Murrieta Chamber of Commerce Supports Businesses

Advertorial supplement: Through the Murrieta Chamber of Commerce, local businesses professionals receive support and training from a ...

Advertorial supplement:
Through the Murrieta Chamber of Commerce, local businesses professionals receive support and training from a staff that puts the priorities of those they serve first.

"Two and a half years ago, we completely changed the culture of the Chamber and made things a lot more welcoming to businesses," said Patrick Ellis, who has served as president and CEO of the Chamber since March 2012. "We went back to the basics, asking what members are looking for.

"It's not about us as an organization. It's all about what they're looking for. Businesses wanted a greater opportunity to network with others within this group and outside of it. We focused more on 'mega mixers', where they can extend their reach to those in other Chambers. We now have a mega mixer twice a year; that's what the members want.

"In addition, everything we do has an element of fun to it. As much as it's about business, if people aren't having fun when attending our events, they're not going to participate."

One of the many networking and entertainment events sponsored by the Chamber is the "Get Shamrocked" Irish Festival, which was a huge hit in its debut last year and is back for an even better second year. The event, also sponsored by a number of area businesses, will take place over three days, Sept. 19-21, in Murrieta Town Square Park.

Bands will provide live entertainment, food and drink will be readily available, and local businesses have the opportunity set up booths and increase exposure to other businesses and the public.

"Paul Little of Shamrock Promotions came to us with the idea," Ellis said. "We were looking for an opportunity create something Murrieta can call its own. Maybe something similar in concept, but different, than the Balloon and Wine Festival in Temecula."

The Chamber also sponsors workshops to help businesses professionals maximize their efforts. A counselor is available from SCORE, a nonprofit organization that helps the development of small business. The Chamber also receives support through Small Business Development Centers.

"We encourage people to sit down with Michael Fisher to talk about their business," Ellis said in reference to the Inland Empire SCORE mentor made available to Murrieta business owners. "There are things people overlook in the beginning when establishing their business. He teaches what works, not just 'Here's what the book says.' "

The Chamber has 821 members and is constantly growing. Business professionals throughout Murrieta continue to take advantage of the opportunities it offers.

Murrieta Chamber of Commerce
25125 Madison Ave., Suite 108 Murrieta, CA 92562

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