he Visalia Chamber of Commerce welcomes the 2021-2022 Leadership Visalia Cohort. The class, consisting of 13 local professionals from various industries, is led by facilitator Raquel Garcia, a professor in the School of Business at Fresno Pacific University. The class attended orientation and retreat in August and will have its first day session featuring a community and government overview this month. 

The Chamber kicked off the fall season with the return of Oktoberfest. With a sold-out crowd of 1,500, attendees enjoyed some of the valley’s best food, wine and beer while dancing the night away to the music of The Appletons, JJ Brown Band and Joe Peters. The Visalia Chamber gives thanks to our sponsors, Bueno Beverage Company, Vossler Farms and the Visalia Mall. See you next year on Sept. 23, 2022!

To continue to provide networking opportunities for our members, local businesses and young professionals, the Visalia Chamber of Commerce will partner with Gateway Financial Planning Group to host the October Business After Hours mixer on Oct. 27. In addition, the Chamber’s Young Professional Network group is back with its monthly Meet-Ups at local breweries, hosted on the second Thursday of the month. Local young professionals are encouraged to stop by for an opportunity to network and make connections in the community in a casual, low-key atmosphere.

In September, tickets went on sale for Christmas Tree, which will take place on Friday, Dec. 3. This year’s event will be a Speakeasy, as the event location will not be announced to ticket holders until a week before the event. The Chamber is excited to bring back this legacy event that will feature creative surprises while still providing a platform for local charities to advance their mission through donations and raising awareness for their causes. Tickets and event clues can be found at visaliachamber.org/cta and the Chamber’s social media platforms. 

We invite our community to support our Jr. CEOs on Nov. 6, Hot Chocolate Day. Local students who participated in the fall Jr. CEO program will set up their hot chocolate stands throughout Visalia, taking what they learned from the five-week program and launching their businesses. Please visit the Chamber’s website, visaliachamber.org/ceo, for a map of locations.

The Visalia Chamber of Commerce is proud to be a catalyst, convener and champion of local business by continuing to provide valuable resources, programs and initiatives to local businesses and community.