AUG 2019 – President’s article by Marissa Kramer

Happy August Redlands Chamber Members!

Welcome to the Dog-Days of summer! We have officially gotten the “slap you in the face” heat that we all knew we’d get sooner or later. Please stay cool when you can, stay hydrated, and for Heaven Sakes WEAR SUNSCREEN! Okay, now my mother hen can dismount from her soapbox. But seriously, be careful out in this heat!

This month we had the pleasure of welcoming and participating in the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting for Machette Tacos and Craft Beer! We are very excited for you to make your mark here in Redlands! Welcome to the Chamber and we wish you the best of luck!

The Young Professionals Network had a month off of their Coffee with Fill and Evening Networking Seminars, but they’ve met and organized a schedule for the rest of the year. The next event will be Coffee with Cruz Esparza, the Economic Development Director for the City of Redlands to be held at the Ayres Hotel Redland on August 13th at 7:30am. He will share his prospectus and what’s coming down the pipeline with regards to Economic Development. Keep an eye out for the email reminders of the monthly events, you are not going to want to miss them!

Ayres Hotel Redlands hosted Business to Business on July 23rd we got to see many new faces and learn about new, up and coming Businesses to our area and events coming up! Business to Business is one of the BEST and easiest networking opportunities; it’s literally like fishing with dynamite! You’re really being very silly if you don’t take advantage of this opportunity to meet and get to know our B2B Crew! Toyota of Redlands has graciously offered to host next month, the date is August 27th at noon. If you have a meeting or event space that can accommodate up to 40 people and would love to showcase your business, please contact the Chamber Office to get on the schedule!

I’d like to recognize and thank the Chamber’s new Executive Director, Chris Alvarez. Chris has literally hit the ground running! Within his second day on the job he attended a City Council meeting with me and has made huge strides to catch up on the who’s, how’s, and what’s going on in Redlands. Chris is a mover and a shaker and has some amazing ideas for the future of the Redlands Chamber of Commerce! We are excited to have him on our team and can’t wait to see what he’ll do next!


Marissa Kramer

2019 Chamber President