The final State of the City report from retiring City Manager Don Penman, and detailed reports from Gold Line and City officials on construction and demolition schedules in Arcadia for the railway, station and bridges coming through town, are just two of the elements of the Arcadia Chamber of Commerce’s annual Planning Conference on Thursday, Feb. 23 at Santa Anita Park.
The morning conference at Santa Anita Park is sponsored for the first time by Vons, with a representative from the 277-store division of Safeway making a presentation about the company that has 234 employees at company headquarters in Arcadia.
Representatives from other local businesses, including the Wells Fargo bank on Baldwin Avenue, Embassy Suites on Huntington Drive, Matt Denny’s and Santa Anita, will participate in a marketing panel that will follow a presentation on demographics and buying habits of area residents.
The conference will begin with breakfast in the Director’s Room provided by host Santa Anita, and will include a report on the Chamber’s accomplishments of the past year by outgoing President Bob Hoffman of Merrill Lynch, and an outline of plans for the year ahead by incoming President Pete Siberell of Santa Anita. The preview will include presentations about the Chamber’s planned new web site, as well as advances in social media to benefit Chamber members with videos and more by Chamber partner The Executive Factor.
The Planning Conference is open to all Chamber members; admission is $25. Please RSVP by phone to the Chamber at 626-447-2159.
Admission to the Conference is also covered under the Chamber’s new All Access Pass, exclusive to Chamber members, which offers year-round admission to all Chamber events with a single purchase, as well as tickets to the Pasadena Pops, CalPhil, Renaissance Pleasure Faire, and many others for only $250 per year, 10% of which is donated to local non-profit member groups who sell the tickets as a fundraiser.
Other upcoming Chamber events include the Feb 16 Networking Breakfast at Santa Anita Golf Course featuring comedian Scott Shimamoto, and the Winners’ Circle Business Expo from 12 noon – 4 p.m. Saturday, March 31, for the first time ever at Clockers’ Corner of Santa Anita Park during a Food Truck Festival.
Membership in the Chamber is $115 for residents and non-profit organizations; $185 for home-based businesses; and starts at $260 for traditional businesses.
The Arcadia Chamber of Commerce is celebrating its 90th Anniversary of Creating Community Pride Through Business since 1921.