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
Small Business Regulatory Reform Info
Community Safety Meetings
Community Impact Partnership
Upcoming Events
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Ambassador Executive Meeting
Monday, December 4
12 p.m.

YPO Committed Leaders Meeting
Wednesday, December 6
@Residence Inn By Marriott
11:30 a.m.

Board of Directors Meeting
Wednesday,  December 6
7:30 a.m.

Special Events Committee
@ Golden Valley Bank
Friday, December 8
12:00 p.m.

Ambassador Meeting
Monday, December 11
12:00 p.m .

Legislative Action 
Committee Meeting
@ Golden Valley Bank
Tuesday, December 19
7:30 a.m.

Executive Committee Meeting
Wednesday, December 20
7:30 a.m.
Welcome New Members!
CalChamber Corner

Three Significant New Employment Laws for 2018

Be on Alert, California Employers!

2nd Quarter 2017
Chico Economic Snapshot
July 2017
Business Confidence Survey
November 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 December 25th in observance of Christmas.
Thank you to our 
Legacy Partners

December 2017
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CEO Insight
I don't know about you, but I can't wait for 2018! I'm a big fan of civic engagement and there's no better time to get involved than an election year. We'll get the conversation rolling in January when we publish the results of our inquiry into City revenues and expenditures at our Business Summit & State of the City Address on January 26th from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. at the CARD Center. It's free, open to the public, and we want you there!
In 2018, our Anchor Business Listening Session series will expand to include Retail Roundtables to get to the heart of property loss and damage due to shoplifting. Not the most enjoyable topic to tackle but one that has emerged as a leading pain point in the feedback gathered on our business walks. While we can't change state law overnight - though we are working with CalChamber on setting up meetings at the State Capitol on the ballot initiatives now circulating - we appreciate our Police Chief's willingness to focus on solving local issues with local efforts.
Our 10-year Community Vision turns 4 in 2018! Hard to believe that what started as a single question at one Board meeting turned into a full-fledged community dialogue around standards, expectations, and resources for priorities like police staffing and roadway maintenance. Just today a business manager told us he had to replace two perfectly good tires when he hit a pothole on a major arterial road in Chico. Our streets aren't going to fix themselves, and gas tax revenues will be a drop in an overflowing bucket of infrastructure need.
We often talk about the Chamber as a "place" where business women and men can develop productive networks, mentorship, and leads - but the Chamber is also something very ephemeral. It is an ongoing dialogue happening in our community right now about making Chico the safest, most vibrant, premier city in the North state. Our Board is talking about it, our Ambassadors, our young professionals, our members, everyone. Let's bring it all together in 2018 by showing up, being heard, and casting our votes. I hope you'll join us.
Katie Simmons, President & CEO
Partnership Perspective
I can't believe another year is coming to an end.  Looking back at 2017 the Chamber was very busy!  We welcomed many new Community Impact Partners who made the choice to support our Vision to Move Chico Forward.
With the Holiday season in full swing I want to wish you all a happy, healthy and safe holiday! I look forward to what is in store for the Chamber and the Chico Business Community in 2018!
Kelsey Torres, Associate Vice President
Membership 411
Seasons Greetings! Time is moving fast and the holidays push that clock even faster. My new favorite Podcast is Oprah Winfrey's Super Soul Conversations. In her intro she consistently mentions, "One of the most valuable gifts you can give yourself is time - taking time to be more fully present." So, I am sitting here at my desk taking the time to truly thank you all for your investment and engagement in YOUR community and YOUR Chamber. I hope you all take time to be present for your friends, family and yourself during this holiday season.
Just a reminder Chamber Business Connections will take place through December 20th and start up fresh Wednesday, January 3, 2018. Contact me should you wish to host in the new year! Cheers!
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"   held  at the Big Room, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., January 18th, 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 a 2018 Silent Auction Donor. If you are interested, please reach out to Heather Ugie at today!
Natasha Beehner, Special Events Committee Chair, Golden Valley Bank
Chamber Ambassadors
Am I the only one who thought the year flew by? I've been very thankful to lead the Ambassador program in 2017. I hope we were able to visit you during a Team Chico or Membership Walk. If not, look for us in 2018! We will continue to be the members in action for the Chico Chamber and look forward to another great year in 2018 with Valerie Coletti of Northern California National Bank as your new Ambassador Chair. 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

It's hard to believe that this year is coming to an end and what an incredible year it has been! We've had a lot of fun in the 2016-2017 year with a great team of committed and passionate YPO Committed Leaders and lots of new faces at our YPO events. It has been a great year from our AG and Tech Panels to our mixer at Sierra Nevada Brewery and finishing the year off with our last Leadership Luncheon on December 13th with Ben Winter from Transfer Flow. We say goodbye to Loren Rainey from Golden Valley Bank, who has moved down to LA. Thank you for your loyalty and commitment to the Committed Leaders. We also welcome Angie, Calen and Brett to the Committed Leaders as Kelly Gibbons transitions to President for 2018! Kelly is going to make an amazing president and I hope you'll all welcome her with open arms, we are all so excited for her leadership.  
Danie Schwartz, YPO President, Danie Schwartz Consulting
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.


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 Petra | 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 Ag ServicesOxford Suites | 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

Let's Do Lunch!
Friday, December 1, 2017
1910 E. 20th Street, Suite 150
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. 

Open House & Ribbon Cutting
Thursday, December 7, 2017
Parris and Associates, LLP
590 Vallombrosa Ave
4:30 p.m. | 530-345-1728
Help us welcome Parris and Associates, LLP to the Chico community with this open house and ribbon cutting. Drinks and hor d'oeuvres to be served. 

December YPO Leadership Luncheon: "Longevity at a Business & Fostering My Career Along the Way"
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Speaker: Ben Winter, Director of Business Development at  Transfer Flow, Inc.
Location:  Bidwell Park Golf Course  -  3199 Golf Course Road
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,  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
Sierra Nevada Big Room
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.

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. 


We were hosted November 1st by Alternative Energy Systems, Inc who showed us their new Solar Design Center located at 876 East Ave, Chico.
Our members enjoyed supporting the restaurant community by attending Let's Do Lunch! at Woodstock's Pizza  November 3rd.
Michelle Woods, Operations & Communications Manager, and Kelsey Torres, Associate Vice President, from the  Chico Chamber of Commerce attended the 37th annual Farm City Celebration - Agribusiness Bus Tour and Lunch on November 8th to help show the Chambers support for the local Ag businesses.
Esplanade Office Furniture were our November 8th Chamber Business Connections hosts.
A very special thank you to Leo DePaola, Community Development Director, and Brendan Ottoboni, Director of Public Works - Engineering from the City of Chico Public Works for answering our communities questions and concerns during our November 9th Community Development Update Mark your calendars for the next Community Development Update on February 15th, 2018!
A snapshot from the fantastic Open House and Ribbon Cutting November 9th hosted by The Terraces Senior Living ! Thank you for inviting our community to share in such a nice celebration! 
November 15th we visited Lendmark Financial Services for our weekly Chamber Business Connections, as well as a Ribbon Cutting to celebrate their NEW location at 2033 Forest Avenue! Thank you for hosting and providing great services to our community! 
Red Tavern deserves a BIG thank you for hosting our business community on November 16th for our annual Kick Off To The Holidays Mixer! We appreciate everyone coming to kick off the holiday season with us.
November 17th Team Chico visited the Skyway & Notre Dame area to obtain local feedback on how business is going and if Team Chico could help in any manner.
It was all about art November 29th as members Artful Engravings and Chico Art Center paired up to host Chamber Business Connections! Thank you both for letting us know about all you do!

The Chamber is having fun filming positive things happening in our community with! Stay tuned...
"Leveraging the Voice of Business for Community Good."