Chamber News

Chamber Welcomes Maya Conrad - Realtor

March 2017 - Please help us welcome Maya Conrad - Realtor with Coldwell Banker Sellers Realty to the McKinleyville Chamber.  She loves connecting people to place! You can reach her at (707)822-5971 or stop by and say hello at 985 G St., Arcata. Visit her website at

Member's Choice Award Dinner & Auction SOLD OUT

Friday, March 24, 2017 at Blue Lake Casino's Sapphire Palace, the McKinleyville Chamber of Commerce hosted the Member's Choice Awards annual dinner.  The awards dinner is a yearly event in which the chamber recognizes its members and presents awards in seven different categories.  Nominees are chose by chamber members.  Those nominees are placed on a ballot and the winners are chosen by their peers.  The Azalea Award is also presented to community members who serve the community.  This award is chosen by the past Azalea Award Recipients.  This year the Azalea Award was presented to Courtney and Weston Kime who will also serve as the grand marshals in the Pony Express Days Parade in June.
This years award winners were:
New Business of the Year:  Eureka Natural Foods
Small Business of the Year:  McKinleyville Glass
Business of the Year:  Miller Farms Nursery
Home Based Business of the Year:  Orchids for the People
Non Profit of the Year:  Arcata Fire District
Best Customer Service:  Coast Central Credit Union


The past Azalea Award Recipients presented an additional award this year.  Heather Vina, President and CEO of the Chamber was presented with the McKinleyville's Finest award for going above and beyond her duties to the chamber and the community.
New Business of the Year: Craig Calvin and Filipe Martinez
Business of the Year: Kelly Miller, Kaitlyn Miller, Linda Sundberg
Small Business of the Year:  Terry and Inga McCutchan
Home Based Business of the Year:  Heather Vina(chamber CEO), Jennifer Rischel (Orchids for the People)
Non Profit of the Year:  Justin McDonald (Fire Chief), Becky Schuette, Linda Sundberg
Best Customer Service:  James Sessa, Manus Duffy, Kari Tallman, Danielle Pierson, Phil Sullivan, Sara Holcomb, Fatima Giacomini, Rebecca Rouse
McKinleyville's Finest:  Ryan Sundberg, Heather Vina, Mike Vina, Rex Bohn

Courtney & Weston Kime Named 2017 Azalea Award Recipients

March 2017 - A tradition started in 2001, the Azalea Award is given every year by the McKinleyville Chamber of Commerce.  The award is given to McKinleyville community members who have a history of service and continue to serve today.  Past award recipients get together to choose the next years winners.  Cyndi Bainbridge and Bob Wainright last year's award recipients said that they are excited to give the award to the younger generation.  They are hoping that the Kime's example will encourage other young people to volunteer and help in our community.

Weston grew up in Eureka and attended Humboldt State University where he met Courtney who had moved into the area with her family as her father was the Coast Guard's Commanding Officer.  After graduation they moved away for a short time.  The Kimes decided to return to Humboldt County.  Their purchase of A & L Feed and Garden Supply in 2012 was the start of their efforts to support and improve McKinleyville.  They are invested in their community.  The Kimes knew that the A & L Feed building was an icon for the town and deserved to be a hub in more ways than one.
They jumped right in supporting the chamber of commerce, local events, clubs and groups such as 4H.  On any weekend you can see them hosting free workshops or events for the kids to help them learn and raise money.  
Weston says, "It's about bringing the community together, working together and helping everyone learn ways to improve our way of life in McKinleyville."  
Courtney and Weston will be recognized at the Chamber of Commerce annual Members Choice Awards dinner on March 24 at Blue Lake Casino's Sapphire Palace.  They will also serve as Grand Marshals in the annual Pony Express Days Parade.

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Valentine's Mixer hosted by Cloney's McKinleyville Pharmacy

(February 23, 2017)  Cloney's McKinleyville Pharmacy was the chamber's February mixer host.  The evening was filled with networking, fun, great food and winners.  Guests had the opportunity to meet Kavita Reif their new pharmacist.  Did you know that Cloney's is the only componding pharmacy north of Ukian and west of Redding?