Ep # 33 Matt York – How to be a “Philanthropreneuer”

November was the last Leadership Luncheon of the year for our Chico Chamber Young Professionals Organization with featured speaker, Matt York Executive Director of OMPT, One Mobile Projector Per Trainer. Branching out of his other company Videomaker Inc. in 2008, Matt founded OMPT because of his genuine passion to make a difference in the developing world by bringing change through video.  Since then, Matt has been able to harness over two decades of expertise in the video consumer electronics industry to grow OMPT from an idea to a thriving nonprofit organization.

Matt introduces our local young professionals to the word “PHILANTHROPRENUER” a word blended with philanthropy and entrepreneur. Combining impressive business acumen with a passion to make a difference, Matt York walks the walk as an avid philantropreneur in the Chico community. Listen as he talks about his background and his six steps for combining philanthropy and social entrepreneurship.   

Ep # 32 – Chief of Police Michael O’Brien and Chamber CEO Katy Thoma

As you can imagine being a Chief of Police leaves little time for sitting down. But our CEO & President Katy Thoma managed sit down with Chico Chief of Police Michael O’Brien to catch up on how his department is fairing and how the community is fairing post Camp Fire.

He adds that in the future, the department will be implementing some additional technology to help with the community’s needs when it comes to public safety.  Lastly, they touch on the Retail Watch Program and how important it is for our local retailers to prevent, report and prosecute. 

Ep 31 – YPO – HaBO – Michael and Kathryn Redman

Kathryn & Michael Redman, owners of local business Half a Bubble Out & HABO Village were recent guest speakers at the May Chico Chamber YPO Leadership Luncheon.

According to Kathryn and Michael, the primary job of any leader is to Empower & Protect.  

  • Empower – giving your staff everything they need to be successful.
  • Protect – making sure there are no adverse influences from the inside or outside to keep your people from being successful.  

Listen in for more as they also engage our YP’s in a conversation about passion and provision.

Ep # 30 – Chico Start – A Discussion with Wendy Porter and Tim Sharkey

In this episode we talk local tech with Wendy Porter and Tim Sharkey representing our local startup incubator and entrepreneurial hub, Chicostart. Wendy is the Managing Director of Chicostart and Tim is charge of Business Development and Operations.  The conversation revolves around the impact Chicostart has in the community since 2013, supporting entrepreneurs and startups by providing shared office amenities, mentoring, workshops, internships, tech talks, student to business projects, entrepreneurial events, think tanks, satellite office programs and anything else that helps their core mission of helping startups succeed.  We also learn about a few different programs Chicostart manages, such as growTECH and a nationwide program called 1 Million Cups hosted weekly here right in Chico!

Ep 29 – Jolene Francis – Special Report Camp Fire – Taking Responsibility for Chico’s Future

In 2018 the Chico Chamber Special Report started the conversation in the areas of public safety needs, and “paving a way to solutions” for our local roads. 

The latest addition to the story of the Chamber’s Community Vision is the Chamber’s 2019 Special Report.  Since the devastating Camp Fire in Paradise that took place November 8th, our community instantly changed and within hours housing, our local workforce, roads and public safety were even more dramatically impacted and continue to be of huge concern. 

In this episode,we have a candid conversation about this newly released report with Jolene Francis, Director of Advancement & Communications at Enloe Medical center our Chico Chamber Board of Directors Chair Elect and Chair for the Task Force n City Revenues and Expenditures. If you haven’t read the Special Report  go to www.chicochmber.com and you will find the history of the Community Vision and the 2018 and 2019 Special Report on our publications page.

Ep 28 – State of the City – 2019

Friday, February 15th we co-hosted the 2019 Business Summit & State of the City Address with the City of Chico. The Chico Chamber of Commerce released the 2019 Special Report Camp Fire from the Task Force on City Revenues & Expenditures, calling the City of Chico and community to continue to action around exploring a revenue measure to meet immediate community needs like housing solutions for creating more longtime housing availability, roadway improvements by dramatically increasing road funding, and a reduction in crime by funding a proactive policing model. 

The Chamber’s goal is to make Chico the safest, most premier, vibrant city in the North State. The 2019 Special Report can be found atwww.chicochamber.com.

Ep # 27 – “Love, Warriors, and Healers” – Camp Fire Recovery Conversation with Alexa Benson –Valvanis, North Valley Community Foundation

November 8th the Paradise community experienced the worst fire disaster in the history of California. With that, surrounding Butte County communities have also been impacted by this horrific event. We wanted to sit down with Alexa Benson-Valavanis, President & CEO of the North Valley Community Foundation here in Chico to learn more about how she and her team sprang into action by very quickly creating the Camp Fire Recovery Fund.

We began by getting to know a little more about Alexa and the history of the foundation followed by an in depth conversation about the Camp Fire Recovery Fund, NorCal Recovery Fund partnership with Aaron Rogers and how these efforts were successfully planned out and executed through NVCF by Alexa and her extraordinary staff. According to Alexa, it takes “Love, Warriors and Healers”.

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.

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