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State of the State 2014

Monday, October 27, 2014

Mixers: 5-7pm, unless otherwise noted.

Nov 5- TBD

Nov 19, Fremont Flowers, 36551 Fremont Blvd., Fremont, (510) 797-1136- Fremont Flowers is a family-owned business established in 1956. Their superb quality flowers, creative designs, value, and professional service are key to their success. The volume of flowers and “Chain of Life” care and handling procedures ensure the freshest bouquets anywhere; and they provide same day delivery to the entire Tri-City area

Ribbon Cuttings:

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

Oct 30, Thu, 5:30pm, Mainland Ink Tattoo Shop, 37485 Fremont Blvd., Fremont, CA 94536, (510) 796-1989 – Join their Grand Opening!

Nov 7, Fri, 5:30pm, Dress Barn, 43816 Pacific Commons, Fremont, CA 94538 (510) 979-9372- Join us to celebrate Dress Barn’s Grand Opening!

Nov 13, Thu, 5:30pm, ClubSport of Fremont, 46650 Landing Pkwy., Fremont, CA 94538, (510) 226-8500 – Join us to launch a brand new program “Hot Yoga!”

Nov 14, Fri, 5:30pm, Temazca Family Clinic, 39277 Liberty St., Bldg D, Fremont, CA 94538, (408) 677-0904- Join us to celebrate their Grand Opening!

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:

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. Online registration closes at 5:00 p.m. on 10/27!

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
  • 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.

Nov 21, 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.

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

Nov 6, 7:30am to 9:30am, JP Turner Steve Zhu presents: “How to grow your business through referrals” - In today’s world of Yelp reviews and Google searches, it is easy to neglect the strength of business referrals. The best way to grow your business immediately is through referrals and you must have a referral system. Come to learn the power of referrals and see the immediate benefit of increasing your business through referrals. To attend this free seminar, please RSVP to Steve Zhu at or call 510-598-6432.

Nov 6, 10-noon, Friend & Champion presents: “Tune Up Your Business” - How well is your business performing? Now 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 custom dashboards showing what you need to know to finish the year strong and prepare for even greater success in 2015. To attend this free seminar, please RSVP at or for more information please contact Laurence Hansen,, or call 510 794-0919.

Nov 6, 1-2pm, Omnivantage Business Professionals presents: “How to Motivate Employees to High Performance and Retain Them.” This seminar is eligible for 1 hour of CLE and HR CE credit. Nicole Mason Esq., author of the forthcoming book: Successful Employee Engagement: Millennial Inspired Strategies For High Performance, will share some of the latest tools and a proven approach to improve employee productivity, performance and retention in any company with 1-10,000+ employees. To attend this free seminar please contact Nicole Mason at or 510.468.3802 if you have any questions. Snacks will be provided.

Nov 6, 3:30-5pm, Send Out Cards presents: “Holiday Greeting Card Workshop for Busy People” - This is an introduction to the SendOutCards greeting card and gift system. They will show you an efficient way to build better relationships personally and professionally. By:

  • Stay in touch with friends, relatives and customers
  • A high tech, high touch greeting card and gift system
  • Send one or hundreds of customized cards with a few clicks of a mouse
  • Add pictures, logos and gifts or gift cards
  • All for about a dollar per greeting card
  • No more labels, stamps and writers cramp!

To attend this free seminar, please RSVP at eventbrite or contact Bobbette Grasty via or 650.740.7499

Nov 6, 5-7pm, Silicon Valley Spine Institute presents: Dr. Sandeep N. Gidvani is a fellowship trained comprehensive spine surgeon who completed his specialized training alongside internationally renowned surgeons at UCLA. Dr. Gidvani is a member of the Silicon Valley Spine Institute and has spearheaded the opening of a second office located in Fremont, CA. He combines a humanistic approach to patient care and keen clinical diagnostics to seek out solutions to spinal disease. Dr. Gidvani will be giving a talk on Common Spine Disorders Responsible for Neck and Low Back Pain at the Fremont Chamber of Commerce to educate our community on Spine care. To attend this free seminar, please RSVP to Dr. Sandeep Gidvani at (510) 842-5294 or email

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.

Nov 4, 7-8:30pm “Planning Your Year End Taxes” –Come and hear Alan talk about tax issues for the year 2014 which will help you plan your year-end taxes and increase your savings and refunds. A review and tips on upcoming changes, credits and deductibles, and strategies from which you can benefit; with specific information on business and personal tax issues, including portfolios and retirement accounts. Presented by Alan Olsen, CPA, MBA and Host of American Dreams radio talk show and Managing Partner for Greenstein, Rogoff, Olsen & Company, a CPA firm in Fremont.

Nov 17, 9-noon - “Crowdfunding for Your Company” Crowdfunding is a fast growing source of investment for early stage companies. Many experts believe crowdfunding with become more important than venture capital in terms of dollars invested within the next ten years. This seminar will discuss the latest trends in crowdsourcing, and how companies are raising capital in this market. The elements of successful campaigns will be discussed, as well as “how to” tips for your campaign.

Jan 26, 6 – 9 PM – “Legal and Business Issues” - This class will provide an overview of business law concepts for the small business owner, addressing the general business legal issues that most entrepreneurs face when starting or growing a small business. The seminar will focus on the “Legal Dos and Don’ts” for the small business, entrepreneur or start-up. Topics covered include Legal Entity Formation, Contracts, Trademarks, Copyrights, Patents and Internet Law. In addition, there will be a panel discussion with lawyers and a question and answer session with the panel followed by ample time for one-on-one networking.

Feb 18, 9-noon – “Website Development for Small Business” - This seminar introduces the best practices for web development to the small business owner. It explains the vital role a website plays in promoting your business, demonstrates techniques for optimizing the performance of your website and maximizing the attention it receives.

In this seminar, you will learn about:

  • how to build a new or improve an existing Website
  • web design elements (such as site maps and wire frames)
  • domain registration pitfalls - web hosting options and user experience guidelines
  • search engine optimization (SEO)
  • Google webmaster tools
  • Facebook and Google Places registration

Mar 4, 9 –Noon “Advanced Social Media Strategies” - This seminar is an advanced social media session focused on the needs of businesses that already have a social media presence, but want to move to more advanced techniques and strategies. It is designed to help you understand how to augment, focus and enhance existing social media programs to increase reach, effectiveness and ROI. Topics covered will include understanding who is visiting your site, visitor engagement, use of metrics and analytical tools.


Link to Chamber member events This week: LEAF ribbon cutting on Wednesday; Lunch and Learn seminar at Access OmniCare on Thursday; Mainland Ink ribbon cutting on Thursday; State of the State lunch on Friday; Check the link for hours, locations, and contact info.

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 ( Register online. ONLINE REGISTRATION ENDS AT 5:00pm on 10/27


Silicon Valley sprawls east: How tech jobs, housing and transit are shaping a megaregion On the outside, the SpinDx technology pioneered at Livermore’s Sandia National Laboratory looks like little more than a beige cube with a retro CD player on one end. (10/21/2014)

Second time around, Alameda County transportation sales tax increase attracts more money, interest Alameda County’s second election battle in two years on doubling its transportation sales tax to 1 percent is proving more intense and expensive this time around. More than $1.1 million in campaign funds had been raised by Sept. 30 to promote Measure BB, which would raise $7.8 billion over 30 years to improve roads, freeways, bike and walking paths, and public transit. (10/23/2014)

The million-job economy returns to the Bay Area’s three major urban centers For the first time since the 9/11 attacks, all three of the Bay Area’s employment hubs – the South Bay, the East Bay and the San Francisco metro area – are million-job economies, fresh evidence that the region has banished the woes of the Great Recession, a state labor report released Friday shows. (10/17/2014)

South Bay BART work moving ahead, above and below ground Work on the future BART station in Milpitas is coming right along, although drivers on the adjacent Montague Expressway and Capitol Avenue can’t see much progress yet on what will become one of the most used transit stops in Silicon Valley. (10/18/2014)

A’s and San Jose agree on seven-year deal – new ballpark hopes not dead yet The A’s and San Jose are still holding out hope of moving the baseball team to a new ballpark in Silicon Valley. The Oakland baseball club and its longtime South Bay suitor have agreed on a deal that will extend negotiations for up to another seven years as San Jose tries to win approval from the courts or the MLB for the A’s move south. (10/23/2014)


Battle lines drawn over state water bond California voters will decide this fall whether to approve a $7.5 billion water bond aimed at easing future droughts such as the one that’s gripped the state for three years in a row. (10/18/2014)

Online fundraising is boosting candidate war chests in California An online fundraising revolution has helped propel California congressional candidates to new heights. Take two Democratic challengers for House seats in the state’s San Joaquin Valley, Michael Eggman and Amanda Renteria. In their uphill bids to unseat GOP incumbents, both have relied on ActBlue, a Cambridge, Mass.-based outfit that describes itself as an “online toolset” connecting donors to candidates and causes. (10/21/2014)

Millions for California proposition campaigns create uneven fights California ballot measure campaigns have raised more than $83 million since Aug. 1, and each of the six proposition races now features a deeply lopsided financial fight heading into the final weeks before Election Day. (10/23/2014)

California is most expensive state for workers’ comp Ouch – the cost of workers’ compensation in California is more expensive than any other state in the nation, a new study says. (10/24/2014)

CalPERS has highest complexity, costs compared to other funds The California Public Employees’ Retirement System had nearly double the pension administrative costs of four similar U.S. pension funds in 2012-13, according to a new comparison. (10/20/2014)

New crude oil report concludes risks of train spills are real Mile-long oil trains that are expected to crisscross California daily in the coming years pose significant risks to residents of urban areas, including Sacramento, a new report concludes, contradicting earlier studies that found no major safety concerns. (10/23/2014)

California loses billions of gallons of water from underground pipes It turns out that the 20 million gallons of drinking water that flooded up from Sunset Boulevard and devastated the UCLA campus this drought-stricken summer was just a drop in the bucket. (10/22/2014)

Advisors work to freeze ‘summer melt,’ get students to college Janica Rose Buensuceso had planned to leave Orange County and attend college at Cal State East Bay in Northern California. Then family and financial problems emerged in the weeks after she graduated from Los Amigos High School, making the move increasingly difficult. (10/19/2014)


California watches and waits as Senate’s fate is decided Californians won’t have any say about which party wins this year’s biggest political prize – the reins of the U.S. Senate. But that doesn’t mean the Golden State has nothing at stake. (10/17/2014)

Latinos, angry with Obama, may sit out midterm vote, hurting Democrats Leaving church on a recent Sunday, Jose Trujillo paused to consider the upcoming midterm election and two of the hottest Senate and gubernatorial races in the country, blazing away right here in Georgia. (10/20/2014)

6 things you should know about business in this $4 billion election The Center for Responsive Politics projects that nearly $4 billion will be spent on the 2014 congressional elections, making it the most expensive midterm election ever. (10/22/2014)

Fed to banks: shape up or risk breakup Federal Reserve officials sent a warning shot across Wall Street on Monday, telling bank executives they must do more to curb excessive risk-taking and improve employee behavior at their firms or face stiff repercussions, including being broken into smaller pieces. (10/20/2014)

Is the US finally accelerating a move to chip and pin? US President Barack Obama has signed an executive order demanding that US government bodies make the move to chip and pin credit cards and terminals by January, replacing magnetic strip based technology. The move is designed to enhance transaction security. (10/21/2014)


We’re more productive and happier working from home, so should we do it more often? When Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer banned employees from working from home, many flinched – especially since the tech industry is known for its flexible work-from-home policies. (10/22/2014)


High Intensity Interval Training commutes to the cubicle High Intensity Interval Training, or HIIT, which has successfully sprinted from the playing fields of professional athletes to the fitness centers of everyday exercisers, may be coming to a cubicle near you. (10/20/2014)

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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 $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

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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:
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
Nov 7, 2pm deadline for RFP No. 901226 for Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA) Consultation Services
Nov 19, 2pm deadline for RFQ No. 901262 for Service of Process
Dec 2, 2pm deadline for RFQ No. 901207 for Mobile Modulars Contingency Contract

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