This initiative will give local businesses from similar industries the opportunity to meet with City staff and the Mayor’s office to discuss any issues they are currently experiencing with local government. Whether the issue has to do with code enforcement, permit processing, or just general questions about who to talk to and where to go at City Hall for particular services, the affinity groups will help guide business owners in the right direction. While the short term goals of the affinity groups are to solve the day to day issues for local business owners, the long term goal is to create a sustainable, transparent relationship between the local business community and the City of Fresno. The ultimate goal is that by working together we can make the City of Fresno a business-friendly place through innovative policies that create an efficient and effective local government.
Some of the affinity groups that will start meeting in 2009 include:
• Industrial Developers
• Community Banks
• Businesses located in the downtown triangle that are a focus of the entire community revitalization
• Media, Marketing, Advertising
• Southeast Asian Business Owners
If you fit into one of these categories and want to be sure to be included in the affinity group, or if you would like to recommend an affinity group for your business industry please contact Amy Huerta at 621-8362 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Stay tuned for the 2010 Business Matchmaking & Networking Event!
The focus of the Business Matchmaking event is to match large private companies and government buyers with locally owned, minority-owned, woman-owned, and disabled veteran-owned businesses that are limited in their ability to gain exposure to contracts.
In 2008 alone, results from an on-the-spot survey of a sampling of buyers revealed that seven large organizations estimated that they would negotiate over $4.1 million dollars worth of contracts with 48-66 local businesses in one year alone. These contracts will keep dollars in the Valley and help our local businesses stay in our region and create jobs as they grow and expand.