By Mark A. Diaz
The Arroyo Grande and Grover Beach (AGGB) Chamber of Commerce announced its rebranding to the South County Chambers of Commerce (SCCC) with the consolidation of the Nipomo Chamber. The three business organizations now work together under one new name.
“Collaboration right now is the new business,” said Patrick Raymond, President of the former Nipomo Chamber. “We’re seeing it all across the board. It’s a booming industry that’s driving economics, and when you look at the chamber as a business, it only made sense to collaborate.”
“We think this will be a huge benefit to Nipomo Chamber members while continuing to grow our services to the Five Cities area,” said Jocelyn Brennan, President/CEO of SCCC.
The former Nipomo Chamber previously run by volunteers now has access to the larger organization’s resources, reach and most importantly revenue.
“Chambers can barely survive on membership revenue,” said South County Chamber CEO Jocelyn Brennan. “They always have to have to have city contracts, revenue events and have a multitude of ways of [generating income],” She went on to say that “the Nipomo businesses will probably be more involved than they ever have been before because they haven’t had the opportunities that they will have now.”
SCCC accepted two of Nipomo’s former chamber council as board members one of which is Raymond and placed Dianne Brady as the membership director for the Nipomo area. The office in Nipomo will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. or by appointment at 239 W. Tefft St. The Arroyo Grande office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is located at 800 A W. Branch St.
Established in 1961, the AGGB Chamber serves members from Avila Beach to Nipomo and strives to help businesses succeed by providing resources and networking opportunities.
“The Chamber is a champion for local business and promotes a positive, balanced, and vital economy in South San Luis Obispo County,” said Sean Schuur, SCCC chairman of the board. “Changing our name to South County Chambers of Commerce better reflects the membership region we cover.”
SCCC invites the community to participate in the Chamber luncheon on Wednesday, August 15 from 11:45 p.m. to 1 p.m. at the South County Regional Center located at 800 W Branch St. The SSC will host a Chamber Mixer on Wednesday, August 22 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., location to be announced.
For more information about these events or to inquire about Chamber membership, please call the South County Chambers of Commerce office at (805) 489-1488.
Members of the press and local business owners are invited to an exclusive logo reveal celebration on Thursday, August 2, at 12:30 p.m. at the Nipomo office at 239 W. Tefft St. Due to time restrictions, the Chamber graciously allowed the Coast News to print the logo before the unveiling.