Chamber News

Leadership class fieldtrips

Meet Some of Those Who Serve Our Community!
Participants of the Leadership program enjoyed a very informative presentation given by members stationed at Coast Guard Air Station Humboldt Bay in McKinleyville. It was amazing to hear their stories and get an idea of what they do to serve and protect our community. It was mentioned that one of the toughest issues for those who serve our area is the lack of appropriate housing. One individual stated that it took her almost six months to find a place that she could call home. 

Participants then met with Hillarie Beyer, Executive Director of the McKinleyville Family Resource Center where they were able to tour the building, including the Food Pantry which serves around 200 McKinleyville residents each month. In addition, participants learned about the well attended weekly New Parents Group.

The Leadership program has just two classes left. They also met with representatives for Senator Mike McGuire and Congressman Jared Huffman to finish out the classes. The 10-week program has been very informative and participants have enjoyed networking with those in our community and learning what challenges those serving our community face. The last class will be used to begin the planning process for the 2018 Leadership program. Contact Cyndi at (707) 839-2449 to be placed on the call list for classes starting in September 2018.

Heather Vina passes the torch to Cyndi Bainbridge


I am truly honored to have been chosen to follow in 

Heather Vina's footsteps as the new President/CEO of the McKinleyville Chamber of Commerce. The McKinleyville Chamber has made incredible strides in the last five years to increase its presence and assist in meeting the needs of our local businesses and community. 

I am excited to be leading the Chamber crew as we face this new chapter and their support is greatly appreciated. I have some rather large shoes to fill as Heather has had a phenomenal impact on our MackTown. I look forward to hearing from the business owners as well as community members and continuing the progress that Heather and a great Chamber board has implemented.
~Cyndi Bainbridge, President CEO
I leave you in good hands with Cyndi Bainbridge as your new CEO.  Cyndi is a long time McKinleyville resident, member of McKinleyville Lions and the Federated Womens Club as well as an ambassador for the chamber.  She is also a 2016 recipient of the chamber's highest honor the Azalea Award which was presented by past recipients to her and Bob Wainwright at the annual awards dinner.  

Previously I announced that I am resigning as the chamber CEO to pursue a local business opportunity.  I will be remaining in the area and serving the community, just in a different capacity.  I plan to transition to a seat on the board of directors as I am proud of the accomplishments that the board and I have been able to make for the businesses and community.   I want to continue to be a part of McKinleyville's growth and progress.  I am dedicated to McKinleyville and the surrounding communities.  It makes my transition much easier knowing that the chamber will be in good hands.  I want to thank everyone for their support of myself, the chamber and all of our projects, programs and events.  I look forward to working with Cyndi, the board and the community in this next phase of the chamber.
Heather Vina

Ribbon Cutting at McKinleyville Florist

(September 29, 2017) The McKinleyville Chamber of Commerce and the local community celebrated the grand opening of McKinleyville Florist located at 1531 City Center Rd.  The owner, Hana Padilla, was there for the ribbon cutting with Heather Gaon along with members of the chamber. For more information call (707) 630-5070 or go to their website

Leadership class in full swing

The first McKinleyville Leadership program has reached the halfway point and has been quite successful. Participants have heard presentations from a panel of law enforcement officials, McKinleyville representatives and have heard about future plans in and around the airport. We would like to thank Holiday Inn Express for sponsoring this event. We will soon begin planning the next Leadership program to be held in September 2018!

Corks Forks & Kegs Recap

It was so great to see so many community members who came out on Saturday, September 16 to share in the Corks Forks and Kegs festivities. We would like to thank the generous sponsors: Coast Central Credit Union, PG&E, Mad River Radio, Humboldt Land Title Co., Mad River Union, Cloney's Pharmacy, Ming Tree Realtors and Redwood Capital Bank. 
The winners of the participant poll held after the event are: 
Best Host - TriCounties Bank
Best Food - ServPro of Eureka
Best Beverage - Eureka Natural Foods
We would like to give a shout out to all of our tasting locations and those who provided food and beverages.