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WHEEL Program Spanish Classes Improve Workplace Communication
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
On May 3rd, WHEEL program students graduated from the Spanish Language Learning Program held at the Sonoma County Farm Bureau. Participants in the program were Sonoma County professionals wanting to expand their ability to speak Spanish. “I had quite a few years of High School and College Spanish and it was nice to get a refresher – work on
 
Inspiring and Developing Our Young Professionals
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
YPN's Professional Development Day featured a great program with outstanding speakers. (photos by Nicole Hatley and Lyda Negron / view more photos) On Friday May 12th, 140 young professionals gathered at Santa Rosa Golf and Country Club for YPN’s Annual Professional Development Day. The focus of this year’s conference was to bring together
 
Ironman 70.3 scores a hit in Santa Rosa
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
It's been a blast. All I can say is it's the most beautiful ride I've ever had. It's just a beautiful part of the world. I love coming back. This is a great event. Ironman 70.3 scores a hit in Santa Rosa These are some of the highlights from the athletes and press coverage about IRONMAN 70.3 Santa Rosa. The race brought in athletes from 41 states and 26
 
Mike Hauser Academy Doubles Santa Rosa Student Enrollment
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
It was a packed house at Piner High School’s Performing Arts Center on April 27 when the Metro Chamber and Santa Rosa City Schools held an orientation for this year's Mike Hauser Academy participants. Santa Rosa student enrollment for the Academy has more than doubled with 130 eighth-graders registered, while total enrollment is on track to include
 
Re-unified and Re-energized
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
After decades of debate and a year of construction, a reunified Courthouse Square opened to the public this past Saturday with a dedication and ribbon cutting by the City of Santa Rosa, followed by a community festival presented by the Santa Rosa Metro Chamber. "The idea of the festival is to feature and highlight what the square can be, and the kinds of
 
Chamber CEO Encourages City Quality of Life Enforcement
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
At the Tuesday City Council meeting, Chamber President Jonathan Coe encouraged the Council to enforce the "quality of life" ordinances already on the City's books. At the Council's Study Session, Coe spoke about the proliferation of behaviors specifically prohibited in the City Code – behaviors such as aggressive panhandling, public urination,
 
IRONMAN 70.3 Brings First Major Event to Courthouse Square
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Come downtown and feel the excitement as IRONMAN athletes and the IRONMAN village create a vibrant atmosphere in Courthouse Square on Saturday, May 13th. Even if you're not rooting on an athlete you can still be a part of the action. In addition, groups interested in volunteering may be eligible for a grant through the IRONMAN Foundation. Inclusion
 
Something to Celebrate - a Reunified Courthouse Square
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
This Saturday, the reunified Courthouse Square is set for its inauguration as the vibrant core of downtown. Join the Metro Chamber, the City of Santa Rosa and the downtown community in celebrating the reunification of Old Courthouse Square on April 29, at 12:30 pm. Mayor Chris Coursey will lead the ceremony, and special guest Gaye LeBaron will speak about
 
Open-Air Markets Kick-Off New Season
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Beginning May 3, the Wednesday Night market will surround the newly opened Courthouse Square and last from 5:00 to 8:30 pm every Wednesday until mid-August. More information, including vendor applications, is available at www.wednesdaynightmarket.org. The West End Farmers Market has also reopened in Railroad Square on Sundays from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm. For
 
Leadership Santa Rosa Accepting Applications for Class 34
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Will you be part of the BEST CLASS EVER? Don’t know what that means? It's all about Leadership Santa Rosa (LSR) this month and the application for Class 34 is live! Well known as a "Master's Degree in Sonoma County," LSR is ready to start the selection process for its next class. The application will be open on the Metro Chamber's website April
 
Increased Funding for Transportation Repair and Maintenance
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
The California state legislature just passed a $52 billion transportation funding package that raises the gas tax and imposes new vehicle fees to fix the state's deteriorating roads. The Chamber's Advocacy Council sent letters supporting SB 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017, to Governor Jerry Brown and our state representatives. Sonoma
 
Sonoma County Airport Expands Flight Offerings Again
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
American Airlines' flights to Phoenix operate as American Eagle on their 70-seat CRJ-700. (photo by Rob Martel Photography) Last week, the Charles M. Schulz - Sonoma County Airport and American Airlines announced the addition of a second daily non-stop flight to Phoenix-Sky Harbor International Airport. American began the Sonoma County-Phoenix flights in
 
Senator Mike McGuire Speaks to the Needs of Manufacturers
Monday, April 10, 2017
Senator Mike McGuire spoke to the North Bay Food Industry Group (FIG) last Friday at the North Bay FIG Networking Breakfast. McGuire spoke about issues at a state level, as well as the effects on the local area. Education, trained workforce, affordable housing, and infrastructure were all topics of great interest to the food and beverage manufacturers in
 
Member Spotlight: Quarryhill Botanical Garden
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
My first impression of Quarryhill Botanical Garden is that it’s a little piece of heaven on Earth. It’s a beautiful hidden gem nestled among the hills along Highway 12 in Glen Ellen. Founded in 1987, it features a large well-documented, wild-origin Asian plant collection on 25 acres, cultivated from seeds brought in from East Asia. The garden
 
Re-Opening Courthouse Square with a Festival and Ensuring the Vibrancy of Downtown
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Anticipation is building for the completion and re-opening of the reunified Courthouse Square. Nearly every day more elements seem to spontaneously pop out of the ground: from the kiosks to trees and light poles, the pavers to the grass that outlines the old courthouse footprint. The official opening celebration will take place on the afternoon of Saturday,
 
Visit Santa Rosa at New York City Travel Media Event
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Amanda Moreland, Director of Marketing for Visit Santa Rosa, recently participated in Visit California's New York City Media Event. This event brings together destinations and attractions throughout California, and media from various outlets throughout the New York area. Amanda met with media to inspire stories about Sonoma County and Santa Rosa. Over 100
 
Lynda Hopkins Speaks to Advocacy Council
Thursday, March 23, 2017
County Supervisor Lynda Hopkins spoke to Advocacy Council on March 22 at the Santa Rosa Metro Chamber. She shared what her (almost) first 100 days have been like as the new 5th District Sonoma County Supervisor with flood recovery taking precedence over all other priorities.
 
Metro Chamber Voted Best of Sonoma County
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
The Santa Rosa Metro Chamber is honored to have been voted Best Chamber in Sonoma County by North Bay Bohemian readers. The Bohemian just released their Best Of 2017 issue today, celebrating "great things from a great place." A quick look through the winners list shows many of your fellow Chamber members. Be sure to pick up your copy of the Bohemian before
 
Latinos Conference Promotes Unity and Leadership
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
In today’s workplace, Latinos represent a significant and growing share of the workforce. As many North Bay companies hire an increasing number of Latino employees, it’s imperative that companies understand cultural differences in supporting, promoting and inspiring their workforce to embrace leadership roles. These topics were explored at last
 
Lace Up, Get in Gear, Jump In: Volunteer at Ironman
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Ironman is coming to Santa Rosa in May and June, bringing an estimated $13 million in economic activity as thousands of athletes and their families converge on downtown and the newly opened Courthouse Square. Lace up, get in gear, and jump in - join in helping thousands of athletes get to the finish line of this inaugural event, May 10-13, in Santa Rosa.
 
Latinos Conference Offers Tools to Enhance Diversity, Develop Leaders
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Attendees of the Latinos in the Workplace Conference represent a wide array of businesses and organizations. As many North Bay companies in the construction, agricultural, manufacturing and other industries hire an increasing number of Latino employees, it’s imperative that companies are clear on how to better understand the Latino culture and how to
 
Visit Santa Rosa Promoting Hospitality Members
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Brad Calkins talks with Vancouver radio host of Just Here for the Beer, Joe Leary. This week Visit Santa Rosa is promoting our Chamber hospitality members who are participating in Restaurant Week! This promotion includes posts on social media, a flyer handed out at the California Welcome Center, and content on the VSR website. Last week as part of Visit
 
Santa Rosa Ranks #3 Metro Area in Small Business Vitality Rankings
Monday, March 6, 2017
American City Business Journals set out to rate the vitality of small-business sectors in major markets across the United States. The study's objective was to identify those metropolitan areas that are most conducive to the creation and development of small businesses. The study covers 106 metros that had at least half-a-million residents as of 2015. They
 
Creating a Legislative Agenda to Represent the North Bay in Sacramento
Thursday, March 2, 2017
State Senator Mike McGuire (District 2) addresses attendees at the North Bay Chamber Legislative Summit. (view more photos) Chamber representatives from Sonoma, Marin, and Napa counties convened last week at the North Bay Chamber Legislative Summit to prepare an agenda for the Cal Chamber’s Capitol Summit May 31st. Hosted by the Santa Rosa Metro
 
Sonoma County-San Francisco Flights via United Airline
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Earlier this week, Charles M. Schulz – Sonoma County Airport announced that United Airlines will offer three nonstop daily flights to San Francisco International Airport starting June 8, 2017. Flights will be operated on their Bombardier CRJ-200 – a 50-seat jet aircraft. The short flights are scheduled to arrive into Sonoma County Airport at
 
Member Spotlight: Sonoma Humane Society
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
My first impression walking into the adoption area of the Sonoma Humane Society was one of happiness and hope. The entire area was so bright and cheerful that it made me smile. It was immediately apparent that this was a team that truly cared about every sweet and loving animal that walks in their door. The Sonoma Humane Society has been a hero to
 
Chamber Unveils Brand Evolution at Annual Meeting
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
On Friday, February 17, the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce unveiled the evolution of its brand at its Annual Meeting, announcing a name change to the Santa Rosa Metro Chamber. In the warm-up to unveiling the new brand, RCU's Brett Martinez gave a presentation on "The Value of a Strong Brand," teeing up the capacity crowd for the Chamber's Communications
 
Chamber: Brand New
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
I recently had the privilege of teaming up with the Chamber of Commerce on a brand evolution project. As a marketer, these types of projects are exciting because they are often catalyzed by an organization’s rising momentum. Building on recent program expansions and accomplishments of the Chamber, our re-branding effort was extremely well supported.
 
Advocating for Our Members at CalTravel
Monday, February 20, 2017
On Wednesday, February 15th, Visit Santa Rosa's Executive Director Brad Calkins participated with CalTravel's rally day at the capitol. Highlights included small group meetings with our Assembly Members and State Senators sharing the importance of travel and advocating for our tourism members. Travel and tourism are important both statewide and locally.
 
Your Guide to Exploring FeBREWary in Santa Rosa
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Visit Santa Rosa collaborated with Santa Rosa breweries to create the Santa Rosa Beer Passport, your guide to explore the great craft beer scene in Santa Rosa. The Santa Rosa Beer Passport is part of our FeBREWary celebration, February 6, 2017 through February 28, 2017. Participants can pick up a passport at participating breweries, Wilibees, Brew, and
 
Annual Meeting: attending or not, things you should know
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
The Chamber's Annual Meeting, celebrating a brand new year and unveiling the results of the Chamber's brand evolution, is sold out. Tremendous thanks to our Convening Sponsor, Sutter Health, for supporting the success of this event. If you're attending, here are some things you should know: Show up by 11:30am -- you may even want to show up a little
 
Chamber names Ben Goldberg Ambassador of the Year
Monday, February 13, 2017
Ben Goldberg was presented with the Ambassador of the Year award during the January Mixer at Epicenter. Pictured here celebrating with Chamber Sales Manager Gail Rorick. Congratulations to Ben Goldberg of Simply Solar, the Chamber’s Ambassador of the Year. Each year our Chamber selects an Ambassador that has demonstrated outstanding leadership
 
Downtown community convenes to propose Downtown Action Organization
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
With the reunification of Courthouse Square, a number of property and business owners along with the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors have discussed the need for an organization to manage the Square and promote Downtown as a vibrant and safe center of our City. What follows is the result of those discussions: the creation of a new organization, named
 
Visit Santa Rosa website wins award
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
The North American Travel Journalists Association has awarded VisitSantaRosa.com the bronze award for best website North America. VSR was also named a finalist in the same category for the Travvy awards. This was no small feat considering the gold for the NATJA went to AAA and the gold for the Travvy award went to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors
 
Santa Rosa to be featured on ABC Bay Area Life Sunday
Monday, February 6, 2017
Tune into ABC 7 on Sunday, February 12th at 6:30 to watch a feature on Santa Rosa. A few weeks ago Visit Santa Rosa hosted Lizzie Bermudez and the ABC7 team in Santa Rosa to film the segment. Featured in the broadcast are Safari West, Plow Brewery, Paradise Ridge Winery and Belly Left Coast Kitchen and Tap Room.
 
Member Spotlight: Brew Coffee & Beer House
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Walking into Brew Coffee & Beer House in downtown Santa Rosa, the first thing I noticed was the friendly, open atmosphere that reminded me of Cheers—the feeling that within a couple visits I would be a regular and everyone would know my name. Owners Alisse Cottle and Jessica Borrayo conceptualized Brew Coffee & Beer House during their days
 
Art at the Chamber: Bill Gittins
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Art at the Chamber is back, featuring “Land, Water & Sky” works by Bill Gittins. Bill’s paintings hang regionally, nationally, and internationally—in private, business and permanent collections. You may recognize his painting “Dusk Along Poppy Creek” from the cover image for the 2016 Sonoma County Art Trails Open
 
Santa Rosa Mayor Chris Coursey Meets with Advocacy Council
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Last week, Santa Rosa Mayor Chris Coursey met with the Chamber's Advocacy Council and talked about a range of issues and City Council priorities, including housing and homelessness to major projects slated for completion in 2017 such as Courthouse Square reunification, Roseland annexation and SMART service startup.
 
Homeless Census to Determine Housing Program Funding
Monday, January 30, 2017
Recently Chamber staff members Janet Rogers, Vice President of Programs, and Tracy Weitzenberg, Director of Public Policy, volunteered bright and early to help with the homeless population count in the City of Santa Rosa. In alignment with the Chamber's Downtown and Advocacy strategic plans, Janet and Tracy worked alongside dozens of volunteers to make sure
 
Planning for Expansion - Mike Hauser Academy
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Planning for the Chamber’s 2017 Mike Hauser Academy kicked off this week in a meeting that convened individuals from education, public safety and local businesses. The group was excited about the growth potential for the 2017 Academy, arising from merging with Santa Rosa City Schools’ M.O.V.E. Academy program. With this new partnership, our goal
 
YPN Enters 10th Year of Young Professional Development
Thursday, January 19, 2017
YPN members celebrated the organizations 9th Anniversary BASH at the Charles M. Schulz Museum & Research Center on January 12th. This year, the monthly BASHes are free for YPN members! (photos by Vox.Magneta) Launched in January 2008, YPN (Young Professionals Network) was founded to be the premier organization for young professionals in Sonoma County
 
Chamber Board Outlines 2017 Strategic Objectives
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Each year, the Chamber’s Board reexamines the organization’s strategic and operational objectives for the coming year to ensure that through value-added membership, relevant programming, and strategic advocacy, we’re creating a connected and vibrant business climate for our area. In 2017, the Chamber will focus on three broad strategic
 
Welcome 2017 Board Members and Board Chair Judy James of Comcast
Thursday, January 5, 2017
Judy James of Comcast is the Chamber’s Board Chair for 2017. She’ll be joined on the Executive Committee by Scott Ormerod of Leap Solutions Group LLC as Past Chair and Mike Purvis of Sutter Health as Chair-Elect. The other members of the Executive Committee are: Chair, Advocacy Council: Mousa Abbasi (Transpedia Consulting Engineers) Chair,
 
Downtown Holiday Window Decorating Contest Winners
Thursday, January 5, 2017
Thank you to all who participated in our 2016 Downtown Holiday Window Decorating Contest, as part of the Downtown Winter Lights event. Our committee had a wonderful time walking around Wednesday evening and seeing how much work you all put into this; what an extraordinary group. It was a very close race this year. (view more photos) That being said,
 
Pre-Order Your 2017 Federal & CA Employment Notices Poster
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
The Santa Rosa Chamber makes it easy for our members to meet compliance requirements and to avoid fines and penalties by offering an all-in-one poster at a discounted price. This poster contains required California and federal notices including mandatory updates to the California Minimum Wage notice for January 1, 2017, other required updates to the
 
Courthouse Square Taking Shape - Project Update
Thursday, December 15, 2016
Courthouse Square is really beginning to take shape! From the CourthouseCam you can see the framing for the curb and sidewalk, as well as the outline of the new streets. The gravel that is being placed throughout the Square is the part of the underlayment for the pavers that will be installed in the coming weeks. The new sidewalks will be installed
 
Downtown Window Decorating Contest: People’s Choice Awards
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Many downtown businesses are participating in the Winter Lights Holiday Window Decorating Contest this year! We are encouraging the public to vote in this year’s ‘People’s Choice’ with a text-to-vote contest. Text the business's KEYWORD to 77000 to vote for that particular business, and the voter gets a shot at $75 in downtown
 
Chamber partners on county-wide work-based learning program
Thursday, December 8, 2016
The Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the Career Technical Education (CTE) Foundation Sonoma County on an innovative new model to bring more relevance into today’s classrooms through work-based learning. This model connects educators with local industry partners for guest speakers, real-world work projects, site tours, job shadows,
 
Collaboration on Homelessness Explores Solutions
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Participants in the Downtown Santa Rosa Collaboration on Homelessness gathered at the offices of zentiv agency on Fourth Street to discuss issues of homelessness in Santa Rosa. The morning of November 30th, the Chamber's Downtown Association convened the first Downtown Santa Rosa Collaboration on Homelessness, where over 65 Downtown and Railroad Square
 
Winter Lights Draws Thousands to Downtown
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Winter Lights brightened downtown Santa Rosa on November 25th. (photos by WB Photography / view more photos) Even though we weren't able to celebrate in a reunified Courthouse Square, Winter Lights still drew a healthy crowd of merrymakers to downtown for the annual tree lighting celebration on the day after Thanksgiving. To the delight of kids young and
 
YPN Board Celebrates Accomplishments, Looks Ahead
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
The annual YPN board dinner was held at Bird and the Bottle on November 14th. Earlier this week, the 2016 YPN board took some time to celebrate the organization’s accomplishments of the past year. YPN is very proud to have produced a variety of great professional development events and networking BASHes designed to empower and connect our 290 young
 
New Faces at the Chamber
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Dana Foster-Parnell is pleased to join our team at the Visit Santa Rosa Welcome Center as our new Lead Concierge. Dana started out her career with a Degree in Business. She enjoyed working in the Airline Industry for many years and also has a background in Property Management and Real Estate. After studying Viticulture at Santa Rosa Jr. College, she became
 
17 of 19 and 5 of 6
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
With the votes now counted and the dust settling from this year’s raucous election season, victory can be claimed for 17 of the 19 Chamber-endorsed candidates: Jared Huffman, U.S. Representative CA-2 Mike Thompson, U.S. Representative CA-5 Bill Dodd, California State Senate 3rd District Jim Wood, California State Assembly 2nd District Cecilia
 
Visit Santa Rosa Gets Canadians Dreaming Big About California
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
This week, Visit Santa Rosa Executive Director, Brad Calkins, is traveling across Canada with Visit California promoting Santa Rosa and Sonoma County as a tourism destination to media in three Canadian cities including Vancouver, Montreal, and Toronto. The highlight of the trip is a stunt with Visit California and Santa Rosa native, Kevin Jorgeson--the
 
With the Election Weeks Away, Endorsed Candidates Meet with Members
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Chamber members got to speak one-on-one with candidates at the Endorsed Candidate Reception on Wednesday, October 19th. (view more photos) There was a great turn out for the Chamber's Endorsed Candidates Reception. The Chamber's Political Action Committee endorsed more candidates for the upcoming election than ever before. Our membership showed up to get
 
Inspiring Leadership at LSR Government & Politics Day
Monday, October 24, 2016
Leadership Santa Rosa Class 33 - Government & Politics Day featured Congressman Mike Thompson, Senator Mike McGuire, Supervisor Efren Carrillo, Mayor John Sawyer, City Manager Sean McGlynn, all six city council candidates and many more! The purpose of the day is to develop a greater understanding of the structure and function of government, its role in
 
Chamber Helps Recruit IRONMAN to Santa Rosa
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Santa Rosa to host 2017 IRONMAN AND IRONMAN 70.3 Triathlons IRONMAN Vineman and IRONMAN 70.3 Vineman to shift location to Santa Rosa; 2017 IRONMAN 70.3 Santa Rosa to take place May 13; 2017 IRONMAN Santa Rosa to take place July 29 IRONMAN, a Wanda Sports Holding company, announced today that Santa Rosa, California will host the 2017 IRONMAN® Santa
 
State Ballot Measure Recommendations
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
A Ballot Task Force sub-committee of Advocacy Council convened several times to examine the 24 state and local ballot measures that will be before us in November. Of the numerous state ballot measures, the task force gave their recommendations to the Chamber Board and the Board voted to take a position on the following three: Support Proposition 51: School
 
Sonoma County to Phoenix as Airport Adds American Airlines Flights
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport (STS) announced earlier this week that American Airlines will offer nonstop daily service to Phoenix-Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) starting February 16, 2017. Flights will be operated by American Airlines partner SkyWest on its Bombardier CRJ-700, a 70-seat jet aircraft. Less than two hours each way, the
 
Final Progressive Parking Community Meeting
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Santa Rosa is in the process of developing recommendations for Progressive Parking Strategies downtown and a Railroad Square Parking Management Plan. A final community meeting to gather feedback and input on policy options and to receive an update before the study is finalized and presented to City Council is scheduled for Tuesday, October 25th, 8:00-9:15am
 
Art at the Chamber Features Michele Weitzenberg
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Art at the Chamber is proud to be featuring local artist Michele Weitzenberg. Michele recently retired from a successful career in computer sales to pursue her passion for watercolor painting, and these works are just stunning. On your next visit to the Chamber – or if you’re just in the downtown area – be sure to walk through and take a
 
Local Ballot Measure Recommendations
Thursday, October 6, 2016
A Ballot Task Force sub-committee of Advocacy Council convened several times to examine the 24 state and local ballot measures that will be before us in November. Of the seven local ballot measures, the task force gave their recommendations to the Chamber Board and the Board voted to take a position on the following three: Oppose Measure M: Transgenic
 
New Law Requires Employers to Electronically File and Pay Payroll Taxes
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
A new state law (Assembly Bill 1245) mandates electronic submission of tax returns, wage reports, and payroll tax deposits for all employers. Requires employers with 10 or more employees to electronically file their employment tax returns, wage reports, and payroll tax deposits beginning January 1, 2017. Requires employers with less than 10 employees to
 
Host a Chamber Mixer in 2017
Thursday, September 29, 2016
Host a Chamber Mixer in 2017 Application Deadline: October 21, 2016 Dear Chamber Member: The Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce invites your business or organization to host a Business After Hours Mixer in 2017. This is a perfect opportunity to showcase your business to key members in our wonderful community. For your venue to be considered, please review the
 
City Council, SRJC Trustees, and School Board Endorsements
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
The Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce has always been a strong voice for business as we advocate for our members and a positive business climate. This year, we have again endorsed candidates that are critical to Santa Rosa's and Sonoma County's future. The Chamber's Board of Directors supports those candidates whose positions and backgrounds are best suited
 
Local Election Insights
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Over a hundred Chamber members gathered at last week’s Wake Up Santa Rosa City Council Candidates Forum. The six candidates running for four available seats answered questions on rent control, housing, homelessness and transportation. The Chamber’s PAC uses this event as part of their selection process to endorse city council candidates. At the
 
Providing State Connections for Manufacturers
Friday, September 16, 2016
The Chamber's Economic Development Initiative is helping companies build connections with the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) to spur economic development and job creation efforts in our area. On August 3, the Chamber brought Gil Gonzales of GO-Biz to a Food Industry Group meeting to talk about the state’s
 
Courthouse Square Reunification Update
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Construction to reunify Old Courthouse Square is progressing quickly. Demolition is now complete, and underground work continues for electrical, telecom and irrigation. But due to a redesign and expansion of the electrical facilities, the projected completion date has been moved to mid-December. The delay reflects an uncertain procurement timeline for
 
46 Members Named Best Places to Work
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Congratulations to Chamber members that made the North Bay Business Journal's list of Best Places to Work in the North Bay for 2016. More than 8,000 surveys were submitted, and the winning companies represent nearly 18,000 employees. View the list of Chamber members named Best Places to Work below and explore the winner profiles at the Business Journal's
 
Chamber Board Endorses Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, 4th Assembly District
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Upon recommendation from the Chamber Political Action Committee (CPAC), the Chamber Board of Directors has endorsed Cecilia Aguiar-Curry in the 4th Assembly District election. Aguiar-Curry serves as the Mayor of Winters and impressed members of the CPAC with her ability to get things done in her community. The Chamber has previously endorsed the
 
Honoring Local Teachers for Excellence in Education
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
The nominees and award winners at the Education & Business Partnership Breakfast. (photos by Will Bucquoy / view more photos) Nearly 300 community and business leaders came together over breakfast earlier this week to honor teachers at the Education & Business Partnership Breakfast. A total of 35 educators -- from preschool to college -- were
 
Robert Muelrath to Receive Leadership in Agriculture Award at 44th Ag-BBQ
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
The Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Robert Muelrath, owner and operator of Muelrath Ranches, will receive the Leadership in Agriculture award at this year’s Agri-Business BBQ on August 18th. (view event details or purchase tickets) Muelrath is a second-generation Sonoma County farmer. His family’s Sonoma County
 
United Way Children's Book Drive Drop off at the Chamber
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
The Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce is proud to participate in United Way of the Wine Country’s Children's Book Drive as one of the drop-off locations. The book drive will rely on donations of new and gently used English and Spanish children’s books dropped off throughout August at a variety of easy to access locations. The Chamber supports the
 
New Faces at the Chamber: Dheepa Johnston
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
The Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce is pleased to welcome Dheepa Johnston as Vice President of Member Services. Dheepa joins us from South Carolina where she was responsible for business development and sales for various firms in the medical industry and enjoyed involvement in her local chamber. Dheepa is a member of the Junior League of Napa-Sonoma and
 
Trione-Annadel State Park - A Fitting Tribute
Monday, July 25, 2016
Chamber President Jonathan Coe joined the chorus of elected officials and community leaders, voicing the Chamber’s support for renaming Annadel State Park as a tribute to Henry Trione. Six members of the California State Park and Recreation Commission voted unanimously to change the park’s name to Trione-Annadel State Park. The renaming is a
 
Encouraging a SMART Commute
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
In preparation for SMART train service beginning later this year, the Chamber is looking to make it easier for workers to take advantage of this new transportation option by creating a last-mile solution. The Chamber is discussing the feasibility of operating shuttle service for major employers near the Guerneville Road station. Furthermore, in an effort
 
Leadership Santa Rosa Steering Committee Looking for New Members
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
The purpose of the Leadership Santa Rosa Steering Committee is to educate future leaders about a broad range of community needs and concerns; encourage these informed individuals to serve the community in leadership roles; enhance leadership and management skills through active experience in vital functions of the greater Santa Rosa area; and create a
 
Visit Santa Rosa in it for the Long Run
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Visit Santa Rosa’s Kim Link attended the July 10th Ironman Vineman 70.3 where over 2,000 athletes participated in the endurance event. Participants and spectators visited the Visit Santa Rosa booth at the Athlete’s Village to source all there is to see, do, eat, drink, hike, bike and explore in Sonoma County. The full Ironman is taking place on
 
Improving Employee English Skills Through WHEEL Program
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Recently, a number of companies have taken advantage of the Chamber’s WHEEL (Worksite Held Employee English Learning) program, offering customizable English as second language classes for employees held at their worksite. Just last week, Workrite Ergonomics completed their first implementation of the WHEEL program, and within the coming week,
 
August 5th: Permanent closure of Mendocino Avenue through Courthouse Square
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
In creating a central gathering place where residents and visitors can enjoy a wide variety of community events in the heart of Santa Rosa, the section of Mendocino Avenue that connects to Santa Rosa Avenue will be permanently closed. The closure is expected to occur on August 5th. There are numerous ways to reach our local shops and restaurants
 
Live at Juilliard Summer Concert Series Kicks off July 3
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
There's no better way to spend your summer Sunday evenings than enjoying music, food and fun at Live at Juilliard! Now celebrating its 23rd season, this FREE concert series brings some of the Bay Area's finest bands to Juilliard Park. Pack a picnic or purchase food from one of the tasty vendors. Concert dates are every Sunday July 3 – August 14, 2016
 
New Faces at the Chamber
Wednesday, July 6, 2016

The Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce is pleased to welcome four new team members

 
Steve Falk Joins Chamber Board of Directors
Thursday, June 30, 2016
The Santa Rosa Chamber welcomes Steve Falk, CEO of Sonoma Media Investments (The Press Democrat, et al.), to the Chamber’s Board of Directors. Mr. Falk was nominated and approved unanimously by current Board members to fill a mid-year vacancy left by Courtney Galbraith. Ms. Galbraith’s work responsibilities at Kaiser Permanente recently changed,
 
Students Graduate from Immersive STEM Program - Mike Hauser Academy
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
The Mike Hauser Academy wrapped up its immersive summer science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) program with a graduation ceremony at Sonoma State University’s Person Theatre this past Friday. Students capped off their Academy experience with morning tours of the university as well as hearing from a panel of Academy Alumni who are currently
 
The Kerry Rego Consulting Work Station
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Serve on a committee or task force for the Chamber? We appreciate all that you do. Member volunteers provide a lot of the fuel for Chamber programs, lending their time, expertise and hard work to make them a success. Kerry Rego of Kerry Rego Consulting has been a Chamber volunteer for almost a decade, and from time to time – when there was a break
 
Announcing Leadership Santa Rosa Class XXXIII
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
The Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the selection of Leadership Santa Rosa Class XXXIII. These class members join the nearly 1,000 graduates of the county’s premier leadership program. The Leadership Santa Rosa program encourages greater community involvement by identifying and developing effective Sonoma County leaders who will
 
Art at the Chamber Features Kathy Birdsong
Monday, June 20, 2016
Art at the Chamber is currently featuring local artist Kathy Birdsong, displaying a number of her oil paintings as well as pieces in other media. Her work will be up through September. We encourage you to take a look at these wonderful works and ask about the availability of paintings for sale. Kathy Birdsong Bio: Kathy got back into her art making after
 
An Eventful Week for Visit Santa Rosa
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
As a key program of the Santa Rosa Chamber, Visit Santa Rosa is tasked with marketing Santa Rosa as a tourism destination and increasing overnight visits. Additionally, they also operate the California Welcome Center in Historic Railroad Square. The Visit Santa Rosa team has had one of their busiest weeks, where they engaged every market that they service
 
Awards from the Chamber's 2016 Golf Tournament
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Who were the winners at the Chamber's 20th Annual Golf Tournament? Everyone who came out to play! Scroll down to see who took home the awards for closest to the pin, most accurate drive and low gross / low net. (photos by Will Bucquoy / view more photos) Congratulations to the category winners: Low Gross George Petersen Insurance Agency Team: Josh Johnson,
 
Graduation for LSR Class XXXII!
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
LSR Class XXXII enjoying their graduation day at Safari West. The Chamber would like to congratulate the 33 members of Leadership Santa Rosa Class XXXII on their graduation. The class enjoyed the day at Safari West as they celebrated their year-long accomplishment which began with an overnight retreat and followed with 10 program days from September
 
AMGEN Tour of California Visits Santa Rosa
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Santa Rosa played host to internationally renowned bike race the Amgen Tour of California on Saturday The City of Santa Rosa, Visit Santa Rosa, and the Santa Rosa Chamber formed a Local Organizing Committee that partnered with AMGEN to bring the 109-mile race to Sonoma County, with starts and finishes in Santa Rosa. Santa Rosa has played host a total of 8
 
Access Sacramento Yields Results
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
The recent trip to Sacramento by members of the Chamber’s Advocacy Council resulted in some significant wins, highlighting how we can influence issues of importance to our members. "I was really pleased with the trip," said Jonathan Coe, Chamber President. "We were able to meet with all of our representatives in the Senate and Assembly as well as
 
Introducing the New Visit Santa Rosa
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
The happening hub for all there is to see, do, eat, drink, hike, bike, and explore in Sonoma County Visit Santa Rosa recently went through a rebrand, resulting in a new logo, tagline, and most excitingly, a new website! Visit Santa Rosa officially launched the newly redesigned website this week with an updated look and feel moving away from simply listings
 
Courthouse Square Construction Has Begun
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Wondering what’s happening in front of the Chamber offices with the reunification of Courthouse Square? Crews are off to a running start with temporary fencing on the perimeter that went up Monday and crews doing preparatory to remove existing concrete structures in the Square. The initial demolition is expected to take 2-3 weeks to complete, after
 
Chamber Delegation Advocates in Sacramento
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
The Santa Rosa and San Rafael Chambers of Commerce are just wrapping up their trip to Sacramento where a delegation of business leaders advocated for policies to improve both the business climate and quality of life in our North Bay cities and counties. This is the second year in a row that a coalition from North Bay Chambers visited lawmakers as part of
 
Courthouse Square Construction Starts Week of May 23
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Construction is set to begin next week on the Reunification of Courthouse Square. If you work downtown, plan to visit the Chamber or other businesses on the Square, or are just interested in keeping up with the project, there are some important things to note. Monday, May 23, fencing will go up and will be within six feet of the buildings that border
 
State Senate and Assembly Candidate Endorsements
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
The Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce has always been a strong voice for business as we advocate for our members and a positive business climate. This year, we have again endorsed candidates that are critical to Santa Rosa's and Sonoma County's future. Therefore, the Board has endorsed: Bill Dodd, Senate District 3 Jim Wood, Assembly District 2 Marc Levine,
 
Preparing for SMART Commute Solutions
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
In preparation for SMART train service beginning later this year, SMART has started system-wide testing along the initial 43-mile route, from the northern part of Santa Rosa to downtown San Rafael. This testing includes running trains, operating railroad crossing gates at intersections and verifying that train control and communications systems are accurate
 
Leadership Santa Rosa Class XXXIII Applications Now Being Accepted
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Leadership Santa Rosa (LSR) is now accepting applications for the Class XXXIII. The purpose of the Leadership Santa Rosa Program is to identify, develop and equip effective community leaders who will help create or support a spirit of cooperation for the resolution of future community challenges. The program is designed to meet these challenges by providing
 
Gala Attendees Fund-a-Need, Invest in our Future
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Thanks to the attendees of the Annual Gala for making it a tremendous success in raising funds for Chamber programs, specifically for the Mike Hauser Academy. The Fund-a-Need contributions for the Mike Hauser Academy totaled over $68,000 including $50,000 from the John Jordan Foundation, $5,000 from the Active 20-30 Club of Santa Rosa #50, $2,500 from Gary
 
Gala Honoree Spotlight: Ruben Armiñana, Citizen of the Year
Thursday, March 24, 2016
Ruben Armiñana has spent the past 24 years transforming Sonoma State University. Throughout his tenure as president, SSU went from an institution on the brink of closure to being one of the most popular campuses in the California State University system—and nearly doubling the student population of the campus, now at 9,400. Ruben changed the
 
More than Half of Forty Under 40 Winners are Members
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Congratulations to the 2016 Forty Under 40 Award Winners as named by the North Bay Business Journal. A total of 21 of the 40 winners are members of the Chamber and/or YPN, and many are graduates or current participants in the Chamber’s Leadership Santa Rosa (LSR) program. These individuals were chosen on the basis of their leadership in companies and
 
Gala Honoree Spotlight: Kaiser Permanente, Large Business of the Year
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
The Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa Medical Center has built and maintained a leadership role in health care and our community by meeting the health care needs of a growing community and providing an integrated model of care that promotes total health through prevention, empowerment, and integration. Kaiser Permanente (KP) Santa Rosa Medical Center opened in
 
Food Industry Group facilitates collaboration at Expo West
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Expo West, the world’s largest tradeshow for the natural, organic and healthy products industry, took place this past weekend in Anaheim. The event sees more than 3,000 exhibitors and 77,000 attendees from all over the globe. Among these exhibitors were 25 Sonoma County companies working together to showcase the regional food, beverage, and natural
 
Gala Honoree Spotlight: TLCD Architecture, Small Business of the Year
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
From its humble beginnings in 1965 as a single-person practice, TLCD Architecture has evolved over 50 years, emerging as the premier architectural firm in North Bay. In 1993 LCD Architects and Tomasi Architects, both founded in the 1960s, joined forces as TLCD Architecture to combine recourses to better compete against larger firms from outside the area.
 
Sonoma County Airport Lands Two New Destinations
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
The Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport will soon offer two new destinations. On Tuesday, it was announced that Allegiant Air will begin non-stop service to Las Vegas on May 19th and Phoenix-Mesa on May 26th. Both of the flights will initially run on Thursdays and Sundays with the possibility of expanding service as demand justifies additional days.
 
Amgen Tour of California to Visit Santa Rosa
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
The Amgen Tour of California returns with Stage 7 here in Santa Rosa on Saturday, May 21. Visit Santa Rosa is proud to serve on the local organizing committee and will be center stage for this premier event, taking the lead on hospitality coordination surrounding the event and assists with VIPs and media relations. Earlier this week, competing race teams
 
Visit a Member During Restaurant Week
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Sonoma County Restaurant Week is a seven day celebration of our county's farm fresh food and premier wine, and many Chamber member restaurants are participating. From March 7th through the 13th, participating restaurants will present fantastic food at fantastic prices. The 2-course prix-fixe lunch option will be offered again by participating restaurants,
 
Local Artist Installs Show at the Chamber
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Art going up at the Chamber offices again. Our new artist is Mandy Bankson, a member of Sonoma County Art Trails. Her work is showing throughout our office and will be up through mid-April, and you'll have the opportunity to meet her at the Chamber Orientation, Feb 24th, and the Ribbon Cutting on Feb 25th. Interested in an art rental program for your home
 
Courthouse Square Reunification Work Begins
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Right outside the Chamber’s downtown offices, the sights and sounds of the Courthouse Square reunification are apparent. At the beginning of the week, fences went up as well as banners announcing that businesses are still open during all the activity. "We're excited that work is underway," says Chamber President Jonathan Coe. "We're eager to follow
 
The Pressing Need for Airport Expansion
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Representatives from the Santa Rosa Chamber joined Sonoma County Airport Manager Jon Stout as he presented expansion proposals to Sonoma County Supervisors aimed at increasing both parking and terminal capacity to keep up with increasing passenger traffic. With a 10 percent increase in passenger numbers last year, and daily flights scheduled to be added
 
Mike Hauser Academy 2015 Program Report
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
The Chamber has released a program report for the Mike Hauser Academy for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). The findings are based on pre and post Academy surveys completed by 100 students from the 2015 class. The surveys were designed to gain a greater understanding of students’ perceptions and attitudes toward math and science in
 
Final Design Approval for Courthouse Square Reunification
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Late last night, a final design to reunify Courthouse Square won unanimous approval from the Santa Rosa City Council. Before the final vote, the public comment period saw a strong turnout of downtown merchants and property owners voicing their support for the plan, calling it critical to creating a vibrant core to the city. This morning, signs of progress
 
FIG Field Trip to SF Winter Fancy Food Show
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Savor California allows small and mid-sized producers a chance to exhibit at the Winter Fancy Food Show alongside other California-based companies at reduced costs. For the second year in a row, Sonoma County BEST gathered a dozen small to mid-sized food and beverage companies on a bus, provided by Pure Luxury Transportation, for a field trip to experience
 
We Have Arrived Downtown
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
The Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that it has relocated to 50 Old Courthouse Square in downtown Santa Rosa. The move was completed in a single day – Friday, January 15th – and through the efforts of our amazing member vendors, the Chamber resumed operations that next Monday, January 18th. In the near future, the Chamber
 
Downtown Advisory Board Kick-off
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
The Santa Rosa Chamber is committed to re-activating Santa Rosa’s Downtown in partnership with downtown businesses and property owners. Commencing with a door-to-door survey of selected businesses, the Chamber discovered a great deal of interest and support for more organization and leadership to address critical issues that impact economic
 
SMART on Track for 2016 Service
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
The Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit District (SMART) is opening passenger rail service between Airport Blvd in Santa Rosa and Downtown San Rafael in the fall of 2016. Before the start-up of passenger service, there are a few more milestones that must be accomplished including: Vehicle Testing – SMART is in the process of testing all the functional
 
Excellence in Business Awards Nominations Deadline Jan 15th
Monday, January 11, 2016
Each year, the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce recognizes companies, organizations and individuals who have made a significant, positive impact on the well-being of our community and economy. The Excellence in Business awards presentation will be held at the Chamber's Annual Gala, and now is the time to submit your nominations for: Small Business (49 or
 
Welcome 2016 Board and Chairman Scott Ormerod of Leap Solutions Group LLC
Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Scott Ormerod of Leap Solutions Group LLC is the Chairman of the Board for 2016. He'll be joined on the Executive Committee by Jeff Weber of Keysight Technologies as Past Chair and Judy James of Comcast as Chair-Elect. The other members of the Executive Committee are: Chair, Advocacy Council: Mousa Abbasi (Transpedia Consulting Engineers) Co-Chairs,
 
Order Your 2016 Federal & CA Employment Notices Poster
Wednesday, January 6, 2016
California businesses face increasing demands to comply with labor laws, yet state and federal agencies rarely notify employers of these updates. The Santa Rosa Chamber makes it easy for our members to meet compliance requirements and to avoid fines and penalties by offering an all-in-one poster that contains required California and federal notices
 
Member Volunteers Recognized for Advocacy Work
Thursday, December 17, 2015
Left to right: Mousa Abbasi, 2016 Advocacy Council Chair; Carolina Spence, 2015-16 Advocacy Council Vice-Chair; Judy James, 2015 Advocacy Council Chair; Michael Hyman, 2015 Downtown Advocacy Task Force Chair and Honoree for Highest Attendance. At the last Advocacy Council meeting of the year, the Chamber recognized several members of the committee for
 
Mike Hauser Academy receives grant award from Speedway Children's Charities at Sonoma Raceway
Monday, December 14, 2015
The Mike Hauser Academy for Science Technology Engineering and Math received a grant award from Speedway Children's Charities at Sonoma Raceway. Pictured above are Steve Page, President/CEO, of Sonoma Raceway, Gail Ahlas, board trustee of Speedway Children's Charities, Leslie Andersen, workforce development manager for the Chamber, and Kelly Bass Seibel,
 
Chamber Honors Rolf Nelson with Spirit of Sonoma Award
Monday, December 14, 2015
The Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce honored Rolf Nelson Senior Vice President and Retail Delivery Group Manager for Exchange Bank, at the annual Spirit of Sonoma Awards program coordinated by the Sonoma County Economic Development Board. Rolf is an active participant in the community, serving on a variety of non-profit, community and industry boards
 
Winter Lights Draws Thousands to Downtown
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Members of the Winter Lights planning committee gather in the city's Out There Welcome Wagon for a celebratory photo with Santa after the downtown tree lighting event. (view more photos by Will Bucquoy / visit the Winter Lights Facebook page) The day after Thanksgiving, thousands flocked to Old Courthouse Square in Santa Rosa for Winter Lights, the
 
Help Shape the Design of the Reunified Courthouse Square
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
The City of Santa Rosa has launched a public survey regarding Courthouse Square reunification. It's the first of several outreach efforts the city is planning in partnership with the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce to gather input about the long-delayed — and soon to be redesigned — public works project. You're invited to be part of the design
 
Santa Rosa Chamber to relocate downtown
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
The Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that it has signed a lease for ground floor office space at 50 Old Courthouse Square and will be relocating to downtown Santa Rosa in January 2016. “This opportunity to be located right in the middle of downtown arose just as this area is being revitalized,” says Jonathan Coe, Chamber
 
BEST Honors Food Industry Pioneer Drake Sadler of Traditional Medicinals
Monday, November 9, 2015
On November 3rd, Sonoma County BEST’s Food Industry Group (FIG) hosted the 2015 Food Industry Pioneer Awards where over 170 guests honored Traditional Medicinals co-founder Drake Sadler for his work in establishing and supporting the specialty food and ag industry in the North Bay. In accepting the award, Drake gave a heartfelt presentation on the
 
Expanding Air Service To and From Santa Rosa
Monday, November 9, 2015
Alaska Airlines has announced that it will add flights from the Sonoma County Airport to Orange County beginning early next year. This fifth destination is expected to boost already increasing passenger numbers – up 8 percent compared to last year – with both tourism and business travelers. The Chamber’s Advocacy Council continues to work
 
City Continues to Move Towards Reunifying Courthouse Square
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
With the support of the Chamber and the Coalition to Restore Courthouse Square, the City Council last night approved moving forward with hiring design consultants for the Courthouse Square reunification project. The Chamber has volunteered to assist in this process by working with the City to gather input from the business community as well as members of
 
Volunteer to Keep Millions of Dollars in Our Community
Thursday, October 29, 2015
The Santa Rosa Chamber’s WHEEL Program is again teaming up with the United Way’s Earn It! Keep It! Save It! to offer resources about free, quality tax return preparation to low-to-moderate income households and help bring money back to local families. Last year the United Way-led Earn It! Keep It! Save It! Coalition of strong community partners
 
Algebra Academy Approved as Model Upstream Program
Friday, October 16, 2015
The Santa Rosa Chamber is pleased to announce that the Mike Hauser Algebra Academy has been approved by Sonoma County Upstream Investments​ for Tier 3 inclusion in the Portfolio of Model Upstream Programs. The Algebra Academy is a program devoted to strengthening the algebra skills of eighth grade English language learner students by engaging them
 
George Petersen Insurance Agency Becomes Newest Executive Member
Friday, October 16, 2015
The Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce is pleased to welcome George Petersen Insurance Agency as its newest Executive Member. George Petersen Insurance Agency has been providing comprehensive insurance coverage since 1935, delivering exceptional service at competitive pricing. As one of the largest independently owned agencies in Northern California, their
 
Chamber Receives Hispanic Community Leader Award
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
The Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce received one of seven “community leader” awards at the Hispanic Business Expo for its work on the Mike Hauser Algebra Academy, WHEEL (Worksite Held Employee English Learning) Program, and the Latinos in the Workplace Conference and Workshops. The awards, presented at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds by BreNotas
 
Tech Supplier Fair Helps Localize Supply Chains
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Sonoma County BEST hosted the 2nd Annual Tech Industry Supplier Fair on September 24th, bringing together large original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) such as Keysight Technologies, Trivascular, L-3 Communication, and Medtronic, for quality one-on-one meetings with dozens of North Bay process and component suppliers. The goal of the Supplier Fair is to
 
Host a Chamber Mixer in 2016
Friday, October 9, 2015
Application Deadline: October 30, 2015. The Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce invites your business or organization to host a Business After Hours Mixer in 2016. This is a perfect opportunity to showcase your business to key members in our wonderful community. For your venue to be considered, please review the guidelines and complete the Mixer Request
 
46 Members and the Chamber Named Best Places to Work
Thursday, October 1, 2015
Congratulations to Chamber members that made the North Bay Business Journal's list of Best Places to Work for 2015. According to the Business Journal, "This year’s recipients represent nearly 17,000 employees from a broad range of industries. A record 7,500 employee surveys were completed." View the list of Chamber members named Best Places to Work
 
Valley Fire Relief and Fundraising Efforts
Thursday, September 17, 2015
The Valley Fire has been devastating to our neighbors in Lake County, consuming 70,000 acres and hundreds of structures. Many businesses and organizations are doing their part to support relief and fundraising efforts, but much more help will be needed in the coming week and months to rebuild. Redwood Credit Union (RCU) has established a Lake County Fire
 
Water Saving Tips and Resources for Business
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
The preservation of our water resources is a key element of our community and our members’ ability to do business. Therefore, it is imperative for the business community along with all other groups in our area to act directly and immediately on measures that will reduce our use of water. Conduct a Water Audit Start by quantifying your water use to
 
Council Disappoints on Rent Control – Comprehensive Approach Needed
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Despite a massive turnout by the business community on Tuesday night, the Santa Rosa City Council gave staff direction to further pursue rent control for Santa Rosa. "We were extremely disappointed by their decision," said Jonathan Coe, Chamber President and CEO. "It reflects a failure to understand the problem – a lack of housing supply – and
 
Visit Santa Rosa Facilitates Sharon Stone's Running Wild
Thursday, August 27, 2015
You may have heard that Sharon Stone has been seen in and around Santa Rosa for her upcoming movie, "Running Wild." A couple months ago, the production company, ESX Entertainment, contacted Visit Santa Rosa (VSR) for help with their visit. VSR assisted by sourcing over 1,200 room nights for the six weeks of filming as well as directing them to Chamber
 
Toni Felciano Memorial Scholarships at Empire College
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Five Empire College hospitality majors were honored to receive a Toni Felciano Memorial Scholarship on July 28. Antoinette "Toni" Felciano was an Empire graduate who worked at the California Welcome Center in Santa Rosa. Her coworkers wanted to give something back to the community that she would approve of and raised enough money to fund classes for five
 
Visit Santa Rosa/RateBeer Partner for Destination Beerfest
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
RateBeer has partnered with Visit Santa Rosa to present a two-day destination beer event in January 2016 featuring an unprecedented gathering of the world’s top brewers: RateBeer Best Awards Ceremony and Beer Festival. Santa Rosa has quietly established itself as a dominating force in the craft beer scene with thousands of beer lovers trickling into
 
Spotlight on Leadership in Agriculture Award Winners Kevin and Linda Barr
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Kevin and Linda Barr, owners of Redwood Empire Vineyard Management (REVM), will be honored with the Leadership in Agriculture Award at the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce's 43rd Annual Agri-Business BBQ. Their company was the first vineyard management company in Sonoma County to become certified sustainable. "It's the right thing to do," says Kevin Barr.
 
City Seeks Business Community Input on Website Redesign
Monday, August 10, 2015
In the coming year, the City of Santa Rosa will be re-creating its website to better serve the community. In collaboration with the City of Santa Rosa, the Chamber will be hosting two sessions to solicit feedback from the business community when considering interaction with the City through a redesigned website. The first session is for tourism and
 
Santa Rosa Featured as Beer-Cation Destination
Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Visit Santa Rosa (VSR) never stops promoting Santa Rosa as a destination. Recently VSR reached out to Andy Kyrza, food and beverage editor at Thrillist.com – a wildly popular source for food, drink and travel news – and Blair Anthony Robertson of the Sacramento Bee for coordinated media visits. Thrillist's Kyrza included Santa Rosa in his
 
Chamber Welcomes 40 New Businesses During Spring Referral Drive
Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Thank you to the Chamber’s Board of Directors and Ambassadors who volunteered to make our Membership Referral Drive a success by signing up 40 new businesses to join of our Chamber community! A special thank you to our member businesses that offered extra incentives to those new members: The Press Democrat, NorthBay Biz, and Speedpro Imaging Santa
 
Improving Employee English Skills Through WHEEL Program
Thursday, July 30, 2015
Earlier in July, the Chamber wrapped up a second successful round of Worksite Held Employee English Learning (WHEEL) program classes at Fetzer Vineyards. Twenty-one employees participated in the program, and graduation was a big deal with additional certificates for perfect attendance, most improved, and top scholars. "Both new and returning students were
 
Chamber members voted Best of Sonoma County
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Congratulations to Chamber member who were voted the Best of Sonoma County in The Press Democrat’s 3rd annual Best of Sonoma County Awards. Chamber members comprised 93 of the category winners and/or Honorable Mention. Food and Drink 2015 Winners Category Winners Best Bakery Costeaux French Bakery Best Breakfast/Brunch Dierk's
 
Advocacy Council at Work – SMART Last Mile, Downtown and Housing
Thursday, July 23, 2015
SMART Last Mile On July 16th, the Advocacy Council's Transportation Task Force held a meeting for large employers to talk about last mile service for the SMART Train. Representatives from SMART, Sonoma County Transit and Santa Rosa City Bus gave an overview of current operations and discussed the MTC's bus/rail integration study that is looking at how
 
A Coalition Focused on Water Sustainability
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
The preservation of our water resources is a key element of our community and our members’ ability to do business. Therefore, it is imperative for the business community along with all other groups in our area to act directly and immediately on measures that will reduce our use of water. Towards that end, the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce has teamed
 
Sonoma County BEST Mid-Year Report - Ahead of the Curve
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
As we pass the midpoint of the year, the BEST Board of Directors is happy to report that BEST has helped Sonoma County businesses create 335 direct jobs so far in 2015 with an estimated annual payroll of nearly $22M. BEST is on track to meet the total job creation goal of 2,570 direct jobs established when BEST was launched, sooner than anticipated.
 
Expanded Algebra Academy Graduates 100 Students
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
view more photos The Mike Hauser Algebra Academy, a program of the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce, wrapped up its immersive summer algebra program with a graduation ceremony at Sonoma State University’s Commencement Lawn on Friday, June 26th. Students capped off their Algebra Academy experience with morning tours of the university as well as hearing
 
Announcing Leadership Santa Rosa Class XXXII Participants
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
The Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the selection of Leadership Santa Rosa Class XXXII. These class members join nearly 1,000 graduates of the county's premier leadership program. Thank you to LSR Committee Chair, Ryan Beach of Umpqua Bank, as well as the LSR committee members and volunteers who dedicated many hours to interviewing
 
19th Annual Golf Tournament Awards
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Who were the winners at the Chamber's 19th Annual Golf Tournament? Everyone who came out to play! Scroll down for the list of who took home closest to the pin, longest drive and low gross/net awards. (photos by Will Bucquoy / view more photos) Closest to hole #5 Joseph Feierabend Closest to hole #11 Mark Crabb Longest Drive Brett Wilmes Low Gross
 
Stark Reality Restaurants Joins as Newest Executive Member
Monday, June 22, 2015
The Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce is pleased to welcome Stark Reality Restaurants as its newest Executive Member. Mark and Terri Stark together own and operate five of Sonoma County’s favorite, and most highly rated, restaurants. Mark is executive chef and Terri handles all business operations for the restaurants. It all started with Willi’s
 
Leadership Santa Rosa Class XXXI Graduates
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Leadership Santa Rosa Class XXXI wrapped up this past Friday with a celebratory graduation ceremony at Safari West. Thirty-four individuals completed the community education program, which develops and equips effective community leaders via exposure to pertinent issues, broad thinkers and the richness of Santa Rosa and Sonoma County. Congratulations to
 
Member Referral Incentives Extended Through June
Monday, June 15, 2015
Know of a local business that would benefit from becoming a Chamber member? During the month of June, we have incentives for them and for you! New Chamber members who join during the month of June will receive: A 1/6 page ad from NorthBay biz Discounts on advertising from The Press Democrat Business name in a Chamber "thank you" ad (in The Press
 
Leadership in a Time of Drought
Thursday, June 11, 2015
With California now in the fourth year of the worst drought in recorded history, the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce is taking steps to help area businesses participate in water conservation efforts. At the June 9th Sonoma County Board of Supervisors meeting, the Chamber was joined by the North Bay Leadership Council, Sonoma County Alliance and the Sonoma
 
Mike Hauser Algebra Academy Launches June 8th
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
In a collaboration of local business and education partners, the Chamber's Mike Hauser Algebra Academy will launch its 2015 summer program next Monday. The three week program is held at area businesses where students are able to learn algebra standards and their application to high-tech real-world situations, interview engineers and technical experts,
 
Chamber Endorses Measure A, Urges YES Vote
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
The Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce has been fighting since 1906 for a vibrant economy, including common sense laws that promote economic development and job creation. That’s why the Chamber endorses Measure A and urges you to vote YES on your mail-in ballot or as you vote in person on June 2nd. Measure A is our best chance to start repairing up to 700
 
Chamber Delegation Heads to Sacramento
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Next week, the Santa Rosa and San Rafael Chambers of Commerce will lead a delegation of business leaders on a trip to Sacramento to advocate for policies that will improve both the business climate and quality of life in our North Bay cities and counties. We will be meeting with District 2 Senator Mike McGuire, District 2 Assembly Member Jim Wood, District
 
Membership Referral Drive – Incentives for You and New Members
Friday, May 15, 2015
Know of a local business that would benefit from becoming a Chamber member? During the month of May, we have incentives for them and for you! New Chamber members who join during the month of May will receive: A 1/6 page ad from NorthBay biz Discounts on advertising from The Press Democrat Business name in a Chamber "thank you" ad (in The Press
 
Award Winning Chamber to Serve Our Members
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Thank you and congratulations to our members! The Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce is honored to have been voted Best Chamber of Commerce and Best Chamber Event from the North Bay's Best Annual Readers Poll in NorthBay biz. On behalf of the entire Chamber staff, we thank you. It's because of you, our dedicated Chamber members and volunteers, that we've
 
Award Winners at Small Businesses Week Breakfast with Guy Fieri
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Congratulations to Small Business Week Award winners LINK Creative, LLC, Taylor Maid Farms and Dierk's Parkside Cafe, pictured here with keynote speaker Guy Fieri and 2015 Chamber Board Chair, Jeff Weber of Keysight Technologies. (photo by Will Bucquoy / view more photos) Tuesday, May 5th, the Chamber recognized three local outstanding small businesses at
 
Leadership Santa Rosa Class XXXII Applications Due May 6th
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Leadership Santa Rosa (LSR) is now accepting applications for the 2015-16 Class XXXII. The purpose of the Leadership Santa Rosa Program is to identify, develop and equip effective community leaders who will help create or support a spirit of cooperation for the resolution of future community challenges. The program is designed to meet these challenges by
 
GO LOCAL Joins Showcase Sonoma County as Top Gun Sponsor
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
The Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Sonoma County GO LOCAL has joined Showcase Sonoma County as the Top Gun Sponsor to shine a spotlight on locally owned businesses. GO LOCAL is a marketing network for locally owned independent businesses in Sonoma County. Now in its 7th year, GO LOCAL has grown to count over 400 business and
 
Over Half of Forty Under 40 Winners, Ones to Watch are Members
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Congratulations to the 2015 Forty Under 40 Award Winners and Ones to Watch as named by the North Bay Business Journal. A total of 18 of the 40 winners and 17 of the 22 Forty Under 40 Ones to Watch are Young Professionals Network (YPN) and/or Chamber members. These individuals were chosen on the basis of their leadership in companies and organizations as
 
Small Business Week Award Winner: Dierk's Parkside Café
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Dierk’s Parkside Café and Dierk’s Midtown Café are local breakfast and lunch restaurants that use fresh local ingredients to create amazing dishes that are sure to satisfy. Our customers mean the world to us so we cater to special orders and always add a little extra love. Dierk’s Parkside Café opened in November 2006
 
Small Business Week Award Winner: LINK Creative Inc.
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Born out of a love of the industry, LINK Creative was established as a side project in 2002 by a few buddies looking to do something creative. As life pulled some of the founders in different directions, Wayne Ingraham stuck with it continuing to pour more time, energy, and know-how into the company. In 2008, he took the plunge and went full-time with LINK.
 
Small Business Week Award Winner: Taylor Maid Farms
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Rooted in a love for organic farming, Taylor Maid Farms began roasting organic coffee in an old barn in Occidental over 20 years ago. A pioneer in the fledgling organic coffee industry, Taylor Maid Farms partnered with several coffee farmers as they worked towards organic certification. The above fair wage prices paid for the farmers’ yields allow for
 
Trains, Planes and Automobiles Update at Wake Up Santa Rosa
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Left to right: David Rabbitt (2nd District Supervisor, Sonoma County), Bill Gamlen, (Chief Engineer of Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit ) and Jon Stout (Charles M. Schulz – Sonoma County Airport Manager) answer attendees’ questions at last week’s Wake Up Santa Rosa. (photo by Will Bucquoy / view more photos) Last week’s Wake Up Santa
 
Leadership Santa Rosa Class XXXII Applications Now Being Accepted
Friday, April 10, 2015
Leadership Santa Rosa (LSR) is now accepting applications for the 2015-16 Class XXXII. The purpose of the Leadership Santa Rosa Program is to identify, develop and equip effective community leaders who will help create or support a spirit of cooperation for the resolution of future community challenges. The program is designed to meet these challenges by
 
Latinos in the Workplace Conference Focuses on Challenges and Opportunities
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
An evolving demographic landscape presents supervisors and managers unique workplace challenges and opportunities related to diversity that require cultural competency, cross-cultural communication skills and legal compliance. These topics were explored at last week’s 10th Annual Latinos in the Workplace Conference for North Bay businesses through
 
Chamber Partners with CAP Sonoma for Small Business Convention
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
The Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce is pleased to be partnering with Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County (CAP Sonoma County) in their upcoming 2nd Annual Small Business Convention on Sunday, May 31st, 2015 at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts. This event provides a platform for our local micro-enterprise and small businesses to showcase what
 
Chamber Releases Annual Report to the Business Community
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
The Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce released its Annual Report as a special section in the North Bay Business Journal. The 2014 Report to the Business Community highlights your Chamber's work over the past year in division reports, articles on making a difference for our members, growing our economy, and public policy, as well as letters from 2014 Chairman,
 
Global Site Consultants Shown Diverse, Collaborative Industry of Sonoma County
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Site consultants from firms around the globe were impressed last week with Sonoma County’s diverse industry and commitment to the economy through industry collaboration and the concerted efforts of public and private organizations to help the economy grow. Sonoma County BEST hosted the Meet the Consultants Forum from March 4 - 6, approximately 80
 
Fantastic Food, Fantastic Prices - Chamber Members Participating in Sonoma County Restaurant Week
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Sonoma County Restaurant Week is a seven day celebration of our county's farm fresh food and premier wine! The fifth annual Sonoma County Restaurant Week will continue the tradition of celebrating the finest Sonoma County food! From March 9th through March 15th, participating restaurants will present fantastic food at fantastic prices. New this year will
 
Gala Spotlight Honoree: Dan Condron, Citizen of the Year
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Dan Condron has served as the Vice President of University Affairs for Sonoma State University since 2005. Prior to that he spent 33 years working for Hewlett-Packard and Agilent Technologies in Research and Development, Marketing, Manufacturing, Human Resources and Public Affairs. Dan joined HP in Palo Alto after completing his Masters in Electrical
 
Gala Spotlight Honoree: Redwood Credit Union, Large Business of the Year
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Now celebrating its 65th year of service, Redwood Credit Union (RCU) provides affordable personal and business banking and financial services to anyone living or working in the North Bay or San Francisco. As a financial cooperative, RCU is focused on people not profit, which means earnings are returned to its Members in the form of lower loan rates, higher
 
Gala Spotlight Honoree: NorthBay biz, Small Business of the Year
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
NorthBay biz magazine is a monthly, business-to-business publication covering Napa, Sonoma and Marin counties. This year, the magazine is celebrating its 40th Anniversary. It originally hit the stands in 1975, when it was called Sonoma Business and only covered Sonoma County. Its current owners, Norm and Joni Rosinski and John Dennis, acquired it in 2000
 
Mike Hauser Algebra Academy expands to Sebastopol, Rohnert Park – The John Jordan Foundation contributes $50,000 for the program
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
The Mike Hauser Algebra Academy, a program of the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce, is expanding enrollment for the 2015 summer program to include Sebastopol and Rohnert Park area students in cooperation with the Sebastopol Chamber of Commerce and the Rohnert Park Chamber of Commerce, bringing the total number of participating Sonoma County students to 190.
 
Chamber Advocacy's Input on City Budget Priorities
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
The Chamber’s Advocacy Council presented input on budget priorities at Tuesday’s Santa Rosa City Council meeting. The Advocacy Council submitted a list of what the Chamber considers the most important issues facing our community, deeming them deserving of the highest priority in setting the city’s annual goals and budgets. Those
 
BEST passes its annual jobs goal and helps business create over 1000 jobs in Sonoma County in 2014
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Sonoma County BEST released its Annual Report today, with the news that the economic development initiative of the Santa Rosa Chamber helped businesses create over 1,000 total jobs in the region in 2014. The public-private partnership started in 2012 with a five year goal of bringing 4,100 jobs to Sonoma County. After three years of work, BEST is now at 65%
 
Welcome 2015 Board and Chairman Jeff Weber of Keysight Technologies
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Jeff Weber of Keysight Technologies is the Chairman of the Board for 2015. He'll be joined on the Executive Committee by Rolf Nelson of Exchange Bank as Past Chair and Scott Ormerod of Leap Solutions Group as Chair-Elect. The other members of the Executive Committee are: Chair, Advocacy Council: Judy James (Comcast) Chair, BEST: Blair Kellison
 
Sonoma County BEST to Host TeamCA's Meet the Consultants Forum
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
There are sponsorship opportunities available that allow you time with the site selectors and consultants. This is a huge opportunity for our region to be showcased as a great place to do business. TeamCalifornia's fourth annual Meet the Consultants Forum is being hosted by Sonoma County BEST, March 4-6, 2015. The forum brings several nationally known
 
The Impact of the Santa Rosa Young Professionals Network
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
In YPN’s most recent newsletter, outgoing YPN Board Member and Communications Chair, Katy Nestor, penned this editorial highlighting the significance of YPN, both professionally and personally, for her and other YPN Board Members. Whether you employ or manage a young professional, do business with young professionals, or are a young professional, this
 
Open nominations for the Chamber's Excellence in Business Awards
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Each year, the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce recognizes member companies, organizations and individuals who have made a significant, positive impact on the well-being of our community and economy. And, just like last year, we are seeking your recommendations on who to recognize. (Self-nominations are encouraged!) The Excellence in Business awards
 
Chamber Partnership with Local Works Lands $20k PG&E Grant to Support Locally-Made Business
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Pacific Gas and Electric Company presented a $20,000 check to support North Bay Made, a regional economic development program at the November Wake Up Santa Rosa. Left to right: the Chamber's Jonathan Coe, Pamela Dale and Kelley Rajala of Local Works, Leslie Horak and John Ghigliazza of PG&E. (photo by Will Bucquoy) Pacific Gas and Electric Company
 
Santa Rosa Chamber Becomes Formal Partner For Annual “Latinos In The Workplace” Conference, Beginning In March 2015
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
The increasingly popular, annual “Latinos in the Workplace” conference for North Bay businesses, founded by Michael Lopez (of VANTREO Insurance Brokerage & the No. Cal. Engineering Contractors Association/ECA), welcomes a major new partner -- the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce. The new partnership begins with the 10th annual conference on
 
BEST Food Industry Group Honors Food Pioneers at Awards Reception
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Rachel and Andy Berliner of Amy's Kitchen (left photo) and Carlos and Willie Tamayo of La Tortilla Factory (right photo) receive the Specialty Food Industry Pioneer Award from Sonoma County BEST. Left to right: Blair Kellison, Rachel Berliner, Andy Berliner, Bob McGee, and Carolyn Stark - Blair Kellison, Carlos Tamayo, Willie Tamayo, Bob McGee, and Carolyn
 
Chamber Endorsed Candidates, Ballot Issues Won on Tuesday
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
With the votes now counted, nine of the ten candidates endorsed by the Chamber won on Tuesday. They are: John Sawyer and Tom Schwedhelm (Santa Rosa City Council James Gore (4th District Sonoma County Board of Supervisors) Jim Wood (District 2 California State Assembly) Bill Dodd (District 4 California State Assembly) Mike McGuire (District 2 California
 
And the YPN Award Winners Are ...
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Young professionals from Becoming Independent gather on stage to receive the award for YPN's Business of the Year for their support and development of young professionals in our community. The Annual YPN Awards & Signature Event this past Saturday at the Flamingo Conference Resort & Spa in Santa Rosa was a huge success! The Third Annual Awards
 
Chamber welcomes 50 new businesses during annual membership drive
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Thank you to the Chamber’s Board of Directors and Ambassadors who volunteered to make our Fall Membership Drive a success by signing up 50 new members to become part of our Chamber community. And a special thank you to the member businesses that offered special incentives for those new members: The Press Democrat, NorthBay Biz, and Speedpro Imaging
 
Advocacy Council Gives Business a Voice on Old Courthouse Square Reunification
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Last week, the Santa Rosa City Council approved moving forward with plans to reunify Old Courthouse Square, and the Chamber’s Advocacy Council was there to express strong support tempered by some concerns. Downtown business owner Terry Darcy of Darcy’s Fine Jewelers spoke on behalf of the Advocacy Council and urged more consultation with the
 
Host a Chamber Mixer in 2015
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Application Deadline: October 24, 2014 Dear Chamber Member: The Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce invites your business or organization to host a Business After Hours Mixer in 2015. This is a perfect opportunity to showcase your business to key members in our wonderful community. For your venue to be considered, please review the guidelines and complete the
 
Best Places to Work winnners score high on 'family friendliness'
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
It may come as no surprise that those companies whose employees have chosen them as Best Places to Work in the North Bay are also companies who rank highly in the category of family friendliness. As a general rule, companies that are family friendly have higher morale, lower turnover and lower absenteeism. The Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce has partnered
 
Collaborative Efforts Help Save High-Quality Jobs
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
The Brooks Automation plant in Petaluma announced recently that they will be closing their doors, resulting in about 85 people losing their jobs, most with skills in manufacturing. After the city received a letter about the coming closure, City of Petaluma Economic Development Manager Ingrid Alverde pulled together the Sonoma County BEST job development
 
Chamber Endorses Three Candidates for Santa Rosa City Council
Monday, September 15, 2014
The Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors announced its endorsements of Ashle Crocker, John Sawyer, and Tom Schwedhelm for Santa Rosa City Council today. “In making the endorsements, a number of factors were weighed,” says Jonathan Coe, Chamber President and CEO. “These candidates bring a good mix of individual strengths as
 
Economic Development Collaboration Results in Job Growth and Investment for Sonoma County
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Synergy Health will be leasing space within the new Labcon Building in Petaluma. Attracting this business is the result of a collaborative effort between one of the region's largest manufacturers, medical device manufacturer Labcon, Sonoma County BEST, the City of Petaluma, and PG&E. "The services Synergy Health will offer will be a key to expanding
 
Education Award Winners Bring Money Back-to-School
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Award winners and honorees at the Education & Business Partnership Breakfast. (photo by Will Bucquoy / view more photos) Last week’s Education & Business Partnership Breakfast recognized and honored the excellent teaching that is happening in our local classrooms. PG&E, our Gold Star Sponsor, has demonstrated a tremendous level of
 
SF Gate Covers Santa Rosa as a Unique Vacation Destination
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
The Santa Rosa Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) reached out to Spud Hilton, the high profile travel editor and writer for the San Francisco Chronicle, to see if he was interested in covering some of Santa Rosa’s more unique vacation destinations. He agreed and stayed at Safari West for two nights, and also spent one night at the Flamingo
 
Getting on "Board" with YPN
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
YPN is seeking qualified applicants to positions on our Board of Directors for three-year terms beginning January 1, 2015. We are looking for people who are eager, driven and able to commit to YPN. Board or committee experience is not necessary as we welcome diversity of industry and background to our team. We are looking for young minds with an interest in
 
BEST works to qualify local companies for tax incentives
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
The state of California has several programs, opportunities and business friendly policies for companies interested in establishing a California operation. The Governor’s Economic Development Initiative is comprised of three different business incentives. One of the incentives is a partial exemption of sales and use tax on certain manufacturing
 
BEST Supplier Fair Connects Local Manufacturers, Suppliers
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Suppliers line up to speak with manufacturers General Dynamics and Agilent to showcase their capabilities. (view more photos) On Friday, July 25, Sonoma County BEST held its inaugural Tech Industry Supplier Fair at the Redwood Credit Union Community Room. The event aimed to connect local technology-based companies to local components suppliers as a way to
 
Santa Rosa Joins Sonoma County's New Eco-Initiative, "Sustainable Tourism Business Week"
Monday, July 14, 2014
Santa Rosa Convention and Visitors Bureau Will Host A Sustainability Event for Local Businesses As part of its commitment to Sonoma County's "Sustainable Tourism Business Week" initiative happening July 21-25, 2014, the Santa Rosa Convention & Visitors Bureau will host a sustainability event for local businesses on Friday, July 25th from 11:00am to
 
Leadership Santa Rosa Class XXXI Participants Announced
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
The Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the selection of Leadership Santa Rosa Class XXXI. These class members join over 900 graduates of the county’s premier leadership program. The Leadership Santa Rosa program encourages greater community involvement by identifying and developing effective Sonoma County leaders who will help
 
140 Eighth Graders get a Head Start through Mike Hauser Algebra Academy
Friday, June 27, 2014
Participation more than doubles as program expands in Santa Rosa, launches in Healdsburg 140 area students from Santa Rosa and Healdsburg graduated from the Mike Hauser Algebra Academy, a program of the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce, on Thursday, June 26, at 11:30 am in a ceremony on the Analy Lawn of Santa Rosa Junior College. This year’s
 
Congratulations to Golf Tournament Category Winners
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
A beautiful day for the 18th Annual Golf Tournament at Windsor Golf Club. Thank you to our Title Sponsor, First Community Bank, and our VIP Tent Sponsor, Pisenti & Brinker, LLP, as well as all of our Corporate Sponsors. (view more photos) Congratulations to the category winners: Callaway Net Teresa Norton, Mari Featherstone, Trish McLean, and Sue
 
Leadership Santa Rosa Class XXX Graduates
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Congratulations to the graduates of Leadership Santa Rosa Class XXX: Frank Ammirata, 2wheelsport Malia Anderson, Style by Malia Kelly Bass Seibel, Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce Keith Becker, DeDe's Rentals & Property Management Inc. Jeff Bertoli, Agilent Technologies Sofia Betts, Redcom Fire & Medical 9-1-1 Dispatch Nicole Bradin, Sonoma County
 
Mike Hauser Algebra Academy Kicks-Off Seventh Year
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
The seventh year Mike Hauser Algebra Academy kicked off this past Monday. This year’s Algebra Academy expanded the number of area students enrolled from 60 to 150, including 30 in Healdsburg – to date the program has only served Santa Rosa schools. "We are pleased to partner with the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce to bring such a worthy program
 
Jennifer Lynn Bice to receive Leadership in Agriculture award at 42nd Ag-BBQ
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
The Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Jennifer Lynn Bice, owner of Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery, will receive the Leadership in Agriculture award at this year’s Agri-Business BBQ on July 29th. (view event details) In 1978, Jennifer Lynn Bice assumed ownership of Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery, Inc., the family farm and
 
Lt. Gov. Newsom Talks Small Business, CA's Future at Small Business Week Breakfast
Monday, May 19, 2014
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom delivered the keynote address, "Small Business — California's Economic Growth Engine", and helped present the Outstanding Small Business awards at Tuesday's Small Business Week Breakfast. (View more photos / photo by WB Photography) Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom spoke to a crowd of over 200 Sonoma County business leaders at
 
Russian River Brewing to be Honored as Outstanding Small Business
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Russian River Brewing Company will be honored as the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce's Outstanding Small Business at next Tuesday's Small Business Week Breakfast with Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom. The awards will be presented to eight Sonoma County businesses, nominated and selected by local Chambers throughout the county. "We're very honored to be
 
Small Business Week Presenting Sponsor, Exchange Bank - A Long History of Helping Small Businesses Succeed
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
An interview with Rolf Nelson, Senior Vice President of Exchange Bank and 2014 Chamber Board Chair Tell us a bit about Exchange Bank’s dedication to Small Businesses? Exchange Bank is honored to sponsor Small Business Week because, as a community bank, small businesses are the foundation of our business banking core. Exchange Bank’s
 
Chamber Board Announces Candidate Endorsements
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
The Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors announced its endorsements for the June 3, 2014 Consolidated Primary Election. The Board will support: Jared Huffman, U.S. Representative CA-2 Mike Thompson, U.S. Representative CA-5 Mike McGuire, California State Senate District 2 Marc Levine, California State Assembly District 10 Jim Wood,
 
Showcase Platinum Sponsor Highlights Volunteerism in Sonoma County
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
This past year, the Volunteer Center of Sonoma County has been busy welcoming new Executive Director Cami Weaver to the helm. Cami’s shared vision, along with the board of directors’, will chart the course for the upcoming years for the Volunteer Center. Never in our local history has the spirit of community activism been so high. From local
 
Marquis Auto Body - Chamber's Newest Executive Member
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Marquis Auto Body is the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce's newest Executive member. Marquis Auto Body, conveniently located on Petaluma Hill Road in Santa Rosa, is a family owned and operated business. Owner, Troy Aldrich utilized his 30+ years in the automotive industry to build his dream shop. The close attention to detail on all levels of the business has
 
Santa Rosa Chamber Endorses James Gore for Fourth District Sonoma County Supervisor
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
The Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce announced today their endorsement of James Gore for Fourth District Sonoma County Supervisor. The Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce has more than 900 members who help advance the Chamber’s mission to support, promote, and advocate for a vibrant, sustainable economy in our region. “The Santa Rosa Chamber of
 
Santa Rosa & San Rafael Chambers of Commerce Endorse Marc Levine for District 10 Assembly
Thursday, April 10, 2014
In a statement unique in recent memory, the Santa Rosa and San Rafael Chambers of Commerce jointly announced today that they are both endorsing Marc Levine for the District 10 Assembly Seat. “We’re excited to take this step forward in our regional partnership with Santa Rosa through this election and this campaign,” said Rick Wells,
 
Leadership Santa Rosa Class XXXI Applications Now Being Accepted
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Leadership Santa Rosa (LSR) is now accepting applications for the 2014-15 Class XXXI. The purpose of the Leadership Santa Rosa Program is to identify, develop and equip effective community leaders who will help create or support a spirit of cooperation for the resolution of future community challenges. The program is designed to meet these challenges by
 
Member of the Quarter, Elisa Chieffo, to Be Honored at Wake Up Santa Rosa
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
The Chamber's Member of the Quarter, Elisa Chieffo, is a native Santa Rosan who feels blessed to live, own a business and raise her family in one of the most beautiful places on earth. Over a decade ago, Elisa and husband Pedro opened California Steam Clean, a specialty cleaning company offering a variety of services and specialty treatments for all your
 
Members Honored in 'Forty Under 40' and 'Corporate Philanthropy' Awards
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
The Chamber congratulates the businesses and individuals recently announced as Corporate Philanthropy and Forty Under 40 Award winners by the North Bay Business Journal. We’re proud to see so many Chamber members recognized for their significant philanthropic efforts and care for our North Bay communities. And we’re delighted to see the number
 
Sonoma County's newest Certified Tourism Ambassadors
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Sonoma County gained 21 new Certified Tourism Ambassadors (CTAs) after they completed Sonoma County Tourism's popular service program held at the Chamber offices at the end of February. "Visitors who have a positive experience are more likely to return," said Mo McElroy, who heads up the CTA program for Sonoma County Tourism. "And they will share their
 
Chamber Members Participate in Sonoma County Restaurant Week
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Sonoma County Restaurant Week is a seven day celebration of our county's farm fresh food and premier wine. The fifth annual Sonoma County Restaurant Week will continue the tradition of celebrating the finest Sonoma County food. From March 10th through March 16th, 2014 participating restaurants will present fantastic food at fantastic prices. New this year
 
Chamber releases Annual Report to the Business Community
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Monday, February 17th, the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce released its Annual Report as a special section in the North Bay Business Journal. The 2013 Report to the Business Community highlights your Chamber's work over the past year in division reports, articles on making a difference for our members, growing our economy, and public policy, as well as
 
Economic Impact of Wine: $13.4 Billion to Local Economy
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Karissa Kruse, President of Sonoma County Winegrowers, presented new economic impact data of Sonoma County's vineyards and wineries at the Chamber's Advocacy Council last week. The Sonoma County Winegrowers and Sonoma County Vintners, in coordination with Stonebridge Research Group, found that winegrowers and wineries contributed more than $13.4 billion to
 
Gala Honoree Spotlight: William Friedman - Citizen of the Year
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Bill Friedman, Chairman of the Board of Friedman’s Home Improvement, has spent a lifetime growing his business and being involved in the Santa Rosa community. Bill’s parents instilled in him the importance of supporting and giving back to the communities in which we work and live. Bill’s career at Friedman’s began as a 5-year-old
 
Gala Honoree Spotlight: Merrill, Arnone & Jones, LLP - Small Business of the Year
Thursday, January 23, 2014
Merrill, Arnone & Jones is a premier Sonoma County law firm that has been serving the needs of North Bay businesses for over 40 years. Based in Santa Rosa, the firm’s 5 partners pride themselves on being problem solvers for both the community and their clients. Community service is deeply ingrained in the firm’s culture. Mike Merrill
 
Gala Honoree Spotlight: Sutter Health - Large Business of the Year
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Healthcare and our community are in a state of transformation. Nothing embodies this more than the development that can be seen up and down the 101 corridor. Sutter Health’s new hospital on Mark West Springs road will be opening in October. This project brings more than $300 million to the area and 1,500+ jobs. These jobs consist of numerous local
 
Welcome 2014 Board and Chairman Rolf Nelson of Exchange Bank
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
The Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the Board of Directors and Executive Committee Division Chairs for 2014. Heading the 2014 Executive Committee are: Rolf Nelson, Exchange Bank Chairman of the Board Keo Hornbostel, Pure Luxury Transportation Chair-Elect Doug Hilberman, AXIA Architects Immediate Past Chair Serving
 
Maximizing Tax Refunds through Collaboration
Monday, January 13, 2014
Program to bring millions into our local economy The Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce is collaborating with local businesses and United Way of the Wine Country to help businesses offer an on-site (Ad-Hoc) free tax preparation day to their employees through Earn It! Keep It! Save It! Earn It! Keep It! Save It! is a United Way led coalition of local
 
Redwood Credit Union Supports Mike Hauser Algebra Academy with $2,500 Donation
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Redwood Credit Union has donated $2,500 in support of the Chamber’s Mike Hauser Algebra Academy. This donation comes at a time when the program is increasing its student capacity. This year’s Algebra Academy will see 150 area students enrolled including 30 in Healdsburg -- to date the program has only served Santa Rosa schools. “I believe
 
Chrit Longmaid of reDefining Efficiency Named Ambassador of the Year
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
The Chamber is proud to announce that Chrit Longmaid has been named Ambassador of the Year. Each year our Chamber selects an Ambassador that has provided outstanding leadership to their fellow Ambassadors, helped grow our Chamber membership and has been a positive role model to our members. "Chrit's commitment to attending our many ribbon cuttings,
 
Jobs Added, Goals Met: An Update on Sonoma County BEST
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Sonoma County BEST has surpassed its 2013 goal for job growth by helping businesses in Sonoma County add 502 direct jobs so far this year for a total of 1605 direct and indirect jobs in two years -- 40% of its five year goal. "Our work with the target industry groups in engaging business to business connections has been key, as has the work of our
 
Chamber recognizes Brett Martinez with Spirit of Sonoma Award
Thursday, December 12, 2013
The Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce honored Brett Martinez, President & CEO of Redwood Credit Union, at the annual Spirit of Sonoma Awards program coordinated by the Sonoma County Economic Development Board. Brett is an active participant in the community, serving on a variety of non-profit, community and industry boards including serving as the
 
Sonoma Media Group welcomed as Chamber's newest Media Sponsor member
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Sonoma Media Group (SMG) is the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce's newest Media Sponsor member. SMG was formed in May of 2013, with the acquisition of five of Santa Rosa's leading radio stations, to become a locally owned media company. The founder is long time Santa Rosa business executive, Lawrence Amaturo, co-owner of Santa Rosa Nissan, Kia of Santa Rosa
 
Order Your 2014 Federal & CA Employment Notices Poster
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
California businesses face increasing demands to comply with labor laws, yet state and federal agencies rarely notify employers of these updates. The Santa Rosa Chamber makes it easy for our members to meet compliance requirements and to avoid fines and penalties by offering an all-in-one poster that contains the 16 state and federal employment notices
 
Advocacy Council Concerned about Total Cost Recovery for Community Development Fees
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
The City's Community Development Department recently had a study done to determine the full cost of the services it provides when businesses seek permits for construction and development. This study was a precursor to the City considering raising fees in the Community Development Department for those services. The Chamber’s Advocacy Council has
 
CVB Attends World's Leading Conference & Expo for the Sports-Event Industry
Monday, November 11, 2013
Representatives from the Santa Rosa Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) attended the TEAMS '13 conference and expo in Salt Lake City, UT, where they met with sports event organizers and industry leaders in an effort to attract them to Santa Rosa. One of the fastest growing and most resilient segments of the tourism industry, the estimated size of the
 
Algebra Academy Expansion to Reach 25% of ESL Students
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
The Chamber is setting a goal to expand the Mike Hauser Algebra Academy from 60 to 300 students per year, reaching 25% of the ESL 8th grade students in Sonoma County in an effort to boost graduation rates and ensure an educated future workforce in our area. The program will increase in steps, with 2014 seeing 150 area students enrolled including 30 in
 
LSR Class 28 Wraps Up Legacy Project at Roseland Collegiate Prep
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
On Saturday a dedicated group of Leadership Santa Rosa Class 28 volunteers convened to wrap up their legacy project at Roseland Collegiate Prep by installing basketball and tetherball poles. Everything went according to plan including digging the four and a half foot deep hole for the basketball hoop. (View more photos) Requiring months of planning, the
 
Wanted: Your Nominations for the Chamber's Excellence in Business Awards
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Join the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce by submitting nominations for the 2014 Excellence in Business Awards and Citizen Volunteer. We will be selecting a large business (50 or more employees) and small business (49 or fewer employees). We need your help to recognize the companies and individuals most deserving of this recognition. Self-nominations are
 
Chamber seeking RFPs for 2014 Mixer Venues
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Host a Chamber Mixer in 2014 Application Deadline: October 25, 2013 Dear Chamber Member: The Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce invites your business or organization to host a Business After Hours Mixer in 2014. This is a perfect opportunity to showcase your business to key members in our wonderful community. For your venue to be considered, please review the
 
New Faces at the Chamber and Sonoma County BEST
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce new staff member Leslie Andersen as Business Outreach Coordinator. While earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Dominican University of California in San Rafael, Leslie worked in various administrative positions in different office settings. She is looking forward to this opportunity to
 
Sonoma County BEST Nets Business Attraction Win
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Following a year-long recruitment effort by Sonoma County BEST and local economic development officials, World Centric will be moving its base of operations from Palo Alto to Sonoma County with immediate plans to hire 15 additional employees. Organized as a B-corporation and a California Benefit Corporation, the CEO for this manufacturer of biodegradable
 
Boosting English Skills Benefits Both Employees and Companies
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Costeaux French Bakery is one of the latest companies to take advantage of the Chamber’s Workforce Held Employee English Learning (WHEEL) program. “All around, it’s a win-win situation,” said General Manager Will Seppi. “It’s an investment I definitely will make again.” Completely customized to a company’s
 
Groundbreaking at Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
The groundbreaking ceremony at the Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport on Wednesday, August 28th, marked the culmination of years of Chamber advocacy work on promoting runway safety upgrades and improvements. The project, which was approved by at least six state and federal agencies and generated a four foot tall stack of environmental documents, will
 
Convention & Visitors Bureau Helps Marathon Reach New Highs
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Despite minor confusion on the course, the numbers from the fifth edition of the Santa Rosa Marathon are clear. Growing from just over 500 participants in 2009 to 3,500 this year, the event has brought runners from far and wide to Santa Rosa. And since 2011, the Santa Rosa Convention & Visitor’s Bureau (CVB) has been assisting with event logistics
 
Dan Benedetti Honored at Agri-Business BBQ
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Leadership in Agriculture Award recipient Dan Benedetti and family at the 41st Annual Agri-Business BBQ. (View more photos / photo by Will Bucquoy) More than 500 Chamber and community members turned out to honor the tremendous role agriculture plays in our economy and the quality of life in Sonoma County at the Chamber's 41st Annual Agri-Business BBQ on
 
LSR Class 28 Partners with Roseland Prep, Santa Rosa's Newest College Prep Academy
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
School is starting for the Mighty Rattlers of Roseland Prep, located in the old Ursuline Campus in Santa Rosa. Members of Leadership Santa Rosa Class 28 Service Project spent Saturday, August 17, on Phase One sprucing up the quad, trimming landscape, and installing permanent benches and assembling tables. LSR members, guided by our fearless team leader
 
37 Chamber Members Named Best Places to Work
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Congratulations to Chamber members that made the North Bay Business Journal's list of Best Places to Work for 2013. 15–50 employees O’Brien Watters & Davis Scott Technology Group Rabobank Linkenheimer CPAs & Advisors EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants Codding Investments (Enterprises) M.A. Silva USA Star Staffing Adobe Associates
 
Santa Rosa Named Top Green Travel Destination
Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Rankings included both initiatives to green the city and access to abundant nature and eco-friendly activities

 
Economic Development Leader Award for Sonoma County BEST
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Sonoma County BEST recently received the North Bay Community Economic Development Leader of the Year award from North Bay Networking Group (NBNG). BEST's Brandon Jewell was also one of two recipients of the North Bay Community Person of the Year award. "BEST's assistance and involvement in many of the organizations within the region is what inspired the
 
Dan Benedetti to be Honored at Chamber’s Agri-Business BBQ
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Dan Benedetti, past President and current Chairman of the Board of Clover Stornetta Farms, will be honored with the “Leadership in Agriculture Award” at the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce’s 41st Annual Agri-Business BBQ. The award recognizes Mr. Benedetti’s contributions to the dairy industry and his leadership of one of Sonoma
 
Santa Rosa Leads CA in Hotel RevPAR Growth
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Santa Rosa outpaces the entire nation and leads California in Hotel RevPAR* (Revenue Per Available Room) growth, perhaps the industry’s most important number. With the hard work of Sonoma County Tourism and the Santa Rosa Convention & Visitors Bureau, local hoteliers saw a double digit increase in May year-to-date RevPAR compared to last year, and
 
Chamber Members, Staff Pull Together For Ill Boy's Dream Weekend
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
You may have read the story in the Press Democrat, "An ill boy, a wrestler, a weekend," about Jonathon O'Malley, the 15-year-old suffering from an incurable autoimmune disease, who got to spend a Sonoma County weekend with his hero, former professional wrestler "Tyler Reks." Gabe Tuft of Local Marketing 2.0, the former WWE wrestler, stopped by the Chamber
 
What Business Needs Most is Connections to Other Businesses
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Brandon Jewell of BEST (behind the camera) and volunteer Albert Azcarate (right) of Wells Fargo Advisors meet with Jenny Hedgpeth (left) to discuss her startup Smash Foods. Sonoma County BEST’s annual “100 in 100” business retention and expansion (BRE) effort has just passed the halfway point and the most common request for assistance is
 
Costeaux employees complete two month English workshop through WHEEL Program
Monday, July 29, 2013
Just last week, 20 employees of Costeaux French Bakery completed a thorough English course through the Chamber's WHEEL program. Working with Kelly Bass Seibel, director of workforce development at the Chamber, and George Dancisak, the instructor who was coordinated through the Chamber, Costeaux management developed a list of critical concepts to be included
 
What's on the Tube? Members' TV Advertising
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
The first version of the Chamber’s TV advertising program for members rolled out this week on TV and cable stations in the Bay Area. We’re proud to offer this advertising program to our members, which is designed to put your business on TV at a fraction of the normal cost. If you’re interested in participating, contact our TV partner:
 
Chamber Announces Leadership Santa Rosa Class XXX
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
The Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the selection of Leadership Santa Rosa Class XXX. These class members join over 850 graduates of the county’s premier leadership program. The Leadership Santa Rosa program encourages greater community involvement by identifying and developing effective Sonoma County leaders who will help create
 
Answers to Questions About Sonoma Clean Power
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
The Chamber’s Advocacy Council has been working hard to ensure that important questions about Sonoma Clean Power are being asked so that we have the best possible information before a decision is made about moving forward with it in Santa Rosa. That decision will likely be made on July 9th by the City Council. For more information about this
 
Leadership Santa Rosa Graduates 29th Class
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Leadership Santa Rosa Class XXIX graduated this past Friday. Thirty-three individuals completed the community education program, which develops and equips effective community leaders via exposure to pertinent issues, broad thinkers and the richness of Santa Rosa and Sonoma County. Interviews for Class XXX are underway, and participants will be announced in
 
Mike Hauser Algebra Academy Enters Sixth Year
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
The Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the sixth year of the Mike Hauser Algebra Academy, running June 10 – June 28, 2013, in partnership with four of Sonoma County’s largest technology companies – Agilent Technologies, JDSU, Medtronic Cardiovascular, and Pacific Gas & Electric Company – as well as the Sonoma
 
Pure Luxury Transportation Becomes Executive Member
Friday, May 24, 2013
Pure Luxury Transportation has become the newest Executive-level member of the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce, demonstrating the company’s commitment to the Chamber’s efforts to support, promote, and advocate for our members and create a vibrant, sustainable economy in our region. Learn more about Pure Luxury Transportation’s award-winning
 
Questions about Sonoma Clean Power
Thursday, May 16, 2013
The issue of Community Choice Aggregation and the creation of Sonoma Clean Power is an important one for our community and one which our Chamber is monitoring closely. However, we have not, as of yet, taken a formal position on this issue. Before the Chamber can do so, there are a variety of questions that we need to answer ranging from how clean will this
 
Showcase Exhibitors
Friday, May 3, 2013
Find out who's exhibiting at Showcase Sonoma County! For more information on Showcase Sonoma County, visit the event page. (for company booth location, view this PDF) Accent Printing & Design Advanced Security Systems AJ Printing & Graphics Inc. Alaska Airlines American Laser Skincare American Tartaric Products (ATP) Bank of Marin Bear Republic
 
Showcase Platinum Sponsor Highlights Sonoma County Food Industry
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Sonoma County BEST's Food Industry Group (FIG) has joined Showcase Sonoma County as the Platinum Sponsor to highlight this thriving sector of Sonoma County's economy. Sonoma County, with its connection to local agriculture and markets, is a central hub for all types of food production. Nationwide, there's big talk about farm-to-table, but the natural food
 
Chamber Advocacy: Santa Rosa Honored for Aggressive Economic Development Measures
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
The Chamber applauds the City of Santa Rosa on receiving the Award of Excellence, presented by the California Association of Local Economic Development, for the city’s Aggressive Economic Development Zoning Measures. Working with city officials, the Chamber, and particularly the Advocacy Council, made recommendations for these measures and advocated
 
BEST FIG Intent on Sonoma County Food Industry Growth
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Sonoma County BEST hosted the second Food Industry Group (FIG) event on April 24th, held on-site at Traditional Medicinals. The FIG was formed to leverage the strengths, knowledge, and resources of executive leaders within the food cluster to discover and fix industry-wide issues. The first meeting held in February discovered 18 issues, among which
 
Local Agri-Business Benefits from WHEEL Program
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Graduates of the ag-tailored WHEEL program celebrate their accomplishment with their instructor at the Farm Bureau. View more photos of their graduation. Last week, 22 employees from five local agricultural companies graduated from the Chamber’s WHEEL (Worksite Held Employee English Learning) Program that was presented in partnership with the Sonoma
 
Chamber Seeking RFPs for Professional Development Workshops
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Show off your expertise. Present at a Chamber Workshop. Request for Proposal for a Series of Professional Development Workshops Due Date Friday, April 26, 2013 The Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce’s Professional Development committee recently surveyed our members on their professional development needs. The most requested topics were: How to create a
 
WHEEL Program Rolling Along - Graduations & New Classes
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
On March 3rd, employees of River Rock Casino graduated from the Chamber's WHEEL (Worksite Held Employee English Learning) Program. Dry Creek Rancheria & River Rock Casino Training Manager, Sheila Hanley, MS, CTA, says of their WHEEL Program implementation: River Rock Casino has, in conjunction with the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce, offered two 10
 
Chamber's Report to the Business Community
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Last week, the Chamber released a Report to the Business Community as a special section of the North Bay Business Journal, highlighting the work and successes of your Chamber during 2012. As an expanded version of our Annual Report, there are new sections detailing our economic development efforts, business advocacy endeavors and working for the success of
 
Leadership Santa Rosa Class XXX Applications Now Being Accepted
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Leadership Santa Rosa (LSR) is now accepting applications for the 2013-14 Class XXX. The purpose of the Leadership Santa Rosa Program is to identify, develop and equip effective community leaders who will help create or support a spirit of cooperation for the resolution of future community challenges. The program is designed to meet these challenges by
 
Over half of Forty Under 40 award winners are members
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Congratulations to the 2013 Forty Under 40 award winners as named by the North Bay Business Journal. Twenty-three of the winners are Chamber, YPN and/or LSR members (listed below): Tiffany Bagala, Sonic.net, Inc. Alan Biggi, Dal Poggetto & Company, LLP Sara Brandenburg, Royal Petroleum Erin Carlstrom, City of Santa Rosa Jeff Carniglia, Burr Pilger
 
A Good Place for Business
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
In 2012, businesses in Sonoma County added twice as many employees as those in the rest of the state
 
Chamber Receives Stipend to Attend Building a Grad Nation Summit
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Kelly Bass Seibel, director of workforce development, was chosen as one of eight business organizations nationwide to attend the Building a Grad Nation Summit. The Summit took place earlier last week and is the premier annual event of Grad Nation, the growing movement of dedicated organizations, individuals and communities working to end the high school
 
Chamber Board Names Rolf Nelson Chair-Elect, Nicole Arnone to Board
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce's Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Rolf Nelson, Senior Vice President of Exchange Bank, has been named the Chamber's 2013 Chair-Elect. Rolf has served on both the Chamber's Board and Executive Committee for a number of years, chairing divisions such as Leadership Santa Rosa and the Advocacy Council, as well as
 
BEST Adds Marketing and Information Coordinator, Brandon Jewell
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
The Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the addition of Brandon Jewell as Marketing and Information Coordinator for Sonoma County BEST. Brandon spent a number of years in sales positions while earning a Bachelor's degree in Communications from Sonoma State University. "I have always had a passion for creativity and innovation, which led me
 
New Faces at the Chamber and Convention & Visitors Bureau
Friday, February 22, 2013
The Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the addition of Steve Lyman as Membership Sales Manager. Steve is a native to Santa Rosa; he graduated from Montgomery High School, served in the United States Marine Corps and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing. Steve comes to us with over 20 years of sales and marketing experience,
 
BEST Business Connection Trip to Wine Symposium
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Twenty-five business executives made 350 connections during Sonoma County BEST's Business Connection Trip to the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium, America's largest wine industry expo. Unified was a meeting place of more than 13,000 wine and grape professionals from 31 countries featuring 650 exhibitors. Pure Luxury Transportation provided a bus for the
 
Chamber Board Outlines 2013 Strategic Objectives
Monday, February 11, 2013
Pursuant to the Chamber's mission — to support, promote, and advocate for our members and create a vibrant, sustainable economy in our region — the Board has outlined these Strategic Objectives for 2013: Support BEST in the creation of 2,500 new jobs in Sonoma County through the implementation of its Strategic Plan; Support revenue growth for
 
Chamber Announces 2013 Board
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
The Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce their 2013 Board of Directors. Doug Hilberman of AXIA Architects steps up as the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce’s Chairman of the Board for 2013, taking over for Brett Martinez of Redwood Credit Union who will serve on the Executive Committee as Immediate Past Chair. In addition to a number of
 
Gala Honoree Spotlight: Chairman's Award Winner, Ken Fischang
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
President/CEO of Sonoma County Tourism (SCT) Kenneth J. Fischang, CHME, CMP, CTA, believes the success within the hospitality industry is, "The power of many in one." That philosophy drives his leadership within SCT and the hospitality industry. In the past year Sonoma County, as a tourism destination, been lauded by such national and international
 
Sonoma County BEST Exceeds 1st Year Job-Growing Target
Monday, January 28, 2013
Helped companies create 841 jobs in Sonoma County
 
Ten Triumphs from 2012
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Thanks to you, your Chamber accomplished great things that helped business in our community this past year, including: Sonoma County BEST was launched, and in its first year helped area businesses create 841 jobs. The Convention & Visitors Bureau Welcome Center provided 45,000 visitors with information and referrals to our members, resulting in an
 
Gala Honoree Spotlight: Innovative Business Solutions — Small/Medium Business of the Year
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
When Payroll and HR automation services company Innovative Business Solutions, Inc. (IBS) was established in 1991, one of their first orders of business was to join the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce. “We recognized early on that the Santa Rosa Chamber was the leading business organization in the County,” said Bob Reynolds, co-owner of IBS,
 
Gala Honoree Spotlight: Nelson — Large Business of the Year
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Founded in 1970, Nelson ranks among the largest independent staffing companies in the Unites States. By taking an active leadership role in our community, they seek to connect the needs of local residents with the hiring needs of local companies by participating in and running job fairs, open houses, and providing skill assessments and trainings to help
 
A change in the Chamber's volunteer leadership
Friday, January 11, 2013
A letter to our Chamber membership from President/CEO, Jonathan Coe: Dear Chamber Member: I'm writing to let you know about a change in the volunteer leadership of our organization. Unfortunately, Keo Hornbostel has had to resign from his position as Chairman of the Board as he no is longer working at the Hyatt. Happily, our Chair Elect,
 
Young Professionals Network Celebrates 5 Years
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Launched in January 2008, Santa Rosa YPN (Young Professionals Network) was founded to be the premier organization for young professionals in Sonoma County dedicated to developing our community's current and future business leaders. Kelly Bass Seibel, Director of Workforce Development for the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce commented, "When we started YPN we
 
Farm Bureau Offers Ag-Tailored WHEEL Program
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
The Sonoma County Farm Bureau has signed on to the WHEEL (Worksite Held Employee English Learning) program as a partner organization and will be offering classes tailored to the unique needs of the agriculture industry in 2013. Ag industry businesses are invited to participate in the program at no-cost for up to five employees, which will be held at the
 
Members Making a Difference this Holiday Season
Thursday, December 6, 2012
The Chamber has many members doing wonderful things to support our community this holiday season. Here’s what a few of your fellow members are up to: Sonoma County Hospitality Group is holding their 4th Annual Toy Drive through the month of December at Rendez Vous Bistro, Flipside, & Space XXV. Drop off unwrapped gifts for all and receive a free
 
Chamber Honors Carl Campbell with Spirit of Sonoma Award
Monday, December 3, 2012
The Board of Directors of the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce has chosen to honor Carl Campbell of Kaiser Permanente with this year’s Spirit of Sonoma Award. Carl has helped strengthen our community through years of dedicated leadership and service with the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce, where he has been on the chamber’s board of directors for nearly 10
 
CVB Helps Santa Rosa Land 2013 Amgen Tour Finish
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Thanks in part to the support of the Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB), Santa Rosa will be host to the overall finish of the Amgen Tour of California (ATOC), which is considered America's largest and most prestigious professional road cycling stage race. “We’re excited about the announcement,” said Brad Calkins, Executive Director of the CVB. “We
 
Santa Rosa’s Certified Tourism Ambassadors
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
The Santa Rosa Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) and California Welcome Center are on track for all staff and volunteers to become Certified Tourism Ambassadors. The Certified Tourism Ambassador (CTA) Program is a nationwide certification program that serves to increase tourism by training and inspiring front-line hospitality employees and volunteers
 
Wanted: Your Nominations for Chamber's Excellence in Business Awards
Thursday, November 8, 2012

Submit your nominations for Citizen, Small-Medium Business and Large Business of the Year

 
Host a Mixer in 2013!
Thursday, November 1, 2012

Application deadline: November21, 2012

 
Vote November 6th: Chamber Endorsements
Thursday, November 1, 2012

Next Tuesday, we will have a chance to elect Santa Rosa City Council members and a District 1 Sonoma County Supervisor who will lead our community for the next four years.

 
Chamber Thanks Volunteers: 45 New Members During Fall Drive
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Team Board making calls and discussing strategy during the Membership Drive. Left to right: Jonathan Coe, Keo Hornbostel (partially blocked), William Pagan, Tammi Matthias, Jim Sartain, Scott Ormerod, Doug Hilberman, Brett Martinez, and Sean Beehler. The Chamber's Fall Membership Drive was a huge success, bringing in 45 new members to our community.
 
Chamber Ballot Recommendations: Propositions & Measures
Monday, October 15, 2012
The Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce released its positions on the ballot measures for the upcoming November election. These positions were developed after careful review by the Chamber’s Advocacy Committee, and are based on potential impact on member businesses and business climate as well as the overall impact on our community. Based on those
 
Convention & Visitors Bureau Helps Major Events Draw Thousands to Santa Rosa
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Last weekend's events brought more than 35,000 people into Sonoma County and sold out more than 30 hotels. The Santa Rosa Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is proud to have helped sponsor and provide hospitality assistance to all of these events, again bringing many people together for a variety of activities in our "Place of Plenty": The Green Music
 
Chamber Board Announces Candidate Endorsements
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
The Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors announced its endorsements for Santa Rosa City Council today. The Board will support Erin Carlstrom, Hans Dippel, Ernesto Olivares and Don Taylor in their bids for Council seats. “After careful review and considerable conversation, the Board voted for those candidates it believes will best serve the City
 
Chamber Welcomes New Membership Sales Associate, William Pagan
Thursday, September 13, 2012
The Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the addition of William Pagan as the new Membership Sales Associate. Most recently, William worked for Westminster Woods Camp & Conference Center as the Sales & Outreach Director. He was responsible for developing sales for environmental school programs, corporate retreats and various other
 
Workforce Strategy Taskforce Needs Your Input
Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Survey aimed at gaining workforce insight, easing hiring difficulties.

 
(Video) Successes: Santa Rosa Convention & Visitors Bureau
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Chamber President Jonathan Coe highlights some accomplishments of the Convention & Visitors Bureau and California Welcome Center including growing hotel revenues and direct referrals to our member businesses.
 
Chamber honors local educators at Education & Business Partnership Breakfast
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
On Friday, August 17, the Chamber held its 27th Annual Education & Business Partnership Breakfast at the Flamingo Conference Resort & Spa. Pacific Gas & Electric, the event's Gold Star Sponsor, demonstrated a tremendous level of commitment to education and our community by granting $15,000 for the Excellence in Education Awards, money that went
 
The Chamber's First Video Update
Monday, August 20, 2012
The first monthly video message from Jonathan Coe, President & CEO of the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce, delivered from our new offices at 1260 North Dutton Avenue, Suite 272. Over the past couple of years, the Chamber has expanded with the addition of Sonoma County BEST and increased funding for the Santa Rosa Convention & Visitors Bureau, and
 
Sonoma County BEST Successfully Completes '100 in 100', Continues Retention and Expansion Campaign
Monday, August 13, 2012
Sonoma County BEST, the region’s first public-private partnership devoted to business success and job growth in Sonoma County, has officially completed its “100 in 100” strategic business retention and expansion campaign launch, reaching 105 Sonoma County businesses in 100 business days. The initiative, which concluded at the end of July, saw pairs of
 
Your Chamber on the Move
Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Friday, July 27th, the Chamber will close to pack up and head over to our new offices at 1260 North Dutton Avenue, Suite 272.

 
Upcoming Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies
Wednesday, July 18, 2012

We hope to see you at these upcoming celebrations.

 
Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce Announces Leadership Santa Rosa Class XXIX
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
The Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the selection of Leadership Santa Rosa Class XXIX. These class members join over 800 graduates of the county’s premier leadership program. The Leadership Santa Rosa program encourages greater community involvement by identifying and developing effective Sonoma County leaders who will help create a
 
Sonoma County BEST: New Website, New Director of Business Development
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
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Chamber Celebrates its Growth: Moving to a New Location
Friday, May 11, 2012
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Street Closure in Front of Chamber—Temporary Transit Mall Installation
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Beginning Monday, May 14th, First Street between Santa Rosa Avenue and D Street will be closed as construction commences to create a temporary Downtown Transit Mall. Parking will no longer be available in front of the Chamber offices, but will be available in the First Street Garage, the D Street Garage or metered parking on Second Street across from the
 
Chamber announces endorsements for June Primary
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce announces its endorsements for the June Primary. The Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce is the leading organization in the region dedicated to the success of business. We support, promote, and advocate for our members to create a vibrant, sustainable economy within our region. Therefore, we support candidates that align with our
 
Look who's signed up for Showcase Sonoma County
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Your competition will be there — make sure you get seen at Showcase Sonoma County.
 
YPN presents second annual Professional Development Day
Monday, April 16, 2012
Wednesday, May 23rd at the Finley Community Center
 
Leadership Awards at Good Morning Santa Rosa
Thursday, April 12, 2012
On April 11, Leadership Santa Rosa (LSR) and the Chamber presented LSR's 6th Annual Excellence in Leadership Awards and the overall 2012 Bob Blanchard Leadership Award at Good Morning Santa Rosa. The Excellence in Leadership Awards recognizes community leaders in ten categories who exemplify the leadership qualities of vision, service and effective
 
SRJC’s Dr. Robert Agrella to be Honored at May 5 Benefit Dinner and Auction
Friday, April 6, 2012
Dr. Robert F. Agrella, President of Santa Rosa Junior College, has retired after 22 years of dedicated service to the college and community. A celebration to honor Dr. Agrella's many accomplishments will be held Saturday, May 5th, 2012 in the Warren G. Dutton Jr. Agricultural Pavilion at the SRJC Shone Farm. The event will include a wine reception, dinner
 
Convention & Visitors Bureau Reports Tourism Growth, Job Creation for 2011
Friday, March 23, 2012
$2.3 million hotel revenue growth, estimated $6.9 increased tourism spending
 
Advocacy Council Focuses on Climate Action Plan
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
In favor of Green House Gas reductions in a sensible, economically fair environment...
 
Announcing Excellence in Leadership Award Winners
Monday, March 19, 2012
During April's Good Morning Santa Rosa, Leadership Santa Rosa (LSR) and the Chamber will present LSR's 4th Annual Excellence in Leadership Awards. The Excellence in Leadership Awards recognizes community leaders in ten categories who exemplify the leadership qualities of vision, service and effective collaboration in creating a better Sonoma County for
 
Chamber Members Make "40 Under 40" List
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Last week, the North Bay Business Journal announced their "40 Under 40" award winners, and like previous years, many Chamber members made the list. Congratulations to our Member Winners: Nicole Arnone, Cipolla Financial & Insurance Services (Chamber and Young Professionals Network) Alicia Cerruti, Pisenti & Brinker Anthony Cinquini, Cinquini
 
Sonoma County BEST Launches Business Retention and Expansion Effort
Thursday, March 8, 2012
"100 in 100" effort seeks to reach 100 Sonoma County businesses in 100 days
 
Nominations for 2012 Bob Blanchard Leadership Award
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Deadline is March 1, 2012
 
Chamber President Appointed to Sonoma County Tourism Bureau Board
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Jonathan Coe, Chamber President and CEO, has been re-appointed to the Board of Directors of the Sonoma County Tourism Bureau by the Board of Supervisors. "I'm honored to serve on the Tourism Bureau Board," said Coe who will serve a two year term. "The Sonoma County Tourism Bureau does a great job marketing our county as a visitor destination. One of the
 
Chamber Honors Outstanding Businesses, Leader at Annual Gala
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
The Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce was proud to recognize some of the outstanding businesses and business leaders in our community at the Chamber’s Annual Gala on Thursday, Februrary 2, 2012. Small-Medium Business of the Year: Redwood Empire Stereocasters Large Business of the Year: La Tortilla Factory Citizen of the Year: Henry Trione The Small-Medium
 
Sonoma Bank Donates to Mike Hauser Algebra Academy
Thursday, January 19, 2012
The $1,500 donation was granted from Sonoma Bank as part of Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) funds
 
Airport Expansion Approved
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Last week, Sonoma County's Board of Supervisors unanimously endorsed an $84 million project to expand Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport to enable more daily commercial flights. The Advocacy Council, and in particular the Transportation Task Force, worked hard at gaining support for the approval and encouraging supporters to attend the public
 
2012 – The year of economic development
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Chamber’s BEST, county programs set focus on jobs
 
WHEEL Plus: Expansion of Worksite Held Employee English Learning (WHEEL) Program
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
The Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the expansion of the Worksite Held Employee English Learning (WHEEL) program to WHEEL Plus. This enhancement is made possible through collaboration with Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County (CAP Sonoma) and partial funding from First 5 Sonoma County. Initially conceived as a customizable
 
Kevin Smith Honored with Spirit of Sonoma Award
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Kevin Smith of Agilent Technologies received the Spirit of Sonoma Award for his work spearheading the creation and launch of Sonoma County BEST.
 
Carolyn M. Stark Named Sonoma County BEST Executive Director
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
The Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce announced today the appointment of Carolyn Stark as Executive Director of the Building Economic Success Together (BEST) program, a countywide economic development organization. The BEST program was formed last year under the umbrella of the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce as an initiative to foster job expansion in Sonoma
 
Citizen & Business of the Year Nominations Now Being Accepted
Monday, October 31, 2011
Once again, we are proud to accept nominations for Citizen of the Year, Small-Medium Business of the Year, and Large Business of the Year. Winners will be announced at the Chamber's 2012 Annual Banquet. Fill out the nomination forms before November 23, 2011. For more information please contact Janet Rogers: 707.545.1414 x13.
 
Bonus Perks During the Fall Membership Drive
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Thinking of becoming a member? Don't miss out on the bonus perks you could receive by signing up during October's Fall Membership Drive. Have a friend or colleague you think would benefit from membership? Let them know about these special incentives: Guaranteed business listing in the 2012 Santa Rosa Chamber Membership Directory print and online version.
 
Mike Hauser Algebra Academy Receives Champions for Children Award
Monday, October 17, 2011
Community Child Care Council of Sonoma County (4Cs) has awarded the Mike Hauser Algebra Academy program its Champions for Children Award in the Business category. The Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce partnered with Agilent Technologies, JDSU, Medtronic and PG&E, as well as the Sonoma County Office of Education to showcase math, science and technology
 
Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce Announces Leadership Santa Rosa Class XXVIII
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
The Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the selection of Leadership Santa Rosa Class XXVIII. These class members join over 700 graduates of the county’s premier leadership program. The Leadership Santa Rosa program encourages greater community involvement by identifying and developing effective Sonoma County leaders who will help create
 
Santa Rosa Chamber has been voted Best Chamber of Commerce in the 2011 NorthBay biz Readers Poll
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
When asked what its members say when giving feedback about the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce, president/CEO Jonathan Coe says, “Awesome!” And while he says it a bit in jest, there must be something to that, since the chamber has been voted into the top spot in the NorthBay biz readers poll for the third consecutive year. “We get a wide variety of
 
Meet Members from 11 Different Chambers at this Year's Chamberee!
Monday, June 13, 2011
This year's Chamberee, hosted by the Pacific Coast Air Museum, will have 12 Sonoma County Chambers and special guest 4th District Supervisor, Mike McGuire. Join Chambers of Commerce from throughout Sonoma County on Thursday, June 16, as we share ideas and services with other chambers and their members. Stop by our booth and learn more about the Santa
 
The 2011 Business Expo Was A Huge Success!
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
The Santa Rosa Chamber Business Expo once again brought together the brightest business leaders from the most dynamic companies in Sonoma County. The Expo was held last week on Thursday, May 12 at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts. Close to 100 exhibitors participated in this event, including restaurants, banks, wineries, and medical companies. The
 
YPN Presents First Annual Professional Development Day on Tuesday, May 17th!
Thursday, May 12, 2011
What: YPN’s Professional Development Day When: Tuesday, May 17th, 8:00 am - 1:00 pm Where: Finley Community Center, 2060 West College Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95401 How much: $60 with an option to purchase a boxed lunch So you’ve been thinking about attending YPN’s Professional Development Day, but you’re still wondering, “Is it really worth my time?” We can
 
Santa Rosa Chamber Spring Membership Drive A Huge Success!
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
The Ambassador Team won the Chamber Membership Drive competition bringing in 30 new members. Front Row (pictured from left to right): Jan Loewen (Janice Loewen Insurance Services), Nick Lawrence (Health Fair Sampler), Christina Newcomb (Quick Fix), Tobi Kornder (Comcast), Kerry Hurley (Comcast Spotlight), Eris Weaver (Eris Weaver Facilitator &
 
Santa Rosa Chamber Launches 2011 Spring Membership Drive!
Thursday, April 21, 2011
The Santa Rosa Chamber is launching their 2011 Spring Membership Drive and is offering several incentives to those who join. If you join between April 26th-28th, 2011 you will receive: FREE advertising campaign from The Press Democrat. The campaign includes a 2 column x 3.5” B&W ad in the Monday edition of The Press Democrat for four consecutive
 
Apply for Leadership Santa Rosa Class XXVIII
Friday, April 8, 2011
Applications are available for Leadership Santa Rosa Class XXVIII! The purpose of the Leadership Santa Rosa Program is to identify, develop, and equip effective community leaders who will help create or support a spirit of cooperation for the resolution of future community challenges. The program is designed to meet these challenges by providing a
 
YPN Presents First Annual Professional Development Day
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Tuesday, May 17th 8:00 am - 1:00 pm Finley Community Center 2060 West College Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95401 As a young professional, what happens when it is time to SELL you? How do you sell yourself for promotion? What differentiates you? We can’t promise you the world, but we can give you a new outlook on how you approach the business world.
 
Now Accepting Applications for the Cycle V Request for Qualifications Process
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
The City of Santa Rosa’s Recreation, Parks & Community Services Department is now accepting applications for the Cycle V Request for Qualifications process. Contingent upon finalization of the budget by City Council, approximately $460,000 will be available for funding. Commencing in 2011 with Cycle V, the City of Santa Rosa will implement an
 
Sonoma County BEST: A New Economic Development Partnership Announced for Sonoma County
Monday, March 21, 2011
The Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce has served as the catalyst to create Sonoma County BEST, which stands for “Building Economic Success Together.” The program was unveiled March 18, 2011 at the Santa Rosa Junior College campus where the capital campaign progress to-date was announced. BEST is a $3.25 million dollar five-year private/public partnership for
 
Chamber Invites You to Australia, China, and Eastern Europe!
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Visit Sydney, Australia- Departure Date: July 25, 2011 10-day adventure to Sydney, Australia with an optional 3-night tour extension. For more information click here. Visit China - Departure Date: October 18, 2011 9-day adventure through China. The tour visits Beijing, Shanghai, Suzhou, & Hangzhou. For more information click here. Visit
 
Good Morning Santa Rosa Nominations Now Being Accepted for the 2011 Bob Blanchard Leadership Award
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
The Leadership Santa Rosa Awards Program recognizes Sonoma County leaders who have displayed extraordinary leadership in our community as demonstrated through time, talent, and commitment. Such individuals may be emerging leaders or established leaders in any arena. Nominations are being solicited for leadership award candidates in the ten categories
 
Chamber 2010 Annual Report Available Now!
Friday, February 18, 2011
The Chamber 2010 Annual Report is now available online! Includes a message from the Chairman of the Board, Bill Arnone; a message from the Chamber President, Jonathan Coe; division reports and more!
 
Santa Rosa Convention and Visitors Bureau Hires New Executive Director
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
The Santa Rosa Convention and Visitors Bureau is pleased to announce the hiring of Brad Calkins as the new Executive Director. With over 20 years working in the hospitality business, Brad not only brings a wealth of experience he also has a passion for living in Santa Rosa. “My wife and I love everything Santa Rosa has too offer. Over the last ten
 
WHEEL Launches at LEMO, USA
Friday, February 4, 2011
The Chamber kicked off the WHEEL program at LEMO, USA on Saturday, January 29th with a literacy event. The event included a workshop that focused on learning tools parents can use when preparing their children for kindergarten, as well the importance of parental involvement in a child’s education. Participants were also able to visit with the Santa
 
Nicole Arnone Named Ambassador of the Year for 2010
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Nicole Arnone has been named Ambassador of the Year for the third year in a row, helping recruit 7 new members to the Chamber. Nicole works in Business Development for Cipolla Financial and Insurance Services, a proud carrier of New York Life Insurance services. Nicole grew up in Sonoma County and graduated from UCSB in 2002 with a degree in Political
 
Applications for Leadership Santa Rosa Class XXVIII Are Now Available Online!
Friday, January 7, 2011
The purpose of the Leadership Santa Rosa Program is to identify, develop, and equip effective community leaders who will help create or support a spirit of cooperation for the resolution of future community challenges. The program is designed to meet these challenges by providing a series of ten, full-day seminars with community "movers & shakers."
 
Chamber Honors 2011 Board of Directors
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
The Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the Board of Directors and Division Chairs for 2011. 2011 Executive Committee: Chairman of the Board: Carl Campbell (Kaiser Permanente Medical Center) Chair-Elect: Brett Martinez (Redwood Credit Union) Immediate Past Chair: Bill Arnone (Merrill, Arnone & Jones, LLP) Chair,
 
Winners for the 2011 Annual Banquet Have Been Selected!
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
The Chamber is proud to announce the winners for the 2011 Excellence in Business Awards and Citizen of the Year Award. We have selected a large business (50 or more employees), small/medium business (50 or less employees) and a citizen of the year who have made outstanding contributions to Sonoma County. Large Business of the Year - JDSU
 
Santa Rosa Chamber Launches Membership Drive!
Thursday, October 7, 2010
The Santa Rosa Chamber's Membership Drive is already underway and is offering several special incentives to those who join by Tuesday, December 21st, including: FREE advertising campaign from the Press Democrat. The campaign includes a 2-column x 3.5” B&W ad in the Monday edition of the Press Democrat for four consecutive weeks at no charge
 
Advocacy Council Recommends Positions on Local Ballot Measures
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Advocacy Council is proud to announce its recommendations for the local ballot measures. The Chamber recommends you support measures N and O and oppose P and W. See below for further information regarding these measures. VOTE YES Measure N - Sonoma County Amend Civil Service Ordinance 305A Shall the Sonoma County Civil Service Ordinance be amended to
 
Chamber Endorses City Council Candidates
Thursday, September 23, 2010
The Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors is proud to announce its endorsements for Santa Rosa City Council. The Board will support Juan Hernandez, Scott Bartley, and Jake Ours in their bids for Council seats. In making its endorsement, the Board extended its appreciation to the other candidates for their willingness to run. “Anyone who
 
City Council Candidates Answer Chamber Questions
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
The Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce asked the candidates for Santa Rosa City Council in the November 2010 election about their positions on key issues of concern facing Sonoma County. The seven candidates were invited to attend a Good Morning Santa Rosa breakfast on September 15, 2010 at the Hilton Sonoma Wine Country to talk with Chamber members and
 
Chamber Ballot Recommendations for November 2
Friday, September 3, 2010
The November ballot contains critical initiatives that will impact Santa Rosa businesses and residents for years to come. This voting guide provides the business position on the issues facing voters on November 2, 2010. Join the Santa Rosa Chamber in voting for jobs and government efficiency. Together we can create a better economic future! For more
 
Chamber to Endorse Candidates for November Election
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
In a departure from previous practice, the Board of Directors has voted to initiate a process to endorse candidates in the November election for Santa Rosa City Council. “This is an indication of just how important the Board feels these upcoming elections are,” said Jonathan Coe, Chamber President. “Our economy continues to do poorly, the City
 
Mike Hauser Algebra Academy Enters Third Year
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
The Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce is proud to sponsor the Mike Hauser Algebra Academy running June 14-July 2, 2010. In partnership with Agilent Technologies, JDS Uniphase, Medtronic Cardiovascular, and Pacific Gas & Electric Co., as well as the Sonoma County Office of Education, and Piner-Olivet, Roseland and Santa Rosa City School Districts, the
 
Leadership Santa Rosa Class XXVI Graduates
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Leadership Santa Rosa identifies, develops and equips effective community leaders. The year long program allows participants to be exposed to pertinent issues, broad thinkers and the richness of Sonoma County. For more information on Leadership Santa Rosa, contact Kelly Bass at 707.545.1414 x16. Congratulations to the graduates of Leadership Santa
 
County of Sonoma Supervisor and District Attorney Candidates Answer Chamber Questions
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
The Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce asked the candidates for the County of Sonoma 2nd and 4th Districts and Sonoma County District Attorney in the June 2010 election about their positions on key issues of concern to the business community. Click here for their unedited responses.
 
Apply for Leadership Santa Rosa Class 27
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Applications are available for Leadership Santa Rosa, Class of 27! The purpose of the Leadership Santa Rosa Program is to identify, develop, and equip effective community leaders who will help create or support a spirit of cooperation for the resolution of future community challenges. The program is designed to meet these challenges by providing a series
 
Chamber Releases Positions on June 8th Ballot Measures
Thursday, April 29, 2010
The Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce released its positions on the ballot measures for the upcoming June election today. These positions were developed after careful review by the Chamber’s Advocacy Committee and are based on potential impact on member businesses and contributions to an improved business climate. Based on those considerations, the Chamber
 
Visit Southern Italy, China, Costa Rica and Ireland with the Chamber!
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Visit China- Departure Date: October 19-27, 2010 Trip Includes: $1,899/ per person (based on double occupancy at four and five-star hotels) Roundtrip air transportation 9 day tour- Beijing, Shanghai, Suzhou, Hangzhou and time at World Expo 2010 Shanghai Optional trip to Xi'an and Guilin English speaking tour guides Additional fees will be applied For
 
Chamber Membership Drive A Huge Success
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
In an extremely successful membership drive last week, volunteer members of the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce brought in 62 new members to the Chamber. Over 50 volunteers were involved in five different teams. The Ambassador Team was the winning group bringing in 34 new members. The total of 62 members vastly surpassed the Chamber's goal of 50 new members.
 
Exchange Bank and Santa Rosa Chamber Partner to Present "The Anatomy of Gangs in Sonoma County"
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Join the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce and Exchange Bank for “The Anatomy of Gangs in Sonoma County,” a spotlight on gang life in Sonoma County, its destructive influence on our quality of life, and various positive alternatives and efforts occurring to address this challenge, being held on Wednesday, May 19 from 11:45am to 2:00pm at Exchange Bank’s
 
SANTA ROSA CHAMBER LAUNCHES MEMBERSHIP DRIVE
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Volunteer members of the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce will be on the phone next week calling businesses not already members of the Chamber to urge them to join. The Chamber is offering several special incentives to those who join by Friday, April 23rd including 4 free 3 and ½ inch by 2 column ads in the Press Democrat for the first 50 new members. “We
 
Redwood Credit Union Partners with Santa Rosa Chamber to Provide Financial Literacy in the Workplace
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Redwood Credit Union (RCU) has partnered with the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce to be the exclusive sponsor and provider of a financial literacy component for the Chamber’s Worksite Held Employee English Learning (WHEEL) program. The WHEEL program offers onsite English classes and parenting programs at local companies, and will now also feature an elective
 
Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce to Award Bob Blanchard Leadership Award at Good Morning Santa Rosa
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Join us for “Good Morning, Santa Rosa” on Wednesday, April 14th from 7:00-9:00 am, when we honor outstanding leaders in the ten areas the Chamber’s Leadership Santa Rosa program focuses on. The Bob Blanchard Leadership Award will be chosen as the overall winner from the following nominees: Agriculture – Larry Bertolini, President/Owner, Western Farm
 
Chamber Invites You to Visit Southern Italy, China, Costa Rica and Ireland!
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Visit China- Departure Date: October 19-27, 2010 Trip Includes: $1,899/ per person (based on double occupancy at four and five-star hotels) Roundtrip air transportation 9 day tour- Beijing, Shanghai, Suzhou, Hangzhou and time at World Expo 2010 Shanghai Optional trip to Xi'an and Guilin English speaking tour guides Additional fees will be applied For
 
Nominations Available for the 2010 Bob Blanchard Leadership Award
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Celebrating its 26th year of training over 630 Santa Rosa and Sonoma County community leaders, Leadership Santa Rosa (LSR) is recognized as one of the longest running community leadership development programs in the country. The Leadership Santa Rosa program encourages greater community involvement by identifying and developing effective Sonoma County
 
Order Your 2010 CA Employment Law Posters and Save
Friday, December 4, 2009
ALL California employers, regardless of size, MUST post a current employment poster in a conspicuous place in the workplace where all employees and applicants can see it. You may need to order several to ensure that your business, branches, and satellite offices are displaying the poster according to the law. California law is very strict with regard to
 
Chamber President, Jonathan Coe, to Begin September 14th
Monday, September 14, 2009
The Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce’s new president/CEO, Jonathan Coe, is scheduled to begin work at the Chamber on Monday, September 14th. With over 25 years of Chamber executive experience, Jonathan has relocated to Santa Rosa with his wife, Patricia, after serving as the president/general manager of the Coeur d’Alene, Idaho Chamber of Commerce, a
 
Chamber Hires New President/CEO
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
The Santa Rosa Chamber is pleased to announce the retention of Jonathan Coe as its new President/CEO. With over 25 years of Chamber executive experience, Jonathan currently serves as the President/General Manager of the Coeur d'Alene, Idaho Chamber of Commerce, a position he has held since 1999. He was also directly involved in the formation and operation
 
Chamber Invites You to Visit Greece, Tuscany and the Western Med!
Friday, July 10, 2009
Visit Greece- October 23-31 2009! Trip Includes: $2,799/ Per person (based on double occupancy), includes fuel charges Roundtrip air transportation. 10 day tour-Athens, Mykonos, Kusadasi, Rhodes, Heraklion, & Santorini English speaking tour guides. Visit the Acropolis. Greek festive dinner. 4 night Greek Isle cruise. Additional fees will be
 
Mike Hauser Algebra Academy Enters Second Year
Friday, June 5, 2009
The Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce is proud to sponsor the Mike Hauser Algebra Academy running June 8-26, 2009. In partnership with Agilent Technologies, JDS Uniphase, Medtronic Cardiovascular, and Pacific Gas & Electric Co., as well as the Sonoma County Office of Education, and Piner-Olivet, Roseland and Santa Rosa City School Districts, the Academy
 
Chamber Establishes the Mike Hauser Algebra Academy
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
To honor the memory of Chamber President, Mike Hauser, who passed away Tuesday, March 3rd, the Chamber has established the Mike Hauser Algebra Academy benefitting English Language Learners. Formed through a true partnership between businesses and education, the first Academy included 30 English language learners from the Santa Rosa, Piner-Olivet and
 
2009 Labor Law Posters Available
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
The Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce is your best resource for obtaining required California labor law materials!  We are now offering the California Labor Law Digest 2009 Edition for $150 to members or $175 to non-members.  We are also offering the 2009 California and Federal Employment Poster for $25 to members and $35 to non-members.  Call 707.545.1414 x0
 
Chamber Election Information
Thursday, October 9, 2008
The Chamber has sent its 2008 Election Mailer out to the membership.  Included is information on the SMART train, candidates for City Council, County Supervisor and Junior College Board of Trustees, and information for employwers.  You may view it online here.
 
City Council Candidates Answer Chamber Questions
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
The Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce asked the candidates for Santa Rosa City Council in the November 2008 election about their positions on key issues of concern to the business community. We received responses from fourteen of the fifteen candidates (Lawrence Weisner did not respond), and below are their unedited responses.   The fourteen responding
 
Joining the Chamber Just Makes Cents
Friday, September 5, 2008
Consumers are 63% more likely to buy from Chamber members... can your business afford not to be a member?  Joining the Chamber Just Makes Cents! Click here for an exclusive limited time offer or contact Linda Henderson at 707.636.2844.
 
Chamber Board Sets Division Goals for Remainder of 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
During the Chamber's 2008 Mid Year Board Retreat, the following goals were set for each division, to work on for the remainder of 2008. ADVOCACY - Carl Campbell, Chair • Increase interaction and cooperation between subcommittees • Support the Chamber's Accreditation Process • Help with fundraising for the SMART campaign and create and promote the
 
Chamber Reminds You To Visit www.santarosatraffic.com
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Beginning tommorrow, Thursday, May 1, the Third Street southbound 101 on-ramp will be closed through October 31. As the next phase of the 101 widening project begins, the Chamber reminds you to check www.santarosatraffic.com for up to date information regarding closures and detours.
 
County Supervisor Candidates Answer Chamber Questions
Thursday, April 24, 2008
The Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce asked the candidates for County Supervisor in the June 2008 election about their positions on key issues of concern to the business community. We received responses from fifteen of the sixteen candidates (Eddie Alvarez did not respond), and below are their unedited responses.   The fifteen responding candidates were
 
Chamber Announces Applications for Leadership Santa Rosa
Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Applications are now being accepted for LSR Class XXV.

 
Chamber Announces 2008 Business/Green Expo
Thursday, March 20, 2008
The Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce is hosting their 2008 Business Expo, “Show Us Your Green.”  This year’s event is being held on Tuesday, May 6, 2008 at the Santa Rosa Veterans Building from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm.  There will be approximately 92 Santa Rosa business’s being represented at the Expo along with “Green” educational seminars taking place.If you are
 
Courthouse Square Reunification
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
The Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce urges the City Council to stand firm in its decision to allocate the previously committed funds for the next phase of Courthouse Square reunification - and not use the long-term investment dollars for ongoing salaries and expenses. The mix of special project and Redevelopment funds will allow the project design work to
 
Horizon Adds Service to Las Vegas
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Horizon Adds Daily Service to Las Vegas
 
Chamber Launches New Web Sites
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Chamber launches 3 new websites
 
Chamber Takes Position on Proposition 92
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Chamber Supports Proposition 92
 
Chamber Takes Position on Proposition 93
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Chamber Opposes Proposition 93
 
Chamber Announces New Officers for 2008
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Chamber Announces New Officers for 2008
 

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