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‘The Chamber…building a stronger local economy’

Volume 34, Number 5

President of the University of California Calls on Business Community for Support and Advocacy

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The Chamber recently hosted Janet Napolitano, President of the University of California (UC) as she addressed the business community and discussed the current state of the UC System and its economic significance to the region. President Napolitano proclaimed the University of California, Riverside (UCR), one of ten campuses in the UC system, as a critically important element to the Riverside’s economic vitality. President Napolitano also called on the business community for advocacy to help keep tuition low and accessible to a growing number of college-bound students in California. In particular, she noted that 42 percent of UC undergraduates come from low-income families. Governor Jerry Brown has indicated two primary concerns in the UC’s request for additional state funds. He believes that tuition should not be raised, regardless of the growing needs of the universities. Also, he has suggested that the UC System should be cutting unnecessary costs within their own budget. He has offered to give an additional $120 million to UC if tuition does not increase. In response to Governor Brown, Napolitano

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Janet Napolitano discusses the economic significance of the University of California at the latest Good Morning Riverside.

President Napolitano stated, “So, sadly, since these cuts have taken effect, our students pay a larger portion of the cost of their education than the state does. We should not be happy about that. That’s just wrong.” According to President Napolitano, UC has cut $660 million in expenses within the last four years and will continue exploring other ways to cut expenses. In order to the meet the needs of UC, she has approved a tuition increase of five percent per year for the next five years. She also highlighted Riverside as home to the UCPath Center, which serves as the human resources hub for the 190,000 employees that comprise the UC campuses, medical

GRCCPAC Endorses Biz-Friendly Candidates for Riverside City Council City Council candidates prioritize job growth and a high quality of life for local residents The Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce Political Action Committee (GRCCPAC) recently endorsed Mike Gardner for re-election to represent Ward 1 and John Burnard to represent Ward 7 on the Riverside City Council. Both candidates have demonstrated a strong desire to improve the local economy through working with local businesses to help create more jobs for the community.

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has said that UC needs $220 million additional state funding. She mentioned that since 1997, the UC System has gained 75,000 students, equivalent to adding three UCR campuses, yet has suffered from a budget cut over $1 billion in state support during the Great Recession.

Over his past two terms, Mike Gardner has helped the City successfully navigate critical issues including difficult budget situations during tough economic times as well as continuing to look for more development opportunities for local business expansion. In particular, Gardner believes the City should step up its efforts to recruit more businesses from across

the state and the nation to expand locally in Riverside. He also believes City Council will need to choose wisely on future investments in development and infrastructure while also concentrating on rebuilding the City’s reserves.

John Burnard – Riverside City Council, Ward 7 A longtime local business owner but a new candidate running for office, John Burnard will bring a fresh and articulate perspective to the City Council’s discussions. He has proven to be a quick-study of the issues that impact the City and the local economy and he has quickly prioritized focusing on smart growth and thoughtful development for the community. Burnard will also draw on his business experience to ensure that the City is fiscally responsible in investing in essential City services while also saving reserves to improve the City’s financial position. He has also stressed an emphasis in maintaining a high See GRCCPAC on page 7

facilities, and research centers. The UC system primarily focuses on research, making it the “Ivy League of the West”, according to Napolitano. To watch President Napolitano’s entire keynote presentation, visit the Chamber’s YouTube page at www.YouTube.Com/RiversideChamber. For more information, contact the Chamber at 951-683-7100.

Regional Intelligence Report Confirms Stronger Economy Report shows steady progress in Riverside The Chamber, in partnership with the City of Riverside, has released the most recent quarterly Regional Intelligence Report by Beacon Economics, assessing the progression of the local, state, and national economy. On the state level, California has recovered more than 1.3 million jobs lost during the recession, and the unemployment rate is anticipated to decrease to 6% by 2016. The residential housing market is expected to increase steadily.

Employment Employment in the City of Riverside has moved past the pre-recession peak level and is currently at a post-recession record high. The city has seen a 3.9% increase in jobs over the past year to total 103,300 as of January 2015. The administrative support industry has been the fastest growing sector within the city, increasing by 12.2% and 600 jobs over the past year. Although these are not typically high paying jobs, growth in this industry represents the need for more office support to endure business growth. See Report on page 7



M a y 2015 Mission Statement

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 2014–2015 Chairman of the Board Bob Stockton – Rick Engineering Company Vice Chair, Chair-Elect Howard Saner – Riverside Physician Network Vice Chair – Governmental Affairs Joseph Ortiz – Best Best & Krieger Vice Chair – Economic Development Andrew Walcker – PSOMAS Vice Chair – Membership/Marketing George Hoanzl – Jaguar Computer Systems, Inc. Vice Chair – Community Development David Fisher – Altura Credit Union Vice Chair – Divisions Bob Mendez – RLM Wealth Group Vice Chair – Divisions Kathy Michalak – Habitat for Humanity Riverside Vice Chair – Divisions Tom Nightingale – Wells Fargo Bank Regional Commercial Banking Office Vice Chair – Finance Brian Hawley – Luminex Software, Inc. Past Chair Ronald Redfern – R3 Associates

Board of Directors 2015–2016 Al Arguello – Bank of America Sandy Austell – Lexus of Riverside Beverly Bailey – Stronghold Engineering, Inc. Girish Balachandran – Riverside Public Utilities Patrick Brilliant – Riverside Community Hospital Victoria Brodie – Indira Media Group Dr. Michael Burke – Riverside Community College District Larry Burns – Inlandia Institute Shannon Carlson – Ahern Adcock Devlin, LLP Bill Chamberlain – Raceway Ford Dr. Suvesh Chandiok – Asian Indian Chamber of Commerce Chrisann Coustenis – New York Life James Cuevas – JJC Project Management Group, Inc. Carl Dameron – African American Chamber of Commerce – Inland Empire Paul D’Anieri – University of California, Riverside Steve Desko – Walter’s Automotive Group Scott Ditfurth – Best Best & Krieger Dr. Ronald L. Ellis – California Baptist University Dina Esquivel – Greater Riverside Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Julio Figueroa – AT&T David Fisher – Altura Credit Union Jim Fuson – Galleria at Tyler John Grande – Dimesoft Business Solutions Debbi Guthrie – Raincross Hospitality Corp. Brian Hawley – Luminex Software, Inc. George Hoanzl – Jaguar Computer Systems, Inc. Peter Hubbard – American Medical Response Ching Liu - Solarmax Renewable Energy Provider, Inc. Rose Mayes – Fair Housing Council of Riverside County, Inc. Bob Mendez – RLM Wealth Group Kathy Michalak – Habitat for Humanity Riverside Gary Montgomery – Thompson & Colegate Patty Moorman – Bourns, Inc. Col. Russell Muncy – March Air Reserve Base Tom Nightingale – Wells Fargo Bank Regional Commercial Banking Office Bill Oaks – Sierra Memorial Chapel Mortuary Joseph Ortiz – Best Best & Krieger Lea Petersen – Southern California Gas Company Steve Popkin – Parkview Community Hospital Medical Center Mark Rubin - Regional Properties Roger Rupp - The Boeing Company Howard Saner – Riverside Physician Network Rob Starr – The Toro Company Ron Thompson – UTC Aerospace Systems Andrew Walcker – PSOMAS Matt Webb – Albert A. Webb Associates Vita Willett – Kaiser Permanente Medical Center Riverside Dr. Randal Wisbey – La Sierra University Leni Zarate – PSOMAS

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Chair Calls for Business Community’s Involvement: Regional Intelligence Report, Job Killer Bills, PAC Endorsements This is an exciting time for Riverside – we have officially moved beyond the pre-recession peak of employment and are continuing down the pathway of success. The Chamber is hard at work to ensure that we continue building a stronger local economy. In the last quarter, Riverside has made some outstanding progress. The Chamber in partnership with the City of Riverside has released the latest Regional Intelligence Report, produced by Beacon Economics. In 2014 Riverside had an increase in employment, consumer and business spending, commercial and residential real estate, and population. As of January of this year, the City of Riverside had a population of 314,034 continuing to make us the largest city in Riverside County. This population increase will have a tremendous impact on the local economy through higher employment rates, additional tax revenue, and increased housing. Proving this point, the City has seen a 3.9% increase in jobs in the last year, with a total of 103,000 jobs in the region– a post-recession record high.

In an effort to preserve these jobs, the Chamber has released a preliminary list of “job killer” bills being considered in Sacramento and is calling attention to the negative impact that several proposed measures would have on the local economy if they were to become

“We are actively working to oppose or amend these bills to protect local businesses and the jobs they create in the region.” law. We are actively working to oppose or amend these bills to protect local businesses and the jobs they create in the region. I urge our members to carefully look at these job killer bills and join us in our advocacy efforts. The Chamber will continue to keep our members informed of any developments that

could negatively impact the local economy. Finally, the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce Political Action Committee (GRCCPAC) has met with and interviewed City Council candidates for Wards 1 and 7 for the upcoming June election. The GRCCPAC has made their selections based on which candidates best represent the business community. Please take the time to review these recommendations before mailing in your ballots. The Chamber is proud of the growth the City has seen recently and is excited to see the local economy continue to thrive.

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Chamber Announces Community’s Largest Networking Expo: Riverside Business Week The local business community will gather for an entire week dedicated to networking, resources, and information. Riverside Business Week, the Chamber’s annual week, will take place June 16-18 and the event is open to the public. Since 2009, the Chamber has held Riverside’s largest resource and networking expo. Now called the Riverside Business Expo and Mixer, the event will not only be bigger and better, but it will be the foundation of a week focused on connecting local businesses with resources, education, and connections. Here is how businesses can participate: Tuesday, June 16 from 7:15 to 8:30 AM: Focusing on specific businesses and resources available in the Magnolia Center Business Council area at INSIDE Magnolia Center to help enhance the local economy. FREE Admission (RSVP requested). Wednesday, June 17 from 7:15 to 8:30 AM: Make connections and grow your business. The Chamber will provide the coffee at Business in Action (BIA) in the Chamber Bourns Boardroom, 3985 University Ave. FREE Admission (RSVP requested). Thursday, June 18 from 4:30 to 7:30 PM: Take advantage of over 50 exhibitors offering resources, hundreds of new connections, and FREE workshops at the Riverside Business Expo and Mixer hosted by Riverside Convention Center, 3637 Fifth St. FREE Admission (RSVP requested). Get the tools and advice you need to help your business succeed.

Young Entrepreneur Award The Chamber is seeking applicants for this year’s Young Entrepreneur Award (YEA). Steffen Sommers, Owner of Lift Coffee Roasters, received the first Young Entrepreneur Award as part of last year’s Riverside Business Week Expo & Mixer. He used the award winnings to help purchase a coffee delivery van. The YEA reflects the Chamber’s continual investment in the next generation of business leaders and active support for

Riverside Business Week focuses on connecting local businesses with resources, education, and networking opportunities.

community development. The recipient will receive a $3,000 cash prize sponsored by the six area business councils. Applicants, ages 18-35, must include a business plan along with a short video explaining the business history, how $3,000 would be used, and a projection of where the business will be

in five years. To apply, contact Paige Hawkins at 951-683-7100 ext. 211. Register for all events on starting May 6 and join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #RivBizWeek.


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Chamber Pushes for Action on “Job Killer” Legislation In order to keep its members informed on the latest bills that could impact their business, the Chamber recently released a preliminary list of “job killer” legislation to call attention to the negative impact that several proposed measures would have on the local economy if they were to become law.

Increased Labor Costs AB 67 (Gonzalez) Double Pay on the Holiday Act of 2015 — Places brick and mortar stores at a competitive disadvantage to online retailers by requiring employers to pay employees double compensation by designating Christmas and Thanksgiving as family holidays. AB 357 (Chiu) Predictable Scheduling Mandate/Protected Leave of Absence — Imposes an unfair, one-size fits all, two-week notice scheduling mandate on certain retail and food employers that penalizes these employers with “additional pay” for making changes to the schedule with less than two weeks’ notice. SB 3 (Leno) Automatic Minimum Wage Increase — Unfairly increases employers’ costs while ignoring the economic factors or other costs of employers by increasing the minimum wage by $3.00 over the next two and a half years with automatic increases tied to inflation.

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SB 684 (Hancock) Increased Tax Rate — Threatens to significantly increase the corporate tax rate on publicly held corporations and financial institutions up to 15% according to the wages paid to employees in the United States, and threatens to increase that rate by 50% thereafter, if the corporation or institution reduces its workforce in the United States and simultaneously increases its contractors.

Increased Health Care Costs SB 546 (Leno) Health Care Rate Regulation — Threatens employers with higher premiums and interferes with their ability to negotiate with health plans by imposing unnecessary and burdensome new reporting requirements on health plans and insurers in the large group market.

Increased Unnecessary Litigation Costs SB 203 (Monning) Lawsuit Exposure — Exposes beverage manufacturers and food retailers to lawsuits, fines and penalties based on state-only labeling requirements for sugar sweetened drinks. For more information on how to engage elected leaders or to view the full list of “job killer” legislation, contact Nicholas Adcock at 951-683-7100 ext. 217.

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Candidates for City Council Ward 1 discussed business-related topics at INSIDE Downtown hosted by the Riverside Convention Center.

City Council Candidates Debate Local Issues

Leading up to the June election, City Council candidates vying for Wards 1 and 7 offered different views and ideas on creating jobs, developing workforce skills, and improving the local economy at the Chamber’s recent INSIDE meetings. At the INSIDE La Sierra meeting, hosted by Ben Clymer’s The Body Shop, the Chamber introduced John Burnard and Alysia Webb, running for Ward 7 of City Council. The candidates emphasized the importance of the connection between the business community and city leaders. The candidates discussed local issues including development at Five Points and planned development in the Rancho La Sierra region. INSIDE Downtown hosted a Ward 1 City Council forum at the Riverside Convention Center. Incumbent Mike Gardner and candidate, Tom Podgorski, discussed the

importance of strategically planning future development projects in the downtown area. The candidates answered questions regarding the proposed downtown arena, a citywide streetcar transportation system that will create local jobs, asset management, and utilizing existing resources to help build the local economy. After the election, the Chamber will continue to engage these elected leaders on ideas and strategies to increase job growth and business expansion.

June 2 Election Riverside voters mail in their ballots on Tuesday, June 2 from 7 AM to 8 PM. For more information, visit For additional information, contact the Chamber at 951-683-7100.


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New Downtown Apartments Celebrate the Art of Urban Living At a City Council meeting last year, the Chamber advocated for the purchase and sale agreement for the Downtown Imperial Hardware building, which was unanimously approved to Ratkovich Properties, LLC. The project will be going back to Planning Commission and City Council for approval of a conditional use permit and variances to facilitate construction of the building.

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Major General John C. Flournoy Pins on Second Star Major General John C. Flournoy Jr., Commander of the 4th Air Force Headquarters, pinned on his second star at an on-base ceremony attended by local dignitaries, community leaders, Team March members, as well as his family and friends. The Chamber congratulates Maj. Gen. Flournoy for this accomplishment and looks forward to continue the partnership with local military leaders. “As a second lieutenant, I never dreamed that I’d be a lieutenant colonel, much less having the blessing of serving in this capacity. With or without the promotion, I feel blessed and fortunate,” stated Maj. Gen. Flournoy. Presiding over the ceremony was Lt. Gen. Carlton D. Everhart II, Eighteenth Air Force Commander, who requested that the promotion

To serve the new Riverside urban dweller, a new mixed-use apartment complex will be developed in the downtown area. The Imperial Hardware Lofts project include 91 apartment units, approximately 8,841 square feet of ground floor retail and commercial uses, rehabilitation of the historic façade of

the Imperial Hardware building, and a 115-stall parking garage constructed on three parcels. The property will be renovated and developed to be an authentic urban model for Downtown Riverside and future development in the area. The project will reinforce the Main St. axis from City Hall to the Mission Inn and the Riverside Convention Center. With the addition of the retail component, other businesses in the area will benefit from the increased pedestrian traffic. The leasable space will be available to retailers, cafes, and other restaurant users. See Apartments on page 8

order be published and then administered the oath of office to Flournoy.

Maj. Gen. Flournoy’ s many years of service gives him experience in leading and encouraging others to do the best job they can. He stated, “We are all in this for the betterment of the entire Department of Defense and the nation. We’ve got a job to do. Let’s go be the best we can at getting it done.” March Air Reserve Base has become an integral component in the Riverside business community and is a significant driver in the vitality of the region with an estimated $700 million economic impact. The Chamber looks forward to maintaining a robust relationship with the 4th Air Force and its commander.

The historical Imperial Hardware Building will be renovated and developed into a mixed-use urban community. A conceptual drawing of the project is shown above.

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Chamber Reviews General Sign Provisions

Businesses Concerned with Negative Impacts if Measure A Passes The Chamber is urging local voters to oppose Measure A, a local initiative that would lift the City of Riverside’s ban on marijuana dispensaries within the City limits. Citing similar concerns when a similar issue was considered on a state ballot initiative in 2010, the Chamber is concerned that this measure will expose businesses to potential litigation and create challenges for managing employees.

The City of Riverside and Chamber have continually been working together to create and support business-friendly regulations within the city limits. The Community Development Department has developed strategies to update the General Sign Provisions in order to reflect the current standards and preferences of the business community. The City has worked with Dyett & Bhatia (D&B) Urban and Regional Planners and an appointed Sign Code Review Committee consisting of local businesses to prepare and update the City’s General Sign Provision. The City’s Sign Code revision is one step within the Business Ready Riverside Strategy to expand the City’s “readiness” for facilitating new business and investment to help build a stronger local economy. In partnership with the City and D&B Urban and Regional Planners, the Sign Code Review Committee has created an organized draft to establish a business-friendly update on regulations for specific signs in the city. The Sign Code features principles and guidance related to architectural compatibility, area characters, legibility, and visibility of signs. The Chamber is currently reviewing the updated Sign Code revisions and is in support for a plan that reflects the views of local businesses. Throughout this process, various

The Sign Code Review Committee has created an organized draft to establish a business-friendly update on regulations for specific signs in the city.

stakeholders including several Chambers members have worked tirelessly to ensure that meaningful input and adequate detail have been added to represent the perspectives of the local business community. The recommendations will soon be heading to Planning Commission and City Council for implementation. For more information, contact the Chamber at 951-683-7100.

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The Chamber and other community partners have expressed concern that Measure A does not have enough safety requirements to address potential criminal activity so close to neighborhoods and businesses.

In particular, local businesses and civic leaders have expressed concern that Measure A will allow marijuana to be sold and distributed in close proximity, within a few blocks, to local schools and to individuals under the age of 21. The measure will also allow marijuana dispensaries to operate near residential areas, businesses, local colleges and universities, and other places that could be negatively impacted. The measure also contains loopholes that would allow more dispensaries to open in the city as Riverside grows. Many believe that Measure A’s safety requirements are not strong enough to protect local residents from the potential crime that could be associated with the operation of marijuana dispensaries. While the Chamber understands the need to provide the necessary healthcare services to individuals in need, the testing and authorization of medications under the Food and Drug Administration provides for the more thoughtful and safe determination of a substance’s effectiveness on unmet medical

needs than a popular vote. Moreover, the federal ban on marijuana sale and usage would expose local businesses to potential fines, penalties, and litigation.

Past Issues In 2010, the Chamber opposed Proposition 19 over concerns that the legalization of marijuana usage would jeopardize workplace safety by making it more difficult for employers to determine whether an employee was impaired by the use of marijuana and therefore hindering job performance and precaution in the workplace. Voters in the City of Riverside will vote on Measure A via mail-in ballot on June 2. The Chamber encourages local business and community leaders to vote and oppose this issue to protect business and strengthen the local economy. For more information, contact Nicholas Adcock at or 951-683-7100 ext. 217.

Riverside Restaurant Week Save the Date: June 19-29, 2015 Showcase your restaurant and all it has to offer during this annual event. The City of Riverside in partnership with Arlington Business District, Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce and the Riverside Downtown Partnership with over $25,000 in advertising support, is committed to making this event the best it has ever been! Plus, is it completely FREE for restaurants to participate. To participate in the citywide Riverside Restaurant Week, please complete the form at



Participating restaurants are required to provide a unique offer – a new menu item, multiple course meal at special price or a percentage off will satisfy this requirement. The more attractive the offer, the more likely patrons are willing to visit your restaurant during the event. Restaurants are also encouraged to submit photos of their meals and their restaurant so that we can share with attendees, press and through social media. Don’t forget to share that you’re participating with your fans, followers and email lists with #DineRiverside! Remember, participation for Riverside restaurants is completely FREE. To take advantage of the maximum amount of media buys, press coverage, website promotion and marketing opportunities, sign up by June 1, 2015.

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Chamber Business Briefs Riverside Community College Names New President Dr. Wolde-Ab Isaac was named as Riverside City College’s 11th President after serving as Interim President since August of 2013. Prior to become Interim President, Dr. Isaac served as Vice President of Academic Affairs. He holds a Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry from the University of Michigan. Dr. Isaac is also a graduate from the Leadership Riverside Class of 2014. A Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Isaac was born in Eritrea, East Africa, and graduated from Ethiopia’s Haile Selassie University where he majored in chemistry. His graduate studies and work later took him to the University of Uppsala in Sweden before

he returned to Eritrea to work as a government secretary of human resources. The Chamber is looking forward to working with Dr. Isaac to find more partnership opportunities with RCC and the business community. Crystal Windows Kicks Off 25th Anniversary Crystal Pacific Windows & Doors, based in Riverside, has announced that its parent company, Crystal Window & Door Systems, is kicking off its 25th Anniversary celebration year. Launched in May 1990, the New York City based vinyl and aluminum window and door manufacturer has grown from

GRCCPAC… June 2015 Election The election will be conducted via mail-in ballot with Riverside voters receiving their ballots in early May. Vote-by-mail ballots must be received by county elections offices no later than 8 PM on Election Day, so mailed ballots must be sent well before June 2. For more information, visit

Crystal Pacific was established in 2012 and is part of the Crystal national family of companies. Parent company Crystal Windows plans to recognize the 25th Anniversary milestone in many ways over the coming months. Yundra Thomas, Ambassador of the Month The Chamber is delighted to announce Yundra Thomas, Insurance Agent at

Farmers Insurance, as Ambassador of the Month. Farmers Insurance educates and protects individuals, families, and businesses so they can enjoy the people, things and lifestyles they have produced. Thomas wanted to become an Ambassador to meet more business owners. He stated the most fulfilling aspect of being an Ambassador is educating new members on the many benefits of being a part of the Chamber. In addition to being a part of our Ambassador Committee, he is part of an incoming class to join the 100 Black Men of the Inland Empire. This group is dedicated to the mentoring of youth in an effort to transform their lives in a positive way. The Ambassador Committee is a dedicated group of volunteers with focused efforts on membership retention that help make the Chamber successful.


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very humble beginnings in a garage into one of the largest fenestration manufacturers in the nation. The Chamber congratulates Crystal Windows on this milestone and looks forward to their continued contribution to the local economy.

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Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce Political Action Committee (GRCCPAC) The GRCCPAC is a separate, non-partisan organization that identifies and supports candidates for public office that will advocate for business-friendly public policies. No Chamber membership dues or revenue are used to fund GRCCPAC-endorsed candidates.

Riverside has outpaced the rest of the Inland Empire in taxable sales growth, increasing from the third quarters of 2013 to 2014 by 10.5% to almost $1.3 billion. Regionally, the autos and transportation category recorded the largest increase in spending growth at 11% from the third quarters of 2013 to 2014.

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Online Marketing Experts Share Best Practices at Upcoming Seminar At this month’s Business Seminar Series, industry professionals will provide tips, resources, and best practices for online marketing on a budget. Presenting on this exciting topic will be marketing aficionados Jon Burgess, Consultant/Vice President of RedFusion Media, and Aaron Norris, Vice President of The Norris Group.

Burgess and Norris have years of online marketing experience and will cover a range of topics including but not limited to: content creation, significance of mobile marketing, search engine optimization, and Facebook fatigue. Attendees will observe case studies and examples to learn from and avoid common mistakes. Each presenter will provide suggestions for application to help spark ideas for your company’s next steps. Student volunteers worked in the La Sierra neighborhood to make lasting change happen in a critical neighborhood.

Riverside Volunteers Set to Cleanup in Nationwide Event The Great American Cleanup (GAC) is the country’s largest community improvement program that kicks-off each Spring and engages more than 4 million volunteers in more than 20,000 communities nationwide. Over 1,000 Riverside community volunteers are preparing for the event to be held on May 9. Keep Riverside Clean & Beautiful (KRCB) volunteers will participate in a variety of projects focused on: waste reduction, graffiti eradication, cleaning city waterways and an Arbor Day Tree Planting event. If you belong to a service group, an organization, or local business, contact KRCB by calling 6837100 ext. 203. GAC team leaders are invited to a luncheon at the Chamber on May 5 to receive information, training, and supplies for the May 9 event.

Riverside County Flood Control, Riverside Land Conservancy, Riverside Public Utilities, Santa Ana River Trust, Stater Bros., Teen Challenge, and The Toro Company.

Special thanks to our local sponsors: City of Riverside Public Works Department, City of Riverside Parks Recreation & Community Services, Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce, Athens Services, Bank of America, Best, Best & Krieger, Brenda Flowers, Burrtec Waste Industries, CR&R Environmental Services, Custom Service Systems, Geyser Equipment, HDR Engineering, Inland Empire Waterkeepers, La Sierra University, Louie’s Nursery, Lowes, OctoClean, Provident Bank,

Arbor Day Tree Planting – Adopt-A-Trees Available

Riverside Youth Express Their Campus Pride This year, 31 schools participated in KRCB’s Annual Clean Campus Competition (CCC). A friendly competition that engages student organized “green” efforts at their campus. Students team up and get creative with: litter prevention, graffiti eradication, recycling efforts and campus beautification projects. Winners will be announced on May 9 at GAC. Winners will also be announced in the next edition of the Greater Riverside Business.

An Arbor Day Tree Planting event will also be held on May 9 in conjunction with GAC. The event will include10 new trees to be planted on Polk Street. Members of the community may adopt a tree at this event with a $150 donation to honor their loved ones for years to come.

Last Chance! Enter to Win a


Waterwise Landscape Makeover Drawing: Saturday, May 9 Call: KRCB: 683-7100 ext. 203

Apartments …

Continued from page 4 The target demographic for the apartment lofts are young, urban professionals and will be marketed toward the individuals that prefer to walk and take public transportation to work and entertainment destinations. Ratkovich Properties, LLC is an established developer with a 45-year history of welldesigned urban residential and commercial mixed-use communities. Their developments

have provided those that reside and do business in urban settings with living, shopping, and dining experiences that enhance the community and celebrate local venues. The Chamber will remain active throughout the development process as the project enriches the community while building a stronger local economy. For more information, contact the Chamber at 951-683-7100.

Today’s online environment continually changes, which requires each business’ marketing strategy to evolve as well. Avoid possible pitfalls and common mistakes at this month’s seminar. Rod Ballance, Counselor for Inland Empire SCORE states, “The Business Seminar Series enhances Riverside’s business environment by providing expert advice and information that can improve businesses while allowing attendees to network with other business owners.”

Jon Burgess of RedFusion Media (seen above), along with Aaron Norris of The Norris Group, to share tips and best practices for online marketing on a low budget.

This seminar will take place on May 29 in the Chamber’s Bourns Boardroom from 7:30 to 9:00 AM. Complimentary light refreshments and free parking are included. Discover how to improve your company’s marketing strategy while networking with other local Riverside businesses. For more information or to register, contact Richard Prince at or 951-683-7100 ext. 218.

Chamber Offers FREE Business Counseling Through SCORE:



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

M a y 2015

Member Anniversaries

Southern California Edison Company Stanfill Painting Company Structural Termite & Pest Control Tri-State Security & Patrol, Inc. Washburn & Sons, Inc.

“Blumenthal Law Offices is thrilled to renew its membership. Without the existence of our Chamber, we would not see the incredible growth of our downtown area nor the protective arm helping all business legislatively, educationally and promotionally. Our firm benefits by all of the events offered by the Chamber to keep us involved in the community.”

6 to 10 Years

Virginia M. Blumenthal Blumenthal Law Offices 106 Years

11 to 15 Years

21 to 28 Years


60 to 67 Years

GW Singletary Industrial Land Development Olivewood Memorial Park Taylor’s Appliance

50 to 56 Years

Caddock Electronics, Inc. California Baptist University Parkview Community Hospital   Medical Center United Way of the Inland Valleys

40 to 49 Years

Blue Banner Company, Inc. McDonalds #855 Riverside Community College District

33 Years Lou’s Lock & Safe, Inc.

Daniel Hantman – Attorney at Law Hospital Assn of Southern California Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital Recovery Innovations Riverside Physician Network Senator Richard D. Roth

16 to 20 Years Attic Self Storage Black Voice News/Brown Publishing First American Title Co. Integrated Care Communities K&N Engineering, Inc. Loma Linda University Health Center Gerald Middleton – DDS Proficiency Capital, LLC Riverside Airport Andrew Zirzow Chiropractor

Angelica’s Florist & Gifts Roderic O. Ballance Blumenthal Law Offices BNSF Railway Co. Brake Masters Canyon Crest Dental Geoffrey Hopper & Associates, Inc. ITT Technical Institute Itzen & Associates – An Ameriprise   Private Wealth Advisory Practice LA/Ontario International Airport Mary Kay Cosmetics, Inc. McDonalds – Indiana Ave. Quick Caption, Inc. Riverside Community Hospital Auxiliary Riverside County District Attorney’s Office Riverside Coupon Magazine The Riverside Sports Hall of Fame Shogren Careers Sigma Stretch Film of California

A Storage Place – Magnolia AM 590 KTIE Athena Research Group, Inc. Barry’s Security Services, Inc. California Family Life Center Chili’s Mission Grove Coverall Health Based Cleaning System Inland Empire Job Corps Jazzercise Jos A. Bank Men’s Clothiers Jurupa Unified School District Pop A Lock of Riverside County Sevilla of Riverside TKE Engineering, Inc. UBS Financial Services, Inc.

1 to 5 Years

Airport Mini Storage Allstate Diane Castleman Insurance Agency Bakers Drive Thru Cabinet Source California Apartment Association –   Greater Inland Empire Canyon Crest Country Club Coldwell Banker Armstrong Properties Crown Printers James Dudley Edge Plastics, Inc.

Esplanade at Riverwalk Apartment Homes Indira Media Group Inland Empire Waterkeeper Inland West Insurance Incorporated Intercoast College Isagenix Jenson USA League of California Cities Lifesigns, Inc. Mayor’s Model Deaf Community Committee McKesson Medical Surgical Meridian of Riverside Meta Housing Corp MIG/Hogle-Ireland, Inc. Morongo Casino Resort and Spa Pacific Lifestyles Realtor Pacific Pools & Patios Platt College RAFE Federal Credit Union Renaissance Village Moreno Valley Riverside County Black Chamber of Commerce Riverside County Registrar of Voters Riverside County Workforce Development Centers Riverside Educational Enrichment Foundation Riverside Healthcare Center Riverside Recovery Resources SCAN Health Plan Sunbelt Business Sales – Mergers & Aquisitions Sysco Riverside Food Services, Inc. UEI College US Vets Riverside Vazbot

Member Highlights

The business community joined Chief of Police, Sergio Diaz (L) of the Riverside Police Department Stephen H. Murray, Commanding Officer of inCaptain awarding Riverside Police Officer Victor Schmitz Naval Warfare Center, Corona Division (R) the Surface Public Safety Award at the latest Good chats with Janet Napolitano, University of California Morning Riverside. President, during Good Morning Riverside.

Joseph Ortiz of Best Best & Krieger provides a Sexual Harassment Prevention Training seminar to help over 50 members fulfill AB 1825 requirements.

Welcome to the Chamber “When it comes to buying or selling real estate, no one should wonder if they have the right agent working for them. I joined the Chamber to connect with the business community and provide them with any needed real estate resources. I am looking forward to a bright year ahead.”

11060 Rose Ave. • Fontana, CA 92337 (909) 357-0711 • Contractors/General

The Castle - Mediterranean Restaurant—Gus Wanis 278 W La Cadena Dr. • Riverside, CA 92501 (951) 683-7593 • Restaurants

Dan William Pynn Insurance Agency, LLC—Michelle Kalem 42103 Rio Nedo #107 • Temecula, CA 92590 (951) 239-0038 • Insurance

Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Economy – Grantee from CCCCO—Lisa Kipplinger-Kennedy

Cavalry Ambulance—Kent Knopf

Champion Auto Service—Cynthia Escobedo

1839 W Redlands Blvd. • Redlands, CA 92373 (909) 793-2406 ext. 104 • Accounting

10206 Hole Ave. #100A • Riverside, CA 92503 (951) 509-1700 Automobile/Repairs, Paint & Services

CoreGear USA LLC—Mike Hammar

231 E Alessandro Blvd. • Riverside, CA 92508 (951) 202-0561 • Sporting Goods

Countryside Portraiture/Headshots—Craig Carter 6905 Magnolia Ave. • Riverside, CA 92506 (951) 682-3686 • Photography/Studio

DVBE Insurance & Financial Services

David Namazi 4505 Allstate Dr. #17 • Riverside, CA 92501 (951) 318-8477 • Estate Planning

Eadie + Payne, LLP—Ed Lasak

Fast Eviction Sevice—Jerry Lomenick

474 Orange Show Rd. • San Bernardino, CA 92408 (909) 677-8876 • Legal Services

Airon Design—Anisa Escobedo

P.O. Box 6103 • Corona, CA 92878 (866) 925-8922 • Graphic Designers

HCP Realty Financial—Hilda Perez

Corona, CA 92881 (951) 830-4899 • Real Estate - Residential

HKG Sports—Jeff Hopkins

1528 Brookhollow Dr. #100 • Santa Ana, CA 92705 (949) 270-2408 • Construction Management

Orkin—Journett Pandy

19510 Van Buren Blvd. #F3-214 • Riverside, CA 92508 (951) 204-7831 Insurance/ Health

12710 S Magnolia Ave. • Riverside, CA 92503 (877) 250-1652\ • Pest Control Services

Hideaway Cafe—Debbie Johnson

16375 Cool Breeze Ct. • Riverside, CA 92503 (951) 522-9252 • DJ Service

3660 Mission Inn Ave. • Riverside, CA 92501 (951) 686-0950 • Restaurants 6800 Indiana Ave. #290 • Riverside, CA 92506 (951) 289-9968 • Health Care/Care Management & In HomeCare

18422 Bear Valley Rd. Bldg. 10 • Victorville, CA 92395 (760) 954-5334 • Educational Services

420 N McKinley St. #111-130 • Corona, CA 92879 (951) 278-3700 • Ambulance Service/Medical Transportation

Health Markets—Charles Dailey

Home Helping Hands Care—Mikosch Baumann

Hilda Perez HCP Realty Financial AMS Paving—Michael Burkheardt

Chamber members spend an evening connecting with potential clients and other Riverside business owners at the latest Afterhours Business Mixer, hosted by Altura Credit Union.

Independent Capital Management—Brenda Bell 4141 Inland Empire Blvd. #301 Ontario, CA 91764 (909) 948-1608 • Financial Services

Inland Mechanical Services, Inc.—Leonel Trujillo Lake Elsinore, CA 92532 (800) 557-1467 • Air Conditioning/Sales & Installation

Inlandia Institute—Cati Porter

4178 Chestnut St. • Riverside, CA 92501 (951) 369-1564 • Community Organizations

The Living Root Cellar—Rebecca Kasik

5225 Canyon Crest Dr. #7B • Riverside, CA 92507 (951) 784-4450 • Restaurants

Lorena’s Links—Jason Taylor

11418 68th St. • Jurupa Valley, CA 91752 (951) 712-7843 • Commmunity Organizations/Youth Programs

Mountain Top Pool—Jerry Lomerick

634 Oak Ct. • San Bernardino, CA 92401 (909) 910-6333 • Swimming Pool & Spa Service

Optimist Club - Riverside

Joan Breeding Letbetter PO Box 85 • Riverside, CA 92502 (951) 318-7083 • Community Organizations

PR Attractions—Dave Parsons

ProTech IT Services—John Duman

6600 Jurupa Ave. #203 • Riverside, CA 92504 (951) 977-9401 • Computer Software Development Consulting

Progressive Real Estate Partners—Greg Bedel

9471 Haven Ave. #110 • Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730 (909) 230-4500 • Real Estate/Brokers

Riverside Christian Schools—John Moran 3532 Monroe St. • Riverside, CA 92504 (951) 687-0077 • Schools

SPL Builders—Sean Lacey

3015 Astoria St. • Corona, CA 92878 (949) 943-7914 • Contractors/Building

Thompson Brewing Company—Amanda Barnes 9860 Indiana Ave. #19 • Riverside, CA 92503 (951) 966-1192 • Beverages/Wine & Liquors

United Lab Services—Anabelle Myers 11671 Sterling St. • Corona, CA 92879 (951) 444-0467 • Medical Groups/Clinics

WG Technology Consulting—Wayne Guthrie 8071 Palm View Ln. • Riverside, CA 92508 (951) 522-6845 • Technology/IT Solutions

Women Wonder Writers—Debra Postil

4800 Magnolia Ave. • Riverside, CA 92506 (951) 222-8579 • Community Organizations

World Financial Group/TEAM TSD—Pablo Johnson 5480 Philadelphia St. #L • Chino Hills, CA 91710 (951) 522-9201 • Insurance


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Score Hole-in-One Connections at Chamber’s Annual Golf Classic Get ready to show off those golf skills, the Chamber and title sponsor AT&T will present the 30th Annual Golf Classic on Monday, September 21.Those interested in making connections on the course are encouraged to reserve their sponsorships and player entries early, as the 2014 event sold out a month in advance.

Members of Leadership Riverside Class of 2015 to be honored at the upcoming Commencement Ceremony at the Riverside Convention Center.

Graduating Leadership Class to Represent Riverside Community The Leadership Riverside Class of 2015 Commencement Ceremony will be hosted at the Riverside Convention Center on Thursday, June 11. This special ceremony will commemorate each student for the completion of their journey in the program and will honor a past Leadership Riverside alumnus or alumna with the presentation of the 2015 Art Pick Distinguished Alumni Award. The Chamber invites past alumni to celebrate with the Class of 2015 by registering for the Commencement luncheon. Tickets are now available for $45 per person or $360 for a table of eight. The Chamber is also seeking candidates to apply for the upcoming Leadership Riverside Class of 2016. Mary Parks, graduate of the 2013 Leadership Riverside class stated, “Leadership Riverside opened my eyes to what needs to be done in the areas of healthcare, challenges in law enforcement, and the importance non-profits play in Riverside.”

Since 1986, Leadership Riverside has strengthened the community by developing and empowering local leaders and decisionmakers. The program includes 10 monthly, full-day sessions devoted to key community issues at locations throughout Riverside. Participants get an in-depth knowledge of the region and build strong and lasting relationships between the participants and organizations they encounter. Through facilitated sessions with policymakers and industry experts, you can enhance your understanding of issues impacting Riverside while advancing your personal, professional and civic development. You will join the ranks of more than 500 alumni who have gone on to serve on boards and commissions, representing the voice of the greater Riverside region. For more information on how to apply, contact Richard Prince at at 951-683-7100 ext. 218.

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The event will return to Jurupa Hills Country Club, featuring a course that shares the same designer as the scenic Torrey Pines Golf Course – William F. Bell. Golf Committee members are anticipating another sold out event under the leadership of Committee Chair Larry Burns of Inlandia Institute. “This tournament attracts a wide range of Riverside businesses looking to build on new and existing relationships, but also raises money to support local business interests,” said Burns. The Golf Classic provides more than 200

players, sponsor representatives, and volunteers a unique and fun networking opportunity, while raising funds for the Chamber and all six Area Business Councils. Sponsorhip opportunities are now available and range from $250 to $5,000 with most packages including player entries and signage opportunities. Proceeds make many member services and programs available throughout the year. Chamber member businesses can also participate by organizing player groups. Players registered by June 27, will receive an early bird discount of $25 off the $150 entry fee. To learn more about the 30th Annual Golf Classic or serving on the Golf Committee, contact Paige Hawkins at or 951-683-7100 ext. 211. Committee responsibilities may include sponsor and player outreach, collection of door prizes and promotional items, and activity coordination at the tournament.

Larry Burns (C), Golf Committee Chair enjoys an afternoon golfing with Julio Figueroa (L) and Richard Porras (R) of AT&T.


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

M a y 2015

Chamber Calendar

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

TUE | May 12

Business In Action

Business Education Partnership Council

7:15 AM • Chamber Bourns Boardroom 3985 University Ave By providing an outlet for business members, BIA is a place to network with an opportunity to hear various speakers on related subjects. This committee helps develop strong business ties and new business opportunities.

7:30 AM • Chamber Bourns Boardroom 3985 University Ave Join the Chamber for an inside look into the latest developments of Riverside County’s education landscape with the goal to empower the business community and influence academic achievement in local youth.

FRI | May 1

THU | May 14

Military Affairs Committee

Good Morning Riverside

8:00 AM • Chamber Bourns Boardroom 3985 University Ave Join the Military Affairs Committee to hear from Col. Russell Muncy, Commander of the 452d Air Mobility Wing. This meeting is open to all Chamber members.

THU | May 7

7:00 AM • Mission Inn Hotel & Spa 3649 Mission Inn Ave Sponsored by Western Municipal Water District, the Chamber will host signature business and community. This month’s keynote speaker is Dave Jones, California Insurance Commissioner with the California Department of Insurance. The Chamber will also introduce Riverside’s new City Manager, John Russo.

INSIDE EastHills 7:15 AM • UCPath Center • 14350 Meridian Pkwy Members will hear about developments occurring in the EastHills Business Council. Attendees will also have the chance to network with other businesses in the area and meet their next potential client.

FRI | May 8 Governmental Affairs Council

WED | May 20 31st Annual ATHENA Award Presentation 11:30 AM – Check In; 12:00 PM – Program The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa 3649 Mission Inn Ave Anne Mayer will be honored as the 2015 ATHENA Award Recipient. ATHENA of Riverside is an affiliate of ATHENA International and is supported by the Chamber. Tickets are $50.00 per person.

12:00 PM • Chamber Bourns Boardroom The Governmental Affairs Council (GAC) provides a basis for the Chamber to act on local, state and federal government issues. Hear updates from Aaron Hake, Government Relations Manager at the Riverside County Transportation Commission. GAC members review and take positions on a range of business related legislation and issues and vote to approve any legislative positions that align with the Board-approved policy platform.

TUE | May 26 Economic Development Council (EDC) 7:30 AM • Chamber Bourns Boardroom 3985 University Ave The Economic Development Council (EDC) provides a basis for the Chamber to act on local, state and federal economic development issues.

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Greater Riverside Business - May 2015 Issue  

The May 2015 Issue of the Greater Riverside Business, a monthly publication of the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce.

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