Irwindale Chamber of Commerce
Your Business Resource, Advocate & Partner
Chamber Info

ABOUT THE IRWINDALE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Our Vision: To be the premier Chamber of Commerce, leading the way for others.
 
Our Mission:  It is the mission of the Irwindale Chamber of Commerce to BUILD solid relationships and provide quality services which SUPPORT chamber members and businesses, in order to PROMOTE the economic vitality of our community.
 
Helping You Achieve Your Business Goals

The Irwindale Chamber:
Provides programs and services that enhance and promote a thriving local economy. Provides connection opportunities for businesses throughout the Irwindale region.Provides programs that promote a positive quality of life and thriving Irwindale community. 
Our membership consists of business owners, professionals, community leaders and government officials who are dedicated to working together to enhance and improve our community. We assist our members through promotion, education and information important to the success of their businesses. Our activities and committees have been structured to respond to the needs our members and to promote a strong local economy and a vibrant community.
 
As the voice for business, we believe the effectiveness and success of the Chamber depends on our credibility and representation of the community’s business interests. With you, we are that much more representative, more credible and more effective.
 
We are committed to increasing the visibility of the Chamber and its membership continuously through our actions. This will assure a level of respectability and responsibility associated with being affiliated with the Irwindale Chamber of Commerce. 

THE RIGHT TOOLS FOR YOUR BUSINESS

Working Smarter: The Right Tools Produce Better Results

Our interactive website contains valuable resources and innovative features for our members. Members can activate a FREE custom business page with multiple photos, video, location map and much more.  

With more than 30-plus years servicing the business community, our focus is to provide value, visibility, and quality services to our members and the community at large. Our strength is in the quality of our members, volunteers, Board of Directors and staff. If you are not yet part of our tremendous business organization, we invite you to join today. 

Convenience ... The Chamber has established an extremely informative and interactive website www.irwindalechamber.org. Visitors from around the globe are able to obtain information about business services, events and other information with the click of a button. Every member receives the Website Promotional Package and members can also post job opportunities, find business resources, view the calendar of events, add events to your MS Outlook calendar, RSVP and pay online! 

Return on Investment $3,500! Your investment in the Chamber gives your business credibility, visibility and marketability.

PROMOTIONAL AND ADVERTISING OPPORTUNITIES

​Promote what you do  -  Heighten your visibility.

Promotional and Advertising Opportunities

Chamber publications have been designed as an opportunity to promote your business. The advertising dollars you spend now are an investment in the future of your business.  Good advertising leads to business success!
 
Membership Roster/ Mailing Lists…Members ONLY!-The Chamber maintains an up-to-date list of membership. This list is available in several forms. To protect our members from spam we do not include email addresses or fax numbers.  Hard Copy: FREE! The Chamber will produce on request an alphabetical or categorical list of the complete membership. The list can include contact person, business address, telephone number and website. 

Insights Newsletter …Published monthly, this full-color magazine has a distribution of 1,000 via email and hard copy. It is also posted on the website. It targets both the business and residential communities. A 10 percent discount is available for annual advertising contracts. 

Irwindale Business & Community Directory…The Directory was developed for use as a relocation publication as well as a directory of local business and community information. It contains demographic, statistical, government and local information about the Irwindale area. The Directory includes listings of all of our Chamber members, and is distributed to members to encourage “doing business with members”, making this your quick guide to Chamber Members and their services. Call for contract and pricing. The Irwindale Business Directory is a user-friendly business resource and a colorful pictorial image piece of this dynamic community. Good things happen when members do business with each other.  Members are listed in multiple sections of the directory at no charge. 

Door Prize/Raffle/Auction Contributions...A great way to showcase your product or service is to provide door prizes, raffle or auction items for our events. Members receive recognition at the event, in “Insights” and in the event program for the Installation Dinner and Golf Tournaments.

Brochure Display in Chamber’s Reception Area ... Chamber members are able to display their promotional brochures in the Chamber’s lobby, making your information readily available to visitors and locals alike. 
 
Tell the world what you do with our Website Promotion Package!Membership in the Irwindale Chamber of Commerce includes a customizable webpage, multiple listings and links on the Chamber’s website. Banner Ads are a great way to showcase your business on the Internet. Select from Event Registration, Calendar, Business Directory, or Traffic Catcher Pages. 

Multiple Directory Listings…Select two categories to be featured under. Utilize keywords for optimal placements in the search engine, and hot-link to your website. 

Traffic Catcher Page…Membership in the Irwindale Chamber of Commerce includes a customizable webpage, multiple listings and links on the Chamber’s website. Banner Ads are a great way to showcase your business on the Internet. Select from Event Registration, Calendar, Business Directory, or Traffic Catcher Pages.  Customize your own webpage on www.irwindalechamber.org to turbo charge your online presence with your logo, photos and more!  
Member Discount Program…The member discount program is one more option for chamber members to market their businesses among other business owners.

Utilize the Coupon Creator to add special offers on our website for members only or everyone! 

Social Media…Members are highlighted in various social media through daily updates that the Chamber posts on a daily basis. 

iPhone App…Introduced in July of 2011, this app provides users with up-to-date information about our community. It has a complete searchable Business Directory with touch calling and Google mapping to help you be found easily. It also uploads member coupons and special offers from our website. Best of all, it updates live from our website database.

KEEPING YOU IN THE KNOW 

Be in the Know!
 
Blast Email Alert ... Our weekly email service is to notify interested Chamber members of pertinent business related information, training opportunities and to promote community events and happenings. 

Monthly Newsletter ...The Chamber Newsletter, Insights, is the medium by which the Chamber communicates with both members and the residential community, keeping you current on Chamber events, community activities, business issues and opportunities. The newsletter is distributed by email, by mail to those who prefer the hard copy and is posted on the website. The newsletter provides pertinent news and information on new labor laws, legislative news and training opportunities. There are also new member listings, a calendar of events, and business spotlights of Chamber members. Member input is encouraged and Chamber members have the option of advertising in the newsletter at modest rates. 

Chamber Seminars ... The Chamber offers training and educational opportunities through many scheduled seminars throughout the year. Workshops and seminars on a wide variety of topics assist our members in addressing and improving current business and community issues. If you have a particular area of interest or expertise, please do not hesitate to share this information or your needs with the Chamber. 

Environmental Committee Forums and Training Programs … The Environmental Committee continues to feature programs such as FREE E-Waste Collection and Recycling, Alternative Energy Luncheon, Earth Day, Blood Drive, Environmental Awards and Green Business Expo and Business Appropriate Clothing Drive. Visit the Environmental Committee webpage or read their monthly communications in the “Green Pages” of Irwindale Chamber of Commerce newsletter Insights. 

The Executive Roundtable … A new program designed specifically for the owners, presidents or CEOs of companies with less than thirty employees. Envisioned as a peer support group, The Executive Roundtable meets quarterly to tackle challenges, share successes and present speakers discussing topics ideally suited to success of small businesses. Each meeting will start promptly and last 90 minutes, to make the best use of your time. Join your peers and set the stage for your business’s growth! The Executive Roundtable is open to all businesses throughout the region. 

Human Resource Roundtable … The HR Roundtable is a new forum designed to bring HR Professionals and those charged with the task of HR at their companies together to discuss key issues, challenges and solutions. The HR Roundtable will meet quarterly and will include a speaker who will talk on relevant and current HR topics and time will be allotted for roundtable discussion. Each February the HR Roundtable in partnership with will provide a labor law update highlighting new laws impacting employers. 

Membership Luncheons/Community Updates ... Monthly luncheons feature a diverse selection of speakers from our community. They also provide an opportunity to conduct official Chamber business, networking with members and to welcome and introduce our newest members. 

State of the City Luncheon ... This informative presentation by the Mayor of Irwindale is a must-attend event that sells out early every year. It is a great way to hear about upcoming business developments and network with city officials and department heads.

RECOGNITION FOR YOUR BUSINESS - NETWORKING - CONNECTING YOU TO SUCCESS

Events and Recognition for Your Business
 
Business Awards ... Business of the Month is to recognize local member businesses and organizations that have established success in business and also demonstrate involvement in community service. Honorees are showcased on the front page of the website, in the Insights Magazine and at a City Council meeting. 
Held in conjunction with the Installation Banquet in January, the Chamber presents the Annual Business Awards to honor those whose efforts make a difference in our community. Four awards are given: Business of the Year, Business Person of the Year, Ambassador of the Year and Employee of the Year. Award winners receive recognition at the Installation Dinner and are identified on the website and on perpetual plaques prominently displayed in the Chamber office. 

Citizen Awards ... The Citizen of the Year Award is to recognize individuals for superior contributions to the Irwindale community. Winners of this prestigious honor have represented the most dedicated participants in community activities, and who have demonstrated unselfish devotion to others. 
The Chamber established the Young Citizen of the Year Competition to recognize the youth of Irwindale for their vision of the future. The person selected as the Irwindale Young Citizen of the Year has enthusiasm, a positive attitude and exemplifies a good role model for their peers. Applicants are required to write and orally present an essay at the competition and answer questions from a judging panel of educators and business leaders. 

Installation and Awards Dinner ... Held annually during the month of January, this sell-out event is the forum for officially installing the new Board of Directors and Chair of the Board. It is also a time to thank retiring Board of Directors and honor the prior year’s Chair of the Board. Typically, the Mayor is on hand to perform the Installation ceremony. 

Golf Tournament ... This premier tournament is a great way to link business with pleasure. It provides an excellent opportunity to entertain clients and friends and to promote your business through networking and sponsorship recognition. The tournament is open to every level of golfer and offers an invigorating day of business networking, socializing and sporting fun. Registration is limited to 144 players and sells out every year. 

Food & Brews Casino Night at the Pub…An exciting lively event held in October of each year that will highlight the restaurants throughout the Irwindale and surrounding regions. The event, held at the MillerCoors Pub. will feature fantastic food, beverages and music in a warm, relaxed and fun setting. The event will also include casino style gaming for those interested in winning some nice prizes. A great evening for all. 

Good Morning Irwindale Networking Breakfast (GMI) ... This popular monthly morning meeting allows members a 30-second “commercial” of their products and services.  Other programs include “Mini Expo,” guest speakers, and “Business Card Bingo.” 
Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies ... The Chamber’s Business Ambassadors holds ribbon-cutting ceremonies for new businesses in the area. Business Ambassadors members and Chamber staff come to the business with the ribbon and ceremonial scissors for the ceremony. The Chamber representative will take pictures and include them in the upcoming monthly newsletter. Ribbon cuttings can also be arranged for relocations, changes of ownership, or other significant happenings in the life of a business. 

Business Referral Service ... The Chamber of Commerce is often the first point of contact for information for both visitors and persons relocating to the area. The Chamber office receives calls every day requesting information on local products and services. Callers and visitors are referred to Chamber members who fit their needs. Relocation requests are mailed a Community & Business Directory to better acquaint them with their transition. 

INVOLVEMENT WITH A PURPOSE

Getting Involved:
 
Board of Directors...The Board of Directors is made up of 16 volunteer leaders who are elected by the general membership. The Board of Directors are all decision makers within their companies. Each may serve up to three two-year terms. The members of the board represent all types of businesses from sole proprietors to large national corporations and include many ethnicities. This diversity allows us to develop policies and strategies that have greater impact for our unique business needs. 

Business Ambassadors...The MISSION of the BUSINESS AMBASSADORS is to connect and strengthen business relationships, communicate chamber benefits, bring exposure to its members and help businesses reach their ultimate goals. The Business Ambassadors are among the most active.  They participate in numerous special events throughout the year, providing the Chamber with hundreds of hours of volunteer time in addition to attending monthly Chamber-sponsored functions. Active participation by Business Ambassadors helps to improve communication within the business community, which in turn strengthens the image of the Chamber. 

Cornerstone Club...The Cornerstone Club was created to prominently recognize businesses whose continual support has been instrumental in the growth of the Irwindale business community through the Chamber of Commerce. Cornerstone Club members receive expanded visibility throughout the year by prominent inclusion in the Chamber's newsletter, website, and business directory and at numerous special events. 

Environmental Committee...Formed in 2000, the committee was organized to provide a forum to exchange ideas and incubate relationships that could assist local businesses in preventing or managing environmental and safety challenges. The committee is now a robust group of talented members from the public and private sectors, utilities and non-profit organizations committed to fostering a healthy, safe and prepared community.  

Legislative Council – The Irwindale Chamber Legislative Council utilizes the Irwindale Chamber’s Legislative Priorities platform to determine which legislative, regulatory and governmental issues the Chamber should support or oppose. We then inform legislators of the Chamber's positions. This council also works to keep the members of the Chamber informed and educated on issues facing the business community by having forums for our businesses to meet and hear from our legislators.  

Nonprofit Alliance … This committee of the Irwindale Chamber which started in 2015 brings together member nonprofits throughout the region. The Alliance will provide a spirit of cooperation in highlighting the needs of the nonprofit community in a cohesive and meaningful way.  The Alliance will meet quarterly to discuss issues and concerns facing their organizations and how best to communicate their current needs to the business community.  The Non Profit Alliance will be highlighted at the December Holiday Luncheon which provides each member non-profit organization to give a short presentation. 

Toastmasters Club 9811 …The Irwindale Chamber has their very own Toastmasters Club and all members are invited to become part of this group. Those who have to do any sort of public speaking can gain a great deal of skills and tips from the club and its members who represent a warm and friendly audience all trying to help each other achieve excellence in their public speaking abilities.  The Toastmasters Club meets on the First and Third Wednesdays of each month at 8 a.m. at the Irwindale Community Center.

PARTNERSHIPS

Irwindale Educational Foundation (IEF) … The Irwindale Educational Foundation, a 501c3 tax-exempt nonprofit organization originating in 1987 is dedicated to the betterment of the citizenry of Irwindale and its youth. This program benefits not only the residential community of Irwindale but also the businesses that are located in Irwindale and who are members in good standing with the Irwindale Chamber of Commerce.  Those eligible to apply are residents, Irwindale business owners and their employees and family members.  
 
The Day at the Races held in the spring and the elite Club 40 are major fundraisers for the scholarship fund. Scholarships are awarded in August of each year and range from $500 to $2,000 per qualified applicant. We encourage businesses to support education for our local workforce by contributing to this foundation. Monetary gifts may be sent in care of the Chamber of Commerce. 

The IEF BBQ at the Pub is held the third Friday of July at the MillerCoors Pub.  A lively, fun event featuring great food, fun activities, a raffle, music and community camaraderie provides funds for scholarships.