Here at the Atascadero Chamber, we always seek opportunities to support our community and provide a platform for folks to share their thoughts. Your voice is important, and our team wants to help you share it! There are two events next week that you won’t want to miss for your chance to speak your mind and listen to the voices of your neighbors.

First is our Business Walk in Atascadero on Wednesday, September 28, from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M. We plan to visit 300+ businesses in our community to learn about the challenges and opportunities they face. You can join us! We’re still in need of volunteers – if you’re interested, please register at The walk aims to gather information that will help our Chamber team plan future programs and add or revise current resources to help our business thrive! If you have any questions about participating in our Business Walk, please call us at (805) 466-2044.

Our second event is our Candidates Forum on Thursday, September 29, from 6 – 8 P.M. in the Atascadero High School Gym. This event is free and completely open to the public. It offers voters the chance to ask questions and learn about upcoming candidates. We’re working with the League of Women Voters to moderate District 2 and the chamber will moderate a forum for participating City Council candidates. You’ll hear from candidates, including Bruce Gibson, Bruce Jones, and Susan Funk (all City Council candidates were invited to attend. Candidates in attendance paid to participate). We hope to see you there!

Creating opportunities like these two events where our community feels empowered to share their voice is essential. It’s one of the pillars of how a Chamber serves its community. But we can’t do it without your participation. So I hope to see you next week so you can share your thoughts and listen to the ideas of others so that we can better support each other.

-Josh Cross, Atascadero Chamber CEO

Josh Cross

President & CEO of the Atascadero Chamber | Josh Cross

Josh Cross is a longtime Central Coast local, having grown up right here in Atascadero. He has a strong knowledge of governmental and community issues, in addition to economic development. Previously he worked as the Director of Economic Development for the Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce, and has always been passionate about the incredible work Chambers can do for their community.