Monday, March 3, 2014
Mixers: 5-7pm, unless otherwise noted.
Mar 12, iFly SF Bay, 31310 Alvarado Niles Rd., Union City, CA, 94587, (510) 489-4359- iFLY SF Bay is a popular pastime for local residents and is the home of the wind tunnel for many certified skydivers who jump at nearby drop-zones. Come experience indoor skydiving at iFLY San Francisco. Its safe for kids, challenging for adults, exciting for teens and realistic for skydivers. No experience necessary, and they provide all gear and instruction! Get the thrill and feeling of skydiving without having to jump out of an airplane. No parachutes are required and you can learn to fly your body in a safe and controlled environment!
Mar 26, Horizon Financial Associates, at the Fremont Chamber, 39488 Stevenson Pl., Ste. 100, Fremont, CA 94539, (510) 648-3969 - Horizon Financial Associates is pleased to host a Mixer to introduce our new loan programs- Home Benefit IQ a no cost to employer, employee benefit of Real Estate Financing and Counseling services; and re-introduction of Reverse Mortgages for Seniors and VA loans for Veterans. Come enjoy beverages from Das Brew and learn about the latest updates on loan programs for this market.
Mar 5, The Crossings @ 880 880 West exit at Dixon Landing Has been cancelled due to inclement weather
Mar 27, 5:30pm, FORM Inc. (Fremont Orthopaedic & Rehabilitative Medicine), 39180 Farwell , Ste. 110, Fremont, CA 94538, (510) 857-1000 - Join us to celebrate the opening of the new FORM Hip & Knee Institute.
Mar 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.
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.
Mar 28, 11:30am to 2pm, Annual State of the City, at the Fremont Marriott Silicon Valley Hotel, 46100 Landing Parkway, Fremont, CA- The Fremont Chamber of Commerce is pleased to present the 2014 State of the City. Mayor Bill Harrison will discuss key developments and important issues facing our City, and we will also salute our Chamber volunteers and install our new officers. Cost is $45 for members and $70 for non-members. Sponsorship starts at $750 for a Table Sponsorship, $1,200 for Event Sponsorship and $5,000 for Presenting Sponsorship. To secure your registration and/or for more information, please contact Aaron Goldsmith at (510) 795-2244, ext. 107. Download the registration form
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 email@example.com
Mar 6, 10-noon, Friend and Champion presents Getting Even More Done With Ease Time management is a big concern for all of us. We simply want to get more done. In this months seminar youll learn how to master seven of the most effective tools and techniques for achieving more of what really matters to you, empowering you to get more done simply! To attend this free seminar, please RSVP to Laurence Hansen, Laurence@LBHansen.com, or call 510 794-0919.
Mar 6, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call (408) 768-9257
Mar 6, 3-5pm, Niche Business Café presents: Strategies & Ideas to save on your Printing & Shipping Needs No matter what your business is, please come, listen, share and explore ideas and strategies which could save your business a lot of monies. At Niche Business Café, we provide all the above services and much more. We are well experienced and competent to guide you. We will offer you many specials on the day which will make it worthwhile for you to attend. To attend this free seminar, please RSVP to Avinash Nichkawde at email@example.com or call (510) 791- 3010
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.
Thursday, March 6, 9 a.m. – 12 Noon. Successful Business Plans This seminar is a building block for any small business owner or entrepreneur in search of a simple way to understand the fundamentals of writing an excellent business plan for their specific business. The business plan is the foundation for profitable growth, raising capital, communicating with employees, vendors and customers. This seminar is a must for businesses in all industries, of all types and at all stages of development. Participants will learn: Ten fundamental elements which every business plan should include: Detail costs which every business plan should take into account + Specific financials a business plan should incorporate. Advance reservations are required. Please register on-line at http://acsbdc.org/events2 Refreshments will be served.
Annual State of the City, Mar 28, 11:30am to 2pm, at the Fremont Marriott Silicon Valley Hotel, 46100 Landing Parkway, Fremont, CA- The Fremont Chamber of Commerce is pleased to present the 2014 State of the City. Mayor Bill Harrison will discuss key developments and important issues facing our City, and we will also salute our Chamber volunteers and install our new officers. Cost is $45 for members and $70 for non-members. Sponsorship starts at $750 for a Table Sponsorship, $1,200 for Event Sponsorship and $5,000 for Presenting Sponsorship. To secure your registration and/or for more information, please contact Aaron Goldsmith at (510) 795-2244, ext. 107. Download the registration form
CITY OF FREMONT
Vroom vroom…Almost 30% of all electric vehicles in Alameda County are in Fremont Fremont residents are increasingly choosing their next car to be an electric vehicle (EV). Reaching a significant milestone, there are now over 1000 electric vehicles (EV) in the community and almost 30% of all electric vehicles in Alameda County are in Fremont. (2/22/2014)
Caltrans to hold Niles Canyon Open House Attend the March 4 meeting to learn more about the Notice of Preparation (NOP) for the Alameda Creek Bridge Replacement Projects Environmental Impact Report (EIR). (2/27/2014)
LOCAL AND REGIONAL
BART board refuses to ask voters to push for legislation to ban future labor strikes The BART board refused Thursday to ask voters to advise state lawmakers to ban BART strikes. (2/27/2014)
Oakland airport in middle of political spat over Norwegian Air Oaklands airport has hailed new trans-Atlantic service by Norwegian Air Shuttle as a further sign of its ability to attract international carriers. (2/28/2014)
STATE OF CALIFORNIA
California local government retirements spike A quarter more local government employees retired in January than in the same month a year ago, according to CalPERS data, signaling that pension policy, politics and litigation are leading jittery city, county and special district workers to leave their jobs. (2/27/2014)
Gloves come off in latest round of food industry fight In a preliminary victory for Californias restaurant and bar workers, Assemblyman Richard Pan could soon overturn a provision in the states highly controversial new glove law that bans bare hand contact with ready-to-eat foods. (2/24/2014)
New Covered California problem: Broker commissions delayed Health insurance brokers, already struggling to work with Covered California, say a new problem has cropped up: slow pay on commissions. (2/24/2014)
Union predicts larger scale crackdown on state outsourcing The nations largest public services employees union predicts the Brown administration will significantly scale down government outsourcing and return work to the public sector in the coming years. (2/25/2014)
California BOE approves lowering excise tax rate on gasoline by 3.5 cents The state Board of Equalization today approved lowering the statewide excise tax rate on gasoline by 3.5 cents. (2/25/2014)
Bill would simplify financial aid for California high school seniors A bill announced Tuesday aims to make the labyrinthine college application season a little easier for high school seniors. (2/25/2014)
Ballot measure to stop high-speed rail bond sales gets approval for signatures A ballot initiative that would prevent the sale of state bonds approved by voters for the California high-speed rail was approved for signature-gathering this week, according the Secretary of State. (2/26/2014)
PG&E wants to lower electricity rates for high-use customers and raise rates for low-use customers PG&E on Friday is expected to file a proposal to dramatically restructure electricity rates for residential users in a way certain to increase the amount low-usage customers pay each month. (2/28/2014)
Claims for unemployment benefits rise The number of people making initial claims for unemployment insurance benefits rose by 14,000 to 348,000 for the week ending Feb. 22. (2/27/2014)
The one question you should never ask in job interviews Given enough chances, every hiring manager will eventually hire someone incompetent – its as inevitable as death and taxes. And just as fun. (2/18/2014)
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
The reality of dividing California into six states A proposal to divide California into six states was approved for signature gathering last week. The petitioner, Tim Draper, a Silicon Valley venture capitalist, needs about 808,000 signatures by mid-July to get on the state ballot. (2/25/2014)
OUT OF THE BOX
Eyebrow-raising expense reports highlighted in new survey After reading about a recent Robert Half survey, Im kicking myself for not expensing my recent vacation. (2/27/2014)
Welcome New Members
Become a member today. Call 510-795-2244
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. 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