Despite the inclement weather, on December 6th, Chamber members, City, State, and Federal governmental offices, along with staff, family and guests, gathered at the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting for StretchLab.
Please enjoy these fun photos taken by Ildiko of Takata Photo & Design.
On December 5th, Chamber members, City, State, and Federal governmental offices, along with family and guests, gathered at the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting for the Coder School.
Please enjoy these fun photos taken by Ildiko of Takata Photo & Design.
Each Tuesday, starting at 7:30 am, an average of nearly sixty (60) Chamber business owners and guests gather at the High Park Tap House for business networking and delicious hot food (Daybreakers Networking Breakfast). Once checked-in at registration, attendees are free to mix n' mingle and get to know their fellow Chamber members and visitors on a more personal basis.
Starting at 8:00 am sharp, the president (currently Jan Miller, owner of 21-13 Impact Graphics) calls the meeting to order with the "pledge of allegiance" and then introduces the leadership group. This leadership group is responsible for registration check-in, greeting new guests, scheduling of presenters, keeping the meeting on-time, and providing regular updates on closed business and the number of 1-to-1 appointments that take place.
After the leadership group is announced, then our guests are introduced, with second-time visitors given one minute to introduce themselves. Next, the winner of the previous week's "best commercial" will enjoy one minute to talk about their business. Then the "winner" now has the esteemed privileged to judge this week's "best commercial" and award the trophy. Now begins the really fun part!
In systematic order, each attendee now has the opportunity to introduce themselves, their business, and what type of referrals they are seeking - all within 30-seconds! (if you hear the "bell", you know your 30-seconds is up and it's time to pass the microphone). After the "commercials" are completed and the winner is awarded, then two presenters will take turns speaking for 10-minutes. This is an opportunity to get an in-depth look at our speakers and their businesses.
To conclude our networking breakfast, we share brief, positive expressions of closed-business and 1-to-1 visits with our fellow Chamber members. Then various Directors and the CEO will share pertinent information regarding the committees they represent and how this will impact the membership in a positive way. We also celebrate and give recognition to our many volunteers who work so hard on behalf of their fellow members.
In view of the foregoing, it's clear to see that the Mission Viejo Chamber is alive and active and provides their members and guests a weekly forum to gather and cultivate deeper business relationships, leading to referrals and closed business.
Please enjoy some photos of our "Daybreakers" breakfast below. Also, here are a few quotes from some of our members and visitors who attend:
"I love the energy and enthusiasm in the room! These people really work hard to refer business to each other".
"Every week I meet new business owners in addition to the long-time members. This is a great opportunity to learn more about their company and how I can refer them business".
"You'll be hard-pressed to find another networking group in South County that meets weekly, a group of dedicated men and women in business who truly care about you"!
"I appreciate the tireless volunteer efforts of the Daybreakers Leadership Team, our Ambassadors, and our Directors. Kudos to them for all they do on our behalf".
"I never knew just how many marketing and networking opportunities the Chamber offers to help grow my business. Now it's on me to take advantage of them - and attending the weekly Daybreakers Networking Breakfast is one of the best ways I can do this".
For individuals that have never been associated with a Chamber of Commerce or might have questions regarding the benefits of becoming an active member - the weekly Daybreakers Networking Breakfast is the perfect opportunity to observe first-hand how we make business happen in our community, yes it's the "front door to the Mission Viejo Chamber of Commerce"!
To learn more about how to join the Mission Viejo Chamber of Commerce, please click here. You may also speak with any of our Chamber Ambassadors (identified by their name badges) at "Daybreakers" or other events.
Nearly each month, the Mission Viejo Chamber schedules a Mixer at a member's business location. Crowds of Chamber members, their guests, and the local community came out last night to enjoy the festivities at Custom Comfort Mattress.
In an instance, the beautiful showroom floor of Custom Comfort Mattress was transformed into a fun-filled experience that brought the business community together with laughter, food, wine samples, opportunity drawings, and networking galore!
It was easy for all to observe that the Chamber and its members are vibrant, alive, and passionate about bringing the business community closer together!
Please enjoy the photos below taken by Ildiko of Takata Photo & Design.
What a celebration! On Tuesday, November 19th, Rescom Financial Services celebrated their move to Mission Viejo via a Ribbon Cutting. Chamber members attended, including Directors and Ambassadors, along with City, State, and Federal governmental offices and many guests.
We are happy to welcome Rescom Financial Services to our great City and truly value their business as a Chamber member!
Please enjoy several photos taken by Chamber member, Takata Photo & Design, as well as photos by Michelle Fairless.
On November 14th, several attendees from the Chamber (including Directors and Ambassadors) and City, State, and Federal governmental offices gathered to celebrate the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting for Chamber member - Elephant Signage & Display.
Kateryna Karasyk and her family welcomed with open arms (and lots of amazing food, beverages, and prizes) all attendees to their Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting.
We also thank Kateryna for her excellent volunteer efforts as an Ambassador and as part of the Daybreakers Leadership Team.
Please enjoy the professional photos taken by Ildiko of Takata Photo & Design and once again we welcome Elephant Signage & Displays to Mission Viejo!
Mission Viejo Chamber member, Moulton Niguel Water District, is pleased to announce it has maintained the highest AAA-credit rating from Fitch Ratings and S&P Global Ratings, two of the world’s top rating agencies.
In their reports, these independent rating agencies praise Moulton Niguel for its affordable rates, healthy finances and financial transparency. Obtaining the highest possible credit rating allows the District to keep its rates low and invest in the infrastructure that delivers reliable drinking water to its customers.
Please find more information in the press release below:
INDEPENDENT RATING AGENCIES PRAISE MOULTON NIGUEL WATER DISTRICT FOR AFFORDABLE RATES, HEALTHY FINANCES & FINANCIAL TRANSPARENCY
Fitch, S&P Global Affirm Highest AAA-Rating for MNWD
Moulton Niguel Water District maintains affordable rates and healthy finances, according to independent reviews by two of the world’s top rating agencies.
Credit ratings agencies, Fitch Ratings and S&P Global Ratings, have each affirmed Moulton Niguel’s AAA-credit rating, the highest possible credit rating, as part of an updated review of the District’s finances.
“Moulton Niguel is committed to providing our ratepayers with clean water and exceptional service at affordable rates,” said Moulton Niguel President Brian Probolsky. “We’re honored to once again receive the highest rating from the world’s top financial analysts.”
In its independent financial analysis released on October 21, Fitch Ratings concluded that Moulton Niguel continues to meet its AAA-rating standards by offering customers “affordable rates” while maintaining a “stable, healthy financial profile.” The District’s “healthy finances,” analysts at Fitch added, are “expected to continue.”
“Moulton Niguel’s healthy finances are the result of meticulous long-term planning and substantial investments in our water infrastructure system,” said Moulton Niguel Vice President Duane Cave.
S&P Global Ratings also affirmed its AAA-rating based on Moulton Niguel’s “competitive customer rates” and “strong financial management practices and policies.” Moulton Niguel maintains the lowest average bill in South Orange County.
“We’re proud to obtain the highest possible credit rating which allows us to keep our rates low and invest in the infrastructure that delivers reliable drinking water to our customers’ homes and businesses,” said Moulton Niguel Board Member Richard Fiore who chairs the District’s Administrative Committee.
“Based on our financial management assessment, we score the district as a '1' on a six-point scale on which '1' is the strongest,” S&P Global Ratings stated in its October 10 report. “In our view, financial practices and policies exist and are transparent.”
Moulton Niguel General Manager Joone Lopez says that, in addition to the District’s balanced budgets and adherence to the highest accounting standards, fiscal accountability requires ongoing public oversight.
“As a public utility, we believe that public trust is earned through openness and transparency,” Lopez said.
Moulton Niguel has earned numerous accolades for its prudent financial planning. For ten consecutive years, Moulton Niguel has been honored by the Government Finance Officers Association for excellence in financial reporting. In March, the Association also awarded Moulton Niguel with its 2019 Distinguished Budget Presentation Award.
Moulton Niguel Water District delivers high-quality drinking water, recycled water and wastewater services to customers in Laguna Niguel, Aliso Viejo, Mission Viejo, Laguna Hills, Dana Point, and San Juan Capistrano. A leader in conservation and environmental protection, Moulton Niguel maintains the lowest average water bill in South Orange County.
We appreciate this information from Communications Lab, who provides public education and community outreach services on behalf of Jeff Bott and the Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA), also known as The Toll Roads.
Caltrans, in coordination with the Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA), is initiating the formal environmental review phase for the South County Traffic Relief Effort (SCTRE).
The state transportation agency is seeking public engagement and input on developing mobility solutions in South Orange County by holding two public scoping meetings along with a 30-day public comment period beginning November 8 and concluding December 9 at 5:00 p.m.
“Public feedback will be an important element in the decision-making process as the alternatives are studied in more detail,” said Caltrans District 12 Director Ryan Chamberlain.
The public scoping meetings will be held Open House format with no formal presentation and attendees may arrive at any time during the event hours. Public comments will be accepted either verbally through a court-reporter or in writing.
The scoping meetings will be held as follows:
• November 20, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center located at 24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo, CA 92692.
• December 4, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Ocean Institute located at 24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr, Dana Point, CA 92629.
Public comments will be accepted at both meetings as well as online at: www.sctre.org and via email at email@example.com.
Comments can also be mailed to the following address: Caltrans District 12, 1750 East 4th Street, Santa Ana, CA 92705, Attn: Env/SCTRE Scoping.
Questions about the process can also be sent to Jeff Bott at TCA – firstname.lastname@example.org or 949-754-3458.
Congratulations to Chamber member, Mission Hospital! An $80 million cancer institute is opening this week that will give south Orange County patients an option for treatment closer to home.
Please enjoy this article from the Orange County Register.
On Thursday, Nov. 7, the hospital is opening the first two floors of its four-story, 104,000-square-foot Leonard Cancer Institute. Located across the street from Mission Hospital’s main campus and next to the Shops at Mission Viejo, the institute is the first cancer research and treatment facility based in south county, hospital officials said.
Development of the institute was financed largely through private donations, including an eight-figure gift from Judi and Bill Leonard, for whom the facility is named.
The region’s cancer patients have been traveling as far away as Los Angeles County to get treatment, Mission Hospital’s Vice President of Operations Terry Wooten said. That meant when those residents came to Mission Hospital for emergency care, they were assigned to doctors and nurses who were not as familiar with their medical history, he said.
Patients will be able to access different types of services, from CT scans to chemotherapy or radiation, all without leaving the building, hospital spokeswoman Carrie Miller said. “It’s seamless care.”
The first two floors of the institute opening this week house several offices for doctors, as well as rooms for radiation therapy and imaging scans such as X-ray and CT.
Two tons of bricks – each one is 8-feet thick – enclose two radiation “vaults” on the first floor. There is space for one more vault if the hospital wants to expand its capability, Wooten said.
There are also rooms for physical therapy and a space filled with treadmills and other fitness equipment to help patients with their rehabilitation.
Doctors and nurses from different disciplines will be gather in a conference room – which has three 96-inch screens and fits 50 people – to discuss how to best treat a patient. The patient, sitting in a room near by, can then be debriefed immediately after the staff’s conference.
“The patient was at the center of every decision” the hospital made in designing the institute, Miller said. The institute is not just built to provide treatment, she said, but to promote the patients’ wellness.
A wellness spa on the first floor will provide massages and aromatherapy, and a chapel and a small outdoor healing garden will be a space for patients to find peace amid their treatment, Miller said.
The fourth floor, offering infusion treatments, will open early next year. The third floor, home to a digestive care center, will open in late summer, Wooten said.
Mission Hospital is part of the Providence St. Joseph Health system, which has a second hospital in Laguna Beach.
Orange County Register: https://www.ocregister.com/2019/11/05/mission-hospitals-80-million-cancer-institute-opens-nov-7-in-mission-viejo/.