It was a busy week for Chamber members last week. Thursday PGA Tour Superstore held a mixer that was truly made for business. As most of us know the fairway is a place many business arrangements are made and PGA Superstore will help get you in the game. There was food for everyone, Beer, Sangria, Golf Lessons, Free Driving Range Sessions, a putting contest and many giveaways. It was a mixer like no other. Make sure to read the Weekly Tustin Chamber Newsletter to see when PGA Tour Superstore will have their next event. Head to their website at http://www.pgatoursuperstore.com/irvine.jsp to see how to get your golf game in full swing.
On Friday the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic development held a workshop for small business on applying for the California Competes Tax Credit. The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development is travelling the state to inform businesses about the California Competes Tax Credit. It’s an incentive provided to businesses to promote job creation in the state of California. 25% of all funds are reserved for small businesses that make under $2 million in gross revenues. The tax credit is non-refundable, but can be carried forward for 6 years to offset any taxes owed on the business return to the Franchise Tax Board, and in some cases it can be passed through to the owner’s individual income tax return. The awards for the application period from July 20, 2015 – August 17th, 2015 will total $75 million. 62 people attended of which were several Chamber Members. Chamber Members Clark & Company provided coffee and were on hand to help answer tax related questions. The event took place at the Tustin Library’s Professional Training Center. Chamber attendees included CFO Emily Banks, Board Members Glen Hackler, Rand Sherff, George Strickland, Jerry Craig, and Cindy Brunner. Office Staff in attendance were Office Manager Juanita Jaros and Member Services Associate Lisa Gross. For more information on the tax credit and to see if your business qualifies please contact Clark & Company at http://clarkcompanycpas.com/contact/.
On Saturday Night, chamber member Wilcox Manor hosted an event to raise money for another chamber member, the Tustin Community Foundation. The theme was 1920’s murder mystery, and there was over 100 attendees. The party included a live auction, dinner and a show. TCF’s Erin McPherson Nielsen was in the cast as well as Wilcox Manor’s Michael Demoratz, Chamber CFO Emily Banks, and Chamber Member and Chick-fil-A owner Peter Brakke. Board Member Cindy Brunner’s daughter had a role as did Chuck Puckett, Tustin’s Mayor. This has been “THE MOST SUCCESSFUL TCF EVENT we have ever had!!!” according to Erin McPherson Nielsen. She went on to say “We raised $20,000!! Thank you to everyone who supported the Foundation with your generosity. Can’t wait to give out our grants!” For more information on upcoming events and how to participate in the Tustin Community Foundation go to: http://www.tustincommunityfoundation.org/Sites/US/CA/Tustin/TustinCommunityFoundation-76764/Web/Home.htm