Giving Thanks to Our Chairman’s Circle Sponsors | Executive Director’s Report #4

By Zeb Welborn | November 6, 2018 | 0 Comments
Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce Chairman's Circle Sponsors

“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.

Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce Chairman's Circle Sponsors

 

Long-Time Chairman’s Circle Sponsors

Platinum 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.

Gold Sponsors:

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

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.

Champion Newspapers

Champion Newspapers publishes two award-winning community newspapers serving the Chino Valley area in Southern California. The Chino Champion and the Chino Hills Champion are delivered by carriers and by mail to subscribers and others reaching over 90% of Chino Valley homes every Saturday morning. Copies are also available for sale at newsstands and stores throughout the Chino Valley.

Silver Sponsor:

Southern California Edison

Electricity powers our homes, our businesses, and our communities. SCE has delivered it to Southern and Central California for more than 125 years. As one of the nation’s largest electric utilities, they’re committed to keeping electricity safe, reliable, affordable and clean today and for the future.

New Chairman’s Circle Sponsors

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.

Gold Sponsors:

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.

Silver Sponsor:

Kaiser Permanente

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.

Bronze Sponsor:

Apollo Insurance

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

Upcoming Events:

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.

The Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce Business Expo | Executive Directors Report #3

By Zeb Welborn | October 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

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.

2018 Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce Business Expo

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
Cambridge Institute
Century 21 – Award – C – 21
Chaffey College
Champion Newspaper
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
Color Street
Conquer Fitness LLC
Dog Park for Chino Hills
East West Bank
Edward Jones Investments
Elite Outdoor Design, Inc.
Empower Physical Therapy & Wellness
Family Heritage
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
iFly Ontario
Jody Moore
Kaiser
KidsArt
King Realty Group
Marlon Carpin
Mass Mutual
National Property Inspections
Nothing Bundt Cakes
Nutrishop
NYNE SPOT Creative
Options for Youth
Pacific Empire Physical Medicine
Pediatric Dentistry of Chino Hills
Pomona Valley Habitat for Humanity
Priceless Pets
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
Rosanna Mitchell
Roses Say
Ruby Ribbon
Santa Fe Pharmacy
SB-Fourth District
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
SunGuide Solutions
Tarbell Realtors
The Smile Generation
The Tilted Kilt
Vista Medical Group
Walmart
Walmart
Waste Management
Wellness Evolved Chiropractic

Entertainment:

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:

City of Chino
City of Chino Hills
Chino Valley Medical Center
Waste Management
Walmart FC #7049
Walmart FC #8103
Southern California Edison
Kaiser Permanente
Champion Newspapers
Apollo Insurance
Finance of America Mortgage
Rosanna Mitchell
Please check out our Business Expo Facebook Event Page here – https://www.facebook.com/events/236670526979566/

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.

September Recap:

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:

  1. Attend Wednesday Morning Business & Breakfast and enter raffle
  2. Enter via social media contests
  3. Become an Ambassador and attend Ambassador meetings
  4. Be a Board Member

Watch the Facebook videos we’ve done so far by clicking on them below…

Eric Hasanoff - GEM Mortgage

Eric Hasanoff – GEM Mortgage

Raziel Arcega - Asian Business Association Inland Empire

Raziel Arcega – Asian Business Association Inland Empire

Yeri Chu - State Farm Insurance

Yeri Chu – State Farm Insurance

Chris Crump - Xscape Pods

Chris Crump – Xscape Pods

 

Upcoming Activities:

  • 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.

Zeb

Candidate Forum for Chino and Chino Hills Hosted by the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce

By Zeb Welborn | September 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

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 Candidate Forum

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.

Chino Hills Candidate Forum

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.

New Member Explosion at the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce

By Zeb Welborn | September 3, 2018 | 0 Comments
Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce New Member Mixer August 2018

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.

Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce New Member Mixer August 2018

Thank you to our new members who participated that night:

A special thank you to new member Los PortalesCannataro’s RestaurantMountain Mike’s Pizza, and Sizzler for providing food and new member Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que, Chino Hills for drinks.

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.”

David Bare and Chino Smiles - Chino Valley Chamber of CommerceDavid Bare and Orion International School Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce

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

2018 Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce Business Expo Flyer

Upcoming Events:

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!

Zeb

A Welcome Message from New Executive Director Zeb Welborn: Executive Director’s Report #1: The Installation Gala

By Zeb Welborn | August 15, 2018 | 0 Comments

Hello!

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…

Installation Gala:

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:

100+ Years:

  • Champion Newspapers

50 Years:

  • Southern California Gas Company

25 Years:

  • Chino Hills Police/Sheriff’s Department
  • Gavrila Dental
  • Crum Optometric Group, Inc.
  • J G Electrical Services
  • Monte Vista Water District
  • Heights Christian Schools

10 Years:

  • Pomona Valley Health Center-Crossroads
  • Chino Neighborhood House
  • Chino Hills Corporate Park
  • Intro-Tech Automotive

5 Years:

  • 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

Chino Hills Business of the Year Rockstars of Tomorrow      Chino Business of the Year Foddrill Construction Corp.

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.

Frank Ortiz and Eric Hasanoff

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

Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors 2018/2019

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

Installation Gala Event Sponsors, Waste Management, Chino Valley Medical Center, City of Chino, City of Chino Hills

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.

Captain John Walker Chino Hills Sheriff

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.

Wheel House Center Ribbon Cutting   Lewis Apartments Santa Barbara Apartments Grand Opening    Dickey's BBQ Chino Anniversary

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”

Frank Ortiz at Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce

 

Upcoming Chamber Events:

  • 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/

Frank Ortiz Social Media Contest for Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce

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!

Zeb Welborn

Zeb Welborn and Sebastian