Economic Development Committee
The Economic Development Committee strives to be the most active and vocal business organization in Ceres working to assist, retain and grow existing businesses, while striving to attract new businesses and ventures with the focus on positive economic impacts and job creation for our citizens. By partnering with the City of Ceres and the Stanislaus Business Alliance, this committee also focuses on the local and regional economy including projects and policies that impact the city’s ability to thrive, grow and prosper.
Chair: Renee Ledbetter
Members: Steve Ames, Steve Hallam, Ben Sivils, Tom Westbrook
This committee is charged with the task of identifying, coordinating and implementing events throughout the year, including the Annual Installation & Awards Dinner, Agribusiness Luncheon, Ceres Street Faire and the Holiday Service Club Mixer. This committee prepares for upcoming functions, brainstorms new ideas, and evaluates the effectiveness and popularity of the Chamber’s special events.
Chair: Beth Hunt
Members: Narinder Bahia, Traci Farris, Geri Lewis, Dovie Wilson
This oversight committee helps maintain an internal management and reporting process to ensure the long-term financial well-being of the Chamber, so that the Chamber can continue to provide services to its members, scholarships to local students and leadership in the community. This committee shall audit, or cause to be audited, the books and financial records of the Chamber at least once a year, prior to the annual meeting. The findings of that audit shall be reported to the membership at the annual meeting. This committee is also responsible for preparing an annual budget of anticipated revenues and expenditures.
Members: John "JC" Curtis, Nathan Dabulewicz, Paul Huckaba, Renee Ledbetter, Jay Simmonds
Legislative and Government Relations Committee
This committee identifies potential legislation that may impact our business members and advises the Chamber members of these issues. This committee works and communicates directly with all of our elected officials at the local, state and national level.
Members: Octavio Gutierrez, Paul Huckaba, Renee Ledbetter
Membership & Marketing Committee
The Marketing & Membership Committee establishes the Membership Fee Schedule, Online Advertising Schedule, web and magazine content, and other promotional and marketing venues for our members. This committee supports strategic planning for growth of new members and retention by monitoring relevancy, creating new programs, and providing continuity of benefits and services. The committee contributes to the creation of beneficial events such as educational workshops and member orientations and introduces new members to the Chamber and its many resources.
Members: Helen Condit, Nathan Dabulewicz, Sann Dee Gutierrez, Lea Ann Hoogestraat, Becki Barton-Nicholes, Juan Romo, Dovie Wilson
The Chamber also has the three following Citizen Committees for which
citizens at-large are encouraged to participate on as members,
helping to shape the future of the Ceres community.
Land Use & Transportation Committee
The Transportation and Land Use Committee considers issues related to transportation infrastructure, land use policy and urban planning in Ceres and the region. This committee helps formulate Chamber positions on transportation and regional planning issues. It also provides a forum for information gathering on related urban development, land use initiatives, and transportation projects that concern Ceres, Stanislaus County and the region. This committee meets and works on an ad hoc basis and reports on its activites at the monthly Chamber Board meetings.
Leadership CERES Committee
Leadership CERES is an educational program that aims to identify and develop current and future leaders through a comprehensive program designed to increase knowledge of the services and resources available in and around Ceres and awareness of the issues and challenges facing our community.
Economic Partners in Ceres (EPIC)
EPIC -- Economic Partners in Ceres is a program in partnership with the City of Ceres, the Ceres Unified School District and the Stanislaus Business Alliance. EPIC brings the city’s top business leaders together to form an Executive Business Advisory Council. This Council serves as advisors to local policy makers, at all levels, on creating a business-friendly environment that:
• Promotes new economic development and improves on developing a path to sustainable development;
• Provides access to research, tools and services that help executives and their teams set direction more confidently and move forward more effectively across a wide range of management challenges; and
• Provides services that address the entire employee life cycle, helping executives improve business performance by recognizing and overcoming workforce challenges.
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