What Chambers Are Doing Around the West

Irvine Launches Executive Peer Groups

The Greater Irvine (CA) Chamber is launching its Executive Peer Group program, bringing together high-caliber CEOs and business owners in a confidential and facilitated environment where they can engage in an exchange of ideas and discuss strategies for maximizing organizational achievement.

The group will meet monthly and hear from experts in a variety of fields and discuss topics selected based on the interests of the group. Through the program, participants can tap into expertise from outside their own organization to get real feedback, peer guidance, and diverse perspectives.

Deep-dive, one-to-one exchanges allow participants to build trusted relationships with executive peers.

Eligible participants must hold a top executive role in an organization with 5 to 30 employees and agree to a one-year commitment with an annual entry fee of $1,500. The select group will be limited to 15 participants.

To find out more check out their website at greaterirvinechamber.com/news/greater-irvine-chamber-launches-executive-peer-group.

Grand Junction Offers Workforce Innovation Project

Through their Business Retention & Expansion program, the Grand Junction (CO) Chamber has worked with the Business Incubator Center, Mesa County Workforce Center and local partners to provide a solution to hiring and retaining a skilled workforce in the manufacturing industry. The program is a 12-week short-term training program.

Many companies gave strategic input on their largest needs and the skill sets employees MUST have. This feedback was taken and developed to be adaptable to the needs of businesses and students.

Along with the online portion of the program, an instructor was put into place to answer questions and lead students in hands-on applications with actual machines in a lab type setting.

Students must pass each exam with a score of 100% to continue on, ensuring ultimate competency in each knowledge area. The Workforce Innovation Project (WIP) training program is grant-funded and free to companies and participants.

Learn more at gjchamber.org/wip.

Kitsap Adds Health Plan as Benefit

The Greater Kitsap (WA) Chamber is excited to now offer comprehensive and affordable health benefits to their members through an association health plan, as a part of their new partnership with Business Health Trust.

The trust partners with regional chambers and business associations throughout the state of Washington to join together to purchase insurance so their employees can have access to the same pricing and coverage enjoyed by large employers.

To learn more, visit businesshealthtrust.com/

Fresno Launches Public Information Campaign

As a part of their ongoing mission, the Fresno (CA) Chamber recently authorized creation of a public information coordinator staff position with the goal of highlighting important business issues and stories told from the chamber’s point of view.

This new campaign will feature a diverse range of stories focusing on not only challenges facing the business community, but also the positive impacts local businesses have on the community at large.

View the campaign’s extensive articles dealing with the impact of petty crimes on Fresno businesses at fresnochamber.com/business-news/crimes-against-businesses/.

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