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Monday, September 29, 2014

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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.”

Oct 22, Kaiser Fremont, 39400 Paseo Padre Pkwy., Fremont, CA 94538, (510) 248-8000- 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 other initiatives.

Ribbon Cuttings:

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 9, Thu, 5pm, Elite Financial Insurance Group, 3100 Mowry Ave., Ste. 200, Fremont, CA 94538, (408) 466-0232- Join us to welcome a brand new business to Fremont!

Oct 15, Wed, 5pm, AN Financial, at Niche Business Café, 5178 Mowry Ave., Fremont, CA 94538, (510) 791-3030- Join us to welcome a brand new business to Fremont!

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

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 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.

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.

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

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 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.

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” - CANCELLED

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

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 by registering online 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.

CHAMBER

Link to Chamber member events This week: Fremont Massage & Wellness Ribbon Cutting on Tuesday; Beth Kanter Seminar for Nonprofits and Small Business on Wednesday; Fremont City Council Forum on Wednesday; Business Building Seminars 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 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 City Council Candidates’ Forum 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. Event will occur on Wednesday, October 1 at 6:30 at the Fremont Adult School. (9/29/2014)

Enjoy olives at the Old Mission Mission San Jose (MSJ) Chamber of Commerce invites you to the 13th annual Olive Festival on Saturday, October 4 on the Dominican Grounds behind the Historic Old Mission San Jose Museum. (9/23/2014)

BAY AREA

Alameda County leaders raise red flags over ’inept’ hospital system Alameda County’s public hospital system revealed severe financial problems and asked the county government for help Monday, drawing a rebuke from county leaders who blamed irresponsible hospital administrators for jeopardizing the health care safety net. (9/22/2014)

Bay Area counties rank high in youth violence, according to report. Northern California counties are leading their Southern California counterparts in a dismal figure: the rate of young people killed by gun violence. (9/23/2014)

STATE OF CALIFORNIA

Court: Governor not a ‘public agency’ when it comes to CEQA. The governor is not a ‘public agency’ subject to the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act. As of Wednesday, that is the law unless and until the state’s Supreme Court sees it differently (9/24/2014)

Jerry Brown calls for ’more ambitious’ climate change action at U.N. Gov. Jerry Brown, appealing to world leaders for joint action on climate change, issued a forceful defense Tuesday of plans to expand California’s cap-and-trade program to vehicle fuels next year. (9/24/2014)

No-party California voters nearly one-quarter of electorate Voters without a party preference make up almost one-quarter of California’s registered voters – a state record – outnumbering registered Republicans in a dozen counties, according to new registration numbers released Tuesday by the secretary of state’s office. (9/23/2014)

Poll: Obamacare support sliding, Jerry Brown, water-bond up big The Affordable Care Act continues to divide Californians, who remain skeptical four years after its passage despite the state’s relatively smooth launch in which more than 1.2 million people enrolled in health insurance coverage. (9/23/2014)

California voters overwhelmingly support affirmative action Though a racially-charged political scuffle stalled legislative efforts this spring to repeal a ban on the consideration of race in college admissions, Californian voters overwhelmingly support the use of affirmative action, according to a new Field Poll. (9/25/2014)

End-of-session fundraising tops $3 million The last weeks of the legislative year are a traditional time for California lawmakers to collect campaign money. With hundreds of bills awaiting final action, breakfast, lunchtime and evening fundraisers crowd a busy end-of-session calendar. (9/19/2014)

Gigafactory sequel? California lobbies Elon Musk for second Tesla battery megaplant If at first you don’t succeed in luring a highly sought-after tech project, try again with more emphasis on talent. (9/23/2014)

Recycling advocates ponder expanding California’s program The fact that you drag that recycling to the curb doesn’t mean it escapes the landfill. In the years since California enacted a recycling framework, subsidized by the deposits paid on cans and bottles, people have generally been willing to do their part. Cities and counties have reflected that receptiveness by expanding the universe of materials eligible to be picked up curbside. (9/25/2014)

NATIONAL

U.S. durable goods tumble, but business spending plans rebound Orders for long-lasting U.S. manufactured goods in August posted their biggest drop on record as the prior boost from aircraft unwound, but a rebound in business spending plans pointed to underlying strength in the manufacturing sector. (9/25/2014)

One-fifth of U.S. workers were laid off in past five years, study says One in five U.S. workers was laid off in the past five years and about 22% of those who lost their jobs still haven’t found another one, according to a new survey that showed the extent Americans have struggled in the sluggish labor market since the Great Recession ended. (9/24/2014)

Commercial drone permits expected to go to 7 movie, TV production companies The first permits for commercial drone flights in the continental United States are expected to go to seven movie and television companies for use on closed sets, according to a report by Bloomberg. The approvals for those companies would apply to unmanned craft weighing less than 55 pounds, and they would still be restricted from flying more than 400 feet above the ground, the report said. (9/25/2014)

Why businesses should talk to workers about election issues Can employers help end gridlock in Washington, D.C., by educating their employees about issues important to their businesses? (9/24/2014)

BUSINESS TIP

How to improve your elevator speech to lift up your business Have you been frustrated when trying to tell others, within one minute, about your business and what you are looking for to improve it? Add one simple idea to better engage your audience. (9/20/2014)

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Why just 9 hours of coding class changed my whole outlook on technology Ed Sullivan has spent a decade working for tech companies, including the last year as business development vice president at marketing-tech firm Sailthru. But until Sept. 16, he’d never sat down in front of a blank white screen and coded a website. (9/23/2014)

OUT OF THE BOX

The customer is wrong: 7 businesses embracing the hate San Francisco chef James Chu hit a breaking point with finicky patrons. (9/23/2014)

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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 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:
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 5, 2pm deadline for RFQ No. 901277 for Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
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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