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West Sac Business Walk on March 30 to survey local economic conditions

The region’s international award-winning Business Walk program arrives in West Sacramento on Wednesday, March 30, when volunteers will canvass local businesses to find out what’s happening with the economy and how conditions can be improved.

The West Sacramento Business Walk is presented by the city of West Sacramento and West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce, produced by 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 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 West Sacramento and how can business be improved?

The city of West Sacramento wants to hear what the local business community is thinking, and this is the first step,” said Christopher Cabaldon, mayor of West Sacramento. “Not only will we be able to talk face-to-face with many business owners, we will let them know the city is here to help them succeed.”

The Business Walks are part of a regional “best practices” strategy for business retention and expansion. In 2011, the Metro Chamber and its partners are planning a dozen events across the region.

Businesspeople who would like to volunteer to be a business walker can register online here. The business walk event, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., includes a breakfast and orientation, three hours of business visits, a lunch and roundup session.

“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.

To register for the event, visit metrochamber.org/events or contact Kennedy Cullen at 916-319-4277 or kcullen@metrochamber.org.

Hal Silliman is communications director for the Sacramento Metro Chamber.

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