August 2023 Eureka Chamber of Commerce Newsletter
Kayla Corder, Nancy Olson, Sara Barbour, Rebecca Rex, and Gregg Foster at the launch party for Leadership Redwood Coast.

A Year In

As I write this, I am celebrating my first anniversary with the Greater Eureka Chamber. It’s prompted me (and our team!) to reflect on what we have accomplished these past twelve months. We want to celebrate with you, our members!

Cocktails & Crooners Annual Gala: In January, we held our annual business awards event which filled the Sequoia Conference Center to capacity with revelry and good spirits. Save the date for the 2024 Annual Gala - Friday, January 26!

Summer Fun Family Mixer: Our July mixer, hosted by Redwood Acres, brought together a crowd of 600 from 50+ businesses, for a member-exclusive evening of fun and connection. We plan to do it again in 2024!

Redwood Coast Chamber Foundation: Established in January, RCCF is a new 501c3 organization, designed to support expanded programming for not only the Greater Eureka Chamber, but also for Chambers and their communities across the region. It’s a game-changer.

New Programs: We launched multiple programs in the first half of 2023: Next Level, a series of professional development offerings; Conversations with Leaders, a recurring, member-exclusive opportunity to hear from local leaders about pressing issues; and Leadership Redwood Coast, an annual five-month program in partnership with AEDC, offering emerging leaders greater understanding of our region and honing their leadership abilities.

Membership Survey: In April, you, our members, responded to our most comprehensive member survey ever. Your generous response is informing our work in myriad ways.

2023-27 Strategic Plan: Our new strategic plan was approved unanimously at our July Board meeting, with focus on expanded programming; membership growth, diversification and retention; and organizational sustainability.

Advocacy Policies and Positions: As an organization engaged in advocacy, it was time to update our Policies and Positions. (A lot has changed since 2018!) We expect this process to be complete by the end of 2023.

The Chamber team is working hard to bring more opportunity for our members. Stay tuned for what’s next!

Chamber News
Register Today for a Unique Training!
There's still time to register for this important training opportunity! We are partnering with Express Professional Employment Services for a half-day training geared for supervisors, and taught by THE VP of Training for all of Express Professional Employment, Art Atkinson!

Join us on Thursday, August 24, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Eureka Woman's Club for Creating a Culture of Trust and Accountability.

Price: $25 per person
August Chamber Mixer
Join us on August 17 for our next Chamber mixer hosted by Coastal Business Systems and Advanced Security Systems!

This month's networking event will take place at the Wharfinger Building in Eureka following a tech show presented by the hosts from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

1 Marina Way, Eureka
5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
We're Back!
After a bit of a Summer break, Next Level's Elevate Digital Marketing Workshop is back!

Join us for three Tuesday mornings for a jump start into a better understanding of how to reach your target audience and grow your business online.

September 5, 12 & 19
July Summer Fun Family Mixer at Redwood Acres
Hundreds of Chamber members and their families gathered at Redwood Acres on July 20 for our largest-ever Chamber mixer. Attendees got access to local food trucks, a petting zoo, race car rides and other family-friendly activities. We think this was such a special way to meet other members of the business community and of course our adorable friends in the animal community who can be seen hanging out with board chair, Kate Witthaus.

A special thanks to The Acres, Vineyard Offshore, RWE, Providence, Western Health, Crowley Wind Services, Bicoastal Media, and Coast Central for making this event possible!
Get Your Application in Today!
Showcase your business to our networking community by hosting a Greater Eureka Chamber of Commerce mixer in 2024!

Applications are due by November 30, 2023.
Do You See Our Social Media Posts?
Access up to the minute Chamber news by following the Greater Eureka Chamber of Commerce on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube!
City News
Promoting Our City: Watch the New Eureka Tourism Video!
Eddy Alexander has produced a new promotional video that promotes the exciting activities and abundant arts, culture, and beauty that can be found in the city. This 30 second video will be used for a variety of destination marketing initiatives including digital advertising social media, and airport and visitor center displays.
Member News
August Acres of Eats
You won't want to miss one of Humboldt's most fun summertime events, Acres of Eats! Live music, vendors, food trucks and fun for the whole family!

Wednesday, August 9
Wednesday, August 23
Redwood Acres Fairgrounds
5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Cal Poly Humboldt to Host Part-time Job Fair
Cal Poly Humboldt invites local businesses to participate in a part-time job fair held on campus.

The fair is expected to draw more than 500 students who are looking for supplemental income during the school year.

Employers can pay $100 to participate.
The registration deadline for employers is August 11, 2023.

Sunday, August 23
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Webinar: Managing Energy Usage
The Redwood Coast Energy Authority is hosting a webinar to teach businesses how to actively manage their energy usage, save money, and earn incentives through Demand Response programs.

The webinar will take place via Zoom.

Wednesday, August 16
6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Calling All Businesses!
Coastal Business Systems and Advanced Security Systems are hosting the 2023 Tech Expo in collaboration with their partners.

Explore the latest in smart office technology and engage in discussions with industry experts about access control systems, consulting services, security systems, IT security, surveillance systems, premium office supplies, business automation and more.

The Wharfinger Building
Thursday, August 17
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Lunch provided 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

A Glamorous Garden Gala
Humboldt Botanical Gardens invites you to the 2023 Garden Gala! Roam the gardens, sip champagne, down oysters and enjoy live music.

Local fare will be provided by Ramone’s Catering along with wine and beer from Lost Coast Brewery. Tickets are limited so reserve your spot early!

Saturday, Sept. 9
1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
7707 Tompkins Hill Rd North Entrance, College of the Redwoods Eureka

State of the Redwood Coast Region
AEDC'S State of the Redwood Coast Region is a two-day summit designed to foster innovative thinking about economic development across Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, and Mendocino Counties, and adjacent tribal lands.

The summit will feature keynote speakers, interactive discussions about economic development opportunities, breakout sessions, and industry-focused presentations on the economic challenges faced by our region.

Location: Ukiah Valley Conference Center
September 21 and 22
Cost: $150
American Roots Music Festival
The 31st Annual Redwood Coast Music Festival is returning for four days of family-friendly fun.

The event will span across seven venues in the greater Eureka area. All locations will have dance floors, food and drinks. Free shuttle service will also be available.

Get discounted tickets on the RCMF website and at Redwood Capital Bank in Eureka, Arcata and Fortuna.

October 5 through 8
Compass Community Credit Union Recognized for 5-Star Rating
BauerFinancial, Inc., a national bank rating firm, recognizes Compass Community Credit Union for earning its highest, 5-Star rating for 53 consecutive quarters.

Compass also earned the designation “Exceptional Performance Credit Union”. In order to receive this designation, institutions must have earned and maintained a 5-Star Rating for 10 years (40 consecutive quarters), or longer. 
Unlimited Paid Time Off?
In the latest episode of The Workplace podcast, CalChamber experts discuss the benefits and drawbacks of unlimited and flexible time off policies that are becoming more popular in the workplace.
Serve on the Humboldt County Workforce Development Board
There are open Business Seats on the Humboldt County Workforce Development Board (HCWDB)!
HCWDB still has vacant seats in the Business Sector, which will go through an approval process with the Board of Supervisors. Recruitment is ongoing.
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