Chamber walkabout focuses on businesses concerns

By: Wendy A. Gerig Chamber Checkpoint
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Chamber Month continues and activities this week include our first “Listening to Business” business walk today. Kick off was this morning with more than 150 business, city staff, elected representatives and county staff volunteering their time to check in with area businesses to see what we can do to help, hear their suggestions and pass any information on to the appropriate person or agency. Radio personality and Roseville resident Kat Maudru welcomed the walkers at a kick-off rally at the Galleria and TV personality and Granite Bay resident Paul Robins was present at the end of the day with a wrap-up rally at the Fountains at Roseville shopping center. Information compiled from this one day blitz will be shared at our wrap-up luncheon scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 28 at Granite Bay Golf Club. This lunch will feature Dr. Robert Fountain sharing the good news about the south Placer economy and is emceed by Kelly Brothers. For more information on how to purchase your reservation, visit ••• Congratulations to the following members who have been elected to serve on the board of directors for the Roseville Chamber of Commerce: Naaz Alikhan — Williams + Paddon Architects + Planners, Inc. (One-year term as past president) Deanne Green — Brookfield Land Al Johnson — Al Johnson Consulting Wes Lujan — Union Pacific Railroad Kim Silvers — Silvers HR Management Brian Whitmore — Ignite (One-year term as Ignite president) The newly-elected board members, together with the existing board, are in the process of preparing for the Chamber’s annual planning conference at which time we will review the 2009 year and establish goals for the coming year. Each committee of the Chamber has had the opportunity to offer insight on a direction for the coming year — members at large who have ideas or suggestions are most welcome to send their input to me at Together we can assure our membership that providing value to them continues to be our number one goal. ••• November has a few long-standing Roseville traditions. The first is the Roseville Host Lions Crab Feed, which is scheduled for Nov. 7 at the Placer County Fairgrounds. Cost is $40 per person. Proceeds from this event help fund scholarships in our area high schools. For more information contact 784-9070 or 786-4800. ••• The other Roseville tradition is the 48th annual Sylvia Besana Holiday Parade brought to you by the Roseville Chamber, city of Roseville and The Press Tribune, scheduled for 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 21 in downtown Roseville. Applications are now available at the Chamber or online at A float or entry in the parade is a very affordable way to promote your business to the thousands of south Placer families who line the streets to watch the parade. Magic Circle Theatre will be opening its Roseville Theatre located at 241 Vernon St. for a visit with Santa from 8-10 a.m. at no charge. Breakfast will be available for purchase. We will also have a mini craft fair with about 20 vendors in the Civic Center parking lot at 311 Vernon St., from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. We hope to see you all there for this family fun kick-off to the holiday season.