Chamber of Commerce (MBCC)
Above L to R: Kelly Stroman, President/CEO, MBCC; Jill Dunn, Chevron & Chair, MBCC; Latrice McGlothin, Kinecta Federal Credit Union Foundation & Past Chair, MBCC Not pictured: Faviola Ochoa, SoCalGas & Secretary, MBCC
The Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce drives a strong local economy by promoting the community, providing valuable business connections and representing local companies with government agencies. The Chamber is celebrating its 80th anniversary in 2021, culminating with this year’s Best of Manhattan Awards on October 21 at westdrift Manhattan Beach.
What does your organization stand for?
“The Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce stands for helping businesses, organizations and people thrive—throughout Manhattan Beach and the South Bay. We want to promote a strong local economy by partnering with local government, the business community, and nonprofit and business organizations.”
What’s new and exciting with your business?
“After the death of George Floyd, the Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce formed its Inclusion Committee to help the Chamber consider how it can be more inclusive of all populations and help the business community navigate the same issue. Our goal is to create an inclusive business environment in Manhattan Beach in which all populations are welcome to conduct business.”
In what ways do you empower women to succeed in business?
“The Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce is led by president/CEO Kelly Stroman and has 12 women on its board of directors, including three women on the executive board. In March we held a virtual event, Phenomenal Women: Purposefully Powerful, which focused on understanding the power of purpose (and of women). The Chamber also holds quarterly women-focused networking events that afford local women the opportunity to meet one another and share their personal and business experiences.”
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 Manhattan Beach Chamber offers a variety of benefits to help you build your brand.
We have a dedicated and active membership base that is successful in making its mark within our community. Our 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 on best practices, and get you the exposure you need to promote your products and services.”
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