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.

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 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.

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