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Taming the Chaos

“To the man who is afraid everything rustles.” Sophocles, c. 496-406 B.C. We are living in unprecedented and chaotic times. The current coronavirus pandemic has many people living in a constant state of fear and panic. People are hoarding, hoarding things. Store clerks can’t keep the shelves stocked. Fear seems to be running the show. …

May 28, 2020

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 28, 2020 Contact: Kate Anderson Director of Public Relations 760-699-6925 | kanderson@aguacaliente-nsn.gov Agua Caliente working to get fresh food to CV families Tribe, Sunrise Produce and FIND Food Bank create partnership through federal ‘Farmers to Families Food Box Program’ to deliver fresh fruits and vegetables to

May 28, 2020

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Agua Caliente re-opening casinos May 22, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 20, 2020 Contact: Kate Anderson Director of Public Relations 760-699-6925 | kanderson@aguacaliente-nsn.gov Agua Caliente re-opening casinos May 22, 2020 ‘Play it Safe’ focuses on cleanliness & guest, team member safety The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians will re-open its casinos in Palm Springs and Rancho Mirage at

May 20, 2020

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NEW CITY ORDERS: PALM DESERT REQUIRING FACE COVERINGS AND SOCIAL DISTANCING IN GROCERY AND DRUG STORES

May 16, 2020

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Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loans: What You Need to Know

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loans: What You Need to Know By: Bruce J. Legawiec, Osborne Rincon CPAs By now, most businesses have heard of the CARES Act program PPP.  Round 1 of PPP loans opened in mid-April, and within a few weeks, all funds – $349 billion – had been exhausted. On April 24, 2020, …

May 13, 2020

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DESERT DISCOUNT CLEANERS & CORONAVIRUS – COVID-19

The Desert Discount Cleaners team is very aware of the challenges we are all facing due to the coronavirus (COVID-19). Here is some information which we believe you will find helpful during this time. First and most importantly, we are mindfully increasing the frequency we clean all hard surfaces and other touch points throughout our …

April 28, 2020

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North Course at Indian Canyons Golf Resort opens Saturday featuring Park and Play

April 27, 2020

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Governor Newsom, It’s Time For Us To Get Back To Work

The French economist and philosopher Frederic Bastiat described the economic principle of a cost-benefit analysis in his 1850 essay entitled, “What Is Seen And What Is Unseen.” The historian Amity Shlaes applies Bastiat’s principle to the public health response to the Coronavirus, “For every action we take such as shelter in place, there is the

April 21, 2020

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Palm Desert Debuts Business Support Hotline

April 15, 2020

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Travel News

My travel industry resources are watching the developing news about COVID 19.  I want to share with you as your travel expert for the Coachella Valley.  On Friday the CDC issued an extension of it’s “no sail order” for an additional 100 days due to the coronavirus pandemic.  That would potentially be sometime near the …

April 14, 2020

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The Issue of Taxes: Where Do We Go From Here?

The Issue of Taxes: Where Do We Go From Here? By: Jason Schneider, Osborne Rincon CPAs As we look at the impact on the economy, it’s imperative that we begin planning now for how we’ll pull ourselves and our businesses out of the economic hole that has been created by the COVID-19 health crisis. The …

April 13, 2020

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Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians announces Tribal Council election results

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 7, 2020 Contact: Kate Anderson Director of Public Relations 760-699-6925 | kanderson@aguacaliente-nsn.gov   AGUA CALIENTE INDIAN RESERVATION – The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians announced Tribal Council election results today, Tuesday April 7, 2020: Tribal Council Chairman Jeff L. Grubbe was re-elected to a fifth

April 7, 2020

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Cal Chamber Daily News: Required FFCRA Documentation, Recordkeeping for New Federal Paid Leave (COVID-19)

Daily Headlines for April 7, 2020 We scan major news sources* and compile selected articles to keep you up-to-date on current issues affecting California business – the economy, health care, environment, transportation and more. Receive Daily Headlines by Email Today’s Top Story Required FFCRA Documentation, Recordkeeping for New Federal Paid Leave

April 7, 2020

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Riverside County Small Business Resources

Check out this highly recommended site for most complete information on a variety of issues dealing with the corona virus including funding and unemployment programs: https://rivcoccsd.org/covidbizhelp

April 7, 2020

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Does Your Business Need Attention? Banners Available for PD Businesses

April 1, 2020

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SBA Press Release– Paycheck Protection Program

With $349 Billion in Emergency Small Business Capital Cleared, SBA and Treasury Begin Unprecedented Public-Private Mobilization Effort to Distribute Funds    WASHINGTON – Following President Trump’s signing of the historic Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza and Treasury Secretary Steven

March 31, 2020

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INSURANCE ISSUES RELATED TO COVID-19

Business owners have many questions about the impact of COVID 19. Here are some answers regarding insurance from Desert Insurance Solutions: What options do laid off employees have on health insurance? First, if their spouse has an employer plan, they should try to get on that plan. Second, COBRA will continue their insurance, but it …

March 31, 2020

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Cares Act Basic information

Cash Payments and Unemployment Assistance 2020 Recovery Payment: All U.S. residents with adjusted gross income up to $75,000 ($150,000 joint filers) are eligible for a $1,200 ($2,400) payment, as well as an additional $500 per child (under age 17). There are no income requirements for the payment. Individuals with little or no income are eligible …

March 31, 2020

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Governor Newsom Signs Executive Order Providing Relief to California Small Businesses 

Order provides 90-day extension in state and local taxes, including sales tax Order extends licensing deadlines and requirements for a number of industries   SACRAMENTO – Today, Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order that will provide tax, regulatory and licensing extensions for businesses.   The executive order allows the California

March 31, 2020

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Emergency Loans for Small Business Guide and Checklist

Congress has approved $350 billion in emergency loans for small businesses to help them keep workers employed. In fact, if small businesses maintain or later restore their payrolls, they may not have to repay some — or possibly any — of the loan. Here’s a guide and checklist from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to help your …

March 30, 2020

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Invitation- Riverside County Business Resources Webinar, 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 31

Dear Fourth District and Riverside County Community Members, At 1 p.m. tomorrow (Tuesday, March 31), Supervisor V. Manuel Perez, alongside the Small Business Development Center and the Riverside County Economic Development Agency, is hosting a Webinar to highlight available resources, funding options and assistance to businesses through these difficult

March 30, 2020

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Helping Our Local Restaurants Stay On Their Feet

Automated Telecom wants to do its part to help our community in this time of need. If you know of a restaurant that is struggling and needs help, please let them know of this special offer.   We have budgeted to help 20 restaurants with the following program. The first 20 that contact us will …

March 27, 2020

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My Store Front Is Closed: How Do I Sell My Goods Online?

Emergency support for retailers, stores, and product-based businesses to help them navigate and activate e-commerce opportunities and to pivot their marketing approach quickly. This workshop will focus on immediate solutions business owners can implement to leverage online sales to survive the current COVID-19 pandemic. What You Can Expect from This Series:

March 27, 2020

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Money Protector Financial Tips for Chamber Members

The economic fallout and reverberations from the Coronavirus will take quite some time, and no prognosticator can say with 100 percent accuracy when the carnage will end, and full extent of its implications financially. Thankfully, there are important measures you can take for what I call “Financial Urgent Care” to help save and protect your …

March 26, 2020

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KESQ Promotes Coachella Valley Businesses with CoachellaValley.open4biz.

KESQ has launched a new, searchable listings and landing page on KESQ.com for Open local businesses called CoachellaValley.open4biz. The page is being heavily promoted on KESQ, KPSP, KDFX, and KCWQ including newscasts.   Here is the url:  https://coachellavalley.open4biz.us/ .  The Open4Biz landing page is a FREE LISTING SERVICE where you can list

March 26, 2020

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CV Economic Recovery Team Meeting 3-29-20

The PDACC is part of a valley wide economic summit which meets each Thursday, links to important Documents are listed below with the attachments above.  The information provided may be of help and value to you and your business. Express Bridge Loan (Attached): Effective yesterday, March 25, 2020, the U.S. Small Business Administration has expanded …

March 26, 2020

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Desert Recreation District Offers Online Recreation & Learning Resources for Everyone

March 26, 2020

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Sempra Energy Foundation: COVID-19 Nonprofit Hardship Fund

A message from the Sempra Energy Foundation: COVID-19 Nonprofit 501c3 Hardship Fund: We recognize that just as small businesses are struggling, so too are small and medium-sized nonprofit organizations. Community needs are increasing, costs are rising and key fundraising activities are being moved or canceled altogether. This combination of factors can

March 25, 2020

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Lifestream Request for Help

An Important Request For Help From LifeStream: Hospital patients throughout the Coachella Valley need your help! As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many scheduled LifeStream blood drives have been cancelled by our local hosts. These cancellations have resulted in the loss of approximately 5,000 pints of anticipated blood collection. We suspect that some

March 25, 2020

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COVID19- FAQ (Updated March 24, 2020)

Updated: March 24, 2020 1  COVID-19: Frequently Asked Questions Concerning State and Local Orders  On March 19, 2020, the Governor of California issued Executive Order N-33-20, ordering all individuals living in the State of California to stay home or at their place of residence, except as needed to maintain continuity of operation of the federal …

March 25, 2020

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Zippia : A Guide To Find Work During The Coronavirus Pandemic

Zippia, is a job research site based in California. We have a free resource that we think will help Palm Desert residents in the short term: A Guide To Find Work During The Coronavirus Pandemic This guide has resources for how to find work online, a search of remote jobs (updated every minute), and other …

March 24, 2020

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Small Business Administration Loan Information and Someone to Help You with the Process

Small business owners, I just spoke to Lisa Napolitano and she and her team are local and can help you apply for the SBA loan program. Please contact her via her email and she or a team member will respond within a day or two. They will help you fill out the forms and evaluate …

March 23, 2020

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Yes, you CAN still have your car cleaned (plus FREE sterilization!)

An American Car Wash remains open from 8 AM to 5 PM daily to provide both exterior-only and full service car washes when you must go out. All full service customers will receive COMPLIMENTARY INTERIOR STEAM CLEANING with our medical grade steam cleaner to sterilize the most germ prone zones of your car until the …

March 23, 2020

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Additional Resources for Business and Chambers of Commerce partners

Hi Chambers and Business Partners,     Our County Counsel and Emergency Operations Center teams have put together a list of Essential Services list to assist your navigation of the implications for ongoing business operations during the recommended safe at home order time frames. Individual businesses should ensure that they also work with the City,

March 23, 2020

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DIY Hand Sanitizer

March 20, 2020

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Resources Economic Development Assistance

Riverside County Economic Development Assistance Please also reference RIVCOBIZHELP.ORG as a source for business assistance programs and resources. This is a new website specific for corona virus issues and economic help.  Many companies such as Southern California Gas Company, Southern California Edison, T-Mobile and AT&T are providing relief

March 19, 2020

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Has Your Business Been Affected by COVID-29?

March 19, 2020

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Braille Institute Coachella Valley – Temporarily Closes

  PDF of Flyer: BIA Covoid-19 Ann

March 19, 2020

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Additional Updates from the US Chamber

Here’s some helpful updates from the U.S. Chamber: Dear Chamber Friends, To update you on the latest regarding the federal response to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, we will be hosting a weekly conference call beginning on Friday, March 20th at 2:00pm MT / 1:00pm PT / 10:00am Hawaii. Click here to

March 18, 2020

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US Chamber Updates For Small Businesses

From the US Chamber: Thank you to everyone who joined us yesterday for our call with the U.S. Small Business Administration to discuss the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the small business community. If you weren’t able to join the conference call, or would like to listen again, click here

March 18, 2020

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AARP Tele-Town Hall Event

In response to the current crisis, AARP will be holding a tele-town hall event TOMORROW, Wednesday, March 18, at 1:30 pm PDT, where you will have the opportunity to hear from and ask questions of California Department of Aging Director Kim McCoy Wade. To join tomorrow’s discussion, please dial toll-free 877-229-8493 and enter PIN 15119. …

March 18, 2020

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Coachella Valley SBDC: Latest COVID-19 Info for my Network Partners

Hello Everyone,   This is a fast moving situation, and the SBDC is staying on top of the latest developments on both a federal and state level regarding resources available to small businesses impacted by COVID-19.   I thought you might be interested in knowing more so I have attached the latest SBDC Resource Guide …

March 18, 2020

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Helpful links and agencies providing accurate information concerning COVID-19

Current recommendations for businesses: * Toolkits online @ www.rivcoph.org/coronavirus<http://www.rivcoph.org/coronavirus> * Videos @ www.rivcoph.org/coronavirus<http://www.rivcoph.org/coronavirus> * Small Business Assistance: http://www.oesnews.com/sba-to-provide-small-businesses-imp…/ * Riverside County Workforce Development Department

March 17, 2020

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SUPPORT FOR OUR PDACC MEMBERS

March 17, 2020

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Putt Putt on El Paseo Postponed

Putt Putt on El Paseo has officially been POSTPONED. New Date to be announced. In the meantime we will be thinking up some great ideas for Putt Putt on El Paseo!

March 17, 2020

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U.S. Chamber Weekly Update – March 11, 2020 | COVID-19 ToolKit

Coronavirus Toolkit:  Guidance For Employers – Click here to download guidance for employers to plan and respond to the Coronavirus. Workplace Tips – For workplace tips and resources for employers to combat the virus, please click here. Corporate Aid Tracker – Click here to view our corporate aid tracker for details on how businesses are

March 11, 2020

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Inaugural Desert Living Home EXPO Features Local Businesses

Inaugural Desert Living Home EXPO Features Local Businesses The Rancho Mirage Chamber of Commerce presents the Desert Living Home EXPO on Thursday, March 12, 2020 from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM at Omni Rancho Las Palmas. Admission is FREE! Rancho Mirage is famous for the design district and the resources throughout the valley are second …

March 10, 2020

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Agriculture Tax Laws: Navigating Properly Makes a Big Difference in the Bottom Line

By: Lee Osborne, Osborne Rincon CPAs   There are many tax laws that are specific to agriculture which allow the accelerated write-off of certain structures in one year as well as allow you to write off new crops such as citrus, grapes and dates at a very early stage.    There is a new tax …

March 10, 2020

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Life Insurance Settlements – Myth #2

Why would anyone want to sell their life insurance policy?  Many people think that only the very ill can sell their policies.  This is simply untrue. The life insurance settlements industry essentially started in the mid-1980’s as viaticals, with terminally ill clients selling their poilcies to pay medical bills or improve their quality of life. 

March 10, 2020

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Support Local Businesses During COVID-19 Virus Health Issue

Rancho Mirage Chamber of Commerce, Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce, Palm Desert Area Chamber of Commerce, Thousand Palms Chamber of Commerce and Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce are united in the effort to support valley businesses and jobs.   Area business leaders stand with local businesses and health professionals to send a message of

March 10, 2020

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What’s Happening at Alzheimers Coachella Valley

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March 9, 2020

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Coronavirus Toolkit for planning and response to the Coronavirus!

Chamber Friends,   The following is the weekly update of U.S. Chamber publications between February 26th and March 5th.  Also, as the Coronavirus situation continues to evolve, it is important for all employers to monitor the outbreak and implement strategies to protect their workforce while ensuring continuity of operations.  To help educate

March 5, 2020

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Two Amazing Career Days for Local Coachella Valley Girls!

February 24, 2020

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Our February 2020 Chamber Open House and Block Party was a Night to Remember!

We had a blast last night at our Chamber Open House & Block Party! Many thanks to Palm Springs Art Museum In Palm Desert and Cuistot Restaurant for opening their doors for our mixer! Thank you to our sponsors Red Door Pictures, Inc.and Alzheimer’s Association of the Coachella Valley! Check out some of the fun we had down below!

February 20, 2020

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4 Estate Planning Documents No Entrepreneur Should Be Without

Though most entrepreneurs understand the value of effective business planning, fewer are aware of the critical role estate planning plays in their company’s success. Yet considering what would happen to your business upon your death or in the event of your incapacity is one of the single-most important things you can do for your business. …

February 12, 2020

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The Impact of Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on the Construction Industry

The Impact of Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on the Construction Industry By: Pedro T. Rincon, Osborne Rincon CPAs The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act contains many provisions that have a direct and significant impact on the construction industry. Here are a few examples: Method of Accounting Under old tax law, small contractors were able …

February 12, 2020

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Press Release: Oak View Group, Live Nation, The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians to Officially Break Ground on New State of the Art Sports and Entertainment Arena in Downtown Palm Springs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FEBRUARY 6, 2020 OAK VIEW GROUP, LIVE NATION, THE AGUA CALIENTE BAND OF CAHUILLA INDIANS TO OFFICIALLY BREAK GROUND ON NEW STATE-OF-THE-ART SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT ARENA IN DOWNTOWN PALM SPRINGS World-Class Arena to Open Fall 2021 and Host Entertainment’s Biggest Artists, Top Concert Tours, Serve as the Home of Seattle NHL Affiliate

February 6, 2020

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Press Release: Braille Institute Hosts Community Open House At Its New Coachella Valley Neighborhood Center

February 5, 2020

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San Pablo Streetscape & Notices

San Pablo Avenue streetscape improvements have begun. Here are a few things to expect in the months to come.

February 4, 2020

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Press Release: DSUSD Seeking Measure KK Oversight Committee Members

FROM THE COMMUNICATION OFFICE NOTICE MEASURE KK – OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE  The Board of Education of the Desert Sands Unified School District is seeking four (4) qualified, interested individuals to serve on a committee of community leaders, which serve as the Independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee for the implementation of the District’s

February 3, 2020

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Funny Insurance Ads .. Just Aren’t That Funny

Funny Insurance Ads…Just Aren’t That Funny   These days, it’s hard to watch TV without seeing another funny insurance commercial. The problem is, insurance is not that funny. And it’s way too complicated to explain in a 30 second commercial. Captive agents work for a single captive carrier insurance company, independent agents work for clients

October 17, 2019

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The Real Cost to You and Your Family

When it comes to putting off or refusing to create an estate plan, your mind can concoct all sorts of rationalizations: “I won’t care because I’ll be dead,” “I’m too young,” “That won’t happen to me,” or “My family will know what to do.” But these thoughts all come from a mix of egoic pride, …

August 26, 2019

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Desert Arc Honored as Recipient of Riverside County’s Sustainability Award

Desert Arc, known for its outstanding work of enhancing the lives and creating opportunities for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities, was one of five recipients of the Riverside County Department of Waste Resources’ Sustainability Award on April 30th.  This annual Sustainability Award was established to distinguish the significant

August 1, 2019

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Is Your Family “Too Young to Need an Estate Plan”

Young families face different estate planning needs and challenges than those who have had a long life behind them. While established families may be concerned about what will happen to their family when they pass on, young, growing families can be more focused on what is happening to their family in the present. And you …

July 22, 2019

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Why You Don’t Want to Miss Your Estimated Tax Payments

By: Michelle Sierra, Staff Accountant, Osborne Rincon CPAs Did you know that you could receive a penalty for not making payments quarterly to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or Franchise Tax Board (FTB)? If you do not withhold enough on your W-2, you may be required to make estimated tax payments each quarter. If you …

July 22, 2019

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Myth #1 – Only permanent policies (Universal and Whole Life) can be sold.

Ever since Benjamin Franklin helped start the first life insurance company in the U.S. in 1759, life insurance has been a key part of our lives and financial planning. But, according to research from the Insurance Studies Institute, 500,000 seniors each year lapse their life insurance policies. That’s a big number! Many people think they …

July 22, 2019

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Help Your Employees Save for Retirement

Help the Employees of Your Small Business Save for Retirement By: Sofia F. Hinojosa, CPA, Osborne Rincon CPAs A great majority of Americans aren’t adequately saving for retirement. Social Security will soon begin to pay less than 100% of promised benefits if Congress takes no action. Many states are stepping up to facilitate plans for …

June 27, 2019

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Cost of Homeowner’s Insurance on the Rise

Cost of Homeowner’s Insurance on the Rise   Higher homeowner insurance rates have arrived. The main reasons are: California fire losses of more than $20 billion. Carriers are trying to manage their losses by increasing rates in fire zones, but state regulations limit rate flexibility. As a result, carriers are non-renewing some homeowners in fire

June 27, 2019

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Meet an Amazing Chamber Ambassador

 Jack McCarthy – Officemart.com Growing up in the office products business in New Jersey, where his family had 5 retail stores and two commercial divisions, Jack came to know the office products business from the inside out.  Along the way, he moved to Southern California and became a licensed realtor, as well as a “media …

June 27, 2019

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Legislative Action Committee keeping you up to date!

Citizens Redistricting Commission Applications Open Now June 17, 2019 Hello Chamber members, This morning, applications for the Citizens Redistricting Commission opened on Shape California’s Future website! The Citizens Redistricting Commission (CRC) was created in 2008 with the passing of the Voters First Act, which moved the responsibility of

June 25, 2019

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Meet an Amazing Chamber Ambassador

 Mark Stewart – Prime Lending In 1984, California native, Mark Stewart, began his career in real estate lending and has been “doing real estate loans ever since”. As an expert in real estate lending, his goal is simple – “to give my clients information so that they can make the best decision on getting a …

June 3, 2019

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4 Ways Wise Planning Can Protect Your Family’s Assets brought to you by Palm Desert Law Group

While most people assume that only the super wealthy need to worry about asset protection, those with less wealth and fewer assets may be at even greater risk. For example, if you’re a multi-millionaire, a $50,000 judgment against you might not be that big of a deal. But for a family with a modest income, …

June 3, 2019

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Medical Hypnosis with Roger Moore at Palm Desert Hypnosis

Medical Hypnosis with Roger Moore at Palm Desert Hypnosis You may be thinking: “Medical Hypnosis – What’s that?” You’re not the only one with that question. I’m asked that a lot. For more than 22 years I offered Medical Hypnosis in the Medical Dental Building in downtown Seattle and on Bainbridge Island. I have worked …

April 4, 2019

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Putt Putt on El Paseo is back!

El Paseo shops and restaurants will have the opportunity to host a hole within their business for a little putt putt fun! The Palm Desert Area Chamber of Commerce is working hard to create a fun-filled night of miniature golf with plenty of  beverages and appetizers! If you’re a Chamber member looking to partner with …

March 29, 2019

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PDACC’s Legislative Action Trip to DC

  Palm Desert Area Chamber Board Member and Legislative Action Team Representative, Marv Law, alongside Congressman Raul Ruiz (and some of his staff) traveled to DC during the last week of February. The reason for their visit was to understand and communicate relevant information to Chamber businesses such as stabilizing the employer group plan market

March 20, 2019

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What?! I Can Sell My Life Insurance Policy? Why?

Yes, you can sell your life insurance policy! 500,000 seniors a year “lapse” their life insurance policies….walking away with nothing. Why? Because they don’t know they can sell their policy for a lump-sum in cash. All types of policies can be sold, including term policies…yes, even term policies. Selling a policy is done through a …

March 18, 2019

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Solutions for Scars – Dr. Jochen Explains

Many Types, Many Treatments Cuts, scrapes, burns, trauma brought about by surgery, acne and other skin conditions, can contribute to scars. Many factors determine a scar’s appearance and ultimately its treatment. Degree of severity of the initial wound or cut and its location matter, as do age, heredity, gender and ethnicity. Sometimes a single method

March 5, 2019

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5 Credit Score Myths: Know the Facts – State Farm Insurance

Your credit score is complex, but understanding more about how it works empowers you to improve your credit report. Take note of these five common money myths so that you can raise your credit score — and avoid hurting it. Myth #1: It’s impossible to improve credit score. The truth: You can rebuild credit over …

February 28, 2019

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Travel With The Chamber – Costa Rica 2020

To learn more about this amazing travel opportunity – download the brochure! Brochure – Costa Rica 01.13.20

January 22, 2019

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Travel With The Chamber – Ireland 2019

To learn more about this amazing travel opportunity – download the brochure! Brochure – Ireland 11.02.19

January 22, 2019

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Meet A Chamber Ambassador

 Cale Vinzant – Forest Lawn Memorial Park Tenacious and persistent, Cale Loren Vinzant is a Survivor of many experiences that most of us can only imagine.  As a child, Cale ran away from home, sued his parents to become an emancipated minor, was placed in a foster home, and later adopted.  He is grateful for …

January 2, 2019

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Legislative Action Team Positions and Results to California Propositions

Legislative Action Team Positions and Results to California Propositions November 6, 2018   The Palm Desert Area Chamber of Commerce Legislative Action Team read, reviewed, and discussed the eleven ballot measures on the November 6, 2018 ballot. The Team took their positions to the Executive Board for approval and presentation to our members. Below is

December 26, 2018

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Palm Desert Area Chamber Announces Director of Programs + Events

WELCOME, LYNN FRASCHETTI! The Palm Desert Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce Lynn Fraschetti as our new Director of Programs + Events out of 200+ applicants. Lynn brings 20+ years of successful business experience in the corporate world, as an entrepreneur and in event production to this position. You might recognize Lynn as …

December 3, 2018

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Roy Corby Joins Spa Resort Casino As Senior Vice President And General Manager

Corby To Oversee Operations For Downtown Palm Springs Property Palm Springs, Calif. (November 14, 2018) – Spa Resort Casino is pleased to announce that respected gaming industry veteran Roy Corby has been named Senior Vice President and General Manager of the downtown Palm Springs property. Reporting to Agua Caliente Casino Resorts Chief Operating Officer

November 30, 2018

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Meet a Chamber Ambassador

MEL ROBERTSON – DE-CLUTTERING SPACES EXPERT + HAPPINESS COACH A Massachusetts native, Mel has experienced an unusual life: “I was on a race track and came in 1st place before I ever came out of my mother’s womb! – My father raced stock cars, and so my mother competed in an all-women’s “Powder Puff Race” …

November 30, 2018

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Tips for Keeping Up With Home Maintenance

Words of advice from Home Inspector and Member, Dean Rivale with Rivale Construction. Not many people enjoy doing home maintenance tasks, but deferring those chores can add up when it comes to selling your home. Many of my inspection findings are directly related to deferred maintenance, and those findings create lots of tension for buyers, …

November 8, 2018

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Protecting Yourself Against Cybercrime

Cybercrime is much more dangerous than some irritating pop-ups on your PC…think technology-based identity theft. Your e-mail or cell phone is hacked and you or your advisors are impersonated. With your personal data compromised, criminals can access credit in your name (which will not likely result in a financial loss, but will be a big …

November 1, 2018

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Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa Voted TOP 10 ‘BEST CASINO OUTSIDE OF LAS VEGAS’ In USA TODAY’S 10BEST READERS’ Choice Awards

Rancho Mirage, Calif. (October 1, 2018) – Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa received top 10 honors in USA TODAY’s 10Best Readers’ Choice travel awards, coming in at No. 9 in the category of “Best Casino Outside of Las Vegas” after the resort was nominated by industry experts and ultimately voted on by USA TODAY readers. …

November 1, 2018

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PDACC Announces New Director of Marketing & Communications

The Palm Desert Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce Abigail (Abby) Sturgeon as our new Director of Marketing & Communications. Abby is Canadian-made, Coachella Valley raised and is a walking billboard for The Desert. Abby comes to us from Renova Energy where she previously served as their Marketing Manager. Abby sits on local …

September 28, 2018

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Three Unparalleled Advantages of Family-Owned Businesses

Nike, Walmart, Porsche—what do these companies have in common? Outside of being globally recognized brands and generating billions in revenue, they are also family-owned businesses. Though family businesses definitely aren’t for everyone, and come with some unique challenges, for those who are able to make them work, they offer an array of benefits that

September 25, 2018

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What Small Business Owners Should Know About Embezzlement

If you own a small company where you personally know and interact with everyone who works for you, it can be hard to fathom that one of those people would ever steal from you. But the fact is, embezzlement happens all the time, even at small, family-owned businesses. According to a 2017 study on white-collar …

September 12, 2018

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Steps You Can Take Tomorrow to Become More Productive in Your Business

The daily grind can be a real challenge. It can be difficult to stay motivated at work and focused on the right things, particularly when financial times are hard, or deadlines are compressed, and the pull of social media can be so strong. Taking a step back and reorienting yourself regularly can help increase your …

September 6, 2018

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Does Your Pet Need Health Insurance?

If you have a pet, take a moment to consider how much you would pay to save it from a life-threatening condition. If that number is so high you wouldn’t feel comfortable writing a check for it, you should learn more about pet insurance. Veterinarians can do some amazing things today with medical technology borrowed …

August 31, 2018

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Mandatory Organics Recycling Expands in 2019

In 2014, California passed AB 1826, which mandates that businesses recycle or divert their organic waste from landfills. The mandate did not affect many businesses at first, since it only applied to those that generated more than eight cubic yards of organic waste per week. That is about to change. Starting in January 2019, “Businesses …

August 29, 2018

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What Business Owners Should Know About Running Pre-Employment Credit Checks

In addition to checking professional references, conducting interviews, and running criminal background checks, many business owners also conduct credit checks on potential new hires to assess their suitability for the job. Such screening is obviously important for hiring high-level positions or those directly involved with handling money and/or making

August 27, 2018

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3 Effective Ways to Market Your Products to the Next Generation

What are the most effective ways to market your products to the next generation? The unnamed Generation Z (Gen Z) is entering the market as shoppers and their age cohort alone makes up a quarter of the population in the United States. Members of Gen Z, or Post-Millennials, as Pew Research Center, a reputable nonpartisan …

August 22, 2018

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Donate Appreciated Assets to Charity Instead of Selling Them Outright for Tax and Income Benefits Using a Charitable Remainder Trust

If you have highly appreciated assets such as stock and real estate you want to sell, it may make sense to use a charitable remainder trust (CRT) to avoid income and estate taxes—all while creating a lifetime income stream for yourself or your family AND supporting your favorite charity. A CRT is a “split-interest” trust, …

August 21, 2018

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Another Happy Chamber Member!

Hey Palm Desert Chamber! I’m excited to report that I have been with the chamber just about a month and already have closed business to report. I just met with Mireya Chaffee of The Legacy Group to help her organize her “come together room”. She took advantage of my buy one get one free offer. …

August 20, 2018

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Tips for Family & Education Planning Under the New Tax Law

With the school year just beginning, now is a good time to start thinking about how the new federal tax law could impact your family and educational plans. Child & Family Credit The new law – passed in December 2017 – increases the child tax credit to $2,000 per qualifying child; $1,400 of this amount …

August 14, 2018

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PDACC Confirms Inaugural Young Professional Event

The Palm Desert Area Chamber of Commerce confirms the Young Professional Network (YPN) kickoff event will take place on Thursday, September 13th from 6pm to 7:30pm at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Palm Desert/Sonoma Grille located at 74-700, CA-111. We would like to thank General Air Conditioning & Plumbing, True life Enterprises, and Beacon Point

August 7, 2018

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