Atascadero City Manager, Rachelle Rickard

by Emily Reneau, President & CEO, Atascadero Chamber

We hit January full speed ahead. The Atascadero Chamber of Commerce started the new year with a Candidate’s Forum featuring 5th District Supervisor Candidates, Supervisor Debbie Arnold and Ellen Beraud. The forum was attended by 375 residents who learned the candidates’ position on local business-related issues. This was the first forum of nine being held in the county.

Another informative event is scheduled for Thursday, January 30th. Our luncheon featuring our annual Employment Law Update will be at the Springhill Suites in Atascadero. Attorney at Law, Susan Waag will discuss the new laws for 2020 and how to keep your business compliant. She will also be available for any questions you might have.

The Downtown Business Improvement District’s “First Fridays” and our “Art, Wine and Brew” event is coming up on February 7th! The Downtown BID council has started a First Fridays’ initiative for 2020. Every first Friday of the month, Downtown Business’ will stay open until 8 pm, offering special discounts and activities. On February 7th our Chamber of Commerce’s Art, Wine and Brew event will coincide with their First Friday for a spectacular evening to sip and shop your way through our downtown businesses. To purchase tickets to Art, Wine and Brew, please visit this link.

Our Talk on the Block series starts again in February with the first of three on February 12th at the ABC Church at 6225 Atascadero Avenue. February 24th we will be at the United Methodist Church and February 27th at the Atascadero Community Church. These forums give residents a chance to hear updates direct from city staff, air their concerns and give feedback. We hope that you will join us at these events from 6-7pm!

Our Women’s Business Council will be hosting a luncheon on February 12th with the topic of marketing at the forefront. Come learn from local experts and get tips on how to create a buzz around your business. Enjoy a luncheon at the Caladero Room at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites and take back information to enhance your marketing plan. Proceeds from the luncheon will go towards the Women’s Business Council scholarship fund. For details and reservations please visit our Events Calendar at

Our 2020 Good Morning Atascadero series will be happening quarterly with the first one scheduled for February 28th at 8 am at the Galaxy Theatre. Plan to hear an update from the City and information on how you can use your Chamber benefits. This is the perfect opportunity to network and gain insight into the topics that effect your business.

Our networking mixers are still happening monthly! Please join us on February 20th at Caliber Collision to kick off the new year! If you have not reserved your spot for the Chamber’s Annual Dinner, please do so today as tickets are in small supply. Go to our Events Calendar on our website to reserve yours. As always, thank you for supporting OUR chamber! Let’s look forward to a fabulous 2020!