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Message from the President

Welcome to the Modesto Chamber of Commerce where we’ve been and proudly remain Modesto’s voice of business since 1912. We urge you to patronize the more than 1,000 business partners who shape our community and our economy.

Modesto and the Chamber offer significant options for the consumer. You know you will be engaging with an ethical and strong business community, dedicated to customer service and satisfaction. We all believe that Modesto Means Business.

The Modesto Chamber, like its business investors, is held to a high standard. Members expect the Chamber to deliver five core competencies.

Create a Strong Local Economy (Economic Development) Members of the Chamber are involved in strengthening our economy. Members drive Chamber programs and policies to improve infrastructure, reduce overburdening regulation, bolster education and workforce development, spur job growth, and keep in check the cost of utilities and services. The Chamber offers seminars that improve the bottom line of your business. Our award-winning magazine, Progress, is the only local business news magazine in our area; hitting 5,000 desks monthly with each issue reaching 4 unique readers, lengthy shelf life and advertising opportunities, it exposes your business to a targeted audience that is looking for you. The attractive and easy to use Buyer’s Guide in your hand is another tool driving business to member businesses. Whether it’s shop local or sell international, the Chamber works for you.

Represent the Interests of Business before Government Members tell us that it is the Chamber’s voice on issues and ability to provide access to elected officials that is critical to success. The Chamber’s Land Use and Transportation Committee and Government Relations Council give members direct access to government. Join the Chamber at its State of the Region and State of the City events. In addition, the Modesto Chamber is in constant contact with local, state and federal elected officials and agencies. They know what business is thinking and saying. With the introduction of a new event, the State of Education, the Chamber is working with educational institutions and the Alliance to improve the education of our youth and our workforce.

Promote the Community (Community Development)
Modesto is a community of neighbors that share a small town feel with big city amenities. The Modesto Chamber believes developing community leaders is one of its missions. For 29 years, Leadership Modesto has delivered premier leadership training for Modesto. More than 500 graduates pepper business and industry, elected offices, as well as non-profit volunteer boards and organizations. It’s our community’s succession plan. In addition, the Modesto Chamber celebrates the accomplishments of businesses and individuals at its annual Member Awards Dinner. Whether the Chamber is cheerleading for AMGEN; holding an event at the State Theatre; supporting our crown jewel, the Gallo Center for the Arts; or publishing an article about one of our many Legends of Modesto in Progress magazine, there is no doubt that quality of life is a plus in Modesto.

Provide Networking/Referral Opportunities
Aside from making tens of thousands of referrals each year, the Modesto Chamber wants to provide opportunities for you to establish and strengthen business relationships. We know that people do business with people they know and trust. The Chamber ensures opportunities to introduce you and your business. The annual Business to Business Trade Show, now in its 7th year, is a perfect way to showcase your business. Booths are limited to members, but the audience is not. Through its Business Before Hours and Business After Hours, the Chamber creates business conducive events before and after regular hours. Held in member businesses, our Business Before Hours draws over 70 people each month, and Business After Hours at least 150. The Chamber Welcome Team calls on members to cut a ribbon or celebrate your success. Chamber Ambassadors, Chamber members themselves, make personal calls on members to get input on the Chamber’s delivery of service and to ensure members receive a return on their investment. The newly redesigned Chamber website will help you market your business through referrals and contact information, inform you of the latest Chamber positions on legislative issues and will keep you up to date on Chamber activities and events.

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Political Action
Modesto Chamber members overwhelmingly believe that a chamber must act as well as speak. The Modesto Chamber partners with organizations to offer free candidate workshops to those desiring elected office. Whether it’s School Board, City Council, County Board of Supervisors, State Legislature, initiative or referendum—if its business related, the Chamber will weigh in on it. The Chamber’s Government Relations Council and Economic Development and Land Use Committee study, interview and discuss the candidates and issues of the day.

Your Modesto Chamber is eager to serve you. Thank you for your interest in Modesto.

Cecil Russell, President and CEO

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