Plans for Both Large and Small Businesses for 2013 and BeyondWe must continue to collaborate with our leaders in Sacramento to bring $15 million in state funding to the UCR School of Medicine. Training the next generation of doctors will mean better care for our residents and greater opportunities for investment and growth for local business.
We must also protect March Air Reserve Base and the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Norco. These two facilities employ thousands of people and generate more than $800 million in economic activity for the region. The Chamber will continue to work hard to ensure that our federal leaders know their capabilities and importance to the strategic needs of our country.
With more than 64 percent of our members with less than 10 employees, helping small business is one of our immediate priorities. The Chamber is planning to renew our efforts to place more college interns with local businesses, meaning more energetic and knowledgeable college professionals helping your business while getting the experience they need to be future leaders of industry.
Business expansion means more than attracting new companies; it is also helping those businesses already here who have weathered a tough economy. The Chamber is working on a variety of programs that will offer discount services to members to help them reduce their bottom-line costs.
With the strength of our members, the Board of Directors, and the staff at the Chamber, we can do some amazing things this year to build a stronger local economy.