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Calendar march 7 / Thursday youth education committee 8:30–9:30 AM / SFS Chamber Office 12016 Telegraph Rd, #100, SFS promoevents open house and mixer 11:30 AM–1:30 PM / 12151 Mora Dr, #6 Santa Fe Springs march 8 / Friday destiny scholarship / powell grant applications submission deadline march 12 / Tuesday LeADS GROUP 8:30–9:30 AM / SFS Chamber Office 12016 Telegraph Rd, #100, SFS hr roundtable 12:15–1:30 PM / Gus Velasco Neighborhood Center, 9255 Pioneer Blvd, Santa Fe Springs march 13 / Wednesday nonprofit forum 8:30–9:30 AM / SFS Chamber Office 12016 Telegraph Rd, #100, SFS MASTERMIND SERIES: market your business ON THE CHAMBER WEBSITE 10–11 AM / SFS Chamber Office 12016 Telegraph Rd, #100, SFS march 14 / Thursday

future business leaders 9–10 AM / SFS Chamber Office 12016 Telegraph Rd, #100, SFS Chamber board of directors 12 NOON–3 PM / Tangram Interiors 9200 Sorensen Ave, Santa Fe Springs SANTA FE SPRINGS CITY COUNCIL 6 PM / SFS City Council Chambers 11710 Telegraph Rd, Santa Fe Springs march 19 / Tuesday LeADS GROUP 8:30–9:30 AM / SFS Chamber Office 12016 Telegraph Rd, #100, SFS march 21 / Thursday networking @ noon 11:30 AM–1 PM / Zapien’s Salsa Grill 6702 Rosemead Blvd, Pico Rivera march 25 / Monday DESTINY DINNER COMMITTEE 11:45 AM–1 PM / SFS Chamber Office 12016 Telegraph Rd, #100, SFS march 26 / Tuesday

LeADS GROUP 8:30–9:30 AM / SFS Chamber Office 12016 Telegraph Rd, #100, SFS march 27 / Wednesday ambassadors committee 8:30–9:30 AM / SFS Chamber Office 12016 Telegraph Rd, #100, SFS Destiny scholarship committee 3–4:30 PM / SFS Chamber Office 12016 Telegraph Rd, #100, SFS march 28 / Thursday SANTA FE SPRINGS CITY COUNCIL 6 PM / SFS City Council Chambers 11710 Telegraph Rd, Santa Fe Springs april 1 / Monday 54th annual golf classic 8–9 AM check-in, 9 AM shotgun start 3:30 PM awards dinner/program Hacienda Golf Club, 718 East Rd, La Habra Heights april 2 / Tuesday LeADS GROUP 8:30–9:30 AM / SFS Chamber Office 12016 Telegraph Rd, #100, SFS april 3 / Wednesday

business card exchange 7:30–9:30 AM / Holiday Inn La Mirada 14299 Firestone Blvd, La Mirada april 4 / Thursday youth education committee 8:30–9:30 AM / SFS Chamber Office 12016 Telegraph Rd, #100, SFS SantaFeSpringsBusiness Official publication of the Santa Fe Springs Chamber of Commerce / www.sfschamber.com / Vol.

32, No. 3 / March 2019 Contact the SFS Chamber: (562) 944-1616 or email us at mail@ sfschamber.com Sign up for our Email Newspaper Your Santa Fe Springs Chamber of Commerce is growing. We added 74 new members in 2018. What does that mean to you? It means expanded opportunities. We’ve added members across all categories and for many reasons.

We’ve had members join to par- ticipate in the monthly HR (Human Resources) Roundtable meeting. The meeting is free to chamber members and is hosted and chaired by Paul Fleck, AALR&R, who is a senior le- gal professional. Topics are selected by the group and the meeting is an open forum format that encourages questions. We’ve had members join to par- ticipate in our Annual Business Expo. The 2018 Expo featured 32 more exhibitors than in the previous year. The 2019 Expo is shaping up to see even more exhibitors.

There are numerous new members that joined exclusively to participate in our recently-formed Sage Leads Group.

This group is another free member benefit and meets weekly. It is committed to developing relation- ships and generating business refer- rals; both within and outside of the group. This new program has been so successful that the SFS Chamber Board of Directors is entertaining the concept of adding an additional group. Probably most importantly, we’ve had new members join just to sup- port the community and although our Youth Enrichment Fund (YEF) is a separate entity from the chamber, people and businesses are excited about the opportunity to contribute to the youth of the community. Our YEF awards a $20,000 college scholar- ship during the annual Destiny Din- ner and Silent Auction event held in June.

The mission of the scholarship is to provide an opportunity to change a student’s direction in life, or their “destiny.” Many, if not all, of the new members have also joined to take advantage of the networking and marketing opportunities that the SFS Cham- ber provides on a monthly basis. We are frequently complimented as being one of the busiest chambers around. Our monthly Business Card Exchange, Networking at Noon, and occasional evening mixers are a cata- lyst for networkers.

The full list of our member benefits is five pages long and we certainly hope that we’re offering something for everyone. If you’re interested in maximizing your opportunities and getting in on this exceptional growth, give us a call at (562) 944-1616 or email Marketing and Sales Director Scott Radcliffe at radcliffe@sfscham- ber.com. We’re here for you! Your Chamber is Growing!

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www.sfschamber.com Santa Fe Springs Business / March 2019 / Page 2 Santa Fe Springs Chamber of Commerce 12016 E. Telegraph Rd., Suite 100 Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670 (562) 944-1616 • www.sfschamber.com — EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE — President patricia kotze Diversified Risk Management, Inc.

President-Elect SUSAN CROWELL HealthFirst Medical Group Vice President, Member Services jennifer bevington The Bicycle Hotel & Casino Vice President, Youth Enrichment Fund Wendy Meador Tangram Interiors Treasurer LIZ BUCKINGHAM Friendly Hills Bank Immediate Past President SHARON WU Roquemore, Pringle & Moore, Inc. — DIRECTORS — DEBBIE BAKER Simpson Advertising, Inc. TERI BAZEN Norwalk/La Mirada Plumbing & HVAC dan berkenfield CBRE, Inc.

CAROLYN CORBIN Raymond Handling Solutions, Inc. PAUL FLECK Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo john getty Trojan Battery Co. daniel o’marah Starbucks–Telegraph Rd and Jersey Ave MARY ANN RAILEY PIH Health CAROLYN REGGIO CAPC, Inc. MICKEY SHUBIN Serv-Wel Disposal & Recycling — STAFF — KATHIE FINK Chief Executive Officer MARICELA CASTELLANOS Administrative Specialist SUE GRANA Youth Services/Special Events Coordinator CHRISTY LINDSAY MemberServices/SpecialEventsCoordinator scott radcliffe Marketing and Sales Director SFS Chamber Website Statistics January 2019 Hits: 11,124 Event hits: 3,417 Directory hits: 1,619 Top five categories searched: Manufacturing Insurance Real estate development Schools – private K-12 Legal services Top five members searched: Kelly Pipe Co., LLC Royal Imex, Inc.

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Veritas Training Academy El Aviso Magazine Member-to-member discount hits: 31 Job hits: 48 Santa Fe Springs Business Official publication of the Santa Fe Springs Chamber of Commerce 12016 East Telegraph Road, Suite 100, Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670 (562) 944-1616 / www.sfschamber.com SFS Business is mailed to Santa Fe Springs businesses, chamber members, and residents in the months of February, April, June, August, October and December. Total circulation is 9,500. Experience Success Together – Get Involved! President’s Message By Patricia Kotze, Diversified Risk Management, Inc. March is the month that begins my favorite season, spring.

March also is a favorite for the NCAA basketball fans, 67 games over 19 days of madness, beginning on another favorite holiday of mine St. Patricks’ Day, the 17th. Other celebrations for the month start on Fat Tuesday, March 5, the 8th for International Women’s Day and the infamous Ides of March.

For businesses, March is the end of the first quarter, and this year it has flown by! Hopefully, all Santa Fe Spring businesses have had positive first quarter reports and have hired new employees along the way. Keeping on top of your accounting practices is a disci- pline you cannot ignore. Implement a system to regularly stay current with collections and send out your invoices on schedule. According to Forbes, small and large businesses struggle at times with a positive cash flow because of getting caught up in their “busy seasons” and not taking appropriate amounts of time to handle the “slow pay” customers, which we have all experienced at some point in our careers.

Even at the end of the first quarter, business owners and financial advisors should review their bottom lines and continue to streamline and cut expenses to increase profit margins going forward through the year.

Take those profits and reinvest into the business using the 80/20 to promote your business and market regularly. Pay off debt that has been incurred and re-evaluate second quarter projects to stay on track for the year. Motivate and keep your employees happy! This is a big concentration area for all employers in 2019. Conduct a survey to see what their thoughts are for being a part of the bigger picture – more employee lunches sponsored by the company, gift cards to local restaurants, or non-cash rewards in experiential offerings which is trending as you read this message.

Some popular experiential rewards include, health and well-being incentives, travel ideas for top performers and different levels of employee share plans to create a part of the business ownership.

At the Santa Fe Springs Chamber we again encourage you to visit our monthly calendar and get involved in something for yourself or your business. Our annual Golf Classic tournament is fast approaching – April 1, no kid- ding! If you are interested in participating, please contact the chamber office. In closing I thought I’d share a quote from the Forbes Business success inspiration list: “A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business.” – Henry Ford Lesson: Sure the bottom line is important, but it’s not the only thing. A business should be more than dollar signs; it should give something back to the world and inspire pas- sion in employees.

And we in business always need our employees! Thanks to all those who lend a helping hand at our chamber events during the month, and to the staff who definitely make it happen on a daily basis. Join the Santa Fe Springs Chamber of commerce! Call Scott Radcliffe, 562-944-1616, or email radcliffe@sfschamber.com

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www.sfschamber.com Santa Fe Springs Business / March 2019 / Page 3 AV Rated In Martindale-Hubbell • Real Estate Law • Bankruptcy Law • Corporate Law • Civil Litigation • Trust/Wills • Conservatorships • Probate • Municipal Law We are a debt relief agency. We help people file for bankruptcy relief under the Bankruptcy Code. TELephone: 323-724-3117 6055 East Washington boulevard, suite 500 los Angeles, ca 90040-2466 • rpmlaw.com SHARON Wu, office administrator John P . Pringle, PartneR Chamber Member Discounts Art Walk Saturday, March 16 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon Get yourself moving and enjoy beautiful artwork! Bring the whole family to a fun-filled morning of art tours, crafts, and a scavenger hunt at our second annual Art Walk.

Ad- mission is free!

Day of Service in Santa Fe Springs Saturday, April 13, 8:00 to 10:00 a.m., Heritage Park In honor of National Volunteer Week, the City will be hosting a Day of Service in Santa Fe Springs. Join us at Heritage Park for a volunteer cleaning project. Help us beautify our park and give back to your community while spending time outdoors. Volunteers are asked to dress comfortably and bring closed-toe shoes; light snacks will be provided. Share your support and inspire others to serve! Call the Gus Velasco Neighborhood Center at (562) 692-0261 for more in- formation.

Important Information Regarding Measure Y On November 6, 2018, the City of Santa Fe Springs passed Measure Y with voter approval of 75.5 percent.

A one-cent Neighborhood Safety and Essential City Services Protection Sales Tax Measure will be effective beginning April 1, 2019. The first revenues of the sales tax will be distributed in June of 2019. Measure Y was adopted in order to maintain the quality of neighborhoods and effective 911 emergency response services by retaining firefighters, police officers and paramedics; fixing potholes/streets; maintaining senior services, parks, library services, after school programs, community events, and graffiti removal. Measure Y requires strict accountability requirements to ensure transparency and public oversight.

Local control and independent annual audits will ensure all funds are used in Santa Fe Springs. By law, no money could be taken away by the State or County.

This sales tax ensures out-of-town visitors pay for their share of police, fire, street repair and other services when they are in the City. The sales tax would not be applied to groceries or prescription medication. So Totally ‘80s Fun Run/Walk Saturday, April 6, 7:00 a.m., Town Center Plaza The Community Services Depart- ment is pleased to announce the fifth annual City of Santa Fe Springs Family Fun Run/Walk. We will celebrate our fifth year race anniversary with a So Totally ‘80s theme! So get your leg warmers, headband and boogie shoes ready and don’t forget to invite your totally rad friends and family! For more information, check our web- site www.sfsfunrun.org or call (562) 692-0261.

5K Fun Run/Walk Registration is now open! Register at www.sfsfunrun.org Fees: Early Bird by March 8: Adults $10 Children (5-17) $3 Regular Fees: Adults $15 Children $5 Day of Event Info: 6:00 a.m. race day registration 7:00 a.m. race start time 8:15 a.m. awards ceremony The race will begin and end at Town Center Plaza, located at the corner of Telegraph Road and Pioneer Boule- vard. This is a timed race. All partici- pants will receive a finisher’s medal. Overall and age group winners receive additional medals!

New Santa Fe Springs chamber members are all smiles during Chamber 101. Chamber 101 – New Member Welcome The Santa Fe Springs Chamber of Commerce conducted a New Member Welcome / Chamber 101 session on February 21.

New members were intro- ducted to the many benefits of their membership and how best to apply those resources to their business.

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www.sfschamber.com Santa Fe Springs Business / March 2019 / Page 4 14299 Firestone Blvd, La Mirada (near Valley View and the 5 Freeway) Wednesday, April 3, 2019 7:30 a.m. — 9:30 a.m. Members $15 / Prospective Members $25 Price Includes Breakfast Serious Networking This Month: Tech Talk and Increase Your Website Visibility Raffle Prizes Register online at www.sfschamber.com Prospective Members are welcome to attend the maximum of 2 Business Card Exchanges Santa Fe Springs Chamber of Commerce & Industrial League, Inc. 12016 Telegraph Rd., Ste100, Santa Fe Springs CA 90670 Phone (562) 944-1616 * grana@sfschamber.com Business Card Exchange Hosted by What Did You Learn at the Santa Fe Springs Library? On February 6, the Santa Fe Springs Library was the host facility for the February Santa Fe Springs Chamber of Commerce Business Card Exchange.

The fabulous food was provided by 20-year SFS Chamber member Café N’ Stuff and, of course, Rita and her staff did a wonderful job of setting up and serving the attendees.

This annual, early-year meeting is more than just a networking event. We were treated to some insightful presentations from SFS City Man- ager Ray Cruz and Planning Director Wayne Morrell. The Santa Fe Springs Library is an extremely valuable resource for the city and its businesses and residents. The SFS Chamber is grateful for their continued support and hosting the BCX. Each year there seems to be new and exciting developments at the Library in the form of technology and capabilities that are beneficial to all. Once again, Rita and her staff at Café N” Stuff did a fabulous job of hosting the food for the event.

There was an awesome array of delicious items and beverages, which are exemplary of her catering business. The SFS Chamber thanks Rita for her wonderful sup- port.

The event was extremely well at- tended as our members and several first-time attendees turned out not only for the networking, but for the special presentations by SFS City Man- ager Ray Cruz and Planning Director Wayne Morrell. Mr. Morrell updated attendees on several new projects within the city and a number of new businesses mov- ing into the city. It was truly a learning experience as the always entertaining Mr. Morrell added his usual flair to the presenta- tion as only he can. This is a favorite event for many of the chamber mem- bers due to the city updates. There were also ample opportu- nities for networking and all of the attendees enjoyed the mix of new chamber members and first-time visi- tors at the event.

Attendance at networking events has been on the rise, which coin- cides with the recent growth in new chamber members. The SFS Chamber continues to appreciate the support it receives from all of its members. Call the chamber at (562) 944-1616 if would like to be added to our email list and stay up to date on all of our events. City Manager Ray Cruz shares an update on several city initiatives. The networkers were out in full force for this special event. SFS Director of Planning Wayne Morrell shares insights regarding new and prospective businesses moving into Santa Fe Springs.

UniFirst Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening On January 30, the Santa Fe Springs Chamber of Commerce welcomed new member UniFirst with a very festive ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremony.

UniFirst has been in operation for a few months now, but they wanted to be able to showcase their operation with tours after the official cutting of the red ribbon. The tours did not disappoint as several groups were escorted through the facility, highlighting their massive 600-pound capacity washing machines and their miles upon miles of automated racking systems. One got the sense of an extremely efficient operation with just a quick walk through of the facility and seeing the process.

There were presentations by SFS Councilman Bill Rounds, representatives from Congressperson Linda Sanchez’ office, State Assemblyman Ian Calderon’s office, and SFS Chamber President Elect Susan Crowell of HealthFirst Medical Group. Several of the SFS princess court were also on hand to support the ceremony. The event was well attended and many of the SFS Chamber ambassadors and board members were able to make some good contacts with the UniFirst staff. The Santa Fe Springs Chamber of Commerce conducts ribbon cuttings for all of our new members opening their new business in the City of Santa Fe Springs.

It is a free member benefit and a great way to draw people into your business. Contact Scott Radcliffe at the SFS Chamber office for more informa- tion, (562) 944-1616.

SFS Chamber President Elect Susan Crowell, HealthFirst Medical Group, presents UniFirst Executive Vice President Cynthia Croatti with a certificate of special congratulations on their grand opening.

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www.sfschamber.com Santa Fe Springs Business / March 2019 / Page 5 6702 Rosemead Blvd, Pico Rivera Thursday, March 21 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Pre-registration for Members: $12 Pre-registration for Guests: $17 All the Day of the Event: $17 (Includes Lunch Buffet, Beverage Tax and Tip) Introductions, Business To Business Networking, and a Delicious Lunch! Prospective members are welcome to attend a maximum of two Networking @ Noon Lunches Register online anytime by visiting our website: www.sfschamber.com Santa Fe Springs Chamber of Commerce & Industrial League, Inc., Phone (562) 944-1616 • grana@sfschamber.com February Networking at Noon Was Really Shakin’ at Shakey’s Your Santa Fe Springs Chamber of Commerce is proud to support our mem- bers with meaningful and beneficial opportunities to connect.

Such was the case at the February Networking at Noon hosted by our fabu- lous member, Shakey’s Pizza Parlor. Restaurant Manager, Arnak and his team did an absolutely fantastic job as we nearly packed out the restaurant with our enthusiastic members.

Members showed up en masse and that made for some really excellent con- nections. We were also fortunate to have Santa Fe Springs City Manager Ray Cruz in attendance. Ray was happy to answer some questions as he too chatted with members during the speed networking portion of the event.

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www.sfschamber.com Santa Fe Springs Business / March 2019 / Page 6 Beware of Scams During Tax Season By Captain Michael Davis Every tax season, Police Departments across the country receive reports of scammers attempting to impersonate IRS employees. Our elderly community members are typically the most vulnerable to these types of scams.

Please take the time to warn your older family members, neighbors, and friends. Please take a few minutes and go to this website to watch this short video to learn how to spot scammers: https://youtu.be/i4nCy6Xs6R8. It is very important to remember these few tips that the IRS will not do: • Call you to demand immediate payment. The IRS will not call you if you owe taxes without first sending you a bill in the mail.

• Demand that you pay taxes and not allow you to question or appeal the amount you owe. • Require that you pay your taxes a certain way. For instance, require that you pay with a prepaid debit card. • Ask for your credit or debit card numbers over the phone. • Threaten to bring in police or other agencies to arrest you for not paying. If you or someone you know receives a suspicious call from someone claim- ing to be the IRS, the best thing you can do is HANG UP . If you have any questions or concerns regarding the IRS or your taxes, go to their website at: https://www.irs.gov/.

Michael Davis is a captain with the Whittier Police Department and oversees the Department’s Investigations Division and Santa Fe Springs Policing Team.

He can be reached at (562) 567-9265 or via email at mdavis@cityofwhittier. org. Santa Fe Springs Crime Statistics Part I Crimes Monthly Comparison January 2019 2018 Crimes reported 2019 totals totals difference Total 92 92 113 – 19 % Homicide 0 0 1 – 100 % Rape 0 0 0 — % Robbery 1 1 4 – 75 % Aggravated Assault 4 4 5 – 20 % Burglary 15 15 22 – 32 % Commercial/Retail 12 12 16 – 25 % Residential 3 3 6 – 50 % Vehicle 11 11 18 – 39 % All Thefts 56 56 66 – 15 % Shoplifting 9 9 12 – 25 % Vehicle 19 19 17 + 12 % Auto Theft 16 16 14 + 14 % Arson 0 0 1 – 100 % By Paul Fleck, April Szabo, Jonathan Judge, and Casandra Secord In January, the Ninth Circuit held the use of combined federal and state back- ground check disclosures violates the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”) and California Investigative Consumer Reporting Agencies Act (“ICRAA”).

Background The FCRA and ICRAA require employers to provide “clear and conspicuous” disclosures to applicants or employees before a background check can be conducted. The disclosures must contain specific information required under these statutes, and applicants and employees must consent to the background check. Employers must follow specific procedures to deny employment or take other types of adverse employment action based on information contained in a background check report.

The Gilberg Matter Desiree Gilberg (“Gilberg”) applied for work with CheckSmart Financial, LLC (“CheckSmart”) and completed a single form to authorize background checks under the FCRA and several state laws. CheckSmart hired Gilberg, and Gilberg worked for five months before she resigned. Gilberg filed a class action lawsuit against CheckSmart, alleging CheckSmart failed to provide proper disclosures under the FCRA and ICRAA. Gilberg claimed that the FCRA and ICRAA do not permit employers to use one disclosure form to satisfy multiple federal and state background check statutes and violated both laws.

The district court disagreed, finding that a single form was permissible. However, the Ninth Circuit reversed.

As the Ninth Circuit explained, the FCRA requires a standalone disclosure, which cannot be combined with any other information or disclosures. Specifi- cally, the FCRA requires: [A] clear and conspicuous disclosure… made in writing to the consumer… in a document that consists solely of the disclosure, that a consumer report may be obtained for employment purposes… Like the FCRA, California’s ICRAA requires employers to provide a “clear and conspicuous disclosure... that consists solely of the disclosure.” The Gilberg court further held that CheckSmart’s disclosure form did not satisfy the FCRA’s and ICRAA’s “clear and conspicuous” standard.

To meet this standard, the disclosure form must be “reasonably understandable” and “readily noticeable to the consumer.” CheckSmart’s disclosure form failed to meet this standard because the disclosure did not explain how the authorization form would affect an applicant’s rights and contained grammatically incorrect and confusing language.

What This Means for Employers Although background checks can be an effective means to vet applicants dur- ing the hiring process, the Gilberg decision reminds employers that federal and state laws impose detailed and highly specific requirements for background check disclosures and authorizations. Employers must comply with the tech- nical requirements of these laws, even if they rely on third party vendors to provide disclosure and authorization forms. Employers with further questions concerning background check forms and procedures may contact one of the authors or their usual employment law counsel at AALRR.

No Man is an Island – But Your Background Check Disclosures Should Be Human Resources Roundtable Internet and Social Media Issues Presented by Paul Fleck Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo Tuesday, March 12 • 12:15 to 1:30 pm Gus Velasco Neighborhood Center 9255 Pioneer Boulevard, Santa Fe Springs Special thanks to Shaw Diversified Services, Inc. for spon- soring lunch at this free, monthly, members-only round- table meeting.

Register online at sfschamber.com or call (562) 944-1616.

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www.sfschamber.com Santa Fe Springs Business / March 2019 / Page 7 Students from middle school through high school attended the chamber’s “Meet the Experts” seminar held in February. Educators who are active in the chamber’s Youth Education Committee suggested that the chamber hold a seminar for students so they can hear from employers firsthand. The panel was made up of five experts, each representing a different industry: Farid Khansa- rinia, Chick-fil-A; Roxanne Barnes-Smith, Triangle Distributing Co.; Joanne Klemm, Comet Employ- ment Agency; Ruby Goodwin, Pacific Palms Re- sort; and Cody Farzad, Employers Choice Online.

Much of the discussion was on how to better prepare student’s soft skills. The panelists all agreed that job experience isn’t as important as confidence, communication and the ability to present themselves.

Probably the most important skill needed is strong verbal and written communication skills. They provided many suggestions to the students on what to list on their resumes and how to pres- ent themselves at an interview. In spite of a full room with 150 students attend- ing, the seminar was very interactive. The students asked very thoughtful and perti- nent questions. It was very encouraging to see that our future workforce is already planning for life once school ends. ‘Meet the Experts’ Seminar Prepares Students for Life After School

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www.sfschamber.com Santa Fe Springs Business / March 2019 / Page 8 Remember, Buy from Chamber Members! The following companies recently renewed their memberships.

We salute these businesses and thank them for their continuing support. Mem- bers listed in boldface type donated to the Youth Enrichment Fund. Member Years International Paper 58 Santa Fe High School 57 Cascade Pump Company 54 ASCO Metals 50 Candlewood Country Club 50 Florence Avenue Foursquare Church 50 Master Cutting & Engineering, Inc. 50 McMaster Carr Supply Co. 50 Trojan Battery Co. 50 Gabriel Container 49 UTC Aerospace Systems - Collins Aerospace 49 Soroptimist of Norwalk - Santa Fe Springs 48 Atlas Radiator, Inc. 47 Daniels Tire Service 47 PDQ Rentals 47 Liberty Vegetable Oil Co. 46 Orbit Event Rentals 46 Raymond Handling Solutions, Inc.

46 Serv-Wel Disposal & Recycling 46 Unified Western Grocers, Inc. 46 Simpson Advertising, Inc. 45 Sir Speedy Whittier 45 Cosby Oil Company, Inc. 37 Triangle Distributing Co. 35 Apollo Printing & Graphics 31 Baker’s Lock & Key Service 31 SPIRITT Family Services 31 Bumble Bee Foods LLC 29 Golden State Self Storage 28 Crainco, Inc. 26 Cerritos College 24 CBRE - Rick McGeagh 23 Golden West Machine, Inc. 22 Vans Inc. 21 Super Dyeing, LLC 20 Toyota-Lift of Los Angeles 20 Brenntag Pacific, Inc. 19 St. Pius X School 19 Integrated Office Technology dba IOTEC 18 Ansa Insurance Services 17 South Coast Computers 17 T A Industries, Inc.

dba Truaire 15 Wal-Mart #2948 15 Gatehouse MSI LLC dba McMurray Stern 13 Friendly Hills Bank 12 Superior Press 12 Diversified Risk Management, Inc. 11 Galleher Corporation 11 Global IT 11 KidZone Christian Preschool 11 Hilton Garden Inn Montebello 10 Ross Organic Specialty Sales 10 Water Replenishment District of Southern California 10 Royal Roofing Company 9 Calvary Chapel Santa Fe Springs 8 CTRA Industrial Machine, Inc. 7 El Aviso Magazine 7 EveryBusiness HR Essentials 7 Oil Well Service Co. 7 TLC Packing & Shipping, Inc. 7 Interfaith Food Center 6 El Camino Family Restaurant 4 R. B. Paint and Body, Inc.

4 Windsor Fashions 4 Uptime Computer Service Inc. 3 California Well Being Ins Agency LLC 2 Frontier Communications 2 Quality Lift & Equipment 2 S Browne Supply 2 Bridge Consultants Inc. 1 New York Life Insurance Company - Samantha Mark 1 Octapharma Plasma 1 Tri-Link, Inc. 1 West Coast Arborist, Inc. 1 On February 5, the Santa Fe Springs Chamber of Commerce welcomed new member Reliant Urgent Care / Occupational Medical Center with a fabulous ceremony at their facility in the SFS Promenade. Despite the threat of rain, the event was extremely well attended by area residents and business lead- ers.

There were several presenta- tions made during the ceremony. After the ceremonies, Reliant staff conducted tours of the recently renovated facility.

Among those presenting were representatives from State Senator Bob Archuleta’s office, State Assem- blyman Ian Calderon’s office, L.A. County Supervisor Janice Hahn’s of- fice, SFS Mayor Juanita Trujillo, who was joined by SFS Councilman Bill Rounds and SFS Councilman John Mora, and for the SFS Chamber, CEO Kathie Fink. Dr. Max Lebow, medical director and Gene Howell, CEO, were ex- tremely grateful for the turnout and support from the city and chamber. The renovation of the facility in the SFS Promenade was the vision of Dr. Lebow and Mr. Howell. Mr. Howell stated that “expanding their operation into Santa Fe Springs was a good move for the Reliant Urgent Care corporation.” Dr.

Lebow prepares to cut the ceremonial ribbon as he is joined by his staff, city officials, chamber staff and many, many visitors. Miss SFS Princess Lexi Valenzuela, Miss SFS Queen Bella Diaz, Miss SFS Princess Emily Coppin, Reliant Urgent Care marketing and sales Will Kiesel, Reliant Urgent Care Director of Business Development and Marketing Velinda Lynem, Reliant Urgent Care Medical Director Dr. Max Lebow, SFS Mayor Juanita Trujillo, Reliant Urgent Care CEO Gene Howell, SFS Councilman Bill Rounds, and SFS Councilman John Mora SFS Chamber CEO Kathie Fink presents Dr. Lebow with a certificate of special congratulations.

Reliant Urgent Care / Occupational Medical Center Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening

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www.sfschamber.com Santa Fe Springs Business / March 2019 / Page 9 Did you know the Santa Fe Springs Chamber of Commerce offers CERTIFICATES OF ORIGIN for products manufactured in the United States as a FREE member benefit? Contact the chamber at (562) 944-1616 or email mail@sfschamber.com DUBBELSPACE Scott Bushaw, CEO Owner 12335 Florence Ave. Suite 1F Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670 (562) 618-5205 www.dubbelspace.com DubbelSpace is a B2B community marketplace for businesses, startups and entrepreneurs to list, create and find shared and short- to medium-term work- space in nearly every commercial real estate vertical.

DubbelSpace’s key dif- ferentiators are that it will offer spaces across all verticals (Co-working, Retail, Restaurants, Manufacturing, Warehousing) and that it is community-focused, proudly created and based in LA. Why list with DubbelSpace? No wasted space: optimize unused space and generate revenue; increase exposure: gain visibility to the DubbelSpace demographic; short, medium or long-term occupancies: timeframes that work for your businesses needs and schedule; auto-generating occupancy agreements: no real estate experience necessary; complete payment management of deposits, pending and completed payments: full transparency for owners and renters alike.

In addition, brokers or others who refer listings can obtain a referral code and earn incentives each time a listing is rented. “The main idea for DubbelSpace is to put any extra space to work,” said Scott Bushaw, CEO of DubbelSpace. “It is an easy-to-use, all-in-one platform designed from the ground up to connect people and their ideas to the spaces they need to bring their passions to life.” CREPES & GRAPES CAFÉ Sandra Hahn, Owner 6560 Greenleaf Ave. Whittier, CA 90601 (562) 696-3255 www.crepesandgrapescafe.com We opened our doors in 2004 on the corner of Greenleaf Avenue and Bailey Street.

Right before Crêpes & Grapes Café’s debut, there was a sudden empha- sized excitement of “this is actually happening!” Our family business has always aimed to positively impact our community by bridging businesses and keeping connections open. Building a restaurant from scratch at a location that was only designed for retail was a challenge as well as starting it up – we were flowing into all of the multitasking responsibilities and accountabilities for attention to details on a daily basis – on all fronts. We were shuffling into the role of a small business! Food is a celebration. Family and friends come together to share spe- cial moments with food; that was the inspiration, to create a place where time slows down.

Sometimes, it really does because we create each plate to order, all our sauces our made in house and we bake our bread daily – for starters. When I was a young child growing up, we called crepes “the good tortillas.” Mother grew up with crepes from her mother. The chorizo crepe was the family favorite! Growing up I noticed there were not many places that offered such a delightful meal. My background in food goes way back to when I was eight years old: I decided not to go to school but to work at a local bakery. It was short lived after having missed several days of school when my parents got the phone call from school.

I grew up around food so it was a natural direction, for me, to embark. For us, we found a way to make a dream come true with family and hard work. My husband Frank was cooking while Rachele, our old- est daughter, started by washing dishes, serving, and answering the phone (to name a few of her responsibilities). When Frank and I hired Greg, after being introduced by Mrs. Sones as one of her best students, he and Rachele fell in love. He went on to graduate from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. Little did I know that I would gain an amazing son-in-law! They have two very sweet daughters together and that makes Frank and me really happy grandparents! Karyna, our youngest daughter, was jumping in as a server without us knowing until we caught her! So, we gave her a job to dry silver- ware until she was old enough to serve.

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Welcome, New Members! Santa Fe Springs Chamber Non-Profit Forum March Speaker “Tips from the podium” with Andy Nation, Benefit Auction Specialist Wednesday, March 13, 2019 8:30am – 9:30am SFS Chamber Office 12016 Telegraph Rd, Suite 100 Santa Fe Springs Save the Date – Mark your Calendar! Monthly on the 2nd Wednesday Santa Fe Springs Chamber of Commerce 12016 Telegraph Rd, Suite 100, SFS • 562-944-1616 • grana@sfschamber.com .

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www.sfschamber.com Santa Fe Springs Business / March 2019 / Page 10 Selecting the Right Background Screening Partner, Part Two Cerritos College Announces Second Year of Free Tuition Through Promise Program, Cerritos Complete Cerritos College’s Promise Program is part of a statewide effort to increase access to higher education for traditionally underrepresented students.

Out of 115 California community colleges, Cerritos College is approximately one of a dozen to offer students their first two years of free tuition. As lawmakers pass legislation (AB 19 and AB 2) to ex- pand campus Promise Programs across the state to offer one free year of college, Cerritos College’s initiative goes beyond the typical model. Unlike traditional Promise Programs, which solely focus on free access to education, Cerritos Complete combines extensive wrap-around student support services and resources that address both access and comple- tion. In addition to providing a smooth transition from high school to college, Cerritos Complete’s reward system encourages students to complete a degree, certificate, or transfer on time.

As promised, here is the second edition of “Selecting the Right Background Screening Partner.” Businesses need to understand the importance of con- ducting background checks by aligning themselves with a consumer reporting agency who has the following: Innovative Technology Responsive on any device (mobile phone, laptop, and desktop)? Online portal is able to be accessed from any device: • Desktop • Laptop • Tablet • Smartphone Secure Cloud Storage Hosting? Platform is fully secured using the most up to date security standards and has received the top security certifications that can be obtained by a cloud services application, including but not limited to: PCI-DSS, SSAE 16, EI3PA, and SOC 2 compliance.

Data Encryption / Multi-Factor Authentication? Software requires every user, client, and applicant to prove their identity beyond that of just a password and username, providing an extra layer of protection. Every transaction and communication is automatically encrypted and performed in a secure environment that safeguards against any potential threat. Custom Data Reports (Accuracy and Turnaround Time)? Platform has the capabilities of generating a series of reports including completion and pass rate reports, turnaround time reports for indi- vidual searches, status and productivity reports all from one dashboard.

Compliance Conducts educational interactive webinars? Hosts informative, educational webinars addressing the latest trends and legal issues affecting background checks for clients. Quarterly series of webinars are designed to help clients make smart decisions and save money in the long run.

Comply with international standards regarding background checks? Complies with the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework as set forth by the U.S. Department of Commerce regarding the collection, use, and retention of personal information transferred from the European Union to the United States. Current Compliance Audits (i.e. PCI and EI3PA)? We maintain PCI-DSS and E13PA compliance certifications and subscribe to QUALYS for continuous monitoring for system security and compli- ance. Audit Report confirms that the vendor meets the high standards set by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) for confidentiality, privacy, and security in protecting consumer data used in background checks.

Understanding vendor’s public records reporting requirements? Is the vendor reporting anything and everything on the applicant no matter how long it has been since the crime occurred and whether they were convicted of the crime Infrastructure is constantly scanned, and access is audited and recorded 24/7? A third-party PCI SSC Approved Scanning Vendor (ASV) conducts ex- ternal and internal network vulnerability scans at least quarterly and after significant changes to our networking environments. Penetration testing is also conducted at least annually and after significant changes. Employer / Applicant Experience Dedicated account support and back up representatives? Specific point of contact that will handle all customer service issues with the specific client account.

Assigned once the account is set up, also provides a backup contact in the event the dedicated account rep is not in the office.

Easy, user friendly online portal experience for both employers and applicants? Implement a secure and robust password protected online platform for clients to place orders, monitor pending reports, and view completed results 24 hours a day. Also, provide a secure gateway for applicants to provide their own information further streamlining the background screening experience. Certifications that measure customer satisfaction and on-time delivery of reports? Provide a framework for establishing and reviewing quality objectives that is not only communicated and understood within the organization, but also is made available to other interested parties as well.

Our framework is periodically reviewed for continuing suitability. Employers Choice Screening ensures that employees of the organization are aware of: • The quality policy; • Relevant quality objectives; • Their contribution to the effectiveness of the quality management system, including the benefits of improved performance.