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September Newsletter

Richmond Chamber Newsletter

Helping our business community grow and impact our city
Join us for a very special evening, where we celebrate Non-Profits and 80 Years of the
Richmond Art Center. Sneak preview of their
Exhibition: Making Our Mark & Marking New Paths
Thursday, September 8, 2016 from 5 pm- 7 pm
Wine and appetizers will be served.
Non-profits that are members of the Richmond Chamber of Commerce come free, invite your staff!



“End Hunger While Helping Stimulate the Local Economy”

An estimated 4,000 households in Richmond are living under the federal poverty line, but are not yet enrolled in the CalFresh program.CalFresh (formerly known as food stamps) is the back bone in the fight against hunger throughout California…


Dr. Elizabeth Coscia: Shaping Global Citizens Through Travel
By Marta Yamamoto 
We started with local hikes. When Elzabeth Coscia came to Salesian nine years ago, students and the Salesian Community got more than an excellent science instructor…
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It Just Got More Expensive to Misclassify Exempt Employees!
August 1, 2016, The DOL Increased Penalties for Worker Misclassification


Business owners, COO and, Nonprofits, is your workforce ready? 
As the December 1st “Overtime Rule” deadline looms, the Department of Labor has increased penalties for employers…
RCOC Breakfast for Business Draws 200 People to the
Richmond Country Club


Another successful quarterly Breakfast for Business was held on Aug 31, 2016. 200 business people enjoyed great networking and heard Devin Lars and Alex Wilcox on struggles to success in building a business. Thank you everyone who attended. Please join us for our next Breakfast for Business in October. Date and location TBD.
A very special Thank you to our sponsors for their generous support!
Gold Sponsor:
Silver Sponsors:

RCOC Business Referral Network




The Richmond Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce a brand new benefit for its members: the opportunity to join a BNI-like business networking program called Business Referral Network, or BRN.
The BRN program already exists in several other Bay Area Chambers of Commerce such as San Ramon, Oakland, San Mateo, and San José. Many of our Chamber members already belong to a BNI chapter. However, there are currently no BNI chapters in Richmond, so our members travel to other cities to get the BNI experience.
The Business Referral Network is a proactive member group of and sponsored by the Richmond Chamber whose objective is to provide a bi-monthly networking program for the purpose of generating new business through referrals from fellow members.
Each BRN group will have 25-45 members, and shall consist of members representing non-competing businesses and organizations. To be eligible for membership in the Business Referral Network, a company must:
A)    Be a member in good standing with the Richmond Chamber of Commerce.
B)    Not be in competition with any other member of the Business Referral Network.
C)    Be in a position to provide referral group members with legitimate pre-qualified referrals.
We anticipate that this program will be very popular, so act quickly to secure your business’s place in the first group.
The cost to join BRN is just $150 a year. For more information on membership requirements and expectations, and to access an application,
click here.


Come and Support Richmond Chamber Events
10th Annual
First Responders BBQ Appreciation
The Richmond Chamber of Commerce & their Sponsors welcome everyone in the community for the 10th Annual First Responders BBQ Luncheon and Dinner. At this event, we honor all our First Responders
from the surrounding areas who continually
promote safety and service in our community.
All Police, Fire, and EMT eat fee!
Thursday, September 29, 2016
Lunch 11:00 – 2 pm Chili Cook Off
Dinner 5 pm -7 pm Live music, No-Host Bar


Show your appreciation by sponsoring this Luncheon while you promote your Business! 
Contact (510)234-3512 for details or Click here
Support our community by thinking of Chamber Members
Volunteer to become a Writer Coach
Volunteer to become a Writer Coach
at Richmond High School, Kennedy High School or Lovonya DeJean Middle School!
Writer coaches work with students one-on-one on their writing assignments and build caring relationships along the way. Coaches support students to think critically and to express their ideas in writing clearly and confidently. To develop these skills, crucial to college and workplace success, most students need more support than their schools can provide.
Coaching is a way to engage with young people in our public schools and to be an integral part of your community.
Register today to become a volunteer coach and attend an upcoming training:
  • WCC6  Fridays            9/9 & 9/16        9:30-12:30 pm  Alvarado Adult School
  • WCC7 Tuesdays         9/13 & 9/20      12:00-3:00 pm  Alvarado Adult School
Questions, contact June Pangelinan at or call 



8th Annual Spirit & Soul Festival & Fundraiser
8th annual Spirit & Soul Festival
Dancing on Main Street to Benefit Downtown
Saturday, September 17  |  1pm – 5pm

Macdonald Avenue from Harbour Way – 13th Street, Richmond, CA 94801

Live Music Featuring

BeaufunK with Michael Jeffries ~ A Bay Area premiere Funk band

Tia Carroll ~ Blues, R&B, Soul

PUSH ~ Classic American Rock & Original Roll with Dan Ashley, ABC 7 news anchor

Soul Progressions ~ Jazz | Soul | Funk — Straight out of East Bay Center for the Performing Arts

Outdoor Bazaar

Food Trucks & Booths * Artisan Vendors * Drawing Prizes

Beverage Pavilion: Beer, Wine & Main Street Margaritas * VIP Experience

Youth Zone & Community Stage * Info Booths & Activities

More Information

Get VIP Experience Tickets

Visit the
event webpage,
Follow on
Facebook, #SpiritSoulFestival

Call (510) 236-4049

Download the flyer:


Renaissance Richmond: Las Redes Sociales y su Negocio
Un taller de tres horas para aprender como comunicarse mejor a través de Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube y otros recursos de la red social, para promover su negocio!

En este taller, descubra cual plataforma es la mas apropiada para cumplir su meta de negocio, comprenda las bases de una comunicación efectiva y cree una estrategia sencilla pero con objetivos claros, para cumplir sus metas, planificando por adelantado.

September 19 @ 5:45 pm – 9:00 pm

Renaissance Richmond1500 MacDonald Avenue, Richmond, CA




Northern California Business EXPO
Successful Franchisors who are interested in expanding in the Northern California area are coming together to MEET YOU!

This “must-attend” event is for anyone who wants to:

Start a Business and Keep Your Job

Be Your Own Boss

Enjoy Career Independence 

Launch a Recession-Resistant Business

Learn About Financing Options

Diversify Your Investment Portfolio

Meet with Government Agencies


For more details or to register
click here!


WCC Literacy Coalition

Quarterly Meeting & Networking Event
At our first Coalition Quarterly Meeting on September 21, 2016, we will present the results of our summer and after-school literacy needs assessment, developed with Public Profit and distributed to over 50 partners in the summer of 2016. The resulting early literacy resource map contains data from dozens of organizations and partners offering literacy programs and services to children 0-9 years of age.
At this event, we will come together as a community of education advocates to talk about the identified gaps in early literacy services in West County, and to develop a plan of implementation in response to the needs that have been identified in our needs assessment. Refreshments will be served, and there will be structured time for networking and building partnerships.
Event Details:
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
East Bay Center for Performing Arts
339 11th Street
Richmond, CA 94801
For more information, and to register for the event,
click here



Renaissance Richmond Charla: Estructuras Legales para Negocios con Abogado Luis Montes
¿Conoce usted la mejor estructura legal para su pequeño neogcio? La estructura legal representa la forma en que el negocio está organizado. Es muy importante elegir la mejor estructura legal ya que ésta afectará todos los aspectos de su empresa, desde el pago de los impuestos hasta la responsabilidad financiera personal. Las estructuras legales más comunes son coporacion, sociedad de responsabilidad limitada, sociedad general, corporacion S, y propietario unico. Infórmese sobre estas clases de estructuras legales en este taller con el abogado Luis Montes.

Este evento es gratis para el publico.

september 21 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm



Point Richmond Business Association:
7th annual Picnic in the point
Saturday, September 24th 
12pm- 5pm 
Free to the public to enter and will feature live music. Games for kids, food and drinks, face-painting, and other activities for people of all ages will be available with purchase of a ticket. A portion of the proceeds will go to help fund Pt. Richmond non-profit programs. The event takes place at Judge George Carroll Park in Pt. Richmond. 


Scout-O-RAMA 2016
Come check your local Boy Scout & Girl Scout Units!
Pinewood Derby Racing

Bean Bag Launchers
Dunk Tank
Monkey Bridge
Water/Air rockets!
FREE S’mores & Popcorn!
Games & More!
Sunday, September 25, 1:00pm-4:00pm

Location: Camp Herms, 1100 James Place, El Cerrito CA 94530

Families of boys and girls interested in Scouting.


For more info, please contact:
Jose Rodriguez <>,
Evelyn Sanchez or
Len Bjeldanes
Save the Date! Mayor’s Business Roundtable Luncheon
September 28th 


Sponsored by the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts


Email Chistopher Whitmore if you would like to be notified whrn RSVPs are available!
There is a $10 fee for attending the lunch, Proceeds support the Mayor’s Community Benefits Fund



Rodeo Chamber Chili Cook-Off & Car Show
at LEFTY GOMEZ in Rodeo
and the
Rodeo Round-Up 5K Fun-Run
Come one….come all…it’s a FREE Community Event.
Chili Tasting Tickets on Sale during Event.
Don’t be late for the tasting.
Cars  –  Vendors  –  Chili Tasting – Food  –  Kids Activities
Please see the attached Flyers and registration form.
Please pay close attention of the deadlines for all Car registrants.
There will be NO SAME DAY REGISTRATION for CARS, Chili Cookers or Non-Food Vendors.

Car Registration Form

Chili Registration Form

2017 East Bay Innovation Award Nominations
Nominations for our 2017 East Bay Innovation Awards opened August 12. 
There are 8 competitive categories:  Advanced Manufacturing, Clean Tech, Education, Engineering & Design, Food, Information and/or Communication Technology, Life Sciences and Catalyst of the Year.  The Catalyst category is for an organization/company crossing traditional boundaries.  The deadline for nomination submissions is September 28, 2016.  Visit the 2017 East Bay Innovation Awards website for more information and the online nomination form.
The event will be hosted on March 9, 2017 at the historic Fox Theater in Oakland (5:00 pm – 8:30 pm).  Registration for the event will open in January 2017.  Sponsorship opportunities are available:



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