Outgoing Chairman’s Message: Thank You!

I’d like to start by saying how honored I am that you all entrusted me with the responsibility of being the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce Chairman of the Board.

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My main goal for 2015/2016 as Chairman of the Board for the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce was to be of service to the Chino Valley Business Community.

During my term, I identified five things I wanted to accomplish:

  1. Collaborate More Closely with Our Business Community – We met with business leaders on my last official day as Chairman of the Board on June 30 where we decided to do the following:
    1. Meet twice per year
      1. Create opportunities for collaboration between business organizations
      2. Share upcoming events/activities
    2. Become a resource for business organizations in our community by creating a dedicated page on our website to local business organizations
  2. Be an Educational Business Resource for Our Community – This year we worked more closely with organizations that provide educational services to help build and grow our local businesses. We made our calendar, website and emails more accessible to educational opportunities in our community with organizations like the Inland Empire Small Business Development Center, the San Bernardino County Workforce Development Board, the Chaffey College Workforce Training Institute and SCORE.
  3. Encourage and Promote the Involvement of Young Business Professionals in Our Community – Arianna Fajardo from the City of Chino and I created the Young Professionals of the Chino Valley group consisting of:
    1. Eric Hasanoff from GEM Mortgage
    2. Steven Melo from Pires Inc.
    3. Jacob Dexter from the City of Chino
    4. Chris Foster from Merrill Lynch
    5. Joe Estes from Buffernet
    6. Jenny Araiza from Iza Clothing
    7. Eren Cello from Chino Valley Medical Center
    8. Michelle Tran from New York Life
    9. Dario Rodriguez from El Clasificado
  4. Enhance Our Use of Technology: We appointed a Technology Chair, Eric Hasanoff, and are now able to accept and process credit card transactions at events and online. We used Eventbrite to sell tickets to events this year. We became more active on social media through our Facebook page, our Facebook group, the Chino Valley Chamber Resource Group and an Instagram account set up by Eren Cello. And I sent out this Chairman’s message monthly to update our members on the efforts of the Board of the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce.
  5. Focus on Giving Back – This goal we struggled with the most as we were not all in agreement on the best way to make this happen.  Before becoming the Chairman of the Board, I hosted the Defining Success Podcast where I interviewed people whom I considered to be successful. These were people who loved what they did, who were good at it and who were helping other people. And there were some consistent themes a majority of them shared . . . the largest being the importance of giving back to their community. As the organization representing our business community I thought we should set the example of how to give back effectively. It took the year to come to a consensus on how to do this but we held a meeting with numerous non-profits at the end of the year to decide the best way to do this. We decided to:
    1. Meet twice per year to see how we can better serve our local charitable organizations
    2. Share opportunities for collaboration within the community
    3. Give non-profits an opportunity to be featured at events to build awareness for their cause
    4. Create a master calendar of non-profit events in our community

If you’re looking to get involved in our business community, join the Chamber. If you’re interested in learning how to be better at business, join the chamber. If you want to stay up on the newest and freshest business trends, join the Chamber. If you want to build the online presence and reputation of your business, join the Chamber. And, if you want to support your community, join the Chamber.

When I learned I’d become the Chairman of the Board I reached out to our Board and to businesses in our community to ask them two questions:

  • What is the Chamber doing well?
  • What can the Chamber do better?

From that feedback, I worked to implement many of those ideas our members had to improve our Chamber while keeping the things our members liked.

For example:

  • Gabriel Hill wanted to see us be more active in the legislative arena. So we built a stronger legislative action committee to take action on pro-business legislation.
  • Glenn Duncan suggested we have more representation at city events. So we created a Public Information Officer – Gel Delos Santos – to coordinate Board Members to attend City Council meetings and let the cities know what their Chamber was doing for the business community.
  • Many people suggested we improve our online presence. To this end, we created the Chairman’s Message, increased social media activity and next year the Chamber plans on highlighting businesses of the month online for the 2016/2017 year.
  • Many people also suggested we come up with stronger plans to reach out to businesses who aren’t already connected with the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce. Our new Chair of the Membership Committee recently decided to organize a Business Walk where our Membership and Ambassador Committee’s will work together to visit businesses and make them aware of the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce and the benefits of membership.
  • Planning of Events. This was one of the biggest concerns. We worked this year to make sure we planned our events well in advance. Our efforts worked. Most of our major events, particularly the Business Expo, the Taste of the Chino Valley and our Installation and Recognition Dinner, had twice the attendance, revenue and sponsor involvement than they did last year. This upcoming year, I anticipate we’ll do an even better job in planning our events well in advance.

I’m honored to have been given this opportunity and I feel extremely grateful to everyone in the chamber and the surrounding community for all your support. Next year is going to be even better.

There are so many people who supported me during this year and I can’t thank you enough.

Thank you to:

  • Karon Mulligan from US Bank, my Chairman’s Award recipient, for your support and friendship
  • Gigi Fix from GEM Mortgage, our Ambassador of the Year, for your continued support of the Chamber and your willingness to support it.
  • Marcia McBean from Chino Commercial Bank, our Above and Beyond Award Winner, for Chairing the Ambassador Committee and helping to initiate positive change at our Chamber.
  • Dean & Suzanne Burt from UR Songz and Real Time Pain Relief for supporting our Chamber with your music and donating so much of your time, effort and energy to help us grow.
  • Our Board of Directors for your hard work and support of the Chamber
  • Our Ambassadors for going above and beyond to support the Chamber and grow our business community.
  • Our Business of the Year Winners, Waste Management, CORE Real Estate, The Pub and Oke Poke for your involvement with the chamber and your efforts to promote business in the Chino Valley.
  • Our staff, Jason Zara, Donna Gannon and Gloria Smith, thank you for working hard this year to grow the Chamber and make a positive impact on our Business Community. And congratulations again to Gloria on being named the Citizen of the Year.

When I asked the question: What is the Chamber doing well, the overwhelming response was that we have great people involved in the Chamber. With the people listed above it’s easy to see why. Thank you all for your support, friendship and involvement.

One thing I wanted to make sure to provide this year was continuity. To that end, I’d like to introduce our 2016/2017 Chairperson of the Board.
She joined the Chamber several years ago and has been an integral part of our community ever since. She founded her own business, Douglas Consulting and was recently hired for a firm in L.A. who is looking to locate their facilities in the Chino area. She and I have worked on numerous projects together, including the Southern California Charity Golf Classic which will be held at Los Serranos Country Club on July 29. She’s an amazing person, with a giving heart and I’m proud to call her my friend. It’s my pleasure to introduce your 2016/2017 Chairperson of the Board, Belinda Douglas.

Belinda Douglas Chairperson of the Board of the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce 2016/2017

Belinda Douglas Chairperson of the Board of the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce 2016/2017


Zeb Welborn 2015/2016 CVCC Chairman of the Board

Zeb Welborn is the President of Welborn Media, the Defining Success Podcast, 19th Hole Media, The Tutoring Solution and President-Elect for the Chino Rotary Club. His life goals are to inspire others to pursue their passions, to grow small and medium-sized businesses, to grow golf, and to give back to his community.

To reach his goals Zeb started: Welborn Media to help businesses market themselves, 19th Hole Media to help grow golf, Welborn Media University to teach small business owners to market themselves better, the Defining Success Podcast to interview successful people, The Tutoring Solution to help students reach their potential and pursue their passions and the Southern California Charity Golf Classic to raise money for local charities.

Welborn Media manages Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Pinterest, Instagram, email marketing campaigns, graphic design work, SEO, Google AdWords, blogs, and websites for their clients. Chamber members can schedule a free consultation with Zeb who can walk you through how to better use the Internet to achieve your goals. Email him at Zeb@WelbornMedia.com.

Welborn Media University was created to educate small business owners to market effectively online. To get updates, new ideas and tips on how to market more effectively online and to stay in touch with Zeb and his progress please sign up for the Welborn Media University Newsletter by clicking here.

Thank you all for everything.

Zeb Welborn

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Chairman’s Message – Business Leaders and Non-Profits

More Connected More Collaboration

When I became Chairman of the Board of the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce a couple of my goals were for the Chamber to become more connected with other local business related organizations and for us to focus on giving back.

We’ve worked to do these things, and now we want to lay the groundwork for the future.

We would like to invite a spokesperson from your organization to join us on Thursday, June 30. The Chamber will host two meetings: one geared to local business networking organizations, and one geared to non-profits that benefit the community. You are welcome to attend both meetings if you are interested.

The agenda for these first meetings is to build a framework of cooperation and collaboration. We believe that the many diverse organizations in and around the Chino Valley can accomplish even more than they already do by working together more closely. The Chamber is well-equipped to facilitate communications, list community events on our calendar and otherwise help increase connectivity.

Depending on the needs and desires of those attending, future meetings could be as rare as once a year or as common as once a month.

Please join us!

Let me know you will be there. Click a button below to RSVP and please share any questions or suggestions. We look forward to collaborating with you and your organization.

Business Leaders

Join Us
Thursday, June 30 — 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Chino Valley Chamber
13150 7th St. Chino, 91710

Please bring information to share about your organization and any upcoming events you may have, and especially how other organizations may be able to benefit from or assist with your activities.

 

 

Non-Profit Leaders

Join Us
Thursday, June 30 — 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Chino Valley Chamber
13150 7th St. Chino, 91710

Please bring information to share about your organization and any upcoming events you may have, and especially how other organizations may be able to benefit from or assist with your activities.

 

 

Spread the Word

Do you know someone who should come to this meeting?
Please pass this information along to them. We want to connect with all the business networking organizations and non-profits that are benefiting our community.

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Thank you for reading the Chairman’s Message. And, thank you all for everything.
Zeb Welborn CVCC Chairman of the Board
Zeb Welborn
Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce Chairman of the Board

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Chairman’s Message: Our New Chairperson of the Board, Executive Director, and Board Member and The Taste of the Chino Valley

Chairperson-Elect for 2016 – 2017 Announced
(Ambassador of the Month Winner Too)

belindadouglasBelinda Douglas

Belinda Douglas is an accomplished and resourceful professional with a wealth of experience using an analytical approach to all aspects of business management and strategic planning for Fortune 100 and smaller companies. Identify and implement process improvements to improve efficiency and profitability. A leader who develops plans to identify opportunities for the success of an organization. Colleagues describe her as action-oriented, interpersonal and collaborative, always bringing a customer-centric focus to plans while ensuring buy-in from everyone involved.

Belinda is heavily active in the Chino Valley Community and is a Board Member with the Department of Corrections Youth Accountability Board, Membership Committee Lead for the Inland Empire Regional Chamber of Commerce, Board Member on the Love Them All Foundation and a member of the Rancho Del Chino Rotary Club.

We’re excited to have Belinda as our Chairperson for the 2016 – 2017 year.

Executive Director – Jason Zara

jasonzaraJason Zara joined the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce on Monday, May 2, as Executive Director.

He comes to us after three years as the Executive Director of the Brawley Chamber of Commerce in Imperial County. Jason also has experience in marketing, journalism and owned his own business for 10 years. He is excited to get to know all of the members and potential members of the Chino Valley Chamber. Anyone who wants to meet him can email jzara@chinovalleychamber.com or call the Chamber at 909-627-6177.

New Board Member – Glenda Chavez from Waste Management

wastemanagementmemberGlenda Chavez is a dynamic, creative, detail-oriented government relations and public affairs professional with fifteen years experience. Highly successful in developing and maintaining working relationships that advance common interests with local, state and federal government entities, community organizations, non-profits and the business community.

Waste Management is North America’s leading provider of integrated environmental solutions. They partner with their customers and communities to manage and reduce waste from collection to disposal while recovering valuable resources and creating clean, renewable energy. They are on a quest for environmental performance, a mission to maximize resource value, while minimizing – and even eliminating – environmental impact so that both our economy and our environment can thrive.

Waste Management has been one of the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce’s largest supporters over the years and the Chamber would not be able to function as it does without their support. We are thrilled to have Glenda Chavez from Waste Management on our Board of Directors.


Taste of the Chino Valley Results

The Taste of the Chino Valley

Our Taste of the Chino Valley went well and we received some great positive feedback from many of the restaurants and attendees of the event. We’re creating a survey this week to figure out what our restaurants liked and didn’t like about the Taste of the Chino Valley so we can make it even better for next year.

Some of the great feedback we received was:

“It was so good that we know it will be even better next year.”
– Rod from Riverside Grill

“We were really happy. It was much more upbeat and positive.”
– Alfonso from Taquerias y Mariscos Madrigal.

“It went very, very well.”
– Minnie Baral from Okie Pokie.

“We heard that it was one of the best Taste of the Chino Valley’s we’ve had in a long time.”
– David King from Isaiah’s Rock.

Some things we identified that could be improved this year to make next year’s event even better would be to start our planning process four months in advance, begin marketing the event sooner, provide trays for participants, and accept credit/debit cards at the event.

This year we more than doubled our attendance at the event and have set a strong foundation for future years of the Taste of the Chino Valley.

Thank you to the Taste of the Chino Valley Committee for putting all the hard work in to make the 2016 Taste of the Chino Valley a great one.

Arianna Fajardo from the City of Chino
Chris Foster from Merryll Lynch
Dean and Suzanne Burt from URSongz
Gabriel Hill from Insurance and Surety Services
Gloria Smith from the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce
Karon Mulligan from US Bank
Stacie Anderson from Pacifica Senior Living in Chino Hills
Steven Melo from Lyoness/Cashback Solutions

2015

2016

Sponsors – 14 Sponsors
Restaurants – 13 Restaurants + Wine + Beer
Participants – 158 Participants
Sponsors – 15 Sponsors
Restaurants – 19 Restaurants + Wine + Beer
Participants – 342 Participants

We’d also like to recognize our staff, Donna Gannon, Mari-Ellen Long and Gloria Smith for all their hard work in preparation of the Taste of the Chino Valley, the State of the City for Chino and the Upcoming State of the City for Chino Hills.

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Chairman’s Message: Nominations, The Taste of the Chino Valley, and the Salute to Public Safety

Nominations for Board of Directors

We’re excited to announce our nominations to the Board of Directors for the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce for 2016 – 2017.

  • Leonora Foddrill from Foddrill Construction
  • Jeff Feather from Forest Lawn
  • Gustavo Miranda from Sam’s Club
  • Peter Rogers from the City of Chino Hills
  • Glenn Duncan from the City of Chino

Taste of the Chino Valley

Our Taste of the Chino Valley is coming up on April 4 and it looks like it’s going to be a fantastic event.

We have already secured sponsorships from the City of Chino, the City of Chino Hills, Waste Management, Welborn Media, Champion Newspapers, Insurance & Surety Services, Chino Commercial Bank, Chaffey College, Sam’s Club, Town Square Florist, Southern California Edison, Chino Valley Medical Center and OKE POKE with more looking to come on board.

We also have some great local restaurants who will be participating including:

  • tasteCannataro’s
  • The Pub
  • OKE POKE
  • WARA Bistro
  • Nothing Bundt Cakes
  • Pacifica Senior Living
  • Los Portales
  • The Flinderstreet Cafe
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Corner Bakery
  • Pick Up Stix
  • Lucille’s Smokehouse BBQ
  • Thai Twist
  • Blue Fire Grill
  • Tahoe Joe’s Steakhouse
  • Los Serranos Country Club
  • Taqueria Y Mariscos Madrigal
  • Titan Burgers
  • Specialty Beers by Riverside Grill
  • Award Winning Wines by Fairplex
  • And More . .

Interested in attending the Taste of the Chino Valley, you can buy tickets online here – http://bit.ly/tasteofchino

Or at the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce Building located at 13150 7th St., Chino, CA 91710.

Salute to Public Safety

The Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce together with the City of Chino Hills, the City of Chino, the Chino Valley Medical Center, Waste Management and Los Serranos Country Club organized our Salute to Public Safety honoring the men and women of our Fire, Police, and Sheriff’s Department on Wednesday, March 2 at Los Serranos Country Club in Chino Hills, CA.

We were honored to have Keynote Speaker, Jarrod Burguan, San Bernardino Police Chief share his experience of the terrorist attack in San Bernardino on Dec. 2. San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan was commended for his steady professionalism and his handling of the events resulting in 36 shooting victims, 14 dead and 22 injured.

The honorees of our Salute to Public Safety were:

  • Chino Hills Police Department Deputy of the Year – Maria Colombi
  • Chino Hills Police Department Professional Staff Employee of the Year – Office Specialist Annette Villa
  • Chino Police Department Officer of the Year – Corporal Jonathan Monroe
  • Chino Police Department Civilian of the Year – Michelle Ogilby
  • Chino Valley Independent Fire District Firefighter of the Year – Jonathan Cripe, Engineer
  • Chino Valley Fire District Employee of the Year – Lena Lin, Fire Inspector

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Photo from The Chino Valley Fire District’s Facebook Album

Thank you to the following organizations for sponsoring our Salute to Public Safety: City of Chino, City of Chino Hills, Los Serranos Country Club, Chino Valley Medical Center, Waste Management, Chino Valley Independent Fire District, Kiwanis Club of Chino, Capriana at Chino Hills, Walmart Distribution Center, Watson Land Company, Supervisor Curt Hagman, Apollo Insurance Services, Athens Services, MLC Holding, Inc., Republic Services, Big League Dreams, Dale Bright’s Auto Service, Frontier Communities, US Bank, Nothing Bundt Cakes, and Roses Say.

And thank you to Arianna Fajardo from the City of Chino for chairing the Salute to Public Safety Committee and to Massiel De Guevara, Margareth Jackson, Gabriela Coletta and Denise Cattern for helping make it such a great success.

Ambassador of the Month

Michel Agee

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Michel Agee joined the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce in 1985 and has been active ever since. She originally joined the Chamber with her husband as Ramara Associates and has been involved in nearly every committee the chamber has at one point or another.

She’s now representing the Rancho Del Chino Rotary and the Chino Youth Boxing Club. As a long standing and active chamber member for more than 30 years, it’s our honor to award Michel Agee as our Ambassador of the Month.

 

Thank you for reading the Chairman’s Message. And, thank you all for everything.
Zeb Welborn CVCC Chairman of the Board
Zeb Welborn
Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce Chairman of the Board
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Chairman’s Message: CVCC in 2015 and Looking Ahead to 2016

Help Make the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce Better: Answer Our Brief Survey

If you’re reading this email, it means you’re invested in the success of the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce. Whether you’re currently a member or not, you know the potential the CVCC can bring to businesses in our community. To realize our potential it’s critical to get feedback from members and non-members alike to help you, our members and our business community as best we can.

Please take the time to answer these six brief questions

Take The Survey

CVCC in 2015 and Looking Ahead to 2016

Last Wednesday, I spoke at our Business@Breakfast event on The CVCC in 2015 and Looking Ahead to 2016 where I shared the efforts of the Chamber of Commerce in 2015 and our plans moving forward in 2016.

To view the SlideShare presentation go here – http://www.slideshare.net/zebwelborn/cvcc-yearend-review-looking-forward-to-2016

In 2016, the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce has identified several opportunities to add more value to our members in 2016.

Those opportunities are:

  • Enhancing Government Affairs Committee to Start Supporting Pro-Business Legislation
  • Reaching Out to Manufacturing Businesses to See How We Can Better Serve Them
  • Surveying Our Members to Identify Opportunities for Improvement

Our Ambassador Chair – Marcia Foster McBean

In future Chairman’s Messages we plan to feature an Ambassador of the Month. This month we want to introduce you to our Ambassador Chair, Marcia Foster McBean.

Marcia Foster McBean started her career in banking where she worked for a Canadian Bank known as Bank of Nova Scotia Ja., Limited for 17 years. She held several positions during her tenure and successfully moved up to the position of Branch Manager before resigning to emigrate from Jamaica to the USA in 2007. She currently works as a Business Development/Commercial Loan Officer at Chino Commercial Bank where she specializes in underwriting loans for business owners who need to realize their financial goals.

Marcia’s career in Banking does not prevent her from pursuing her passion to serve the community and so she spends her time volunteering and supporting various organizations. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce, she serves as the Ambassador Chair and she is a member of the Membership Committee. She is a member of Rancho Del Chino Rotary and serves on the Board of Directors for the Rancho Del Chino Rotary Foundation. Marcia also serves on the Executive Board as Recording Secretary for the Jamaica Awareness Association of Jamaica, a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of the health and education system in Jamaica and providing assistance to families in under-served communities in Southern California.

Some of the committees within the organizations that she serves include CVCC Business Expo 2015, JAAC Annual Fundraising Brunch and Banquet. In 2015 she volunteered with the 2015 Special Olympics Host Town program, The Chino Hills Foundation 5th Annual Spring Home Tour, The Salvation Army Thanksgiving Dinner and Rancho Del Chino Rotary Christmas Basket Give-a-way. She is an active member of Christian Business Partners Chino Hills Son Rising Chapter. She supports Chino Relay for Life and Corona Life Services Annual 5K.


 

Thanks for everything!

Zeb Welborn CVCC Chairman of the Board

 

Zeb Welborn
Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce Chairman of the Board

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Chairman’s Message: $567 Raised for Charity | Get Involved at the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Happy Holidays!

Our Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce Holiday Luncheon was a great success. Lisa Walsh did a fantastic job chairing the Holiday Luncheon Committee. With help from Bill Edman and Belinda Douglas we were able to secure lots of great prizes for our raffle with all proceeds going to the Chino Neighborhood House and Caring for the Hills. In total, we were able to raise $567 for charity. We also collected unopened toys and canned goods.

Here are some photos of the event, taken by Donna Edman Photography.
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View more photos of the event on the CVCC Facebook Page, click here.

Great things happened this year at the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce (CVCC) and we have even more planned for 2016.

In January, we’ll be encouraging our members to get more active and participate in the CVCC. I joined the CVCC in January, 2012, and eventually became an Ambassador. As an Ambassador, I attended events, met prominent members of our business community, and grew my business.

If you’ve ever thought about getting more involved in the CVCC, now is the time to do it. Join us on Tuesday, January 12 at noon at the CVCC Building for our Ambassador Committee Meeting to get more involved with your business community.

Sign Up

We have a lot of exciting things we’re working on behind the scenes to help build a stronger Chamber.

Last month we:

  • Created a Bylaws Committee to review and make recommendations for changes to our Bylaws
  • Decided to create a video to explain chamber benefits to our members
  • Reached out to the Manufacturing Council of the Inland Empire
  • Reached out to the Inland Empire Chamber of Commerce
This month, the CVCC Board of Directors is working on:
  • A Strategic Planning Session to be facilitated by Mike Lednovich from True North Executive Development
  • Amending Bylaws
  • Creating Standard Operating Procedures
  • Selecting a Nominating Committee
  • Creating a Membership Benefits Video
  • Setting First Taste of Chino Meeting

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi

If you want to see the business community in the Chino Valley thrive, get involved.

Become an Ambassador!

Thank you Arianna Fajardo for agreeing to Chair the Salute to Public Safety Committee.

New Members from October 20 – December 17

Twelve new members joined the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce since October 20. They are:

  • Amazing Lash Studio
  • J & J Realtors of the Associates Realty Group
  • Chino Valley Historical Society
  • Flexi-Liner
  • Ono Hawaiian BBQ
  • MLC Holdings, Inc.
  • Green Gardening Service
  • InjoyHealthmart Pharmacy
  • Walmart.com
  • Tri-Counties Association of Realtors
  • Scott Flatten at World Financial Group
  • Gro-Power, Inc.

Since we’re coming up on the end of the 2015, we’d also like to take this time to mention some of our longest active Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce Members

Centennial Members: (100+ Years)

  • Champion Newspapers (102 Years)

Gold Members: (50+ Years)

  • US Bank (53 Years)
  • Best Western Pine Tree (50 Years)
  • Southern California Edison (50 Years)

Silver Members: (25+ Years)

  • M.K. Smith Chevrolet
  • Centro Basco Restaurant/Banquet Facilities
  • Trinidad Benham Corp.
  • Southern California Gas Company
  • Chino Lumber & Hardware
  • Chino Valley Medical Center
  • Dale Bright’s Auto Service
  • Citizens Business Bank
  • Kemper Enterprises
  • GENCORP
  • Hottinger’s Frozen Food
  • Maclin Markets
  • Waste Management
  • Tony’s Spunky Steer
  • Joey’s Bar-B-Q
  • Planes of Fame Air Museum
  • Chino Valley Unified School District
  • Cherry Auto Body
  • Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
  • Chino Valley YMCA
  • Road America
  • Carroll Property Management
  • O.F. Wolfinbarger, Inc.
  • Pacific Western Bank
  • Majestic Realty, Co.
  • Moody Plumbing, Co., Inc.
  • Dupree, Inc.
  • Parkway Postal-Chino
  • McDonald’s Restaurant
  • Chino Optometry Center
  • Automobile Club of So. California
  • Los Serranos Golf & Country Club
  • ClassicPlan Premium Financing, Inc.
  • Northview Dairy
  • Stater Bros. Markets-Riverside Dr./Yorba Store
  • Albers Manufacturing Co Inc.
  • Bremer Apt. Complex
  • Chino Autotech Inc.
  • Harrington Industrial Plastics
  • GTS Enterprises & NPC
  • Alvarado Manufacturing
  • A&C Income Tax Service Inc.
  • San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board
  • Inland Empire Escrow
  • Cold Star Ice
  • Hull & Sons Roofing
  • Fine Community Phone Books, Inc.
  • Glenn B. Dorning, Inc.
  • American Medical Response
  • Chino Community Theater
  • Chino Basque Club

Chino Valley Membership Anniversaries are:

50 years:

  • Best Western Pine Tree
  • Southern California Edison

40 years:

  • Kemper Enterprises, Inc.
  • GENCORP

30 years:

  • Pacific Western Bank
  • Majestic Realty Co.
  • Moody Plumbing Co., Inc.
  • Dupree, Inc.

25 years:

  • Chino Community Theater
  • Chino Basque Club

20 years:

  • Marie Callender’s
  • Chino Police Officers Association
  • Haughey Insurance
  • Chino Community Center Corporation
  • Baldy View ROP
  • PriMerica Financial Services
  • Pomona Valley Workshop

15 years:

  • San Bern Cty. Superintendent of Schools
  • Chino Commercial Bank
  • OMNIA Italian Design
  • AEP Industries Inc.
  • Peter Rogers Photography
  • Golden Pacific Foods, Inc.
  • COMM-FAB, Inc.
  • ReMax Masters
  • Pomona Valley Health Center – Chino Hills

10 years:

  • Yolanda T. Grady, M.D., Inc.
  • Commercial Door Metal Systems
  • Trinity Escrow, Inc.
  • Metropolitan Water District of S. CA
  • Chino Hills Self Storage LLC
  • Chaffey College
  • Watson Land Company
  • Edward Jones Investments – Jamie Harwood
  • American Cancer Society
  • The Shoppes at Chino Hills

5 years:

  • A Storage Place
  • SA Recycling
  • Chino Hills Dental Group
  • Town Square Florist
  • Village Oaks Apartments – LBK Management
  • RE/MAX Top Producers
  • Visiting Angels

Thank you for continuing to be a part of the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce. Enjoy the Holidays and have an amazing 2016!

Zeb Welborn
Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce Chairman of the Board

Zeb and Cindy at the CVCC Holiday Luncheon Photo by Donna Edman Photography

Zeb and Cindy at the CVCC Holiday Luncheon
Photo by Donna Edman Photography

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The Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce is Grateful for . . .

Thanksgiving gives us all an opportunity to think about everything we’re grateful for.  In the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce we are grateful for:

  • Our members who remain active in CVCC events which helps to bring the Chino Valley business community together
  • Our ambassadors who volunteer their time to help put on events, welcome guests and act as the face of the CVCC
  • Our board of directors who are all passionately trying to grow the influence of the CVCC
  • Our staff who devote their time, effort and energy to grow membership in our community and help local businesses grow
  • Our community partners who support and help us to make more Chino Valley businesses successful

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In November, we worked on several things to grow the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce including:

  • Organizing a better follow-up procedure to help us retain more members.  Annually we plan to remind our members of the benefits the CVCC brings to their business by sending a reminder of all the ways the CVCC helps to support and grow business.
  • Created a better way to keep in touch with guests who attend CVCC events.  At every event moving forward we plan to have guests sign-in to a guest book which will help us get more community members aware of the efforts of the CVCC.
  • Created a protocol to help guide us in all CVCC events.  The protocol will help give more structure to our Ribbon Cuttings, Mixers and other similar events throughout the year which will help us recognize all those who have made contributions to our community and the CVCC.

This month we plan to work on:

  • Re-evaluating the by-laws of the CVCC
  • Developing a budget for the CVCC
  • Reaching out to the Manufacturing Council of the Inland Empire to see if we can attract more industrial businesses to the CVCC
  • Identifying and enlisting more Ambassadors to the CVCC
  • Creating a video to highlight the benefits of membership in the CVCC
  • Attending the Inland Empire Chamber of Commerce meeting to learn what other local chambers are doing for their business communities

Thank you to every one of you who has been involved in and supported the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce over the years.  We’re extremely excited at what the future has in store for the CVCC and we hope you are too.

To usher in the holidays, we thought it would be fun for our Board of Directors to say what they are thankful for as it pertains to the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Here’s what a few of our Board of Directors are thankful for:

zeb-Welborn-118x138I’m thankful for the many friends I’ve made through the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce. The members have inspired me to pursue my dreams and work harder at my business because they all work so hard at theirs.  I’m thankful to all of you who have supported me in my business, whether it be through hiring me to help you market online or support me as I’ve become more and more involved in the CVCC. I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve our business community as the CVCC Chairman of the Board.

– Zeb Welborn

Belinda-Douglas-118x138The Chino Valley Chamber has supported my past holiday events, published our needs, and granted me the opportunity to share everything our non-profit did for the community and surrounding communities. I am very grateful the Chamber has a lower cost for small home based businesses, which is not common amongst other chambers. We are like a family and refer business to each other as well as within our personal networks and communities of influence.  THANK YOU.

– Belinda Douglas

Karon-Mulligan-118x138I am thankful for not only the new business opportunities the Chamber has provided me, but those opportunities to connect businesses to other businesses for their prosperity. I am especially thankful for the relationships I have established through the Chamber that would not have otherwise been possible. I am really proud of our Chamber and the opportunities it offers to members and non-profits. Last but not least I have been made aware of legislation that not only impacts my line of business but also my personal life. Had it not been for the Chamber I might not have been educated on these issues.

– Karon Mulligan

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26 New Members Joined the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce

The month has been a busy one at the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce. Gail Christner (Chair) from Apollo Insurance and Frank Ortiz (Co-Chair) from A Shot at Happiness Events did a great job chairing the Business Expo.

By all accounts, our Business Expo was a success with help from Amie Boersma, Arianna Fajardo, Belinda Douglas, Bill Edman, Bruce Wood, Chris Foster, Dean Burt, Denise Cattern, Gabriel Hill, Gel De Los Santos, Joanna Valenzuela, Maggie Le, Marcia McBean, Michel Agee, and Suzanne Burt.

In future years, we look to make the Business Expo even better by starting our planning a year in advance. We met two weeks after our Business Expo to analyze our successes and failures. Frank Ortiz from A Shot at Happiness Events and Christopher Foster from Merrill Lynch have agreed to be next year’s chair and co-chair and have a strong plan for our Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce Business Expo in 2016.

CVCC 2015 Business Expo

Christy Ray Set to Leave the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce

Christy Ray will be leaving the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce for personal reasons later this month. If you see Christy Ray, be sure to thank her and wish her and her family well.

In September/October We:

  • Created a protocol to follow for all Mixers/Ribbon Cuttings to make sure we highlight the values the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce brings to our community and to recognize those in attendance who ought to be recognized.
  • Scheduled our first Salute to Public Safety meeting. The 2016 Salute to Public Safety will likely be in the first week of March, but we’re getting a head start on planning for the event honoring our local police, sheriff and fire departments.
  • Held a meeting with our young entrepreneurs to see how we can better serve them on our business community as we’re looking to expand.
  • Discussed bringing in an intern to mentor. As the leader in our business community we feel it’s important to mentor young business leaders to help them understand how to work with a business organization like the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce.
  • Worked on ways to collect email addresses so we can make sure we are expanding our influence by following up with those who attend our Business@Breakfast, Pizza & Politics, Monthly Mixers and special events.
  • Began planning our annual retreat for our Board of Directors and community members to work on creating: a stronger vision; a budget; a 3-year, 5-year and 10-year plan; and a succession plan.

New Members from July 1 – October 19

We’ve also been rapidly adding new members to the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce. Here’s a month by month list of the new businesses who have become members since July 1, 2015.

  • Our Lady of Guadalupe Church
  • WTI Global, LLC
  • N scoops LLC
  • Archibald’s Restaurant
  • Wedgewood at Vellano Country Club
  • Capriana at Chino Hills
  • Allyson Agee-Healthy Habits Global
  • Ursongz
  • Wahfles, Desserts & Coffee
  • Mary Kay
  • Pampered Chef
  • Foddrill Construction Corp.
  • Nutrishop
  • ABC Public Relations
  • T-MOBILE
  • Cruise Planners
  • Forest Lawn Memorial Parks Association
  • 9 Round Kickbox Fitness
  • Fairway Independent Mortgage
  • EPD Solutions
  • Maui Whitening Chino
  • Engle & Assoc.
  • Skin Secrets by Debbie
  • Acecon Solar
  • Craig Burke Real Estate
  • Sola Salon Studios

Action Items for October/November:

  • Hire Replacement for Christy Ray
  • Organize Follow-Up Procedure with New Members/Old Members
  • Organize Follow-Up After All Events to Seek Improvement
  • Schedule First Meeting for the Taste of Chino

Thank you all for everything!

Zeb Welborn
Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce Chairman of the Board

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Chairman’s Message: Business Expo

Preparation is in full swing for the Annual Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce Business Expo. Gail Christner from Apollo Insurance and Frank Ortiz from a Shot at Happiness Events are to chairing and co-chairing the Business Expo Committee this year and have done a fantastic job working with our staff, planning and preparing for the 2015 Business Expo.
Our terrific team. Focused on the task.

Our Business Expo meetings have been well-attended by Amie Boersma, Arianna Farjardo, Belinda Douglas, Bruce Wood, Chris Foster, Dean Burt, Denise Cattern, Gabriel Hill, Gel De Los Santos, Joanna Valenzuela, Maggie Le, Marcia McBean, Michel Agee, Monica Gutierrez, and Bill Edman. All have taken on responsibilities to make sure this is a Business Expo you and your business won’t want to miss.

The Business Expo will be held on Saturday, Oct. 3 from 10am – 3:30pm on the Southwest Corner of Boys Republic Road & Shoppes Drive (South of the Shoppes at Chino Hills)

Get a Booth! Call 909-627-6177

If you have a business in Chino and/or Chino Hills we strongly encourage you to get a booth for the event.

Regular Booths:
Chamber Members $325
Non-Chamber Member $425
Member Service Club or Charitable Organization $250
Double Booth – 10′ x 20′ (Members Only) $550

Economy Booths:
Members $100
Non-members $150

If you’d like to try and cut costs for the event, you can share a Regular Booth with another local business. Call 909-627-6177 to get a booth.

*Booth prices are effective until Sept. 24. All prices go up after that date

Sponsorship Opportunities

We’ve also put together some great sponsorship packages for the 2015 Chino Valley Business Expo. Some amazing sponsors have already signed on to sponsor this Business Expo including:

  • Presenting Sponsor: Chino Valley Medical Center
  • Gold Sponsors: Waste Management, City of Chino Hills & City of Chino

For more sponsorship opportunities, please check out the flyer below:

We’re extremely excited about this years Business Expo. We’ve had so many community members join to help put on a great event. URSongz have agreed to provide entertainment for the Business Expo. It should be a fantastic day with lots of things to do for community members of all ages.

If you’re a business in the Chino Valley, we hope you’ll consider buying a booth and/or sponsoring the 2015 Chino Valley Business Expo. And, if you live in Chino or Chino Hills we hope you’ll help us spread the word about the 2015 Chino Valley Business Expo. Share this message with our community members.


In August, we accomplished a lot in the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce. One of the first things we wanted to focus on this year was planning our committees and events as early in the year as possible. Many local business leaders stepped up to take on roles within the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce to ensure we’re providing the best support we can for our members and our business community.

Legislative Action Committee – Lydia Roman & Belinda Douglas
Business Expo – Gail Christner, Frank Ortiz
Taste of Chino – Gabriel Hill, Michel Agee
Salute to Public Safety – Lyle Ballard
Membership Committee – Dana Godfrey
Ambassadors – Gabriel Hill, Marcia McBean
State of the City – Chino – Teresa Hull
State of the City – Chino Hills – Scott Foties
Holiday Luncheon – Belinda Douglas, Lisa Walsh, Bill Edman
Installation – Gigi Fix, Gel De Los Santos
Nominating Committee – Amy DeSantiago
Technology Committee – Eric Hasanoff, Marcia McBean
Public Informations Officer – Gel De Los Santos
Industrial Outreach – Karon Mulligan

Mixers

September 17 – The Pub – Gabriel Hill
October 3 – Business Expo
October 15 – Core Real Estate – Gel De Los Santos
November – Capriana Apartments
December – Chino Hills Ford
January – Chino Commercial Bank
February – Chino Valley Medical Center

Thank you to everyone who has taken on these responsibilities. If you’d like to get more involved with the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce or would like to help us in any of these areas, please let us know.

Get Involved!

We added three new committees to accommodate the needs of our members this year:

  • The Technology Committee, headed by Eric Hasanoff, is responsible for making sure we are using the internet effectively to promote and market the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce and our members.
  • Public Informations Officer, Gel Delos Santos, is responsible for making sure we are informing our community about the activities of the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce.
  • Industrial Outreach Committee, headed by Karon Mulligan, is responsible for collaborating and coordinating with the many industrial and manufacturing businesses in the Chino Valley to expose the work of these fine businesses to our community.

Upcoming Action Items

Next month we plan to:

  • Plan & Organize a Retreat for CVCC Board Members and Community Partners
  • Conduct First Meeting of Young Entrepreneurs Group
  • Look for Opportunities to Bring on an Intern to Assist Office Staff
  • Schedule First Meeting for the Salute to Public Safety
  • Create Systems to Capture Email Addresses at Every CVCC Event

Thank you all and hope to see you at the 2015 Chino Valley Business Expo!

Zeb

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Chairman’s Message: The Future of Business in the Chino Valley

In January, 2012 I attended my first Business@Breakfast event on a Wednesday morning at 7:30am at the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce. The first person I met was Jim Keneaster, the owner of ABC Services, a computer repair company in Chino.

Jim was excited to talk about his business, it was clear he loved the work he did and he seemed genuinely interested in helping others.

The passion I saw in Jim that day is the same passion I’ve seen time and time again with many other business owners in the Chino Valley. Helping business owners like Jim is just one of the many reasons I’ve committed myself to helping our local business community grow.

My Vision for the Future of Business in the Chino Valley and Goals for My Term as the Chairman of the Board in 2015 – 2016

  1. Connect and Work with Other Local Business-Related Organizations
  2. Collaborate with Organizations That Work to Educate Business Owners
  3. Encourage and Promote the Involvement of Young Business Owners in Our Community
  4. Enhance Our Use of Technology
  5. Focus on Giving Back

Connect and Work with Other Local Business-Related Organizations

When I started my Internet Marketing business, I thought about the people I wanted to serve…passionate, hard-working people like Jim Keneaster. Our motto became, “Share Your Passion. Grow Your Business.”

Through networking at the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce, I learned there are many local business networking opportunities in our community independent of the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce. Groups like BNI, Christian Business Partners, the Real Estate Professional Group and service clubs like the Rotary Club, Kiwanis and the Lion’s Club all help promote business in the Chino Valley.

The chamber should work to assist these local organizations promote business, and hopefully, these organizations will also work with the Chamber for the benefit of all businesses in our community.

The Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce should be the central hub of the Chino Valley Business Community.

Collaborate with Organizations Who Work to Educate Business Owners

Being a business owner is not easy. The Chino Valley has several great programs to help business owners become successful. It’s my goal to make the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce the go-to resource for information about educational opportunities provided to our business community.

In August, The Inland Empire Small Business Development Center has many free workshops on Internet Marketing Strategies, Home Based Food Operations, QuickBooks, Using Census Data for Your Business, Measuring Website Analytics, and Financing Your Startup.

San Bernardino Workforce Investment Board

The San Bernardino Workforce Investment Board is hosting free workshops on Internet Marketing, Turning Your Business into a Social Business, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Chaffey College put on a free Small Business Summit last year.

These organizations are working to support business growth and The Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce should assist business owners by connecting them with the training and resources they need.

This past year, the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce started offering the Dream Team Review. The Dream Team Review is a free opportunity for Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce members. Chamber members can have their business reviewed by local legal, insurance, banking, marketing, small business, accounting and other professionals to identify opportunities where they can grow their business.

Encourage and Promote the Involvement of Young Business Owners in Our Community

When I began attending the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce Wednesday morning meetings, I was one of the younger members. Since that time, many young people have come and gone from the Chamber for various reasons.

I feel very fortunate and grateful that the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce has been so kind to me. I remember attending my first Business Expo and Vicki telling my wife how valuable I was to the Chamber. As a business owner, it’s easy to get discouraged and sometimes we don’t know if there is a light at the end of the tunnel. In 2013, at the Chamber’s Installation and Recognition Dinner, Welborn Media was named the Chino Hills Business of the Year.

At the event, I remember the emcee saying something like, “This company is an internet marketing company that helps businesses with their social media and online presence to get more customers.”

I remember thinking to myself… “Who else does Internet marketing in the Chino Valley?”

Turns out, they were talking about my business.

I was shocked.

But the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce recognized something in me that fired me up, I wanted to achieve even more. I’d like us to continue energizing and encouraging young entrepreneurs like myself in our community.

There are young entrepreneurs like Jenny Araiza who owns the Iza clothing store on the corner of Ramona and Philadelphia; Joe Estes, who owns his own internet marketing company, BufferNet; James Hoscyns, who is designing a role playing video game which also teaches the players a new language; and John Tomines who recently started attending the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce meetings to promote a variety of activities he’s involved in.

It’s young entrepreneurs like these who I’d like to see the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce support moving forward. It’s my intention to work on creating a dialogue between young entrepreneurs and the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce by creating a young professionals group within the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Enhance Our Use of Technology

The Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce has made great steps to be more active online and use technology to help accomplish our goals. I plan to continue that momentum.

In our community social media has been a huge referral source to local businesses. Facebook groups like Chino Hills Connections and Chino Connects have led to referrals for my internet marketing and tutoring services and I know many other local businesses have benefitted as well.

Just last month, Steven Melo, a Chino Business Owner posted in the Chino Connects group. Check out the response he received:

Chino Connects Facebook Post by Steven Melo

He’s thinking of holding an event with small business owners where they can highlight their businesses. Most of the 92 comments on the post are people asking how they can get involved and assist in putting on this event (Business Expo Anyone?).

I propose that our members help the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce play a role in these conversations taking place in our community. When representing the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce online it is my hope that you all take it upon yourselves to promote business in the Chino Valley by using #CVCC whenever you post or see something that will benefit/promote business in the Chino Valley. Your involvement is critical to the success of our efforts to grow and support local business.

New Board Member Eric Hasanoff has agreed to head the Technology Committee. The Technology Committee will be in charge of making sure our website is up-to-date, ensure that we’re using social media effectively and will monitor our email correspondence all to make sure we’re serving our members to the best of our ability.

Focus on Giving Back

The last thing I’d like to make sure we do is create opportunities to give back to our community. As business leaders, it’s essential we discover ways to make our communities better.

I host a podcast called The Defining Success Podcast where I interview people I consider to be successful. Internet Marketing Expert, Chris Brogan was one of my guests. He said something which I now live by. He said, “When I think of ways to make money I fail. When I think of ways to be of service to others I make money.” Good things will come to the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce if we actively look for ways to give back to our community.

The Future of Business in the Chino Valley

While there are other things I’d like to achieve (like having better and more consistent monthly Networking Mixers, trying to work with local industrial/manufacturing businesses and having more organized events) these five things will be the emphasis this year.

Inland Empire's Largest Mixer 2012

Prior to becoming the Chairman of the Board for the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce, I asked numerous businesses inside and outside of the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce what they liked about the Chamber. Almost without exception they answered, “The people.” We have great people involved and associated with the Chino Valley Chamber. It is my hope that we can include more local businesses in the Chamber of Commerce moving forward.

I’m grateful to the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce, my friends and my family who have been a tremendous support system. My wife Cindy in particular has been so amazingly supportive. And, on a side note, I’m excited to announce that Cindy and I are having our first child, a boy, in November.

I plan on raising my child in the Chino Valley.

Becoming the Chairman of the Board will give me the opportunity to make local business owners more successful. I’m excited at the opportunity to be this year’s Chairman of the Board because I can make a difference. I want to help build role models, like Jim Keneaster, and the countless other business owners I’ve met who love what they do, who are good at it, and who are using their talents to help others.

This year is my year of service to our business community. If there is anything I can do to help you, your business, or a local business grow, contact me or the Chamber.

The Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce and I could also use your help:

Get Involved!

Thank You All for Everything!

Zeb

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The Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce continues to be the largest and most comprehensive business organization in the Chino Valley speaking on behalf of its member firms. Members include a mix of companies of all sizes and industries, from entrepreneurial start-up companies to large long-established business entities. The Chino Valley is indeed “Open” to business and the Chamber works to make this community a premiere place to do business.

The Chamber is a nonprofit organization financed through its members’ dues investment and revenue development programs. The Chamber is not a governmental agency and does not receive public funds for its operations. Your Chamber of Commerce team, from our Board of Directors to dedicated staff, is here to help your business prosper in good times as well as those which present challenges.

Benefits

  • As a Chamber member, your business enjoys increased visibility, respect and credibility in the community.
  • Regular free or low-cost Networking Opportunities available to fit your busy schedule
  • Directory listing on the Chamber Website (Visibility & Credibility) and printed directory.
  • Referrals—The Chamber receives dozens of calls each week asking us to refer a particular type of business. We only refer Chamber members.
  • Legislative Advocacy—As a member of Inland Empire Chamber Legislative Alliance, our Chamber serves as a public policy advocate on issues that impact the business.
  • Free E-blasts about specials and/or events for your business
  • Preferred rates at our Business Expo
  • Sponsorship Opportunities for Chamber Events
  • Business Mixers– Hosted by a Chamber Members 3rd Thurs. each month
  • Ribbon Cuttings for members who just opened their business, those businesses that have recently moved or remodeled their location.