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Alhambra Chamber of Commerce eNewsletter                                              August 2012
In This Issue
Executive Director's Message
Very Special Events
It's All About Networking
Ambassador of the Month
Alhambra Downtown August Hot Spot
Alhambra Chamber Business Expo
Business Member of the Month
Welcome New Members
Chamber Renewals
Alhambra Chamber of Commerce
104 S. First St., Alhambra, CA 91801 Tel: 626 282-8481
Fax: 626 282-5596
Executive Committee
Valarie Gomez, West San Gabriel Valley YMCA
Vice President:
Dana Cop, AT&T, Inc.
Immediate Past President:
Mark Paulson, Anthony Venti Realtors
At-Large Members:
Walter Tang, Superior Scientific
Frank Chen, Law Offices of Frank W. Chen
Carmelita Haltom


Board of Directors
Victoria Deise-Wilson,
The Alhambra
John Chappell
Oriana Chan, Wells Fargo Bank
Iris Lai, Alhambra Hospital Medical Center
Lee Lieberg, Dilbeck Realty
Susanne Passantino, Allied Waste Services
Joe Pavon, Al's Towing
Chuck Reyes
Marissa Castro-Salvati,
Southern California Edison
Helen Romero-Shaw, So. California Gas Company
Lorraine Simpson, Credit Union of Southern California
Dr. David Snyder, Optometrist
Joanna Vargas, The Fit Factor Studio
Paul Yao, CAL Counties Title


Executive Director/Editor: Owen Guenthard
Membership/Advertising Sales: Stan Yonemoto
Business Outreach: Sharon Gibbs
Copy Editor: Dulcy Jenkins
Secretary: Irma Hernandez
Office Assistant: Rosemarie Valerio

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As a member of the Alhambra Chamber of Commerce, you are aligned with more than 450 other businesses and individuals in an organization that is working to strengthen the long-term economic vitality of its members and the community. You will find that many of our specialized services have been designed to meet your needs. Be sure to put them to work for you today!
  • Increased contact with prospective clients and customers;
  • Positions on legislative issues of major importance to the business community;
  • Public/private partnerships with City Hall and the Alhambra School District;
  • A sound business voice to service organizations and the community;
  • Personal and business development;
  • Advertising and marketing opportunities
Upcoming Events
Saturday, August 18 -25
4:00 - 8:00 p.m.
3rd Annual Hot Spot
Alhambra Renaissance Corner
1 E. Main St. at Garfield Ave.
For more info please see poster in this newsletter or contact:

Visit Downtown Alhambra
website for events and activities around our city.


Saturday, August 18
4:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Business Expo & Hot Spot

Renaissance Theater Plaza

Main Street at Garfield Avenue

Alhambra, 91801

For more info call the Chamber at 626-282-8481



Wednesday, August 22
5:30 - 97:30 p.m.
Square Dance Mixer

Co-sponsored by: Tri-Star Vending, Republic Services

and the Alhambra Chamber

of Commerce.

Location: Tri-Star Vending

690 S. Date Ave.,

Alhambra, 91803 

For more info call the Chamber at 626-282-8481



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Help for Small Businesses

The Small Business Administration recently announced an initiative to help small businesses expand and create jobs. As part of the initiative and to increase access to capital for America's small businesses, the maximum loan amount for the Small Business Administration's Small Loan Advantage will increase from $250,000 to $350,000. The Small Business Administration is an independent federal government agency that provides a variety of support services to small businesses. Visit, or contact the Small Business Administration Los Angeles District Office at 818-552-3201 for additional information on business counseling and training, government contracting opportunities, SBA-backed loans, and other programs

and services. 

Classic Car Show
every third Wednesday
through October,
5 p.m. to dark
Diner On Main
201 W. Main St.
Alhambra, 91801
For car show information, call
Mr. Chappell at 626-483-9522

Doing Business Just Got Easier with e.Reg
Electronic Registration
& More
One application will start the process for the permit, licenses and accounts you need. Seller's permits are free but some licenses and accounts
require a fee.
Log on to,
click on the eReg button. Register with the Board of Equalization (BOE) to get started.


Election Day is Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Register to Vote. Have you moved? Need a voters application? Pick up your application at The Alhambra Chamber of Commerce.

104 S. First Street.

Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Membership & Advertising:

If you would like to become a

member of the Alhambra Chamber of Commerce or advertise in Around Alhambra, please call us

at 626-282-8481


Executive Director's Message


The Alhambra Chamber of Commerce board of directors, under the direction of newly installed President Valarie Gomez, will expand the involvement of the Governmental Affairs Committee early in the
2012-13 fiscal year.

With a weakened economy and uncertainty regarding taxes and medical costs, the California business community will have a lot to be concerned about as they wind down a very difficult year and construct their business plans for 2013. As a result of these concerns, the Alhambra Chamber of Commerce will be looking to its Governmental Affairs Committee for input and recommendations as the Chamber formulates positions on a number of proposed legislative and ballot propositions.

The purpose of the Governmental Affairs Committee is to provide direction to the Chamber Board of Directors in the development of positions on legislation and other public policy issues. The Governmental Affairs Committee meets monthly on the fourth Tuesday, at 9 a.m. in the board room of the Chamber while the California legislature is in session. At most monthly meetings, the committee receives input from representatives from our local elected officials - U.S. House of Representatives, State Senate, State Assembly, County Board of Supervisors, and City Council.

All Chamber members are welcome to participate, and their input is important in assisting the Chamber's development of positions on legislation and other public policy issues. When in session, meeting dates and times are posted on our community calendar and published in the Around Alhambra. If you are interested, please contact Irma Hernandez at the Chamber 626-282-8481 or

Alhambra Chamber
Very Special Events
Tournament of Roses Luncheon: Tuesday, Dec. 4

Alhambra Chamber of Commerce at 626-282-8481
It's All About Networking

After Hours Square Dance Mixer

Wednesday, August 22
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Co-sponsored by
Alhambra Chamber of Commerce,
Tri-Star Vending & Republic Services
Tri-Star Parking Lot
690 S. Date Ave., Alhambra
Alhambra Howdown   

For more information call: Alhambra Chamber - 626-282-8481

Tri-Star Vending - 626-282-5044


Ambassador of the Month

Why Be an Ambassador?

Jeanerette photo
Jeanerette Legaux
West San Gabriel Valley
 I became an Ambassador through volunteering  for an Alhambra Chamber event. I really enjoy  being a part of this great city in this fashion  because as an Ambassador, one of our duties at  events is to meet and greet the guests. It is a  pleasure and an honor meeting various city  officials from our city as well as business  owners and their teams and volunteer office  holders in the community. This city has a real  working sense of community, and I appreciate  the opportunity to be a part of it.  
Alhambra Downtown August Hot Spot!

Hot Spot color

3rd Annual Alhambra Chamber Business Expo
Bus Expo poster 
For more info phone the Alhambra Chamber at 626-282-8481

Business Member of the Month


Chris John Fosselman
John and Chris add Fosselman's touch to time honored
ice cream making process at Alhambra landmark
Fosselman's Ice Cream Co.



What's cool? Handmade Fosselman's Ice Cream! 


There aren't many people who haven't visited Fosselman's Ice Cream Company and enjoyed Fosselman's handmade ice cream.

Family-owned Fosselman's, 1824 W. Main St., has received many awards and commendations from Los Angeles County, Los Angeles City, state of California officials, etc. It has been showcased on Huell Houser's TV show, and their ice cream has won the Los Angeles County Fair Gold Medal more times than can be counted. Fosselman's ice cream is featured in many restaurants in the Los Angeles area, and food critics have honored Fosselman's for offering the best ice cream.


On Fosselman's Web site,, you will find listed

no less than 56 flavors of ice cream, 20 flavors of sherbets and sorbets, and 7 flavors of frozen yogurt. That's 83 reasons to visit Fosselman's.

Fosselman's features a traditional soda fountain. Ice cream favorites include Dutch chocolate, cookies & cream, pistachio, banana walnut, espresso, cookie dough, toffee, spumoni, green tea, rum raisin, and

some unusual flavors like taro and sweet corn. Seasonal flavors include pumpkin, egg nog, tutti fruitti, cinnamon, fresh peach, date, rootbeer, black walnut, licorice, and Irish coffee. You can even pick up a

half gallon to go.


Refreshing sherbet and sorbet flavors include crushed pineapple sherbet, green apple sorbet, strawberry sorbet, mango sorbet, and watermelon sorbet.


Fosselman's was founded in 1919 in Iowa by a young man in the soft drink business, Christian Anthony Fosselman. It became an Alhambra institution in 1941. It is under the leadership of Fosselman's grandsons, Chris and John, and the premium ice cream continues to be made with the same family recipes that use no preservatives. Their goal is to make the best ice cream possible. The results speak for themselves.

Fosselman's also features a variety of candy: chocolate malt balls, chocolate gummy bears, lemon drops, licorice pastis, gumballs, jawbreakers, jelly beans, and good, old-fashioned salt water taffy,

with flavors including peppermint, cinnamon, and licorice swirl.



Fosselmans Slide #2


For more information about Fosselman's Ice Cream Company,

phone 626-282-6533.

Welcome our new Chamber members!



Chadwick, Hwu & Huang LLp

200 S. Garfield Ave. #105

Alhambra, CA  91801


Chadwick, Hwu & Huang, LLP is located in the heart of Alhambra, California and provides high-quality legal services for all of Southern California.  When you call Chadwick, Hwu & Huang, LLP, you have the comfort and security that you will be getting the knowledge and expertise of three attorneys working on your case for the price of one.

Call for your free consultation today.


CSC Tire & Auto Service, Inc.

2101 W. Valley Blvd.

Alhambra, CA  91803

626 281-2501

Family owned and operated high performance tire & wheel dealer since 1975. We are your local suspension and
wheel alignment experts! We lower and raise sport compacts to classic muscle cars.

Poprock Academy

11 S. Second Streeet

Alhambra, CA  91801

Music knows no borders. PopRock Academy aims to create genuine, versatile and well-rounded musicians and their audience through a comprehensive music curriculum.

Thank you for your Chamber renewals and continued support!

Alhambra Public Library Foundation

101 S. First St.

Alhambra, CA  91801

626 570-5079

Member since 2006

First United Methodist Church

9 N. Almansor St.

Alhambra,  CA  91801

626 289-4258

Member since 2000



State Farm Insurance

1226 E. Main St.

Alhambra, CA 91801

626 576-1040

Member since 2008




Allied Waste Services

9200 Glenoaks Blvd.

Sun Valley,  CA  91352

818 974-5136

Member since 1995


Havana House Cigars & Lounge

133 W. Main St.

Alhambra, CA  91801

626 576-0547

Member since 2001



The Boiling Crab #2

33 W. Main St.

Alhambra, CA  91801

626 300-5898

Member since 2010



Atherton Baptist Homes

214 S. Atlantic Blvd.

Alhambra, CA  91801

626 289-4178

Member since 1993

Luckman Fine Arts Complex

California State University

5151 State University Drive

Los Angeles, CA 90032


Member since 2000


Tri-Star Vending

690 S. Date Ave.

Alhambra, CA  91803

626 282-5044

Member since 1998



Carroll's Brake Service

2360 West Main St.

Alhambra, CA  91801

626 281-0993

Member since 2009




Mega Liquor #8

2020 W. Valley Blvd.

Alhambra, CA  91801

626  282-7070

Member since 2007



Volkswagen Alhambra 

1811 W. Main St.

Alhambra, CA  91801

626 407-0500

Member since 2010


Comerica Bank

824 Fair Oaks Ave.

So. Pasadena, CA  91030

626 799-6432

Member since 2011

Midas Auto Service

2100 W. Valley Blvd.

Alhambra, CA  91801

626 289-6113

Member since 1993


Wahib's Middle East Restaurant

910 E. Main St.

Alhambra, CA  91801

626 281-1006

Member since 2007








St. Thomas More School

2510 S. Fremont Ave.

Alhambra, CA  91803

626 284-5778

Member since 2004