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 behalf of Chamber member, The Mission Viejo Nadadores, we welcome you to come Support Our Swimmers and Divers on Their Quest to Win National Titles and Achieve their Olympic Dreams!
Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Please see the attached flyer for more information on sponsorship opportunities and the Keynote Speaker: Olympic Gold Medalist, Kaitlin Sandeno Hogan. Also attending will be Nadadores Alumni: Council Member, Wendy Bucknum and Olympic Gold Medalist and Mayor Pro-Tem, Brian Goodell, Mayor Greg Raths, Council Members Trish Kelley and Ed Sachs.
To RSVP, please contact Julie Ackman at (714) 335-7500 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Tuesday, August 20th, Chamber members, City, State, and Federal governmental offices showed their support at the Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening of Bella Kitchen & Bath and for new owner Mark Hamilton, his wife and staff, as they opened their newest store on the corner of Muirlands Boulevard and Alicia Parkway.
Always supportive Mission Viejo Mayor Greg Raths also tested out one of the showroom bathtubs!
We welcome Bella Kitchen & Bath as new Chamber members!
On Wednesday, August 14th, various Chamber members (including several Directors and Ambassadors) and City, State, and Federal governmental offices were on-hand to celebrate the Ribbon Cutting and welcome new Chamber member, Taco Mesa.
After the Ribbon Cutting, the celebrations continued with Happy Hour and various other members coming and going. Welcome Taco Mesa!
On Thursday, August 15th, Chamber members, their families, The Gerrity Group (The Gateway Center Management), and Mayor Greg Raths and his wife Luci attended the Monthly Mixer hosted by The Gerrity Group at Oggi's Pizza & Restaurant.
Please enjoy some of the pictures taken by Chamber photographer, Takata Photo & Design.
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!
Please enjoy this brief video delivered by Vice President, Colby Young, of the Gerrity Group (management company for The Gateway Center), at the Grand Re-Opening and Ribbon Cutting held on June 27th, at The Gateway Center.
After the Ribbon Cutting celebrated by Chamber members and City, County, State, and Federal officials and their representatives, Chamber member Pub Thirty-Two hosted food and beverages for all in attendance. A great event! #missionviejochamber #missionviejo #ribboncutting #thegatewaycenter #pubthirtytwo
Big kudos to our very own Chamber Director and Membership Chair, Linda Rippin, for taking the lead as MC at the Grand Re-Opening & Ribbon 🎀 Cutting for The Gateway Center, in partnership with new Chamber member and the management team, the Gerrity Group and Pub Thirty-Two.
So great seeing many Chamber members and supporters attending this special event, including Directors and Ambassadors, Mayor Raths, our City Liaison, Larry Longenecker, and various County, State, and Federal governmental representatives.
We welcome the new businesses that have come to The Gateway Center too! #wearethefunchamber #mvchamberambassadors #ribboncuttings #mvMayorRathsinthehouse