In 2006, a long awaited transition came to fruition when the previous Nevada and California Chambers merged. Each had been providing similar services to the same businesses, and the merger created one cohesive Chamber, giving members a larger business voice while streamlining costs and efforts.
“The Lake Tahoe South Shore Chamber of Commerce (LTSSCC) is a membership organization dedicated to developing, promoting, and serving your business and community. Our goal is to sustain a high quality of life by achieving economic vitality, with sensitivity for the environment.”
Thus the LTSSCC strives to “Promote the Community” by developing resources such as this Guide, a community Map and www.tahoechamber.org. Chamber staff attend events and forums to promote local business in addition to responding to and seeking out media opportunities. Members in good standing are featured in the NV and CA visitor centers. The Blue Business Review is a quarterly newsletter distributed via the newspaper and direct mail to all members, in addition to placement at a variety of events and locations.
Working to create a “Strong Local Economy” is at the forefront of the myriad of Chamber programs and services, which can be found on www.tahoechamber.org, such as the “Your Town Luncheons and Workshops” and “Your Town Forums.” Topics for these programs are drawn from member requests and in response to current issues.
The Lake Tahoe Joint Chamber Council between the LTSSCC and the North Shore Chamber of Commerce represents the memberships of both organizations on issues that impact the North and South Shore communities. As a part of this effort, an ambitious “Sustainability Indicators Project” is underway in order to develop and sustain a more viable economy.
The Chamber “Provides Networking Opportunities” at “Business After Hours Mixers” (BAHMs) which are typically themed. These ensure that different types of businesses are given an opportunity to showcase their products and services. Monthly member breakfasts or luncheons provide members an opportunity to make a 3-minute presentation about their business. Networking and fun are always on the menu at the Business Expo and Holiday Gala.
“Representing Business Interests with Government” is handled in a variety of ways. The Government Affairs Standing Committee has been successful in bringing the two counties and city government officials together to seek solutions to common issues affecting local businesses such as affordable housing, transportation and signage. Chamber staff regularly attend government meetings to both represent and report back on issues of concern to business. Additionally, several Chamber board members are elected annually to represent the business community in front of governing boards and agencies and thus attend all such pertinent meetings.
For additional information on Chamber activities, benefits, programs, board of directors and committees go to www.tahoechamber.org
Visit www.tahoechamber.org or call (775) 588-1728 for updated information.
Monthly Member Breakfasts & Luncheons – Provides an opportunity for members to present their business. (Reservations required $10.00)
Business After Hours Mixers – Take place most months in a variety of locations with a different theme from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (Free for members)
Your Town Luncheons – Feature exceptional guest speakers, such as economists and marketing specialists, and employee training and motivational techniques. (Call for costs and dates)
Your Town Forums – These lively forums present topical and timely issues of concern to the local business community. (Free to public – call for dates)
Workshops & Neighborhood Meetings – These take place throughout the year based upon current trends and needs on topics such as public safety, taxes and marketing. (Free)
Business Expo – Annual spring showcase of local businesses and restaurants. (Minimal admission for public – call for exhibitor rates)
Monthly Board Meetings – Open to all members. 3rd Thursday of the month @ 8:00 a.m.
Leadership Lake Tahoe – A bi-annual year-long program for the future leaders of our community. Participants develop personal leadership and business skills and learn about many facets of our local community, such as government, education, media, social services, tourism, the local economy, public health and safety, and the environment.