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July Newsletter

Richmond Chamber Newsletter

Helping our business community grow and impact our city
Opportunity Is Knocking. It’s Time for Richmond to Answer: 


Darlene Rios Drapkin, Principal, Urban Transformation
Over the course of the last 20 years, I have had the opportunity to work closely with economic development officials from cities across the country….
Read more



How Much Are Your HR Practices Really Costing You?
You Could Be Losing Thousands Unnecessarily


My Sweet Remedy


By Jacob L Massler
Green Remedy Collective


The cannabis industry is establishing itself as a legitimate business and the people who work in that industry are your neighbors, your brothers, your cousins, and your friends….
Read more


Want to include your article on our next Newsletter?

All members of the Richmond Chamber are invited to write an article. Articles must be submitted by the 25th of every month and will be released at the beginning of the month in our monthly newsletter. 500 word max. Please submit your article at


Richmond Chamber of Commerce celebrates their


June Mixer at the

Riggers Loft Wine Company.

The Riggers Loft Wine Company located next to the SS Red Oak Victory, opens their doors to host the Richmond Chamber’s Monthly Networking Mixer.Great ambiance, delicious wine and appetizers, a wonderful view, and a very friendly and welcoming staff is what really made this evening complete! Thank you Kevin & Barbara for welcoming us to your business!
More photos from the event are on the Mercury News Website 


RCOC Open House Sponsored by Sonic.


A very successful Open House was held on June 16th at the new and modern Richmond Chamber of Commerce office. More than 60 people gathered for lunch,
provided by El Sol Restaurant and Quiche & Carry. Thank you to our sponsor
 Sonic, and their great team for their great hospitality and information booth for our guests! 
prides themselves on providing fast, and affordable internet access to all their customers. For more details and information please email 
Edgar de Leon
, or call 
(510) 385-2813
City Council Meeting
Items of note for #RichmondBusinesses in the upcoming #RichmondCityCouncil Meeting
Richmond City Council Meeting on Tuesday, July 5. 


H-20: A 0.005% Sales Tax to fund transportation improvements in Contra Costa County & Amendments to the Growth Management Program in the Measure J Transportation Expenditure Plan to match that found in the 2016 Proposed Transportation Expenditure Plan.


Public Hearings
I-2: Public Hearing to consider certification of the Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR), Rezoning, and Vesting Tentative Map for the Terminal One Project. “Proposed development of the site includes residential and public open space uses, as well as road, trail, and other improvements on and off the Project site.” (City of Richmond, CA. Official Website)


J-1: Resolution in support of amendments to Senate Bill 1107 “which extends the opportunity for citizen-funded election programs to all local governments in the State of California, including general law cities”


K-2: Resolution to submit to the voters a measure to assess a litter tax on certain businesses. “Under the proposal, the city’s fast food businesses, liquor stores, convenience markets, gas station mini-marts and large retailers serving carryout food would pay annual taxes. The proposal was fashioned after a similar first-of-its-kind tax in Oakland that passed in 2006.


The annual tax may range from $233 to $3,800 depending on the amount of a business’ gross receipts, according to city staff. The city could take in as much as $675,000 annually if all businesses complied with the tax requirement, according to its preliminary figures.


Come and Support Richmond Chamber Events

This July Mixer we are celebrating our Small Business of the Year and 20 years of La Strada Restaurant! 

Hosted by El Cerrito Chamber, San Pablo EDC, and the Richmond Chamber of Commerce
July 14 / 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Appetizers and no Host-Bar! 
Raffles, Networking & celebrating 20 years of
La Strada!


2215 Church Ln
San Pablo CA, 94806
Register Here
or pay CASH at the door! 


Support our community by thinking of Chamber Members
Brighter Beginnings

Family Health Clinic 
Open House, Health Fair and Grand Opening! 
Ribbon Cutting celebration provided by the Richmond Chamber of Commerce, and Vice Mayor Eduardo Martinez.
Enjoy FREE food, fun activities, a tour of our clinic, learn more about available services and community resources, and much more!
July 29, 2016
2727 Macdonald Ave, Richmond CA 
Nerdy Business Mixer co-hosted by Nerd Crossing

Wednesday, August 10, 5:30pm-7pm

$10 Entry
*Networking *Raffle Prizes * No-Host Bar
All proceeds go to the Boys and Girls Club of El Sobrante!
For more details
Click here!!


4660 Appian Way El Sobrante, CA




YES is Hiring! Development & Communications Manager
We are pleased to announce that YES Nature to Neighborhoods is currently seeking a Development & Communications Manager to join our growing team. This is a full-time position and the application period will be open until July 18, 2016. For a full job description,
please open the attached document or click
here to view online.



Neighboorhood Housing Services of the East Bay:


A First Time home buyer Pre-Purchase Workshop!
July 20th & 21, 2016
5pm- 8:30pm
700 South 26 street
Richmond CA 94804
Summer is here!
Take this opportunity to tune up your PCs, remove your viruses and back up your data at Nerd Crossing. Not sure why your computer is having problems? Nerd Crossing offers FREE diagnoses. So stop by the Nerd HQ and let the Nerds take a look!


All members of the Richmond Chamber of Commerce get a 10% discount on all services and products. Must mention this add!
For details email
July 12, 2016
5:00 pm-7:00 pm


The Old Homestead
995 Loring Ave
Crockett, CA 94585


All Chamber & Community members are welcome!
Free event! No Host Bar!


Hosted by Crockett, Hercules, Rodeo 
Ask us how you can get your own free video
Visionova HR Consulting’s Video

At Visionova HR Consulting, our virtual HR support platform is built around a network of SPHR and PHR certified professionals.


The Up & Under Pub and Grill’s Video  


At our friendly neighborhood pub, we feature everything from salads for the light ruggers to belly-filling large plates for the hungry ruggers.

Kaleidoscope Coffee is a destination coffee shop built around the strong and artistic community of Point Richmond.


 Amit Patel (Chair), Vernon Whitmore (Past-Chair), Fadhila Holman (Chair-Elect), John Ziesenhenne (Chair of Operations), Joe Lorenz (Former Chair), Chuck Carpenter, Michon Coleman, Micheal Davenport, Joe Fisher, Jerrold Hatchett, Jacqueline Majors, Bielle Moore, Raul Ramirez, Ed Reyes, Janet Silva, Sharla Sullivan,
Julie Waters
  Bruce Harter, Mojdeh Mehdizadeh, Lori Reese-Brown, Kyra Worthy
James Lee (President/CEO), Hastings Hart (Editor), Yolanda Oviedo (Event and Membership Director) Nadine Argueza (Media Director)


Stay Connected
3925 MacDonald Ave., Richmond CA 94805  (510) 234-3 512


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