On Thursday, March 14 the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce and business community honored the outstanding people of our Chino Valley Fire District, Chino Hills Police Department and Chino Police Department at our annual Salute to Public Safety Luncheon.
Each agency chose two representatives to honor at our 2019 Salute to Public Safety that have gone above and beyond the call of duty.
Salute to Public Safety Honorees:
- Chino Valley Fire Department Firefighter of the Year Edwin Ryan (JR)
- Chino Valley Fire Department Employee of the Year Alma Nielsen
- Chino Hills Police Department Professional Staff Employee of the Year Alexander Reyes
- Chino Hills Police Department Deputy of the Year Eric Bradshaw
- Chino Police Department Officer of the Year Fortino Amancio
- Chino Police Department Civilian of the Year Vanessa Cuellar
Thank you for the fine work you have done to serve and protect the citizens of the Chino Valley. We are grateful.
Here is a little more information about the honorees:
Chino Valley Fire Department:
Employee of the Year: Administrative Secretary Alma Nielsen
Alma is an Administrative Secretary who has been a resident of Chino Hills for 30 years. She grew up in Los Angeles and attended Mt. San Antonio College, Chaffey College and Cal Poly Pomona.
Prior to her position as an Administrative Secretary to Emergency Services and Support Services, she was our Permit Technician for 11 years.
She is married to Jim Nielsen and has 4 children: Janine, Richard, Jackie, and Jennifer. She has 3 grandsons, Benjamin, Andrew and William.
Alma was selected by her peers for her dedication to the District and the energy that she brings to her position. She is courteous and helpful to others and an excellent mentor to other employees. In her spare time, she volunteers as Secretary to the Chino Valley Fire Foundation, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to promoting life, safety and welfare of the public through education. She assists with their events on weekends and holidays.
Alma’s previous experience includes being a Dispatcher for the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office, as well as working for Vons.
Alma enjoys traveling, boating, Yoga, shopping and of course, Napa.
Congratulations Alma, on being selected as the 2018 Employee of the Year!
2018 Firefighter of the Year: Firefighter/Paramedic Edwin Ryan, (JR)
JR, a Firefighter / Paramedic, is an 11 year veteran of the Fire District. JR and his wife, Bree reside in the City of Upland.
JR grew up in Rancho Cucamonga and graduated from Etiwanda High School. He attended Mt. San Antonio College and Crafton Hills College.
Prior to his position with Chino Valley Fire, JR worked for the City of La Verne for three years as a Firefighter/Paramedic.
JR was nominated as Firefighter of the Year by his peers for his dedication to the District and ongoing support of personnel in his role as President of the Chino Valley Professional Firefighters’, Local #3522. His positive attitude, professionalism and solid work ethic are commendable.
In his personal life, JR enjoys camping, mountain biking, water skiing, off-roading, and spending time with Bree.
Congratulations JR, on being selected as the 2018 Firefighter of the Year!
Chino Hills Police Department:
2018 Professional Staff Employee of the Year: Sheriff’s Service Specialist Alexander Reyes
Alex was hired by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department in 1990 and was assigned to Chino Hills Station in May 2008. He has continuously remained a dedicated employee who accepts any task with a positive attitude. Alex gives his maximum effort no matter how big or small the task.
He has participated in countless events and conducted station tours. He routinely dresses up as McGruff the crime dog and represents the department in a positive manner. A few of the events Alex assisted with this year were, Red Ribbon Week, St. Jude’s fundraiser at Chili’s Restaurant, and active shooter training at the Community Center.
Alex can achieve department objectives in a wide variety of assignments. His current duties include front desk coverage, automotive pool, patrol, and special events. He also serves a mentor for new Sheriff’s Service Specialists.
His professionalism, maturity, and kind demeanor assist him in developing positive relationships with everyone he contacts. Alex is a hard-working member of the Chino Hills team and an invaluable asset to the department.
2018 Deputy of the Year: Deputy Eric Bradshaw
Eric was hired by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department in 2012 and has been assigned to the Chino Hills station since August 2015. Due to his commitment and passion for law enforcement, Eric received the Top Cop Award/Certificate from San Bernardino County Supervisor Curt Hagman, MADD Certificate of Achievement/Recognition award, and in November 2018 became a Field Training Officer.
In the last 12 months, Eric authored approximately 180 reports, issued 70 citations and arrested 93 suspects. In June 2018, Eric conducted an occupied vehicle check and recovered narcotics. Eric gathered pertinent information during the interview and subsequent search of the suspect’s cell phone. Eric authored and served a search warrant for the residence of the drug dealer who provided the suspect drugs. As result of the search, Eric recovered six firearms, counterfeit money, and methamphetamine.
Eric is an avid photographer and conducts photo shoots regularly. Eric has used his photography skills to assist the Department.
It is because of Eric’s excellent work ethic, decision-making skills, and consistent high performance that he was unanimously selected by his supervisors for the Deputy of the Year award.
Chino Police Department:
2018 Officer of the Year: Officer Fortino Amancio
Officer Amancio has been an officer with the Chino Police Department since 2013. He was previously employed as a Deputy Sheriff with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. He has a natural ability to discover those engaging in criminal activity. And, more importantly, he is willing to put in the work necessary to hold those individuals responsible for their actions.
Officer Amancio was recognized for several outstanding cases in the past year which showed his tenacity as a Patrol Officer to uncover criminal activity. His observations and immediate response led to the arrest of several criminals in his beat.
In addition to his crime fighting efforts, Officer Amancio also exemplifies our Chino PD culture through his customer service and community outreach. He is often seen at Community Outreach events such as National Night Out, Citizen Academy, Explorer Academy, Shop with a Cop and Toys for Tots. On more than one occasion this past year, community members that have had Officer Amancio respond to their calls for service have called back to express how impressed they were with his courteous and polite nature, his patience, his kindness, and his compassion. In one instance, an elderly woman was suffering from an episode related to her dementia. Officer Amancio was able to speak calmly to the woman and resolve the situation. The woman’s adult daughter called to compliment Officer Amancio explaining that his efforts were far more successful than her own in trying to calm her mother down.
In another example, Officer Amancio conducted a vehicle check. After contacting the occupants, he learned that this family of five, 2 adults and 3 children, were living in their car. Due to the cold conditions, Officer Amancio found them a hotel room and provided out of his own pocket the funds necessary to pay for the room.
Officer Amancio consistently leads his team in terms of productivity and he is regarded as a hard-working, professional, and cool-headed. He was selected as the Beat Cop of the Quarter for July -September of 2018 and for all his efforts throughout the Year, Officer Tino Amancio is being awarded Officer of the Year.
2018 Civilian of the Year: Vanessa Cuellar
Cadet Vanessa Cuellar was hired with the Chino Police Department in December of 2015. Prior to being hired, Vanessa was a volunteer Police Explorer for 2 years. Over the past year, Cadet Vanessa Cuellar has shown that she is a team player, a leader, and an ambassador for the department. With some changes in staffing to our Training Unit, Vanessa was tasked with new assignments and responsibilities. She took on the tasks of a full-time employee while maintaining part-time hours and attending college full-time.
Cadet Cuellar was able to identify shortcomings in processes and has created more efficient and effective ways of completing the tasks assigned to her. Having the responsibility of signing people up for training classes, making travel arrangements, and booking hotels for a Department that places a large emphasis on training requires extraordinary attention to detail. Vanessa has done an outstanding job and has tracked and accounted for every expense. She is not only up to date with this complex assignment but she remains ahead of schedule.
Cadet Cuellar is also not afraid to show her vulnerability. When she has a question, she asks. And more than that, she doesn’t just send a quick email. She makes a concerted effort to meet face to face or at least speak over the phone with whomever she is making arrangements for so she can be sure that she has all the information she needs to complete her task. She is an excellent communicator and she fulfills her responsibilities accurately and with excellent customer service.
Cadet Cuellar recently showed her leadership abilities when we received a new cadet to the Training Unit. During a transitional period, she would coordinate, train and help the new cadet with her new tasks. In addition to that, she completed her own assigned work, and mentored the new cadet so she would be more efficient and productive.
Vanessa not only excels at work related tasks, she also donates her personal time to help others. She regularly helps with the use of force simulator during Citizens Academy and Youth Academy. She also volunteers her time with the Explorer program, the Explorer Academy and the Active Shooter Community Workshops. She was also a part of the Cadet Christmas tree give-away where our Cadets delivered Christmas trees and presents to families in need within the city.
Vanessa truly exemplifies our Chino PD culture. Please join me in congratulating, Cadet Vanessa Cuellar as our Civilian Employee of the Year.
Salute to Public Safety Sponsors:
This important event allows the business community to honor and acknowledge the sworn and civilian staff of our three public safety departments: the Chino Hills Police Department, the Chino Police Department, and the Chino Valley Fire District.
Thank you to Chino Valley Fire District Chief Tim Shackelford, Chino Hills Police Department Captain John Walker and Chino Police Chief Karen Comstock for giving us the opportunity to honor your agencies at our Salute to Public Safety.
As part of our Salute to Public Safety, many officers and staff members received complimentary lunches sponsored by our cities, their departments, and our big-hearted Chamber of Commerce sponsors.
Our Presenting Sponsors this year were:
- Chino Valley Medical Center
- City of Chino
- City of Chino Hills
Our Gold Sponsors were:
- Borstein Enterprises
- Waste Management
- Walmart FC #7049
- Walmart FC #8103
- Watson Land Company
- Chino Rotary Club
- Champion Newspapers
- Health Service Alliance
- Chino Hills Ford
Our Silver Sponsors were:
- Apollo Insurance Services
- Foddrill Construction
- San Bernardino County Supervisor Curt Hagman
- Southern California Edison
Our Bronze Sponsors were:
- Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez
- Towneplace Suites by Marriott
Lastly, I would like to thank the wonderful folks who helped put in this years Salute to Public Safety: Arianna Fajardo, Denise Cattern, Gabriela Coletta, Gloria Smith, Margareth Jackson, Massiel De Guevara, Valerie McClung and Zeb Welborn.
If you or your company is interested in supporting our Salute to Public Safety in 2020, please email me at ZWelborn@ChinoValleyChamber.com.
Taste of the Chino Valley:
Our next major event is our Taste of the Chino Valley on April 8 from 5pm to 8pm at the Chaffey College Community Center. Taste food from 20+ restaurants across the Chino Valley. Get your tickets today – 2019 Taste of the Chino Valley.
Our Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce has seen a lot of growth since July and we plan to keep that trend going into 2019. I wanted to share with you all a few things we accomplished last year and how we plan to continue to improve in 2019.
There are three main ways the Chamber earns revenue: through membership, sponsorship and the events we host.
Our goals by the end of our fiscal year, which ends June 30, are to:
- Gain 7 net members per month (a total of 84)
- Increase large business participation via our Chairman’s Circle program
- Increase event participation by 20%
- Create a new event/opportunity for our members
The first three areas have seen substantial growth going into 2019. As mentioned in last months Chairman’s Report, we’ve grown by 28 members since July, added 4 new Chairman’s Circle sponsors (Apollo Insurance Services, Chino Hills Ford, Foddrill Construction and Towneplace Suites by Marriott) and our events have grown by 29% over last years events. (All of which are at our highest levels since we have recorded date from January 2014)
We are adding several new events and opportunities for our members including our Business @ Lunches, golf tournament, directory, display advertising, our Angel nights, enhanced Ribbon Cuttings and Chamber produced videos.
4th Quarter of 2018:
Each quarter our staff has and will continue to focus on the most important things to help promote and grow the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce and its members. Last quarter we focused on four things:
- Putting on Amazing Events
- Systematizing Everything We Do
- Getting Stakeholders More Involved
- Do a Better Job at Marketing Our Events
Putting on Amazing Events:
Currently, the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce puts on the Salute to Public Safety, the Taste of the Chino Valley, the State of the City for Chino, the State of the City for Chino Hills, the Installation Dinner, the Business Expo and the Holiday Luncheon. Our goal is to make sure these all improve by monitoring feedback to make sure they improve over time and to increase participation.
Last quarter, our Holiday Luncheon received exceptional feedback from the surveys we asked attendees to fill out. We had a perfect 5 out of 5 on the success of our Holiday Luncheon. We also saw substantial growth in attendees (from 103 to 129) and sponsorships.
Systematizing Everything We Do:
The Chino Valley Chamber does a lot of different things and each of those things have routines that previously was only known by those who managed and operated them. By systematizing everything we do we are communicating more effectively with everyone involved and creating procedures in place so everyone is on the same page. We can also use these materials to help support our businesses.
One example of this is our Ribbon Cuttings. When a company hosted a Ribbon Cutting they were left to their own intuition on how to conduct a Ribbon Cutting. We’ve now created a system for our Ribbon Cutting events we can share with our members who are unveiling their business to our community. This will help to ensure our Ribbon Cuttings will be more successful and everyone is on the same page.
Last quarter we created systems for our Business @ Breakfast events (for speakers, hosts, businesses and restaurants), Monthly Mixers, Chairman’s Circle, Chamber Benefits, Ambassador Guidelines and Ribbon Cuttings (for Host and Business).
Getting Stakeholders More Involved:
It’s important we get members of the business community as involved with the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce as possible. To that end, we made it our mission last month to speak with as many stakeholders in our community to get them more involved. We’ve spoken with government officials, city council members, school board members, Board Members and large businesses to learn how the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce can better serve them.
Our upcoming Salute to Public Safety will see increased representation from all those entities listed above.
Do a Better Job at Marketing Our Events:
We identified several opportunities to enhance our marketing efforts going into 2019. Internally we’ve made changes to help get professionally designed marketing materials for our events moving forward. We’ve also created a Marketing Committee made up of our Board of Directors who will be advising our team on our marketing efforts moving forward.
Thank you to our Marketing Committee who has stepped up to make sure our marketing messages are more modern and effective (see Salute to Public Safety flyer above).
Plans for the 1st Quarter of 2019:
In the 1st quarter of 2019, we plan to:
- Continue to Put on Amazing Events
- Continue to Systematize Everything We Do
- Conduct a Membership Drive in March
- Optimize Our Emails and Social Media Efforts
Put on Amazing Events – The Salute to Public Safety
This year we have a great program planned, have added more sponsors and are looking to grow on the number of attendees from last year’s 187. Looking forward to getting feedback from our attendees too.
You can register for the Salute to Public Safety here – https://chinovalleychamberofcommerce.com/a-salute-to-public-safety/
Continue to Systematize Everything We Do:
While we defined a large number of things the Chamber does last quarter, there are still many things we hope to complete by the end of this first quarter. We still need to systematize our events and the marketing plan for each event, committee guidelines, membership followup plans, and expectations and guidelines for board members.
The biggest thing we’re trying to tackle is creating an effective yearlong marketing campaign that will ensure we are doing a better job of promoting and marketing our events.
Another big component we’ll be introducing, which has been a long time coming, is the ability to pay for your membership automatically.
Membership Drive in March:
Our biggest goal this year was to grow membership by 84 members (7 members per month). Our membership data goes back to January, 2014 and our membership is higher than it has ever been at 384 members and we have no signs of slowing our membership growth.
To date, we’ve added 28 members since July. We’d like to see if our Chamber can grow our membership by 56 members during March. We have plans on how to make that happen and one of those plans will involve you helping us grow members in 2019.
Be on the lookout for our Membership Drive in March and our New Member Mixer on February 21.
Optimize Email and Social Media Efforts:
We are working to improve our communications with our members by incorporating numerous ways to get our message to you, the business community and stakeholders of the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Be on the lookout for updated outreach methods to keep you in the loop regarding anything and everything happening in the Chino Valley business community.
Have any thoughts on our goals for 2019?
Please let me know – ZWelborn@ChinoValleyChamber.com
Thanks for everything!
In 2018, the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce grew from 332 members on January 1 to 379 members by December 31.
We added new Chairman’s Circle gold sponsors Walmart FC #7049 and Walmart FC #8103 in 2018 and have added gold sponsor Chino Hills Ford, silver sponsor, Foddrill Construction, and bronze sponsors Apollo Insurance Services and TownePlace Suites by Marriott Ontario Chino Hills for 2019.
And, since taking over in June, our event participation and attendance is up by 29% from last year.
Every year the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce is looking for ways to help businesses in the Chino Valley become more and more successful. This year we’ve made a lot of positive strides in the right direction and are excited about the plans we have in store for 2019 (which we’ll share in an upcoming Executive Director’s message).
But for now, we’d like to take a look back on 2018 and share some of favorite successes and some of the things that made our Chamber great in 2018 (in no particular order).
We also want to encourage you to take our brief 5-question End-of-Year Survey to help make 2019 our best year ever – https://goo.gl/forms/HcGkrrmh3o5WfWXG2
Business @ Breakfast
Our Business @ Breakfasts take place every Wednesday at 7:45am at the Chino Hills Community Center located at 14250 Peyton Dr, Chino Hills, CA 91709. We routinely have between 30 and 50 business owners and have plans to continue to grow our Wednesday morning Business @ Breakfast events.
David Bare as Membership Director
David Bare became our Membership Director in 2018 and he’s been the main catalyst for the growth of the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce this year. Everyone I’ve spoken with has great things to say about David and his representation of the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Donna Gannon, Gloria Smith and Liz Divens have worked hard all year to make sure the members of the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce are well taken care of. They are committed, hard-working and are always looking to make sure our members get the support they need.
For more about our staff, go here – https://chinovalleychamberofcommerce.com/staff/
Our Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors is phenomenal. The men and women who comprise our Board of Directors do so as volunteers. Their ideas, effort and involvement have helped to make the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce what it is today. If you see them, be sure to thank them for their commitment to making the Chino Valley business community stronger.
See our Board of Directors here – https://chinovalleychamberofcommerce.com/board-of-directors/
Our Ambassador team has grown substantially this year. Terry Fitch agreed to be the Ambassador Chair and has done a fine job giving our Ambassadors an opportunity to reach out to our community on behalf of the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce. Thank you to the Ambassadors of the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce for your commitment to make the Chamber stronger. See who our Ambassadors are here: https://chinovalleychamberofcommerce.com/ambassadors/
Our Chairman’s Circle Sponsors
The Chamber would not be able to help and support local business without the support of our Chairman’s Circle Sponsors. Our Chairman’s Circle sponsors not only support the Chamber, but through their financial contributions they are supporting our business community as a whole. If you’re interested to learn who our Chairman’s Circle Members are or how to become one, please visit – https://chinovalleychamberofcommerce.com/chairmans-circle-sponsors/
We sold out booths at our Business Expo. The Business Expo has grown substantially over the past several years thanks to the Ambassadors, our members, our Business Expo committee, our Board of Directors and our staff. Just four years ago, our Business Expo only had 16 booths participating. This year our Business Expo grew to have more than 80 businesses represented at our annual Business Expo at the Shoppes at Chino Hills.
Our Holiday Luncheon was successful this year too as we increased our attendees to the most we’ve ever had and donated lots of toys and food to the Chino Neighborhood House.
Pizza & Politics
Board member Jim Gallagher took on the responsibilities of our Legislative Action Committee and has coordinated our Pizza & Politics since June. Our events have been extremely well attended. Jim was also instrumental in helping to put on our Candidate Forums for the City of Chino, City of Chino Hills and School Board this year too.
Business @ Lunch
Saundra-Marie Ramirez asked to head a committee for our new Business @ Lunch series. Chamber members visit a local participating restaurant, learn how the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce can better serve them and learn a bit more about the restaurants we are eating at from the owners themselves.
Thank you to everyone for your involvement in the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce in 2018. With your feedback, we hope to make 2019 even better.
Will you please answer this quick 5-question survey regarding your experience with the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce in 2019?
Take the survey – https://goo.gl/forms/HcGkrrmh3o5WfWXG2
“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.” – Melody Beattie
The Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce is made up of amazing individuals playing an active role in making our local business and economy stronger. With Thanksgiving just a few weeks away, we wanted to thank our Chairman’s Circle Sponsors, among others, who support and positively impact our business community.
To our community, volunteers, members, ambassadors, staff, Chairman’s Circle Sponsors, and board members … thank you!
Chairman’s Circle Sponsors:
Our Chamber doesn’t run without the involvement of our Chairman’s Circle Sponsors. These organizations not only contribute funds to ensure the success of the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce, but most of them donate time, resources and manpower as well.
Chairman’s Circle Sponsors contribute to our local business community by sponsoring Chino Valley Chamber events like the Business Expo, Holiday Luncheon, Salute to Public Safety, Taste of the Chino Valley, State of the City for Chino and Chino Hills, and our Installation Dinner.
In return, these organizations receive sponsorship benefits at these events, are promoted year-round on our website, emails, marketing materials, and social media channels, and value that comes from positively impacting our local economy by supporting local business – among many other things.
The Chamber has worked with many organizations for a number of years, and some have recently joined us.
We’d like to start by thanking those organizations who have backed us for a number of years.
Long-Time Chairman’s Circle Sponsors
Chino Valley Medical Center
Established in 1972, CVMC is a 112-bed community hospital that serves a diverse population and incorporates elements of urban, suburban, and rural medicine, offering a wide array of patient services. They have a bustling emergency department, 10 intensive care beds, full radiological and laboratory services; as well as a comprehensive operative suite with separate GI and pain facilities.
The City of Chino
Encompassing approximately 30 square miles, Chino is home to 88,000 residents in the Western San Bernardino region. Chino benefits from a well balanced landscape with established residential and commercial areas, beautiful neighborhoods, quaint hometown charm, and a diverse business foundation.
The City of Chino Hills
Chino Hills is well known for its high quality of life and beautiful rural atmosphere. The community has a population of 83,159, boasts 3,000 acres of publicly-owned open space, 43 parks, and 48 miles of trails.
Waste Management is the largest environmental solutions provider in North America, serving more than 21 million municipal, commercial and industrial customers in the U.S. and Canada. We have invested in developing waste solutions for a changing world. Today, this includes not just disposal and recycling, but personal counseling to help customers achieve their green goals, including zero waste.
Southern California Edison
We’re also extremely excited to announce several new partnerships starting this year. These are organizations who have been involved as members for years, like Apollo Insurance, or just moved into town, like our two new Walmart Distribution Centers or the new Kaiser Permanente facility.
Walmart FC #8103 and Walmart FC #7049
What started small, with a single discount store and the simple idea of selling more for less, has grown over the last 50 years into the largest retailer in the world. Each week, nearly 265 million customers and members visit more than 11,200 stores under 55 banners in 27 countries and eCommerce websites in 10 countries. With fiscal year 2018 revenue of $500.3 billion, Walmart employs over 2.2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. It’s all part of their unwavering commitment to creating opportunities and bringing value to customers and communities around the world.
Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to improving the health of our members and the communities we serve, by creating safe, healthy environments and providing care and coverage for all.
Apollo Insurance Services, Inc. is a full-service agency with over 40 years of experience offering a wide variety of insurance products and services. Founded in 1969, their expertise translates into the ability to offer the best coverage at the most reasonable rates.
Thank you to all of our Chairman’s Circle Sponsors for investing in the Chino Valley Business Community. Your commitment to improving our local economy and supporting local business is making a difference.
Are you interested in becoming a Chairman’s Circle Sponsor? Please contact me, Zeb Welborn, at ZWelborn@ChinoValleyChamber.com or call us at (909) 627 – 6177 to schedule an appointment to discuss our Chairman’s Circle Program and see if your company or organization would be a good fit.
Business Expo a Success:
The Business Expo is probably the largest event the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce puts on every year, and this year our Business Expo was the largest it has ever been. We sold out the Business Expo with 84 business booths to make this one our best attended Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce Business Expo.
It wouldn’t have been possible without the involvement of the Business Expo Committee and our sponsors who helped make our Business Expo a success.
Thank you to Business Expo committee members: Denise Cattern, Dean Burt, Suzanne Burt, Gigi Fix, Jim Gallagher, Saundra Marie Ramirez, Jimmy Garcia, Scott Burroughs, Abel Dutra, Lynette Goodenough, Sandy Graham, Gloria Smith, Liz Divens, Donna Gannon, Judy Conacher, and David Bare.
Thank you to Chairman’s Circle Sponsors and Business Expo Sponsors: Chino Valley Medical Center, Waste Management, the City of Chino Hills, the City of Chino, Walmart FC #7049, Walmart FC #8103, Champion Newspapers, Southern California Edison, Apollo Insurance Services, Rosanna Mitchell, Finance of America Mortgage, and Rockstars of Tomorrow.
And, lastly, thank you to those who volunteered their unique talents and traits to the Business Expo including Jimmy Garcia from Retro Rolling Video Games, Michael Anderson from Rockstars of Tomorrow, Rebecca Mocarski from Fred Astaire Dance Studio, the numerous stores in the Shoppes at Chino Hills who participated in our fashion show and, most importantly, the Shoppes at Chino Hills for giving us the opportunity to host our Business Expo at The Shoppes.
Check out pictures from the 2018 Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce Business Expo on our Facebook page.
We want your feedback on the Business Expo so we can make next years event even better. We want your feedback so much that we’re going to give one of our respondents a $250 gift card to The Shoppes at Chino Hills. The winner will be chosen at random on Monday, November 12 so be sure to give us your feedback by the end of this week.
To give us your feedback on the 2018 Business Expo please fill out this brief survey – https://goo.gl/forms/f00uIiJZPrUafyMt1
This month we have several activities planned, including:
Business @ Breakfast Every Wednesday at 7:45am at the Chino Hills Community Center
- Nov. 7 – Zeb Welborn from the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce on Chamber 101
- Nov. 14 – Shanise Turner from Orion International Academy on Early College Program
- Nov. 21 – No Business @ Breakfast because of Thanksgiving
- Nov. 28 – Suzanne Burt from Real Time Pain Relief on Business Cards
Lunch & Learn is currently the 2nd Thursday of Every Month from 11:30am to 1pm:
- Nov. 8 – VITA Italian Bar & Grill at 3101 W. Temple Ave., Pomona 91768
Grand Openings & Ribbon Cuttings:
- Nov. 8 – Grand Opening for TownPlace Suites, Chino Hills from 4pm to 6pm at 15881 Pomona Rincon Rd., Chino Hills 91709
- Nov. 29 – Ribbon Cutting at Thee Christmas Tree Company from 5pm to 7pm at the Chino Fairgrounds at 5410 Edison Ave. Chino, 91710
Ambassador & Membership Meeting (For Members Only) on the 2nd Tuesday of Every Month from Noon to 1pm:
- Nov. 13 – Ambassador & Membership Meeting at the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce Building
Monthly Mixer on the 3rd Thursday of Every Month from 5pm to 7pm:
- Nov. 15 – Soroptimist International-Chino Valley is hosting our monthly mixer at the Chino Youth Museum
Thank you to everyone for your involvement with the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce and to our Chairman’s Circle Sponsors. We have so much to be grateful for … thank you for being a part of the business community and the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Chamber Holiday Luncheon
- December 2018
More information to follow. Keep a look out for updates about our Holiday Luncheon.
October is a very busy month for the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce as we are planning for our annual Business Expo and hosting three candidate forums for Chino City Council, Chino Hills City Council and Chino Valley School Board. We also have many new businesses joining the Chamber which means more ribbon cuttings, grand openings and excitement at the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce.
The Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce Business Expo:
Our Business Expo is on Saturday, October 20 at The Shoppes at Chino Hills from 10am to 2pm. We had enough space for 82 booths and are SOLD OUT!!!
Thank you to everyone who registered for a booth at our Business Expo. If you haven’t reserved a booth, please join us from 10am to 2pm on Saturday, October 20 from 10am to 2pm.
Thank you to our team of great professionals who have worked to help us plan the Business Expo in 2018.
Here is a list of the businesses participating in our 2018 Business Expo:
A Better Solution In Home Care
All About Smile Dental
American Cancer Society
Apollo Insurance Services
Century 21 – Award – C – 21
Chino Hills Police Department
Chino Police Department
Chino Rotary Club
Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce
Chino Valley Fire District
Chino Valley Medical Center
Chino Youth Museum
City of Chino
City of Chino Hills
Conquer Fitness LLC
Dog Park for Chino Hills
East West Bank
Edward Jones Investments
Elite Outdoor Design, Inc.
Empower Physical Therapy & Wellness
Finance of America Mortgage
Forest Lawn Mortuary
Fred Astaire Dance Studio
Global Energy Services
Good Enough Travel
Hand & Stone Massage & Facial Spa
Home Instead Senior Care
King Realty Group
National Property Inspections
Nothing Bundt Cakes
NYNE SPOT Creative
Options for Youth
Pacific Empire Physical Medicine
Pediatric Dentistry of Chino Hills
Pomona Valley Habitat for Humanity
Real Time Pain Relief
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews
Retro Rolling Video Games
Rockstars Of Tomorrow
Rodan + Fields, JoAnn Ladrido
Rodan and Fields, Sandy Burk
Santa Fe Pharmacy
SOCAL Scooter Guy
Southern California Edison
Space Lift Design
State Farm – Diane Ronnebaum
State Farm – Yeri Chu
State Farm, John Edgar Agent
Sterling Bank & Trust
The Smile Generation
The Tilted Kilt
Vista Medical Group
Wellness Evolved Chiropractic
Our Business Expo should be extremely exciting as we plan to have live entertainment from Rockstars of Tomorrow, Suzanne Burt, Fred Astaire Dance Studio and a Fashion show from clothing stores located at The Shoppes.
Retro Rolling Video Games will have a video game truck for kids wanting to come and play video games, Priceless Pet Rescue will be showcasing some adorable pets who need new homes, Chino Valley Medical Center will be offering free flu shots, Chino and Chino Hills Police and Fire Departments will be on-hand to engage with the community and Fountains of Uke will be performing as well.
The Shoppes at Chino Hills and Sponsors of the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce Business Expo:
We want to give a HUGE thank you to The Shoppes at Chino Hills for giving us the opportunity to host our Business Expo at The Shoppes again this year. We love that you’re willing to partner with us and support the Chino Valley Business Community. The same goes for our sponsors at the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce Business Expo this year:
New Lunch and Learn with the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce:
A group of Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors wanted to host a monthly lunch networking event in collaboration with the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce. Saundra Marie Ramirez, Raziel Arciga, Lynnette Goodenough and Anne Heisinger all helped in putting together our new monthly Lunch & Learn event. We had our first lunch on October 11 at Woodstone Pizzeria from 11:30am to 1pm. You’ll hear more about it in our next Chairman’s Message.
Our second will be at VITA Italian Bar & Grill on Thursday, November 8 from 11:30am to 1pm.
Our plan is to visit Chamber member restaurants for a meal and networking. Each restaurant will have an opportunity to educate our members about their restaurant and the Chamber will also educate our members on how to take advantage of all the benefits the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce has to offer. Hope you’ll be able to join us.
We had a lot of fun in September including several Grand Opening and Ribbon Cuttings, a great mixer and a lot of activity on our social media accounts.
Grand Opening and Ribbon Cuttings:
We celebrated Ribbon Cuttings at The Tilted Kilt and Starbucks on September 7 and Xscape Pods (Watch the video) on September 24. We will update you on our two Ribbon Cuttings & Grand Openings on October 4 at California Regional MLS and TownPlace Suites. And we will hope to see you at our Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting for The Dental Office on Soquel Canyon on Saturday, October 13.
Monthly Mixer at Chino Neighborhood House:
Our Monthly Mixer at Chino Neighborhood House was so much fun. We set up Aguiar Square which is the park between the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Chino Neighborhood House. We had some great raffle prizes and made many new friends. In fact, our monthly mixer brought in two new members. How exciting and thank you to Chino Neighborhood House for hosting.
Member Highlight Videos:
Every month we plan to highlight members in monthly Facebook videos. To have a video feature on you or your business you can do so in one of four ways:
- Attend Wednesday Morning Business & Breakfast and enter raffle
- Enter via social media contests
- Become an Ambassador and attend Ambassador meetings
- Be a Board Member
Watch the Facebook videos we’ve done so far by clicking on them below…
- Thursday, October 18 – Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce Kickoff Mixer from at Limericks from 5pm to 7pm
- Friday, October 19 – Pizza & Politics Luncheon hosted by The League of Women Voters from 11:30am to 1pm
- Saturday, October 20 – Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce Business Expo from 10am to 2pm
Looking forward to an eventful month with the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce. Hope to see you at our Business Expo on Saturday, October 20.
The Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce will host a Candidate Forum for Chino and for Chino Hills on October 3 and October 10 respectively.
Chino Candidate Forum
The Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce is hosting its 2018 Candidate Forum for Chino City Council on Wednesday, October 3, from 7:00 – 8:30. at the Chino City Hall Chamber located at 13220 Central Ave, Chino, CA 91710. Candidates will be invited who seek office for the City of Chino City Council District 1, District 2, and District 3.
Chino Hills Candidate Forum
The following Wednesday, October 10th, from 7:00- 8:30, the Chamber will host the Chino Hills Candidate forum in the Chino Hills City Council Chamber located at 14000 City Center Dr, Chino Hills, CA 91709. Candidates will be invited who seek office for City of Chino Hills City Council District 4.
Doors for both events will open promptly at 6:15. Registration tables will be set up to confirm reserved seating so please RSVP to ZWelborn@ChinoValleyChamber.com and arrive ahead of the appointed forum time.
Submit Candidate Forum Questions
Questions for the candidates are requested from the public and can be sent to email ZWelborn@ChinoValleyChamber.com or mail to the Chamber office at 13150 7th St, Chino, CA 91710 no later than September 30, 2018. Questions should be simple and limited to no more than three proposed questions per email or mail. Questions will be sorted by topic with the best representation selected by an independent Chamber committee.
Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Zeb Welborn reminds the public that the Chamber does not endorse candidates, but chooses to host the candidate positions on issues important to the community which gives them a chance to address those issues in public. Crime, traffic, economic development, infrastructure, open space, and homelessness are typical topics in local municipal elections.
The event is free and open to the public, please RSVP to ensure a seat and email ZWelborn@ChinoValleyChamber.com or call the Chamber office at 909-627-6177.
Executive Director’s Report #2: August, 2018
We’ve had a great few months at the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce with lots of new member growth and exciting new things happening. This month I wanted to focus on our new members and welcoming them to our community.
New Member Mixer at Chino Youth Museum
On August 16, the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce hosted our New Member Business Mixer at the Chino Youth Museum.
We had an amazing turnout with 18+ of our new members participating. The night was filled with great food, excellent raffle prizes and fun business networking. We even had a few kids running around.
Thank you to our new members who participated that night:
- Wheel House Center,
- Retro Rolling Video Games – Best Game Truck in Chino / Chino Hills,
- The Dental Office on Soquel Canyon,
- KB Real Estate,
- New York Life Insurance
- CardConnect West
- doTERRA Essential Oils
- Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que, Chino Hills
- KidsArt – Chino Hills
- D1 Networks
- SoCal Synergy
- C & S California Capital
- Home Heights Realty
- Small Business Breakthrough
- OneWest Bank
- Los Portales
- Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que, Chino Hills
- Space Lift Design
New Member Explosion
Since the start of the new fiscal year, we’ve made a lot of strides to help provide more service for members of the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce and it’s been showing in our numbers. On June 1, 2014 the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce had 336 members and has gone up and down in small increments since then.
Until … our membership began to grow in March, 2018.
Since March our Chamber has gone from 319 members to 375 as it stands today and we’re adding more members every week.
A huge reason for the increase in our membership numbers is our new membership coordinator, David Bare. David began working with us around March/April 2018 and has been extremely proactive in reaching out to businesses in our community to let them know about all the good work we’re doing at the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Here’s our net membership growth per month since March, 2018:
- March: 319 to 327
- April: 327 to 346
- May: 346 to 358
- June: 358 to 364
- July: 364 to 371
- August: 371 to 375
When David meets with businesses in the Chino Valley he lets businesses know a variety of ways the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce can help their business. The things he’s found business owners find most attractive about the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce are:
- Being part of the Chino Valley Business community
- Our customizable listings on our website which act as a second website to help drive more traffic to member websites
- Our quarterly email blasts which members can use to get in front of 2,000+ local businesses and community leaders
- The fun group of people you can meet and connect with
“The reason that a lot of people are not chamber members,” David says, “is because no one ever asked them. Kind of like the reason some people are not married.”
Thank you David Bare for all your hard work to bring new businesses into the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce!
This month we’ll be sharing photos of the plaques our new members have received this month on our Facebook page. Be sure to follow us on Facebook if you’re not already – https://www.facebook.com/ChinoValleyChamberOfCommerce/
Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce Business Expo
Another huge opportunity for the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce and the businesses in our community is our annual Business Expo. And this Business Expo is going to be bigger and better than ever.
The year before I became Chairman of the Board, our Business Expo was on its last legs. In 2014, our Business Expo was held on the lawn in front of Chino City Hall and only 16 businesses participated with very little foot traffic. Since then, our Business Expo has grown substantially and while the numbers vary from last years event, we had between 67 and 80 businesses participating.
We hope to make that even more this year.
It’s still early in the planning process, but we have loads of entertainment secured for the event including Rockstars of Tomorrow, the 2018 Chino Hills Business of the Year. We also are working with the shops at The Shoppes at Chino Hills to be more involved this year too.
All signs point to our best Business Expo to date.
Register for the 2018 Business Expo here – https://chinovalleychamberofcommerce.com/business-expo/
You can also let people know you plan on attending the 2018 Business Expo by visiting the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Business Expo event page here – https://www.facebook.com/events/236670526979566/?active_tab=discussion
Here are some of our upcoming events for the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce. Hope to see you at some of our events this month.
September 7 Ribbon Cutting at the Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery
The Tilted Kilt will be hosting a ribbon cutting on September 7 from 10:30am to 1:00pm. In the morning they’ll be doing a live radio show with Keyshawn Johnson from 6am to 10am. I also heard they’re going to have some inexpensive Mimosas and Bloody Marys if you’re into that sort of thing.
September 20 Chamber Valley Chamber of Commerce Mixer at Chino Neighborhood House
Our September Mixer will be held at Aquiar Square located at 13191 6th St. from 5pm to 7pm in collaboration with the Chino Neighborhood House. Should be a great time, please come to connect with other Chino Valley Business owners at our monthly mixer.
September 24 Ribbon Cutting for Xscape Pods
Xscape Pods is a new Escape Room experience located at 4200 Chino Hills Pkwy, #825.
Join the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce on September 24 from 12pm – 3pm for the coolest new Escape Room experience in town.
Upcoming Business @ Breakfast Topics:
The Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce hosts a weekly Business @ Breakfast every Wednesday from 7:45am to 9am at the Chino Hills Community. Please join us for the opportunity to share your business with 30+ local business owners, learn something to better prepare your business for the future and network.
- September 5 – “How to Budget & Plan for Small Business Success” – Jason Zara from Zara Business Strategies | Breakfast Sponsor –
- September 12 – “Cyber Security” – Eddie Darmawan from D1 Networks, Inc.
- September 19 – “Banking in 2018” – Karon Mulligan from US Bank
- September 26 – “TBD” – BB from SunGuide Solutions
If you joined us this past year, thank you for becoming a new member. Hope to see you sometime in September!
As the new Executive Director for the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce, I wanted to introduce myself and share some of my plans for the future of the chamber.
My online marketing business, Welborn Media, joined the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce in 2012 and became Chino Business of the Year in 2013. Because of my business, I got involved in the chamber by heading the Membership Committee, becoming a Board Member, Executive Board Member, and Chairman of the Board in the 2015/2016 year.
Since starting my business and joining the chamber I’ve had had a strong passion to help business owners be more successful and am excited to take on this new role to help more businesses in the Chino Valley achieve their goals.
One of my biggest goals since joining the Chamber was helping local businesses compete in the global marketplace by understanding how to use the internet to drive business. In today’s economy, the online and the offline world have changed the way business is done. It’s important for an organization like the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce to not only set a strong example, but also to help businesses take advantage of the internet to build a better business
To that end, I plan to have an open dialogue through a monthly Executive Director’s Report to keep you in the loop about everything that’s happening at the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce and, hopefully, give you some ideas and ways to improve your business along the way.
So, here we go…
The theme for our Installation Gala was past, present and future. As a result, we decided to honor members who represented our past, present and future. The following members were honored based on the number of consecutive years they’ve been members with the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce:
- Champion Newspapers
- Southern California Gas Company
- Chino Hills Police/Sheriff’s Department
- Gavrila Dental
- Crum Optometric Group, Inc.
- J G Electrical Services
- Monte Vista Water District
- Heights Christian Schools
- Pomona Valley Health Center-Crossroads
- Chino Neighborhood House
- Chino Hills Corporate Park
- Intro-Tech Automotive
- Loving Savior Lutheran Church & School
- Chino Hills Community Foundation
- The Pub at Chino Hills
- Good Enough Travel
- Golden Empire Mortgage
- West Inland Empire E.A.C.
We also honored the 111 businesses who joined the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce in the past year.
Every year we give awards to those who impact the Chino Valley Business Community. This year our award winners were:
- Above & Beyond Award: David Bare
- Ambassador of the Year: Terry Fitch
- Chairman’s Award: James Gallagher
- Chino Business of the Year: Foddrill Construction
- Chino Hills Business of the Year: Rockstars of Tomorrow
In addition, the Chino Champion honored Lynda Flathers as the Chino Valley Outstanding Citizen of the Year at our Installation Ceremony.
Last but not least, we promoted Frank Ortiz to Past Chairman of the Board and installed Eric Hasanoff as our new Chairman of the Board.
Our new/returning Board of Directors installed at the Installation Gala are:
- Art Bennett: City of Chino Hills
- Eric Hasanoff: Golden Empire Mortgage
- Frank Ortiz: A Shot at Happiness
- Gabriel Hill: Insurance & Surety Services, LLC
- Gail Christner: Apollo Insurance
- Gary George: City of Chino
- Gel Delos Santos: Mortgage Solutions Financial
- Glenda Chavez: Waste Management
- Gustavo Miranda: Sam’s Club
- Gwen Kleist: Kaiser Permanente
- James Gallagher: Dog Park for Chino Hills, Non-Profit
- Leonora Foddrill: Foddrill Construction Corp.
- Marcia McBean: Chino Commercial Bank
- Teresa Hull: Chaffey College
Our Installation Gala would not have gone off without the help and assistance of so many. Thank you to our event sponsors:
- City of Chino
- City of Chino Hills
- Chino Valley Medical Center
- Waste Management
And to table sponsors Champion Newspapers, Southern California Edison, and Walmart; wine sponsor Chino Kiwanis Club, and individual sponsor Apollo Insurance.
A special thank you to Judy Conacher who helped secure a wine donation from New World International Wine Competition. And to Judy and Jim Gallagher for helping to plan the event.
Congratulations to our honorees, award winners, new Board of Directors and outgoing Chairman of the Board, Frank Ortiz on a great year for the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce.
It was exciting to hear new Board Chairman Eric Hasanoff’s vision for the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce. Eric is looking to take a proactive approach in advancing the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce’s profile by enhancing the technology inside the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce to help modernize the Chamber to not only compete in today’s economy, but to help lead the pack. I, for one, will be excited to execute on Eric’s vision.
Pizza & Politics:
On Thursday, July 16 we hosted our quarterly Pizza & Politics at the Carolyn Owens Community Building. The new Captain of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Chino Hills Station, John Walker, spoke on Business Safety Tips and introduced himself to our business community. Seems like the Chino Valley business community is in good hands with the new Captain.
Ribbon Cuttings, Grand Openings & Anniversaries:
We hosted some exciting Ribbon Cuttings and Grand Openings in July.
- July 7: Wheel House Center
- July 19: Lewis Apartments
On July 19 we also hosted an Anniversary event at Dickey’s BBQ.
Business @ Breakfast:
Our Wednesday Business @ Breakfast event is a great way to connect with other business professionals and learn something along the way. The following speakers did a great job sharing their knowledge on the following with the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce at 7:45am on Wednesdays at the Chino Hills Community Center.
- July 11: Steven Melo from Lyoness Cash Back Solutions spoke on “Customer Loyalty & CRM”
- July 18: Carlos Garcia from FYI Technologies spoke on “Cyberbullying”
- July 25: Frank Ortiz from A Shot at Happiness spoke on “The Magic Within Us”
- Wednesday, August 15: Patrick Moesser from Vertical Computers will be speaking on “Virtual CIO vs. Conventional CIO” at our Business @ Breakfast at 7:45am at the Chino Hills Community Center.
- Thursday, August 16: Chino Valley Chamber August Mixer by and at the Chino Youth Museum from 5 to 7pm. Come check out our newest members at our monthly night-time mixer.
- Wednesday, August 22: Judy Conacher from Snaptown-ShopCV will be speaking on “Shop Local” at our Business @ Breakfast at 7:45am at the Chino Hills Community Center.
- Saturday, August 25: Chino Smiles Dentistry and Orthodontics will host a Grand Re-Opening Celebration at their office at 6961 Schaefer Avenue from 11am to 1pm. Expect complimentary In-N-Out, Face Painting, Balloon Art, a Bounce House, Cotton Candy, DJ Entertainment, Raffles and more.
- Wednesday, August 29: Ryan Pourhassanian from the Chino Valley Fire District will be speaking on the “Cardiac Care Program” at our Business @ Breakfast at 7:45am at the Chino Hills Community Center.
Facebook Video Plan:
Last, but not least I always wanted the Chamber to do a better job at promoting our local businesses online. To that end, I wanted to let you know of my intention to shoot a Facebook video per week highlighting a Chamber member business. This will give us all an opportunity to get to know each other better and highlight our member businesses.
Every month I will interview Chamber members via video (or if the Chamber member prefers highlight their business in a Facebook post.)
Each month I’ll break it down to a video per week. The videos will be chosen from the following categories:
- Highlight a Board Member
- Highlight an Ambassador
- Social Media Contest Winner
- Raffle Winner at Business @ Breakfast Meeting
We will also share these videos in our Executive Directors Report each month and via our email database.
For our first social media contest, we had Yeri Chu State Farm, Delicate Smiles, Foddrill Construction, CORE Real Estate and Mountain Mike’s participate. You can watch our live video unveiling our winner here – https://www.facebook.com/ChinoValleyChamberOfCommerce/videos/291367688263007/
Thank you for being a member of the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce. We’re looking forward to great things in the 2018/2019 Chamber year.
Thanks for everything!