MAR 2019 – President’s Article by Marissa Kramer

Happy March Redlands Chamber Members!

Wow! What a wet and cold month February was! Not that I’m ungrateful for the rainfall or anything, but for goodness sakes, that was a lot of days of rain and even snow in some parts of Redlands! And it doesn’t look like we are quite out of it just yet, so don’t put away your rain boots and umbrellas quite yet.

For some of us rain and adverse weather drives business away while for others’ it brings in business. We all need to keep in mind that business, like weather, ebbs and flows. We all go through different ‘seasons’ of busy times and down times. So what can we do to assist our sister Chamber Members in their down times? One great resource is the Chamber’s Business to Business meeting held on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 12pm so you can actually meet and hear about each other’s businesses and non-profits’ upcoming events.

I’d like to thank and recognize our partners Kate and Joy from The Boys and Girls Club of Redlands for hosting our Business to Business this past Tuesday. They were the most gracious of hosts, providing a huge room and lunch. The meeting was packed with almost 50 attendees and many new faces! This truly fulfills my goal of not only meeting and networking with new people and businesses, but learning and growing our Chamber events and meetings with valuable content. Thank you to everyone who took time out of their day to share in this great meeting. Please keep in mind, that not all of our Business to Business venues can accommodate quite a large group, so RSVP’s are imperative! Please call Jan at the Chamber ahead of time to make your Reservation for next month, at the Ayres Hotel Redlands.

The YPN Group is on a roll with their “Coffee with Fill (In the Blank)” series! In February heard from Quality of Life Director, Chris Boatman, he shared his journey into his position and told us about some of his successes and future goals for the City and the Department.

The YPN will be hosting their evening workshop on March 12th at the Ayres Hotel Redlands. This will be a workshop not to be missed as Dave Maupin will share his wisdom and extensive knowledge on why it’s important to your profession Volunteer within your community, Public Speaking tips, and how to be on a Board. Reservations will need to be made as this event will sell out.

The Search Committee for the Executive Director position will be meeting this month to formally post the Job Description and solicit candidates. We’ve had a few people reach out to the committee members and we are very excited that there is local interest in this position! We do not anticipate hiring a candidate for the position until April, so if you do come across any qualified candidates, please forward their resumes to Jan or myself to present to the committee at the proper time.


Marissa Kramer

2019 Chamber President