Ep # 19 – YPO Leadership Luncheon Entrepreneurial Panel

‘Tales of an Entrepreneur’

Ideal Fab Labs, Chico

April 18th the Chico Chamber Young Professionals Organization hosted “Tales of an Entrepreneur’, a panel of local business owners who have each faced challenges, risks, and rewards of launching and growing a business here in Chico. Panelists include:   

Arielle Danan, Owner & Founder, Beber – Fresh Almondmilk

Dan Richardson, Franchisee, Dutch Bros. Coffee, Chico

Mark Sorenson, Founder & CEO, Social High Rise

Kaliahna Baxter, Owner, Happy at Home

Conversation moderated by Dr. Colleen C. Robb, Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship, Center for Entrepreneurship, California State University, Chico.

Listen in is as Dr. Colleen C. Robb addresses our entrepreneurs as to why they chose Chico to start their business, who helped them get to where they are, and what they think the most important skill universities should be teaching aspiring entrepreneurs.

The Chico Chamber YPO is presented by Golden Valley Bank.

The Chico Chamber Podcast is produced by Business Learning Systems.

Ep # 18 – YPO Leadership Luncheon With Farshad Azad, CEO of Azad’s Martial Arts

“How to Survive the Ride of an Entrepreneur”

Azad’s Martial Arts Family Center, Chico

On February 21st our Young Professionals Organization  had the opportunity to listen to Grandmaster Farshad Azad, local entrepreneur and CEO of  Azad’s Martial Arts Family Center.  Farshad has trained thousands of people interested in personal, corporate and executive safety issues. He has been the recipient of two Hall of Fame Awards by martial arts industries leading organizations for his contributions to martial arts world. He also coordinates the Chico Parade of Lights and Annual Thanksgiving Basket Brigade.

The take away: “Success only comes when you know your character, and the root of your character is a result of good habits and consistent actions”  Something we should all think about in everything we do. Enjoy the podcast! Chico Chamber YPO is sponsored by Golden Valley Bank.

Ep # 17 – 2018 Business Summit And State of the City

In January, the Chico Chamber of Commerce co-hosted the official 2018 Business Summit & State of the City Address with the City of Chico.

The Business Summit included an annual State of the City address by the Mayor of the City of Chico, Sean Morgan and a Business Climate Report from our Chair of the Chamber Board of Directors, Anastacia Snyder with Catalyst Domestic Violence Services.

The Chico Economic Snapshot for 2018, a one-page ‘overview’ of our local economy, telling us where the economy has been quarter to quarter and year to year since our base year of 2007, was delivered by Mark Francis with Golden Valley Bank. The Downtown Chico Report was also presented by Melanie Bassett, Executive Director of the Downtown Chico Business Association.

Ep # 16 -YPO Leadership Luncheon with Ben Winter, Director of Business Development of Transfer Flow Inc.

“Longevity at a Business and Fostering my Career Along the Way”

Bidwell Park Golf Course, Chico, CA 

The Young Professionals Organization  had the pleasure of having Ben Winter, our Chico Chamber Board of Directors and also the Director of Business Development with Visionary Partner, Transfer Flow, Inc.

Growing up locally in the small town of Paradise, graduating high school, and narrowing up his college focus, Ben began his career at local and family owned company Transfer Flow, Inc.  Now, after 26 years, another area of focus is continued education. Understanding that time and new innovation requires Ben to arm himself with current data, ultimately helping foster his career and Transfer Flow.

The Chico Chamber Podcast is produced by Business Learning Systems. Chico Chamber YPO is sponsored by Golden Valley Bank.

Ep # 15 – An Afternoon with Rick Smith, President & CEO of Tri Counties Bank

Hi Everyone!

Tri Counties Bank President & CEO Rick Smith joins our President & CEO Katie Simmons and 2017 Chairman of the Chamber Board Rick Anderson for an afternoon conversation centered around the evolution of Tri Counties Bank, millennial banking needs, how Chico is changing, our community identity, and the importance of businesses giving back to the community.

Rick says, “Our millennials are bright and smart.”  “The university is a great part of downtown!” and “Growth is important!”

Listen in for more and Enjoy 🙂

Ep 14 – YPO Leadership Luncheon: “Chico, What the Tech!

Chico Chamber YPO Leadership Luncheon: “Chico, What the Tech?”

How is technology transforming Chico?   Do we have what it takes to bring tech companies to Chico?  Where can our younger generation get involved and move local technology forward?   Wendy Porter, Managing Director of Chicostart, moderates a local panel discussion featuring Kathryn Schifferle, CEO, Work Truck Solutions, Ryan Sanders, Build.com, Noelle Sadler, VP of Marketing, Lulus.com, and Andrew March, Co-founder, Compini.

Chico Chamber YPO is sponsored by Legacy Partner Golden Valley Bank.

Thank you to Champion Partner Business Learning Systems for support of this podcast.

Ep 13 – A Look at the Community Vision Report – Part 2

In this 2nd part of  “A Look at the Community Vision Report”, our CEO & President, Katie Simmons, Chair of the Board, Rick Anderson  and Mark Francis, Golden Valley Bank continue their conversation about the status of our Community Vision and why now is the time to kick of the important conversation about taking responsibility for Chico’s future.

This vision for Chico represents a living breathing goal that we work toward every day, rest assured our next step is well underway! The goal? To be, “the safest, most vibrant, premiere city in the North State”.

Ep 12 – A Look at the Community Vision Report – Part 1

After releasing the 2017 Community Vision Report, President & CEO, Katie Simmons, Chair of the Chico Chamber Board of Directors, Rick Anderson and Mark Francis, Golden Valley Bank, Legacy Partner sat down for a candid conversation about the status of our Community Vision.

They talked about why now is the time to kick of the important conversation about taking responsibility for Chico’s future.  The goal? To be, “the safest, most vibrant, premiere city in the North State”.

Ep 11 – YPO Leadership Luncheon With Chico Fire Chief Bill Hack

On June 21st, our City of Chico Fire Chief Bill Hack addressed our Young Professionals Organization at their monthly Leadership Luncheon.  Bill begins with a quick history of fire departments and his background, then moves on to discuss more local topics such as measuring fire staff performance, reducing risk in our community, and the future of our local fire stations.  At the end of the conversation Bill also adds in his thoughts on the “art vs. skill” of leadership and how important it is to have great messaging and communications skills.

“The Chico Chamber YPO are Young career-oriented individuals, people 10 years or less into their professional career, fostering community leadership through networking and professional development.”

Thank you YPO Sponsor: Golden Valley Bank and Champion Partner Business Learning Systems for supporting this podcast.

Ep 10 – YPO Leadership Luncheon: “AG Panel”

Chico Chamber Young Professionals Organization Leadership Luncheon: “Ag Panel”

Manzanita Place, Chico

Episode 10 is the first panel format featuring Toni Scott, Morrison & Company, Grey Foster, Butte Yfr, Mark Pierce, North Valley Ag Services, and Colleen Cecil, Butte County Farm Bureau.  Our Chico Chamber YPO has been very proactive this year connecting with the local Ag Community.  In March, they co-hosted a Mixer with the Butte County Young Farmers & Ranchers at Almendra Winery & Distillery, and a dinner in November 2016. In this episode, you will hear how important technology, water, and legislative challenges all affect agriculture from labor to water regulations. A couple fun facts: 1. California surpasses any other state in ag production. In 2015 California’s farms and ranches received approximately $47 billion for their output. 2. California is the #1 dairy state. 3. One job in ag = 2-5 jobs in the economy!

Thank you YPO Sponsor: Golden Valley Bank and Champion Partner Business Learning Systems for supporting this podcast.

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