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Manteca Chamber of Commerce volunteer Ann King, left, and Executive Director Joann Beattie hold several copies of the latest chamber magazine.

The Manteca Chamber of Commerce is in the business of promoting commerce as well as helping entice visitors and more employers to the community.

It is the catalyst behind the business organization’s annual “Manteca: Business, Visitors, & Community Resource Guide” that it recently published.

The magazine serves numerous purposes:

It is used as a marketing tool by the city and chamber to make the case why Manteca is a solid place to do business noting its strategic location with 18 million consumers within a 100-mile radius as well as being at the epicenter of an unparalleled transportation system of freeways, railroads, air freight, and even overseas shipping via the Port of Stockton.

It is a newcomers’ guide that lists various members and the goods and services they offer.

It is a guide for existing residents and visitors for major area events ranging from the Crossroads Street Fair to nearby activities such as the Ripon Almond Blossom Festival.

Besides promoting local attractions such as Caswell State Park, Delicato Winery, Big League Dreams, the golf course, and Great Wolf Resort opening in mid-2020, it notes how Manteca “is at the heart of it all” with tourists being able to stay in local hotels and make day trips to Yosemite National Park, the California Delta, Old Sacramento, San Francisco, San Jose, as well as Napa Valley and two other wine countries

It capsulizes the city’s strong growth while also emphasizing how agriculture continues to grow in importance.

It touches on the Manteca Mural project.

It explains the various services and endeavors the chamber offers those who are members as well as to the community at large.

“There are a lot of good reasons to do business in Manteca,” noted Joann Beattie who serves as the chamber’s executive director.

The magazine’s publication comes on the heels of the chamber’s latest street map. Both are available for free at the chamber office, 183 W. North St., Suite 6, next door to the Oak Valley Community Bank. The chamber can be contacted at (209) 823-6121.

The chamber is now gearing up for two major community events.

Manteca Chamber

Christmas in the Park

& holiday parade

The Manteca Chamber of Commerce is looking for participants for its 47th annual holiday twilight parade on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 5 p.m. in downtown Manteca as well as its Christmas in the Park event taking place Friday, Dec. 6, through Sunday, Dec. 8, at Woodward Park.

This year’s parade theme is “A Candyland Christmas”.

The closing date for entries is Monday, Nov. 26. The entry fee is $50. 

The new location for Christmas in the Park at Woodward Park will feature a snow play area, photos with Santa, carnival rides, food trucks, vendors, petting zoo, rock painting, children’s activities, a holiday cheer tent, Christmas tree decorating contest, and more. The Friday, Dec. 6, hours are 5 to 9 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 7, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 8, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Non-food vendor fees before Nov. 10 are $150 for a business booth/chamber member, $200 for a business booth/non-chamber member, $100 for homemade crafts/chamber member, $125 for homemade crafts/non-chamber member; $75 non-profit/chamber member, and $100 non-profit/non-chamber member. After Nov, 10 the fees go up $25.

Food booths for chamber members are $250 and $300 for non-chamber members. After Nov. 10 the fees go up $50.

The entry forms for the parade as well as vendors can be downloaded from the chamber site at

To contact Dennis Wyatt, email