Marie generously shares her gifts and skills at marketing, networking, promoting, event coordination, social media, video production and networking to help the community through IVBCF. She originally set out to help some of her friends and fellow tenants promote their businesses during the depths of a sever recession by putting together an expo. That led to a bigger expo with proceeds benefiting a local school. In time, Marie and the team of community leaders she assembled created a non-profit organization dedicated to building business and the community together. Today, under Marie's leadership and exemplary marketing/promotional skills, IVBCF has provided free business education, formally recognized excellence in education, business and community leadership, partnered with multiple other community organizations to raise funds for education, women's health, homeless and abused women/children shelters, student scholarships and much more. IVBCF now organizes and produces Fashion Week Temecula, one of 5 signature events of the City of Temecula, to promote tourism and business in the community and raise funds for student scholarships.