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‘The Chamber…building a stronger local economy’
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What are the top concerns you see affecting your business because of COVID-19?
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Chamber Serves as Hub of Information Offering Reliable COVID-19 Resources Loans are available for small businesses With the current climate and COVID-19 impacting businesses across the world, there are challenges a small businesses may encounter. Due to this, the Chamber has put together resources for members about how to navigate the months ahead. At this time, it is critical to communicate openly with employees and customers about the current state of operations, what protective measures have been implemented, and how everyone will be protected at the business location and remotely. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) declared disaster loan assistance through Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) for businesses affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) in many counties including Riverside County. These low-interest, long-term loans can be made for up to $2 million and may be used to pay for operations such as fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that could not be paid to help small businesses survive until normal operations resume. Eligible applicants, based on the SBA credit requirements, may apply online through https:// disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/. To read more about
the SBA’s small business guidance and loan resources please visit their website at sba.gov. To avoid potential layoffs as a small employer, the Unemployment Insurance (UI) Work Sharing Program will allow business owners to retain their employees by reducing their hours and wages no more than 60% and offsetting the wage loss with UI benefits. More information about the UI Work Sharing Program and its requirements and restrictions can be found on edd.ca.gov/ unemployment/Work_Sharing_Program.htm. The Riverside County Economic Development website, rivcoccsd.org/covidbizhelp, has an
Approved Infrastructure Project Ensures Safety, Reliability for Businesses RTRP Secures Second Connection to State Grid
infrastructure need for the city to ensure economic and public safety for residents. RTRP will also allow Riverside to more effectively meet state-mandated renewable energy requirements.
After decades of advocacy to prevent the possibility of a major power outage in Riverside, the City of Riverside and the Chamber The City and the Chamber have advocated successfully for this critical secured a second infrastructure need connection to the for over a decade. statewide electrical Both entities grid. The Chamber, celebrated this City, and task monumental win force members in March when the met with the The Chamber and the City of Riverside successfully CPUC approved received approval for a second connection to the California Public RTRP. This will Utilities Commis- statewide grid, safeguarding residents and local provide Riverside businesses from the impacts of a power outage. with sion (CPUC) to emphasize that adequate transmisRiverside is the only city of its size in Southern sion capacity to serve existing and projected California to have just one connection to electrical demand, long-term system capacity the statewide grid, placing 330,000 residents for load growth, and system reliability, and businesses at risk. Because of this especially during an increased demand partnership and advocacy, the CPUC agreed experienced during the summer. and unanimously approved the Riverside Transmission Reliability Project (RTRP). The current project schedule calls for RTRP to be built and providing power to Riverside This critical win would reduce disruption by 2026. As a top priority, the Chamber will in local hospitals, schools, stores, businesses, continue to collaborate with local partners and emergency management infrastructure to see this project through to completion in the years to come. For more information, in case of a blackout. The Chamber collected contact Brooke Biddle at bbiddle@riversideover 700 letters from the business community and residents in support of (RTRP) as a critical chamber.com or 951-683-7011 Ext. 210.
abundance of resources for small businesses at economic risk. There are tools that the Small Business Association have outlined for owners to take to prepare and prevent further issues. See Virus on page 2
Mayoral Candidate Election Results in Runoff Lock Dawson and Melendrez Advance With the election results for Mayor of Riverside now final, candidates Patricia Lock Dawson and Andy Melendrez will appear in a runoff election on November 3. In their careers, both candidates have actively worked to promote Riverside’s community and enhance quality of life for residents. Lock Dawson is a board member for the Riverside Unified School District and past member of the Riverside City Planning Commission while Melendrez is the current Councilmember for Ward 2 on the Riverside City Council. In January, the Chamber hosted a mayoral candidate forum to address challenges and opportunities such as business growth, financial standing, infrastructure, and housing. One of the top issues in Riverside revolves around how to address expanding deficits and pension obligations. In addressing this question, Melendrez stated the current budget situation is manageable and can be addressed by implementing limits on hiring new City staff. Lock Dawson advocated for restructuring existing debt and establishing a budget stabilization committee. Riverside continues to serve as a destination for investment and business growth. When asked about the types of job-creating business sectors they would like to bring to Riverside, Lock Dawson stressed the importance of building on what industries already work in Riverside. Additionally, she advocated for promoting workforce development See Runoff on page 3
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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 2020–2021 Chair of the Board Gary Montgomery – Thompson & Colegate, LLP Vice Chair – Chair Elect Tom Nightingale – Fifth Third Bank Vice Chair – Governmental Affairs Julio Figueroa – AT&T Vice Chair – Economic Development Rich Erickson – Lee & Associates Commercial Real Estate Vice Chair – Membership/Marketing Kathy Michalak – Habitat for Humanity Riverside Vice Chair – Community Development Bob Mendez – RLM Wealth Group Vice Chair – Business Councils Michael Lewin – Mirau Edwards Cannon Lewin & Tooke Vice Chair – Business Councils Scott Ditfurth – Best Best & Krieger Vice Chair – Business Councils Ana Miramontes – Bank of America Vice Chair – Finance/Treasurer Jennifer Heiting – Altura Credit Union Legal Counsel/Past Chair of the Board/Chair–GRCCPAC Robert Hicks – Stream Kim Hicks Wrage & Alfaro
Board of Directors 2020–2021 Joseph Araiza – UCPATH Center David Austin – The Austin Realty Group David Batista – Parkview Community Hospital Medical Center – AHMC Healthcare David Bristow – The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa Robert Brown – Parkview Community Hospital Medical Center – AHMC Healthcare Judy Carpenter – Riverside Medical Clinic Brigadier General Melissa Coburn – 452nd Air Mobility Wing David Crain – Dutton Cadillac–GMC/Buick Jamil Dada – Provident Bank Carl Dameron – Inland Empire African American Chamber of Commerce Prabha Dhalla – Asian Indian Chamber of Commerce Ronald Ellis – California Baptist University Rakel Engles – La Sierra University Joy Fehr – La Sierra University Jim Fuson – Galleria at Tyler David Hansen – Riverside Unified School District Brian Hawley – Luminex Software, Inc. George Hoanzl – Jaguar Computer Systems Peter Hubbard – American Medical Response Wolde-Ab Isaac – Riverside Community College District Derek Itzen – Itzen Wealth Management Pepi Jackson – Riverside County Black Chamber of Commerce Jeff Kraus – University of California, Riverside Carmen Lainez – Greater Riverside Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Jim Maurer – The Press-Enterprise Company Rose Mayes – Fair Housing Council of Riverside County, Inc. Scott Megna – Riverside Convention Center Jenna Minwary – The Pick Group of Young Professionals Patty Moorman – Bourns, Inc. Cathy Paredes – Bank of America Norm Pelzer – Riverside Living Magazine Lea Petersen – Southern California Gas Company Howard Saner – Riverside Physician Network Zareh Sarrafian – Riverside University Health System Tom Smith – University of California, Riverside Rob Starr – The Toro Company Bob Stockton – Rick Engineering Company Mike Stong – Commercial Surety Bond Agency Ron Thompson – Collins Aerospace Jackie Van Blaricum – Riverside Community Hospital Andrew Walcker – Overland Development Company
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Opportunity Arises as New Chamber Leadership is Sworn in Amidst COVID-19 This is a unique time to come into leadership as this Chamber’s Chair of the Board. Now more than ever, we are on the front lines getting information to you regarding available resources and capital assistance as a result of COVID-19. The challenges that lay ahead are an opportunity for your Chamber to continue as the catalyst for business growth, a convener of leaders to get things done, and a champion for our community. I am grateful to our local partners who are walking alongside us to help businesses navigate this new territory. As more than 80% of our members are small businesses, they could qualify for the U.S. Small Business Administration disaster loan assistance. Businesses adversely affected by COVID-19 now qualify for up to $2 million in disaster loans due to economic hardship. More information is available throughout this newspaper for your convenience. The Chamber will continue working with the City, County, and local healthcare facilities
to ensure the community stays informed with helpful information. Staying informed and taking the necessary precautions will
“If we pull our resources together and maintain our relationships, then Riverside will continue to accomplish great things for our region.” ensure local businesses instill confidence among employees to continue productivity and build a strong economy. For more information and to access informative videos, visit the City of Riverside’s COVID-19 page on their website.
I am deeply honored and humbled to serve as Chair of the Board for this Chamber. Our past Chair of the Board, Bob Hicks, did a great job this year and I look forward to continuing his momentum of success. I know you will join me as we work together to build a stronger local economy. Clearly, there is a lot of work ahead of us to take care of our members as we recover from the pandemic. If we pull our resources together and maintain our relationships, then Riverside will continue to accomplish great things for our region.
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CARB Development On-Track to Open Innovative Headquarters Edie Chang, Deputy Executive Officer for the California Air Resources Board (CARB), provided updates on the successful, ongoing progress of their Southern California Headquarters facility at Good Morning Riverside. The selection of Riverside as the site for CARB was successful thanks to the collective efforts of the Chamber, County of Riverside, City of Riverside and the University of California, Riverside. The board and its employees are looking to move into the new facility early in 2021. Upon opening, CARB will result in over 400 highly-paid and skilled positions for engineers, scientists, technicians, and administrative professionals. To promote the community further, these future employees will participate in advisory committees, STEM Development, public tours of the facility, and as guest speakers at events and in classrooms.
Matt Webb – Albert A. Webb Associates Vita Willett – Kaiser Permanente Medical Center Riverside Joseph Zichichi – Spectrum Business
Chamber Staff Cindy Roth, President/CEO Bethany Wiekamp, Communications Manager Nicholas Adcock, Vice President La Wanda Roy, Accounting/Human Resources Manager Patricia Fierro, Membership & Advertising Sales Gennevieve Walther, Membership & Advertising Sales
This new facility is part of a three-tiered system to improve and study current emissions by implementing programs according to their high-quality standards. These standards have led to the design of cleaner engines and fuels nationwide such as the catalytic converter, unleaded gasoline, and the current generation of electric and hybrid vehicles.
The new CARB Southern California headquarters facility adjacent to UCR is a critical development in the City of Riverside due to its positive impact on surrounding businesses.
One of the main objectives of the design of the building is to integrate sustainability and energy efficiency measures by achieving zero net energy through an all-electric design.
building on an annual basis will be equal to the amount of renewable energy created on the site. This will be the biggest zero net energy facility in the United States.
Normally, emission laboratories require double the energy of an office the same size. The total amount of energy used by the
The Chamber looks forward to continuing collaboration with CARB to see the new headquarters come to fruition next year.
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The site is located on a 19-acre parcel adjacent to the University of California, Riverside. This 402,604 square feet building will house offices, public event spaces, employee amenities and an emissions testing laboratory.
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides the current status updates on the coronavirus around the nation and how to protect yourself and what to do if you think you are sick. For more step-by-step preparedness plans and the most up-to-date national announcements, please visit cdc. gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html. For local updates, the Riverside University Health System is reporting on events in Riverside County. On their website, there are public health press conferences videos and guidance from local health providers.
To learn more about what the local health professionals have to say, visit rivcoph.org/coronavirus. The City of Riverside’s leaders are actively monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic with the Riverside County Department of Public Health and other agencies. For more information about COVID-19 including guidelines, business planning resources and local updates, visit riversideca.gov/press/ information-regarding-covid-19-coronavirus or call the Chamber at 951-673-7100.
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City of Riverside Follow the latest news and orders from City Hall impacting businesses and residents.
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Riverside County EDA Locate dozens of tools for businesses, including health advisories and relief assistance.
Facebook Grants Access new capital through Facebook’s $100 million grant program for 30,000 businesses.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Learn tips on how to stay healthy as well as current status updates.
CA Employment Development Department Check out programs and benefits for employers and employees.
IE MicroEnterprise Collaborative View the list of local microlenders that provide up to $75,000 in loans to small businesses.
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to build a talented pipeline of future workers. Melendrez indicated support for increasing financial and legal positions in Riverside, which can be done in part by establishing a law school. Additionally, he noted the City could boost investment by taking advantage of incentives provided by federal Opportunity Zones. Riverside’s Mayor also has a seat at the table with the mayors from the 13 largest cities in California. When asked about the top two priorities they would bring to the table during these discussions, both Melendrez and Lock Dawson agreed funding to address homelessness is a top objective. Melendrez commented that a secondary priority is to improve the region’s roads and infrastructure while Lock Dawson supported measures to increase outside investment in Riverside. The State of California continues to call on cities to increase housing supplies without providing the necessary infrastructure to support such growth. In answering how they would work to correct this imbalance, Lock Dawson supported the reduction in developer fees and increasing mixed-use developments while Melendrez prioritized building a more walkable community with more housing units. For more information, contact Andrew Sall at email@example.com or 951-683-7100 Ext. 220.
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Emergency Legislation to Expand Leave, Unemployment Programs Signed into Law President Donald Trump signed into law a stimulus package that garnered strong bipartisan support in efforts to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 in the workplace. HR 6201, dubbed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, provides emergency funding for expanded paid sick leave, paid family and medical leave, unemployment compensation, and health services, including free coronavirus testing.
The bill requires businesses with fewer than 500 employees as well as government employers to provide two weeks of paid sick leave. If an employee uses this time because they are exhibiting symptoms of or have COVID-19, they are entitled to their full pay for up to two weeks, with a daily cap of $511. Similarly, the bill also requires businesses with less than 500 employees to provide up to 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave for employees to care for themselves or a family member who has COVID-19. If either sick leave or family leave are used to care for a family member who has COVID-19 or is caring for a child because their school has closed, they will be compensated up to two-thirds of their average rate of pay, capped at $200 per day.
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Businesses that are required to provide these benefits will be entitled to a refundable tax credit equal to the amount of leave wages they paid to employees. However, the bill allows and exemption of small businesses with fewer than 50 employees from the paid family leave portion of the bill if the Secretary of Labor deems that the leave requirement would jeopardize the ongoing viability of the business. / lasierra.edu
Under the bill, individuals and employees impacted by COVID-19 will receive expanded unemployment, nutritional, and sick and family leave benefits.
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HR 6201 also allocates an additional $1 billion for state unemployment programs. In the event that employees are furloughed or let go of a position due to COVD-19, they would be able to access these benefits. Furthermore, states would be required to loosen the eligibility requirements and waiting periods for those applying for these benefits. $500 million in new funding will be directed to programs for low-income pregnant woman and those with children who lost their jobs due to COVID-19. The bill also dedicates $400 million to help local food banks meet increased demand. Lastly, families with children whose schools are closed for more than five consecutive days can receive emergency financial support to help cover increased food costs. The signed legislation ensures that individuals that need to be tested for COVID-19 do not pay any deductibles or out-of-pocket costs. For more information, contact Andrew Sall at firstname.lastname@example.org or 951-683-7100 Ext. 220.
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The Chamber is committed to businesses and residents by continuing to engage with Riverside Public Utilities (RPU) regarding utility rates that impact the quality of life for businesses and residents. In the past, the collaborative work of the Chamber helped to significantly minimize RPU’s proposed water and electric rate increases and arrived at a balanced rate of increase for utilities that still maintained reliability for users.
The Chamber is committed to local businesses and residents by continuing to engage with Riverside Public Utilities (RPU) regarding utility rates that impact quality of life. In the past, the collaborative work of the Chamber helped to significantly minimize RPU’s proposed water and electric rate increases and arrive at a balanced increase for utilities that maintains reliability for rate payers. Dr. White encouraged attendees to help recruit diverse business and community partners from across the During the Riverside County State of Education region to provide every student with Address, Dr. Judy White urged businesses to partner work experience through internship with local schools to provide internship opportunities opportunities. She highlighted the to students preparing them for the future workforce. positive growth of the Adopt-A-School initiative, which the Chamber continues and immediately enter the workforce to to support by identifying potential partners earn a living wage while deciding on their for student internships, mentorships, next steps. Dr. White reported the county and job shadowing opportunities. had more than 13,000 students enrolled With the help of several local chamber in career and technical education this year. members, the Adopt-A-School program CTE programs are not just beneficial for has successfully partnered with more than students, they are critical for our local 2,000 organizations adopting 300 schools economy at the regional, state, national, throughout Riverside County. and global level. She introduced the need to train the next generation of career and technical education (CTE) professionals. She highlighted that students who complete high-skill and high-demand CTE pathways have a distinct advantage. They can explore a career path
Through the Chamber’s advocacy, RPU modified their original electric and water rate increase proposal from 4.8% to 3.0% and 8.6% to 5.7%, respectively (on average annually over five years). The Chamber’s Board of Directors supported the revised increases in 2018 based upon the agreement to continue meeting each year to review if increases are necessary. The Chamber asked RPU to seek operational efficiencies, reassess and review assumptions yearly, and adapt project priorities on an annual basis in order to mitigate higher rates in the future.
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The Chamber’s task force and Riverside Public Utilities is committed to transparent communications regarding the future of Riverside’s water and electricity rates.
In keeping our promises, the Chamber’s Task Force reconvened with RPU’s executive staff to review their financial analysis over the past year and will continue to meet on a bi-monthly basis going forward. The Chamber continues to be a trusted resource for businesses and will remain an advocate for quality of life issues. For more information, contact Brooke Biddle at email@example.com or 951-683-7011 Ext. 210.
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Chamber Business Briefs When the Veteran’s Resource Center opened three years ago, it had less than 100 student veterans identified. Today, it serves 330 student veterans. UCR Receives #1 Ranking as Military Friendly School The Chamber congratulates the University of California, Riverside’s (UCR) Veterans Resource Center for their new designation as a Military Friendly School. UCR was the only university on the West Coast to make the tier 1, top 10 list. UCR earned the #1 spot due to their significant increase in services in the last few years. The Center now serves 330 student veterans. The designation in the top 10 list was published by VIQTORY, a Pittsburgh-based marketing firm founded by three Navy veterans. “With growth came partnerships, resources, services, programming, and opportunities for our student-veterans,” said Tamara Dee Thacker, a 12-year U.S. Navy veteran and the UCR Veterans Resource Center Coordinator. “Since we have support across campus, we have been officially recognized as a military friendly school — and in the top 10. We are extremely proud of this designation.” “Making the Military Friendly Schools list is a major factor in how veterans and service members choose their college after they leave service”, said Adam Ryen Daniels, Interim Senior Coordinator of UCR’s Student Life office.
Deputy City Manager Awarded University of Phoenix Distinguished Alumni Award Carlie Myers, the City of Riverside’s Deputy City Manager was presented with the Distinguished Alumni Award by the University of Phoenix, Southern California campus for her positive impact in the community. The Chamber congratulates Myers and looks forward to continued collaboration to sustain quality of life in Riverside. “I am grateful for the opportunity to serve the community and grateful to my alma mater for recognizing me with such a prestigious award,” Myers said. ”Public service is a privilege and an honor, and I am proud to use what I learned at the University of Phoenix to improve quality of life.” “Carlie Myers is a dedicated public servant who strives for excellence and has had a tremendous impact in the local community,” said Mikal Powers, University of Phoenix Campus Director. “We are very impressed with the work she has done to improve the communication and transparency between the community and the city. Carlie is a shining example of the dedication of our alumni and University of Phoenix is thrilled to recognize her with this award.”
Henry Citarella Named Ambassador of the Month The Chamber is delighted to announce Henry Citarella, Registered Representative at Western & Southern (W&S) Life, as Ambassador of the Month. W&S specializes in providing a superior customer experience in the areas of life insurance, and financial services. They are also always interested in offering career opportunities to qualified individuals intent upon pursuing a career in the financial services industry. Citarella has been an Ambassador since September 2009. He wanted to become an Ambassador to meet more members of the business community and to give back to the community while “working with some of the region’s best leaders”. Citarella stated that his business has grown in many ways since joining the Ambassadors. The best growth for him has been in branding. He attends most events and is increasingly recognized by fellow business leaders. In addition to being a part of the Ambassador Committee, Citarella is also involved with other local business organizations. For more information about the Ambassador Committee, contact Christina McDonald at firstname.lastname@example.org or 951-683-7100 Ext. 211.
Chamber Opposes Bill that Exposes Employers to Higher Costs The Chamber opposes a bill that would damage business growth and expose employers to new fees and potential lawsuits.
SB 873 (Jackson) Gender: discrimination: pricing SB 873 exposes employers to fines and lawsuits for having price differences in substantially similar goods, even if the price difference is nominal and not based on gender-related factors. The bill opens the door for individuals to target small businesses that have any price differences for similar goods, threatening lawsuits or settlements of at least $4,000. As an example, if a store sells two similar packages of razor blades – one for men and one for women – the business owner would be susceptible to fines and potential lawsuits even if the price difference between the goods is as little as $0.01. Even if the business owner is able to provide justifiable reasons for the price differences, such as having different manufacturers, the cost of legal defense will serve as an overwhelming roadblock. Therefore, many small businesses will be forced to settle, damaging their bottom line and growth. For more information, contact Andrew Sall at email@example.com or 951-683-7100 Ext. 220.
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The Chamber Member Discount Program is a great way to promote and encourage members to shop local and shop Chamber members.
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 as members will interact together to build a stronger local economy and foster growth. It is critical for businesses and the Chamber to promote each other during and after COVID-19. To sign up, members just need to provide their contact information, a minimum discount of 10% for goods or services, and the duration of the discount needs to run for six or 12 months. Currently, there are over 35 members participating in the program with discounts ranging from events to vehicle maintenance, IT resources, and more.
The discount list is accessible through a dedicated page on the Chamber’s website, an email sent to the membership once a month, an icon in the Chamber Communicator e-newsletter, and each member’s Business Directory listing on the Chamber’s website. As an added benefit of membership, the Chamber Member Discount program is the newest addition accompanying office supply discounts, certificates of origin and notary services, discounted boardroom rental, and more. Specifically, the program is a complimentary benefit for members to join. For more information or to sign up, contact Bethany Wiekamp at firstname.lastname@example.org or 951-683-7100 Ext. 227.
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“Our involvement in the Chamber has helped us connect with local businesses to provide our students work experience and internship opportunities. Staying informed of current developments and issues is very valuable and helps us with our programs.” Erika Thompson, M.A. Coordinator of Outreach & Publications California School for the Deaf, Riverside 61 Years
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6 to 10 Years
Bank of America - 3650 14th St.
Angelica’s Florist & Gifts Bank of America - 4601 La Sierra Ave. Bank of America - 6370 Magnolia Ave. Bank of America - 10297 Magnolia Ave. California School for the Deaf Riverside Janet Goeske Foundation Riverside Councilmember Chuck Conder Ward 4 Riverside Councilmember Jim Perry - Ward 6 Sigma Stretch Film of California Woodcrest Christian School System K-12
220 Laboratories, Inc. Aerotek, Inc. Airport Mini Storage Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage John Shackelford FX Signs, Inc. - Electrical Signage Hampton Inn & Suites Riverside/Corona East MIG/Hogle-Ireland, Inc. Mirau Edwards Cannon Lewin & Tooke Law Offices National Cremation Service Pacifica Senior Living Riverside ProAbition Riverside County Philharmonic Tamale Factory UCPath Center Western & Southern Life - Henry Citarella Windermere Real Estate Tower Properties Heidi Carter Windermere Tower Properties - James Monks
47 to 56 Years American Cancer Society Irrometer Co., Inc. Reid & Hellyer Seventh-day Adventist Church
30 to 39 Years Arc of Riverside County Burrtec Waste Industries, Inc. Inland Empire Architectural Specialties, Inc. Michael J. Elderman Photography Riverside Public Utilities Spectrum Business David Willmon
24 to 27 Years Dogon Behavioral Medical Group, Inc. Gerald Middleton, D.D.S. March Field Air Museum Proficiency Capital, LLC Riverside Arts Council John Tavaglione
11 to 15 Years Abbey Carpet & Floor Allstate/Escamilla Family Insurance Agency Auto Club Speedway Riverside Mayor William (Rusty) Bailey Bank of America – 9204 Magnolia Ave. Carla Lidner Baum/Community Volunteer Vanir Construction Management, Inc.
Dixieline Lumber & Home Centers Empire Vein Specialists Gateway College and Career Academy The Gardens of Riverside Greens Group Healthy Heritage Movement Valerie Hill indiGO Auto Group Riverside Jaguar Inland Empire Ronald McDonald House Inlandia Institute Ken High HR & Business Services Learn 4 Life Make-A-Wish Orange County and the Inland Empire MarchLife National Community Renaissance CORE Nordstrom Bookkeeping, LLC Northgate Gonzalez Market Nothing Bundt Cakes Plan-It Life, Inc. Pro Business Valuations Real Estate Group Real Property Management Integrity Realty Masters & Associates Riverside Co. Supervisor Chuck Washington District #3 Sola Salon Staffmark Professional Division Tetley Wealth Group of Raymond James TriNet The UPS Store #5567 Mike Vanderpool Via Avalon Executive Suites
Perris Valley Auto Repair recently celebrated their 30th anniversary of being in business, boosting the economy in their community.
New members are introduced to over 200 business leaders at Good Morning Riverside each month.
City officials and fellow business leaders connected at INSIDE La Sierra to discuss the positive economic impact opening of Northgate Gonzalez Market.
Welcome to the Chamber “Running a small business is a challenge. I joined the Chamber to learn from knowledgeable professionals, and look forward to the training, networking, and other services as a Chamber member.” Jessica Brown Co-Founder Skin Clinic Med Spa 7 Eleven
Jay Patel 7410 Wells Ave. Riverside, CA 92503 (951) 359-5056 https://www.7-eleven.com/locations/ca/ riverside/7410-wells-ave-13984?yext=13984 Shopping/Retail
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Huda Khan 8703 Indiana Ave. Riverside, CA 92503 (951) 689-4233 https://www.7-eleven.com/locations/ca/ riverside/8703-indiana-ave-13957?yext=13957 Shopping/Retail
Cedar House Life Change Center
Melissa Hughes 18612 Santa Ana Ave. Bloomington, CA 92316 (909) 835-0752 www.cedarhouse.org Drug/Alcohol Treatment Center
Skin Clinic Med Spa
Don’s Lock & Key
Elisa Leon 5656 Van Buren Blvd. Riverside, CA 92503 (951) 299-2999 www.adrianasinsurance.com Insurance
Bob Rendler 3488 Arlington Ave. Riverside, CA 92506 (951) 992-1096 www.donslockandkeyinc.com Locksmiths
Best Plumbing Services, Inc.
Innovative Hearing Care
Jason Best 5055 Canyon Crest Dr. Riverside, CA 92507 (951) 788-1321 www.bestplumbingsite.com Contractors/Plumbing & Supplies
Miriam Teele 3975 Jackson St. #204 Riverside, CA 92503 (951) 977-9121 www.drteeleinnovativehearing.com Health Care/Hearing
Danette McCarns 825 Magnolia Ave. Corona, CA 92879 (951) 273-7320 • www.peppermintridge.org/ Community Organizations Jessica Brown 6927 Brockton Ave. #1A Riverside, CA 92506 (951) 588-8699 • skinclinicmedspa.com Medical Groups/Clinics
Marina Garrett 6845 Indiana Ave. #102 Riverside, CA 92506 (951) 534-0738 • www.skinspariverside.com Day Spa/Wellness Center
Tractor Supply Co.
Katie Herrera 17155 Van Buren Blvd. Riverside, CA 92504 (951) 780-0830 • www.tractorsupply.com Shopping/Retail
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Volunteers Continue to Make a Lasting Impact on the Community
Spring season remains a busy time of year for Keep Riverside Clean & Beautiful (KRCB) as the residents find unique ways to beautify public space. The community has opportunities to continue enhancing quality of life within Riverside.
KRCB is encouraging the community to find impactful ways to keep their neighborhoods clean. As families are now at home, taking a walk for fresh air can be a great opportunity to carry a bag, bring gloves, and pick up litter when you see it. Community beautification will continue at the appropriate time. A total of 187 volunteers gathered at Rutland Park for Volunteers from March Air Reserve Base removed over 60 bags of the Ward 7 Beautification litter and green waste during last year’s Great American Cleanup. Project and beautified the community adjacent to the park. They did KRCB has officially launched its $10,000 improved the overall well-being of the area Waterwise Landscape Makeover raffle to help by picking up litter, planting trees, cleaning residents save money on their water bill. storm drains and street poles, and removing One winner of the drawing will receive a graffiti. The team of volunteers beautified the complete landscape makeover of either their community by collecting over 2,500 pounds front or back yard. For more information about the Waterwise Landscape Makeover of litter, planting eight redbud trees, and or if interested in purchasing raffle tickets, removed over 1,600 graffiti tags throughout call 951-683-7100 Ext. 204. the surrounding Ward 7 area.
Chamber Offers Free Business Counseling Through SCORE: 951-683-7100
Enter to Win a
$10,000 Waterwise Landscape Makeover Drawing: Saturday, May 9 Call KRCB: 951-683-7100 Ext. 203 Find the inserted ticket request form to enter Enroll in the Chamber’s complimentary Office Depot discount program to save on supplies!
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Up to 30% off Technology Solutions
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Interested in a Master’s Degree in Business?
Online Information Session Wednesday, April 1st, 2020
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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.
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.
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. Eat and buy local! You can start at the Riverside Farmerâ€™s Market in Downtown on Saturday mornings.
Learn about energy rebates and water efficiency measures at RiversidePublicUtilities.com
To learn more about waste reduction, visit
BYOBag after you get one from RPU!
Using your own reusable bags cuts down on single-use plastic and keeps our waterways clean and free of litter too. You can help by picking up your free reusable shopping bag at one of the following locations:
Orange Square Payment Center 3900 Orange St. To learn more about waste reduction, visit
380 BILLION+ plastic bags end up in landfills each year.
Customer Resource Center 3025 Madison St. Bags are available for the month of April. Limit one per customer, on a first come, first served basis while supplies last.