PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE, MAY 2017
An interesting phenomenon is occurring in our surrounding communities. Local Chambers of Commerce are merging, creating area C of Cs. Pinole, Hercules and Rodeo have all dissolved their individual Chambers and have merged to form the Bay Front Chamber of Commerce. The San Pablo Chamber has dissolved, and members are joining Richmond or El Sobrante Chambers to remain connected.
Because we live in such a tight area with many communities next to each other, it makes sense for businesses to participate in as many Chambers as possible to gain maximum exposure. As a resident of any given community, membership in your local Chamber gives you an opportunity to be a part of the community you live in and a voice in how the community moves forward.
A business with 10 or fewer employees can join the El Sobrante Chamber for $90.00 a year. Compare that to the newly formed Bay Front Chamber that charges $200 a year dues for that same business. The lowest business plan for the Richmond Chamber is $425. But what do you get for your dues?
All chambers publish lists of members. Membership counts vary; we have over 100 paid members. Other Chambers may have higher member counts, but none have higher community spirit.
All publish newsletters. Richmond publishes online six times a year, Bay Front publishes online monthly, and El Sobrante publishes both online and a paper copy monthly. The paper copies get mailed to those who don’t get online information, and are also left in several businesses in town for patrons to pick up.
All chambers have mixers and networking events. Our mixer calendar is published monthly in the newsletter. 2017 is booked, but if you would like to host a mixer we can book you now for 2018; there are only 12 spots!
Twice a year, in August and October, the area has what are called mega-mixers, inviting all communities. El Sobrante participates in those mixers, but we also hold a mixer locally as well in those months, because we understand that it might be difficult to get out to Pt. Richmond or Crockett on a work day. We host the Stroll in September, and are making plans for other community events this year, possibly to include a Dinner–Dance Fundraiser for our Scholarship Fund this summer and a Community Holiday event in November.
What I’m saying is the El Sobrante Chamber is very active in the community, and is the best value for local businesses and residents who wish to participate in their community. We are glad you’ve joined us!
If you have an idea or suggestion, you can contact me by phone at the chamber office, 510-223-0757, or email at email@example.com.