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May 2016 Newsletter


Helping our business community grow and impact our city.
Sociocracy: A New Management System for Better Decisions
by Sheella Mierson, Ph.D., and Sarah Lozanova


Companies find increased employee buy-in and morale, and better information for decisions

The Bad and The Ugly Truth About Workplace Bullying

by Bernadette Jones, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Unchecked bullying drains an organization in multiple ways, but it can be dealt with effectively.


Richmond Chamber Renovates Office
After three weeks of complete tear down and renovation, the Richmond Chamber’s new office is now open. Look out for an open house party coming soon!




My name is Joshua Pollack, and I’m the new chiropractic doctor in town. I set my new office in the El Cerrito Plaza because I know you shop there. I know this because there is not another See’s Candy store for twenty miles. (Just kidding. But if you don’t know See’s Candy maybe you need to look into it.)

On Saturday, June 4th from 12-3 p.m., we will be holding our grand opening party with the who’s who of the East Bay in attendance. I hope to see you there as well!

Legal Plans Are the Affordable Way to Create a Will
by David Schoenthal

Seven out of ten people do not have a will, and nine out of ten minorities do not have a will. We recently learned that the iconic singer Prince did not have a will, and now his estate may be subject to state probate.

Most people do not get their will done because of the cost and the lack of time available to complete it.
Don’t Miss Out on Our Mixers!


We had over 70 people attended our last business mixer on April 14 at Assemble Restaurant.

Everyone enjoyed an endless supply of delicious beef and portobello mushroom burgers. The beautiful space with spectacular views created a great atmosphere for networking, which a free drink and a live DJ made even better. 
Thank you to Assemble for being such a great host!


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, 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.


Come and Support Richmond Chamber Events

Chamber May Mixer: 
Tacos & Margaritas Mixer
May 12th / 5pm to 7pm
Homemade Sangria, Networking, and fun!
First Margarita or Sangria on us!
Come and have a chance to win free catering for your office.

Richmond Chamber Business Breakfast Meeting
Free Breakfast for All Business Owners

Come and join the largest business gathering in West Contra Costa to learn and hear what Richmond Chamber is doing to help our business community grow.  This is a free event but you must register.  We are expecting to be booked quickly.

May 25, 2016 at 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Courtyard Richmond 3150 Garrity Way, Richmond, CA 94806
Win a chance to get a free website makeover for your business.


VisionNova Brunch & Learn
7 Ways to Master New Over Time Rules
Join us for brunch and learn.  Have you heard, the Department of labor is planning to dramatically raise the minimum salary requirement for employees to qualify as exempt under the proposed new overtime rules?

Come and learn how this will affect your business.

May 19, 2016 10am to 11:30am at the Chamber Office

Register Here

Support our community by thinking of Chamber Member
La Strada’s Cinco de Mayo Special
The West Contra Costa County and the East Bay’s premiere Classic Italian Cuisine!
Come join us on
May 1-5th for Lunch and Dinner Special
La Strada Restaurant
2215 Church Lane
San Pablo, CA 94806
T (510) 237-9047
LIC. #901411 
Hate your nasty grout?
We clean & seal all grout, stone & tile inside & out. We re-grout, change the color of grout with concrete stain, replace broken tiles, all caulking needs & full tile installations.
Free Estimate
Solarcity has partnered with the Richmond Chamber of Commerce to help raise funds for non-profits in Richmond Area. For every RCOC member or supporter who goes solar
the organization gets $200 to donate to a nonprofit organization. 
For more info contact Gene Manalo
The Richmond Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce a new Member Benefit provided by LegalShield that will provide legal and identity theft plans for individuals, families and small businesses.
Perectage of your fee will go toward a nonprofit in the cifry of Richmond.

Travis Credit Union is offering

FREE Financial Education Seminars 

Richmond Public Library
Time: 5:30pm – 7:00pm Whittlesey Room
325 Civic Center Plaza Richmond, CA 94804
For schedule and more info please click here


Please join the Richmond in our may campaign for children’s hospital in Oakland.  we will be taking donations at or you may advertise on a 4×6 banner for any donation of $300.00 or more.  for more information, please contact me at or (510)898-2003


 Amit Patel (Chair), Vernon Whitmore (Past-Chair), Fadhila Holman (Chair-Elect), John Ziesenhenne (Chair of Operations), Joe Lorenz, 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 & Membership Director)




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