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Fremont Street Eats April 25

Monday, April 21, 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!!!!

May 28, GiveTeens20, 7100 Stevenson Blvd., Fremont, CA 94838- GiveTeens20 (GT20) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that started at Washington High School in 2007. The name GiveTeens20 is derived from the philosophy of, “By giving 20 minutes, adults share a little of themselves and make a significant impact in a teen’s life.” They offer on-site presentations at high schools; no cost self-assessment tools and access to a wide range of professionals and other resources that will enable high school students to make informed decisions and take proactive steps now to create a productive and fulfilling future.

Ribbon Cuttings:

May 28, Wed, 5pm, GiveTeens20, 7100 Stevenson Blvd., Fremont, CA 94838- GiveTeens20 (GT20) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that started at Washington High School in 2007. The name GiveTeens20 is derived from the philosophy of, “By giving 20 minutes, adults share a little of themselves and make a significant impact in a teen’s life.” They offer on-site presentations at high schools; no cost self-assessment tools and access to a wide range of professionals and other resources that will enable high school students to make informed decisions and take proactive steps now to create a productive and fulfilling future.

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.

Apr 28, 11:45am – 1:30pm, Non-Profit Industry Council presents “How to Succeed in a Highly Competitive Non-Profit World” featuring Pat Mayfield. – CANCELLED!! This event will be rescheduled in the fall

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 - 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
  • 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

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,, 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 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 6, 7:00 - 8:30pm, Investment Strategies in Today’s Market - Toby Cooper, Vice President and Financial Advisor, and Gary Bladen, CSNA and Financial Advisor of Merrill Lynch, will give a real life demonstration on different investment types and how they can influence your portfolio.

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:

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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.


Fremont tightens ‘disruptive’ speech restrictions In a move that has caught the attention of First Amendment advocates, the City Council has tightened restrictions on political protests at some public events, banning “disruptive conduct” and speech that “disturbs and antagonizes” people. (4/16/2014)


Home prices jump by double digits in last year in Bay Area The median price paid for a Bay Area home or condo shot up to $570,000 in March - 7.2 percent higher than in February and 23.2 percent more than in March of last year, according to DataQuick. (4/17/2014)

Bay Area apartment rents set record Bay Area apartment rents are rising at nearly double-digit annual rates and have reached record levels, according to a report released Tuesday, prompting some analysts to warn that the region’s economic boom could be choked off by the relentless rise. (4/15/2014)

New Bay Bridge shows signs of rust in critical areas Some of the most vulnerable and integral cable sections and rods on the new $6.5 billion San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge are rusting. (4/17/2014)


State tax revenue continues to outpace estimates State tax revenue continued to outpace budget estimates last month, with year-to-date revenue now $1.4 billion more than the Brown administration projected, the state Department of Finance reported Tuesday. (4/15/2014)

California’s economic stability leaves Gov. Brown a new challenge Soon after Jerry Brown was elected governor in 2010, he invited the state’s top budget official, Ana Matosantos, to lunch at his office. He had just two months to prepare his first plan for tackling California’s $26-billion deficit. (4/18/2014)

Judge’s decision could safeguard billions for state budget When it comes to the state budget, Gov. Jerry Brown may have one less thing to worry about thanks to a recent court ruling. (4/10/2014)

California lawmakers face divisive bills, special session Lawmakers return from their spring recess this week focusing on hundreds of bills that have to pass from one house to the other by the end of May, but the most contentious issues will come later. (4/20/2014)

California counties push for funds after massive inmate shift Gov. Jerry Brown has been quietly visiting California counties since the start of the year to see how they are faring under his 3-year-old realignment law that dramatically altered the state’s criminal justice system by increasing the burden on local governments. (4/21/2014)

Poll finds California voters open to tinkering with tax-limiting Proposition 13 Proposition 13 may be the third rail of California politics, but state voters appear to have some appetite for making changes to the tax-limiting measure, according to a new Field Poll. (4/17/2014)

Hospitals pour money into California ballot campaign In less than three months, healthcare networks and individual hospitals have pumped more than $51 million into a proposed ballot measure meant to lock up revenue from a Legislature-approved fee on acute-care hospitals. (4/15/2014)

California looking to recycled water to ease drought concerns At two treatment plants in El Dorado Hills, millions of gallons of brown wastewater pour in every week, and millions of gallons of clean water pour out through purple pipes that irrigate the lawns of 4,000 homes. (4/14/2014)

California drought spawns well drilling boom The scarcity of irrigation water in drought-stricken California has created such a demand for well drilling services that Central Valley farmer Bob Smittcamp is taking matters into his own hands. (4/13/2014)

California public colleges collaborate on fix to broken transfer process More than 50 years ago, California’s revered Master Plan for Higher Education established public community colleges as a means to educate the state’s lower-division students and prepare them for transfer to a higher institution. (4/20/2014)

California career-college oversight failure draws legislators’ attention California’s oversight of private career colleges could be heading for a major remake after an audit found the state’s regulatory bureau has done a poor job of protecting students from fraud and deception. (4/13/2014)

Californians support state-funded preschool for 4-year-olds, survey shows Educating 4-year-olds is important to California voters – important enough that 57 percent say it’s worth spending $1.4 billion a year for the state to provide all of them with preschool. (4/18/2014)

In political scandal, good government advocates see opening for ethics, campaign finance changes When the Legislature returns next week from spring break, it will pick up with the drudgery of its shortcomings right where it left off, with ethics training in the upper house. (4/17/2014)


U.S. budget deficit continues to shrink The Congressional Budget Office has lowered its estimate for the U.S. budget deficit in fiscal 2014, saying it will fall to $492 billion, down from $680 billion in fiscal 2013. (4/14/2014)

Feds delay decision on Keystone XL making summer start more unlikely The Keystone XL Pipeline hit a delay again Friday as the federal government announced it needs more time to study the controversial project, according to a statement by the Department of State. (4/19/2014)

Retail sales in U.S. increased in March by most since 2012 American retailers warmed up in March as the winter chill faded -- and it wasn’t just car dealers who benefited. (4/14/2014)


Do you need a chief operations officer? 3 symptoms you shouldn’t ignore As a business matures, there usually comes a time when the owner considers hiring someone to oversee operations. Three issues that most often drive that decision are… (4/9/2014)


Who will win the battle for the millennial grocery shopper? Millennials are starting to transition into family roles, and U.S. grocery brands are fighting for a share of their buying power. (4/14/2014)


Want to save the feds millions? Strip the VA of authority over a small business program The government could save millions by stripping the Department of Veterans Affairs of the authority to decide which companies qualify to bid on contracts set aside for veteran-owned small businesses. (4/15/2014)

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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:
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

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
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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