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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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Clinical Study for New Medication for Plaque Psoriasis

Get Free Study Care and Help Others! Psoriasis is a chronic skin disease that affects approximately 7.5 million Americans. It occurs when skin cells that begin growing deep in the skin rise to the surface in a matter of days rather than in about month, as is typical. Psoriasis can cause swelling and patches of …

August 17, 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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Your Risky Teenage Driver

A new study shows teenage drivers on learner's permit have about the same collision and risky behavior (eg hard stops and turns) rate as adults. Good news, right? Not really. In the first three month period after they get their licenses, their collision rate goes up 800% and their risky behavior rate goes up 400%! …

August 2, 2018

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PDACC Announces 2018-2019 Board Chair

The Palm Desert Area Chamber of Commerce is honored to announce Patrick Somers, General Manager of General Air Conditioning and Plumbing, as its 2018-2019 Board Chairman. “It is a great honor to be the PDACC Chairman. The Palm Desert Area Chamber of Commerce is an amazing organization, with strong leadership, and has a knowledgeable, friendly …

July 27, 2018

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PDACC Launches Young Professionals Network

On July 19, 2018, the Palm Desert Area Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Network was established. “This is an exciting day as it adds even more value to PDACC Chamber Membership. The Young Professionals Network is open to all ages even though the technical definition of a young professional is under forty years old,” stated …

July 26, 2018

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ANOTHER WEST NILE POSITIVE MOSQUITO SAMPLE IN INDIAN WELLS

Truck-mounted mosquito control applications planned in the area over the weekend INDIO, CA, July 12, 2018: The Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District has detected more infected mosquitoes with West Nile virus (WNV) in Indian Wells. The mosquitoes were collected from a trap near Fairway Drive and Cook Street. This brings the total number

July 20, 2018

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Leadership Coachella Valley Now Accepting Applications for Class of 2019

CALLING ALL COACHELLA VALLEY LEADERS Applications are currently being accepted for the 2018-19 class of Leadership Coachella Valley. Up to 40 applicants will be selected to participate in the ten-month program designed to identify, motivate and develop future community leaders. The program, known for “Creating Tomorrow’s Leaders Today”, encourages

July 13, 2018

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THEME FOR 54th PALM DESERT GOLF CART PARADE ANNOUNCED

Celebrating Our Super Heroes  Winning theme for the October 28, 2018 Parade Submitted by Ginny Mix  The winning entry was announced in the theme contest for the 54th Annual Palm Desert Golf Cart Parade. The theme for the 2018 Parade will be “Celebrating Our Super Heroes” entered by Coachella Valley resident Ginny Mix: “I thought …

July 12, 2018

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AGUA CALIENTE CASINO RESORT SPA BECOMES FIRST COACHELLA VALLEY PROPERTY TO ADOPT THE ORCA TECHNOLOGY THAT TURNS FOOD WASTE INTO WATER

RESORT TO DIVERT APPROXIMATELY 624 TONS OF FOOD WASTE FROM LOCAL LANDFILLS PER YEAR. Rancho Mirage, Calif. (July 12, 2018) – The Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa has added another green initiative to its efforts to further reduce its impact on the environment in Southern California by becoming the first hotel property in the Coachella …

July 12, 2018

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Vince Ribbon Cutting

June 29, 2018

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Business Breakfast Book List

Thank you to Dr. Jeff Suderman, our June Business Breakfast Speaker who asked attendees to share their favorite books. This list should get you through the summer and maybe beyond. Integrity Henry Cloud The Contrarians Guide to Leadership Steven B. Sample Ask Ryan Levesque How to win Friends and influence people Dale Carnegie BIBLE Red …

June 28, 2018

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64th Annual Business Awards and Installation Dinner Winners

Thank you to all who came out to our 64th Annual Business Awards and Installation Dinner! We had a GREAT turn out and a very fun event. In case you couldn’t make it, the awards went to: Diane Kovalsky for the Chairman’s Achievement Award Tammy Martin for Ambassador of the Year Gil Reyes (Hotel Paseo) …

June 26, 2018

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Business Man of the Year 2018 – John Sloan

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June 22, 2018

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Cultural Center Construction Update

The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians thanks all of you who joined us at the Agua Caliente Cultural Center Groundbreaking celebration on Friday May 11. More than 350 community members helped us kick off the two-year construction cycle for our 5.8-acre project in the heart of downtown Palm Springs that celebrates the Tribe’s history, …

June 14, 2018

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The New Tax Law took the “Fun” out of Tax Deductions

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act eliminated the deduction for business entertainment expenses, as well as for meals related to business entertainment – such as the expense of a hot dog at a baseball game, or lunch at the golf course. Prior to the TCJA, business meals and entertainment were both deductible – but limited …

June 11, 2018

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2018 Business Awards Nominees

Citizen of the Year: Attorney Michael J. McGuire – California Elder Law Center Ellie Marks – California Brain Tumor Association Bob Leach – Hotel Paseo Scott White – Greater Palm Springs CVB Patrick Klein – Gardens at El Paseo / El Paseo Village Dominique Fruchtman – Escape Room Palm Springs Eric Morcus – Kaiser

June 8, 2018

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A Centrist Approach

Op-Ed article for PDACC. Politics is a constant battle of ideas, ideals, and methodologies. Some see their arguments with a religious interpretation, while others want just the facts and try to fit the issues into a sterile environment to be dissected. The Palm Desert Area Chamber of Commerce, the Desert’s only U.S. Chamber of Commerce …

June 1, 2018

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PALM DESERT AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE NAMES CHAMBER VETERAN TODD RHODEN AS ITS NEW PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Todd Rhoden, MBA, has been named the new President and CEO of the 5 Star Accredited Palm Desert Area Chamber of Commerce (“PDACC”). Mr. Rhoden was chosen after an extensive nationwide search of over 400 applicants. Mr. Rhoden was the best of the best. “PDACC’s Board of Directors created a Search Committee that conducted an …

May 30, 2018

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President’s Circle Award for the 10th year in a row

Our own Debbie Frazer, receiving the President’s Circle Award for the 10th year in a row, at the CalChamber Capitol Summit in Sacramento!

May 24, 2018

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Four Tips to Save Your Skin and Beat the Heat

Here are four ways to look your best without the summer sun and heat getting the best of you. 1. Use Sunscreen – Apply and Reapply Besides UVA rays contributing to premature aging, just one sunburn every two years as an adult triples your risk of Melanoma. Sunscreen only works if you apply it and …

May 3, 2018

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Desert Living Show – Agua Caliente Band Of Cahuilla Indians

May 2, 2018

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Desert Living Show – Desert.Live

May 2, 2018

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Do You Need Travel Insurance?

As temperatures rise here in the valley, many local residents begin their season of travel and adventure. Travel insurance is intended to cover your actual financial loss when your trip is interrupted. Do you need it? It depends. Our recommended insurance philosophy is “sweat the big stuff”…lost luggage isn’t big stuff. On the other hand, …

May 2, 2018

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Basic Rights and Liabilities Concerning Nursing Home Admissions in the State of California

When you are admitted to a nursing home, you will be asked to sign an admission agreement that explains your rights and responsibilities and those of the nursing home. In years past, this involved signing contracts written by nursing homes that often contained deceptive or illegal terms. Signing the Agreement The person being admitted to …

April 30, 2018

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NIGC and The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians Announce Approval of Alternate Technical Standards for Class II Gaming using Mobile Devices

WASHINGTON, April 25, 2018 – Today the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) announced the approval of alternate standards for the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians (Agua Caliente) applicable to Class II mobile gaming on its reservation lands in Southern California.  The approval, issued by Chairman Jonodev Chaudhuri, allows the Tribe to apply

April 26, 2018

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City Offers Free Shredding

The City will host a free, two-day shredding event at City Hall, 73510 Fred Waring Drive, on Friday and Saturday, May 4 and 5. Shredding will take place from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. or until the trucks are full. There is no need to remove staples or paper clips. Binders will not be accepted. All …

April 20, 2018

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Business Open 2018

April 20, 2018

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Thanks Mike Renner, from WAC Solution Partners, for letting us know the positive impact we played in helping your business make great connections in our local community!

Just want to thank the Five Star Palm Desert Area Chamber of Commerce. We always knew the power of Chambers of Commerce, as we started our business in the Seattle/Tacoma area in 1984 we had been members of: Seattle, Bellevue, Tacoma, South King County and Fife Chambers for 25 years they really were the go …

April 18, 2018

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CalChamber Identifies Three More Job Killer Bills

The California Chamber of Commerce this week added three more bills to its job killer list, bringing the total number of job killers to 24. The new additions to the list are: • AB 2447 (Reyes; D-Grand Terrace): This bill would force state entities to weigh discrimination factors when deciding whether to certify an environmental …

April 16, 2018

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Help! I’m Losing My Hair

It is normal to shed some hair each day. It’s just part of your hair’s normal growth cycle. However, when scalp shedding exceeds normal levels, it’s wise to visit your dermatologist. Hair loss may indicate an underlying health problem. There are many causes for excessive hair loss. For example, about three or four months after …

April 12, 2018

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Problems With Condo Insurance

Insurance companies slice up your home property pie into four pieces: Main structure, Interior finishes, Personal property, and Other structures. In a standard homeowner’s policy, the individual homeowner owns all four slices and a minimum limit on personal property is fixed. But with condos, individual homeowners own and insure only interior finishes and

April 10, 2018

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Tribe invites community to May 11 groundbreaking for new cultural center

Agua Caliente project includes new museum, spa & bathhouse, Oasis Trail in downtown Palm Springs; opening in 2020 PALM SPRINGS – The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians invites the community to its groundbreaking at 9 a.m. Friday May 11 of its new 5.8-acre cultural center in the heart of downtown Palm Springs that celebrates …

April 10, 2018

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Tax Tips for Business Owners: Can You Save More With A C Corp or S Corp Election?

For decades, CPAs have had a simple piece of tax advice for business owners: Take the small business – or S Corp – election instead of C Corp. But now, the new tax code is shaking up such long-held assumptions. As a business owner, could choosing C Corp be right for you? The S Corp …

April 10, 2018

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10 Questions Leaders Ask in Team Meetings

A few weeks ago my post on Questions to Ask During a One-on-One garnered a lot of attention. Today’s post follows a similar theme and, thanks to a tip from Shannon at Soapbox, provides 10 questions to consider asking during team meetings (with a few of my own ideas thrown in). When is the best …

April 10, 2018

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PDACC- Desert Living Show 04.04.18

April 9, 2018

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Palm Desert Area Chamber of Commerce – Desert Living Show

April 5, 2018

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On your June 5th Ballot – Statewide Ballot Measures

Your Palm Desert Area Chamber of Commerce Legislative Action Team has reviewed and discussed the 5 Propositions you will see on your June 5, 2018 ballot. In examining each of the ballot measures, we looked at how each of these potential laws could impact your business interests and the economic well-being of the entire Coachella …

March 28, 2018

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PDACC- Gym Guyz

March 28, 2018

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Meet an Ambassador: Dee Eckman, Realtor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services of California

Deanna (Dee) Eckman has experienced and accomplished more things in her 35+ years in real estate than most people can only imagine. A native of Iowa, Dee spent her professional life as a Director at Cushman & Wakefield in Santa Monica and Marina del Rey (where she headed up their industrial real estate platform for …

March 23, 2018

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Mohs Surgery – A Most Effective Cure for Skin Cancer

Mohs micrographic surgery is a highly specialized and precise technique that offers the highest cure rate among treatments for skin cancer. The Mohs technique aims to preserve as much healthy skin as possible for maximum cosmetic results. An enduring method Mohs micrographic surgery was first developed in the 1930s by Dr. Frederic Mohs. While new …

March 19, 2018

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Spotlighting Short-Term Rentals

Recently, the Palm Desert City Council approved a new ordinance that eventually eliminates short-term rentals in some residential areas (R-1 and R-2 zones) while preserving the opportunity to own and operate vacation rentals in Palm Desert’s planned residential zones, which contain many gated communities along with most of the homes in our community. The

February 21, 2018

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Plan Now, Save Later: Tips For Surviving the 2018 Tax Changes

They say that nothing is ever certain except death and taxes, but that doesn’t quite hold true for 2018. The massive GOP tax cut finally will be going into effect – and causing major changes along the way. Just a little bit of planning, however, can help you come out on top. One of the …

February 14, 2018

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