To all Chamber members and sponsorship partners,
I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued commitment to the work of the Chamber of Commerce. We are deeply grateful for your support.
With new energy and leadership, it's an exciting time at your Chamber.
The Chamber is in "remodeling" mode, with new staff, new directors, and new ideas for programs, services and events where businesses can connect, prosper and contribute to the vitality of our community. After only three months in my position here, I can feel a new spirit of enthusiasm about the Chamber and our commitment to being the inflection point - the point of connection - among businesses and between businesses and the community at large.
In 2015, we will be increasing the voice of business in government affairs and partnering with government to improve its efficiency and support innovation in its service delivery. We will also add new programs serving the nonprofit sector and small businesses, and create more opportunities for women in business and young professionals to connect and collaborate. All this on top of our EPIC (young professionals) meetups, our B2B mixers and expos, our Tall Tree Awards Dinner in April, our end-of-summer Festival of the Arts and the fall Athena Awards Luncheon - with even more special events being planned.
We invite you to get involved and help us reinvent the Chamber as a model of a 21st century association that matches the creative ethos of Silicon Valley.
Wishing you continued success in 2015!
President and CEO
Business Mixer Feb. 13
Coming in March
Nonprofit Seminar Series
The Palo Alto Chamber has partnered with Silicon Valley SCORE to offer a series of 9 seminars about starting and managing a nonprofit service organization or agency. The Seminars are designed to provide a comprehensive overview of essential elements to help start and grow a successful nonprofit.
Seminars Programs Include:
Nonprofit Financials: This course will focus on identifying and understanding required financial reports and filings for non-profit organizations. The course will also provide insights on budgeting, cash flow, financial analysis and accounting systems. Tax matters and the avoidance of scary tax and regulatory problems will be an important take away from our seminar. Overall, the seminar should provide a good introductory framework for non-profit entrepreneurs and professionals.
Nonprofit Volunteers: Attracting, engaging, and retaining volunteer staff.
- Nonprofit Funding: What your nonprofit does,-your programs,-is the highest priority for any nonprofit manager. Fundraising is the second. Learn methods and techniques for raising funds.
- Nonprofit Grant Writing I & II: Develop effective and winning grant requests.
- Nonprofit Social Media: Methods for implementing online marketing are discussed.
- Nonprofit Board: How to have a strong, contributing board.
- Nonprofit Management: This course discusses roles and responsibilities of the Board, Board Chair, Executive Director, Staff and Volunteers using the Strategic Plan and Mission as the basis.
- Nonprofit Planning-Strategic & Business Plans: Strategic planning is clarifying the purpose of an organization, where the organization wants to be in the future and how it is going to get there. The Business Plan details the goals and actions necessary to accomplish the Mission and Vision of the Strategic Plan.
More information and a link to register for these events will be available shortly.