About Us

Over the years, the Council has developed the reputation as being the “go to” organization to accomplish programs and initiatives in our area. Our membership is made up of business, nonprofit and government officials, all dedicated to taking responsibility for the wellbeing of our community.

We have recently formed several standing committees that have a specific focus; including crime, homelessness, education, infrastructure and government relations. The committees are comprised of Business Council members as well as individuals within the community representing areas of expertise. The work of these committees establishes the Council’s strategic focus.

Our organization is critical to the success of our community; our goals are to strengthen our economic and social well-being. Our members are civically engaged and have chosen to take a proactive and progressive approach to addressing community challenges.


The Council was founded in 1987 by a group of local business leaders in an effort to provide strong leadership relating to the social and economic health of our community. A report funded by the Council in the mid 90’s identified three areas of focus necessary to ensure a strong community; economic development, infrastructure development and human development. Through this process, the San Joaquin Partnership was formed to address economic development and the San Joaquin Council of Governments was tasked with the responsibility of overseeing infrastructure development in our region. Human development became the responsibility of the Business Council. Over the years, our emphasis has been on education, public safety, transportation, and water. The Council has not only advocated for specific initiatives but has also financed ballot measure campaigns and fiscally supported many projects relative to education.

Some of the initiatives supported over the years include:

  • Campaign funding for Measure K, a sales tax to support county transportation projects
  • Campaign funding for Measures A&B, a sales tax to provide funds to supplement efforts to fight crime in Stockton
  • Member funding to support A+, a Council initiated program to improve literacy in county schools
  • Participation in numerous lobbying efforts at the local, regional, state and national levels.
  • Initiative endorsements

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