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Vacaville Business Walk October 4, 2017

Background

The Vacaville Chamber of Commerce presents the Vacaville Business Walk, an ongoing economic development program hosted in partnership with the City of Vacaville.

On October 4, 2017, 35 business owners and city employees set out to visit 132 retail, service, and industrial businesses across Vacaville. This was the third canvass of local business in four years.

The survey consisted of four primary questions

How is business compared to last year?

What do you like about doing business in Vacaville?

What needs to be done to make business in Vacaville even better?

Are you planning on relocating to another city? Why?

Summary

The businesses interviewed in Vacaville hold an overwhelmingly positive view of how business is going. On many occasions, respondents praised the community feel that Vacaville offers and the numerous advantages being located in Vacaville provides. When asked how we can improve business, the most frequently cited answers included parking, less regulation, and outreach from the City of Vacaville. All but two businesses were not considering relocation to another city.

How is business compared to last year?

When asked to compare business to the previous year, more than half (53.4%) of the businesses surveyed responded favorably by stating that business has improved. Only a fraction (13%) of businesses stated their business was doing worse this year, and the remainder (33.6%) believed business had not changed in the past year.

What do you like about doing business in Vacaville?

Community (34.8%), location (25.3%), and clientele (19.1%) were the common responses Vacaville businesses gave when asked what they like about doing business in the area. Many businesses commented on the uniquely tight-knit community they love to live and work in and credited it to their success. Also, many of the businesses have been in the area for many years because they enjoy the location. DataSafe, an information management company, and Got Mohs, a comprehensive mohs lab solution, commented on Vacaville’s optimal location on the I-80 corridor between the Sacramento Metropolitan and Bay Areas.

What needs to be done to make business in Vacaville even better?

Due to the diversity of responses in this area, some of the less surveyed issues have been labeled as “other”. Notably, 43 of the 132 surveyed businesses indicated they had no immediate priorities for improvement.

However, 23 businesses, mostly in the Downtown and Nut Tree areas, listed issues with the scarcity of parking. Although a vast majority (87%) of businesses believed business was the same or better than last year, the second most cited issue was the high amounts of regulation seen at different levels of government. At the local level, Al Dahra ACX, a worldwide supplier of forage and feed, would like the City to have a more streamlined permitting process and accommodate needs for growth. Coming in as the third and fourth most prominent issues, 26.5% of businesses would like better outreach from both the City and Chamber. Issues grouped in the “other” category include lack of diversity among businesses, lack of people shopping locally, and high rent costs.

Are you planning on relocating to another city? Why?

Notably, no businesses gave a definitive yes when asked if they are planning to relocate to another city, and only two businesses stated that they may possibly move. A nutrition shop believed they would receive more business if they were to move to the Bay Area. All other businesses who responded to the question gave a resounding no. For example, the manager of Bottoms Up, a tanning salon, laughed when asked the question.

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