Man­teca chamber hires events man­ager

Manteca Bulletin - - Front Page - By DEN­NIS WY­ATT

The Man­teca Chamber of Commerce is stepping up its ef­forts to strengthen both the busi­ness cli­mate and the com­mu­nity.

The 330- plus mem­ber busi­ness or­ga­ni­za­tion has:

▶hired Char­maine Tyrrell as the chamber’s part-time events man­ager.

▶taken over the vis­it­man­ web­site and — as its first step — is up­dat­ing the tourism and vis­i­tors por­tal with a com­plete list of restau­rants. The chamber will con­tinue to op­er­ate its web­site, man­

▶worked with down- town mer­chants to launch the Down­town Al­liance of which the chamber will be a mem­ber.

▶stepped up its ef­fort to work with the city and pri­vate sec­tor to find ways to en­hance the lo­cal econ­omy.

Joann Beat­tie, now in her fifth year of ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, said the chamber tak­ing back the Cross­roads Street Fair that they started more than 20 years ago will help gen­er­ate rev­enue to al­low the chamber to look at more events and other ac­tiv­i­ties to pro­mote Man­teca.

Beat­tie said the chamber’s goal is to not just pro­mote busi­ness, jobs and tourism but to find ways to en­cour­age cur­rent res­i­dents to be­come more en­gaged in the com­mu­nity.

Among the events Tyrell will be help­ing stage is the Cross­roads Street Fair and the chamber’s Christ­mas ac­tiv­i­ties the first week­end of De­cem­ber at Li­brary Park among others.

Beat­tie noted the Down­town Al­liance is working on its first event to draw peo­ple

into down­town — a wine stroll in late Oc­to­ber that will likely take place the even­ing be­fore the an­nual down­town Safe Hal­loween event.

Other up­com­ing Man­teca Chamber of Commerce ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude:

▶AM­BI­ENCE FURNITIRE RIBBON CUT­TING TO­DAY: The cham- ber is host­ing a ribbon cut­ting to­day at 5 p. m. for Am­bi­ence Fur­ni­ture at 2111 Mof­fat Blvd. near Wood­ward Av­enue.

▶WED­NES­DAY COF­FEE: The 8 a.m. Wed­nes­day, Sept. 5 cof­fee is also a ribbon cut­ting at the Chit Chat Café, 272 W. Louise Ave.

▶SMALL BUSI­NESS WORK­SHOP: The SBDC small busi­ness work­shop takes place Thurs­day, Sept. 6, at the chamber of­fice at noon. There is a $15 regis­tra­tion fee that in­cludes a DVD. You need to RSVP in ad­vance by call­ing 8236121.

▶ CON­GRESS­MAN & AS­SEM­BLY­MAN MO­BILE OF­FICE: Con­gress­man Jeff Den­ham’s mo­bile of­fice as well as As­sem­bly­man Heath Flora’s mo­bile of­fice will be at the chamber of­fice at North and North Main streets on Fri­day, Sept. 7, at 10 a.m.

GLENN KAHL/The Bul­letin

Man­teca Chamber of Commerce Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Joann Beat­tie, left, with newly hired events man­ager Char­maine Tyrrell.

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