“The object of the Nipomo President’s Message: A+E4 : Attitude with Energy, Energize, Edge and Execute
Chamber of Commerce shall be
to promote the civic, economic, Hello Chamber members, there must be a better way…….
agricultural, educational, & social
welfare of Nipomo.” What is it, April, spring cleaning time? I am not even sure the younger generation knows what you
mean. Ouch, I am heading towards 50 and I am talking about the “younger” generation. But you
know what, whether they do call it the new 40 or not, it does not feel old at all. But I do feel we need
a good spring cleaning on rules, regulations and old habits.
It is interesting; someone told me years ago that when you repeatedly say in a certain situation
“there must be a better way” there almost always is. Sometimes this better way is easy to find, more
often than not it requires effort and sometimes a lot of effort. The extra cost I see in so many things,
that affect all of us day after day, gets me riled up. The litigious nature of some people that are abus-
ing the system drives up the cost of doing business. When a person indicates he will not perform a
service at a home office if he will be at any time alone with that person’s daughter, I can see his
point. But it drives me nuts because it limits options for that home business and so many are doing
business from their home these days.
Nipomo Chamber President
Cees Dobbe If a volunteer in one school district needs to be fingerprinted to drive kids for a sporting event and
DoVer Enterprises that volunteer also volunteers in another school district they need to be fingerprinted there as well.
That is nuts, inconvenient and there must be a better way. Why can’t one school district accept the
Nipomo Chamber of
other one’s background check; come on, there is something like overkill going on here.
All these things lead to people saying it is not worth making the effort so they stay away from it all,
Janelle Bledsoe resulting in limited options for businesses or organizations. I say, let’s look for the better way and for
Membership Manager/ Pete’s sake let’s stay flexible; you cannot and should not try to create a rule or system for every pos-
Event Coordinator sible thing that could go wrong. You will kill businesses and organizations that way. You have to tell
those rule hungry people that you cannot make flying an airplane 100% safe and the more expensive
Email: you make it to fly by creating more rules, the more people will drive a car that has dangers as well,
firstname.lastname@example.org etc., etc. Push back and please, in your own organization; do make the exceptions when it makes
sense and train others in your organizations to do the same. Yes that will require effort on your part
671 W. Tefft Street, Ste. #2 but your customers will appreciate it very much. Keep in mind they will certainly remember it when
Nipomo, CA 93444 someone applies a stupid rule to a situation that justifies flexibility.
So, be good, be brave and see you at the next Chamber function.
Cees Dobbe—President, Nipomo Chamber of Commerce
INSIDE THE CHAT You have to start with the right Attitude to believe in yourself so that you can make the Four E’s work.
You got to have the Energy (1) yourself, You have to Energize (2) people around you, You have to get
1 - President’s Message an Edge (3) and lastly, but real importantly, You have to Execute (4), otherwise the first three E’s are
2 - Officers and Business of wasted. A+E4
3 - Calendar, Community President’s Circle
4, 5 Member’s Corner
6 - Welcome New Members
7 - What’s Up at the Office?
8 - Advertising in The Chat
9 - Ambassador Feature
10 - Monthly Luncheon
Rotary Club of Nipomo
Page 2 THE CHAT April 2010
Nipomo Chamber Business of the Month:
Board 2010 Superior Marketing Consultants!
DoVer Enterprises, LLC.
Executive Vice President
Steve Schumann…… 481-5990 Superior Marketing Supporting and Growing Local Businesses
SLOCO Data/Discovery Dining Superior Marketing and Consulting is a Nipomo based firm that specializes in helping
local businesses and supporting our community. We specialize in marketing consult-
Vice President, Membership
ing for businesses of any size, political consulting, and with our publishing division we
Diane Kuhnle………...929-4970 have been serving the communities Nipomo, Arroyo Grande and now Santa Maria by
Nipomo Properties creating high quality Chamber Guides and Directories, and Chamber Maps. We are
Secretary currently completing the next Nipomo Chamber Map and if you have not placed an ad
to highlight your businesses in this beautiful map contact us today, as the deadline
and space for ads is almost complete! You don’t want to miss this opportunity.
The Edwards Barn
We enjoy serving our community and its businesses especially through our one of
Treasurer kind publications – The Nipomo News, The Arroyo Grande News and The Santa
Crystal Perez ………..929-1911 Maria News. These magazines are direct mailed to the residents and businesses of
Rabobank the communities they serve and feature only “good news” about kids, students, com-
munity events, and local businesses. You can view our publications online at
Directors We are honored to be doing business here in Nipomo and are grateful for all the won-
derful support we have received from Nipomo, its Chamber and businesses. If you
Dennis Bryan...…..….345-9413 would like more information about how your business would benefit from any of our
WaterSavers specialties or to advertise in our publications, contact Dan MacClain at 714-2800 or
Chuck Cody at 801-6631. We look forward to continuing to help strengthen our com-
munity and help its businesses maximize their potential.
Broadway Bagel Café
Healing Touch Day Spa
Coast Hills Federal Credit Union
P.O. Box 750
Nipomo, CA 93444
A + E4 email@example.com
April 2010 THE CHAT Page 3
2010 Chamber Calendar Community Opportunities
March 25th ~ Thursday Lucia Mar Unified School District
11:45-1:15pm Meetings: Board of Education Room
April 20th at 7pm
LUNCHEON 602-G Orchard Street, Arroyo Grande
At Blacklake Golf Resort www.lmusd.org
Please RSVP to 929-1583
Nipomo Area Senior Citizens
April 13th ~ Tuesday 200 E. Dana Street, Nipomo
Potluck meetings every 3rd Wednesday at 1pm.
Noon Varied topics & programs concerning seniors.
RIBBON CUTTING For more info, call Betty Lorenz at 805-929-1615
Adventures in Learning Nipomo Community Services District (NCSD)
145 Verbena, Nipomo 148 South Wilson Street, Nipomo
Meets 2nd & 4th Wednesday monthly
April 14th ~ Wednesday www.ncsd.ca.gov
5:30-7:30pm Kiwanis Club of Greater Nipomo
MIXER Blacklake Golf Resort
At Healing Touch, Nipomo Meets 1st and 3d Friday monthly from 12-1.
Dick Blankenburg, President—440-6317
April 22nd ~ Thursday Nipomo Rotary Club
11:45-1:15pm Blacklake Golf Resort
Meets every Wednesday morning at 7am
At Blacklake Golf Resort Nipomo Lions Club
Please RSVP to 929-1583 Blacklake Golf Resort
Meets the 1st and 3rd Thursday monthly at 8am
THANK YOU TO RENEWING MEMBERS: Buffet Breakfast is $10.00 per person
The Nipomo Chamber of Commerce thanks you for your
Olde Towne Nipomo Association
continued support and dedication. Your financial contribu-
tions allow us to continue to aid the community of Nipomo.
Every Thursday 12 Noon at Anna’s Olde Towne
Plaza Deli Planning for the future of Olde Towne
Adventures in Learning, Nipomo Nipomo Arts Commission (NAC)
Coulton’s Construction, Nipomo Meets every 4th Wednesday at 6:30pm at the Black-
Cypress Ridge Pavilion, Arroyo Grande lake Community Room. Call 723-1306 for info.
Daniel S. Cook, DDS; The California Smile,
Nipomo Youth Coalition
Meets every 1st Tuesday from 3:30-5:00 in Healthy
Edward Jones, Nipomo
Start trailer at Dana School. Call 473-5561 for info.
GBP&B Tax & Business Advisors, SLO
Healing Touch Day Spa, Nipomo South County Advisory Council
Nipomo Native Gardens, Nipomo Meets every 4th Monday at 6:30pm
Phantom Rivers Winery, Arroyo Grande Land Use meets every 3rd Monday at 9am
The Quiet Knights, SLO Both groups meet at the NCSD Building
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CROSSFIT INFERNO 150 S. Mary Ave., Ste. 1
207 Suburban Rd, Unit 1
Nipomo, CA 93444
San Luis Obispo, 93401 805-929-3555
The INFERNO Team repre-
On Saturday, March 27th at 1:00 PM, Healthy Inspirations
sented VERY well against 180
of Nipomo will proudly host a book signing and discussion
men and 60 women from be-
with Melinda Marchiano, author of Grace, an inspirational
tween San Luis Obispo and
story of one young girl’s battle with cancer.
Orange County the weekend of
March 13th & 14th. The work- In her book, childhood cancer survivor Melinda Marchiano
outs were extremely grueling eloquently and humorously describes her journey through
but the programming and the workouts we have done in the illness and recovery. Her story starts as she begins to feel
gym served our members VERY well!!!!! Congratulations to ill, then follows her each step of her physical downfall as she
all the members who were there and laid it out on the line in struggles to continue to dance ballet, her greatest pas-
front of everyone at the UCLA Drake Track Stadium. You all sion. At 14 years old, Melinda shares not only the events of
fought hard, competed with great perseverance, and even her battles, but her thoughts, deep feelings and growing
better, stood behind each other and pushed each other spirituality through operations, chemotherapy, radiation,
through some of the craziest workouts made!!!! Great drug reactions, an eating disorder and more. Join us to
Job!!!!! meet this truly amazing young woman, and be touched by
The top 20 in each Division move on to the Regionals in her grace in the face of overwhelming adversity.
Copies of Grace will be available for sale at the book sign-
ing, and all proceeds will be donated to the American Can-
Here's how the rankings fell:
cer Society’s Relay For Life.
Men’s Division: Bill Grundler:7th; Josh Snider:11th; Steve
Martin: 41st; Aaron Finigan: 77th; Cesar Martinez: 80th; Aaron On Friday, March 26th at 5:30 PM, you can attend a semi-
Morales: 86th nar to increase your awareness about the genetics of addic-
tion, and how it affects our daily lives. Cost is $7 per per-
Women’s Division: Stephanie Kennedy: 6th; Dawn Ross: 21st son, women only, ages 14 and up. Led by Daphne Knox,
Healthy Inspirations of Nipomo will be hosting multiple
events in April and May to raise funds for the American Can-
cer Society's 2010 Relay for Life. On Saturday, April 24th
from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM, join them to "Workout For A
Cause", where you can enjoy free exercise classes all morn-
ing in exchange for your donation. Classes will in-
clude: Cardio/Strength, Zumba Fitness, Kickboxing, and
On Saturday, May 22nd, we will hold an auction and ba-
zaar where you can find lots of great treasures! There will
also be a fundraising event at Rudy & Angie's Restaurant,
and more! All funds raised will be donated to the Relay for
Bill Grundler, Co-owner Call Healthy Inspirations of Nipomo at 805-929-3555 for
more information on any of their events or other programs.
WAY TO REPRESENT!
Great job to all of you! That’s what hard work and You must call to reserve your seat for the above men-
determination will get you...SUCCESS!
April 2010 THE CHAT Page 5
Nipomo 2010 Chamber of Commerce Map. Don’t miss your chance!
We are proud to announce that the Nipomo Here is a preview of the front cover of the Nipomo
Chamber is in the process of printing an 18" by 2010 Chamber of Commerce Map.
24" full color 2 sided map of Nipomo and sur- If you haven’t renewed your membership yet, here’s
rounding areas. your chance! All businesses that are current members
These maps will be distributed to Chamber mem- effective March 31st 2010 will be included on the map.
bers, visitors, businesses, exchanged with other
Chambers in the area, and passed out in the of-
fice. They will include the map, street guide and
Community information about Nipomo as well as
a Dining Guide.
The map will also contain a complete list of Ni-
pomo Chamber of Commerce members, with all
contact information at no charge to the members.
The members will be listed by category.
Only members of the Nipomo Chamber of Com-
merce will be able to be included in this map.
There are advertising opportunities as well. The
Chamber has contracted with Superior Marketing
Consultants of Nipomo. Dan MacClain and Chuck
Cody will be handling the sale of the advertising
on the map and will be contacting you very soon.
If you would like information, please email Dan at
firstname.lastname@example.org or feel free to call him at
his office 929-3860 or cell 714-2800. Advertising
space is limited.
The quality of this map will be among the best
produced for Chambers and very user friendly.
The map is expected to be complete and ready
for distribution by mid-April.
Janelle can be reached at 929-1583 for any
changes to your business information.
THIS COULD BE YOUR BUSINESS CARD
ONLY $15/MONTH OR $150/YEAR
HURRY, AD SPACE IS LIMITED!
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Member’s Corner (Cont’d) New Members
Kids Day 2010 The Retreat
Sat., April 3, 11am to 3 pm 229 Cornuta Way
Nipomo Community Park Nipomo, CA 93444
Years ago, the Kids Day Festival
was created as one day where
children and adults alike could Servpro of Five Cities
enjoy all the things that help our growing families thrive in Hans DeComarmond
this beautiful sanctuary we call “home” on the Central Coast. P.O. Box 11
Through the generosity and support of local businesses and Pismo Beach, CA 93448
every-day heroes like you, this festival that celebrates child- 805-481.9111
hood has grown to support our summer youth programs for
all youth in the Nipomo area.
Nipomo Feed & Ranch Supply
This year’s Kids Day is going to immediately follow our An- Leslie Banta
nual Easter Egg Hunt. Nipomo Recreation Association is 125 S. Thompson Rd.
partnering up with as many local businesses as possible in Nipomo, CA 93444
order to transform Nipomo Community Park into a family fun 805-929-1536
village on Saturday April 3, and to give our community a day email@example.com
Marshall-Spoo Sunset Funeral Chapel
Come join the fun! Art Spoo
There will be bounce 1239 Longbranch Ave.
houses, crafts, enter- Grover Beach, CA 93433
tainment, a BBQ, Busi- 805-489-5552
ness Displays, Food firstname.lastname@example.org
Booths, Service & Non
Call 805-929-5437 to see how you can help make Kids Day
2010 the best one yet!
Healing Touch Day Spa's
Hair Salon will open mid Your New Member benefits:
May and is now offering
Aveda Hair products for retail • Flyer Insert Free: First flyer inserted into The Chat free
purchase. (bring in 250 copies by the deadline—the $45 fee is
We're excited to be part of the • Ribbon Cutting: Schedule a Ribbon Cutting to get peo-
Aveda family because they ple to your location.
have 30 years of beauty and
• Press Release: Send Janelle a press release and
They package their products photo to go to all local media.
with care for the earth.
Next steps are to schedule your Mixer, come to the lunch-
Beauty is as beauty does. eon and get involved with a committee.
180 S. Mary Ave., Nipomo 805-931-0512 Call Janelle for info: 805.929.1583!
April 2010 THE CHAT Page 7
What’s up at the Chamber Office?
Don’t forget the March Chamber Luncheon on Thursday, March
25th, 11:45am to 1:15pm.
Our speaker will be Jean Steel of Wellness Works, her presentation will be: Janelle Bledsoe
“One of the Gang: The Value of Team-Building in the Workplace” Event Coordinator
One of the most common phrases on a typical resume is this one: “I work well independently or as part of a team.” Why? Because
company leaders know that good teamwork builds loyalty, improves morale, gets the job done more quickly and efficiently, and
increases profits. In this revealing program, Jean Steel helps us to understand why teams work well, as well as when and why they
don’t. With a firm grasp on the goals and guidelines of teamwork, she introduces us to the tips to enhance team work, and then
demonstrates lessons in diversity, acceptance, cooperation, and the folly of gossip.
1 List five benefits of working as a team
2 Differentiate between the terms group and team
3 Learn ways to create and maintain teams
4. Learn tactics to reduce gossip in the workplace
We will be starting right at noon so please keep this in mind when you’re planning your appointments. We want to give
Jean a full 30 minutes for her presentation.
Jean is an engaging and enthusiastic speaker whose universal appeal makes her message timely and
timeless. She has a knack for providing information in a humorous way. Her belief is that laughter and
learning are not mutually exclusive. Her motivational talks are in high demand, "to have Jean present
guarantees a successful event" claims Dr. Mary Parker, Director of Nursing and Allied Health at Cuesta
Wellness is the integration, balance and harmony of an individual's mental, physical, emotional, social
and spiritual self, resulting in a positive state of well-being.
The themes in Jean Steel's presentations—self-responsibility, looking at the bright side, finding your pas-
sion and having a zest for living were issues she learned firsthand early in life. She and her siblings moved overseas at an early
age, following her father's passion. Being raised in Africa and Asia gave her an appreciation of life very different than most Ameri-
cans. That environment created the person Jean is today—able to appreciate "the good things we have going on" that we most
often take for granted and recognize the perfect moments in our lives.
PLEASE RSVP by 5pm Tuesday, March 23rd.
Please check your listing on the website under “members” and make sure the information is accurate. If you need or want changes
or additions, email them to me at: Janelle@nipomochamber.org.
We would love to schedule Mixers out for the next few months. Our preference is to have one mixer per month on the second
Wednesday. If you would like to schedule a mixer, please give me a call or email.
Let me hear from you!
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The BRANTINGHAM / ANDERSEN Team
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Advertising in “The Chat”
Ad space is limited, and available on a first come, first serve basis. Rates to advertise in The Chat, Your Cham-
ber Newsletter are as follows: $15 per month or $150 per year for a business card size ad: $40 per month or
$400 per year for a quarter page ad: $50 per month or $500 per year for a half page ad: $100 per month or
$1,000 per year for a full page ad: $45 per month or $450 per year for any flyer inserted, plus providing the fly-
ers to the Chamber office. Flyers need to be delivered to the Chamber office by the 12th of each month. These
are bargain basement prices, please take advantage of them.
April 2010 i l 2 0 1 0 TE CHAT
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Ambassador Feature Page
Mission Statement: The Ambassadors Committee of the Nipomo Cham-
ber of Commerce will reach out and connect with Chamber members,
prospective members and members of the community explaining the
benefits and contributions that the Chamber of Commerce provides to the
community. It will act as official greeters at Chamber functions, solicit,
welcome and interact with other community organizations to promote
goodwill and cooperation throughout the community.
Meet the Nipomo Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Team
Cindy Blankenburg John Brantingham Sandy Brantingham Cathy Cachu
Keller Williams Realty/CustomTeez Brantingham Andersen Team Brantingham Andersen Team Rabobank
Angelica Gutierrez Howard Hess Mary Jacob Ric Montero
Rabobank Cal Coast Realty PB & Associates Coast Hills Federal Credit Union
Sean Schuur Create a networking opportunity and Anita Toméi
Sure Mortgage Solutions Nipomo Properties
promote your business . . . plan a
Chamber Mixer in 2010!
Mixers are held monthly and based
on a first-come first served basis.
Contact the Chamber office to reserve a
date for your business mixer.
If you would like to join this exciting team of Ambassadors or would like to discuss how to
better promote your business through the Chamber, please call the Chamber office at
805 929-1583 (M~F 9am-5pm) or Email the office at: firstname.lastname@example.org
671 West Tefft Street, Ste. #2 93449
Nipomo, CA 93444
Sponsored by the Nipomo
Chamber of Commerce
* Business Directory
* Monthly Speakers Luncheon
* Mixers & Ribbon Cuttings
* Olde West Casino Night
* Miss Nipomo
* October Festival
* Holiday Craft & Gift Boutique
* Holiday Decorating Contest
* Annual Installation Dinner
March 25th ~ Thursday
11:45AM to 1:15PM
Blacklake Golf Resort
RSVP by 5pm, Tuesday, 3/23