August 2013 - Vol. 5 - Issue #8
| In this issue...
From the city's business-friendly attitude to its tight knit community, three small business owners tell in their own words their reasons why Elk Grove is the best place in the Sacramento region for business! Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center has plans to become a major center for cardiac surgery by the year 2020, ending the organization's long-term contract with Mercy General Hospital near downtown Sacramento according to a recent article in the Sacramento Business Journal. 3200 Dwight Road, Suite 300 offers a unique opportunity to sublease Class A warehouse space right off Interstate 5 in Elk Grove. Ideal uses for this property include storage, distribution, and light manufacturing. Nearby neighbors include Apple Computer, Cardinal Health, GNB and many others.
Small Business Thrives in Elk GroveFrom the city's business-friendly attitude to its tight knit community, three small business owners tell in their own words their reasons why Elk Grove is the best place in the Sacramento region for business!
Charlene Kittel, Veterinary TechnicianKittel Family Veterinary Practice
Doing business in Elk Grove since 2010 (with husband Dr. Dan Kittel)
How does the close community support of Elk Grove help your small business? We live in Elk Grove, and our kids go to school here. We had worked in Elk Grove before and saw the prospect of growth for a new business here. We reached out to local organizations once we opened (rescue groups, adoption organizations, Elk Grove Animal Services, and local pet stores) to see how we could help them and in turn earn their support and referrals. We now have a contract with the local Petco to treat their small animals. We are entering into our second term on our contract with Elk Grove Animal Services to see and treat animals they police. We work with Kritter Kamp Rescue here in town taking care of their foster dogs. We also host volunteers from local high school ROP programs--their students intern at our hospital for school credit. We have given tours and educational classes to local Girl Scout and 4-H groups. Dr. Dan speaks to high school classes annually about veterinary medicine, and because of this we have worked with a number of great summer volunteers. We get lots of great referrals from our clients who send their friends, family, and neighbors to see us. We participate in Spay Day and World Rabies Day annually to help animals of low-income families and make sure that the animals of our community are spayed, vaccinated, and micro-chipped. We also have clients from surrounding towns as well as Sacramento who drive to see us even though they pass many other vets on the way here. Because we participate in a spay/neuter program through SAAC (Sacramento Area Animal Coalition), we see a number of clients that travel from Sacramento or farther to have their animals spayed/neutered at our practice because of the extra lengths we go to caring for our patients.
What are the pluses of having your business located in Elk Grove as opposed to, say, downtown Sacramento or even the San Francisco Bay Area? We have no commute and no traffic. We are close to the places we need to be. Most of our clients are local so they can come to our business without getting on the freeway. Our community efforts are noticed and recognized locally and have a local impact. We try and support our city and help the animals here in hopes that our business will prosper from our hard work and efforts. We try to be more than just a business out to make money, and instead be a business invested in Elk Grove. People seem to support small businesses here in Elk Grove, and those people are who have made the difference in us staying open and growing.
What would be the first piece of advice you'd give to someone who was interested in opening a new business in Elk Grove? Do some demographic research to see where you business will fit best and have the capacity to grow without moving locations. Advertise on a small scale as well as big as much as you can afford. Get out there and pound the pavement--meet people, attend community events, socialize, and promote your business. We have a booth at the Elk Grove Western Festival each year and people recognize us from that. Attend Chamber of Commerce events so you can network. Pass out fliers and business cards anywhere you can. There are a number of other veterinarians in Elk Grove, so we try and differentiate ourselves so that people who try us will be happy enough to stay. This town is still small enough that you can run into people you know so we take pride in our business and represent ourselves well no matter where we go--you never know where you might meet a potential client.
Chris Gandy, Independent AgentDoing business in Elk Grove for 27 years
What is one important thing that has helped your business grow during the last 27 years in Elk Grove? I've been here a long time. I've seen Elk Grove grow up and, in fact, I was probably the first business to open in the Laguna West area of town along with a friend of mine who was a dentist. Elk Grove still had a livestock auction when I started! Being a small business owner in Elk Grove has been very good in the sense that that there has been a lot of young families in Elk Grove. And with that, we've been able to grow. The people we've insured have kids that are now grown and married and have kids of t heir own that I insure now. So the fact that Elk Grove started out in its early days with a lot of young families moving in, we've been able to just grow right along with those families. Elk Grove has been a great market for us for that reason.
How does Elk Grove's centralized location help small business? Elk Grove is not too far from anywhere. There's no hassle to get anywhere. It's a great destination point for people to make their residence because everything is so easily accessible from here. We insure a lot of people who work in downtown Sacramento and in the San Francisco Bay Area, and down in Vacaville, Stockton and Modesto. With being centrally located, Elk Grove is close enough to places of employment that people can still reach and still afford to live here.
As a small business owner, what do you enjoy about the great quality of life offered by Elk Grove? If I were moving here from the Midwest, from the San Francisco Bay Area, or from Los Angeles, I would be absolutely blown away by Elk Grove. It has some of the most beautiful green belts that I've ever seen. It has parks, it has good schools, it has sports teams, it has libraries--it has all the services that are still relatively new that a lot of other areas don't have. Elk Grove is really beautiful and the city planners did a fantastic job with planning. It's esthetically attractive and has a lot to offer to people from densely populated areas. Elk Grove is still a real new city. It has the population, it has the services and it has the income right now, which is what any small businessperson really needs to have access to that type of demographic. People here appreciate the diversity in Elk Grove. That's what I love about Elk Grove. People here are open-minded and welcoming to all people involved in business. Elk Grove offers every opportunity to be successful!
Joyce Carter, Franchise OwnerTown Planner Calendars
Doing business in Elk Grove for 9 years
How does Elk Grove's tight knit community help you as a small business owner? Being in business in Elk Grove is phenomenal! The people and businesses here are such a tight knit community even though the city has grown so much. I've been out here over 20 years and I've seen Elk Grove grow so fast, but it still has a small town feeling. I just love doing business here, and the business community actually cares about the town and what goes on here. They're all involved in kids' sports and things like that in the community. I actually grew up in the Bronx in New York so this is a totally different lifestyle for me. I met my husband and moved out to Elk Grove, and we had our kids here. People here are so willing to help each other, or just give advice. Everybody is so connected.
What advantages do you have as a local business owner who also lives in Elk Grove? I love the fact I get to know a lot of business owners in this town. I learn about what's going on behind the scenes, the future of our town, how people really feel economic-wise, etc. I'd say in the past year that business has just grown! Elk Grove has become such a business-friendly area. I deal in B2B and deal with a lot of local business owners. Things are starting to pick up and people are looking to invest a little bit more. I've seen such a turn around from businesses leaving and now they're all coming into town.
How has Elk Grove's business-friendly nature helped you with your small business?
I love it here, especially the Chamber of Commerce because it is a real business-friendly chamber. You can walk in there, and if you've never walked into a chamber meeting before, you feel so welcome, and everyone is so down to earth. They are looking to help and ask 'What do you need? What are your business needs? What can we help you with?' I love that I live here, and I'm so proud to be a business owner in Elk Grove!
For more information how Elk Grove can help your small business thrive, contact the EGEDC at (916) 691-3895, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
South Sacramento Kaiser has Big Plans for Cardiac Surgery Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center has plans to become a major center for cardiac surgery by the year 2020, ending the organization's long-term contract with Mercy General Hospital near downtown Sacramento according to a recent article in the Sacramento Business Journal.
Last year, Kaiser Permanente-Elk Grove's largest health care provider-completed a five-year, $300 million expansion of its South Sacramento Medical Center. The Promenade Medical Offices, a two-story, state-of-the-art 67,000-square-foot building, opened late last year and marks the second Kaiser Permanente medical facility in Elk Grove. This project caps a major five-year expansion of the South Sacramento/Elk Grove service area that serves more than 196,000 members. The facility houses a variety of outpatient services such as pediatrics, adult medicine, women's health, radiology, laboratory and pharmacy. It also houses a unique 4,000-square-foot Sports Medicine Center featuring a spacious gym with rehabilitation equipment, a fitness testing lab and 40-meter outdoor track strip for running assessments.
Read the article here at the Sacramento Business Journal.
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- 10 miles south of Sacramento
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Find Available Commercial Property at ElkGroveSiteSearch.com
View Elk Grove's extensive commercial property listings along with size, use, cost and development incentives at ElkGroveSiteSearch.com. Corresponding demographic and statistical reports such as labor force, education levels, community profiles, and consumer spending and age can also be created. Businesses are mapped by industry showing their distribution and concentrations throughout the area. For more information contact the EGEDC at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|News from the EGEDC
Check out the City of Elk Grove's new user-friendly Small Business Start-up Guide full of tools and resources to help aspiring business owners succeed in Elk Grove!
New City Policy Supports Economic Development in Industrial Areas
A new City policy was recently adopted to expedite the permitting process and reduce fees for businesses moving into Elk Grove's industrial spaces within in the city limits. Under the new policy, businesses moving into existing industrial spaces will no longer have to obtain a new building permit, as long as the previous owner had the required permits for the space and no additional construction work is required. The policy also allows for a Certificate of Occupancy to be transferred to similar businesses in industrial areas on spaces less than 3,000 square feet. The new policy will reduce fees and ensure an efficient transition into a new space. For more information visit www.elkgrovecity.org/building-permits
or contact Sarah Sandoval at email@example.com
Elk Grove Slashes Homebuilder Fees
The City of Elk Grove has eliminated the 97 cents/sf affordable housing fee that developers of office facilities have had to pay that funded a city program seeking housing for low-income residents. The fee, however, will remain unchanged and still be charged for commercial/retail, hotel, manufacturing and warehouses, and range from 46 cents to $1.36/sf. Residential impact fees for future homes were also reduced. For more information, contact the EGEDC at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Program Expedites Small Business Building Permits
The City of Elk Grove's new personalized service, "T.I. Tuesdays," expedites building permits for small businesses and allows applicants to meet one-on-one with staff to process smaller tenant improvement building permits. In most cases the permit can be issued at the counter the same day. For details call 916-478-2235 or visit: www.elkgrovecity.org/building-permits.
Download EG's Small Business Start-Up Guide
Free Consulting From the Small Business Development Center!
The Small Business Development Center provides free business consultation to Elk Grove's existing and emerging businesses. An SBDC consultant is available at the beginning of each month in the same office space as the Chamber and the EGEDC. Free and low-cost workshops are also available. Send an email to email@example.com for more information.
Business License Report Online--See Who Else Has "Opened Up to Elk Grove"
for the City of Elk Grove's latest online monthly new business license report!Online Plan Reviews Streamlined
A convenient web-based electronic plan submission, review and tracking system is available on the City of Elk Grove's
website that allows building permit customers to manage a plan review, upload files and track the status of a project review. For more information on news items, contact the EGEDC at (916) 691-3895, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Elk Grove Quick Facts
Labor Force: 82,186
Median Household Income: $81,618
Per Capita Income: $33,500
Median Age: 33.5
Educational Attainment: 73% attended or graduated college
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