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Manteca chamber hires events manager
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Manteca Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Joann Beattie, left, with newly hired events manager Charmaine Tyrrell. - photo by GLENN KAHL/The Bulletin

The Manteca Chamber of Commerce is stepping up its efforts to strengthen both the business climate and the community.

The 330-plus member business organization has:

hired Charmaine Tyrrell as the chamber’s part-time events manager. 

taken over the website and — as its first step — is updating the tourism and visitors portal with a complete list of restaurants. The chamber will continue to operate its website,

worked with downtown merchants  to launch the Downtown Alliance of which the chamber will be a member.

stepped up its effort to work with the city and private sector to find ways to enhance the local economy.

Joann Beattie, now in her fifth year of executive director, said the chamber taking back the Crossroads Street Fair that they started more than 20 years ago will help generate revenue to allow the chamber to look at more events and other activities to promote Manteca.

Beattie said the chamber’s goal is to not just promote business, jobs and tourism but to find ways to encourage current residents to become more engaged in the community.

Among the events Tyrell will be helping stage is the Crossroads Street Fair and the chamber’s Christmas activities the first weekend of December at Library Park among others.

Beattie noted the Downtown Alliance is working  on its first event to draw people into downtown — a wine stroll in late October that will likely take place the evening before the annual downtown Safe Halloween event.

Other upcoming Manteca Chamber of Commerce activities include:

AMBIENCE FURNITIRE RIBBON CUTTING TODAY: The chamber is hosting a ribbon cutting today at 5 p.m. for Ambience Furniture at 2111 Moffat Blvd. near Woodward Avenue.

WEDNESDAY COFFEE: The 8 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5 coffee is also a ribbon cutting at the Chit Chat Café,  272 W. Louise Ave.

uSMALL BUSINESS WORKSHOP: The SBDC small business workshop takes place Thursday, Sept. 6, at the chamber office at noon. There is a $15 registration fee that includes a DVD. You need to RSVP in advance by calling 823-6121.

CONGRESSMAN & ASSEMBLYMAN MOBILE OFFICE: Congressman Jeff Denham’s mobile office as well as Assemblyman Heath Flora’s mobile office will be at the chamber office at North and North Main streets on Friday, Sept. 7, at 10 a.m.