San Carlos 1500 Laurel Street, Suite B San Carlos, CA 94070 650.593.1068 www.sancarloschamber.org June 2011 CHAMBER EVENTS Social Media . . . 2- Hot Harvest Nights, 700 How Can YOU Use It? What to Expect block of Laurel St., 4-8 pm Learn the benefits of Social Media from your San Carlos Chamber business 2- Art Walk, 600 & 800 blocks colleagues who have successfully integrated social media into their business. Our of Laurel St., 4-8 pm panel of experts will answer questions from our moderator, Melanie Yunk of Roar- 3- Government Affairs ing Pajamas, and preside at a question and answer session. Get the answers to Library, 610 Elm St., questions such as “How do I get started?”, “How long does it take?”, “How do I 8-9 am know if it works?” and much more. 8– Mixer, 5:30-7 pm Tuesday, June 28 Ralph’s Vacuum & Sewing Center, 837 Main St., Two sessions to choose from: Redwood City 8-9:30 am — coffee & pastries 9– STAR Leads Group 5:30-7 pm — wine & hors d’ouevres Noon-1 pm Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1106 Alameda de las Pulgas Country Inn & Suites Members $15, Non-members $25 251 El Camino Real Look for a postcard in the mail for registration instructions or go 9– Hot Harvest Nights online to www.sancarloschamber.org. 9- Art Walk 16- Hot Harvest Nights 16- Art Walk In Memoriam 23– STAR Leads Group Noon—1 pm Mayor Country Inn & Suites 251 El Camino Real Omar Ahmad 23–Hot Harvest Nights 23- Art Walk Entrepreneur 28- Social Media Event Friend of Business 30- Hot Harvest Nights Civic Leader 30- Art Walk 30– Social Media Meet-Up mission To ensure a vital local economy through: • Economic development activi- Thank You to our Circle Members: ties • Business support & promotion • Advocacy on business issues san carlos chamber To enhance the quality of life in San Carlos by: • Promoting the City, its assets and its strengths. san carlos biz SAN CARLOS page 2 From the CEO’s Desk cÜxá|wxÇàËá `xáátzx by Dave Bouchard June is upon us, so lots of things are heating up. First is Govern- On Monday, June 6, the ment Affairs Council, held the leadership of the state leg- first Friday of every month at islature will celebrate Cali- fornia Small Business 8 am on the second floor of the Day in Sacramento, where San Carlos Library. At our next small businesses around meeting on Friday, June 3, our the state will be recognized guest will be Greg Rothaus by small business-friendly reporting on the successful tran- legislators and Gov. Jerry sition of our police services to the Brown. San Mateo County Sheriff's Department. Next there's Hot California Small Business Day was first estab- Harvest Nights, now in full swing in its 8th year. If you've lished in 2000 by the California Assembly hon- oring the contributions of small businesses. In been down to Laurel Street any Thursday evening in May, ten years it has grown to be a popular day-long you’ve noticed a new look and some new booths. event where Senators and Assembly members June also brings back the annual Art Walk every Thursday honor a small business owner from their dis- through August during Hot Harvest Nights, but on the trict. two blocks on either side of the event. The San Carlos business community and Cham- Next up is our monthly Chamber Mixer on Wednesday, ber of Commerce are fortunate to have one of June 8, at Ralph's Vacuum and Sewing Center, 837 Main our own, A+ Japanese Auto Repair, as a St. in Redwood City from 5:30 to 7 pm. Our mixers are a 2011 recipient of this honor. Assembly member terrific opportunity to network and catch up on what's Rich Gordon selected A+ Japanese Auto Repair going on in town, and...indulge in street rumors! For and owners Adam and Eric Sevim, who com- those who haven't heard of them, street rumors pertain pletely rebuilt their business plan based on making every operation in their company sus- to things we’ve heard about businesses coming to town tainable. They were certified as the First Green or potential developments that are being planned. Auto Repair Business in the county and have Who doesn't need more business these days? One of the made it their mission to be leaders in the auto- best business builders I know of is our STAR (Sharing Tips motive industry, not only for providing the high- and Referrals) leads group. Meetings are every second est level of service, but also for sustainable environmental and business practices. and fourth Thursday at the Country Inn & Suites, 251 El Camino Real from 12 noon to 1 pm. These free meetings They constantly seek new technologies, prod- are open to any Chamber member. There are no dues ucts, and techniques to reduce their carbon and no required leads to give, unlike other leads groups. footprint, while serving their customers at the This is a great way to advertise what you do and find out highest standards. They are invited to speak at what other members of STAR offer. The more you at- various sustainable events because of their honest enthusiasm for helping other businesses tend, the more likely others are to do business with you shift their focus from typical polluting practices or refer people to you. This is one of the most basic and to clean and sustainable methods. They help valuable benefits the Chamber provides. educate business owners on ways to get em- Finally, the Chamber will hold the first in a series of new ployee participation in lowering their carbon business builder events on Tuesday, June 28th. It will footprint. focus on how to use social media tools, such as Face- Other Small Business Day event highlights in- book, Twitter and LinkdIn to enhance your bottom line. clude sessions on “Buy California Small Busi- Check your mail for your invitation. See you around San ness First,” “Cutting Costs of Doing Business,” Carlos. and “Contracts for Small Business.” The San Carlos Chamber congratulates Adam and Eric Ron Collins Sevim of A+ Japanese Auto Repair as the re- President, 2011 Board of Directors cipients of the 2011 Small Business award from Assembly member Rich Gordon. Collins Insurance www.rscinsurance.com SAN CARLOS page 3 Membership Renewals We appreciate your loyalty! 41-50 Years 11-15 Years Peninsula Builders Exchange – 42 years 50/50 Muffler Service – 11 years Amici’s East Coast Pizzeria – 11 years 31-40 Years Animal Dental Clinic – 11 years Cabinet World – 34 years Ed Bright, State Farm – 11 years Cal Art & Engraving, Inc. – 13 years 26-30 Years CB Showers, Inc. – 13 years Custom Woodworks – 27 years Central Business Equipment – 11 years Allen Johansen, DDS – 28 years Creative Cabinets – 13 years L-3 Communications Electron Devices – 26 years Don Eaton – 11 years Footwear, Etc. – 14 years Justine Ford, Today Sotheby’s Int’l Realty – 11 years 21-25 Years Joyce Inouye, Intero Real Estate – 11 years The Pea Press – 23 years David & Gail Jacoby, MD’s – 14 years Mike King – 11 years 16-20 Years Mark’s Body Shop – 11 years Complete Tax Solutions, Inc. – 16 years Nordic Motors – 11 years Design Studio – 16 years Brian Perkins – 11 years The Earleys – 18 years RC SSE Federal Credit Union – 14 years Hotel San Carlos – 19 years Romig Engineers, Inc. – 11 years Partmann Consulting, Inc. – 16 years Deborah Saenz – 12 years SamTrans – 20 years Special F/X Salon – 11 years Stepford, Inc. – 14 years Zanette Aviation Insurance Svcs. – 11 years 6-10 Years Dr. John Boghossian, DDS – 10 years STAR Cambron Auto Body – 6 years (Sharing Tips And Referrals) Nancy Gutgsell – 6 years Josuma Coffee Company – 8 years Take advantage of the Chamber’s S.M. County Electrical Joint Apprenticeship – 8 years FREE leads group. 1-5 Years STAR Beadcentric Jewelry – 5 years Meets: 2nd & 4th Thursday Bonnie J. Addario Lung Center – 5 years of every month Caprino’s Restaurant – 2 years Country Inn & Suites Community United Church of Christ – 1 year 251 El Camino Real Dennco Plumbing – 4 years noon—1 pm Merry Moppet Preschool/Belmont Oaks Acad. – 2 years Mid Peninsula Vineyard Church – 4 years • Bring your bag lunch My Efficient Solution – 4 years • Make a 30-second self-introduction Personally Fit – 4 years • Hear speakers describe their business Pettinelli Financial Partners – 2 years • Exchange testimonials San Carlos Eye Care – 3 years • Stay an extra 15 minutes to network Smallman Construction & Electrical – 4 years Dale Sprock – 1 year Tutti Frutti – 1 year SAN CARLOS page 4 Hot Harvest Nights Opens! Sponsor Palo Alto Medical Foundation New Vendors Hot Harvest Nights Farmers’ Market June Band Schedule June 2 Big Dog & the Bite Classic Rock & Blues June 9 Blue Tuesday Sultry Blues, American June 16 High-N-Tight Classic Rock w/a Twist June 23 John Lawton & Friends Danceable Rock June 30 South City Blues Jump/Funk Blues & Jazz Music sponsored by Old Favorites SAN CARLOS page 5 Ambassador of the Month If you would like to know more about becoming a Chamber Ambassador, Kim McGee call the Chamber’s Wendy Schettino Kindercourt School 593- at 593-1068 System Join your fellow Chamber members currently serving as Ambassadors: Our hardworking Ambassador this month is Kim McGee, Vice • Nancy Bullock, Sparky’s Hot Rod Garage 650-595-8452 President of Operations for • Jessica Catalan, Waddell & Reed award-winning Kindercourt 704-4209 Schools, a preschool/daycare • Diana Coulter, Servpro of Belmont & San Carlos business owned by long-time San Carlos resident, 650-591-4137 • Paula Ebejer-Moffitt, Prima Printing Nancy Zirelli, and her partners Richard Leavitt and Les 650-637-0650 Neville. • Patrick Foley, Pettinelli Associates 650-595-4600 Kindercourt has been providing exceptional care for • Lee Forrester, Mary Kay 650-369-9735 infants and toddlers, preschool and • Linda Friedlin, Paul R. Nadler Ins. Services Kindergarten-aged children in San Carlos since 1979. 650-508-8000 “Miss Kim”, as the children know her, will be celebrat- • Mary Harris, Intero Real Estate ing her 30th year at Kindercourt this summer. 650-222-8857 • Nancy Haughton (chair), US Bank 650-637-2350 Kim is a San Carlos native, (her parents still live in the • Violaine M’Raihi, Coldwell Banker house she grew up in) and recognizes the value and 650-596-5560 impact a community like San Carlos can have on a per- • Bonnie MacKinnon, California Land 415-828-6961 son. Kim now lives in Redwood Shores with her hus- • Laura Marley, Prepaid Legal Services, Inc. band, Rod, and has two grown sons, (Kindercourt 650-594-1165 grads) Ryan (25) and Kyle (21). • Kim McGee, Kindercourt Schools 650-591-4882 • Jonathan Ong, Ambassador Services Kim and her coworkers at Kindercourt have been long- 650-593-6192 time supporters of the Chamber of Commerce and the • Charlotte Russell, Gina Vallee-State Farm City of San Carlos. Kim recently became an Ambassa- 650-593-8425 dor to gain more first-hand involvement in the • Angela Silva, A+ Japanese Auto Repair 650-595-2900 community, for herself and to represent the school of • Tricia Wales, Bay Area Self Storage which she is so proud. 650-631-7266 • Jennifer Wiegand, Paychex 650-296-5770 Kim invites you and your children to stop by one of the two Kindercourt locations, 1601 Laurel St. or 1225 Greenwood Ave., to say hello, or you can look her up on the web at www.kindercourt.com. Thanks for all you do for the Chamber, Kim! If you’d like to learn more about becoming an Ambassador, contact Chamber Events Manager Wendy Schettino at email@example.com. SAN CARLOS page 6 San Carlos Education Foundation’s Spring Fling, Wonderland for Education: It’s Important, Let’s Not Be Late! Some 800 guests and over 100 volunteers celebrated the 8th annual Spring Fling, benefitting all seven San Carlos public schools. Dressed in whimsical wonderland costumes and inspired to sustain their commitment to their community, guests went down the rabbit hole to bid on fabulous school and teacher events, parties, vacations, goods and services. The school district’s largest fundraising gala raised record amounts through generous donations from hundreds of parents, businesses and community members. Top auction income included donations from: Avenir Restaurant Group Bob Bredel of Today Sotheby’s International Realty Mfactor Van and Carol Mahamedi DaVinci Marble JB Tile & Stone Axiom Mobile Imaging Domenico Winery Emkay Diamonds Saffron Indian Bistro Mike and Beth Hunkapiller matched bids to support math and technology in each of the seven K-8 schools through the Fund-a-Need program which raised $124,000. The event raised close to $500,000 overall; no small achievement during one of the biggest budget crises in Califor- nia history. It speaks to the value local residents place in having quality education. The fundraiser made up 25% of the $2 million needed to help our schools cope with severe cutbacks in school funding. PTA Coordinating Council President Janet Hall and San Carlos Education Foundation Co-presidents Sallie Gasparini and Jennifer Kaufman thank all the volunteers, San Carlos Superintendent Craig Baker and Spring Fling Co-chairs Kim Kondo and Jayne Smith, and Operations Chair Tim King for their tireless efforts. Special kudos to Spring Fling Director Cris Adair for her contributions toward such a successful event. Ribbon Cuttings / Grand Openings Pushing Daisies - 600 Laurel St. San Carlos Pet Hospital - 718 El Camino Real Owner Denise Newman (in purple) holds the scissors Celebrating the 24 hours, 7 days-a-week Emergency Care at the ribbon cutting of Pushing Daisies, a new and they now offer, San Carlos Pet Hospital employees, decked delightful flower and gift shop. Customers can choose out in brightly colored shirts, gathered together to mark the from a wide variety of cut flowers, jewelry and gift new services. items at this darling and diminutive shop. SAN CARLOS page 7 Mixer at La Corneta It was a happy crowd at the April mixer hosted by La Corneta restaurant, 1147 San Carlos Ave. An array of flavorful Mexican appetizers greeted members who ate and networked under beautifully painted murals. Wine and sangria were served in keeping with the Mexican tradition. Thank you to our host, Joel Campos, and his crew for a wonderful welcome and bringing some warmth to all on a cool April evening. Mixer at Bay Area Self Storage A spacious 3000+ square foot storage space served as party central for an Hawaiian-inspired mixer at Bay Area Self Storage on May 11. Tropical floral tablecloths, bouquets on the check-in table and a lei for every attendee carried out the theme of the night. Our hosts provided delicious hors d’oeuvres, catered from Crystal Springs Catering, and a broad variety of wines. Thank you Bay Area Self Storage and Tricia Wales for the unique venue and unusual theme for May’s Chamber mixer. Members of the Bay Area Self Storage team SAN CARLOS page 8 Member News Welcome New Members This column is a way for you to share important news about your business or company. Email your news to Darren Normoyle-State Farm Insurance, 1568 Laurel firstname.lastname@example.org. St., Darren Normoyle, 637-2200, email@example.com. A State Farm office San Carlos Lions Club’s 3rd annual Parade Your providing insurance and financial services. Pride Car Show takes place Sunday, June 5, at Sparky’s Hot Rod Garage, 975 Industrial Rd. Free to the public, Teresa Kangas, Civic Member the car show also features live entertainment, food, Majestic Media Services, Rob Holt — telephone arts & crafts, hourly raffles, a live auction and soda correction: 465-3456 fountain treats. The show opens with a breakfast at 8 am, so go early and enjoy a day of hot rods, cars, food, Nancy’s Tailoring & Boutique, 889 Laurel St., Nancy prizes and fun. Proceeds go to San Carlos youth and Nguyen, 339-1525 community activities, San Carlos schools, the Eye Foun- J Shalda Design, Redwood Shores, Julie Shalda, dation and others. 415-606-9276, jshaldadesign.com. Enter your Car Be one of the first to register your car for a chance to Waddell & Reed, 1810 Gateway Dr., Ste. 340, San win a $100 prize. All entrants receive a T-shirt, dash Mateo, Jessica Catalan, 704-4209. plaque and goodie bag. For more information, call 400-2601 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Industrial Emergency Council Entertains Japanese Firefighters Again By Jim O’Donnell For the fourth year, the Industrial Emergency Council pro- vided training to a group from Japan on disaster rescue techniques. Twelve firefighters from various parts of Japan arrived in San Carlos on Sunday, March 6th, where they were put up at the Fairfield Inn. The training took place at the Menlo Park Urban Search and Rescue site where many such classes are held. The purpose of the training was to deliver hands-on experience for rescuing people from the result of man-made or natural disasters such as earthquakes. What made this week so unusual was that Japan suffered a major earthquake, and the tsunami that followed, on March 10th. That evening the Japanese firefighters were frantically calling or emailing home to find out if any of their families were affected by the disaster. At the same time all eyes were glued to the TV at the hotel to watch what was happening. These firefighters are rescue firefighters and training for exactly what was taking place in their country. A couple of the firefighters discovered family homes had been washed away. Another group was to arrive the following day but had to cancel the trip. The group here left for home and immediately began rescue operations. Their experience shows the necessity of training all emergency responders to react to any disaster that occurs. The Indus- trial Emergency Council, IEC, delivers such training every day of the year throughout the State and, many times, out of the country. Still in contact with the firefighters that returned home, it’s been learned that all their families are safe. They plan on returning soon to train again in rescue techniques.