Please enjoy this brief video taken by Mission Viejo Chamber Director, Ambassador and Communications Committee Chair, John Rodriguez (iFinance Mortgage).
We wholeheartedly THANK all of our Chamber volunteers who donated many hours of their time serving as Directors, Committee members, CEO and Executive Assistant and working on special projects in 2019!
There is still much more positive work to be accomplished and we are very excited that "The Volunteer Spirit is Alive (and at an all-time high) Moving into 2020"!
What a celebration! On Tuesday, November 19th, Rescom Financial Services celebrated their move to Mission Viejo via a Ribbon Cutting. Chamber members attended, including Directors and Ambassadors, along with City, State, and Federal governmental offices and many guests.
We are happy to welcome Rescom Financial Services to our great City and truly value their business as a Chamber member!
Please enjoy several photos taken by Chamber member, Takata Photo & Design, as well as photos by Michelle Fairless.
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!
Last month, the Chamber launched it’s first educational class on behalf of the general membership. It was entitled: “The Secrets to Business Networking Success”. This “networking 101” class was truly welcomed and enjoyed by all attendees.
We are pleased to announce that plans are currently underway to present an “advanced networking” class after the start of the New Year.
Additionally, there will be other classes added as follows:
1) Sales Training: 3-part symposium on “Overcoming Objections”, “Closing Techniques”, and “Listening Skills”.
2) Digital Marketing & Social Media Training: learn more effective ways to employ “digital tools” in your marketing and how to use social media to enhance your business presence.
As you can see, the Board of Directors and many other volunteers, are eagerly seeking more avenues to add greater value to our memberships, such as by offering helpful educational classes.
If you have an interesting and helpful subject matter that you would like to present or have presented, please contact John Rodriguez at email@example.com.
Stay tuned for more educational classes to be announced and when registration will open!
The Chamber Board Committees have been formed to provide structure in order to help the Chamber accomplish many necessary tasks and functions. All committees are coordinated by a Board Chair and comprised of volunteer members who work diligently on behalf of the general membership.
Our current Chamber Board Committees include: Ambassadors, Communications, Community Affairs, Events, and Membership. More information will be forthcoming regarding the Community Affairs and Membership committees.
If you would like more information on how to volunteer for a committee, please send an email to the Chamber Board Committee Chair listed on the webpage or speak directly with them at an upcoming event.
And, yes, Chamber Ambassadors have lots of fun as they attend and support various events with their fellow members (enjoy a few pictures below).
Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with our various Chamber Board Committees and what they are responsible for. Please click here to be directed to our Chamber Board Committees webpage.
We take this opportunity to acknowledge the hard work of our Board of Directors as they expend many volunteer hours each week on behalf of the Chamber and its members, while continuing to ensure their own businesses stay successful too.
We also greatly appreciate the excellent work of our CEO, Doug Zielasko and his Executive Assistant, Kari Casarietti, as they help manage the business operations of the Chamber and maintain a close working relationship with the City of Mission Viejo and the surrounding business community.
Some of the responsibilities that our Directors have oversight of include, but are not limited to: planning and scheduling beneficial events, onboarding and welcoming new members and helping them obtain the maximum value for their membership, keeping up-to-date with ever-changing legislation that may impact our businesses, and providing continuous education and communication via multiple media outlets to our members and the community.
Please take a moment to review the Board of Directors webpage and schedule a one-to-one visit with them, getting to know these hard-working volunteers better and benefitting from their many years of combined Chamber and business experience.
Please click here to see the full list of names and responsibilities of each Director.
The Board of Directors is pleased to announce that a new Committee has been formed to better serve our membership: the Community Affairs Committee.
This committee will keep up-to-date and inform our members regarding various legislative adjustments that may affect our local businesses. Periodically, key speakers may present helpful information to our members for the benefit of our businesses.
Stay tuned for more comprehensive information regarding the new Community Affairs Committee and its volunteer members.
On Thursday, October 10th, attendees gathered at the YTEL building in Lake Forest for our final Tri-Chamber Mixer. This mixer was hosted by the Lake Forest Chamber of Commerce.
As attendees came through the front doors, they were warmly greeted by all three Chambers (Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, and RSM) and kindly directed to first take a fun photo with Takata Photo & Design and then make their way to the meet n greet areas where the food, beverages, opportunity drawing prizes, and Chamber tables were located.
It was so refreshing observing the three Chambers interacting and sharing contact information to be used at a later time. The City Mayors were also on hand to support this special event, along with Board members and Ambassadors from each Chamber.
To see all the photos, follow this link: www.takatapd.com/p942096802.
We look forward to announcing our 2020 Tri-Chamber Mixers in the very near future!
We take this opportunity to sincerely congratulate Chamber member Diana Moreno (Web Design Pilot) for all of her amazing efforts as the "Volunteer of the Quarter"!
Here are some of the highlights of Diana's "volunteer spirit" and extra efforts over the past few months:
She serves on the Ambassador Committee
She serves as the Assistant to the Communications Committee
A Few Additional Volunteer Facts:
It’s clear, this member is more than deserving of the “Volunteer of the Quarter”!
Congratulations again to DIANA MORENO – of Web Design Pilot!!
Last evening, 11 Chamber attendees, along with 3 Presenters, 2 Directors, and 2 Communications Committee members, were on hand for our first networking 101 class: "The Secrets to Business Networking Success".
This class was specifically designed to help the attendees improve their 30-second commercials, confidently and enthusiastically attend mixers and events (and work the room properly), and employ other practical tips to enhance their networking skills.
We thank David Benson, Adrien Kalfus-Diaz, and Linda Coss for their excellent efforts and expertise as they presented this helpful information. We thank Diana Moreno and Elizabeth Elsanadi for helping us with the videotaping and social media. Also, we acknowledge CEO Doug Zielasko and Directors, John Salamy and John Rodriguez, for their support of this value-added program for our members.
Lastly, we want to wholeheartedly thank our dinner sponsor, Chamber member, Flippin Pizza (Danny and Kelly you are awesome!), for providing the pizzas, salad, and delicious cookies!
Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks about new educational programs that will be presented for the benefit of our members.