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Chino Valley Business Expo Event Recap

By | March 15, 2021 | Comments Off on Chino Valley Business Expo Event Recap
Chino Valley Business Expo Event Recap 


Due to the pandemic, our Business Expo looked a bit different than in years past.

Instead of an in-person expo, the Chamber organized a virtual event to highlight 66 participating businesses. By utilizing online marketing tools such as social media, email outreach, and our website, we were able to reach thousands of people.
Our #CVBizMonth Campaign generated the following results:
  • Sent out over 21 emails to our 2,000+ Chino Valley businesses
  • Numerous #CVBizMonth businesses featured in Champion Newspapers
  • 236,845 people saw our promotions on Google and 1,193 people clicked through to our #CVBizMonth webpage
  • 70,500 people were reached on Facebook a total of 127,154 times and 2,174 people clicked through to the website
  • 9,690 people visited our website during our #CVBizMonth campaign

With all of the content we collected during #CVBizMonth, we were able to submit these videos to appear on Chino (Monday through Friday from 12-1 PM) and Chino Hills Channel 3. Have you seen our Chamber content on Channel 3 yet?

We want to extend a huge thank you to each of the businesses who took part in our virtual expo.

In particular, we want to extend our appreciation to our Chairman’s Circle sponsors (especially the City of Chino, City of Chino Hills and Foddrill Construction) for identifying 16 businesses that were facing immense challenges during COVID to give them some additional exposure.

Please consider supporting these Chino Valley businesses who are looking to build a stronger business community in the Chino Valley.

You can also see their posts by searching for the #CVBizMonth hashtag on any social media channel.

Board of Directors Slate of Nominees

By Liz Divens | March 1, 2021 | Comments Off on Board of Directors Slate of Nominees

The Chino Valley Chamber Board of Directors recently voted to confirm a new slate of members to join the board. To learn a little more about each of them, check out their bios below!

Brandon Jemison

Brandon is a born and raised native of Southern California. With over 20+ years of hospitality experience, if there is one thing Brandon understands, it is the importance of making a city feel like home to all. Brandon was brought on board to Twenty Four Seven Hotels in 2017. After a year of working at multiple properties and stepping in where they needed help, Brandon was presented with the opportunity to be the opening General Manager of a newly built TownePlace Suites by Marriot Ontario Chino Hills. He quickly fell in love with everything the Chino, Chino Hills area had to offer. In 2019, he and his wife purchased a home in Chino and have set their roots in this city with their dog, Roo.

“I want to thank the Board of Directors for the opportunity to serve this city. This city is beautiful and booming with potential. I am excited to take my seat on the board for the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce and look forward to being a part of the ongoing growth and development of local business and travel to Chino Valley.” – Brandon Jemison

Clark Canedy

What started as a ten-year old’s landscaping business in 1969 has evolved into a company that has achieved a client combined total gross sales value of over $65,000,000 a year. How did MSI get here? When our founder, Clark Canedy, was ten years old, he ran two paper routes to pay for his hobby of building and flying remote-controlled airplanes. His entrepreneurial spirit was strong, and he began his own landscaping business at an early age. In college, Clark furthered his interest in business by pursing a degree in accounting, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Law. Clark also furthered his interest in aviation by learning to fly real planes. He paid his own way
through college, learning valuable lessons along the way.

From there, Clark installed computers and technical software for multiple companies. While working on computers, Clark began to see that the structure of these businesses were inefficient and wasting hundreds of thousands of dollars. Clark restructured these businesses to be more
efficient, saving them these wasted dollars, and he quickly became recognized a turnaround expert. His unique view on business got him recruited into the field of health care, where he was immediately hired as a CFO and COO. Within his first year as CFO and COO, Clark grew the
pre-tax profit of the company from $150,000 to $1.9M.

Since then, Clark has completed more than 35 multimillion-dollar mergers and acquisitions and has designed exit strategies for clients of up to $10.5M. Clark’s clarity of vision, ability to analyze, problem solve, and strategically plan has led to an impressive and highly-valuable track record. Clark has now structured his business skills into Management Strategic Ideas, taking his skills another step further to help businesses secure their goals and success. Combining strong communication with expert collaboration, MSI provides CFO, CEO, and COO services to clients who want to grow and improve their businesses. MSI is ready to help your business take off for a
smooth and successful flight today!

Sandra Ayala

Motivating small businesses to continue to succeed and improve our community are my main goals. I have been fortunate enough to run a successful restaurant in Chino and it’s been a dream come true. At the age of 20, I became one of the youngest restaurant operators in our city. With many bumps on the road, I have managed to maneuver over those bumps making Los Portales a Staple of our community. The road to success doesn’t come easy but with much love, passion, hard work dedication, and self-belief that spark that once seemed so far away, will become your everyday light. I want to see every business in our community continue to grow and every household is “Chino Proud”.

Advocating for Businesses in 2020

By Liz Divens | February 5, 2021 | Comments Off on Advocating for Businesses in 2020

Before the pandemic hit, our Chamber was getting much more active in helping advocate for businesses. We are members of the Western Association of Chamber Executives, US Chamber and the Inland Empire Legislative Alliance.

We will continue partnering with these entities to help support businesses at the Federal, State, County and local levels.

Legislative Advocacy & Action

As our members began to navigate state-mandated closures, the Chamber worked with federal representatives to ensure that small businesses in the Chino Valley were supported through the CARES Act. Additionally, the Chamber sent the below letters to our local elected officials. Federal Relief For Small Business Small Biz Coalition Letter These letters advocated for additional relief, as well as more fair and equitable considerations when addressing mandated closures. Following these efforts, a second round of federal funding was announced to support small businesses experiencing hardships. The Chino Valley Chamber also supported the Inland Empire Chamber Alliance to develop the below stances on legislation affecting business owners.


2020 Salute to Public Safety

By Liz Divens | February 5, 2021 | Comments Off on 2020 Salute to Public Safety

Chino Valley Business Leaders Thank First Responders

Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce businesses would like to thank our first responders including Chino Valley Fire, Chino Police, Chino Hills Police, California Institution for Men and California Institution for Women. We appreciate all that you do for our community.

Deputy Eileen Negron

Chino Valley Sheriff’s Department Deputy of the Year

Deputy Eileen Negron was hired by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department in 2005 and has been assigned to the Chino Hills station since April 2013. During her time at the station, she has worked to develop her patrol and investigative skills.

Deputy Negron has a great talent for interacting effectively with people during the course of her work day. Her excellent ability to deal with people has led to multiple citizens contacting the station to commend her. She is a good decision maker and a leader. In recognition of her leadership and investigative skills, she was assigned to serve as the acting detective in May of 2019.

With just a few months in the position, Deputy Negron has coordinated surveillance, overseen a search warrant on a residence, authored over 30 search warrants, and served effectively at the detective level.

Chino Hills Police Department supervisors selected Deputy Negron as the Deputy of the Year because of her excellent work ethic, decision-making skills, and consistently high performance.

Steve Burns

Chino Valley Fire District Employee of the Year

Steve Burns has served as the Fleet and Facilities Coordinator for the Chino Valley Fire District for five years. Steve and his wife, Sheri, have been residents of Chino for more than two decades. They have two adult children, Brent and Stevie. Steve is a graduate of Diamond Bar High School and the California State Contractor’s License School. He has over 20 years of experience as a contractor, and throughout his career, Steve has worked across a wide range of fields with several companies. Before coming to the Fire District, Steve was a local business owner, where he perfected his mechanical and business practices. As the Fleet and Facilities Coordinator for the Fire District, Steve handles repairs, general maintenance, and coordination of large projects. He has been involved in the procurement, development, and completion of our new maintenance facility. He has implemented new business practices, including a robust fleet maintenance program. Steve is involved in several programs that include the Heart Safe/Bleed Safe Program, Make a Child Smile, and the Remembering When program. His talents and experience have been put to good use with the installations of several automated external defibrillators trauma kits and smoke alarms in the homes of senior citizens throughout the community. Steve is a proud member of the community, and when not busy building or working on his next project, he can be found volunteering his time at District community events. His creativity and attention to detail are showcased in his designing and production of signs, plaques, and trophies throughout district facilities. In his personal life, Steve enjoys traveling to Cancun, Cabo San Lucas, and the Colorado River with his family.

Glenna Oliver

Chino Police Department Civilian of the Year

Public Safety Dispatcher Glenna Oliver is an exceptional employee. She has been a member of the Chino Police Department for 22 years and has held the positions of Communications Training Officer, Tactical Dispatcher, and Peer Support Coordinator.

Glenna is well known throughout the department for her kind, caring personality, which shows how deeply she cares for those she works with. Glenna’s enthusiasm for the Chino Police Department and its members is second to none. She has the ability to connect with every person she encounters, and her concern is truly genuine.

Glenna has been instrumental in the creation of our Peer Support Team and Family Matters Program. When a local police officer was killed, Glenna helped to coordinate meals and a visit to the other department’s dispatch center. She is often found checking in with those that have been off sick or have had a recent surgery.

Glenna demonstrates characteristics such as Commitment, Purpose, Passion, and Optimism. Many are honored to call her friend and this organization flourishes because she is a part of it. For her work ethic, dedication, and caring commitment to the members of this organization, Glenna is being recognized as the 2019 Professional Staff Employee of the Year.

Matthew Robertson

Chino Valley Fire’s Firefighter of the Year

Matt Robertson is a Firefighter/Paramedic and a four-year veteran of the Chino Valley Fire District. Matt and his wife, Crystal, reside in Huntington Beach with their two sons, Barron and Boden.

Matt grew up in Chino Hills where he graduated from Ayala High School. He studied Fire Science at Mount San Antonio College and completed a state-accredited fire academy at Riverside Community College. He studied paramedicine at Orange Coast College before receiving his paramedic license from National College of Technical Instruction in 2010. Matt is currently working to complete his bachelor’s degree in Emergency Medical Services Management from Columbia Southern University.

Matt was nominated as Firefighter of the Year by his peers for his service and commitment to the District. He is a member of the District’s Urban Search and Rescue and Swift Water Rescue teams. Matt is an International Association of Fire Fighters Survival Instructor. He has competed in the annual California Fire EMS and Disaster Conference (CFED) paramedic competition. He placed first in 2018 and second in 2019 with team member Adam Barker.

Matt’s positive attitude, professionalism, and solid work ethic are just a few of his attributes. He serves on the Fire Ground Survival Committee and is an instructor for the District’s new hire academy. He is a member of the Chino Valley Fire Foundation and is the facilities coordinator for the Make a Child Smile program. He is on the Saint Paddy’s Festival committee. He also serves as a member of the ALS Association’s Golden West Chapter. In his personal life, Matt enjoys skiing, mountain biking, endurance sports, and camping with his family.

Congratulations Matt for being selected as the 2020 Firefighter of the Year!

Jason Larkin

2019 Chino Police Officer of the Year

Corporal Larkin has been with the department for over 13 years. He has held a variety of special assignments to include Training Coordinator, Narcotic Investigator, DEA Task Force Officer, FTO, Part- time Background Investigator, Department Instructor, and Detective. Despite his impressive experience, Corporal Larkin is very humble and personable, which makes him a great representative of our department and law enforcement in general.

Corporal Larkin is an extremely hard worker and a skilled investigator. He has a remarkable ability to relate to everyone he comes in to contact with. Corporal Larkin is always looking for opportunities to mentor others and is an exceptional team member who truly enjoys seeking out the criminal element. Over the course of the last year, Corporal Larkin has conducted several noteworthy investigations and assisted with many others. These investigations include armed robberies, ADWs, burglaries, a home invasion robbery, a backflow valve theft series, attempted murders, and murders.

Corporal Larkin also assisted kids in need at Loma Linda Children’s Hospital. He coordinated with the police associations to raise donations for the “K-Froggers for Kids Radiothon” which benefits kids battling cancer during the holiday season. Corporal Larkin spoke on the air about the cause and challenged others to donate as well. Several other local law enforcement agencies responded by making significant donations that ultimately raised over $300,000 in donations for the hospital.

For his exceptional job performance and going above and beyond in community engagement, Corporal Jason Larkin is being recognized as the 2019 Officer of the Year.

To view full program, visit link HERE

Chino Valley Business Leaders Thank You

“Thanks to our First Responders for continuing to do an excellent job!” – Rosemarie Miller Harrison, AACE Home Care Inc.

Chino Valley Business Awards 2020

By Liz Divens | February 3, 2021 | Comments Off on Chino Valley Business Awards 2020

Congratulations Chino Valley Businesses

2020 was challenging for so many businesses. The Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce wanted to honor those businesses that persevered, supported one another, served the community and continued to support the Chamber. Congratulations for making it through 2020!

2020 Chino Business of the Year: Health Service Alliance – Team Lally

This year’s winner of the Chino Business of the Year award is Health Service Alliance: Team Lally. Health Services Alliance provides comprehensive and integrated primary medical, dental, and mental health and substance abuse treatment services to the low-income residents of southwest San Bernardino County, California. HSA’s target population are the 193,008 residents who live below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) in the cities of Chino and Montclair, as well as sections of Ontario to the east, Pomona to the west, and Upland to the north.

In a challenging year for Chino Valley businesses, Health Service Alliance increased their support for Chino Valley businesses by becoming the Chamber’s largest supporter and sponsor. In addition, they have provided trainings to educate businesses on COVID-19’s community impact for people and healthcare workers.

Dr. Lally and Health Service Alliance have made a substantial difference in the success of Chino Valley businesses in a year when they needed their support the most. We thank Dr. Lally and Health Service Alliance for their continued support of our community. Your contributions make all of our businesses stronger.

It is our honor to present Dr. Lally and Health Service Alliance with the 2020 Chino Business of the Year Award.

2020 Chino Hills Business of the Year: Infuzion Zone

The winner of this year’s Chino Hill Business of the Year award is Infuzion Zone. Opened in 2019, Infuzion Zone is an indoor laser tag and family fun center, who like many businesses, have faced closures as a result of the pandemic.

Infuzion Zone’s owner, Deanna Margaritha, is the embodiment of grit, perseverance, and determination. Despite mandated closures, Deanna has succeeded in providing a variety of virtual experiences, including “Parties to Go,” and “paint nights,” each of which have allowed her to continue providing fun experiences for the Chino Valley community.

Although COVID-19 has presented Deanna with many setbacks in her personal and professional life, she has continued to offer her support to countless other businesses navigating economic hardships.

Because of Deanna’s openness with sharing her experience, the Chamber was inspired to reach out to local elected officials and share her story. As a result, officials helped to ensure more direct funding to small businesses like hers.

She has also connected with, educated, and inspired many businesses in the Chino Valley. She is and will continue to be a valuable asset to the Chino Valley and our businesses.

Deanna has remained an active member of the Chamber, assisting with our entrepreneurial pitch competition, legislative action committee, and joining our Board of Directors.

We thank Deanna for her support of each chamber business during these challenging times and are delighted to present her with the 2020 Chino Hills Business of the Year.

Installation of the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors 2020/2021

The Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for the 2020/2021 year was installed on Monday, January 25 at 3pm.

The Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors consists of Eric Hasanoff, Marcia McBean, Glenda Chavez, Leonora Foddrill, Gustavo Miranda, Cynthia Moran, Mark Hargrove, James Gallagher, Christina Gagnier, Gigi Fix, Kavita Bhatia, Will Fleet, Melissa Demirci, Deanna Margaritha, Terry Fitch, Heather Parsons and Josh Sun.

Thank you for your commitment to serving the Chino Valley community!

Christina Gagnier – 2020 CVCC Above & Beyond Award Winner

Christina Gagnier is the winner of the 2020 CVCC Above & Beyond Award because of her work creating the 1st Annual Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce Pitch Competition in which we gave $5,000 in grants to Chino Valley Unified School District students to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams.

In addition to preparing, planning and emceeing the event she has offered her legal guidance and expertise to the Chamber and supported Chino Valley businesses through sponsorships, participation and serving on our Board of Directors.

She is currently assisting the Chamber in creating a series of workshops to promote entrepreneurship in the Chino Valley in collaboration with the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Raziel Arcega – 2020 CVCC Ambassador of the Year Winner

Raziel is the winner of the 2020 Ambassador of the Year Award for her dedicated commitment to supporting the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce in our effort to be a catalyst for business growth, a convener of leaders and influencers and a champion for a stronger community.

Raziel is the first person to raise her hand when opportunities come to support the Chamber and our efforts. She is on virtually every committee the Chamber has and participates in those committees with enthusiasm, kindness, and conviction. She works hard to invite businesses she meets to participate in Chamber activities and always brings her smile to every encounter. Everyone who meets/knows Raziel comments on how amazing she is.

We are lucky to have Raziel Arcega as an ambassador for the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Clark Canedy – 2020 CVCC Chairman’s Award Winner

Clark Canedy from Management Strategic Ideas is the winner of the 2020 Chairman’s Award because of his work creating, planning and executing The Breeze Takes Flight for journalism students at Chaffey College.

To be helpful to the Chamber, Clark offered free Discovery Flights out of Chino Airport to winners of a raffle conducted at our weekly Business @ Breakfast events.

He thought this was a great marketing opportunity and solicited Chaffey College and their journalism program to do a story on the Discovery Flights out of DuBois Aviation.

For the past two years he has organized and ran a contest for Chaffey College students to earn scholarships for the stories/videos they do in their journalism class.

His efforts have supported Chino Valley businesses, Chaffey College students and local journalism.

The Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Pandemic in 2020

By Zeb Welborn | December 30, 2020 | Comments Off on The Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Pandemic in 2020

The world changed for all of us in March.

When the pandemic hit, everything was so uncertain. We tried our best to educate business owners and support them during an unprecedented time. In June, we wrote an article titled, A Letter from the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce | Support Local Businesses which highlighted everything we did for businesses from March through June. Click on the link to read that article.

During the second half of the year, the Chamber worked hard to bring back a sense of normalcy, deliver exposure and services to our sponsors and members, and fought to support businesses struggling during the pandemic.

Business As Usual

The Chamber never shut down during 2020. We changed some of the ways we do things, but we never stopped serving our mission to be catalysts for business growth, conveners of leaders and influencers and champions for a stronger community.

We continued to host our Business @ Breakfast events every Wednesday, held several Pizza & Politics events, several evening Mixers and even held a handful of Ribbon Cuttings.

We kept our commitments to our sponsors by re-imagining our major annual events. Thank you to our Chairman’s Circle Sponsors for continuing to support the efforts of our Chamber!

Taste of the Chino Valley – #CVRestaurantMonth

In August, we re-imagined our Taste of the Chino Valley and titled it, Chino Valley Restaurant Month, aka #CVRestaurantMonth. We contributed to at least $13,000 in business generated to Chino Valley Restaurants. Learn more about our #CVRestaurantMonth campaign by reading this article –

CVCC Golf Tournament

In September, we hosted our first CVCC Golf Tournament in more than a decade at Western Hills Country Club and sold out. Those who played said they had a great time and we were able to use those funds to support the efforts of the Chamber.

Chino Valley Chamber Business Expo – #CVBizMonth

In November, December and January we re-imagined our Business Expo into a Virtual Business Expo called #CVBizMonth. For #CVBizMonth we are highlighting approximately 70 Chino Valley businesses.

So far we have reached 98,890 people on Facebook with 1,323 reactions and 22,554 minutes of our videos have been watched.

On Google, we have reached 97,954 people a total of 236,660 times.

Via email, we have emailed regularly to our 2,000 members and will continue to do so throughout #CVBizMonth. Every time we send a #CVBizMonth email, we are including the link to our #CVBizMonth page –

Lastly, we are encouraging our members to use the #CVBizMonth hashtag to do businesses with those participating #CVBizMonth and Chamber businesses.

See #CVBizMonth on Facebook –

See #CVBizMonth on Instagram –

During #CVBizMonth we have recorded many videos from our businesses who have shared why they got into business, who they can help, how the coronavirus has impacted their business and how you can support them and their business.

With the video content we created, the City of Chino has agreed to let us share those videos on their Public Access Channel. From my understanding, the Chamber will be airing content every weekday from 11am to 12pm.

Holiday Luncheon

During our Zoom Holiday Luncheon we hosted an ugly sweater contest and a talent show. We have some amazingly talented members at the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce. Thank you to everyone who participated.

You can watch our Holiday Luncheon video here –

We also want to thank those that donated canned goods and toys which we delivered to the Chino Neighborhood House. Specifically Ontario International Airport for their large donation.

Salute to Public Safety

Every year we honor Chino PD, Chino Hills PD and Chino Valley Fire with our Salute to Public Safety. We have had to reschedule it many times and will be airing videos for our Salute to Public Safety and the distribution of the awards during the month of January.

If you would like to submit a video thanking our first responders, please email me at

Business Awards & Recognition Dinner

Instead of a dinner, we will be highlighting our Award Winners throughout the beginning part of 2021 on social media and via email. We are looking forward to promoting our Chino Valley Business Award Winners.

Chino State of the City

The Chamber was proud to work with the City of Chino to help coordinate and produce their State of the City. The Chino State of the City is a video that showcases the City of Chino, their plans for the future and the impact the coronavirus has brought to our town.

We are still working on our re-imagined versions of our Chamber events in 2021 and hope you’ll continue to join us and support us.

Advocating for Businesses

Before the pandemic hit, our Chamber was getting much more active in helping advocate for businesses. We are members of the Western Association of Chamber Executives, US Chamber and the Inland Empire Legislative Alliance.

Since then we have worked with those entities to help support businesses at the Federal, State, County and local levels.

Legislative Advocacy & Action

In March and April we worked with our Federal representatives to help identify opportunities to support small businesses in the CARES Act.

Recently, we sent two letters to our local elected officials titled:

These letters were aimed to help get relief from our Federal and State Governments while also asking our state to be more fair and equitable when shutting down businesses.

As a result of our efforts and the efforts of the organizations we belong to, the US Government opened up a new round of funding to support small businesses, the State of California started their California Relief Grant Program and both our cities and county submitted letters supporting our Small Biz Coalition Letter.

We have heard from countless businesses that the Chamber has helped them stay afloat and in some cases thrive. We are thrilled to know we have helped so many businesses during this difficult time and are still trying to figure out ways to do more.

Candidate Forums:

We hosted the Chino, Chino Hills and Chino Valley School Board Forums for our community in 2020. These forums were designed to educate our community on the positions of those running for our local city councils and school board.

Congratulations to Chino Mayor Eunice Ulloa, Chino City Councilmembers Karen Comstock and Christopher Flores, Chino Hills City Councilmembers Art Bennett and Cynthia Moran and CVUSD School Board Members Don Bridge, Andrew Cruz, James Na.

You can watch our candidate forums here:

Telling the Stories of Chino Valley Businesses

One of the best things our businesses can do is to tell us their stories so that we can help find solutions for the challenges our businesses face.

Luv 2 Play

We interviewed Luv 2 Play, a new indoor play place which invested their life savings to start their business. They took over the location in January and still haven’t been able to open. Watch my video with them here –

Squeeze In

December 16, 2020
To Whom it May Concern,

I would like to tell my story and where my business stands at this time, after 9 months of limited operations. 

I am originally from Reno, NV and grew up with just my mom, as my parents were divorced and I was an only child. In 1994 at the age of 26 I found myself to be a single mom of a 3 year old and a new baby. I had a decent job working in a casino, and a college degree I wasn’t using, but now that I was alone I knew I would have to be the sole provider and a good example to my children. I began to look at other career options and decided I would try to get into nursing school. This ended up being a harder endeavor than I imagined as I had to get a 4.0 in any prerequisite classes, which meant retaking many of my prior classes to get all A’s. I was able to achieve this while working full time and taking care of my children and in June of 1995 I was accepted into nursing school at the University of Nevada-Reno. I worked very hard for this achievement and was extremely happy to begin nursing school, however this happiness was short lived. The week before school started my mom (at the age of 47) suddenly died from a cerebral aneurysm. The devastation I felt was almost unbearable, but I knew I had to continue on for the sake of my young children. I dragged myself to nursing school, even though it was very difficult, because I wasn’t letting this opportunity pass me by. I went to school full-time, worked full-time, and was a single mom with no family to help me; I did it all on my own and graduated in 1997. Once I accomplished this, I knew that I could do anything. 

A couple of years later I met my husband, John, who is from Southern California and I moved here in late 1999. At that time, I actually chose to change careers and I went to work for Bed Bath & Beyond. I quickly moved up and became the Operations Manager of a new store that I would open in Chino Hills. This brought our family to Chino Hills and we have lived here ever since. My husband and I had three more children and eventually I became a stay-at-home mom. My husband worked for a liquor distributor, where he started at the bottom, but over the years he had worked his way to the top, becoming Vice President and running the entire state of California. Due to our hard work and focus on our family, our life was great and we lived very comfortably, but hardship would find me again. 

Three years ago the company my husband worked for was sold and the new management decided to “go in a new direction” and John shockingly lost his job. Unfortunately, due to his large salary and his age it was very difficult for him to find another comparable job. Eventually, he did find a new job but he was paid one third of his previous salary. We decided that I would have to go back to work or we were going to lose everything. I found myself, once again, thinking about what I was going to do for a career and how could I take care of my family – but now I was 50 years old! I began considering a bunch of different options and I came across an article that Squeeze In had begun franchising. This was a restaurant I was familiar with since I had grown up with it nearby in Lake Tahoe and knew how amazing it was. I told my husband that we should open one in Chino Hills, that I would run it (even though I had marginal experience), and please have confidence in me. He believed me, so we took every cent of money we had – ALL of our savings, refinanced our home, and borrowed from our 401K to open the Squeeze In. We opened in November of 2018 and it was very successful from the day we opened the doors. Three of our children work here and we have 15 other employees. With one year under our belt, everything running smoothly, and a steady stream of customers we felt relief and were very optimistic about our future. We had been living on the edge of a cliff for over a year, with just barely enough money to get by, but felt we were finally all right and would make it out of financial ruin, then along came Covid. Initially, we thought we would be closed for two weeks but obviously that didn’t happen. As the days of being shutdown continued and our only option was to do take-out, our revenue was cut to one fifth of normal. With take-out only, my sales for the entire month are what I would do previously in one weekend. I have been working 12 hours a day seven days a week to keep the restaurant going. Our landlord will give us no relief on rent and without the ability to have outdoor dining we will not be able to pay the rent or for anything else. As you can imagine, with these continued restrictions, we are on the verge of losing everything once again and will potentially be homeless. I understand that “people are dying” but we have no options. There is no financial help coming our way. To delay sales tax does not help me to pay sales tax and to give me a loan does not help me if there’s no way to pay the loan. As I’ve said previously, I am a fighter and a hard worker and will do whatever I need to do to survive, but there’s no tools being given to us. If we are not allowed to operate and there’s no compensation, the government is stealing our business from us and it is wrong! We have put everything into this business and it’s just being taken from us and there’s nothing we can do. Please, someone help us to be allowed to operate, and protect those that are vulnerable, so that the rest of us can continue to exist! If you don’t, there will be high poverty, homelessness, boarded up buildings, and crime. This has been traumatizing to say the least, to my family, including my children, and all of my employees. Can the people we’ve elected, please represent us and make the restrictions stop? 

Let us operate!


Kaylynne Ruiz

Businesses Helping Businesses

Not all has been bad though. Numerous businesses have stepped up to help support other businesses during 2020. Some examples of Chino Valley Businesses supporting each other include:

  • Transtech Engineer purchasing food from R&R Breakfast Spot to deliver to first responders
  • So Cal Gas Company buying close to $10,000 in meals to Chino Valley senior citizens from Chino Valley restaurants during #CVRestaurantMonth
  • Ontario International Airport donating a truck full of toys to the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce and Chino Neighborhood House for our Holiday Luncheon Toy Drive

Chino Valley #GivingTuesday

We created a post for #GivingTuesday highlighting all non-profits who are members of the Chamber. See our local non-profits and consider supporting them here –

How Can You Support Local Businesses?

Know of a business that is facing challenged due to COVID-19? Have them reach out to us so we can share their story too. 

If you, or a business you know of, has a story to tell, please tell them to get in touch with me ASAP. And we will make sure our legislators and community are aware to offer assistance and support.

Looking Ahead to 2021

Anyone who has been involved in the Chamber this year knows we’ve done more than the few things we were able to list above in 2020. This has been a challenging year for businesses and our Chamber.

As someone who is tasked with leading the Chino Valley Business community, I’ve felt an intense obligation to do everything I can to support businesses and help our businesses and community support one another.

While 2020 was difficult for so many, I’ve seen so much good and resiliency from our businesses that I feel optimistic about the future of business in the Chino Valley.

For those of you that helped us in 2020, whether it be with your sponsorship, membership, participation, engagement, support, know that your business community thanks you. Without you the work we did this year would not have been possible.

Hope to bring us all more closely together in 2021 to continue to support our businesses and make the Chino Valley a better place to live.

Thanks for everything!


Results for Chino Valley #CVRestaurantMonth

By Zeb Welborn | December 30, 2020 | Comments Off on Results for Chino Valley #CVRestaurantMonth

Thank you to all those who participated in our first ever #CVRestaurantMonth. 

Due to COVID-19 we wanted to do something to support our local restaurants, because we know how challenging it has been for them. 

Catalyst for Business Growth

The Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce purchased $80 in gift cards per restaurant(21 restaurants) which totaled $1,680 given out as prizes for community members who participated in #CVRestaurantMonth. So Cal Gas purchased approximately $9,000 in gift cards from #CVRestaurantMonth restaurants to give to needy seniors.

Some of our larger businesses like Transtech purchased more than $1,000 in food from local restaurants to give to first responders. We also tracked more than $2,000 generated for local restaurants from our proactive social media users. 

In total, we estimate that at a minimum we generated at least $13,680 of business for restaurants participating in #CVRestaurantMonth.

Conveners of Leaders & Influencers

We increased exposure for those restaurants that participated. For 6 weeks our ad appeared in Champion Newspapers reaching more than 18,000 people multiple times. On Facebook, the Chamber reached more than 30,000 people, had more than 5,000 people engage with our content and had more than 10,000 video views. 

Community members posted more than 100 times on their own social media profiles using the #CVRestaurantMonth and #CVChamberSpecial substantially increasing the exposure our participating restaurants received. 

View #CVRestaurantMonth posts on Instagram –

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Champions for a Stronger Community

We are most proud of the fact that we were able to connect our community with our restaurants. See below for examples of some of the great things our community was saying about #CVRestaurantMonth and the restaurants that participated. And thank you to our community members who left such positive reviews on our restaurants.

Congratulations to those that won gift cards from our restaurants during #CVRestaurantMonth.

Thank you to our sponsors who supported our #CVRestaurantMonth and who continue to support the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Want to participate next year? Be sure to sign up to be a Chamber member here –

Send me an email at to make sure you can participate in #CVRestaurantMonth in 2021.

Learn more about how we were able to support Chino Valley Businesses at the beginning of 2020. Read A Letter from the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce | Support Local Businesses –

Chino Valley #GivingTuesday

By Zeb Welborn | November 20, 2020 | Comments Off on Chino Valley #GivingTuesday
Chino Valley Giving Tuesday

The Chino Valley is made up of many non-profits who work to service our community to make it bigger, better and stronger. Tomorrow is #GivingTuesday. We urge you to support local non-profits who are making a difference in our community. 

The following is a list of non-profits that are members of the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce. By being Chamber members, they are demonstrating that they are investing in the big picture of our community by supporting local businesses, opening up their network to connect with our business community and being involved in the betterment of our community at all levels. 

We encourage you to support the following Chino Valley non-profits for #GivingTuesday and all year long. 

Chino Valley Restaurant Month

By Liz Divens | July 21, 2020 | Comments Off on Chino Valley Restaurant Month

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Get Ready for Restaurant Month!

The Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce is hosting Restaurant Month throughout the entire month of August.

Restaurants have been hit hard by the coronavirus and we want to do all we can to support our local restaurants.

Current Participating Restaurants:

  • Mariscos Las Brisas
  • Robeks Fresh Juice & Smoothies
  • Seafood Ranch Grill
  • Mountain Mike’s Pizza
  • R&R Breakfast Spot
  • Take Ur Seat
  • Baskin Robbins
  • Archibald’s Restaurant
  • Dickey’s BBQ Pit
  • Cannataros
  • Mi Ranchito
  • Mimi’s Cafe
  • VITA Italian Bar & Grill
  • The Dancing Crabs
  • Bombay Blues Indian Cuisine
  • Riverside Grill
  • The Vintner’s Tavern
  • Mariscos El Guero
  • Los Portales Mexican Restaurant
  • Ra Sushi Bar & Restaurant
  • BeLeaf Burgers

For Participants:

Get ready to sample food from across the Chino Valley throughout the month of August.

Participating restaurants will be providing a #CVChamberSpecial. When you visit a participating restaurant, ask for the #CVChamberSpecial, but don’t feel like you need to order that special to participate. You can order anything you want.

By participating in Restaurant Month, you’ll have a chance to win gift cards and sample the best food the Chino Valley has to offer.

To enter for a chance to win gift cards and prizes, you may submit entries in one of two ways:

  1. Share your #CVRestaurantMonth Experience. Add #CVRestaurantMonth to your social media posts and tag the restaurant and the Chamber (make sure your posts are set to public)
  2. Collect stamps/signatures at participating restaurants on our Restaurant Passport (included on the #CVRestaurantMonth flyer above). At the end, send a photo to

Each confirmed stamp/social media post will receive one entry into the raffle for gift cards and more from those restaurants participating in #CVRestaurantMonth


For Sponsors:

If you’d like to support local restaurants our Restaurant Month would be a great way to do that. Sponsors will receive gift certificates to local restaurants. Your sponsorship will get recognition on our website, emails, social media postings and at the restaurant locations throughout the month. Please email me ASAP if you’re interested in sponsoring.

Our current sponsors for the event are at the bottom of this email.


For Restaurants:

In lieu of our Taste of the Chino Valley, we have created an experience where patrons will be encouraged to visit your restaurant during the month of August. We are calling this new format CV Restaurant Month.

We know you’ve been hit hard and we created this event to help drive more traffic to your restaurant.

As a member of the Chamber you can participate in restaurant month for free. Non-member restaurants can participate for $360.

We will be buying gift cards at your restaurants and encouraging our community to visit your restaurant throughout the month to win those gift cards as prizes.

Patrons will be encouraged to participate in the contest by posting on social media or with the attached flyer which we will ask your team to sign/stamp. We will be raffling prizes to patrons who have visited participating restaurants during August.

As a participating restaurant, to thank our sponsors, we kindly ask that you promote CV Restaurant Month by sending out our flyer via email, sharing our CV Restaurant Event Page on social media, and posting a flyer at your location. Each restaurant should also offer some sort of #CVChamberSpecial.


The #CVChamberSpecial can be anything you want it to be.

Some ideas include:

• favorite dish
• popular dish
• secret dish
• discounted item
• promotional item to give away


Patrons can purchase anything on your menu – the #CVChamberSpecial is a fun way to encourage our community to visit your restaurantand ask for the Chamber Special during the month of August.


We will also be promoting CV Restaurant month with our members and community in an effort to drive business to your location!


We look forward to dining at your restaurant in August and helping to promote your business! If you are interested in providing a short video to promote on social media, a picture of your #CVChamberSpecial, or doing a virtual cooking demonstration as part of CV Restaurant month, please contact Heather Parsons at (310) 770 – 4006 or Zeb Welborn at or (909) 973 – 9089.


Want to Participate in Restaurant Month?

Contact Zeb Welborn by email at or by phone 909-973-9089.

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Chino Valley Government Affairs Webinar

By Liz Divens | July 8, 2020 | Comments Off on Chino Valley Government Affairs Webinar

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Government Affairs July 23rd
Chino Valley Government Affairs Webinar


The Two Pandemics:


COVID19 & Systemic Racism Webinar Discussion


Thursday, July 23, 2020 from 11:30am to 1pm via Zoom


Register in advance for this webinar:


*Submit your questions for the panel below*


*There is a 100 attendee limit so please be sure to register early to reserve your spot.*


The residents and businesses of San Bernardino County, like other areas of the nation and world, have been deeply affected by the Coronavirus pandemic and the growing attention on systemic racism.


San Bernardino County not only has been dealing with the effects of physical and mental illness and death amongst its population but also has responded as the first county in California to adopt a resolution declaring racism a public health crisis.


This resolution was adopted by the County Board of Supervisors following the global response to the May 25, 2020 death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, and the impact of COVID-19 on the Black community, during discussions with local community advocates.


Confirmed panelists for the discussion will include:


·    US Congressman Gil Cisneros

·    Chino City Councilman Paul Rodriguez

·    Administrative Law Judge II Margery L. Melvin

·    Executive Director of the African-American Museum of Beginnings Khalif Anderson Gordon Rasshan


Zoom info for the webinar is included below.


Submit questions this panel by completing this survey:


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Register for the Webinar Here:


You are invited to a Zoom webinar.

When: Jul 23, 2020 11:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Topic: The Two Pandemics: COVID19 and Systemic Racism Webinar Discussion


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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


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