220 E. Tulare Ave.
Tulare, CA 93274


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Chamber Calendar

2/7, 8:00 am - 9:00 am

2/9, 5:30 pm -7:00 pm

2/10,  8:30 am - 1:30 pm

3/1, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

2/14-2/15 9:00 am- 5 pm
2/16  9:00 am- 4 pm

For our entire month of Chamber/Community events, click on above calendar.

Community Impact Partners
Businesses making an investment in our community  









River Valley Church

Want to learn how your business can become a Community Impact Partner?
Call the Chamber for an overview, 559-686-1547.

Member News
Want to know what's new with fellow Chamber Members? Check out the 

City Meetings

Board of Public Utilities Meeting
2/7, 3:00 pm

City Council Meeting
2/7, 7:00 pm

Aviation Committee Meeting
2/27, 6:00 pm

City Meeting Location: 
Tulare Public Library & 
Council Chambers, 
491 N. M. St., Tulare

Voter Record

Stay Informed by checking out the Cal Chamber Vote Record

Free resources to grow your business!

Executive Officers
Kelsey Jones

Renee Soto
Chair Elect

Kerissa Chapman
Immediate Past Chair

Teresa Menezes
Vice Chair of Membership

Mike Watson 
Vice Chair of Finance

Board of Directors
Ronald Smith

Keith Reynolds

Karen Bravo

Graciela Soto-Perez

Ken Dodson

John Harman

Lisa Garcia

Danny Giotto

Kathleen Johnson

Kevin Mooney

Marc Limas
Professional Support
Patrick Isherwood
Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman

Dennis Mederos
General Counsel 
Professional Staff
Donnette Silva Carter
Chief Executive Officer

Staci Zeller
Community Partnership Director

Charlotte Smith
Interim Information Coordinator

Leah Saldana
Business Intern
February 2017
Be Future Ready Conference

The Chamber's Tulare Business & Education Council (TBEC) in collaboration with Tulare Joint Union High School District, Tulare City School District, and CSET will be holding the first annual "Be Future Ready" conference Friday, February 10 th , 2017 at the College of the Sequoias (COS) Tulare College Center.
TBEC will be hosting 110 tenth grade students from throughout the Tulare Joint Union High School District Career Academies (Pre-Med Academy, Academy of Engineering, and the Art, Media & Entertainment Academy). The conference will begin with a welcome by keynote speaker Scot Hillman, CEO of J.D. Heiskell & Co. The students will then move into informative break-out sessions, presented by CSET, on preparing and conducting effective job interviews. The breakout sessions will then be followed by mock interviews conducted by numerous local employers and members of the Tulare Rotary Club and Chamber of Commerce.
The students will conclude the day with a COS catered lunch with a number of local employers, Rotary members, and school administration and staff.
For more information on the "Be Future Ready" conference or the Tulare Business & Education Council (TBEC), please contact Marie Pinto at 559-688-2021,  marie.pinto@tulare.k12.ca.us or the Chamber office.


Protect Your Business by Complying with the Federal and State Posting Requirements
The Tulare Chamber is making it easy for businesses to comply with California's labor laws. No matter how many employees you have in California, your business is required by law to post a current California and Federal Employment Poster centrally located at every business.

As part of a special partnership with the CalChamber, the Tulare Chamber is currently taking pre-orders for the 2017 California and Federal Employment Poster. The CalChamber's all-in-one poster contains required state and federal employment notices every California employer must post. CalChamber is a trusted source for California and Federal compliance products, with more than 125 years of experience helping California businesses do business.

Choose from a laminated or non-laminated all-in-one poster in English or Spanish. Failure to comply and have a current poster posted in a central location at your workplace could result in significant fines and penalties. Posters must be displayed in a conspicuous place where all employees can easily read it, such as a break room, common hallway, payroll office or other common location. Employers must also display posters in each company location.

The Tulare Chamber wants to make sure your business is in compliance and urges you to order your 2017 poster today to ensure delivery by January 1. Posters will be shipped in mid-December. Please call the Tulare Chamber at 559-686-1547 or go to this link and order your poster today.

Office Space For Rent
Tulare Chamber of Commerce Has Space For Rent

Have you considered moving your business to the heart of Tulare? The Tulare Chamber of Commerce has space for rent at its beautiful downtown location. Our building is central to many downtown locations, banks and businesses. The perceived credibility of your business being located in the Chamber building can be an asset to your business.

Please contact the Tulare Chamber of Commerce today, at 686-1547, for more information.  Note, we also have conference room rentals available.

Business after Hours

Business After Hours

Don't miss out on the great opportunity to Network and Grow your Business.  Engaging in networking opportunities has proven to be a successful marketing strategy for building and sustaining lasting business relationships.

Hosted this month by River Valley Church

Good News
Kellie Pickler to Perform in Visalia

Dynamic country music star, Kellie Pickler, is scheduled to perform in Visalia on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at the historic Fox Theater.

Kellie Pickler grew up immersed in country music in the small town of Albemarle, North Carolina with the words of Tammy Wynette, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, and Dolly Parton shaping her musical footing. At the age of 19, she first gained fame as a contestant on the fifth season of "American Idol." She has gone on to release four critically acclaimed albums, including her Gold-certified debut Small Town Girl as well as100 Proof, which Rolling   Stone named the Best Country Album of 2011. Among her best known hits are the Gold-certified "Red High Heels," "I Wonder," "Best Days of Your Life," "Don't You Know You're Beautiful," "Things That Never Cross a Man's Mind," "Didn't You Know How Much I Loved You," and "No Cure for Crazy."

In spring of 2013, Pickler partnered with dance coach Derek Hough and won the Mirror Ball Trophy on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars." That same year, she also released her fourth album, 
The Woman I Am, with Black River Entertainment, which featured three songs co-written by Pickler including the title cut. She voiced the lead character, a sweet potato named Mirabelle, in the  Veggie Tales  animated movie "Beauty and the Beet" in 2014, and launched her home goods line, "Selma Drye by Kellie Pickler," in cooperation with the Opry Stores ( shop.opry.com ) in 2015. ... READ MORE.

Happy Trails Hosts Volunteer Orientation

Happy Trails Riding Academy is hosting a volunteer orientationfor the community on  Saturday, February 4 from 8:00 am - 12:00 pm.  The orientation will take place at Happy Trails Riding Academy's facility located at 2773 East Oakdale Ave. (Ave. 256) in Tulare. Volunteer roles, demonstrations, safety rules, and the 2017 class schedule will be discussed. All volunteers must be at least 14 years old and physically fit enough to walk for up to two hours, including occasional jogging. ... READ MORE.
Trish Arnold Attends LPL Financial's Women Advisors Leaders Forum

Trish Arnold recently attended LPL Financial's inaugural Women's Advisors Leaders Forum, an invitation-only conference for top female advisors hosted by LPL Financial, a leading retail investment advisory firm and the nation's largest independent broker/dealer*. Trish Arnold is supported by the LPL platform. 

*Based on total revenues, Financial Planning magazine, June 1996-2016
New Year. New California Employment Laws
An Overview of New 2017 Laws Affecting California Employers
With the new year upon us, the California Chamber of Commerce is reminding businesses about all the 2017 employment laws by presenting handy summaries of new legislation now in effect that will impact the day-to-day operations of California employers.
Some of the new laws, such as the minimum wage increase, make significant changes to California's legal landscape. Other new laws make small changes to different parts of existing law or may affect only employers in specific industries.
The short summaries below appear in a CalChamber white paper; for the full list of 2017 employment laws download the white paper  hereSee an infographic highlighting important new laws below.

Minimum Wage
SB 3 will increase the minimum wage over the next several years to $15 an hour. For January 1, 2017, businesses with 26 or more employees must pay a minimum wage of $10.50 per hour.
The minimum wage increase will require all employers to post a new Minimum Wage Order (MW-2017). The upcoming minimum wage increase also will have an effect on other pay practices, such as the overtime rate.  ... READ MORE.

Leadership Tulare: Education

Jennifer  Marroquin
Denise Damari
Education is a lifelong journey and the 2016-2017 cohort of Leadership Tulare class spent its Education Day exploring this journey and the changes that have been made over the years in the world of education.  Educating our youth to become positive, contributing members of society is a vital task for our educators, whether you are a preschool teacher or a college professor.  Through the years, many changes have been made in education and these changes were outlined throughout Leadership Tulare's Education Day.

In the past, rote memorization was a critical skill needed to move through the educational path; however, the role of an educator now is to train and develop 21st  century learners.  To be a 21st  century learner, students need to develop their skills in the areas of critical thinking, communication, collaboration, creativity, and problem solving.  It isn't enough to just be able to memorize facts, rather students, young and old, need to have the skill set  to be able to think outside the box and be innovators.  Throughout the day, the Leadership Tulare cohort was able to actively participate in activities that required them to use all of these skills so they could have a better understanding of how our students are being taught in our elementary, secondary, and graduate level classrooms.  Hands-on experiences are what each of the presenters stated was essential for the students that they serve.  When students can actively engage with the topic or content, they are more likely to retain the information and be able to apply it in other areas of life. ... READ MORE.
World Ag Expo Coming Soon
World Ag Expo
50th Anniversary of World Ag Expo: February 14-16 
World Ag Expo is officially upon us! The 50th anniversary show is almost here and organizers have many exciting things planned.

Opening Ceremonies are set for 10:00 a.m. on February 14, 2017.

For more information, visit www.worldagexpo.org.
Tulare Chamber Welcomes New Community Partnership Director
Staci Zeller
Community Partnership Director
The Tulare Chamber of Commerce welcomes new Community Partnership Director, Staci Zeller, who has joined the ranks of professionals promoting business and economic growth in Tulare.

Staci has been involved in Chambers for over 6 years, where she volunteered, became a member, and served as an Ambassador, thereby understanding the benefits of Chamber membership not only for her business, but for the community as well. 

"Becoming involved in the chamber opened up many doors to me in both my business and personal life. I never realized the importance of all the things chambers do to promote community involvement and growth in cities across America."

Staci, along with the new CEO Donnette Silva Carter, will bring a new face to an organization and effort that mean so much to the business community in Tulare.

Join us in welcoming Staci to our team and to the great city of Tulare.

QuickBooks Class Offered March 1st
Lance Wilkins of M. Green and Company will facilitate an intensive day long Basic QuickBooks class on Wednesday, March 1st at the Tulare Chamber of Commerce office. The class will begin at 8:00 am and conclude at 4:30 pm.  The class will cover:  Writing checks, creating customer invoices and payments, using accounts receivable and accounts payable, bank reconciliation and more.
The class is free for Chamber members and $40 for non-members. Register at www.tularechamber.org or by calling (559) 686.1547. Must register to attend.
About Lance Wilkins:
          • Has all the Certifications and Advanced Certifications QuickBooks offers, so you can expect accurate answers.                        
          • Experienced in Construction, Wholesale/Distribution, Retail, and most other industry types using QuickBooks, Enterprise and QuickBooks Point of Sale.
          • A member of the Intuit Trainer/Writer Network
          • An instructor of QuickBooks courses for California CPA's through CALCPA
Community Photo Shoot

Residents of Tulare Invited to Community Photo 
Shoot February 1st

The month of February is Heart Disease Awareness Month as designated by the American Heart Association.  

The Tulare Hospital Foundation and Tulare Soroptimist Club invite the community to support this effort by wearing red on February 1st and participating in a community photo shoot at 4:30 pm at Zumwalt Park.  

The photo should take about 30 minutes. 

Join Our Ambassador Team
What do Ambassadors do?

Our Ambassadors are an extension of the Tulare Chamber of Commerce in the community, and serve as an elite group of Chamber members who volunteer their time to assist the staff in various activities, marketing efforts, and events. Ambassadors build relationships with the Chamber's newest members, facilitate networking among members, promote activities, and encourage meaningful participation. Ambassadors are the backbone of the Chamber volunteer force.

Why should I join?

Ambassadors become well known to our membership at large, and are able to expand their own networks while creating stronger community connections. Their involvement in Chamber programs enhances the membership benefits received by each member, strengthening member commitment and increasing long-term member retention. We welcome the opportunity to partner with you as we get to know you and your business better!

Contact the Tulare Chamber of Commerce at 686-1547 or visit tularechamber.org for more information
Welcome New Member
Eagle Mountain Casino
Owned and operated by the Tule River Tribe and located on the Tule River Indian Reservation 17 miles east of Porterville, Ca, Eagle Mountain Casino opened its doors in June of 1996 when the Tribe invested approximately 1 million dollars into the project that was to become Eagle Mountain Casino. Three Manufactured trailers housed 300 slot machines and four tables. Twenty years later, it has grown into a full service casino with 510 employees, two restaurants, food court, 1,200 slot machines, 11 table games, a gift shop, a coffee house, and an Entertainment Center that seats 1,200 guests and hosts A List Artists, Comedians and Game shows. 2016 marked the 20 th Anniversary of Eagle Mountain Casino which continues to assist the Tribe in sustaining its independence as a self-governed nation that supports their people and the surrounding communities through culture and economic development, and allowed the Tribe to expand its departments. 

Loyal Renewing Members
The Tulare Chamber would like to thank the following businesses and individuals for renewing their membership.

A&W Restaurants
BMI Mechanical, Inc.
Buckman Mitchell, Inc.
California Office Liquidators
Coelho, Lawrence and Shirley
Collette Vacations
De Pietro, Frank and Sons, LLC
Deli Delicious 25
Franey's Flood Covering, Inc.
Galaxy Tulare 10
Golden State Paint & Body, Inc.
Ida's Direct Mortgage
Iverson, Jocelyn Dental Corp.
La Quinta Inn & Suites Tulare
Magnolia Health Corp.
Pinnacle Technology
Rabobank - Tulare
Rescued Treasures/Visalia Rescue Mission
Skip Barwick Realty
Smile Central Valley/Apollonia Dental
Sons of Italy, Roma Lodge #1573
The Mayflower Companies
TOL, Inc.
Total Property Inc.
Tulare Cabrillo Civic Club #12
Tulare County Consolidated Ambulance Dispatch, Inc.
Tulare County Septic Tank
Tulare Dairy Center, Inc.
Tulare Hospital Foundation
Tulare Volunteer Bureau
Tule Branch Farms
Valley Air Crafts
Vincent Sola Partnership
Western Metal Company