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What’s Developing Within Economic Development:

Today is a great day to be a Cathedral City resident!

Los Arcos Mexican Food. Image courtesy of Los Arcos.
Los Arcos Mexican Food reopens in the Pickford Promenade.

On Tuesday, Los Arcos Mexican Restaurant celebrated the Grand Re-opening of their Yelp rated 4.5-star restaurant. Located on the northwest corner of Monty Hall Drive and East Palm Canyon in the Pickford Promenade, their restaurant is an easy walk to the Pickford Movie Theater, The Roost, and the AMP sports lounge. Los Arcos offers authentic Mexican cuisine using generations-old recipes. If you enjoy guacamole, they make the guacamole right at your table and season it to your liking. Personally, my family and I LOVE their guacamole.

For those who enjoy a classic American diner, residents in District Five have a lot to look forward to. Denny’s Restaurant has submitted plans for an attractive mid-century designed restaurant which will be located on the northwest corner of Landau Blvd and Vista Chino.  While the project is likely 18 months away from opening, this new restaurant will be a great addition to the Plaza Rio Vista.

If gourmet dining and hand-crafted dishes is your thing, Daniel’s Table held a ribbon-cutting on their new restaurant located in the Revival’s shopping center today. Chef Daniel creates each dish by hand, and impeccably pairs said dishes with sides and wine recommendations that will meet or exceed even the highest expectations.

In terms of other exciting news within our Downtown Cathedral City Arts and Entertainment District, construction on our Cathedral City Community Amphitheater is in full swing. There will be numerous open lawn areas, a children’s play area, shade trees, restrooms, and permanent stage. Scheduled to be finished in Fall 2019, Chris Parman, our Events and Communications Manager is already planning events to celebrate and make the most of the new space.

If you have driven through the Cathedral City Auto Center lately, you have seen a construction fence go up, and dirt being moved on what will become Shottenkirk Desert Lexus’s new home. Greg Shottenkirk is investing $23m in this new facility. This new building will allow Greg and his team to provide anyone shopping for a new Lexus or any make/model used car great choices, top-quality service and support.

If you enjoy staying in the know, please bookmark Discovercathedralcity.com and  http://www.ccedd.org/. On these websites, we offer resources and information on all that is great and going on in our City.

All Cathedral City residents can help make our City more vibrant by “buying local” whenever possible and encouraging out-of-town guests to stay in one of our several hotels.  It makes economic “cents” for you to keep your tax dollars within the City and help fund local community services and programs.  Furthermore, there is no better testimonial for attracting future new businesses than to make sure that our existing businesses are prosperous examples for other potentially interested enterprises to follow.

Also, we need your commitment to properly maintain your residential and commercial properties. Routine maintenance shows others the respect and appreciation we value for ourselves, our neighbors, and our community.  Property appearance is an important “selling point” when prospective homebuyers, businesses owners, and developers tour our City looking for the “perfect” location.

Please share with your friends and contacts the City’s dedicated websites, www.DiscoverCathedralCity.com and www.ccedd.org, which highlights many of our community attributes.  As a team, we all play a part in the long-term success of the place in which we love to live, work, play and stay!

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New Business Incentive Program

RIVERSIDE COUNTY
INLAND SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

NEW BUSINESS INCENTIVE PROGRAM

RCEDA Incentives Program Flyer PRESSRiverside County has many programs to help businesses succeed. In 2018 the following new programs debuted for businesses located in the County’s unincorporated communities.

SALES TAX REBATE
Projects that create a significant economic impact such as ecommerce centers and major retail centers may receive a rebate on the sales tax they generate. Businesses that provide a highly needed service in an underserved community are also eligible.

DEVELOPMENT IMPACT FEE FINANCING
Businesses may defer County-specific Development Impact Fees for up to 5 years! Eligible fees include the various types of mitigation fees that fund construction of transportation infrastructure or acquisition of land for open space. These fees are required prior to the issuance of a building permit or certificate of occupancy for a project.

INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT BOND FINANCING
Provides small- to medium-sized manufacturers money for land purchases, building construction, facility expansion, new production equipment acquisition, and solar and energy conservation retrofits. Benefits of IDB financing include below market interest rates, and long-term financing.

To learn more about these incentives, call 800-984-1000
or visit us at one of our three business centers:

Riverside Business Center, 951-955-8916
3403 10th Street, Suite 120, Riverside

Coachella Valley Business Center, 760-863-2552
44-199 Monroe Street, Suite B, Indio

Email us at bizinfo@rivco.org
Look us up at RIVCOBIZ.org

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Have you been to our Cathedral City’s Downtown Arts and Entertainment District lately? If not, you are missing out!  The CV Repertory Theater officially opened on March 13th to sold out performances of “Chess”. If you have not been inside the theater, or sat in the comfortable chairs, you need to go. The CV Rep’s Board and volunteers did an amazing job of creating a first-class playhouse. CV Rep’s next play, “Good People” by David Lindsay-Abaire, begins on May 1st and runs through the 19th. If you were not able to catch “Chess,” then do not miss “Good People.”

Arts and entertainment are an integral component of an inviting, creative, and lasting community. Beyond attending periodic performances at CV Rep, there is no better way to memorialize your support of the arts by participating in CV Rep’s “buy a brick” program. For a small fee, you can make a donation to the theater and receive a message engraved into either 4” x 8” or 8” x 8” brick. These bricks will make up the main paths around the theater. Show your fellow community members your support of an invaluable part of our community.

If you arrive early to one of the plays, you have a number of places to grab a drink, enjoy local cuisine, and reconnect with friends. Bonta, Trilussa, The Roost, AMP Sports Lounge, Polo Doky’s, Los Arco’s, Trunk’s, La Tablita, Justin Eat and Drink, The Runway, Zobo & Meester, Denny’s, Apong’s Philly Steak, Salsas, Sammy’s Place, Pizzeria Bambinos, Capizzi’s, Sunshine Café, Taco Bell, Tony’s Burger’s, and India Oven are all tremendous local restaurants or bars and all are within walking distance or a short drive from the theater.

Construction on our new amphitheater is in full swing. With the construction fences up, it is difficult to see what is taking shape inside. Thankfully, the second floor of the parking structure offers the perfect view of what will become an amazing community amenity. There will be numerous open lawn areas, a children’s play area, shade trees, restrooms, and a permanent stage. In fact, just last night from a long list of suggested names, the City Council selected, “Cathedral City Community Amphitheater” as the amphitheater’s official name.

If you enjoy staying in the know, please bookmark www.DiscoverCathedralCity.com and  http://www.ccedd.org/. On these websites, we offer resources and information on all that is great and going on in our city.

All Cathedral City residents can help make our city more vibrant by “buying local” whenever possible and encouraging out-of-town guests to stay in one of our many hotels.  It makes economic “cents” for you to keep your tax dollars within the city and help fund local community services and programs.  Furthermore, there is no better testimonial for attracting future new businesses than to make sure that our existing businesses are prosperous examples for other potentially interested enterprises to follow.

Also, we need your commitment to properly maintain your residential and commercial properties. Routine maintenance shows others the respect and appreciation we value for ourselves, our neighbors, and our community.  Property appearance is an important “selling point” when prospective homebuyers, businesses owners, and developers tour Cathedral City looking for the “perfect” location.

As a team, we all play a part in the long-term success of the place in which we love to live, work, play and stay!

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This will be a great year to live, work, and relax in Cathedral City. Our Downtown Arts and Entertainment District is building fantastic momentum. The CV Repertory Theater looks incredible inside, which you’ll be able to see during their first performance on March 13, 2019! For a limited time, you also have the ability to memorialize your personal generosity, or memory of a loved one by participating in CV Rep’s “buy a brick” program. For a small fee, you can donate to the theater and receive a message engraved into either 4” x 8” or 8” x 8” bricks which will make up the paths around the theater.

If you arrive early or stay a little late following one of CV Rep’s award-winning shows, you have a number of places to relax, grab a drink, enjoy delectable cuisine, and reconnect with friends and loved ones. Bonta’s, Trilussa’s, The Roost, AMP Sports Lounge, Pollo Doky’s, Los Arco’s, Trunk’s, La Tabilta, Justin’s, The Runway, Zobo & Meester’s, Denny’s, Apong’s Philly Steak, Salsas, Sammy’s Place, Pizzeria Bambinos, Capizzi’s, Sunshine Café, Taco Bell, Tony’s Burger’s, Daniel’s Table and India Oven are all tremendous local restaurants and bars within walking distance or a short drive from the theater.

While we are on the topic of arts and entertainment, thanks to the tremendous efforts of our Engineering Department, the downtown amphitheater is currently under construction. If everything goes as planned, the horizontal portion of the amphitheater could be completed as early as December 2019. This amphitheater is expected to hold nearly 3,000 people. Having attended many of the enjoyable and memorable City events, I can only imagine what the City will orchestrate when the new amphitheater is completed.

If movies are your thing, the Mary Pickford Movie Theater keeps getting better and better. The Pickford offers a diverse selection of movies, great snacks and drinks, and, for those environmental minded movie goers, our Mary Pickford theater is the only theater in California I know of which runs completely on solar power and battery backups. I invite you to experience their comfortable chairs, convenient parking, and welcoming staff. The Mary Pickford offers a first-class movie experience.

Saving the best for last, the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians continue to diligently work on their plans for a Downtown Cathedral City casino.  It is my belief that we will soon see additional building plans for the site and it is our hope for a ground breaking to happen in 2019.

If you enjoy staying in the know, please bookmark our new Economic Development website http://www.ccedd.org/. On this website, we offer a number of resources, and information on all that is great and happening in our City.

In future communications, we will keep you abreast of new real estate developments, resources, and other opportunities that will improve the City’s quality of life, property values, and economic activity.   All Cathedral City residents can help accelerate our economic development by making a commitment to “buy local” whenever possible and encouraging out-of-town guests to stay in one of our several hotels.  It makes economic “cents” for you to keep your tax dollars within the City and help fund local community services and programs.  Furthermore, there is no better testimonial for attracting future new businesses than to make sure that our existing businesses are prosperous examples for other potentially interested enterprises to follow.

Also, we need your commitment to properly maintain your residential and commercial properties. Routine maintenance shows others the respect and appreciation we value for ourselves, our neighbors, and our community.  Property appearance is an important “selling point” when prospective homebuyers, businesses owners, and developers tour our City looking for the “perfect” location.

Please share with your friends and contacts the City’s dedicated websites, www.DiscoverCathedralCity.com and www.ccedd.org, which highlights many of our community attributes.  As a team, we all play a part in the long-term success of the place in which we love to live, work, play and stay!

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What’s Developing Within Economic Development

A lot has gone on within the Economic Development Department since our last update! It is this activity, energy, and diversity of activities which makes our department an exciting place to work. Below is a brief update on several important initiatives:

1. HOUSING, HOUSING, AND MORE HOUSING!: GHA Communities’ District at the Edge has successfully sold! With such strong demand and positive customer feedback, GHA is already coming out of the ground with their District East project. I just heard one of the homes within District East just resold for $850,000! DR Horton, America’s largest home builder, just closed escrow on approximately 100 lots within the Verano Masterplan located in North Cathedral City. DR Horton will be bringing their national expertise to building well-design homes at affordable prices in a community with a refreshing new-urbanism land plan. Another great addition to our community will be provided by the Rilington Group. Voted 2006 Coachella Valley Builder of the Year Mickie Riley and his team will bring experience, passion, and a commitment to crafting thoughtfully designed and well-built homes within the Rio Del Sol community.

2. CONTINUALLY UPDATED ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT WEBSITE: Stay abreast of the latest events, learn about our great City, and find important development facts by visiting and bookmarking http://www.ccedd.org/.

3. AGUA CALIENTE DOWNTOWN CATHEDRAL CITY CASINO: The casino is still on track! The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians are still working their way through the fee simple to tribal trust application process. The Tribe believes they will complete this Federal process in the early to mid-part of 2019. The current site plan still contemplates a 60,000 square foot casino consisting of 500 slot machines in 40,000 square feet of gaming space; 5,000 square feet of restaurant space; and 2,500 square feet of retail space. Given the Tribe’s success in Palm Springs and Rancho Mirage with two luxury destination-style casino resorts, we know the Tribe will deliver another first-class development!

4. BOB HOPE CROSSING: The developer is hoping to hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the first few commercial pads before the end of the year. This 9-acre property will offer travelers a variety of services including a 100+ room Best Western Plus hotel, AM/PM gas station, Starbucks, McDonalds, and several high-quality quick-serve restaurants. This project will be a great way to welcome visitors into our City and generate much needed revenue.

5. SUNNIVA: Construction on the Sunniva project is well under way! This $54m project is located on the south side of Ramon Road east of Date Palm Drive will be approximately 500,000 square feet at build out and provide 175 to 200 well paying full-time jobs.

6. HIRE LOCAL PROGRAM: Leisa Lukes continues working closely with City Council to implement a “Hire Local” program. This program promotes major new businesses to offer all jobs to Cathedral City residents first, before opening the same opportunities to the rest of the Valley. The City and the Council are working hard to not only attract new businesses, but ensure our residents are given first opportunity to land that great new position.

7. DOWNTOWN CATHEDRAL CITY: Truly exciting things are happening in Downtown Cathedral City. Recent or pending developments within Downtown include: (i) the casino planning process is underway; (ii) ground breaking will occur in early 2019 on the nearly $4m downtown amphitheater (located adjacent the parking structure); (iii) CV Rep Theater is selling tickets for their first performance in their new theater! “Chess” is scheduled to open on March 13, 2019. You can learn more and buy tickets by clicking here.

8. CVEP, SBA, & CATHEDRAL CITY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PARTNERSHIP: The Coachella Valley Economic Partnership (“CVEP”) and the Small Business Administration (“SBA”) have partnered to provide free monthly bilingual workshops on a variety of business and professional development related topics. A class is being held tonight at 6pm at the Palm Springs Motors dealership. Times, dates, and program topics are available on our new Economic Development website (http://www.ccedd.org/). Be sure to check the City’s economic development website, CVEP’s (http://cvep.com/), and SBA’s (https://www.sba.gov/) website for other valuable and free or low-cost services.

In future communications, we will keep you abreast of new real estate developments, resources, and other opportunities that will improve the City’s quality of life, property values, and economic activity. All Cathedral City residents can help accelerate our economic development by making a commitment to “buy local” whenever possible and encouraging out-of-town guests to stay in one of our several hotels. It makes economic “cents” for you to keep your tax dollars within the City and help fund local community services and programs. Further, there is no better testimonial for attracting future new businesses than to make sure that our existing businesses are prosperous examples for other potentially interested enterprises to follow.

Also, making a special effort to properly maintain your own properties (whether residential or commercial) shows pride in our community. This is another important “selling point” when prospective businesses, commercial real estate agents, and developers tour our City scouting out future business opportunities.

Please share with your friends and contacts the City’s dedicated website www.DiscoverCathedralCity.com which highlights many of our community attributes. As a team, we all play a part in the long-term success of the place in which we love to live, work, play and stay!

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Police Chief and Business Roundtable

Police Chief Travis Walker conducted a roundtable discussion with Cathedral City business leaders on September 25th.  This first-time event hosted by the City’s Police and Economic Development Departments was held at IHOP Restaurant on Date Palm Drive and Dinah Shore Drive.  Local business owners were invited to meet with Chief Walker to discuss the important relationship between the Police Department and our business community.  Cathedral City Councilman Mark Carnevale and Indio Councilman Glenn Miller attended along with representative from the Cathedral City Post Office, Mission Plaza, First Alarm, and the Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce, among others.

Chief Walker provided a well-received overview of police responsibilities, ongoing activities, and changes in state law.  Questions from the attendees covered a variety of business-focused topics and they received helpful tips for reporting and preventing criminal activity.

Stay tuned. . .additional events will be scheduled at various times and locations on a quarterly basis during the upcoming year.

 

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Business Walks Coming Your Way. . .

Business WalkIf you haven’t already, you may soon get a friendly and informative visit by the City’s Business Development Manager, Leisa Lukes, and the Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Account Executive for Cathedral City, Kimberly Krause.  The City Economic Development Department and the Chamber of Commerce are two separate entities that are working in partnership to support local business.  Leisa and Kimberly are traversing the City visiting businesses like yours as part of the City’s outreach to our Business Community.

In addition to sharing with you our appreciation for selecting Cathedral City for your business, these visits enable you to meet City and Chamber staff to ask questions and share information about the local business climate.   This also provides another opportunity for the City and the Chamber to share news that may directly affect your business.  Have a question for the City?  Ask Leisa when you see her or contact her at (760) 770-0386 / LLukes@cathedralcity.gov.

Recently, business walks were conducted along the Dinah Shore corridor.  As you may have experienced, Dinah Shore Drive is being reconstructed from Date Palm Drive to the bridge entering Palm Springs.  While traffic flow is slowed during construction activities, the businesses acknowledged that, when finished, the result will benefit both local business and cross-town travel.  All American Asphalt is performing the roadwork that is funded by the Gas Tax (SB1), previous gas tax dollars, Measure A and Assessment District 86-1 monies.  The project is scheduled to be complete by mid-October.

During the walks, Kimberly provides information on one of the Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce’s key programs — the “CC Shop Local” campaign.  The program is targeted at both locals and visitors to think “Cathedral City” first when doing business.  It provides for licensed businesses located within Cathedral City to be included on a master website by category.  Once a business is selected, the site will then take the viewer directly to that business’ website for specifics about the business.   This program should be fully operational by the fall.

The Chamber offers a variety of networking opportunities and business seminars, as well as other business benefits.  Ask Kimberly when you see her or contact her at (760) 898-8604 / Kimberly.krause@gcvcc.org.

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What’s Developing Within Economic Development

A Message from Stone James, Director

Would you like to make your life more interesting and more rewarding? Are you interested in making society a better place? If so, education is our community’s best opportunity to change everything from the quality of our roads and parks; to increasing individual household incomes; and to literally improving the quality, safety, and stability of our children’s childhoods 1 – 4.

Incredible things can happen when people slow down, think about where they are, and think about where they’d like to be. When they envision the life they want to live, a life they are capable of living, and a life that, if they take those first critical steps and continue taking those steps, incredible things will result. Along the way, those who reach for more will experience new adventures, conquer new challenges, and find out they are more capable than they ever imagined. Those who set goals, and work to stretch their potential, will live more enriching lives and will make society a better place 5.

After envisioning where you want to be, setting goals, and identifying next steps; the first step for many is furthering their education. Education can take many forms. For some, a class or a series of classes on how to start a business, the basics of internet marketing, or a tune-up on a previous skill set are all that are needed to move forward. For others, a certificate program can yield big improvements in their career path, job satisfaction, and income levels. For many, a four-year degree or graduate degree(s) must be earned in order have the professional or societal impact(s) they envision.

Regardless of where you are on the spectrum, educational opportunities within the Coachella Valley abound. These opportunities are accessible, affordable, and attainable. Below are links to various educational resources you can immediately begin taking advantage of. Here are a few:

  1. www.ccedd.org : Cathedral City’s Economic Development website listings a number of free or low cost classes offered by some of the Valley’s best organizations such as SBA, CVEP, SBDC, SCORE, Women’s Business Center, GCVCC, and DBA.
  2. College of the Desert: College of the Desert (COD) won a 2018 Bellwether Award 6 for its innovative EDGE (Engage, Develop, Grow, Empower) Program. The Valley is fortunate to have this top-rated California Community College with multiple campuses. COD offers nearly 100 different certificates or Associate degrees.
  3. University of California Riverside: “UCR ranks among the top 25 comprehensive research universities in the nation (Washington Monthly, 2017) and was included in the (August 2018) edition of The Princeton Review’s “The Best 382 Colleges.” (Source)
  4. California State University San Bernardino: Money magazine has listed Cal State San Bernardino 67th in the nation’s top 727 colleges and universities in its annual Best Colleges for Your Money rankings. Money also listed CSUSB among the 50 Best Public Colleges (42) and Best Colleges Where More Than Half of Applicants Get In (18). (Source)
  5. Brandman University: Brandman offers one of the highest graduation rates of any university of its kind, and 9 out of 10 of our students would recommend it to their friends. (Source)
  6. University of Redlands: With a 100 year history, and a 13-to-1 student to faculty ratio, this Division III school offers other points of distinction to include: “Top 7% of four-year colleges, ranked by alumni earning above expectations” (The Economist); “Top 25% of America’s Top Colleges” (Forbes); and “Ranked #20 for “Lots of Race/Class Interaction.” (Princeton Review) (Source).

The Cathedral City Economic Development Department would also like to provide special thanks to the generosity of the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership, Natalie Orta at the Small Business Administration, and Scott Simmers at Palm Springs Motors. The City, along with these great organizations, is continuing to host free monthly bilingual workshops on a variety of business and professional development topics. The classes are held at the Palm Springs Motors dealership on the second Thursday of each month. Times, dates, and program topics, in addition to recordings of previous classes, are available on the Cathedral City Economic Development website (http://www.ccedd.org/). Be sure to check CVEP’s (http://cvep.com), SBA’s (https://www.sba.gov/) website for other valuable and free or low-cost services.

REFERENCES:

  1. Frasquilho, D., de Matos, M. G., Marques, A., Neville, F. G., Gaspar, T., & Caldas-de-almeida, ,J.M. (2016). Unemployment, parental distress and youth emotional well-being: The moderation roles of parent-youth relationship and financial deprivation. Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 47(5), 751-758.
  1. Reinhardt Pedersen, C., Madsen, M., & Köhler, L. (2005). Does financial strain explain the association between children’s morbidity and parental non-employment? Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 59(4), 316-321.
  1. Dooley, D., Prause, J., & Ham-Rowbottom, K. (2000). Underemployment and depression: Longitudinal relationships. Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 41(4), 421-36.
  1. Friedland, D. S., & Price, R. H. (2003). Underemployment: Consequences for the health and well-being of workers. American Journal of Community Psychology, 32(1), 33-45.
  1. https://hilt.harvard.edu/files/hilt/files/settinggoals.pdf
  1. The Bellwhether Award: “In more than 1,200 community colleges nationwide, this is one of the highest honors an institution can receive. The awards are similar to being selected by your peers, comparable to the Oscar or Emmy Award,” said Dale F. Campbell, Professor and Director of the University of Florida’s Institute of Higher Education.
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Chamber of Commerce Recognizes Its Best & Brightest Stars

The City of Cathedral City works closely with the Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce – Cathedral City District to promote and encourage continued success among members of the Cathedral City business and civic service community.  It’s especially fitting, therefore, that each year the City’s best & brightest “stars”, and those who support their continued success, are recognized at the Chamber’s annual Orion Awards. This year’s event was held on Thursday, May 24, at the beautiful DoubleTree by Hilton Resort Hotel at Vista Chino & Landau Boulevard. The Title Sponsor of the event was ­Jessup Auto Plaza, with the City of Cathedral City serving as Presenting Sponsor.  The David Rohr Floral Studio, a Cathedral City business, was the Centerpiece Sponsor.

The festive evening event began with a reception and silent auction bidding by attendees on amazing offerings donated by area businesses and organizations. The signature presentation of the Orion Awards, which recognizes outstanding performance and accomplishments in nine different categories, was masterfully led by Emcee Bryan Gallo, Weathercaster with KMIR News and host of “Desert Living”, and a team member for many successful community functions throughout California.

CONGRATULATIONS to this year’s Orion Award winners and nominees in each category:

LARGE BUSINESS OF THE YEAR – STAYBRIDGE SUITES
Award Sponsor: Mercy Air
Other Nominees: Frazier Pest Control, Esser Air Conditioning, Jessup Auto Plaza, and Planet Fitness

SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR – FIRST CALL SECURITY & SOUND
Award Sponsor: Modern Woodmen of America
Other Nominees: Body Concierge, Capizzi’s Cheescakes. . .and then some, and Winslow Drake Investment Management

RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR – ZOBO & MEESTERS
Award Sponsor: Forest Lawn Memorial Parks and Mortuaries
Other Nominees: A.J.’s on the Green, Pizzeria Bambino’s, Bubba’s Bones & Brew, and El Portal

INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR – CV REPERTORY THEATRE
Award Sponsor: Jessup Auto Plaza
Other Nominees: Hemp City/CVB Works, Free Volt, and iRecover

NON-PROFIT OF THE YEAR – THE UNFORGETTABLES FOUNDATION
Award Sponsor: Frazier Pest Control
Other Nominees: Salvation Army, United Cerebral Palsy, California Jazz Foundation, and the Cathedral City Historical Society

WOMAN OF THE YEAR – JULIE FRAZIER, Frazier Pest Control
Award Sponsors: Desert Regional Medical Center and JFK Memorial Hospital
Other Nominees: Rhonda Carnevale, Sue Townsley, Kathleen Jurasky, and Kara Robinson

MAN OF THE YEAR – TERRY NELSON, Team Art Terry & Kara, Windermere Real Estate
Award Sponsors:  Desert Regional Medical Center and JFK Memorial Hospital
Other Nominees: Ted Hane, Alan Carvalho, Larry Davis, and Sameer Bhatia

VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR – AUSTIN BENETEAU, Modern Woodmen of America
Award Sponsor: Windermere Homes & Estates, Art Terry & and Kara Robinson Team
Other Nominees: Thommy & Michael Kocan, Loretta Nelson, Jim & Ralph Thompson-Cantua, and Valerie Schecter

CITY OFFICIAL/EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR – MAYOR STAN HENRY, City of Cathedral City
Award Sponsor:  Windermere Homes & Estates, Art Terry & and Kara Robinson Team
Other Nominees: City Councilmember Shelley Kaplan, Fire Chief Paul Wilson, Police Chief Travis Walker, and
Business Development Manager Leisa Lukes

SPECIAL THANKS to the many volunteers involved in making this event a stellar success!

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What’s Developing Within Economic Development

Opening and operating a business can be a rewarding, but daunting task. From consistently providing customers high-quality service (or products), to bookkeeping, and to advertising, don’t forget managing the never ending social media accounts, there are so many things to juggle. We haven’t even covered staying abreast of safety requirements, laws, and municipal codes.

A business license is little more than the public notification to the City and the broader community that you intend to operate a business within City limits. Since it is the City’s job to serve and protect its community’s stakeholders1, a business license enables a City to help:

  1. PROTECT YOUR BUSINESS: Being an expert in your business area is tough enough. With a business license in place, the City can offer annual inspections and other information designed to keep business owners abreast of the many laws and safety requirements. Since many safety hazards are not obvious, wouldn’t it be best to allow experienced professionals to point out potential hazards before you, one of your employees, or a customer gets seriously injured or worse?
  2. KEEP YOU INFORMED: If the City doesn’t know you exist, they can’t keep you abreast of networking opportunities, new or changing laws, or free resources which may help grow your business.
  3. LETS YOUR CUSTOMERS KNOW YOU MEAN BUSINESS: Each month the City receives dozens of requests from private citizens and businesses inquiring about the status of a company’s business license. Consumers are well informed, and we often find consumers conduct company research before making an important purchasing decision.
  4. LETS THE IRS KNOW YOU MEAN BUSINESS: I am sure the folks at the IRS are a great group of people. That said, I imagine you’d rather spend your free time catching up with family and friends, or enjoying a hobby as opposed to wading through business records with a detailed-focused auditor. Fail to file a business license, and you could be inviting unnecessary attention, or worse, an audit, from the IRS or California Franchise Tax Board.
  5. LETS YOUR BANKS AND INSURANCE COMPANIES KNOW YOU MEAN BUSINESS: Want to borrow money to grow your business, or get through challenging financial times? Reputable banks and insurance companies will require a business license.

So, with 250,493 attorneys2 n the State, don’t expose your business, your family, your employees, or your customers to unnecessary risk. Contact City Hall’s Business License Administrator at 760-770-0353 or by going online at: http://www.cathedralcity.gov/services/business-license for more information and an application.

Additionally, thanks to the generosity of the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership, Natalie Orta at the Small Business Administration, and Scott Simmers at Palm Springs Motors, the City is continuing to host free monthly bilingual workshops on a variety of business and professional development topics. The classes are held at the Palm Springs Motors dealership on the second Thursday of each month. Times, dates, and program topics, in addition to recordings of previous classes, are available on our Cathedral City Economic Development website (http://www.ccedd.org/). Be sure to check CVEP’s (http://cvep.com/), SBA’s (https://www.sba.gov/) website for other valuable and free or low-cost services.

1. City stakeholders: Residents, business owners, employees, visitors, and anyone else affected by decisions and activities within a City.
2. State Bar of California: Number of active and in-active attorneys

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