The Pasadena Chamber of Commerce organizes and facilitates several committees that promote activities, events, advocacy and outreach to support our membership.
Each committee is chaired by a member of the Board of Directors of the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce. Any Pasadena Chamber of Commerce member is welcome to take part in these committees and participation by a diverse group is welcomed and encouraged.
These committees assist staff and Chamber leadership in implementation of our annual workplan and in our efforts to be as effective as possible in support of the prosperity of each and every Pasadena Chamber of Commerce member company:
ECONOMIC AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE Vice-chair: Karl Bird, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
We will help our members develop and maximize their business performance by providing opportunities for our large and small members to interact for the benefit of both and by supporting our local economy in collaboration with the City of Pasadena and others.
Business Development Work Program:
· The Chamber will encourage members to do business with one another, collaborate and interact.
· The Chamber will disseminate bidding, contracting and rfp information and opportunities to the membership.
· The Chamber will continue to reach out to important local stakeholders to assess economic health, needs and prospects.
· The Chamber host an annual Procurement Forum in March for small businesses to access large member companies.
· The Chamber will host the Pasadena Economic and Business Summit in October with the City of Pasadena.
· The Chamber will begin implementing Grow With Us, our web and social media effort to recruit business to Pasadena.
· The Chamber will issue a white paper with recommendations on improving the entitlement, permitting and inspection processes in the City of Pasadena.
MEMBER SERVICES Vice-chair: John Leano, Bryan's Cleaners and Laundry
The Chamber will focus on increasing value to our members by serving their needs, supporting their interests, and providing a forum for advice and interaction.
Member Services Work Program:
· The Chamber Board will actively participate in Chamber and member events and activities.
· The Chamber will provide diverse educational opportunities for the membership.
· The Chamber will facilitate collaborative endeavors among members and encourage them to do business together.
· The Chamber will embrace new members and provide contact, support and assistance to help them prosper.
· The Chamber will recognize member milestones and important anniversaries.
· The Chamber will continue support for the Young Professionals of Pasadena.
· The Chamber will explore a member-to-member business mentoring program through the website.
· The Chamber will collaborate with the PCC-SBDC to enhance workshop offerings for members.
· The Chamber will explore lunchtime workshops for members.
· The Chamber will explore utilizing PCC Career Technical Education students to create DVDs and/or web-tutorials to inform members on how to maximize their Chamber experience, enhance their business practice and prosper.
· The Chamber will pilot a speed networking event in February with consideration to creating a regular event.
Chair: Joan De Souza, Joan's Candles and Home Decor, Business4Business Think Tank, Pasadena Quarterbacks Club
LEGISLATIVE AND GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE Vice-Chair: Michael D’Antuono, IUOE, Local 12
The Chamber will represent the interests of our members by serving as an effective advocate before local, regional, state and federal governing bodies.
Advocacy Work Program:
· The Chamber will remain a vigilant participant in legislative, regulatory, permitting, development tax and fee proposals that can impact our membership and take positions on other items that may impact our member businesses.
· The Chamber will use e-mail action alerts to mobilize the membership on important issues and distribute its legislative platform and positions on issues to the membership in an easily readable form.
· The Chamber will inform the membership about our legislative platform and positions on issues through the e-Bulletin.
· The Chamber will track issues and report to the membership on positions and effectiveness of our platform.
· The Chamber will host a candidate forum in January for Pasadena mayoral and city council candidates.
TECHNOLOGY Vice-Chair: Justin Tsui, TeamLogic IT
State-of-the-art technology enhances support services provided by the Chamber, expands resources available to members and staff and improves the effectiveness of the Chamber.
At your Chamber, we recognize that the only way to achieve the goals and objectives of the strategic plan is to invest in technology that can meet the needs of our members, staff and community.
Technology Work Program:
· Chamber will promote our mobile applications to better serve and drive business to members.
· Using the internet, the Chamber will survey member attitudes, interests.
· The Chamber will use social media to inform our membership, publicize events and activities and promote our members.
· The Chamber will add Grow With Us, our business recruitment program, to the website.
· The Chamber will engage interns to assess and implement a more robust social media effort on our behalf.
Vice-chair: Ishmael Trone. F&M Business Center
The Chamber will help students, displaced workers, and other individuals to become contributing members of Pasadena’s workforce. The Chamber will be a recognized resource for addressing workforce development needs in our community.
Workforce Development Work Program:
· The Chamber will connect community resources to help ensure effective training and educational opportunities exist for prospective employees and others and partner with schools and organizations to facilitate mentorship and internship opportunities for students.
· The Chamber will convene a meeting of stakeholders to discuss and strategize about summer internships for youth.
· The Chamber will work with the Career Technical Education Department at PCC to create collaborations in the classroom and the workplace.
· The Chamber will seek funding to expand $ixth Grade ¢ents to all PUSD 6th grade classrooms for fall 2015. If expansion is possible, we will utilize a broad segment of members to provide the curriculum.
Task Forces and Ad Hoc Committees
As needed, task forces and ad hoc committees are appointed by the board of directors to address issues that affect the business community. These groups do in-depth studies of specific issues and prepare recommendations for positions or actions for the board of directors.
For information on joining any of the Pasadena Chamber committees email firstname.lastname@example.org.