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Take advantage of what Chamber offers business community

By: Jeff Ronten
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In the midst of the first quarter of 2012, the Roseville Chamber of Commerce is off and running with a bang! The recently held annual Installation Dinner recognized the outstanding staff, board of directors, officers and award winners from 2011, as well as establishing goals and milestones for the coming year. I will have the great pleasure and honor to serve as this year’s Roseville Chamber of Commerce president in such a diversified and dynamic business community. I have experienced the good fortune of working professionally in the Roseville area for the past 28 years, including my current position as president/CEO of Denio’s Roseville Farmers Market. A local institution, Denio’s began its business at the direction of Jim and Marilee Denio in 1947. By coincidence, or more likely mutual good fortune, this was also the same year the Roseville Chamber opened its doors. As we both celebrate our 65th anniversary, I look forward to dedicating my services as the Chamber continues to be a first point of contact for businesses looking to locate, transition or for those simply in need of a strong business advocate. Having experienced firsthand the challenges facing any business, there is no greater satisfaction than to actually overcome a hurdle and experience the direct positive benefits to your bottom line or enhance employee stability. With this in mind, your Roseville Chamber is here ready to help. I implore you to seek their assistance whether it be a local, regional or statewide issue you might encounter. Having served on the Chamber board of directors for the past five years, I have seen firsthand the dedication of the Chamber staff to assist our member businesses. Even in these lean times, the consideration is never how we may have to cut our member services, but rather how those services can be enhanced and adjusted to weather the current downturn and be primed for the days ahead. For the first time, a major step for the Chamber this year will be the endorsement of local political candidates. The endorsement process will be administered by the Roseville Area Business Political Action Committee (RABPAC) and confirmed by the Chamber board of directors. It is the hope of the Chamber this will be an educational tool and added benefit to our business members. As we move through the coming year, please take advantage of what membership in the Chamber has to offer: call the Chamber office with a question, visit an informative economic development or government affairs meeting, attend one of the fun and informational events such as Roseville 2012, Splash or the Holiday Parade! Although time is always critical as a business owner, we sincerely hope you can be more involved! And if you’re not a current member, don’t hesitate to contact the Chamber office for information at (916) 783-8136. With our own business at Denio’s, we have maintained a strong association with the Roseville Chamber over the past 65 years, including the services as Chamber President by our founder Jim Denio in 1959,and our current owner Ken Denio in 1992. I look forward to continuing this Denio tradition, coupled with the tradition of the Roseville Chamber of Commerce as your local business leader. Jeff Ronten is the Roseville Chamber of Commerce president and president/CEO of Denio’s Roseville Farmers Market.