Monday, May 20, 2013
Mixers: 5-7pm, unless otherwise noted.
May 22, City Beach, 4020 Technology Place, Fremont, CA 94538, (510) 651-2500 - City Beach has been a presence in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1991 and in 2001, City Beach celebrated its grand opening in Fremont. Today, they operate in both the Santa Clara and Fremont facilities, providing fun and entertainment as well as opportunities to grow, engage and improve your relationships.
Jun 12, Tri-Cities One Stop, 39399 Cherry St., Room 1211, Newark, CA, 94560, (510) 742-2323- The mission of the Tri-Cities One-Stop Career Centers is to provide resources and support, training and employment opportunities, with a high level of professionalism and expertise, that empower the individual and benefit the community.
Jun 5, Wed, 5pm, Drivers for Survivors, 2450 Peralta Blvd.., Ste. 210, Fremont, CA, (510) 579-0535 Drivers for Survivors is a charitable 501(c)(3) organization, providing free transportation services and supportive companionship for cancer patients, freeing them to focus on their health and essential treatment.
Apr 26 Oct 25, 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 26th from 4:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the Mission Valley ROPs parking lot. 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 10x10 exhibit space where they can sell, demonstrate, educate and entertain guests at Fremont Street Eats, and the best part is, its free! Its 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 email@example.com to book your space now! Members are booked on a first come, first served basis so be sure to book your space early.
Jun 17th Jul 26th Fremont Chambers 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.
Jun 19, 11:30-1:00pm, 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.
Jun 28, 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 rate...at $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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Jun 6, 7:30-9:30am, Legal Shield/GoSmallBiz presents: Where am I today? Join us to and learn very valuable lessons and how to take those experiences to shape the entrepreneurial journey that helps you interact with customers, partners and the community more successfully. To attend this free seminar, please RSVP to Sultan McBride at email@example.com or call (510) 791-0717.
Jun 6, 10-noon, Boldly Me presents: Communicate with Confidence 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. All Ages are Welcome. Parent & Child Participation is Encouraged. To attend this free seminar, please RSVP to Alana Powell at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (408) 768-9257
June 6, 12:30-2pm Peak Efficiency Professionals presents How Companies Can Avoid the 3 Most Common Profit-killing Pitfalls Discover ways to ensure your company is headed for success. Walk out with tips you can use to steer clear of mistakes made by failed companies. Peak Efficiency Professionals helps corporations thrive with proven methods used by Fortune 500 companies and established small businesses. To attend this free seminar, please RSVP to Nicole Mason at email@example.com or call or text 510.468.3802. Light lunch will be provided.
Jun 6, 3-6pm, New York Life presents American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 In this seminar you will learn the key provisions of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 and how it has created greater certainty in income and estate tax planning. In this seminar you understand the impact and planning opportunities available to you. To attend this free seminar, please RSVP to Sanjesh Kumar at (510)469-4667 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Jun 6, 7-8:30pm, The Ivy Group presents Learn to Close More Commercial Deals From Expert Lender A full spectrum of commercial real estate lending (conventional & SBA) will be covered. Who should attend: real estate developers, property owners, investors, private companies, funds and REITs managers. To attend this free seminar, please RSVP: www.ivycommercial.com, click on Upcoming Events, call 510.213.8883, or email email@example.com.
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.
The New Healthcare Law: What it means for You and Your Business Save the Date: June 25th Breakfast Forum and Trade Show (7:30 10 am) Learn all about the Affordable Care Act from experts from Kaiser Permanente, Washington Hospital, Small Business California and the California Health Care Exchange. Location TBD.
Chamber office closed May 27 The Chamber will be closed on May 27, in honor of Memorial Day.
LOCAL AND BAY AREA
Fremont to hold open house about Warm Springs / South Fremont Community Plan: May 22, 6 7:30 pm The City of Fremont is holding an Open House and public meeting on Wed., May 22, from 6 - 7:30 pm for community members to learn more about the Warm Springs/South Fremont Community Plan and its current schedule. The meeting will take place at the Warm Springs Community Center, 47300 Fernald Street, Fremont. There will be a short presentation shown three times, at 6:15, 6:45, and 7:15 pm, and information stations will be open from 6 to 7:30 pm.
Huge parcel in Fremont slated for development A realty firm has bought a big chunk of vacant land in Fremont that is expected to become a key piece of the Citys economic mosaic with office buildings, research and manufacturing facilities, and retail complexes. Newport Beach-based Integral Communities, which develops mixed-use projects, bought the 150-acre site near Interstate 880 and Auto Mall Parkway from San Jose-based Cisco Systems. (5/16/2013)
AC Transit to hold hearing on proposed service changes: Wed. May 22, 5pm The AC Transit Board will hold a hearing to discuss a series of proposed route adjustments designed to make bus service faster, more reliable and more compliant with specific needs in Central and Southern Alameda County. The hearing will be held at Fremont City Hall, Bldg. A, 3300 Capitol Ave.
South Fremont construction and community update meeting on Thurs. May 23, 6pm The City of Fremont, BART Silicon Valley, BART Warm Springs Extension Project, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC), and Caltrans are partnering to share information about simultaneous construction projects occurring in the Warm Springs/South Fremont area. Topics will include: construction activities, traffic constraints, detours and project schedules. The meeting will be held at the South Bay Community Church, 47385 Warm Springs Blvd.
Bay Area adds 2,600 jobs in April, reaching its highest job totals since fall 2008 The Bay Area posted sturdy job gains in April, and the region now has recaptured 80% of the jobs it lost during the recession. The East Bay added 1,300 jobs and the San Francisco-San Mateo-Marin region gained 2,600 jobs overall, while the South Bay lost 1,800 jobs, according to the states Economic Development Dept. (5/17/2013)
Jerry Brown on Bay Bridge: ‘First we want to make it safe’ Gov. Jerry Brown said this morning he does not know if the state will open the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge as scheduled on Labor Day weekend, as officials respond to reports of cracked bolts on the structure. Im not going to predict, Brown said of the bridges opening. First we want to make it safe. (5/20/2013)
Bay Area median home price tops $500,000 for first time in 5 years In a new milestone for the Bay Areas recovering housing market, the median price paid for all types of dwellings in April crossed $500,000 for the first time in nearly five years, according to a new report. (5/15/2013)
Analyst projects $3.2 billion higher state revenues than Jerry Brown California Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor projected state revenues Friday that are $3.2 billion higher than those projected by Gov. Jerry Brown earlier this week. However, both Brown and Taylor urge fiscal restraint because revenue projections are largely dependent upon economic factors ranging from employment to housing prices, and both also agree that the bulk of the money will go to schools under state law. (5/17/2013)
Gov. Jerry Brown takes cautious approach on California budget Gov. Jerry Brown, dismissive of a surge in state tax revenue that stirred optimism at the Capitol, moved Tuesday to blunt appeals for increased spending, downgrading his budget proposal from January. Despite income tax revenue running about $4.5 billion ahead of expectations through April, Brown said much of that money is unlikely to carry over into future years and economic growth will be slower than he previously thought because of federal spending cuts and a higher payroll tax on workers. (5/14/2013)
Commentary: Exports continue as bright spots for California economy As we celebrate the nationally observed World Trade Week, it is clear that international trade is a continuing bright spot in the economic landscape, with export markets providing advantages for both California and the United States. In 2012, California exports totaled $161 billion, and California maintained its perennial position as a top exporting state, exporting to more than 225 foreign markets. (5/20/2013)
Californias unemployment rate drops to 9% Californias pace of job creation slowed in April, as employers added 10,300 jobs in April, nevertheless pushing the states unemployment rate down to 9% from 9.4% the month before. (3/17/2013)
NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL
CBO: Deficit to fall to $642 billion this year, but red ink will explode in 2016 The federal budget deficit will fall to $642 billion this year, its lowest level since 2008, but the improved deficit picture wont last long, thanks to an aging population, rising health care costs, an expansion of federal subsidies for health insurance, and growing interest payments on federal debt, according to the CBO. (5/14/2013)
U.S. sets $1 billion healthcare innovation initiative The Obama administration on Wednesday announced a $1 billion initiative to fund innovations in federal healthcare programs aimed at cutting costs while improving the health results. The government is looking for models that can quickly cut costs in outpatient or post-acute settings, improve care for people with special needs, transform healthcare providers financial and clinical models or improve health conditions by clinical category, geographic area or socioeconomic class. The application period runs from June 14 to August 15. (5/15/2013)
Economists predict increase in consumer spending Consumer spending is likely to pick up this year, while government spending declines at a faster rate, according to a survey of business economists. The economists predict that the U.S. economy will grow 2.4% this year and 3% next year. Thats unchanged from their forecast in February, but they are more bullish on consumer spending and housing than they were three months ago, in part because of a more positive view about unemployment. (5/20/2013)
Small businesses feeling better, but theyre still not well Small business owners felt a lot better about the economy in April, but theyre not ready to celebrate. An increasing number of National Federation of Independent Business members expect the economy to improve in the coming months, but a majority still feels the economy is going to get worse, not better. Expectations for sales and hiring also improved. (5/14/2013)
COMPANIES IN THE NEWS
The secrets to landing an SBA loan from an insider Focus Business Bank in San Jose has lent out around $25 million in SBA loans over the last year. In this article, Senior VP and SBA Manager Brad Lebsack shares his advice for obtaining SBA dollars.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Half of small business owners say health care reform is bad for them A new Gallup Poll finds that 48% of small business owners think the Affordable Care Act is going to be bad for their business. These business owners think it will make health insurance more expensive and reduce the quality of care they and their employees will receive. Only 9% of small business owners think health care reform will be good for them. (5/13/2013)
OUT OF THE BOX
11 ways to go from entrepreneur to titan—from the titans Only about 20% of those who start the entrepreneurial journey reach their destination. Among those, only about 1% achieves the level of titan, as the head of a large and often global organization. Whats the secret sauce to being a successful entrepreneur? Executive recruiter William J. Ferguson asked business leaders for his new book. Their answers can give you a head start on the road to success.
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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 seminars! 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 out on this opportunity! Hosting a seminar is free for all Fremont Chamber members.
ChamberPak a quarterly direct mail program where Fremont Chamber members drop off 2,000 identical flyers and the cost is $175 and you are done. We do all of the stuffing; the sorting of zip codes; and go to the post office for you. For $0.08 per flyer you cant pass this up!
Connection Clubs Need referrals? Open only to Fremont Chamber members. Six groups meet at a variety of days and times of the week to exchange leads and assist members in growing their businesses. 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 reminder to dine at your establishment for business lunches or dinners. The cost is only $50 for a three month 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 gives you leads for new business prospects and a consistent source of leads which is vital for any business. It is emailed to you every month and on average there are 125-150 new business owners listed.. The list contains all of 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, 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
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San Francisco County Transportation Authority is inviting you to submit a proposal for the performance of these services. The proposal must respond to the specific scope of services described in Section III of this Request for Proposals (RFP). The San Francisco County Transportation Authority is located at 1455 Market Street, Floor 22, San Francisco, CA 94103 www.sfcta.org
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 at ohlone.edu/org/purchasing/
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 purchasing/bidsrfps