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Business Walk to survey Loomis area economic conditions on July 27

By: Staff Report
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The region’s international award-winning Business Walk program arrives in the Loomis and Sunset areas on July 27, when volunteers will canvass local businesses to find out what’s happening with the economy and how conditions can be improved. The Loomis/Sunset Business Walk is presented by Loomis Chamber of Commerce, Town of Loomis and Placer County, in partnership with the Sacramento Metro Chamber and supported by the region’s Metro Pulse partnership. The business walks have won acclaim from international economic developers and most recently as a chamber outstanding program for strengthening local economies. “The Loomis Business Walk is a great opportunity to hear from our local business owners and evaluate their current challenges and needs,” said Loomis Mayor Rhonda Morillas. The business walks help initiate contacts with businesses in the region and is the start of an ongoing conversation to help get businesses the resources they need to succeed. Volunteers who are business people or agency staff will visit storefronts and businesses, asking owners and managers three questions: How’s business, what do you like about doing business in Loomis and the Sunset district and how can business be improved? “On July 27, we plan to visit more than 200 companies in Loomis/Sunset in a matter of three hours," said Jenny Knisley, Office Manager, Loomis Chamber of Commerce. "With the information that is gathered, not only will we be able to help provide companies with valuable information, but we could potentially save companies from closing or relocating.” The business walks are part of a regional “best practices” strategy for business retention and expansion. So far in 2011, the Metro Chamber and its partners have conducted five business walks, contacting more than 1,070 businesses. In all, a dozen will be conducted this year. “The Sunset Industrial Area is among the highest priorities within the Placer County Economic Development Board Roadmap, said Robert M. Weygandt, Placer County District 2 Supervisor. "The business walk helps reinforce that the area serves as an important employment base for residents of South Placer and essential provider of primary wage earner jobs.” Businesspeople who would like to volunteer to be a business walker can register online at metrochamber.org. The business walk event, 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., includes a breakfast and orientation, three hours of business visits, a lunch and roundup session. This event is free. It will take place at Blue Goose, 3550 Taylor Road, Loomis, 95650. “In 2010, the Sacramento region’s international award-winning Metro Pulse Program facilitated nearly 4,200 business visits—building public-private relationships with and making resource connections for local companies. At its core is the business walk model, which allows community leaders to meet with lots of companies in a short time; and, do so in a personal, one-on-one fashion,” said Matt Yancey, Metro Chamber director of business and economic development. For more information, contact Kennedy Cullen at 916-319-4277 or kcullen@metrochamber.org.