Participate in #VisitSantaClara Photo Contest!

#VisitSantaClara Photo Contest

Help SHOWCASE OUR CITY! Enter the #VisitSantaClara Photo Contest, and you could WIN two tickets to California’s Great America. There are TWO WAYS TO ENTER:

  1. Snap a photo on Instagram & use the hashtag #VisitSantaClara 
  2. Register at photos.santaclara.org using your email address, Facebook, or Twitter

There are a lot of potential photo locations in Santa Clara, including California’s Great America, Central Park, Intel Museum, Levi’s Stadium, Mission Gardens & Mission Santa Clara, Our Lady of Peace Statue, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara hotels, and many others. Enter today to win and/or to vote for your favorite photos!

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Santa Clara Hotels Average 84% Occupancy for 2nd Quarter

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The eight Santa Clara Tourism Improvement District (TID) hotels surrounding California’s Great America theme park, 49ers new Levi’s Stadium, and the Santa Clara Convention Center averaged 84% occupancy for the 2nd Quarter of 2013, two percent higher year over year. Revenue was also up as the same Santa Clara hotels Average Daily Rate (ADR) was $18.00 higher year over year at $165.00.

Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce & Convention-Visitors Bureau President and CEO Steve Van Dorn says “travel to Santa Clara continues on a steady pace as the Silicon Valley economy continues to fire on all cylinders. We are also seeing more events held at our Convention Center.”

The averages compiled by the Santa Clara Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) include the Avatar Hotel, Biltmore Hotel & Suites, Embassy Suites, Hilton Santa Clara, Hyatt house, Hyatt Regency Santa Clara, Marriott Santa Clara, and The Plaza Suites.

Member of the Month: Body In Motion

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Dr. Stefanie Yuen Ochs (Yoo-en Oaks) grew up in San Jose, California, and earned her Doctorate in Chiropractic from Life Chiropractic College West in Hayward in September, 2007. After practicing in San Jose and Santa Clara since 2007, Dr. Stefanie launched Body In Motion Chiropractic in Santa Clara in June, 2012. Dr. Stefanie specializes in the Activator technique, a very gentle technique that is an effective treatment for people of all ages. Activator has been very well received even by people who do not like traditional chiropractic adjustments, but who recognize the great benefits of investing in their health through chiropractic. In addition to chiropractic, she focuses on exercises, education and ergonomics to help her patients reach their goals.

At Body In Motion Chiropractic, the first step along the path to health is to listen compassionately. Are you a weekend warrior looking for help with a sprained ankle? Do you sit at your desk all week and have chronic neck pain? Are you an avid golfer wanting to increase your range of motion? Dr. Stefanie wants to fully understand where you are coming from and where you want to go. She will answer all of your questions and explain everything in advance. She takes pride in offering affordable, gentle, quality chiropractic care. Whether it be for pain relief or corrective care, she can guide you through the steps to reach your greatest potential. Ultimately, you decide if chiropractic is right for you and how you would like to incorporate it into your life. Call today for a complimentary consult and exam! 408-761-6364

Santa Clara Chamber Joins other California Chambers of Commerce in Pressing for Immigration Reform

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The Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce, along with many other chambers of commerce in California, is continuing to push for comprehensive immigration reform legislation this year to ensure our region and the state’s critical industries will have the workers and talent needed to create necessary California jobs.

Coalition for Reform

The California Chamber of Commerce and a coalition of more than 70 local chambers of commerce have emphasized that immigration reform is more important to California than any other state, with the technology, agriculture and tourism industries, among others, depending on reform to thrive.

“As a border city with a booming tech industry, San Diego is uniquely impacted by immigration policy,” said Jerry Sanders, president and CEO of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce.

A robust temporary worker program is among the critical needs for the state’s agriculture-rich areas.

“Comprehensive immigration reform is a stepping stone along the path to economic recovery for this state and especially for the Central Valley,” said Cindy Pollard, president and CEO of the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce. “If we don’t fix the very broken system now, we cannot expect a healthier economy anytime soon.”

California is home to about 23% of the nation’s undocumented immigrants, half of whom have lived here for more than 10 years.

Cindy Roth, president and CEO of the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce offered this summation: “Immigration reform is an important issue for Inland Southern California, the state, and the entire nation. Immigrants have always been and continue to be an essential part of our state and national workforce, and the lack of an effective and comprehensive national policy regarding immigration has resulted in a multitude of challenges for businesses.

“Our leaders in Washington, D.C. need to reform the national immigration policy so that it includes an earned pathway to legal status by establishing a guest worker program, improvements to the visa program, steps to secure our national borders, and stricter enforcement of existing laws.”

The Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce has joined this coalition for these very same reasons as outlined above.  We must resolve the immigration status of over 2.6 million California residents.  Doing so would unlock billions of dollars of consumer spending and investment.  Please join us in communicating your support of immigration reform by sending me an email to steve.vandorn@santaclara.org.  I will send your responses to the California Chamber of Commerce to further illustrate our support for this much needed reform.

Member Referrals

We would like to recognize and acknowledge member referrals to the Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce.  The following new members were referred by an existing member of the Chamber, and we would like to recognize and thank them for their support.

Lidia Blair with Pizza Party referred the following new members:

Contact Maryanne at (520) 404-3955 to schedule a consultation. For delicious pizza from Pizza Party, call (408) 248-5680 or stop by at 3581 Homestead Rd., Santa Clara.

Joe Siecinski with ActionCOACH of Santa Clara referred the following:

If you need to find more hours in your day and ways to maximize your efforts, contact Joe at (408) 899-6737.

Robin Benitez with B-Robin Networking referred the following new members:

  • Jason Gloria with Auto Care Specialists. Looking for a place to take your car for a tune-up or repair? Contact Jason at (408) 719-8277.
  • Jina Tomcho with Onus Dental Health Plan. If you’re in search of  affordable dental coverage, contact  Jina at (510) 755-8036.

Contact Robin at (408) 490-4143 for some great networking ideas to grow your business.

Dick Johnston with Graphic Packaging International referred the following new members:

  • Dennis Whalen with ChemTreat.  If you are in search of ways to reduce water, chemical, and energy costs and improve process operations, give Dennis a call at (510) 449-2016.
  • Mark Ferrari with One WorkPlace. Looking for ways to  create functional, flexible, and smart workspaces that will give your employees the ability to work together and collaborate?   Contact Mark at (408) 632-7010 and visit their awesome location in Santa Clara.
  • Mike Polini with Polini’s Forklift Repair. If your forklift needs repair contact Mike at (408) 496-5095 and he will get it back in shape.

Contact Dick at Graphic Packaging International, (408) 496-5118 to learn more about packaging solutions from an award winning company.  Great job, Dick!

Ed Kastenbaum with The Packaging Store referred Saroj Sanchetti with Bagicha.   To create a beautiful environment for your office, including vertical living walls, container gardens, and floral arrangements, contact Saroj at (650) 868-0898.  If you need eco-friendly bags, boxes or totes, contact Ed at (408) 727-1363 to find out about more about all of the custom packaging solutions that they provide.

Special thanks to great teamwork from our Santa Clara Chamber & Convention-Visitors Bureau staff:  

  • Annette Manhart referred Celeste Drake with Heritage Bank of Commerce.   For your business banking needs, visit them at their new location, 333 W. El Camino Real, Suite 150 in Sunnyvale or contact Celeste at (650) 919-2151.
  • Anna Roa referred Grace Adamovic with Freeman.  Freeman offers services from exhibit design, rental and transportation, to audio visual and electrical services. Contact Grace at (650) 878-6036 to find out more.

Every month we publish any new members who have joined and were referred by an existing member.   When a member has referred a total of three new members, they receive a $100.00 advertising credit.