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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.”



NotSoAwesomeTown: Posted: May 15, 2014 9:51 a.m.

Plum Canyon Road has now been closed for over 2 hours - and was closed for over 3 back on 5/6. When is ANYONE going to report on this???????????????????

lars1: Posted: May 15, 2014 12:07 p.m.

Do we really need more 99 cent stores?

cms96: Posted: May 20, 2014 10:59 a.m.

These business owners should not be interviewing the businesses here in SCV nor the development agencies in SCV. The real people they should be talking to are the residents of SCV. That's where your going to get straight upfront answers about their business ideas. From what I've read on these message boards to what's happening in the business around SCV is very much in line to the business atmosphere in SCV.
I've seen including myself comments on new businesses opening up and unfortunately closing down because they just didn't fit in. The residents have called out the future of businesses before the first hole is dug. NO! we do not need another 99 cent store, or another carwash (which by the way will be shutting down very shortly). We don't need another Walmart. Talk the residents of SCV you will finally get some straight answers.

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