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New Membership Benefits and Services With our new direction, it was time to revisit our Chamber Benefits and Services. The Cathedral City Chamber of Commerce values YOU, our member and supporter. It is our hope you will use these new resources to enhance your Business Profile. Thank you for being a Chamber Member!

Business Support Services
No Cost Seasonal Hiring Services Includes:
  • Advertising and Posting of job position
  • Pre-screening of applicants to YOUR specific job needs.
  • Hiring Tax Credit Eligibility and Qualification
  • This time saving, FREE service is available to ALL Chamber Members. Experts with 30+ years of experience, Chamber Member and Ambassador. For more information call:

    Matthew Campos, G.C.D.F.I - Recruitment and Placement Specialist
    (760) 464-5636 - mobile; matthewcampos@icloud.com

    Ken Sandefur, Community Resource Liaison/Senior Employment Services Counselor,
    County of Riverside, Dept. of Public Social Services
    (951) 392-0187 - mobile; (760) 773-6771 - office; KSANDEFU@riversidedpss.org

Funding Sources:
Chamber members have FREE and direct access, one-on-one consultation with Chamber partners Coachella Valley Economic Partnership (CVEP)-Small Business Development Center (SBDC), 3111 E. Tahquitz, Palm Springs. Representatives provide current grant funding, small business loans and financial institution access, assisting you in expanding your business. Contact Ezekial "Zeke" Bonilla; or visit www.CVEP.com for additional information.

Business Counseling:
In addition to free consulting services, the Coachella Valley SBDC offers free monthly Fireside chat Series of Business development workshops, as wellas, low-cost seminars and training series. In partnership with College of the Desert, supplemental business training covers basic business subjects and topics relevant to valley communities. The Coachella Valley SBDC provides the following services in English and through its very popular Lanza Tech program for Spanish-speaking business owners:
  • Start-up assistance
  • Business structure and formation
  • Business plan assistance
  • Marketing/advertising/public relations
  • Social media and online marketing
  • Sales and business development
  • Access to capital: debt financing assistance and preparation for loans/lines of credit/alternative and equity financing assistance and preparation (investors/angels/group funding/VCs)
  • Financial analysis and cash flow management
  • Tax planning review
  • Business model
    • Investor preparation and presentations
    • Board formation
    • Strategic planning
    • Market analysis
    • Strategic marketing
    • Exit strategies
    • Growth/expansion
    • Profitable sustainability/green
    • Operations
    • Management
    • Human Resources
    • Technology
    • Comprehensive and strategic assessment/ analysis
    • Buy/Sell Business
Business Support Center
The Cathedral City Chamber of Commerce is a one-stop-resource center for small business owners. The Chamber provides accessible information and links to the various resources in the Coachella Valley, and the Inland Empire, at large.

Additional Business Resources
Better Business Bureau
909-825-7280
315 N. La Gadena
Colton, CA 92324
http://www.la.bbb.org
Coachella Valley Assoc. of Governments (CVAG)
760-346-1127
73-710 Fred Waring Drive, Suite 200
Palm Desert, CA 92260
http://www.cvag.org
  
Coachella Valley Economic Development
760-340-1575
3111 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way
Palm Springs, CA 92262
http://www.cvep.com
Coachella Valley Small Business Dev. Center
760-340-1575
3111 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way
Palm Springs, CA 92262
http://www.sba.com
  
Coachella Valley Women's Business Center
760-345-9200
77-806 Flora Road, Suite A
Palm Desert, CA 92211
http://www.cvwbc.org
SCORE
760-345-9200
43-100 Cook Street, Suite 104
Palm Desert, CA 92260
http://www.scorecv.org


Education:
Keep your business front and center of the public eye with current trends, market watch, and co-op marketing opportunities through the Chamber Workshop Series. Presented by the Small Business Development Center, each series is a 4-class workshop, conveniently scheduled, Tuesdays and Thursdays 7am-8:30am, with breakfast served. Each participant receives a Certificate of Completion at the end of the 4-class workshop. As the Cathedral City Chamber is the host agency for the workshop programs, Members pay $5 per class. Non-Members pay $20 per class. Workshop schedules are announced in the monthly Chamber newsletter, email blasts, Chamber website, City of Cathedral City website, and through our media outlets. Reservations are required. Call the Chamber of Commerce for your reservation and workshop update at 760-328-1213

Marketing and Public Relations
As a Member, the Chamber of Commerce will assist with the Marketing and Public Relations of your new business through its monthly In Business for Business Chamber newsletter; and, placing the spotlight on your business throughout the Chamber membership through email blasts, press releases to media partners in radio, print, television. Marketing assistance, tools, programs and workshops are available through the Cathedral City Chamber of Commerce in partnership with CVEP's Small Business Development Center and Lanza Tech program, free of charge.

Promotional Opportunities
Take your business exposure to the next level by gathering neighboring businesses and creating a "Business Cluster". By forming a Business Cluster, business owners have the additional opportunity to showcase their businesses through a group effort by co-op marketing and promotion, public relations, Special Events, etc. In forming a Business Cluster, your group of businesses can acquire a non-profit status of a 501c6 through the California Secretary of State's Office, opening the door to discounted benefits. A Business Cluster promotes the group and its group activities, not individually owned businesses.

As a member, you are welcome to display promotional material - brochures, pamphlets, flyers - in our lobby-Visitor Center. For an immediate connection with fellow members and the public, place an ad on the Chamber website or newsletter. Call the Chamber office about our marketing opportunities.

Be a Sponsor! Partner with various Cathedral City entities, supporting annual Chamber Special Events such as the Golden Apple Awards, the Orion Awards and the State of the City Address. Your sponsorship places your business in a high profile position, front and center, in all marketing and promotional efforts supporting the well-attended events, enhancing your visibility as a Business Owner, Community Supporter and a Chamber Member.

Online Chamber Membership Directory listing your business, service and location. The Cathedral City Chamber of Commerce is planning an online Business Directory with affordable advertising opportunities. Contact the Chamber Office, (760) 328-1213 to showcase your business.

Mixers, Power Networking Lunches, Special Events...and, More!
Mixers: Cathedral City Chamber Mixers are a great means of networking while relaxing and catching up with friends and business associates from the community. Mixers are the 3rd Thursday of the month, 5:30-7:30pm, hosted by a Chamber Member. Hosting a Mixer is a terrific way to promote a business, a charity, special event or community service. Another opportunity to highlight your business is to donate a Raffle prize. The raffle drawing is one of the evening's highlights! The Mixer date and location can be found in the monthly newsletter, the Chamber website, and, our professional staff sends a gentle reminder with our e-mail blasts one week prior to the event. Cost: Member $5; Potential Member $10.

Power Networking Lunches:
Chamber Members gather for lunch the first Wednesday of the month to learn from a featured speaker on the latest economic trends, regional updates, proposed legislative actions and educational opportunities affecting the business community. Cimarron Golf Resort and Cello's Bistro host the Chamber Lunches. Cimarron hosts the gatherings in September, October, May and June; and, Cello's Bistro Resort is our host in November, December, February, March and April.

Reservations are required. Cost: Pre-Paid Member Reservation $25; Pre-Paid Prospective Member/Guest Reservation $30. All pre-paid reservations must be made by noon on the Monday prior to the Wednesday breakfast. If the reservation is made after 12 noon on the Monday prior to the Wednesday breakfast OR you choose not to not reserve and pay at the door, the member cost is $30; prospective member/guest is $35. If a reservation is made and you do not attend, you will be invoiced for the lunch. THERE IS NO CARRY OVER TO THE NEXT MONTH OR FUTURE EVENT. Online reservations are preferred and convenient at www.cathedralcitychambercc.com

Special Events: The "State of the City Address", the "Orion Awards", "Oscar Night at the Pickford" the "Red & Golden Apple Awards", and, End of Summer Golf Tournament" are just some of the annual high profile events benefitting and sponsored by the Cathedral City Chamber of Commerce. All are memorable events to attend! Yes, advertising and sponsorship opportunities are available with each of these events or as a group program effort. Stay informed with the Chamber Newsletter and e-mail blasts from our office for event information. The Chamber, also, hosts the Candidate Forum, bi-annually, at the UltraStar Pickford Theatre. The Candidate Forum is free and open to the public.

Commercial Brokers Luncheon is a quarterly event giving Commercial Brokers with listings in Cathedral City the opportunity to network, share property and occupancy information, and, receive updates from City Leaders. The Chamber works with the City's Economic Development, supporting Economic Development plans, proposals and efforts in building a strong economic and tax base. The DACIE report and inventory list can be accessed on the www.DiscoverCathedralCity.com website. Commercial Brokers are paramount to Cathedral City's business community and to the City's future. Retail business is vital to sales tax generation, providing needed revenue for the City's General Operating Fund. As the City was incorporated in 1981, after the passage of the Howard Jarvis/Prop 13 initiative in 1977, it receives minimal property taxes; in fact, pennies on the dollar. Sales tax revenue is Cathedral City's lifeline in providing valued and needed services such as public works, Police and Fire to residents and business owners. The Commercial Broker's experience and expertise in bringing new business to Cathedral City enhances the quality of life for all.

Direct Referrals
Chamber Members are the priority and preferential choice for direct referrals to the inquiring public. The Chamber receives daily inquiries for amenities, destination attractions, goods, services, and property inquiries for relocating a business or residence to Cathedral City. Corporate and Government agencies call the Chamber, also, for direct referrals for job advertising, posting and placement.

State and Federal Compliance Updates - Chamber Government Affairs Committee Chamber Members receive County, State and Federal Compliance updates through e-mail blasts and the monthly Chamber Newsletter. Regulations, statutes and laws are continually revised or adopted affecting Your business structure and operations. Let the Chamber provide you with the most current information available. Through our partnership with the CalChamber ALERT, a California Chamber of Commerce publication, the Chamber keeps you current on pending legislation, trends and job-supporters/job-killer initiatives, etc.

Membership Discount Programs
The Chamber offers various Member-to-Member discount programs. Cost saving programs include office equipment and supplies through Office Depot to medical employee benefit programs offered by Chamber Members - Ron Sellin & Associates - BEN-E-LECT Employee Benefits Plan. The cost savings, alone, immediately off-set your membership costs. These discount programs are available to Chamber Members.

Visitor's Center
The Cathedral City Chamber Office also serves as a Visitor's Center. Please take advantage of this opportunity to showcase your business by providing brochures, discount coupons/passes, color flyers, and promotional items to share with an interested public.

The Cathedral City Chamber of Commerce works in partnership with the Greater Palm Springs Convention and Visitors Authority, the City of Cathedral City and neighboring Chambers of Commerce to provide visitors and residents events and attraction information.

The Cathedral City Chamber of Commerce provides Welcome Packets, Relocation Packets, and, partners with the realtors, brokers and Desert Welcome in greeting new residents and visitors to Cathedral City!