Chino Valley Business Awards 2020

Congratulations Chino Valley Businesses

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

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

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

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

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

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

2020 Chino Hills Business of the Year: Infuzion Zone

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Christina Gagnier - 2020 CVCC Above & Beyond Award Winner

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

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

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

Raziel Arcega - 2020 CVCC Ambassador of the Year Winner

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

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

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

Clark Canedy - 2020 CVCC Chairman's Award Winner

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

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

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

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

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

Honoring Past Board Member Teresa Hull 

Recently, the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce honored Teresa Hull (Dean of the Chino Campus at Chaffey College) for her six years of service on our Board of Directors.

Teresa was a valued member of the board, providing sound advice to fellow members, helping to plan and organize events in collaboration with Chaffey College, and making herself available for so many of the Chamber's needs.

To watch the video honoring Teresa, check out the link below

Honoring past Chairman of the Board Art Bennett

Art Bennett, past Mayor of Chino Hills and current City Councilman, served as our Chairman of the Board for arguably the most challenging year for Chino Valley Businesses. Our goal was to increase membership in our Chamber by 20%. Surprisingly, we fell just a few members shy of achieving that vision despite a global pandemic that forced businesses to shut down. Art helped steer our Chamber in a positive direction during a challenging time. We appreciate, admire and thank Art Bennett for his strong leadership of the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Rancho Del Chino Rotary Club : Chino Valley 2020 Non-Profit of the Year

The Rancho del Chino Rotary Club was named the Chino Valley Non-Profit of the Year for 2020. The Rancho del Chino Rotary Club has been serving residents in the cities of Chino, Chino Hills and Montclair since 1989. They provide funding and volunteers in support of many worthwhile community activities and charities. From youngsters to seniors, from the Chino Valley to locations around the globe, they share their talents, time and good fortune for those in need.

Chino Valley Student of the Year: Sunyoung (Lydia) Chung
The winner of the contest, Sunyoung (Lydia) Chung, an 11th grader from Chino Hills High School received $2,000 in grants during the first CVCC Pitch Competition. Her idea was to produce school supplies that are functional and comfortable to use, by personalizing them to each student’s needs and wants, allowing them to design their own supplies.
Sunyoung also produces a weekly Vlog in which she highlights her week. A big piece of her recent video covers her experience in the CVCC Pitch Competition. You can watch her video here:

Honoring Gail Randall Christner for 6 years of services on our Board of Directors 

We want to thank @christner.gail aka Gail Randall Christner from Apollo Insurance Services for her commitment and dedication to the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce. Earlier this year, Gail completed her sixth year on our Board of Directors.Gail Christner, the marketing manager at Apollo Insurance Services, has volunteered on multiple occasions to organize Chamber events as the event Chair throughout her time serving on the Board. She has been instrumental in contributing to the success of our Business Expo, Holiday Luncheon, and others. She has also hosted numerous Chamber mixers and events at the Apollo Insurance Services offices. She’s still involved with the Chamber and is working on our 2020 Virtual Business Expo aka #CVBizExpo. Thank you Gail and Apollo Insurance Services for your support of the Chino Valley Chamber.


Honoring Gabriel Hill for 6 years of services on our Board of Directors 
Thank you Gabriel Hill for your six years of service on the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
Gabriel Hill, owner of Insurance & Surety Services, hosted our Business @ Breakfast meetings and was our Ambassador Chair before becoming a Board Member of the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce.
After his first year on the Board, he became Treasurer and helped us clean up our books so our Board has been well-informed of our finances after working to improve them since taking on that responsibility.
Love also struck through Gabriel’s involvement with the Chamber and other local groups as he married fellow board member Leonora Foddrill-Hill earlier this year.

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