Agriculture has been a part of the Petaluma business community long before we were known as the “Egg Basket of the World”. It is part of our past, our present and continues to be a part of our community’s future as an important economic source of employment. The Agri-Business committee represents a variety of agriculture based businesses with a focus on issues facing the industry, continued growth and sustainability
The Ambassadors Committee is about having fun and represents the ultimate in networking opportunities. Acting as support to the Chamber membership, Ambassadors assist in the hosting duties for events, delivering Chamber publications to businesses, visiting new members with information on how to host Chamber mixers, etc., and in general being the “buddy” that new members can turn to for help and friendship .
Petaluma Business Alliance
The Petaluma Business Alliance is a very successful Business to Business Networking and Referral group comprised of top business professionals from different professions. The group meets monthly on the second Monday of the month from 5-6:15 pm over beverages (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) and appetizers and is actively looking to add a few additional members. Although we have in much in common with other referral groups, we are more informal and unstructured than many and pride ourselves on the quality of relationships formed within the group.
Economic Development Committee
The Economic Development Committee’s mission is to retain and attract business to maintain a diverse and robust economy, maximize employment opportunities, grow the city’s tax base and enhance the quality of life.
With this in mind, the committee will work collaboratively with local government, regional business organizations, commercial real estate firms, educational institutions, human resource professionals, manufacturers and venture capital firms to identify and implement strategies aimed at retaining existing business and attracting new business. It will also develop a business retention strategy and determine ways to help existing businesses expand and thrive in Petaluma.
This committee meets as ad-hoc.
GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
One of the responsibilities of the Chamber of Commerce is to advocate on behalf of the membership for the business community with local, regional and State agencies and government. To this end, this committee meets regularly with representatives of those bodies as well as interest groups and individuals who can bring information on various issues and from different viewpoints to the group. The committee researches, evaluates and makes recommendations to the full Board of Directors.
Leadership Petaluma Alumni
Leadership Petaluma offers an opportunity to invest in the most direct way possible, in the future of the community. Through the Leadership program, potential leaders are exposed to a range of ideas and experiences that will best prepare to guide Petaluma towards achieving its highest potential. The Leadership Petaluma Alumni is a comprised of former graduates of this program who help nurture the continuation and volunteer as facilitators. Leadership meets on the third Tuesday of the month with Dec & June being the exception, for the 2nd Tuesday.
Women in Business
We believe that women often carry the world on their shoulders and in doing so limit their personal and professional potential. We believe that given the time, space, support and information, women can balance their lives, lead successful businesses, and improve their community. We plan events, gatherings and work to give Petaluma female business leaders the time, the space, the support and the information they need to lead professionally, passionately, authentically lives and from their heart.