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CEO Report
Partnership Perspective
Membership 411
Special Events
Young Professionals
Small Business Regulatory Reform Info
Community Safety Meetings
Community Impact Partnership
Upcoming Events
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Chamber Reminders
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January Event Calendar

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, January 2
12 p.m.

YPO Committed Leaders Meeting
Wednesday, January 3
@ Residence Inn By Marriott
11:30 a.m.

Ambassador Meeting
Monday, January 8
12:00 p.m .

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

Legislative Action 
Committee Meeting
@ Golden Valley Bank
Tuesday, January 16
7:30 a.m.

Executive Committee Meeting
Wednesday, January 17
7:30 a.m.

Board of Directors Meeting
Wednesday,  January 24
7:30 a.m.

Welcome New Partners!

Welcome New Members!

CalChamber Corner

Be on Alert, California Employers!

2nd Quarter 2017
Chico Economic Snapshot

July 2017
Business Confidence Survey

December Community 
Impact Report

Community Vision

Team Chico

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.

*The Chamber will be closed January 1st in observance of New Years Day and January 15th in observance of Martin Luther King Jr Birthday.
Thank you to our 
Legacy Partners

January 2018
Attend the Premier Business and Community Event of the Year!

CEO Insight
2018 has arrived and so has our annual chance to start fresh. I'm curious: what are your business goals for 2018 and how can the Chamber help you achieve them? This is what we're here for, after all: to help Chico achieve it's best and highest quality of life and to help businesses succeed. Drop me a note if you get a chance and challenge all of us to think bigger and dream a little bit more.
Start your year off at our 80th Annual Dinner where we'll celebrate business and community leaders, and then join us the following week for our 2018 Business Summit & State of the City Address  on Friday,  January 26 th from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. at the CARD Center. This event is free and open to the public expressly to encourage everyone to attend. It is our chance to lean in, listen up, and lift the voice of business so that it's heard far and wide.
Also this month, we're continuing our Retail Roundtables to help businesses and the police department confront shoplifting. Property crime rates are soaring and businesses are feeling the pinch - or the punch, rather - and there are best practices everyone can employ to protect people and property. Stay tuned for more information on preventing shoplifting in the coming months.
January also means a changing of the guard for our Board of Directors. Rick Anderson did a terrific job heading up our Board in 2017 and now we welcome Anastacia Snyder Lando to the helm. Anastacia is Executive Director of Catalyst Domestic Violence Services and is an active advocate at the state level. Read more about Anastacia here  and be sure to introduce yourself if you haven't met her yet.
Thank you for doing business in Chico and for making the Chico Chamber one of the strongest, most influential business organizations in northern California. Our community directly benefits from your investments and contributions which we leverage to make Chico the safest, most vibrant, premier community in the North State.  Looking forward to seeing you in 2018!
Katie Simmons, President & CEO
Partnership Perspective
Happy New Year! Last month we welcomed three new Community Impact Partners! A huge thank you to  Waste Management, our new Visionary Partner, and to The Terraces Senior Living and ServiceMASTER by Cronic our new Champion partners! Our Community Vision is to make Chico the safest, most vibrant, premier city in the North State, and I can tell you that is exactly what we are doing. I am a Chico local and I made the move back to Chico to raise my family because Chico is my home and I want my kids to grow up in place that maintains a special sense of community. I love that we still have the small town feeling as we have developed into a vibrant center for business, recreation and cultural activities. As a strong community we are doing what we can to keep Chico the place we love.  In this new year we will be continuing our efforts and would love for you to jump on board!  Call me at  530-891-5556 or email me today to become a Community Impact Partner today!
Kelsey Torres, Associate Vice President
Membership 411
January is a busy month with our Annual Dinner, Business Summit & State of the City Address, and multiple member business celebrations! Start off 2018 by increasing your business engagement in the business community! We have open dates for your business to host Chamber Business Connections where we are now filming LIVE on Facebook. By the way, follow us if you aren't already...
Have your checked out our Chico Chamber Podcast? Our latest episode features Ben Winter, Director of Business Development with Visionary Partner Transfer Flow, Inc. Ben has been a committed employee of Transfer Flow for 26 years and spoke to our young professionals December 13th about how important it is to stay relevant as you continue your career path. We will have even more stimulating one on one conversations with our business community as we progress through 2018. Stay tuned!
Heather Ugie, Membership Services & Event Manager
Special Events
Welcome 2018! The Special Events Committee (SEC) is excited for the 80th Annual Dinner & Business Awards Ceremony - Rising to the Occasion that is quickly approaching on Thursday, January 18th held at the Sierra Nevada Big Room. It isn't too late to contribute a silent auction item if you would like to be recognized at the dinner. If you are interested, please reach out to Heather Ugie at Excited to see you all there!
Natasha Beehner, Special Events Committee Chair, Golden Valley Bank
Chamber Ambassadors
In my first message I wanted to express my appreciation for the opportunity to step into the Ambassador Chair position for 2018! Brett Sanders has been, and will continue to be, such a great leader within the Chamber and he has set the direction for the Ambassador program. We will continue to visit Chico businesses during our Team Chico and Membership Walks to learn more about what you may be looking for from the Chamber, what issues are impacting your business and how we can strengthen our partnership. I welcome you all to reach out to me or any of the Ambassadors to learn more about the opportunities and events the Chamber offers to connect and engage within our business community.  This past year I joined Northern California National Bank as a Commercial Loan Officer and appreciate the team environment and the Bank's value of client relationships. The Chico Chamber, and our Ambassadors, are a dedicated team who also place value in relationships and a direction for our future.  I look forward to being part of this team!  You may contact me directly at to learn more about the Ambassador program. 
Valerie Coletti, Ambassador Chair, Northern California National Bank
Young Professionals Organization

Hello and Happy New Year! My name is Kelly Gibbons, and I'm honored to be the 2018 YPO President! A little bit about myself, I work as an insurance agent for Farmers Insurance for my dad, Brad Jacobson's agency. I'm a local gal. I grew up in Paradise and now live in Chico with my husband, Bryan, and our German Shepherd fur baby, Sophie. One of my favorite things I get to do is volunteer with a wonderful program called "Reading Pals". Once a week I go to Chapman Elementary School and read with two little ladies who are below their reading level and help improve their reading skills. It's incredibly meaningful to me to be able to give back to our community in that small way.
Enough about me, let's talk about the YPO! We just wrapped up an amazing year under Danie Schwartz's leadership. Our December Leadership Luncheon was quite a hit! We had Ben Winters from Transfer Flow, Inc. speak to us about what it takes to stay committed to a company, even through the inevitable ups and downs. I'm really excited about our January Leadership Luncheon with featured speakers Larry Ducommun and Maria Espino from Toastmasters Chico. They will be speaking to us about a very common fear, public speaking, and how simple it is to prepare & give a presentation! It should be an incredible "It's as easy as PIE" event. See you January 17th at the Italian Cottage on the Esplanade. Don't miss out, register today!
Kelly Gibbons, YPO President,  Office of Brad Jacobson, Farmers Insurance
The Office of Advocacy is involved in Regulatory Reform efforts as a result of two recent regulatory Executive Orders. One of these efforts will be hosting roundtables to hear what regulatory burdens small businesses are facing.

Click here t o keep up to date on Advocacy's involvement in reducing burdens to small businesses

* P lease click here to fill out the  U.S. Small Business Administr ation form to tell them  about your federal regulatory burdens.
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. We will conduct a handful of meetings in 2018 - please stay tuned for dates, times, and locations!
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 November 9th Community Safety Meeting at Round Table Pizza Clubhouse on Pillsbury Road focusing on safety issues occurring in the North Valley Plaza area. More meetings are planned throughout Chico business districts in 2018 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 PetraChico Breast Care Center | Chico Mall | Coldwell Banker DuFour Realty | Costco Wholesale | Courtyard by Marriott | CREAM | Creative Composition, Inc. | 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 Advanced Imaging| North Valley Ag ServicesOxford Suites | Rabobank | Ramada Plaza Chico | Residence Inn by MarriottServiceMASTER by Cronic | Shubert's Ice Cream & Candy| Smucker Natural Foods | Spelts Wealth Management, Inc. | Teller$' GrillThe Inn at the Terraces of Chico | Titus Pacific Insurance Services | Union Pacific Railroad | UnitedHealthcare | Walmart | Weiss McNair

Let's Do Lunch!
Friday, January 5, 2018
300 Broadway
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 Now Open. Call 891-5556 for questions. Networking events are presented by Steward Partners. 

Open House And Ribbon Cutting
Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Groups Recover Together
1550 Humboldt Rd., Suite 6
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Don't miss out! Be apart of the Groups Recover Together Ribbon Cutting At 5:30 p.m.

Open House
Thursday, January 11, 2018
Omega Pacific Insurance Solutions
901 Bruce Road, Ste 170
4:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Mark your calendar for Omega Pacific Insurance Solutions January Open House.

Open House
Friday, January 12, 2018
Oxford Suites
2035 Business Lane
12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Join Oxford Suites for their January Open House where they will be serving lunch, as well as offering tours of their new rooms!

January YPO Leadership Luncheon: "It's As Easy As Pie"
Wednesday, January 17, 2017
Speakers: Chico Toastmasters, Larry Ducommun, Picture Plus Promotional Products AND Maria Espino, Dirt & Sky Farm
Location: Italian Cottage - 2234 Esplanade
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
$20 for YPO Members; $25 for Guests. *Cost includes lunch, drink, tax, and tip. Larry Ducommun & Maria Espino with Chico Toastmasters will show you how simple it is to prepare & give a presentation. In this interactive workshop, you'll learn tips & information to use for any presentation. Pre-registration with payment required,  reserve your seat today ! Questions? Call 530-891-5556 or email.

80th Annual Dinner & Business Awards Ceremony "Rising to the Occasion"
Thursday, January 18, 2018
1075 East 20th Street
5:30 p.m. | 530-891-5556
Registration Now Open!
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.

Grand Re-Opening
Thursday, January 25, 2018
Nevin & Witt Insurance Services
1600 Mangrove Avenue, Suite 195
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Help Nevin & Witt Insurance Services celebrate their Grand Re-Opening!

Business Summit & State of the City Address
Friday, January 26, 2018
545 Vallombrosa Ave.
3:00 p.m. 530-891-5556
This annual event is free and open to the public  BUT RSVPs are required, as seating is limited. Reserve your seat today! Summit agenda includes the Business Climate Outlook, 2018 Economic Outlook, Downtown Report, and the State of the City Address. Questions? Call 530.891.5556 or e-mailBusiness Summit & State of the City is presented by our  Legacy and Visionary Partners.

2018 Snow Goose Festival of the Pacific Flyway
January 24 - January 26, 2018
The Pacific Flyway ranks as one of the greatest migratory pathways in the entire world, stretching from the Bering Strait off the coast of Alaska to the steeps of Patagonia in South America. This action-packed 5-day event celebrates the remarkable journey of millions of waterfowl and raptors along the Pacific Flyway that call the Northern Sacramento Valley their home during the winter months. Click here  for a full list of 2018 Festival Events. 

Grand Opening
Thursday, February 1, 2018
The Inn at the Terraces of Chico
2950 Sierra Sunrise Terrace
5:00 p.m.
Join The Inn at the Terraces of Chico for their Grand Opening this February!
Let's Do Lunch!
Friday, February 2, 2018
2635 Esplanade
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. 

February YPO Leadership Luncheon
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Speaker: Farshad Azad, Grandmaster of Azad's Martial Arts Family Center
Location: Azad's Martial Arts Family Center - 313 Walnut Street
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
$20 for YPO Members; $25 for Guests. *Cost includes buffet lunch, drink, tax, and tip. Vegetarian options available. Pre-registration with payment required, reservations opening soon! Questions? Call 530-891-5556 or email.

Flyer Insert Deadline
Insert your flyers into our 2018 Chamber Forecast Mailer hitting mailboxes end of January.
Flyer Insert Deadline is  Wednesday, January 17th.   Complete this contract and bring with your copies* and insert fee to the Chamber Office  441 Main, Ste. 150,  M-F, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.  *Please call the Chamber for a current flyer total, 891.5556.


Still Time To Order your 2018 Compliance Material!
All California employers and businesses must post the new 2018 compliance material effective January 1, 2018.  
CalChamber's 2018 all-in-one poster includes mandatory updates to the Cal/OSHA notice for January 1, 2018, plus recommended updates to the USERRA notice and the CFRA notice.  
Reminder: The first scheduled minimum wage increase (to $10.50/hour) takes effect for employers with 25 or less employees; second increase (to $11.00/hour) takes effect for employers with 26 or more employees. Click HERE for more details on minimum wage increase.
Order your products through the Chico Chamber by clicking here  or download the order form here .

Our members enjoying Let's Do Lunch! at Panera on December 1st! A great program to connect the business community and support our local restaurants.

December 4th the Redding Chamber of Commerce team visited the Chico Chamber of Commerce to discuss how to advance our north state.

We were at the 6th Annual Rush Personnel Services, Inc. Toys For Tots event December 6th, combining our weekly CBC and their toy drive!

Outreach to our local businesses December 7th on Mangrove and Vallombrosa went great! Thank you all for letting us visit! 

Local business and Chico Chamber member Parris and Associates, LLP celebrated a successful Ribbon Cutting December 7th!

December 8th our new member  Spa Pierman Day Spa hosted a fun  Happy Hour event.

Thank you to Matson & Isom Technology Consulting team for hosting our weekly Chamber Business Connections December 13th! You gave us valuable security education.
We had a sold out crowd December 20th for the Chico Chamber YPO Leadership Luncheon with Ben Winter of  Transfer Flow, Inc.! Thank you Ben Winter and Golden Valley Bank for being our YPO sponsor. 

Had the pleasure of visiting our new member Northwest Lineman College December 19th. We can't even describe how cool this facility is!

Thank you to Melanie Bassett, Downtown Chico Business Association, and David Halimi, Cafe' Petra, for co-hosting CBC December 20th! We had a great presentation on who the NEW neon vested ambassadors in our downtown are.
"Leveraging the Voice of Business for Community Good."