On November 14th, several attendees from the Chamber (including Directors and Ambassadors) and City, State, and Federal governmental offices gathered to celebrate the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting for Chamber member - Elephant Signage & Display.
Kateryna Karasyk and her family welcomed with open arms (and lots of amazing food, beverages, and prizes) all attendees to their Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting.
We also thank Kateryna for her excellent volunteer efforts as an Ambassador and as part of the Daybreakers Leadership Team.
Please enjoy the professional photos taken by Ildiko of Takata Photo & Design and once again we welcome Elephant Signage & Displays to Mission Viejo!
November is a month full of thankfulness and what a great month to share how thankful I am for our Mission Viejo Chamber of Commerce!
The Mission Viejo Chamber of Commerce has evolved into an amazing organization providing support, resources and opportunities to our local business community. When I was a Community Services Commissioner and serving on the South Orange County Regional Chamber of Commerce / Economic Coalition as Chair, I knew firsthand the importance of establishing a Mission Viejo Chamber of Commerce to meet the needs of our community. I was proud to be part of that initial group, along with Karin Krawiec as the first MV Chamber President, to establish our current Mission Viejo Chamber of Commerce.
Collaborating with other business leaders and bringing my business experience as Vice President of Associa Professional Community Management, a local community management company based in South Orange County for almost 50 years, our vision was to have a strong partnership with the City of Mission Viejo to provide positive experiences and opportunity for our business community.
The vision has come to fruition, as our Mission Viejo Chamber of Commerce continues to elevate their presence in the community, on social media, and in the region. It is my privilege to serve the people and businesses in our city and I am thankful to work with such a great group of Chamber members!
Welcome Jennifer Arnott, the proud owner of CAllie Girl Boutique, to the Mission Viejo Chamber of Commerce and our amazing city!
Please enjoy some photos from the recent Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening held on October 24th, at CAllie Girl Boutique.
As always, we thank the City of Mission Viejo, Mayor Greg Raths and First Lady, Lucy Raths, Councilwoman Patricia Kelley, all other governmental offices, and our amazing Chamber Directors, Ambassadors, and members that supported this fine event.
MV City Event: Potential Golf Course Acquisition Would Provide Critical Connection to City’s Core and Preserve 108 Acres of Open Space
If the Mission Viejo City Council votes to acquire the Casta Del Sol public golf course on October 8, more than 100 acres of open space will be preserved and the heart of the City will be connected, essentially providing the community with convenient access and a one-of-a-kind walking and biking amenity (see a map of the connectivity here).
The golf course property and open space behind it (totaling 108 acres) would provide a critical link to the Oso Creek Trail and well beyond. Residents would reap the benefits of the connection from as far south as Marguerite Parkway/Estanciero to the Civic Core (Mission Viejo Library, City Hall); Norman P. Murray Community Center, Potocki Center for the Arts, soccer fields, Marguerite Aquatics Center, YMCA, Tennis Pavilion, Casta Del Sol golf course and eventually Lake Mission Viejo. With such an extensive internal trail, people could walk or bicycle to their preferred destination without ever having to hop behind the wheel of a car.
Designed in 1970, the Casta Del Sol course has long been a significant community-oriented property with an emphasis on benefiting residents and guests as well as the entire Mission Viejo community.
Along with reducing carbon emissions from vehicle trips, the connection to the City’s trail system, open space and vast facilities would encourage a more active, healthy community through walking, biking and recreational activities that would complement the City’s longtime designation as a Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) city.
The Council’s October 8 meeting starts at 5:00 pm in the Council Chamber at 200 Civic Center Drive.
Please enjoy this brief message from the City of Mission Viejo Mayor, Greg Raths:
Let’s Support Our Small Businesses!
"Summer is over and many of us are returning from getaways, but one segment in our community that never seems to take time off is our small business owners. These people work tirelessly to be successful. In 2018, according to U.S. Census Bureau data, there are almost 6.2 million employer firms in the United States. Companies with less than 20 workers make up 90 percent of businesses.
As your Mayor, I am 100% behind our small business owners. I always find the time to attend a ribbon cutting event when a new business opens its doors. Also, I enjoy a Tuesday morning breakfast with the Mission Viejo Chamber of Commerce Daybreakers at High Park Tap House. I enjoy listening to our business owners promote their service or product, and when I need that service or product they will be the first I call upon.
The Mission Viejo City Council recently approved a fee deferral program to assist new businesses going through the building permit process. This program waives the fee to obtain a Certificate of Occupancy permit, saving an average of $215. This may appear to be a small figure, but every little bit helps when starting a small business. With the increase of online shopping, I ask that you find some time to frequent our small shops, restaurants, and shopping centers.
Mayor, City of Mission Viejo
The crowds gathered on Thursday, September 26th, at 4pm. Both the Lake Forest and Mission Viejo Chambers, along with family and friends, and City, State, and Federal governmental representatives, came out to witness and support the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting of ADIO Chiropractic.
After an enjoyable office tour, enjoying various foods, and collecting our raffle tickets, all attendees gathered for both Chamber Ribbon Cuttings, as the governmental representatives each presented their welcome certificates to the Cadman family, owners of ADIO Chiropractic. At the conclusion of the Ribbon Cuttings, raffles were conducted and several deserving members received their gifts.
Once again, both the Lake Forest and Mission Viejo Chambers wholeheartedly welcome ADIO Chiropractic to their business communities!
For more information or to make an appointment at ADIO Chiropractic, please call 949-427-9081 or visit their website at www.liveadio.com.
In the late afternoon on September 19th, various local business owners gathered to begin setting up their booths for the "Buy Local Showcase". It should be noted that some even spent they entire day their managing the set up of tents, booths, tables, chairs, and keeping the site secure (thanks John Salamy and Doug Zielasko!)
By 4pm, the community (including many Chamber Directors, Ambassadors, Mayor Greg Raths, Councilwoman Wendy Bucknum, City Liaison Larry Longenecker) started visiting the various booths and listening to the business owners share their services. Each visitor was given a "vendor card" to encourage them to visit each booth, enjoy various give-a-ways, and be entered into the main opportunity drawing. Congrats to Bob Meyer of Beacon Sales and Marketing for winning the $200 prize!
It was encouraging to watch so many visitors also take in interest in their local Chamber of Commerce and we look forward to having those businesses join us soon!
The Sol Agave food truck was onsite to feed everyone and there was an ice cream truck filled with yummy desserts. The Music Vault Academy arranged for a talented youth group to perform several hit songs from their band. Good times!
As the sun started to set and 7pm (ish) rolled around, the tents, booths, and the whole set-up was taken down by a large group of Chamber, City, and community members. Thank you to all who helped in this effort! Special thanks to the City of Mission Viejo for helping us to promote this event via extra signage and media coverage.
We look forward to the 2020 "Buy Local Showcase" already!
On September 10th, several attendees from the Chamber (including Directors and Ambassadors) and City, State, and Federal governmental offices gathered to celebrate the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting for new Chamber member - StepX Extreme Results.
Owner Keri Anderson and her husband, Mark, were thrilled as they were presented various "welcome new business" certificates from the governmental offices and the Chamber. Many friends, family, and staff also enjoyed the celebrations.
Once again, we wholeheartedly welcome StepX Extreme Results to the Mission Viejo Chamber of Commerce!
The City of Mission Viejo and Rotary Club hosted the "Kids Splash Down" at the Sierra Recreation Center on Friday, August 2nd.
Many families gathered together to enjoy live music promoted by the Music Vault Academy, devour pizza, and participate in/watch the Belly Flop and Cannonball contest.
Dave Leckness (Kwik Copy Printing) was the vivacious MC and the guest judges (Mayor Raths, Sergeant Perez, and "Captain America" Chamber Director John Rodriguez) were called upon to render their decisions based upon each contestant's performance. Councilwoman, Wendy Bucknum, also added some excitement as she "false attempted" to jump in the pool! LOL
What a great evening of fun and laughs for our community!
On Thursday, July 11th, the Mission Viejo business community gathered at Fidelity Investments to celebrate their Ribbon Cutting.
In attendance were representatives from the City, County, State, and Federal government offices who presented welcome certificates to the management of Fidelity Investments. Also, various Chamber Directors, Ambassadors, and members showed their support and participated in the Ribbon Cutting ceremonies.
We are thrilled to welcome to the Mission Viejo Chamber business family, Fidelity Investments!
Please enjoy the photos below taken by fellow Chamber member and "Small Business of the Year", Takata Photo & Design.