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he Tulare Chamber of Commerce has had a busy summer, and we are looking forward to continuing some of our most beloved programs this fall, including Leadership Tulare. The 2021-22 Leadership class welcomes 13 new faces eager to dive into the history and challenges of our community while expanding on their leadership skills. The program continues to provide a dynamic forum for developing diverse leaders committed to self-development and the community. We are excited to have this wonderful program back and look forward to watching these leaders evolve.

The community and Chamber continue to welcome new businesses in town. Kristie’s Creations owner Kristie VanBlankenstein has invited local artisans, crafters and DIYers to showcase their art, passion and creativity in one location. Kristie’s Creations features these local vendors and artisans as well as some of Kristie’s custom-painted furniture. You can visit Kristie’s Creations at 611 E. Prosperity Ave. in Tulare.

Hertz rental car also opened a new location in Tulare at Golden State Paint and Body. The Watson family hopes to make car rentals easy and accessible. The family is excited to partner with Hertz and offer this service to the community. For your rental car needs and great customer service, visit Hertz at 3450 South K St.

September Business After Hours was hosted by Valley Strong Credit Union in Tulare. Also celebrating its one-year anniversary, Valley Strong continues to keep its commitment to the San Joaquin Valley. From loan programs to the latest digital technology, retirement and wealth management, and business banking, Valley Strong is here to serve you. Visit its beautiful Tulare branch today at 1989 E. Prosperity Ave. for your financial needs or visit its website valleystrong.com for more information on services.

Our city, county and state officials came together last month to provide us with important legislative updates at our State of the City event at the International Agri-Center. Guests enjoyed lunch and heard from Tulare Mayor Dennis Mederos, who shared updates on expansions, new projects, housing and health care. County Supervisor Pete Vander Poel III, Assemblyman Devon Mathis and Vivian Cao, representative for state Sen. Shannon Grove, also provided information on current state and county issues.

For more information about the Tulare Chamber of Commerce, our events, membership and programs, please contact us at (559) 686-1547 or visit tularechamber.org. We are Tulare’s Champion for Business & Community!