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State of the State 2014

Monday, October 20, 2014

Mixers: 5-7pm, unless otherwise noted.

Oct 22, Kaiser Fremont, 39400 Paseo Padre Pkwy., Fremont, CA 94538, (510) 248-8000- A joint mixer with the Newark Chamber of Commerce. They’re not your typical health care provider; they’re here to give the care and coverage you need to thrive. They partner with you so you have the knowledge and tools to manage your health – inside and outside the doctor’s office. They also partner with communities to help them thrive with farmers’ markets, fitness events, and many other community events.

Nov 5- TBD

Nov 19, Fremont Flowers, 36551 Fremont Blvd., Fremont, (510) 797-1136- Fremont Flowers is a family-owned business established in 1956. Their superb quality flowers, creative designs, value, and professional service are key to their success. The volume of flowers and “Chain of Life” care and handling procedures ensure the freshest bouquets anywhere; and they provide same day delivery to the entire Tri-City area

Ribbon Cuttings:

Oct 23, Thu, 11:30am, SiliconSage Builders’ Ground Breaking Event, on the corner of Central and Fremont Blvd., across the street from the Holy Spirit Church. -SiliconSage® has a unique design-build team with in-house Acquisition, Design, Construction and Sales team. They have a dream-team of highly qualified in-house staff and consultants who make the fast-paced growth journey that they have undertaken into an exciting and fun process. They want the neighbors in each urban community where they build to see their projects as a welcome addition to their neighborhood. The team at SiliconSage® Builders measures its success with happy and proud homeowners, a house that has become a home, and that adds value to the community and immediate environment. Join us as they celebrate a new housing project.

Oct 29, Wed, 11:30am, LEAF, 36501 Niles Blvd., Fremont, CA 94536, (510) 797-8375 – Join us for the Grand Opening of the Community Garden.

Nov 7, Fri, Dress Barn, 43816 Pacific Commons, Fremont, CA 94538 (510) 979-9372- Join us to celebrate Dress Barn’s Grand Opening!

Nov 13, Thu, ClubSport of Fremont, 46650 Landing Pkwy., Fremont, CA 94538, (510) 226-8500 – Join us to launch a brand new program “Hot Yoga!”

Nov 14, Fri, Temazca Family Clinic, 39277 Liberty St., Bldg D, Fremont, CA 94538, (408) 677-0904- Join us to celebrate their Grand Opening!

Nov 21, Fri, 5pm, Early Start Music & Toys, 150 H Street, Fremont, CA 94536, (510) 509-2388 – Join us in celebrating their 1st Year Anniversary in business!

Chamber Events:

Apr 25 – Oct 24, 4:30-9pm, Fremont Street Eats! Get your appetite ready! The Fremont Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Food Truck Mafia, will be hosting the first “Fremont Street Eats” on Friday, April 25th from 4:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Capitol Ave. between State St. and Liberty St. Lots of great food, coming to you in a culinary traveling caravan!

Every Friday night at Fremont Street Eats, we will feature two Chamber members who want to wow the crowds with their products and services. Participating members will be allowed a 10’x10’ exhibit space where they can sell, demonstrate, educate and entertain guests at Fremont Street Eats, and the best part is, it’s free! It’s just one more opportunity to show our community what your business has to offer exclusive to Chamber members. Interested in being a part of this new promotional opportunity? Contact KK Kaneshiro at (510) 795-2244 or email to reserve your space now! Pre-booking your space is mandatory and it is on a first come, first served basis so be sure to book your space early.

Oct 31, 11:30-2pm, The State of the State Luncheon at Marriott Hotel, 46100 Landing Pkwy., Fremont, CA 94538- The Fremont, Union City, Milipitas and Hayward Chambers of Commerce are pleased to present the 2014 State of the State on October 31st, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Marriott Fremont Silicon Valley. State Senator Ellen Corbett, Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski and Assemblymember Bill Quirk will share legislative updates that affect the business community and engage in a lengthy Q+A session with attendees. Cost for Members, $45 and $70 for non-members. Register online

Nov 19, 11:30-1pm, Membership BootCamp. BootCamp Basics is a 90-minute orientation designed to introduce you to Chamber membership skills and drills. Attending a BootCamp orientation is NOT required before taking full advantage on your membership, although highly recommended.

Here’s the drill:

  • Contact KK Kaneshiro to RSVP at
  • Membership BootCamp takes place at the Fremont Chamber office.
  • Bring your business cards, brochures, and lunch
  • Learn to effectively network.
  • Learn how to activate and utilize your membership.
  • Discover how your business can benefit from chamber services!

There is no cost to attend a Membership BootCamp. The BootCamp is open to “new” members, “seasoned” members who need a refresher course and “non-members” who are interested in knowing more about membership.

Nov 21, ChamberPak Deadline, Interested in participating in a highly successful direct mail program? The ChamberPak is a highly successful quarterly direct mail program offered exclusively for Chamber members. Drop off 2,000 identical flyers and $175 and we take care of the rest; such as the stuffing envelopes, sorting by zip codes, etc… By using our bulk postage $0.08 per flyer how can you resist? Contact KK Kaneshiro (510) 795-2244, ext. 103 to reserve your spot.

Workshops for Business Success:

Business Building Seminars give Fremont Chamber members opportunities to host their own seminars on the first Thursdays of each month at no cost. They are co-sponsored with the Fremont Chamber of Commerce and all seminars are held at the Fremont Chamber offices located at 39488 Stevenson Place, Ste. 100, Fremont, CA 94539. There are no costs to attend these free workshops. If you would like to host your own seminar at no cost please contact KK Kaneshiro at

Nov 6, 7:30am to 9:30am, JP Turner Steve Zhu presents: “How to grow your business through referrals” - In today’s world of Yelp reviews and Google searches, it is easy to neglect the strength of business referrals. The best way to grow your business immediately is through referrals and you must have a referral system. Come to learn the power of referrals and see the immediate benefit of increasing your business through referrals. To attend this free seminar, please RSVP to Steve Zhu at or call 510-598-6432.

Nov 6, 10-noon, Friend & Champion presents: “Tune Up Your Business” - How well is your business performing? Now is a great time to review business performance and make adjustments to help you cruise through the rest of the year. This workshop will help you create custom dashboards showing what you need to know to finish the year strong and prepare for even greater success in 2015. To attend this free seminar, please RSVP at or for more information please contact Laurence Hansen,, or call 510 794-0919.

Nov 6, 1-2pm, Omnivantage Business Professionals presents: “How to Motivate Employees to High Performance and Retain Them.” This seminar is eligible for 1 hour of CLE and HR CE credit. Nicole Mason Esq., author of the forthcoming book: Successful Employee Engagement: Millennial Inspired Strategies For High Performance, will share some of the latest tools and a proven approach to improve employee productivity, performance and retention in any company with 1-10,000+ employees. To attend this free seminar please contact Nicole Mason at or 510.468.3802 if you have any questions. Snacks will be provided.

Nov 6, 3:30-5pm, Send Out Cards presents: “Holiday Greeting Card Workshop for Busy People” - This is an introduction to the SendOutCards greeting card and gift system. They will show you an efficient way to build better relationships personally and professionally. By: - Stay in touch with friends, relatives and customers
- A high tech, high touch greeting card and gift system
- Send one or hundreds of customized cards with a few clicks of a mouse
- Add pictures, logos and gifts or gift cards
- All for about a dollar per greeting card
- No more labels, stamps and writers cramp!

To attend this free seminar, please RSVP online or contact Bobbette Grasty via or 650.740.7499

Nov 6, 5-7pm, Silicon Valley Spine Institute presents: Dr. Sandeep N. Gidvani is a fellowship trained comprehensive spine surgeon who completed his specialized training alongside internationally renowned surgeons at UCLA. Dr. Gidvani is a member of the Silicon Valley Spine Institute and has spearheaded the opening of a second office located in Fremont, CA. He combines a humanistic approach to patient care and keen clinical diagnostics to seek out solutions to spinal disease. Dr. Gidvani will be giving a talk on Common Spine Disorders Responsible for Neck and Low Back Pain at the Fremont Chamber of Commerce to educate our community on Spine care. To attend this free seminar, please RSVP to Dr. Sandeep Gidvani at (510) 842-5294 or email

Small Business Solutions at the Library:

Co-sponsored by the Fremont Chamber of Commerce, the City of Fremont, the Fremont Main Library and SBDC. All classes are held at the Fremont Main Library, a branch of the Alameda County Library system, located at 2400 Stevenson Blvd. and is wheelchair accessible. There is no cost to attend these workshops. No reservations are required. The Library will provide an ASL interpreter (please call 510-745-1401 or TTY 888-663-0660) for any event with at least 7 working days notice. All Library seminars are free to attend.

Oct 20, 9-noon “Starting a Business” - This class integrates several aspects of the entrepreneurial experience necessary to all successful new businesses. The seminar will include key business planning, accessing capital, legal, technology, and human resource issues critical to being a successful entrepreneur. This class is a must for anyone interested in starting a business and is designed to work in concert with other Alameda County SBDC classes. There will be a panel discussion as part of the program and time for networking at the end of the program.

Nov 4, 7-8:30pm “Planning Your Year End Taxes” –Come and hear Alan talk about tax issues for the year 2014 which will help you plan your year-end taxes and increase your savings and refunds. A review and tips on upcoming changes, credits and deductibles, and strategies from which you can benefit; with specific information on business and personal tax issues, including portfolios and retirement accounts. Presented by Alan Olsen, CPA, MBA and Host of American Dreams radio talk show and Managing Partner for Greenstein, Rogoff, Olsen & Company, a CPA firm in Fremont.

Nov 17, 9-noon - “Crowdfunding for Your Company” Crowdfunding is a fast growing source of investment for early stage companies. Many experts believe crowdfunding with become more important than venture capital in terms of dollars invested within the next ten years. This seminar will discuss the latest trends in crowdsourcing, and how companies are raising capital in this market. The elements of successful campaigns will be discussed, as well as “how to” tips for your campaign.

Jan 26, 6 – 9 PM – “Legal and Business Issues” - This class will provide an overview of business law concepts for the small business owner, addressing the general business legal issues that most entrepreneurs face when starting or growing a small business. The seminar will focus on the “Legal Dos and Don’ts” for the small business, entrepreneur or start-up. Topics covered include Legal Entity Formation, Contracts, Trademarks, Copyrights, Patents and Internet Law. In addition, there will be a panel discussion with lawyers and a question and answer session with the panel followed by ample time for one-on-one networking.

Feb 18, 9-noon – “Website Development for Small Business” - This seminar introduces the best practices for web development to the small business owner. It explains the vital role a website plays in promoting your business, demonstrates techniques for optimizing the performance of your website and maximizing the attention it receives.

In this seminar, you will learn about:
- how to build a new or improve an existing Website
- web design elements (such as site maps and wire frames)
- domain registration pitfalls - web hosting options and user experience guidelines
- search engine optimization (SEO)
- Google webmaster tools
- Facebook and Google Places registration

Mar 4, 9 –Noon “Advanced Social Media Strategies” - This seminar is an advanced social media session focused on the needs of businesses that already have a social media presence, but want to move to more advanced techniques and strategies. It is designed to help you understand how to augment, focus and enhance existing social media programs to increase reach, effectiveness and ROI. Topics covered will include understanding who is visiting your site, visitor engagement, use of metrics and analytical tools.


Link to Chamber member events This week: Starting a Business Seminar at the Fremont Main Library tonight, Kaiser Fremont mixer on Wednesday, Silicon Sage Groundbreaking on Thursday, Final Fremont Street Eats of 2014 on Friday. Check the link for hours, locations, and contact info.

The State of the State Luncheon is almost here! Join community leaders from the East Bay and Silicon Valley for an informative and interactive lunch at the Fremont Marriott Silicon Valley on Friday, October 31st featuring State Senator Ellen Corbett, Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski and Assemblymember Bill Quirk. Cohosted by local Chambers of Commerce, the State of the State will be an opportunity to hear about initiatives from the State of California to support the business community and ask questions directly to your legislative leaders. The event runs from 11:30 to 1 PM with networking, lunch and program included. For more information, contact Aaron Goldsmith ( Register online.


Bay Area schools scramble for qualified teachers amid shortage A long-predicted teacher shortage has hit several Bay Area school districts this year, resulting in stiff competition for qualified candidates and more classrooms in the hands of temporary or emergency teachers who lack full credentials. A combination of teacher retirements, high attrition rates, lack of new recruits and increased competition among districts in a postrecession economy has flip-flopped the education job market, school officials say. (10/12/2014)

Bay Area housing market posts strong September Despite two years of double-digit increases that have home prices approaching previous peaks, there’s still plenty of demand for single-family houses, condos and townhouses in the nine-county Bay Area, according to the latest snapshot of the region’s booming real estate market. (10/14/2014)

Alameda County Measure BB garnering support for transit tax When Alameda County voters cast their ballots in the Nov. 4 election, some might be puzzled by Measure BB, thinking it seems like something they’ve voted on before. Except for a couple of small but important changes, it is. (10/14/2014)

49ers fans crunch Santa Clara hotel market; Will new rooms get built? Santa Clara hotels were 85 percent full and commanding nightly rates close to $200 during the third quarter of 2014 after spikes in both workweek Silicon Valley business travel and leisure visitors flocking to the city’s new football stadium. (10/16/2014)

Election 2014: San Francisco, Berkeley consider soda taxes When it comes to the 2014 election, the Bay Area is ground zero on a fight being watched across the country. Both Berkeley and San Francisco voters are considering soda taxes. (10/15/2014)


Proposition 2 would expand rainy-day fund Next month’s election will not be the first time California voters have weighed in on a measure billed as the fix for the state’s fluctuating finances by setting aside money in good times for bad. Far from it. (10/15/2014)

Ballotwatch: Proposition 1’s water bonds followed long legislative odyssey Amid a multiyear dry stretch that is among the worst droughts on record, California lawmakers this year made crafting a new water bond a priority. (10/15/2014)

Prop. 1, Prop. 2 backers oversimplify wildfire costs The campaign for a $7.5 billion water bond and a budget reserve measure is running a TV ad that says reserves will help “protect the water and the fire services we need” in future economic downturns. (10/13/2014)

Census Bureau: California still has highest U.S. poverty rate California continues to have – by far – the nation’s highest level of poverty under an alternative method devised by the Census Bureau that takes into account both broader measures of income and the cost of living. (10/17/2014)

State Supreme Court lets bullet train project go forward The state’s $68-billion bullet train project will proceed after the California Supreme Court decided Wednesday not to review a lower court ruling that said project officials have complied with a high-speed rail ballot measure that voters approved in 2008. (10/15/2014)

Parking, local opposition add to affordable housing costs, study finds Community opposition, design changes and parking are among the factors driving up the cost of building affordable housing in California, according to a report released this week by several state housing agencies. (10/14/2014)


Dems’ House chances fade as reality sets in Democrats’ high hopes of mitigating House losses in a rough election year have been dashed by reality. (10/14/2014)

Why the lowest federal deficit in six years is no reason to celebrate Once upon a time, a $483 billion federal deficit would have freaked people out — now it’s cause for celebration. (10/15/2014)

U.S. retail sales, producer prices give cautionary signs on economy U.S. retail sales declined in September as consumers pulled back on spending for a range of items, a worrisome economic signal that helped fuel a sell-off on Wall Street. (10/8/2014)

Gasoline prices fall to lowest level since November The average price of regular gasoline in the U.S. slid to the lowest level in more than 10 months, dropping 11.6 cents in the three weeks that ended Friday to $3.26 a gallon, according to a survey of gasoline retailers. (10/12/2014)

Manufacturers, employers remain steady amid tumult U.S. economic activity appears to be holding steady despite market convulsions over fears of a global slowdown, with American manufacturers and employers showing new signs of stability. (10/16/2014)

Shale boom helping American consumers as never before Oil traders might see the 27 percent slide in global prices as a bear market. For U.S. consumers, it’s more like an early holiday gift. (10/17/2014)


If you still have a tech superhero on staff, then you have a problem Rewind to 1997. One of the in-house IT guys employed by a company to which we were proposing our managed services was in high spirits, especially after being up all night getting the company’s email server back up and running. (10/15/2014)


Campaigns find ad space finite, even on the web It turns out that the Internet does not have infinite capacity. At least not for political ads. (10/11/2014)


Retailers embrace the rise of outlets Big retailers used to keep outlets far away from their main stores, but according to a report by the Wall Street Journal more and more of those retailers are starting to see the benefits of more overlap between outlets and full-price stores. (10/13/2014)

Southwest Airlines sends a letter of love and astounding admissions to its frequent travelers Talk about startling developments. It looks as if that big brand makeover Southwest Airlines announced last month is about a lot more than a paint job and the “heart” you’ll find on display among the airline’s tens of thousands of rank-and-file employees. (10/15/2014)

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Marketing Opportunities!

The Fremont Chamber of Commerce offers easy and cost effective marketing venues for your business!

Business Building Seminars – Produce your own seminar! This is a great opportunity to showcase your expertise or demonstrate a business skill. Held on the first Thursday of each month using the Chamber’s conference room and with the Chamber marketing your seminar all at no cost…you can’t miss this opportunity! Hosting a seminar is free for all Fremont Chamber members.

ChamberPak – A quarterly direct mail program where Fremont Chamber members provide 2,000 identical flyers and we do the rest! The cost is $175. For $0.08 per flyer you can’t pass this up!

Connection Clubs – Need referrals? Open only to Fremont Chamber members, six Connection Club groups meet at a variety of days and times of the week to exchange leads and assist members in growing their business. Fremont Chamber’s Connection Clubs are so successful that they now serve as the model for similar “Leads-Generating” groups in Chambers all over the state. Cost for Fremont Chamber members is $55.

Doing Business Over Lunch – for Fremont Chamber restaurant members! A section of our hard copy newsletter which lists your restaurant as a reminder to dine at your establishment for business lunch or dinner. The cost is only $50 for a three month consecutive run.

Mailing List – Need a mailing list for your advertising campaigns? Purchasing the chamber’s list provides all of the contact information you will need and ability to use it over and over again. The cost for Fremont Chamber members is $150. For non-members the cost is $300.

New Business List Subscription – This monthly list provides a consistent source of leads and new business prospects which is vital for any business. On average, there are 125-150 new business owners listed with all the contact information you will need. The cost for Fremont Chamber members is $20 for a yearly subscription. For non-members, the cost is $300.

Open for Business – A section of the Chamber’s website where members may post a job opening; business announcement/event; and/or advertise a coupon or discount. The chamber’s website receives an average of 10,000 to 13,000 visits per month. Posting is free for all Fremont Chamber members.

For more information about any of the services listed above, please contact KK Kaneshiro at

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Business Opportunities!

Alameda County provides online resources for information on contract opportunities for goods, services, and professional services. In an effort to connect businesses to government and reach out to the small and local business community, to Register in their Local Vendor Database and receive email notifications about new contract opportunities please visit Here’s just a few to choose from:
Oct 21, 2pm deadline for RFP No. 901000 for Non-Emergency Medical Transportation Benefits Administration
Nov 5, 2pm deadline for RFQ No. 901277 for Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
Nov 7, 2pm deadline for RFP No. 901240 for Food Services Delivery
Nov 7, 2pm deadline for RFP No. 901226 for Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA) Consultation Services
Nov 19, 2pm deadline for RFQ No. 901262 for Service of Process

Ohlone Bond Measure Creates Opportunities for Local Business Ohlone Purchasing, Contracts and Auxiliary Services is the department responsible for all procurement, contracting and support services of the Ohlone Community College District. The goal of the Purchasing, Contracts and Auxiliary Services (“Purchasing”) Department is to provide the highest quality support services for education while protecting the college and the taxpayers of the State of California. Please use this link

Vendor representatives are encouraged to contact Ohlone to discuss business opportunities. Bids and results will be posted quickly. Contractors who wish to register for Informal Bids for projects up to $175,000 should go to their website
•   To be placed on the Potential Vendors list, email Cynthia Banuelos at
•   To view current surplus personal property for sale, please go to this link
This Bids and RFP section of this website is always growing and changing, with information updated regularly. Please go here. Please send comments to