10.The food If you haven’t heard, Sacramento’s dining scene is on the rise and gaining from foodies nationwide. It is America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital, after all. Sure, Lobby Day activities will keep you busy, but it will be well worth it to squeeze in a trip to one of the city’s newest hot spots.
9. Those Kings Directly adjacent to CRA Headquarters, you can take a sneak peek at where the new city’s new downtown arena is being built.
8.Get informed With CRA’s Lobby Day 2016 Webinars on March 29 and April 4, you’ll be fully informed and trained when April 19 rolls around. Combined with the day-of legislative briefing provided by CRA’s Government Affairs + Public Policy team, you’ll be set for success as a lobbyist for a day.
7. Find inspiration in some moving success stories The CRA Educational Foundation will announce the winners of the Faces of Diversity and Restaurant Neighbor awards – honoring restaurateurs who give back to their communities, and are making strides toward achieving the American Dream.
6. Lobby Day is worth your time We understand how busy your business keeps you. But this is one day packed with action and critical information that will set the stage for how the industry fares in the year to come.
5. Get to know your representatives Maybe you voted for them, maybe not, but they’re making decisions on a daily basis that affect your business. It’s time to tell them your story so they keep restaurants in mind as issues arise.
4. Everyone who’s anyone will be there With more than 100 of California’s biggest restaurant industry heavyweights in the room, there’ll be no shortage of networking and idea-swapping opportunities. And lobbying side-by-side with your peers builds bonds that last.
3. It’s like political bootcamp You’ll dive deep into the industry’s most vexing political issues, but also lean a lot about how the legislative process works, and how the process and potential outcomes can affect your business.
2. You believe in this cause You believe in the power of the restaurant industry and the millions of jobs and opportunities it provides. You spend every day working to make your business thrive, why not devote one to letting lawmakers know?
1. If you don’t stand up for restaurants, no one will Power comes in numbers and your voice is crucial to the restaurant industry’s collective message being heard.
The California Restaurant Association Lobby Day proves to be a worthwhile event to attend. As a small food business owner, especially one who was not familiar with the restaurant industry, it is an important avenue to educate yourself and to get your voice heard by legislators and fellow restauranteurs and stakeholders. It is also a solid way to network with each other on a professional and personal level. From my first year of going to Lobby Day in 2013, I immediately connected with other members and soon thereafter became a board member for my local chapter. Since then, the experience and learning have been significant. Lobby Day is just one of many offerings the CRA extends to its members to allow us all to make our presence known to the community-at-large.
– Patricia Perez, Co-Owner and President of Pho Show
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