March 2023 Eureka Chamber Membership News

"I’m a Chamber Member because _______"
This is not my first Chamber rodeo. Prior to moving to Humboldt four years ago, I served for several years as a senior team member at the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. While at the LA Chamber, I can’t tell you how many people I talked with about how they can make the most of their Chamber membership. The same is every bit as true here in Humboldt.

You pay dues each year to renew your membership. And sometimes you may ask yourself, “Why am I a member of the Greater Eureka Chamber?” I get it. You want to be sure your investment is paying dividends.

This is exactly why I, and our Chamber team, are deeply committed to more fully understanding your needs and offering programs that best support our members.

In addition to the many conversations I have each month with our Chamber members, we want to be sure the voices of ALL our members are heard. So, we will be sending out a poll to all members in the coming weeks to ask you about your priorities.

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.

Our Board will be meeting in April to draft a new 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.

We want to be sure you can fill in that blank with clarity and confidence when you say, “I’m a Chamber member because _______!”

May you be well.
Conversations with Leaders:
The Future of Cannabis
in Humboldt County
It's no secret that the cannabis industry has been a major economic driver for our region for decades. With legalization, hundreds of farmers came out of the shadows to establish themselves as legal businesses with hope of a brighter future for the industry.
However, legalization has brought a host of significant challenges to the cannabis industry, with very real, very direct impacts on our overall economy. 
Join us for a candid conversation with local leaders in the cannabis industry about the current reality and what they expect for the years ahead.

Thursday, April 6, 2023 | 12:00-1:30pm
Via Zoom

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:

Difficult Conversations
Facilitator: Nancy Olson
Wednesday, March15 / 10 -11:30 am
Cost: Members: $10, Non members: $20

Digital Marketing 101
Facilitator: John Richmond
Friday, March 24 / 2:00pm
Cost: Members: $10, Non members: $20

Elevate Digital Marketing Workshop Series
Facilitator: Heather Bitner
Tuesdays, April 4, 11, 18 / 9:30am
Cost: Free to Humboldt Businesses

Emotional Intelligence
Facilitator: Florence Parks
Thursday, April 6 / 2:00pm
Cost: Members: $10, Non members: $20

Disability Inclusion Training
Facilitator: Kim Wiley
Wednesday, April 12 / 9:30am
Cost: Members: $10, Non members: $20

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

Registration is required for these in-person classes, and seating is limited.
We are Hiring!
Do you know our next team member?

We are seeking someone who is a service-oriented, congenial, creative, focused individual to join our team!

The successful candidate will coordinate our co-working space and conference rooms, co-create social media and marketing content and strategy, support preparation for programs and events, and provide general office support including front desk reception.

$21-$23/hr DOE + benefits

Application period closes Friday, March 17.
Youth Ambassador Program Kicks Off
The 2023 Youth Ambassador Scholarship Program recently held its Kick-Off Event at the Sequoia Conference Center, where the nineteen Youth Ambassadors were introduced to their Sponsor and gave an unrehearsed promotion of their Sponsor's organization.

The goal of this inspiring program is to provide leadership development opportunities to local high school juniors, while connecting them with our business community and establishing new relationships both with their peers from other schools and with business sponsors.
March Mixer Co-Hosted by
Humboldt Sponsors and
Sequoia Conference Center
Join us on Thursday, March 16 at 5:30pm at the Sequoia Conference Center for food, fun and the best professional networking around. Bring your raffle prize to promote your business even further!

Thank you to our co hosts, Humboldt Sponsors and Sequoia Conference Center.

Location: 901 Myrtle Avenue, Eureka
Save the Date for the
Eureka Chamber Blood Drive
Eureka Chamber is partnering with the Northern California Community Blood Bank to host a Blood Drive on Wednesday, April 5. Mark your calendar and stay tuned for more information on how you can participate!
February Mixer Co-Hosted by
Eureka Woman's Club and
Celebration Boulevard
What a great turnout at the February mixer! Thank you to our wonderful hosts at the Eureka Woman's Club, and our cohost, Celebration Boulevard!
Parent's Nutrition Center
Celebrates New Location
Chamber and City representatives recently gathered with friends and staff of Parent's Nutrition Center to officially open their new location at 1125 Summer Street.
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City Staff Addresses Business Concerns for Safety and Homelessness
Special thanks to the City's staff for their participation in the Conversations with Leaders (Chamber members exclusive benefit!) discussion on business safety and homelessness. The education on current programs to deal with this topic was very well received.
Brewer Vs. Distiller Dinner
Purchase your tickets for this local favorite! A five course paired dinner event, with each course featuring local distilled spirits from Humboldt Craft Distillery, and small batch craft beer from Six Rivers Brewery.

Date: Wednesday, March 22 6pm
Locations: Six Rivers Brewery, McKinleyville
Tickets: $75
Soroptimist of Humboldt Bay's
High Heels for Healing
Live Event is Back!
High Heels for Healing is the major fundraiser held by Soroptimist International of Humboldt Bay. Based on the old saying "You can't really understand another person's experience until you have walked in their shoes", this lighthearted event features some wonderful, generous men navigating the runway in women's shoes while DJ Patty and our emcee, J.B. Mathers keep the crowd rockin!

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.

Date: Wednesday April 5, 2023 5:30pm
Location: Eureka Adorni Center
Tickets are $35 each and include food, drinks and a great show!
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.
AirMedCare Discount Offered
AirMedCare Network (AMCN) is America’s largest air medical membership network with over 3+ million members and more than 150 years of combined experience.

When seconds count™, 22¢ a day provides financial peace of mind!

Annual Discounted Rates offered to Eureka Chamber of Commerce Members:

$79 per household
Humboldt Craft Spirits
Under New Management
On October 7, 2022, Humboldt Craft Spirits – Eureka’s first and only commercially licensed distillery – finalized a change in ownership. After eleven years of owning, managing and operating the business, founders and owners Fred and Jackie Moore have entered into an agreement to sell the LLC and its downtown Eureka distillery to experienced local brewers David and Tera Cook. The Cooks bring 37 combined years of experience in the brewing industry to their new roles at the distillery.
Corcoran Becomes Iconic
Corcoran has announced the launch of its newest affiliate, Corcoran Icon Properties. Based in Northern California, the new company comprises 24 offices and over 900 sales associates and staff who were formerly with well-known brands, including Zephyr Real Estate, Terra Firma Global Partners, MikkiMoves Real Estate, Barry Ward Realty, Caldecott Properties, Discovery Bay Properties, Thrive Real Estate, and Highland Partners.

With a footprint that stretches across six markets, including the greater San Francisco Bay Area, Humboldt County, and Calaveras County in California’s Gold Country, sales associates will continue to represent clients in some of the most discerning communities in the region.
Employees May Use Sick/Family Leaves for Designated Person
"My employee requested time off to care for her neighbor who just had surgery. Do I have to grant her request?"

Although a neighbor previously would have been excluded as a qualifying “family member” for whom an employee could take leave under California’s Paid Sick Leave (PSL) law, the law was expanded recently so that an employee can use their PSL time in this type of scenario.
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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