Member Referrals – March/April 2015

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.

Vice Mayor Debi Davis, council committee liaison for Santa Clara Sister Cities Association, referred Peter Kuo of Silicon Valley International Group, Inc.   If you need help with your business, contact Peter at (408) 746-5713 to learn more about the services they offer.  Peter specializes in assisting with marketing to retail and offers an analysis and strategic plan for businesses.  To find out more about the Santa Clara Sister Cities Association, call Debi at (408) 554-9964.

Ravinder Lal with The UPS Store referred Adriana Tayamen with All Pro Janitorial Services.  If you are looking for a cleaning service for your home, contact Adriana to learn about “green cleaning” and experience having your home sparkling clean without harsh chemicals.  You can contact her at (408) 917-9662 to learn more.   For shipping, packaging, creating signs, brochures and more, contact Ravinder at (408) 247-4010.

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.

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Spotlight on Pyramid of Leaders: UCSC Silicon Valley Extension

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Dr. Lynda Rogers, Dean of UCSC Extension

For the past 50 years, UCSC Silicon Valley Extension has provided high-quality career development for working professionals in more than 40 fields. UCSC Extension made Santa Clara its home in 2009, thanks in part to the community support and leadership of the Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce.

“As a provider of higher education, we exist to serve the community,” says Dr. Lynda Rogers, Dean of UCSC Extension. “Understanding and connecting with local business leaders is critical, not only to our success, but to the success of the city. The Chamber introduced us to local service organizations and helped anchor us in the community. Over the last five years, we’ve felt very supported, and our staff and students have really thrived.”

As Santa Clara grows, UCSC Extension plans to grow too, expanding its courses and programs to reflect the job skills that the community needs the most. That’s why Extension’s involvement with the Chamber of Commerce is so vital; by learning about the challenges and opportunities facing local professionals, it is able to best serve the needs of the community.

Spotlight On Pyramid Of Leaders: Irvine Company

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With roots dating back to 1864, the Irvine Company is one of California’s oldest and most successful real estate companies, best known for the master-planned communities we’ve planned and developed in the state.  For nearly 20 years, we’ve applied our design and planning expertise to the Silicon Valley, with a focus on creating special live and work communities featuring a balanced mix of housing near jobs, stores, restaurants, trails and other community amenities.

Unlike many community planners and builders, we never sell our properties, choosing instead to invest and reinvest in them to ensure they retain the same outstanding quality and appeal as the day they opened.  This unusual commitment to long-term ownership, combined with our proven master-planning approach to each project we undertake, is guiding our efforts in the City of Santa Clara.

Our goal is to build upon the sense of community felt by those who live in Santa Clara, and create great places to live, work, shop and play.  These include communities that:

  • Are walkable and attractive
  • Provide new housing choices near the City’s growing job base
  • Expand residents’ specialty retail and dining options
  • Attract both established and up-and-coming companies to Santa Clara and its highly-educated workforce

We are proud to work with the Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce as we provide some of our most ambitious master-planned projects locally to date and the benefits they provide to the City. 

Silicon Valley Chamber Business Xpo 2015!

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The second annual Silicon Valley Chamber Business XPO will take place on Thursday, April 23 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Santa Clara Convention Center. Featuring over 125 exhibitors from various chambers in Silicon Valley, attendees will have the opportunity to network with local business representatives and owners. Participating chambers include: Cupertino Chamber of Commerce, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Silicon Valley, Morgan Hill Chamber of Commerce, Mountain View Chamber of Commerce, Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce, San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce, Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce, Silicon Valley Chamber Coalition, and the Sunnyvale Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce. There is no cost to attend the XPO, but advanced registration is recommended. Prior to the XPO there will be seminars ranging from how to promote your business through the media (radio, print and television) to HR essentials to Networking 101. Separate registration is required for the seminars. Cost to attend the seminars is $10 per session. Seminars will run from 3:30-4:30 p.m. and 4:45-5:45 p.m. More details are available at tinyurl.com/ChamberXPO2015.

Sponsors of this year’s event include: Luxul Technology (Silver Sponsor), Silicon Valley Business Journal (Media Sponsor), and Alaska Airlines (Business Sponsor). Sponsorship opportunities are available through April 10 – please contact the Chamber office at (408) 244-8244 to learn more.

Focus on Santa Clara – Outlook 2015

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Interested in learning about what’s going on with all the building growth in Santa Clara?  Want to know what Santa Clara will look like 5-10 years from now?  Then plan on attending Focus on Santa Clara – Outlook 2015.  Join members of the region for a no-host reception where you can network and mingle.  The program will include Santa Clara’s Mayor Jamie Matthews state of the city update, letting you know what’s currently happening in the City and where it’s headed. Steve Van Dorn, President & CEO for the Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce will host a discussion with Steve Eimer, Executive Vice President of Related Cos. and Joshua Howard, Executive Director of the California Apartment Association, Tri-County Division.  Each will give highlights of what their organization is doing to enhance business and residential growth in our area.

Registration is $30 for Chamber Members and $45 for non-members.

Corporate sponsors include California’s Great America, El Camino Hospital, Graphic Packaging International, Inc., Hilton Santa Clara, Hyatt Regency Santa Clara, Intel Corporation, Irvine Company, Kaiser Permanente, Marvell, M.E. Fox & Company, Inc., Menlo Equities, Oracle, Related California, San Francisco 49ers, Santa Clara Valley Water District, Southwest Airlines, SummerHill Housing Group, and UCSC Silicon Valley Extension.

City & Chamber Fighting to Keep Convention Center & Other Valuable Land Due to RDA Dissolution

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As I have reported to you in the past, the City of Santa Clara and Chamber have been working very hard to keep over 100 acres of Santa Clara real estate out of the hands of the State, County and other taxing agencies that make up our Oversight Board.  Unfortunately, the courts in Sacramento recently ruled that Governor Brown’s RDA Dissolution law is legal and all assets purchased with redevelopment funds must now be returned to the State and Oversight Board agencies.

Many cities in California spent their RDA funds on human resources, studies and other miscellaneous City projects.  Santa Clara invested their funds in purchasing land and building a convention center to provide future revenues for the City and to promote economic development.  In fact, several years ago, the City Council made a bold decision and asked the voters to approve purchasing the Great America property with RDA funds.  The voters approved this and not only saved the amusement park from closing, but also brought in an additional $5 million a year in lease revenue to the City’s general fund.  The Convention Center, Hyatt Regency, Tech Mart and Hilton Hotel were other examples of this sound RDA investment strategy.

The overall strategy paid off and brought over $13 million a year in lease revenue to the City’s general fund to pay for police, fire and infrastructure improvements.  It also led the way to major expansion and development of our North of Bayshore area.

Unfortunately, Governor Brown and the legislature passed a law that will now take these assets away from the City.  The Oversight Board is moving forward swiftly to move the land assets and Convention Center away from the City to be sold to the highest bidder.  These proceeds will not be coming to the City and will be dispersed to the Oversight Board member’s taxing organizations and State as required by law.    

I hope you agree with me and find this is simply outrageous.  Unfortunately, there is little we can do since the court has made a final ruling in favor of the Governor’s law.  We do hope that the Convention Center will remain under the control of the City, but it is still too early to know what will finally happen.

Imagine our Convention Center being run and owned by another company that has no skin in the game.  They could do whatever they wanted to meet their bottom line numbers reporting to agencies that don’t even represent the City.  We certainly hope this does not become the final outcome.

We are working very closely with the City Manager and Council in making every effort to be sure our voice is heard throughout this process.  If you’d like to have your voice heard, please reach out to Ken Yeager your County Supervisor.  He can be reached at 408-299-5040 or by email at supervisor.yeager@bos.sccgov.org.

Steve Van Dorn

Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce & Convention-Visitors Bureau President and CEO

steve.vandorn@santaclara.org

Member Referrals for February 2015

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.

Jim Mercurio with San Francisco 49ers referred Walter Wilson with Minority Business Consortium.   If you are or know of a minority business that needs assistance, contact Walter at 408-660-9271 to learn more.  To contact Jim for the latest on the 49ers, call 408-562-4949.  Go Niners!!

Ravinder Lal with The UPS Store #4636 referred Rebecca Wang with Touch to Heal SPA.   For a relaxing way to relieve the stress of everyday life, contact Rebecca at 408-271-8729 and schedule an appointment for a healing massage.  Do you need flyers, business cards, posters or signs for your business?  Did you know the UPS Store #4636 on Homestead does much more than packing and shipping?  Call Ravinder at 408-247-4010 to find out more.

Kam Barn with U-Haul Co. of Southbay referred one of his colleges, Marlon Masongcay with U-Haul Moving & Storage.  If you are moving or need a place to store your belongings until you find that perfect home, contact Kam at 510-224-7608 or Marlon at 408-660-3108.

Sergio Oliveri with Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce & Convention-Visitors Bureau referred Gene Campbell and Kristen Kintner with The Glasshouse SJ, LLC.  Are you looking for a unique and awesome venue to host an event?  Contact Kristen at 408-606-8148 and find out more about this fantastic venue right in downtown San Jose!

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.