Welcome to the inaugural quarterly issue of Fresh Shot , 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 Fresh Shot, the City of Rancho Cordova Economic Development Department will highlight partner organizations and resources available to our local businesses. We want to connect your business with new ways to grow and thrive.

NEED NEW IDEAS TO SUSTAIN OR EXPAND YOUR BUSINESS? 
City of Rancho Cordova Economic Development can help.

In the the City of Rancho Cordova Economic Development Department, we connect your business to the resources and assistance you need to thrive and expand. We've recently rolled out our Business Retention Program to proactively connect with our businesses. We love hearing your successes, sharing your business with our local market and connecting to resources that solve problems and maximize results. 


INTERESTED IN EXPORTING? 
Northern California World Trade Center can help.

With the region's proximity to ports, seaways, airways and international markets, the greater Sacramento region is uniquely positioned to increase exports and more actively participate in the global marketplace. The Northern California World Trade Center works towards a more internationally-connected and economically-vibrant region. It is excited to continue offering trade education programs for the area's companies. 

"Our programs, especially the Exporter Roundtable Series and International Marketing Professionals Connection, have been so well received by international businesses across the region," said NorCalWTC's CEO Renée Taylor. "We're looking forward to getting the word out and letting more people know that there are these resources to help companies grow."

The NorCalWTC launched the Exporter Roundtable Series in 2014 and expanded it last year. The program, which now holds six round tables a year, brings together executives from the area's exporting companies to meet and discuss trade topics that range from navigating corruption in foreign markets to capitalizing on available export incentives.

A similar program focusing on the needs of international marketing professionals was launched in 2015 and expanded this year. The International Marketing Professionals Connection helps marketing professionals strategize together and take their company's global marketing to the next level. 

In addition to these programs, the NorCalWTC hosts several events that bring together the region's international trade community.  By providing these programs and events, the NorCalWTC is working to foster the growth of internationally-oriented businesses in Northern California. 

Learn more about the NorCalWTC by visiting www.norcalwtc.org
Each edition of Fresh Shot will profile a member of our local business community so you can learn more about our diverse Rancho Cordova businesses. For our first edition, we are profiling our City of Rancho  Cordova Economic Development Department so you know what we can do for your business.

At City of Rancho Cordova Economic Development Department, we:

SUPPORT YOUR BUSINESS
  • Through helping navigate the licensing, zoning and permitting processes
  • With site searches for available commercial properties within city limits 
  ENGAGE YOUR BUSINESS
  • Through email newsletters and social media updates
  • In visits and periodic forums to discuss issues and needs
CONNECT YOUR BUSINESS
  • To your local community and fellow businesses with partnership potential
  • To regional resource organizations, funding and incentive opportunities
  
REPRESENT YOUR BUSINESS
  • In regional and nationwide partnerships and stakeholder organizations including Greater Sacramento Area Economic Council, GoBiz, local Chambers of Commerce, and more
  • In the promotion of new development, revitalization and retail recruitment
Reach out to us anytime with questions, suggestions or assistance by emailing econdev@cityofranchocordova.org

> Visit our website for more information at www.selectranchocordova.org

Local News for your Business
Catch up on what's happening...

Rancho Cordova Office Park Feedback Forum  & Bike Way  Improvements

The City of Rancho Cordova held an Office Park Feedback Forum to get feedback from businesses in our office buildings on things that affect our workdays including food, bus service, walkability, child care, connectivity and more.  Invitations were focused in our core office park area between Hwy 50, Sunrise Blvd., International Drive to Capital Center Drive. We received great feedback, including the desire for more things to do after work, drop-in exercise, medical services, a "main street" walking area and easier biking and walking access overall. The City of Rancho Cordova is assisting and facilitating projects that help meet these needs. If fact, we just finalized our 2016 Master Bike Plan that coordinates 28 path improvement projects. (Click here for more information on our Master Bike Plan)

> If you want share your office's nee ds, please email us !

City of Rancho Cordova offering free environmental analysis with Brownfields Grants

The City of Rancho Cordova has grant funding available through the Environmental Protection Agency to test commercial property sites that may have been contaminated by a previous owner or user. We are currently offering assistance with properties that may have been exposed to petroleum related contamination. Upon completion of the Brownfields analysis, an engineering firm provides a free report to the property owner. The purpose of the report is so the property owner can learn more about the site and provide information that may prove useful if the property will potentially be redeveloped or sold. 

> For an application or more information, email us!
Calendar of Events
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Put Your Business on the Map
Wednesday, June 29th 4:00 p.m. - 6 p.m. 
Rancho Cordova Training Center
2941 Sunrise Blvd Ste 120

Did you know that 97% of consumers look for local goods and services online? And only 37% of businesses have claimed a local business listing on a search engine. Partner with Rancho Cordova Chamber members - Rancho Cordova Training Center, Oliver's Captured Moments & Limeworks - and let's use Google to help businesses in our community get online with one simple goal:  Let's Put Our City on the Map.   Does your business show up on Google?  Let us show you how to gain access to the number one search engine in the world.  To register, click here
 
Rancho Cordova Fourth of July
Sunday, July 3rd  noon - 11 p.m. 
Monday, July 4th noon - 11 p.m. 
Hagan Park

Looking for an awesome way to spend Fourth of July? Come to this Rancho Cordova signature event for a spectacular fireworks show, concerts, exhibits. a parade, beer garden and more! Click  here  for more information. 

Alternative Lender Program presented by SACLead Foundation
Thursday, July 14th 9 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Rancho Cordova City Hall
 
Do you need funding to start or expand your business? Learn about alternative ways to get the capital you need.  For more information, email us

SCORE Sounding Board
Wednesday, July 6th 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. 
Rancho Cordova City Hall

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.

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.

Rancho Cordova Luncheon
Friday, July 15th 11:30 a.m. - 1p.m 
Rancho Cordova City Hall

The monthly luncheon where business and community come together. Hear updates from Rancho Cordova Chamber of Commerce, Cordova Community Council and other community news. Enjoy great food while learning what's going on around town. For more information and to re gister, click here

Business to Community Expo
Thursday, August 18th 11:30 a.m. - 1p.m 
Rancho Cordova City Hall

The 6th annual Rancho Cordova Business Exchange is a "business to community" and "business to business" expo bringing together businesses from throughout the region. Leverage this opportunity to get in front of your customers and their employees who join us at the expo during their workday. For more information or to register as a vendor,  click here

Rancho Cordova City Council Meetings
Monday, August 1st 5:30 p.m.
Monday, August 15th 5:30 p.m.
Monday, September 6th 5:30 p.m.
Monday, September 19th 5:30 p.m.
Rancho Cordova City Hall 
For more information, click here 

Brushes and Brews
Saturday, September 24th 2 p.m. - 6 p.m
American River Brewing Company
11151 Trade Center Drive, Suite 104
 
A lot can happen when art meets artisan beer. And that's exactly the case at Brushes & Brews, Rancho Cordova's fun exhibit and sale of fine art where beauty is in the eyes of the beer-holder!  Join the fun for a day of fine art, exceptional beer, food trucks and music.  Brushes & Brews is held outdoors and inside the American River Brewing Company, where local art is reflected from shiny beer brewing equipment.

Rotary Club of Rancho Cordova Luncheon Meeting
Every Tuesday 12:15 - 1:30 p.m.
Rancho Cordova City Hall

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!

Project Highlight
Curious about the latest and greatest businesses and projects popping up in our City? We'll give you the scoop:


BUSINESS STATUS LOCATION
Chamberlain College of Nursing   Now Open 10971 Sun Center Drive
California Northstate University Now Open 2910 Prospect Park Drive
Back To The 80's Store & More Now Open 3366 Mather Field Road
On Point Body Now Open 3054 Sunrise Blvd Suite G
Alphagraphics Open in new location 11225 Trade Center Drive
Patriot Awards 
(formerly Proberts Engraving)
Open with new name 10392 Rockingham Drive
Starbucks Now Open 10345 Folsom Blvd
Viva Supermarket Opening Summer 2016 10385 Folsom Blvd
Popeyes Chicken Opening Fall 2016 Zinfandel Village Shopping Center
Five Guys Burgers and Fries Opening Fall 2016 Rivergate Shopping Center
Bridgeway Square
(199 upscale apartments)
Slated to begin construction 2016 Capital Village
Sunridge Plaza Opening Summer 2017 Sunrise Blvd & Douglas Rd

> Know a project you would like to see here? Email us!
Here are some conversation starters for your next lunch meeting.
Did you know:
  • Rancho Cordova has 3,450 businesses
  • There are 20,000 jobs within one square mile in Rancho Cordova (Between Hwy 50, Sunrise Blvd, International Drive and Capital Center Drive)
  • The Rancho Cordova workforce is 29% more likely to listen to alternative music on the radio. What do YOU listen to on your commute?
 
 
We always love hearing from our businesses! Let us know how you're  getting a FRESH SHOT on Rancho Cordova Economic Development today!

Deadline: September 9th for 3rd Quarter Issue