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Programs of the Chamber The Palo Alto Chamber strives to promote a healthy and vibrant business environment and provide valuable business and community resources through our various committees, events programs. The Chamber is the voice of business representing over 500 businesses that provide jobs to thousands of employees. Members include organizations of all sizes and business sectors, including entrepreneurs, new start-up companies, nonprofits, health systems, a world-class university and major corporations. Learn what other members are creating and modeling in one of the smartest, innovative, diverse communities in the world.
Business relationship building opportunities The Palo Alto Chamber provides networking opportunities for businesses to connect through a variety of programs and events including: • Business Referral Network (BRN) Weekly Networking Group • EPIC Young Professional Monthly Meetup • Educational programing & business workshops • Free business counseling through Silicon Valley SCORE • Nonprofit workshops
community. The GAC and board work during election season to organize candidate forums for community members to ask questions and form opinions on issues and candidates that affect Palo Alto. When appropriate to the vitality of the business environment, the Chamber actively participates in the legislative process to advocate for policies that protect and promote area businesses. The Chamber is a member of the Silicon Valley Coalition of Chambers of Commerce and So-Sponsor of the Silicon Valley Regional Economic Forum.
Chamber committees The Chamber currently has an active Ambassador Committee and is activating a Membership Committee and a Communications Committee. The Ambassador Committee plays an important role at the Chamber. Our ambassadors represent the Chamber to the public and are highly visible members in the business community. Every ambassador is a member volunteer who helps to educate and encourage other members to participate in the Chamber programs and services. The support of these dedicated individuals who share their time and expertise allow our staff to provide over 70+ events annually. The Chamber also organizes task forces to help plan and host signature and special events.
• New member receptions • Public Policy Breakfasts • Ribbon cuttings • Silicon Valley 10-Chamber Business XPO • TriCity Business Expo with Mountain View and Los Alto Chambers of Commerce • Women in Business
Legislative & government action The Government Action Committee and the board of directors actively work on behalf of business to ensure that elected officials are educated on the impact their decisions make on the business
With up to 30,000 unique hits per month, the Chamber website is the quickest, most efficient way for the public to know about your business. Members receive a log-in and password to manage their online profile, maintain their webpage on our site, be aware of Chamber events, stay informed about Chamber initiatives, post business events, promotions and news releases that will reside on the Chamber website and be shared on Chamber social media. Email blasts, Hot Deals, upcoming events calendar, news releases, job postings and virtual membership plaques are available for members to promote their businesses. Promoting your business through the Chamber provides business credibility and increases your digital visibility without leaving your office. www.paloaltochamber.com
2016 Board of Directors EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE: Peter Stone Hopkins & Carley Board Chair Erin McDermit Shuman Snyder LLP Chair Elect
Jon Kiya Boston Private Bank Vice Chair, Government Action Rebecca Teutschel TNT, Inc. CPAs Secretary & Treasurer
DIRECTORS: Jeffery Phillips Garden Court Hotel Immediate Past Chair Judy Kleinberg Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce President & CEO
Susan Graf S. Graf Limited Janaki Kumar SAP Labs Craig Lewis Clean Coalition
Mike Love Microsoft Bob McGrew Palantir Technologies, Inc. Ramsey Shuayto Stanford University Charlie Weidanz Abilities United
Visit www.PaloAltoChamber.com for the most updated board listing
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