Norco Area Chamber of Commerce's Weekly Newsletter
September 21, 2020
The mission of the Norco Area Chamber of Commerce is to enhance the community by strengthening business.
Creating relationships is one of the most valuable ways to grow your business. NACC provides a variety of opportunities for you to make new contacts and strengthen existing ones.
This month's newsletter is sponsored by Howard Johnson By Wyndham
1695 Hamner Ave., Norco, CA 92860
951-278-8886 ~ Website
We invite you and a colleague to join us for our 9th annual Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration at The Canyon-Montclair in Montclair! We’re planning an exciting morning of entertainment, inspiring speakers, recognizing business leaders, and highlighting how “We’re Stronger Together.”
Please register by October 9, 2019 at Please note that seating is limited, and reservations are required.

Event Details:

Date:          Friday, October 11, 2019

Location:     The Canyon-Montclair in Montclair – 5060 N. Montclair Plaza Ln., Space #2020, Montclair, CA 91763
                   (enter through Fremont Ave. stoplight on Moreno St.)

                   Google Map

Program:     9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – Registration, Continental Breakfast, Networking and Entertainment, featuring Latin Nation Band
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Speakers and Awards Presentations, including:
  • Emcee and Panel Moderator, Carlos Amezcua,, KTTV, and KTLA
  • Panel Speakers:
  • Maria S. Salinas, President and CEO of Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
  • John Pena, CEO, JP Group LA
  • Davina Ferreira, Author and Founder of Alegria Magazine
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Hosted lunch and entertainment, featuring Latin Nation Band

Celebrate Latinx cultures and the many contributions of the Latinx community.

Network and Connect with community and civic leaders, business owners, and industry leaders that advance the efforts and contributions of the Latinx community.

Be inspired by speakers and entertainment.
Small businesses in our county are at stake, and we need all business supporters to TAKE ACTION NOW.

Our Governor, Gavin Newsom, has been responsive and acted responsibly, but unfortunately, there is not a one-size-fits-all solution for such a vast state as California is. Since the economy and climate in Riverside County is very different from the coastal regions, efforts that work for our neighbors to the west have not been effective for our local businesses, that are largely comprised of personal services, tourism, logistics, and agriculture.

We need our working-class communities to be able to go back to work safely!

Sending this letter urges our Governor to consider the plan Riverside County’s health officials put together, allowing reopening.
This is a bipartisan plea with support from our local chambers of commerce, non-profits, and business owners. If we want our communities to continue on a prosperous path, we must urge the Governor to act now to show he has compassion for his residents’ livelihoods.

Please support our efforts to encourage the Governor to reconsider his reopening plan for Riverside County. Click the link below to sign this letter, it's easy!

Norco City Council Approves Low Interest Loan Program for Businesses and Non-Profits
Attention Norco businesses and non-profit organizations! On September 2, 2020, the Norco City Council approved the Small Enterprise Assistance Loan (SEAL) Program, offering no-interest or low-interest loans up to $20,000 to eligible Norco businesses and non-profits. Click here to learn more...
Riverside County NEWS RELEASE
Riverside County residents are needed for coronavirus testing to continue to help slow the spread of coronavirus, as well as help the county emerge from the state’s most restrictive purple tier. click to read more...
Understand Your County’s Status
Every county in California is assigned to a tier based on its test positivity and adjusted case rate. At a minimum, counties must remain in a tier for at least 3 weeks before moving forward. Data is reviewed weekly and tiers are updated on Tuesdays. To move forward, a county must meet the next tier’s criteria for two consecutive weeks. If a county’s metrics worsen for two consecutive weeks, it will be assigned a more restrictive tier. Public health officials are constantly monitoring data and can step in if necessary.

Riverside County: Many non-essential indoor business operations are closed.

Status: Widespread* (Color: purple as of 8/31/20)
New COVID-19 cases per day per 100k: 7.4
Adjusted case rate for tier assignment: 8.6
Positivity rate: 7.8%

Data shown for week ending 8/29/20

This is a flyer you can customize and post to inform your employees and customers about the steps you are taking to protect against the spread of COVID-19.

COVID-19 Testing (link)

U.S. Small Businesses Administration: Disaster Assistance - The SBA provides low-interest disaster loans to help businesses and homeowners recover from declared disasters.

If you would like information on testing and appointments, click here.
Join our Face Book group "Norco's Grab 'n Go" and post your favorite business pics! Click here to upload!

***Shopping, dining, takeout, delivery options, job opportunities, etc. ***

Let's Support our Business Community during these challenging times by Shopping Local and Sharing your experience. #NorcoStrong

New & Renewing Members
If you would like to sponsor an event, host a Business Mixer or Grand Opening, Click Here!
Community News
Ava's Lemonade Stand - Saturday September 26th at Cowgirl Cafe!
Ava is a young Norconian who has a passion to support our local police officers. Her and her family are hosting a lemonade stand on Saturday September 26th to raise money for our local Law Enforcement! All proceeds will go directly towards 'goodie bag' donations for the ones who protect and serve the community.

If you would like to support this cause, please stop by from 9:30 am-12:30pm, at 2859 Hamner Ave., Norco. If you would like to donate items for goody bags, please contact Kendall Valente, 951-319-9341.
Norco College - Giving Week October 5-9, 2020
This inaugural, all-virtual fundraising event will take place October 5-9 as a replacement for this year’s annual President’s Dinner event. All net proceeds from Norco College Giving Week will go to the Norco College Student Life Emergency Fund to provide immediate assistance to students in need, especially those experiencing ongoing negative impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. 
By sponsoring Norco College Giving Week, you will be giving the College a jump-start on its $25,000 fundraising goal. Your contribution will support students with books, tuition, transportation, food vouchers, hotel vouchers, scholarships and more. Click here for more information and sponsorship opportunities.
5th Annual Combat Cancer Walk
Virtual Events make a Real Impact!
Nobody knows what the future holds in these uncertain times, but one thing is certain - Support Sisterz will continue our mission to support women in Corona/Norco/Eastvale and surrounding areas who are battling breast and gynecological cancers.

This year, you can join us on that mission by WALKING RIGHT WHERE YOU ARE!

  • Register - $25 w/out shirt - $35 w/shirt - survivors are free
  • Form a team - Awards for largest team & top fundraising team - contact for more info.
  • Social distance pick up for event shirts on Oct. 8th and Oct. 15th - Support Sisterz/ CCW merchandise will also be available for purchase - Check website for locations.
  • Streaming live across social media sites Oct. 17th 9 a.m.
  • Sponsorship opportunities available

For your safety and the safety of our construction crews, please drive carefully in construction zones. The speed limit is 55 mph through the project corridor. Traffic fines are doubled.   
Nighttime lane reductions (8 p.m. to 5 a.m.) may be needed on northbound and southbound I-15, between Weirick Rd. and Route 60, and on westbound and eastbound 91, between McKinley St. and Main St. During lane reductions, at least one lane will remain open at all times. 

Intermittent nighttime closures on ramps and the 15/91 connectors are also planned.   

The closure schedule is as follows: 

Thursday, Sept. 24th, 8 p.m. to 4 a.m., *8 p.m. to 5 a.m.
-15/91 Connectors: 91 east/west to 15 north 
-Northbound 15: *Hidden Valley Pkwy. on- & off-ramps
Friday, Sept. 25th, 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.
-15/91 Connectors:15 south to 91 east/west
-Southbound 15: Hidden Valley Pkwy. on-ramp

Nightly closures are scheduled of the 91 Express Lanes and adjacent general purpose lane between the 55/91 split and the Riverside/Orange County line. The closure schedule is as follows:

  • 91 Express Lanes westbound and adjacent 91 westbound general-purpose lane, September 21-25, nightly, 8 p.m. to 4 a.m.
  • 91 Express Lanes eastbound and adjacent 91 eastbound general-purpose lane, September 21-25, nightly, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. 

Also note: A nighttime closure of the entrance to the 91 Express Lanes westbound at McKinley St. is scheduled Tuesday, September 22, from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. 

91 Express Lanes customers using the 15 south connector can enjoy the additional free miles until the 15 Express Lanes open. If you do not use the 91 Express Lanes for your trip, do not enter the new extension on the 15.
Elsewhere, the new 15 Express Lanes remain closed as crews remain at work. Do not drive in the closed lanes and please drive safely in the construction area.   

60 Swarm: Work is continuing on the Caltrans 60 Swarm Project, with nighttime closures of the 15/60 Interchange planned. Visit for details.   

The 15 Express Lanes project will add two tolled express lanes in each direction on I-15 between Cajalco Road and SR-60, a distance of approximately 15 miles. Drivers will be able to enter and exit the tolled facility at multiple locations, and the project continues RCTC's ongoing commitment to expand the express lanes network. Construction in the median began in March 2018. The new lanes are expected to open in 2020. 

Due to the dynamic nature of construction, this information is subject to change.
City of Norco
A Message from the Norco City Council
Reaffirming Our Commitment to Inclusion, Equality and Justice, click here to read...
The City of Norco has compiled a list of food banks that provide essential items for those in need, click here to see the list...
Economic Development Advisory Council Regular Meeting
The Economic Development Advisory Council (EDAC) meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month at 8:15 a.m. in the Administration Department at Norco City Hall (2870 Clark Avenue, Norco, CA 92860).
City Council Meeting Videos
Norco City Council Meetings are held the first and third Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. Can't make the meeting? They're recorded, and the videos can be viewed here.
Northwest Mosquito and Vector Control District
West Nile Virus * Yellow Fever * Dengue * Chikungunya
These are all diseases mosquitoes can transfer. Call Northwest Mosquito and Vector Control District if you see a problem and need them to come spray. Their services are free with no questions asked. Click here to be linked to their website.
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