Joint SoCal & San Diego Chapter Holiday Event @ Chapman University
Tuesday, December 16
Calling all Chamber members as Tuesday, December 16 we will be convening for our annual SoCal/San Diego Chapter Holiday luncheon event with Toy Drive.
This meeting will be held at the beautiful Chapman University Argyros Forum Building, kindly hosted by Academic Advisory Council member Victoria Morris, PhD.
There is no charge to attend, but please bring an unwrapped Toy for our annual Toy drive for underserved Native American youth.
Chapman University - Argyros Forum
2nd Floor Room 201
386 N. Center Street
Orange, CA 92866
No Charge hosted by Chapman University
Everyone will park on the Argyros Parking lot which is adjacent to Argyros Forum (Bldg 1 on the map) where the meetings will be held.
The Argyros parking lot is located on Center street and Walnut (next to the tennis court and football field). Please contact Sophia Gleich for a campus map and parking pass to all who will be attending. Please print parking pass prior to arrival. The pass should be placed inside the driver side window after parking the vehicle. There is no fee for parking when you have this parking pass displayed.
TO RSVP AND FOR MORE DETAILS CONTACT Sophia at email@example.com or 213-448-2330
Our American Indian Chamber thanks the Dry Creek Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians for their kind hosting of the Chamber’s annual Northern Cal Chapter Holiday event.
The meeting started at 9:00 and included a discussion on the Chamber’s annual events, mixed in with a PTAC Procurement training.
Our Advisory Council members who attended added to the discussion and we all had time to learn, discuss and enjoy the meeting.
Thank you once again to the Dry Creek Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians for their support of the Chamber by hosting this event.
Pictured above is Tieraney Giron, a longtime friend of the Chamber, receiving a thank you gift from Chamber President Tracy Stanhoff.
Tieraney was elected to the Dry Creek Rancheria Tribal Council recently. Tieraney arranged for the Chamber’s day and provided great food and beverages.
We are proud of our partnership with the Dry Creek Tribe. Our longtime friend Reg Elgin also attended – introducing the Chamber once again to Tieraney, now a tribal leader. Great to see you Reg and thank you Tieraney!!
American Indian National Chamber of Commerce To Hold Washington DC Meeting December 9&10
Chamber members please confirm with Sophia if you are able to join us in the Nation’s Capitol representing California at the National Chamber meeting.
This meeting will be held on December 9 and 10 at the Holiday Inn Capitol that is located near the National Museum of the American Indian and the US Capitol building.
A group hotel rate of $199 per night is offered by calling 877-572-6951 and using the group code C7C.
Chamber & Our AICEF PTAC Attend National Congress of American Indians Annual Conference in Atlanta
Our American Indian Chamber and our Procurement Technical Assistance Center was well represented this past few days in Atlanta at the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) Annual Conference.
NCAI is the oldest and largest annual gathering of the tribes in the United States.
Highlights of the event included a presentation by the Secretary of the Department of the Interior Sally Jewel.
Pictured in the photo above are Chamber board member and San Diego Chapter leader, Cheri Myron and our PTAC Program Manager Venessa Gleich.
We met with several tribal leaders and their staffers in attendance form California and our additional service territory of our PTAC of Nevada, Utah and Arizona.
Chamber president Tracy Stanhoff also attended and joined in the dialog during the Economic Development and Employment Committee meetings.
One of the topics that resonated during that discussion was the Chamber’s work in promoting infrastructure development on tribal lands.
We also supported for consideration a funding resolution providing for job training program focused on developing Native Americans for the energy industry workforce.
The American Indian/Alaska Native Tourism Association also put forth a resolution supporting their great work in Indian Country.
Northern California Chapter Meeting Is A Giant Homerun
Thank you to PG&E’s Jerilyn Gleaves for her setting up of a wonderful Northern California Chapter meeting held earlier this week.
Jerilyn and her team from PG&E including purchasing department agent Rudy Promani (pictured above) provided a great presentation on responding to PG&E’s inquiries and bids – let’s just say we got the real story with some great tips for success.
As shown above, the meeting was set up in a roundtable format where everyone who attended had access to the PG&E team.
Another really great partner who presented and attended this meeting was Douglas Phason of the California Public Utilities Commission Supplier Diversity department.
Douglas had completed much homework on the Native American spend within GO-156 and provided us with great ideas of how our businesses can achieve more of the opportunities.
Chamber Corporate Advisory Council member, Charmaine Jackson (above), chair of the California Water Association Supplier Diversity team and of San Jose Water also attended our meeting and provided her input during the dialog.
Thanks also to all of the Chamber members who attended!
SDG&E Hosts An Awesome
San Diego Chapter Meeting
Thank you to SDG&E’s Jaymee Lomax for setting up a wonderful San Diego Chapter meeting held last Friday at the SDG&E Energy Innovation Center (EIC) in San Diego.
As shown above, Chamber meeting attendees were taken on a tour of the EIC and were led on this tour by Cece Cazares of SDG&E. The photo above shows the Chamber group listening to Cece discuss water-wise plantings to help out during our drought.
Many of you may remember Cece from her tenure as past SDG&E Supplier Diversity Director Frank Urtasun’s administrative assistant. Now Cece serves as one of the EIC’s tour leaders.
After showing the Chamber members the latest and greatest in energy efficiency for home and business, Cece returned control of the meeting back to Jaymee Lomax.
Jaymee then provided an overview of the next few months of SDG&E’s procurement contracting opportunities.
Lunch, networking and Chamber updates were next on the agenda. The meeting wrapped up with future meeting dates and other announcements.
Thanks to all who attended and learned of the special codes to put in your email subject line to garner expedited attention from Jaymee.
Remember when you attend these Chapter meetings, you receive extra special tips and access to those who can help your business grow quicker!
CPUC EnBanc A Success For Chamber Members Last Week
This year’s California Public Utilities Commission’s (CPUC) annual EnBanc regarding the GO-156 implementation was a very successful one in the Chamber’s quest for greater recognition of our American Indian/Alaska Native owned businesses.
For the first time, our lack of numbers in procurement from many of the GO-156 regulated companies was addressed in the annual report from the CPUC.
We remain ever vigilant and hopeful that our low procurement numbers will keep increasing as many of our businesses are obtaining contracts through the hard work of everyone involved in the Chamber.
Chamber President Tracy Stanhoff, pictured above left with CPUC President Michael Peevey and Chamber member Allison Hicks, presented on “payment terms” during the Community Based organization/ Business Association panel.
We have great partners within the GO-156 regulated companies and at the CPUC and we will all continue to work to make contracts a reality.
We will bid a sad farewell to outgoing President Peevey who is coming to the end of his second term as CPUC President and will retire from the post at the end of this term.
President Peevey has been an unparalleled diversity advocate, transforming the state of California’s regulated utilities, telcos, water and cable companies processes of inclusion in their procurement and supply chains. THANK YOU MICHAEL PEEVEY!
A Belated, But Heartfelt Welcome To New SoCalGasCo President Dennis Arriola
Last week, we welcomed the new president of SCE, and this week we extend a belated but heartfelt welcome to new SoCalGasCo president Dennis Arriola- photo center – enjoying the post CPUC EnBanc reception with Chamber member Allison Hicks and Chamber President Tracy Stanhoff.
Pictured center above Dennis has taken over the reigns of our good partners at the Gas Company and is a stalwart advocate for diversity. Welcome Dennis!
AICEF PTAC Conducts Marketing &
FY 2015 Procurement Forecast Training @SoCal Chapter Meeting
Chamber members are shown in the photo above enjoying a delicious dinner by Mimi’s Café and training conducted by AICEF PTAC Program Manager Venessa Gleich.
Venessa informed attendees of the some of the latest options for marketing and finding opportunities for our businesses while providing an overview of the fiscal year (FY) 2015 opportunities being announced on several websites.
Thanks to all who attended and joined in this lively discussion on positioning your company for continued success in 2015, by avoiding “pretenders” and “presume-rs” while, finding how to work with “negotiators” and connecting with “the deciders.”
Pedro was most recently the president of Edison Mission Energy and has served as SCE’s vice president of Strategy and Business Development among other leadership positions within SCE and its parent company Edison International.
Also pictured is SCE vice president of Local Affairs, Veronica Gutierrez (2nd left) and SCE Supplier Diversity Senior Manager Eric Fisher (farleft).
In this meeting, SCE’s new president reinforced the company’s commitment to supplier diversity.
Congratulations to the Chamber Advisory Council Members Honored At Last Week’s SCMSDC Gala
SCE’s Joe Alderete, SCMSDC Lifetime Achievement Honoree, with Gaddi Vasquez, SCE Sr. Vice President
SCMSDC Corporation of the Year, Southern California Gas Company
Monica Heredia of Verizon, SCMSDC Ambassador of the Year
Northrop Grumman, SCMSDC Innovation Awardee
Congratulations To All!
Chamber President Tracy Stanhoff hosted the leadership of the US SBA to her offices at AD PRO and to a Roundtable discussion with American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) businesses from the Chamber.
It was an awesome event moderated by the Assistant Administrator, Office of Native American Affairs, Christopher James, linking our AI/AN businesses with the topmost leadership of the US SBA. Special thank you to Chris for selecting our Chamber for this event!
Administrator Contreras Sweet toured the AD PRO facility then joined a number of great Chamber member businesses for a discussion on Indian Country economic development and the US SBA services.
EXPO ’14 Wrap Up –
Over 400 Adults and Youth attended the 11th convening of our annual conference and trade fair – EXPO ’14.
First, thank you to all of the great volunteers, Chamber Staff and AICEF PTAC staff for their work and energy in making the EXPO a success.
Tuesday Was Focused On Procurement & Featured Targeted Plenary Sessions & One on One Meetings
YES, THIS WAS THE MOST IMPORTANT INDIAN COUNTRY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE YOU CAN ATTEND ANYWHERE! If you missed it, plan on joining us in 2015.
LA Sparks American Indian
ATTENTION – All Chamber members and supporters – Join in the party on Friday night, August 8th for our own Los Angeles Sparks versus Shoni’s Atlanta Dream 7:30 pm Staples Center.
TRADE SHOW SOLD OUT!
The Agenda Is Packed Full of Opportunity, Information and
Who Should Attend?
Who Is Coming To Meet You?
EXPO 14 ONLINE REGISTRATION
DUE TO HUGE DEMAND RECOMMENDED
11th Annual EXPO: July 20, 21 & 22, 2014
Presented By Eagle Sponsors
Thank you to the Autry National Center & Southwest Museum
LOS ANGELES, CA– The June Luncheon was wonderful and flavorful once again.
Thank you to Rick West, Stacy Lieberman (pictured in a selfie above with Chamber President Tracy Stanhoff), Diana Terrazas and the staff at the Autry National Center of the American West for hosting us to our 18th June Recognition Luncheon in partnership with the Autry and Southwest Museum
The day started with a wonderful AICEF PTAC training (pictured above) with the Boeing Company, Nestle and Toyota participating.
We then adjourned to Maurice Begay and company’s luncheon feast of Indian Tacos, Frybread and stew. Thank you Maurice, American Indian community members and Southern California Indian Center staffers for assisting us with this luncheon.
Thanks to all who donated prizes and purchased tickets for our Scholarship fundraising opportunity drawing.
Finally, thanks to our Chamber staffer, Sophia Gleich; PTAC Staffers Kent Muller and Annette Wakolee; and our Procurement Technical Assistance Center Manager Venessa Gleich for being their usual best.
Chamber and AICEF PTAC Attend National Congress of American Indians in Anchorage, Alaska
Chamber President Tracy Stanhoff, AICEF PTAC Program Manager Venessa Gleich and several Chamber Tribal Advisory Council members attended the Mid Year convening of the National Congress of American Indians.
This three and one-half day event was held this week in Anchorage, Alaska and featured discussions and presentations affecting Tribes and Indian Country from healthcare, education, legislation, governance, economic development and more
“Building Infrastructure In Indian Country Summit” An Awesome Event – Thank You CPUC Commissioner Sandoval, Our Sponsors & Participants!
LINCOLN, CA– This was a historic convening of many tribal leaders, staffers, our Chamber business members and the industry members who build infrastructure in California.
There will be a more formal report of this event out soon and we have many folks to thanks and recognize for helping put this program together. However, first and foremost thanks to California Public Utilities Commissioner Catherine Sandoval for inspiring this great gathering.
Above, Chamber board member Cheri Myron (left) and Chamber President Tracy Stanhoff (right), honor Commissioner Sandoval (center) with a shawl to formally end the roundtable.
Thank you again to the Thunder Valley Resort and the United Auburn Indian Community including Tribal Secretary Danny Rey for their hospitality and to our sponsors, Southern California Edison and AT&T.
We had tribal leaders attend from tribes statewide including Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians Chairman Bo Mazzetti who spoke elegantly on the water needs of many tribes in San Diego County.
The Morongo Band Of Mission Indians supported the event by sending their tribal CEO Roger Meyer to speak on their ground-breaking partnership with Southern California Edison on their right of way agreement.
And, from the utilities we had some “heavy hitters” including:
From the state of California, we had Cynthia Gomez, Tribal Liaison from the Governor’s Office and Anecita Agustinez from the State of California Water Department and we thank both of them very much for their time and expertise.
Thanks to our numbers of Chamber member businesses and especially the volunteers including:
And many thanks to Stephanie Green, Ditas Katague, Ann Christina Rothchild of the CPUC.
Finally, thanks to our great Chamber staffer, Sophia Gleich and our Procurement Technical Assistance Center Manager Venessa Gleich for being their usual best.
Chamber Member Teehee Engineering
The Chamber sends out a whole-hearted congratulations to member Deborah Hamilton, President of Teehee Engineering for her selection as the 2014 Minority Owned Small Business of the Year as presented by the US SBA San Diego office.
Debbie will receive her award on June 11 during the 2014 Small Business Week Awards breakfast at the Town and Country Resort and Conference Center in Mission Valley.
Congrats again to Teehee! Event photo will be shown in a follow up edition to the Chamber e-News.
We are saddened to announce the passing of long time Chamber member and Accountant Francis Billedeaux.
Francis passed a couple of weeks back after being diagnosed with terminal cancer. Francis operated his business with zest and integrity and the Chamber thanks him for his many years of tax assistance. He will be missed.
Online registration coming soon – THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT INDIAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE YOU CAN ATTEND ANYWHERE!
Sign Up Today for AICEF PTAC Supported Event at Yuma Proving Grounds
SAVE THE DATE To Join In The Annual June Recognition Luncheon To Be Held
The Autry National Center & Southwest Museum
AICEF-PTAC Program Manager, Venessa Gleich Named 2014 Minority Small Business Champion from the Arizona SBA Region
PHOENIX, AZ – In celebration of Small Business Week, the U.S. Small Business Administration is honoring Arizona entrepreneurs and small business champions for their contributions to the economy. “Each year the SBA has the honor of spotlighting Arizona winners of our Small Business Week awards in a ceremony that recognizes and celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit and community activism that has long characterized the small business community of our great state,” said Robert J. Blaney, the District Director of the SBA in Arizona.
Venessa, an enrolled member of the Ohkay Owingeh (formerly San Juan Pueblo) tribe, has been with our American Indian Chamber Education Fund Procurement Technical Assistance Center (AICEF-PTAC) since 2009.
There are 92 PTACs across the country but only six specialize in helping American Indian owned companies. The AICEF – PTAC serves the states of California, Nevada, Utah, and Arizona and over 120 tribes in those states.
“Federal contracting requires companies to navigate a maze of processes and requirements. For small companies unfamiliar with steps, the challenges can seem overwhelming. A helping hand from one who knows the way can make all the difference. For many Native American companies, Vanessa is the go-to person,” states the SBA.
The awards will be presented during the Arizona Small Business Association’s (ASBA) annual awards luncheon on Wednesday, May 7 at the Scottsdale Princess Resort and Conference Center. Event information is available from ASBA at 602-306-4000 or www.azsmallbizcon.com.
Announcing Building Infrastructure In Indian Country – A Roundtable & Summit on Energy, Telco & Water Development
The Chamber is very thankful to the leadership and support of this new event to the Chamber year from CPUC Commissioner Catherine J.K. Sandoval and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).
Building Infrastructure In Indian Country – A Roundtable & Summit on Energy, Telco & Water Development presented by the Chamber in partnership with Commissioner Sandoval, the CPUC, and supporting tribal organizations – the California Nations Indian Gaming Association, the California Association of Tribal Governments and more to come on board, is a special event developed in order to address the infrastructure needs on reservations and assist our American Indian/Alaska Native businesses in participating in the build-out process.
May 20 will start with an afternoon tribal leader consultation and listening session roundtable followed by a dinner reception. May 21 will feature a morning of plenary sessions on energy, telco and water development followed by a luncheon then an afternoon of connection meetings for tribes and one on one match-making for American Indian businesses and the utilities.
Planning is underway and there will be a very small table top trade show/demo area for businesses to exhibit and outreach on May 21.
The event is free of charge courtesy of sponsorships of Southern California Edison and AT&T thus far.
However, to reserve a table top exhibit space, there will be a $100 charge. Space is limited.
Honoring Natives In Entertainment Media - A Huge Success
What an evening – great presentations, fellowship and a salute to those who made Star Wars in a Navajo language version combined for a wonderful event to honor Natives making strides in the entertainment media.
Special thanks goes to the event producers shown above, Jim Ruel, David Morgan and Kathy Peltier (not pictured) whose vision for developing this event is to honor those Natives in entertainment by providing substance in a discussion of the status of the industry for Natives and sharing stories of success from our people.
Also a thank you to the Autry Museum and Dianna Terrazas for hosting in their Wells Fargo Theatre.
Two other highlights of the evening included a presentation from the Navajo Nation of Sand Paintings to Lucasfilm, 20th Century Fox and Deluxe among others for producing Star Wars in the Navajo language
National Chamber Event A Success
Thank you to our fellow American Indian Chambers and Chamber members, Corporate and Government Partners for making this annual get together another great success.
Then a discussion of our next National Chamber event which will be held this September in Washington, D.C. was held. This event will be a combination roundtable strategic planning discussion, supplier diversity procurement event and national legislative day. All will be welcome – stay tuned for the details.
Chamber President Tracy Stanhoff Attends National Congress of American Indians Winter Executive Session In Washington, DC.
Chamber President Tracy Stanhoff joined tribal leaders from around the Nation for the Annual Winter Executive Session for the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) held last week in Washington DC.
Attendees heard from White House staffers, numbers of members of Congress, government agency leads and tribal leaders on the latest legislative issues affecting Indian Country.
Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Tracy were able to talk about the needs of American Indian business during NCAI Reception at the National Museum of the American Indian.
Tracy also met with Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Chair Senate Committee on Indian Affairs & Member Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship.
Top discussions included a presentation on the fix to Carcieri, updates from Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs, Kevin Washburn; Jodi Gillette, Senior Policy Advisor for Native American Affairs, Domestic Policy Council, the White House; Chairman Tom Wheeler of the Federal Communications Commission; the US SBA and numbers of Obama Administration Cabinet Secretaries.
The Chamber has received many inquiries regarding the tragedy that unfolded last week at the Cedarville Rancheria reservation.
We can all agree that violence is never an answer for disagreements and is happening way too frequently in today's society. Please join us in praying for the families of Cedarville Rancheria.
Chamber & AICEF PTAC To Exhibit At The SCMSDC's Minority Business Oppotunity Day - March 6
Thanks to the Southern California Minority Supplier Development Council for their support, as the Chamber will once again be exhibiting at the Minority Business Opportunity Day to be held on March 5 and 6 at the Universal Sheraton.
The great folks at the SCMSDC are also offering a discount registration for all Chamber MBE members. Go to scmsdc.org and enter attendMBOD for the 20% discount.
Chamber Announces Dates For
Please make sure to mark your calendars to join us at two of our most popular events - the EXPO and our Native American Heritage Month celebration.
EXPO '14 will be held July 20-22, 2014 at the lovely Agua Caliente Resort in Rancho Mirage, California.
Our Native American Heritage Month Luncheon will be on Thursday, November 20 at the Grand Californian Hotel at Disney Resort in Anaheim, California.
Stay tuned for more details and registrations for each of these great events.
Chamber Exhibit at the Western Indian Gaming Conference A Big Success
A big thank you goes out to Chamber Board Secretary, Sara Finseth for staffing the Chamber booth at the recent Western Indian Gaming Association conference.
The Chamber supports the efforts of the California Nations Indian Gaming Association, the organization who conducts this conference.
Sara made some great new contacts for the Chamber adn conducted informational outreach promoting the use of Indian businesses and our meetings throughout the remainder of 2014.
Chamber Yearbook Directory Forms
Are In The Mail
If you do not receive a form in the next week and you are a member or want to be a member contact Lynda at 213-448-3232.
Keep an eye out for a letter from the Chamber with your directory update form. The completed forms with and without any revisions are due back to our Los Angeles office on or before February 15. Please get your forms back in asap!
SCE Celebrates Their EDGE Program 2013 Graduates
Two of our Chamber member businesses recently graduated from SCE’s EDGE Business Mentorship program.
Allison Hicks of New World Environmental, Inc. and Tim Messer of Tim Messer Construction completed this 18 month business capacity building program that assists minority businesses in developing and getting the EDGE needed to succeed in the utility industry and specifically at SCE.
Chamber President, Tracy Stanhoff, also participated on the coaching team which was operated by Barbara Sullivan and Chuck Bray at Sullivan International.
For a look at 2013 archived news click here
Our 2013 Native American
Heritage Month Luncheon
American Indian Tribal Leader
Richard Gomez, Vice Chair
Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Tribe
Please RSVP for all
meetings to Sophia Gleich