May 2018 News From The Chamber
"If there are 5 steps between us, I am willing to walk 3." This was the resounding philosophy behind the work of Deborah Elam (pictured here) when she served as Chief Diversity Officer for General Electric. She didn't coin the phrase, but she now shares it when teaching executives how to bridge divides, whether they are diversity related or political in nature. Be the one to take that extra step, she coached me and my fellow chamber executives, it's worth it. I took her message home from a recent ACCE board meeting and thought about its many applications in business and in the community of Chico, particularly during this election year.
The Chamber no longer endorses candidates - it's a policy decision we stand firmly behind. Instead, we educate, inform, and engage our members in the election process. On September 5th, from 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. at the CARD Center, we'll host a City Council Candidate Forum, moderated by members of our Board. If we believe every healthy community starts with healthy businesses, as our Community Vision so articulately defines, then you can bet our questions will focus on our business climate, economic development, and the reason so many businesses operate here: our quality of life. Please save the date and bring your questions with you. If you're like me, you'll be listening intently for examples of those 3 steps so necessary to make change.
If you're looking for a hands-on way to get involved, our new Fire Chief Steve Standridge is now inviting members of the business community to participate in a Citizen's Academy. The Academy is taught by CFRD and includes operating equipment, rappelling from a building, and participating in a Live Burn exercise. To request an application, contact Chief Standridge.
I recently hit my 10-year anniversary as a Chico resident and noticed a well-defined trend in my family: when we reach a milestone - birthday, anniversary, "Super Reader" award - we usually top off our celebration with Shubert's ice cream. This year Shubert's turns 80 and I can only imagine how many celebratory ice creams they've sold in that time. Come help us toast their milestone at our Summer Bash on May 31st at Patrick Ranch. As my kids will tell you, every day is a good day for ice cream.