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  • News for Chamber

  • Thursday, February 13, 2020
    Hello Santee!Last week, Santee went to Portland, Oregon! Well, maybe not all of town went and it was just me who visited the Pacific Northwest. Luckily, I was surrounded by over 400 other chamber professionals as I attended the annual Conference hosted by the Western Association of Chamber Executives. This was my third year in attendance and the best conference for me thus far. I guess I am bias ...read more
    Categories: Chamber
    Tuesday, February 11, 2020
    Kristen Dare, the CEO at the Santee Chamber of Commerce, was among the 28 chamber executives to graduate last Friday from Academy, a professional development program presented by the Western Association of Chamber Executives (W.A.C.E.).   Academy is an interactive 3-day (three year) training program on chamber management essentials designed for today’s chamber executives and staff ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, General News Article, Education, Press Release
    Thursday, January 30, 2020
    Last Thursday the City of Santee kicked off a series of events starting with a relay around town, to hosting Olympic trials and ending with a 5K run under the beautiful Santee sunset. I want to personally thank Bree Humphrey who has been with the City’s staff for many years and made a name for herself with her strong work ethic and high standard for producing impactful events for our community. ...read more
    Categories: Chamber
    Thursday, January 23, 2020
    Hello Santee!We are right in the middle of awards season in Hollywood and I feel full of glee as we are one and the same in Santee. Yesterday I was able to stop in and personally congratulate a few members of our Chamber who have made a difference in 2019. First was Curtis Anderson, Co-Owner of Salon Thrive. He will be receiving the Santee Young Professional of the Year award and we couldn’t be ...read more
    Categories: Chamber
    Thursday, January 16, 2020
    Hello Santee!Today was our Annual Board of Directors Retreat. This Annual Retreat serves as an opportunity to plan out what goals need to be accomplished and how those goals will be met. Our directors that sit on the board are completely on a volunteer basis. We appreciate how much time and effort they put in with us throughout the year and without them it would be too much to handle for Jennae ...read more
    Categories: Chamber
    Saturday, January 04, 2020
    Hello Santee!Welcome to 2020… I’ve been loving all the new year posts whether they are photos of how you all rung in the new year, motivation for fresh starts or even jokes about staying the same! Holidays and special occasions are really when social media shines and this past few days have been no exception. As I gear up for our annual retreat for our all-volunteer Board of Directors, I wanted to ...read more
    Categories: Chamber
    Thursday, December 19, 2019
    Hello Santee!On Monday night I was able to join the local Santee Kiwanis Club for their bi-monthly meeting at Mimi’s Café. Guest speaking in groups can sometimes be intimidating but I am glad to report, I was greeted kindly, offered a chair at their table, and instantly felt like one of their own. The group is small but mighty, offering annual activities for kids you may already be familiar with ...read more
    Categories: Chamber
    Thursday, December 05, 2019
    Hello Santee!This evening was our 32nd Annual Taste of Santee. This event was a great start to the holidays and it was rewarding to see so many toys donated towards the Santee Santas. If you did not have a chance to attend the event but are still wanting to give please consider donating towards the Santee Santas here! I would like to personally thank the food vendors that participated and shared ...read more
    Categories: Chamber
    Wednesday, November 27, 2019
    Hello Santee!Thanksgiving is tomorrow and the holiday rush is now here (just go to any grocery store to verify)! I am always thankful for my family first, of course, who give me purpose in life and reason to work hard at the Chamber. I am grateful for my hardworking husband who gives me the “yes” answers more than the “no” when I am wanting (which is often). Case in point, he is taking me and our ...read more
    Categories: Chamber
    Thursday, November 21, 2019
    Hello Santee!I often see people online who have mixed feelings about growth in Santee. Change is inevitable and I understand the sense of mourning that comes along with the loss of something nostalgic. Even as an adult with kids of my own, I still reminisce or about days at Santee School where the now-empty lot awaits development, or the hours upon hours I spent at Roller Skate Land where the ...read more
    Categories: Chamber
    Thursday, November 14, 2019
    Hello Santee!I love our big, little town, I also love the beauty surrounding it and the fact that we live in an amazing county with so much diversity and unique culture which shapes who we all are and how we live. Last night I spent a little bit of time out of Santee as I celebrated my dad‘s birthday with my mom and brother at a San Diego Gulls game down at the Sports Arena. For me, it was the ...read more
    Categories: Chamber
    Friday, November 08, 2019
    Hello Santee!These past few weeks have been BUSY for us. With two larger events back-to-back, I have been running myself ragged. This is not a complaint; I love staying busy. With work, volunteer roles and my family life all pulling me in different directions, it makes sense that many people ask me, “How do you do it all?” My answer is simple, because I have an amazing support system. From my ...read more
    Categories: Chamber
    Monday, October 28, 2019
    Read the full article from SD Voyager Magazine here:http://sdvoyager.com/interview/meet-chris-vertrees-sportsplex-usa-poway-santee/
    Categories: Chamber, Fun Facts, Human Interest, Community, General News Article
    Thursday, October 24, 2019
    Hello Santee!Yesterday I was invited to celebrate “10 Years of Excellence” as Edgemoor Hospital celebrated the first decade in their new building. The ceremony was quite interesting for those who don’t know how deep the history is, rooting back to the 1920s when the County purchased land with a farm and used the buildings to care for the poor and elderly. Before Social Security, and long before ...read more
    Categories: Chamber
    Thursday, October 17, 2019
    Hello Santee!Many of us have had the pleasure of purchasing a home in town, some of you, several times! For my husband and I, we are still in our “starter” home, totally loving the neighborhood we inherited and the amazing friends we’ve made, a stone’s throw away. We have an unofficial neighborhood watch when we leave town, a safe environment for our kids to play in the street, and caring people ...read more
    Categories: Chamber
    Thursday, October 10, 2019
    Hello Santee!This week I decided to look back through my social media and find an old photo… not too old, just from last year. I wanted to show an image of me with two of my dearest friends at the church where we all grew up together. Brian, Kimberly and I all met probably somewhere around first grade while attending catechism classes at Guardian Angels Church. We didn’t attend the same grade ...read more
    Categories: Chamber
    Thursday, October 03, 2019
    Hello Santee!Tuesday morning I was given a VIP tour of our two local high school campuses: West Hills and Santana. (Mind you, my husband and I have a son currently attending WHHS and we are graduates of SHS, so I am quite familiar with the campuses!) With fellow guest, City Manager Marlene Best, the District Superintendent, Dr. Tim Glover, and other key staff, this tour opened my eyes to the ...read more
    Categories: Chamber
    Thursday, September 26, 2019
    Hello Santee!Here at the Santee Chamber, we love local businesses! Sounds obvious, but we do. We love that being part of a community provides us with experiences that are very similar to those of a family. In a family, it’s not uncommon to celebrate milestones for the ones you love. We at the Chamber get to treat each member as if they were our babies and mark those milestones in fun and unique ...read more
    Categories: Chamber
    Wednesday, September 18, 2019
    Hello Santee!This past Saturday evening it seemed like we saw every adult in town at the annual Santee Bluegrass Festival. The night went by in a flash as a few good conversations can take up a chunk of the evening which traditionally flies by regardless. I think this was the year where I spoke to the least amount of people, ate only two samples of food provided and took only one picture while ...read more
    Categories: Chamber
    Friday, September 13, 2019
    Hello Santee!On Tuesday the Santee Chamber partnered with 7 other local organizations to provide an East County Economic Crimes Forum at no cost to members of the public and regional businesses. We were happy to share ideas and resources as folks from all walks of like attended to learn about how scams and cyber-crime impact our businesses and communities at this first-ever event. At the event, ...read more
    Categories: Chamber
    Thursday, September 05, 2019
    Hello Santee!This past week was such a nice break from the norm. For some, the long holiday weekend meant more work, extra sales and promotions and extended hours. But for most, it was an extra day off from work or school and an opportunity to spend time any which way they chose. For me, I chose family. I took a step away from work and enjoyed a couple of days up in Mammoth Lakes celebrating my ...read more
    Categories: Chamber
    Thursday, August 29, 2019
    Hello Santee!Saturday we celebrated a special member of our Chamber, the Santee Coffee Corner. I was introduced to this business before my time with the Chamber began, as friend Clint August was a regular at their Carlton Hills location. I would often pop in on Friday mornings as he made himself available for friends and conversation, and even though he always had a crowd around him, he would ...read more
    Categories: Chamber
    Tuesday, August 27, 2019
    Public Invited to First-of-its-Kind Economic Crimes Forum in East County  Seven Chambers of Commerce Coming Together to Host the Event   Members of the public are welcome to attend the first-ever Economic Crimes Forum in East County hosted by seven chambers of commerce to learn how scams and cyber-crimes impact businesses and the community. At the event, experts from the District Attorney’s ...read more
    Categories: Community, Education, Chamber, Economic
    Thursday, August 22, 2019
    Hello Santee!Last night we held a business mixer at Sportsplex USA, right in the heart of Santee in Town Center Community Park. For those who remember, Sportsplex entered into a partnership with the City of Santee back in 2003 but finally opened their doors to the public in 2010. This 20-acre sports park still manages to impress me 9 years later. You can read all about their nearly 4 million ...read more
    Categories: Chamber
    Thursday, August 15, 2019
    Hello Santee!Last week was leadership overload for me, in all the right ways! I was invited as a guest of Todd Tolson from Riverview Community Church, to attend a two day summit which is held in Chicago but globally broadcasted allowing us to attend a local viewing in East County. Maybe some of you have heard of it, participated in a viewing venue or even attended in Chicago for this annual Global ...read more
    Categories: Chamber
    Thursday, August 08, 2019
    Hello Santee!Last Tuesday was such a great day. I started out my morning at City Hall to participate in a project working group for the Santee Active Plan. Some may not have heard about this yet as it is in the early phases but, the City of Santee is developing a Comprehensive Active Transportation Strategy, which will identify safe, healthy, and effective ways for residents, visitors, and ...read more
    Categories: Chamber
    Thursday, July 25, 2019
    Hello Santee! Last week I received an invitation for myself and a guest to the attend the soft opening of California Fish Grill in El Cajon's Fletcher Marketplace (thanks to member Rachel Lynch of Courtyard Marriott El Cajon for passing along the opportunity!) Most of you know the site as the former home of the El Cajon Police Station but it is now housing the recently moved In-N-Out, Urbane ...read more
    Categories: Chamber
    Thursday, July 18, 2019
    Hello Santee!Since working for the Chamber, we have continued a very common tradition of hosting monthly socials for our members. For most, we know them as “mixers” - a term which my husband now knows means I won’t be home for dinner! Last night, we hosted our monthly Business After 5 Mixer at Lloyd's Collision & Paint Center. The Lloyd family has been hosting a mixer annually for several years ...read more
    Categories: Chamber
    Thursday, July 11, 2019
    Hello Santee!I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday with friends, family and fireworks last week. Congratulations to the City of Santee on another successful Santee Salutes and to Riverwalk Grill for holding down their fort for the second year in Town Center Community Park. So much work goes into these large scale events and I really would like to take a moment to say “thank you” to everyone behind ...read more
    Categories: Chamber
    Wednesday, July 03, 2019
    Hello Santee!This version of our Weekly Update is coming in a tad early, due to tomorrow’s holiday. As a reminder, our office will be closed Thursday and Friday of this week as we take some time off to enjoy our independence! As I get geared up for Independence Day, I start to think about how we are so blessed with freedoms others will never know. I know it’s easy to get sucked into the political ...read more
    Categories: Chamber
    Thursday, June 27, 2019
    Hello Santee!Saturday morning the Santee Chamber of Commerce hosted interviews for the final portion of this year’s Miss Santee and Miss Teen Santee Pageant. Although the format was changed this year to not include a stage portion, I was so impressed with the quality of the production. Former title holders Alex Kuty (now Marketing Manager at Santee’s Chick-fil-A!) and Sierra Carruth were prime ...read more
    Categories: Chamber
    Thursday, June 20, 2019
    Hello Santee!Before I became CEO of the Santee Chamber, I had several other job titles here. It took me a while to realize how unimportant these titles were, with no disrespect intended for my current position… it was just semantics. Our Chamber is advised by a Board of Directors who meet monthly but also host annual retreats. At a retreat over a year ago, I proposed an idea of focusing back on ...read more
    Categories: Chamber
    Thursday, June 13, 2019
    Hello Santee!Summer is here! Well, at least in our house with both Grossmont Union High School District and the Santee School District now both done with their 2018-2019 school year. This is such an exciting time of year. I love watching families around town jumping into new activities, less dictated by their normal schedules. Santee is full of these opportunities… I thought I would take a moment ...read more
    Categories: Chamber
    Thursday, June 06, 2019
    Hello Santee!This past week has been busy despite me taking a long weekend off after the Santee Street Fair. Let’s start with the groundbreaking of the new labs and classrooms for Grossmont Union High School District’s Health Occupation Center located adjacent to West Hills’ campus. This project funded through the Construction Bond Program (supported by Proposition U and Measure BB) is a much ...read more
    Categories: Chamber
    Thursday, May 30, 2019
    Hello Santee!This past weekend, the Santee Chamber of Commerce held it's 11th annual Santee Street Fair. This fair is the most work our Chamber puts into a single day event, the highest revenue generator for our organization and the largest public event in town. WE ARE PROUD of this fair! Like anyone who has organized a large scale event, you can probably relate to the exhaustion felt once those ...read more
    Categories: Chamber
    Thursday, May 23, 2019
    Hello Santee!A little over a week ago an old store received a new look in town… this store is known for its older things, in fact, it’s usually expected! That store is Goodwill in Santee on Mission Gorge Road (see image). For those who have been in Santee for a while, you might still slip up from time to time and refer to that location as Purple Heart (guilty!). Truth be told, when I go into a ...read more
    Categories: Chamber
    Thursday, May 16, 2019
    Hello Santee!This week, I had the privilege of being among the guests invited to participate in the ribbon cutting ceremony for a much anticipated addition to Santana High School. This addition is a well-needed, state of the art events and physical education building, long overdue for the students and faculty. This building boasts over 21,000 square feet that brings together the performing arts ...read more
    Categories: Chamber
    Thursday, May 09, 2019
    Hello Santee!Tuesday night I did something for my very first time: I took a kickboxing class. This wasn’t just any class, it was an experience! Recently CKO Kickboxing Santee offered a promotion I couldn’t pass up ($19.99 for three classes and a pair of starter gloves). I came in about 20 minutes before the start of class so I could fill out the obligatory form and get a brief orientation. I was ...read more
    Categories: Chamber
    Thursday, May 02, 2019
    Hello Santee!Yesterday was an anniversary for two of our members. We would like to take a moment, digest our food, and congratulate The WrapShack for their two year anniversary and Raising Cane’s for their first anniversary in Santee! It was hard to resist the deal at WrapShack which they offered (and also did on their first anniversary) any entrée for just $5.01 – get it? Their anniversary is ...read more
    Categories: Chamber
    Thursday, April 25, 2019
    Hello Santee!Tuesday was my first day back to work after a short Easter getaway and quite a busy day for the Santee Chamber! We started our morning over at Office Depot with tips to grow your business and learn more about their everyday services (some I didn’t know they offered!). I went downtown in the late morning as a guest of Barona Resort & Casino as we enjoyed the beautiful spring weather at ...read more
    Categories: Chamber
    Thursday, April 18, 2019
    Hello Santee!We had a wonderful night last Thursday at Lantern Crest as we hosted a multi-chamber networking event. It actually feels selfish to say “we” hosted because Lantern Crest did all the hard work. From their creative parking solutions, to amazing catering and friendly staff, they really make us feel as if we are an extension of their pool of residents. In fact, if I were 55 years old, I ...read more
    Categories: Chamber
    Thursday, April 11, 2019
    Hello Santee,  A few weeks ago I was invited to be part of a three-person panel for Office Depot managers from all around San Diego County. Local Store Manager for the Santee Office Depot, John Torrevillas, invited me to join their team-building for the afternoon down at Liberty Station and I had no clue what I was in for! I sat down for lunch then was quickly introduced to a group of people who I ...read more
    Categories: Chamber
    Thursday, April 04, 2019
    Hello Santee, Friday marked a very special day for the Santee Chamber as we hosted our first ever, Santee Heroes Luncheon. This sold out luncheon was the spin-off from our annual Awards Night event where we were able to showcase our community leaders and celebrate their many accomplishments from 2018. Better yet, the Santee Chamber was able to name our 2018 Person of the Year, Buddy Rabaya. Many ...read more
    Categories: Chamber
    Thursday, March 28, 2019
    Hello Santee, Some weeks I feel like I can fill an entire magazine with what's been going on and what's upcoming, and this month, we did :) Keep a lookout in your mailbox for the first of four issues of The Santee Magazine today as the Spring issue is set to arrive! This issue focuses on women in business and I feel like we barely tapped the surface of what Santee has to offer. For those who need ...read more
    Categories: Chamber
    Thursday, March 21, 2019
    Hello Santee, This time next week we will be in full prep-mode as the Chamber gets set to host our inaugural Santee Heroes Luncheon! The concept isn't necessarily new... we have been hosting community awards as long as I've been at the Chamber (which mind you, is only the past five years). However, these awards have traditionally been given at our annual Awards Night event which was just held last ...read more
    Categories: Chamber
    Thursday, March 14, 2019
    Hello Santee, On Tuesday our Chamber celebrated the Grand Opening of EBIS (Enhanced Benefits Insurance Solutions). For those who were paying attention, their office is in La Mesa. This was a fun surprise when we had a few folks ask why we were doing a ribbon cutting there or why they wouldn't just use La Mesa's Chamber for the task. First I'd like to note, all are welcome. The Santee Chamber is ...read more
    Categories: Chamber
    Thursday, March 07, 2019
    Hello Santee, Last week Chick-fil-A celebrated their 6th year of being in Santee! A lot of things have changed in Santee over the past six years and a lot of chicken has been served, by more than just Chick-fil-A! I know sometimes we joke about the plethora of options we have for fast food dining and poultry options in town, but I am very honored each time I’m around the owner of Santee’s ...read more
    Categories: Chamber
    Thursday, February 28, 2019
    Hello Santee, Last week we celebrated local businesses at our Annual Awards Night atBarona Casino & Resort. The night was full of high energy as we scaled back our regular program to focus on our members and showcase some standout stars in Santee. Thank you so much to all who attended, donated to our auction/raffle and helped with logistics for the evening. A special thanks to our amazing staff, ...read more
    Categories: Chamber
    Thursday, February 21, 2019
    Good Morning Santee!                                                                                                                                                        As a quick notice, our office will be CLOSED TOMORROW (Friday February 22) as we give our staff a day off, anticipating a long working day today. That’s because TONIGHT we will be at the lovely Barona Resort & Casino as we ...read more
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