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It's got to be B2B in the SCV

Networking: Expo expected to draw some 2,000 professionals

Posted: May 20, 2010 5:32 p.m.
Updated: May 21, 2010 4:55 a.m.
There was plenty of hand-shaking and business-card-exchanging Thursday at the Valley Industrial Association's B2B Industry Show, held in a Valencia warehouse.

The show featured about 65 exhibitors representing everything from banks and security firms, to advertising and manufacturing companies.

"Even in a tough year I think that's a really good number," said VIA CEO Kathy Norris, who recently marked 15 years with the business organization.

She expected about 2,000 to 2,500 people to come through Thursday's expo.

Bobby Nesen of The Chip IT support company said having a booth at the expo in years past has generated lots of leads that have turned into work.

The expo also hosted the May VIA luncheon, which featured an address by Jack Stewart, president of the California Manufacturers and Technology Association.

Stewart focused on the state of manufacturing in California, discussing the current problems and offering some potential solutions.

He said since 2001, California has seen its industrial workforce drop by 34 percent.

He said the loss in manufacturing jobs is due to a negative image of the California business climate, higher taxes and "onerous regulation."

Stewart noted that CEO Magazine's recent list of the best states in which to do business - which includes Washington, D.C. - ranked California No. 51.

When it comes to possible solutions, Stewart offered three. First, he said the economic impact of every proposed business regulation should be accurately estimated. The Legislature's regulatory authority should be reinstated, he said, and the effectiveness of existing regulations should be reviewed and a five-year "sunset" put on new regulations.

In addition, Stewart said the state should create a California economic development agency.

"California has a lot of potential," he said.


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