The Hawthorne Chamber of Commerce, with a membership comprised of the city's leading businesses and community minded individuals, serves primarily as the voice of the business community. The Chamber's mission is to actively improve the economic vitality of the business community and to develop programs that will serve to strengthen the total community. The Chamber accomplishes its mission through the workings of four committees; Communication, Economic Development, Government Affairs, and Program Development.
The Economic Development Committee, provides business community input to the City of Hawthorne for Redevelopment and Revitalization Projects. Regarding Revitalization Projects, this committee is working with the City Staff to administer Federal Block Grant Funds to renovate store fronts along Hawthorne Boulevard.
The Government Affairs Committee monitors Hawthorne City Council and California and Federal Legislatures to inform our members of legislation affecting their interests, to solicit their views, and to present their views to our elected representatives. This committee was instrumental in minimizing proposed business license fee increase impacts in 1995. Government Affairs also compiled a list of business concerns about a proposed transfer of fire protection responsibility from the City to Los Angeles County. The list was provided to the City for its use during 1995 negotiations with the County.
Our Communications and Program Development Committees are continually reviewing member services and Chamber-sponsored events to provide the greatest value for our members and the community. One of the highlights of the Chamber's program each year has been our History of Aviation Awards Banquet, celebrating significant contributions to aviation and aerospace industries. As the Cradle of the Aviation Industry in the South Bay, Hawthorne has a rich heritage to draw from for Chamber-sponsored History of Aviation Awards and for the City's Annual Air Faire.
Our goal is to provide members and the business community with opportunities to promote their businesses, and to promote cohesiveness and a sense of belonging within the community. We have sponsored special events, such as a Civic Awards Luncheon to honor a parent and citizen of the year, Member Appreciation Day, Spring Fashion Show & Luncheon, and an annual golf tournament. Each of these events is designed to offer opportunities for our members, to promote their businesses and for the community to participate in festive affairs.
Membership in the Chamber is open to both businesses and individuals and offers a great opportunity to become involved in the affairs of Hawthorne. It provides networking opportunities, marketing/promotion information, SCORE business counseling (sponsored by U.S. Small Business Administration), advertising opportunities, referral service, Certificates of Origin, ribbon cutting ceremonies, and information, research, and administrative assistance.
Make it a point to stop by the Chamber and introduce yourself. Join us at our next mixer and discover what the Chamber has to offer.