Your San Bernardino Area Chamber of Commerce CHAMBER EXCHANGE April 2015 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE CHAMBER HOLDS 3 IN 1 INSTALLATION BUSINESS EXPO ● Chairman – John Nolan; Gresham, Savage, Nolan & Tilden, Attorney’s ●Chairman Elect – Jim Wheeler; Chili’s Grill & Bar ● Treasurer - Phil Waller; Rogers, Anderson Malody & Scott ● Ambassador VC – Maryann Quiggle; I.E. Glass ● VC Business Support - Larry Quiel; Quiel Brothers Signs ● VC Education - Don Averill; PPL ● VC Community Affairs - Jack Avakian; YMCA ● VC Governmental Affairs Robert Gastel; Arrowhead Mechanical BOARD OF DIRECTORS ●Michelle Berg-Garner Holt ● Ali Cayir-Transtech Engineers ●Frank Coser-Anita’s Mexican Food Corp. ● Dennis Craig-Keller Williams Realty Redlands ●Nick DePasquale-Fairview Ford ●Matt Florez- McDonalds ●Mike Gallo-Kelly Space & Technology ●Jack Hill – Mr. Hill’s Catering ●John Kaufman-JKS Investment Group LC ●Kevin Lang- LLU Health ●Kelly Ledbetter-Jordan Insurance Services ●Johnnie Perkins-Athens Services ●Terri Relf-Inland Center Mall ●Marty Romeo-Retired ●Nelson Selmer- Ardent Mills ●Brad White– Granowitz, White & Weber, Attorneys ●Evlyn Wilcox-Retired Judi Penman, President/CEO CASINO NIGHT Over 300 people welcomed back the Chamber’s long missed Casino Night with laughter, fun, GREAT food and the opportunity to meet new and old friends. Newly elected SB Co Assessor Bob Dutton swore in the Chamber Board of Directors and John Nolan as Chairman of the Board. Suspense rose as the last two numbers were left on the REVERSE RAFFLE board, belonging to Evlyn Wilcox and Joe Guerra who had to make a choice “Split or gamble and winner takes all.” They chose to split the $500. It Was A GREAT NIGHT IN SAN BERNARDINO Thank You To Our GENEROUS SPONSORS ABO Enterprises, Inc. Jack Katzman JKS Investments, LLC Athens Services Arrowhead Mechanical Gresham Savage Nolan & Tilden Attorneys Burrtec Waste Industries Kiyan Optometric Lighthouse For the Blind Western Regional L.L. Trophy House I.E. Glass SB Raceway Cliff’s Pest Control Inland Presort & Mailing JackBlack Dealer School Crafton Hills College Volkswagen of S.B. Dennis Craig Real Estate Bethel Estate Sales Teresa Craig Chili’s Grill & Bar The Mexico Café Sundowners Family Restaurant Costco ◄The BIG WINNERS were Evlyn Wilcox and Joe Guerra Splitting the Reverse Drawing. Each received $250. The lucky ticket drawn for the $2,500 belonged to Johnnie Perkins with Athens Services. Johnnie Proudly presented the check back to the chamber at the March Board meeting. Jack Avakian received the check as Vice Chairman of Community Affairs.▼ NORTH END/INDUSTRIAL PARKWAY ●“The Glen” (developer Watson Development) upscale mixed use development townhouses, retail and student housing. ● New Kendall Lifestyle Center (developer Rene Jacober) ● In Industrial Site east of University: ●Ardent Mills, leading flour mftr in U.S. ●Cannon Safe, safe and gun safe mftr ●San Bernardino Steel, division of Herrick Corp ●Level 3 Fiber Optic Cable Ctr ●Mapei, Italian Multinational mftr of groute, adhesives and sealants ●Global Environmental, mftr environmentally friendly road sweepers for New York City and Cal-Trans ●C-Pak, Female owned mftr rotationally molded products ●Tour of Dollar Tree Distribution Ctr ●Tour Anita’s Mex Food Corp mftr mex food products ●Michelin Tires Distrib Ctr MID TOWN ●Farmdale Creamery mftr cheese and cream products ●Naked Juice mftr famous orange juice ●Tour Burlington Northern Sante Fe Intermodal Depot ●Future site of LL Medical Facility ●San Manuel Stadium, home of I.E. 66ers ●Nat’l Orange Show Fair Grounds ●Inland Ctr Mall ●SB Auto Plaza SOUTH END/ HOSPITALITY LANE ●Tour Laymon Candy Co, Candy and Confectionary mftr ●7th Street Development KAV, international beverage flavorings mftr ●Gate City Beverage Distribution Ctr of beers ●Hospitality Lane Project with Hotels, Restaurants, Class Offices ●The Hub Extension, Wells Fargo Mortgage ●Institutions of higher learning ●Tour Garner Holt Productions, Entrepreneur extraordinaire! ●Giroux Glass Mftr, bridge over Grand Canyon ●Big Bear Breakers motorcycle mftr ●Am Natural Foods (Formerly Miller Honey) COACHES FULL OF TEACHERS HIT STREETS AS CHAMBER SHOWS OFF BUSINESSES IN SAN BERNARDINO It all began when the chamber was asked to participate during SB City Unified School District’s Superintendent Dr. Dale Marsden’s “Make Hope Happen” Conference in January. The chamber’s mission was to give teachers a guided tour to show off SB’s many active business districts. The Chamber chose to accept that mission, and off they went, for two days of field trips, each day with a coach full of 40 teachers. The Tour began by exiting CSUSB at University and Kendall while Judi Penman, President/CEO and Colin Strange, Dir of Business Resources of the Chamber acted as tour guides. The route was strategically planned so announcements of various details of information could be revealed along the journey regarding economic development and who was building what, with a few stops for tours of businesses and dialogue with owners or managers. Even though the “coach” was an hour late returning to Cal State, at the end of the day, there was not a complaint regarding the tardiness. They were excited and pleased, saying, describing their adventure “It was beyond our expectations”. Most exclaimed they had no knowledge of what they had seen or what was happening in San Bernardino before their excursion. That statement was not a surprise to the tour guides, which is usually the response at the Chamber’s Leadership graduation. It was a GREAT opportunity for the Chamber who was pleased to have been included to show off the positive side of SB. ◄Jose, GM of Dollar Tree Distribution Center speaks to the group before they enter the building to begin their tour. After touring Laymon’s Confectionary Mftr and tasting the delectables, many stopped in the candy store to make a purchase.▼ AIRPORT Amazon Fulfillment Ctr Stater Bros Corp Headquarter & Distributrion Ctr Mattel, Pep Boys, Medline distribution Ctrs DOWNTOWN New Court House City Hall Downtown Retail Fairview Ford McDonalds Marshalls Plaza ◄Lena Kent, BNSF Public Relations Director, passed out 2015 calendars to everyone as she explained the function of the Intermodal Depot and the economic impact it has for San Bernardino. FRESHMAN ASSEMBLY MEMBER MARC STEINORTH WILL BE THE CHAMBER’S NEXT GUEST LEGISLATOR MAY 1ST. THE COST OF THESE EVENTS IS $25 AND INCLUDES A FULL BREAKFAST RESERVATIONS ARE ENCOURAGED PLEASE MAKE YOUR RESERVATION EARLY SO YOU WILL BE GUARANTEED A SEAT GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE Governmental Affairs Committee is one of the most important committees in the Chamber with meetings on the first Thursday of the month, together with staff of local legislators representing districts at both the federal and state level. This is where your chamber works for you supporting your business in the most important arena. Over the past few meetings a number of pieces of pending legislation has come to the fore, amongst those has been State Senate Bill 8, also known as the “The Upward Mobility Act” which seeks to impose a sales and use tax on services, ranging from haircuts to engaging the services of a lawyer or accountant. Currently sales tax is only applied to physical goods but proponents of Senator Hertzberg’s bill argue that over time California has moved away from a manufacturing economy to a service oriented economy, and that as a consequence the state is losing approximately $10 billion in annual revenue, most of which should be directed to K-12 and higher education. Your Chamber Board opposes any tax increases on businesses, especially in a state that is already taxed at one of the highest rates in the nation, and has lobbied against this bill. AB 2588 requires businesses to notify the public of new “health” risks with regards to their emissions despite the fact that their emissions have NOT changed, or even DECREASED. This leaves the public with the false impression that emissions have worsened when the exact opposite is true. The committee felt this bill would unnecessarily alarm the public while at the same time damage local businesses, and spoke out against it. This committee has also arranged a number of Legislative Breakfasts with local legislators, the most recent with state Senator Mike Morrell was held at the Arrowhead Country Club on March 27th where the Senator also spoke out against SB 8. CHAMBER OFTEN HAS OPPORTUNITY TO OPEN DOORS TO CSUSB STUDENTS FROM FOREIGN LANDS Colin Strange, Chamber Dir of Bus Resources, explains how counties and cities are funded through their Economic Development activities in the US as compared to the foreign student’s home countries. This month approximately 40 MBA graduate students from India visited the Chamber. In the past the Chamber has hosted many groups including China and France. SB COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT ESTABLISHES 24 HOUR SEXUAL ASSAULT ADVOCATE PROGRAM Spotlight On Chamber Members In The News Congrats For more than 37 years, SB County Sexual Assault Services advocacy team has offered SB Valley College, Crafton Hills College, University of Redlands and CSUSB students and staff guidance and support through the legal, medical and psychologically challenging maze that a survivor must navigate after reporting an assault. Since the expansion of the laws involving sexual assault prevention and advocacy, they now work with the high schools and middle schools too. SBCSAS has entered into an official Memorandum of Understanding with the SB Community College District working with District staff and the District Police Department to assist in situations where a victim has intimated that sexual abuse, sexual violence or domestic violence has occurred. Victims may contact the Police Department on either campus or contact the SBCSAS directly for assistance. The precipitating event may have just occurred or may be a past assault. Chancellor Bruce Baron explained, “We looked to partner with the organization that has provided our campuses with professional services with great sensitivity for many years.” According to Pierre Galvez, Chief of Police for the SBCCD, “Our informal arrangements have been formalized, and members of the SBCCVD community have the assurance of the availability of SBCSAS advocates, should the need arise. Our officers work closely with their staff and understand the delicate nature of the circumstances. Workshops and onsite prevention activities are available.” Candy Stallings, has been the Executive Director of the SB County Sexual Assault Services for 28 years and is responsible for 13 staff and a volunteer of about 25 in offices in SB, Redlands, Yucaipa and Victorville. She said, “because we are not college or District employees, we are independent advocates. As a result, we are able to offer legal confidentiality to the survivor of an assault.” AMELIA SANCHEZ-LOPEZ RECOGNIZED AT 17TH ANNUAL SB COUNTY “SHINE A LIGHT ON CHILD ABUSE” AWARDS BREAKFAST Amelia has been involved in her capacity in the Alcohol Drug Abuse Program, in promoting community-based prevention solutions to policymakers to benefit youth and communities. One of her many successes include working with SB city officials, police, and department heads to password ordinances that would help the city set performance standards for alcohol outlets. (Deemed Approved Ordinance), hold individuals accountable for providing alcohol or a place where alcohol was available to minors (Social Host Ordinance) and mandatory Responsible Beverage Sales and Service training for alcohol retailers (RBSS). She also provided information to the SB City Attorney on drug use at the former Hudson Theatre that was frequented by minors. At Amelia’s invitation, she and the city attorney did a walk-through of the Hudson together, leading to undercover operations that revealed drugs were being sold and subsequently the Hudson was closed. Another successful program Amelia organizes each year is the DUI Court in School Project which involves working with the D.A’s Office, MADD, Superior Court, Public Defender’s Office, students from Friday Night Live, and Sheriff’s Department. It requires attorneys to argue the facts of a real DUI case, which resulted in death or great bodily injury to high school students just before prom and graduation. The high school students are shown actual photos from the crime scene and hear the 911 calls, which were made at the time of the incident. The students witness the judge pronounce sentencing on the defendant and get to ask the panel questions. Amelia’s work has involved promoting policies related to substance abuse that negatively impact youth; mentoring youth on how to organize and voice their concerns; mentoring youth on how to advocate for healthy lifestyles and participate in prevention solutions; and helping to create leadership opportunities for youth. Amelia strength is that she believes in networking and collaborating with people to achieve positive community outcomes. Amelia has worked for SB Co Public Health for over 20 years. Take A Walk Down Memory Lane Join The National Orange Show For their 100th Anniversary 2015 FAIR Special Events Coming Up Do Not Forget These Dates Wednesday, April 22nd through Sunday, April 26th Celebrating A Century of Citrus Fun Old fashioned Pies, Cakes, Jams & Cookies Baking Contest Citrus Themes Quilt Competition Show Kids 4 and under Free -- $5 for kids ages 5-15 And all the old folks 55 and older only $5 WOW what a deal!!! Military with valid ID FREE For more information call (909) 888-6788 Saturday All Day June 27th Downtown San Bernardino at Court Street Get Your Kicks having fun, including: Support San Bernardino And The Many Activities And Events She Has To Offer Chili cook-off competition Live music Craft beer garden Classic & hot rod car show, and Veterans parade, All this while waiting to welcome the 2015 Hemmings Motor News “GREAT Race” participants to their last overnight stop before they finish in Santa Monica on Sunday the 28th The GREAT RACE participants should be arriving between 5:00 to 7:00 pm; Friday, April 24th The 66ers will light up the sky with a post-game fireworks extravaganza when they continue their series with the High Desert Mavericks. It’s 50 Cent Friday, also featuring; $2.50 Beers, sodas, and lawn admission. First pitch time is 7:05. JOIN CSUSB SOCIOLOGY CLUB’S WALK OUT ON FAMILY VIOLENCE OPTION HOUSE, INC.’S 12th Annual Walk-A-Thon To End Family Violence, May 2nd at 5th & Arrowhead in SB. Vans will pick up those unable to finish the walk. Walk will end at the same parking lot with an awareness rally, drawings, refreshments music and Children’s Fun Zone!!! Registration cost is $20. www.optionhouseinc.org A WORD ABOUT THE PEOPLE WHO ATTEND KOFFEE KLATCH Koffee Klatch began over 50 years ago by a man named George Webster, the owner of the Boulevard Market located at Marshall and “E” Street. He was part of a group called the “Blue Coats”. In those days, it was for men only. As time went on this small popular networking group evolved and eventually even women were allowed to join and somehow it was named Koffee Klatch. Through the years, all different styles of personalities came and offered their wit and technique, making it the place to be on a Wednesday morning. One Wednesday Diane Feinstein made an unexpected appearance announcing that she was running for California State Senator. George had a saying, “Why are we here?” To which he continued, “We are here to serve”. In general, the people who attend Koffee Klatch are caring and involved individuals. Some use their turn to share a passion they happen to care about at the time rather than introduce their business. It might be Jim Stark asking the group to collect pull-tabs for Ronald McDonald House, which will be turned in for money. It could be Ethiem Lewis from Costco giving a program about Children’s Hospital, sharing all the good that Children’s Hospital does. Joe Guerra, active in Kiwanis who is always willing to help, decided to start a campaign to collect tooth brushes after hearing Margie Arnett, chair of this year’s Headdress Ball for the Assistance League, speak at KK. When Margie explained how the proceeds would go towards the dental clinic and how many children do not have toothbrushes, Joe went into action. Margie’s real job is working for the Loma Linda University Faculty Dental Office. Joe has been successful in his Horace Mann Insurance office, which he recently sold to Julee Littleton. Over 800 tooth brushes were collected with a little help from many people. WOW! Did this sound like a Soap Opera? How the Chamber Turns. No! Just a lot of Networking to give a lot of tooth brushes to a bunch of kids. The Chamber’s Ambassador Chair, Maryann Quiggle, is another person with a positive gift. For years, she and her husband Kevin have been big players in the “Nutcracker,” a wonderful asset to SB. She not only assists her husband Kevin with their business I.E. Glass, but she also tutors. Then, of course, there is always Manny Aranda and Ben who insist we conserve water. Jack Avakian who makes sure the YMCA has a presence in SB, and old Jack Schmitz who helps J.U. stay in SB. Everyone has a role to play. It is because these people say Yes, I care and I will help. They do not boast, they just do it. As another oldie but goodie (Larry Graham) in the Chamber world said, “Never decide to do nothing because you can only do a little." There are many forms of networking. Networking is talking, sharing different stories, listening, helping, not just taking, but also giving, helping, learning, holding someone’s hand, laughing together, being there for someone when needed. That has happened many times at Koffee Klatch. REMINDERS FOR CHAMBER MEMBERS AND OTHERS Who Are On The Go Trips Costa Rica October 24-Nov 1 Who Honor Our Law Enforcement Officers Law Enforcement Dinner – Thursday - May 21st – Scottish Rite Temple Who Just Want to Have Fun Golf Tournament, - Friday - June 26th - Shandin Hills ho Who Just Want to Network W Koffee Klatch Business After Hours CALL THE CHAMBER (909) 885-7515 OR VISIT OUR Web Site www.sbachamber.org CHAMBER ASSISTS BUSINESSES WITH THEIR GRAND OPENINGS/RIBBON CUTTINGS The IECBP was initiated by Crossroads/Loma Linda Chapter of Rotary to provide books at no cost to organizations serving children in San Bernardino County. The IECBP is a 100% volunteer team that collects, sorts, organizes and distributes gently used and new books free of charge to professionals, such as, teachers, social workers, pediatricians and other individuals who work with children. Those wishing to learn more about this project, donate either new or gently used children’s books or make a financial donation, call (909) 742-0346. WESTERN DENTAL SERVICES was founded in 1985 by Dr. Beauchamp, a Los Angeles native. As an established dentist since 1939. he recognized the fact that many ethnic groups and minorities were not receiving proper dental care simply because they could not afford it. Dr. Beauchamp began targeting those groups as patients, offering low-cost dental services with no-interest credit. Dr. Beauchamp’s strategy met with enormous success, and his practice soon grew from two offices to eight. Today, the company operates 130 dental centers throughout CA as well as four in Arizona. The chamber helped celebrate their newest office opening in February at 2094 E Highland Avenue. PINNACLE MEDICAL GROUP opened a new Urgent Care in the City of San Bernardino in March. The office is located at 2150 N Waterman Avenue,Suite 102. PINNACLE MEDICAL GROUP is excited to provide urgent care services to the community and neighboring cities of San Bernardino and look forward to helping families with all their health needs.