By Paulo Nulud
Thursday, April 27 marked the third annual Spring Fling hosted by the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce (LMCC).
Local businesses packed the La Mesa Community Center to present and share their services such as financial investments, real estate, and window blinds installation. The attendees were energetic as they participated in the many engaging activities and networking opportunities.
Some businesses donated their goods and services as prizes for giveaways along with a 50-50 drawing by the chamber while local restaurants complemented the event with burger sliders, tacos, and desserts.
The Spring Fling has made great progress in the three years since its inception, according to La Mesa Chamber Board of Directors member Brian Sack. Sharing a bit of history, he said the Spring Fling was designed to fill the void between the businesses and local community by encouraging them to interact in one place.
Sack also acknowledged the continued participation of Sen. Joel Anderson, who has taken part in past events. Having Anderson participate “helps both ways,” he said. “Our organization becomes part of Senator Anderson and Senator Anderson becomes part of the community.”
Anderson awarded new La Mesa Chamber members with certificates of recognition for their dedication to improving the community and contributing to the local economy.
Anderson is a strong advocate for small business.
“This Spring Fling event has become one of the best opportunities for businesses and community members to connect in La Mesa,” he said. “It has been my privilege to be part of this opportunity since its inception, and I am thankful that [LMCC president] Mary England and her team at the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce has made each year better than the one before.”
David Zietlow, a La Mesan looking to open his own business shared how valuable the Spring Fling is.
“This would be a good event to come around, get some feedback [and] do some networking,” he said.
The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce took this event as an opportunity to welcome new members. England presented certificates from local leaders and expressed her gratitude toward everyone who made the day’s event a big success.
—Paulo Nulud is a legislative intern for Senator Joel Anderson’s office.