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The Show at Agua Caliente Rancho Mirage Celebrates 10 Years Of Entertainment in Southern California’s Premier Concert Theater

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JERRY SEINFELD AND TONI BRAXTON HEADLINED SOLD-OUT PERFORMANCES ON WEEKEND OF CELEBRATIONS

Rancho Mirage, Calif. (March 5, 2019) – Celebrating a milestone 10th Anniversary presenting hundreds of the biggest entertainment acts in the world, The Show at Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage was at capacity this past weekend for performances by R&B diva Toni Braxton and comedy superstar Jerry Seinfeld.

On Saturday, March 2, Seinfeld made his inaugural appearance at The Show and had the audience in stitches with his signature stand-up routine. The night before, on Friday, March 1, seven-time Grammy winner Toni Braxton brought her “As Long As I Live” tour to The Show in support of her current Sex & Cigarettes album. It was her first appearance at the venue also.

Both events sold out, and audiences have been flocking to The Show since its opening on February 12, 2009, excited by the up-close experience the venue offers along with its luxurious amenities. At The Show, more than 2,000 seats are comfortably spaced across four levels, with no seat more than 125 feet from the stage, creating an intimate space to experience legendary performances. Twelve boxes offer gourmet catering, private bars and lounges.

While artists such as Seinfeld and Braxton marked their first performances on The Show’s stage, over the past 10 years countless international stars have returned multiple times to perform at the venue named Best Casino Showroom/Theater of the Year at the Casino Entertainment Awards at G2E in 2014. The Show’s many award nominations include Pollstar Showroom of the Year in 2011, American Country Music Awards Showroom of the Year in 2011 and 2018, and Casino Theater of the Year at the International Entertainment Buyers Association (IEBA) Industry Awards in 2018.

Dan Pferschy, Director of Entertainment for Agua Caliente Casinos, won the Casino Entertainment Executive of the Year Award at G2E in 2017 and continues to work tirelessly promoting The Show, elevating this premier showroom to the place in Southern California where the best entertainers want to perform and rehearse.

“The success of The Show at Agua Caliente Rancho Mirage is a testament to the efforts of a stellar entertainment team that keeps everything running like clockwork front and back of house. Our purpose-built, state-of-the-art auditorium is second to none in Southern California and a leader in casino entertainment nationwide.” Pferschy says. “When comic geniuses such as Gabriel Iglesias and Sebastian Maniscalco, or music legends such as Willie Nelson and Burt Bacharach, are eager to return to our stage, we know we are doing something very right.”

The lineup through ten years at The Show reads like an entertainment hall of fame. The venue opened with a splash in 2009, with the initial lineup of international music star acts featuring the likes of Matchbox 20, Martina McBride, Tony Bennett, the Moody Blues and Elvis Costello. Other artists and bands who have performed at The Show across all genres include Duran Duran, Doobie Brothers, Goo Goo Dolls, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Natalie Cole, Van Morrison, Diana Krall, Sheryl Crow, Sting, Steven Tyler, Don Henley and many more. Air Supply announced from the stage at their most recent performance in February 2019 that of the more than 130 venues they appear at each year, The Show at Agua Caliente Rancho Mirage is the one they most enjoy to play in.

Comedians at The Show over the years have included Chelsea Handler, Jay Leno, Steve Martin and Martin Short, Margaret Cho, and Gabriel Iglesias. Iglesias loves the venue so much he will be performing for the 18th and 19th times at The Show this May as part of his all-new 2019 “Beyond the Fluffy” world tour. Magicians and psychics, ballet companies, Mariachi bands and boxing matches have all taken the stage at The Show.

Many of the artists who have enjoyed repeated performances at The Show have offered their congratulations to the venue for its 10th Anniversary in this tribute video.

With a concert lineup and entertainment experience that rivals the best venues in the country, The Show at Agua Caliente Rancho Mirage also offers a complete getaway experience for entertainment fans, being an integral part of a world-class resort. Accommodations include 340 luxury guest rooms ­– among those are 24 executive suites and two presidential suites – which also makes performing at The Show convenient and an enjoyable tour stop for artists. The resort includes the Forbes Four-Star Sunstone Spa, a fitness center, luxury poolside cabanas, award-winning dining, a conference center, and 71,000 square feet of the area’s best gaming with more than 1,600 slots, a variety of table games, high-limit gaming, and the Coachella Valley’s only live poker.

Pictured above on March 2, 2019: Jerry Seinfeld with left to right: Rob Prinz, ICM Partners; Michael Facenda, Agua Caliente Casinos Vice President of Marketing; Saverio R. Scheri III, Agua Caliente Casinos Chief Operating Officer; Dan Pferschy, Agua Caliente Casinos Director of Entertainment; Billy Brill, BAP Productions; George Shapiro, Manager of Jerry Seinfeld; and Savannah Cook, Agua Caliente Casinos Entertainment Manager

Toni Braxton in concert at The Show at Agua Caliente Rancho Mirage on March 1, 2019

 

 

ABOUT THE SHOW

The Show, Southern California’s premier concert theater located at Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage, is a stunning venue with 2,101 seats across four levels. With expansive views, and no seat more than 125 feet from the stage, there’s not a bad seat in the house. For the ultimate in luxury, 12 boxes offer catering, private bars and bottle service. Opened in 2009, The Show is celebrating 10 years of playing host to a lineup that reads like a hall of fame: Don Henley, Jerry Seinfeld, Toni Braxton, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Steven Tyler, Sting, Alan Jackson, Tony Bennett, Martina McBride, Duran Duran, John Fogerty, ZZ Top, Goo Goo Dolls, and many more have all performed here.

ABOUT AGUA CALIENTE CASINOS

The Agua Caliente Casinos, located in Palm Springs and Rancho Mirage, are the Coachella Valley’s foremost resort gaming destinations. The Agua Caliente Casinos are owned and operated by the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, which also owns the world-renowned Indian Canyons and Tahquitz Canyon hiking trails, and Indian Canyons Golf Resort. Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage is a AAA Four Diamond and Forbes Travel Guide Recommended property, ranked top 10 for “Best Casino Outside of Las Vegas” in USA TODAY’s 10Best Readers’ Choice 2018 travel awards, and is also home to the Forbes Four-Star Sunstone Spa, ranked in the top Spas in the U.S. by Spas of America and ranked no. 1 in California. Agua Caliente Rancho Mirage is also home to Southern California’s premier entertainment venue, The Show, which features a legendary lineup of performers.

The Inland Empire Business Journal (IEBJ) is the official business news publication of Southern California’s Inland Empire region - covering San Bernardino & Riverside Counties.

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Local Veteran and His Family Open New Graze Craze Charcuterie Business in Murrieta, California

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Southern California wine country gets another stylish culinary option, offering beautifully designed, hand-crafted grazing boards and picnic boxes

Graze Craze® has opened a new location close to the wine country of Southern California, where its artfully arranged sweet and savory grazing boards and boxes create a perfect pairing for food lovers. Located at 24530 Village Walk Place, Suite C, in Village Walk Plaza, the 1,021-square-foot store is owned and operated by disabled veteran Chris Stout and his wife, Stephanie Stout, with assistance from their teenage children.

At Graze Craze, highly trained experts known as Grazologists™ skillfully design charcuterie arrangements that feature an assortment of fine ingredients perfect for grazing, like fresh fruits and vegetables, premium meats and cheeses, artisanal sweets, nuts, house-made jams and more.

Chris Stout enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 2001 and served several deployments before being discharged in 2012. Since then, he has worked as a field service engineer for an electronics company and in manufacturing sales. Stephanie Stout has a bachelor’s degree in business accounting from the University of Phoenix and worked for an insurance broker before the couple’s first child was born; she then devoted herself full-time to raising their three children, who are now in high school.

Graze Craze charcuterie boards offer something for every lifestyle, dietary preference or palate and are available in a variety of size options to cater to any occasion, big or small. They incorporate a medley of flavors, like the fan-favorite Gone Grazey board, a perfectly balanced mix of cured meats, premium cheeses, crackers, fresh produce, nuts and more. The Vegegrazian is impeccably designed with a plethora of fresh fruits and vegetables for anyone embracing a plant-based lifestyle. Those with an undeniable sweet tooth can enjoy the Sweet & Grazey, a hand-crafted board featuring an abundance of delectable desserts like chocolates and baked goods paired with sweet dips to accent the irresistible flavors.

New to the Graze Craze menu is the Brunch Board, a gourmet and innovative twist on any morning routine. Packed with breakfast meats, fresh fruits, eggs, pastries and more, this board is the perfect bagel-and-donut brunch alternative. Grazers can also tackle watch-party cravings with a seasonal Game Day Board, featuring a feast of

crowd-pleasing ingredients, like peppered salami, Italian prosciutto, goat cheese, cranberry walnut bread, raspberry jam and chocolate bark, to name a few.

The artisan-inspired charcuterie offerings at Graze Craze are available in different size options, from Char-Cutie-Cups and Picnic Boxes for nibbling to sharing-size boards with enough fresh food to feed a large party. The food displays are ideal for elevating work meetings, family gatherings, lavish events and more, while they also make for memorable gifts that impress.

Besides sharing the flavorful menu with the area, the Stouts are actively involved in numerous local school, business and community organizations. The pair supports the Murrieta Valley High School Marching Band Boosters and California High School Rodeo Association District 8, in addition to the Boy Scouts of America California Inland Empire Council and Friends of Temecula Troop 309, where Christopher Stout is a part of the adult leadership team. The couple has also worked with Homes For Our Troops, an impactful nonprofit organization that builds specially adapted homes for post-9/11 disabled veterans.

Graze Craze Murrieta is open for pick-up, catering and free local delivery Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call 951-942-7293.

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Partners in Action: How CalOSBA is bridging the gap in funding and resources for Inland Empire small businesses

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By Josaline Cuesta, California Program Director, Small Business Majority & IEBJ Content Contributor

For Tara Lynn Gray, Director of the California Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA), entrepreneurship has always been a core principle of her life. Her journey as an advocate for small businesses wasn’t built on textbooks, but on her family’s roots in small business ownership. As a young girl, she watched her grandmother empower and elevate Black women’s presences by styling their hair and instilling confidence in their personhood. She witnessed the direct impact of small businesses on community members in real time, and that’s always stayed with Tara.

As a key partner of Small Business Majority, she stands as a champion for the dreamers and risk-takers; the pillars of the communities across California and in the Inland Empire. I chatted with her to share more about her work at CalOSBA, what entrepreneurs can expect when they meet with a CalOSBA advisor, and the resources and community support available to help boost entrepreneurship in the Golden State.

Tell us about CalOSBA’s role in the small business community.

“California has the biggest small business community in the country, accounting for 4.1 million small businesses in 2023 alone. The overwhelming majority have no employees at all, except themselves, which means they don’t have a Board of Directors, expensive consultants, and they definitely don’t have lobbyists. I take my role as their advocate seriously, talking with and listening to small business owners from up and down the state. During the pandemic, we were under a very bright spotlight, administering nearly $5 billion in direct relief funding and we’re proud of the grant programs we still oversee. But that’s only a small part of what we do at CalOSBA.

My team connects small business owners to information and resources to help them get started, manage their business and, most importantly, to grow. If they’re looking for help, we want to be the first door they knock on. In addition, we offer Outsmart Disaster training, which focuses on how to mitigate risks associated with natural disasters and recovery avenues available to them. I always say the flagship of our office is our support for the statewide network of Small Business Centers, providing 1:1 business assistance and training for small business owners of all industries and in dozens of languages. In addition, supporting partners that deliver these services–all the federally funded centers like the Small Business Development Centers and the Women’s Business Centers but also Chambers of Commerce and other nonprofits—is a core function of my office. And a big source of pride because we know what a difference they make for their clients.”

What can small business owners expect from meeting with a California Small Business Center advisor?

“Small business owners can expect to meet someone who is fully invested in them. Our Centers cover the full spectrum of business needs, from writing a business plan and obtaining the right permits and licenses, to finding capital, planning a succession strategy and marketing to e-commerce. Our business advisors provide the experience and the objective perspective to help business owners optimize their best assets: ideas, energy, and ability to keep adapting and learning. And they do it because they love helping other people succeed. What’s more, business ownership can become isolating and it may be challenging for entrepreneurs to find assistance. But they don’t have to go at it alone–and they shouldn’t, when these no-cost and low-cost services are available to them.”

What’s the most rewarding part of your role at CalOSBA?

“I always say I have the best job in the state. And it’s because I frequently have the honor to watch someone’s dream come true. I love a ribbon-cutting ceremony–Every time, big or small. It means someone dreamed of accomplishing something and worked hard for it: They opened the doors to their business, they made a sale, and hopefully they will hire their first employee and then it’s off to the races. But no matter what happens to that business, that ribbon-cutting is a milestone they made happen for themselves. There are many other events I get invited to, where you can just see the hope and pride, and even fear in their faces. I’m often overwhelmed by the sheer emotion of it, and I’m always humbled that I get to participate in that person’s big milestone.”

What are some new programs that can benefit small business owners in the Inland Empire?

“The number one question my office gets asked is how to access small business financing. To help address this key need, we’re launching the Technical Assistance for Capital Readiness program this February. The program is part of a bigger effort to fill well-known funding gaps in the state to benefit very small businesses and Socially and Economically Disadvantaged Individuals (SEDI). Through investments from the U.S. Treasury, the State Treasurer’s Office and IBank, the program is going to support lenders to facilitate “high risk” loans that they normally would not approve.

In addition to supporting lenders, my office also received $25.3 million in U.S. Treasury funding to start the new Capital Readiness network. The Capital Readiness Coaches in this network will help business owners get ready for the lending marketplace, help them make the best choices in a high interest-rate environment, and optimize the use of the capital once they receive it. The network is also designed to help spread the word about this opportunity to these SEDI-owned businesses, and some of those partners will be focused on supporting the Inland Empire small business ecosystem.”

How can business owners get in touch with CalOSBA?

“That’s simple! Check out calosba.ca.gov and sign up for our monthly newsletter, where I write a column and showcase success stories from our network, along with deadlines and updates on grant and workforce support programs. We’re also on social media, so I would encourage business owners to check out all of our channels.”

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2024 Banking & Financial Industry Outlook: Where Knowledge Meets Opportunity in California’s Financial Landscape

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In an age where financial trends rapidly evolve and economic landscapes shift with increasing unpredictability, the Inland Empire Regional Chamber of Commerce stands as a beacon of knowledge and opportunity. It proudly announces its sold-out annual event, the Financial Industry Update, an exclusive gathering tailor-made for California and the Inland Empire region. This prestigious event is set to unfold on January 18, 2024, at the Ontario International Airport Authority Conference Center, promising an enriching experience for attendees.

A Gathering of Minds in the Financial Sphere

The Financial Industry Update is more than just an event; it’s a crucial nexus for professionals, businesses, and community leaders keen on gaining a deeper understanding of the financial nuances specific to California and the Inland Empire. This year’s event is particularly significant, given the rapid changes and challenges facing the financial sector in the region.

Keynote Speaker: A Treasury of Knowledge

Leading the charge is none other than California State Treasurer Fiona Ma, a figure renowned for her acumen in public finance, economic development, and responsible fiscal management. Her role as the keynote speaker underscores the event’s stature, offering invaluable insights into the financial future of California and the Inland Empire.

Featured Speakers: A Diverse Spectrum of Expertise

Joining Treasurer Ma is a lineup of distinguished speakers, each bringing unique perspectives and expertise:

  • Ivo Tjan: As the Chairman, President, and CEO of CommerceWest Bank, Tjan’s journey from founding the company to leading it through an IPO is nothing short of inspirational. His leadership and insights are eagerly anticipated.
  • Hilda Kennedy: The Founder/President of AmPac CDC and a trailblazer in local government and economic development, Kennedy’s impact on small businesses and community financing is profound.
  • Edward Ornelas, Jr.: The visionary force behind the Inland Empire Regional Chamber of Commerce, Ornelas’s innovative approaches to business and economic development have redefined the region’s business narrative.

Event Highlights: More Than Just Talks

The event promises more than just insightful presentations. It’s a unique opportunity for networking, where professionals can connect, collaborate, and engage with potential partners and influential community figures. The interactive Q&A sessions will allow attendees to delve deeper into subjects, clarifying doubts and gaining more profound knowledge.

A Confluence of Opportunity and Expertise

This event symbolizes the intersection of knowledge and opportunity in California’s dynamic financial landscape. It’s a platform where insights are shared, connections are made, and the future of the financial industry in the Inland Empire is contemplated and shaped.

As January 18 approaches, the anticipation among California’s financial community continues to build. This event is not just a meeting of minds; it’s a forge where the future of financial industry trends and strategies will be hammered out, shaping the economic future of the Inland Empire and beyond.

For more information about the event and the Inland Empire Regional Chamber of Commerce, visit www.iechamber.org

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