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Monday, August 25, 2014

Mixers: 5-7pm, unless otherwise noted.

Aug 27, El Patio Original, 37311 Fremont Blvd., Fremont, CA 94536, (510) 796-1733 - El Patio Original has been a Mexican food staple to Fremont for the past 30 years. Gilberto Godinez and Family who have taken great pride in keeping the restaurant to its standard and continues to flourish thanks to loyal customers who appreciate great Mexican Food.

Sep 10, Not Just Quiltz, 37831 Niles Blvd., Fremont, CA 94536, (510) 797-6579- A Beautiful quilt store in the Niles District of Fremont. Join us in celebrating their 7th Anniversary of being in business!

Ribbon Cuttings:

Sep 4, Thu, 5pm, SAVE, 1900 Mowry Ave., Suite 201, Fremont, CA 94538, (510) 574-2250- Celebrating their new location!

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

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!

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 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 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
  • 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 $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, (510) 795-2244, ext. 103. REGISTER ONLINE

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

Sep 4, 7:30-9am, Brilliant You! Coaching & Consulting presents: “Power Breakfast for Business Breakthrough” Are you a new or seasoned small business owner? Like most, you wear many hats and you are most likely facing stress and stumbling blocks from low or lack of sales, poor performance or difficult communications. All of these and more can affect your business bottom line. Come and join in a powerful session of laser-focused success-proven strategies designed to help you to see these problems from an empowered angle for peak performance and outstanding results. Bring lots of business cards for a 15 minute POWER NETWORK designed to empower you and empower your business. To attend this free seminar, please RSVP to Claudia Ritarossi at claudia@brillliantyoucoaching.comto call (305) 903-0070

Sep 4, 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,, or call (510) 794-0919.

Sep 4, 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 or call (408) 768-9257

Sep 4, 5-7pm, Rev. Karen Haughey presents: “Compassion” -Compassion impels us to work tirelessly to alleviate the suffering of our human condition, and to honor the inviolable sanctity of every human being. Treating everybody, without exception, justice, equity and respect. Through the art of Compassion it impacts and influences public education, businesses, and all diversified communities within our cities. It has also been referred to as, random acts of kindness. To attend this free seminar please RSVP to Rev. Karen Haughey at or call (510) 252-9646.

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.


Link to Chamber member events This week: El Patio mixer on Wednesday, Free Lunch & Learn Seminar at Access OmniCare on Thursday, Fremont Street Eats on Friday featuring a LIVE band. Check the link for hours, locations, and contact info.

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. Register online.


Five vie for two Fremont school board seats this November As parents, students and teachers ready themselves for the new school year that begins Wednesday, the campaigns vying for seats on Fremont Unified School District’s Board of Education are also getting ready for the Nov. 4 General Election. (8/21/2014)


Field Poll: Strong support for California health insurance rate-regulation measure A California initiative on the fall ballot requiring that health insurance rate changes be approved by the elected insurance commissioner is receiving strong support from voters statewide, according to the latest Field Poll. (8/20/2014)

Late arrival, missing signatures voided many California mail ballots, study finds Even as voting by mail becomes increasingly common in California elections, more mail ballots are not being counted, according to a study of mail voting in three counties, including Sacramento. (8/20/2014)

Water agencies: Delta farmers may be taking water meant for other regions In what is believed to be a first, the California Department of Water Resources and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation are asking the state board that oversees water rights to investigate water diversion practices by farmers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The two powerful water agencies say they suspect farmers are taking water released from upstream dams and intended for consumers in other regions of the state. (8/18/2014)

CalPERS’ pension rules would OK 99 types of extra pay to count toward pensions More than a year after Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law he said would tamp down pension spiking, the state’s biggest public pension fund is on the verge of adopting rules critics say would undermine its intent. (8/19/2014)

Lawmakers to plow through health care bills It’s going to be a wild run to the finish over the next two weeks as lawmakers slog through scores of health care bills before the 2013-14 session ends Aug. 31. (8/19/2014)

Tax perk bills abound in Legislature’s final week With California’s finances firmly on the mend, the state’s film industry, historic structure preservationists and others are pushing for hundreds of millions of dollars in new and extended tax breaks during the final days of the legislative session. (8/23/2014)

California taps the brakes on Google’s self-driving car’s lack of steering wheel and brake pedal As Google Inc. prepares its self-driving car for public use over the next few years, California’s Department of Motor Vehicles is forming new testing regulations that seek to maintain some level of driver control in otherwise autonomous vehicles. (8/21/2014)


Calls for medical device tax repeal gain momentum after feds mess up Pressure is again mounting to repeal a tax on medical devices after federal regulators revealed they failed to properly collect the money. (8/21/2014)

Facebook to test ‘satire’ tag after users mistake The Onion as real news Facebook Inc. is hoping to make it easier for users to distinguish satirical articles by websites like The Onion from real news stories by testing a satirical label that identifies the parody stories. (8/18/2014)

NFIB to give ‘small business certified’ label to candidates who pass issues test Tired of politicians who say they support small businesses, but then don’t vote that way? (8/19/2014)


3 counter-intuitive ways to spur growth One company decided to try three unlikely, counterintuitive ideas to spur growth: Getting rid of customers, getting rid of products, and raising prices. The ideas may sound crazy, but they worked. (8/18/2014)


Peer-to-peer lending going gangbusters as traditional lending falters, Cleveland Fed finds Peer-to-peer lending is growing rapidly even as standard consumer lending shrinks, the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland found in a study on the topic. (8/18/2014)


Elections bring millions in direct-mail revenue to U.S. Postal Service Postal reform still sits in Congress’ dead letter office, but politicians are doing something to keep the U.S. Postal Service afloat: They’re spending millions of dollars on direct mail this election. (8/15/2014)

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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

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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 Here’s just a few to choose from:
Sep 5, 2pm, deadline for RFQ No. 901287 for Apparatus Parts Suppliers – Body Repairs & Paint 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
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

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
•   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