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‘The Chamber…building a stronger local economy’

Volume 39, Number 1

Chamber Members Count! 1. Over the next 12 months, does your business plan to hire additional employees, maintain current employee levels, or reduce the number of employees?  Hire Additional Employees 48% Maintain Current Employee Levels 45% Reduce the Number of Employees 7%

2. If hiring employees, how many are you planning to hire? 1-5 employees 5-15 employees 15 or more employees No response*

42% 10% 3% 45%

3. If reducing the number of employees, how many employee positions are you planning to reduce? 1-5 employees 5-15 employees 15 or more employees No response*

6% 1% 1% 92%

* Denotes that the question was conditional.

Each month, the Chamber helps build a stronger local economy through surveying its membership.

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Inland Area’s Dramatic Growth Spurs Infrastructure Initiatives Secretary Kim also recognized the importance of bolstering transportation resources in areas that have been tasked by the State to achieve increased housing goals, emphasizing the key importance of housing in the right places. Electrification is also a top priority for Secretary Kim under the state mandate to increase the number of zero-emission and hydrogen fuel vehicles on the road. Reaching electrification goals will create greater accessibility for the public through additional charging infrastructure.

Chamber champions transportation solutions in discussion with CalSTA Secretary The Chamber’s business leaders met with newly-appointed California State Transportation Agency Secretary David Kim to discuss the pressing transportation and infrastructure priorities for the region. A top priority for the Chamber is to improve local roads, highways, and bridges in order to have a direct impact on the quality of life for local residents and business owners. During his report, Secretary Kim underscored the importance of collaboration to develop innovative solutions for the region’s transportation system, which will have several million more daily travelers in the coming decades. In a proactive effort, the Governor established the Regions Rise Together initiative with a goal of leveraging key assets across the state to create economic opportunities for all residents. Secretary Kim commented on the State’s efforts to update its long-term strategic plan for transportation via the California Transportation Plan 2050. These critical updates will focus on meeting current trends and challenges impacting transportation while taking into consideration economic growth, air quality climate impacts, and new technologies.

For more information, contact Brooke Biddle at or 951-683-7011 Ext. 210.

Business leaders met with California State Transportation Agency Secretary David Kim to underscore Riverside’s transportation needs and priorities to support a growing population.

Currently, the broader Southern California region serves as one of the nation’s leading freight corridors. Secretary Kim discussed a forthcoming freight mobility plan that addresses both sustainability and future logistical challenges while allowing the region to continue its role as a leader in the movement of goods. Additionally, Secretary Kim discussed a new Strategic Highway Safety Plan that aims to improve the quality of life and safety for travelers along local roads and highways.

Appointments Secretary Urges Leaders to Seek Designated State Positions State boards and commissions need Riverside’s representation

Appointments Secretary Cathryn Rivera-Hernandez from the office of Governor Gavin Newsom briefed local business leaders at Good Morning Riverside (GMR) about the imporKey business leaders met California Appointments Secretary to see tance of applying for an where they might be able to make a difference in an appointment to a board or commission through the State of California. appointment to a board or commission. More representation in Sacramento gives the region ultimately promotes the greater good and the a direct voice which ensures the correct amount State of California. She encouraged of funding and attention is given to Riverside. both men and women to consider filling Secretary Rivera-Hernandez confirmed that many vacancies for appointment. the Inland Southern California area is a priority for both her and Governor Newsom. The appointments vacancy list is available online for anyone to review and their Secretary Rivera-Hernandez helps leaders office encourages leaders, regardless of age, apply for State appointments by mentoring to search the list to see where they may be them through the interview process, able to serve or give a recommendation for letters of recommendation, and board life. someone else. Choosing a position that She explained that helping mentor these appointments is a great part of her job and See Positions on page 3

Chamber Engages Community Support for New Youth Innovation Center Center promotes STEM skills for enhanced learning The Chamber supports the City of Riverside’s new Youth Innovation Center for setting forth a mission to provide opportunities to Riverside’s youth by introducing them to services that will promote enhanced learning and increase the likelihood of life-long success. Slated to open in early March, the Center is focused on preparing all Riverside residents for success by providing a safe environment that fosters collaboration, learning, and creativity. With state-of-the-art equipment and a mission to help propel Riverside into an innovative tomorrow, the center will offer both free and fee based activities. The Center will help students gain STEM skills, keep children safe, engage minds of all learning levels, while helping Riverside produce qualified applicants ready to enter a competitive technologically-advanced workforce. The Chamber has served as a catalyst in creating partnerships through the Business Education Partnership Council and INSIDE meetings to support the Center’s free and low cost programs and sustain new programming and opportunities to better serve Riverside. The Center’s amenities include an innovation computer lab, film studio, voice recording studio, social sphere lounge, learning loft classroom, STEM multipurpose zones, smart conference room, and a founder’s classroom. The Center will be open to the general community and welcomes everyone to participate and enjoy the Center’s amenities. See Center on page 2




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

Executive Committee for 2019–2020 Chair of the Board Robert Hicks – Stream Kim Hicks Wrage & Alfaro Vice Chair – Chair Elect Gary Montgomery – Thompson & Colegate, LLP Vice Chair – Governmental Affairs JD Franklin – OSI Industries, LLC 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 Tom Nightingale – Fifth Third Bank Vice Chair – Business Councils Vincent McCoy – Inland Empire Small Business Development Center Vice Chair – Business Councils Ana Miramontes – Bank of America Vice Chair – Finance/Treasurer Jennifer Binkley – Altura Credit Union Legal Counsel Michael Lewin – Mirau Edwards Cannon Lewin & Tooke Past Chairman of the Board/Chair–GRCCPAC Joseph Ortiz – Best Best & Krieger

Board of Directors 2019–2020 Joseph Araiza – UCPATH Center Al Arguello – Bank of America David Batista – Parkview Community Hospital Medical Center Larry Burns – Inlandia Institute Judy Carpenter – Riverside Medical Clinic Col. Melissa Coburn – 452d Air Mobility Wing Dave Crain – Dutton Cadillac – GMC/Buick Jamil Dada – Provident Bank Carl Dameron – African American Chamber of Commerce Jackie DeSouza-Van Blaricum Riverside Community Hospital Prabha Dhalla – Dhalla Orthopedic Center, Inc. Scott Ditfurth – Best Best & Krieger Dr. Ronald Ellis – California Baptist University Julio Figueroa – AT&T Matt Friedlander – Habitat for Humanity Riverside Jim Fuson – Galleria at Tyler Justin Gilbert – Bank of America Debbi Guthrie – Guthrie Companies Dr. David Hansen – Riverside Unified School District Brian Hawley – Luminex Software, Inc. George Hoanzl – Jaguar Computer Systems, Inc. Peter Hubbard – American Medical Response Dr. Wolde-Ab Isaac – Riverside Community College District Pepi Jackson – Riverside County Black Chamber of Commerce Carmen Lainez – Greater Riverside Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Lauren Lee – Windermere Tower Properties Donna Little – Custom Service Systems Jeff Marshall – MFI Recovery Center Jim Maurer – The Press-Enterprise Company Rose Mayes – Fair Housing Council of Riverside County Scott Megna – Riverside Convention Center Bob Mendez – RLM Wealth Group 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 Dr. Thomas Smith - University of California, Riverside Rob Starr – The Toro Company Robert Stockton – Rick Engineering Ron Thompson – Collins Aerospace Micah Tokuda – Edward Jones–Micah Tokuda George Velasco – Kaiser Permanente Medical Center Riverside Andrew Walcker - Overland Development Co. 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 Brooke Biddle, Business Project Coordinator Aly Herrera, Community Development Coordinator Christina McDonald, Business Project Coordinator Andrew Sall, Governmental Affairs Manager Jacquie Rodriguez, Special Events Coordinator

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Chamber Prepares for a Strong Year with Growth Opportunities With 2019 now behind us, the Chamber thanks all of its members for a strong business year. Keeping with the momentum, we are hard at work prioritizing goals for the coming year in efforts to continue economic expansion and prosperity for Riverside.

The Chamber has some significant wins from 2019 that propel the business community forward into the New Year. Partnerships continue to serve the Riverside community well in order to make a difference. First, Eastern Municipal Water District, with support from the Chamber’s Military Affairs Council and March Air Reserve Base, secured a $36 million grant to enhance groundwater quality in the area. Second, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) signed a memorandum of understanding with local educational institutions which enhances Riverside’s future workforce. This will be done by educating students through the local school system with the knowledge needed for employment at CARB, which will host 400 high-paying jobs. Connecting employment with education continues to be a priority with members.

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engage over 100 exhibitors from a wide variety of business sectors. As an exhibitor, businesses can highlight job opportunities and meet face to face with qualified candidates for employment. Attendees will have access to workshops and opportunities to expand their professional relationships. Bottom line, the Riverside Job Fair works as a pathway to keep local talent employed in Riverside and decreases the amount of commuters traveling to other counties.

2020 is poised to begin with a strong start for the business community. The Chamber thanks its members for their continued involvement and looks forward to creating and supporting new growth for business in the year to come.

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As a response to the needs of the local business community, the Chamber is partnering with Bank of America to organize the 2020 Riverside Job Fair, This is a great opportunity for local businesses to discover a variety of qualified candidates in a one-stop environment and highlight their current and future job vacancies. The fair will take place January 23 from 4:00 - 8:00 PM at the Galleria at Tyler. Event admission is free and open to the public. The Chamber has also partnered with the City of Riverside to host a “How to Build Your LinkedIn Profile” workshop at the event. Resource stations will provide information on communications and soft skills training, interview and cover letter writing tips, and networking opportunities. Additionally, attendees can obtain a new professional headshot free of charge. Local businesses are encouraged to register for exhibitor space to give job seekers an opportunity to obtain valuable interview and job search experience. As an exhibitor, businesses can spread awareness about their commitment to the community while investing in Riverside’s future workforce. This is a great opportunity for candidates to start building relationships for future recruitment and business opportunities to help them envision what a future could be like working for a local business. Bank of America, in partnership with the City of Riverside, Riverside County Workforce

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“2020 is poised to begin with a strong start for the business community.”

Looking ahead, Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey will deliver his final State of the City Address on January 30 as he speaks about laying the foundation for the future. With more than 1,000 expected attendees, this is an excellent way for members to connect with local business leaders and elected officials, and take part in discussions about the positive developments that will grow Riverside for years to come.

Businesses Gear Up for Riverside Job Fair to Build a Strong Workforce Pipeline

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As a result, the Chamber is responding to this need by working with Bank of America and many local education partners to host the Riverside Job Fair on January 23. Throughout the evening, more than 1,000 students and job seekers are expected to

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The Chamber is excited to engage with the City’s Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department to promote the new Youth Innovation Center and provide STEM programing, interview and soft skills training, scholarships, and providing aid to underserved youth to help them achieve their full potential. For more information, contact Aly Herrera at or 951-683-7100 Ext. 218.

The Riverside Job Fair promotes local job opportunities and sets the foundation to build Riverside’s future workforce.

Development Board, the Galleria at Tyler, Alvord, Jurupa, and Riverside Unified School Districts, Riverside County Office of Education, Moreno Valley, Norco, and Riverside City College, California Baptist University, La Sierra University, Riverside Community College

District, and the Chamber’s Business Education Partnership Council will host this event. For more information, contact Aly Herrera at or 951-683-7100 Ext. 218.


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Riverside Area Ranks 35th for Starting a Business in 2020 Residents from around Southern California have been moving in droves to Riverside and San Bernardino, where real estate costs are roughly half of those in L.A.’s pricey market. In March, there were reportedly 100,000 housing units in the works. Inland Southern California is also aiming to carve out a niche for itself in the startup world. Recently, the University of California, Riverside (UCR) opened a 3,000-square-foot Wet Lab Incubator specially outfitted to house 15 startups in the life sciences, agriculture, biotechnology, and medical industries. Access to capital in the area is limited, but money is still available to those who know where to look. In 2017, UCR helped create a $10 million seed capital fund called the Highlander Venture Fund. The following year, its Entrepreneurial Proof of Concept Center and Small Business Development Center launched to offer access to capital, as well as mentorship and training. The school also helps manage Excite, a local technology accelerator in Downtown Riverside. “Our region is a test bed to actually build stuff and see if it works,” says Scott Brovsky, director of the program, “and we are working to find entrepreneurs who can scale globally. This article was published on in December 2019.

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motivates the individual is important to Governor Newsom and is one of the criteria that needs to be met in the interview process. In her first four months in her position, Secretary Rivera-Hernandez secured 400 appointments. Several Chamber members and local business leaders were in the audience currently holding appointments. Specifically in Riverside, the Secretary underscored the need for judges. The Chamber and its many partners continue to make this a priority in order to offer quicker access to justice for residents.





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The Chamber looks forward to working with Secretary Rivera-Hernandez to fill vacant appointments to represent the region and make Riverside an even better place to live and work for members and residents.


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Double-Down on Business Growth by Applying for Tax Credits The catalyst for business growth, the Chamber continues to seek opportunities that will help businesses grow and boost their bottom line. Members are encouraged to apply from January 6 to 27 for part of $75 million in tax credits made available through the California Competes Tax Credit Program (Cal Competes).

and expansion, and the overall impact of the business, among others.

Members are encouraged to apply

Riverside continues to see several investments come to fruition, contributing to the ongoing economic growth of the region. The tax credits offered by Cal Competes will serve as an incentive for businesses to locate to Riverside, hire local employees, and expand their facilities.

Cal Competes, adminisfor part of $75 million in available tered through the Govertax credits to help their business hire new employees, expand nor’s Office of Business facilities, and purchase equipment. To get more information and Economic Developabout the program or to ment (GO-Biz), seeks to apply online by January 27, visit the GO-Biz provide tax credits to qualified businesses website at There that seek to expand and thrive in California. is no fee to apply and awardees will be While businesses of all sizes can apply online notified within approximately 90 days of for the credits, a portion of the credits are the closing date. The Chamber will continue reserved specifically for small businesses. to alert businesses about tax incentives and opportunities that will enhance business Several factors about a business are growth and the economy in Riverside. For evaluated during the selection process more information, contact Andrew Sall including number of jobs created or retained, at or 951compensation to employees, size of the 683-7100 Ext. 220. business’ investment, opportunity for growth

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The Chamber is hosting all six mayoral candidates for a forum at Good Morning Riverside on January 9 to talk about their plans to bolster Riverside’s trajectory and prosperity.

Mayoral Candidates to Outline Visions for the City at Good Morning Riverside At the convener of leaders and influencers, the Chamber is hosting a forum on January 9 at Good Morning Riverside with the candidates running for Mayor of Riverside. With no incumbent candidate in the mayoral race, this event provides leaders an opportunity to hear how the candidates aim to guide the City’s growth and success in the years to come. All six candidates – John Denilofs, Rich Gardner, Guy Harrell, Patricia Lock Dawson, Andy Melendrez, and Acea Stapler will participate in the forum. Taking place at The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa, the forum will allow all the candidates to discuss their platform while addressing questions on the top challenges and opportunities facing the City. Riverside is at a critical point in its growth. With dozens of developments across every

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corner of the city, the incoming mayor will play a critical role to leverage these economic drivers and encourage continued investment. The Riverside Alive convention center expansion, California Air Resources Board Southern California Headquarters, March Air Reserve Base, and the City’s four higher-education institutions, among many others, are assets and developments that will help steer the course for Riverside’s economic trajectory. The mayoral election will take place on March 3. If no one candidate receives a 50% majority of votes, then the top two with the most votes will appear in a run-off election on November 3. For more information or to register for the forum, contact Andrew Sall at or 951-683-7100 Ext. 220.

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Mayor Rusty Bailey thanks the Chamber and Jenson USA for their collaboration and partnership in donating 30 bikes to local students.

Community Comes Together to Donate 30 Bikes to Students in EastHills The Chamber’s EastHills Business Council recently partnered with Jenson USA to donate 30 bikes and helmets to 5th and 6th grade students at two local elementary schools just in time for the holidays.

This heartwarming event highlights the importance of local partnerships between the business community, and local educational institutions. This year the EastHills Business Council selected Castle View Elementary and William Howard Taft Elementary as the recipient schools. Jenson USA staff took an active role in the bike donations by biking to work and earning miles towards each bike donated. At the assemblies, Jenson USA provided a bike safety talk and stunt performance for

the kids. Community members, business leaders, and City officials including Mayor Rusty Bailey, Riverside Unified School District Board Member Patricia Lock Dawson, and representatives from the offices of Senator Richard D. Roth and Assemblymember Jose Medina came out to show support. Special thanks to Title Sponsor Jenson USA and additional sponsors Hensel Phelps Construction Company, Law Offices of Mirau Edwards Cannon Lewin & Tooke, Altura Credit Union, Bank of America, and Grounded Living. For information on ways to get involved in the future, contact Brooke Biddle at or 951683-7011 Ext. 210.


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Chamber Business Briefs

Bank of America Invests in The Cheech The Chamber applauds Bank of America’s continued investment into the City of Riverside. The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art, Culture & Industry of the Riverside Art Museum has received a $750,000 philanthropic investment from Bank of America. “The Cheech is estimated to generate over $20 million annually for the region, which is another demonstration of the power of the arts in helping our local economy thrive, while educating and enriching our community,” said Al Arguello, Bank of America Market President, Inland Empire. In addition to the Bank of America grant, The Cheech continues to draw interest from individual donors across Southern California. Since June 2018, nearly 500 individuals and 43 organizations have invested in the project and/or in various Cheech fundraising events. The Chamber thanks long-time member Bank of America for their support of the arts in Riverside to build a stronger local economy.

First Female Commander of MARB Promoted to Brigadier General The Chamber congratulates Brigadier General (BG) Melissa Coburn, Base Commander of March Air Reserve Base (MARB), on her promotion from Colonel. As commander of the Air Force Reserve’s largest wing of more than 4,000 personnel, nine C-17As and 14 KC-135Rs, she directs the support of worldwide airlift and air refueling operations. BG Coburn is also responsible for the daily operations of MARB which supports active duty, National Guard, and Reserve tenants from the Air Force, Army, Navy, and Marines as well as Department of Homeland Security personnel with the Air and Marine Operations Center.

supporting March Air Reserve Base and military entities as they focus on strengthening national security and generating more than $600 million to the region.

BG Coburn was commissioned through the United States Air Force Academy in 1992, and served 11 years on active duty, including a remote assignment to the Republic of Korea. While on active duty, she flew as a lead airdrop instructor in the C-141B, and as an evaluator pilot in the C-12J. She transitioned to the Air Force Reserve in February 2003. BG Coburn flew as a C-17 airdrop evaluator pilot and was the first Reservist to graduate from the C-17 Weapons Instructor Course in 2007. She has more than 5,400 flying hours and 279 combat flying hours in support of operations in Hungary, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

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Anchos Celebrates 30 Years of Business S O U T H W E ST in Riverside G R I L L B A R The Chamber congratulates Anchos Southwest Grill & Bar, member for 30 years, on their 30th anniversary of being in business in Riverside. Coowners Dean Bergstrom and Pepe Padilla credit the restaurant’s longevity to its customers and a consistent menu and location. Anchos has received awards for their delicious food from The Press-Enterprise, Best In the Inland Empire, and Trip Advisor.

Chamber Recognizes New Ambassadors and Ambassador of the Month The Chamber is proud to welcome three new Ambassadors to the committee: Carlos Huayanca with Thryv, My Tran with Farmers Insurance Agency, and Randy Deatherage of PCG Copiers. The Ambassador Committee consists of dedicated members who serve as a vital liaison between the Chamber and local businesses. Ambassadors assist with member retention and strive to encourage members to use all of the benefits available.

To give back to the community and celebrate their anniversary festivities, sales from the celebrations benefitted local organizations such as the Inland Empire Blue Belles, Challenged Children’s Rodeo, Meals on Wheels, and Teen Challenge.

The Chamber would also like to congratulate James Joseph, Business Advocate for CoCard West, has been named Ambassador of the Month. CoCard West provides products and services such as credit and debit card processing, gift and loyalty, as well as managed network security. CoCard West has been assisting individuals with their business needs since 1999. Since becoming an Ambassador, Joseph has increased his knowledge about the impact the Chamber has in the community as well as insider information about what is going on within the City of Riverside.

Anchos Southwest Grill & Bar is located at 10773 Hole Avenue in Riverside and can be contacted by calling 951-352-0240.

For more information, contact Jacquie Rodriguez at or 951-683-7100 Ext. 211.


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Nominate an Exceptional Local Business for the Small Business Eagle Award The Chamber is seeking nominations for the Small Business Eagle Award that recognizes a business for their leadership, accomplishments, and positive impact to the local economy. The Chamber is driven largely by the success of small businesses and are honored to recognize a business that creates new jobs, shows strength in overcoming adversity, and demonstrates continued engagement in the community through the Small Business Eagle Award.

than 35 years as the auto transport service of choice for celebrities, athletes, and world class exotic cars and hot rod builders

Ruben Ayala of Tippy’s Tow Company accepts the Small Business Eagle Award at the Chamber’s Inaugural Celebration this past year.

Nominees are evaluated based on the following guidelines: staying power as an established business in the Riverside region for at least three years, increase in sales and the number of employees, innovation of the service or product, positive response to adversity or challenges, community contributions in personal time or by other resources, and fewer than 50 employees.

Ruben and Diana Ayala with Tippy’s Tow Service was awarded last year’s Small Business Eagle Award at the Chamber’s Inaugural Celebration. They have significantly given back and served the community for more

The Ayalas supported The Mission Inn Foundation, Riverside Latino Network, California Riverside Ballet, and the Riverside Community Parks Association. Their engagement in the Northside Specific Plan, where they have worked with City and business leaders to develop solutions that will meet the current and future needs of the area, made them an excellent recipient for the Small Business Eagle Award.

The Chamber encourages the community to nominate a business that would make a great Small Business Eagle Award recipient. Nomination forms are now available at the Chamber and can be obtained by calling 951-683-7100. The company must also be registered as a California business and a Chamber member in good standing. All nominations must be received by January 27. For more information, contact Brooke Biddle at or 951-683-7011 Ext. 210.

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Member Anniversaries “The Chamber has been an asset to us as a non-profit in our community. We have benefited from years of collaboration, partnership, and business growth. As part of the Leadership Riverside Class of 2020, I look forward to working with the Chamber to make a positive change in the region!” Lynda Bailey Executive Director Riverside Medical Clinic Charitable Foundation 75 to 76 Years Merrill Lynch - Raul Aballi SingerLewak, LLP

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Good Morning Riverside brings members together to hear the latest information impacting businesses across Riverside.

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California Smog & Automotive Institute Patricia Summers 3001 Chicago Ave. Riverside, CA 92507 (951) 781-0412 • Automobile/Repairs, Paint & Services

Chela’s Bakery #3

Chela Valencia 10295 Arlington Ave. #3 Riverside, CA 92503 (951) 335-1702 Bakers

Compass - Jeremy Hubacek

Jeremy Hubacek 7111 Indiana Ave. #300 Riverside, CA 92506 (714) 717-3511 Real Estate/Consultants

Econo Lodge Inn & Suites

Danny Patel 11043 Magnolia Ave. Riverside, CA 92505 (951) 688-5000 Hotels/Motels/Resorts

Enplanners, Inc.

Ray Hussey Riverside, CA 92507 (951) 289-5233 • Environmental Services

IE Alarm Systtems

Debbie Swanson 2375 Chicago Ave. Riverside, CA 92507 (951) 686-2029 • Security/Surveillance Systems & Services

Innovative Emergency Equipment Sheri Kelley 1616 Marlborough Ave. #S-1 Riverside, CA 92507 (951) 222-2270 • Manufacturers

Vixen & Beard collaborated with the Chamber to celebrate their grand opening in the Galleria at Tyler.



Leemco, Inc.

Riverside Tooth Co.

Antoinette Cordova 5225 Canyon Crest #96 Riverside, CA 92507 (951) 444-0859 • Health Care/Health & Wellness Products Leyna Olivaris 360 S. Mt. Vernon Ave. Colton, CA 92324 (909) 422-0088 • Metal Products/Metal Fabrication

Malone Workforce Solutions

Adam Przeklasa 1660 Chicago Ave. #M5 Riverside, CA 92507 (951) 900-4784 • Employment Agencies

Lauren Herrera 4500 Olivewood Ave. #100 Riverside, CA 92507 (951) 334-7698 Health Care Programs Kabir Sandhu, DDS 6886 Indiana Ave., Ste. B Riverside, CA 92506 (951) 686-2565 • Dentists

SAC Health System

Edward Martin 250 S. G St. • San Bernardino, CA 92410 (909) 382-7100 • Medical Groups/Clinics

Neal Edwards DDS

State Farm - Jesse Romero

Neal Edwards 3731 Tibbetts St. #7 Riverside, CA 92506 (951) 684-0702 • Dentists

Jesse Romero 9670 Magnolia Ave.,#205 Riverside, CA 92503 (951) 252-2120 • Insurance

OCS Construction Services, Inc.

UCR Health Clinic

Mark Vaca 3664 Elizabeth St. Riverside, CA 92506 (909) 327-3373 • Construction

Cheyenne Linich 3390 University Ave., #115 Riverside, CA 92501 (951) 715-7282 • Medical Groups/Clinics

Planet GW

Valley View Financial Services, Inc.

Grace Williams Perris, CA 92752 (951) 842-0825 Consultants

Michelle Paulish-Flores 6950 Indiana Ave., #2 • Riverside, CA 92506 (951) 782-0470 • Financial Services


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KRCB Aims to Improve Quality of Life with Annual Appearance Index

Keep Riverside Clean and Beautiful (KRCB) continues to make the quality of life for residents in the City of Riverside a top priority with every New Year. The first project of the year that is aimed at fulfilling this initiative is the Community Appearance Index (CAI), a study conducted every year by KRCB that seeks to determine the litter, graffiti, illegal signage, abandoned vehicle, and outside storage trends throughout Riverside in efforts to transform public spaces into beautiful places.

KRCB is looking forward to the State of the City Address on January 30 where business properties are recognized through the Beautification Awards, such as Imperial Hardware Lofts who received the Award of Distinction last year.

The study examines five sub areas in all seven City Council Wards consisting of up to one mile stretches of residential areas, schools, parks, business districts, and shopping centers. Results from the CAI are used for litter prevention programs within schools, public awareness, and KRCB beautification projects throughout the year. Look for the results of the 2020 CAI to be released in March. Another project conducted by KRCB is the Beautification Awards ceremony that recognizes businesses in the City of Riverside that maintain cleanliness, curb appeal, and environmentally-friendly properties. Among the many awards, KRCB will recognize the recipient for the Award of Distinction, which was won in 2019 by Imperial Hardware Lofts.

Members of the public nominated buildings throughout the City under six different categories: New Construction with Landscaping, Exterior Reconstruction with Landscaping, Maintenance of Existing Facilities with Landscaping, Small Business Beautification, Historical and Cultural Preservation, and Sustainable Design and Innovation. Winners are announced and awards presented at the Mayor’s State of the City Address on January 30 at the Riverside Convention Center. KRCB looks forward to the many opportunities to beautify the city and improve the quality of life for Riverside’s citizens. For more information, contact Alex Rendon at or 951-683-7100 Ext. 212.

Welcome Chamber Members Visit any of our Riverside locations and save! 7437 Arlington Ave. (951) 689-7805 3335 Iowa Ave. (951) 367-0147

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

3504 Central Ave. (951) 367-0411

$10 OFF and

$15 OFF Select Services

Transmission Fluid Exchange, Radiator Flush, Power Steering Fluid Flush, and Serpentine Belt Replacement *Includes up to 5 qts of motor oil, filter, lube and maintenance check. Participating locations only. Premium filter surcharge extra. Offer not valid with any same service discounts. Hazardous waste fee additional. EXP: 12/31/2020 CODE: ABRCHMB, ABCHMBE

MEDICINE SERVICES • Availability - “Greatly appreciate the accessibility and equally important, the communication we receive from you."

18681 Van Buren Blvd. (951) 789-2882

Full Service Oil Change

OCCUPATIONAL Employers who currently use our Occupational Medicine Services tell us:

7450 Mission Grove Pkwy S. (951) 780-2500

Get well. Be well. Stay well.


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

TUE | JAN 14

Business In Action

Business Education Partnership Council

7:15 AM • CALL CHAMBER FOR PARKING INFO BIA is a great place to connect with local businesses and hear business speakers. Some of the topics coming up: January 8 – Jacqueline Kotowicz, Basic CPR; January 15 – Connection Session; January 22 – Luke Kibler, Top Differentiating Characteristics of the Successful; January 29 – Susan Goodson, Emotional Management.

7:30 AM • CALL CHAMBER FOR PARKING INFO Dr. FeRita Carter and Dr. Jeanie Kim-Hahn from Riverside City College and Riverside Community College District will give an update on a new Foster Youth Housing Development Project and a new grant that was awarded to the district to link businesses with employees through apprenticeship programs.


THU | JAN 23

INSIDE Downtown

Riverside Job Fair

7:15 AM • RIVERSIDE GAME LAB • 3633 MARKET ST See inside the NEW Riverside Game Lab and hear the latest on top project and developments happening in Downtown. Connect with City officials and fellow business leaders on top priorities facing the City.

THU | JAN 9 Good Morning Riverside – Mayoral Candidate Forum 7:15 AM • THE MISSION INN HOTEL & SPA 3649 MISSION INN AVE The Chamber is connecting the business community with all six of Riverside’s Mayoral candidates to hear firsthand how they plan to move Riverside forward. This forum gives attendees the opportunity to meet the candidates and hear how they answer questions relating the business community’s priorities. Special thanks to this month’s sponsor, Altura Credit Union.

Governmental Affairs Council (GAC) 12:00 PM • CALL CHAMBER FOR PARKING INFO At this month’s GAC meeting, members will hear from representatives on Proposition 13 and Riverside Community College District’s bond measure that will appear before voters during the March 2020 election.

Interested in a Master’s Degree in Business? Information Session - On Campus >> 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Online Information Session Tuesday, January 21st, 2020

12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

Coffee Chat with Admissions Thursday, January 9th, 2020

TUE | JAN 28 Economic Development Council 7:30 AM • CALL CHAMBER FOR PARKING INFO 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 30

FRI | JAN 10

Saturday, January 11th, 2020

4:00 PM • GALLERIA AT TYLER 2ND FLOOR 1299 GALLERIA AT TYLER Over 100 businesses will promote local job opportunities and resource stations will provide information on communication and soft skills training, interview and cover letter writing tips, and networking opportunities. Event admission is free and open to the public.

06:00 PM - 07:00 PM

REGISTER AT: • 951-827-6200 • 900 University Ave. Riverside, CA 92521

Mayor’s State of the City Address 4:45 PM • RIVERSIDE CONVENTION CENTER 3637 5TH STREET Hear from Mayor Rusty Bailey in his final State of the City Address about the opportunities to build “Foundations for the Future”. Show your pride for Riverside and take part in this signature community event with over 1,000 attendees.


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Gr e a t e r R i v e r s i d e B u s i n e s s

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 light bulbs with LEDs.

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

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

• 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.

HEATING AND A/C • Set your thermostat to 78 degrees or higher in the summer, and 68 degrees in the winter.

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

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

• Buy energy-saving “Energy Star®” labeled appliances and equipment – they are up WRPRUHHIÀFLHQW

• Clean or replace your heater and $&ÀOWHU V HYHU\PRQWKWRNHHSLW UXQQLQJPRUHHIÀFLHQWO\ • 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.


SHARE Sharing Households Assist Riverside’s Energy

• Make sure your pool pump is properly FDOLEUDWHGWRUHGXFHWKHÁRZUDWHDQG save up to 80% on your energy costs. Use a variable speed pump. Rebates available. For energy saving rebates, visit

WHAT IS SHARE? SHARE is a Riverside Public Utilities (RPU) program that assists eligible, low-income residential electric and water customers with their utility bills and deposits.

LEARN MORE For more information on SHARE and other assistance and rebate programs, visit

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Greater Riverside Business - January 2020  

Greater Riverside Business - January 2020