Chamber of Commerce (MBCC)
Above L to R: Latrice McGlothin, Kinecta Federal Credit Union Foundation & past chair of the board, MBCC; Jill Dunn, Chevron & chair of the board, MBCC; Abby Waddell, Compass; DeAnn Flores Chase, Chase Law Group; Tamala Lewis, Dignity Health Sports Park; Jill McCurry, Manhattan Village; Hibah Samad, Manhattan Beach Unified School District; Maureen McBride, Tabula Rasa Essentials; Danica Dusevic, MBCC finance manager, Beachfront Business Services; Ann O’Brien, El Camino College
Not pictured: Jordan Austin, Residence Inn MB; Robin Curren, Skechers; Cristan Higa, Beach Cities Health District; Sherry Kramer, Continental Development Corporation
The Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce drives a strong local economy by promoting the community, providing valuable business connections and representing business with government. The Chamber was founded in 1941 and is led by president/CEO David Archer. It has 13 women serving on its board of directors including two women on the executive board.
What does your company stand for?
The Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce stands for helping businesses, organizations and people in Manhattan Beach and throughout the South Bay to thrive. We want to promote a strong local economy by partnering with local government, the business community, and local nonprofit and business organizations.
What’s new and exciting with your business?
Recently, the Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce initiated a community-based newspaper, The MB Pier Review, that will be sent to all Manhattan Beach residents, businesses and Chamber members. Content and advertisements will be exclusive for our members, creating a unique benefit that sets the Manhattan Beach Chamber apart.
In what ways do you empower women to succeed in business?
In March 2022 we held a virtual event called Phenomenal Women: Unite. Empower. Inspire. Denise Austin was the keynote speaker, along with four local women serving on the discussion panel: Tanya Monaghan, social influencer and deputy editor of Southbay magazine; Peilin (Payleen) Pratt, founder and principal of Peilin Pratt Advisory; Jennifer Clay, VP of corporate communications and marketing at Skechers; and Malissia Clinton, senior vice president, general counsel and secretary at The Aerospace Corporation. They addressed topics such as inequity and stereotypes in the workplace; supporting women in the workplace; celebrating differences and diversity with family; and being intentional about breaking barriers.
How does your business provide clients a competitive advantage?
A Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce membership immediately gives you credibility and signals to consumers, other businesses and potential investors that you support the community and are serious about business ethics, integrity and scaling your brand. We do business better in the Beach Cities, and having a membership with the Chamber offers a variety of benefits to help you build your brand.
MBCC has a dedicated and active membership base that is successful in making its mark within our community. Those members work in tandem not only with the Chamber but also with other members to promote long-term partnerships and strategic plans to help achieve business goals. It is our mission to help you grow your sales channels, educate you on best practices, and get you the exposure you need to promote your products and services.