• Chamber Info

  • Since 1912 your Chamber has been working for you 

    The Chamber Mission Statement

    To Promote, support and improve the business and economic climate within its service area, to enrich the lives of its citizenry and encourage a stronger sense of community.

    Join us on this mission!

    To Learn more about these benefits, don’t hesitate to call us at 707-961-6300 or send an email to chamber@mcn.org

    Over 400 businesses and organizations make up the Chamber Network from Westport to Gualala. Join them in one of the many social events the Chamber organizes:

    • Monthly Chamber Mixers

    • Ribbon Cuttings used to promote your business, services or products

    • Annual Showcase Mixer/Business Expo

    Marketing and Promotion

    Our goal is to help make your business as efficient and profitable as possible. We understand that you have limited resources and budget. We also understand the need to use multiple formats to promote your business, services and products. We offer many different ways to effortlessly promote your business:

    • Publicize in the Chambers weekly electronic “Chamber Member’s Bulletin”, distributed to both members and non-members in
      the community

    • Get featured on the Chamber’s Facebook page, Twitter and Pinterest

    • Market your business through the Chamber website and Visitor Guide/business directory distributed throughout California Welcome Centers and AAA Offices

    • Sponsor or participate in the many community events the Chamber organizes including the Whale Festivals, Fourth of July parade and Fort Bragg Fireworks

    • Showcase your business in our special member monthly display at the Chamber (first come first served)

    • Display your brochures at the Chamber of Commerce

    • Receive word of mouth referrals

    • Get your rack cards sent directly to your target audience by being included in our visitor, wedding or relocation packets 

    Education is never a waste

    Social media a mystery? Does the thought of setting up a website leave you cold? The Chamber continually brings you important information and assistance through multiple programs and publications:

    • Attend business improvement workshops
    • Gain valuable information from the 12@12 lunch sessions

    And the list goes on...

    • Benefit from Chamber’s advocacy with local government
    • Qualify for member-to-member discount
    • Benefit from “Shop Local” promotions
    • Receive the CEO’s Annual Report
    • Free Membership mailing labels (one time only) 
    • Certificate of Origin at discounted prices for members 
    • Support the Film office’s mission to bring filming, commercials and photo shoots to Mendocino County
    • Membership in the Chamber is tax deductible as a business expense
    • The Chamber is proud to constantly listen and evolve to meet your needs, with new programs being added to bring more and more value to your membership 
  • Upcoming Events

  • Resources for Businesses During the COVID-19 Crisis Resources for Businesses During the COVID-19 Crisis

    The State Places Mendocino County Back Into the Purple Tier

    There has been an unprecedented increase in COVID-19 cases throughout California, particularly within the last 10 days. Mendocino County has also seen a rise in cases. Within the last seven days, our county’s case rate (average number of new cases per day) has jumped by 69%. Because of this surge, Mendocino County Public Health was alerted by the state that our county has officially re-entered Purple Tier 1, or “widespread” COVID-19 community risk status, effective Tuesday, November 17, 2020.

    In line with new state guidelines, our new tier assignment is based on a seven-day average with a four-day lag. As of today, 41 of the 58 counties in California are now in the Purple Tier 1 as a result of the state’s revision.

    “We’re disappointed that due to the new criteria developed by the state, our data requires we move back to the Purple Tier,” says County Health Officer Dr. Andy Coren. “This impacts all Mendocino County residents. If your family has not been affected by the virus, it does not mean they never will be. It is when we as individuals let our guard down that COVID-19 has an opportunity to spread. Mendocino County is experiencing a dramatic increase in COVID-19 cases, which is being fueled by household spread and continued gatherings. We urge business owners to abide by Public Health Guidelines. This includes limiting facility capacity as required, and prioritizing the health of your patrons. We also urge individuals and families to not engage with indoor gatherings of any size, even if no one reports feeling ill. This virus is deadly, and can spread quietly through asymptomatic carriers.”

    In alignment with the state's Purple Tier 1 category, the following industries must abide by these guidelines in order to slow the spread of COVID-19:

    • Restaurants must operate by means of takeout or outdoor dining only, while abiding by social distancing requirements, as well as facial covering requirements when not consuming food.
    • Gyms must operate outdoors only, while abiding by social distancing and facial covering requirements.
    • Places of worship must operate outdoors only, while abiding by social distancing and facial covering requirements.
    • Retail stores are limited to a maximum of 25% capacity, while abiding by social distancing and facial covering requirements.
    • Skilled Nursing Facilities may no longer have in-person visitors.
    • Schools may remain open for on-campus instruction, if they had already opened on-campus instruction while the county was in the Red Tier. Such schools are urged to ask staff to test for COVID-19 regularly. If a school did not re-open on-campus instruction in the Red Tier, their campus must remain closed.

    The state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy lays out a clear picture of what the different tiers mean to each business sector. For a complete list of allowable activities under the Purple Tier 1, please visit www.covid19.ca.gov. As a reminder, all businesses must complete a COVID-19 self-certification process prior to opening for the first time at www.mendocinocountybusiness.org.

    “Mendocino County staff started preparing a COVID-19 pandemic response months ago, building a strong county response team,” said County CEO Carmel Angelo. “We are here as disaster service workers and will continue to serve the public, 24/7, as long as our COVID-19 pandemic response is needed.”

    The state is re-starting the time clocks for all counties, requiring that Mendocino County spend at least 21 days in the Purple Tier 1, and meet Red Tier 2 requirements for two consecutive weeks before advancing to the next less restrictive tier. To help continue the progressive re-opening process, the public is urged to wear a mask, practice social distancing and frequent handwashing, stay home when sick and avoid gatherings. The public must follow isolation and quarantine requirements.  


    We will be posting resources to help our local businesses during this difficult and unprecedented crisis.  

    The Chamber is here to support you and our goal is to provide as much information as possible so that you will have access to resources that can help you through this extremely challenging time.

    Although our office is closed, I'll be working from home and available via phone and email.  I've temporarily laid off my staff to mitigate the impact on the Chamber budget.

    For eNews submissions:  
    chambernews@mcn.org
    *Please note that all submissions should be regarding announcements that follow all state and local orders. We ask that events are not submitted at this time unless they are virtual events or webinars.

    Please let me know how else I can support you and your businesses.

    I hope that you are all doing as well as can be expected under these stressful times.

    Take care, STAY HOME and be well.
    Sharon
    To reach me call 707-961-6302. 
    chamberceo@mcn.org



    Love Local mendoThis Shop Local program is created and launched as a partnership of the Greater Ukiah Business and Tourism Alliance, the Mendocino Coast Chamber of Commerce, the Willits Chamber of Commerce, and community leaders.

    Love Local Mendo Website


    Click Here For the Application

     



    It is designed to represent businesses from Hopland to Laytonville, across the county to Boonville, Fort Bragg and the South coast. The focus of the campaign is to create a central marketing effort to support local businesses to generate income while closed to the public.

    The campaign is a perfect platform to market your services, gift cards, and products. It will directly link customers to your selling platform. (delivery, curbside pickup, etc. within the guidelines of the most recent Shelter In Place orders must be observed)

     

     
     
     
     
     
     


     


     


    County of Mendocino COVID-19 updates

    Mendocino County has an up-to-date information site including business resources.  Our two coastal districts also have very active Facebook Groups:

    4th District :: 5th District

    City of Fort Bragg press releases

    West Business Development Center

    How your business may be impacted and resources to help.

    Community Foundation Resources

    KOZT Resource Page

    MCN Update page

    A message for business that use Square

    Today Square Online Store released the option for curbside pickup, and later this week a local delivery feature will be available for all businesses so that you can quickly adapt to this changing environment. They are also waiving curbside pickup and delivery fees for the next three months. Square Online Store already offers online orders for in-store pickup with no monthly fee. They are refunding all software subscription fees for the month of March.

    KGUA Resources