BRAWLEY — Sun Community Federal Credit Union hosted the Imperial Valley Joint Chambers of Commerce 20th annual fall mixer Wednesday evening, October 23, drawing members from all over the Imperial Valley.
Chamber members and guests met and mingled with business owners and elected officials over hors d'oeuvres, a no-host bar and the chance to win door/raffle prizes.
“I’m grateful that everyone carved out time from their schedule to be here,” said Kathleen Lang who holds two offices, board president of Brawley Chamber of Commerce and chairperson of Imperial Valley Joint Chambers of Commerce. More than 125 individuals attended the event.
According to Lang, the community as a whole has a common interest in the economic well-being of the Imperial County. “By networking, by getting to know each other, and by sharing that common goal of improved economic stability, then we also improve the quality of life here in Imperial County.”
Maria Flores, branch manager of Sun Community Federal Credit Union in Brawley, is also an ambassador of the Brawley Chamber of Commerce. “It is a great opportunity to meet our neighbors instead of sticking to our own location and network,” Flores said. Collectively, the joint chambers promotes a sense of belonging.
According to Flores, there are six member cities of the Imperial Valley Joint Chambers of Commerce: Brawley, Calexico, El Centro, Holtville, Imperial, and Westmorland.
One of the guests commutes several times per week between Imperial Valley and Yuma. Fred Earle, an account executive with Spectrum Reach, said he is a chamber member of both Brawley and El Centro.
“I came here primarily for networking. It is always good to see customers.” said Earle said, who has offices in the Imperial Valley and Yuma. “I encourage any business to support the chambers through memberships and events.”