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Written By: Brandon Schwartz of Boomajoom



2020 is behind us, but we can expect 2021 to be full of just as much change. There are three key trends that small business owners in the central valley need to pay attention to.

First, marketing is increasingly becoming transparent and traceable. There’s an old joke that half your marketing budget is wasted, but you don’t know which half. The last several years have begun to carve away at the truth behind the joke, and 2021 will likely accelerate the trend. As more and more marketing efforts become tied to the internet, small business owners have the opportunity to track which media are effective and which aren’t. Methods include dedicated call forwarding numbers, advanced analytics to track individual users across devices, and even tying actual transactions to marketing campaigns. 2021 will see tighter budgets with more emphasis on traceability.

Second, local businesses are reaching customers outside their immediate geography. In an era of shelter in place orders and social distancing, business owners are turning to the internet to sell. A tamale maker in Texas uses sophisticated online advertising programs to reach customers across the country. Because they have a commercial kitchen and have already passed health inspection, restaurants and food makers are in a prime position to sell nationwide with little barriers to entry. A shoe retailer local to the valley can likewise sell significant product on the East Coast. 2021 will see more local businesses taking their product nationwide.


Third, small businesses will expand their reliance on larger platforms to reach their audience. It is no longer enough to have a website. Business owners who sell product online are partnering with Amazon, eBay, Walmart, Google, Facebook, and others to increase their reach. It’s a love/hate relationship to be sure; Walmart and Amazon especially have placed a lot of competitive pressure on small businesses. Yet at the same time, small retailers can sell product to consumers through those websites. 2021 will see more businesses reluctantly partner with giants who have immediate reach to customers.


2020 has forced everyone’s hand; we have to think differently to survive. The traditional approaches don’t work. As Chamber members plan ahead, it will be very important to keep these trends in mind.

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We invite you to join us as we inspire the dreams of our future workforce. This is an opportunity for your business to impact youth in our community. We will record segments of a “day in the life” of your business to give students a first hand experience in the field of their individual interest, within one of the 15 sectors of business and industry.


We know when we spark the interest and dreams of a youth early in his or her educational path, we build a direct connection to opportunity that is right here in their own hometown. Research tells us, by the sixth grade, a student is already determining his or her future. If a student has something that is tangible and seen as a reward for hard work and effort, he or she is able to build a plan to get to their dreams.


The Inspire Youth Inspire Dream Event is only the start of paving the way for college or career training. There will be extension opportunities for each student in supporting them through high school with the focus on his or her identified interests. The final destination will be for each student to be prepared to move into a career training program and/or college to pursue their passion. 


Through the Inspire Youth Inspire Dreams Platform our goal is to facilitate each and every student who participates in recognizing his or her

interests and discovering the opportunity to build their future in Modesto, CA.


To register click here. 

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Helpful Links:

March 19, 2020 executive order from Governor Gavin Newsome. The California State Public Health Officer and Director of the California Department of Public Health is ordering all individuals living in the State of California to stay home or at their place of residence, except as needed to maintain continuity of operation of the federal critical infrastructure sectors, critical government services, schools, childcare, and construction, including housing construction.  See below for the State of California coronavirus response and updates.



Public Health Resources

City of Modesto

City of Stockton

City of Tracy

City of Manteca

City of Ripon

City of Lathrop

City of Lodi

San Joaquin

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*Please note there may be changes to this meeting due to the COVID-19 pandemic

This meeting is open to the public

Join us for our up coming Green Team Meeting!

When: Thursday, April 16, 2020

Time: Noon

Taking place in the Chamber conference room. Our guest speaker will be

Christine Haruta from DIBS- Smart Travel. Your Way

Christine Haruta is an Associate Program Specialist for the Dibs program with the San Joaquin Council of Governments (SJCOG).  Her focus is on Employer Outreach.  Christine promotes the value and benefits of offering and using smart travel options to organizations and their employees in Stanislaus, San Joaquin and Merced Counties.


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We meet every 3rd Wednesday of the month from 4-5 PM in the Chamber conference room.

Our purpose is to cultivate supportive relationships among the business women within our community.

Our focus will be :

  • Highlighting one businesswoman’s experience in business- Her ‘From then to now’ story.
  • Round the room discussion about the struggles and victories within their individual career.
  • What success means to each of us.
  • Attendees will be a sounding board in support of one another.

This is open to the public, we would love to have you join us