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Bob Kellar: Live from City Hall

Posted: April 27, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: April 27, 2013 2:00 a.m.
 

With more than 1,100 businesses small and large, the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce represents tens of thousands of local jobs and employees and is Santa Clarita’s premier business membership organization.

You may be surprised to learn that the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce has been the local "Voice of Business" for 84 years. The organization was first formed as the Newhall Chamber of Commerce in 1923.

The original Board of Directors was comprised of 11 members. The first printed membership roster included 60 member names, indicating the local community’s support and the need for a local Chamber of Commerce.

In 1972, the Chamber’s Articles of Incorporation were amended and the name was changed to the Newhall-Saugus-Valencia Chamber of Commerce. Almost eight years later, in 1980, an additional amendment was filed and the Chamber officially became the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce.

The first Chamber meetings were held in the Masonic Club Room in Newhall. One of the first committees, a committee of one, was appointed to secure house numbers and induce property owners to place those numbers on their houses and/or businesses. Even then, the Chamber was a proactive force in the community.

Today the Chamber offices are located in an upscale business park, but the dedication to helping local businesses is the same.

The Chamber’s mission is: "To represent and promote business successfully in the Santa Clarita Valley through leadership, advocacy and member services."

Over the years, I have supported its mandate to encourage the growth of existing member businesses and industries; assist new firms and individuals who locate to the Santa Clarita Valley; and serve as a representative for all business legislation affecting the overall welfare of its members.

It has been my pleasure to work with the SCV Chamber for many years on a number of programs, issues and events, all supporting our thriving business community.

Having a strong Chamber of Commerce is crucial to a successful business environment, and I am very pleased with the level of professionalism, dedication and success our Chamber has exhibited on behalf of businesses over the years.

Not only is our Chamber a terrific advocate for local businesses, it is also a tremendous resource for business owners and employees.

It offers the Major League Businessmen (MLB) & Professional Women’s Network, which is a peer-to-peer mentoring group for business owners with six or more employees who are looking to grow, develop and refine their business strategy.

The Round Table with the President meetings were designed with the membership in mind and offer any member an opportunity to come and share ideas, grievances or experiences with the Chamber president/CEO.

The Micro Enterprise Group is another peer-to-peer group with a focus on businesses with less than six employees who are looking for tips and strategies on how to take their business to the next level. This group’s niche is home-based owner operators and start-ups.

I have been a proud member of the Chamber since 1986. I would like to encourage every business in the Santa Clarita Valley to become a member of this fine organization that does such a terrific job of representing local businesses.

If you would like more information about your local Chamber of Commerce, or wish to learn how to become a Chamber member, contact the Chamber directly at www.scvchamber.com or give it a call at 661-702-6977.

Bob Kellar is the mayor of Santa Clarita and can be reached at bkellar@santa-clarita.com.

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