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The Fresno Chamber of Commerce

With a membership of more than 1,200 businesses and organizations, the Fresno Chamber of Commerce is one of the largest chambers in the State of California, in addition to being the largest business organization in the region. While our membership’s diverse body includes businesses of all sizes, corporations, associations and professionals, small businesses represent roughly 80 percent of our membership – leading our team to establish advocacy on their behalf as a central goal.

MISSION
To promote and support the success of the regional business community through effective advocacy, education and relationship building.

VISION
The Fresno Area Chamber of Commerce is the leading voice and advocate for the business community. The Chamber promotes economic opportunity, business education and successful business relationships throughout the region.

CORE COMMITMENTS
• Represent the Interests of Business with Government
• Promote Economic Vitality
• Promote Business Education and Information Exchange
• Provide Networking/Relationship Building Opportunities

CHAMBER EVENTS AND MEMBERSHIP
The Fresno Chamber offers a plethora of events and development programs that range from seminars and trainings to executive-level support and networking opportunities. Annual breakfasts/luncheons, monthly mixers and our annual trade show, BizFest, are just some of the events and programs designed to help you get the most value out of your membership. Listed here is a comprehensive list of these annual events:

Ag Awards Luncheon
The Chamber is delighted to present the annual Ag Awards Luncheon, a long-standing fall Chamber tradition where we honor a person from the agricultural community. The Ag Awards Luncheon also features the presentation of the Baker Peterson Franklin Ag Business Award, which is given to an agricultural or farming business. The program hosts an array of industry experts who address important agricultural concerns and provide relevant information, including The Fresno County Farm Bureau’s “State of Agriculture.”

Annual Membership & Installation Dinner
Every January, we ask the community to join us for an evening of elegance and recognition as the Fresno Chamber hosts the Annual Membership & Installation Dinner. This event offers a unique opportunity for members to celebrate accomplishments from the past year and preview the Chamber’s vision for the future.

Business After Hours Presents BizFest
BizFest serves as a prime opportunity to peruse local businesses’ products and services and is also the perfect time to boast about your own. With numerous booths and hundreds of attendees, this event is an invaluable resource for network development and making those all-important contacts. There are also terrific giveaways with business card drawings, providing a little something for everyone! We regularly have a great turnout from Fresno residents, making this possibly the best opportunity to market your business all year!

State of the City Luncheon
Every year, the Fresno Chamber of Commerce presents the annual State of the City Luncheon with Fresno’s Mayor. This spring event provides a forum for the Mayor to share accomplishments, opportunities and plans for the future with the community.

State of the County Breakfast
The annual State of the County Breakfast serves as a forum for the Board of Supervisors to highlight the county’s accomplishments and outline a foundation for the future. This event is an excellent networking and marketing opportunity that takes place in the fall of each year.

Valley Business Awards Luncheon
The Valley Business Awards Luncheon (VBAL) celebrates the backbone of any community – business leaders and entrepreneurs. This event showcases local businesses and provides a discussion forum to keep members and non-members abreast of current events affecting our community. The fundamental feature of this special luncheon is the celebration of the Leon S. Peters Award Winner for excellence in business and community stewardship, named after one of Fresno’s most generous and benevolent community leaders. The VBAL also serves as the venue to celebrate the Zinkin Awards in Entrepreneurship, which include the Harold Zinkin award, the Rising Star award and both the College and High School entrepreneur awards.

Annual Chamber Golf Tournament
Spend the day swinging your clubs on the green at the beautiful San Joaquin Country Club before enjoying a first class dinner in the Club House. Our unique tournament features a $100,000 HOLE-IN-1 CASH AND CAR GIVEAWAY! Not only could you win a total of $100,000 AND a brand new Lexus from Fresno Lexus, you’ll have four chances to take home a prize (two holes at $25,000, one hole at $50,000, and one hole for the IS250). Forget “Go big or go home,” this year it’s “GO BIG and DRIVE HOME!” To top it all off, you can also win your share of over $5,000 in high-end raffle prizes. Everyone is a winner – the weather is perfect and the time is always right for a great game of golf!

The Lights Before Christmas
Join us for Fresno’s premier event every winter, “The Lights before Christmas,” an unforgettable night of dinner, music with live and silent auctions benefiting the Chamber – all backlit by twinkling Christmas tree lights. This event will be a magical experience for you to showcase your business and enjoy the company of Fresno’s elite in a bright, enjoyable environment.

Eggs and Issues Breakfast
These events are held at various times during the year to give attendees an intimate look at politics from local legislators. It also is an ideal forum for Chamber members to interact and share their views on the legislative needs of the business community.

Membership Mixers
Chamber Mixers, held the third week of every month, provide a fun and favorable venue for network development. These popular get-togethers allow current and potential members to meet, exchange information and talk business in a relaxed, informal atmosphere. Bring your business cards, get ready to talk about your company or organization, and prepare to make at least a few new friends! Visit the Chamber website (FresnoChamber.com) to find out upcoming dates and locations.

DELIVERING PROGRAMS TO HELP BUSINESS GROW!
As a Chamber, we depend upon volunteers and staff to help us identify community needs, issues and opportunities to improve Fresno. We then work closely with stakeholders to produce programs capable of solving these issues. As a business-centered organization, we also strive to deliver programs to help businesses flourish. Here are some examples:

• Entrepreneurship 29
• Junior Board
• Leadership Fresno
• San Joaquin Political Academy
• Small Business University
• Need-based information exchanges and special events for business development
• Recognition of outstanding leadership through industry-specific awards
• Coffee Clatches
• Women’s Lunches

GET INVOLVED!
Members help us achieve our core objectives when they get involved. If you are a member and would like to get involved with the Chamber, contact us at (559) 495-4800 or info@fresnochamber.com and let us know what committee you are interested in:

• Ambassadors
• Business/Education Committee
• E.A.R.T.H. Committee
• Governmental Affairs Council
• Political Action Committee

ENHANCE COMMERCE THROUGH COMMUNITY STEWARDSHIP
The Chamber is the front door of community stewardship and we work in collaboration with many other community organizations to enhance local businesses, including:

• Building Industry Association
• California State University, Fresno (CSUF)
• Center for Advanced Research and Technology
• Central California Hispanic Foundation
• Economic Development Corporation Serving Fresno County
• Fresno Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
• Fresno Business Council
• Fresno Compact
• Fresno Convention & Visitors Bureau
• Fresno County Farm Bureau
• Fresno County Office of Education
• Fresno County Women’s Chamber of Commerce
• Fresno Leading Young Professionals
• Fresno Metro Black Chamber of Commerce
• Hmong Business Association
• Regional Jobs Initiative
• State Center Community College District
• State Center Consortium
• The Maddy Institute, CSUF
• Tree Fresno
• Fresno Regional Workforce Investment Board
• Valley CAN

FRESNO CHAMBER ADVOCATES ON BEHALF OF BUSINESS
One of the main goals of the Fresno Chamber is to be active in local, state and federal issues which impact business. The Chamber has two thriving programs in place to engage in the governmental and political processes and advocate for business needs:

The Government Affairs Council (GAC) analyzes proposed bills, initiatives and business-related issues at monthly meetings that are open to the public. Meetings are attended by local elected officials as well as state and federal legislators and/or staff representatives. Each year the GAC takes a position on over 50 proposed state bills and dozens of local and federal issues. Grassroots advocacy includes writing letters to elected officials, tracking how our representatives vote, speaking out at City Council and Board of Supervisor meetings, and being the loudest voice of the business community in Central California.

Members are encouraged to communicate their government-related issues to the GAC to see if the Chamber can step in to help. Anyone interested in learning what’s going on in the community is welcome to listen and participate in the spirited conversations at GAC meetings, held the second Tuesday of each month at noon. The meetings serve as a great way to keep tabs on government issues, which are constantly evolving.

The Political Action Committee (PAC) recruits and supports qualified candidates who share the Chamber’s mission of promoting business and enhancing the economic and cultural well-being of Fresno County residents. The PAC raises money and donates directly to candidates as well as conducting independent expenditures in key races. Look for the “Sample Ballot” to see the full slate of Chamber endorsements before you head to case your ballot. Ensuring the right candidates get into office strengthens our ability to work together in the future.

Becoming a member of the Chamber means joining our fight for business at all levels. However, your membership is also full of perks that will save you time and money while also helping your organization grow.

MEMBER INCENTIVES
• Tax deduction on Chamber Membership dues
• Chamber of Commerce Membership Plaque
• Listing as a new member in Chamber Connect Magazine
• Referrals for business inquiries
• Access to Office Depot Chamber Program (A benefit which can offset cost of Chamber Dues!)
• Ribbon Cutting/Grand Opening ceremony with event picture displayed in Chamber Connect and online
• Workshops/Seminars, such as Small Business University, to assist in professional development and business growth
• Business development opportunities through participation on any of our Chamber committees (Ambassadors, EARTH, GAC, etc.)
• Approximately 15 events held annually
• Legislative e-Alerts
• Fax blasts on urgent topics affecting your business

FEATURES AND BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP
• Weekly Chamber eNews
• Monthly Chamber Connect Magazine
• The opportunity to attend and host Membership Mixers
• Three (3) month Business Journal subscription for new subscribers
• Four (4) 600 Club tickets to a Fresno Grizzlies game, Grizzlies souvenir and name recognition on scoreboard (during baseball season) or Four (4) Loge Level Tickets at Selland Arena to a Fresno Monster’s Hockey Game during season

MEMBER DISCOUNTS ON…
• Advertising in the Membership Directory and Community Guide
• Rental of Chamber rooms, facilities and technology
• Wonder Valley Ranch Resort and Conference Center
• Membership in Fresno County Federal Credit Union
• Employment Law Compliance Materials

MARKETING AND PROMOTIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
The Chamber is proud to offer its members many opportunities to market and promote their businesses, including:

• Sponsorship opportunities at Chamber events
• Display of your company’s brochure/information in our lobby
• Free coverage of your events and promotions through Chamber eNewsletter
• Your company’s name on the Chamber’s website with a direct link to your site
• Your exciting news, upcoming events and more can be shared with more than 7,000 others through Chamber social media sites

THE CHAMBER IS YOUR MEETING PLACE
The Chamber offers the following meeting facilities for rent to its members:

Gottschalks/Lyles Board Room
• Seating for 72
• Full-size kitchen
• Lectern
• Projector and laptop
• Internet access
• TV
• Local phone service
• Conference call capability

Caglia Room
• Seating for 8 to 10
• Internet access
• Dry erase board
• Chalk board
• Local phone service
• Conference call capability

Call us today to reserve your date or to find out pricing and additional information:

(559) 495-4800
info@fresnochamber.com
fresnochamber.com

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Darius Assemi
Granville Homes

Bill Avakian
Avakian Insurance

Morel Bagunu
Manchester Center

Wendy Batti
Jeffrey/Scott Advertising

Jim Beffort
East Bay Tire Company

Hal Bolen
Bolen Fransen LLP

Anna Brooks
PG&E

Rich Caglia
Caglia Environmental

Joe Denham
Denham Resources

Randy Dhindsa
Rabobank

Brian Domingos
Premier Valley Realty

Lee Ann Eager
Economic Development Corporation

Ruth Evans
Evans HR Group

Sieg Fischer
Valley Yellow Pages

Larry Fortune
Fortune Associates

Debbie Hemker
Kaiser Permanente

Matthew Hoffman
Baker Manock and Jensen

Debbie Hunsaker
Alert-O-Lite, Inc.

Tracy Kashian
Riverpark Shopping Center

Scott Miller
Gazebo Gardens

Mark Riley
Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Matt Rosenfeld
KSEE 24 / CBS 47

Susan Ryan
Fresno County Federal Credit Union

Lorraine Salazar
Sal’s Mexican Restaurant

Michael Schuh
Colliers International

Al Solis
Sol Development Associates, LLC

Todd Valeri
American Ambulance

Lydia Zabrycki
Precision Civil Engineering

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