Flowers blossoming, the days getting longer and fresh air signal the arrival of spring. As we welcome the new season, we are filled with hope for new beginnings. As much as we talk about all of the challenges and pivoting that has happened over the past year, we must also remember the good that continues to come amid the chaos. There is growth in our community, with new housing and commercial projects in the works and new businesses to welcome. The chamber continues to celebrate these happenings and stays in a moving-forward mode of program offerings to champion businesses and a thriving local community.

Furniture Avenue LLC opened its doors in Tulare. Located next to Walmart at 1120 E. Prosperity Ave., the store has a complete line of home furnishing products, which include bedroom and dining room furniture, entertainment centers and more. Along with a variety of styles and designs, it takes great value in customer service, price and quality. The furniture specialists at Furniture Avenue are excited to serve Tulare and the greater area with the latest trends in home furnishings. You can visit their website or call the store at (559) 686-8888.

Sierra Roll Off & Recycle owners Scott and Amanda McMaster and their family celebrated their new Tulare Chamber of Commerce membership with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Sierra Roll Off & Recycle is a trucking and roll-off service that specializes in waste and recycle management as well as agriculture products. Scott and his team also offer their service for construction, job site and property cleanup, in addition to trash, scrap metal and produce hauling. This longtime business, formerly known as Martin Trucking and now owned by the next generation of family, prides itself on exceptional customer service as it continues to proudly serve the greater Tulare and Kings County areas. Located in the Visalia countryside, you can contact them at (559) 731-0199.

Our Youth Ambassadors for Business program continues to find new ways to engage and connect despite the challenges. Most recently, the group did a walking tour through downtown Tulare, which was led by John Harman, Tulare Downtown Association manager. Their final stop was the Downtown Dream, where they heard from Blake Shawn about his team’s vision for this unique co-working and pop-up event venue.

The chamber continues to remain dedicated to helping businesses stay in business. Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) supported the chamber in launching our first Business Resiliency Webinar Series. From topics like financing and business productivity tools to labor laws and reaching global markets, this series provided additional avenues of service to our members and others. Serving as a resource center for businesses and the community remains a top priority for the chamber.