Category: News/Updates

Life during Covid…..

You can say these are challenging times, or you could say the future is uncertain, or you can say were all in this together, but lets call it what it is, WIERD! The SFCCC is like our member businesses and companies around the world, struggling to make sense of the stormy seas we find ourselves in. It’s not easy. So we have begun to build a new selection of services that better fill the current need for creative ways to both survive and thrive through the days of Covid.

First on our list is a new Podcast. Small Business Weekly will be an interview show focused on bringing attention and ideas to our membership that will launch you into a better and more prosperous future. At least that’s our goal! Episodes are being posted now so look here for updates and watch our social media.

Second on our list is a consolidation of local businesses. No one is going to fight for your business survival better than your peers. We all have had challenges in the past but this is the big one. Lets keep in touch, Zoom together, and swap stories. Our small city has left us to fend for ourselves and that is precisely what we intend to do. The SFCCC is joining forces with the San Fernando Mall Association to form a powerhouse alliance of small and medium companies all focused on turning San Fernando into a Ecnomic Hub of the northeast valley.

Speak Up! That’s our new motto. We can’t expect to be helped unless we let people know what we need. Our members can be seen in interviews with the Daily news, Telemundo, on Zoom calls with Los Angeles County and with state Senators, our government Affairs committee members are working with the United Chambers to find the best programs services and advice to build our business climate. Our leadership has been meeting regularly with San Fernando City management to improve our trash collection, our safety, and our services to make this an inviting space to visit. Watch our Social Media and your email for updates promoting our efforts to help you. But YOU is a big part of this. We need YOU to contact us, let us know YOUR issues, what can help YOU, and how YOU can help us achieve these things. Being in this together means we all shoulder a portion of the burden.

The Chamber is here to help, so don’t hesitate to contact us. Your success is our success.

October Business Roundtable

Last month many of our local businesses met for an informal “Business Roundtable” discussion. As part of our breakfast education series, the chamber wanted to give business a chance to not just sit and listen to a presenter, but to be the presenter themselves. Each person brought with them specific, unique and interesting challenges they have expierenced. Everyone around the table had input to give and advice for each. This forum lent itself to lively discussions that included HR issues, hiring procedures, proper ways to quote customers for contract work, and much more.

This event was so successful that we are planning a followup for 2019 and expand on the format. The more people who attend the more advice, and unique situations we can discuss. This learn-by-doing discussion format becomes a great incubator for new ideas and business relationships. So watch your email for our next event and don’t miss it!!

Chamber Scholarship Program

Part of the mission of the chamber is to be an educational conduit for businesses and the community. To this end the chamber has pledged to support our local students through our scholarship program as they begin their journey into higher education. As the treasurer for the San Fernando City Chamber of Commerce it was a great honor and privilege to be able to disperse our first scholarship award to a young man named Fernando from San Fernando high school.  Fernando is a business major looking to attend UC Santa Barbara in the fall. He was so excited to receive the scholarship at an event held at the school last week. He explained that he’s preparing to use the money to purchase a computer that he can use throughout his college years.
This would not have been possible without the growth of the chamber over the last several years. Thanks to the hard work of our board and your participation in fundraising, volunteering, and recruitment of new members, we are now able to provide these scholarships directly to the future of our community, our graduating students. With your help and the growth of the chamber through fundraising and membership, we are committed to help more students next year and the years to come.
Please remember as chamber members your donations, through sponsoring a table at an event,  donating a prize basket at a mixer, or recruiting a member, helps us represent our business community in so many ways. If your inspired to help expand our scholarship program we welcome your participation and donations. Contact us through our staff at director@sanfernando.com.
And I can’t wait to do it again next year!
David Powell
Board Member
Treasurer