What Chambers Are Doing Around the West

Chamber of Commerce Hawaii holds Virtual Chamber Week

“Pushing Forward, Together” is the anthem for the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii’s Chamber Week that was held January 19 through 22. Attendees from across the state tuned in virtually for the week-long series, which included a panel discussion presentation of pivot success stories, 2021 forecast on legislative initiatives, meet and greets with legislators, including the newest faces at the capitol, increased civic engagement with high school students, trivia fun with young professionals and networking opportunities.

In the spirit of the anthem, 2021 Chamber Week events were 100% complimentary to attend regardless of membership status, for the entire business community. Event Contact: Tricia Fetui, tfetui@cochawaii.org.

Santa Barbara County Chambers Launch Campaign Advocating for Safe Reopening of Businesses

The Santa Barbara South Coast (CA) Chamber, Santa Maria Valley (CA) Chamber, Buellton (CA) Chamber, Santa Ynez (CA) Chamber, Solvang (CA) Chamber and Lompoc Valley (CA) Chamber joined together for a media and advocacy campaign focused on the undue hardships that the current COVID-19 regulations have caused to local businesses.

Their campaign asks for a data-driven approach and allowing businesses to reopen with proper safety protocols in place. The media campaign involved images, video and radio messaging featuring the slogan “There is something the shutdown data is not considering. Me.” View the entire campaign here.

Digital Development Assistance Program Helps Businesses Pivot to E-Commerce and Build Online Presence

The Burnaby (BC) Board of Trade started a Digital Development Assistance program to provide assistance to businesses struggling to pivot to online shopping, digital communications, and other digital efforts amidst the pandemic.

The program provides direct hands-on support to implement digital solutions for their small business community and better position small businesses for the future. The program allowed the chamber to partner with post-secondary institutions to match local students from the DDA Digital Marketing Team with local businesses at no cost to the business.

Learn more about the program at www.bbot.ca.

Chamber Merger Results in New Name and New Branding

In October 2020, the Redwood City-San Mateo County (CA) Chamber and the San Carlos (CA) Chamber announced that they were merging to form a regional chamber.

As part of the efforts to unify the two organizations and collaborate on behalf of all business in the region, they have debuted a new name, logo and tagline. Chamber San Mateo County (CA) has a new logo inspired by local iconic architecture and has the tagline “Elevating business. Engaging community. Empowering the future.”

The expanded vision for the chamber expresses their continued deep commitment to bring local organizations, businesses, and communities together to create a brighter future.

View their new logo, website, and press release at www.chambersmc.org.

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