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 1500 Laurel Street, Suite B             San Carlos, CA 94070            650.593.1068

          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
9- Art Walk
16- Hot Harvest Nights
16- Art Walk                                                             In Memoriam
23– STAR Leads Group
   Noon—1 pm
   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

To ensure a vital local economy
• Economic development activi-                                                 Thank You to our Circle Members:
• 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
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From the CEO’s Desk
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                      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
                                                     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
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                                          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
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 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
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
Kindercourt has been providing exceptional care for          •   Lee Forrester, Mary Kay
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
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
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
                                                             •   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
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
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

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
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 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.
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                                                   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                                     St., Darren Normoyle, 637-2200,
                                                       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.
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

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.

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