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  • May 01, 2018 1:00 PM | Todd Stearns (Administrator)

    This week the U.S. Chamber of Commerce joins with all Americans to celebrate National Small Business Week. This is an opportunity to show our appreciation for the backbone of our nation’s economy: the small businesses that employ more than half of all Americans and create about two out of every three new jobs each year. The Chamber is proud to represent millions of these businesses all around the country.

    We fight for their interests every day in Washington, D.C., on the big policy issues before our government. We do it because America succeeds when small businesses succeed — and our economy grows when they grow. We also know that the reverse is true — small businesses succeed when America succeeds.

    Small businesses have a better shot at growth and success when America has an innovative, vibrant, and growing economy; a pro-growth tax code; a well-trained workforce; and a position of strength in the global marketplace. This is why the Chamber consistently makes the case that small businesses are significant stakeholders in the big policy battles happening in Washington.

    Since we last marked Small Business Week, the Chamber has helped deliver a historic policy win through the pro-growth tax reform bill signed into law last December. Small businesses suffered tremendously under our old tax code. Unlike larger businesses, they often couldn’t afford to hire teams of accountants and lawyers to help them navigate the various rules. The Chamber worked throughout the tax reform process to ensure that the final package benefited all businesses, including the many small businesses that file as pass-through entities.

    Ever since enactment of the legislation, small business owners have had more capital to pour into investments, employee raises, new jobs, and growth. For example, Rudaina Hamade, owner of the small real estate management firm RPMS Group, LLC, explained the benefits this way: “We started providing bonuses in the range of $1,000–$2,000 for our employees, increased the capital investment budget for 2018 to upgrade our computer system, and have more money to set the stage for growth and expansion.”

    Tax reform is one of many policy victories delivered for the small business community under the current administration and Congress. The Chamber will continue speaking up on behalf of the small business community this week and every week. And we encourage all Americans to join us in celebrating — and patronizing — the restaurants, retail stores, manufacturers, service providers, and other small businesses that create jobs and drive economic growth.


    Thomas J. Donohue

    Thomas J. Donahue

    President and CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

  • April 24, 2018 2:58 PM | Todd Stearns (Administrator)


  • March 20, 2018 8:53 AM | Todd Stearns (Administrator)


    Provided courtesy of Jim Leach, SMWD

  • February 05, 2018 9:46 AM | Todd Stearns (Administrator)

    Dear Chamber Member,

    We all know that it's challenging for businesses -- especially small businesses -- to succeed in a state like California. Together with our State Senator, Patricia Bates, we are creating a Small Business Communication Coalition to help identify problems and communicate the correct solutions to our state government in Sacramento.

    The first step is to identify our current issues. Please click here to our business climate survey that will help us fully understand the largest challenges facing our business community.

    Your feedback will begin the process of finding legislative fixes with our Senator. Additionally, the 36th Senate District Small Business Communications Coalition will work with Senator Bates to communicate our legislative needs, our support for, and our opposition to proposed legislation that impacts the business community. Together, we can unite to find a better way forward and ensure the voice of our business community is represented in the State Senate.

    Please take a few moments to fill out the brief survey below. Your responses will help to encourage business growth and job creation in 2018!

    Sincerely,

    LRCOC Board of Directors 

  • February 05, 2018 9:26 AM | Todd Stearns (Administrator)

    Shredz Gym Opens in Terrace Shops in Ladera Ranch

    Ladera Ranch, California (January 29, 2018)  – Shredz Gym, a cutting edge gym facility for fitness enthusiasts of all levels, has opened in the Terrace Shops shopping center in Ladera Ranch. 

    The 3,200 square foot fitness facility, offers the latest proven and up-to-date fitness trends allowing customers to achieve their personal fitness and weight loss goals safely and efficiently.  Whether goals involve losing weight, toning up, building muscle or improving athleticism, Shredz Gym caters to everyone with experience in fitness, as well as someone brand new to working out. The staff and on-site trainers all come from experienced fitness backgrounds, including the owner of the gym, Brittany De Anda, who started her career as a National Physique Committee (NPC) bikini competitor out of San Diego.

    Shredz Gym offers top-of-the-line weight training and cardio equipment on an open floor format and unique high intensity interval training (HIIT) classes. These classes were designed to be physically challenging, increase heart rate and metabolism, while being able to track progress using heart rate monitors and companion display and app technology. Another unique service the gym offers is heated spray tans with an Evolve Tanning Airbrush System. This system is a safe, fast way to get a sun kissed-radiant glow in seconds, while providing a warm airbrush tanning experience.  

    “At Shredz Gym, we understand that the place you train is just as important as how you train,” says Shredz Gym owner, Brittany De Anda. “We provide a unique, fun, and casual atmosphere and welcome all that share a positive mindset about fitness.”

    The Shredz Gym Grand Opening Event will take place on February 9th from 4pm – 8pm. The event will start off with a ribbon cutting with the Ladera Rancho Chamber of Commerce and will include food and a bounce house outside of the space for the kids.

    Shredz Gym is open Monday through Friday from 5am – 10pm, Saturday from 5am – 8pm, and Sunday from 5am – 7pm. The gym is located at the Terrace Shops shopping center in Ladera Ranch, near Lola’s Café & Jerry’s Dogs, at 1501 Corporate Drive, Suite B2-3 in Ladera Ranch.  For more information, call (949) 354-0913 or visit https://www.shredzgym.com


  • January 16, 2018 7:29 AM | Todd Stearns (Administrator)

    Ladera resident Jonathon Blum is about to get the thrill of a lifetime as he and USA Ice Hockey teammates are set to take on the world at the Olympics in South Korea. The Chamber plans to host watch parties at local restaurants to support Jon. More deets to follow! Go USA! Go Jonathon!


    Read the OC Register article here:

    https://www.ocregister.com/2018/01/10/ladera-ranch-man-gets-spot-on-u-s-national-hockey-team-for-winter-olympics/

  • December 11, 2017 5:01 PM | Todd Stearns (Administrator)

    In 2017, California enacted new employment laws that may affect your business's day-to-day operations in 2018 and beyond. Download the attached Cal Chamber document for more details.

    an-overview-of-new-2018-laws-affecting-california-employers_111317.pdf

  • December 01, 2017 11:25 AM | Todd Stearns (Administrator)

    Rancho Mission Viejo, CA (11/10/2017) - The community is invited to experience Rancho Mission Viejo's newest shopping center as Sendero Marketplace, located on the corner of Antonio Parkway and Ortega Highway, kicks off its Grand Opening celebration on Saturday, December 2nd from 11:00am - 2:00pm with a family-friendly event. 

    "We are very excited to bring the community of Rancho Mission Viejo together to celebrate the grand opening of Sendero Marketplace," said Jud Dutrisac, Chief Operating Officer of Westar Associates. "With Gelson's planned opening prior to the holidays, Sendero Marketplace will now provide the community with grocery and specialty goods, along with a variety of other shopping, dining, and services to meet the daily needs of the community."

    The Sendero Marketplace Grand Opening event follows the Gelson's grand opening event, scheduled for Thursday, November 30th at 9:00am. Gelson's will continue their grand opening festivities throughout the weekend on Friday and Saturday - the day of the shopping center grand opening. 

    The grand opening of the center - located at 30721 Gateway Place in Rancho Mission Viejo - will feature a variety of activities for children and adults alike, including: 

    -    Face Painting & Balloon Art 
    -    A printable photo booth 
    -    Games including life-size Jenga and Ping Pong 
    -    Live music performances from the Mike Moody Jazz Trio 
    -    Samples & demonstrations, kids crafts, and live music hosted by Gelson's 
    -    Special product handouts and Maybelline "Fit Me Foundation" beauty demonstrations hosted by Rite Aid
    -    Open House at Sendero Animal Hospital with fun games including a prize wheel with chances to win discount coupons on services 
    -    Sport Clips handouts for free MVP Haircuts to new clients, with opportunities to win other prizes including 4 MVP Haircuts - ($108 value)
    -    Giveaway drawing, food and refreshments, and other prizes hosted by Unique Accents 
    -    Site tours offered by Mission Wellness Corner along with complimentarily freshly-popped popcorn with various healthy seasonings and the opportunity to win aromatherapy diffuser and essential oils  
    -    Buy one get one offers at Nekter Juice Bar  
    -    Goodie bag handouts from Ben White Orthodontics with toothbrushes, floss, Chapstick, and coupons  
    -    And more to be announced!  

    Retailers currently open or scheduled to open at Sendero Marketplace by December 2nd include: Gelson's Market, Rite Aid, Starbucks, Rancho MMC, Sendero Animal Hospital, Chase Bank, The UPS Store, Sendero Nails & Lashes, Unique Accents, Sendero Dental Studio, The Powder Room, Nekter Juice Bar, Sport Clips, Mission Hospital Wellness Corner, and MemorialCare Medical Group.

    Located right in the heart of Rancho Mission Viejo, designed with walkability in mind, Sendero Marketplace serves the adjacent residential communities and office communities including the villages of Sendero and Esencia on The Ranch, Sendero Gateway Apartments, the upcoming Sendero Bluffs, as well as the upcoming Memorial Care Medical Group facility. 

    "Sendero Marketplace is an exciting new addition to Rancho Mission Viejo! These new options to shop and dine bring a new level of convenience to residents that are sure to enhance life on The Ranch," said Nadine Corrigan, Vice President of Marketing for Rancho Mission Viejo, LLC. "With the recent grand opening of the new NorthWalk Neighborhoods at Esencia combined with the grand opening of Sendero Marketplace, it is an exciting time for current and future Ranch residents."
    For more information regarding grand opening festivities, visit: www.senderomarketplace.com or follow Sendero Marketplace on Facebook or Instagram.  

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