"Leveraging the Voice of Business for Community Good."
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CEO Report
Partnership Perspective
Membership 411
Special Events
Young Professionals
Small Business Regulatory Reform Info
Retail Watch Meetings
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YPO Committed Leaders Meeting
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May 25, 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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*The Chamber will be closed Monday May 28th in observance of Memorial Day.
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May 2018
CEO Insight
"If there are 5 steps between us, I am willing to walk 3." This was the resounding philosophy behind the work of Deborah Elam (pictured here) when she served as Chief Diversity Officer for General Electric. She didn't coin the phrase, but she now shares it when teaching executives how to bridge divides, whether they are diversity related or political in nature. Be the one to take that extra step, she coached me and my fellow chamber executives, it's worth it. I took her message home from a recent ACCE board meeting and thought about its many applications in business and in the community of Chico, particularly during this election year.
The Chamber no longer endorses candidates - it's a policy decision we stand firmly behind. Instead, we educate, inform, and engage our members in the election process. On September 5 th , from 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. at the CARD Center, we'll host a City Council Candidate Forum, moderated by members of our Board. If we believe every healthy community starts with healthy businesses, as our Community Vision so articulately defines, then you can bet our questions will focus on our business climate, economic development, and the reason so many businesses operate here: our quality of life. Please save the date and bring your questions with you. If you're like me, you'll be listening intently for examples of those 3 steps so necessary to make change.
If you're looking for a hands-on way to get involved, our new Fire Chief Steve Standridge is now inviting members of the business community to participate in a Citizen's Academy. The Academy is taught by CFRD and includes operating equipment, rappelling from a building, and participating in a Live Burn exercise. To request an application, contact Chief Standridge.
I recently hit my 10-year anniversary as a Chico resident and noticed a well-defined trend in my family: when we reach a milestone - birthday, anniversary, "Super Reader" award - we usually top off our celebration with Shubert's ice cream. This year Shubert's turns 80 and I can only imagine how many celebratory ice creams they've sold in that time. Come help us toast their milestone at our Summer Bash on May 31 st at Patrick Ranch. As my kids will tell you, every day is a good day for ice cream.
Katie Simmons, President & CEO
Partnership Perspective
Chico is in full bloom and the weather is perfect, so get outside and enjoy it! April was a great month where we welcomed two new Champion Partners! Thank you to Build.com and Northern California National Bank for your commitment to the Chico Chamber! If you are looking for an opportunity to build your business, as well as supporting your community, look no further and become a Community Impact Partner today! Give me a call at 530.891.5556 or shoot me an email today!
Kelsey Torres, Associate Vice President
Membership 411
April was an active month with our Spring Business Crawl hosted by North West Lineman College and Action News Now, Lunch Hour with our new Fire Chief Steve Standridge, and our Young Professionals Organization hosted a really cool entrepreneurial panel at Idea Fab Labs. We ended the month with a grand opening celebration at the new AMAIN Cycling Chico Store! Go check out our Facebook and Instagram pages for the photo and video moments!
May is the month of our annual SUMMER BASH! The countdown is on, so go grab a couple tickets to our main benefit of the year as we celebrate Shubert's 80th May 31st! Don't miss engaging your business in front of 500+ of the community by securing a SCOOP SUPPORTER ROLE OR EXHIBIT BOOTH! Contact me for more details heather@chicochamber.com. I am also excited to announce that we have added a special performance by Chico High School's Sac Street Boys! See you there as they kick off an evening of food, fun, entertainment, and of course ICE CREAM! Thank you in advance to all of our Presenting, Supporting, and Media Partners!
Heather Ugie, Membership Services & Event Manager
Special Events
The Chamber Summer Bash is approaching quickly and the Special Events Committee has some fun surprises planned for you! 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 Kelly Twins Dueling Pianos will be there, Kinder's BBQ will be there providing a delicious dinner, Shubert's will be handing out ice cream, and exhibitors will be decorating their booths with an "We All Scream for Ice Cream" theme and SO much more!
Natasha Beehner, Special Events Committee Chair, Golden Valley Bank
Chamber Ambassadors
April was a month filled with many opportunities for the Ambassadors to meet with Chico businesses and attend events as representatives of the Chamber. Thank you to those who hosted the weekly Wednesday morning Chamber Business Connections; Nevin & Witt Insurance Services, Azad's Martial Arts Family Center, The Bodie Shepherd Team - Movement Mortgage, and  Chico Hearing Aid Center. These gatherings allow us to learn more about our local businesses, spend time networking and build strong personal and professional relationships. Our monthly 'Let's Do Lunch' was hosted by the Tackle Box Bar & Grill and we celebrated a grand opening and ribbon cutting at AMain Cycling.
Many of the Ambassadors hopped on a chartered bus for the Chamber's annual Spring Business Crawl. We were hosted by  Northwest Lineman College where we learned about amazing opportunities for lineman careers and the college's ongoing community involvement. And the Action News Now team gave us a tour of the TV studio, we visited with the anchor team and had the opportunity to sit at the news and weather sets.
We are looking forward to seeing you all at the 2018 Summer Bash on May 31st, tickets are available through the Chamber and each of our Ambassadors have tickets available as well!
Valerie Coletti, Ambassador Chair,  Northern California National Bank
Young Professionals Organization

We had such a great luncheon panel in April! It was at the Idea Fab Lab and we had the privilege of hearing from some of the most accomplished and inspiring entrepreneurs in Chico:  Kaliahna Baxter, Happy at Home;   Arielle Danan, Beber - Fresh Almondmilk Dan Richardson, Dutch Bros Coffee; Mark Sorenson, Social High Rise . If you missed it, the conversation can be hears soon at chicochamberpodcast.com. Be sure to have a pen and paper handy for notes! One of my favorite takeaways was from Mark Sorenson with Social High Rise. He said, "Don't underestimate how much people want to help you." I think that's so fantastic!  And it leads perfectly to my next topic, our mentorship program!
The mentor matching has been completed and our YPO mentees have been notified who their Chico Chamber Director mentors are. The relationships are being established! I'm excited to see the growth in our young professionals as they participate in this unique opportunity.
Last Friday, a few of the YPO Committed Leaders and I had the privilege of delivering three donation checks to the following local non-profits: Chico Branch of the  Butte County Library , Chico Food Project and Habitat for Humanity Butte County . These donations were a result of our March Mixer contributions! We also got to hear a little bit more about each organization and how they were going to use the donations. Such a special experience! Thank you, again, to Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.  for hosting a fun night and to everyone who attended!   
Kelly Gibbons, YPO President,  Office of Brad Jacobson, Farmers Insurance
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:
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) 
Pre-registration required for attendance. Registration now available. Call 891-5556 for questions. Networking events are presented by Steward Partners.

RSVP Today! 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.

Pre-registration required for attendance. Registration open! Call 891-5556 for questions. Networking events are presented by Steward Partners.
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!

Join SCORE as Dan Irving discusses the methods employed to determine the value of a business entity. Click here or further details.

CBC with Nevin & Witt Insurance Services April 4th.
Chico Chamber's Spring Membership Orientation on April 5th.

The  Tackle Box Bar & Grill hosted our April 6th 'Let's Do Lunch.' Thank you Tackle Box!
April 11th CBC attendees woke up with some Tai Chi Chuan at Azad's Martial Arts Family Center!

Another successful Spring Business Crawl in the books! Thank you Action News Now and Northwest Lineman College!

Thank you to The Bodie Shepherd Team, Movement Mortgage for hosting our April 18th CBC.
The April 18th YPO Leadership Lunch "Tales of an Entrepreneur" was a great success!  A big thank you to o ur Moderator: Dr. Colleen Robb, Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship California State University, Chico and panelists:  Mark Sorenson, Social High Rise; Kaliahna Baxter, Happy at Home; Dan Richardson, Dutch Bros Coffee Chico; and Arielle Danan, Beber Fresh Almondmilk.

April 19th Lunch Hour with new Fire Chief Steve Standridge. Thank you Chico Fire Department for hosting and  SERVPRO of Chico-Lake Almanor, Fire & Water Cleanup & Restoration for providing lunch.
The YPO Committed Leaders delivered donation checks to   Chico Food ProjectHabitat For Humanity   of Butte County and  Butte County Library . Just about $600 was r aised from their March Mixer hosted  with our friends Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.!
April 21st  Amain Cycling Chico store celebrated their Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting of their new 2070 E 20th Street location. Congratulations!

April 25th CBC hosted by  Chico Hearing Aid Center.
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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