Volume 99 | December 24 - December 28, 2018
City Launches Small Business Wednesdays to Help Owners Thrive
There has never been a better time to start or grow a business in Moreno Valley.

The City is launching Small Business Wednesdays beginning January 9 to provide specialized workshops and technical assistance to small businesses every Wednesday through 2019.

The free and low cost-workshops and one-on-one expert consulting will help everyone from the start-up entrepreneur to the seasoned business owner.

Workshops will cover everything from getting your business up and running to writing a business plan, cybersecurity, financial management and government contracting.

The first workshop will be "How to Start a Small Business" on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

To view the full list of workshops for 2019 and to register, please visit www.morenovalleybusiness.com/events .

All workshops will be held at the Moreno Valley Employment Resource Center located at 12625 Frederick Street, Suite K-3, in the TownGate Shopping Center. Please register early as workshops may fill up quickly.

The City is able to offer these critical resources through partnerships with key business partners, including the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Inland Empire Small Business Development Center (IESBDC), Inland Empire Women’s Business Center (IEWBC), SCORE, Moreno Valley College, Riverside Community College District and the Moreno Valley Fire Department.

In addition to Small Business Wednesdays, the Economic Development Department is available to assist new and existing Moreno Valley businesses with site selection, demographics and other business needs.
For more information about Small Business Wednesdays or to start a new business in Moreno Valley, please visit www.morenovalleybusiness.com and contact the Economic Development Department at EDTeam@moval.org or at 951.413.3460.
Community Input Sought on Nason Street Corridor Project
The City of Moreno Valley invites residents and business owners to a second community workshop for the Nason Street Corridor Phase II Study Area on Saturday, January 12, 2019.

The workshop will gather the public's input on four potential design alternatives for 60 acres of city-owned land located on the northwest corner of Nason Street and Alessandro Boulevard.

There are currently four design concepts being explored, including the “Main Street Connector” alternative, the “Large Central Park” alternative, the “Central Square” alternative, and the “Park Blocks” alternative. 

These concepts, which were designed with previous input from the public, are intended to foster economic strength and growth while enhancing the quality of life for everyone.
Ross Distribution Center Donates Gifts to City's Afterschool Program
Employees from the Ross Distribution Center in Moreno Valley donated holiday presents for every child in the City’s “A Child’s Place” afterschool program.

All 114 children in the program were given presents this year.

For the past six years Ross employees have “adopted” children from “A Child’s Place” to receive gifts.

Thank you Ross Distribution Center for helping to make the holidays magical for Moreno Valley children!
Santa, Moreno Valley Firefighters Deliver Joy to Children
Santa paid a surprise visit to Riverside University Health System on Friday, December 21 to visit children being treated at the hospital.

Since the hospital doesn't have a chimney, Santa had to get a little creative.

Thankfully, he isn't afraid of heights.

He borrowed the Moreno Valley Fire Department's ladder truck and climbed through the pediatric wing's third floor window.

Santa and his firefighter helpers spent a few hours passing out gifts and visiting children at the hospital.

Gifts were donated through the ABC7 and Southern California Firefighters' Spark of Love Toy Drive, which collects toys and sports equipment for children in need.

“Caring for the sick is not just about using medicine and innovative treatment to heal physical ailments,” said Mayor Yxstian Gutierrez. “Truly caring for the sick also nourishes hearts and souls. The City of Moreno Valley is proud to enjoy a wonderful partnership with Riverside University Health System that ensures that all patients, especially our children, are provided with care that treats their heart, body, and soul, not just during the holidays, but all year long.”