CSU, Chico News

Summit Series to Highlight Benefits of Collaborative Economics

Date: 07-20-2011

Joe Wills, Public Affairs
Ann Johnson-Stromberg, Communications, California Small Business Development Centers
707-599-6146, e-mail: ann@californiasbdc.org
Sandy Linville, Events, Northeastern California Small Business Development Centers
530-898-3857, e-mail, sllinville@csuchico.edu

On July 28 North State economic developers will have the opportunity to join 1,000 likeminded professionals as part of a statewide effort to collaborate and work creatively in generating economic growth.

Building Momentum with Lean Resources is the theme of the first of three collaborative economic development summits, to be kicked off in Sacramento. It will be simulcast to other locations around Northern California, including Chico, and feature localized discussions on ways to create economic opportunity in the area.

The summits will be hosted by California Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) in partnership with the California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED) as part of the series goal to reach 1,000 economic developers across the state over summer 2011.

The event will showcase out-of-the-box initiatives and ideas already proven successful in economic recovery efforts around the country through collaboration and pooled resources.

“These events are a great way to get attendees thinking about unique solutions to addressing local issues they may be dealing with,” said Gurbax Sahota, chief operating officer for CALED. “Our expert speakers will provide tools, resources and motivation to get people collaborating.”

Keynote speaker Nancy Lublin, founder of Dress for Success and CEO of DoSomething.org will speak on how economic development professionals can leverage existing creativity and pool resources by taking lessons from each other. Lublin, the author of Zilch: The Power of Zero in Business, speaks throughout the country to entrepreneurs about how to grow businesses and organizations while spending zilch.

“What makes this summit series so exciting is that the program will reach more than 18 communities through broadband streaming and never impact city and county travel budgets,” said California SBDC Chair Kristin Johnson. “Rural and metropolitan economic developers and partners don’t typically have many opportunities to work together or share ideas, and the California SBDC is proud to facilitate the interaction.”

Representatives from the Governor's Office of Economic Development, U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce will take part in a panel discussion on regionalized best practices to generate economic growth using minimal available resources.

This free event will be held July 28 at CSU, Chico, Colusa Hall, Room 110. from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with check-in beginning at 8 a.m. Space is limited and registration is required. To learn more or to register, go to http://californiasbdc.org/collaborative/chico or call (707) 826-3922.