"Leveraging the Voice of Business for Community Good."
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CEO Report
Partnership Perspective
Membership 411
Special Events
Young Professionals
Explore Butte County
Small Business Regulatory Reform Info
Community Safety Meetings
Upcoming Events
Chamber Reminders
Chamber Pictures
Community Impact Partnership

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April Event Calendar

Committee Corner
All Chico Chamber of Commerce members are welcome to attend committee meetings held at the Chamber and join in the discussion. 

Please click here for more information and to be added to the committee e-mail  distribution list.

Ambassador Executive Meeting
Monday, April 2
12:00 p.m.

YPO Committed Leaders Meeting
Wednesday, April 4
@ Residence Inn By Marriott
11:30 a.m.

Ambassador Meeting
Monday, April 9
12:00 p.m.

Special Events Committee
@ Golden Valley Bank
Friday, April 13
12:00 p.m.

Legislative Action 
Committee Meeting
@ Golden Valley Bank
Tuesday, April 17
7:30 a.m.

Executive Committee Meeting
Wednesday, April 18
7:30 a.m.

Board of Directors Meeting
Wednesday, April 25
7:30 a.m.

Welcome New Partner!

Welcome New Members!

2018 Compliance Material 
STILL Available

All California employers and businesses must post the new 2018 compliance material effective January 1, 2018.    Order your products through the Chico Chamber by clicking here  or download the order form here .

CalChamber Corner

Be on Alert, California Employers!

3rd Quarter 2017
Economic Snapshot

December 2017
Business Confidence Survey

Community Vision

Team Chico

Next Business Walk Date:
April 27, 2018

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, 
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Monday - Friday, 
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April 2018
CEO Insight
On one hand, District Attorney Mike Ramsey says, "Chico doesn't have a shoplifting problem." On the other hand, a long-time Chico retailer says, "we're going to be in a war forever." Who is correct? Well, if you look at the number of local shoplifting prosecutions in 2017, the DA is clearly right. But, talk to any retailer and you hear story after story of increasingly flagrant theft.
Mr. Ramsey was being facetious, of course. He knows better than anyone that shoplifting is rampant. His comment was intended to drive home the point that decisions made by businesses to report and prosecute are critical to 1) understanding the volume of theft, 2) bringing about any justice when it occurs, and 3) providing the information needed to prevent it in the first place.
The Retail Watch program co-hosted by the Chamber, DCBA, and Chico PD, is more than just a conversation about arrest data, however, it offers a chance to develop real solutions to common incidents occurring in local businesses. If you are a retailer and time doesn't allow you to participate, we're working on a FAQ page and signs you can place in your business to demonstrate a proactive approach to shrinking our retail "shrink" in Chico. The next meeting is April 30 th , from 10-11am, at Oxford Suites. RSVPs a nd a retail affiliation are required to participate.
At the state level, we're working to reverse the policies that softened our response to crime in the first place. The Chamber Board recently endorsed the "Reducing Crime and Keeping California Safe Act of 2018."  Click here to join the coalition of businesses and organizations behind this effort. This initiative is so important to us, the Chamber office will soon be a signature-gathering location to ensure it qualifies for the ballot.
This month, we'll host a Lunch Hour Q&A with our new Fire Chief Steve Standridge. Join us  on April 19 th from noon - 1 p.m. at Fire Station 5 and bring your questions!
Also, save the date for our 2018 Chico City Council Candidate Forum on September 5 th , 8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m., at the CARD Center. There are so many opportunities to lift your voice and make a difference this year. We're doing everything we can do make sure it's heard.
Katie Simmons, President & CEO
Partnership Perspective
Two years ago I was privileged enough to come on board as the Associate Vice President for the Chico Chamber of Commerce. As a Chamber staff and Chico native I am very proud of the work we are doing at the Chamber and what we have accomplished in just two years! We wouldn't have been able to achieve what we have without the support of you, the business community, in particular our Community Impact Partners, including our newest Steward Partners  Chico Area Recreation & Park District and  Matson & Isom Technology Consulting ! Thank you for investing in the Chamber and the Chico community. Ready to be a part of the solution? Join us by emailing me at kelsey@chicochamber.com or by calling 530.891.5556!
Kelsey Torres, Associate Vice President
Membership 411
Single scoop, double scoop, triple scoop? Be a Scoop Supporter and get your business in front of the community at the 2018 Summer Bash celebrating the 80th Anniversary of Shubert's Ice Cream and Candy! Exhibit booths are still available and space is first come first serve. Hurry and sign up today by contacting me or calling 530.891.5556. Don't miss this opportunity to be recognized at this epic community event!
As a chamber, part of our mission is to provide businesses access to connect with other members of the business community. These opportunities help you build business relationships and engage in the community. We also do our best to offer programs and events during the day and evening so you have options. Coming up April 5th at 8:30 a.m. is our Spring Membership Orientation . It is an overview for new members and members considering membership for their business. We also encourage for current members as we introduce you to the Chico Chamber staff, go over what is available to you as a member, and our President & CEO, Katie Simmons will provide a Community Vision update. Orientation only comes along twice a year. Get on the RSVP list !
I can't forget about the Spring Business Crawl ! We will be visiting two of our members Thursday, April 12th from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m.: Northwest Lineman College  and Action News Now . You will be introduced to NLM's history and amazing campus. There is more to this place than you think! Action News Now will be letting us play a little in front of the green screen and try out the news desk. Who do you want to be: Kris Kuyper or new team member Julia Yarbough? Sign up before the seats on the shuttle are filled! 
Heather Ugie, Membership Services & Event Manager
Special Events
The Chamber Summer Bash tickets go on sale early April and we can't wait to honor the 80th Anniversary of Shubert's Ice Cream & Candy at Patrick Ranch on Thursday, May 31st, 2018. Food, celebration, entertainment and fun! The Special Event Committee is working hard on ideas to make the evening one to remember. The Kelly Twins Dueling Pianos will be there again, along with Kinder's BBQ providing a delicious dinner. A great event to network and celebrate our community. If you are interested in exhibiting your business with a booth at this event, please reach out to Heather at heather@chicochamber.com. This isn't one to miss!
Natasha Beehner, Special Events Committee Chair, Golden Valley Bank
Chamber Ambassadors
In March the Ambassador team continued its outreach to members of the business community. At our March Ambassador meeting we had a membership call day and contacted existing Chamber members who had upcoming anniversaries. We received some great feedback and during the call learned more about each member, what their needs were and how best we can support them through our team and resources. We had a great 'Let's Do Lunch' at Buffalo Wild Wings and Chamber Business Connections were hosted by The Terraces Senior Living, Prestige Landscape and Nursery, Groups Recover Together, and Krispy Kreme Doughnuts. These are events that are great opportunities to support our local businesses and to network within our business community. Grand Opening and Ribbon Cuttings were held by Northern Valley Indian Health and 9Round.  This month's Membership Walk was focused on the north end of Mangrove Ave and our team visited with several member and non-member businesses, it is a nice way to pop in and say hello to all businesses within Chico.  
I invite you as s member of the Chamber or those who just may want to learn more about the Chico Chamber and the Ambassador program to contact me. Let's do coffee or lunch!
Valerie Coletti, Ambassador Chair,  Northern California National Bank
Young Professionals Organization

Hello and happy Spring! Our March Mixer was a huge hit! Gentry Power and his team at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. opened their Barrel Room to us for a tour and tastings. It was really interesting to get to hear about the evolution of their company and customer experience. Thank you so much Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. for hosting such a wonderful event!
Mark your calendar for "Tales of an Entrepreneur" our next Leadership Luncheon Wednesday, April 18th from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. It is going to be a panel featuring three local entrepreneurs: Arielle Danan, Owner & Founder of Beber Almond Milk; Dan Richardson, Franchisee of Dutch Bros. Coffee, Chico, CA; and Mark Sorensen, CEO of Social High Rise. We're going to be lucky enough to get to hear their stories, challenges and victories. Don't miss out on this awesome opportunity!
Kelly Gibbons, YPO President,  Office of Brad Jacobson, Farmers Insurance
Explore Butte County

Did you see our travel guide in the San Francisco Chronicle? We sponsored a 16 page spread on March 18 th in the San Francisco Chronicle's travel section. This was done as a partnership with Explore Butte County, as well as some local partners that also helped make our section awesome. If you didn't get a chance to see our section in person we have links to the various articles written by the San Francisco Chronicle on our Facebook page. We are working hard to put Butte County on the map for visitors!
I am also pleased to announce Explore Butte County's new Executive Director, Carolyn Denaro. She comes from a background in tourism from the Calistoga Chamber of Commerce and has been working for the past year as Explore Butte County's Program Coordinator. We are very excited to have her continue her work for bringing tourism to our area.
Our next scheduled board meeting is on April 12th. If you would like to be added to our information or newsletter list please email me and I will add you.
Brooke Smith, Hospitality Chair,  Courtyard by Marriott & Residence Inn by Marriott
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.

Calling all retailers in Chico! Join the Chico Police Department at monthly Retail Watch meetings to help decrease shoplifting in Chico. Get acquainted with the Chico PD, hear recommendations for decreasing theft, swap information with fellow retailers on preventative measures, and pass along best practices, tips, and tools. Share this invitation with local and regional retail teams and with neighboring retail businesses. Retail owners, managers, employees, and loss prevention personnel are encouraged to attend. 
Meetings will be held on the following Mondays in 2018 from 10:00 am - 11:00 am at Oxford Suites located at 2035 Business Lane in Chico:
April 30th | May 21st | June 18th | July 30th  |  August 27th | September 24th | October 29th | November 26th | December 17th
Click here for dates and times  flyer or here for the official press release .

Below you will find the  PCAB (Police Community Advisory Board) dates for the Chief of Police 2018 Campaign for the "Year of Accountability & Compassion": 
  • Monday, May 7th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Old Municipal Building - Topic: Community Court
  • Monday, September 17th from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at CSU Chico (Location TBD) - Topic: Community Court - Part II
  • Monday, November 5th from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Old Municipal Building - Topic: Tools for Giving (Chico Holidays Together) 
Come learn more about what membership and partnership means for your business and the Chamber's vision to  "Move Chico  Forward".   All current, prospective and past members welcome to attend! No cost to attend but RSVP is required.  Reserve your seat today!  Questions? Call 530.891.5556 or  email .
Pre-registration required for attendance. Register Today!  Call 891-5556 for questions. Networking events are presented b Steward Partners.  
Network, enjoy refreshments, and meet local teams that make their respective companies successful! Keep an eye open for our Spring Business Hosts! $20 for Members; $30 for Guests.  Reserve your seat on the shuttle!   Shuttle ride and refreshments included. Our hosts look forward to meeting you:  Action News Now and Northwest Lineman College Spring 2018 Business Crawl p resented by Visionary Partner Transfer Flow, Inc .

You won't want to miss this awesome opportunity to engage with a local group of entrepreneurs who have each faced challenges, risks, and rewards of launching and growing a business. Lunch catered by Panera Bread and cost will be $25 for YPO Members; $30 for Guests.  Registration Now Open!

Chico Chamber invites the  business community and the general public  to a Q&A with the New Fire Chief Standridge. This event is free and open to the public. RSVPs are required. Register Today!

More details coming soon!
Pre-registration required for attendance. Registration Opening Soon. Call 891-5556 for questions. Networking events are presented by Steward Partners. 

Leo DePaola, Community Development Director, and Brendan Veig, Deputy Director of the Planning Services Department, from the City of Chico will provide an update. This free event occurs quarterly and is open to the public. With limited seating, RSVPs are requested. Registration opening soon.

A representative from California Department of Tax & Fee Administration will provide information on basic sales and use tax requirements. This seminar will assist in preparing sales and use tax information to file online with the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration or file a paper return if online filing is not available or are exempt from filing electronically.

More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year. Mark your calendars and support your local businesses during National Small Business Week!

Help inform Congressman LaMalfa of the status and needs of the business community. Click here for the 1st Congressional District 2018 Business Survey.

Let's Do Lunch at Buffalo Wild Wings March 2nd.

Xfinity Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting March 3rd!

Thank you to The Terraces Senior Living for hosting our March 7th CBC!

March 9th Valley Truck & Tractor, Co. held a Customer Appreciation with tracker driving and all! 

Ambassadors took to the Mangrove business area March 9th for their monthly Membership Walks.

March 9th Northern Valley Indian Health held their Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting for their new Chico Children's Health Center.

Prestige Landscape and Nursery, a division of the Work Training Center and Affiliated Programs, hosted our weekly CBC March 14th.

March 16th President & CEO, Katie Simmons, was named Chair of the national 'Urgent Response Task Force' by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives headquartered in Alexandria, VA. 

9Round Chico officially opened their doors March 19th!

Great attendance at the YPO March Mixer at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Barrel Room on March 21st! Thank you Sierra Nevada for a fun and informative talk and tasting.

March 28th Krispy Kreme Doughnuts hosted our weekly CBC.

Fred Davis Arch Dedication Ceremony March 28th - amazing support from our Chico community!
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


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"Leveraging the Voice of Business for Community Good."