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Letter from the Topanga Chamber of Commerce
July 31, 2014 - By Dianne Porchia, President
The Topanga Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that it is sponsoring the online Business section of the Topanga Messenger and invites its readers to become familiar with the vibrant business community of Topanga.
In order to provide our Chamber members with expanded advertising opportunities, the Chamber and the Messenger have collaborated to create a robust platform that provides salient in-depth reporting of relevant business news and trends, introductions to and tips from Topangas business community, as well as updates on Chamber events and accomplishments.
Chamber members are invited to develop Business Profiles of 300 words with links to their business website.
The Chamber is excited to conscientiously brand and market Destination: Topanga to help stimulate business for storefront and home-based businesses by attracting visitors to the Canyon through a multi-pronged program in print, online and in public display.
For example, the Chambers yearly Guide To Topanga" and the "Topanga Community Map publications will feature Topangas annual monthly festivals and happenings and detailed maps to hiking trails in Topanga State Park. Distribution of these publications goes beyond Topangas 3,400 residences to hotels, libraries, cafes and newsstands in neighboring communities of Malibu, Santa Monica, Calabasas and Agoura.
Contact Jenni Billings at firstname.lastname@example.org for details on advertising in the Guide that goes to print at the end of July.
CHAMBER NEWS AND EVENTS
On July 7, President Dianne Porchia met at Senator Fran Pavleys office with Betty Jo Toccoli, President of the California Small Business Association, other Chamber Presidents and business leaders for a Small Business Advisory Council Meeting. Porchia presented Destination: Topanga goals for 2015, which has its sights on expanding the current Route 27 Summer Bus Program to a year-round pilot program extending from Warner Center Metro Station to PCH with three to six bus stops within the Canyon. Such a bus system could provide low-cost transportation for restaurant employees, students, seniors, park hikers and Topanga event visitors without adding to vehicle traffic and parking limitations.
In other news, the Chamber is proud to be a Gold Sponsor of our wonderful Topanga Film Festival, now enjoying its 10-year anniversary.
July 30, at 6 p.m.The Chamber presents its next Professional Development Seminar featuring Dianne Porchia of Porchias Wish and Ruth Lundi of Ruth Multi-Tasks speaking about Time Management, Organization and Cloud Technology Systems (or Time Management for Topangans.) The Seminar will be held at the Topanga Library, admittance is $5 for members, $10 for non-members.
For more information about Chamber Membership, Events and Advertising Opportunities: topangachamber.org.
WELCOME NEW RESIDENTS!
In addition to supporting its business members, Topangas Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to serving the community in a variety of ways including reaching out to new residents to the Canyon and sharing with them the many wonderful things Topanga Canyon life has to offer.
The Welcome Committee delivers Welcome Baskets full of goodies, coupons and discounts from local businesses, helpful tips and other Topanga essentials.
The attractive wooden slat harvest baskets, are assembled by Diana Norwood of Flowers In The Canyon and filled with helpful and informative materials such as a copy of the Topanga Messenger and its 455 Directory; a burlap bag with the OneTopanga.com logo on it filled with a live oak sapling and emergency preparedness information from The Topanga Town Council; the annual Chamber Guide to Topanga and the Community Map; Serving Topanga brochure; information about poison-free rodent control and planting drought tolerant plants from the Topanga Creek Watershed committee; the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum 2014 summer season program of plays celebrating Shakespeares 450th birthday; Anam Cara Compassionate Care Center and Hospice; a mini-LED flashlight donated by Searchlight Insurance; a MicroFibre Cloth from Fibrenew; Aromatic Stress Relief Mister from Porchias WISH; and a selection of discount coupons packaged in a lovely silk bag offered by Passing Performance Holistic Stress Reduction, Custom Sweets for You, Flowers in the Canyon, Randy Chance Music Services, Canyon Car Service and Peace Tree Healing.
If you know of a new resident to the Canyon or would like to donate a gift item or discount coupon for the Welcome Basket, please contact the Chambers Membership Chair: Membership@TopangaChamber.org.