Your Duarte Chamber is composed of our community’s leading businesses and civic-minded individuals who devote a portion of their time to planning and activating the Chamber’s many programs and activities. The Chamber was founded in 1921 and incorporated in 1955 as a nonprofit corporation.
Throughout the years, even before the incorporation of Duarte as a city, the Duarte Chamber of Commerce has served as the “front door” to Duarte for visitors, prospective new residents and businesses. We serve as a public relations arm of the city and voice for the business community. Our members enjoy volunteering while they network with other members and have a good time doing so.
The Chamber’s funds are received from membership dues, special events, and a city contract for services which are for the purpose of carrying out our mission statement. The Chamber also helps the city of Duarte ensure progressive and orderly economic development in order to make Duarte a better place to live, work and enjoy. The Chamber’s strength lies in its membership; the Chamber accomplishes collectively what no one could do individually. The Duarte Chamber’s scope of activities is virtually unlimited, depending upon the needs of the community.
The Chamber is responsible for publishing the Duarte View, Duarte’s only hometown newspaper; Chamber Spotlight, a television show which features two different member businesses each show; and a map and business directory for Duarte. With the support of the city of Duarte, we sponsor the annual Taste of Duarte, a business expo and food tasting of local restaurants and purveyors. As a Chamber we host monthly networking breakfasts held at member businesses as well as periodic business mixers, sometimes in partnership with other Chambers. These monthly events give our members even more opportunities to network and market their businesses.
The programs and policies of the Duarte Chamber of Commerce are established by an 18-member Board of Directors. The Board employs a President/CEO to be the administrative officer of the Chamber.
Membership in the Duarte Chamber of Commerce is open to all businesses, schools, nonprofits and individuals. Together we create our kind of Chamber in our kind of town!
Chamber Mission Statement
The Duarte Chamber of Commerce exists to create an environment that will promote and encourage businesses to succeed while enhancing its relationship with the surrounding community.
Board of Directors Officers & Directors
Chairman of the Board
New York Life Insurance
Vice Chairman/Legislative Action & Education
Southern California Gas Company
Vice Chairman/Finance & Administrative
Advantage Ford Lincoln
Vice Chairman/Publicity & Marketing
Ranchero Mexican Restaurant
Jan’s Towing Co., Inc.
Joumana “JB” Barakat, Foothill Workforce
Brian Barreto, California American Water Co.
Bernadette Chang, Westminster Gardens
Henry Custodia, Delafield Corp.
Aja M. Enriquez, Turner & Stevens Live Oak Mortuary
Debbie Gewertz, Old Town Sign Co., LLC
Sheryl Lefmann, Resident
Daniel Lien, Daniel J. Lien Professional Services
Karen MacNair, Santa Anita Family YMCA
Rana Madain, Podley Realtors
Stacey Park, Curves
Ahmad Solomon, Southern California Edison
Jim Kirchner, President/CEO
Diana Burckhard, Director of Membership & Marketing