MEMBER OF THE MONTH: AJ Rose’s Express Delivery Services

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AJ Rose’s Express Delivery Service is a small, locally-owned Santa Clara business, started in 2010, that caters to the (delivery) needs of people of all ages. They serve the local community and neighboring cities from downtown San Jose to San Carlos, Los Gatos to Milpitas and all areas in between. They help: seniors, busy professionals, stay-at-home parents, those recovering from recent illnesses, injuries or surgeries, and people who simply lack transportation.

They deliver healthy groceries to their customer’s door, pick-up prescriptions, pick-up/drop-off dry cleaning or shoe-repairs, offer mail &/or copy services, a variety of concierge services (including ticket ordering and pick-up for special events, DVD rental returns, etc..) and other delivery services available on request. No job is too small! They are personal assistants, helping in ways where our customers need help. They do what their customers would do if time and transportation were not an issue.

They offer discounts on 1-month, 3-month & 6-month services, and special offers for chamber members. For the referral of a new customer, they will compensate either in reduced rates or cash back, depending on the length of service. Call to discuss options: 1-888-982-5590 or email to: wedeliver@ajroses.com. Mail requests to: 3561 Homestead Road, #366, Santa Clara, CA 95051.

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Business Experience Day Needs Student Hosts

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The Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce & Convention-Visitors Bureau is looking for businesses willing to host students for the day in their place of business.  Business Experience Day 2012 takes place on Friday, October 26 and includes the opportunity for high school juniors and seniors to learn from business owners and representatives what it takes to run a business.  All proceeds from the event are put into a scholarship fund that is awarded at the end of the school year to graduating seniors that participated in the program.  This past year we were able to award two scholarships in the amount of $2,500 each to Krizzia Salas and Melvin Faulks of Santa Clara High School.
    
How can you help?  Take a moment to review the form that’s included in this newsletter and complete and send it to the Chamber with your payment.  Make sure to include the contact person’s name and the areas that the student can expect to learn about that day (i.e. marketing, franchise ownership, family owned business, accounting, etc.).  And if you’re unable to host a student, the Chamber encourages you to consider donating to the scholarship fund.  For additional information, please visit our website or call the Chamber at (408) 244-8244.

Join the CalChamber Coalition for Pension Reform

The California Chamber of Commerce recently launched the CalChamber Coalition for Pension Reform to urge legislators to support the pension reform principles Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. announced last October.

Just in case you have been living in a cave for the last year or so, here is a brief overview of why pension reform is vitally needed today.

  • Governor Brown and legislative leaders have said their top priority before the end of session is to reform our “broken pension system.” As pension costs rise, funding for higher education, parks, courts and social services is crowded out. It is important for state leaders to heed the Governor’s advice to “do something real” on pensions.
  • Pension costs are the fastest-growing expenditure for city and county governments. In 1999, pension costs were 4.1% of aggregate municipal spending; by 2011, that figure had more than doubled to 9.6%. Between 1999 and 2010, pension spending grew at 11.4% per year, twice the growth rate for education, public safety, parks, health and sanitation. According to the Los Angeles Times, this will mean “more layoffs or pay cuts for public employees, higher taxes, fewer services, or all of the above.”
  • Voters in three of the four largest cities in the state—San Diego, San Jose and San Francisco—have approved sweeping reforms to their employees’ pension plans. Other cities, large and small, are prepared to follow suit to avoid the fate of Stockton and San Bernardino, two cities that have recently declared bankruptcy.
  • The Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce and the CalChamber Coalition for Pension Reform believe that Governor Brown’s proposal is an important first step toward pension reform. Much more needs to be done to fix our broken pension system, but this plan is an important step in the right direction and a clear sign to Californians that the issue is being taken seriously.

Sign The Statement of Principles
The Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce and CalChamber are urging businesses to sign and return to the CalChamber the Statement of Principles to express support of each element of Governor Brown’s pension reform package, as introduced on October 27, 2011.

Copies of the Pension Reform Principles are also available at the Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce  office.  Please contact the CalChamber, PensionReform@calchamber.com,  if you would like a form emailed to you. By working together, we can make a difference in Sacramento and reform the State pension system today!

All Nippon Airways Silicon Valley to Tokyo Flight to Start Jan 11, 2013

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All Nippon Airways (ANA) has announced that new nonstop service between Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) and Narita International Airport in Tokyo will start January 11, 2013. The inaugural flight will bring the first Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft to the Bay Area.

The Silicon Valley Leadership Group, San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce and Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce have been actively engaged in the effort to recruit direct service to Tokyo, which is a priority travel route for Silicon Valley businesses.

The new flight will depart San Jose at 11:45 a.m. and arrive in Tokyo at 4:10 p.m. The return flight will leave Tokyo at 5:35 p.m. and arrive at SJC at 10:10 the following morning. The service is expected to start with five flights per week, excluding Tuesdays and Thursdays. The afternoon arrival in Tokyo is timed to allow connections to destinations throughout Asia, including Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, Taipei, Delhi, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Bangkok, and Manila. The new route will be available for booking August 30.

“This is a significant game changer for our airport and I’m confident it will open the door for more flights to serve Silicon Valley,” said Aviation Director Bill Sherry. “The new ANA service is the culmination of years of work and the strong and active support from our business, community and elected leaders.” San Jose officials have been in discussions with ANA since 2008. In February 2011, Mayor Reed and Carl Guardino, CEO of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, traveled to Tokyo to meet with ANA CEO Shinichiro Ito and other airline executives to discuss the benefits of a direct flight between Tokyo and San Jose.
    
“While this is terrific news because service to Japan opens up all of Asia as well, it’s only the first step which was to secure the flight and a start date. The real work, to which the 375 CEOs who own the Silicon Valley Leadership Group are committed, is to ensure those ANA flights are full,” said Guardino. “Like Orville and Wilbur Wright, this has been a partnership from day one, between the Leadership Group and Mayor Chuck Reed. After two years of hard work, we have lift off.”

ANA will use its new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft on the Tokyo Narita-San Jose route. Built mainly from carbon fiber composite material, the 787 features increased fuel efficiency and passenger comfort. ANA was the launch customer of the 787, ordering 55 of the aircraft in 2004 and taking delivery of the inaugural aircraft this year.

New Tour Planning Tool Helps Visitors to Santa Clara – “Silicon Valley Central”

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Visiting Silicon Valley and don’t know what to see or do? The Santa Clara Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) has partnered with YourTour.com to create an innovative online tour building tool. Visitors to www.yourtour.com/SantaClara simply need to answer a few basic questions, like when and where they want to go, to receive their customized Santa Clara and Silicon Valley tour itinerary in about five seconds. 

A detailed itinerary recommends tourist attractions and special events, all displayed on maps using Google’s cartography tools. Next, users can specify their preferences, including budget, activity types, specific attractions and request an updated, more personalized tour proposal. 

Steve Van Dorn, President & CEO of the Santa Clara Convention and Visitors Bureau says “Business, convention, and leisure travelers now have a great tool to help them explore Santa Clara and Silicon Valley.” Other U.S. cities currently or planning to use this unique tour building tool are Atlanta, Mammoth Lakes, Philadelphia, and Rapid City.

New Tour Planning Tool Helps Visitors

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Visiting Silicon Valley and don’t know what to see or do? The Santa Clara Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) has partnered with YourTour.com to create an innovative online tour building tool. Visitors to SantaClara.org simply need to answer a few basic questions, like when and where they want to go, to receive their customized Santa Clara and Silicon Valley tour itinerary in about five seconds.  A detailed itinerary recommends tourist attractions and special events, all displayed on maps using Google’s cartography tools. Next, users can specify their preferences, including budget, activity types, specific attractions and request an updated, more personalized tour proposal.  Other U.S. cities currently or planning to use this unique tour building tool are Atlanta, Mammoth Lakes, Philadelphia, and Rapid City.