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Fremont Festival

Monday, July 28, 2014

Mixers: 5-7pm, unless otherwise noted.

Aug. 13, Massimo’s, 5200 Mowry Ave., Ste. M, Fremont CA 94538, (510) 792-2000- Dedication to the finest ingredients, careful preparation, and attention to detail and “never compromise quality” became the hallmark of this restaurant. At Massimo’s every dish reflects their dedication to offering their patrons the finest dining experience possible. Delicious food, elegant ambiance, and professional service became a tradition which is carried on today.

Aug 27, TBD

Chamber Events:

Friday, August 1 - Fremont Street Eats is CLOSED

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 kkaneshiro@fremontbusiness.com 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.

Aug 2-3, 10am – 6pm, 31st Fremont Festival of the Arts! The largest street fair this side of the Mississippi. Join us as we celebrate our 31st Anniversary with over 600 craft artists, Gourmet Marketplace, Business MarketPlace, Kid City, musical stages, 30 food booths and over 5 miles of festival fun. See you there!

Aug 4-8, the Fremont Chamber is closed.

Sep 1, the Fremont Chamber is closed for the Labor Day Holiday

Sep 17, 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 kkaneshiro@fremontbusiness.com
  • 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.

Sep 26, 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 rate...at $0.08 per flyer how can you resist? Contact KK Kaneshiro (510) 795-2244, ext. 103 to reserve your spot.

Oct 1, 11:45-1:30pm, Non-Profit Industry Council presents: Be Networked, Use Measurement, and Learn, Century 16 at Pacific Commons, 43917 Pacific Commons, Fremont, CA 94538. - Networked Nonprofits and the people who lead them are taking advantage of social media’s ability to facilitate and expand their impact by combining an organizational strategy with their professional online personas to connect, build relationships, and establish trust and thought leadership. This way of operating goes beyond simply using tools like Facebook or Twitter and requires a networked mindset where openness and authenticity are essential. This interactive keynote will explore how nonprofits can improve their organization’s social media practice and embrace the best practices of a “networked nonprofit,” avoiding some of the pitfalls and challenges. Featured speaker is Beth Kanter is a well-established international leader in nonprofits’ use of social media. Her first book “The Networked Nonprofit,” introduced the sector to a new way of thinking and operating in a connected world. Cost is $30. To RSVP please contact KK Kaneshiro at kkaneshiro@fremontbusiness.com, (510) 795-2244, ext. 103.

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 kkaneshiro@fremontbusiness.com

Aug 14, 7:30-9am, Olixus, Inc. presents: “Winning Strategy - Build Healthy Organization Culture” Research has shown that the only way to build sustainable competitive advantages for any organization is to build healthy organization culture. You will learn what are the supporting evidences to this winning strategy, what is exactly a healthy organization, what components are in organization culture, why companies with healthy organization culture make 3X money and more. Please come to join us discuss and share your perspectives on this crucial topic in building business success! To attend this free seminar, please RSVP to Ms. Yulin Xu yulin.xu@olixus.com or call (650) 996-0618

Aug 14, 10-noon, Friend and Champion presents: “Tune Up Your Business” - How well is your business performing? August 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 a custom dashboard showing what you need to know for maximum success this year and beyond. To attend this free seminar, please RSVP to Laurence Hansen, Laurence@LBHansen.com, or call (510) 794-0919.

Aug 14, 1-2pm, Omnivantage Business Professionals, Inc. presents: “How to Communicate Effectively With Anyone Despite Differences.” This seminar is eligible for 1 hour of Elimination of Bias CLE and HR CE credit. Nicole Mason, Esq., best selling author and author of the forthcoming book: Successful Employee Engagement: Millennial Inspired Strategies For High Performance, will share proven techniques to improve your listening, conflict resolution and persuasive communication skills. To attend this free seminar, please RSVP to Nicole Mason at peakpepconsultant@gmail.com or (510) 468-3802. Snacks will be provided

Aug 14, 3-4pm, Efficacy Plus presents: “5 Business Blogging Myths to Ignore” -Gaining online visibility when thousands of new websites are added to the mix every single day can be challenging. Are you looking to increase customer engagement? Interested in using a known strategy for boosting your website page rank? If competing seriously in online marketing is part of your business strategy, join us and find out how to avoid 5 myths that can hinder your business blogging success. To attend this free seminar, please RSVP to Jenelle Daniels at www.efficacyplus.com/calendar or (510) 335-5093.

Aug 14, 5-7pm, Fremont Chamber Members presents: “Learn To Market Your Business To Success”- A variety of marketing business Fremont Chamber experts will present how to market, grow and brand your business, build customer loyalty, and increase referrals. This will be a very informational event for the business community. There will be a prize drawing for attendees with a value of $500 provided by the speakers. Speakers include: David Afana with Afana Enterprises, Steve Smith with Mission Peak Business Products, Ninna Chugh with State Farm Insurance, Brandon Sass with Primerica Financial and Bobbette Grasty with SendOutCards. Registration is required to guarantee seating for this complimentary event. Snacks will be provided. To attend this free seminar, please RSVP to www.mailyourgratitude.com Or call Bobbette Grasty at Grastyb@aol.com

CHAMBER

Check our Member Events Page This week: Access Omnicare free lunch seminar, Business Marketplace at the Fremont Festival of the Arts. Check out more Fremont Chamber member events on our member events calendar.

CITY OF FREMONT

Fremont approves new ‘innovation district’ plan around BART station, Tesla Motors Plans to transform the area around the new Warm Springs BART station and Tesla Motors Inc. factory into a mixed-use “innovation district” received a major boost on Tuesday as Fremont City Council members approved a new planning document that spells out land-use and design guidelines for the 879-acre zone. (7/23/2014)

Largest speculative industrial development in 15 years rising near Milpitas-Fremont border A master planned business park on the Fremont-Milpitas border is well under construction at the end of Dixon Landing Road, west of Interstate 880. Called The Crossings @ 880, the project being built by Southern California developer Overton Moore Properties will see three buildings totaling 700,000 square feet either dedicated toward light manufacturing or warehouse space on a 40-acre parcel in Fremont. (7/17/2014)

Fremont: Water district drought surcharge adopted Starting this week, the Tri-City-area’s heaviest water users will pay more. The Alameda County Water District has adopted a surcharge on bills customers pay every other month to fill a $15 million budget gap that agency leaders blame on the drought. (7/21/2014)

Fremont residents near Mission Peak ask city to solve escalating issues with increased hikers Residents who live next to the Stanford Avenue staging area used by Mission Peak hikers aired growing frustrations about the number of people inundating their neighborhood to Fremont City Council last week. Among the complaints expressed July 8 were hikers parking in front of and blocking homes; excessive noise before sun-up; hikers relieving themselves in residents’ front yards; and dogs defecating on their properties. Perhaps the issue that drew more criticism -- and a more recent development -- has been the increased presence of street vendors selling water to hikers as well as T-shirts and food, causing litter and trash to be left in the area, neighbors said. (7/17/2014)

Fremont to reduce carbon footprint by installing solar photovoltaic systems The City of Fremont will reduce its carbon footprint while also saving millions of dollars by installing solar photovoltaic systems at several City facilities. The City is contracting with SunEdison, a nationwide solar firm, to purchase power that will be produced by solar systems mounted on new carport structures in existing parking lots at the Police Building complex, the Aqua Adventure Waterpark, and the Irvington Community Center. (7/21/2014)

BAY AREA

Can Silicon Valley’s car addiction be broken? 7 ways urbanists want to improve transit Between Silicon Valley’s beautiful weather, the region’s concentration of small cities and the Bay Area’s stereotypically “green” values, Santa Clara County theoretically has everything it needs to be a model for public transit. (7/25/2014)

Shooting ban causes rift in East Bay Park District and state agency A ban on duck hunting on open Bay waters within 150 yards of regional shoreline trails has stirred a state-versus-local-power dispute over public safety and waterways. The East Bay Regional Park District reaffirmed its ban Tuesday despite protests by a state agency sympathetic to hunters’ wishes to shoot ducks along the shoreline in the Hayward Regional Shoreline park. (7/21/2014)

Chief designer says 2,000 bolts, rods need no replacing More than 2,000 bolts and rods on the new Bay Bridge eastern span are likely to be more corrosion-resistant than the 32 steel fasteners that failed last year and do not have to be replaced, the bridge’s chief designer said Thursday. (7/25/2014)

STATE OF CALIFORNIA

State sees surge in high-paying white-collar jobs One of the fastest-growing employment sectors in California is also among the highest paying. Professional services jobs – engineers, architects, lawyers, accountants and consultants – are growing in California at more than twice the rate of overall employment since the recession ended in 2009, according to an analysis of state economic data. (7/25/2014)

California bullet train: Interest from private investors revives shaky funding plan On life support just a few months ago, California’s bullet train has been resuscitated. Last week, demolition began in Fresno to clear the way for the first stretch of track. More significantly, private investors across the country and abroad are expressing new interest in bankrolling part of the $68 billion project. (7/18/2014)

California’s new water-waste penalty also applies to government, but who will enforce it? When California water officials last week passed new regulations making wasting water a crime, they also handed a new tool to government watchdogs. In a little-noticed provision of the regulations adopted Tuesday, the State Water Resources Control Board declared that public agencies – in addition to individuals and businesses – can be prosecuted for a criminal infraction and fined $500 per day for certain categories of water waste. (7/21/2014)

California drought: ‘Water cops’ being hired by Bay Area agencies to root out water waste It’s about to get more difficult to go unnoticed if your sprinklers are watering the street more than your lawn. California’s worsening drought and mandatory new state water rules are prompting Bay Area water agencies to beef up their conservation staffs – the employees sometimes called “water cops.” (7/22/2014)

Property taxes could pay for $25 billion Delta tunnels without public vote Major water districts in California are quietly considering using property taxes – and possibly raising them without a vote of the public – to help fund Gov. Jerry Brown’s $25 billion plan to build two massive tunnels through the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. (7/23/2014)

UC enrolling more new students from other states and nations The number of new UC students from other states and nations will continue to increase this fall, extending a trend that university officials say is financially necessary but critics say is changing the nature of a beloved state institution. (7/22/2014)

Cal State lowers enrollment growth, other expenditures for fall California State University will have to cut planned enrollment growth for the fall term – from about 20,000 to 10,000 students – after state funding fell short of expectations. (7/22/2014)

NATIONAL

Poll: GOP has enthusiasm advantage More Republicans are on the edge of their seats to vote for who will fill the seats of Congress than Democrats, according to a new poll. In a Pew Research Center poll that measures voter enthusiasm, Republicans were found to be more enthusiastic about voting in November, but they are still not as enthused as they were for the midterm elections four years prior. (7/24/2014)

Retailers scale back sales expectations for this year A projected strong second half of 2014 won’t be enough to offset the hit retailers took from harsh winter weather, the National Retail Federation said Wednesday, lowering its earlier sales forecasts for the year. (7/26/2014)

Recession graduates grind away with low pay as U.S. mends Nickole Gambrill is still paying the price for graduating college at the wrong time. She and other students who earned diplomas in the aftermath of the deepest U.S. recession since the 1930s are experiencing an earnings hangover that could last a lifetime, even as the labor market heals. (7/22/2014)

Highway Trust Fund could be heading into bankruptcy The U.S. House of Representatives approved a temporary patch for the near-empty federal Highway Trust Fund last week after state leaders nationwide warned of dire road conditions and job cuts if they failed to do so. The House approved $10 billion to continue to pay for freeway projects for the next 10 months. (7/20/2014)

BUSINESS TIP

Why networking is replacing cold calling (and why it’s more than the numbers) I opened two different yet similar emails this morning. The first dealt with a “Speed Networking” site promoting its services. The second email was promoting a “Networking Seminar” that uses a formulaic approach to networking similar to the typical funnel approach to sales. (7/23/2014)

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Coding classes: Students, dogged teachers overcome obstacles to add computer science classes The cradle of techno-innovation, the Bay Area has fallen as flat as the rest of the country in one critical area: nurturing the next generation of cyber whizzes. Business and political leaders alike have harped on the need to teach kids computer programming and expand the traditional geek pool to include more girls, Latinos and African-Americans. Advocates such as Code.org predict a shortage of 1 million trained computer scientists in the next decade. (7/21/2014)

OUT OF THE BOX

The next big thing in hardware: smart garbage There’s a box on a shelf in my closet stuffed with smart smoke detectors, old smartphones, chargers, battery cases, fitness trackers, a Kindle that I sat on and broke and various sensors that have long ceased to detect anything. This is my pile of smart garbage. And it’s getting bigger every year. (7/24/2014)

Why castrating hogs was a big hit and other lessons from political advertising Marketing a politician isn’t the same as marketing a new consumer product – in the business world, for example, you typically don’t have outside groups spending millions of dollars endorsing or attacking your product. (7/21/2014)

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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 $40.

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 kkaneshiro@fremontbusiness.com

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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 www.acgov.org Here’s just a few to choose from:
Jul 31, 2pm deadline for RFQ No. 901241 for URBAN AREAS SECURITY INITIATIVES (UASI) REGIONAL TRAINING AND EXERCISE COURSES FOR FIRST RESPONDERS
Aug 15, 2pm deadline for RFQ No. 901268 for Trucking Services
Sep 8, 2pm deadline for RFQ No. 901237 for Automotive Parts Management
Sep 8, 2pm deadline for RFP No. 901248 for SB 90 Mandated Cost Reimbursement Services

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 cbanuelos@ohlone.edu.
•   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 purchasing@ohlone.edu.

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