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August Newsletter


Helping our business community grow and impact our city
Richmond Main Street Initiative Receives National Recognition for Revitalization of Downtown
Richmond Main Street Initiative (RMSI) has been designated as an accredited Main Street America™ program for meeting rigorous performance standards set by the National Main Street Center……


Mom & Pop Art Shop – A Modern Twist on an Old General Store


As a kid, Jacinto Castillo spent years on the road with his father’s traveling band. Being immersed in music and around creative people sparked his own love of art.
“I like to find objects and try to paint on things that would otherwise be trash, I guess,” said Castillo.


By Malcolm Marshall, Richmond Pulse



Picnic in the Point is here again!


The Point Richmond Business Association and Point Richmond Neighborhood Council are hosting the 7th annual “Picnic in the Point” on Saturday, September 24, 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm 
We are asking that your business be sponsor of this event…
Richmond PAL
35th Annual
Scramble Golf Tournament
Tilden Park Golf Course
We’re pulling out all the clubs… Join us and help double our proceeds….









AT&T is offering low-cost wireline home Internet service to qualifying households:


With at least one resident who participates in the U.S. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)….




The Richmond Chamber of Commerce welcomes their new and existing
 Ambassadors for 2016!


The Ambassadors are known as “The Party People.” As the welcoming arm of the Chamber, they enjoy many benefits and many networking perks…Read more



The Richmond Interfaith Program (GRIP) invites you join us as a sponsor and take a stand to hunger and homelessness in Contra Costa County….











Why is my health insurance going up?


The Covered California insurance rate is set to increase an average of 13.2% statewide…..




Summer Business Mixer Celebrating 20 years of La Strada.


On July 14, 2016, the Richmond Chamber of Commerce teamed up with the El Cerrito Chamber of Commerce and San Pablo EDC for the monthly Business Mixer hosted by La Strada also celebrating their 20 year anniversary. Cocktails, and delicious appetizers were served. There were over 60 business people mixing and networking, prizes were raffled! Thank you for those who attended, thank you to the Richmond Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors that helped during the event! Thank you La Strada for your hospitality, and your support to the community, we look forward to celebrating many more years of business with you!


Brighter Beginnings Family Health Clinic Open House, Health Fair & Ribbon Cutting!


On Friday, July 29th Brighter Beginnings hosted a Health Fair at their Family Health Clinic located at 2727 Macdonald Avenue. Over 50 community partners were present, and community members were able to access community resources, enroll in health insurance plans, schedule appointments, and tour the newly-renovated facility. For more information about Brighter Beginnings, visit Thank you to the Richmond Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors for their participation during the Ribbon Cutting and information Booth!


Come and Support Richmond Chamber Events

Mixing & Bowling: August Business Mixer at the Albany Bowl

August 11 / 5 pm to 7 pm

Bowling, Mixing, and food. First drink on us!
Members: $10.00 Non Members: $20.00 



Save the date for the Quarterly Breakfast for Business!



At this anticipated Breakfast for Business, Alex Wilcox Co-Founder of Jetblue & Jetsuite will be our keynote speaker.
Please register, limited seating! Breakfast will be served, from 7:15-8 am. Meeting will commence at 8:00 am.This is a Free Breakfast. We are expecting a full house,so please register to secure your seat! We are asking for a donation of your choice that will go towards a local non-profit!


August 31, 2016 from 7:30-9 AM

Interested in being a sponsor for the Breakfast for business that gathers over 200 attendees? Email for information and details! 
Support our community by thinking of Chamber Members
San Pablo Economic Development Corporation 


Time management workshop/Thursday August 4, 2016
Learn the strategies of becoming a valuable Employee
More info & RSVP here!



Richmond Main Street Initiative


Come Downtown for Music, Food & Fun for the Entire Family!
Richmond Main Street presents: 15th annual Music on the Main summer concert
FEATURING: Andre Thierry (Zydeco), But-tah & The Buttahluv Band (R&B)
PLUS: Food Booths & Trucks * Vendors * Beer Garden * Dancing * Info Booths * Family Fun Zone * Prizes * Free Bike Parking * Giveaways * and more!
All ages! Free admission!

Wednesday, August 10 from 5-7:30 pm


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


Rosie Rally & Home front Festival
We broke the Guinness World Record last year, only to have the Michigan Rosies break it again… Let’s take it back!
Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park, along with Rosie the Riveter Trust, the City of Richmond, and other great partners, are hoping for a turn-out of 5,000 to help us break the record for the most people dressed as Rosie the Riveter in one place!



Council of Industries General Meeting 
Wednesday – August 17 12noon-1:30pm
Hotel Mac
50 Washington Avenue
Upstairs Banquet Room
Mark you calendars to meet with our incumbent Council Members — JAEL MYRICK AND VINAY PIMPLE.
 Please RSVP by Monday August 8th
 Members: $40
Nonmembers: $45


Salesian Classic Car Show 


Salesian’s Science Club is hosting its Second Annual Classic Car Show Saturday September 10, 10am-3pm.  This year’s fundraiser will benefit students traveling to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands.  In addition to cars, the event will feature music and a car show DJ, vendor booths, food trucks, beverages, 50/50 raffle, and more.  Car registration fee is $15 (first 50 will receive a dash plaque).  We are also looking for vendors and sponsors (name/logo will be included on back of collectible t-shirt) 


Spectator entry fee is $7 
(under 12 years of age is free)


Register your car here!

or email for more information



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 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)





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