Monday, December 2, 2013
Mixers: 5-7pm, unless otherwise noted.
Dec 4, Niles Rotary Club, 2500 Mowry Ave., Fremont, CA 94538 (Washington West, Conrad Anderson Auditorium), (510) 684-9617 -Niles Rotary is a group of local business professionals who gather together once a week and share their knowledge about their profession, community and world. They network their businesses through fellowship and community service projects for the betterment of all concerned. They are dedicated to helping each other grow.
Dec 12, THURSDAY, Fremont Chamber of Commerce, 39488 Stevenson Pl., Ste, 100, Fremont, CA 94539, (510) 795-2244- Join us for the annual Holiday Mixer Festivities! Please bring a new and unwrapped toy for the Annual Toys for Tots drive. All toys collected stay here in the Tri-Cities area. Please help us make every child in the Tri-Cities to have a wonderful holiday.
Dec 3, Tue, 10am, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, 43835 Pacific Commons, Fremont, CA 94538, (510) 445-1357 Join us in welcoming a new business to Fremont!
Dec 13, Fri, 12noon, Firehouse Subs, 43344 Boscell Rd., Fremont, CA 94538, (510) 252-1779 Join us in welcoming a new restaurant to Fremont!
Nov 18 Dec 13 - The Fremont Chamber hosts annual Toys for Tots Drive. Please bring a new and unwrapped toy to the Fremont Chamber. Holiday gift wrapping supplies are also needed. All toys and gift wrapping supplies stay in the Tri-Cities area. Together we can help all children in the Tri-Cities have a great holiday.
Dec 24-Jan 1, Fremont Chamber is closed for the Holidays.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Dec 5, 7:30-9:30am, Legal Shield/GoSmallBiz presents a seminar to help your business. Join us to learn to build relationships into referrals in order to differentiate your brand. To attend this free seminar, please RSVP to Sultan McBride at email@example.com or call (510) 791-0717.
Dec 5, 10-noon, Boldly Me presents Communicate with Confidence Being able to communicate with ease and confidence is essential to our daily lives. Learn effective tools to find confidence in yourself, ways to present yourself positively and approach the world with your own unique gifts. Boldly Me helps people with fun, educational classes and support for all ages. To attend this free seminar, please RSVP to Alana Powell at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (408) 768-9257
Dec 5, 1-2pm, Peak Efficiency Professionals presents Case Studies of Success in Business Insights from the Experiences of Silicon Valley Companies. Nicole Mason, Esq. will share real business success (and failure) case studies, summarize the lessons learned and explain how they can be applied to help your company grow and thrive in a changing economic climate. Gain a new perspective on the state of your business and learn about resources and tools available to help grow your business. To attend this free seminar, please RSVP to Nicole Mason at email@example.com or call or text 510.468.3802. Light lunch will be provided.
Dec 5, 3-5pm, Diligent Mobile presents Mobilizing Your Business Join us to learn how a mobile app can help your business grow and how apps can be improved and modified to your business needs in a very short time and at very low cost. To attend this free seminar please email Dr. Ish Sharma at firstname.lastname@example.org or (510) 573-4950.
Dec 5, 5-7pm, Robert Half presents 2014 Workforce Trends As we round out 2013 and head into the New Year, what trends will drive the workforce and what can businesses and job seekers expect to see in the months ahead? With recent advancements in social media, an increasingly diverse workforce and continued demand for skilled talent, employers and job seekers have much to prepare for in the New Year. This presentation provides an overview of the hiring and workforce trends anticipated to impact the local market in 2014, and what companies and job-seekers can expect to see in the months ahead. To attend this free seminar, please RSVP to Chris Nguyen at email@example.com or call at (510) 744-6480 at extension 20217.
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.
Jul 29-Dec 17, 7-8:30pm, Living the American Dream A series of business seminars will be presented by Alan Olsen, CPA, MBA and a Host of the American Dreams radio show talk about living the American dream. He will share keys to success for your personal growth and to make businesses thrive during challenging economic times and find out how to overcome adversity. The American Dream is still possible.
Dec 17 Year End Tax Planning
CITY OF FREMONT
Thanksgiving dinner in Fremont draws many in need The 15th Annual Free Thanksgiving Dinner was held Tuesday inside the Centerville Presbyterian Church gymnasium, attracting hundreds of families in need. (11/27/2013)
Fremont High School aids typhoon disaster relief Senior leadership students at Washington High School in Fremont, led by history teacher and Student Activities Director Helen Paris, came together on a mission to help the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. (11/27/2013)
Fremont adult day care center will expand with $130,000 grant Fremont City Council voted unanimously Nov. 19 to approve funding an additional $130,000 in Community Development Block Grant monies to renovate and expand Bay Area Community Services Adult Day Care Program, after all the bids for the project came in over budget. (11/27/2013)
Fremont schools will buy five eco-friendly buses Fremont Unified School Districts Board of Education voted unanimously Nov. 13 to approve the purchase of five environmentally-friendly school buses and retire five that run on standard diesel. (11/27/2013)
Hometown hero: Fremont woman starts a nonprofit group that helps cancer patients Sherry Higgs wants to do more than give people with cancer an easy way to get to medical appointments. She wants them to have companionship on the way. A cancer survivor herself, the Fremont woman in 2011 founded Drivers for Survivors, a nonprofit organization that helps cancer patients by pairing them with drivers who can take them to appointments and treatment. (11/25/2013)
LOCAL AND REGIONAL
Alameda County transportation sales tax hike headed to ballot again A year after a narrow election defeat, an Alameda County commission has decided to try it again and will ask voters to double the county sales tax for transportation from a half-cent to a full cent. (11/24/2013)
Bay Area holiday shopping to outpace nation with strong economy, wealthy consumers This holiday season, cash-flush Bay Area consumers are likely to shop far more merrily than budget-conscious shoppers in much of the rest of the country who are still reeling from the recession and worried about the fragile recovery. (11/27/2013)
STATE OF CALIFORNIA
New laws will mean new costs for business While the increase to Californias minimum wage on July 1 is the most publicized change to the states employment laws in 2014, businesses need to know about a bevy of other new employment rules that will soon take effect. (11/29/2013)
Rosy California budget projections prompt calls for new spending Californias non-partisan budget analyst has declared the states structural deficit a thing of the past and projected multi-billion dollar surpluses for years to come. Thats prompting calls from some Democrats and progressive groups to reinvest in programs hit hard by recession-era budget cuts. (12/2/2013)
California businesses not affected by federal delay in online enrollment Small businesses in California are not affected by todays news that the federal health benefits exchange will wait another year to offer online enrollment to employers. (11/27/2013)
Judge blocks sale of high-speed rail bonds A Sacramento County judge agreed with critics of the high-speed rail project and blocked sale of bonds to fund the project Monday, several news organizations report this morning. (11/26/2013)
Swalwell announces bill to bring redevelopment funds back to California cities California cities hurt by the states dissolution of redevelopment agencies in 2011 may get some relief, thanks in part to a new bill authored by Congressman Eric Swalwell. (11/27/2013)
Report: California losing its edge in higher education More attention must be paid to the California State University system and to the states community colleges if California is going to produce the educated workers its economy needs, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom says in a report set to be issued Tuesday. (11/26/2013)
NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL
Federal agency opens door for regional grants foster job, economic growth A regional job creation plan devised by Next Economy, a business-led effort to foster economic growth in the greater Sacramento area, has been approved as a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy, or CEDS, by a federal agency. (11/25/2013)
Online holiday sales to exceed $78 billion this year Online holiday sales are expected to reach $78.7 billion in the U.S., up 15 percent from a year ago, according to Forrester Researchs annual holiday retail forecast. (11/29/2013)
Most consumers dont know about electric vehicle incentives, survey finds One of the reasons why electric cars are poor sellers is because consumers have little understanding of the financial incentives and other benefits available to owners of the vehicles. (11/15/2013)
HealthCare.gov enrollment extended for people who need coverage by Jan. 1 Youll have until Dec. 23 to ring in the new year with an Obamacare insurance plan. The deadline for individuals to enroll in a health insurance plan through HealthCare.gov has been extended eight days because of the technical challenges some users have experienced with the site, said Julie Bataille, communications director at the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The previous deadline to enroll in a plan that begins Jan. 1 was Dec. 15. (11/22/2013)
Think Black Friday is best day to get a deal? Think again As the hardiest of shoppers prepare for the annual Black Friday consumption frenzy, many are convinced its their one shot at a great deal. But thats not even close to the truth, said Matthew Ong, senior retail analyst at online personal finance company NerdWallet Inc. (11/24/2013)
How Apple, Google, Cisco are competing for the $5 billion K-12 ed-tech market Next year, K-12 schools across the United States will begin implementing Common Core State Standards, an education initiative that will drive schools to adopt technology in the classroom as never before. (11/25/2013)
College admission offers may get easier to obtain After a long stretch of rising competition in college admissions, the numbers this year may be on the side of students like Davone Morales, an Eagle Rock High School senior. He and his classmates nationwide are lucky to be part of the smallest group in years applying to college. (11/25/2013)
How to create brand loyalty by thanking customers Building brand loyalty is about making each client and customer feel special. Showing random acts of kindness tailored to specific clients helps build the type of brand loyalty that retains your base while expanding your customer reach. (11/30/2013)
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Dan Walters: Californias high living costs create high poverty Those on the starboard side of Californias political ledger often complain about the states high tax burden, its dense regulatory structure and other policies that make the state a difficult place in which to do business. (11/10/2013)
OUT OF THE BOX
Three big ideas to emerge from the California Economic Summit It was not the beginning of the end or even the end of the beginning. No, last weeks 2013 California Economic Summit in Los Angeleswhich brought together more than 450 business, labor, government, and nonprofit leaders from across the state to champion an integrated economic vitality strategy for Californiaseemed more like the long, hopeful stretch in the middle of an ambitious journey. (11/13/2013)
Welcome New Members
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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 Chambers conference room and with the chamber marketing your seminar all at no cost…you cant 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 cant 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 Chambers 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 chambers 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 Chambers website where members may post a job opening; business announcement/event; and/or advertise a coupon or discount. The chambers 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Alameda County provides online resources for information on contract opportunities for goods, services, and professional 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
Heres just a few to choose from:
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