News from the Chico Chamber of Commerce
"Leveraging the Voice of Business for Community Good."
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CEO Report
Partnership Perspective
Membership 411
Special Events
Young Professionals
Explore Butte County
Community Safety Meetings
Community Impact Partnership
Upcoming Events
Chamber Pictures
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October Event Calendar
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Committee Corner
All Chico Chamber of Commerce members are welcome to attend committee meetings held at the Chamber and join in the discussion. 

Please click here for more information and to be added to the committee e-mail  distribution list.

Ambassador Executive Meeting
Monday, October 2
12 p.m.

YPO Committed Leaders Meeting
Wednesday, October 4
11:30 a.m.

Ambassador Meeting
Monday, October 9
12:00 p.m.

Special Events Committee
@ Golden Valley Bank
Friday, October 13
12:00 p.m.

Legislative Action 
Committee Meeting
@ Golden Valley Bank
Tuesday, October 17
7:30 a.m.

Executive Committee Meeting
Wednesday, October 18
7:30 a.m.

Board of Directors Meeting
Wednesday,  October 25
7:30 a.m.
Welcome New Partners!
Welcome New Members!
CalChamber Corner
Be on Alert, California Employers!

Bill Tracking

1st Quarter 2017
Chico Economic Snapshot
July 2017
Business Confidence Survey
September Community 
Impact Report

Community Vision
Team Chico

Next Business Walk Date:
October 27th
Your friendly 
Chamber staff!
Katie Simmons
President & CEO

Kelsey Torres
Associate Vice President 

Heather Ugie
Member Services & Events Manager

Michelle Woods
Operations & Communications Manager

Jennifer Horn
Visitor Center & Membership Assistant

Jeanette Joslyn

Visit us downtown at the corner of 5th Street and Main Street in the Old Municipal Building, 
441 Main Street
Monday - Friday, 
10a.m. - 4p.m.
Thank you to our 
Legacy Partners

October 2017

On behalf of our Board of Directors, we offer you the 
2017 Community Vision report to kick off an important community conversation about taking responsibility 
for Chico's future.
CEO Insight
Airport Manager Sherry Miller recently commissioned a Catchment Area Study, also known as a Passenger Demand Forecast, to give us insight into the feasibility of restoring commercial air service in Chico. The results are used by carriers to determine their potential success in the Chico market. Airlines need this data as well as commitments from the community to cover any financial losses they might experience in operating out of the Chico Municipal Airport. Read the study results here. A consultant from InterVISTAS will be in Chico answering questions about the study results on November 8 th , at 6:00 p.m., at a workshop hosted by the Airport Commission in the Old Municipal Building (441 Main Street). Feel free to participate in this Q&A session. In the meantime, we will continue to keep our members and partners up to date on movement in this area, including any reports that result from the workshop.
Over the last few months we've hosted what we're calling "Anchor Business Listening Sessions" with major employers in Chico. In just 6 sessions we've spoken with the owners and managers of companies representing nearly 16,000 jobs in our community. Not surprisingly, the feedback has been markedly unified - our concerns and our compliments for Chico are very similar. Everyone loves our events and our community spirit. Even people who've arrived from other cities within the last few months have noticed the busy social calendar our residents keep. Everyone - to a person - however, is concerned about the state of downtown, the safety of our parks, and crime in Chico. Though we may be tempted to say this signifies a troubling trend, I like to think of it as validation to keep working on the priorities we set many years ago when our Board of Directors committed to Moving Chico Forward.
On that note, we'll host our Annual Board Retreat later this month. The Retreat will result in a white paper with a series of recommendations aimed at improving the conditions we measured in this summer's Community Vision Report. Stay tuned for solutions.
Katie Simmons, President & CEO
Partnership Perspective
Leaves are turning colors, nights are getting longer and the weather is getting cooler, happy Fall Chico! I want to take time to thank our newest Community Impact Partner  Air Spray USA Inc., thank you for your commitment to the Chamber as a Champion Partner! Our partner list keeps growing because our business community is seeing the value and wants to be a part of the movement to 'Move Chico Forward'. Come talk to me about being involved at a higher level because your investment as a Community Impact Partner is leveraging the voice of business for community good! Call me at 530-891-5556 or email me at
Kelsey Torres, Associate Vice President
Membership 411
I invite you to register for our Fall Member Orientation Thursday, October 5 th , at 8:30 a.m., here at the Chico Chamber offices.  Orientation comes around only twice a year and is open to anyone interested in learning how to move their business and Chico forward! The morning will also include networking, refreshments, and a chance to win $25 off of a new membership or renewal.  
Believe it or not, the holidays will soon be approaching. Save the date for our Holiday Kick Off Mixer Thursday, November 16th at Red Tavern!  Hors d'oeuvres and no-host bar will be waiting for you.   
Lastly, thank you to all of your new members who joined in September. I hope to see you at the Member Orientation too! 
Heather Ugie, Membership Services & Event Manager
Special Events
The Chico Chamber and Special Events Committee are preparing for the 80th Annual Dinner & Business Awards Ceremony - "Rising to the Occasion" being held in the Sierra Nevada Big Room, January 18, 2018. It is an evening we look forward to as we recognize the outstanding 2017 individuals and businesses who help make Chico so special!  In conjunction with the dinner and program, we host a silent auction. We are looking for businesses who would like to be recognized as 2018 Silent Auction Donors. If you are interested, please reach out to Heather Ugie at today!
Natasha Beehner, Special Events Committee Chair, Golden Valley Bank
Chamber Ambassadors
Summer is over and Fall is here! Ambassadors continue to make an impact in our community. On a recent Membership Walk we stopped in to a long-time business here in Chico asking them how business was going and if they would consider Chico Chamber of Commerce membership, "We aren't members?" they replied. And just like that, we have another partner to help Move Chico Forward. 
We have a special business community here in Chico and Ambassadors are glad to help connect and facilitate new and ongoing relationships within our community! If you want to join a group of professional men and women dedicated to our City who are in the know about the people, events, and activities that are moving our community forward, please email me,, or stop by our regular monthly meeting on the second Monday of every month at 12:00 p.m. in the Old Municipal Building, 441 Main Street.
Brett Sanders, Ambassador Chair, Office of Brad Jacobson, Farmers Insurance
Young Professionals Organization

We kicked off Fall with a "Chico, What The Tech?" panel featuring Andrew March,  Compini; Noelle Sadler,  Lulus; Ryan Sanders,; Kathryn Schifferle,  Work Truck Solutions; and Wendy Porter,  Chicostart. It was a great opportunity to hear and learn from local tech companies about how Chico has impacted their professional careers. They shared thoughts about how our local tech industry is moving forward. Noelle even moved to Chico from New York, that's right, New York! Chico must be a pretty special place for professionals who want to create a good work/life balance. If you weren't able to attend and want to hear more about where tech is going in Chico, download Episode 14 from the Don't forget to subscribe!
Speaking of work/life balance, we hope you'll join YPO at our October Mixer at the Sierra Nevada Brewery on Wednesday, October 18, 2017. We would love to connect with you if you're a young career-oriented individual, 10 years or less into your professional career. We hope to see you soon. 
Danie Schwartz, YPO President, Danie Schwartz Consulting
Explore Butte County

October brings the cooler weather and many fun events to Chico and Butte County. The first weekend in October is packed full of events. From Sierra Nevada's Oktoberfest, the start of Chico State's Experience Week, Paradise's Johnny Appleseed Days, Sierra Oro Farm Trail, The National Yo-Yo Contest, and the Chico Parade of Lights! Most of these events bring in people from out of town and gives us a great opportunity to share Explore Butte County with them. For news and updates on Explore Butte County please fill out our form on or contact me and I will add you to our mailing list. Our next regularly scheduled meeting is October 12th at 12:00 p.m. at the Residence Inn By Marriott. Don't forget to like us on Facebook and  Instagram, hashtag #explorebutteca for a chance to be featured!

Brooke Smith, Hospitality Chair,  Courtyard by Marriott & Residence Inn by Marriott
Every month for the past 5+ years, Team Chico has conducted Business Walks in Chico to   find out what businesses need and how to support them with resources and services. These Walks spurred "Community Safety Meetings" between businesses and the Chico Police Department.

  • 20th Street / Chico Mall: October 10, 2017 @ 9:00 a.m., Chico Mall, Food Court - 1950 E. 20th St., Chico. 
  • North Valley Plaza: November 9, 2017 @ 11:00 a.m., Round Table Pizza Clubhouse, 2201 Pillsbury Road, Chico.
  • 2017 meetings will continue to be announced
Businesses, property owners, and community members in the corresponding areas are welcome and encouraged to attend these free Community Safety Meetings.  No RSVPs are required.
Shown above is a photo from our September 7th Community Safety Meeting at Azad's Martial Arts Family Center on Walnut Street focusing on safety issues occurring in the Nord Corridor and South Campus area. More meetings are planned throughout Chico business districts in 2017 and we welcome your participation!
Businesses making an investment in our community 
In addition to traditional membership, we now have four tiers of investment which allow businesses to support their own mission through the Chamber's advocacy work, economic development partnership, and targeted activities that benefit Chico's economic health and high quality of life.  
Businesses choosing partnership will stand with us as we do some of the most important and influential work being done in our community right now, and will make a lasting difference.
Every successful community is built on a foundation of successful businesses creating jobs and economic possibilities.  And every successful business is built on strong and enduring relationships.  Through your membership or partnership, let's keep Chico businesses and our local community flourishing.   Call Kelsey for an overview, 891-5556 ext. 307


Air Spray Anderson & Associates, Inc. | Associated Pension Consultants | BloodSource - North Valley | Business Learning Systems | Cafe Petra | Chico Mall | Coldwell Banker DuFour Realty | Costco Wholesale | Courtyard by Marriott | CREAM | Diamond W Western Wear | Downtown Chico Business Association | Experts In Your Home | Gold Country Casino & Hotel | Guillon Brouhard Commercial Real Estate | Hotel Diamond | InterWest Insurance Services, Inc. | K-Coe Isom |  M & S Wesley Tree Service | Madison Bear Garden | Milestone Technologies INC. | Mom's | North Valley Ag Services | Rabobank | Ramada Plaza Chico | Residence Inn by Marriott | Shubert's Ice Cream & Candy| Smucker Natural Foods | Spelts Wealth Management, Inc. | Teller$' Grill |  Titus Pacific Insurance Services | Union Pacific Railroad | UnitedHealthcare | Walmart | Weiss McNair

Moving Your Business Forward
Thursday, October 5, 2017
Old Municipal Building - Conference Room
441 Main Street
8:30 a.m. | 891-5556
Come learn more about what membership and partnership means for your business and the Chamber's vision to  "Move Chico Forward". All current, prospective and past members welcome to attend! No cost to attend but RSVP is required. Questions? Call 530.891.5556 or  email. Mark your calendar and  register today!
Membership Orientations are presented by  Community Impact Partners.

Open House
Friday, October 6, 2017
1444 Fortress Street
12:00 p.m. | 530-893-5209
In honor of National Manufacturing Day, Transfer Flow invites you to tour their Production and Engineering departments, see their manufacturing equipment in operation, and learn how they contribute to the Chico economy!  Click here for more information.

Let's Do Lunch!
Friday, October 6, 2017
163 E. 2nd Street
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
We set the time and place, you meet your fellow members for lunch. Chamber Members + 1 Local Restaurant + 1 Hour = Great Networking Opportunity! Pre-registration required for attendance. Register Today! Call 891-5556 for questions. Networking events are presented by  Steward Partners. 

Community Safety Meeting - 20th Street and Chico Mall Area
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Chico Mall - Food Court
1950 E. 20th St.
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Be Part of the Solution! Join Chico Chamber of Commerce and the Chico Police Department for a Community Safety Meeting discussing the 20th Street and Chico Mall business area. This event is free and all are welcome and encouraged to attend!

YPO Mixer
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. - Patio
1075 East 20th Street
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Mingle with other young professionals in your community! No-host bar.
Let's Do Lunch!
Friday, November 3, 2017
166 E. 2nd Street
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
We set the time and place, you meet your fellow members for lunch. Chamber Members + 1 Local Restaurant + 1 Hour = Great Networking Opportunity! Pre-registration required for attendance. Registration opening soon. Call 891-5556 for questions. Networking events are presented by  Steward Partners. 

Community Safety Meeting - North Valley Plaza / Rio Lindo / Cohasset Area
Thursday, November 9, 2017
Round Table Pizza - Almond Orchard
2201 Pillsbury Road
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Be Part of the Solution! Join Chico Chamber of Commerce and the Chico Police Department for a Community Safety Meeting discussing the North Valley Plaza, Rio Lindo, Cohasset business area. This event is free and all are welcome and encouraged to attend!

Community Development Update
Thursday, November 9, 2017
Old Municipal Building - Conference Room
441 Main St
12:00 p.m. | 530-891-5556
Featuring Community Development Director Leo DePaola and Brendan Ottoboni Public Works Director - Engineering, from the City of Chico, discussing: Permitting Timelines & Staffing, Overview of Permit Activity, Online Inspection Scheduling/Permitting, Projects & Development Update, and New Regulatory Standards. Q&A with City Officials to follow presentation. No cost to attend but RSVP is required. Registration opening soon.

25th Anniversary Celebration
Thursday, November 9, 2017
2750 Sierra Sunrise Terrace
5:00 p.m. 530-894-5429
Help The Terraces Senior Living celebrate their 25th Anniversary! More details to come.

Holiday Kick-Off Mixer
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Location: Red Tavern - 1250 Esplanade
5:30 p.m.
'Tis the season for connecting and spreading pre-holiday cheer!  Hosted hors d'oeuvres with a no-host bar.  No cost to attend and no RSVP required!

80th Annual Dinner & Business Awards Ceremony 
"Rising to the Occasion"
Thursday, January 18, 2018
Sierra Nevada Big Room
1075 East 20th Street
5:30 p.m. | 530-891-5556
Reservations opening soon! 
The Chico Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner & Business Awards Ceremony draws Chico business leaders together each January. The event features a reception, silent auction, dinner, installation of Officers and Directors, business and community awards, and scholarship presentations. 
For more details or sponsor information please  contact Heather Ugie, Member Services & Event Manager, or to donate an item for the silent auction  contact Natasha Beehner, Special Events Committee Chair.  Award & Scholarship Nominations Now Being Accepted, December 1, 2017 deadline.
New Chico Chamber Podcasts Available
Did you happen to miss YPO's last couple events?!? Not a problem! Visit for the last few episodes including "Chico, What the Tech?" coming soon.  Like what you hear? Don't forget to subscribe in ITunes to check the Chamber's other podcasts such as "A Look at the Community Vision Report", featuring President & CEO, Katie Simmons, Chair of the Chico Chamber Board of Directors, Rick Anderson, Dex-YP, and Mark Francis, Golden Valley Bank, Legacy Partner as they sit down for a candid conversation about why now is the time to kick off the important conversation about taking responsibility for Chico's future. The goal? To be, "the safest, most vibrant, premiere city in the North State."

Another delicious Let's Do Lunch! September 1st at Kinder's Meats Deli BBQ. Thank you to all who could attend!

Deer Creek Broadcasting hosted our September 6th CBC giving attendees information about Summerfest 2017.

Thank you to Klean Kanteen, Museum of Northern California Art (MONCA) and Idea Fab Labs for hosting over 50 of our business community members September 7th for the Chico Chamber Fall Business Crawl ! Click here to view more photo's from the evening.  

September 8th our Ambassadors held another Membership Walk where we covered a lot of ground in the West Park Ave area! 

Thank you Creative Composition, Inc. for hosting our September 13th CBC!.

September 19th the Legislative Action Committee (LAC) met at Golden Valley Bank to discuss and hear: the improved Intercity Rail / Bus Service by Karl Ory, the Bureau Land Management Letter by Alison Sterling Nichols, a guest presentation by Sherry Miller on the Airport Demand Analysis, an update on the Task Force July through September Board Study Sessions, a report on the 5th Anchor Business Listening Session, and the release of the 2017 Community Vision Report. Join us for the next meeting Tuesday, Oct 17th, 7:30 a.m. at Golden Valley Bank.

Another great Chico Chamber Ambassador turn out at September 20ths CBC! Thank you Ken Hagins for inviting Chamber members to learn more about Edward Jones and your support of the Alzheimer's Association.

Here is the Chico Chamber of Commerce YPO Committed Leaders with the "Chico, What The Tech?" panelists after the Leadership Luncheon September 20th. Thank you to all of our attendees and especially our panelists: Andrew March, Co-Founder of Compini; Noelle Sadler, VP of Marketing of Lulus; Ryan Sanders, Product Manager of; Kathryn Schifferle , CEO of Work Truck Solutions; and moderator Wendy porter, Managing Director of  Chicostart.

September 27th we held our weekly CBC at the new Chico location of Finders Keepers Home Consignment and held an official ribbon cutting for this thriving new business! Congrats Finders Keepers!

September 29th we had 11 members of Team Chico walk the Chico Mall, 20th Street and Business Lane area to obtain local feedback and invite the businesses to our Community Safety Meeting on October 10th at the Chico Mall.
"Leveraging the Voice of Business for Community Good."