Chamber Happenings 8/2017

The Power of Networking

By Victor Spano, President,

Pacifica Chamber of Commerce


A great grand opening was had at Curry & Kabab. Pacifica Rotary heard about it, and had a mixer there. A few prospective members of the Pacifica Chamber attended the Rotary gathering, and one joined the chamber soon thereafter. Curry & Kabab donated pizza for the Chamber’s “Aspiring Entrepreneurs Mixer,” which was co-sponsored by US Bank. Many aspiring entrepreneurs attended to hear presentations by Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center, Rotary and others who have nurtured new businesses here in Pacifica. As result of collaboration, US Bank on Oceana Blvd. will be co-sponsoring a series of workshops with Small Business Development Center called “Retail 101,” which will be happening during October. One of the mixer speakers, Jason Tripp of Tripp Distillery, is hosting Rotary for a Welcome Wagon Mixer, and Paula from SBDC will be talking about Social Media for business. The date is October 3. Jason will be on hand to talk about the distillery, Rotary will be talking about Rotary, and the Chamber will be on hand as well. We love to facilitate networking and it happens here at the chamber office every day.

Pacifica Chamber welcomes new members: Edward Jones Investments / Sven Geffken, Ron Coverson MBA / Barrett Business Services, as well as Angelica Velasco, AV Hair and Make Up Salon on Palmetto Avenue, and Royal Bee Yarn Company at Eureka Square. We are reaching out to non-members and former members to explain our new membership benefits. Many of our current members are signing up for a discount program, entitling members to special discounts or offers from fellow members. Our idea is to have membership pay for itself many times over. Current and prospective members are invited to call our office for a list of all participating chamber members and discounts.

Pacifica Chamber was recently invited by the Half Moon Bay Chamber to attend the monthly Coastside Emergency Action Program (CEAP) meeting. Pacifica Police Department sends a representative to these meeting and the point is to coordinate emergency planning on the Coast, over and above citywide programs such as Community Emergency Response Training (CERT).

A very fun event occurred at the South San Francisco Event Center called the “Multi-Chamber Expo,” which included the Pacifica Chamber, San Bruno, and four other chambers. Our CEO, Jamie Monozon put the whole thing together, a very fun raffle occurred and hundreds of people visited and learned about the offerings of local business, as well as picking up all sorts of swag that these kind of events always offer.

Finally, plugging upcoming fun events: Grand Opening / Ribbon Cutting at Sean’s Quality Floors on Palmetto, September 22nd at 3 p.m. We will be at Fog Fest by Dial Glass, and plan on having our Oktoberfest food preview this year. Oktoberfest (German Food and Beer) happens September 30th at Sharp Park Restaurant, and just two weeks later, we will be having our first ever joint Pacifica / San Bruno Chamber Bootlegger’s Boogie Golf Tournament. Sponsorships are available; please visit our website, or call our office at 650-355-4122 for details.

Chamber Happenings v. 2

Happy summer from Pacifica Chamber of Commerce. It’s a little less hectic here as our directory campaign has concluded. Expect a new directory in your mailbox around November.

At Sea Bowl, June 17, the Chamber sponsored a dunk tank at the annual Kops and Kids event. Captain Spanheimer, Larry Passmore, Scott Cirimeli, Bill Meyerhoff and Seajay Winterstavern delighted children, who dunked them into the icy water … countless times.

Special thanks to all who came out to our Taste of Pacifica back on June 24. To sample the delicious food of our Pacifica restaurants, we had a nice crowd including Supervisor Don Horsley, Mayor Mike O’Neill, and Council Members Sue Digre and Sue Vaterlaus.

For this event, we created a special passport that enables participation in a drawing for a Stampede 37.5” BBQ barrel, as well as discounts at some of the Taste of Pacifica participating restaurants and shops. Just visit six of the restaurants in the book and you can enter the drawing. We still have a few passports left and available at no charge.

On July 25, Luigi’s hosted our Networking at Night mixer. A great time was had, and I took some of Luigi’s famous rice balls with sauce to go.

We’re happy to welcome many new members who recently joined us. The Chamber will be having a ribbon cutting on Aug. 11 at 4 p.m. at Tripp Distillery, 1121 Palmetto, which distills vodka and rum on-site. Curry & Kabab — healthy and fresh Indian cuisine and seafood — recently opened at Fairmont Shopping Center. I have tried their various dishes; my favorite is their tasty tandoori chicken and pizza. Mr. Rana, the owner, is community-oriented and is hosting the Rotary Club’s Welcome Wagon Mixer on Aug. 1.

Motostrano, “the best E-bike shops in the world” with locations in Redwood City and San Francisco, joined our chamber to serve Pacifica. Shampa’s Pies, whose famous pies can be found at Farmer’s Market in Rockaway, now is a chamber member. We also welcome Renovation Design Realty, Surf Camp, Heirloom Agency and new Grocery Outlet owners Dianna and Chan Chu.

Mark your calendars; our other upcoming events include: Our annual Aspiring Entrepreneurs Mixer, this year at U.S. Bank at Eureka Square on Aug. 14, 7–8:30 p.m. The mixer is my favorite event; we have folks from the Small Business Development Center, Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center, actual Pacifica business owners and others on hand to guide you towards opening a business in Pacifica.

Oktoberfest will happen again at Sharp Park Restaurant/Golf Course on September 30. Our first annual Pacifica/San Bruno Bootleggers Golf Tournament occurs on Oct. 14, also at Sharp Park. Team discounts and hole sponsorships will again be available. On Nov. 18, the Chamber and the Pacifica Historical Society are co-sponsoring a dinner celebrating Pacifica’s 60th anniversary of incorporation as a city. This will be a very unique and special presentation, with Historical Society docents portraying various episodes of Pacifica History in period costumes.