- Business Advocacy
High Point Marketing
Welcome to the Alhambra Chamber of Commerce and the City of Alhambra; A City on the Move! It is my honor and privilege to serve as the president of the Chamber for the year 2015-2016 starting this July 1.
Although I do not have any roots in this city, I was immediately impressed with it and the Chamber ever since I became involved four years ago.
My professional background has been as a marketing/sales professional for several Fortune 500 companies until I established my own marketing consulting business four years ago. It was at that time when I was consulting for a local business that I became involved with the Chamber on behalf of my client.
The warm reception I felt by the staff and some of its members made me take notice right away. Then after becoming a Chamber member to represent my own business, another thing that impressed me about the Chamber was the close working relationship it has with the City. I’ve been involved with several other chambers and have never witnessed this type of closeness and collaboration.
Why is this type of relationship important? It is because chambers of commerce were initially developed to be a voice on behalf of the business community. So, in keeping with that purpose, the Alhambra Chamber of Commerce was established in February 11, 1904, under the name Alhambra Board and Trade to serve a crucial role in the development and growth of the City.
It was in May 13, 1913, that the organization was renamed to the Alhambra Chamber of Commerce to better reflect its function as the voice of the business community, public relations arm of the city, and a helpful welcoming organization for new retail businesses, industries, and residents. In other words, the Chamber was created to represent the local businesses in front of City Council, City Manager, and Mayor, to name a few,ensuring that policies and procedures were in place to allow businesses to prosper.
Has this worked? Well, just a few years ago in 2010, the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. named Alhambra the most business-friendly city in Los Angeles County. Its diverse population, safe neighborhoods, high-ranking schools, and plenty of places to play make it family friendly, too.
While most people and business professionals look at the Chamber as merely a source of networking and advertising to gain new customers, its main strength is behind the scenes as an advocate for the business community.
So,on behalf of the Alhambra Chamber of Commerce, I thank you for your continued membership support as well as participation at our monthly mixers, Lunch & Learn, and advertising in the Around Alhambra newspaper and Web site. These promotional opportunities are meant to help you gain more exposure to new and existing customers as well as providing much needed support for the Chamber to continue being an advocate for your business with the City.
For those of you who are still considering membership, I encourage you to get involved in this vibrant community and caring Chamber. Whether you are a startup or a seasoned business, the Chamber is here to offer its resources to ensure your long-term success.
My pledge as president for this next year is to continue to strengthen our ability to support you, our members, and provide the most robust marketing methods around. God bless and I pray that 2015-2016 will be the best year yet for your business.
President, Alhambra Chamber of Commerce