Are you a small and local business owner? Are you interested in new opportunities to network and meet other small business owners? The Encinitas Chamber of Commerce has the answer to all of these questions. The Encinitas Chamber of Commerce (ECC) promotes and advocates local businesses. ECC provides events and services for networking and connecting business professionals and community members. ECC offers numerous benefits and keeps business owners informed of issues and trends within the marketplace and community.
Owning a business can be time consuming and adding another activity to your busy schedule could be difficult. So you still may be asking, “Why should I join a chamber?” We chatted with Mimi Gattinella, an administrator at the Encinitas Chamber of Commerce and she shares with us the perks of becoming a chamber member.
La Jolla Blue Book: What does the ECC provide?
Mimi Gattinella: The Encinitas Chamber of Commerce provides access and exposure to local businesses. They also can prove to be a link with the local and state government agencies. We advocate for all the businesses in the city. We are the city’s bridge to the business community.
La Jolla Blue Book: Are La Jolla business owners able to join the ECC?
Mimi Gattinella: We have members that reside anywhere from the City of San Diego to Laguna Niguel and Temecula. Many businesses are home based and internet driven. Location isn’t really a factor anymore.
La Jolla Blue Book: What type of events do you hold?
Mimi Gattinella: We have monthly Sundowner Mixers. They are held on the third Tuesday of the month at various members’ business locations. The art of networking originated with the Chamber of Commerce. That said, we also host the State of the City event each year. This event is open to the community and gives the current mayor a chance to address the past, the present and the hopes for the future. This event should be epic this year because we have two mayors splitting the year. And to be fair, both of them will be speaking at the event! We also co-host the Salute to Education (along with Rancho Santa Fe Securities). This event gives an award to the top teacher and student from the schools in Encinitas and the San Dieguito School District. It’s attended by city, county and state elected officials and is a very special event to attend. In the fall, we host the Encinitas Oktoberfest. This year will be the 19th annual event. It’s the first Oktoberfest held in San Diego County each year and a true highlight of the year.
La Jolla Blue Book: Is there anything else you want La Jolla Blue Book Readers to know?
Mimi Gattinella: As part of the membership, you will receive a presence on our website. Depending on the type of business, we also added a restaurant guide and accommodation guide for anyone searching for places to stay or dine. Each new member has the opportunity to have a ribbon cutting event. This has become our way of providing a new member with an advertising tool. We photograph the event, post it on our website and send it in our weekly eblast along with posting it on our Facebook page. We then provide the member with a visual so that they can promote it themselves through social media. We also take a photo and present it to the member with a plaque and photo.
La Jolla Blue Book: What are any additional benefits of joining the ECC?
Mimi Gattinella: The City of Encinitas no longer has a visitor center and the Chamber receives plenty of phone calls for referrals. The Chamber uses its members as referrals for these types of inquiries. Also, members can post hot deals on the website, post special events on the event calendar, advertise on the website or on the weekly eblast. Finally, if a member has to ship anything internationally, they can get their Certificate of Origin at the Chamber’s office and there is no additional cost for this service. The price for non-members is $50.
If you’re interested in joining the Encinitas Chamber of Commerce, visit encinitaschamber.com, call 760-753-6041 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Are you a member of the Encinitas Chamber of Commerce? Share your experience with us in the comments below.
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