The business of the Victor Valley Chamber of Commerce is community, and it has been for over 100 years. Many benefits are received by its more than 500 members, including networking opportunities, education, relocation assistance, legislative advocacy, trade shows, seminars and workshops, as well as tourism and community promotion.
As one of the largest business organizations in the High Desert, chamber members are vital participants in shaping the area’s future. Business, legislative and community programs encourage member involvement to form a collective voice for economic vitality, prosperity and an enhanced quality of life.
Both large and small businesses are supported by the Victor Valley Chamber. A variety of skill-building educational programs help members to stay on the competitive edge of current business trends. Seminars and workshops address topical issues such as customer service, marketing, human resources, employment law, and economic enhancement.
Three signature programs set the Victor Valley Chamber apart from the crowd. These are Leadership Victor Valley, Valley Morning Insight and An Evening Affaire.
Leadership Victor Valley is an educational program that developes community-minded business and civic leaders. Participants are provided a behind-the-scenes view of the issues that impact the region’s economic prosperity and quality of life. Courses are geared to develop and refine individual skills to better succeed in leadership roles for organizations and the community. Students learn tolerance and diversity, media and public relations, economic development, government processes, also visit many area businesses to view their operations.
Valley Morning Insight (VMI) was the inspiration of the chamber’s President and CEO Michele Spears. While visiting northern California, she was in awe of a breakfast meeting called “Good Morning Santa Rosa.” She decided this was exactly what the membership of the Victor Valley Chamber needed. VMI takes place on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30 a.m.
An Evening Affaire is the chamber’s once-a-year premiere fundraiser, going strong after 17 years. The event highlights the area’s culinary talent and offers attendees a tasting tour of signature restaurant dishes, wine and beer. Held at the Mall of Victor Valley, local bands and artists entertain the crowd as they enjoy an evening of food, drink and mingling.
The chamber takes a proactive role in public policy by regularly reviewing, monitoring and taking a stand on legislative issues affecting business. A cooperative and mutually beneficial relationship with city, county and state government representatives has been developed over the years.
Economic enhancement forums, city tours, and publications such as maps, community profiles and detailed demographics are also offered.
Dedicated to improving quality of life, the Victor Valley chamber organizes and supports community events such as the community clean-up days, HD Water Summit, holiday parades and tree lighting ceremonies.
Another valuable community asset is the Victor Valley Chamber Foundation, Inc. This organization expands and enhances education and community programs. Business owners and managers recognize the need for a quality workforce, and know that today’s students are the future leaders. Scholarships and other programs help prepare local students to be productive and responsible workers.
The Victor Valley Chamber is a member of the California State and United States Chambers of Commerce, numerous trade organizations and regional economic development organizations.
The 2015 board of directors are: Chairman Kaye Walraven, individual member; Vice Presidents Yvonne Hester, Mojave Water Agency; Teressa Coomes, Citizens Business Bank, Bobby Tarango, Chicago Title; Cindy Vedder, Alaska USA Federal Credit Union, and Steve Orr, Heritage Victor Valley Medical Group; and Directors Anita Tuckerman, Stirling Devleopment (past chairman); Charles Duncan, Reflections Catering; Jim Dye, United Furniture Industries, Inc.; David Greiner, Greiner Buick GMC; Dwight Johnson, El Dorado Broadcasters; Derek King, Excelsior Charter Schools; Bobbi Meikel, Riverside Cement; Sue Moore, Purofirst; Doug Robertson, City of Victorville; Ron Wilson, ICR Staffing Services, Inc.; and Caroll Yule, Shear Realty.
Staff members include Business Development Manager Lisa De La Cruz, Membership & Advertising Sales Manager Lisa Robinson; Communications Manager Starlene Seargeant; and Special Events Coordinator Tari Blalock.
The benefits of becoming a member of the Victor Valley Chamber of Commerce are both direct and significant and include opportunities for promoting, and networking, referrals and committee participation. Membership strengthens a company’s position in the business community. Membership applications are available online at www.vvchamber.com, or get more information by calling (760) 245-6506.