A Chamber of Commerce is a voluntary federation of the business community uniting the efforts of business and professional individuals to ensure a healthy economic and social base to benefit the entire community. The Chamber represents and promotes the area’s economy, and encourages business and industrial investment, broadening the tax base and workforce development activities. Essentially the Chamber is the voice of business. To business prospects and newcomers, the Chamber represents the community’s image.
The Porterville Chamber of Commerce was chartered in 1907 and has evolved into one of the key leaders in community development. Its influence will continue to be felt throughout the community as the Chamber meets the very ambitious objectives and strict standards it has set for itself.
The Porterville Chamber is a non-profit organization of business 501(c)(6) and professional people committed to the betterment of their community through economic development and a strong, healthy business environment. These members of the community volunteer their labor and talent as an organized group, because they recognize that... ‘We can do together, what no one can do alone.’ And, together as the Porterville Chamber, they are “People Promoting Business for the Benefit of the Community.”
BUSINESS RESOURCES & ADVOCACY
Business development is one of the goals of the Chamber. We take great pride in our role of providing essential training opportunities to our members through the sponsorship of workshops. Keeping you up-to-date on such subjects as worker's compensation, employment interviews, labor laws, unemployment insurance and employee compliance is important to us because it is vital to the successful operation of our member businesses. Several workshops and seminars are presented each year at no or reduced cost to our members. We work hard to access well-informed, experienced speakers who are leaders in their fields.
The Chamber has a variety of business resource materials available to its members, from business start-up packages to compliance poster sets. Through our established partnerships, we can also refer you to a variety of sources to assist with such things as business plan development and employee recruitment and retention.
Our active Governmental Affairs Committee works to keep you informed of any legislative issues which could positively or negatively impact the operation of your business. They also assume an advocacy role, when appropriate, in order to protect the best interests of our members.
WHAT HAS THE CHAMBER DONE and HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?
Even as the Porterville Chamber of Commerce moves forward and continues on its ambitious path of progress, its past accomplishments are still impacting and molding Porterville. The following are a few of the projects and activities which the Chamber spearheaded.
- Porterville Annual Iris Festival (April)
- Porterville Youth Leadership progrom
- Annual Business Expo & Taste of Porterville
- Annual Auction & Dinner
- Awards Business Recognition dinner
- Annual Children's Christmas Parade
- Music on Main street
Our volunteer members are the lifeblood of the Chamber. With limited staff and resources, it is only through the partnership of our volunteers that we have and continue to accomplish great things in our community. Volunteer opportunities are boundless and we can use your help whether it's just a few or many hours that you have available. All of the programs that are listed above are successful thanks to efforts of the volunteers working with our staff to benefit business and the community.-
Please contact our office to express your interest in becoming a volunteer for the Porterville Chamber of Commerce.