Senator Stone to Honor Big and Small Businesses of the Year

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Sacramento, Ca. – Senator Jeff Stone (R-Riverside County) this week announced he has named two pillars of the community to be his choice for Big and Small Businesses of the Year (Western District) in the 28th Senate District.

The Lake Elsinore Storm has been selected as the Big Business of the Year and The Temecula Valley Business Journal is the choice for Small Business of the Year.

“We have so many wonderful businesses in the 28th Senate District and this is never an easy choice,” said Senator Stone. “However both the Storm and Valley Business Journal have contributed so much to the region for so many years that I really felt they were both long overdue for this honor.”

Ceremonies to honor both businesses will be held in July.

The Lake Elsinore Storm

The Lake Elsinore Storm-- the Single-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres – is in their 25th season of providing family fun to people from across Riverside County.

Since moving to Lake Elsinore in 1994, the Storm has won three California League Championships and has reached the playoffs numerous times.

Storm players and staff contribute to the community in many ways.

Last year the Storm’s 17th annual “Reading For Rewards” program reached over 55,000 children at more than 80 elementary schools across region. Participating students were rewarded with more than $200,000 worth of game day tickets.

The Storm annually hosts many “Community Nights” at the Diamond including Disabilities Awareness Night, Faith & Family Night, Bicycle Safety Awareness Night, and Hispanic Heritage Night.

The Storm welcomes Veterans and First Responders to the Diamond each season with free and discounted tickets.

Each year The Storm is a major sponsor of the City of Lake Elsinore’s “Clean Extreme” event to clean-up the community. The Storm provides each volunteer a game ticket and hosts a post-event barbecue.

The Valley Business Journal

Founded in 1989, The Valley Business Journal has been the face of business in Southwest County.

In addition to supporting the business community with timely information they can use to grow their companies, The Valley Business Journal supports hundreds of nonprofit groups who contribute to the quality of life in Southwest County.

Each month Publisher Linda Wunderlich, and her small staff, produce a newspaper that reaches more than 60,000 readers and can be found, free of charge, at hundreds of locations around the region.

Wunderlich also serves on the board of directors of numerous local nonprofit organizations and has been an active volunteer at many community events for decades.

At a time when newspapers that once provided important information to local residents have either disappeared or drastically reduced local coverage, people still count on The Valley Business Journal to learn about community events, interesting people, important meetings and other items of interests for both their business and their families.