August 2020 Eureka Chamber Membership News
As your Chamber of Commerce President and CEO, I’d like to take this opportunity to share that it is an honor for the Chamber to serve the Greater Eureka business community. Through governmental advocacy, business development, community development, and membership services, the Eureka Chamber of Commerce serves as Catalyst of business growth, a Conveyer of business leaders and influencers, and a Champion for our business and community in Eureka and Humboldt County.

The Chamber Staff, the Chamber Board and I continually assess the services and programs we offer you with the goal of increasing the value of your Chamber membership. Over the coming months we have some exciting announcements on projects we have been working on. So please check in on social media and you emails.

While I have normally looked forward to meeting with all of you on an individual basis, I have made it a priority to reach everyone by email, phone, zoom and social media, to listen to your needs, take action and be a genuine partner in business.

We take a pointed interest in the success of our local businesses-we care if patrons are using take-out or dining in our restaurants, customers are making purchases in our retail stores or on their online platforms, and clients are seeking assistance from our professional service businesses. It is the Chamber’s “number one” priority to ensure that both residents and out-of-town customers are taking advantage of the wide number of services our businesses have to offer.

Our website was created with you in mind, and we hope as you explore that you find our website a valuable resource for whatever it is you may be looking for. For those of you who are members, this web site will not only feature your business information it also links your website for keyword searching capabilities and provides great information and business updates. As you explore our web page, we hope you will use it as a reference when looking for local goods and services.

We have been very active on our social media platforms of Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. As a result of our campaigns the Families and Faces Behind the Businesses, Business of the Day, New Member Spotlight and our ongoing PSA’s of Supporting Local, Getting back to Business and Public Safety and Best Practices, we are receiving more than 40,000 views each month. By sharing your business to other local groups and pages like Humboldt General Store, Humboldt to Go, and more, we are exposing your businesses to an even larger audience. All of these programs have been created with the one mission to promote your businesses to generate more awareness and send customers to your phones, websites and front doors.

We have been encouraged to see more than 50 local business join the Chamber in 2020 and 5 joined as NEW businesses. We have also been encouraged that existing businesses have renewed at higher levels than the last 3 years. This positive reinforcement shows us that we are working in the right direction and we thank you for your support and engagement.

We are excited to share that this year’s annual member and business magazine will be a “2020 Special Edition.” We will be centering the entire magazine on the Families and Faces Behind the Business Campaign, and we have been working very hard with the Times Standard to be able to offer very affordable pricing for you all to have your business story in this year’s magazine. We will be reaching out to you with these offers or you can check out the flyer in this newsletter. It is going to be a high quality keepsake magazine!

Please know, that as our world is changing, we are changing with it. We have some exciting announcements coming soon, and as always, please reach out to us, let us know your needs and how we can serve you.

Our Families & Faces Behind the Businesses campaign has been extremely successful and well-praised. This campaign was developed to humanize your brand and your business, by letting the community learn & see what you're all about. We shared the photographs and stories behind your businesses across all of our social media platforms; our viewers - your customers and clients - took such delight and appreciation for your willingness to share. Through this campaign we had significant increases in post & page engagement, page views & previews, page likes & follows, and post reach - reaching 50K people per month across the platforms.

Over the summer we also promoted this campaign in every other way possible, to ensure you and your businesses were and are, out there being recognized! The Families & Faces Behind the Businesses has been seen in Redwood News "Redwood Strong" video series, Lost Coast Communications "Redwood Heroes," KAEF's Graduate Support Message, ran as a full-page ad for a month in the Times Standard Sunday newspaper, and was developed into a physical postcard that was mailed throughout the Greater Eureka area.

Now we are taking this campaign one step further and it's going to be the backbone and pride of our annual membership magazine. We are so proud of this campaign, and proud of you, your businesses, and your profound participation as devoted Chamber members.

We thank the Times Standard for working with us on their pricing to make a more substantial and higher quality magazine. It's easy to participate, just choose the size of your Families & Faces story, and submit your text, photo and business logo. Don't miss out on this opportunity for as little as $199- for a 1/4 page ad.

Please make sure your Family, Face and Story are in this year's magazine, as it will be a collector addition and something you can share with your family and friends for many years to come.
You must register for the mixer online and by
4:00 pm on August 20, 2020. 

Dr. Chris Hartley has served as the Humboldt County Superintendent of Schools since 2017, and has been serving as an educator in the area since 1993 - starting as a teacher for Eureka City Schools at Zoe Barnum High School. Entering administration for the Northern Humboldt Union High School District, he served various roles over the course of 24 years, including Principal for McKinleyville High School, founder of Six Rivers Charter High School and the district’s Superintendent. Hartley's foundational belief is that our collective leadership, resiliency and collaboration will build our capacity and success as a community, particularly during these challenging times.  

At the Mixer Dr. Hartley plans to talk about:
-The Impact of COVID-19 on Humboldt County Education and the Strength of Community
-The Key Factors to Consider for Re-Opening of Schools
-The Importance of Public Agency Partnership and Collaboration

Dr. Hartley will also be participating in a Q&A following his presentation. DO YOU HAVE A QUESTION FOR HIM? If so, please submit your question to [email protected] by 4:00pm on August 20, 2020. Chamber Staff & Ambassadors will be pre-selecting three questions out of the submissions to ask Dr. Hartley. 

June and July Virtual Mixer Recap

By, Davin Bowerman, ReProp Financial
Ambassador, Greater Eureka Chamber of Commerce

We have had amazing engagement in the community via virtual chamber mixers on Zoom.

In June, Premier Financial hosted Sheriff William Honsal to discuss the incredible current events affecting our community. Sheriff Honsal expressed candid insight for how businesses in our community can support one another and gave an advanced insight into how our community’s business reopening plans are handled.

In July the Sequoia Humane Society hosted Dr. Roberta Luskin-Hawk, whose clinical career as an infectious disease specialist and educator is particularly relevant, spoke about the handling of public wellness and business precautions. We were privileged with an inside look at the epidemic decline and growth curves correlated to following mask, distance, and hand washing recommendations. Dr. Luskin-Hawk came to our community in 2018 and has been the Chief Executive of St. Joseph Health, Humboldt County.

The next mixer is August 20th at 5:30pm, hosted by Petrusha Law. With the new school year just beginning who better as a guest speaker than Humboldt County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Christopher Hartley. If you want early insight into the decisions that affect the school year ahead, don’t miss it!

The ambassadors of the Eureka Chamber of Commerce are thrilled with the attendance of our Virtual Chamber Mixers over the last two months. We attribute our community’s engagement to our relevant and knowledgeable guest speakers willing to discuss the current events that are having enormous impact on our community and economy. We encourage you to attend.

Couldn't make it to the last mixer?
Check out a recording of the July Virtual Mixer HERE!
Humboldt County is a beautiful place to live and work, with a true feeling of community. We want our businesses and schools open, our area to thrive, but to also remain safe and healthy. Let's do our part to set a good example for tourists and neighbors.

Remember to practice staying six feet apart, properly wash your hands, cover your cough, and please wear a mask - don't make us ask.

Let's #KeepHumboldtHealthy
Connect with Customers and Manage Your Business Remotely

Wednesday, August 26, 2020
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Chamber member businesses, this is a wonderful opportunity you don't want to miss! Discover Google digital tools that can help you manage your business remotely, connect with customers, and work more efficiently. Plus, get insights on more online and timely resources for small businesses. You'll learn how to update critical business information online, how to keep customers informed and stay connected virtually, and how to access all of your important files from anywhere.


The Chamber has all of our recent Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies on video and you can see them HERE: Ribbon Cuttings 2020 

Ageis Eureka Opens
Aegis Treatment Centers, the largest outpatient treatment provider in California for opioid addiction, recently opened its new Humboldt County location at 2107 1st Street in Eureka.

Humboldt Zoom and Groom
Humboldt Zoom and Groom provides safe and professional mobile dog and cat grooming in Humboldt County

The Humboldt Zoom and Groom Ribbon Cutting was held on Friday, July 17th, celebrating the business grand opening with its owner, Natasha Smoller

Just My Type Letterpress
A ribbon cutting was held July 15th, celebrating with business owner Lynn Jones the new location of Just My Type Letterpress, at 235 F Street in Old Town. Just My Type Letterpress features cards, gifts, art, paper goods, local makers and more. Limited edition fine art prints created on site. Local art updated monthly.

Couture Designer Consignment Boutique
Couture Designer Consignment Boutique celebrated its amazing new location at the Bayshore Mall in Eureka!

Couture specializes in high end consignment clothing with an emphasis on special occasion wear, new and pre-owned women's clothing, shoes and accessories, including in-demand and on-trend wedding gowns and special occasion dresses.


Humboldt County Now Accepting Applications
for Local COVID-19 Financial Relief

The County of Humboldt has $3.28 million in funds to assist independent, local businesses. The grants, totaling up to $12,500, are to provide financial relief for expenses incurred as a result of the COVID-19 protocols. Click the link below to get more information.

Share Your Expertise!
HCOE's Education at Work program is looking for community members who want to share your expertise, knowledge, or talents with Humboldt’s high school and college students. 

Coast Central Credit Union Fall Community Investment Program Open
Coast Central Credit Union (CCCU) announced that the fall 2020 round of its Community Investment Program is now open. A total of $100,000 is available to support local organizations throughout its tri-county area.
HSU Virtual Part-time Job Fair
This event provides an excellent opportunity for your organization to meet students seeking part-time jobs in the local area, collect resumes, conduct interviews, and create an applicant pool for future vacancies. Registration is now open for our virtual Part-time Job Fair!
Earnings Release – Redwood Capital Bancorp – Second Quarter, 2020
John Dalby, President and CEO remarked, “2020 has been an unprecedented year for the country, our county and the banking industry. The national and local government’s response to COVID-19 has influenced changes to the economy..."
All Californians Lose If Split Roll Tax Passes
When the COVID-19 crisis hit, legislators adopted a self-imposed limit on legislation they would be pursuing this year. Even so, when the summer recess began, significant employer mandates remained alive for consideration when lawmakers return to the State Capitol.
How to Sabotage a Recovery: Raise Taxes
Even before COVID-19, many Californians were struggling with the high cost of living here. The long-time willingness of many Californians to pay the “sunshine tax” premium for living in a state with great weather, universities, entrepreneurial culture, and lifestyle has eroded in the face of high costs of daily life.
COVID-19 Litigation Trends, Takeaways
In this episode of The Workplace podcast, CalChamber Executive Vice President and General Counsel Erika Frank talks with employment litigation expert Kristen Nesbit, partner at Fisher Phillips, Los Angeles, about the types of COVID-19-related litigation employers are seeing and what employers can do to protect their business.
Chamber Members in good standing are welcome to submit articles to the Eureka Chamber Review. The Eureka Chamber Review is published monthly and has a distribution of over 1,100 subscribers. This is the perfect media to submit your upcoming events, business promotions or new hires, debut new products or services, and share industry news of interest to business professionals. The newsletter is emailed, posted on our website and promoted in social media. This benefit of Chamber membership is free and valuable exposure for your business.

Chamber news submissions should be emailed to [email protected]. Please include your article as a word document attachment, or embed the text within your email. We ask that you keep your article to 250 words or less. You are welcome to include images they should be .JPG or .PNG format and also sent as attachments in your email - not embedded in the word document.

Submissions are requested by the last working day of the month and will be considered for the next month’s publication. All submissions become the property of the Eureka Chamber and there is no assurance of publication. Submissions may be edited as needed.

The Greater Eureka Chamber of Commerce Business of the Day series is dedicated to highlighting a valued member business each day of the week, and sharing all the wonderful services that they have to offer.

YOU have the FREE opportunity as a member to submit your business to be highlighted in this series. The business of the day will be posted based on the order received, completion of submission, and potentially relativity.
If you haven't submitted yet please send the following to [email protected]:
*Your Full Name, Business, Business Affiliation 
*Business Information (phone, address, website, etc)  
*1 photo that represents your business
* Your logo
*One to two paragraphs about your business and services.
Our Families & Faces Behind the Businesses campaign has been extremely successful and well-praised; it's still going strong. This campaign is meant to humanize your brand and your business, by letting the community learn & see what you're all about. We've shared the photographs and stories behind these businesses across our social media platforms. Through this campaign and other recent ones we've created, we've had significant increases in post & page engagement, page views & previews, page likes & follows, and post reach - reaching 50K people per month across the platforms.

You can find that folder here: 

If you haven't submitted yet please send the following to [email protected] 
*Your Full Name, Business, Business Affiliation
*Between 1-5 photos of you, your family, and/or your staff
*A Bio of you and your business story, family if so, and/or some information about your staff
*Business Information
*Business Logo/Store/Website recognizable photo