THE INDIO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IS COMMITTED TO:
East Valley Business • November 2007 Page 1
• Creating a strong local economy • Promoting the community • Providing networking opportunities
• Representing the interests of business with government • Political action • Making referrals
VOLUME 14 NO. 11 • THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE INDIO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE • November 2007
Indio Chamber Working to Create Pirates of the Coachella
A Strong Local Economy Valley A Swashbuckling
By Anita Kramer, Chamber CEO
• Encouraging members and residents to
do business with local Indio businesses.
• Referrals given to members as first
• The website promotes member
businesses to the community & visitors.
• Educational forums are provided
throughout the year in addition to the
monthly Mayor’s Networking Breakfast
where keynote speakers cover a variety of
pertinent business topics.
• Other educational events include the
BizNet Business Symposium and Annual
n the October issue of the East Valley Labor Law Workshop.
Business News you learned the Board • To showcase local businesses, the
of Directors met at their annual retreat Chamber sponsors the annual BizNet
to review the Chamber’s body of work as it Business Expo in conjunction with the What a bunch of scallywags…Sharon and John Ferrelli, Deborah McGarrey, Jim and Linda
chambers of Coachella and La Quinta. Harrison and Michael McGarrey.
relates to what the membership has told us
they expect from their Chamber. Over the • Partnering with SCORE (Counselors plenty of booty! Over 60 items were on
By Chamber Staff
next six months you will see an overview to America's Small Business) to bring display for pillagin’ and purchasin’, not to
of all six core competencies that will drive practical, business training to members mention the four incredible Live Auction
the Chamber’s body of work this fiscal year. who may need assistance with a business Alas! All ye scallywags, wenches and items, which generated a handsome booty
The first of the six is: Creating a strong local plan or how to obtain financing. rascals, the “Pirates of the Coachella for the Chamber.
economy. In a recent survey of members, • Partnering with the Coachella Valley Valley” annual fall FunRaiser turned out to The event took place October 13 at
82% tell us this is extremely important for the Enterprise Zone to help Indio area businesses, be a swashbuckling success. Pirates were Empire Polo Club’s Hacienda del Toro.
Chamber to do and ranks as the number one small or large, to potentially save thousands treated to an evening of great provisions Guests were encouraged to dress up (and
reason why members join the Chamber. of dollars through reduction of State Income served up by Carlos Johnson of CJ’s did they dress up) and those who needed
The Indio Chamber of Commerce Tax through Hiring Credit Incentives where Catering, Pirate Punch and plenty of rum, a little help were offered eye patches,
promotes the local economy in a multitude qualified employees can be worth up to fabulous sounds provided by Captain Craig necklaces, tattoos and more to get into
of ways that include the following activities. $32,000 in tax credits over five years to Michaels of Musical Affair, Pirates, and character. Over 260 scallywags attended
Many more will be developed to expand on employers.
meeting this objective: The Indio Chamber is dedicated to Continued on page 5
helping your business grow and making
your community a great place to do
Inside this Issue business. Watch for some of these business
enhancement benefits in the months
Voices of Indio Business
Battin: Flawed System? • Shop local programs;
• Member-to-member discount "The Indio Chamber has been
programs; a great asset for Club Achilles
Busy Month at the Indio Chamber
• Business best practices seminars; Craig Geraci in a variety of ways. Just
• Supporting business-friendly President as any new business in the
PAGE 4 candidates; desert, Club Achilles was
Southwest Arts Festival®
Club Achilles Luxury
• Leadership programs. seeking name recognition and
PAGE 5 At the Indio Chamber we’re all about
Indoor Golf Club support from others within
"Pirates" FunRaiser business….and we’re taking steps every its nearby communities. Our
PAGE 6 day to create a strong local economy for membership with the Indio
Business Profile the entire business community. Chamber has not only yielded
PAGE 8 Next month the focus will be on the support we were in need
Chamber Committee Reports Core Competency #2: Promoting the of, but has helped us to align
Community. with other businesses in the
desert thereby strengthening
the Indio business community.
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GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS PUBLIC AFFAIRS/POLITICS
Special Session: Will A Flawed Governor Signs Six Bills to Provide Flood Safety
Sealing a compromise between bills designed to force cities and counties to
System Produce Flawed Results? environmentalists and builders, Gov.
Arnold Schwarzenegger signed legislation
consider flood risks in the planning process
without imposing a strict moratorium, a
By Senator Jim Battin to phase in growth restrictions in flood- previous sticking point for builders.
hile this is usually the time of capable of producing flawed results. It is prone areas throughout the Central Valley. Sacramento Bee
year when business owners similar to expecting to have a beautifully The Republican governor approved six
and citizens throughout the manicured lawn when using a dilapidated
state breathe a sigh of relief because
the state legislature is out of session and
mower with dull blades. What you get in Consumer Protection Bill Could Cost Retailers
reality are results that are so patchy and
can’t do any more harm until January, Critics, however, contend that the unions of a potential breach — creating a
lopsided that even your neighbors are
the Governor has called a ‘special incentive structure doesn’t make sense strong incentive to report even the most
session’ to deal with two issues: water harmed by diminished property values.
because if a business abides by the security minor problems, such as an unsecured
and health care. Much like our broken Bottom line – even when the legislature
standards and is hacked anyway, it still computer being left on when the cleaning
budget process, the Governor and the follows protocol and properly studies,
“may” be on the hook for notification and crew comes in.
legislative leadership will get together deliberates and debates legislation, we
replacement costs. Currently, merchants
on the details and then present their are still faced with the very real danger Orange County Register
‘solution’ to the full legislature for don’t incur any costs when notifying credit
of unintended consequences. When we
a stamp of approval. Unfortunately, waive the rules – as in a special session
what this creates is a process devoid of – we further run the risk of producing a
Governor Kills Bill Seeking to Close Loophole in
debate and an honest exchange of ideas
within the legislature. In essence, we
product that not only will never work, but Open-Meeting Law
have taken what is supposed to be may even become harmful to those it is
intended to help. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has vetoed communications to skirt open-meeting
a deliberative body and reduced the
dialogue to three words – yes, no and For my part during this special session, a bill that attempted to prevent city councils requirements.
abstain. I will insist on practical and sensible and other local government boards from Associated Press in the
solutions based on logical conclusions using a series of private meetings or
Don’t get me wrong, these are two very North County Times
important issues and that is precisely why rather than simply accepting a politically
they deserve thoughtful, prudent and expedient compromise so we can tell voters
well-reasoned solutions. However, I am that we actually did something. HUMAN RESOURCES/HEALTH & SAFETY
concerned that a flawed system is only
Judge Blocks Worker ID Rule
A federal judge ruled that the government decision comes after labor, civil liberties
FROM THE GAPP COMMITTEE cannot use mismatched Social Security and immigrants’ rights groups filed a
data to root out illegal immigrants from the lawsuit to stop the department from using
By Chairman Mark Harner, Pacific Western Bank workforce, declaring that such enforcement Social Security “no-match” letters for
actions would do “irreparable harm to immigration enforcement.
nce a month the All Valley City featuring the common characteristics of being innocent workers and employers.” The Los Angeles Times
Chambers of Commerce Legislative business capable plus offering a unique resort
Committee meets to discuss lifestyle to its residents.
governmental and public policy affairs of CVEP approaches its mission by utilizing
Workers' Comp Cuts Beat Estimate
mutual interest. The City Chamber members its team of investors, community leaders,
are Cathedral City, Desert Hot Springs, Indio, consultants and staff. The Coachella Valley California’s massive overhaul of the reveals cuts in medical fees, limits on
La Quinta, Palm Desert, Palm Springs and Economic Partnership will market, facilitate state-run workers’ compensation system treatment and revamped benefit payments
Rancho Mirage. Coachella and Indian Wells and provide economic information to its has slashed billions of dollars more in have carved $14.5 billion from the state-
attend on a non-voting basis. clients, investors and community for additional benefits and medical costs than anticipated run program.
The Indio Chamber of Commerce has three economic opportunity for all residents and by the insurance industry. A new study Sacramento Bee
representatives on the All Valley City Chambers businesses. CVEP recognizes and celebrates
of Commerce Legislative Committee: Anita individual community economic identity,
Kramer, CEO; Mark Harner, Pacific Western competition and interest through our values of
Wellness vs. Privacy: Companies Health Surveys Get
Bank and Nancy Madson, Seawright Custom relationship building, shared vision and ethics. Cool Reception
Precast. CVEP will expand and diversify the regional
Though the chambers and cities are diverse, economy of the Coachella Valley without Employers may offer incentives, such don’t. Workers at risk for health problems
which is a strength, we all have one major comprising each community’s integrity and as gift certificates or lower premium are generally referred to a program, such as
question---what will our Coachella Valley quality of life. contributions, to entice employees to take smoking cessation or weight control.
look like in the years to come and what will The targeted industries for CVEP and the the tests - and higher health costs if they San Francisco Chronicle
that mean for business. future of our area are healthcare, recreation,
At the October meeting of the All Valley, we multimedia, education and advanced
were presented with a picture of the future, the
challenges and opportunities ahead by John
technologies. The goal is to bring well paying
jobs and continue to have clean industry in our
Souliere, new President/CEO of the Coachella Valley.
Valley Economic Partnership (CVEP), a Underlying the success of this march into the
private, non-profit economic development future is the necessity of a skilled and trained Record Exports Help Push Trade Deficit to Lowest
corporation. workforce. CVEP and its members are strong
CVEP is an economic partnership comprised supporters of our growing educational system Level in Seven Months
of members/investors from the nine valley from the grade school level to university.
The U.S. trade deficit fell to the lowest down slightly following a string of high-
cities, the county and 122 private businesses You’ll be hearing more and more from CVEP
level in seven months, helped by record- profile recalls.
and entities working together to market in the coming months as our Valley continues to
the Coachella Valley as a prime business grow and mature. For more information visit high sales of American products and the Associated Press in the
destination. The charge is to promote the CVEP’s website at www.cvep.com. declining value of the dollar. The deficit San Diego Union-Tribune
uniqueness of each city in the Valley while with China declined as imports edged
BUSINESS UPDATE Little Firms May Face Big Penalties
Heads up if you own a small retail Equalization, which issues the permits and
shop: The state of California may come collects the taxes. The resulting loss in tax
Extended Hours and New Exhibits for knocking on your door looking for your revenue adds up to about $344 million a
seller’s permit. About 33,000 businesses year, according to the board.
Coachella Valley Museum
in California are selling without that little Los Angeles Times
piece of paper, estimates the Board of
he Coachella Valley Museum and New permanent exhibits about
Cultural Center (which houses community leader Dr. Reynaldo Carreon,
the restored 1909 Schoolhouse), pioneer physician Dr. June McCarroll, and Few Lenders Are Willing to Make Mortgage
located at Deglet Noor and Miles Avenue, aviator Jacqueline Cochran join continuing
has announced extended hours for the exhibits about the date industry and Native Modifications, Survey Says
fall season. The Museum is open to Peoples. Temporary exhibits include
“Japanese Dolls” and the Watercolor Mortgage lenders rarely help responding to the survey said that loan
the general public on Thursday, Friday,
Society “Small Images” show which run homeowners struggling with rapidly modification - adjusting a mortgage’s terms
and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
through December. The first Sunday of the increasing adjustable mortgages, according to make it more affordable - is among the
and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until 4 p.m.
month is Free Sunday. Call 342-6651 for to a survey of 33 California housing most common outcomes for its clients.
School groups and community groups
further information or visit the web site at counseling agencies. Only one agency
are welcome by appointment on Monday San Francisco Chronicle
through Thursday. www.coachellavalleymuseum.org
East Valley Business • November 2007 Page 3
Busy Month of Networking at the Indio Chamber of Commerce
Commercial Brokers Luncheon Valley V Twin Mixer
Frank Handler, Ambassador and all around
great guy, won an Old Town Photo Album
compliments of Costco.
The City of Indio and Indio Chamber of Commerce presented the Second Annual Commercial City Councilman Gene Gilbert won two
Brokers Luncheon on September 27 at Sun City Shadow Hills. The top twenty-five revenue passes to the Palm Springs Air Museum as
producing businesses for the City were presented with awards for their success. Over 150 guests well as a t-shirt compliments of Valley V
attended the luncheon. Twin.
Mark Harner of Pacific Western Bank was
the big winner for the evening, he not only
won a gift certificate to La Pinata Restaurant,
he won the 50/50 drawing. He waves it in
front of Chairman of the Board, Deborah
McGarrey. Karen Kane of Canyon National Bank won a
$50 gift certificate to Angelina’s Restaurant
and a $50 gift certificate from Etcetera,
compliments of Linda Glecker.
Norma Leith of the Indio Performing Arts Ben Vasquez of California Bank and Trust
Center was the guest speaker and updated sponsored October’s Mayor’s Breakfast.
guests on what is available in our own California Bank & Trust is located at
community. Emcee for the breakfast, Board 81-701 Highway 111, Indio.
member Nancy Madson of Seawright Custom
Precast, Inc. and Mayor Ben Godfrey pose for
Halle and George Fetty of Valley V Twin
Norm Feuer of Desert Radio Group won hosted September’s mixer. Guests were
a gift basket compliments of Forest Lawn treated to “ride on a hog” as well as a lesson
Mortuary. on motorcycle safety.
Ciro’s Italian Ristorante
New members for the month, Teresa Bautista Senior Sales Manager Janie Hurtado and
Voted #1 Pizza & Italian Restaurant in Coachella Valley
of Soul of Mexico Restaurant, Ismael Pena Mayor Godfrey present new members with
of DJ Audio Source, Sue Sweeney of Sun City a plaque, Marion Michaela of DBI, Travis OPEN 7 DAYS
* Take-Out Service * Groups Welcome * Family Dining
Shadow Hills, Nancy Madson, Guadalupe Wilson of PayChex, Carlos Campos and Mon. - Thurs. 11 am - 9 pm
Lua of Soul of Mexico Restaurant and Mayor Sylvia Lopez of Andorra Apartments, and Fri. & Sat. 11 am - 10 pm
Godfrey. Marion Burton of Idearc.
WHERE THE LOCALS EAT
347-6503 81-963 Highway 111, Indio
The Indio and La Quinta Chambers
celebrated a Ribbon Cutting at Abbey’s
El Destino Night Club celebrated their Flooring Center at 79-900 Highway 111,
opening with a Ribbon Cutting, 83-085 Indio La Quinta. THIS MONTH'S BUSINESS CARD RECIPIENT
Blvd., Indio. City officials, Board Members
and Ambassadors were on hand to help J.
Anthony Perez and Rudy Morales cut the
Rickorama, 81-765 Highway 111, Indio also
celebrated a Ribbon Cutting. Linda Bateman,
Iris Cooper, Nancy Madson, Anita Kramer,
Doug Clark, Owners Richard Virginia and
Ambassadors came out to help celebrate the Holly Christiansen, Enda Rodriguez, Emma
Grand Opening of DJ Audio Source, 83-058 Salcedo, Deborah Dawson, Cris Romero,
Highway 111, Indio. Ismael Pena cuts the Frank and Fran Handler all joined in the
ribbon as family and friends look on. celebration. September 2007 MIXER
Page 4 East Valley Business • November 2007
Thanks To Our Scallywags...
"Pirates of the Coachella Valley" Sponsors
Burrtec Waste and Recycling Services Indio Emergency Medical Group
California Bank & Trust Indio Police Department
California Bio Mass Indio Sunrise Rotary
Canyon National Bank JFK Memorial Hospital
City of Indio La Hacienda Nursery & Landscape, Inc.
Classic Party Rentals Regency Homes
Dr. Mark Sofonio Seawright Custom Precast, Inc.
Empire Polo Club SunCal Companies
Forest Lawn Mortuary Teserra
Hydro-Scape, Inc. Vacation Pools Inc.
And Individual Scoundrels and Wenches...
Bree Goldbach John Chafe
Cris Romero Joseph Chiriaco
David & Paula Turner/ Madison Development/ Rick Wilkerson
Desert Pacific Properties Michael & Deborah McGarrey
Doug & Jane Clark Mike & Sylvia Mullins
Downey Savings Pacific Western Bank/ Mark Harner
Ed & Vicki Robertson PJ’s Desert Trophies
Frank & Fran Handler Shawn Sigurdson
Glenn Miller and Associates Toni Eggebraaten
James Fish II Toni Romero
Cheers to our Pirate Party Committee
Mark Harner, Chairman Karen Kane
Doug Clark Nancy Madson
Kathleen Cruz Cyndi Morris
Deborah Dawson Summer Parkinson
Jim Dibley Toni Romero
Jack Horner Cris Romero
Swashbuckling Thanks To….
Alex Haagen III and Empire Polo Club Craig Michaels, Musical Affair
Staff Classic Party Rentals
Jim Harrison, La Hacienda Nursery and Resort Valet Parking
Landscape, Inc. Johnny Rockit & Candy Wrapper
CJ’s Catering, Carlos Johnson
As well as ye Indio Chambermaids (Staff)...
Anita Kramer Jessica Love
Lyn Hartley Enda Rodriguez
"Matilija Poppies II" by artist Kathy Dunham
The Matilija Poppy at
Southwest Arts Festival® The City of Indio and the Indio Chamber of
By John Weidenhamer, Commerce proudly announce
Artist 2007 “HOLIDAY TRADITIONS”
LIGHTING AND DECORATING CONTEST
F eatured as the Poster Artist this year she studied them for her next painting.
Awards and Prizes given for:
are the highly contrastive values Frequently called the Fried Egg Flower, Residential Commercial
and brilliant colors of Kathy Dunham’s Dunham saw the drama, the good feeling
watercolor flowers. Inspired by the she could see among its crinkled petals and $200 + Plaque in the 1st, 2nd & 3rd Place Plaque
drama of the Matilija Poppies and their golden yellow fluff of a center. following categories: 1st Place T raveling Trophy
shear brilliance under the full moon, This twenty-second annual exhibition of *Creativity *Best Use of Lights Business Profile in
Dunham finds these kinds of situations 250 artists from across the United States *Best Theme *Judges’ Choice East Valley Business
as the muse of her creations right here in will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Friday, *Holiday Spirit Award Publication
Southern California. These, as seen in this January 25 through Sunday, January 27 at
Leslie Taft and Pirates
year’s Fine Art Poster for the Southwest the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California.
Arts Festival®, were discovered on the The poster signed by the artist will be
beach in Malibu. available all three days of the festival or
The opportunity, too much to pass you may reserve one for yourself by calling
by, interrupted an evening’s walk as the Chamber at 760-347-0676. Bus Tour of Contestant Sites: Friday, Dec. 14 and
Saturday, Dec. 15 Sponsored by Cardiff
Limousine & Transportation
Rolex Fine Jewelry (Not all Contestants will be featured in Bus Tours; dependant on number of
Contestants. Routes of all Contestants will be available at Chamber)
Service & Repairs Entry Deadline: December 10, 2007
Judging: December 12, 2007
Prompt • Courteous Service Family Owned and Operated Since 1989 Please have lights on between 5-9 p.m.
Fidel & Louie David & Ralph (Next to Marshall's)
Indio Fashion Mall 79-405 Hwy 111, Ste. #2
Indio Businesses and Residents only
82-227 Hwy. 111 La Quinta, CA 92253
Indio, CA 92201 (760) 777-6420
(760) 342-3231 (760) 777-6416
NAME: __________________ or BUSINESS NAME: _____________________________
ADDRESS: ______________________________________ PHONE #: _________________
September Mixer Donors - THANK YOU!!!!! CATEGORY: Residential or Commercial GATED COMMUNITY: Yes or No
ABC Supply Co. Inc • Angelina’s Italian Kitchen
Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert • Costco Wholesale THEME: _______________________
Cub Scouts Pack 44 • Desert Risk Management • Emerald Roofing, Inc.
Forest Lawn Memorial Park & Mortuary of Cathedral City
Glenn Miller and Associates • Indio Chamber of Commerce Bring your application to the Chamber office and pick up a
Inland Dental Center • J & L Consulting • Jackson-Hewitt Tax Service participant’s sign for your yard
JFK Memorial Hospital • Kirkfit Personal Training • La Pinata Restaurante 82-921 Indio Blvd., Indio, CA 92201
Palm Springs Air Museum • PJ’s Trophies • Sands Hotel of Indian Wells
Savy Chic • Tack Room Tavern • Valley V-Twin For more information please contact the Chamber at 760-347-0676
East Valley Business • November 2007 Page 5
for two compliments of Polo America
went to Deborah Dawson and two $200
2007 Donor List gift certificates to the Cork Tree Restaurant
AAA and Arnold Palmer’s Restaurant went to
Agua Caliente Casino
All About Massage Forrest Meadows.
All in all, the event was a swashbuckling
Angelfish Design & Advertising success…ARRR! The Chamber would
like to take this opportunity to thank Alex
Angelina’s Pizza & Pasta
Arizona Sonora Desert Museum Haagen and his incredible staff at Empire
Armando’s BPG, Inc.
Arnold Palmer’s Restaurant Polo Club, Jim Harrison and his staff at
Asics Athletic Shoes
AVI Resort & Casino
La Hacienda Nursery and Landscape, Inc.,
Pirates of the Coachella Valley a
Baskin Robbins 31 Flavors Euca Burrows and Classic Party Rentals
for providing the linens, Carlos Johnson of
Bing Crosby’s Restaurant
Continued from Page 1 CJ’s Catering, Craig Michaels of Musical
Bob Hope Chrysler Classic “bidding contests” were going on for Affair, Resort Parking for keeping the
Borrego Springs Resort
several items and a number of pirates parking lot running smoothly, PJ’s Desert
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium the event where the weather, not to mention waited in anticipation and guarded their Trophies for donating the wine glasses and
California Casual Design the beautiful surroundings of Empire Polo loot. For the second year, our live auction supplies for the baskets, Johnny Rockit and
California Highway Patrol
Callaway Vineyard Club, could not have been better! It was was what everyone waited for. Robert Candy Wrapper and our fabulous pirates
Caroline at Jake Turner Salon
truly a swashbuckling great time! McElhose outbid several guests for the for an entertaining evening, Tony Hurtado
Casino Morongo Resort Entertainment for the evening began $750.00 gift certificate to La Hacienda and Denise Goolsby for the pictures, and
Castle Park with Johnny Rockit and Candy Wrapper Nursery and Landscape, Inc. Nancy especially the committee for putting the
Children’s Discovery Museum
gearing up the crowd with a rendition of Madson won a Britannia leather sofa, event together and making it one of the best
Chiriaco Travel Center “Neverland” in which Johnny transformed compliments of Leather Plus, and now parties yet! The members listed as donors,
from Peter Pan to Captain Hook. Audience
City of Vista-Wave Waterpark her husband gets a new couch! Joseph sponsors, and attendees have shown their
Classic Golf Club participation was encouraged as all chanted Taylor won the highlight of the evening, a support to our community by investing in
Convict Lake Resort
Daily Grill “Captain Hook, Captain Hook!” As the one week stay at Marriott Grand Residence the Chamber and deserve your support,
song ended, pirates absconded with guests Club in Lake Tahoe compliments of Frank don’t forget to tell them you read their
Desert Adventures and fought over their “booty” of guests. and Fran Handler. James Fish stayed strong name in this publication.
Marci Spearman, Police Chief Brad
Desert Dunes Golf Club
Desert Falls Country Club and outbid many others for our animated, Mark ye calendar and set ye budgets for
Desert Museum Ramos, Mark Harner, Nancy Madson, talking pirate! The Pirate Treasure Chests next year’s pirate party…again in October.
Desert Willow Golf Resort
Disneyland and Kyle James were all good sports as were also being protected closely as three So, strap on ye swords and join us fer some
Dudum Sports & Entertainment
Embassy Suites of Anaheim
the pirates fenced for the crowd and “won” prizes were available for only the purchase more swashbuckling fun…pirate style! It’s
Enterprise Rent A Car each prize. of a playing card. A Rocker Recliner a Pirate’s Life for the Chamber!
Final Touch Salon Guests also won “booty”; the silent compliments of Mathis Brothers went to
Frank & Fran Handler
Glenn Miller and Associates auction was a great success as many Ruben Murillo, a ride in a hot air balloon
Gonstead Family Chiropractor
Good Stuff Pizza
Granite Construction Co.
Hawaiian Bill’s Restaurant
Heimark Distributing Co.
House of Blues
Indio Chamber of Commerce
Indio Performing Arts Center
Infinity Hair Design
It’s A Grind
Ivan’s Blinds & More
J & L Consulting
Jake Turner Salon
Kaiser Restaurant Group
L & G Market Booty galore…over 60 Silent Auction, Live
La Hacienda Nursery & Landscape, Inc. Auction and Treasure Chest items were Alas! Pirate of the music, Craig Michaels Indio Sunrise Rotary “Pirates of the Sunrise”
La Quinta Medspa available for pillagin’ of the guests. of Musical Affair, had everyone off their feet and “Rotarian Rascals” won the Best Dressed
La Quinta Resort & Club Photo by Tony Hurtado. dancin’ the night away (better than off with Scallywags (table). Arrr Mateys.
Leather Plus their heads!) Photo by Tony Hurtado
Los Angeles Dodgers Photo by Tony Hurtado
Made in the Shade Blinds & More
Maritime Museum San Diego
Mark Sofonio, M.D.
Marriott’s Shadow Ridge
Miracle Springs Resort & Spa
Museum of Tolerance
Nails for You
Pacifica Seafood Restaurant What pirate event would be complete without
Pala Casino Spa Resort
Pala Mesa Resort
pirates fighting? Here our fencing pirates
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway fight over Police Chief Brad Ramos.
Palm Springs Air Museum Photo by Denise Goolsby, the Desert Sun
Palm Springs Follies
Palm Springs Wine & Art
PJ’s Desert Trophies Pirate Cris Romero welcomed guests to the
Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
“Pirates of the Coachella Valley” FunRaiser.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not Photo by Tony Hurtado
Riverside Resort Hotel & Casino
Rudy’s Pest Control
Sammy’s Woodfire Pizza
San Diego Chargers
San Diego Zoo or Wild Animal Park
San Francisco Duck Tours
Sands Hotel of Indian Wells
Shadow Hills Golf Club
Sheer Elegance Salon
Shields Date Gardens Ye Chambermaids at ye service…lovely
Shilo Inns wenches (and a swashbuckler) for the Johnny Rockit and Candy Wrapper performed
Six Flags Magic Mountain evening…Euca Burrows, Jessica Love, an outstanding rendition of “Neverland”. The
Sloan’s Deborah Dawson, Enda Rodriguez, Remi rowdy crowd enjoyed the quick changes of
Smart & Final
Sofitel-Beverly Hills Hartley, (top) Mark Putman, Lyn Hartley and Johnny as he portrayed Captain Hook and
Spa Resort Casino Taylor Hartley. Peter Pan.
Splash Cafe Photo by Denise Goolsby, the Desert Sun Photo by Tony Hurtado.
Sub Sea Tours and Kayaks
Tack Room Tavern
The Dunes Hotel
The Inn on El Paseo
The Living Desert
The Tradition Country Club
The Yarn Company
Time Warner Cable Linda Evans and Tim Bender won the Best
USS Midway Museum
Vacation Pools, Inc.
The room was transformed into a Pirate’s Dressed Pirate Wench and Best Dressed
Viceroy/Citron Restaurant Lovely wenches Euca Burrows and Fran Galley for the evening, complete with rum Swashbuckler (Merritt Wiseman and Bob
Wally’s Desert Turtle Handler handled the Treasure Chests and a bottles, gold coins and loot…it’s a pirate’s life Russell also won Best Dressed Swashbuckler
fine job they did! for the Chamber! in a three way tie).
Photo by Tony Hurtado Photo by Tony Hurtado Photo by Tony Hurtado
Page 6 East Valley Business • November 2007
Business After-Hours Mixer Merchant Mailer
November 27, 2007
Let the Indio Chamber of Commerce help you advertise ...our
Merchant Mailer consists of advertising flyers as well as
announcements of upcoming events and is sent out to 1,100
held at businesses throughout the Valley.
Desert Cornerstone Insurance The cost for 1,100 flyers:
81-557 Dr. Carreon Blvd., Suite B-8 $150.00 for members, glossy extra
5:30 pm -7:30 pm $100.00 for nonprofit organizations
Mailings are 8 1/2 x 11, please no staples, cardboard or trifolds
Don’t forget to bring your business cards and network with us.
. Spaces fill quickly, RSVP by the 10th to reserve your space. Flyers must be
delivered to the Chamber by the 15th of each month
and will be mailed out by the 1st.
Please call the Chamber for reservations, (760) 347-0676.
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candy, ready-to-eat tuna or chicken salad
kits, boxes of Girl Scout cookies, small tins
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East Valley Business • November 2007 Page 7
THANK YOU TO OUR RENEWING MEMBERS
Circle Take Media (760)863-2200
IBEW Local Union 440 (951)684-5665
Riverside County EDA (760)863-2525
Rooms Express (714)657-7599
Over 1 Year
Ag Indio Fashion Mall, LLC (310)457-8130
Balloon Above The Desert (760)347-0410
Downey Savings & Loan F.A. (760)863-2070
Herrera Investigative Services, Inc. (760)360-7604
J & L Consulting (760)409-7669
Krikorian Design (760)346-1573
Planned Parenthood of SD & Riv Co. (951)222-3120
Over 5 Years
El Pollo Loco (760)342-6932
Events By Joe Scarna, Inc. (760)347-8881
Karr, Raleigh (760)347-2281
KEZN FM Radio (760)340-9383
Paradise Volkswagen (760)200-4000
Stoneman & Associates (760)775-3144
Valpak of Palm Springs (760)342-9477
Over 10 Years
El Informador Del Valle (760)342-7558
Oasis Date Gardens, Inc. (760)399-5665
Smoketree Polo Club Apartments (760)342-3881
SPENDING YOUR DOLLARS IN Over 20 Years
A+ Printing (760)342-1537
THE CITY YOU LIVE IN HELPS
CREATE A STRONG LOCAL ECONOMY! WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
Your dollars will be supporting YOUR
community by: Abbey Flooring Center (760)342-2222 Fitness In Balance/Balanced (760)219-5245
• Keeping jobs in YOUR city Pierre Malan
79700 US Highway 111
Fax (760)342-3666 Training Boot Camp
41 Calle Del Norte
• Keeping Police, Fire & Emergency La Quinta, CA 92203
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Services STRONG Flooring email@example.com
• Maintaining local Andorra Apartments
Fax (760)775-5308 Glamour Hair Salon (760)347-1385
roads 81720 Avenue 46
Indio, CA 92201
46900 Monroe St.
Indio, CA 92201
• AND you will keep firstname.lastname@example.org
Apartments Beauty Salons & Services
the environment Arthritis Foundation (760)773-3076 Johnny Rockit &
Candy Wrapper (760)835-7740
clean by saving
Cortney Weir Fax (760)773-0858
73710 Fred Waring Dr., Suite 104 Bill & Shirley McQuiston Fax (760)237-7479
Palm Desert, CA 92260 13395 Calle Amapota
on gas! www.indiochamber.org
Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240
Creating a Strong Local Economy Associations/Organizations email@example.com
D. Papan & Associates (760)345-8811
D. Papan Fax (760)345-8144 Paychex (760)340-4164
Calendar of Events PO Box 6556 Travis Wilson Fax (760)773-1062
La Quinta, CA 92248 39830 Portola Ave., Suite 1
Accounting/Management Consulting Palm Desert, CA 92260
45-175 Fargo St. paychex.com
Indio, CA 92201 Desert Business Interiors
775-5200 72162 US Highway 111
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270 Plaza Del Sol Apartments (760)347-0691
indioperformingartscenter.org desertbusinessinteriors.com Yara Meza Fax (760)347-5161
firstname.lastname@example.org 46299 Arabia St.
Office Furniture Indio, CA 92201
Sherlock Holmes Broadway Babies
DJ Audio Source One (760)863-4041
Ismael Pena Fax (760)342-4263
and the The very best talented kids 83058 US Highway 111 R.C. Construction (909)829-3688
Bob Clapper Fax (909)829-3696
Hound of the Baskervilles singing your favorite
Indio, CA 92201
djish.net 2223 N. Locust Ave.
Rialto, CA 92377
Thursday November 1-8-15 email@example.com
Broadway Show Tunes Disc Jockey Audio/Lighting Equipment - Retail rcconstructionservices.com
Friday November 2-9-16 firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday November 3-10-17 Saturday November 10 at 7pm
Sunday November 4-11-18 Sunday November 11 at 2pm
“Cloris” Precious Piglet &
Starring Her Pals INDIO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Cloris Leachman Saturday December 8
(760)347-0676 • Fax (760)347-6069
December 12th Two Performances Only
Chairman of the Board: Deborah McGarrey -
To 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm Sunrise Community Bank
December 16th Chair Elect: Patrick Swarthout - The Gas Co./
A Sempra Energy Utility
Ambassadors: Jacquie Bethel
Business R & R: Bill Claire
Director of Governmental Affairs: Biz Net: Cosmo Cappellino
Toni Eggebraaten- Attorney at Law Golf Committee: Jim Dibley
Director of Economic Development: GAPP: Mark Harner
Bob Holmes - Ames Real Estate Historic Mural: Deborah McGarrey
Director of Membership Services Holiday: Ben Guitron
Mayor’s Business Networking Breakfast
and Ways and Means: Nancy Madson, Marketing: Jerry Nantell
Seawright Custom Precast, Inc. Membership Development & Retention: Matt Rosam
Fall Fun Raiser: Mark Harner
November 8, 2007, 6:50 A.M.
Director of Community Development:
Judy Vossler - Landmark Golf Company Scholarship Committee: Scott Trujillo
Treasurer: John Ferrelli - J.F.K. Memorial Hospital Southwest Arts Festival: Doug York/Honorary
Past Chairman: Pamper Rodriguez -
El Informador Del Valle STAFF:
Sponsored by IDEARC Media
Chief Executive Officer: Anita Kramer Lyn Hartley, Janie Hurtado, Jessica Love,
DIRECTORS: Enda Rodriguez
Jacquie Bethel - Coachella Valley Public
Breakfast Buffet served from 6:45 A.M. – 7:10 A.M. Jim Collins - Include Me, Inc.
Dr. Frank Curry, Indio Emergency Medical Group
TYPESETTING & LAYOUT:
Eaton & Kirk Advertising, Ramsey G. Lucas, Jan Gilson
Heritage Palms Jim Dibley - J & L Consulting
Mark Harner - Pacific Western Bank PRINTING:
44-291 Heritage Palms Drive South Rich Harshbarger - Desert Sun Publishing Coachella Valley Printing Group
Off Fred Waring Drive
Elaine Holmes - PJ's Desert Trophies
Christi Persich - Coffee Break Cafe ADVERTISING:
Guest Speaker: Carol Camelot
Robert Levy - Desert Medical Group
Toni Romero - Sacher Enterprises
Disaster Readiness Consultant
Bill Tanghe - The Design Collection & The Upholstery Outlet
Scott Trujillo - City of Indio Editor: John Kirkpatrick, Eaton & Kirk Advertising
Dave Von Holt - McDowell Awards Staff: Anita Kramer, Lyn Hartley, Jessica Love
Randy Williams - Canyon National Bank Photography: Staff
Page 8 East Valley Business • November 2007
Reports from the Chamber Committees
event, so mark your calendars and be a part
Ambassador Committee of one of the most exciting Arts Festivals
MARK The Ambassadors put on another in the West! Volunteer cards will be sent
successful after-hours Mixer at Valley V out this month or watch for a flyer in the
YOUR CALENDAR Twin, guests were treated to a lesson on Chamber’s Merchant Mailer.
motorcycle safety as well as a genuinely
November 8 Indio Chamber of Commerce Mayor’s great time! Ambassadors attended Ribbon Ribbon Cuttings
Cuttings at DJ Audio Source, Abbey’s
Networking Breakfast, sponsored by Idearc Join us as we welcome new members to
Flooring Center, Rickorama, and El
Media will be held at Heritage Palms Country Destino and have many more planned for the Chamber. Ribbon Cuttings scheduled for
Club, 44-241 Heritage Palms Drive, South. the upcoming months. This month will be November: November 1 at 12:00 p.m., Inland
another busy one as the Ambassadors will Dental Center, 44-100 Jefferson Street, Indio.
Guest Speaker: Carol Camelot, Disaster
work the After-Hours Networking Mixer, a November 8 from 2:00-4:00 p.m., Our Lady of
Readiness Consultant. To make reservations, Perpetual Help Catholic School, 82-470 Bliss
Halloween Spooktacular at the CV Museum
contact the Chamber at (760)347-0676 or Ave., Indio. November 15 at 11:00 a.m., Soul
and Cultural Center as well as the Mayor’s
reserve online at www.indiochamber.org. Breakfast on the second Thursday of the of Mexico Restaurant, 44-100 Jefferson Street,
month. A special thanks to our Ambassadors Indio and The Plantation at Polo from 4:00 –
November 12 In observance of Veterans’ Day, the Indio 7:00 p.m., on the corner of Jackson Street and
of the month for September; Doug Clark with
Chamber of Commerce will be closed. 550 points, Jacquie Bethel with 400 points Ave 52. For more ribbon cuttings scheduled,
and Emma Salcedo and Karen Kane with visit our website www.indiochamber.org.
250 points each. The Ambassadors will
November 13 Indio Old Town Street Fest. 5:30-8:30 p.m.
be running the Beer Gardens for the Old Holiday Committee
Farmer’s Market, crafts, food, entertainment, Town Street Fest on the second Tuesdays The Holiday Committee is busy making
Beer Gardens and more. Mark you calendar of the month. Come out and meet your plans for the Annual 2007 “Holiday
for the 2nd Tuesday of each month and come Ambassadors or come to one of our meetings, Traditions” Holiday Lighting and
out and meet your Indio neighbors. we always have room for more! We invite Decorating contest for all Indio Residents
you to meet our Ambassadors each month in and Businesses. Prizes will be awarded
November 22-24 In observance of Thanksgiving, the Indio the Ambassador Highlight segment of this to residences in the following categories:
Chamber of Commerce will be closed. publication. Creativity, Best Theme, Best Use of Lights,
Judge’s Choice and Holiday Spirit Award.
November 27 Indio Chamber of Commerce After-Hours Prizes are awarded to businesses for 1st,
Networking Mixer. 5:30-7:30 pm. Held 2nd and 3rd place as well as a Traveling
Trophy for 1st place and a business profile
at Desert Cornerstone Insurance, 81-557 Dr. The Indio Chamber of Commerce in the EVB. Bus Tours will be available
Carreon Blvd, Ste. B8, Indio. Come enjoy announces the 22nd Annual Southwest Arts to tour the lights on Friday, December 14
great food, great prizes and great company Festival® which will be held January 25- and Saturday, December 15. Mark you
27, 2008 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. calendar for Thursday, November 29 for
Jury selection took place and more than 250 the Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
November 29 The City of Indio and Indio Chamber of artists will be invited to participate in this at City Hall. This year, the tree will be
Commerce present 2007 Holiday Tree three-day festival framed by the beautiful dedicated in honor of longtime volunteer,
backdrop of the Santa Rosa Mountains. Herb Wilkens. Come join us at 6:00 p.m.
Lighting Ceremony held at the Civic Center, More than 15,000 guests visited the festival for an evening of music, entertainment,
6:00 p.m. Join us as we officially kick off the last year, generating over $1.2 million in refreshments and a visit from Mr. and Mrs.
holiday season! A Dedication Ceremony will sales. Sponsorships are available for Claus! The event is sure to put the whole
also be held to dedicate the tree in honor of the Chamber’s largest event of the year, family in the holiday spirit! Call Enda at
longtime volunteer, Herb Wilkens. contact the Chamber for more information. the Chamber for more information.
We will need volunteers to help run the
December 1-2 The City of Indio presents the International
Tamale Festival held downtown Indio. Call
760-391-4174 for more information. Ambassador Highlight
In this section, the Chamber Ambassadors
December 14-15 The City of Indio and Indio Chamber of are recognized and honored for their efforts
on behalf of the Chamber.
Commerce present Holiday Lights Bus Tours. Name: Nancy Madson.
Tours will begin at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Call the Employer/Title: Seawright Custom Precast,
Inc./co-owner with husband, Rex Seawright..
Chamber for more information. Hobbies/Interests: Hardanger (Norwegian)
embroidery, swimming, cooking, baking,
January 25-27 The Indio Chamber of Commerce presents the reading, my four dogs, & “Sons of Norway”
22nd Annual Southwest Arts Festival® held Birthplace: Minnesota.
at Empire Polo Club. How long in Coachella Valley: Since 1990,
we moved here from Arizona in order to be a
“local contractor” on the Westin Mission Hills Favorite Music: A CD by some friends; they
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 347-0676 addition. play polkas, waltzes, a little gospel, some
Passion: My heritage, my “Sons of Norway” oldies, and a Norwegian song or two.
AMBASSADORS: First Tuesday at 8:15 a.m., Chamber Boardroom. organization. Favorite Food: Sweets, especially chocolate.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS: Third Tuesday at 7:00 a.m., Chamber Boardroom. Foundation: My totally normal, functional Favorite Sports Team: Are you kidding? Is
MEMBERSHIP DEVELOPMENT & RETENTION COMMITTEE: upbringing with spiritual and academic there a professional synchronized swimming
Second Thursday, 4:00 p.m., Chamber Boardroom. Best Vacation Spot: Big Bear Lake for
Strengths: Detail orientated; but sometimes
EDUCATION COMMITTEE: TBA that can be my weakness, as well - you know, weekend get-a-ways in the summer, and
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE: First Friday at 7:00 a.m., Chamber Boardroom. “can’t see the forest for the trees.” Minnesota in the summer to visit family.
GAPP COMMITTEE: First Thursday at 3:30 p.m., Chamber Boardroom. Purpose: To make a difference, to be a person Quote: Perception is reality.
HISTORIC MURAL COMMITTEE: Second Tuesday at 9:00 a.m., worthy of respect. Notes: Nancy is not only an Ambassador; she is
Chamber Boardroom. Ambitions: To roll a kayak, to help “Sons of also on the Board of Directors and a member of
MARKETING COMMITTEE: TBA Norway” lodges, to someday have the time to the Executive Committee and very dedicated to
volunteer at the Blood Bank. the Indio Chamber of Commerce.