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County leaders attempt to visit more than 1,000 businesses in one day

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South Placer County leaders are inviting business people and others to attempt an amazing feat: In one day, help visit more than 1,000 businesses during a massive Business Walk on Sept. 30, to check on local business conditions. The Business Walks are part of a regional “best practices” strategy for business retention and expansion. Since 2007, this international award-winning strategy — called Metro Pulse — has logged face-to-face contacts of more than 5,000 businesses. In 2009, the Metro Chamber assisted its partners on five Business Walks, and currently the 2010 schedule will double that figure. More than 200 participants will visit five different locales, joining others from the city of Rocklin, Rocklin Area Chamber of Commerce, Granite Bay area, city of Lincoln, Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, city of Roseville, Roseville Chamber of Commerce and Placer County, in partnership with the Sacramento Metro Chamber. Participants go into businesses of all kinds—retail, office, industrial, commercial—and ask three questions: how’s business, what do you like about doing business here and what needs to be improved. What they hear immediately gets to economic development staff that can help with issues that arise. “The Business Walk continues our strong collaboration with local government and our regional partners to reach businesses, listen, and sharpen our collective focus on fostering a strong local economy,” said Realtor Franklin Burris, chair of the Rocklin Area Chamber of Commerce. The day begins at 9:30 a.m. with an orientation session at William Jessup University; 333 Sunset Blvd. in Rocklin. Participants break into teams and spend three hours visiting businesses. A wrap-up session and lunch where teams report their findings concludes the day at Thunder Valley Casino, 1200 Athens Ave. in Lincoln. Business people are encouraged to participate to gain relationships and contacts in the area. There is no charge to participate. Register online at metrochamber.org/events. ~Staff report Business Walk When: 9:30 a.m. Sept. 30 Where: William Jessup University, 333 Sunset Blvd., Rocklin Information: metrochamber.org/ events