Letter from the President

A couple of years ago, when I was the Chair of the Chamber’s Ambassador Committee, I walked into a business on Park Street where a young lady, probably still in her teens was working behind the counter and I introduced myself as being with the Chamber of Commerce. As I began to tell her why I had stopped by she said “What is the Chamber of Commerce, a church or something?”  WOW! That really took me by surprise. I assumed everyone was aware of the Chamber of Commerce, even teenagers.

From that day forward my goal has been to communicate the purpose and principles behind the Alameda Chamber throughout our community. What I have found on my journey is, though most people don’t think the Chamber is a Church, they often don’t know the true value that the Chamber of Commerce provides the local community.

I am writing you today to convey to the Community of Alameda that your Chamber of Commerce works every day to deliver on the implied promise that every Chamber makes to its community. That promise is to be focused on developing programs that provide Advocacy, Education and Economic Growth Opportunities for its membership and to be a resource to the community of Alameda and its visitors.

First and foremost, the Alameda Chamber exists to unite the voice of our business community and provide a conduit for information flow between our members and the City of Alameda. We stand with businesses from Alameda Point to Harbor Bay Isle, from Park Street to Webster Street to be your advocate and to amplify the voice of our business community on City issues that affect your livelihood. You can’t put a price on it and you can’t see it, but our advocacy could someday be the difference between the profit and loss of your business.

The more tangible elements of your Chamber’s value proposition are seen in our Business Education programs and our events which provide you with economic Growth Opportunities. These programs include our partnership with Argosy University’s Alameda campus to provide Business Education events and Economic Growth Opportunities through visibility at events such as our Annual Business Expo, Neptune Beach Fun Fair, Successful Thinkers Networking Luncheons and, of course, our monthly mixers.

Our exciting new Mobile App allows you to connect with the Chamber when your on the go and allows us to better communicate all of the benefits of Chamber Membership. Be sure to download the App at your Apple or Google App Store.

I am proud to report that the value proposition provided by the Alameda Chamber of Commerce has never been stronger. We are on firm financial footing and have never been more relevant to the business community of Alameda.

Michael McDonough
President of the Alameda Chamber of Commerce

Financial Services Representative
Principal Financial Group