Hermosa Beach Chamber Chat: looking back and forward

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June 26, 2017

 

 

Summer begins

It’s officially summer! Financial success during this season is vital for local businesses as it propels them throughout the entire year. The Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau knows this is a favorite time for not only visitors and guests but also our residents who treasure our surf and sand. While enjoying Hermosa Beach, join us in welcoming new businesses to Hermosa along Aviation Boulevard, Pier and Hermosa avenues, and PCH.

Giving back

The HBCCVB produced several community events this year including the annual Chamber’s Choice Awards and Installation dinner which honored the 2017 Man and Woman of the Year, Ryan Nowicki and Jackie Flaherty. Ryan and Jackie were selected for their tireless efforts to contribute through numerous charitable institutions.

The 45th annual Fiesta Hermosa embraced Memorial Day. The Chamber hosted the United States Coast Guard, Army Corps of Engineers, and Redondo Union MCJROTC on the Plaza to a crowd of several hundred spectators and welcomed one of the sunniest summer Saturdays so far this year. Special thanks to Maj. Scott Autin (USACE) and FLt. Christopher Morrett (USCG) for their service and for representing their military branches.

Fiesta Hermosa provides the Chamber with revenue to produce the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the December holiday celebrations on the Plaza, State of the City address, and memorable experiences such as the Special Olympics and “La La Land Day.” It also gives us the opportunity to invite Hermosa’s nonprofit groups to volunteer for the Charity Beer and Wine Garden. Each nonprofit working the Fiesta receives a base guarantee for their service and a portion of total tips earned over both weekends. For some organizations with limited resources, this sum is more than they can raise themselves.

The 2017 nonprofits are Arts Group of Hermosa Beach, Friends of the Parks, Beach Cities Toy Drive, Rotary Club and Leadership Hermosa Beach (Memorial weekend), and Kiwanis Club, Hermosa Beach Education Foundation, Sandpipers, Hermosa Beach Sister City Association and the Woman’s Club (Labor Day). Come visit us Labor Day and tip early and often!

2017 scholars

Each school year the Chamber presents two scholarships to students at Mira Costa and Redondo Union high schools: The Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau Scholarship and the John Workman Memorial Scholarship, both funded by the Chamber. Congratulations to Azize Engin and Natalie Rau. Azize will attend the University of Chicago to major in economics and mathematics. Natalie plans to attend New York University to major in history and law. Join us at the July 25 City Council meeting at 7 p.m. to honor them.

Farmers market hours

In the spring, the HBCCVB changed the hours of its Hermosa Beach Farmers Market at Pier Plaza to 1-6 p.m. With 80 percent of the almost 30 vendors providing farm-fresh items or prepared food, there is something for everyone’s taste. Take advantage of the new time to shop after work and enjoy the twilight hour over the beach.

Economic vitality

This year, there are three sidewalk retail weekends along Pier and Hermosa Avenues. Following the post-season Presidents Day sale, local businesses will merchandise their storefronts Aug. 4 to 6 and Nov. 17 to 19, many offering special activity for families and in-store promotions. These events celebrate our unique culture and personality with everything from apparel to home furnishings to wellness and beauty services.

The Chamber’s ongoing programs include monthly lunches, early evening socials, business sector roundtables and specialized committees to address municipal and economic issues. Check our calendar online at hbchamber.net. Huge thanks to The Hook & Plow, Hermosa Beach Fish Shop, Silvio’s Brazilian BBQ, Laurel Tavern with SoHo Yoga, Leadership Hermosa at Laurel Tavern and Dia de Campo for hosting recent networking events with us.

Join us June 28 at Abigaile from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and July 11 at Dia de Campo from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and be part of the informative, lively conversation.

Relevant services the Chamber provides to its members are exchanges with and representation to city staff and council. The Chamber hosted former Mayor Hany Fangary in March at the State of the City Address to the largest attendance on record, and in October, we moderate a council candidate debate. We strive to develop and maintain communication with the City as a key partner to the success of Hermosa’s small business constituents.

Promoting your business

Social media—Our social media channels are consistently expanding reach and awareness in the South Bay and beyond with more than 36,000 Facebook Likes, 2,000 Instagram and 6,000 Twitter followers. Chamber members are encouraged to send promotional information for consideration to info@hbchamber.net.

Fiesta Hermosa—The summer winds down in Hermosa at the Labor Day Fiesta Sept 2 to 4. Contact the Chamber today to participate in our “Love Our Locals” program, and we’ll tell you about our new business sponsor options. Starting at $300, banners featuring your logo and information will be placed at the Food Court. Other options include sponsoring the valet bike corral, Fiesta Siesta or the Main Stage. For more information to become a sponsor at Fiesta Hermosa, email eric@hbchamber.net.

Gratitude

Among the many prominent business owners, philanthropists and community leaders that have served the Chamber Board, one recent chairman leaves a legacy of contribution that will be hard to top. His service career to Hermosa Beach started in 2007, collating data for the Upper Pier renovation. Since then he completed Leadership Hermosa Beach, served as EPAC Commissioner, and launched Hermosa’s state-of-the-art Emergency Operations Center (EOC), all of which secured his selection as the Chamber’s “Man of the Year” in 2010. A year later he demonstrated his commitment to the business community when elected to the Board of Directors, proceeding to serve as Chairman, committee member and Fiesta Hermosa Committee Chair. It is with great respect for his dedication and creativity that we wish Ken Hartley and his wife Dorothy best regards as their new chapter unfolds in the Lone Star State.

Discover everything the Chamber can do for you at hbchamber.net. Join our mailing list! info@hbchamber.net.