Member of the Month: West Mountain Sign, Inc.


West Mountain Sign, Inc. is a growing local custom digital graphics and signage company.  We offer a full suite of signage products and services including interior, exterior, dimensional, windows, sidewalk signs, and highly custom work.  We do large format digital printing of banners, vehicle graphics and wraps, wall and floor graphics, custom white boards, and giclee art prints.  We do traditional trade show graphics, and can often offer tailored affordable solutions to those who only do the occasional event.  We offer textile graphics like table drapes, dye sublimation, and even t-shirts and bags.  And there’s more!

We pride ourselves in our creative process and in being able to solve problems to meet unconventional needs.  We can often offer a full range package of consistently branded items for an event, including the clients’ smaller format needs like brochures, postcards, and such, so that the message throughout the event is completely consistent.

Our clients range from large Fortune 500 corporations all the way to Soccer Moms and swim teams.  What they have in common is a need to work with a company that will listen and understand their needs, and be able to respond quickly.  One of our pieces we are particularly proud of is not a sign at all.  We were commissioned to create the donor recognition tree at the new Northside Branch of the Santa Clara City Libraray.  It was a wonderful collaboration with the Friends of the Library and the Library Staff, and we encourage all to go check it out.  The Library is lovely, and the donor tree fits right in.

At West Mountain Sign, we listen—ask a lot of questions—and listen some more to be sure we’re meeting our clients’ needs.  Our design staff is top notch and can handle anything from a logo to a monument.  In fact, designers at our clients commonly call our lead designer for help and support with large format design issues.  This skill set allows us to innovate.  We’re always thinking outside the frame and coming up with new approaches.  Put those two skills together—listening and creating–and you’ll find that we value collaboration.  With our clients, with our suppliers, service providers and vendors—we collaborate to find solutions in unexpected places.

Come visit our shop—we think it’s lovely—and see samples of the work we’ve done, or talk with us about your visual communications ideas.  West Mountain Sign will deliver a solution that will catch your customer’s eye and present your business just as you wish your customers to see you.  We are most happy when it is our client’s brand that shines through and no one gives a thought to who produced the work.  That is success!


Santa Clara Sports Group (SCSG) Celebrates 3rd Year


Founded in 2011 by the Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce and Convention-Visitors Bureau, the Santa Clara Sports Group (SCSG) is celebrating its third full year. The group meets on a quarterly basis to focus on existing sporting events, to attract additional events and to establish leads and future business for the city.

The ultimate goal of SCSG is to host more sporting events throughout Santa Clara utilizing the city’s many sports facilities while increasing economic impact to local businesses. The group has minimal funding, but through Convention and Visitors Bureau funds has been able to become a member of the National Association of Sports Commissions (NASC).  The founding board represents Santa Clara’s sports facilities and organizations, including representatives from Mission College Athletics, Santa Clara Swim Club, Santa Clara University Athletics, Santa Clara Parks and Recreation, San Francisco 49ers, Santa Clara Vanguard, and California’s Great America.

According to Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce and Convention-Visitors Bureau President & CEO Steve Van Dorn, “Santa Clara has the combination of world-class sports facilities and community volunteers to make the city a top destination for sporting events.” For more information on the Santa Clara Sports Group, visit  and/or email

CVB Shows off Santa Clara to Travel Writers


Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) staff hosted a group of travel writers last month, showcasing Levi’s® Stadium, 49ers Museum by Sony, and Bourbon Steak & Pub among other visitor attractions. The group also visited Santa Clara University, Mission Santa Clara de Asis and Mission Gardens, Our Lady of Peace Statue, Intel Museum, and California’s Great America theme park.

Special thank you to the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara who provided accommodations for the group and also other participating hotels including the Santa Clara Marriott, Hilton Santa Clara, and Biltmore.  “I appreciate the work put into exposing us to different properties and attractions for our articles and columns,” said Ginny Prior of the Bay Area News Group and president of the Bay Area Travel Writers Association (BATW). Other participants included representatives from Meetings Focus magazine, Mountain Democrat, LAVISH Living Magazine – Sacramento,, Where San Francisco, and Foster Travel Publishing.


Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce Focuses on 2014 Election Season


After holding a very successful Santa Clara Chamber Political Action Committee (SCCPAC) fundraiser on August 7, our organization is now focused on several key candidate races and business issues that will be on the November 2014 ballot.

For those of you that were unable to attend our “Tailgate in the Stadium” on August 7, you missed a great opportunity to network with close to 200 business and elected leaders from our community.  Funds raised from this event will assist the    SCCPAC in supporting candidates running for office that support our business community and the free market system. 

The SCCPAC will be interviewing City Council candidates on September 12 at Ding Ding TV in Santa Clara.  These interviews will be streamed live and available on YouTube.  We will send out a link to the videos in one of our future membership emails, so stay tuned.  With the Mayor and two City Council seats (seats 2 and 5) up for election and eight candidates running, it will be a stimulating day. 

Santa Clara School Board candidate endorsements are also being considered for late September.  All SCCPAC final endorsements will be communicated to our entire membership through email and our newsletter.       

At our September 9 combined Government Relations Committee and Industrial and Commercial Economic Development Committee meeting we will be reviewing the State Propositions and Santa Clara Unified School District Bond Measure H.  Please join us at 8am at the Chamber office as we take a look at these very important issues that will impact the business community.

As you can see, we continue our strong advocacy for you, our members, making sure our elected officials consider the impacts their decisions have on the business community.    

We hope you will consider joining the discussion and attend our next Government Relations Committee meeting on September 9 at the Chamber office.  If you are unable to attend, please let me know if there is anything you’d like us to consider at the meeting that may be impacting your business.  You can always reach me at 408-380-1231 or by email at

Triton Free Fridays Monthly Performances At Museum



Every seat is a front-row seat at Triton Free Friday monthly performances. One Friday every month from Sept. through June, we have fresh and varied performances in the exquisite and intimate Triton Museum of Art. From Shakespeare to swing, ballet to Bharatanatyam, symphonies to soloists, and even a special mini-musical from the Lyric Theater.

Say hello again to old favorites and discover new ones. See friends, tour the Triton galleries, visit the gift shop, get coupons from local restaurants and enjoy refreshments provided by Santa Clara Sister Cities to help sponsor their outstanding exchange programs. Everyone’s welcome, so bring the kids. Shows start at 7:30 p.m. and run about an hour.

The season starts Friday Sept. 5, 2014 with Shri Krupa Dance. Besides being the oldest classical Indian dance company in the Bay Area, Shri Krupa’s performances are a richly colorful treat for the eyes. The evening will include selections from the company’s repertory of gorgeously costumed, highly expressive Bharata Natyam dance with live accompaniment by traditional musicians. Shri Krupa Director Vishal Ramani is known for both her artistry in the classical dance tradition as well as her openness to innovation.

On Oct. 3, 2014 we have Dave Rocha Jazz, and on Nov. 7, 2014 Tezkatlipoka Aztec Dance & Drum will present a very special Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration. On Dec. 5, following the annual Christmas Lighting, the Santa Clara Ballet will delight us with treats from its annual Nutcracker show. No reservations needed.

Triton Free Fridays are sponsored by the City of Santa Clara (, with volunteers from the Santa Clara Cultural Commission, Santa Clara Sister Cities Association (, and the Santa Clara Performing Arts Foundation ( Follow us at

Member Referrals for September 2014

We would like to recognize and acknowledge member referrals for 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.

Rena Flovin, with Alliance Occupational Medicine referred Jason Bogan with Toll House/Verge at the Toll House.   For a great place to stay and fine dining in Los Gatos, call Jason at (408) 884-1111 to make a reservation.  If you need a professional medical facility to handle your Workman’s Comp claims, contact Rena at (408) 228-8400.

Joe Siecinski with ActionCoach of Santa Clara referred Crystal LeQuang with Amazae, Inc. Call Crystal at (408) 249-2184 and plan your next party or event with style. Joe also referred Ram Iyer with Midas of Sunnyvale. Does your car need brakes, tires or an oil change? Call Ram at (408) 736-7376 and have your car ready for the road. To learn how to create more hours in your day and more money in your pocket, contact Joe at (408) 899-6737 for a free consultation with ActionCoach of Santa Clara!​

David Tobkin with Dave D. Tobkin, CPA referred Jewel Taylor with Auto Sport Pro Body Shop.   If your car is in need of body work or paint, contact Jewel at (408) 294-1776 and he will have it looking like new in no time.  Need a CPA for your business or personal?  Contact David at (408) 247-7642 to find those extra deductions and save money on your taxes.

Want to see your name here?  If someone you know would benefit by joining the Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce, please refer them to Carol Zimring at (408) 380-1236.  Every month we publish new member referrals, listing both the new member and the Chamber member who referred them.   When a member has referred a total of three new members, they will receive a $100.00 advertising credit for use in our weekly and monthly publications.