The Surprise Valley Chamber of
Commerce is somewhat distinctive in the various roles it assumes
within the community that encompasses the towns of Cedarville,
Eagleville, Fort Bidwell and Lake City.
It not only serves to promote a healthy local
business climate, but chamber members regularly welcome updates
at their meetings by representatives from diverse organizations such as civic
groups, government entities, youth groups and from business
owners. One of its clear mandates is to promote, encourage and
support a robust and satisfying quality of life for all
residents within the valley.
Surprise Valley may appear to be a sleepy
backwater cut off from the majority of Modoc County by the
majestic Warner Mountain Range. Its quiet rural charms perhaps
conceal its energetic, adept, and diverse populace.
Community activities often center around
authentic and appetizing western or Basque barbecue, and annual
highlights include the Super Bull Rodeo, Indian Pow Wows, and
the chamber's Squirrel Round-up BBQ. Twice-monthly
acoustic jam sessions in Cedarville are always well-attended by
both musicians and those who simply enjoy listening and
Our membership is
very active, hosting or participating in many other valley-wide
events throughout the year. Please see our
Calendar of Events here.
Annual individual, business or family
memberships are a very reasonable $20 and are open to everyone
interested in the promotion and welfare of Surprise Valley.
Meetings are held every second Wednesday at noon in
the Senior Citizen's Center located on Main Street in
Cedarville. Newcomers considering opening a local enterprise or
who are just looking for a way to participate in community life
are always welcome.
>> Click here to print a membership application.
In addition to the region's agricultural base,
major Surprise Valley employers include the U.S. Forest Service,
Bureau of Land Management, Surprise Valley Hospital and Medical
Clinic, and the Surprise Valley Joint Unified School District.
Other area residents have found creative and
innovative ways to earn a living while residing in this remote
and enchanting corner of California. The valley is home to
numerous published authors, acclaimed artists and artisans.
Despite the "old-fashioned" veneer, telecommuting is eminently
feasible and increasingly popular.
Currently, projects in geothermal energy
production, greenhouse seedling production, development of
juniper crafts and other by-products of our prolific "nuisance"
local tree, and many other progressive ventures are in the
Surprise Valley remains an excellent choice
for business development: it has an educated, available
workforce as well as exceedingly affordable housing and land,
high-quality schools, a first-rate rural hospital, and a growing
variety of ancillary services.
The Surprise Valley Chamber of
Commerce invites inquiries and has put together an information
package detailing both the tangible and intangible benefits of
relocating to this rugged, historic, pristinely beautiful, and
warmly welcoming corner of paradise.
here to request our information package or email
- Low cost internet exposure and link
- Brochures promoting Surprise Valley are
placed in many prominent locations, including the California
Welcome Center in Anderson
- Directly participate in the guided growth
of our community and region
- Disperse significant annual funds to
support local activities and projects that enhance the
valley's quality of life
- Network with Alturas Chamber and regional
organizations promoting economic development, business
expansion, employee training, and other resources
President: Wynarda Erquiaga
Vice President: Dona Vermillion
Treasurer : Susie Bunyard
Secretary: Sandra Parriott
(Will be revised in about a month)
Valley Chamber of Commerce's
Recent Highlights and Accomplishments:
- Prepared and served the Basque Barbecue at the fair
- Hosted the Country Christmas Faire
- Supported 4-H/FFA students in the Junior Livestock Show
- Selected and honored the Citizen of the Year
- Financially supported the Valley Food Baskets
- Decorated and maintained the Main Street Christmas Tree
- Provided Main St. beautification planter boxes
- Supported SV student sports programs
- Operated the concession stand at the Modoc Super Bull
- Conducted the All Valley Yard Sale in September
- Supported Sober Grad activities
- Hosted mixer at local businesses
- Provided port-a-potties and dumpsters during Burning Man
- Supported the Modoc District Fair with donations
- Promoted and posted the SV Calendar of Events
- Supported local businesses by advertising and mailing information packets to interested individuals
- Hosted Candidate's Night during elections
- Awarded $500 scholarships to two graduating seniors
- Awarded two $500 scholarships for continuing education students
- Maintained Cedarville Park
- Modoc District Fair Queen donation
- Supported Ft Bidwell Indian Parade & Celebration
To join the Surprise Valley Chamber of Commerce,
please contact us at 530-936-7822
or download our
and send it in with