A Weekend of Events



It was a busy week for Chamber members last week. Thursday PGA Tour Superstore held a mixer that was truly made for business. As most of us know the fairway is a place many business arrangements are made and PGA Superstore will help get you in the game. There was food for everyone, Beer, Sangria, Golf Lessons, Free Driving Range Sessions, a putting contest and many giveaways. It was a mixer like no other. Make sure to read the Weekly Tustin Chamber Newsletter to see when PGA Tour Superstore will have their next event. Head to their website at http://www.pgatoursuperstore.com/irvine.jsp to see how to get your golf game in full swing.

On Friday the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic development held a workshop for small business on applying for the California Competes Tax Credit. The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development is travelling the state to inform businesses about the California Competes Tax Credit. It’s an incentive provided to businesses to promote job creation in the state of California. 25% of all funds are reserved for small businesses that make under $2 million in gross revenues. The tax credit is non-refundable, but can be carried forward for 6 years to offset any taxes owed on the business return to the Franchise Tax Board, and in some cases it can be passed through to the owner’s individual income tax return. The awards for the application period from July 20, 2015 – August 17th, 2015 will total $75 million. 62 people attended of which were several Chamber Members. Chamber Members Clark & Company provided coffee and were on hand to help answer tax related questions. The event took place at the Tustin Library’s Professional Training Center. Chamber attendees included CFO Emily Banks, Board Members Glen Hackler, Rand Sherff, George Strickland, Jerry Craig, and Cindy Brunner. Office Staff in attendance were Office Manager Juanita Jaros and Member Services Associate Lisa Gross. For more information on the tax credit and to see if your business qualifies please contact Clark & Company at http://clarkcompanycpas.com/contact/.

On Saturday Night, chamber member Wilcox Manor hosted an event to raise money for another chamber member, the Tustin Community Foundation. The theme was 1920’s murder mystery, and there was over 100 attendees. The party included a live auction, dinner and a show. TCF’s Erin McPherson Nielsen was in the cast as well as Wilcox Manor’s Michael Demoratz, Chamber CFO Emily Banks, and Chamber Member and Chick-fil-A owner Peter Brakke. Board Member Cindy Brunner’s daughter had a role as did Chuck Puckett, Tustin’s Mayor. This has been “THE MOST SUCCESSFUL TCF EVENT we have ever had!!!” according to Erin McPherson Nielsen. She went on to say “We raised $20,000!! Thank you to everyone who supported the Foundation with your generosity. Can’t wait to give out our grants!”  For more information on upcoming events and how to participate in the Tustin Community Foundation go to: http://www.tustincommunityfoundation.org/Sites/US/CA/Tustin/TustinCommunityFoundation-76764/Web/Home.htm

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Chamber Members Collaborate to Create Something Special

B&GC fundraiser

It was a great night in Tustin. On July 14th Chamber member Pinot’s Palette held a fundraiser to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Tustin, another chamber member.  Pinot’s Palette had a great painting lined up for everyone who came out. Beginners to expert painters were encouraged to put brush to canvas and step by step recreate a work of art. A Day at the Dunes was the theme for the night’s paining. It was a landscape painting of sandy dunes overlooking the ocean at sunset. There was wine and fun for all in attendance. The most important thing for the evening was that the proceeds of the event went to The Boys & Girls Club. The Boy & Girls Club’s mission is to inspire and empower all young people, especially those who need us most, to realizetheir full potential as healthy, productive, caring, and responsible citizens. The Tustin Chamber of Commerce encourages our members to come together and help promote each other’s businesses. We are extremely proud of Pinot’s Palette for putting on this event for our one of our charitable organizations and encourage all of our businesses to collaborate and do business together. If you are looking for a list of businesses and charities that belong to our chamber please visithttp://business.tustinchamber.org/list. We hope to hear more about successful business partnerships in the future and know that our members are striving to make our community a better place in which to work and live. If you would like your event or hot deal promoted by the chamber please email us details at president@tustinchamber.org.

Chamber members in attendance included, Vice Chair Cris Cusac, CFO Emily Banks, Board Member Elise Perkins and Member Services Associate Lisa Gross.

For more information on Chamber Events visit: http://business.tustinchamber.org/events/calendar/

To learn more about Pinot’s Palette and their painting classes visit: https://www.pinotspalette.com/tustin

And to donate or find more FUNdraisers please visit our friends at the Boys & Girls of Tustin here:


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Bowl of Heaven Ribbon Cutting



The Tustin Chamber of Commerce Celebrated the arrival of one of its newest members Bowl of Heaven last Wednesday. Bowl of Heaven offers Acai Bowls, Juices, and Smoothies that are dairy free and have no sugar added. Their goal is “to delight, nourish, and satisfy each guest in a way that creates loyalty and trust.”

Located in The District, the largest shopping center of Tustin’s Legacy, Bowl of Heaven is a short drive for Tustinites. During our Ribbon Cutting Founder Dan McCormick stopped by to support his newest store. Bowl of Heaven plans to expand its operation to more than 30 stores in the near future. They plan to make our community a better area not only with their delicious meals but with their jobs for Tustin’s youth. Their ideal candidate for Bowl of Heaven employees is someone they can give life skills to make their store, and surrounding area better.

Chairman of the Board Jennifer Dougherty encourages all chamber members and anyone in the surrounding area to make a stop by this great establishment. Her favorite in the North Shore Bowl that has Organic Açaí, Strawberries, Bananas, Blueberries, 100% Apple Juice & MAQ 7 blended together and topped with organic hemp flax seed granola, fresh banana, and honey.

Board members present: Jennifer Dougherty, Chairman, Cris Cusac, Vice Chair, Emily Banks, CFO, Glen Hackler, & George Strickland. Ambassadors Present: James Moore, John Mavros, Patricia Matias & Christian Keeney. Chamber Staff: Lisa Gross,  Member Services Associate. Government Leaders: Mimi Walters showed her support and sent in a certificate for Bowl of Heaven. Board of Equalization Member Diane Harkey’s staff members Andrew Fromm and Karissa Willette presented a certificate. Tracy Tran representing Assemblyman Donald Wagner’s office presented a certificate.

Check them out at http://bowlofheaven.com or visit them at 2423 Park Avenue  Tustin, CA 92872.



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David Behr to speak at next Breakfast 8-12-2015

Behr David

Build Trust, Minimize Risk, Increase Credibility
and pave the way for closing more sales—even to your toughest prospects

Workshop Outline:

• NO EXCUSES: Create a No Excuse Environment and Achieve Anything You Want
• PROSPERITY MINDSET TRAINING: Create the Will Power to Overcome any Obstacle
• EVENT MANAGEMENT vs TIME MANAGEMENT: Don’t Mistake Busyness for Business
• POWER of CONSISTENCY: The Key to Success is Two Words. Every Day
• PROSPECTING TIPS: To Help You Stay Motivated and Set More Appointments
• NEGOTIATING STRATEGIES: Selling on Value Instead of Price

What: A powerful workshop that will provide you with the skills and mindset to out-position,
out-sell and out-hustle your competition.
Who: Tustin Chamber of Commerce Breakfast
When: Wednesday, August 12th from 7:30am – 9:00am
Where: Tustin Ranch Golf Club / 12442 Tustin Ranch Road Tustin, CA 92782
Cost: $20.00 Members with RSVP $25.00 non-members and walk-ins
More Information

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Tustin Eastern Little League majors capture district title


Tustin Eastern Little League defeated South Sunrise Little League, 11-5, in the District 30 Major Division Championship game at Handy Park on Monday.

Trailing 4-3 in the bottom of the third inning, Brady Ashworth launched a solo shot over the left center field fence to notch the game at 4. South Sunrise answered in the top of the fourth inning and reclaimed the lead by hitting a solo home run.

However, the Tustin Eastern All-stars rallied for seven runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to distance themselves from South Sunrise. The rally was aided by a two-run double by Cooper Munro and a two-run single by Shane Mc Mahon.

Read more at http://www.ocregister.com/articles/eastern-670821-tustin-district.html

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Casino gala celebrates Tustin businesses

Arvind Thakare, right, with Jennifer Dougherty of the Tustin Camber of Commerce, accepts the award for Business of the Year during the Tustin Chamber Casino Royale event at Tustin Ranch Golf Club on Friday. Thakare accepted the award for Rasoi Curry Point Indian restaurant.// ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: ALL NAMES CQ. 6/26/15 02.tu.0702.chambergala.kt - KENT TREPTOW, CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER.

TUSTIN – The Tustin Chamber of Commerce announced its business of the year awards during a casino gala that drew more than 75 guests Friday at Tustin Ranch Golf Club.

Named Casino Royale, the James Bond-themed event featured a night of food, gaming, dancing and celebrating local businesses.

Tickets were $75 and included specialty food stations, $1,000 in gaming chips and raffles. Some $12,000 in prizes and gift cards were up for grabs, including food and rounds of golf at Tustin Ranch Golf Club, a painting party at Pinot’s Palette and a humidor from Maxamar Ultimate Cigars.

Here are the chamber’s businesses of the year, chosen from 28 nominees and ranked by the number of votes they received from the public:

• No. 1. Black Parrot Sign Studio

• No 2. CuSELLeration Marketing & Creative Solutions

• No. 3: Orange County Rescue Mission

• No. 4: Rasoi Curry Point

• No. 5: Pinot’s Palette

Contact the writer: 714-796-7963 or BStaggs@OCRegister.com

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Tustin considers first two-year budget


TUSTIN – The City Council reviewed Tustin’s first two-year budget last week, with funds expected to be tight but balanced for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 fiscal years.

“The city’s financial situation is in good standing,” City Manager Jeff Parker assured the council.

Conditions have definitely improved since the end of the recession, Parker noted, with tax revenues and business activity expected to be up the next two years. That means Tustin will be able to boost reserves slightly, to 38 percent, and staff won’t have to reduce core city services as it did several years ago.



Contact the writer: 714-796-7963 or BStaggs@OCRegister.com

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Tustin spikes Redlands East Valley

Tustin's Preston McInnes blasts a shot across the net against Redlands East Valley during their CIF playoff game at Tustin High School on Tuesday. // ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: ALL NAMES CQ. 5/12/15 01.varsity.tb.volleyball.0512.kt - KENT TREPTOW, CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER.

The No. 5-seeded Tustin High volleyball team dominated from start to finish, throttling Redlands East Valley in three sets Tuesday evening in an opening-round match of the CIF-SS Division 4 playoffs at Tustin High.

The Tillers notched consecutive wins of 25-16, 25-9 and 25-17. Tustin will play Cerritos in the second round tonight at 7 at Tustin.


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Miguel’s Jr. previews new restaurant


Miguel’s Jr. brought a bit of Corona to Orange County on Friday when it previewed its newest fast food restaurant for reporters and food bloggers.

The new Miguel’s Jr. is in The Market Place, a sprawling shopping center that straddles Tustin and Irvine along Interstate 5.

Miguel’s Jr. is on the Tustin side, a little west of Jamboree Road on El Camino Real.

Contact the writer: fbuck@pe.com or 951-368-9551, http://www.pe.com/articles/miguel-766830-tustin-store.html

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Standard Pacific Homes Announces May 30 Grand Opening Of Greenwood In Tustin Legacy


TUSTIN, Calif., April 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Standard Pacific Homes, one of the nation’s leaders in homebuilding quality, today announced the highly-anticipated debut of the planned community of Greenwood situated in Tustin Legacy, the area’s newest master-planned community located on the 1,500 acre site of the former Marine Corps Air Station in Tustin.  Greenwood in Tustin Legacy will offer Orange County home shoppers four distinct neighborhoods, Sheldon, Huntley, Crawford and Stafford, where innovative new home designs will incorporate luxurious design details that meet the tastes and preferences of today’s most discerning move-up buyers. Home shoppers are invited to experience the new home designs by touring the 12 new model homes at the Grand Opening event slated for Saturday, May 30. Doors open at 10:00 a.m.

“The debut of Greenwood in Tustin Legacy is meaningful to all of us at Standard Pacific Homes as the community is situated just one mile from where we debuted our first-ever community fifty years ago in 1965,” said Scott Stowell, CEO and President of Standard Pacific Homes. “We are proud to be part of this new era for Tustin Legacy, which represents a milestone in the continued evolution ofOrange County.”

The City of Tustin is honored to work with Standard Pacific Homes to bring this great project to Tustin Legacy,” said Mayor Chuck Puckett. “This dynamic new community is integral to the City’s vision of a vibrant, urban master-planned community where residents can live, work and play.”

Home shoppers will have the choice of four unique neighborhoods within the planned community of Greenwood. All homes will offer stunning design details that cater to today’s casual yet elegant lifestyle. The designs will feature Great Room centered floor plans, gourmet kitchens, outdoor living rooms and spa-like master suites. Prices range from the mid $600,000s to the low $1,000,000s.

Sheldon at Greenwood in Tustin Legacy
Built by Standard Pacific Homes, Sheldon at Greenwood in Tustin Legacy will offer four new home designs ranging from 1,860 to 2,343 square feet and contain up to five bedrooms and three baths. The designs include Great Rooms, gourmet kitchens and spa-like master suites. Sheldon will feature Santa Barbara, Craftsman, Bungalow, Cottage, and Monterey exterior architectural styles that blend to create a street scene that evokes early California architecture.

Huntley at Greenwood in Tustin Legacy
Built by Brookfield Residential, Huntley at Greenwood in Tustin Legacy will provide three spacious new floor plan designs that range from 2,597 to 3,032 square feet and offer up to five bedrooms and four and one-half baths. The homes will include expansive great rooms, chef-inspired kitchens, first floor bedrooms, optional outdoor rooms and flexible upstairs living spaces. Huntley will offer Santa Barbara, American Classic, Cottage and Monterey exterior styles that blend to create a welcoming street scene.

Crawford at Greenwood in Tustin Legacy
Crawford at Greenwood in Tustin Legacy encompasses Standard Pacific Homes’ all new architectural concepts through three new designs that range from 3,012 to 4,378 square feet and offer up to five bedrooms and four-and-one-half baths. Home shoppers will be delighted by flexible interiors that provide the opportunity to personalize the home with optional living spaces such as an expansive guest suite or a bonus room. The homes within Crawford will offer Santa Barbara, Monterey, Cottage, and American Farmhouse architectural styles.

Stafford at Greenwood in Tustin Legacy
Stafford at Greenwood in Tustin Legacy by Standard Pacific Homes offers three exceptional floor plans that range from 3,711 to 3,964 square feet and offer up to five bedrooms, plus a bonus room, and five-and- one-half baths. The home designs include gourmet kitchens that connect to expansive Great Rooms and outdoor Legacy Rooms with optional panoramic-style doors. The exteriors of the homes will feature Santa Barbara, Monterey, Cottage, Adobe Ranch, Craftsman, Bungalow and American Classic styles.

All residents of Greenwood in Tustin Legacy will enjoy an upscale atmosphere and have the opportunity to participate in a variety of family-friendly activities. Tustin’s rich history will be honored throughout Greenwood, most notably at the future six-acre Greenwood Park, which will offer residents access to a multi-functional lawn, an amphitheater, a basketball court, two bocce ball courts and an adventure zone equipped with children’s play structures. The community will incorporate an interconnected trail system that leads to Greenwood’s extensive passive and active parklands, greenery and open spaces. Residents will also have access to The Legacy Club, a 1,455 square foot resort-style Club House that opens to a resort-style pool and spa, an interactive water play area, fire pits, barbeques and private restrooms and showers.

The community boasts a spectacular, one-of-a-kind, location in the center of Orange County. Residents will be close to major transportation corridors including the 241 and 261 Toll Roads, as well as the 405 and 5 freeways. Air travel is made convenient with the community’s close proximity to John Wayne Airport. Plus, Greenwood in Tustin Legacy is within walking distance to The District at Tustin Legacy, a vibrant destination with an array of shopping, dining and entertainment venues. This popular cultural hub features a 14-screen AMC movie facility, a variety of upscale restaurants and boutiques as well as larger retailers including Whole Foods Market, Target, Costco and more.

To experience Greenwood at Tustin Legacy, attend the Grand Opening celebration on Saturday, May 30. For additional details and directions to Greenwood in Tustin Legacy, visit www.greenwoodintustinlegacy.com.

About Standard Pacific Homes
Standard Pacific Homes has been building beautiful, high-quality homes and neighborhoods since its founding in Southern Californiain 1965. With a trusted reputation for quality craftsmanship, an outstanding customer experience and exceptional architectural design, the Company utilizes its decades of land acquisition, development and homebuilding expertise to successfully navigate today’s complex landscape to acquire and build desirable communities in locations that meet the high expectations of the Company’s targeted move-up homebuyers.  Currently offering new homes in major metropolitan areas in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Texas, we invite you to learn more about us by visiting www.standardpacifichomes.com

About Greenwood in Tustin Legacy
Developed by Standard Pacific Homes, Greenwood in Tustin Legacy is a brand new, planned community located within the 1,500-acre, master-planned community of Tustin Legacy in Tustin, CA. Situated at the center of Orange County, the community offers four residential neighborhoods that showcase all new architectural concepts within a thoughtfully planned setting. Greenwood pays tribute to the area’s natural landscape through miles of interconnected walking trails, dedicated green space, parks, heritage trees, picnic pavilions and adventure play zones. Residents will enjoy impeccable craftsmanship, impressive indoor-outdoor living features and extensive neighborhood amenities, including the future Greenwood Park and the residents-only Legacy Club.  For more information, visit www.greenwoodintustinlegacy.com

Contact: Danielle Tocco
Director of Communications
Standard Pacific Homes

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