Chamber Information

2021 Officers
President: Candy Maidens
Vice President: Dona Vermillion
Treasurer : Susie Bunyard
Secretary: Sandra Parriott
Membership: Wynarda Erquiaga
By-Laws 2/23/2011 (pdf)
Membership Application (pdf)

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 socializing.

Our membership is very active, hosting or participating in many other valley-wide events throughout the year. Please see our Calendar of Events.

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. Membership Application (pdf)

Economic Profile

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 works.

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. To request our information package email

Member Benefits

  • Low cost internet exposure and link availability
  • 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

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 and Celebration

To join the Surprise Valley Chamber of Commerce, please contact us at 530-936-7822 or download our Membership Form (pdf) and send it with your payment.


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