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Fremont Festival

Monday, July 21, 2014

Mixers: 5-7pm, unless otherwise noted.

Jul 23, Fremont Hills Assisted Living, 35490 Mission Blvd. Fremont, CA 94536, 510-796-4200- Fremont Hills provides quality assisted living, memory care and comprehensive senior services that are tailored to the needs and preferences of their residents, as well as their families. They were voted “The Best Senior Care Facility for 2013 and 2014” by the Reader’s Choice for Fremont.

Aug. 13, TBD

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.

Jun 16 – Jul 25, Fremont Chamber’s Annual Food Drive! Every summer, the Fremont Chamber of Commerce hosts a food drive for the Alameda County Food Bank. As you may be aware, the children that rely on school breakfasts and lunches do not have access to school meals during the summer break and families turn to the Food Bank. Being the second largest chamber in the East Bay here is a perfect opportunity to help our very own community. The Food Bank serves 1 out of every 6 Alameda County residents, 43% of whom are children. To help with food supplies, please bring in non-perishable food such as canned foods, boxed foods, etc… For more information, please contact KK Kaneshiro at (510) 795-2244.

Aug 2-3, 10am – 6pm, 31st Fremont Festival of the Arts! The largest street fair this side of the Mississippi. Join us as we celebrate our 31st Anniversary with over 600 craft artists, Gourmet Marketplace, Business MarketPlace, Kid City, musical stages, 30 food booths and over 5 miles of festival fun. See you there!

Aug 4-8, the Fremont Chamber is closed.

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 $25 for members and $40 for non-members. To RSVP please contact KK Kaneshiro at, (510) 795-2244, ext. 103.

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

Aug 14, 7:30-9am, Olixus, Inc. presents: “Winning Strategy - Build Healthy Organization Culture” Research has shown that the only way to build sustainable competitive advantages for any organization is to build healthy organization culture. You will learn what are the supporting evidences to this winning strategy, what is exactly a healthy organization, what components are in organization culture, why companies with healthy organization culture make 3X money and more. Please come to join us discuss and share your perspectives on this crucial topic in building business success! To attend this free seminar, please RSVP to Ms. Yulin Xu or call (650) 996-0618

Aug 14, 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.

Aug 14, 1-2pm, Omnivantage Business Professionals, Inc. presents: “How to Communicate Effectively With Anyone Despite Differences.” This seminar is eligible for 1 hour of Elimination of Bias CLE and HR CE credit. Nicole Mason, Esq., best selling author and author of the forthcoming book: Successful Employee Engagement: Millennial Inspired Strategies For High Performance, will share proven techniques to improve your listening, conflict resolution and persuasive communication skills. To attend this free seminar, please RSVP to Nicole Mason at or (510) 468-3802. Snacks will be provided

Aug 14, 3-4pm, Efficacy Plus presents: “5 Business Blogging Myths to Ignore” -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, join us and find out how to avoid 5 myths that can hinder your business blogging success. To attend this free seminar, please RSVP to Jenelle Daniels at or (510) 335-5095.

Aug 14, 5-7pm, Fremont Chamber Members presents: “Learn To Market Your Business To Success”- A variety of marketing business Fremont Chamber experts will present how to market, grow and brand your business, build customer loyalty, and increase referrals. This will be a very informational event for the business community. There will be a prize drawing for attendees with a value of $500 provided by the speakers. Speakers include: David Afana with Afana Enterprises, Steve Smith with Mission Peak Business Products, Ninna Chugh with State Farm Insurance, Brandon Sass with Primerica Financial and Bobbette Grasty with SendOutCards. Registration is required to guarantee seating for this complimentary event. Snacks will be provided. To attend this free seminar, please RSVP to Or call Bobbette Grasty at

Downtown Fremont

Groundbreaking for Downtown Fremont on July 25 at Fremont Street Eats A TIME TO CELEBRATE… WE’RE BREAKING NEW GROUND! riday, July 25th at 5:00 P.M. At the corner of Capitol Ave. and State St. Join the City of Fremont as we kick off construction on the extension of Capitol Avenue – our Downtown on the Rise! RSVP: Alina Kwak or 510-284-4014 by July 23rd. While Downtown, stay to enjoy Fremont Street Eats for food trucks and live music!

Business Marketplace

Register now for Business Marketplace Business Alley, renamed to Business Marketplace, has been moved to a new, more prominent locaiton, on Paseo Padre Parkway at Capitol Avenue, right in the heart of the festival! You will be front and center, better positioned to capture festival goers attention. If you thought Business Alley paid off for you in the past, just wait until you experience the new Business Marketplace! This is an extraordinary opportunity to showcase your products and services to the nearly 400,000 people who visit the festival each year. Don’t wait another minute! Register now for the Business Marketplace!


Check our Member Events Page This week: Food drive to benefit the Alameda County Community Food Bank ends on Friday, Mixer at Fremont Hills on Wednesday, Groundbreaking in Downtown Fremont on Friday. Check out more Fremont Chamber member events on our member events calendar.

Are you looking for #HiddenFestivalDollars? Every Monday through July 28th, envelopes filled with an unspecified amount of Festival Dollars will be hidden at three different Fremont Chamber member locations. Each day of the week we will tweet and post on Facebook, clues that will lead you to the location of each envelope. Start looking for our posts and tweets on Facebook and Twitter.


Capitol Avenue Extension groundbreaking event Join us on the corner of Capitol Avenue and State Street on Friday, July 25 from 4:30 pm to 9:00 pm as the City of Fremont kicks off construction on the extension of Capitol Avenue with a ceremonial groundbreaking – our Downtown Fremont on the Rise! (7/15/2014)

City of Fremont website gets a facelift The City of Fremont’s website went through some major renovations, and the final product is probably not what you’d expect from a traditional government site. But that’s how we roll. (7/17/2014)


June home prices recover pre-crash peaks in much of Bay Area Soaring single-family home prices in much of the Bay Area are near or above pre-crash peaks – and topped $1 million in San Francisco for the second month in a row – according to a report released Wednesday. (7/16/2014)


California cut uninsured rate in half, study shows The percentage of working age adults in California without health insurance was cut in half since September, a new survey shows. The uninsured rate dropped to 11 percent for the quarter that ended in June, down from 22 percent from the quarter that ended in September 2013, according to a survey by the Commonwealth Fund. (7/14/2014)

STEM jobs pay well but take twice as long to fill The salaries of Silicon Valley tech interns have grabbed headlines recently but the bigger story of educating California’s next science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) workforce is ever present. STEM jobs hold the promise of consistently low unemployment rates and high salaries, yet finding people skilled enough to fill vacancies has been increasingly difficult in recent years. (7/10/2014)

Tax-credit bills signal California is putting priority on high-tech manufacturing The governor’s recent signing of a massive tax credit for Lockheed Martin and a smaller carrot for Tesla Motors speaks to an emerging pattern by lawmakers and the Brown administration: Handing tax breaks to industries that promote high-end manufacturing jobs. (7/14/2014)

‘Trounson affair’ another strike against California stem cell agency California’s stem cell research funding agency needs a home run to score more public funding. Instead, a conflict-of-interest problem is giving it the wrong kind of attention. (7/14/2014)

UC Davis study: Drought loses $2.2B for California The total statewide cost of this year’s drought is $2.2 billion, and if dry years persist as expected, the Central Valley can expect farming losses of about $1 billion per year. (7/15/2014)

California adopts $500 criminal penalty for water waste It will now be considered a criminal act to waste water in California. On Tuesday, amid evidence that existing conservation measures are not working, the State Water Resources Control Board took the unprecedented step of declaring certain types of water waste a criminal infraction similar to a speeding violation. Water use deemed excessive – such as allowing landscape watering to spill into streets, and hosing off sidewalks and driveways – can be subject to fines of $500 per day. (7/16/2014)

Officials: complacency drives hike in water use Some Southern California water districts became so good at saving water and building their own water storage facilities in recent decades that residents are not feeling the effects of the worst drought to hit the state in a generation. That’s a problem. (7/16/2014)

Drought takes aim at farms California farmers are taking a huge economic hit as the drought’s impact deepens, with crop and livestock losses estimated at $1 billion this year alone, and an additional out-of-pocket cost of some $454 million to pump groundwater to partially replace surface supplies, according to a new study. (7/16/2014)

Caltrans says projects won’t continue for long without Federal funding The Federal Highway Trust Fund is due to run out of money by the end of summer. About ten percent of the $35 billion fund goes to California for road construction and mass transit projects. (7/17/2014)


Operation Choke Point isn’t targeting industries, feds tell a skeptical Congress The Department of Justice and banking regulators told a House committee Tuesday that Operation Choke Point is designed only to go after fraudulent businesses, not to pressure banks to stop providing services to companies in certain industries. (7/15/2014)

CFPB wants to share your banking horror stories with the public The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau wants to give unhappy banking customers a chance to share their stories with the public. (7/16/2014)

Ban one Internet tax but add another? That’s where Senate is headed Legislation to ban Internet access taxes could open the door for states to collect sales taxes on more Internet purchases. (7/17/2014)

Could the U.S. Postal Service become a banker? With many banks dropping branches in rural and poorer areas, and a huge number of Americans using expensive payday lenders and check cashing stores, Congress is debating whether to allow the U.S. Postal Service to offer banking services. (7/17/2014)

Fliers to pay higher TSA fee to help pay down deficit Get ready to pay more when you fly. The so-called Sept. 11 security fee that was intended to fund the Transportation Security Administration is about to increase. The TSA, however, says it won’t necessarily benefit from the extra revenue. (7/14/2014)

U.S. Governors warn that road repairs stalled by Congress U.S. governors say they won’t be able to plan or build all the major highway and bridge projects the country needs as long as Congress delays action on a long-term funding plan. (7/13/2014)

Big businesses promise Obama they’ll pay their suppliers faster President Barack Obama can’t keep children from entering the U.S. illegally, but he can jawbone big businesses into signing a pledge to pay their suppliers faster. (7/11/2014)


How to create an effective distracted driving policy for employees Cell phones ringing, texts buzzing, lunching on the run and channel surfing for your favorite radio station. Sounds like a typical day at the office, right? (7/15/2014)


Another jarring pay-gap reality: Women get 34 percent less from Social Security than men Talk about perseverance: This is the 17th year Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-Connecticut) has introduced the Paycheck Fairness Act. The legislation, designed to close loopholes in the Equal Pay Act of 1963, has almost passed twice. But still it sits. Ready for another introduction. (7/17/2014)

Is it reasonable to expect people to be on time? Yes, it is very reasonable…and others should expect it of me as well. I recently read an interesting article called 6-1/2 Things You Should Stop Expecting From Others . It was an interesting piece and I agreed with much of what was suggested, except #2: Stop Expecting People To Be On Time. (7/14/2014)


Splitting up California: 6 times they’ve tried to break up the Golden State The latest initiative to split up California is not the first. Or the 10th. Or even the 100th. There have been at least 220 efforts to hack California up into smaller states, with at least five just since 2000. Here’s a list of six interesting efforts, including the latest, with maps of how California could have been divided. (7/16/2014)

Are e-cigs good for the economy? As regulators and lawmakers scrutinize electronic cigarettes, the industry is building its voice in Washington, and an association that calls itself the industry’s largest trade group has seen membership grow significantly in less than two years. (7/14/2014)

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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:
Jul 22, 2pm deadline for RFP No. 901244 for Genetic Parentage Testing Services
Aug 15, 2pm deadline for RFQ No. 901268 for Trucking Services
Sep 8, 2pm deadline for RFQ No. 901237 for Automotive Parts Management

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
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This Bids and RFP section of this website is always growing and changing, with information updated regularly. Please go here. Please send comments to