Welcome to the Fall issue of Fresh Biz,  a quick jolt of Economic Development news brewed especially for you and your business by the City of Rancho Cordova. Read on for current news and projects, useful business resources and more. Thank you for being a part of our Rancho Cordova business community!
Resource Hig hlight
In each issue, Fresh Biz will highlight partner organizations and resources available to our local businesses. We want to connect your business with new ways to grow and thrive.

Sacramento State Career Center can help.

Are you looking for ways to meet your business goals while you grow? Is your organization unsure of how to attract millennial candidates? The Employer Relations team from the Sacramento State Career Center are coming to Rancho Cordova to answer these questions and more. Keenly focused on connecting the multifaceted talent pool of Sacramento State students and alumni to the unique recruiting needs of each organization, they work to fill everything from part-time jobs and volunteer work to internships and full time career opportunities. Career fairs, online postings, email blasts, information sessions and social media marketing are just some of the recruitment tools available.

With a diverse population of over 30,000 students, Sacramento State represents the future of our local workforce, and the impact of the university is evident in a wide range of business.

"In all sizes and kinds of organizations in Rancho Cordova there are students interning and working hard to support themselves through school. Alumni can be found across all industries, from government to healthcare to manufacturing, with many holding leadership positions," said Mary Kober, a member of the Employer Relations Team. For every 20 people you meet in the Sacramento region, at least one will be an alumnus, or 'Made at Sac State'.

We invite you to learn more about how the Sacramento State Career Center can help meet your recruiting needs by attending a special presentation and networking opportunity on Thursday, October 6, 2016 at Rancho Cordova City Hall, located at 2729 Prospect Park Drive from 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. For more information and to register, click here.

Learn more  about the Sac State Career Center by visiting their  website  

City of Rancho Cordova can provide helpful advice to expedite the process.

Is your business planning a renovation, retrofit of an existing building or construction of a new building? The Development Services Team (DST) with the City of Rancho Cordova is a FREE city resource for customers that are looking for additional guidance at any stage of the development process. DST is a standing meeting with a multi-disciplinary team that acts as an internal coordinator to assist the development community, local businesses and residents with issues or questions related to the development permitting and plan check processes.  We offer meetings every Thursday at 10 a.m. where applicants and interested parties can bring their development plans and hear direct, immediate feedback from Planning, Building and  Public Works departments, along with Sacramento Metro Fire and more.  

The pre-application service was established in 2008 to further drive the City's goal to providing exceptional customer service by facilitating the development process.  Our goal is to provide quick, direct feedback to help expedite projects and support the growth and development of Rancho Cordova. For more information or to schedule a meeting, please email dst@cityofranchocordova.org

Did you know there is a company in Rancho Cordova that collects and distributes a quarter million donations of blood, platelets and plasma donations every year? Read on to find out more!

BloodSource, not- for-profit since 1948,  is growing! BloodSource employs approximately 450 individuals in various professional disciplines including clinical laboratory scientists, business managers, nurses, phlebotomists, and recruiters.    Operations and administration functions are located at Mather Commerce Center along with BloodSource Laboratories, a high-capacity, green technology blood manufacturing cGMP facility that houses  premier Histocompatibility (HLA) and Immunohematology Reference (IRL) Laboratories. Functions at Mather include Human Resources, Accounting, Recruitment, Communications and Marketing, Business Resources, Quality and Compliance, Data Entry, Information Technology, Collections Training and the Medical departments. The laboratory component includes clinical laboratory scientists (histocompatibility and immunohematology ), technical assistants, hospital services representatives and lab managers. 
BloodSource is dedicated to providing blood and services to those in need - provides the guiding force for lifesaving work.  They serve patients at over 100 hospitals with critically needed blood components and transfusion medicine expertise. There are various blood donation opportunities at 15 BloodSource Donor Centers regionally and over 2,000 mobile blood drives including whole blood and blood component donation (platelets, plasma, red cells, and source plasma for plasma-based medicines) to help patients with emergency and ongoing needs.
If you would like to host your own blood drive or join with other businesses to save lives in our community and beyond, please contact BloodSource at (866)822-5663. Visit Bloodsource.org for up-to date information about job opportunities, blood donation eligibility, appointment scheduling, volunteering and much more. 
Together, we do save lives.
Now a member of the Blood Systems network, BloodSource serves 37 counties with over 13 million residents in Northern California including the Bay Area, Central Valley, Central Coast and  northern Nevada.  

> For more information at www.bloodsource.org

Local News for your Business
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Rancho Cordova City Council moves Rio Del Oro project forward 

The Rancho Cordova City Council in a Special Meeting on August 29, 2016, approved amendments to the Rio Del Oro Specific Plan, the largest land development project in the City. These approvals move the project forward to the design and permitting phase, allowing for a ground breaking as early as 2018.

"This is a historic day for Rancho Cordova," said Mayor David Sander. "We are charting a path forward with one of the largest developments in the Sacramento region. Rio Del Oro sets a regional mark for how modern, suburban, upscale development can be done. This project places a variety of exciting new housing opportunities next to Rancho Cordova's existing region-leading job center, while adding more mixed use opportunities, the area's largest public park, and what will be the most bicycle trail miles in the region."

Rio Del Oro covers 3,828 acres on a site bordered by White Rock Road to the north, Sunrise Blvd. to the west, and Douglas Blvd. to the south. The project includes 12,189 residential units, one high school, two middle schools, six elementary schools, 157 acres of commercial, 90 acres of business park, 269 acres of industrial park, 510 acres of wetland preserve, 121 acres of community park, 57 acres of neighborhood parks, and 16 miles of trails.

To read more, visit the announcement on the City of Rancho Cordova webpage.

Three Rancho Cordova companies make INC Magazine's "5000 Fastest Growing Companies" list!

A big congratulations to three R ancho Cordova businesses have made Inc. Magazine's 5000 List of Fastest Growing Companies for 2016! They are:
Since 1997, Bases Loaded has provided over one million team members with baseball apparel, baseball equipment, softball apparel, and softball equipment at great prices with phenomenal service. This baseball superstore opened its doors in Rancho Cordova in January 2016, and they have made the List of Fastest Growing Companies two years in a row!
For the third year in a row, this local retailer has landed on the List of Fastest Growing Companies! In just eight years, they have grown from two employees to 20. Graphics and More manufactures and sells more than one million products, including home goods, jewelry, souvenirs, gifts, automotive accessories, and more.
This local company specializes in quality pension planning with local service at a reasonable cost. They strive to provide excellent service to community members at their Rancho Cordova office, as well as their area affiliates - and all their hard work and dedication has paid off! They also made the 2016 List of Fastest Growing Companies.

New State Law requires businesses to recycle organic materials like yard clippings and food scraps

AB 1826 is a new state law that requires businesses and apartment complexes to recycle organic materials like yard clippings and food scraps. The law went into effect January 1, 2016 and the City is working to assist local businesses with the implementation of new recycling programs to comply with the law.  State law requires the following businesses to arrange for recycling services:
  • All businesses that generate 8 cubic yards or more of organics per week (yard clippings and food waste) 
  • All apartment complexes that generate 8 cubic yards or more of yard clippings per week (apartments are not required to recycle food waste)
  • By January 1, 2019 businesses that generate 4 cubic yards or more of trash per week must implement an organics recycling program
Your business has two options for compliance:
  • Contact your waste hauling company to sign up for organics collection service. Your waste hauler will help you fill out and submit a Recycling Plan to the City, and they will provide you with bins for the collection of organic materials at your facility. 
  • You may also donate, sell, and/or self-haul your organic materials to appropriate recycling facilities. If you intend to not use your waste hauler to collect your organics, please contact our Public Works Department to fill out and submit a Recycling Plan and a Self-haul Certification Form.
For questions on how a qualifying business can comply with this law, please contact our Public Works Department
Calendar of Events
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Rancho Cordova City Council Meetings
Monday, October 3rd, 5:30pm
Monday, October 17th, 5:30pm
Monday, November 7th, 5:30pm
Monday, November 21st, 5:30pm
Monday, December 5th, 5:30pm
Monday, December 19th, 5:30pm
Located at Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive 
For more information,  click here  

Rotary Club of Rancho Cordova Luncheon Meeting
Every Tuesday 12:15 - 1:30 p.m.
Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive
Rotary is a leadership organization made up of local business, professional and civic leaders, and other community members. Through networking and completing projects, they work to help the community combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, and promote peace under the motto Service Above Self. Come see what they're all about!

Off The Grid Food Truck Lunch
Every Thursday 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Closed Thanksgiving week
Rancho Cordova City Hall Parking Lot, 2729 Prospect Park Drive
Visit Off The Grid's Facebook page for weekly truck announcements!

Sac State Career Center Presents: 
Tapping into Local Talent - Recruiting the Next Generation 
Thursday, October 6th 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Rancho Cordova City Hall, American River Room North
Are you looking to hire new talent? Is your business growing? Learn about the many avenues available to tap into the diverse talent pool of students and alumni from Sacramento State. Click here to register!

SCORE Sounding Board
Wednesday, October 9th 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
And every second and fourth Wednesday of each month
Rancho Cordova City Hall Coloma Room
In this small group session, you'll get a chance to discuss your challenges and opportunities with an experienced counselor and other small business owners/entrepreneurs. We'll work together to brainstorm actions you can take to move forward productively. To register, click here and find your date of interest.
SCORE Chapter in Sacramento was established in 1978 and currently helps over 5,000 clients each year via our workshops, counseling, forums, and seminars. For more information on SCORE, click here.

Leo's Amazing Race  
Fundraiser to support Sacramento Children's Museum
October 16th 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Join SCM for this family friendly celebration of the museum's 5th burthday! Teams of four will compete in different challenges and race against the clock - all for a chance at great prizes! Visit www.sackids.org to register.

>To submit information for your event, click 
Project Highlight
Curious about the latest and greatest businesses and projects popping up in our City? We'll give you the scoop:

Popeyes Chicken Now Open Zinfandel Village Shopping Center
Five Guys Burgers and Fries Now Open Rivergate Shopping Center
Viva Supermarket Now Open 10385 Folsom Blvd
dd's Discounts Now Open 10347 Folsom Blvd
Cha Thai Now Open Capital Village
Taiko Sushi Now Open 11291 Folsom Blvd
Taco Bell Facade Renovation Beginning fall 2016 Zinfandel Village 
Red Dragon  Coming Soon Capital Village
Bridgeway Square
(199 upscale apartments)
Under Construction Capital Village
Sunridge Plaza Opening Summer 2017 Sunrise Blvd & Douglas Rd

> Know a project you would like to see here? Email us!
Want to  avoid traffic & have  fun at the end of a work day?

Take a look at some great ways to spend an hour after work in Rancho Cordova! Check out the below for more details. 

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