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Guest View: South Tahoe Chamber opens up new office

Well, we are finally there. We opened our new California-based South Tahoe Chamber of Commerce office. Yes, it is in California at 2572 Lake Tahoe Blvd., across the parking lot from Aspen Realty, just east of Sierra Boulevard. We will have limited hours, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, until our grand opening in January.

I would like to make a few things clear to those who may be confused in our community. We are not the merged Nevada-based chamber, nor are we in competition with them. Our goal is to represent small businesses in California, Nevada and the “Y” area, which has been underrepresented and neglected for so many years. Yet the “Y” area still produces about half the sales-tax revenue for the city of South Lake Tahoe. This does not exclude any businesses; we welcome all of your memberships. Yes, it is OK to belong to either chamber or both. Once again, we welcome all of you.

My apologies for some of our slow progress, but we are operating with volunteers, no paid staff and no funding from the city of South Lake Tahoe or LTVA, and we pay our own rent. Yet we have incorporated with unique bylaws that put the members in charge, grown to 150 members, held regular monthly meetings, several well-attended business blenders, formed a partnership with the El Dorado County Chamber in Placerville, and recently held Treat Street at the Pine Cone Acre Motel with the help of the El Dorado County Food Bank, KRLT/KOWL and others. More than 1,500 people attended this free event on Halloween night for the kids.

We are now opening our new office and will be launching our new Web site early next year. We encourage all businesses to take part in this. As a member, you will receive your own personal Web page with a link to your business Web site. All this for $145 per year for the average business, which comes out to about $12 per month. What a deal!

We are also planning an event of art, craft, wine, jazz, business blender and a carnival for the kids in early spring of 2008. This will be South Lake Tahoe’s first annual Tahoe Mountain Fair. This will be another great event put on by locals for locals, bringing the community together.

So if you are interested in joining the new South Tahoe Chamber of Commerce, have any questions or would just like to be part of it, please contact us at (530) 542-5060, or drop by 2572 Lake Tahoe Blvd. Good luck to all of you this winter season, and pray for snow!

– Danny Freemon is president of the new South Tahoe Chamber of Commerce.

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