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Committees & Task Forces

Late last year the SLO Chamber Board of Directors began a review of our committee structure to ensure that we were providing an optimal volunteer experience.

The committees listed below are the result of months filled with extensive research into other advocacy groups, input from volunteers and hours of discussion about the best use of volunteer time and expertise to properly affect change in the community.

Please know that our efforts are ongoing: encouraged by suggestions from thoughtful members like you, the Board has identified several additional areas of focus that require more development time. These ideas include creating:
• Volunteer opportunities targeted at cultivating and engaging younger business leaders
• New community marketing efforts that will assist local businesses in ensuring their future success
• Additional enhancements to existing Chamber programs and services for member businesses and their employees

We expect these enhancements to roll out in a timely fashion throughout the coming year.

Chamber committee positions are annual appointments intended to advise the Chamber Board of Directors. The initial committee appointments will be 18 months spanning from June 1, 2015 through December 2016. 

We look forward to continuing to serve you and working together.

Have questions? Check out the New committee structure FAQ.

Legislative Action Committee

To monitor and advocate for local, regional and on occasion state and national issues that impact member business success and the chamber’s economic vision.
General areas of focus: New or changing regulations that impact business, community well-being and quality of life 
Role of the committee: Regularly develop recommendations to the Board of Directors on potential Chamber policy positions
Meeting frequency: The second Thursday of every month, from 7:30 – 9:00 a.m. at the Chamber office 
Member composition: At large 

Contact: Charlene Rosales

Business Council

To convene members and thought leaders from a diverse spectrum of industries to identify and discuss issues affecting local business success. 
General areas of focus: Agriculture, diversity, downtown, education, energy, entrepreneurship, healthcare, sustainability, manufacturing, retail, technology, tourism, water
Role of the council: Engage in roundtable discussions with invited speakers and members of the council; surface potential issues for the Chamber to evaluate, communicate and/or educate its membership and work with community partners
Meeting frequency: Up to six times in the year, dates to be determined. Meets at the Chamber office. 
Member composition: At large 

Contact: Charlene Rosales

Economic Development Committee

To monitor, advocate for and shape local, regional and state policies and initiatives that align with the Chamber’s economic vision and strategies that directly impact the attraction, retention and growth of local business
General areas of focus: Housing, infrastructure, transportation, land-use planning, airport, education, local economic development programs and business trends
Role of the committee: Regularly develop recommendations to the Board of Directors on potential Chamber policy positions
Meeting frequency: The first Thursday of every month, from 7:30 – 9:00 a.m. at the Chamber office
Member composition: At large

Contact: Charlene Rosales

Housing Task force

To analyze policies and planning documents to increase the supply of diverse housing stock and infrastructure in the region and support the Chamber’s economic vision. 
Areas of focus: Housing issues will originate from the Chamber’s Economic Development Committee
Role of the taskforce: Develop recommendations to either the Chamber’s Economic Development Committee or the Board of Directors 
Meeting frequency: Based on need, but not expected to meet more than 4-6 times in the year. Meets at the Chamber office.
Member composition: Members appointed with expertise in real estate, finance, urban planning and design, and transportation preferred 

Contact: Charlene Rosales

Ambassadors Committee

Purpose: To help Chamber members better connect with the Chamber by sharing the mission, goals and benefits of the Chamber, to support the connection of members to one another and to provide input to the Board on member opportunities and issues.
Areas of focus: Member connection, member retention, event support, Chamber promotion and representation
Role of the committee: To be an ambassador of the Chamber by engaging with Chamber members and being the voice of the Chamber brand
Meeting frequency: The second Tuesday of every month from 7:30 - 9:00 a.m. at the Chamber office, plus time (2-5 hours monthly) at events or connecting with new and returning members

Go here to read the guidelines for being an Ambassador.

Contact: Jill LeMieux

 Still have questions? Check out the New committee structure FAQ.


Committee Policies

  • Committee members are asked to consider issues on behalf of the Chamber’s 1,400+ members rather than represent any individual interest or organizations.
  • All committee action is advisory only to the Chamber Board of Directors and does not become policy until and unless it is approved by the Board. A quorum is necessary for a committee to take action.  All discussion, deliberations and decisions must remain confidential.
  • Members represent themselves, not their business or organization; therefore, no substitutes may attend a committee meeting in place of an absent member.
  • Committee members are limited to a maximum of three (3) meeting absences during a calendar year.
  • Guests are not allowed at committee meetings unless approved in advance by the committee chair.
  • The committee membership roster is subject to annual review by the Chamber Chairperson of the Board. This review shall take place in December of each year, with new committee members, chair appointments, and carryover members presented to the Board for approval at its January meeting.

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