April 2023 Eureka Chamber Membership News
A MESSAGE FROM YOUR CEO
Like many of you, we are in an extraordinarily busy season here at the Chamber! So far this year we have launched exciting new programs, as well as our new affiliated organization, the Redwood Coast Chamber Foundation. RCCF will be core to delivering greater impact to our members and influencing the region’s economic health. (Learn more about RCCF here!)

All of this is laying the groundwork for an even more vibrant, relevant and accessible Chamber experience.

As I shared last month, we want to be sure the voices of ALL our members are heard. To do so, we will send out a poll on Thursday, April 13, asking a variety of questions that will help inform our strategic planning, as well as the policies and positions for which we will advocate.

NOTE: This poll will go out to your business’s “member of record”, which is our primary contact at your business. Please be sure (a) we have the correct “member of record” for your company, and (b) that person is on the lookout for the poll we will be sending. (If you have any questions, please contact susan@eurekachamber.com.)

NOTE #2: We will accept only one poll response per member business. Please be sure you are collaborating with your colleagues on your response.

Our Board will be meeting in May to discuss an updated strategic plan for our work, and want to be sure your voice is heard as we look at what we will accomplish in the coming years.

Stay tuned – we have important things ahead of us!

May you be well.
CHAMBER UPDATES
Redwood Coast Chamber Foundation Holds its First Board Meeting
The inaugural board meeting of the Redwood Coast Chamber Foundation (RCCF) was held on March 30, 2023. RCCF is a new 501c3 nonprofit organization affiliated with the Greater Eureka Chamber.

As a result of RCCF’s work, local businesses, nonprofits, government agencies and other community members will have access to new professional development offerings. Future programs under consideration will support education and workforce development, preparing businesses for opportunities with emerging industries, and collaborative efforts related to disaster preparedness and response. The board members are:
  • Kate Newby, Property Manager, Bayshore Mall (Chair)
  • Keith Flamer, President, College of the Redwoods (Vice Chair)
  • Gregg Foster, Executive Director, RREDC (Treasurer)
  • Leigh Pierre-Oetker, Owner, Bayview Consulting
  • Meredith Maier, Owner, Six Rivers Brewery
  • Rebecca Rex, Owner, Historic Eagle House
  • Tomas Chavez, HR Director, Cardinal Services
  • Ross Creech, Owner, Quality Body Works (Chamber Board Liaison)
Conversations with Leaders:
The Future of Cannabis
in Humboldt County
Conversations With Leaders: The Future of Cannabis in Humboldt County held on April 6 was an insightful and important conversation with local leaders in the cannabis industry about the current reality and what they expect for the years ahead.

You are invited to listen to the recording below. Upcoming topics include Housing (May) and Transportation (June). Watch for registration opportunities.

Conversations with Leaders is a Members-exclusive benefit. Not a Member? Join today!
Next Level
Professional Development Program
Join us for the Chamber's professional development program for your employees and for you, Next Level.
Coming up:

Smashing It On Social Media
Panelists: Pacific Outfitters, Humboldt Made, Recology, Foggy Bottoms Boys, Six Rivers Brewery
Wednesday April 19 / 2:00pm
Cost: Free for Humboldt businesses

Photography for Marketing Yourself
Facilitator: Dan Berger Photography
Thursday, April 27 / 10:00am
Cost: Free to Humboldt businesses

Relaunching Your Career
Facilitator: Shelley Nielsen
Wednesday, May 3 / 10:00am-12pm
Cost: Members: $10, Non members: $20

Elevate Digital Marketing
Facilitator: Heather Bitner
Tuesdays May 2, 9 & 16/ 9:30 - 11:30am
Cost: Free to Humboldt businesses

Registration is required for these in-person classes, and seating is limited.
Evan Wish Photography
Youth Ambassador Program
Final Night Event
The Eureka Chamber Youth Ambassador Program will hold its Final Night Event on Monday, May 8th, 6:30 pm at the Arkley Center for the Performing Arts.

The Final Night event features the last public speaking competition where students draw a question at random and present an extemporaneous response to the audience of business sponsors, family members, friends and Chamber volunteers.
April Mixer Co-Hosted by
Eureka High School and Ink People
Join us on Thursday, April 20 at 5:30pm at Eureka High School (1915 J St.) for our Mixer, cohosted by the Ink People!

The party will be in the Drawing and Painting room (A122 located behind the District office, across the street from the new gym construction).
March Mixer Co-Hosted by
Humboldt Sponsors and
Sequoia Conference Center
Eureka Chamber Youth Ambassadors and Eureka High School's Culinary II Program assisted with this event, to the delight of everyone.
Humboldt Craft Spirits Announces Open House and Ribbon Cutting
Join us in celebrating the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting of Humboldt Craft Spirits on:

Saturday, April 22, 2023 at 12:30pm
205 7th Street, Suite C, Eureka

This will be an awesome celebration of new ownership that you will NOT want to miss!
Englund Marine's New Location
Open House and Ribbon Cutting
We've all watched with happy anticipation as the building site for Englund Marine and Industrial Supply has taken shape. Let's celebrate their grand opening with a ribbon cutting on:

Friday, May 5, 2023 at 10am
590 Waterfront Drive, Eureka
Chamber Members: Watch your email for your chance to participate in the upcoming Members Poll. Your input is greatly appreciated!
EUREKA CITY NEWS
Commercial Burglaries On The Rise
In light of the recent increase in commercial burglaries, the Eureka PD has a few tips to keep us all safe.

For more information, contact Commander LaFrance at 707 441-4232.
Coffee with the Commanders
Join us for an informal sit-down with Eureka Police Department officers at the Bayshore Mall on Tuesday, April 18, 2023 from 10 a.m. – 12 Noon.
National Small Business Week
National Small Business Week is April 30-May 6, 2023. Find out ways to support our local small businesses by visiting this link.
Help Build the City Budget
Help Build the City Budget: City staff is currently working on the proposed 2023-24 annual budget to be introduced to the public and City Council in May. As part of the City budgeting process, City Department Heads and elected officials convene for a Strategic Visioning process annually.

The public is invited to participate in the public process at the Fire classroom (3030L street) on May 5 and 6.
Add Your Upcoming Events to VisitEureka.com
Have a great event planned? Be sure to let both locals and out-of-town visitors know! Remember it is always free and easy to add events to the events calendar: visiteureka.com/event-calendar/.

Submit your next event here: https://visiteureka.com/submit-an-event/.
MEMBER NEWS
Premier Financial Has a New Look
Our friends at Premier Financial Group have rebranded. Check out their new logo and visit their website for more exciting offerings!
Western Health Advantage’s Community Fit Classes
Stretch, move and get flexible with Western Health Advantage’s Community Fit classes running now through June! Join three different virtual classes on Tuesdays/Thursdays/Fridays. The program is free and open to everyone in the community.
LACO is now a Native Owned Firm
LACO Associates is proud to announce that we have become a Native Owned firm. LACO has been working with and supporting Tribal communities for nearly 35
years and is expanding that commitment with our ownership structure.
Rotary Club Eureka Hosts the Bootlegger Ball
Don your Glad Rags and join the Rotary Club of Eureka April 22, 2023 at the Sequoia Conference Center for a fundraising party.
Education Career Fair
Attention employers and potential employees!

HCOE is hosting an Education Career Fair at Sequoia Conference Center on Saturday, April 15, 2023. Save the date for this exciting event! Register Now!
Trades Day at Redwood Acres
Calling all Members! Trades Day introduces high school youth to industry career opportunities in construction, design, sub-contracting, heavy equipment, engineering and other skilled trades. These careers are so important to our Redwood Coast area.

Trades Day is hosted by Humboldt County Office of Education (HCOE), Humboldt Builders Exchange, and Construction Industry Education Foundation (CIE) at Redwood Acres on April 27th from 8:30a-12:30p.
Leon's Car Care Wins
AAA Top Shop Award
For five consecutive years Leon’s Car Care Center has received the designation Top Shop from The American Automobile Association, (AAA).

Congratulations!!
Soroptimist of Humboldt Bay's
High Heels for Healing
Live Event is a Success!
Thank you so much to our community that once again has proven how generous they are! The funds raised from this event supports our club's scholarship, awards and grant programs with the mission to empower women and girls in our community. In the last five years our club has raised and donated over $160,000 reaching more than 600 people.
Register to be an Artist for
North Coast Open Studios
North Coast Open Studios is accepting artist and artisan manufacturer registrations for 2023. The 23rd annual event, which runs the weekends of June 3-4 and June 10-11, with a kick-off art night on Friday, June 2, includes artists and artisans from all over Humboldt County.
Eureka High School's
Portrait of a Graduate
This year, Eureka City Schools will develop and publish its first-ever "Portrait of a Graduate,” announcing what all students will know and be able to do when they graduate.

The community is invited to participate in the design process in all its diversity - educators, students, parents, alumni, businesses, and others.

Please go to tejoin.com (code: 605-271-506) to answer this important question: What do you think are the most important skills and experiences our students need – and our District must promise to deliver – for them to thrive in learning and life?
Sequoia Park Zoo Foundation Funds Conservation Projects
The Sequoia Park Zoo's Conservation Advisory Committee recently reviewed proposals for its twelfth annual Conservation Grant Program to fund projects that have a direct impact on the conservation of wildlife and habitats. The Committee is excited to announce that, after a rigorous review process, four outstanding projects have been selected for funding this year
Humboldt Botanical Gardens
Annual Plant Sale
Humboldt Botanical Garden’s Annual Plant Sale is happening soon!

Friday, May 5,  3 - 7 pm, (Members Only) 
Saturday, May 6, 9 am - 3 pm, (Public- Free Admission)
Redwood Coast Kite Festival
and Artisan Fair
Join the Humboldt Kiters and the Ink People for the Redwood Coast Kite Festival and Artisan's Fair. This free, family-friendly event takes place at Halvorson Park by the Samoa Bridge May 20-21.
The State of the Redwood Coast Economic Summit
Join us in person for The State of the Redwood Coast Region: Our Elemental Economy, the 3rd annual regional economic development summit. While this year's conference will take place in Ukiah, September 21-22, Early Bird Registration begins Saturday, April 1st.
Past Women Chairs of CalChamber Board: A Cross-Section of
California Economy
The eight women to hold the top volunteer position at the California Chamber of Commerce represent a cross-section of industries in the state with a slight tilt toward smaller operations.
SBDC Courses Available
From starting or selling your business, cybersecurity, and the cottage food industry to business accounting and child care businesses, SBDC has a course for you!

Learn more about how SBDC is making a big impact on small business here.
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