Business networking occurs both on and off line
The Internet changes everyday. Just having a website and an email account is no longer enough. Your web presence should probably include social media (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Youtube, etc.) as well as websites, email marketing, landing/squeeze pages, blogs, frequent content updates and more. These media are great places to tout your products and services, inform your audience and build your network.
But, one should not rely solely on the Internet. As a member of the Arcadia Chamber of Commerce, HUTdogs reminds us of “the importance of community involvement and face-to-face networking. The connections made through the Chamber have helped our business grow and are just as important as the relationships we foster online. Both are vital to our business and provide exciting networking opportunities.”
Arcadia is home to many small businesses with easy access. The Downtown Business District will meet the needs of local residents from attorneys to CPAs and restaurants to a Blues Club. Financial institutions are plentiful, doctors’ offices, boutiques and athletic clubs, too. Baldwin Avenue is another retail district along with South Arcadia and Foothill Blvd.
Reported in Caminos Historic Society Publication, is a very little known piece of history about Chicago Park, Arcadia’s light industrial district, south of Live Oak and mostly east of Peck Road, all the way south to Lower Azusa Road and east to the 605 Freeway. We bet you didn’t know this area is part of the City of Arcadia where the Public Works Services Department is located among some well-known other local powerhouse businesses such as Posey, Nichols Egg Ranch and Dootson Truck Driving School!
Also reported in Caminos is a short history of Chicago Park that was sold to easterners as a town subdivision of southern Monrovia. “It was predicted that a dredging project from Anaheim Landing to Chicago Park would make it a busy inland shopping center. Some claimed that posters showing steamboats traveling up the river were used to advertise the town,” it was said. Actually, Chicago Park was just an outrageous, not viable real estate developer scheme. This proposed town lay almost entirely in the San Gabriel Riverbed. Periodic flooding changed the landscape and altered the river channel. And the land sat idle for decades.
However In 1957, Chicago Park was annexed to Arcadia after the Goldring and Kardashian families designed and constructed streets and utilities to serve this industrial area that now thrives. The rest is history.
Long known as the “Wall Street” of Arcadia, Baldwin Avenue is home to numerous banks and other financial institutions. Listed in the phone book are more than 70 banks, credit unions, mortgage and real estate loan institutions all over the City of Arcadia. Many financial institutions encourage their employees to be highly active in the Chamber, on the Board of Directors and serve on various committees. i