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Local business organizations join forces

Chamber, VIA and SCVEDC working together to recognize local companies

Posted: August 30, 2011 2:26 p.m.
Updated: August 30, 2011 2:26 p.m.

Seeking a way to join forces in support of businesses, leaders of three local business organizations met, forming a loose coalition to showcase local business and explore issues facing local companies.

Leaders within the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce, Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation and the Valley Industry Association worked together to bring a Business Leadership Awards Event to the Valley in June 2012.

"This will be an event that will showcase all businesses in the SCV, including those we don’t traditionally learn about in headlines," said Terri Crain, CEO of the SCV Chamber.


Focus on business

The group of business organizations has also agreed to meet quarterly to address business retention and expansion priorities in support of the SCVEDC’s business attraction campaign.

"By working together, our voice will be stronger and we can capitalize on the inherent strengths of each organization. I believe this is the start of great things to come," said Jonas Peterson, SCVEDC president and CEO.

The SCV Chamber of Commerce has wanted to partner with other local business organizations, said Crain.

"We have made great strides in developing these relationships," Crain said.

‘The meeting between the business organizations came about at the urging of Dana Cop and Chris Angelo from the SVC Chamber, and Don Fleming with the SCVEDC and Kathy Norris with VIA, she said.

"VIA is delighted to be building a strong relationship for the future with the two other leading business organization in the SCV. By working together, we can make things happen," said Kathy Norris, CEO with VIA .


Leadership awards

While still working on the criteria for nominations, the group selected categories in which to nominate local businesses for leadership.

Those business categories include women-owned businesses, nonprofits, innovative product or service, family-owned businesses and "best community spirit."

Deeming individual business leaders eligible as well, the categories selected include a business leadership and rising star awards, as well as awards for small, medium and large businesses.

"We feel that by working collectively as a group we will have a very strong voice for business, both in the SCV and communities outside," Crain said.



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