Chamber Welcome

Welcome from the Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce

I want to give a warm welcome to both the residents of Eastern Madera County and the visitors passing through. It has been my good fortune to both live and work in Eastern Madera County for many years. Twenty years ago, I represented this area as the 1984 Mountain Belle. Now, I’m representing this area in a different capacity—as the 2004 Eastern Madera County Chamber of Commerce president (first six months of the year) and as the Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce president (last six months of the year). The official name change to Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce was a result of a vote by our membership and took effect July 1, 2004.

Founded in 1959, the Eastern Madera County Chamber of Commerce consists of businesses, civic organizations, professionals, and individual members. We are unique in that we are both a Chamber of Commerce and a community association open to business and residential members. We recognize that both components are essential to the welfare of this area.

The Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce is building on communication and establishing partnerships. We offer networking with other local Chambers (Bass Lake, Coarsegold, North Fork, and Mariposa Chambers of Commerce) and the Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau, business information and referrals from the Chamber, ribbon cuttings, membership mixers and dinners, advertising in various publications, and more. The Chamber also sponsors two annual Peddlers Fairs (Memorial Day & Labor Day weekends), the Fall Festival (first weekend of October), and Party with the Stars (Academy Award® Oscar® event held at Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino in Coarsegold).

Our expanded and improved electronic newsletter is sent monthly. Digital Mirrors, our Web master, is regularly adding new features to our Web site. All of our members are listed in our online membership directory. Our Web site is a valuable information resource for the region. Through our Web site, we are able to bring to you a vast array of information regarding Eastern Madera County, our organization, our membership, and upcoming area events.

I’m extremely fortunate…I grew up in this area. My grandparents settled in this area sixty years ago. My roots are here. My family is here. By working together to make our area a better place to live, work, and raise our families, I hope my four children will elect to make this mountain-area their home when they are ready to settle.

As your president, I have the opportunity to give back to the community that has given so much to me and my family. The best way to thank those who worked so hard to build this exceptional community is to work even harder to both preserve and enhance the quality of life we too frequently take for granted.

Beverly Scott (Beverly’s Business & Design Services)
2004 President

It has been ten years since I moved to Eastern Madera County. Building a home in this beautiful community was one of the best decisions I have ever made. It wasn’t long before I not only wanted to live here, but I began to pursue the American Dream of owning my own business. After much demographic research, I opened my first business in Oakhurst in 1997.

I looked to the Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce for a networking source. What I found was genuine and sincere support of my business endeavor.

I was elected to the Chamber Board in 2000 and learned very quickly the importance of community involvement and the effect that my participation in the community had on the success in my business. I soon realized that I not only have the privilege of living in one of the most majestic landscapes in the whole world, but I also have the privilege of living in an area where the residents are not just clients or customers but are friends and neighbors.

As Chamber president in 2005, it is my goal to re-establish the definition of the Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce with a firm commitment to encourage and strengthen the economic development by providing our members with training, education, and resources that will help promote and enhance their commerce or trade.

I believe as a Chamber we are here to help businesses find customers and help customers to find businesses, and what a better place to do it than in the Oakhurst Area.

Laura Nelson (Revive Day Spa)
2005 President


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