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 — 49thCap-to-Cap Program Linking Leaders From Northern California With Federal Policymakers — — Priority Policy Issues Address Strong Business, Ready Workforce, Vibrant Community and Connected Region — — Featured Speakers Include Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Amy Walters, and Col. Todd R. Stratton — SACRAMENTO, CALIF. (May 6, 2019) – The 49th annual…

John Jacobs elevates leadership team with proven success in messaging, public affairs and building audiences.  SACRAMENTO, Calif. (March 18, 2019) –The Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce (Metro Chamber) announced the hiring of John Jacobs to the position of vice president, marketing and communications. Jacobs joins the executive leadership team to…

                Sacramento, Calif. – Today, the Sacramento Metro Chamber Foundation named Department of Sound Sacramento as the grant recipient for its 9th annual Inspire Giving program. Co-founded by John Hamilton, a native Sacramentan and New York based music producer/DJ, and Tyler Garnett, a…

The Metro Chamber announced today that small business founder and advocate Mac Clemmens will serve as the chair for the 2019 Capitol-to-Capitol program. Clemmens is a Sacramento native who started his company, Digital Deployment, in 2004. Digital Deployment has since grown into a thriving midtown Sacramento business that was named…

The Sacramento City Council approved the elimination of city fees for affordable housing projects Tuesday night. This huge win is the culmination of months of work by the Metro Chamber, its members and the broader business community. The Metro Chamber‘s efforts to shape this policy took many forms. From testifying…

Khaim Morton hired as vice president of Public Policy and Economic Development SACRAMENTO, Calif. (October 29, 2018) – The Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce announced today the hiring of Khaim Morton to the position of vice president of Public Policy and Economic Development. Morton will lead the Metro Chamber’s impact…

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (October 22, 2018) – The Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber Political Action Committee (Metro PAC) selected Darren Suen for endorsement in the city of Elk Grove mayoral race. Suen’s support of the business community and efforts to create neighborhood planning initiatives that are more inclusive, aligns with the purpose and…

Supporting the professional development of young leaders throughout the Capital Region is a core piece of how the Sacramento Metro Chamber helps to cultivate a strong business environment and vibrant communities. We develop diverse programming that provides young professionals with opportunities to engage with the community and grow their leadership…

The new dean of CSU Sacramento State’s College of Business Administration (CSUS CBA), Dr. William Cordeiro, plans to work collaboratively with the regional business community and represent the voice of his students as CSUS CBA develops the future business leaders of the Capital Region. Since its inception in 1947 Sacramento…

We’re proud to have 10 members represented in the Sacramento Business Journal’s annual list of the 50 fastest growing companies. These members span across industries and vary in size, but they all are growing at a high-rate. The following are the Metro Chamber members that have been recognized for their…

Metro Chamber Board votes in support of Measure U and the opportunity for it to serve as an investment for inclusive economic development and drive regional prosperity for businesses and neighborhoods. SACRAMENTO, Calif. (August 9, 2018) – The Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce announced today it will endorse the City…

The Metro Chamber Foundation and the City of Sacramento work in conjunction to provide valuable paid internship opportunities for high school students around the region through the Thousand Strong program. We’ve been lucky to have hard-working Thousand Strong interns in our office who exemplify the success of the program. Jordan…

Earlier this month, Comstock’s Magazine featured two Metro Chamber members, Venita Sivamani founder of Dermveda and Sally Edwards founder of Heartzones, in their entrepreneur issue for their most recent successful ventures in the Capital Region. Less than 3 years old, Dermveda is a customizable online resource that utilizes a network…

  Last week, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced that it would award $1.8 billion to flood protection projects in the Sacramento region for the American River – Common Features [$1.56 billion] and the American River Watershed: Folsom Dam Raise [$216 million] projects. These two projects have been a…

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (July 3, 2018) – The Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce announced today the hiring of Erika Bjork as its brand strategy and communications officer and Chris Smith to serve as its director of government and political affairs. In addition, existing team members Emily Dutch, Rod Mackey, Samantha Beck,…

By: Amanda Blackwood Special to the Sacramento Bee June 19, 2018 04:52 PM   Across California’s capital region, our business leaders have long understood the path forward for our region’s economy is preparing today’s workers for tomorrow’s industries. Powered by some of the country’s leading universities, we are innovating the…

Written by: Joan Cusick, Comstock’s Magazine Amanda Blackwood took charge of the Sacramento Metro Chamber on May 1, and immediately embarked on a 100-day plan to assess and redefine strategy. “I don’t want to come in and say I know best,” says Blackwood, 35, who is the first woman to…

My curiosity in science and exploration is ingrained in growing up in the shadow of American space exploration. My father had management roles in all U.S. led space programs, and I distinctly remember experiencing the excitement of U.S. leadership first-hand as I watched the X-15 drop from the wing of…

Since 1895, the Sacramento Metro Chamber has put community first. From recruiting Midwesterners to our golden hills during the Gold Rush to convening conversations on important topics today like our growing food economy, the Metro Chamber inherently recognizes it is the people who live here, and the work we do…

Since last summer, Sacramento’s Thousand Strong interns have collectively worked an incredible 9,074 hours. As the first year of internships come to an end, some of these young people are heading off to college, some are entering the workforce, and some are going into their final year of high school.…

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Every year, the Sacramento Metro Chamber organizes a delegation of hundreds of area officials and business leaders to travel to Washington, D.C., and meet with federal representatives. The Capitol-to-Capitol program is meant to secure funding and resources for high-priority projects in the region and raise local concerns to officials at…

The Sacramento Metro Chamber board of directors announced Tuesday that Amanda Blackwood will become the chamber’s new president and CEO effective May 1. Blackwood will take over for Darrell Teat, the interim executive who has been leading the chamber since last year. Teat will return to his firm, Darrell Teat…

The Sacramento Metro Chamber has named a new, permanent CEO: consulting firm owner Amanda Blackwood. Blackwood is currently owner and managing partner of Sacramento-based OE Consulting Group. She will succeed the Metro Chamber’s interim president and CEO Darrell Teat on May 1, the chamber announced Tuesday. “We are experiencing a…

For 48 years, the Sacramento Metro Chamber has led a delegation to Washington, D.C. to advocate on behalf of our region’s most pressing needs as part of its Capitol-to-Capitol (Cap-to-Cap) program. This month, over 360 business and community leaders and elected officials will join this effort, holding more than 200…

Could $1,000 cash help Sacramento renters stay in their homes? Sacramento Bee Ryan Lillis, 3/12/18 Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg set an ambitious goal last year of finding shelter for 2,000 homeless people. Now he’s floating a plan he said could help prevent another 2,000 people from ending up on the…

The Sacramento Metro Chamber works daily to create an environment that supports the needs of small businesses because we know they are what drives our economy. Whether through the services offered by our Capital Region Small Business Development Center (SBDC) or through fighting for policies and regulations that protect and…

Welcome to another month, loyal readers. Here are the headlines you ordered. The young professionals are coming Nearly 600 young professionals are expected to be in Sacramento today for the Emerge Summit, which is now in its fifth year. The daylong event at Memorial Auditorium focuses on personal and career development.…

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Calling all young professionals! Are you ready to take it to the #NextLevel?  Spearheaded by Metro Edge, a program of the Sacramento Metro Chamber Foundation, the Emerge Summit is a collaborative effort of 17 organizations committed to advocating and supporting young professionals and their growth in the community.  Nearly 600…

The California Chamber of Commerce and the Linked Learning Alliance have launched a new California network of employer associations committed to advancing youth opportunities and reducing youth unemployment. The lead organizations, CalChamber and Linked Learning Alliance, bring together six local employer organizations for the network: the Los Angeles Area Chamber…

Local business leaders were honored during the Sacramento Metro Chamber’s 123rd Annual Dinner & Business Awards, held Jan. 26 at the Hyatt Regency Sacramento. Guests included U.S. Rep. Doris Matsui, Michael Teel of Raley’s, Stan Van Vleck of Downey Brand LLP and more. Check out our slideshow to see who…

There’s never been a better time to be a young professional in the Capital Region. Sacramento is making headlines across the country, and our young professional community is not only reaping the benefits, they are changing the game – taking their careers and our community to the #NextLevel through entrepreneurship,…

The Capital Region is on the path towards something special. Entrepreneurs and artists are creating, developers are building, new businesses are being started and the number of people moving here is steadily rising. In 2018, the Sacramento Metro Chamber is committed to continuing to build a strong business community to…

Former Nehemiah Cos. president Darrell Teat will head the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce on an interim basis. The chamber announced the appointment of Teat to the interim president/CEO position Thursday, with current president Peter Tateishi set to step down at the end of the month. “Darrell is a proven…

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Saying the future of America and its economy depends upon it, Sacramento business and civic leaders joined students at Sacramento State on Wednesday to sign a letter to six local U.S. Congress members asking them to help advance bipartisan legislation that would offer so-called “Dreamers” protection from deportation and a…

Fatima Diaz doesn’t remember much about her life in Jalisco, Mexico — she moved to the United States with her family when she was 11 months old, and has lived here since. The 21-year-old California State University Sacramento student grew up in Lincoln, where she stood up in a classroom…

2017 has been an exciting year for the six-county Capital Region. The Wall Street Journal reported Sacramento is California’s Newest Real-Estate Hotspot, our Airport celebrated 50 years by topping a J.D. Power list, Golden One Center was named #1 Sports Venue in the U.S., and we’ve been called the “Dark…

Comstock’s Magazine founder and publisher, Winnie Comstock-Carlson, has been named the Sacramentan of the Year by the Sacramento Metro Chamber. Comstock-Carlson will be honored Friday, January 26th at the Metro Chamber’s 123rd Annual Dinner & Business Awards at the Hyatt Regency Sacramento. Peter Tateishi, President and CEO of the Sacramento…

Comstock’s magazine founder and publisher Winnie Comstock-Carlson has been named the Sacramentan of the Year by the Sacramento Metro Chamber. Comstock-Carlson and other honorees will be recognized Jan. 26 at the chamber’s 123rd annual business awards dinner at the Hyatt Regency Sacramento. Besides overseeing the magazine, Comstock-Carlson has served four…

By Peter Tateishi Sacramento Business Journal  California’s Capital region is a unique place to live and work. We are also emblematic of the strength and resilience our country draws from its diversity. Immigrants are a vital part of our communities and economy, representing our business owners, workers, students and entrepreneurs.…

Local business leaders gathered for this year’s State of Sacramento County forum, held Nov. 3 at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel. The Sacramento Metro Chamber partnered with Sacramento County to present the event, which included a keynote speech by John Kirby, vice president of capacity planning for Alaska Airlines. The theme…

A great chamber is the foundation of a great region. But a chamber of commerce can’t thrive without the strength of its members. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we would like to take an opportunity to express our gratitude to our members. We are proud of the programs and services…

Peter Tateishi, president and chief executive officer of the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce for the past three years, will leave the post at the end of the year. Trish Rodriguez, who chairs the chamber’s board of directors, announced Tateishi’s resignation in letter posted Tuesday on the organization’s website. Teteishi,…

On behalf of 2017 Metro Chamber Board Chair Trish Rodriguez:  My Fellow Metro Chamber Members, Today, I formally accepted Peter Tateishi’s resignation as President/CEO of the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. Peter’s term as President/CEO will go through December 31, 2017. Three years ago, the board welcomed Peter into the…

By Peter Tateishi  Special to The Bee Airports are a significant player on the local, national, and global level and have an essential role in the movement of people and goods, foster trade and national security and connect communities. This past weekend, Sacramento International Airport celebrated its 50th birthday. As…

We have some big problems in our region: a lack of affordable housing, a growing number of homeless people, an inadequate transportation system, a tottering healthcare system and a need to create tens of thousands of better-paying jobs. We need to figure out solutions. Seeing how other American cities are dealing…

I’m not sure if the end of summer and the turn of another season inspires the travel bug, but my social media feeds have been filled with friends’ wanderlust inspirational quotes like ‘You’ll never know until you go” or “don’t listen to what they say, go see.” There’s some truth…

At the end of week one in my first “real job,” the President of the company invited me for a cup of coffee. Our interaction wasn’t longer than ten-minutes, but the fact that he took interest in learning who I was stuck with me throughout my career. After that quick…

Written by Rachel Zilner, Metro Edge 2017 Chair  Giving back and making an impact are critical priorities among millennials, and Metro EDGE members are no different. Forbes characterized our generation as one that integrates “the causes they care about into their daily routines and purchase behaviors.” But it goes beyond…

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At the beginning of the summer, Margarita Armijo was hoping to land a paid internship with a law enforcement agency to start on a career path toward becoming a probation officer. She went through 40 hours of training on how to interview for a job and how to act in…

Recognizing small business drives our regional economy, the Sacramento Metro Chamber began managing the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Small Business Development Center (SBDC) program in 2014. The goal was to make an investment in entrepreneurs and business owners that were intent on growing their business in our Capital Region. We’ve…

I was never a night owl growing up. I tried desperately from the age of 12 on to stay up late to watch Saturday Night Live, but inevitably, I’d fall asleep well before the opening sketch.  But Sunday nights were different. I’d wait with the greatest anticipation – sit through Masterpiece Theatre –…

The Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce held a July 21 “Power Lunch” to help businesses learn about marketing techniques. The event at Piatti Sacramento Italian Restaurant & Bar featured a presentation by Scott Hamilton, general sales manager for Salem Media Group (Nasdaq: SALM). Hamilton offered marketing tips for small businesses. Salem is a broadcasting…

California is the largest agriculture producer in the nation, and as America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital, the Capital Region is uniquely positioned as an agriculture leader not just nationally, but internationally. In the six counties that comprise our Capital Region, approximately 75 percent of the land is agricultural, forest, or open space.…

By Peter Tateishi  The capital region’s population is growing, construction is on the rise, congestion is increasing, and community priorities are changing. Our economic success will be driven by how we invest strategically in strengthening and enhancing what connects us: our transportation systems, a vital component of which is our…

Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg recently launched Thousand Strong, a workforce development program bringing together school districts, high schools and students with community organizations and businesses to provide year-round paid internships to local youth. The Sacramento Metro Chamber and the Metro Chamber Foundation are proud partners in this effort to ensure…

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By Jeff vonKaenel I am writing this column on Saturday afternoon, on an airplane flying to Washington, D.C. This weekend, there are 360 Sacramentans making their way to the 47th annual Sacramento Metro Chamber Cap-to-Cap. While I have taken numerous Cap-to-Cap trips before, this year I will be landing in…

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A strong, vibrant region begins with the quality of its jobs. At the Sacramento Metro Chamber, we work daily to create an environment that supports job creators. Whether by helping businesses through the services offered at our Small Business Development Center or fighting for policies and regulations that promote job…

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SACRAMENTO METRO CHAMBER ANNOUNCES PRIORITY ISSUES FOR 2017 CAPITOL-TO-CAPITOL Council Member Stephanie Nguyen, City of Elk Grove & Council Member Beverly ‘Babs’ Sandeen, City of West Sacramento to serve as Honorary Vice Chairs SACRAMENTO, CA – The Sacramento Metro Chamber will lead the largest delegation in 10 years with 360 regional…

Every year, masses representing various industries, organizations, countries and cities descend upon the Halls of Congress to advocate for issues near and dear to their hearts. The fact everyday citizens can partake in our political process and make an impact is inspiring. But it requires participation.   This year, the…

Mike Mendelson is a modern-day prototype for the burgeoning tech entrepreneur. The high school math teacher-turned startup founder has made $35 since last June, when he left his teaching job to focus full-time on a peer-tutoring app that allows people to learn new skills by connecting with experts via video…

VIDEO LINK:  Haney Biz: Trish Rodriguez is a major influencer and contributor to the region.    

The Sacramento Employment and Training Agency has approved $750,000 in grant funds for programs supporting small businesses and entrepreneurs in the region. The funding is through a statewide California Workforce Development Board program called “Slingshot,” to help spur innovation and employment statewide. The funds in each region of the state…

Hospital CEO Ann Madden Rice began learning how hospitals function at an early age. Her mother was a nurse. And as a teen, Rice worked in a hospital kitchen in her hometown of Mason City, Iowa. That formative experience put Rice on a trajectory to lead UC Davis Medical Center,…

Dare to step outside comfort zones and embrace risk. Dare to achieve those goals that seem out of reach. Dare to make an impact. It’s the #DareTo mentality that is driving Metro EDGE’s Emerge Summit on April 6. Each year the Emerge Summit – the largest one-day gathering of young…

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Great regions are built by great chambers. And great chambers attribute their success to dedicated, visionary and engaged members of their Board of Directors, volunteers participating in various committees and hard-working members. For over 120 years, the Sacramento Metro Chamber has been at the forefront of our regional growth and…

Capital region lending by the Small Business Administration topped its pre-recession peak in 2016, and the Sacramento area has eclipsed California in its pace of small business loan approvals. Total SBA loans in the Sacramento metro area totaled $312 million in the fiscal year that ended September 2016. That’s a…

Sacramento area employers are more confident about their business’ future after the 2016 elections than they were before, two new reports found. Sacramento Business Review released data from its Small Business Confidence Index, which polled over 3,000 local business owners and found that 95 percent employers had more faith in…

Robert Dugan joined the Sacramento Metro Chamber Jan. 1 as senior vice president of public policy and economic development. For the past four years, he has been the director of governmental and civic affairs for California State University Sacramento. While there, he advocated for campus facility needs and growth initiatives,…

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A September “Business Walk” by members of the Woodland Chamber of Commerce found most people were “very positive and upbeat.” The findings, reported by the Chamber and Wendy Ross, economic development manager for the city of Woodland, came this week following interviews with 127 business owners. “More than three-quarters of…

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SACRAMENTO, CA – Concluding his final term as the Mayor of Sacramento, Kevin Johnson has been named the 2017 Sacramentan of the Year by the Sacramento Metro Chamber. His tireless enthusiasm for the capital city during his eight years in office, physically memorialized with the opening of the Golden 1…

Since 1895, the Sacramento Metro Chamber has put community first. From recruiting mid-westerners to our golden hills during the Gold Rush to convening conversations on important topics today like our growing food economy, the Metro Chamber inherently recognizes it is the people and the things we do together that make…

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The Business Journal asked Mayor-elect Darrell Steinberg and three local business advocates for their reactions on the outcomes of select state and local ballot races. The question: What does this mean for Sacramento’s economy? Local measures Measure B — Regional sales tax for transportation infrastructure Outcome: Failed with 64 percent…

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The Sacramento Metro Chamber’s annual State of Sacramento County Address and Forum took place on Nov. 4. Kelvin Downes, director of operations for Amazon Robotics Fulfillment Centers, served as keynote speaker. Amazon plans to open a fulfillment center in the county, and Downes spoke about what attracted the company to…

The Sacramento Metro Chamber serves as the capital region’s primary advocate on issues affecting business, economic development and quality of life. It is on behalf of our 1,700 members representing 200,000 employees that we strongly encourage voters to approve Proposition 54 — a measure that will create more transparency and…

Every fall, a new class of community leaders join the Metro Chamber Foundation’s Leadership Sacramento program. In 31 years, nearly 1,000 elected officials, CEOs, non-profit leaders, entrepreneurs, and innovators have graduated from the program. This year-long experience brings together a group of strangers to examine regional issues from healthcare to…

Local civic and business representatives said Mark Friedman’s $70 million purchase of University Research Park could help reverse a reputation of Davis as a stodgy opponent of commercial development, with a fresh and cool design arriving at a business park close to downtown. “It’s an important counter-narrative that somehow Davis…

More than 450 organizations are backing the Yes on 67 campaign, the effort to preserve the state’s plastic bag ban. There are some you would expect, like the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the Surfrider Foundation, and Environment California. But the list is also heavily populated by many that fall in the “not-your- usual-suspects” category:…

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Another election season is upon us. Casting a vote requires one to take time away from the normal grind and to get smart on the ballot initiatives, candidates and local measures that will impact our tomorrow. It’s what we call civic engagement, it’s our responsibility. As a regional chamber covering…

Visit to Twin Cities shows region with compassion for all citizens Getting away often provides perspective. This is the motivation behind the 18th annual Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce study mission, which included 80 business and government representatives. We put the Twin Cities under a microscope for four days this…

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About 90 business and civic leaders from Sacramento descended on Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, last week, where they toured historic neighborhoods, rode the light rail and strolled down a vibrant riverfront as part of the annual study mission by the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce. While the Twin Cities…

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A real leader offers more than a fancy title but instead, is identified by behaviors they exhibit and qualities they possess, that seem to attract and motivate others towards a common goal. It isn’t easy to be a leader; it takes a firm desire to mobilize a group and to…

The hype has never been higher as Sacramento is now just weeks away from the opening of the Golden 1 Center. However, some are still wondering about the other developments of the downtown scene that have been promised over the years. We can check a new arena off the list, but…

How the gold rush evolved into a foodie rush After the gold rush petered out and we stopped building railroad cars, Sacramento started seeing itself as less of a city and more of a geographical midpoint between San Francisco and Lake Tahoe. And then came farm-to-fork. We discovered that our…

On Aug. 12, the Sacramento Metro Chamber hosted the State of Agriculture, an event that explored ag’s economic impact and role in the community. The event at the Hyatt Regency featured keynote speaker Jim Wiesemeyer, senior vice president of Informa Economics, a nationally recognized expert on agriculture and policy. Rob…

The Sacramento region’s small businesses are taking out loans and lines of credit to expand and buy equipment at levels not seen since before the Great Recession, and that’s good news for a region that depends on companies with fewer than 50 employees for the bulk of its private-sector jobs.…

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Looking at budget documents for the Sacramento Regional Transit District is like upending the fried circuit board of an aging light-rail train. The transit system has higher operating costs than similar transit agencies in other cities but maintains fewer hours and miles of service. Ridership fell by more than one…

Great cities serve as economic cornerstones and cultural hubs for their urban and surburban residents. And sometimes hitting pause on our day-to-day routine and sampling a taste of life elsewhere, offers the chance to thoroughly explore what makes other cities tick. Each year, the Metro Chamber selects a city, organizes…

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By: Peter Tateishi  Special to The Bee On June 7, the people of Sacramento elected Darrell Steinberg as their new mayor. We understand that whoever wins an election, it is necessary to rally around the victor to help in their success. But as with any relationship, be it in business…

The Sacramento Metro Chamber is launching a new program that aims to connect young talent in our job market to the businesses that most benefit our communities. It’s called the Metro Chamber Foundation, and it focuses on community development through the promotion of those young professionals and emerging leaders in…

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  It’s known as the second biggest day after Black Friday — Amazon Prime Day. Economists are expecting almost half-a-billion dollars to be generated in sales, but financial experts in Sacramento say more people are turning to online retailers to do their shopping. Mac the Antique Plumber in East Sacramento…

Sacramento shop proprietors might not know a Pikachu from a house cat, but some have figured out “Pokémon Go” is good for business. “Not knowing what the hell it is, I’m a Pokémon fan,” said Bert Williamson, owner of O’Mally’s Irish Pub in Old Sacramento. On Tuesday afternoon, a steady…

Solar Activity is Heating Up Twenty-five solar permits are filed every hour in the United States. By the time you’ve read this article, two more will have been pulled – one of which was probably in California. Solar activity across the nation increased by 29% between 2014 and 2015, and…

Foundation Dedicated to Regional Workforce & Community Development SACRAMENTO, CA – Committed to building our region’s future workforce, the Sacramento Metro Chamber announces the Metro Chamber Foundation to house long-standing Chamber programs and launch additional efforts dedicated to community improvement. The Metro Chamber Foundation will focus on fostering economic and…

An educated, motivated and loyal workforce drives a local economy. And a workforce engaged with their neighbors and colleagues makes a community. California has the 8th largest economy in the world, but needs to produce an additional 1M career-ready college graduates by 2025 to meet employers’ needs. The reality is…

Drexel University Sacramento holds its final commencement ceremony on Friday. As about 100 students walk to get their degrees, the graduation event effectively finishes a seven-year experiment for the nonprofit university in the capital region. In an interview, Michael Marion, outgoing executive director of Drexel, offered thanks to Sacramento’s business…

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Sacramento Metro Chamber & Valley Vision Statement on New Regional Transit General Manager, Henry Li In response to the Sacramento Regional Transit District’s (RT) naming Henry Li as new General Manager, Sacramento Metro Chamber President and CEO, Peter Tateishi and Valley Vision Chief Executive, Bill Mueller issued the following statement:…

Businesses come in all shapes and sizes. From a large corporation spanning a business park, to the coffee shop down the street caffeinating those employees, all businesses share a common goal: to make a difference with the service(s) or product(s) they offer. One person can conceptualize the service or product…

The Mistake: Early in my career I felt the way to win favor or climb the ladder was to work the hardest. There was a period of almost 45 days where I didn’t take a single day off. I said “yes” to every event while working for a local congressman…

The Amgen Tour didn’t just bring out the best cyclists but also some much needed tourism. From over 200 countries watching from around the world, to thousands of cheering fans lining the streets, Sacramento is definitely leaving its mark on the map. This is the 8th time in the race’s…

There’s a new labor bill being discussed at the Capitol. Supporters believe it will lead to happier, more productive employees, but critics say it could backfire and put too much of a burden on businesses. Jennifer Greenough says even after 15 years with the same company, getting a reliable schedule…

Online shopping is so convenient that it is changing the way Americans buy almost everything. The experts say that is not good news for people who work in sales. Given that online sales of apparel are expected to surpass sales at stores like Macy’s by next year, retailers are looking…

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Here at the Sacramento Metro Chamber, we celebrate our members because they make the choice to engage and invest in our community. Whether it is a micro business like the tax accountant you used this year, or a small business like the coffee shop around the corner, or a medium…

Last week, nearly 350 regional business, civic and elected leaders traveled to Washington, D.C., for the Sacramento Metro Chamber’s 46th annual Capitol-to-Capitol program. This civic enterprise is the largest chamber advocacy effort of its kind in the nation. This year’s delegation was one of the largest in recent years, an…

The recent Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce Cap-to-Cap event had all of the logistical challenges of a major military campaign. Three hundred or so Sacramentans camped out in the Washington, D.C., Mayflower Hotel, conducting strategic guerrilla-like forays into the great Washington government bureaucracy, trying to negotiate much-needed federal aid and…

Opening Cap-to-Cap set-up (future Chairs of the program and long-time veterans) Rob White, Sierra Energy Erica Taylor, Golden 1 Credit Union Representatives from the Food & Agriculture Team Tim Johnson, President & CEO, CA Rice Commission Nicole Rodgers, Director of Farm-to-Fork, Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau Regional Participation Darin Gale,…

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The Sacramento Metro Chamber embarks on its annual Capitol-to-Capitol program this weekend, with 336 civic and business leaders flying to Washington D.C. to discuss a range of issues with federal lawmakers. The Chamber promotes the event as a way for residents across the region to bring a unified policy message…

The endorsements in Sacramento’s mayoral race – which is getting a little testy heading into the first televised debate Wednesday night on KCRA – line up pretty much as expected. City Councilwoman Angelique Ashby continues to be backed by the local fire and police unions, often the best-funded players in…

As Gov. Jerry Brown signed California’s new $15 minimum wage bill on Monday, state business advocates were stuck reflecting on whether anything could have been done to stop it. Organized labor prevailed against business because unions recognized that political fights are not won inside the state Capitol — they are…

For 45 years, the Sacramento Metro Chamber has led a delegation annually to Washington, D.C. to advocate on behalf of our region’s most pressing needs as part of its Capitol-to-Capitol (Cap-to-Cap) program. This month, nearly 350 business, civic and political representatives will join this effort and connect with our Congressional…

California legislators voted to approve what is for now the highest statewide minimum wage in the nation when it finally reaches $15 an hour in 2022. The plan calls for the minimum wage to increase to $10.50 in 2018, then $11 in 2018 before going up $1 a year until…

Sacramento has launched a new phase of “Sacramento 3.0” — an economic development plan that Mayor Kevin Johnson has made the hallmark of his final months in office. The city announced plans on Tuesday to begin personally interviewing executives of “primary employers” — companies that sell mostly outside the region.…

Proponents of a ballot measure to raise Sacramento’s minimum wage to $15 an hour say they will continue their campaign at least until state leaders formally enact the pay deal announced this week. If the agreement proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown, legislators and labor leaders to raise California’s minimum wage…

The plan to boost California’s minimum wage to $15 per hour over the next five years is “economic justice,” according to Governor Jerry Brown. The agreement reached among the governor, Democratic lawmakers and labor leaders gives businesses with fewer than 25 employees extra time to phase in the increases. It…

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Gov. Jerry Brown officially announced a push to increase California’s minimum wage to $15 an hour. The deal is a compromise with labor unions to increase the minimum wage at a slower pace than they had originally intended. “It’s a matter of economic justice,” Brown said. “It…

A part of the annual Capitol-to-Capitol event., all five Elk Grove City Councilmen and two staff executives will be joining the lobbying trip to Washington D.C. Organized by the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce, the Cap to Cap contingent includes many elected officials and business executives from the greater Sacramento…

Despite efforts, minorities lag in representation in Sacramento leadership positions Some Sacramento business leaders believe the region is so focused on downtown development that a critical issue is being neglected: diversity in the C-suite. “People are just trying to seize the moment to catapult Sacramento to the next level,” said…

The third annual Emerge Summit, which brings together young professionals around the region for a day of education and collaboration, will take place tomorrow, Friday, March 18, featuring actress Greta Gerwig as a keynote speaker. A collaborative effort between Metro EDGE and the Sacramento Metro Chamber, this year’s Emerge Summit…

There’s never been a better time to be a young professional in the Capital Region. Sacramento is in the midst of a renaissance, and this current generation of young professionals represents the fortunate few who stand to impact and benefit most from the city’s transformation. But creating a future unlike the…

Hotels in Sacramento are seeing a sharp increase of check-ins and an upswing in the industry. According to statistics by CBRE Hotels in San Francisco, occupancy rates in 2015 increased to nearly 75 percent. Those rates are up from just below 65 percent in 2010. In the previous year, hotel…

Sacramento city manager John Shirey is scheduled to step down Nov. 18, soon after a new mayor is elected. But some city leaders are raising concerns about that timing — which, according to many accounts, has been orchestrated by Mayor Kevin Johnson. It makes more sense for a new mayor…

Technology is the future of California elections and nowhere is this more apparent than in the office of California Secretary of State, Alex Padilla. Delivering a keynote speech at the 2016 Metro Chamber State Legislative Summit at the Sutter Club last Thursday morning, Padilla gave an overview of what he…

      We are one month in to 2016. How are you doing with your resolutions? Have you let a couple slide? If one of your resolutions was to expand your business this year, or to seriously explore that business idea that’s been in the back of your mind, come on down to…

Did you know that the Sacramento Metro Chamber founded the Miss Sacramento County pageant? The pageant has since crowned 65 queens and awarded hundreds of young women with college scholarships totaling over $150,000. Last Saturday, Metro Chamber President & CEO, Peter Tateishi honored the Chamber’s long-standing history with the pageant and…

Conventional wisdom says Darrell Steinberg will cruise to an easy victory in Sacramento’s mayoral election this June. He is sitting on a $1.4 million war chest from his days as a state legislator. He has name recognition, having been a popular fixture in Sacramento politics for more than 20 years.…

Sacramento City Councilwoman Angelique Ashby is picking up an important endorsement in her campaign for mayor. The Sacramento Metro Chamber’s Political Action Committee is endorsing Ashby for Mayor. Chairman Roy Brewer says the committee made its decision after two forums and private meetings between chamber officials and the candidates. “The…

By endorsing City Councilwoman Angelique Ashby for mayor this week, theSacramento Metro Chamber gave the clearest signal to date that the business community is split on the mayor’s race. The Monday announcement attracted attention in Sacramento political circles. Many see Ashby as an underdog in a race against Darrell Steinberg,…

Sacramento Councilwoman Angelique Ashby began her race for mayor as the underdog to a 20-year politician whose last job was president pro tempore of the state Senate. But on Monday, Ashby secured the endorsement of the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, adding to her list of support from some of…

The Sacramento Metro Chamber’s political action committee has endorsed City Councilwoman Angelique Ashby for mayor. “Councilwoman Ashby has a record of bringing the right individuals and groups together to build consensus and support among an issue or project,” said Roy Brewer, chairman of Metro-PAC, in a statement issued by Ashby’s…

In Mayor Kevin Johnson’s final State of the City Address, he announced two major tech firms, AnPac BioMedical and Flipboxx, would be calling the Capital City their home. However, those companies do not necessarily fall under the small business label. “Those are more larger companies because this is not their…

Well-known Sacramento business leaders presented mayoral candidates with a list of ambitious ideas last week to improve the city’s business environment. The six-page document details policy ideas on boosting development and holding back new taxes. It shows private-sector executives engaging politically as the election season heats up with no obvious…

Are generational differences a problem for Sacramento businesses? How represented are women and minorities? Last week, new regional data released at the annual Sacramento Business Review showed some progress made in terms of the “Human Resources Barometer,” but critical challenges still remain. Jessica Kriegel, a management professional who presented at…

Searching for a way out of its financial predicament, Sacramento Regional Transit likely will be asking riders for a fare increase of as much as 20 percent. We understand the impulse. Public transportation must be improved across the Sacramento region. But any fare increase would be a patch, not a…

There’s a price to be paid for raising the minimum wage. At one local Mexican food chain, it’s 14 cents a taco. Businesses and nonprofit groups have been adjusting to the state’s new $10 minimum wage since it superseded the old minimum wage of $9 an hour on Jan. 1.…

Some of the most powerful and influential names in Sacramento are making an informal request about what they want from the next mayor. Developers, entrepreneurs, the Metro Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Sacramento Partnership have publicly presented a list of what they call “principles and priorities” in a collective…

Several leaders of Sacramento’s business community released a pro-growth manifesto this week to the candidates running for Sacramento mayor. The document, spelling out goals for making the city more prosperous and business-friendly, raises some interesting questions. Is this an attempt to turn Darrell Steinberg into Kevin Johnson? The document started…

The 15th annual Sacramento Business Review’s economic forecast offered a positive glimpse of the downtown arena project’s impact. but it also stressed a continued weak spot in the region’s business climate. The forecast, co-authored by Sacramento State’s College of Business Administration, began with a look at the project’s impact. “The…

An ad-hoc group of Sacramento business leaders this week presented mayoral candidates with an ambitious checklist to improve the city’s business environment. Described as a “statement of principles and priorities,” the document offers a long to-do list that includes sweeping reforms in city finances, culture and procedures. The city is…

The year ahead will see continued job growth, but the lack of new private employers tempers the outlook, according to the Sacramento Business Review, an annual economic forecast issued by California State University Sacramento. Authors are scheduled to present the forecast this afternoon to hundreds of business and civic leaders…

On Wednesday’s mayoral debate, candidates Darrell Steinberg and Angelique Ashby appeared to agree on speeding up the city’s permitting process as a way to improve the business climate. They also mentioned improving public transit and building more housing within the central city as imperative projects. Steinberg stepped ahead of the…

Sacramento City Councilwoman Angelique Ashby criticized Darrell Steinberg’s legislative record in the first public mayoral debate on Wednesday, while positioning herself as a rising local leader who would funnel the city’s surging economic growth into improved public services. “I don’t think that state experience necessarily equates to … local leadership,”…

The top two candidates for mayor of Sacramento met for their second forum Wednesday, where they talked about the issues–from water rate hikes to how to tackle homelessness. With homeless people staging a camp-in at city hall demanding the council repeal the anti-camping ordinance, Darryl Steinberg and Angelique Ashby were…

The Sacramento Metro Chamber’s Political Action Committee (Metro PAC) sponsored a Sacramento Mayoral Forum and moderated discussion for the business community with candidates Angelique Ashby and Darrell Steinberg. The Forum was broadcast by Access Sacramento in its entirety on Jan. 13, 2016 from the Setzer Auditorium at the Crocker Art Museum.

The campaign for Sacramento mayor kicked back into motion Wednesday night, when the two front-runners for the city’s top political post engaged in a mostly cordial forum in front of nearly 200 members of the business and labor communities at the Crocker Art Museum. Councilwoman Angelique Ashby and former state…

Frontrunners in Sacramento’s mayoral race took center stage Wednesday night at a forum sponsored by the Sacramento Metro Chamber. Council member Angelique Ashby and former state senator Darrell Steinberg spoke on topics ranging from job growth to affordable housing. Absent from the forum were candidates Russell Rawlings and Tony Lopez.…

Not all of the candidates running to be Sacramento’s next mayor were welcome at a forum on Wednesday. Sacramento City Councilwoman Angelique Ashby and former state Senate president pro tem Darrell Steinberg made it clear from their answers that they are offering voters a difference in political approach. “It’s ultimately…

The Sacramento Business Review for 2016 forecasts stabilized employment for the region amid a mixed outlook on job growth. The full report of the 15th edition of the Sacramento Business Review was released Tuesday, Jan. 19, with an event at Sacramento State’s University Union Ballroom. The event featured a nationally renowned speaker from Ned…

In 2007, the U.S. Senate declared Jan. 11 National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. Yesterday, a crowd of about 100 concerned citizens and community leaders met at City Hall to reaffirm their commitment to stop human trafficking in the Sacramento region. Unfortunately, it’s an issue that plagues Sacramento. You can learn…

On a windy day in mid-September, a group of influential local restaurateurs gathered around a table at de Vere’s Irish Pub in downtown Sacramento to drink beer and discuss how to stop the city from raising the minimum wage. Josh Wood, CEO of the construction advocacy group Region Builders, told…

Please join me in supporting former Sacramento County Supervisor and former member of the California state Assembly Roger Dickinson in his race for Sacramento City Council. There is just one problem: Roger is not running for city council. I have never spoken with him about running for city council. However,…

The Sacramento region saw an unusually high turnover rate in top jobs in 2015. New leaders took over in some of the biggest companies and industry groups. Here’s a quick rundown of some of the most high-profile changes. Aerojet Rocketdyne The region’s No. 1 public company had a roller-coaster year,…

Colleen Spitz was a bit nervous when she decided to move back to Sacramento from Washington, D.C., to lead communications at the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce. “It was the first time I ever took a job without meeting my boss,” she said. Spitz had spent the previous few years…

The business of bringing business to the Sacramento region produced a lot of news in 2015, particularly with the advent of a new CEO-led group on the scene. After deliberative hearings and a flurry of last-minute negotiations, the Sacramento City Council in October adopted a local minimum wage. But the…

The Sacramento Metro Chamber has named Martha Clark Lofgren its 2015 ‘Sacramentan of the Year.’ Lofgren, a partner at Brewer Lofgren LLP, served as the chamber’s chairwoman in 2013 and as interim CEO in 2011. In addition to her work at Brewer Lofgren, Lofgren is being honored for a combined…

A senior vice president of Bank of America in Roseville will ascend to the top leadership role in the Sacramento Metro Chamber next year. Ashil Abhat, currently first vice chairman of the chamber board, said he wants to continue to enhance the chamber’s policy presence in a busy election year.…

The Sacramento Metro Chamber plans to ramp up its political advocacy efforts in 2016 with a rebranded coalition that includes more statewide groups. The new coalition, called Keep Sacramento Working, came together this year for the minimum-wage fight at Sacramento City Hall. Chris Worden, the chamber’s vice president of public…

What if you could see a show at the new B Street Theatre in Sacramento, eat right next door and stay the night in a great hotel on the same block? There’s been a buzz in the business community that prolific restaurateur Randy Paragary plans to turn the corner at…

Shovels breaking dirt, storefronts with an ‘open’ sign, cranes soaring high and businesses announcing “we’re hiring.” It’s been a solid year for Capital Region businesses slowly emerging from the economic downturn. We aren’t out of it yet, but we are certainly moving in the right direction and the region continues…

The annual Study Mission takes residents of the Sacramento area to other parts of the country known for their regional prosperity. This year’s mission was held in Chicago, Illinois. Sacramento Metro Chamber CEO Peter Tateishi and chair of this year’s mission Michelle Odell from Kaiser Permanente join host Scott Syphax…

Business visionaries and educational leaders joined local lawmakers on Nov. 11 for the Sacramento Metro Chamber Perspectives on Innovation event, held at the Sheraton Grand in downtown Sacramento. The event featured several guest speakers discussing their experience as entrepreneurs and how to maintain innovation in a changing marketplace. Speakers included…

The Sacramento Central Labor Council, one of the region’s most influential labor groups, has endorsed former state Senate leader Darrell Steinberg in his campaign for mayor, the group announced Wednesday. Fabrizio Sasso, executive director of the labor council, said Steinberg “has a proven track record of working with labor.” He…

The two candidates for mayor of Sacramento spoke to a private panel at the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce before a crowd of Sacramento area businesspersons. The media was not allowed in until the very end. It was an early opportunity to see both candidates stake out their ground in person.…

On Nov. 4, the Sacramento Business Journal published a story about Project SlingShot — a powerful initiative of the California Workforce Development Board that encourages and supports regional partnerships across the state to engage in new collective actions that can move the needle on workforce challenges. The Sacramento region, comprised…

“Peter Tateishi with the Sacramento Chamber admits business isn’t easy in Northern California mostly because of government regulation.” Source: KFBK

Younger veterans are more likely to be unemployed than pre-9/11 veterans – but a new resource at Sierra College is designed to help them create their next job. Sierra College’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC), part of the Capital Region group of SBDCs, celebrated its opening on Tuesday. The center…

‘Tis the season for business groups as they begin to celebrate the holidays with social events and parties. The Sacramento Metro Chamber last week held a holiday mixer at the Tsakopoulos Library Galleria in downtown Sacramento. Business leaders, education administrators, entrepreneurs and policymakers mingled over wine and dessert plates during…

Sacramento is about to get a lot more puzzling. Joining a global proliferation of similar businesses, three entrepreneurs have opened or are set to open competing puzzle rooms in the Sacramento area in the coming weeks. Escape Sacramento opened its doors Thursday. Puzzle rooms – sometimes called escape rooms –…

The Sacramento City Council voted Tuesday night to raise the city minimum wage $12.50 by the year 2020. The current minimum wage is $9. Added to a pending $1 per hour raise in the state of California, workers will see a 39 percent increase in pay within five years. The…

City officials of Sacramento, California, voted for a gradual hike in minimum wage as a last-minute compromise was reached between labor and business unions late Tuesday, according to reports. The Sacramento City Council approved the new plan, which calls for minimum wage to gradually increase to $12.50 an hour by…

Three council members, Steve Hansen, Eric Guerra and Angelique Ashby, echoed those concerns. Ashby, who is running for mayor, said she felt the proposal was not supported by most Sacramentans. “If I got emails that said, ‘this would help so many people, and we do this all the time’, we…

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