After celebrating the Atascadero Lakeside Wine Fest’s 27th anniversary just a few weeks ago, I am reminded of the unique and vibrant spirit that defines OUR community. As residents, businesses, and non-profits, we collectively thrive when we come together to celebrate, support, or work together. Engaging with the community is something I’m proud our Chamber team prioritizes. This engagement isn’t just a checkbox for us; it is the heart of what we do. We believe that a chamber of commerce should be more than a sticker you add to your business window; it should be a cornerstone of the community, fostering connections, supporting local businesses, and enhancing the quality of life for everyone. Let’s walk through how our Chamber engages and how you can get involved too (whether as a business or a participant)!

First, we offer engagement opportunities that connect businesses to customers. We provide this valuable connection through events like Sip & Shop, The Atascadero Lakeside Wine Fest, Shop Local Bonus Program, and more. However, we offer more than events for those looking to engage with customers. On our site, you’ll find plenty of tools that create the option to share coupons, deals, and events your business has on our online calendar and business directory. It’s your chance to engage and connect with the community online!

Second, we connect businesses to businesses. Through events like our Membership Mixers, Hispanic Business Association, Gala, and Business Walk, organizations throughout the county can meet, grow, and support one another. Mixers are great for connecting with other businesses and building crucial relationships! If participating in events isn’t your speed, we also offer Chamber Councils and a workspace surrounded by supportive business professionals at Bridgeworks Coworking.

Our third and final opportunity for engagement is the one-on-one consultations we offer through in-person Business Services and Get Your Business Online! programs. Our team always provides an active ear, listening to our community and helping them with challenges like staffing, grants, websites, and more. Then, we offer resources like our Business Start Up Guide, City Demographics, The Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Handbook, and more.

All of these opportunities share one thing in common, a central goal to equip and support you in joining us as we engage with our amazing community! If you would like to know more about any of the programs or events we mentioned, please visit our website at AtascaderoChamber.org or call our team at (805) 466-2044.

-Josh Cross, Atascadero Chamber CEO