President's Message

Happy Thanksgiving!  Is anyone else surprised that the holidays are just around the corner?!  Before we reach the holidays we have much more yet to happen here at the Chamber!

Upcoming is the Annual Chamber Ambassador Open House that always is fun and it is in support of the City’s Toy & Food Drive for the needy families in Montclair.  Our Montclair Fire Fighters will be at the Chamber on Thursday, December 4th from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. to barbecue hamburgers, hot dogs and veggie burgers.  The price of lunch is a new unwrapped toy and/or nonperishable food items.  You can bring cash and that will go to the City to purchase the perishable food items, i.e., turkeys, hams, etc.  We see from 75 to 85 people attend this event each year and it is always fun and relaxing.  Come, help the families less fortunate and meet exciting new people, a good chance to network your business!

And coming a bit later than usual is our recognition of the Montclair Fire Fighters.  It is scheduled for Thursday, December 11th from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Dolce Bistro and Bakery.  Please make your reservations early, we have sold out the last two years.  Dolce will be preparing a wonderful breakfast and we want to recognize our fire fighters for all they do for the businesses and residents of this community.

State of the City was another sellout!  This is the fourth year in a row that we have sold out, thank you all for your support.  The committee changed it up a bit by taking a different approach with the decorations.  It turned out so well, we have had so many positives given to us. The video that the City produced was wonderful and we had so many attendees comment on their surprise at the many projects accomplished and being accomplished by the City.  The restaurants out did themselves again this year!  Thirteen restaurants participated including new ones.   I know that many of you have gone to those restaurants in the weeks since the event.  The managers have shared that they have seen many of you there.  Thank you.  

The Inland Empire Largest Mixer was a big success, if you weren’t able to attend you missed out on a great opportunity.  As always your Chamber exhibited flyers and business cards from those members who brought materials to the Chamber for that purpose.  I want to thank Pat Rees, Ruccsana & Bobby Ahmed, and Rupinder Bedi for helping at the booth.  That allowed me some time to go around and seek potential new members. There were about 1500 people that came through the convention center, it was a good crowd with a lot of interest in your Chamber.

The Banner Program will close soon, so if you have not placed your order please do so as quickly as you can.  Email or fax the completed form to the Chamber and mail the check to the Chamber as well.  We want to see a record number of banners so that we can increase the amount given to the Online to College Program.  The Banner Program provides you 10 months of advertising at a reasonable rate.  Don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity.


Darleen Curley

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According to a survey by The Shapiro Group, 63% of people have a more positive view of, and are more likely to do business with companies that are members of their local Chamber of Commerce than those with companies that are not. 

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