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How’s business?

Roseville Chamber conducts community survey
By: ToLewis, The Press Tribune
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The Roseville Chamber of Commerce wants to know: what is it really like to do business in Roseville? About 80 volunteers went out in teams of two or three Wednesday to 33 different business areas in Roseville and five in Granite Bay to get answers to that very question. During the third-annual Business Walk, one city or county representative was paired with a chamber volunteer and visited close to 500 local businesses in about two hours. Teams conducted a brief survey and gave the business owner or manager a packet of information containing new pertinent city ordinances and resources for businesses. Preliminary results of the survey indicated that most businesses say things are good but could get better, according to Cathy Macaulay, public relations director with the Roseville Chamber of Commerce. “It seemed like people were more positive this year than they have been in the past two years,” Macaulay said. “We’ll get a better sense of that when we start compiling the data.” Macaulay said it will take about two weeks to compile the data collected in the survey and get an overall sense of what businesses think. “We’re trying to find out how our businesses are doing first and foremost,” Macaulay said. “And what they like about doing business here so that we can make sure that we keep that up.” Most businesses visited by Eileen Bruggeman, who works in the City of Roseville’s public works department, and chamber ambassador Heidi Leathers said a bad economy and city ordinances were what affected their businesses the most. Bruggeman and Leathers visited many small businesses along Douglas Boulevard across from Roseville Square. Joyce Meredith, owner of Bodywork Source, said local massage licensing regulations, which require closed-toe shoes and open doors when giving massages, affect her business the most. “It’s very archaic compared to the state and other cities and counties,” Meredith said. Simon Hovsepian, owner of Palms Mediterranean Market, said sign ordinances have been problems for him in the past, but overall, he enjoys doing business in Roseville because it is a clean community. Bruggeman and Leathers reminded Hovsepian that the city recently revised its sign ordinance to allow A-frame signage in front of businesses, a change that was brought about as a result of past business walks. “With the strict sign ordinance it was really hard for our businesses to let people know they were there,” Macaulay said. “That was a huge response and it’s nice to have both the city and the county so responsive to what they are hearing from these folks.” The Roseville Chamber of Commerce plans to release a full report once the data is compiled. Toby Lewis can be reached at tobyl@goldcountrymedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @TobyLewis_RsvPT.