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Monday, September 15, 2014

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Sep 24, Lighthouse Worldwide Solutions, Inc., 47300 Kato Rd., Fremont, CA 94538, (510) 438-0500- paid 6/25/14- Lighthouse Worldwide Solutions, Inc. offers the most complete line of contamination monitoring solutions available that include Airborne Particle Counts, Airborne Molecular Contamination Levels, Liquid Particle Counts, Electrostatic Charge, Temperature, Humidity, Total Organic Carbon Monitoring and many more. These solutions are now found in semiconductor, pharmaceutical, data storage, biotechnology, aerospace and defense industry plants worldwide.

Oct. 8, Nutrametrix, at the Japra Vineyards, 1000 Hunter Ln., Fremont CA 94539, (510) 938-5150 – Nutrametrix is a leading force in the healthcare industry, providing wellness solutions through education. Weight Management, customized nutrition to seamlessly integrate wellness into your daily routine. They were voted the “Best Health Wellness Solution for 2014.”

Ribbon Cuttings:

Sep 16, Tues, 5pm, Bay Area Community Services (BACS), 40965 Grimmer Blvd., Fremont, CA 94538, (510) 657-7425- Celebrating their newly refurbished facility!

Sep 18, Thu, 5:30pm, Citibank, 3191 Mowry Ave., Fremont, CA 94538, (510) 794-6991- Join us for the Grand Opening of their new location.

Sep 23, Tues, 11am, Alzheimer’s Services of the East Bay, 43326 Mission Blvd., Fremont, CA 94539, (510) 644-8292 x306- Celebrating their new location with the Dominican Sisters!

Sep 30, Thu, 5:30pm, Fremont Massage & Wellness, 40900 B Fremont Blvd., Fremont, CA 94538, (510) 659-9313- Join us to celebrate their remodel!

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

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 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.

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. - Small Businesses & 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 small businesses & 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.

Oct 1, 6:30-9pm, City Council Candidates Forum held at the Fremont Adult School’s Multipurpose Room, 4700 Calaveras Blvd., Fremont, CA 94538 - The Fremont Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Mission San Jose Chamber, the Centerville Business and Community Association, Niles Main Street Association and the Irvington Business Association, is pleased to invite you to a candidate’s forum featuring all registered candidates running for Fremont City Council in this November’s general election. To attend this free event please RSVP to Aaron Goldsmith at agoldsmith@fremontbusiness.com or call (510) 795-2244, etc. 107

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 here

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

Oct 2, 7:30-9am, Brilliant You! Coaching & Consulting presents: “Result-Focused Strategy” -Moving away from stress management and into RESULT-FOCUSED STRATEGY! If you own a business or manage a team, you are goal oriented, to-do-list advocate and success driven professional and possibly stressed out or simply open to ways to improve your performance. With simple yet powerful techniques, improve your performance, create better outcomes, live stress free and with zest and passion. To attend this free seminar, please RSVP to Claudia Ritarossi at claudia@brillliantyoucoaching.com to call (888) 818-0076

Oct 2, 10-noon, MassMutual Sam Oceguera presents: “Make a Social Call” Let’s talk about Social Security and your future. Did you know that you don’t have to take your Social Security retirement benefits at age 62? Or even when you stop working? You can defer your Social Security retirement benefits until you’re 70. And there are good reasons why you may want to do exactly that. Now more than ever, it’s important for you to know how to get the most from your Social Security. Learn how to make the right calls when it comes to Social Security and your retirement. To attend this free seminar, please RSVP to Sam Oceguera at soceguera@financialguide.com or call (510) 396-2804

Oct 2, 1-2pm, Boldly Me presents: “Communicate with Ease” 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 alanna@boldlyme.org or call (408) 768-9257

Oct 2, 2:30-4pm, Send Out Cards presents: “Holiday Greeting Card Workshop for Busy People” Learn how to efficiently stay in touch with friends, relatives and customers with the SendOutCards system. This workshop is an introduction to a high tech greeting card and gift system. Send one or hundreds of customized greeting cards in the mail with a few clicks of a mouse for about a dollar a card. No more labels, stamps and writer’s cramp! Register for this free event to guarantee a seat and materials: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/holiday-greeting-card-workshop-for-busy-people-tickets-12983188065

Oct 2, 5-7pm, Efficacy Plus presents: “Blogging for Business” Business Blogging is said to be one of the best ways to:

  • Build authority
  • Gain a broader audience
  • Solidify the know, like and trust factor
  • Increase page rank status in Google search engines

Has your business been thinking about starting a blog? Are you overwhelmed with the who, what, when, where and why of blogging? This session is for service providers, coaches, creatives, or anyone wanting to START or continue on the blogging path. You’ll come away being motivated to start your blogging journey TODAY! To attend this free seminar, please RSVP to Jenelle Daniels at Eventbrite Event Page or email jdaniels@efficacyplus.com

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.

Sep 15, 7-8:30pm, “Market Research, Using Demographics Now” – Join us for an introduction and demonstration of the database “Demographics Now.” Demographics Now provides easy to maneuver data giving detailed demographic information, company data and a lifestyle module, including sourcing information for market research tabulations. If you are looking for businesses, people and demographics combined with lifestyle analysis, including traffic counts and maps, this is the database for you. This will help with making a business plan, find a new business site, relocate your business, create a Sales Lead list, expand your customer basse, size your market and find your competition.

Sep 23, 7-8:30pm, “Preparing Your Tax Strategy” - Find out about new tax laws, and how to maximize deductions to reduce your tax burden for the coming year. Learn from Alan Olsen, CPA, MBA and Managing Partner at Greenstein, Rogoff, Olsen & Co. (GROCO), how to benefit from certain tax strategies. Learn from Alan, as host of the American Dreams radio show, about “Living the American Dream.” Strategies for personal income taxes and business taxation will be given, touching on topics of investments, retirement, wealth management, estate planning, and more.

Greenstein, Rogoff, Olsen & Co. is a full service provider of tax services and offers solutions to clients in the Corporate, Estate and Trust, Individual, Limited Liability Company, Not for Profit, Tax Exempt, Partnership, and S Corporation income tax areas. Areas of expertise:

  • Strategic Tax Planning
  • Corporate, Partnership & Trust Tax Preparation
  • International Tax Services
  • Non-Profit Organization Returns
  • Shareholder Tax Issues
  • Stock Option Planning
  • Payroll and Sales Tax Consulting

CHAMBER

Link to Chamber member events This week: Market Research workshop at the Library on Monday; Bay Area Community Services Ribbon Cutting on Tuesday; Membership Bootcamp on Wednesday; CitiBank Ribbon Cutting on Thursday; Fremont Street Eats on Friday. Check the link for hours, locations, and contact info.

Small Business & Non-Profit Organizations: Sign up now for Beth Kanter’s seminar - Be Networked, Use Measurement, and Learn Beth Kanter, author, Beth’s Blog, and co-author of award winning Networked Nonprofit books 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. This workshop includes social media principles valuable to small businesses who are interested in achieving better results with their social media marketing. Register online.

The Annual 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 (agoldsmith@fremontbusiness.com). Register online.

CITY OF FREMONT

Fremont razes building to help downtown road extension About 200 people cheered as a crew dismantled a building Tuesday, celebrating not the destruction but what it symbolized – progress toward a real downtown. Demolishing the three-story structure, city leaders said, will help extend Capitol Avenue, envisioned as the area’s new “Main Street.” (9/9/2014)

A downtown grows in Fremont – and gets a boost from land sales For decades, Fremont officials have talked about creating a downtown for the largely suburban East Bay city. But so little has happened, Mayor Bill Harrison sometimes finds himself having to convince constituents that this time, it’s for real. (9/9/2014)

Fremont City Council Candidates’ Forum In partnership with the Mission San Jose Chamber, the Centerville Business and Community Association, Niles Main Street Association and the Irvington Business Association, the Fremont Chamber of Commerce is pleased to invite you to a candidate’s forum featuring all registered candidates running for Fremont City Council in this November’s general election. Event will occur on Wednesday, October 1 at 6:30 at the Fremont Adult School. (9/8/2014)

BAY AREA

BART trains shorter, more crowded If your BART train looks shorter and more crowded lately, it probably is. In August alone, BART averaged 418,000 riders per weekday - 27,000 more than a year earlier. Last week, there were three days when ridership topped 430,000. (9/10/2014)

Bay Area commuters struggling through heavier traffic If you feel like you’re stuck in traffic more often when commuting around the Bay Area lately, you aren’t alone. “Traffic is up all over the region,” said Metropolitan Transportation Commission spokesman, John Goodwin. (9/8/2014)

August slowdown hits Bay Area housing market after red-hot year After a red-hot start to the year, the Bay Area’s housing market is heading toward a fall and winter hibernation that should be easier for buyers battered by frenzied competition for a scant supply of homes for sale. (9/11/2014)

Report: Bad blood, bad decisions precipitated BART strike A “nearly universal lack of trust” between BART and its union workforce led to the strikes that twice halted the Bay Area’s crucial transit network last year, a new report commissioned by BART’s elected board of directors has found. (9/10/2014)

STATE OF CALIFORNIA

Jerry Brown signs bill requiring employers to give paid sick leave Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Wednesday entitling most California workers to three paid sick days a year, a sweeping measure that Democrats and labor advocates have been seeking for years. (9/11/2014)

Support plummets for California health initiatives Support for a pair of health-related ballot initiatives is eroding, though a large portion of voters remain undecided eight weeks before the Nov. 4 election, according to the latest Field Poll. (9/11/2014)

Field Poll: Death penalty support slips in California Support for the death penalty in California is at its lowest point in nearly 50 years, although more than half of the state’s registered voters still favor it, a new Field Poll has found. (9/12/2014)

Bad roads, congested commutes cost state drivers $44 billion a year, report says California drivers pay a staggering $44 billion a year in extra car costs because of traffic jams that seemingly grow worse by the day, spreading potholes and outdated roads and bridges, according to a national highway advocacy group. (9/11/2014)

Why does California’s high-speed rail need public money? Texas Gov. Rick Perry tweeted a photo of himself on Monday standing with representatives from a Japanese high-speed rail company to discuss bringing bullet trains to Texas. A $10 billion project linking Dallas to Houston is already underway and backed by mayors from both cities. (9/9/2014)

California’s 3-foot rule for cars passing bikes to take effect California’s new “Three Feet for Safety Act” is about to take effect. Who knows what will happen at flash point on the Bay Area’s two-laners in the foothills, so popular with road bikers, fast cars and motorcycles. (9/7/2014)

Health costs for counties rise with influx of inmates Since the state gave counties responsibility for incarcerating lower-level offenders three years ago, health care costs at county jails have gone up dramatically – and legal actions threaten to push them even higher. (9/8/2014)

4 reasons Tesla’s Gigafactory went to Nevada instead of California The interstate horse race for Tesla Motors Inc.’s $5 billion cleantech battery Gigafactory has come to a close with news of a deal involving a record $1.25 billion incentive deal in Nevada, dashing the hopes of business advocates in the electric car company’s home state of California. (9/4/2014)

NATIONAL

Congress is back in Washington and is raring to go ... back home The do-nothing Congress is back … to do nothing. OK, not nothing. Everybody expects Congress to vote to keep the government’s lights on. But there’s little chance Congress will pass much else of significance this month beyond a bill funding the government beyond Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal year. (9/8/2014)

Regulators blew chances to bring labor scofflaws in line Earl Devaney carries himself with the force of an oncoming bus, intimidating without uttering a word. A onetime college linebacker and Secret Service agent, he exposed the underbelly of money and politics in Washington. (9/4/2014)

Fast-food combo: Are unions’ hunger for members behind wage protests? Raising the minimum wage is the issue that won’t go away, as maybe you’ll find out today when you try to grab a quick burger and instead encounter protesters surrounding your favorite fast-food joint. (9/4/2014)

Hacker breaches HealthCare.gov website A Healthcare.gov security breach has been discovered just as the federal government and insurance companies prepare for the second year of open enrollment to buy health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. (9/5/2014)

USPS price cuts have FedEx, UPS seeing red The United States Postal Service is cutting its rate so much in advance of the holiday season that both FedEx (NYSE: FDX) and United Parcel Service (NYSE: UPS) forcefully objected to regulators. (9/5/2014)

Senior Americans burdened with student debt Rosemary Anderson could be 81 by the time she pays off her student loans. After struggling with divorce, health problems and an underwater home mortgage, the 57-year-old anticipates there could come a day when her Social Security benefits will be docked to make the payments. (9/11/2014)

BUSINESS TIP

4 ways email marketing can help your small business When it comes to promoting your own business, word of mouth is often not enough to let your target market know about your products or special offers. That’s where email marketing steps in. (9/5/2014)

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

HealthCare.gov breach could be a sign of bigger security issues The good news is no data was taken. The bad news is that a HealthCare.gov server was hacked because of major lapses in security – calling into question the state of the hundreds of other servers that comprise the website. (9/5/2014)

Is the White House too cozy with Silicon Valley? Google executive Megan Smith was officially announced as the White House’s chief technology officer on Thursday. President Barack Obama also tapped Alexander Macgillivray, a former Twitter lawyer, as the deputy CTO. (9/5/2014)

OUT OF THE BOX

$108M Ice Bucket Challenge windfall could threaten ALS Association’s charity ratings ALS Association CEO Barbara Newhouse has sent letters to three major charity ratings organizations asking them not to penalize the Washington nonprofit for what is a $108 million-and-counting windfall from the viral Ice Bucket Challenge. (9/5/2014)

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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:
Sep 17, 2pm deadline for RFQ No. 901264 for PHOTO & PRINT SHOP EQUIPMENT LEASING AND SUPPORT
Sep 18, 2pm deadline for RFQ No. 901288 for Highland Hospital Acute Tower Replacement (ATR) Project (Phase 2) Medical Equipment: Digital Display Monitors
Sep 19, 2pm deadline for RFP No. 901199 for Dashboard Implementation Project
Sep 19, 2pm deadline for RFQ No. 900963 for Office Supplies
Oct 10, 2pm deadline for RFP No. R14-02 for Medication Support
Oct 15, 2pm deadline for RFQ No. 901246 for Mineral and Road Building Materials
Oct 21, 2pm deadline for RFP No. 901000 for Non-Emergency Medical Transportation Benefits Administration
Nov 7, 2pm deadline for RFP No. 901240 for Food Services Delivery

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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