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Programs of the Chamber

The Palo Alto Chamber strives to promote a healthy and vibrant business environment and provide valuable business and community resources through our various committees, events programs.

The Chamber is the voice of business representing over 500 businesses that provide jobs to thousands of employees. Members include organizations of all sizes and business sectors, including entrepreneurs, new start-up companies, nonprofits, health systems, a world-class university and major corporations. Learn what other members are creating and modeling in one of the smartest, innovative, diverse communities in the world.

Business relationship building opportunities

The Palo Alto Chamber provides networking opportunities for businesses to connect through a variety of programs and events including:

• Business Referral Network (BRN) Weekly Networking Group
• EPIC Young Professional Monthly Meetup
• Educational programing & business workshops
• Free business counseling through Silicon Valley SCORE
• Nonprofit workshops
• New member receptions
• Public Policy Breakfasts
• Ribbon cuttings
• Silicon Valley 10-Chamber Business XPO
• TriCity Business Expo with Mountain View and Los Alto Chambers of Commerce
• Women in Business

Legislative & government action

The Government Action Committee and the board of directors actively work on behalf of business to ensure that elected officials are educated on the impact their decisions make on the business community. The GAC and board work during election season to organize candidate forums for community members to ask questions and form opinions on issues and candidates that affect Palo Alto. When appropriate to the vitality of the business environment, the Chamber actively participates in the legislative process to advocate for policies that protect and promote area businesses. The Chamber is a member of the Silicon Valley Coalition of Chambers of Commerce and So-Sponsor of the Silicon Valley Regional Economic Forum.

Chamber committees

The Chamber currently has an active Ambassador Committee and is activating a Membership Committee and a Communications Committee. The Ambassador Committee plays an important role at the Chamber. Our ambassadors represent the Chamber to the public and are highly visible members in the business community. Every ambassador is a member volunteer who helps to educate and encourage other members to participate in the Chamber programs and services. The support of these dedicated individuals who share their time and expertise allow our staff to provide over 70+ events annually. The Chamber also organizes task forces to help plan and host signature and special events.

Chamber website

With up to 30,000 unique hits per month, the Chamber website is the quickest, most efficient way for the public to know about your business. Members receive a log-in and password to manage their online profile, maintain their webpage on our site, be aware of Chamber events, stay informed about Chamber initiatives, post business events, promotions and news releases that will reside on the Chamber website and be shared on Chamber social media. Email blasts, Hot Deals, upcoming events calendar, news releases, job postings and virtual membership plaques are available for members to promote their businesses. Promoting your business through the Chamber provides business credibility and increases your digital visibility without leaving your office. www.paloaltochamber.com

Communication

The weekly eNews is the primary resource for the latest event listings, Business Member News and advocacy updates. The Chamber posts the latest information regarding events, networking and other business information on our website, Facebook and Twitter.

Publications

The Chamber’s official annual full-color member directory and community guide has 10,000 printed editions distributed to businesses, community centers, libraries and hotels in Palo Alto throughout the year. The magazine is also available online. The Chamber produces the Palo Alto Map bi-annually to showcase the restaurants and businesses in Palo Alto. Members can take advantage of low-cost advertising in both publications.

Marketing opportunities

As the Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center, the Chamber has the ability to help showcase your business, assist with your marketing needs and customize a marketing strategy. We gladly accept business cards, flyers and postcards to help showcase your business at the Visitors Center. The Visitors Center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and closed Fridays during the summer.

Cost-saving affinity programs

• Office Depot office supply discounts
• Website eCoupons
• Member discounts

Certificates of origin

The Chamber has business covered when documents need to be sealed and approved for overseas commerce.

Tall Tree Awards

The Tall Tree Awards are given to individuals and organizations that have shown exceptional civic contributions and service to the community. The event is sponsored by the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce and the Palo Alto Weekly. Nominations are submitted by the general public once a year and awarded in four categories: Outstanding Professional Business Person, Outstanding Citizen Volunteer, Outstanding Business and Outstanding Nonprofit. The selection committee panel is an independent group consisting of past winners.

ATHENA Awards

The ATHENA Award Program recognizes and honors the achievements of outstanding professional and business women. It celebrates individuals who strive toward the highest level of accomplishment: women who excel in their chosen field but who also open paths so that others may follow. In additional to the ATHENA Award, an additional award, the ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award is granted to a woman who demonstrates excellence, creativity and initiative in her business or profession.

Palo Alto Festival of Arts

The Palo Alto Festival of the Arts, hosted by the Chamber of Commerce, is a juried art festival held annually in late August. The festival, brought to you in 2016 by presenting sponsor Palo Alto Medical Foundation, draws more than 170,000 people over a Saturday and Sunday weekend. The town’s well-known University Avenue becomes a street fair with more than 300 fine art purveyors, food and wine booths, along with staged entertainers bringing you a variety of music throughout the event.

Leadership Palo Alto

Leadership Palo Alto provides participants an opportunity to connect with their community and better understand the components of government, public safety, business community, economic climate, education, the environment and sustainability and health care system. The goal of the program is to identify and motivate potential community leaders to become involved in the community and gain an understanding of its needs and challenges. Graduates have found the program to be invaluable to enhancing their careers and forming lasting relationships with fellow classmates. Leadership Palo Alto alumni are challenged to use the knowledge and leadership skills they gain through the program and apply them to enhancing Palo Alto’s quality of life.

Applicants chosen for the 2016-2017 program will have the unique opportunity to develop their potential for public responsibility. Each of the 10 full-day monthly sessions are designed to inform, motivate and challenge participants and provide a unique behind-the-scenes perspective. Each session locations and speakers are selected to enhance and compliment the topic of that particular session.

Topics include:
• Local government
• Stanford
• Education
• Arts & culture
• Environment & sustainability
• Economy & business
• Transportation
• Housing
• Nonprofits
• Health care & wellness
• Public safety
• Media

The Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit organization financed through membership dues investment and revenue generated by programs and events. The Chamber is not a government agency, although it does receive some public funds for its educational programs and Visitors Center. For more information and a full list of member benefits, call the Chamber at (650) 324-3121 or visit paloaltochamber.com.

The Palo Alto Visitors Center is co-located with the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce at 355 Alma St. at the corner of Lytton Avenue and Alma Street in downtown Palo Alto. The Visitors Center is staffed from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and closed on Fridays in the summer. For more information, call (650) 324-3121.

Destination Palo Alto (DestinationPaloAlto.com) offers additional information about where to go and what to do while visiting the Midpeninsula.

The Palo Alto Downtown Association and Palo Alto Downtown Transportation Management Association are also co-located in the Chamber offices.

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