Our community of Seal Beach is vibrant, conservative, beautiful and monochromatic.  “Seal Beach: small California town, big time destination” is our official Chamber visitor’s motto, and indeed we are a small town in this highly desirable vacation and visitors’ region. It is a study in duality in many ways.  As we embark on another year with the Chamber of Commerce and our business community, the words of Marcus Aurelius Antonius during his Meditations in 200 B.C. comes to mind: “Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present.” As a leader of the civilized world in his time, he knew a key to leadership – to guide with reason and in a fearless advocacy for what we see as right.

The Chamber has worked hard over the last five years to not only to produce events like the Car Show and the Holiday Christmas Parade, but to become a strong voice to represent business. We want to create value for our members through networking, sponsorship opportunities, connection to local & regional government and introduction of new programs.  This is what we will continue to expand and develop.  Why, because you, our members deserve it.  Together, we can make Seal Beach even better.  It should allow many of us to live, work and play all in the same community and our Chamber will help us do that.  We should drive tourism, help increase traffic to our merchants and allow business to flourish.  We will continue to create destination activities like the Summer Concert Series where the biggest complaint was that there was no place to sit.  It was too successful.  I don’t know about you, but I would love it if we had too many customers in all of our businesses!

We are in a recession of unknown length.  As a result, we the Chamber, have to stay focused on our core membership. We must help all of you stay in business! How can we help the most? By allowing you be involved in the opportunities we present and create yet more. Volunteer, show up for mixers and meetings, be on a committee and strike out to do something you are excited about. We want to facilitate your success! Remember as always to “Shop Local” and use reason to avoid anxiety about the future.  Our new board, committees and leadership team of the Chamber are all behind you, advocating for your success. Let us know if there is anything further we can do.


Seth Eaker is the current President of the Seal Beach Chamber of Commerce and is the founder of Black Marble Consulting, LLC., a business consulting and marketing firm.