Ed Munson, President and CEO of the Cypress Chamber of Commerce

Ed Munson
Cypress Chamber of Commerce
Message From The Chamber President/CEO

As we ramp up on our energies to keep in step with the ever-changing technologies, we rely on two valued assets—vision and leadership—to chart our course.

To that end, we have rekindled our own mission statement to rededicate all efforts to develop and maintain the very best business climate for the community. We recognize and accept the role of being the voice of the business community, serving as a conduit for members through a series of events and programs that benefit all. We also accept a leadership role in being actively engaged in legislative advocacy on local, state and federal levels, ensuring that legislation helps create a strong economic climate.

New technology has provided us with intriguing frontiers and horizons. As your Chamber has sought to reinvent itself to maintain its place in the community, our Board of Directors is comprised of highly successful business people from a variety of industries to help us achieve any goals we aspire to, both now and in the future.

While the Chamber is a collection of businesses large and small, it is our primary goal to help all of our members become more successful. The end game is profits. To get there we need to help one another. We do not presume to know your target market–assuming you would know what dots you want to connect. We would like to help you connect those dots quicker.

As a conduit, we produce five events a year and co-produce another. Each has a theme and focus. These events are branded because people want to be there and be a part of a grand networking activity. There is a social aspect to it, but as members of our greater community, business and residential, there is something for everyone.

In March is our 29th annual Student & Business Mentoring Breakfast. Juniors from Oxford Academy and Cypress High School get a chance to meet with mentors in an industry they want to pursue. In that none of our high school students were born when this program was started, it is a program that is enjoyed by all. From a numbers standpoint, approximately 5,200 students have been a part of this event over the years. For those who were a part of this event 28 years ago, they would be in their mid forties today.

For those sports minded people, we promote our Golf Classic in May, featuring a Corporate Challenge format that says ‘bring your game.’ It’s a fun day for all those who participate, with year-long bragging rights hanging in the balance. Last year we partnered with the Cypress High School Band to help in raising funds for the band and its inclusion in the 2015 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena. They made us proud marching down Colorado Boulevard with a big banner in front (see the directory front cover).

We have been blessed over the years to have a number of people and businesses who have stepped up to make this community better. Our June Business Awards is a ‘Hail to the Honorees’ as we recognize those for Lifetime Achievement, Man and Woman of the Year and Business of the Year. Elected officials on a local, state and federal level also participate with proclamations for all of our honorees.

The July Cypress Festival will draw more than 20,000 people to a one-day gathering at Oak Knoll Park. Initiated to celebrate the incorporation of the city, this event is one of the largest one-day events in Orange County, full of exhibitors, entertainment, chili contest, Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast, a variety of food vendors and a lot more. This is a big city block party and is free to attendees. Free is good.

If you are looking for a challenge, bring your game to the August Co-Ed, Slow-Pitch Softball Tournament. Suffice to say the competition is serious, yet friendly.

For those who always are looking for a way to get the gang together for a Christmas party, then bring your group to be a part of our group. Filled with holiday cheer, silent auction, good food, opportunity drawings, the Holiday Extravaganza in December is the place to be.

As a supplement to our networking events, the award-winning Business Directory is a place to be in—not left out. As you sift through the many pages of this great resource book that figures to have a one-year shelf life, consider using Chamber members for that needed product or service. All members are listed by industry and alphabetically. Display advertisers recognize the value of placing ads to promote businesses. The additional information is meant to reach out to any one of a number of outlets, from elected officials, the arts, sports and entertainment, benefits of being a member, statistics on our city, links to various other frequently used outlets and so much more.

Although our web site is a work in progress, it will be another jewel in the crown for the Cypress Chamber of Commerce. We want it to be a good to resource as well. We encourage everyone—members or not—to utilize all of our resources.

As always, we thank our members for being with us. We will continue to provide leadership with a vision in a world that is ever-changing.