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Chairman’s Corner 

David GianelliYour Modesto Chamber exists to help build a vibrant and prosperous Modesto community through business leadership. The Chamber is dedicated to serving the business community in the Greater Modesto Area through advocacy, access to leaders, economic development, connectivity, business education and business assistance.

Advocacy

In 2014 and 2015 your Chamber will continue to be the strongest advocate for business in the Greater Modesto Area. In this role, we will continue to focus on jobs. Why? There are far too many people in our community who are unemployed or underemployed. Unemployment contributes to many of the most pressing problems we face. In an effort to reduce unemployment and improve the quality of life in Modesto, we intend to advocate for the following:

1. The development of shovel ready business parks near major transportation arteries.

2. The passage of a regional 1/2 cent transportation tax and implementation of a transportation infrastructure that encourages business to locate in the Greater

Modesto Area.

3. The connection of the ACE Train to Modesto.

4. The development of incentives for businesses to locate in the Greater Modesto Area.

In addition, with the drought and the relicensing of Don Pedro Dam, water will be an important issue. Your Chamber will make sure that the voice of business is at the table.

In 2014, your Chamber will implement a grading system that will provide the business community with information about how their elected officials score when it comes to business issues.

Finally, your Chamber through its Education Committee will work collaboratively with our educational community towards the goal of helping further develop an educated workforce.

Member Services

In 2014 and 2015, your Chamber intends to provide more services to its members through existing programs and through better collaborations.

The Chamber is forming a new committee called the Small Business Assistance and Advisory Committee. This committee will work collaboratively with other business organizations to provide new and more effective ways to help small business in the Greater Modesto Area. Specifically, the Chamber would like to see the work of CommonWealth Modesto in the development of business incubators continue. The Chamber would also like to help provide assistance to young and up and coming innovators and entrepreneurs to develop their ideas into successful local businesses. To make this happen we would like to work more closely with CommonWealth, Angel Investors, S.C.O.R.E., the Stanislaus Economic Development & Workforce Alliance and other business organizations within the community.

There has also been discussion about working with S.C.O.R.E. to provide assistance to small businesses whose owner or manager has suffered some sort of setback and needs temporary managerial assistance. Temporary managerial assistance from retired business people can be provided to keep the doors open and keep the engine of their business running.

Finally, your Chamber will be focusing on events for its President’s Club members. We would like to ensure that our President’s Club members have access to local leaders and have opportunities to ask questions and get answers relating to issues that are important to them. We would like to enable our President’s Club members to be able to share ideas with nationally recognized industry experts and CEOs.

And this is just tip of the iceberg.

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