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Santa Clarita Valley businesses interviewed on local business climate

Posted: May 15, 2014 9:17 a.m.
Updated: May 15, 2014 9:17 a.m.

Members from three business organizations are personally visiting 100 companies of varying sizes and gathering data on the Santa Clarita Valley business climate to identify ways to help companies grow.

Volunteers and staff from the SCV Economic Development Corp., SCV Chamber of Commerce and the Valley Industry Association are conducting the interviews with business owners.

The key to gathering useful information is hearing directly from the business owners themselves about issues and needs, said Holly Schroeder, CEO and president of the EDC,

People from the EDC, VIA and Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce will be speaking with a wide range of companies in terms of sizes — from sole proprietor consulting firms to major industrial employers, the organizations announced.

The effort is under way in a bid to ensure the region remains pro-business, Schroeder said.

Some 2.7 million workers are within commuting distance of the SCV, but according to the last survey conducted by the city of Santa Clarita, the majority of SCV adults commute outside the area for higher-paying jobs.

Over 59 percent of those working adults have a four-year degree or higher, Schroeder said.

Ensuring that businesses prosper means more opportunities for professionals to work locally in the Santa Clarita Valley, she said.

Results of the interviews will be reported next month, and the EDC hopes to repeat the process annually as part of its Business Expansion and Retention program, or BEAR.

Data collected will be housed at the EDC and used to identify priority issues facing businesses in the community, Schroeder said.

“This is a collective effort by business groups in the Santa Clarita Valley to solicit input directly from business owners on what they think about doing business in the Santa Clarita Valley,” Schroeder said.

“The best way to increase the number jobs in the Santa Clarita Valley is to help SCV-based businesses grow.”



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