Black Chamber of Commerce Inland Empire and the Greater Riverside Hispanic Chamber of Commerce held the second “Multicultural Gala” on thursday November 12, at the Riverside Convention Center. The theme for this year’s event was the “Great Gatsby. The evening was filled we songs, dance and various entertainments. The purpose of the event was to bring businesses together for a united front to show that they are all part of the same business community, seeking the same ultimate goals.


The BCCIE President Tammy Martin Ryles installed her New Executive Board Members for 2016 calendar year, with Sharon L. Barnes as Chair, Navarre Bell as Vice-Chair, La Toya Boyd-Tillett as Director of Finance, Nicolas G. Perez, as Director of Sales and Marketing, and Karla Quebec as secretary.


The GRHC installed their 2016 board members, and presented three great awards The Josie Lozano Memorial Award, the Marian E. Luna Community service award and the Corporate Business Partner award. The Josie Lozano Memorial Award for Distinguished Service was presented to Darlene Trujillo Elliot for her work in re-establishing the history of Spanish Town. She was influential in restoring the Legacy of the Inland Empire’s first settlers by sharing their stories, creating cultural learning opportunities, and leading community efforts to restore and revitalize La Placita de los Trujillos, a place of history, learning, entertainment and the arts. The Marian E. Luna, Community Service Award went to Cosme Sotelo He is the founder of the celebration of “El Dia De Los Muertos” in Riverside which is a celebration to honor the dead. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. The Corporate Business Partner of the Year was presented to Southern California Edison, was who is very involved and present with GRHCC. Southern California Edison, Supplier Diversity & Development is an example of a great partnership that empowers the members of GRHC, with education, workshops, opportunities and growth.


The BCCIE also recognized some its supporters of the newest Chamber in the Inland Empire with their awards. The “Godfather” Award which was presented to Navarre Bell, for all his work with overseeing the operation of the BCCIE. The “Woop Woop” award was presented to Diana Mckee for all her cheerleading and energy she brings to the chamber, and the “Great Gatsby award to Sharon L. Barnes for all her dedication and hard work to make sure the new BCCIE Chamber is in alignment with all the necessary procedures to function properly.


This event was extraordinary, and it diffidently brought together the two chambers in a very dynamic way. The future is bright for both organization and they will continue to merge together for the united front for all small business and the community.