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‘The Chamber…building a stronger local economy’

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Chamber Advocates for Small Business Support in Sacramento, Washington, D.C. California offers new grants and tax credits As the champion for Riverside’s businesses, the Chamber has encouraged Sacramento and Washington, D.C. to take action to support the stability and recovery of the business community. While the rollout of a COVID-19 vaccine is an encouraging sign that a return to normalcy is on the horizon, businesses continue to seek support that will allow them to remain afloat and keep their doors open. The Chamber advocated alongside state leaders to provide greater equity for smaller businesses, which have faced disproportionate impacts during COVID-19. Small businesses have acted in good faith and followed California’s guidelines for re-opening, however, they have been forced to close at rates higher than that of larger businesses, creating an unequal playing field. Providing greater equity for smaller businesses will help preserve the character of local communities and improve the trajectory of California’s recovery.

The Chamber continues to be the voice of small businesses, advocating for additional financial relief and equity for small businesses impacted by COVID-19.

Additionally, the Chamber and the Save Small Business Coalition sent several letters to leaders in Congress urging them to pass a new stimulus package before the CARES Act expired on December 31. Specifically, the Chamber has called on Congress

Leaders Fight for 300 MARB Jobs Base contributes millions to regional economy Through the collaboration and advocacy of Congressman Mark Takano, the Chamber’s Military Affairs Council, and the Monday Advocating for MARB is critical as the personnel working Morning Group of Riverside there buy homes, shop in stores, and purchase services that County, funding was included contribute millions to the local economy. in a federal defense bill to protect approximately 300 jobs at the Defense threatens to move some or all DMA functions Media Activity (DMA) located at March outside of California’s 41st District. Air Reserve Base (MARB). At the time of this writing, the bill had passed both houses The language secured by Congressman Takano of Congress and was awaiting President prohibits DMA from consolidating or transiDonald Trump’s consideration. tioning to any alternative content delivery methods unless the Secretary of Defense DMA is a mass media and training and submits to Congress its justification for and education organization that creates and risk mitigation efforts. This is in regards to distributes Department of Defense (DOD) safety risks posed to service members and their content across a variety of media platforms families, vulnerabilities of new content delivery to audiences around the world. methods, technological limitations, and financial liabilities or costs to service members. The This advocacy is an important step in the language also stipulates that no consolidation right direction for the region as the personnel or transition may occur before 180 days after working at MARB are a critical component this report is submitted to Congress. of the economy. MARB contributes hundreds of millions of dollars to the local economy It is important that the Chamber and its as the thousands of service members and partners remain committed to the permanent employees there buy homes, shop in stores, protection of the DMA and March Air purchase services, and more. Reserve Base’s strategic military advantage and its personnel they employ. For more The DOD has been considering the relocation information, contact Andrew Sall at and consolidation of DMA functions asall@riverside-chamber.com or stationed at MARB. The potential consolidation 951-683-7100 Ext 220.

to provide a new round of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans, automatic forgiveness of many PPP loans, and liability protections for businesses. See Chamber on page 3

Transportation Projects Receive $78 Million in State Funding Projects lead to smoother, quicker travel in the county The California Transportation Commission awarded funding for three Riverside County projects, including the long-awaited 71/91 Interchange in Corona. The Chamber’s Governmental Affairs Council advocated in support of this funding by sending letters and engaging throughout the process. Funding was provided through gas tax revenue authorized by Senate Bill 1 and included the 71/91 Interchange Project in Corona; McKinley Avenue Railroad/Street Grade Separation Project in Corona; and the Limonite Avenue Gap Closure Project in Eastvale. The new, non-tolled interchange is designed to reduce traffic congestion, increase travel reliability, improve safety, and enhance air quality. Work is expected to start in 2022 and open in 2024. The $58.1 million award will provide the final portion of the $121 million needed to rebuild the interchange. The interchange serves as a gateway between Riverside, Orange, and San Bernardino counties and is a vital link for commuters and freight vehicles that use the 91. See Funding on page 3





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 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 Ron Hasse - The Press-Enterprise Co. 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 Rose Mayes – Fair Housing Council of Riverside County, Inc. Scott Megna – Riverside Convention Center 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 Mike Stong – Commercial Surety Bond Agency Ron Thompson – Collins Aerospace Jackie Van Blaricum – Riverside Community Hospital 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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Chamber Prepares for Challenging, Opportune Year for Businesses With 2020 now behind us, I would like to take the opportunity to thank all of you. This has been a year of many challenges for our members and everyone throughout the community. It is not over, but we will continue to persevere, keep you informed, and most of all, advocate on your behalf. To keep up with ever-changing information, we are hard at work prioritizing goals for the coming year in efforts to continue economic growth for Riverside. The Chamber has some notable accomplishments from 2020 that are different from any other year. When the first stay-at-home order was issued, the Chamber’s staff called all 1,300 members to offer support, resources, or simply listen to members and what they needed. These phone calls offered opportunities by connecting members those who had hand sanitizer, face masks, cleaning supplies, and toilet paper while also informing businesses about the funding and grant opportunities available to them. Chamber Impact, which started as an almostdaily COVID-19 e-newsletter, quickly became the Chamber’s most-opened and engaging email. Now sent about once a week, this was used as a lifeline for members when

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“We are hard at work prioritizing goals for the coming year in efforts to continue economic growth for Riverside.” In addition, the Chamber convened business leaders ranging from hospitals, grocery stores, municipalities, and more to a weekly phone call to ensure our first responders had what they needed to serve the community. These phone calls evolved to forming a taskforce which elevated our voice in the community to state leaders. Your Chamber was instrumental in advocating on business’ behalf, which led to many opportunities to secure grants and other means of assistance.

To ensure member-to-member interaction continued as a priority, the Chamber moved all their meetings and programs to an online format. As an organization committed to finding opportunities for connection, this was crucial in order to allow members to still build relationships while being safe at home. This also led to the creation of Business Webinar Series, a COVID-19 education series about a variety of topics around workplace sanitation, tax implications, science of the virus, explaining available loans, and more. In conclusion, 2020 was a year to remember and the Chamber learned how to adapt and offer even more value to members. We have our work cut out for us in 2021, and on behalf of the Chamber’s staff and board members, we thank you for your commitment to supporting this community.

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ONT Enhances Commercial Offerings, Regains Passenger Numbers Ontario International Airport (ONT) is one of the fastest growing airports in the United States, according to Global Traveler, a leading publication for frequent fliers. ONT has prioritized a safe environment for passengers while connecting them to people, places, and experiences. The Chamber supports ONT as its growth in both commercial developments and passenger destinations is felt economically throughout the region. As the Chamber’s airport of choice for this reason, it helps local businesses having access to a growing airport for both logistics and business travel. Mark Thorpe, CEO of ONT, had exciting updates to share at a recent Good Morning Riverside. While facing many challenges, regulations changes, and closures in 2020, ONT has triumphed as third in the nation for regaining 43% of its passengers and set even more plans for commercial growth. Additionally, freight shipment grew in October 2020, which was up over 20% from October 2019.

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information was changing so quickly at the start of the pandemic. The Chamber vetted the information coming from local, state, and federal levels and converted it to an easy-to-understand format complete with links and helpful information.

Thorpe also outlined the development of pharma cold chain logistics at ONT. This niche of goods transportation will set ONT apart from other airports and also create dozens of new permanent jobs. ONT, and by extension San Bernardino County, will have the opportunity to brand itself as the main cold chain distribution hub for California, Arizona, Nevada, and Utah. ONT would be the Western United States’ gateway in cold chain logistics, which will be the fastestgrowing sector in global logistics for the foreseeable future.

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This is a significant development because cold chain logistics would help local residents efficiently receive the COVID-19 vaccines and therapies more efficiently. The business plan is designed to have Phase 1 of the facility up and running in January. ONT Cold Storage LLC The safety and well-being of customers, employees, and others who will install FDA come to ONT remains a top priority as society moves toward recovery and looks ahead to a return to increased travel routines. compliant freezers or coolers that will store other available property at ONT. The Chamber the COVID-19 vaccines for distribution. looks forward to advocating for ONT in the future to expand offerings and offer value to Commercial developments continue to grow the region’s businesses for a thriving economy. through the FedEx facility expansion and


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While the Chamber will continue to advocate for additional resources and funding, several new financial assistance programs are available for California’s small businesses. A new tax credit program will provide eligible small businesses with a $1,000 tax credit for each new employee they hired during the second half of 2020. Those with fewer than 100 employees and suffered a 50% decrease or more in income tax receipts during the second quarter of 2020 and the second quarter of 2019 can apply by January 15 by visiting https:// www.cdtfa.ca.gov/. Governor Gavin Newsom also announced the establishment of a $500 million COVID-19 Relief Grant program that will provide eligible small businesses with $25,000 grants. While the program is under development and should be available shortly, micro businesses, small businesses, and non-profit organizations will all be eligible to receive this grant. Visit https://business.ca.gov/ to stay informed about the program and the application process. For more information, contact Andrew Sall at asall@riverside-chamber.com or 951-683-7100 Ext. 220.

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The project will replace the existing single lane loop connector between eastbound 91 and northbound 71 with a two-lane direct connector ramp, build a new, separate lane from Green River Road to east of the 71/91 Interchange, and realign the eastbound 91 on-ramp from Green River Road to improve access to the interchange. The Riverside County Transportation Commission is sponsoring the 71/91 Interchange Project and applied multiple times for state and federal funding. The interchange improvement is part of the voter-approved Measure A transportation improvement plan, which provides partial funding for the project. The City of Corona and the City of Eastvale are the sponsors of the McKinley Street and Limonite Avenue projects that also were selected for funding. The San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA) was awarded $118 million for its Interstate 15 Corridor Project, which will cross the San Bernardino/Riverside County line to connect with RCTC’s 15 Express Lanes at Cantu-Galleano Ranch Road. RCTC is working with SBCTA on this project to provide a seamless travel experience for express lane customers.



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The proposed Van Buren Sewer Project will play a critical role in creating a favorable business environment and serving as an infrastructure upgrade for surrounding homes and schools.

Proposed Van Buren Sewer Project Supports Future Developments The Chamber urges the Riverside City Council to vote in support of the Van Buren Sewer Project. The project would not only be a catalyst to create a favorable business environment, but also play a critical role in upgrading the infrastructure in the area to support schools, housing, and new amenities for residents in the area. The Chamber’s EastHills Business Council is supporting a proposed collaboration between Western Municipal Water District and the City of Riverside to install new sewer infrastructure along Van Buren Avenue from Wood Road to King Avenue. The project will promote economic growth, reduce sanitation concerns and environmental impacts associated with septic systems, and better serve local residents within the community. This will also create an opportunity for businesses to expand services within the area that will offer greater shopping, dining, and services to residents while creating more local jobs. The Chamber is committed

to supporting the growth and updated infrastructure will help bolster a healthier community while respecting the unique charm and character of the Woodcrest area.

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The project will involve the purchase by the City of vacant property near Van Buren Avenue and Washington Street to construct the Krameria Sewer Pump Station. The new pump station will be a minimally intrusive facility that will ensure local residents and businesses receive reliable access to water and sewer service.

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The Chamber and its EastHills Business Council remain committed to attracting new businesses, helping local companies, increasing more jobs for local residents, and improving the quality of life in the community. The Chamber will keep members informed about the project’s progress and how this will prove beneficial for the surrounding area.

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For more information, contact Janet Doan at jdoan@riverside-chamber.com or 951683-7100 Ext. 210.

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EastHills Business Community Supports Local Students Through Bikes Each year, the Chamber’s EastHills Business Council works with Jenson USA to sponsor 30 bikes and supply bags to give to students in the EastHills area. This year, the Business Council chose fifth and sixth-grade students from Woodcrest and Highland Elementary School to be recipients of the bikes. This heartwarming event highlights the importance of local partnerships between the business community The Chamber and Jenson USA partnered to donate 30 bikes to and local educational local students from Woodcrest and Highland Elementary Schools. institutions. bikes and supply bags were dropped off to The students chosen for the bike program the Riverside Unified School District wareeach year are asked to write or draw an entry house and quarantined so that the parents based on a specific theme. This year’s theme and students can safely and individually was to describe how bikes are a way to escape come and pick up the bikes. or enhance activity during this time at home. Thirty students were chosen by the teachers The Chamber’s EastHills Business Council based on improvement throughout the and Jenson USA will continue to convene school year. the local business community to support schools and students in the area. For more To prioritize the safety of students, teachers, information about the bike program or to get and those involved, the Bike Giveaway Proinvolved in the future, contact Janet Doan at gram was planned differently this year. The jdoan@riverside-chamber.com or 951-683giveaway program was contactless as the 7100 Ext. 210.

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Take part in Riverside Mayor Patricia Lock Dawson’s first State of the City Address as she unveils plans to work “Together Towards Tomorrow”.

Mayor Patricia Lock Dawson to Give First Address on January 28 On January 28, Riverside’s new Mayor, Patricia Lock Dawson, will deliver a virtual State of the City Address highlighting the successes, goals, and vision for Riverside. With a theme of “Together Towards Tomorrow”, Mayor Lock Dawson’s first address will look to Riverside’s strategic positioning and community engagement in future growth. Riverside has a bright future ahead, with record-breaking construction valuations and several large projects under or near completion, including the California Air Resources Board’s Southern California Headquarters. Collaborative efforts between business and community leaders have shepherded in an era of new growth that will continue to put Riverside on the global map as an ideal place to do business. Mayor Lock Dawson is a Riverside native and the owner of a small business, PLD Consulting, which assists organizations with land use, governmental affairs, and strategic planning. She has also worked in every level

of government, including for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, California State Legislature, and on the Riverside Unified School District Board of Education. As a committed community member, she has provided leadership for the City’s Planning Commission, the Inland Chapter of California Women Lead, the Riverside Art Museum, and UCR Alumni Board of Directors She is a graduate of the Leadership Riverside Class of 2013. Viewers can watch the virtual State of the City Address on January 28 on AT&T channel 99, Spectrum channel 3, or Frontier channel 21. Additionally, the speech can be viewed on WatchRiverside.com or on the City of Riverside’s Facebook or YouTube pages. Limited sponsorship opportunities are available for businesses that seek to enhance their brand at the event. To secure a sponsorship or for more information, contact Andrew Sall at asall@riversidechamber.com or 951-683-7100 Ext. 220.



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$80 Million in Tax Credits Help Businesses Start Strong in 2021 California’s businesses are eagerly seeking number of jobs created or retained, compenopportunities to help heir bottom line sation to employees, size of the business’ and look to future growth. To help investment, opportunity for growth in these efforts, more than $80 and expansion, and the overall million in tax credits are impact of the business, available for businesses among others. through the California Competes Tax Credit ProAlthough businesses have gram (Cal Competes). The collectively faced financial Chamber has been an avid hardships due to COVID-19, supporter of Cal Competes Riverside continues to see since its inception and high-value investments move encourages members to apply forward. The Cal Competes tax for the credits between Janucredit will serve as an additional Apply for part of $80 million ary 4 and 25. incentive for businesses to in available tax credits to help locate and grow in Riverside. businesses grow, hire more Cal Competes, administered employees, and purchase through the Governor’s To apply online before necessary equipment. Office of Business and EcoJanuary 25, visit the GO-Biz nomic Development (GOwebsite at bit.ly/CACom Biz), provides income tax credits for busiTaxCredit to receive more information about nesses that seek to locate and grow in the program. There is no fee to apply and California while also creating quality, fullawardees will be notified within approximately time jobs. While businesses of all sizes can 90 days of the closing date. The Chamber apply online for the credits, a portion of the will continue to alert businesses about tax credits are reserved specifically for small incentives and opportunities that will businesses. enhance business growth and the economy in Riverside. For more information, contact Several factors about a business are evaluated Andrew Sall at asall@riverside-chamber.com during the selection process including the or 951-683-7100 Ext. 220.

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“California is the world’s fifth-largest economy and the gateway to the rest of the world,” said Governor Newsom. “While the COVID-19 pandemic has greatly impacted our economy, California will bounce back thanks to our incredible assets and our spirit of innovation. An economic recovery that lifts all Californians will require us to work together. With more than three decades of experience in both the public and private sectors – in California and nationally – Dee Dee brings an ability to work across sectors, ensuring that our recovery is built upon common ground and common solutions.” Myers joined the Newsom Administration in May as a volunteer at the peak of the COVID-19 public health crisis to support the Governor and his team, including the Task Force on Business and Jobs Recovery.

variations. The composite indicator is estimated using a wide range of economic data including employment, economic output, income, real estate, and other indicators at the national, state, and metropolitan level.

Third Quarter Economic Forecast Shows Promise According to the Inland Empire Business Activity Index, economic activity in Inland Southern California bounced back significantly in the third quarter of 2020. Thus reversing an annualized decline of 26.5% in the second quarter of 2020 to an annualized increase of 16% in the third quarter, Regional employment recovered more than 54,000 jobs in the third quarter. Consumer spending continued to recover in the two-county region, before slowing towards the end of September. However, the local unemployment rate tracks below California’s rate and proves resilient relative to other regions of the state. In the previous edition of the Inland Empire Business Activity Index, the University of California, Riverside Center for Forecasting reported that taxable sales (a lagging indicator of local business activity and consumer demand) declined 9.5% in the region from the fourth quarter of 2019 to the first quarter of 2020. Data revisions have put that decline closer to 4%. The Inland Empire Business Activity Index tracks performance of the regional economy on a quarterly basis and is adjusted for seasonal

Eric Oliver Named Ambassador of the Month The Chamber is excited to recognize Eric Oliver, Team Lead at Get Beyond, as the Ambassador of the Month. Oliver provides reliable, flexible, and secure business solutions to customers in a clear, transparent manner. He is committed to the highest levels of technological innovation, contract terms, and customer service. In his second year of being a Chamber Ambassador, Oliver has offered his time and energy to help as a liaison for the business community. Oliver makes calls each month to members, serving as an extended arm of the Chamber by offering updated news and information as well as communicating needs back to staff. The Ambassador Committee is a vital group of dedicated volunteers that focus on membership retention and help the Chamber share critical information to local businesses. For more information, contact Christina McDonald at cmcdonald@ riverside-chamber.com or 951-683-7100 Ext. 211.


Governor Newsom Announces New Senior Advisor and Director of GO-Biz Governor Gavin Newsom announced the appointment of Dee Dee Myers to serve as Senior Advisor to the Governor and Director of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), a cabinet-level position. The Chamber congratulates Myers on her new appointment and looks forward to connecting local businesses with the resources provided by the GO-Biz office.

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“Joining the Chamber has been a way to meet people doing incredible work for the community. It has been a pleasure to hear firsthand how our work, setting up COVID testing, has directly impacted these folks. I am so honored to be part of the Chamber and look forward to working with this organization in 2021 and onward.” Lucy Licht Partnership Manager, Southern California Curative, Inc.

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Member Highlights

Now featuring “breakout rooms” for additional networking, Business In Action is an asset to any member’s schedule to continue to build relationships amidst the pandemic.

Good Morning Riverside highlights important information about upcoming projects, such as “The Cheech”, which will have a significant economic impact once built.

Open at 20% capacity, most small and large retail stores are open within the Galleria at Tyler as residents shop while practicing COVID-19 safety precautions.

Member Anniversaries “I joined the Chamber immediately when we moved to Riverside in 2002, which helped me get connected and further understand the benefits of being a member. My favorite program to and learn how to enhance my business and meet other members is Business In Action. I look forward to continue partnering with the Chamber and other members in Riverside!” Jackie Phillips Owner Phillips Wellness Enterprises

120 Years The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa

76 Years Merrill Lynch - Raul Aballi

40 Years Riverside Dental Group   and Dental Assoc. Offices

30 to 38 years Goodwill Southern California Leivas Tax Wealth Management Mary S. Roberts Foundation Michael J. Elderman Mission Inn Foundation & Museum Dale Stringer

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The Bank of Hemet Charles Brown Architect City of Riverside International Relations Council   of Riverside, Inc. Kiwanis Club of Riverside Lamar Advertising Museum of Riverside Riverside Airport Riverside Police Department San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Voice Media Ventures

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Brandman University Christmas Trees of Hope Culligan Water

GAR Labs, Inc. Hyatt Place Riverside/Downtown Kyocera Document Solutions West LivHOME, Inc. NAACP Local 1059 Raincross Hospitality Corporation Phil Rizzo

1 to 5 Years Flabob Airport   Tom Wathen Center Gibson-Hadley Insurance Agency Green Com, Inc. Richard Lemire Naval Surface Warfare Center   Corona Division Phillips Wellness Enterprises Riverside City Clerks Office Riverside Public Library SmartRiverside

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Aerotek, Inc. Amazon Paint   An Envirosystems Co. BELFOR Property Restoration Chamber Marketing Partners, Inc.

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KRCB will honor properties in the City of Riverside for their commitment to their properties’ beautification efforts at the 2021 State of the City Address.

Upcoming Appearance Index to Measure Quality of Life Keep Riverside Clean and Beautiful (KRCB) continues to prioritize quality of life for residents in the City of Riverside. The first project of the year aimed at fulfilling this initiative is the Community Appearance Index (CAI), a study conducted by KRCB measures trends in litter, graffiti, illegal signage, abandoned vehicles, and outside storage throughout Riverside. The study examines up to one mile stretches of residential neighborhoods, schools, parks, business districts, and shopping centers in the seven City Council Wards. Results from the CAI determine KRCB’s focus of beautification projects throughout the year. Look for the results of the 2021 CAI to be released in March. KRCB looks forward to announcing the Beautification Awards, which awards businesses that maintain cleanliness, curb appeal, and

environmentally-friendly properties in the City of Riverside. Among the many awards, KRCB will recognize the recipient for the Award of Distinction, which was won in 2020 by the UCR Multidisciplinary Research Building.

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Members of the public nominated buildings throughout the City under six different categories: New Construction with Landscaping, Exterior Reconstructing with Landscaping, Maintenance of Existing Facilities with Landscaping, Small Business Beautification, Historical and Cultural Preservation, and Sustainable Design and Innovation. KRCB looks forward to the many opportunities to beautify the city and improve the quality of life for Riverside’s citizens in 2021. For more information, contact Alex Rendon at arendon@riversidechamber.com or 951-683-7100 Ext. 212.

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To help curtail the spread of the COVID19 Coronavirus, and to ensure our patients can continue to receive the health care they need, we now 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.

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• 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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J A N UA RY 2021


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. WED | JAN 6 & 20

FRI | JAN 15

Business In Action (BIA)

Governmental Affairs Council (GAC)

7:15 AM • ZOOM

12:00 PM • ZOOM

BIA provides an opportunity for members and local businesses to make connections and hear a variety of speakers about ways to enhance their business practices. January 6 will highlight “The Power of Mentoring” and January 20 will cover “Undiscovered Human Potential”.

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.

TUE | JAN 19


INSIDE Arlington

INSIDE Downtown

7:30 AM • ZOOM

7:30 AM • ZOOM

Connect with Councilmembers, City officials, and business leaders while staying informed on the top projects and issues relevant to the Arlington area.

Stay up to date with the top priorities facing the Downtown area and connect with City officials and fellow business leaders.

TUE | JAN 26

TUE | JAN 12

Economic Development Council

Business Education Partnership Council (BEP)

7:30 AM • ZOOM

7:30 AM • ZOOM

This month’s BEP Council will hear from Riverside County Workforce Development Board Chair, Jamil Dada. Join us to meet education and business leaders from the community and get the most recent news.

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 the business community regarding development opportunities and challenges.

THU | JAN 28

THU | JAN 14

State of the City Address

Good Morning Riverside


7:15 AM • ZOOM

Hear from new Mayor Patricia Lock Dawson in her first State of the City Address about the opportunities to work “Together Towards Tomorrow”. Show your pride for Riverside and take part in this signature community event.

Good Morning Riverside convenes local business and community leaders each month, as speakers share the latest updates on critical issues and developments in the region.







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WAYS TO SAVE ON YOUR ENERGY BILL RPU customers have many ways to save electricity and money. Here are some tips and programs that can help you manage your energy usage and costs, while protecting the environment.


Replace incandescent bulbs with LEDs.


Turn off lights when not in use. Use task lamps with LEDs instead of overhead lights.


Promptly turn off kitchen, bath, or other ventilating fans when not in use.

Be aware of “energy vampires,” those electronic devices with a clock or “instant on” setting use electricity 24/7. Unplug them or use a smart energy strip that automatically reduces the energy use.

Power down computers, monitors, printers, and video game consoles when not in use and make sure to turn them off at night.

Buy energy-saving “Energy Star®” labeled appliances and equipment – they are up to 40% more efficient.

Make sure your pool pump is properly calibrated to reduce the flow rate and save up to 80% on your energy costs. Use a variable speed pump. Rebates available.


Set your thermostat to 78 degrees or higher in the summer, and 68 degrees in the winter.

Install a programmable Wi-Fi thermostat to help keep your A/C costs low during the day when you’re not at home.

Clean or replace your heater and A/C filter(s) every month to keep it running more efficiently.

Install/use ceiling fans or whole house fans for comfort cooling.

Open windows and doors at night to let cool air in and close them during the day to trap the cool air in.

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Southern California Edison’s (SCE) Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) program is an operational practice that SCE may use to preemptively shut off power in high fire risk areas to reduce fire risk during extreme and potentially dangerous weather conditions.


The City of Riverside may be affected by a PSPS event if SCE must shut off power on the transmission lines from the Vista Substation which provide the City’s only connection to the regional electricity grid or if power is shut off on other major transmission lines that support Riverside.


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Greater Riverside Business - January 2021  

Greater Riverside Business - January 2021