The evening sun reached through the large windows surrounding The Pavilion at Yucaipa Valley Golf Club bathing the bustle of the local business owners and community members attending the first multi-city Chamber Mixer in warm sunlight.
The chambers of commerce from the cities of Banning, Beaumont, Calimesa and Yucaipa shared their first joint mixer April 17 represented by businesses from all four cities with a total of 40 businesses attending.
Tables were set up in rows and were occupied by businesses that sponsored a space at the event.
As a way to encourage networking and marketing amongst attendees, a mixer bingo was available to play and consisted of cards with nine random vendors in attendance.
The objective was for participants to fill their cards by visiting each of the vendors on their cards and receiving a sticker for the corresponding box after exploring what they had to offer.
Once cards were filled they were collected and later used in the raffle where vendors randomly selected from the completed bingo cards to give away a prize they donated.
Wynona Duvall and Tony Phillips from the Calimesa Chamber of Commerce spearheaded the event said Donea Matheson, executive assistant at the Calimesa Chamber of Commerce.
She said the idea for the chamber mixer was something that Duvall and Phillips had wanted to do for a while and were met with enthusiasm when they reached out to the other pass area cities to participate.
“On behalf of all the chambers I want to thank everybody for showing,” Phillips said. He went on to excitedly express his satisfaction for the success of their first chamber mixer and said that the attendance was higher than expected.
He asked an enthusiastic crowd if they would like to continue to hold more mixers and was met with an overwhelmingly positive response prompting him to announce plans for more in the future.
“This was a really nice evening, thank you all for coming.” Phillips said.
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