THE FRESNO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OUR MISSION To promote business and enhance the economic and cultural well-being of Fresno County residents. OUR ORGANIZATION With a membership of more than 1,400 businesses and organizations, the Fresno Chamber of Commerce is one of the largest chambers in the State of California, in addition to being the largest business organization in the region. While our membership’s diverse body includes businesses of all sizes, corporations, associations and professionals, small businesses represent roughly 80 percent of our membership - leading our team to establish advocacy on their behalf as a central goal. CORE OBJECTIVES We work hard to strengthen our community, encourage growth and identify needs and opportunities. Our objectives as your Chamber are: • Promote a strong local economy • Provide opportunities to network and build relationships • Deliver programs to help businesses grow • Represent and advocate of behalf of the business community • Enhance commerce through community stewardship CHAMBER EVENTS AND MEMBERSHIP
The Fresno Chamber offers a plethora of events and development programs that range from seminars and trainings to executive-level support and networking opportunities. Annual breakfasts/luncheons, monthly mixers and our annual trade show, BizFest, are just some of the events and programs designed to help you get the most value out of your membership. Listed here is a comprehensive list of these annual events: Ag Awards Luncheon The Chamber is delighted to present the annual Ag Awards Luncheon, a longstanding fall Chamber tradition where we
honor a person from the agricultural community. The Ag Awards Luncheon also features the presentation of the Baker Peterson Franklin Ag Business Award, which is given to an agricultural or farming business. The program hosts an array of industry experts who address important agricultural concerns and provide relevant information, including The Fresno County Farm Bureau’s “State of Agriculture.” Annual Membership & Installation Dinner Every January, we ask the community to join us for an evening of elegance and recognition as the Fresno Chamber hosts the Annual Membership & Installation Dinner. This event offers a unique opportunity for members to celebrate accomplishments from the past year and preview the Chamber’s vision for the future. Business After Hours Presents BizFest BizFest serves as a prime opportunity to peruse local businesses’ products and services and is also the perfect time to boast about your own. With numerous booths and hundreds of attendees, this event is an invaluable resource for network development and making those all-important contacts. There are also terrific give-a-ways with business card drawings, providing a little something for everyone! We regularly have a great turnout from Fresno residents, making this possibly the best opportunity to market your business all year! State of the City Luncheon Every year, the Fresno Chamber of Commerce presents the annual State of the City Luncheon with Fresno’s Mayor. This spring event provides a forum for the Mayor to share accomplishments, opportunities and plans for the future with the community. State of the County Breakfast The annual State of the County Breakfast serves as a forum for the Board of Supervisors to highlight the county’s accomplishments and outline a foundation for the future. This event is an excellent networking and marketing
opportunity, which takes place in the fall of each year. Valley Business Awards Luncheon The Valley Business Awards Luncheon (VBAL) celebrates the backbone of any community - business leaders and entrepreneurs. This event showcases local businesses and provides a discussion forum to keep members and non-members abreast of current events affecting our community. The fundamental feature of this special luncheon is the celebration of the Leon S. Peters Award Winner for excellence in business and community stewardship, named after one of Fresno’s most generous and benevolent community leaders. The VBAL also serves as the venue to celebrate the Zinkin Awards in Entrepreneurship, which include the Harold Zinkin award, the Rising Star award and both the College and High school entrepreneur awards. Annual Chamber Golf Tournament Spend the day swinging your clubs on the green at the beautiful San Joaquin County Club before enjoying a first class dinner in the Club House. Our unique tournament features a $100,000 HOLEIN-1 CASH AND CAR GIVEAWAY! Not only could you win a total of $100,000 AND a brand new Lexus from Fresno Lexus, you'll have 4 chances to take home a prize (two holes at $25,000, one hole at $50,000, and one hole for the IS250). Forget "Go big or go home," this year it's "GO BIG and DRIVE HOME!" To top it all off, you can also win your share of over $5,000 in high-end raffle prizes. Everyone is a winner – the weather is perfect and the time is always right for a great game of golf!