The region's award-winning Business Walk program arrives here on February 24, when volunteers will canvass local businesses to find out what’s happening with the economy and how conditions can be improved.
The Woodland Business Walk is presented by the city of Woodland and the Woodland Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Sacramento Metro Chamber and its Metro Pulse partnership. The business walks have won acclaim from international economic developers and most recently voted "Program of the Year" in 2010 by the Western Association of Chamber Executives 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. Businesspeople with city and chamber staff will visit Woodland businesses, asking owners and managers three questions: How’s business, what do you like about doing business in Woodland and how can business be improved?
"The Business Walk gives us the feedback we need to help our community be more business-friendly," said Tom Galeazzi, immediate past president of the Woodland Chamber of Commerce.
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 eight to ten events across the Sacramento region.
“In 2011, the Metro Pulse’s Business Walk program facilitated nearly 2,000 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,” said Matt Yancey, Metro Chamber director of business and economic development. “Business Walks allow for personal, one-on-one interaction that is key to facilitating business in today’s world.”
Business or community members who would like to volunteer to be a business walker can register (click "here") Here!
This free event includes a breakfast and orientation, three hours of business visits, a lunch and roundup session. The Woodland Walk will run 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; participants can check-in at the Woodland Community Center, 2001 East Street Woodland, CA 95776.
For more information, contact Kennedy Cullen at 916-319-4277 or firstname.lastname@example.org.