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How to Succeed in a Highly Competitive NonProfit World

Monday, April 14, 2014

Mixers: 5-7pm, unless otherwise noted.

Apr 23, Alsion Montessori Middle High, 750 Witherly Lane, Fremont, CA 94539, (510) 445-1127 Their high school is an early-college program that builds on the foundation work laid down by the middle school. From 10th to 12th grade, students are immersed in a rigorous scholastic regimen that includes Advanced Placement classes and, for the most part, college courses. The accelerated and comprehensive nature of the program, in addition to extracurricular opportunities, prime their graduates for further studies in four-year universities and make them conscientious caretakers of the world we all inhabit.

May 14, Comerica Bank, 39008 Paseo Padre Pkwy., Fremont, CA, 94538, (510) 744-0117 - Comerica Bank is a 165 year old community bank that focuses on building relationships with our clients. Our motto is, “We listen, We Understand, We make it work.” We pride ourselves on partnering with other businesses in the community so that everyone can WIN!!!!

Ribbon Cuttings:

Apr 18, Fri, 11:30am, Second Workspace, 47697 Westinghouse Dr., #200, Fremont, CA 94539, (510) 936-2231. - Join us in welcoming a new chamber member!

Chamber Events:

Apr 28, 11:45am – 1:30pm, Non-Profit Industry Council presents “How to Succeed in a Highly Competitive Non-Profit World” featuring Pat Mayfield. - You will learn:

  • The role of networking and business protocol in building critical connections.
  • How to structure a professional sales presentation that will build the relationship, provide needed information and get the desired result.
  • A proven step-by-step negotiating system that yields mutually beneficial results.
  • How to read body language to determine the authentic response, and how to use body language to reinforce your professional presence.
  • Numerous extra tips and techniques on selling, negotiating and protocol.

Who should attend? This seminar is geared towards leaders and decision makers of non-profit and not-for-profit organizations, non-profit board of directors and committee chairs, Human Resource managers, and anyone wanting to increase his or her selling and negotiation skills and wanting to maximize their understanding and use of body language and business protocol.
This is a brown bag lunch event. Please feel free to bring your own lunch. Space is limited to 30 participants, so register now! It will be held at the Fremont Chamber offices. To RSVP, contact KK Kaneshiro at kkaneshiro@fremontbusiness.com - register online.

May 6, 11:45-1:30pm, Non-Profit Industry Council presents “The One Minute Message” featuring Jennie Winton from Mission Minded. Many nonprofits “do” so many great things that their messaging suffers as a result—there’s just so much to say, it seems impossible to keep it short and sweet. The Minute Message Model offers a framework to guide nonprofit leaders in creating the clear, compelling messages that move their audiences to action. With your Minute Messages in hand, you’ll be able to make a powerful connection with new supporters, and remind current ones why you’re important to them. This tailored training session combines decades of experience in nonprofit marketing with case studies and hands-on exercises. It will be held at the Dominican Sisters Motherhouse. To RSVP, contact KK Kaneshiro at kkaneshiro@fremontbusiness.com - register online.

May 14, 11:30-1pm, Membership BootCamp! (DATE CHANGE!!) 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

May 1, 10-noon, Friend and Champion presents: “Your Perfect Marketing Map” With your target market clearly in mind, the next step is to develop a clear roadmap for marketing success. This interactive workshop will help you create a clear and dependable map for getting your message to your ideal market and having them raise their hand to say, “I AM INTERESTED!” To attend this free seminar, please RSVP to Laurence Hansen, Laurence@LBHansen.com, or call 510 794-0919.

May 1, 3-4pm, Efficacy Plus presents: 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, come and find out how to avoid 5 myths that can hinder your business blogging success. This business building seminar will be the first of a 2-part series to help business owners create and maintain a successful blog. For questions about this event contact Jenelle Daniels jdaniels@efficacyplus.com or (510) 335-5035

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.

Money Talk @ Your Library Series to promote Financial Literacy:

Apr 15, 7-8:30pm, “Guaranteed Income” with Ed Humphrey who will demonstrate how a “pension like” income stream can be possible during retirement.

Apr 22, 7-8:30pm, “The Classic Concept of Investing” with Gary M. O’Neil who will discuss strategies to nurture finances and plant the seeds for a secure retirement.

Apr 21, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Social Media for Small Business- Learn the importance of social networking as an integrated marketing tool for your business. If you are curious about all of the buzz surrounding social media, but not sure where to start, and not sure if it’s worth the time and effort; this seminar is for you. Find out how to market your business using social networking tools, such as Facebook, Twitter, Yelp, and LinkedIn. Learn how to establish a true dialogue with your customer base. This course will help you decide the best social networking tools to use in a business context, and how to leverage existing social networks to market your business.

May 22, 9– noon, Using Census Data for Market Research and Funding- The market research section of your business plan is essential and can be a critical element for getting debt or equity funding. But how can you get the hard data to back up your intuition and assumptions? The Census Bureau website and database can provide the facts you may need. In this workshop, you will learn to use census data to: measure business competition and market share, get population characteristics and other market data, create customized maps, examine potential site locations, analyze trade area, examine trends for market planning and measure sales performance. For more information about this workshop go to the Alameda County SBDC website: http://acsbdc.org/node/19592.

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Fremont Chamber Member Events

Fremont Street Eats 2014 starts on April 25 Join us for the start of the 2014 Fremont Street Eats season! Friday, April 25 from 4:30 to 9 pm on Capitol Avenue between Liberty and State Street. Check our Facebook Page for the truck lineup.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

Applicants sought to fill vacant trustee position at Ohlone College Due to the resignation of one of its trustees, the Ohlone Community College District now has a vacancy on its Board of Trustees for an Area 2* representative. (*Area 2 encompasses the city of Fremont and a few precincts of Union City.) (4/2/2014)

LOCAL AND CITY OF FREMONT

Fremont schools worry Ohlone housing plan will worsen overcrowding, traffic On the same day Ohlone College announced it had two competing bids to build hundreds of homes on campus, Fremont Unified leaders said they worry that the project would increase traffic and school district overcrowding. (4/10/2014)

Fremont leaders trying to move 109-year-old building off Historic Resources list Where preservationists see a storied 109-year-old building considered one of Fremont’s landmarks, city leaders see an empty, seismically unsafe structure that should be removed from the historic buildings list and sold because it has lost any historical value. (4/7/2014)

Mass casualty exercise in Fremont simulates aftermath of IED, hazmat situations Unitek Education of Fremont hosted the second annual Operation Urban Rescue, a large-scale military and civilian response to a fictional mass casualty, on its campus at 4670 Auto Mall Parkway Saturday. (4/10/2014)

BAY AREA AND REGIONAL

Bay Area school districts earn poor grades for educating poor, black and Latino students When it comes to educating Latino, African-American and low-income students, Bay Area school districts do at best a mediocre job, according to a report published Tuesday by an Oakland-based education advocacy group. (4/9/2014)

Communities not prepared for risks of crude oil train derailments, Congress told Emergency response officials told a Senate subcommittee Wednesday that big cities and small towns alike are unprepared for a disaster on the scale of an oil train derailment and fire last year in Quebec that destroyed part of a town and killed 47 people. (4/10/2014)

STATE OF CALIFORNIA

California water plan unveils hardships to come as drought persists As California’s drought stretches toward the hot summer months, state and federal officials are planning extraordinary measures to protect drinking water supplies and endangered Sacramento River salmon, according to a plan unveiled Wednesday. (4/14/2014)

Jerry Brown’s public approval rating reaches new high, while Tim Donnelly tops GOP Gov. Jerry Brown’s public approval rating has risen to a new high, as he pummels a crop of little-known Republicans in his bid for re-election, according to a new Field Poll. (4/9/2014)

Field Poll: Yee scandal dents opinion of Legislature Public opinion of the California Legislature has taken a sudden, negative turn since a San Francisco senator was charged with corruption and arms trafficking, according to a Field Poll released Thursday. (4/10/2014)

Field Poll: Californians like Obama much more than rest of nation does As President Barack Obama’s job approval ratings continue to flounder nationwide, he can still look to California for affirmation. (4/8/2014)

California exports outshine U.S. in February Growth in California trade far surpassed the rest of the country in February due largely to a rise in exporting of aircraft parts. (4/8/2014)

BOE returns deposits to new businesses The state Board of Equalization said Monday that it is returning about $27.6 million in cash deposits to more than 5,000 businesses in California and outside the state. (4/8/2014)

Bill would make retailers, not banks, liable for reimbursing hacking thefts Legislation that would make retailers liable for all reimbursements resulting from a data breaches has met condemnation by large and small retailers that say they are the victims of criminal hackers. (4/7/2014)

California hospitals overcharged Medicare by $367 million, audit says California hospitals and other providers overcharged Medicare by nearly $367 million in 2012, according to an audit report prepared for the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on fiscal 2012 results. (4/7/2014)

California’s high-speed rail project could run out of money next year The California High-Speed Rail Authority’s latest business plan suggests the agency could run out of money next year unless it overcomes legal and legislative funding hurdles. (4/7/2014)

Bullet train faces withering series of hurdles The California High-Speed Rail Authority plans to begin construction this year on a bullet train system that is supposed to eventually stretch 500 miles from Sacramento to San Diego. (4/6/2014)

NATIONAL

H-1B visa cap reached after just five days as valley executives lobby to expand the program Deeply frustrating Silicon Valley’s tech industry, federal officials on Monday announced that the annual cap on the number of H-1B visas for skilled foreign workers has been reached less than a week after applications for the controversial program were accepted. (4/7/2014)

Heartbleed: What you need to do to protect yourself from the mother of all security flaws Earlier this week, Saratoga-based security company Codenomicon found what just might be the mother of all security flaws: a bug in a nearly ubiquitous encryption scheme that they’re calling “Heartbleed” that allowed hackers to potentially slurp up every username and password on any number of popular websites without anyone being the wiser. In a test, researchers were able to get 200 usernames and passwords for Yahoo mail after about five minutes of running the exploit, calling the effort “trivial” thanks to this hack. (4/9/2014)

’Heartbleed’ bug could affect power plants, natural gas pipelines and water treatment facilities The so-called “Heartbleed” security bug that researchers revealed this week has businesses scrambling to update servers and infrastructure. One of the challenges is that the bug is so far-reaching – it affects everything from web mail to banks to social media to critical industrial infrastructure. (4/9/2014)

$4 billion: Bogus tax refunds a growing problem An Internet connection and a bunch of stolen identities are all it takes for crooks to collect billions of dollars in bogus federal tax refunds. And the scam is proving too pervasive to stop. (4/10/2014)

Northwestern University forcefully appeals NLRB football union ruling In a no-holds-barred appeal to the full National Labor Relations Board in Washington, D.C. that was filed today, Northwestern University alleges NLRB Chicago Regional Director Peter Sung Ohr relied too heavily on the testimony of a single Northwestern football player in his stunning ruling late last month that said Northwestern scholarship football players could unionize. (4/9/2014)

Tax code’s complexity bigger problem for small businesses than tax bill itself The biggest tax problem for small business owners isn’t the amount of money they owe the government, it’s the time and money it takes for them to figure out what that amount is. (4/10/2014)

Does House budget hit small businesses with a sledgehammer? Democrats contend small businesses would be hurt by the Republican budget plan passed by the House Thursday. (4/10/2014)

BUSINESS TIP

3 tips for slicing through your company’s red tape French writer Honoré de Balzac once called bureaucracy“a giant mechanism operated by pygmies.” For reasons that initially seem valid, corporate leaders and business owners create rule-bound organizational structures that end up squeezing the initiative out of employees in the name of order and efficiency. (4/8/2014)

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Supreme Court’s campaign money ruling makes Bay Area rich more influential Last week’s Supreme Court decision overturning individual limits on campaign giving will have some of its biggest impacts in California, where dozens of political high-rollers are now gearing up to expand their power over the process -- or fretting that they’ve lost one of their best excuses not to give more. (4/6/2014)

OUT OF THE BOX

Entrepreneurial activity rate falls again – why that’s actually good news Entrepreneurial activity declined in 2013 for the second year in a row, according to a Kauffman Foundation analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data. (4/9/2014)

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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 $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:
Apr 22, 2pm deadline for RFP No. 901202 for Actuarial Services
Apr 30, 2pm deadline for RFP No. 14-02 for Medication Support
Apr 30, 2pm deadline for RFP No. 901016 for Medi-Cal and CalFresh Outreach and Enrollment
Apr 30, 2pm deadline for RFP No. 901214 for In-Place Interpretation and Document Translation Services
May 2, 2pm deadline for RFP No. 901151 for Workers’ Compensation Medical Case Management Services
May 13, 2pm deadline for RFP No. 901197 for Home and Community-Based Health Services
May 14, 2pm deadline for RFP No. 901228 for Inmate Telecommunications Consulting and Management
May 15, 2pm deadline for RFP No. 901238 for STATE LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY SERVICES
May 21, 2pm deadline for RFQ No. 901212 for Highland Hospital Acute Tower Replacement (ATR) Project (Phase 2) Furniture: Patient Room Guest Seating
May 23, 2pm deadline for RFQ No. 901148 for Apparatus Parts Suppliers – Tires and Tire Services
No Deadline, this is an ongoing for RFPRE-QUALIFICATION No. 901234 for VENDOR PRE-QUALIFICATION FOR VARIOUS VEHICLES

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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