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Another Successful Capitol-to-Capitol!
With over 325 delegates participating in over 200 meetings, our annual business-led, federal advocacy program remains the largest and best of its kind, showcasing the strength of our region through collaboration and helping to secure the economic future of our communities. And with 80 first-time participants – and over 70 regional elected officials joining the program – Cap-to-Cap continues to grow.
 
As the delegation prepared to head to Washington, D.C., the Metro Chamber identified four priority issue areas that center around business and community resiliency; Regulatory Reform, Addressing Barriers to Talent, Coordinated Response to Catastrophic Incidents, and Investment in Infrastructure. The priority issues areas align with the Metro Chamber’s 4-Point Business Promise, the organization’s strategic compass, guiding its work toward key areas of greatest impact. An executive summary featuring the 2019 priority issues and outline of policy team briefs can be reviewed on the Metro Chamber website.
 
This year featured incredible plenary session speakers, including Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, The Cook Political Report National Editor Amy Walter, and Air Force Cyber Forward Director Col. Todd R. Stratton, who provided invaluable insight to the business community about what’s happening in Washington, how foreign affairs will impact our economy, and how cybersecurity issues must be addressed by business and government together. 
 
The work for next year’s 50th anniversary program has already begun. Mark your calendars – April 25-29, 2020 – for a program that will celebrate the Capital Region, advocate for a prosperous future, and look back at 50 years of collaboration.
FOX40 Recaps the 49th Annual Cap-to-Cap Program
Measure U: Time to Engage in the Debate
As the City of Sacramento works through the 2019/2020 budget process, the Metro Chamber encourages you to make your voice heard and ensure that City funds are prioritized to support the growth of your business. The current budget proposal calls for Measure U funds to be held in the city’s General Fund and overwhelmingly be used to contribute to fill pension and public service shortfalls.
 
The Metro Chamber supported Measure U because of the strong alignment to our 4-Point Business Promise. We believe that investment in our community is essential to creating the environment that business needs to succeed, increasing the capacity of our tax base, building and retaining a skilled workforce, and ensuring business health through community vitality.
 
Here is how you can get involved:
  • Attend the Metro Chamber briefing on May 16 to get the latest info on Measure U. RSVP by emailing communications@metrochamber.org.
  • Learn more about the city’s budgeting process
  • Provide testimony at upcoming Sacramento City Council Meetings and/ or Budget and Audit Committee hearings.
  • Attend Measure U Advisory Meetings
    • May 15, June 12, and July 29 at 6pm at Sacramento City Hall.
We also encourage you to share concerns with Measure U to your city councilmember. Metro Chamber Public Policy staff is available to help contact your representative, share letters of support and find ways to directly engage. Email Metro Chamber VP of Public Policy and Economic Development Khaim Morton at kmorton@metrochamber.org to get involved.
Capital Connection Welcomes Businesses to Learn About Financing
This year’s Small Business Week featured many events to provide resources for business owners and entrepreneurs looking to start or grow their businesses. 
 
The Capital Region Small Business Development Center’s annual event, Capital Connection, was held on May 8th to provide the region’s business community with the opportunity to engage with our lending partners.  Along with networking the lenders presented over 80 businesses with a wide array of financing options to help them grow.
 
The Small Business Administration presented information on loans available through their preferred SBA lenders and SBDC partner SMUD shared about the procurement opportunities that small businesses can fulfill.
 
Even though Small Business Week is over, the SBDC at the Metro Chamber has many resources available year-round. Visit CapitalRegionSBDC.com for a calendar of events, workshops, and access to no-cost business consulting services.
Learn More at CapitalRegionSBDC.com
Study Mission Registration is Now Open!
Registration is now open for the Metro Chamber’s 21st Annual Study Mission sponsored by Kaiser Permanente! This year's program will examine Indianapolis, Indiana on September 10-13, 2019. 

Study Mission visited Indy in 2005, and returns following tremendous growth in the technology sector, improvements in public schools, and flourishing downtown development. While the city is best known for hosting the Indianapolis 500, they have made investments and collaborated to establish itself as a first-rate city.
 
This Study Misson will give Capital Region leaders the opportunity to learn in-depth, first-hand from another city making strides in creating an inclusive economy.
 
Why Indy? Click Here for More!
Register for Study Mission Today!
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