Who We Are Today

Today, the Covina Chamber is a coalition of business owners and other professionals who strive for better community and connection through coworking together. We are supported by membership investments, a special Chairman’s Club, program user fees, and fundraising. To fully and effectively represent the business community, the Chamber funds its own activities.

We are always looking forward, manifesting new ways to promote and provide resources for our members, using tools to make sure they are able to PRIME their businesses, and get the most out of their membership. 

 
Where Business and Community Meet

Our Chamber History

The Covina Chamber of Commerce was founded in 1900 as an independent association of businesses organized to encourage a strong local economy, strong government, and a high quality of life through informed and active membership. We have been serving the community of Covina for over 100 years, from rural farms and orange groves, to the central San Gabriel Valley business hub that the City is today.


The Chamber was first proposed in a July 13, 1895 issue of the Covina Argus, the local newspaper of the time. After becoming official in 1900, the chamber has contributed to a number of events and causes that have supported the community through the last several decades:

1914-1915

The Chamber was active in fundraising, forming “Booster” events to support the war effort. It also participated with other Chambers in “Parade Down Broadway” in 1915.

1920

The Chamber formed a Booster program that included large signs spelling out “COVINA,” erected at the corners of Citrus and Badillo, and Citrus and San Bernardino Road. This program also included a contest for a City slogan, which received 364 entries. The winning slogan was “One mile square and all there,” and the grand prize was $20.

1921

The Chamber sponsored the May Day celebration – themed “The Spirit of Summer” – with the American Legion. It included a floral parade, followed by Maypole dances as part of the festivities.

1930s

The Chamber helped stem the tide of the depression with numerous promotions, and in both 1933 and1936, it sponsored entries in Pasadena’s Tournament of Roses Parade and won trophies for exhibits at the Los Angeles County Fair.

1940s

The Chamber produced brochures and hired a hostess to welcome new residents to the City. By 1948, there were 7,000 telephones in the local area, which helped contribute to rapidly growing business.

Chamber Staff

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Dawn Nelson

President/CEO

Chamber Officers

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Gary Clifford

Chairperson

Athens Services

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Rene Martinez

Incoming Chairperson

A1 Party Rentals

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Donna Harstine

Outgoing Chairperson

Sander’s Towing

Mark Cook Profile Photo

Mark Cook

Chief Financial Officer

Taco Bell

Board of Directors

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Ted DeWitt

Signarama

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Carlos Flores

CrossCounty Mortgage

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Andrea Koval

Forest Lawn

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Andy Mclntyre

The Mclntyre Company

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Rene Martinez

A1 Party Rentals

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Beatriz Villagomez

Citizens Business Banks

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Charley Bell

789, Inc.

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Paul Gastelum

Reed Construction

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Vincent Sauceda

Foothill Transit

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Darlo Castellanos

Castellanos Family Practice

Associate Members

Fonseca, Diane

Harstine, Donna & Steve

Parker, Sarah

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