Like so many, the Tulare Chamber of Commerce looks onward in hopes of returning to what was once normal. We anxiously await the day when all businesses are open and flourishing, and we can celebrate closely surrounded by the community we know and love.

As we embrace our current reality, we continue to connect to the community, advocate, and celebrate the milestones and victories of those we serve.

The Governmental Affairs Committee, our advocacy group comprised of business and community leaders, continues to meet monthly and discuss legislative and regulatory issues affecting our businesses and community. The adaptation to virtual meetings helps connect beyond our normal reach, allowing us to welcome Dan Walters, political journalist and author as a guest speaker from Sacramento. Dan’s wealth of knowledge and years of experience brought us new insight into current events and legislative issues within our government.

The Chamber’s Youth Ambassadors for Business continue to break barriers and strive for success. Participants most recently exercised their entrepreneurial creativity by developing business concepts and plans, and pitching their ideas. The students also heard from Traci Myers, economic development director for the city of Tulare, and Donnette Silva Carter, Chamber CEO, who spoke about the city and chamber’s roles in economic development.

Celebrating new businesses and milestones, although they may look different, is something we continue to look forward to. Westamerica Bank, which had been located in downtown Tulare, welcomed the opening of a beautiful new location at 1917 Hillman St. The regional community bank continues to provide consumer services and commercial financing with branches throughout Northern and Central California. Westamerica Bank is one of the largest commercial banks headquartered in California.

Steve Penn and his team at Central Valley Pure celebrated the launch of their new location in downtown Tulare with a ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremony. The business offers a variety of CBD products for personal care and wellness. Products offer benefits in anxiety relief, pain management, inflammation and more. They are located at 243 South K St. in Tulare. You can also call them at (559) 467-5277 or visit their website at centralvalleypure.com.

The Chamber serves the greater Tulare area as its Business Resource Center focused on economic growth and sustainability for its members, local businesses and the community.

In good times and challenging times, the Tulare Chamber of Commerce continues its 137-year tradition of serving as a champion for business and community.