Ep # 26 – Katie’s Leadership Style and Her Philosophy

Katie continues her conversation with Rick Nielsen on her leadership style and philosophy. Listen to this short Q&A for additional insights in the work of leading an organization and growing as a leader.

Ep # 25 – A Look Back with Katie Simmons – President & CEO, Chico Chamber

Our President & CEO, Katie Simmons has been leading the Chico Chamber organization for 7 years so we wanted to take a look back with Katie to learn what the Community Vision means now after a few years after its inception, what initiatives she is most proud of during her time, and more!

Episode # 24 – The 2018 Chico City Council Candidate Forum

The Chico Chamber of Commerce hosted over 200 community members at the 2018 Chico City Council Candidate Forum Wednesday, September 5, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in the Chico Area Recreation District (CARD) Community Center located at 545 Vallombrosa Avenue in Chico. Candidates in attendance were: Alex Brown, Andrew Coolidge, Matt Gallaway, Scott Huber, Rich Ober, Ken Rensink, Kasey Reynolds and Jon Scott.

The Candidate Forum provided an important opportunity to hear each candidate’s position on the City’s top priorities. There was a question and answer period, moderated by Katie Simmons, President & CEO, Chico Chamber and Anastacia Snyder, Chico Chamber Chair of the Board.  For more information about  how Council candidates plan to address top issues, read the 2018 Election Guide by visiting www.chicochamber.com.

Ep 22 – YPO – Valerie Reddemann – The Value (And Downside) of a Purpose Driven Business” 

Chico Chamber YPO recently hosts speaker local entrepreneur Valerie Reddemann!  With 20 years’ experience, Valerie is Principal at Hero CMO, a coaching and consultancy firm focuses on helping organizations stand out from the competition through purpose-based messaging and marketing.

Research proves purpose driven organizations have happier and more motivated employees, build a more loyal customer base and, as a result, thrive. But living your purpose isn’t always easy. Valerie shared her experience as both a founder and now consultant to organizations who choose to create value much larger than the organization itself.

Her company motto is “When you break from the crowd, people will stare. Let’s make it worth their while.”

Ep 21 – YPO Dr Samia Yaqub – Start Here Go Anywhere – The Role of Butte College in our Local Communities

Chico Chamber Young Professionals Organization Leadership Luncheon

Dr. Samia Yaqub, Superintendent/President, Butte-Glenn Community College

Recently, our Chico Chamber Young Professionals had the pleasure of engaging with Dr. Samia Yaqub, Superintendent/President, Butte-Glenn Community College. Dr. Yaqub tells her fascinating journey from California to Beirut with her family and back again (with some pit stops) to California where her journey led her to her prominent position at Butte College.  Butte college just  turned 50 and has some exciting opportunities for our local communities such as the Promise Program. For more information about Butte College visitwww.butte.edu.

Thank you!

Ep # 20 Josh Pitts – Downtown Chico Ambassadors

We sat down with Josh Pitts, Operations Manager for the Downtown Chico Ambassadors to learn more about this recently developed program possible through a Property Based Improvement District.  Downtown Ambassadors provide hospitality, clean and safe services for Downtown Chico. Ambassadors also offer guest services, courtesy escorts for visitors and employees, along with outreach to enhance the overall experience of being downtown. For more, listen in to the conversation!

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.

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