What Chambers Are Doing Around the West

Redding Chamber Launches Podcast

The Redding (CA) Chamber kicked off the new year with the launch of their “Chamber Connection” podcast. Podcast episodes are released biweekly and in each episode Jake Mangas, president/CEO, conducts meaningful conversations with a variety of guests, from community leaders, to elected officials and business owners with amazing origin stories that take place right in Shasta County.

The chamber is excited to utilize this fresh new way to communicate with their community and invites listeners to “meet us in the sane middle.”

Check out the podcast episodes at reddingchamber.com.

Bellevue Chamber Offers Mini-MBA Program

The Eastside Mini-MBA is a pioneering executive certificate program that enables leaders, managers and professionals to grow their fundamental business acumen, manage people and projects, and deliver sustainable business value.

Offered in collaboration between the Bellevue (WA) Chamber and the University of Washington, this program is focused on developing the next generation of inspirational business leaders in the Eastside community. The program is offered completely online with 17 weeks of 3-hour online live sessions covering 10 different core areas.

At the close of the program, participants receive an Eastside Mini-MBA executive certificate from the University of Washington Bothell School of Business. Graduates also may use learning and a capstone project to help fulfill requirements of self-study credits to attain their MBA at the school.

Learn more at bellevuechamber.org.

Superior Chamber Offers Business Center for Businesses Affected by Wildfire

In late December, Boulder County, CO was faced with a wildfire. In response to help the community members who lost businesses, the chamber convened local companies to provide resources so that the chamber could operate a business center for those facing challenges as a result of the fire.

Walk-in free workspace, meeting space, computers, printer/scanner/copier and business assistance is made available. This resource has just been extended to continue to help businesses.

The chamber most recently held an expo as well, offering residents and businesses an opportunity to meet valuable vendors that can help in the recovery process or who have a background to offer advice. There were 30 vendors, including builders, lenders, designers, mitigation specialists, town staff, and mental health resources.

To view more about the chamber’s recovery efforts, visit www.superiorchamber.com.

Eugene Chamber Releases Digital Magazine Website

The Eugene Area (OR) Chamber has created a fully functioning “Open for Business” publication website with all the great content of their previously printed publication and much more. The new site allows for more published content, more frequently, with less overhead cost. Until circumstances improve and physical copies make sense again, the chamber can let community members know what’s happening with local businesses, the chamber, and beyond in a much timelier fashion.

Check it out at www.openforbizeugene.com.

Chamber Opens New Cowork Space in Grover Beach

South County (CA) Chambers have opened a new cowork space in Grover Beach, CA in partnership with the Cal Poly Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CIE) Small Business Development Center (SBDC), the City of Grover Beach, and the County of San Luis Obispo. “The Launch Pad” cowork space is managed by the chamber.

At its opening, the space was set to contain an aerospace and aeronautics incubator program and is a short walk from the “West End” of Grand Avenue with its shopping and restaurants, the beach boardwalk, and the monarch butterfly grove.

The cowork space features private offices, open desk seating, high-speed fiber optic internet service, and a conference room with audio/visual capabilities. Free business workshops and programs will be offered as well. To help meet the diverse needs of local businesses and entrepreneurs, there will be flexible month-to-month membership rates ranging from $175-$900 per month.

Learn more at thelaunchpadsouthcountychambers.com.

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