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April 2016 Newsletter

Helping our business community grow and impact our city.
The Richmond Chamber of Commerce exists to provide services, resources and advocacy to foster growth in the business community and benefit West Contra Costa County.  We believe a healthy community can only be maintained by a strong local economy.  The Richmond Chamber represents and works for our members, which include businesses and organizations not only located in Richmond but those located elsewhere and doing business in Richmond.
Richmond Branding Campaign to Help City Prosper
by Tom Butt, Mayor of Richmond


The branding and marketing campaign will help publicize our business community and needs donations to finish the final phase.

New Overtime Rules for 2016 to Impact Non-Profits and Small Businesses 

by Bernadette Jones, 
Here’s what you need to know to help your business avoid unnecessary payroll expenses. 


Centralized Calendar for Richmond. 

A place to go to find out what’s happening in Richmond.  We made it easy for you to add your events.  To add your event to our calendar, create an event using a mail client and send an invitation to  That’s it.  Simple.

School District Helps Businesses Find Interns
By Rebecca Ross

An intern may be a phone call away, and if you can’t use one, you can sponsor one for a business that can.

7th Annual Summit to Prepare Students for Tech Careers
by Stacey Street

Businesses and schools in Northern California will be coming together on May 17th as the summit introduces a new career fair. Read more.

Legal Services Plans Help Small Businesses Afford Protection
by David Schoenthal

A huge number of small businesses face legal bills of thousands of dollars a year, but legal services plans make lawyers affordable. Read more.

Hilltop Mall Sale Provides Unparallelled Opportunity for Richmond and the County
by Cesar Zepeda

Community groups are shaping a vision for a project that would be a first of its kind in Northern California.  Read more.

Dynamic Leadership: Getting Around Blind Spots.  

by Sheella Mierson, Ph.D.

What if you could use a decision-making process to make your organization smarter than any one leader or even a small leadership team?Read more.

Go Solar and Become a Powerhouse
by Gene Manalo

You can take control of your energy costs by generating your own clean, more affordable solar energy with SolarCity. It’s a simple way to protect against rising energy bills.   Read more.

Opening Ceremony for Sailing America
Join us to welcome Strictly Sail Pacific to Richmond CA, and also as new members of the Richmond Chamber of Commerce! We will be providing a Ribbon Cutting as part of the ceremony. The Ceremony will will be on April 9th, 2016 from 10 am-10-30 am  The Festivities will continue on until April 10th! For full details go to



Welcome dinner for our new Chair and Board of Directors
Please join us as we welcome our new Chair for the Richmond Chamber of Commerce, Amit Patel, and our new Board of Directors.
April 8, 2016 at 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
La Strada Restaurant 2215 Church Ln San Pablo CA, 94806



April Mixer Assemble Restaurant
Trendy eatery with a full bar, industrial-chic vibe & bay views serving innovative American cuisine.
$10 for members and $20 for Non-members
Fee includes one drink with Live DJ



G & O Tires Special: Buy four new tires & receive a free tire alignment! Just mention this newsletter!


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






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