220 E. Tulare Ave.
Tulare, CA 93274

   The Tulare Chamber of Commerce exists to serve its members and citizens by advocating for, and engaging in,
efforts to encourage economic opportunity and business prosperity.

In This Issue
Chamber Calendar
4/11, 8:00 am - 9:00 am

4/13, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

4/10, 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

4/11, 10:00 am

4/18, 4:00 pm

4/19, 3:00 pm

4/25, 8:00 am - 9:30 am

4/27, 10:00 am

May 19, 2017

Western Jubilee
May 20, 2017

Sponsorship Opportunities
Crush Party 
September 22, 2017
Member News
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City Meetings

City Council Meetings
4/4, 7:00 pm

4/18, 7:00 pm

City Meeting Location: 
Tulare Public Library & 
Council Chambers
491 N. M. St., Tulare

Free resources to grow your business!

Community Impact Partners
Businesses making an investment in our community  








River Valley Church
Southern California Edison

In addition to traditional membership, we now have 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 Tulare's economic health and quality of life. Businesses choosing to be a community impact partner makes a lasting difference as they stand with us as we do some of the most important and influential work being done in Tulare.  
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 ensure economic prosperity for Tulare businesses and a flourishing local community for all.  Call Staci for an overview, 686-1547

Executive Officers
Kelsey Jones

Renee Soto
Chair Elect

Kerissa Chapman
Immediate Past Chair

Mike Watson 
Vice Chair of Finance

Board of Directors
Ronald Smith

Karen Bravo

Graciela Soto-Perez

Ken Dodson

John Harman

Lisa Garcia

Danny Giotto

Kathleen Johnson

Kevin Mooney

Marc Limas
Civic Minded
Professional Support
Patrick Isherwood
Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman

Dennis Mederos
General Counsel 
Professional Staff
Donnette Silva Carter
Chief Executive Officer

Staci Zeller
Community Partnership Director

Charlotte Smith
Business Assistant

Jacqueline Yniquez
Information Coordinator
Our Core Competencies

*Creating a strong local economy

*Promoting the community

*Representing the interests of business with government

*Providing business engagement opportunities

April 2017
Network & Connect for Business
Don't miss out on the great opportunity to Network and Grow your Business. Engaging in networking opportunities has proven to be a successful marketing strategy for building and sustaining lasting business relation ships.

Read more here

AB 199 Will Negativly Impact Affordable Housing
The Tulare Chamber of Commerce joins the California Chamber of Commerce in opposing a job killer bill that will further exacerbate the already-problematic housing affordability crisis in California. If enacted, the bill,  AB 199  will drastically raise the cost of housing, thereby making projects financially infeasible or exorbitantly expensive.  This bill eliminates the long-standing residential exemption from prevailing wage rates, thereby making private, market-rate residential development a public work project for which a prevailing wage would be paid.  AB 199 is scheduled to be considered...  Read more here


CalChamber Capitol Summit
Registration is now open for the California Chamber of Commerce 2017 Capitol Summit and the Sacramento Host Breakfast events the CalChamber co-sponsors with the Sacramento Host Committee.  The Summit is set for May 31, and will be followed by the Sacramento Host Reception the evening of May 31 and the Host Breakfast on June 1.  The Host Reception provides networking opportunities for business leaders from all industries in California to discuss key issues facing the state.  The reception is a prelude to the Sacramento Host Breakfast the following morning. The breakfast provides a venue at which California's top industry and government leaders can meet, socialize and discuss the contemporary issues facing businesses, the economy and government.  Traditionally, the Governor of California and the chair of the CalChamber Board of Directors speak at the breakfast about.... Read more and register here

Background Investigations and Employment
The California Office of   Administrative Law(OAL)  approved new regulations this week relating to the use of criminal background information in employment decisions.  These regulations will be filed with the Secretary of State's office and take effect on July 1. Employers will have additional burdens under the new regulations.  As previously reported , the California Fair Employment and Housing Council (FEHC) proposed these criminal history regulations last year.  In addition to reiterating existing prohibitions on the use of criminal history information in California, the regulations require employers to demonstrate that any criminal history information sought is job-related and consistent with a business necessity.         Read more here
2017 National Mayors' Challenge for Water Conservation, April 1-30
City of Tulare joins Nationwide Challenge to be Most "Water Wise"
Carlton Jones, Mayor of the City of Tulare, is joining mayors across the country to ask city residents to make a long-term commitment to manage water resources more wisely by taking part in the annual National Mayors' Challenge for Water Conservation. In return for participating, residents can win one of hundreds of eco-friendly prizes, including the grand prize, a new Toyota Prius Prime plug-in hybrid vehicle.
The annual challenge, held April 1-30, is a non-profit national community service campaign to inspire local leaders and their residents to make easy-to-do online pledges at mywaterpledge.com. Individual pledges can include such things as using water more efficiently, increasing recycling, reducing pollution, and saving energy.
Last year, residents from over 4,000 cities in all 50 U.S. states pledged to:
* Reduce their annual consumption of fresh water by 1.9 billion gallons  * Reduce waste sent to landfills by 42 million pounds * Prevent more than 87,000 pounds of hazardous waste from entering local watersheds.
Mayor Jones encouraged Tulare citizens to participate, saying: "Water is our most precious resource. When you save water in your home, at work, and in the landscape, you are also saving energy, because it takes energy to pump and deliver water. I encourage Tulare citizens to take the pledge and commit to adopting some of the little, every day ways you can save water and energy, increase recycling, and prevent hazardous waste pollution. It all adds up to a greener, more energy-efficient future for our city."
Southern California Edison (SCE) Brings Energy Saving Program to Tulare Businesses this Month
Businesses that slash energy consumption improve their bottom lines because they cut expenses and have more money to invest. Now, Southern California Edison has a program that allows businesses to install energy-saving products and measures at no cost.  The program is called Direct Install and it works like this: The utility has contracted with highly skilled experts to evaluate energy-saving opportunities. The opportunities are discussed with the business owner and if they would like to move forward they schedule a time and date for instillation. Replacing power-guzzling equipment with new technology, cuts power bills, reducing the carbon footprint of the business, and saving money.  It's really that simple. And the program is coming to Tulare in April. Program representatives will be in your area to discuss the program from April 4th to April 6th. Businesses that sign up will receive a free energy evaluation and upgrades such as Fluorescent lighting, LED signs, programmable thermostats and more.
To learn more about Direct Install or other SCE energy solutions, please visit www.sce.com/directinstall or call (800) 736-4777.

Employer Updates on Anti-Harassment & Anti-Discrimination
Cory Jones

On Tuesday March 21, 2017, the Tulare Leadership class had its "Federal and State" Government Day. The session included four guest speakers; Sean Doherty, office of Assemblyman Devon Mathis; Captain Keith Douglass, for Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux; Rudy Mendoza, office of Congressman Devin Nunes office; and, Presiding Judge Bret Hillman.  
Sean Doherty, Chief of staff for Assemblyman Devon Mathis spoke to the class and discussed how bills are written and become law. He covered this in detail speaking of the support needed, the coalitions that are required, and the hurdles encountered as bills become law. We learned that it costs approximately $185,000.00 for a bill to be authored and in the last legislative cycle there were approximately 3209 bills authored.   He spoke of the bills Assemblyman Mathis has worked on, specifically his water bills and veteran's court bill.  
Captain Keith Douglass presented on behalf of Sheriff Mike Boudreaux. He spoke of the recruiting, hiring, training and retaining of qualified Deputy and Correctional Deputy Sheriffs. Captain Douglass detailed the departmental changes taking place within the Sheriff's Office and how Deputies and Correctional Staff are being challenged to be the difference. He touched on the exciting and innovative use...       Read More Here

Business Celebration
Come and see this beautiful business and all they have to offer at their Anniversary celebration.  

Become a Beauty Bar specialist! Positions available for Stylists, Manicurists and Eye Lash Extension Technicians.

Break a Leg

$45 per person, or $350 for a table seating 8 people. Call or go by the Pitching Wedge restaurant to purchase tickets.
Do you know the next 
Tulare County Dairy Princess?
Application Deadline is     
April 20, 2017
Visit the link below for more information.

Dairy Princess Coronation and Salute to Dairy Event June 9, 2017

Thank you TF Tire and  Eco-T  Tire & Retreading 
for hosting the March Business After Hours
March Ribbon Cuttings

Congratulations Doug Mederos of 
Doug Les Farms!

Tulare Chamber of Commerce was honored to attend the celebration of Doug Mederos being named as Farmer of the year by the Tulare Kiwanis Club.

Thank you for your 13 year Chamber membership!

                                               Becky Peichoto

                   WELCOME New Member and  Silver Level Community Impact Partner
The Tulare Chamber would like to thank the following businesses and individuals for renewing their membership.

Building Maintenance Services
Farm Credit West
St. Anthony Retreat Center
Figaro's Mexican Grill
ALTURA-Centers for Health
Children's House Montessori School
Lane Engineers, Inc.
The Orosco Group
Drive In Liquor Mart
Quality Paint and Body, Inc.
Frank's Automotive, Inc.
Donut Factory
Four J Farms

Mattos Brothers Dairy
State Farm Insurance - Renee Soto
Tulare County Board of Supervisors/Pete Vander Poel
Central Valley Refrigeration, Inc.
Joe & Marie Pinto
Merle Stone Chevrolet
High Sierra Lumber & Supply, Inc.
Storland of Tulare
Tulare Polaris
Tulare County Sheriff's Department
Land O' Lakes, Inc.
Miller's Tulare Funeral Home
Tulare Baseball Association