I’d like to start by saying how honored I am that you all entrusted me with the responsibility of being the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce Chairman of the Board.
My main goal for 2015/2016 as Chairman of the Board for the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce was to be of service to the Chino Valley Business Community.
During my term, I identified five things I wanted to accomplish:
- Collaborate More Closely with Our Business Community – We met with business leaders on my last official day as Chairman of the Board on June 30 where we decided to do the following:
- Meet twice per year
- Create opportunities for collaboration between business organizations
- Share upcoming events/activities
- Become a resource for business organizations in our community by creating a dedicated page on our website to local business organizations
- Meet twice per year
- Be an Educational Business Resource for Our Community – This year we worked more closely with organizations that provide educational services to help build and grow our local businesses. We made our calendar, website and emails more accessible to educational opportunities in our community with organizations like the Inland Empire Small Business Development Center, the San Bernardino County Workforce Development Board, the Chaffey College Workforce Training Institute and SCORE.
- Encourage and Promote the Involvement of Young Business Professionals in Our Community – Arianna Fajardo from the City of Chino and I created the Young Professionals of the Chino Valley group consisting of:
- Eric Hasanoff from GEM Mortgage
- Steven Melo from Pires Inc.
- Jacob Dexter from the City of Chino
- Chris Foster from Merrill Lynch
- Joe Estes from Buffernet
- Jenny Araiza from Iza Clothing
- Eren Cello from Chino Valley Medical Center
- Michelle Tran from New York Life
- Dario Rodriguez from El Clasificado
- Enhance Our Use of Technology: We appointed a Technology Chair, Eric Hasanoff, and are now able to accept and process credit card transactions at events and online. We used Eventbrite to sell tickets to events this year. We became more active on social media through our Facebook page, our Facebook group, the Chino Valley Chamber Resource Group and an Instagram account set up by Eren Cello. And I sent out this Chairman’s message monthly to update our members on the efforts of the Board of the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce.
- Focus on Giving Back – This goal we struggled with the most as we were not all in agreement on the best way to make this happen. Before becoming the Chairman of the Board, I hosted the Defining Success Podcast where I interviewed people whom I considered to be successful. These were people who loved what they did, who were good at it and who were helping other people. And there were some consistent themes a majority of them shared . . . the largest being the importance of giving back to their community. As the organization representing our business community I thought we should set the example of how to give back effectively. It took the year to come to a consensus on how to do this but we held a meeting with numerous non-profits at the end of the year to decide the best way to do this. We decided to:
- Meet twice per year to see how we can better serve our local charitable organizations
- Share opportunities for collaboration within the community
- Give non-profits an opportunity to be featured at events to build awareness for their cause
- Create a master calendar of non-profit events in our community
If you’re looking to get involved in our business community, join the Chamber. If you’re interested in learning how to be better at business, join the chamber. If you want to stay up on the newest and freshest business trends, join the Chamber. If you want to build the online presence and reputation of your business, join the Chamber. And, if you want to support your community, join the Chamber.
When I learned I’d become the Chairman of the Board I reached out to our Board and to businesses in our community to ask them two questions:
- What is the Chamber doing well?
- What can the Chamber do better?
From that feedback, I worked to implement many of those ideas our members had to improve our Chamber while keeping the things our members liked.
- Gabriel Hill wanted to see us be more active in the legislative arena. So we built a stronger legislative action committee to take action on pro-business legislation.
- Glenn Duncan suggested we have more representation at city events. So we created a Public Information Officer – Gel Delos Santos – to coordinate Board Members to attend City Council meetings and let the cities know what their Chamber was doing for the business community.
- Many people suggested we improve our online presence. To this end, we created the Chairman’s Message, increased social media activity and next year the Chamber plans on highlighting businesses of the month online for the 2016/2017 year.
- Many people also suggested we come up with stronger plans to reach out to businesses who aren’t already connected with the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce. Our new Chair of the Membership Committee recently decided to organize a Business Walk where our Membership and Ambassador Committee’s will work together to visit businesses and make them aware of the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce and the benefits of membership.
- Planning of Events. This was one of the biggest concerns. We worked this year to make sure we planned our events well in advance. Our efforts worked. Most of our major events, particularly the Business Expo, the Taste of the Chino Valley and our Installation and Recognition Dinner, had twice the attendance, revenue and sponsor involvement than they did last year. This upcoming year, I anticipate we’ll do an even better job in planning our events well in advance.
I’m honored to have been given this opportunity and I feel extremely grateful to everyone in the chamber and the surrounding community for all your support. Next year is going to be even better.
There are so many people who supported me during this year and I can’t thank you enough.
Thank you to:
- Karon Mulligan from US Bank, my Chairman’s Award recipient, for your support and friendship
- Gigi Fix from GEM Mortgage, our Ambassador of the Year, for your continued support of the Chamber and your willingness to support it.
- Marcia McBean from Chino Commercial Bank, our Above and Beyond Award Winner, for Chairing the Ambassador Committee and helping to initiate positive change at our Chamber.
- Dean & Suzanne Burt from UR Songz and Real Time Pain Relief for supporting our Chamber with your music and donating so much of your time, effort and energy to help us grow.
- Our Board of Directors for your hard work and support of the Chamber
- Our Ambassadors for going above and beyond to support the Chamber and grow our business community.
- Our Business of the Year Winners, Waste Management, CORE Real Estate, The Pub and Oke Poke for your involvement with the chamber and your efforts to promote business in the Chino Valley.
- Our staff, Jason Zara, Donna Gannon and Gloria Smith, thank you for working hard this year to grow the Chamber and make a positive impact on our Business Community. And congratulations again to Gloria on being named the Citizen of the Year.
When I asked the question: What is the Chamber doing well, the overwhelming response was that we have great people involved in the Chamber. With the people listed above it’s easy to see why. Thank you all for your support, friendship and involvement.
One thing I wanted to make sure to provide this year was continuity. To that end, I’d like to introduce our 2016/2017 Chairperson of the Board.
She joined the Chamber several years ago and has been an integral part of our community ever since. She founded her own business, Douglas Consulting and was recently hired for a firm in L.A. who is looking to locate their facilities in the Chino area. She and I have worked on numerous projects together, including the Southern California Charity Golf Classic which will be held at Los Serranos Country Club on July 29. She’s an amazing person, with a giving heart and I’m proud to call her my friend. It’s my pleasure to introduce your 2016/2017 Chairperson of the Board, Belinda Douglas.
Zeb Welborn is the President of Welborn Media, the Defining Success Podcast, 19th Hole Media, The Tutoring Solution and President-Elect for the Chino Rotary Club. His life goals are to inspire others to pursue their passions, to grow small and medium-sized businesses, to grow golf, and to give back to his community.
To reach his goals Zeb started: Welborn Media to help businesses market themselves, 19th Hole Media to help grow golf, Welborn Media University to teach small business owners to market themselves better, the Defining Success Podcast to interview successful people, The Tutoring Solution to help students reach their potential and pursue their passions and the Southern California Charity Golf Classic to raise money for local charities.
Welborn Media manages Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Pinterest, Instagram, email marketing campaigns, graphic design work, SEO, Google AdWords, blogs, and websites for their clients. Chamber members can schedule a free consultation with Zeb who can walk you through how to better use the Internet to achieve your goals. Email him at Zeb@WelbornMedia.com.
Welborn Media University was created to educate small business owners to market effectively online. To get updates, new ideas and tips on how to market more effectively online and to stay in touch with Zeb and his progress please sign up for the Welborn Media University Newsletter by clicking here.
Thank you all for everything.