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Bishop Chamber of Commerce News & Updates
From the Executive Director…
Hello Chamber Members and Friends,
We hope this message finds you well and gearing up for a wonderful holiday season. Thanksgiving is just a few days away so it’s a great time to say THANK YOU to all of our 300+ members! We’re ever-grateful for your continued support and we truly appreciate each and every one of you.
Friends or family coming for a Thanksgiving visit? Laws Railroad Museum and Historical Site will be having train rides on 11/25 & 11/26 from 11am-12:30. And, be sure to send your guests to the Bishop Chamber of Commerce & Information Center, we have all sorts of free brochures and maps plus fun souvenirs for sale.
Your chamber staff is busy coordinating several fun & festive events to celebrate the season. Many community partners are also planning activities. This email highlights a few of them and there are even more online at www.bishopvisitor.com.
Hope to see you out and about –
Shop Local Raffle
Participating merchants will have raffle boxes and entry forms. Shoppers can enter once at each location 11/25 through 12/19; winners will be announced on Monday, December 20th. Prizes will include gift certificates from participating merchants and grand prize is a $500 local shopping spree
Interested businesses should contact April the Chamber as soon as possible. Click here for business registration form.
Main Street Christmas Parade
Saturday, December 3rd, beginning at 4:30pm. This year’s theme is “Christmas Movies.” Everyone is encouraged to decorate floats to honor your favorite Christmas classics and characters. Just before the parade, Bishop Rotary Clubs will host the annual Santa Mile fun run. Immediately after the parade, there will be a Tree Lighting Ceremony in front of the Bishop City Park. There is a brand-new baby Oregon Green Austrian Pine that has been recently planted and everyone is invited to welcome this beautiful new addition to the park.
Many downtown merchants will stay open after the parade and the Eastside Guesthouse will host their 3rd Annual Christmas Mart from 5-8pm with refreshments and several local vendors.
Parade entry forms are now available and due by November 23rd.
On Saturday, December 10th, Railroad Express will return to Laws Railroad Museum & Historical Site. From 10am until 3pm, families will enjoy holiday crafts & activities, train rides, Smokey Bear, Santa Claus, wagon rides and refreshments. Admission is $20 for those over 12 years old; $15 for ages 3 through 12; and free for kids under 3.
Buy tickets now online via Eventbrite– early bird pricing will end on December 8th.
Holiday Mixer at High Country Lumber
All members and guests are invited to enjoy refreshments, raffles and great company!
Date: Thursday, 12/15
Time: 5-7 pm
Location: High Country Lumber
$85 Million Available for CA Businesses
This year’s California Competes Tax Credit (CCTC) application period is underway and the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) has up to $85 million in tax credits available to award businesses that want to locate in California or stay and grow in the state. Click here for details.
Opportunities to Serve our Community…
One seat on the Parks and Recreation Commission is scheduled to expire on January 11, 2023. There is also one seat on the Planning Commission that is scheduled to expire on January 27, 2023. The City of Bishop is seeking persons interested in serving on these commissions. All interested persons may contact Bishop City Hall at (760) 873-5863 Extension 124. Applications and descriptions of duties and responsibilities for each commission are available at City Hall, located at 377 West Line Street in Bishop, or on the City’s website at www.cityofbishop.com.
Hospice Holiday Happenings
Hospice of the Owens Valley is a local non-profit organization that offers options that maximize comfort and maintain dignity for loved ones with advanced life-limiting illness. Hospice treats the person instead of the disease; focuses on the whole family instead of just the individual; and emphasizes quality of life instead of its duration. Hospice care allows terminally ill individuals and their families to experience the end of life together in the comfort and security of a home setting. Our local hospice has several fundraising events coming up and we hope you’ll consider supporting:
- Thursday, 12/1, 5:30 pm – Annual Hospice Tree Lighting Ceremony. Sponsor a bulb in honor of a loved one. Click here for more info.
- Sunday, 12/18, 1pm – Polar Express at Bishop Twin Theatre.
- Monday, 12/19 – Christmas Tree Raffle. Get tickets now!
Eastern Sierra Green Business Rebates Available
Getting your business Green Certified is a great idea for local business, the environment and the community! There is a $500 rebate available to support your business’ journey to getting green certified — and if you’re a BIPOC business owner and/or a LADWP customer, there are additional $500 rebates available, bringing the potential rebate to $1,500.
Click here to check out the NEW EASTERN SIERRA GREEN GIFTING GUIDE!
Questions, reach out to new Program Coordinator, Jess Blackwell, at [email protected]
Our friend Kat Greenman asked us to remind everyone that now is the time to renew and/or update your business ads and listings in the telephone book.
Call Kat ASAP if you haven’t already done so –
Welcome New Chamber Members!
Discovery Point Preschool believes in a hands-on, play based philosophy of early childhood education. In addition to preschool, they offer an Early Learning Center for infants and toddlers and an After School Program for older kids. In the photo Director Shanna Johnson with several members of the dedicated team and their students. 687 West Line Street & 711 North Fowler in Bishop. Photo by Gayla Wolf.
Elevated Bishop is our region’s newest unique boutique. Owner Jennifer Morrow has curated a wonderful shop with indie business made items that fit perfectly with our big back yard! Clothing, jewelry, home goods and more. Stop in to find the perfect gift for anyone on your gift list. There are treasures for men, women, children and even pets. 1365 Rocking W. Drive (in Rite Aid Center). Photo by Gayla Wolf.
Not Already A Chamber Member?
The Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau is a local based non-profit organization the works diligently to support the regional economy. Our mission is to promote business, tourism and responsible recreation. All business sectors are welcome and we hope you’ll consider joining our efforts.
(From Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau)