Public Relations/Government Affairs

Melissa Bukaweski 5188 Arlington Ave. • Riverside, CA 92504 (616) 773-8616 • biolifeplasma.com Blood & Plasma Donation

Nick Reed 12155 Magnolia Ave. #2B • Riverside, CA 92503 (800) 767-0865 • tablemationsolutions.com Manufacturers

Coldwell Banker - Andrew Villalobos

CSL Plasma Gary Swaim 4135 Chicago Ave., #130 • Riverside, CA 92507 (951) 877-4465 • cslplasma.com Blood & Plasma Donation

The deKor Shoppe

Andrew Villalobos 6809 Brockton Ave. • Riverside, CA 92506 (951) 961-1609 • www.coldwellbankerhomes.com/ ca/riverside/agent/andrew-villalobos/aid_170387/ Real Estate/Residential

Kristina McDow 6708 Magnolia Ave. • Riverside, CA 92506 (951) 901-0800 • www.thedekorshoppe.com Specialty Shops

Member Highlights

Business In Action helps members build lasting business relationships and learn valuable business-related information such as how to lead recent graduates.

Riverside County just entered a new tier for re-opening, allowing shopping centers and retail stores, such as the Galleria at Tyler, to open from 25% to 50% capacity.

Chamber members attending Good Morning Riverside met Riverside Police Department’s new Deputy Chief and Captain to keep businesses informed during crises.

Member Anniversaries “The Chamber has been an excellent support system for the Riverside Cookie Shoppe. It is nice to know there is a team working for us with our best interests in mind. Additionally, the Chamber provides collaboration for businesses to work together and support one another, which is instrumental to our success, especially during these times.” Nikki Wyrick Owner Riverside Cookie Shoppe

62 Years

Bank of America - 3650 14th St.

51 to 57 Years

Reid & Hellyer Seventh-day Adventist Church Inland SoCal United Way

40 to 48 Years

Arc of Riverside County Clark’s Nutritional Centers Riverside Community College District

31 to 39 Years

Anchos Southwest Grill & Bar HUB Int’l Insurance Services, Inc. Manheim Riverside Riverside County Assessor   County Clerk - Recorder Riverside Police Officers’ Association

21 to 29 Years

Attic Self Storage Dogon Behavioral Medical Group, Inc.

Fair Housing Council   of Riverside County, Inc. Habitat for Humanity, Riverside HASCO Heating Airconditioning   Service Co., Inc. International House of Pancakes   10301 Magnolia Ave. Gerald M. Middleton Proficiency Capital, LLC Riverside Art Museum Riverside Arts Council Riverside Community Players Riverside Mission Florist Stronghold Engineering, Inc.

17 to 20 Years

A Graphic Advantage! Bank of America - 10297 Magnolia Ave. Bank of America - 4601 La Sierra Ave. Bank of America - 6370 Magnolia Ave. Blumenthal Law Offices Compass Consulting Downs Energy

Mirau Edwards Cannon   Lewin & Tooke - Law Offices Taco Station 1 - Downtown UCPath Center Via Avalon Executive Suites Windermere Tower Properties   James Monks

1 to 5 Years Dresmann Promotional Products McDonald’s - 21826 Cactus Ave. OctoClean Riverside Councilmember   Jim Perry - Ward 6 The Riverside Sport Hall of Fame Tilden-Coil Constructors Woodcrest Christian School System K-12

11 to 16 Years

Advanced Imaging Strategies Bank of America - 9204 Magnolia Ave. Canyon Springs Market Place Corp/TDA Carla Lidner Baum/Community Volunteer Chick-fil-A - 3640 Central Ave. First Christian Church & Preschool UBS Financial Services, Inc. Visiting Angels

6 to 10 Years

Airport Mini Storage Eadie + Payne, LLP Jon’s Flags & Poles, Inc. Assemblymember Jose Medina Miguel’s Jr. Mexican Food   1301 Galleria at Tyler

CityWorks People & Places, Inc. Dixieline Lumber & Home Centers Gram’s Mission Bar-B-Que Hensel Phelps Construction Co. IndiGO Riverside DBA Jaguar   Land Rover Riverside Innovative Hearing Care IQ Laser Vision Labornow Locke Your Loan Make-A-Wish Orange County   and the Inland Empire Pauline McGuigan Northgate Market Parkfront Properties Plan-It Life, Inc. Riverside Cookie Shoppe Riverside Food Lab, LLC Securitas Security Services USA, Inc. Surety Home Care Tetley Wealth Group   of Raymond James The Rodriguez Law Group Transamerica Financial Advisors, Inc. Tula Yoga Vixen & Beard



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Shop Local and Buy From Chamber Members, Use Discount Program The Chamber Member Discount Program serves as a catalyst for business growth by promoting members and encouraging collaboration to build a stronger local economy. The Chamber has made a conscious effort to offer opportunities for business-to-business interaction for use during the pandemic and beyond.

Volunteers beautified Van Buren Boulevard, Commerce Street, and Martin Luther King Boulevard for the Love Your Neighborhood program.

Love Your Neighborhood Program Provides Safe Opportunity to Give Back At Keep Riverside Clean & Beautiful (KRCB), spring is the season to ensure the community transforms public space into beautiful space. From now until June, volunteers will safely engage in beautification projects that will inspire action to improve the community’s environment. The Community Appearance Index (CAI) plays a big role to focus on areas of need throughout the city. KRCB conducts the CAI on an annual basis throughout the City of Riverside. It is a tool used to visually assess the overall appearance of communities through indicators such as litter, illegal signs, graffiti, abandoned/junk vehicles, and outside storage. These metrics are used each year to quantify the impact on quality of life in the community. The statistics allow KRCB to identify critical areas within the City that can be clean-up sites for the Love Your Neighborhood program.

The Love Your Neighborhood program provides volunteers with the opportunity to give back to their community in a safe and responsible way.

KRCB is giving people the option to beautify their neighborhood or take on a site that is pre-assigned by KRCB. Over 20 locations in Wards 2 and 7 were cleaned up in the month of March. Future clean-ups in April will focus on Wards 5 and 6, Wards 3 and 4 in May, and June will be the primary month for Ward 1. Public and private schools within the City of Riverside are invited to participate in the Clean Campus Competition: Home Edition in honor of Earth Day. The goal of this program is to educate students about environmental stewardship while doing their part to give back to the community safely from home.

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The discount list is accessible through a dedicated page on the Chamber’s website, a link in the Chamber Communicator e-newsletter, and each participating member’s Business Directory listing on the Chamber’s website. To sign up your business to be part of the program, members just need to provide their contact information, a minimum discount of 10% for goods or services, and determine if the discount will run for six or 12 months. Businesses can also change their discount at any time. Currently, there are over 40 members participating in the program with discounts ranging from categories in vehicle maintenance, IT resources, attorneys, restaurants, and more. The Chamber Member Discount Program is an addition to several other benefits

The Chamber Member Discount Program is a great way to promote and encourage members to shop local and shop Chamber members.

of membership including certificates of origin and notary services, office supply discounts, University of California, RiversideExtension Center course discounts, and more. Specifically, the program is a complimentary benefit for members to join and use personally or for business. For more information or to sign up, visit riverside-chamber.com/mem2mem or contact Janet Doan at jdoan@riverside-chamber.com or 951-683-7100 Ext. 210.

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Stay connected with the Chamber and create your next business opportunity at one of our signature events. Visit www.riverside-chamber.com or call 951-683-7100 for more information on any of the Chamber’s events. THU | APR 1 INSIDE EastHills - Candidate Forum

TUE | APR 13 Business Education Partnership Council

7:30 AM • ZOOM Stay up to date with the top priorities facing the EastHills area and hear the priorities of Riverside’s Ward 2 City Council candidates during the next virtual INSIDE meeting.

7:30 AM • ZOOM The monthly BEP Council meeting convenes K-12, higher education, and business leaders in the community who discuss current education projects and updates in the region. Get the most recent news on Riverside’s changing educational landscape and how it impacts your business.

FRI | APR 2 Military Affairs Council 7:30 AM • ZOOM Members meet with military personnel from March Air Reserve Base and the Naval Surface Warfare Center to hear about opportunities to safeguard both bases’ collective economic impact in the region.

THU | APR 8 Good Morning Riverside 7:15 AM • ZOOM Riverside City Manager Al Zelinka will headline Good Morning Riverside to highlight good news regarding the future of the city and what developments are driving positive change. Thank you to this month’s sponsor, Windermere Tower Properties.

FRI | APR 9 Governmental Affairs Council (GAC) 12:00 PM • ZOOM 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. The council tracks many pieces of legislation throughout the year to ensure they are businessfriendly and advocates on behalf of businesses.

WED | APR 14 & 28 Business In Action 7:15 AM • ZOOM MEETING The Chamber’s bi-weekly Business In Action virtual meeting provides an opportunity for Chamber members and local businesses to make connections. Meetings feature a keynote speaker and multiple Zoom breakout rooms for networking.

TUE | APR 20 INSIDE Arlington - Candidate Forum 7:30 AM • ZOOM Hear from Ward 4 City Council candidates while staying informed on the top projects and issues relevant to the Arlington area during the next virtual INSIDE meeting.

TUE | APR 27 Economic Development Council 7:30 AM • ZOOM Be a catalyst for business growth by engaging economic development issues throughout the Inland Southern California region on a local, state, and federal level. Stay informed and be a voice on behalf of businesses regarding development opportunities and challenges.







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Help Us All

Use Less Stuff

Accepting the challenge to USE LESS STUFF can be fun! Use the list below to learn more about how you can help our environment by going green. Choose to use reusable containers. From coffee cups to water bottles to take out boxes, reducing waste is easier when you use your own containers. Some items are too toxic to trash. Never place batteries, motor oil, paint or fluorescent light tubes in the trash. Take them to the waste collection site at 1780 Agua Mansa Road every non-holiday Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm. Learn about energy rebates and water efficiency measures at RiversidePublicUtilities.com

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Take the waste from your plate and feed your garden. with composting. To learn how go to RivCoWM.org. Pay it forward; donating your gently used items gives them a second life. Local charities appreciate your help. Eat and buy local! Shopping locally reduces emissions and helps support Riverside’s business community.


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