Chairman’s Message

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I am honored to be part of the leadership for the Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce and Convention-Visitors Bureau.  As Chair of the Board, it is my commitment that we continue to work diligently on behalf of our members to make the Chamber your partner and advocate in meeting the needs of the business community.  As the Chair, I am committed to fulfilling the new mission we have set for ourselves:

“The Mission of the Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce and Convention-Visitors Bureau is to be the leader in the community developing a strong local economy.”

We will follow our vision of being a unified organization committed to providing unique, innovative leadership and exemplary service to enhance prosperity in our community.  With the help and support of this board of directors, the chamber’s leadership and staff, I will continue to work very hard to ensure that the Santa Clara business community finds in their Chamber, the resources and tools it needs to compete effectively and successfully, both locally and statewide.

At this time, I’d like to thank those who help to make our organization a success:

• Our members – I’m very grateful for your support and the trust you have invested in the Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce. You are the ones who hire the people, make the investments and fuel the local economy.  Without you, the local economy’s strength, innovation, leadership and future would be greatly diminished. When you choose to be a member of the Chamber of Commerce, you become part of a vibrant business community with shared priorities and goals.

• Our partnership with the City – it is an essential part of our success in Santa Clara. I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to those city leaders who have the vision to look forward and understand the significant impact of this partnership.  Continuing and strengthening our relationship with the City will be one of the keys to a stronger, more productive local economy.

• The Chamber staff and volunteers – the Chamber offers many programs and events throughout the year, all of which are designed to help Santa Clara business succeed. We provide opportunities for your business to establish and strengthen relationships with other local and regional business owners.  The Chamber staff, under the leadership of Steve Van Dorn, works closely with our members to understand their business needs, help find solutions to challenges they may be facing and facilitate relationships with local government, educational institutions and industry organizations.

2013 promises to be a great year for our city and region.  I encourage you to stop by the Chamber Office to see how you can get involved. Whether you are just starting a company or have been a long-time owner, you will find that the Chamber offers many opportunities to network and promote your business.

I look forward to serving you in the coming months.  Please contact me if I can be of any assistance to you!

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