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JULY 2017 BUSINESS OF THE MONTH - IDR ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES

Business Accomplishments: ​
IDR Environmental Services is a hazardous waste management and transportation service company serving businesses in the western United States  since 1998.  It has built a reputation of excellent service by providing direction on legal management solutions that are cost effective and cohesive with businesses internal processes.  

Community Services:
IDR has been a member of the Irwindale Chamber of Commerce with Board participation for the past six years.  They also hold board seats on several other committees and provide community involvement by sponsoring and donating to many non-profit organizations including Multiple Sclerosis, Neighborhood Homework House, Charter Oak Music Program, Irwindale Library Foundation, and many other deserving programs.​

Chamber of Commerce Activity
IDR Environmental Services 
is a Cornerstone Club for the Irwindale Chamber of Commerce, California Waste Association member and contributor.  IDR contributes educational Ebooks and processes for businesses that are recommended by agencies in the industry such as DTSC, DOT, Universities, and local agencies.  Their principals have been active members in the industry for over 20 years and was a recipient of the Small Business Award by Assemblywoman Blanca Rubio.

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2017 ANNUAL BUSINESS AND COMMUNITY AWARDS

The Irwindale Chamber of Commerce’s Business of the Year Award is known as the “Joe DiShanni Business of the Year Award”. Joseph DiShanni is credited with founding the Irwindale Chamber of Commerce in 1980 and played a key role in the Industrial and Business Development of Irwindale. Mr DiShanni passed away in October 2003 at age 94. The Business of the Year is chosen based on Excellence in Business, Service to the Chamber and Community, and initiative and creativity.
 Joe DiShanni Business of the Year:  
Kare Youth League

​Kare Youth League was founded in 1931 and has served well over 40,000 boys and girls since that time. They have built three activity centers for youth in Arcadia, Covina and Upland.  A fourth center is being built in Irwindale and is due to be completed in late 2017.  On annual surveys, parents give Kare Youth League’s program high ratings for helping their sons and daughters improve in character issues like showing respect, teamwork, honesty, and loyalty.

Kare Youth League serves over 1,000 boys and girls annually and they provide a year round sports and camping program that helps youngsters stay active and healthy with outdoor activities throughout the year. 
Kare Youth League has been an active member of the Chamber Business Ambassadors and has been recognized as Ambassador of the Year in past years.  Kare Youth League is a founding member and active participant with the Irwindale Chamber Non-Profit Alliance, a newly formed group dedicated to providing business and industry a cohesive message and ongoing communication regarding wish lists and program from the non-profits who serve so many in the region.
Kare Youth League is very deserving of this award as they have served so many youth in an excellent and meaningful manner and have continued to be an engaged community partner in the communities they serve.
 
Congratulations to Kare Youth League.  
Business Person of the Year:
Ade Rogers, Owner, Rogers & Associates  &  Payroll Vault

Ade Rogers is the President/CEO of Rogers & Associates, CPA, a full service accounting firm and Owner/President of Payroll Vault of Covina, a full service payroll processing firm
Ade Rogers is an entrepreneur by heart and has devoted his career to helping small businesses grow and thrive.  He is a visionary leader that has the ability to motivate his staff and clients through passion, conviction and clarity.
Ade Rogers is actively involved in our local communities and churches.  He is passionate about promoting educational empowerment amongst disadvantaged youth. He is a strong supporter of his alma mater’s USC mentoring programs and the Jackie-Dodds Foundation that promotes educational grants to disadvantaged students at Pasadena City College.  He has been supportive through monetary donations or in most cases in-kind contributions like Cory’s Kitchen, Haynes Family of Programs, Shoes that Fit, Kare Youth League, the Lagrant Foundation and The Wiley Center of Autism.
Employee of the Year:
Eva Carreron, Finance Director, City of Irwindale
     
Eva Carreon has been employed at the City of Irwindale since October 2008, first as the City’s Finance Manager and beginning in 2013, she was promoted and currently serves as Irwindale’s Director of Finance and City Treasurer.  Under Ms. Carreon’s direction, the City of Irwindale has received the Meritorious Award for the past 6 years and will be receiving its 7th award this year.  Irwindale received the award for budgetary excellence and meeting exceptional standards for effectively communicating financial information to the general public.  Irwindale has also received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the past 5 years.  This Certificate of Achievement which is presented by the Government of Finance Officers Association is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by Ms. Carreon and her staff.
Eva Carreon, in addition to her employment and being a mother of 3,  manages to give back to charitable causes including participating with the L.A. Marathon with the West Side German Shepherd Rescue of Los Angeles and actively participates in the House of Grace in Whittier providing clothing and  meals to those in need. 
Ms. Carreon continuously goes above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that the City meets or exceeds the generally accepted accounting principles.  She is a strong community supporter and is very deserving of this award.
Ambassador of the Year

Teri Bainbridge, Spaghetti Eddie's
Teri Bainbridge is the General Manager at Spaghetti Eddie’s in Glendora and has been very active with the Irwindale Chamber serving as a Business Ambassador and volunteering for numerous events.  She has been a true “Irwindale Chamber” cheerleader.  From the day she started as a Business Ambassador she has gone above and beyond in participating with Chamber events, visiting our members and making them feel welcome.    

  
 
Citizen of the Year:
Rose Bernal Guerrero

​Mrs. Rose Guerrero is an original member of the Guadalupanas organization serving Our Lady of Guadalupe Church for over 50 years.  Donating their time, ingredients and money, this club of woman have been making delicious tamales and tacos for the church fiesta and donating the proceeds to the church.  Mrs. Guerrero has organized and led the current bake/cake sales which are held at the Music in the Park summer programs and has donated the proceeds to the Joseph “Pepe” Miranda Scholarship Foundation for the past 15 years. 

Mrs. Rose Guerrero is a member of the Senior Citizen Association in Irwindale and sells the most raffle tickets for the group's fundraisers every year.  During the late 1980's, Mrs. Guerrero was a volunteer cook at the Senior Center for 10 years.  At one time the historic rock church ran into some financial difficulties and she helped raise funds by cooking and selling tamales and taquitos.

Mrs. Rose Guerrero was born on January 20, 1980 in Irwindale (she is 87 years young).  She is the mother of 5 children and has 14 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren.

Mrs. Rose Guerrero is a true hero in the community giving of her time and resources to help so many.  

Businesses of the Month

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JUNE 2017 BUSINESS OF THE MONTH - SCE FEDERAL CREDIT UNION

Business Accomplishments
​SCE Federal Credit Union (SCE FCU) is currently celebrating its 65th year in business. 

Community Service
​A large part of what has contributed to the Credit Union’s longevity and success, along with a steadfast focus on member service and convenience, is our commitment to the communities in which we serve. Here are a just a couple examples of our involvement: We are a sponsor of Kare Youth League of Irwindale. They will be opening a multi-purpose sports complex in August, benefiting the local community through its uniquely designed program. We are also a Gold Plus Sponsor of the American Diabetes’ Association’s Tour De Cure coming to the Santa Fe Dam on June 10th. This is their primary cycling fundraising event geared toward a vision of a life free of diabetes and all its burdens. SCE FCU will have 29 participants and more than two dozen volunteers for this event, raising nearly $6,000 to date. SCE FCU encourages and rewards employees for volunteering their personal time for local charitable causes and community service. In 2016, employees served a total of 636 hours for charitable organizations, including the Credit Union’s own nonprofit, the Center for Financial Empowerment, the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life, the AVON Walk To End Breast Cancer, KARE Youth League, Baldwin Park Santa Clothes, the San Gabriel Valley Coalition for the Homeless, Young Life, community cleanup days, and youth education/leadership/mentoring programs. Among other recognition, top volunteers are rewarded with donations to the charity of their choice. 

Chamber of Commerce Activity

​Our Director of Business Development & Community Relations, Pascual Garrido, has previously served on the Board of Directors of the Irwindale Educational Foundation; currently, our Irwindale Branch Manager, George Silva, serves on the Board. We have been a longtime Cornerstone Club member of the Chamber. Currently our Senior Business Development Executive, Vee Clark, sits on the Irwindale Chamber Board of Directors and has previously served as Chairperson. Our former COO, George Poitou, filled that same role in 2015. Last year, our Vice President of Operations, Lilia Rojo, was also a member of the Board. George Silva currently volunteers as an Ambassador for the Chamber, as did Vee Clark, Ricardo Flores, and Robert Hernandez over the past decade. 

MAY 2017 BUSINESS OF THE MONTH - EMBASSY SUITES - ARCADIA/PASADENA

Business Accomplishments
Embassy Suites has been serving this community for over thirty years. Over the years, through many changes, Embassy Suites Arcadia has maintained a commitment to their guests and their community. Embassy Suites Arcadia was recognized as one of J.D. Power and Associates Best in Guest Satisfaction 2011-2012. 

Community Service
Embassy Suites Arcadia plays an intricate part in showing support in the community by working with Monrovia and Arcadia School Districts. Managers from Embassy Suites volunteer in classrooms through the Read Across America program. Embassy Suites also partners with Foothill Unity to provide books and dry goods to underprivileged children each school year. Embassy Suites works closely with Azusa Pacific University and CalTech to provide a location for special events and bring students and parents together throughout the year.
 
Chamber of Commerce Activity
Embassy Suites Arcadia has been a member of the Irwindale Chamber of Commerce for over 13 years. Mark Blue, Senior Sales Manager, serves on the Irwindale Chamber Board of Directors. Yelena Salazar, Catering Manager, serves on the Irwindale Chamber Business Ambassadors and was recently selected as Ambassador of the Month.  The team at Embassy Suites has participated with the Chamber's annual Golf Tournament, the Environmental Task Force and consistently volunteers and participates at most Chamber events.                                                       

APRIL 2017 BUSINESS OF THE MONTH - SEVENTH STREET DEVELOPMENT

​Business Accomplishments:
Seventh Street Development is a privately held real estate development company specializing in Southern California industrial, office and mixed-use commercial projects.   Seventh Street has been a member of the Irwindale Chamber of Commerce for 13 years.   Since its inception in 2003, Seventh Street has developed numerous successful and award-winning projects totaling approximately 2,500,000 square feet in over 50 buildings in various cities including Irwindale, Pomona, Riverside, and San Bernardino.  Below, Seventh Street’s newest Irwindale Project is highlighted as well as two prior projects the company has completed in Irwindale.
 
Seventh Street’s newest project, called the Alderson Business Park, is a 10-acre, 5-building, 195,000 square foot master-planned office and industrial project planned for the Southeast Corner of Los Angeles Street and Alderson Avenue.   The project is just one block north of the Baldwin Park Metrolink/Bus Transportation Center.  Five state-of-the-art industrial buildings ranging in size from 28,250 square feet to nearly 50,000 square feet are under construction and expected to be completed in late July 2017.   Each building will have 5,500 square feet of two-story executive offices and ample parking which can accommodate manufacturing and distribution companies.  The buildings will feature attractive Mission-style architecture and are expected to bring five new job-producing businesses to Irwindale. 
 
Seventh Street worked closely with the residents and City staff of both Irwindale and Baldwin Park to create a project all will be proud of and which will be an outstanding addition to the neighborhood.  For example, along Alderson Avenue fronting the project, there will be an over-standard 34-foot setback to the buildings which will include a cobble stone-lined dry creek bed that will be surrounded by extensive landscaping, a nine-foot sidewalk and new public fire hydrants replacing the inadequate current sidewalk and fire protection.  Additionally, as part of the land acquisition, Seventh Street worked with the City of Irwindale to help the AMVETS Post #113 gain ownership of their current facility adjacent to the project so they can continue their 56-year history of serving veterans.
 
Seventh Street’s two prior projects in the City of Irwindale are the Huy Fong Foods facility and Speedway Business Park.   Huy Fong Foods, one of the largest and best known manufacturers of sriracha hot sauce in the world, selected Seventh Street Development in February 2008 as development manager for its new headquarters and food manufacturing facility.  The building at 655,000 square feet is the largest building ever constructed in the City of Irwindale and features sustainable design elements. Construction began in October 2010 and the project was completed in the Fall of 2011.  Seventh Street was responsible for all aspects of the project including site selection and acquisition, entitlement, design, permitting and construction management.  (Seventh Street was not involved in the design and installation of the processing equipment.)  This project was awarded both “2012 Los Angeles County Industrial Project of the Year – LA Business Journal” and “2012 California Community Redevelopment Agency Award of Excellence – Best Commercial/Industrial Project.”
 
Another Irwindale project completed by Seventh Street is the Speedway Business Park, a 4-acre master-planned industrial park located near the intersection of the 605 and 210 Freeways which was completed in 2006.  The project was the first project constructed under Irwindale’s Commercial and Industrial Design Guidelines.  Speedway Business Park is an architecturally distinctive mission-style campus consisting of four freestanding buildings totaling 85,000 square feet.
 
Seventh Street Development is named after the historic Seventh Street Produce Market in Downtown Los Angeles, where the two founding principals first met.  Its managing principal, Craig Furniss, has over 30 years of broad development experience and is personally engaged in each project.  Seventh Street takes pride it in reputation for personal integrity, fast action, and creative and flexible transaction structures as well as the positive impacts their developments have on local communities.  Their developments have created thousands of good paying jobs in the communities that most need them.

Community Services:
Mr. Furniss is an active civic leader in his community serving as both a leader and volunteer at the Orange County Rescue Mission in Tustin.  On Saturday mornings, he tutors residents who are working toward their high school diplomas.  He also serves as a liaison between his church, Trinity Presbyterian Church in Santa Ana and the OC Rescue Mission engaging volunteers in mentoring roles, preparing meals, hygiene kits, packing food boxes, and serving meals to the homeless.   At his church, Mr. Furniss is a leader on the Community Ministries and Men’s Ministries teams.  

Chamber of Commerce Activity:
Seventh Street has also been a long-time member of the Irwindale Chamber of Commerce and has been a past supporter of the Irwindale Educational Foundation.
 

MARCH 2017 BUSINESS OF THE MONTH - FIESTA PARADE FLOATS (IRWINDALE)

Fiesta Parade Floats
BUSINESS ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
Established in 1988 Southern California-based Fiesta Parade Floats (FPF) is the premier builder of parade floats for the Tournament of Roses Parade. The 2018 Rose Parade will mark FPF’s 30th year building floats for the Rose Parade. Located just outside of Pasadena, California in Irwindale, FPF boasts an impressive track record with the highest award win rate in the Rose Parade industry.
Fiesta Parade Floats has assembled a team of world-renowned design and floral technology experts with a proven track record of delivering award-winning floats for their clients. Recognized for their experience in designing and building stunning parade floats that effectively communicate a client’s brand message to millions of Rose Parade viewers. Fiesta offers complete on-site parade planning, from initial consulting and planning to the finished product.
With over 40 years experience building floats, Fiesta Parade Floats president, Tim Estes has personally overseen the construction of over 500 Rose Parade floats. Working hand-in-hand with vice president and floral director, Jim Hynd, project manager, Beverly Stansbury, art director, Claudia Dial and world-renowned designers, Tim’s talented team of professionals and year-round support staff surpasses all other builders in floral technology, floral application, and animation.
Fiesta Parade Floats has designed and built Rose Parade floats for a wide array of corporate, association and destination brands, including Kaiser Permanente, ABC’s The Bachelor, Dole Packaged Foods, California Milk Advisory Board, Discover Financial, Cunard Line, Paramount Pictures, Rain Bird Corporation, Subway, ABC Television, Lowe’s, National Association of Realtors, State of New Mexico, Anchorage Convention & Visitors Bureau, Florists’ Transworld Delivery (FTD), Smart and Final, Starbucks Coffee, Dr. Pepper, Thai Airways, Target Stores, Arco, U.S. Postal Service, AT&T, Kiehl’s Since 1851, Northwestern Mutual, Wells Fargo, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Natural Balance Pet Foods, S.C. Johnson, Las Vegas Centennial, Indonesia, Miracle-Gro, Mexico Centennial, Chinese – American Roundtable and Macy’s, to name a few.
In addition to parade floats, FPF also builds custom props for television commercials, feature films, exhibits and theme parks. Major exhibits include: Spring Garden Show, Crystal Court South Coast Plaza, American Institute of Floral Design National Symposium, Feature Exhibits and the Flower / Garden Pavilion at the Los Angeles County Fair, Bellagio, Palazzo and Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Innoventions, Disneyland’s popular attraction in Tomorrowland and Venus Fort Shopping Mall in Tokyo, Japan.
COMMUNITY SERVICE:
Fiesta annually partners with the Girl Scouts by having them participate in the float decoration process for the Tournament of Roses Parade. Fiesta in turns makes an annual donation for their fundraising needs. Over the years, this amount exceeds $150,000. Fiesta also makes an annual donation to the Irwindale Police Officers' Association.  Tim Estes, President of Fiesta Parade Floats is a current board member of CalFest (California / Nevada Festivals & Events Association) and a Certified Festival & Events Executive (CFEE).​
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ACTIVITY:
Fiesta Parade Floats has been a member of the Irwindale Chamber for over nine years and has continuously supported the Chamber’s various events throughout those years.  The Irwindale Chamber focuses its efforts on promoting a positive and vibrant economy and community.  Fiesta Parade Floats, through its fine reputation and great work, has contributed greatly to this effort. The Irwindale Chamber and the City of Irwindale are proud and appreciative that Fiesta Parade Floats calls Irwindale their home.

FEBRUARY 2017 BUSINESS OF THE MONTH - PRO PRINTING, INC. (IRWINDALE)

Business Accomplishments
​Roger Ellenson established Pro Printing in 1980 after working for a large commercial printer in Los Angeles. Pro Printing was incorporated in 1985.
Pro Printing specializes in producing creative solutions for a variety of communication needs. From concept through creation, they target the market effectively and dynamically.  Pro Printing started as a small family business and their goal has always been to provide personalized service, quality, and quick production at a fair price. Their years of experience and expertise gives Pro Printing, Inc. the edge needed for producing a top quality products in a timely fashion, providing the best results for their customers.  Roger Ellenson has been a member of The Printing Industries of America for over 20 years.

Community Service
Over the 35 years that Pro Printing, Inc. has been serving the community, they have participated with the Irwindale Educational Foundation, civic and service organizations, charitable activities, religious groups, educational institutions, youth groups and more.  Owner, Roger Ellenson has served on the Board of Directors for the Lincoln Training Center and Glendora/Azusa Rotary 
awards of recognition, including numerous Business of the Month awards in the City of Irwindale. Roger has served on the Board of Directors for Lincoln Training Center, and Rotary International and is a Paul Harris Fellow. He works with numerous Animal Rescue foundations.

Chamber of Commerce Activity
Pro Printing, Inc. is a member of the Irwindale and Duarte Chamber and was a member of the West Covina Chamber.  They have been a past Cornerstone Club member, is a past Irwindale Chamber board member, has been a Business Ambassador back when Chamber founder, Joe DiShanni was the chief paid executive.   Pro Printing Inc. has provided numerous product donations and participate as a sponsor for various chamber events.  

Visit Pro Printing, Inc. at ​ http://proprintinginc.net/

JANUARY 2017 BUSINESS OF THE MONTH - PAYROLL VAULT (COVINA)

Business Accomplishments
​Payroll Vault is re-defining how you think about payroll, which is why we’ve emerged as a national leader in payroll services. Our seasoned experts serve as your ‘internal’ payroll department—fully handling the complex, compliance-driven payroll tasks that take your focus away from running your business. Payroll Vault applies today’s most advanced cloud-based technologies to provide clients with the highest quality payroll service, supported by unparalleled customer service. Now that’s payroll re-defined!
In 2008, Payroll Vault was created as national brand offering full payroll services for businesses.  With the rapid success of Payroll Vault and national recognition for great customer service and excellence, Payroll Vault started a franchising model in 2012. 
In 2014, The Owner, Ade Rogers, saw Payroll Vault brand as a solution to small business payroll processing.  Ade knows very well how frustrating and time and money consuming it can be to try to run a small business on your own. After several frustrated years and outsourcing payroll to other payroll companies who lacked the customer service and personal touch that we have with our clients. Our Owner Ade Rogers CPA, being the person that he is, and passionate about helping small businesses navigate this payroll beast, decided to partner with the Payroll Vault brand franchise office, which was created by a CPA just like himself and started the 1st Payroll Vault California office in Covina, California
Payroll Vault is a nationwide Franchise who was recognized by Franchise Business Review as one of the top Franchises of 2017.

Community Service
At Payroll Vault- Covina Ade Rogers and his staff are very active in enriching and helping, not only our own community, but that of our surrounding community. We participate in volunteering and helping feed and clothe the homeless.
Payroll Vault of Covina is very active in various non-profit events such as: Beyond the Label (supporting the fight for Autism), The Lagrant Foundation, Shoes that Fit, Leroy Haynes Center. Payroll Vault is very active volunteering several times a year with Christ Lutheran School in West Covina.

​Chamber of Commerce Activity
As a Cornerstone member of the Irwindale Chamber, Payroll Vault Owner, Ade Rogers is member of the board of directors.  Victoria Lopez, VP of Client Relations, is an active member of the Ambassador committee. The staff are present in most chamber events. Payroll Vault participates, support and sponsor several chamber events such as Environmental awards, Golf committee, Casino night. Payroll Vault is also a member of the Covina chamber and Los Angeles Chamber.
 

OCTOBER 2016 BUSINESS OF THE MONTH - MARIPOSA LANDSCAPES, INC.

Business Accomplishments:
1. 2015 Pomona Chamber Employer of the Year
2. 2015 Rosemead Chamber Employer of the Year
3. The Envision Healthcare Charitable Foundation provides assistance of hundreds of employees following
catastrophic events including property losses, death of an employee or family member, or those unable to
work due to catastrophic illness. The Foundation depends almost entirely on the generosity of its employees
for its funding.
4. AMR Annually sends its best and brightest to the American Ambulance Association program in Washington
D.C. Stars of Life honors dedicated ambulance service professional. While in the nation’s capital, Stars of Life
recipients with meet with members of congress and speak to them about the importance of maintaining quality ambulance service in our country’s communities.

Community Services
AMR has been nationally recognized, each of the past two years, by being awarded the Silver Stevie Award. The American Business Awards, granter of this award, are the nation’s premier business awards program. All organizations operating in the U.S.A. are eligible to submit nominations –public and private, for-profit and nonprofit, large and small. Just this past than 3,300 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted. AMR was recognized for its Sentimental Journey Program. This program works with local hospice providers to help terminally ill patients and family members fulfill last wishes on day trips to locations chosen by the patient. Most of the trips are to a sentimental location – a favorite fishing hole, the site of a first date or to the family home for a meal. All medical supervision and costs associated with the program are donated by AMR.

Chamber of Commerce Activity
1. Irwindale Chamber of Commerce Cornerstone Club Member
2. Strong supporter of the Irwindale Education Foundation
3. Provides ambulance availability at many of the Chamber’s functions.
​Business Accomplishments
​Mariposa is a full service landscaping company that has been successfully satisfying clients for over 30 years. In 1977, Terry Noriega established Mariposa Landscapes in Rosemead, California by providing landscape maintenance and installation for custom residential and small commercial clients. After five years, he created the Public Works Maintenance Division, in 1989 the Public Works Installation Division was added, and in 1999 a Tree Care Division was formed. Mariposa is a certified MBE company with both the city and county of Los Angeles. We currently serve the Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties. Our company staffs over 400 workers , supervisors, and management personnel. 
We are dedicated to having the best-trained workforce in the industry. As members of the California Landscape Contractors Association, we participate in the training programs offered by this industry organization. The CLCA sponsors a rigorous "hands-on" test administered under actual field conditions. With only a 20% first time pass rate, only the best workers are able to obtain the designation of CL Tor Certified Landscape Technician. All of the managers and supervisors in our company have the CL T designation. No other contractor of our size and diversity in Southern California has achieved this many certifications. 
In 2010 Mariposa was given the Merit Award from PLANET, Professional Landcare Network for creating a sustainable landscape at the Irwindale SCE Gateway Business Center. We continue to be committed to promoting the best innovations in landscaping to help protect our environment. 

Community Services
​Mariposa Landscapes has contributed for over ten years to the Irwindale Chamber of Commerce Educational Fund and Terry Noriega, our: President, has served two years as the President of the Educational Fund. 
We make regular contributions to the Cal Poly Pomona Horticultural Youth Organization 
Mariposa contributes to various local communities, usually for youth and education programs

Chamber of Commerce Activity
​Mariposa has been a twenty year member of the Irwindale Chamber of Commerce and 
continues to contribute to the Chamber's various functions.  

NOVEMBER 2016 BUSINESS OF THE MONTH - SPAGHETTI EDDIES

​Business Accomplishments
Spaghetti Eddies has been a pillar in the San Gabriel Valley community of Glendora for the last 31 years. Family owned and operated Spaghetti Eddies continues to thrive and succeed amidst all the great restaurants that are in the local area

Community Services
Spaghetti Eddies continues to give back to the community as we speak during the month of October we are raising money for Breast Cancer Awareness and will be donating our efforts to the City of Hope here in Duarte. We are currently a Silver Business Partner with the Glendora Education Foundation and continue to partner and raise funds for the foundation. We have also offered to help support and partner with the Irwindale Education Foundation and are in communication with one of its leaders, waiting to assist in any way we can. We are currently helping Charter Oak Educational foundation raise funds during the month of October 2016.

Chamber of Commerce Activity
Lastly our owner Jim Hermanson is on the Glendora Chamber Board of Directors and an active member of the Glendora Kiwanis also our General Manager Teri Bainbridge is an ambassador with the Irwindale Chamber,  she enjoys the people, the networking and supporting the team at the Chamber.

JUNE 2016 BUSINESS OF THE MONTH - OUR NEIGHBORHOOD HOMEWORK HOUSE

Business Accomplishments and Community Service:
​In 1997, two women, educator Kerry Freeman, and community member Janet MacDonald, decided to enter the neighborhood behind Henry Dalton Elementary school to provide volunteer tutoring to a few children after-school.
Mothers and grandmothers eager for their children to receive the academic assistance and beneficial mentoring, immediately opened their cramped apartments on a rotating basis. Two afternoons a week they lugged books, school supplies, educational games and homemade snacks up the narrow staircases to tutor and encourage the Ninth Street children.
Today, NHH serves students from all eleven elementary schools, all three middle schools, and both high schools from one location on the campus of Foothill Community Church.
​Our mission is to partner with parents of at risk Azusa students to provide the tools to thrive academically and socially.  We serve low-income families with students from grades PK-12 attending Azusa Unified School District.
Our vision is to see children, youth, and their families reach a future of fulfillment through specific building blocks.  We believe that beginning with a firm foundation in education students can extend their development into building social skills and spirituality.
​The elementary program offers homework assistance by pairing tutors in 1:2 / 1:3 ratio for academic success, creating supplemental workbooks and prescriptive work plan, mentoring students through a character formation program, and creating opportunities for positive social interactions.
​The elementary program offers homework assistance by pairing tutors in 1:2 / 1:3 ratio for academic success, creating supplemental workbooks and prescriptive work plan, mentoring students through a character formation program, and creating opportunities for positive social interactions.
​The junior high program offers homework assistance by pairing tutors in 1:3 ratio for academic success, creating supplemental workbooks, and placing students in mentoring groups to discuss character formation.  The senior high program offers a study hall space for students, coaching towards academic success, curriculum to prepare students for life after high school, and resource field trips.
​For parents, we offer seminars, computer-based adult literacy in English and Spanish, leadership opportunities in the parent committee, a network of familial support groups, and coordinate neighborhood building events.

July 2016 Business of the Month - Irwindale Event Center

Business Accomplishments
Irwindale Event Center started off life on March 29, 1999 as "Irwindale Speedway" a "twin ring" (one-third and one-half mile) NASCAR-sanctioned, progressively-banked, oval track withjust over 6,000 seats, state-of-the-art lighting, 12 sky-box suites, great close-in parking, up-to-date accommodations for our guests, and some of the best short track racing that anyone has ever seen. (In the May 2003 issue of Speedway illustrated, well-known TV racing analyst, Doctor Dick Berggren, called Irwindale, "America's Nicest Track" and we've always strived to live up to the Doc's assessment.)
Over the years Irwindale has been the site of hundreds of motorsports events (national,regional and local), was one of the venues for the Los Angeles 2013 X GAMES and the Formula Drift championshipfinale, as well as numerous concerts, fairs, car shows, special sales, expos, community and corporate events, and more.
 Our eighth-mile NHRA-sanctioned Drag Strip was christened in the latter half of 2000 and has provided a place for fans to have fun and for drivers of all ages to "exercise" their cars in full-out drag racing competition, and in safety, both for them and the people watching. It's very difficult to prove a negative, but we know from talking to the people (drivers, fans, and law enforcement) who come to take part in our regular Thursday night "Test and Tune" events at the drag stripthat this facility has helped greatly to reduce illegal and oft times deadly street racing.
 
Of course, by now almost everyone has seen the Speedway used as part of an advertising campaign, TV show, or feature film.  Hundreds of "shoots" have taken place here at Irwindale; the track has all the features of a superspeedway and yet is in what the movie and TV people refer to as "The Zone" (close to Hollywood and not subject to extra fees as are "location" shoots).
 In very special cases, Irwindale has become a very important (and sometimes secret) test facility for new vehicles, some of which won't reach production for years to come.
 
Community Service
Public service at IEC runs from sending out special event ticket packages to various non-profit services in the Southern California area to inviting special groups to come to a race at no charge and accept the thanks of community (as we will do on July 30th by inviting all of the first responders who were involved with fighting the "Complex" fire to come out to a night of NASCAR racing on us).
We are also (quietly) proud that LA County Fire, the LA County Sheriff's Office, CHP, and a number other local agencies use our grounds to test equipment and train sworn personnel here on a regular basis.
 Our LA Driving Experience stock car racing school is one of the most visited in the United States drawing students from around the county to Irwindale to learn the finer points of driving a 450- horsepower Late Model stock on the Speedway's super-fast half­ mile oval. Bucket-lister or budding NASCAR star of the future, they all have an exciting time and all remember the name
"Irwindale" as the place where they had a great time. By the way, we have passed along hundreds of 20-Lap "Adventure Passes" to all manner of charities, churches, schools, clubs, and service organizations to use as gifts or to raffle off as very (cool) special prizes.
We try hard to be a good neighbor, striving to end our events before 1OPM at night and working closely with local authorities to mitigate any traffic congestion at peak arrival and departure times.
 We are also the home to the Advanced Driving Dynamics defensive driving program that provides young (and in some cases older) drivers with both the tools and the knowledge that they need to stay safe on the highways. Students learn (and become proficient in): emergency braking, skid control and recovery, emergency lane changes, tire blow-out and hydroplaning, driver distraction, and in using a stick shift as well as learning parallel parking.

The Irwindale Event Center can put together some very attractive ticket programs both for employees use and for use by service organizations in their fund-raising activities.
 
Chamber of Commerce Involvement
The Irwindale Event Center has been a long time member of the Irwindale Chamber and has been very generous with gift certificates and tickets for special events and chamber fundraisers.  And, they exptend this offer - any member who has not been here with their family on Saturday night is hereby urged to give us a call (but NOT on raceday ...OK?) and be our guest(s) for a night.

August 2016 Business of the Month - Two Men and a Truck

​Business Accomplishments
It all started as an after-school business for two high school boys. With a hand-drawn logo, advertisement in a local paper, and advertising fund stashed in a ceramic dish, the endeavor was never expected to be more than a local moving company. Now, 30 years later, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has grown both domestically and internationally with more than 330 locations worldwide. In 2015, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® will operate in 39 states with additional growth expected in the United States, Canada, Ireland, and the United Kingdom.

They are proud of the more than 60 consecutive months of growth, the completion of five million moves and counting, and the annual donation of $2.8 million in moving services.  TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is poised for long-term record success!

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the fastest-growing franchised moving company in the country TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has been in business in Irwindale for one year and two months. The Irwindale location is corporate owned and the company is paving the way for more franchises on the West Coast as the company is rapidly expanding.
 
Community Services
TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has two of their own annual charity campaigns (Movers for Moms and Movers for Meals) where they collect donations for local charities.  They also perform charity moves for local groups such as Union Station Homeless Services, YWCA and women in domestic violence situations.  The company has sponsored numerous charity events.
 
Chamber of Commerce Activity
TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is a member of several surrounding chambers of commerce and has a representative on the Irwindale Chamber’s Business Ambassadors.  They regularly attend Chamber events.  TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® volunteered at the Chamber’s annual golf tournament and they provided an in-kind donation of beverages as well as moving services at the event.  Their representative was selected as the Ambassador of the Month for June 2016.

May 2016 Business of the Month

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BUSINESS ACCOMPLISHMENTS
For more than 45 years, Ready Pac Foods has earned the reputation as a pioneer in the fresh food industry. It is our goal as a company to take our rightful place as the market leader.
 Founded in 1969, with a cutting board, a few sharp knives and a bathtub, Ready Pac Foods began providing pre-cut salads to foodservice customers in Southern California. Realizing that the demand for pre-cut produce was growing, the business expanded to include retailers.
 Today, whether it’s our new and exciting products, innovative processing techniques or our great people, with diverse expertise and perspectives, Ready Pac Foods is leading the way. In fact, we are giving people the freedom to eat healthier.
 We currently offer  an array of fresh, convenient, high-quality products featuring produce and protein under our Ready Pac®, Bistro®, Ready Snax®, Cool Cuts® and elevĀte™ brands, as well as our customers brand names. Offerings include fresh-cut salads, fruits, vegetables, snacking and complete meals, distributed online, in supermarkets and restaurant chains globally.
 COMMUNITY SERVICE
Ready Pac Foods has long believed in contributing to the communities in which we do business. This is particularly important for us in our hometown of Irwindale. We have, and continue to support various organization in the area including:
Local schools – we support teams, schools events including fundraising to help purchase new equipment and uniforms for children/teens; and events to promote healthy eating.Local Organizations (food banks, churches, foundations, etc.) – Midnight Mission, Children’s Hunger Fund, Heart of Compassion, Christian Food Coalition, The Helping Hand, Daily TableDepartment of Parks and Recreation, Santa Fe Dam Recreational Area, Sheriff’s Dept., Irwindale, Baldwin Park and Azusa Police Departments 
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ACTIVITY
Tim Clark, Chief Human Resources Officer at Ready Pac Foods currently sits on the board of the Irwindale Chamber of CommerceReady Pac Foods is a Cornerstone Member of the ChamberWe have been a supporter of the Annual Chamber Golf Outing through donations and participation

April 2016 Business of the Month - Johnson-Peltier 

​BUSINESS ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Johnson-Peltier has been a family owned business in operation since 1957. Since Howard Peltier's passing 5 years ago, Kevin Peltier has graciously filled his father's role evolving from a long standing Vice President of the company to an outstanding President and owner. Kevin has taken the role in strides and has achieved a great deal with his business, particularly in the last two years. He has reinvested nearly 100% of the annual gross profit back into the business. He has expanded the fleet by with 7 new, fully loaded state of the art trucks specifically designed for Johnson-Peltier's needs. Johnson-Peltier has equipped every field foreman and office staff with an iPhone coupled with brand new computer software. With the iPhone roll out, we were able to streamline JP's payroll process with mobile time tracking allowing foremen to focus more on the job at hand and less on paperwork allowing Johnson­Peltier to improve its quality and use of man hours. Johnson-Peltier has also equipped each truck in the fleet with a full diagnostic GPS allowing us to better understand the field, status of vehicles, route inefficiencies, and identify unsafe driving habits while rewarding safe drivers amongst other things. Additionally, Johnson-Peltier's home office is half way through undergoing a complete overhaul and makeover including new office furniture, new carpet, new paint, a fully equipped employee gym, new parking spaces, and additional warehouse space. Kevin has also doubled the size of the estimating team, re structured work flow process, rolled out new incentives, and brought on new business development personnel. It ls safe to say Johnson-Peltier is thriving and is certainly slated for new growth. Johnson-Peltier is an amazing environment to work in where employees and customers alike are feeling appreciated and cared for on a daily basis and we are already seeing some of the changes paying off in positive ways. At the beginning of these changes, Johnson-Peltier received a highly sought after industry award in 2013 from Miller Coors known as the "Electrical Excellence Award" for a large project. In addition, Johnson-Peltier has secured a multi-year service contract with The Gas Company and has been recognized in several of their internal and external publications for its excellence in service and commitment to the rather complex project.
COMMUNITY SERVICE
Johnson-Peltier has always been an advocate of community service, donations, charitable activities, and youth education. Most recently this would involve Johnson-Peltier's support and involvement in minority business outreach, the Irwindale Chamber of Commerce, American Indian Chamber of Commerce, GLOBASE volunteer, and youth education and development. Johnson-Peltier is a certified Minority Business Enterprise (American Indian Owned) and has truly pushed for the advocacy of this status in recent years. Johnson-Peltier has also secured awareness amongst some of the biggest Minority Development councils and groups in the United States. Of course, this status may or may not help the business in terms of selection for potential jobs, but Kevin and the rest of his team have grown a passion and drive for supplier diversity while doing their part in educating companies for fair and diverse spend. Johnson-Peltier has come to truly understand how Minority owned businesses can be affected in the market and does a great deal to improve and adapt these environments. Johnson-Peltier has donated time and money to minority conferences, educational seminars, supplier diversity symposiums and much more. Johnson-Peltier is also a member and supporter of the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of California which is an amazing tool for helping other American Indian owned businesses to network, grow, and support each other while doing their part in holding corporations responsible for honest efforts in diversity spend. Johnson-Peltier has also expanded its efforts and support with the Irwindale Chamber of Commerce through donations and event attendance and is excited to continue to grow its presence there. We are also volunteering with the program "GLOBASE" which will place a group of 7-12 foreign exchange college students with Johnson-Peltier's business development department for an entire week. The commitment extends before and after this week however, and is meant to help develop the students as well as the business. These students will be coming from all over the world through the University of Indiana and Johnson-Peltier is excited to donate it's time to such a wonderful opportunity. Amongst other areas of support, Johnson-Peltier also donated 5 members of its crew, all materials and tools, and Mr. Kevin Peltier himself {the architect and designer) to a local grade school and spent two days building an amazing haunted house for Halloween. !t turned out to be a hit and generated considerable revenue for the school to spend on its science and math education.
Chamber of Commerce Activity
As of year 2016, Johnson-Peltier is a Cornerstone Club member of the Irwindale Chamber of Commerce. Johnson-Peltier has increased its up front donations and membership costs while continuing to support the Chamber in other areas. Johnson-Peltier will have a team member volunteer his time to the golf committee board, one of Johnson-Peltier's favorite chamber functions. Johnson­Peltier will also be handling the material and print costs for the golf shirts to be given out at the tournament. Johnson-Peltier will also look to find other ways to donate and hopefully increase the tournament's pool of active and new donations through the committee and other efforts. Johnson-Peltier also donated a top tier resort getaway as an auction item for the "Havana Nights" Installation and Award dinner function. Johnson-Peltier makes every effort to be involved in as many chamber functions as possible while making an effort to donate at these functions in any way they can while continuing to network with fellow chamber members. Johnson-Peltier hopes that one day it can have a team member become an ambassador and/or join the board of directors to continue its effort in advocating for and supporting the Irwindale Chamber of Commerce.

February 2016 Business of the Month - Knightling Studios

March 2016 Business of the Month - Hanson Aggregates, Inc.

​​Business Accomplishments:
Kellie Sherrill, Knightling's resident photographer, started her photography education at a relatively early age. She took black & white photography and darkroom classes in middle school, high school and college. She graduated from Cal Poly Pomona in 2005 with a Fine Art Degree. Kellie has gained even more experience from her personal life, as she has taken photographs in a variety of locations on several continents. It is rare to find her without a camera whether she is working, attending a social event or on vacation.

Kellie started Knightling Photo Studio in 2007 and in 2014 opened her photo studio in Azusa (at the Irwindale border).  She specializes in baby and family photography but her range is wide and she has photographed all over the world and as well as many life events such as engagements and more.  She serves the San Gabriel Valley and beyond.

Community Service:
Knightling Studios hosts an annual Halloween photo party and mini carnival each October at the studio which is open to the community.   It is a free event (you should come in costume) and includes treats, photos by the photographer and lots of fun decorations for selfies.  A wonderful time for all and a great treat for children.

Chamber of Commerce Activity:
Knightling Studios is a very involved Irwindale Chamber member and has participated at the annual Golf Tournament, the 2016 Installation and Awards Banquet and provides donations to our events and silent auctions.  They have been active Chamber members since 2014.  
Hanson Aggregates is celebrating 107 years in Business.  Hanson is one of the world's largest suppliers of heavy building materials to the construction industry such as aggregates (crushed rock, sand and gravel), ready-mixed and precast concrete, asphalt and cement-related materials and a range of building products including concrete pipes, concrete pavers, tiles and clay bricks. With its robust network of plants and ability to transport materials by water and rail, Hanson Aggregates has the capability to supply construction projects in major markets across the country. Hanson supplies aggregates for a variety of uses. While the majority of our materials are used for the production of ready mixed concrete and asphalt, our aggregates are also used for base material, filter stone, drainage and erosion control, landscaping, railroad ballast and backfill.
Over the years, Hanson has received special awards of outstanding achievements for Projects in all of the Los Angeles region including LAX,  Nokia Theatre, Staples Center, and Honda Center.
 
Hanson community service includes providing local schools with tours of their plants in Irwindale.   They have been generous with in-kind and monetary contributions to Kare Youth League, sponsorship of the recent Metro Gold Line Irwindale Station Grand Opening and continued support to many non-profit organizations in the region.
 
Hanson Aggregates has been Bronze member of the Cornerstone Club since 2005, sponsoring activities as well as donating Silent Auction items for Chamber events such as the Installation Awards Dinner and annual Golf Tournament.

BUSINESS OF THE MONTH - NOVEMBER 2015 - UNITED ROCK PRODUCTS

United Rock has been a leader in environment and safety. To date, United Rock has over 1836 days without a lost time incident.

One of the core values of United Rock is to give back to the community.  United Rock is deeply rooted and extremely active within the communities they are located. United Rock also believes that improving education strengthens  neighborhoods, which is why they work closely with various schools and universities through promoting education, volunteering, and giving.

URP is a sponsor of the Irwindale Educational Foundation, is a donor to the new KARE Youth League Park in Irwindale, and frequently gives field trips to local schools and universities educating them about mining and why we need it.  United Rock is also actively involved with the Irwindale Police Officers Association.

United Rock Products has been an Irwindale Chamber Member for over 26 years and a member of the prestigious Cornerstone Club for many years.  As part of their Cornerstone Club, they have been Corporate sponsors of the Golf Tournament, the Young Citizen of the Year competition and the Environmental Awards Luncheon.

BUSINESS OF THE MONTH - DECEMBER 2015 - AVOLIO'S ITALIAN RESTAURANT

Business of the Month - September 2015 - Athens Services

Business Accomplishments
Athens Services has been providing waste collection and recycling services in Southern California for over 50 years.  We are family-owned and operated, and since 1957 we have been providing State-of-the-art services, including:  automated waste and recycling collection, green waste recycling programs, organic waste composting, special waste transportation, transfer and materials recovery and street /parking lot sweeping  services in many areas of Southern California.   Athens currently has 22 exclusive City Franchise agreements for waste and recycling helping these Cities achieve their AB939 recycling goals.   We also have  24 exclusive City Agreements  for Street  Sweeping.
In order to continue to provide excellent localized service, we have operations facilities in the City of Industry, Sun Valley, Pacoima, Irwindale, Montebello, Riverside and Victorville.   We currently own and operate two Materials Recovery Facilities with the newest one being in Sun Valley.  We also own and operate an organic composting facility in Victorville.  We welcome you to visit any of our modern facilities to experience, first hand, our commitment to excellence. 
We have received many awards from Cities, Federal and State Government based on our recycling commitments. 
 
Community Service
We are active members of the Chamber of Commerce in our 22 franchise cities and currently has employees that sit on the Board of 10 of those Chambers.    A separate sheet lists the organizations that Athens is involved in and that list grows daily.  Athens believes in giving back to the communities we serve.  Not only by monetary donations but giving time of it’s employees, thousands of hours are donated each year.  Athens has donated services and monetary donations  to the Irwindale Education Foundation as well as monetary donations to Cory’s Kitchen, Irwindale Public Library Foundation, Irwindale Police Officers  Association and many more.  Brenda Reuter also services on the board of the Irwindale Education Foundation.

​​Irwindale Chamber activity

Athens is a member of the Cornerstone Club, Gary Clifford,  is currently on the Board of Directors. Brenda Reuter has been on the Ambassador Team for five years and was Ambassador of the year in 2009 & 2013.  Athens is heavily involved with the Chamber and will continue to give back to the Irwindale Community.    

Business of the Month - October 2015 - Santa Anita Park

BUSINESS ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Santa Anita Park is one of the most prestigious racetracks in the country since 1934.  It has been host to eight Breeder's Club World Thoroughbred Championships.  It is the home of the newest Triple Crown Winner - American Pharoah.

COMMUNITY SERVICE: Santa Anita Park provides their facility and resources for 15-20 events per year as a community service, including events for the American Cancer Society's Run For Life; Foothill Unity Center's Back to School Distribution and L.A. County Sanitation Household Hazardous Waste Collection.

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: Santa Anita Park continues to participate and be a member of multiple chambers of commerce in the region including the Irwindale Chamber of Commerce.  They have been an Irwindale Chamber member since 2009.  They continue to support various Irwindale Chamber events and programs through sponsorships and donations.  

Business of the Month - July 2015 - Partee Insurance Associates, Inc.

Business of the Month - August 2015 - Advanced Microcomputing Systems

Business Accomplishments:
Partee Insurance has been in business for over 43 years in Covina and the San Gabriel Valley. The agency was recognized by Rough Notes Magazine (a 100 year old Insurance trade journal) as E-Marketing Agency of the Year in 2011. Partee was honored as City of Irwindale’s 2012 Business of the Year and in 1988, the agency was recognized as Covina Business of the Year.  Wayne Partee, owner and CEO of Partee Insurance Associates has been recognized by the following: 2012 Covina Citizen of the Year and  2012 Covina Rotarian of the Year
 Community Service:
*Partee Insurance donates annually to the Point Loma Nazarene University Scholarship Fund
*Agency donates annually to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Scholarship Fund
*Agency provides two annual scholarships to Cal State Fullerton
*Each year, Partee Insurance adopts a family in need through Covina Cares and provides that family with a Christmas (gifts, tree, food, clothing)
*Through the Covina Sunrise Rotary, the office supports Operating Santa Clothes with financial donations and allows staff time off to help dress the children each year.
*Covina Valley School District presented Mr. Partee with the Hero of the Heart award for his contributions to the school district in 2005.
*Mr. Partee has co-chaired the Covina Rotary’s Field of Valor each year raising funds for deployed service families, Veterans and the Ontario USO.
*Wayne Partee serves on the Board of Directors for the San Gabriel Valley YMCA.
*Mr. Partee is a member of the Valencia Heights Water Board
 Chamber of Commerce Activity:
*Member of the Covina Chamber of Commerce
*A member of Partee’s staff currently serves on the Board of Directors for Covina Chamber of Commerce.
*Member of the Irwindale Chamber of Commerce
*Member of the La Verne Chamber of Commerce
*Member of the West Covina Chamber of Commerce
*Member of the San Dimas Chamber of Commerce
Business Accomplishments: 
Since their inception in 2002, Advanced Microcomputing Concepts has offered a wide range of IT services and consulting to improve their clients' efficiency & technical reliability. At AMC they strive to understand their clients' business processes and find new ways to help them leverage technology and immediately turn IT Services into a strategic component of their business plan. They have grown with the needs of their clients to become an extension of their business, and a true Partner.
Recently AMC received recognition as one of the Top 501 Managed Service Providers, joined the ranks of the top 500 Fastest Growing Ingram Micro SMB Channel Partners in the U.S., received the Authorized Partner of Excellence Award from Allworx and has qualified as one of the Top 5000 Fastest Growing Businesses. 
Community Services: 
AMC Solutions' focus is to make people's lives better. Owner Anthony Chiappetta is a firm believer in giving back to the community through sponsoring and donating to organizations such as Help For Brain Injured Children and the Pasadena American Little League. AMC's latest humanitarian endeavor is a non-profit organization focusing on the impoverished people of Guatemala called Hope For Life International. AMC is spearheading a Mission Trip to that country in August to bring collected clothing and other common necessities that are desperately needed. 
Chamber of Commerce Activity: 
AMC has been a Chamber Member since 2007 and a Cornerstone Member of the Irwindale Chamber of Commerce since 2009. Anthony also supports the Chamber with raffle prize donations and was a speaker at the July Small Business Roundtable Luncheon.                                                                  

Business of the Month - May 2015

Fiesta Parade Floats
BUSINESS ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
Fiesta Parade Floats was created in 1988 and moved to Irwindale in 2008. Fiesta's primary business is creating floats for the annual Tournament of Roses Parade as well as creating floats for 12 to 14 other parades in the Southern California area. Fiesta also creates floats, props and displays for TV shows, music videos, commercials, the Los Angeles County Fair in Pomona, Las Vegas hotels and shopping malls. Fiesta's "leadership" is displayed through its Tournament of Roses Parade Floats as being the highest prize-winning rated company for the combined years of 1989 to 2015. The highest award any float can attain is the Sweepstakes Award and Fiesta has earned this award for the past 22-consecitive years. In the ·recent 2015 Tournament of Roses Parade, 8 of Fiesta's 10 floats were prize-winning floats.
COMMUNITY SERVICE:
Fiesta annually partners with the Girl Scouts by having them participate in the float decoration process for the Tournament of Roses Parade. Fiesta in turns makes an annual donation for their fundraising needs. Over the years, this amount exceeds $150,000. Fiesta also makes an annual donation to the Irwindale Police Officers' Association.
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ACTIVITY:
Fiesta Parade Floats has been a member of the Irwindale Chamber for over seven years and has continuously supported the Chamber’s various events throughout those years.  The Irwindale Chamber focuses its efforts on promoting a positive and vibrant economy and community.  Fiesta Parade Floats, through its fine reputation and great work, has contributed greatly to this effort. The Irwindale Chamber and the City of Irwindale are proud and appreciative that Fiesta Parade Floats calls Irwindale their home.

Business of the Month - June 2015

BUSINESS ACCOMPLISHMENTS
     City of Hope has been operating for more than a century and is one of 41 National Cancer Institute designated comprehensive cancer centers. Since that time City of Hope has performed over 12,000 bone marrow and stem cell transplants, conducted more than 300 clinical trials, enrolling more than 5,000 patients and has pioneered techniques responsible for numerous breakthrough drugs used to fight both cancer and diabetes.
 
COMMUNITY SERVICE:
Participation in the Irwindale Educational Foundation, civic and service organizations, charitable activities, religious groups, educational institutions & other involvements, such as youth groups.  City of Hope proudly participates in many National educational events and programs such as the Annual Groundhog Job Shadow Day, the San Gabriel Valley SEPA Collaborative and the ROP Program. We also host Congresswoman Grace Napolitano’s Mental Health Consortium quarterly.
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ACTIVITY: 
City of Hope is a proud Cornerstone member of the Irwindale Chamber of Commerce and Victor Benavides, External Relations Associate from the Government & Community Relations Dept., currently sits on the Board of Directors and Environmental Committee.
 

Business of the Month - March 2015 - Kare Youth League

Business Accomplishments
Kare Youth League was founded in 1931 and has served well over 40,000 boys and girls since that time. They have built three activity centers for youth in Arcadia, Covina and Upland.  A fourth center is being built in Irwindale and is due to be completed in late 2015.  Many of Kare Youth League alumni have chosen service occupations like teacher, firefighter, policeman and social worker. Among others, Kare Youth League is very proud of one former member who is currently the Fire Chief for San Bernardino County, another one who was a member of an elite counter-terrorism group in the FBI and another who served as Director of Fact Checking in the White House speech department.  On annual surveys, parents give Kare Youth League’s program high ratings for helping their sons and daughters improve in character issues like showing respect, teamwork, honesty, and loyalty.
Community Service
Kare Youth League serve over 1,000 boys and girls annually who attend three to five times per week.  They provide a year round sports and camping program that helps youngsters stay active and healthy with outdoor activities throughout the year.  Kare Youth League is a sponsor of two college prep schools- Pearl Prep for elementary age children and Rio Hondo prep for middle and high school youngsters.  Kare Youth League owns and manages Mount Kare, a camp in the San Bernardino Mountains that is used not only by Kare Youth League but by many other youth and church groups throughout the year.  Kare Youth League is a sponsor of the City of Hope Blood Drives at their facility in Arcadia.
Chamber of Commerce Activity
Kare Youth League has been an active member of the Chamber Business Ambassadors and has been recognized as Ambassador of the Year in past years.  Kare Youth League served on the Chamber’s Environmental Committee and consistently volunteers for the annual Golf tournament.  Kare Youth League is a founding member and active participant with the Irwindale Chamber Non-Profit Alliance, a newly formed group dedicated to providing business and industry a cohesive message and ongoing communication regarding wish lists and program from the non-profits who serve so many in the region.

Business of the Month - April 2015

​Business Accomplishments
BriteWorks is a commercial janitorial service provider located in Covina.  In 1996, Anita Ron, started BriteWorks with $700, three vacuum cleaners and a lot of determination to succeed.  Fast forward 18 years later BriteWorks currently has 90 employees that provide a quality service to commercial, industrial, and government organizations. A few notable clients include the City of Irwindale, MillerCoors, US Forestry, Coca Cola and the Los Angeles County of Education.  All services are conducted with fully trained, background checked, and drug tested employees.  In addition, regular quality control inspections are conducted providing a professional, consistent, cleaning service.  BriteWorks, has received various awards for quality service as well as articles highlighting our work.  The most recent awards were in June 2014 were BriteWorks received the Los Angeles Chamber 8A Award, and the Wells Fargo Community Impact Award.
Community Service
BriteWorks has participated in the Irwindale Education Foundation which raises money for scholarships.  In addition BriteWorks annually sponsors the West Covina Lions Night on the Town.  This fundraiser raises money to pay for WCUSD eye screening, glasses for students K-12 as well as vision needs in the community.  In the past BriteWorks has sponsored YWCA, Wings to help stop domestic violence and providing a healthy safe environment for families.  Annually BriteWorks has adopted a family at Christmas with East Valley Community Clinic, as well as participating in the annual toy drive, Building Owners Management Association.  As a leader of BriteWorks, Ron continues to get involved in the local community event and sponsorship.  Rona has been a member of West Covina Lions Club for 15 years, and served as the President in 2012.  Ron has volunteered at the YWCA since 2005: she was on the Board of Directors, and President 2010-2012.

Chamber Activity
Ron understands the importance of participating and being a part of the local community and Chamber of Commerce.  Due to her busy schedule she is not able to volunteer as much as she was able to in the past but continues to use the Chamber as a platform for business education and networking.  Some of the roles that she fulfilled for the West Covina Chamber of Commerce as an Ambassador, and President of the Board of Directors for the West Covina Chamber of Commerce.  BriteWorks has been a member of the Irwindale Chamber of Commerce since 2011.
 

Business of the Month - February 2015

Business Accomplishments
Vulcan Materials Company is the nation's largest producer of construction aggregates--primarily crushed stone, sand and gravel used in virtually every facet of today's society.  They are also a major producer of asphalt in California which is key to maintaining and improving the State's infrastructure.
 
Vulcan takes pride in being a good neighbor by engaging in open dialog about their business and operations and by being a partner in the growing communities they serve.
 
Vulcan Materials Company, Western Division, and their Reliance and Durbin plant employees are proud to be corporate citizens in the City of Irwindale.  Vulcan Materials Company sets the industry bar in safety, health, and environmental stewardship and community relations.  The company continues to develop programs and practices, which meet and EXCEED all regulatory mandates and they genuinely respond to the needs of the community because they are a part of the community.

Community Services
Vulcan’s community involvement includes support for community and civic organizations as well as local education, including adopt-a-school programs.
 
Vulcan Materials continues to support the Irwindale Educational Foundation and the Irwindale Public Library.  In addition, they provide financial support and take an active part in many public and charitable projects.  They encourage and provide support to their employees who participate in local public service activities like local food drives, Homework House, Shoes that Fit, Operation Santa Clothes all of which directly benefit children in the community.  They support community services such as the police and fire department.   

Chamber of Commerce Activity
Vulcan Materials is a long time Silver Level Cornerstone Club Member.  Over the years they have served on the Chamber’s Board of Directors and have continued to be an active participant and sponsor of many key programs and services that the Irwindale Chamber provides to the business and overall community.  

Business of the Month - January 2015

Business Accomplishments
American Medical Response provides emergency and non-emergency ambulance services throughout the County of Los Angeles. AMR and their predecessor companies have been providing this service for nearly 100 years to the residents of Los Angeles County.
In Los Angeles County American Medical Response employs approximately 500 Paramedics, EMTs, Registered Nurses, and Respiratory Technicians’ who on average handle 130,000 responses annually throughout the County.  AMR offers a wide variety of available levels of transportation services including neonatal transportation and bariatric services. Additionally, AMR provides stand by medical services for many large scale sporting and entertainment venues throughout the County.  Additionally, AMR is a member of multiple committees that help direct delivery in Los Angeles.
Community Services
AMR believes strongly in supporting the communities they provide service to and participates in several community events and functions annually. Locally AMR has supported several Community College and ROP training programs by providing an opportunity for these students to obtain clinical training by observing EMT’s and Paramedics in action.
AMR is a member of several Chambers of Commerce, and supports The Industry Hills Rodeo, The Diamond Bar Community Foundation, The Irwindale Education Foundation, SPIRITT Family Services, The Citrus Valley Health Foundation, Methodist Hospital Foundation, Community Partners Days of Dialogue, area Boys & Girls Clubs and the Every Fifteen Minutes Programs.
In addition, AMR continually  provides standby services for several community events such as the concerts in the park, the relay for life event’s throughout the area, community  bike rides, Independence Day Fireworks displays, holiday parades, Veteran support events, toy drives, food drives, community CPR classes, and many more.
To date, Los Angeles County Operations of AMR have taught CPR more than 7,000 citizens of Los Angeles County.  As a result of this effort, we have been made aware of multiple directly related life-saving occurrences.
Chamber of Commerce ActivityAMR is a current, heavily involved member in good standing for many Chambers of Commerce, including the Regional Chamber of San Gabriel Valley, Azusa, Pomona, Irwindale, Whittier, Temple City, Rosemead, El Monte/South El Monte, Glendora, Duarte, Covina, San Dimas and the City of Industry.  We attend more than 10 events per month and participate in many Chamber projects, fundraisers, donation events and drives.
American Medical Response’s General Manager of Los Angeles County, Ken Liebman, serves on the Executive Chamber Board for the San Gabriel Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Business of the Month - December 2014

Business Accomplishments
The Irwindale Brewery has been proudly brewing great beer for the past 32 years.  Coors Light passed Budweiser as the number 2 beer in the nation!  This is the first time that Budweiser has not been first AND second in over two decades.  What makes this even more special in Irwindale is that about 50% of their output is Coors Light product.  Company-wide, they received 286 medals at the Great American Beer and the World Beer Cup Festivals which speaks volumes to the quality of their beers!
 
The Irwindale Brewery has been recognized by the Irwindale Chamber Environmental Committee for their continuous sustainability efforts.  They have received both local and national recognition for their water reduction efforts. They have also received State Grants for additional Water Reduction Projects.  Over the years, MillerCoors has pursued a major effort to reduce raw energy consumption and continues to lead the industry in energy reduction efforts, currently installing a 3 Megawatt Solar Panel System that will product about 26% of their purchased energy.  They have also been recognized by the State of California for their outstanding Employee Training Program.
 
Community Services
The employees at the Irwindale Brewery actively participate in several community events throughout the year.  For the past 25 years, MillerCoors has been a major sponsor for the Pasadena Black History Parade.  Each year, 10-15 employees volunteer to host a booth at the end of the parade which includes prize giveaways and the promotion of the brewery and the beer drinker’s responsibility to the community.  Gilbert Ruiz is the Vice Chair for the IEF and has proudly hosted the IEF annual BBQ and other events at the brewery.  In 2014, the Irwindale Brewery employees have pledged over $60,000 to the United Way, 206 pairs of shoes and 100 backpacks filled with school supplies to Shoes that Fit, 160 volunteers helped clean the beach for the annual Coastal Clean-up event, raised money for KARE youth league with an employee Basketball Tournament, held a food drive for two local organizations, and are holding a toy drive for another non-profit organization, and sponsored a beer garden for the Azusa Canyon Race.  They were the Title Sponsor for the 2014 Baker to Vegas Relay Race, sponsored multiple military functions, and have sponsored over 120 events as a beverage sponsor.  They honored their Veteran Employees with a Pub Event recognizing the over 30 Veterans that work at the brewery.  These Veterans designed a memorial that will stand next to the US and California flags at the entrance.  This is just one way they recognize and support employee driven activities.
Chamber of Commerce Activity
MillerCoors was a founding member of the Chamber and has actively participated in the Chamber since its inception.  Currently, they are at the Gold level for Cornerstone membership. Over the years, there have been four MillerCoors employees who have chaired the Board of Directors. Anita Hernandez is currently on the Board of Directors as Secretary and is a Past Chair.  She is also the past Chairs for the Golf Tournament and the World of Food Poker Tournament. MillerCoors is a major sponsor for both sold out events.  MillerCoors donates beer, money, volunteers and prizes to numerous Chamber events throughout the year.
 

                                                                                                                  

Business of the Month - November 2014


Business Accomplishments
Embassy Suites has been serving this community for over thirty years. Over the years, through many changes, Embassy Suites Arcadia has maintained a commitment to their guests and their community. Embassy Suites Arcadia was recognized as one of J.D. Power and Associates Best in Guest Satisfaction 2011-2012. The general manager was selected by the Monrovia Chamber of Commerce as the 2009 Business Person of the Year.
 
Community Service
Embassy Suites Arcadia plays an intricate part in showing support in the community by working with Monrovia and Arcadia School Districts. Managers from Embassy Suites volunteer in classrooms through the Read Across America program. Embassy Suites also partners with Foothill Unity to provide books and dry goods to underprivileged children each school year. Embassy Suites works closely with Azusa Pacific University and CalTech to provide a location for special events and bring students and parents together throughout the year.
 
Chamber of Commerce Activity
Embassy Suites Arcadia has been a member of the Irwindale Chamber of Commerce for ten years. Mark Blue, Senior Sales Manager, serves on the Environmental Committee and as a Business Ambassador. Recently, Embassy Suites Arcadia hosted Irwindale on the Rocks, showcasing their wonderful staff, food, and facility.

Business of the Month - Oct 20014

Business Accomplishments
Acrylatex Coatings and Recycling Inc. is a California Certified Latex Paint Recycling Facility. Founded in May of 2008, it is the only paint recycling center in Los Angeles County, and one of only two recycling centers in Southern California. Clients include the State of California, LA County, Cal Trans, LAX, the City of Covina, and many other cities in the Los Angeles region.
 
Acrylatex recycles approximately 350,000 gallons of paint per year and processes over 1 million containers per year, recycling all the metal and plastic in those containers. Acrylatex produces recycled paint, asphalt sealer, and a unique “Soft Rock” ground cover from the paint it collects.
 
Acrylatex has been featured on the television’s “Curiosity Quest,” “LA’s Best Buys,” and Channel 9’s “Business and Consumer Reporter.”
 
Community Service
Acrylatex has donated paint to many non-profit and charitable organizations, including Neighborhood Homework House in Azusa and an organization building houses for the poor in Mexico. Additionally, Acrylatex operates the “Coat of Many Colors” program, which provides paint at a reduced cost to local churches for use and for fundraisers.
 
Chamber of Commerce Activity
Acrylatex has been a member of the Irwindale Chamber of Commerce since 2011. Acrylatex has also served on the Environmental Committee for the past two years.

Business of the Month- August 2014 

Business Accomplishments
Arrow has been in existence since 1947, and was originally owned by our illustrious Joe DiShanni. Robert Faris purchased the shop in 1975, and partnered with Dawn DeVroom and Dave Nguyen 20 years ago. Arrow has seen many changes since 1947 but is currently a complete mechanical repair business located on the corner of Irwindale Avenue and First Street.
 
Arrow has always been a part of the community, in part by its simple longevity, but more importantly through our dedication to building strong community relationships. These relationships are characterized by a service orientation, community outreach, and involvement in our community’s current affairs.
 
Community Service
Arrow makes a commitment to providing strong lasting relationships. Part of building these relationships is providing service to others. Arrow has always been involved in local athletics, and has donated time and money to programs such as Kare Youth League and Habitat for Humanity. Arrow has also made charitable donations to many church programs.
 
Dawn DeVroom, CEO/CFO, has been an active Board member of the Charter Oak School District PTA, and has donated to many projects over the past 13 years to support the Charter Oak School District. She is currently on the Irwindale Chamber of Commerce Board, Irwindale Public Library Foundation Board, South Hills Professional Board, Charter Oak High School Golf Tournament Board, and actively involved in many other valuable programs.
 
Chamber of Commerce Activity
Arrow has been so excited to be part of the Chamber’s events and to support the outstanding programs that are available. Arrow has donated time, money, and energy to the Chamber Golf Tournament, Chamber committees, and events whenever possible.

Business of the Month - January 2014

Business Accomplishments
Established in 1966 by a small group of determined parents who were willing to take great risks to ensure a full and productive life for each of their disabled adult children, PVW has blossomed into four distinct programs that serve over 400 people with disabilities throughout Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties. Many of our program participants are wage earners which directly benefits the local and State economy through the spending of disposable income and increasing the sales tax base.
 PVW was selected as one of The Metro LA Top Workplaces on April 28, 2013. PVW’s programs and services were validated on a new level when PVW was honored by Assembly Member Norma Torres as Business of the Year for 2012.
 Community Services
People with developmental disabilities are offered the tools and support needed to be more productive members of society. They learn work skills and earn a paycheck which boosts their self-esteem and self-worth.
PVW Programs include:  Work Program: Our disabled workforce is trained in vocational skills such as assembly, packaging, bundling, palletizing, collating, shop maintenance, material handling, and clerical jobs.  Supported Employment Services:  Paid work opportunities are provided with on-going support in the form of job coaching and follow-along services. Adult Development Center:  This adult day care program offers a mixture of opportunities including community integration, functional learning and volunteer services for those who cannot or choose not to work fulltime. ‘Round About Senior Services: Disabled seniors participate in activities with non-disabled seniors who are also geared for retirement. Seniors play an active role in planning onsite, community and volunteer activities.
 Chamber Activities
Stephanie Benjamin represents PVW at the Irwindale Chamber.  Stephanie not only attends the breakfast and lunch meetings but is also member of the Business Ambassador Team and participates in the Business Walks.

Business of the Month - October 2013


Business Accomplishments
Neighborhood Homework House has been in the business of serving students and families of Azusa since 1997.   What started from two women with a desire to help local students at Henry Dalton Elementary School has now grown into a non-profit organization that serves students from the eleven elementary schools, three middle schools, and both high schools in Azusa. They have 200 volunteers each year to help Azusa's economically and educationally at-risk PK-12 students to advance academically in a supportive setting.
 
NHH has been recognized by the City of Azusa, Assembly members: Hernandez, Chavez, and Torres as well as Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez.  They are members of three local Chambers of Commerce.
 
Community Services
NHH serves as a member of the Community Scholars, a group formed by Azusa Pacific University to bring various sectors of the community together to work on a common goal.   The NHH office in Azusa is a partner site for the Grassroots ESL Community Project led by Azusa City Library. NHH is a lead member on the Azusa Literacy Coalition, attempting to address the issues of school readiness and reading on grade level by Grade 3.  They also offer seminars and classes to the Parents of the students they assist.
Chamber of Commerce Activity:
NHH has been an active Member of Irwindale Chamber of Commerce since 2005, attending the GMI breakfast regularly. 
 

Business of the Month - July 2013

Business Accomplishments
Foothill Transit is celebrating its 25th anniversary in December 2013. Three major recent accomplishments include the installation of a public access CNG station at the Irwindale operations facility, the implementation of the Solar PV Expansion Project, and the acquirement of ISO 14001 Certification through their initiative as the first transit operation in the nation to implement an Environmental Sustainability Management System (ESMS.)

Community Service
Foothill Transit recently added an additional stop on the line traveling from Duarte to West Covina in response to Irwindale business and constituent requests, demonstrating its commitment to community involvement and sponsorship. Foothill Transit also has been an active participant in the Irwindale Senior Center Health and Information Fair for many years, allowing representatives to meet with seniors to explain the services they provide that directly relate to community needs. They also participate annually in the Irwindale Public Library Summer Reading program and recently sponsored the Irwindale Police Officers Association through purchasing ads in the Crime Prevention Yearbook.

Chamber of Commerce Activity
Foothill Transit has been a Cornerstone Club Member of the Irwindale Chamber since August 2004 with the most recent service by LaShawn King Gillespie, Director of Customer Service and Operations, who served as Chair of the chamber in 2012.
In that time, Foothill Transit has sponsored the Young Citizen of the Year Speech Competition with several staff members volunteering to sit on the panel of judges. The agency actively seeks opportunities to serve the community in greater ways.

Business of the Month - July 2014

Business Accomplishments
SCE FCU has been in the business of helping the individual and the community since 1952.  Over the past 60 years, we have built a solid reputation for stability and security.  SCE Federal Credit Union provides exceptional financial service and solutions to members, a professional working environment that promotes employee growth and opportunity, and actively supports community efforts, while maintaining a strong financial position.
 
Community Services
SCE FCU’s nonprofit organization, the Center for Financial Empowerment, provides financial literacy workshops for schools, community organizations, and employer groups. The Center for Financial Empowerment has reached more than 22,000 people with life-skills financial education.
 
SCE FCU employees consistently demonstrate their commitment to improving the community by volunteering for worthwhile causes. Over the last six years, employees have spent more than 7,000 volunteering in their communities. SCE FCU has been recognized by Senator Ed Hernandez and Congresswoman Judy Chu for continuous community involvement. Assemblyman Roger Hernandez named SCE FCU Business of the Year in 2011.
 
Chamber Activities
SCE FCU is a Cornerstone member who is very financially supportive and the employees volunteer on a regular basis.  George Poitou and Vee Clark have each served as chair of the Board.  Rick Flores and George Silva are on the Business Ambassador Committee and SCE FCU also contributes generously each year to the Irwindale Education Foundation scholarship fund.

Business of the Month - May 2014

Business Accomplishments
California Custom Fruits and Flavors has been making delicious fruit fillings and flavors for the dairy, bakery, beverage, and foodservice industries for over 25 years right here in Irwindale. CCFF values customer satisfaction in all phases of our business from conception to fruition. Collaborative relationships make our products great.
Rose Ann Hall, owner of CCFF, says, “When you work with California Custom Fruits and Flavors, you are working with those who make decisions. Our team is accessible, enthusiastic, and has a sense of urgency in getting your product to market. As a team, we have built rewarding relationships with our customers, suppliers, and our community, creating growth opportunities and improving quality of life.”
 
Community Services
CCFF contributes to numerous charities and non-profit organizations, including the Irwindale Public Library, Big Brothers Big Sisters, KARE Youth League, Ettie Lee Youth & Family Services, and the Irwindale Chamber of Commerce. In addition, CCFF employees have served their communities by being active in CHOC, Avon’s Breast Cancer Walk, The American Red Cross, and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
 
Chamber Activities
CCFF has been a Chamber Member for 27 years and has contributed to such events as: The World of Food Poker Tour, the Irwindale Educational Foundations BBQ, and the Annual Golf Tournament. CCFF values it’s relationship with the Chamber; you will usually see someone from CCFF at the Good Morning Irwindale Breakfast or Luncheon events. Kathy White, Finance & HR Manager of CCFF, has served on the Board of Directors and was Chair of the 2014 Golf Tournament Committee. Phyllis Ferguson, Director of Purchasing, serves on the 2014-2015 Board of Directors and attended a Chamber Leadership Summit in Simi Valley with Irwindale Chamber President Marlene Carney.

Business of the Month - March 2014

Business Accomplishments
Brunswick has been in business for 165 years.  Today, there are 96 locations with 14 of them being in Southern California. Brunswick is a leader not only in bowling but also in recreational boating, marine power, billiards and fitness equipment that has been traded on the NYSE since 1924.  Perhaps Brunswick’s greatest-ever contribution to bowling was the blockbuster introduction of its automatic pinsetter.  These marvelous machines revolutionized the bowling industry. 
 Community Services
The West Covina Brunswick donates to local schools; give out summer passes to youth, supports Church Youth Groups and Veterans.  From 10 p.m. to midnight on the third Wednesday in the months of June, July and August all bowling proceeds go to Veterans through the Bowling for Freedom program fund.
 Chamber Activities
Brunswick has been a Member since 2010 and has donated raffle and silent auction items for different Chamber events.  Sandi Ironside coordinated one of our “On the Rocks” mixers and was on the Golf Committee.  

Business of the Month - November 2013

Business Accomplishments
3M is a global leader in technology, innovation and research producing inventive products that have improved people's lives for over 100 years. 3M is the science, the exhaustive testing and the entrepreneurial spirit behind trusted brands like Post-It®, Scotch™, Thinsulate™, Nexcare™ and many more.  Unitek is 3M’s orthodontics products division. The Unitek plant has operated in the Irwindale-Monrovia community for over 50 years and has been under 3M ownership since 1987 and has over 500 employees.  3M Unitek is recognized for several premier orthodontic product lines such as SmartClip™ SL3 that feature a unique brace design that eliminates the need for tiny elastic bands, Clarity™ SL sculpted and completely clear ceramic braces, and Incognito™ Hidden Braces which are placed behind the teeth and completely hidden from view.
Community Services
3M was recognized with the 2013 United Way Spirit of America® award for philanthropy, volunteer engagement and community impact.  Last year, 3M raised $8.6 million for 135 communities nationwide through its “Every One Counts. Live United” United Way campaign, plus employees volunteered 200,000 total hours.  In 2012, 3M Unitek contributed over 200 hours of volunteer work within the local community through Habitat of Humanity, Back to School, and Shoes that Fit programs.   3M Unitek was also instrumental in securing a $32,000 eco-grant for the San Gabriel Mountains Regional Conservancy to enhance outreach and education programs available to school groups and families visiting the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area and Nature Center.
Chamber of Commerce Activity
3M Unitek has been a member of the Irwindale Chamber of Commerce for several years and it is particularly engaged with the Environmental Committee of the Chamber.   3M Unitek has been an active participant in the Environmental Committee activities from member meetings to special events such as facility ‘green’ tours, speaking engagements on environmental and sustainability topics, annual e-waste recycling event and environmental award ceremony.  In 2013, the Environmental Committee of the Irwindale Chamber of Commerce is chaired by Mr. Remus Baias of 3M Unitek Corporation.

Business of the Month - August 2013

Business Accomplishments
Professional Advisory Services, Inc. was founded in 1998. In 2008 they joined Girard Securities as a registered branch office. They are committed to a fee based money management system that specializes in daily management of 270 discretionary accounts. As a fiduciary their number one objective, is to preserve the client’s assets rather than take high risks for speculative gains.

Community Services
Professional Advisory Services, Inc. is currently offering workshops for local community members interested in learning more about investing. They have partnered with LA Works to provide training and guidance to their clientele with regards to retirement planning and strategies to maximize benefits from previous employers’ 401k plans. Purpose of workshops is to educate clients so they develop a down-to-earth understanding of their current investments. Further guidance is provided should they need help through a complimentary consultation. The result is that clients leave these experiences feeling more confident about understanding their own investments and ready to make changes that address their investment concerns.

Chamber of Commerce Activity
Gene De Young served as a Business Ambassador with Irwindale Chamber of Commerce for several years. His objective is to promote the growth of businesses in the local and extended communities by assisting businesses develop relationships and opportunities that lead to mutual success. Within this role he has been privileged to receive awards as both Ambassador of the Month and now Business of the Month.

Business of the Month - June 2014

Business Accomplishments
The LeRoy Haynes Center originated nearly 70 years ago as the LeRoy Haynes Boys Home with a mission to help
troubled boys in a home-like setting.  LeRoy Haynes’ legacy has evolved to serve more than 450 boys and girls of all
ages, and their families through four programs including:  a State Certified K-12 Non-public School, Residential
Treatment, Mental Health Services and Community Outreach.  Its campus now comprises 18 buildings including six
residential cottages. The LeRoy Haynes Center has become one of the largest and most comprehensive non-profit
organizations of its kind dedicated to helping children with special needs relating to emotional development, autism,
Asperger’s Disorder, learning disabilities, abuse, neglect and abandonment.
 
Community Service
In addition to operating a State Certified K-12 Non-public school, the LeRoy Haynes Center also operates an
enrichment program that serves to promote achievement across a wide spectrum. Enhancing each child’s
educational and personal experience, the program includes Art, Drama, Music, Science, Computer Technology,
Physical Education, Team Sports, Student Government and Community Service.  Further, LeRoy Haynes Center’s S.T.A.R. Academy offers in-home behavior services that rely on naturalistic and evidence based practices which include applied behavior analysis; pivotal response team; and parent training and education. Recognizing each child is unique with individual strengths and abilities, S.T.A.R. Academy individualizes each program to address the unique needs of the youth.
 
Chamber of Commerce Activity
In addition to hosting its multi-chamber mixer each summer, LeRoy Haynes CEO and President Dan
Maydeck sits on the Board of Directors of the Irwindale Chamber of Commerce.

Business of the Month - April 2014

Business Accomplishments
Sam Kim owns and operates Ayutla Market at Arrow and Irwindale Ave.  Sam has been in the community for over 20 years.  He is known for his generosity in assisting with local fundraisers, helping customers to their cars and by maintaining long hours and staying open on holidays.  Sam continuously goes above and beyond to meet the needs of the community and has placed a sign at Ayutla Market stating, “Are you hungry? See Sam”.  He will give food to whoever comes to him in need. Ayutla Market is a gem in the middle of Irwindale on Arrow Highway.  The convenience grocery store has meat, a mini fresh produce section, dairy section, beverage section and several aisles of canned and boxed home goods.
Community Services
Sam is a past recipient of the Irwindale Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year.  He was recognized as the 2006 Small Business of the Year by State Senator Gloria Romero.
Chamber Activities
Sam, a member of the Irwindale Chamber since 1993, currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Chamber, a position he has held for eight years.  He is a Board Member on the Irwindale Public Library Foundation.

Business of the Month-February 2014

Business Accomplishments
So Cal Gas has been providing clean, safe, reliable, natural gas and service to our customers for over 140 years. We are the nation’s largest national gas distribution utility providing service to 21 million customers connected through nearly 5.8 million meters in more than 500 communities.  We cover over 20,000 square miles from Visalia to the Mexican border.  We are currently rolling out our Advanced Meter Project to better serve our customers. 
 Community Services
So Cal Gas provides several programs to provide support to our customer base.  We provide the Care California Alternate rates for energy and our ESAP-Energy Savings Assistance Programs for our needier families that qualify. 
Chamber Activities
Bob Cruz has served on the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors along.  The Gas Company is an active member and has sponsored the Irwindale Young Citizen of the Year Program and sponsored a table at State of the City.  

Business of the Month -
December 2013

Business Accomplishments
Since 1999, Rogers & Associates has been applying innovative tax and accounting solutions to the myriad of challenges faced by small to mid-sized businesses in Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside Counties.
Ade Rogers, CPA has always had the passion to help small businesses. Coming from a technology background coupled with his trained profession as a CPA, Rogers & Associates uses technology and business systems to provide clients with efficient and convenient services, while still maintaining a personal, hands-on approach to doing business.   

Community Services
Our firm is actively involved in our local communities and churches.  We volunteer and participate with monthly “Feeding the Homeless” in downtown Los Angeles. Ade Rogers is passionate about promoting educational empowerment amongst disadvantaged youth.  He is an active supporter of the Alliance of Jamaican and American Humanitarian (AOJAH) and African Diaspora Organization that strives to improve and enhance health, education and social well-being of the people in Africa and the Caribbean.  He is a strong supporter of his alma mater’s University of Southern California mentoring programs and Jackie-Dodds Foundation that promotes educational grants to disadvantaged students at Pasadena City College
Rogers & Associates support several local non- profit organizations either through monetary donations or in most cases in-kind contributions like voluntary work.  Consisting of Corys’ Kitchen, Leroy Haynes Center, Shoes That Fit and Kare Youth League.

Chamber of Commerce Activity
As a member of the Irwindale Chamber, Ade Rogers is a Business Ambassador Committee member.  Ade is an advocate for the Irwindale Chamber of commerce and volunteers at several chamber events.

Business of the Month -
September 2013


Business Accomplishments
 

D Graphic Solutions is owned and operated by  Claude Delgado.  Claude has been in the Graphic Communications Industry his entire professional life, beginning as a graphic designer then on to sales. He moved on to managing printing sales forces and ultimately managing several larger printing companies in the Los Angeles area.
 
Claude started D Graphic Solutions, by brokering printing to companies in the Los Angeles Region. Over the past three years he’s expanded his offerings to include the design and print of packaging, promotional products, the development of transactional websites and the development and implementation of marketing plans for his client companies.
 
Community Service
 

Claude has always believed in the importance of giving back.  He was instrumental in the formation of his Industry Association’s – PIA-SC – Business Printer’s Group where he maintains a leadership role.  He is a Board Member of the PIA-SC Education Committee, an organization committed to the support of graphic communication education programs for junior high and high school students throughout the Southland.  He is also currently spearheading an effort to establish a TEDx Community targeted to support junior high and high school students in El Monte.
 
Chamber of Commerce Activity
 

Claude is an active member of the chamber and serves it as a Business Ambassador, where he is a two-time ‘Ambassador of the Month’ honoree. He is also currently heading up an effort within the Chamber to create a small business group specifically dedicated to the success of small businesses in the San Gabriel Valley.

Business of the Month - June 2013

Business Accomplishments
Picasso's Cafe is celebrating 25 years, a Quarter of a Century - in business this year. They have received numerous business
honors and recognitions over the years including Entrepreneurs of the Year (2010) by Congresswoman Judy Chu and Small Business of the Year for the 57th Assembly District (2008) as well as for their environmental efforts to go green.

Community Service
Since their founding, Picasso's founders have been active in the local communities. Operation PAINT (Picasso's Assistance In Necessary Things) was founded in 2009 to formalize their commitment to community involvement. Picasso's commitment is to be commitment is to express gratitude daily by being a shining example of the restaurant industry through our catering donations, monetary sponsorships, volunteer work and support of local non- profit groups and organizations and nationwide relief efforts. A few of the many organizations they support are LA's Walk for Hope to Cure Breast Cancer for City of Hope, the Irwindale Educational Foundation and Pacific Clinics.

Chamber of Commerce Activity
Picasso’s Café is a Charter Cornerstone Member for Irwindale Chamber of Commerce. Marissa DeRosa also serves on the Board of Directors. She and Vincent DeRosa have both served as Chair of the Board. They also support many of the other programs for Irwindale and other local Chamber of Commerce’s Golf Tournaments, Community Taste Events, and Business Networking Events.

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