Hundreds come out for All Chamber Mega Mixer

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Jim Batchelor of the Murrieta Lions Club introduces his dog Casper to Hayden Gregory, 8, at the all-chamber Mega Mixer in Murrieta, Jan. 16. The business networking event included 14 invited chambers of commerce during the annual event. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo

They handed out treats, swag and gifts while pitching the services their businesses and organizations offer to the southwest Riverside Community.

But more importantly, they were making connections during the Murrieta/Wildomar Chamber of Commerce All Chamber Mega Mixer Thursday, Jan. 16, at the Spectrum in Murrieta.

“Every time I do a networking event like this I meet someone who has been beneficial to my business,” Angie Fann, owner of AR Workshop Temecula, said. “We’ve done several things in partnership with a bakery in town (since meeting at the mixer) where they teach classes in our studio now, we gather customer bases, we work with realtors for closing gifts. All of this is invaluable to growing our business.”

Sal Ortiz with Signarama was talking with fellow business owners about all the services they offer that can help those businesses best visually display services.

“It’s a good way to make connections with businesses, stay involved, meet other people that are trying to promote their businesses,” Ortiz said. “It’s also a good way to be involved with the growth of the community.”

The cost to attend the event was $1, or visitors could get in by dropping off their business card.

Everything from breweries to hospitals to nonprofits to minor league baseball teams were some of the 125 vendors that set up booths at the event.

Murrieta Mayor Gene Wunderlich thought the event was great.

“I mean, look at all the people here,” he said. “There’s a ton of vendors here. It gives the people a chance to come out. I was talking to the blood people over here and Encompass Health Center over there. There’s a lot of new stuff that people don’t even know is here.”

As Wunderlich said, there were some new businesses and organizations that attended this year, which was music to the ears of Murrieta/Wildomar Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Patrick Ellis.

“New blood is always a good thing,” Ellis said. “It’s absolutely fantastic. This event is important for all the chambers. One it gives us an opportunity to all come together and show that we’re all focused on trying to grow business within our respective communities. But we can all play together and we can all make sure that we’re all being successful and helping each other out. We want to create opportunities like this whether it’s business to business, whether it’s business to consumer, we provide opportunities for them to have those connections and grow from them.”

“It gives the businesses an opportunity to show their wares, and gives the citizens a chance to really see what’s out there,” Wunderlich said. “I like it. The chambers are doing a great job putting this together.”

Jeff Pack can be reached by email at jpack@reedermedia.com.