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Sustainable HB Business Certification Program

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The City of Huntington Beach now has a Sustainable Business Certification Program! From financial corporations to manufacturers and builders, most any company can now reap the plentiful financial rewards of taking their business in an eco-friendly direction. Your company can benefit from tax breaks, government subsidies, savings from eco-friendly practices, and increased popularity and demand through your standing as a sustainable company. So, whether you manage a medical facility/office or you run a dry cleaning business, eco-friendly business practices are always a cost-effective, smart and responsible business goal. 

For more information on the program and to enroll your HB Business please go to: 
http://www.greenbusinessca.org/ or contact the program coordinator Marianne Stewart at: Marianne.Stewart@surfcity-hb.org or (714) 536-5482.

OC Recycling Market Development Zone

The City of Huntington Beach along with the cities of Orange, Garden Grove, Stanton, Santa Ana, and the County of Orange have come together to create the Orange County Recycling Market Development Zone

(OC RMDZ).  Collectively, these cities and the unincorporated areas of Orange County compromise 112.67 square miles with a population of 1,007,538.  The City of Huntington Beach serves as the Zone Administrator for this economic development program that uses the growing supply of recyclable materials to fuel new businesses, expand existing ones, create jobs and divert waste from landfills.  The zone program also offers eligible businesses below market terms financing for new development and expansion projects, as well as technical assistance and free product marketing, provided by the state. 

For additional information please visit http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/RMDZ/Reports/Zones/Detail.aspx?RMDZID=47

Or contact Antonia Graham at OCRMDZInfo@surfcity-hb.org.

CONGRATULATIONS to the Robert Mayer Leadership Academy Class of 2016!


The graduation ceremony was held on Wednesday, June 15th, at the gorgeous Waterfront Beach Resort, a Hilton Hotel, in the Tides Ballroom. After completing a nine-month long program, each student was awarded a certificate of completion and book, written by Academy sponsor Robert Mayer, Sr.

Speakers Lucy Dunn from the Orange County Business Council (OCBC) and City Clerk Robin Estanislau gave words of wisdom and encouraged the graduates to become more involved with their community. Then the graduates had a chance to speak about their experiences, going up in groups. All 27 graduates thanked Joyce Riddell, the Academy facilitator, and Robert Mayer, Sr., for the unforgettable connections made and invaluable learning experiences. Huntington Beach Chamber of Commerce Board Chair Weikko Wirta commended the graduating class before calling them up individually to receive their plaque and book, shake hands and take a photo. After the graduation ceremony, the class of 2016 presented a gift to Joyce Riddell. She thanked them and noted that this class had now become a part of the 300+ Academy alumni. The ceremony concluded with a group photo.

Applications for the 2016-2017 Leadership Academy are now available. For interested candidates, please contact the HB Chamber at (714) 536-8888.

The Huntington Beach Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors Hires New President and CEO


HUNTINGTON BEACH, CALIFORNIA (June 10, 2016) – The Huntington Beach Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors is pleased to announce the addition of new Chamber President and Chief Executive Officer, James O’Callaghan.

For several months, the Board of Directors conducted a nationwide executive search in a diligent effort to select the right candidate before hiring Mr. O’Callaghan.

James has served as the President/CEO of the Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce for the past four years.  He is currently on the board of the Western Association of Chamber Executives (W.A.C.E.) and is a graduate of their Academy (a three-year operational and leadership development curriculum).  Prior to joining the Chamber, O’Callaghan was Executive Director of Venice Visitor and Director of Visitor Services for LA Inc., the Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau. Before entering non-profit management, James held leadership roles for various commercial companies.

Mr. O’Callaghan holds a B.A. from Hofstra University in Political Science and a masters of Education from Columbia University.

“I am excited to be joining the Huntington Beach Chamber of Commerce and to be part of such a vibrant community. This represents an extraordinary opportunity to combine my backgrounds in economic development and tourism monetization. When I first moved to California twelve years ago, Huntington Beach is where I chose, so this is a homecoming of sorts,” said O’Callaghan. He will begin his term as President/CEO on July 11, 2016.

For any questions or inquiries, please contact Chairman of the Board Weikko Wirta or Chairman-Elect Barbara Mason at hbchamber@gmail.com.

Huntington Beach Expo Event Recap

Over 60 businesses exhibited at the Huntington Beach Expo, which took place on Thursday, June 2nd at City Hall. This annual event, co-sponsored by the Huntington Beach Chamber of Commerce and the City, was attended by people of all ages partaking in complimentary health screenings, donation drop-offs, food trucks, prizes and more. Exhibitors showcased what their companies were all about and connected with the community, illustrating the importance of local business. Stay tuned for the video recap! Thank you to all businesses who signed up to exhibit at the HB Expo, we can't thank you enough!

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