Hemet San Jacinto Valley Chamber members urged to pool talents at First Friday meet of 2020

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Richard Perry, owner of VIP Autos in Hemet, urges members of the Hemet San Jacinto Valley Chamber of Commerce at the First Friday breakfast at the chamber office to pool their resources and talents to make their businesses grow. Valley News/Tony Ault photo

Hemet San Jacinto Valley Chamber of Commerce speaker Richard Perry urged members to use all the resources the chamber has during 2020 to grow their businesses during the First Friday event in the year Jan. 3.

“You may have resources (with chamber membership) you have, but didn’t know you had,” Perry said at the First Friday meeting at the chamber offices, 615 N. San Jacinto St. in Hemet. He urged those attending not to hesitate to call other members in the chamber if they needed help or advice.

“Use the power you have,” he said.

Perry is the owner of VIP Autos at 4291 W. Florida Ave. in Hemet. He was the key speaker for the First Friday event in January with Nicole Holt, a massage therapist and chamber member, the second speaker for the morning.

Holt from the Hemet Women’s League, spoke about the upcoming San Jacinto Valley Women’s Conference, Feb. 27, at the Soboba Casino and Resort Event Center and what it offers women in business and to inspire other young women to be a success in the business world. This year’s Women’s Conference is themed “Live your Journey,” with tickets on sale on the webpage for $60 to $65 per ticket.

Holt said it is the 10th year for the Women’s Conference that she described as a “girl power conference.” The event sold out last year with 300 attending.

“We want to impact as many women as we can,” she said.

The proceeds from the conference are used to provide scholarships for other women seeking to go into business or to help those grow their own businesses. The league has awarded $40,000 in scholarship since its inception.

Perry said he wanted to urge other businesses in the two communities to join the chamber’s current 525 members and take advantage of the opportunities it offers.

He said it was good business to “pool the talents between all the chamber members. Each of you have talents that you can share with others. Relationships are important.”

The chamber’s ambassadors were also introduced along with the office staff and owners of the newest Grocery Outlet store on the west end of Florida Avenue and a contingent of the upcoming U.S. census takers from the Bread of Life Church in Hemet.

The Hemet San Jacinto Chamber of Commerce, according to its website at www.hemetsanjacintochamber.com, is there to “attract, develop, promote and seek to harbor full prosperity for local businesses through providing avenues to network, training and program development, influencing public policy and advocating legislative issues that promote local businesses and job growth.” For membership opportunities and information, the chamber may be reached at (951) 658-3211.

Tony Ault can be reached by email at tault@reedermedia.com.