Clear Lake Chamber of Commerce 2011 Vision & Direction
Starting in July 2010, your board of directors began having meetings, discussing the sustainability of the current business model.
By September these meetings produced a theory; we needed to become more focused on supporting business and economic development. This represented a shift from our “community organizing” roots
We sat down to write a new vision statement with the goal of being the most effective business support organization in Lake County!
The Clear Lake Chamber of Commerce is a membership organization dedicated to developing, promoting, and serving your business and community. Our goal is to sustain a unique and high quality of life by achieving economic vitality, with sensitivity and respect for the environment by fostering economic opportunity and a favorable business climate within the region.
Creating a strong economy
Promoting the community
Representing the interest of business with government
Promoting political action for a favorable business climate
Providing contact opportunities with decision makers
Whats new for 2011
New web page!
New dinner meetings!
New Value to our members!
In December we hired Jenn Jensen as our visitor center manager.
Shifting from volunteer staffed visitor center will provide for more responsive service to our members and visitors
New Web Page
Konocti Computers has began work on our new and improved Clear Lake Chamber of commerce page
Our goal is to create a page that is simple to use and a real resource to business, our members and area visitors
NEW PAGE GOES LIVE MARCH 15 TH !
We are currently in negotiation with the Highlands Senior Center to renovate the building on Lakeshore Drive @ Golf Road.
We hope to begin renovation in early March for completion and move in early summer 2011
Both the Highland Senior Center Board of Directors and your Clear Lake Chamber Board of Directors have approved the concept of this community minded project.
Renovating a blighted building helps:
Support the senior community in Clearlake by helping Highlands Senior Center protect their asset
Improve Lakeshore Drive
Builds a sense of camaraderie and involvement within the Chamber based on the volunteerism involved to complete renovations
A grassroots, community driven project to revitalize Lakeshore Drive independent of Taxpayer money with the Clear Lake Chamber of Commerce and the Highlands Senior Center in the lead
An ideal location that is convenient to tourists, boaters/anglers, and the business community
Allows City of Clearlake to find another tenant, potentially generating income for the City
City further benefits from fees for permits, etc.
New 2011 Budget
Operating Budget Entirely Supported by Membership Dues & Events
Special Events funded solely by fundraising efforts
A true “By Business - For Business” Organization
ZERO Government / Taxpayer Money
Treating this 501(c)6 corporation as a business instead of a civic organization ensures Chamber can PROSPER
When the Chamber prospers, our members benefit, our businesses grow, our community benefits, and we provide more value to our members
What the Budget Means
Your Chamber is no longer beholden to City of Clearlake
City of Clearlake can utilize funds in other areas
The Chamber now Supports the City instead of the City Supporting the Chamber!
Chamber can now lobby City Hall on behalf of its Business Members without a conflict of interest
New Dinner Meetings
Our goal is to add more content to our meetings with presentations and guest speakers.
While preserving our interactive experience we hope to give the members new information on products, services and programs pertinent to business
New Events Planned
Planned for February 2012
B2C & B2B Opportunities
Pre-Season Chamber Gathering
Hosted by local member resort
Benefits go to Chamber
Wine & Dine Evening w/Entertainment
Overnight Stay, Entire Resort Reserved for Chamber
US Angler’s Choice Tournaments
Seven Tournaments throughout the Season
Three are TOC’s with Dinner Banquets
Ten business sponsors at $1,000 each
Ten business sponsors at $1,000 IN-KIND TRADE each
Brings approximately One Million Dollars into our local economy in 2011!
New Value to our Membership
Monthly Dinner meetings, Business Mixers, Grand Openings/Ribbon Cutting, Facebook Page.
New Web Site is Under Development
B2C and B2B links
Business Startup Resources
New Value to Membership
Business to Consumer (B2C),Business to Business (B2B), Visitor Center referrals, Web Site, Weekly Email Newsletter, Monthly Membership Drawings, Featured Member Program, Member Referrals
Monthly presentations on useful, business pertinant information, mentoring, start up help.
representing the interest of ALL business, big and small in Lake County.
Chamber Office Staffed
Our highest priority going into 2011 was to have dedicated office staff and regular business hours for our Chamber Lobby & Office
Jenn Jensen was hired as our Office Manager in December, worked through our holiday closure, and has had a substantial positive impact on our daily operations
A quick look at our New Members, Renewals, and Returning Members can all tell you that Jenn is doing a wonderful job!
Predator Pest Control
Diamond Cleaning Systems
Moose Lodge of Clearlake Oaks
Habitat for Humanity
Dr. Jack Elizares
First American Title
Marie’s Lakeshore Feed
Thomas Hewlett, DDS
Lake County Association of Realtors
Hal & Donna’s Boat Haven
Clearlake Veterinary Clinic
Donald & Alan Johnson
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