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Bay Area Construction Company Moves Headquarters to Alameda

New Amenities Come to Harbor Bay Business Park

Concreteworks Opens New Company in Alameda

Calling Alamedan Innovators of Industry

The Online Portal for All of Your Business Needs

DABA and WABA and GABA, Oh my!

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Deadline for 2016 Innovation Awards Nominations - 9.4.15

Know an Alamedan business making innovative contributions to their field? Nominate them for the East Bay Economic Development Alliance's 2016 Innovation Awards. Businesses can self-nominate. Click here for the online nomination form.


DABA's Customer Appreciation Day - 9.12.15

Participating businesses of the Downtown Alameda (formerly Park Street) Business Association (DABA) will be thanking local shoppers for their year-round support by offering a day of freebies, deals, food, and entertainment. For updates, follow @ShopParkStreet on Twitter. 
 
CHOOSE ALAMEDA

We're Here to Help

If you are a business, property owner, or broker interested in doing business in Alameda, or an existing business here, our Economic Development Division staff of dedicated professionals are here to assist you over the full life-cycle of establishing or operating your business in Alameda, from site selection to ribbon cutting.  Please give us a call at (510) 747-6890, e-mail econdev@alamedaca.gov, or stop by and talk with us.  We are located at Alameda City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave, Suite 120.

 
Bay Area Construction Company Moves HQ to Alameda

McGuire & Hester, the highly regarded civil engineering and construction services company, is building its new 22,868-square foot corporate headquarters in Alameda. Project plans were approved by the Planning Board in May, and construction on the new office is slated to begin by the end of 2015. McGuire & Hester picked a beautiful location for its employees and visiting clients, right on the water with sweeping Bay views and immediate access to a shoreline pedestrian trail.  This is characteristic for a company ranked among the Top 50 Workplaces in the Bay Area by Bay Area Newsgroup, and considered one of the “coolest places” to work by local radio station, Star 101.3 FM (McGuire & Hester even has a “mud run” team).

The two-story building is within a quarter of a mile of the Harbor Bay Ferry Terminal and is part of the Esplanade development—a 9.25 acre, fully-entitled site with some of the last remaining parcels available for commercial development on the Harbor Bay waterfront.  Oakland International Airport is just five minutes away.  

New Amenities Come to Harbor Bay Business Park

After years of limited lunchtime options, the nearly 3,000 employees at Harbor Bay Business Park are getting their first sit-down restaurant, Oscar’s Grill. Oscar’s opened July 20th at 1411 Harbor Bay Parkway, and features California cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere. This restaurant is the third venture of joint-owners Oscar, Rudy, and Sharon Granados. The trio also owns El Caballo Wraps here in Alameda, where they have done business for ten years, and Rudy’s Gourmet Mexican in Rocklin, California.

This new endeavor came about when neighboring medical device company and one of Alameda’s largest private-sector employers, Penumbra Inc., saw the need for a nearby eatery and included the restaurant in its expansion plans laid out in late 2014. Adam Elsesser, Penumbra CEO and emphatic fan of El Caballo Wraps, reached out to the Granadoses to fill the space and to bring the same high-quality cuisine to his 1,000 plus employees. With the large employee base at Harbor Bay Business Park, two nearby hotels, and the Bay Farm residential community, Oscar’s is well-positioned for success and could be the catalyst for additional restaurants at the park. 

Concreteworks Opens New Company in Alameda

Concreteworks, a full-service design and fabrication studio based in Oakland, recently opened a new company in Alameda, occupying an 83,500 square-foot industrial building on Blanding Avenue. “What really helped seal the deal was the warm reception we received from City officials,” said Mike McDonald, Concreteworks’ Chief Operating Officer, on selecting Alameda as the location for their new business.  “They went out of their way to make us feel welcome.”

Concreteworks creates original, site-specific furniture and landscape elements for restaurants, hotels, resorts, and luxury homes.  You can find an example of their product right here on the Island; they custom-made the contemporary bar counters for St. George Spirits’ tasting room at Alameda Point.  The new company, Concreteworks Cladding Co., is focused on larger-scale manufacturing of building facades and other architectural features, which may be used for retail stores and commercial buildings.  Their work is in demand and far-reaching, and was even incorporated into the interior design of the FRAC Center in Orleans, France.  Concreteworks Cladding has 50 employees and hopes to double in size over the next year. 

Calling Alamedan Innovators of Industry

The date and location have been set for the East Bay Economic Development Alliance’s (EBEDA) 2016 Innovation Awards --now all that is needed are the nominees. EBEDA is accepting nominations now through September 4th. The awards ceremony, takes place on February 25, 2016, at the Fox Theater in Oakland. The EBEDA is looking for Bay Area companies that are making breakthrough contributions in the following industries: clean technology, advanced manufacturing, information and/or communication technology, food, life sciences, engineering and design, education, and catalyst companies.

Nominations can be completed online, and companies may self-nominate. As you may recall from our March edition, Alameda’s own Deep Ocean Exploration and Research (DOER) took home the 2015 Innovation Award for engineering and design, while Abbott Diabetes Care won for life sciences. Help keep Alameda on the map as a leader in innovation by getting your nominations in by September 4th. If you would like assistance nominating a local business, please contact Eric Fonstein, Development Manager, at efonstei@alamedaca.gov, or by calling (510) 747-6890.  To check out the winners and nominees from last year, click here

 

The Online Portal for All of Your Business Needs

Starting and running a business can be a difficult and confusing process. That is why the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) has launched a new online business portal, where you can get streamlined information to help you successfully operate your business. Accessed through www.BusinessPortal.ca.gov, the portal provides information on starting a new business, permits and licenses, incentives, and local resources. Use the portal’s Quick Start Guides to learn vital information for starting, and expanding by business type. The California Business Navigator feature provides custom information such as permits, licenses and incentives. Commonly asked questions can be answered by using the Service Desk. All of this and more can be found on the new site. 

DABA and WABA and GABA, Oh My!

Park Street Business Association (PSBA) has officially switched over to its new moniker, Downtown Alameda Business Association, or “DABA,” or “The Downtown Association,” for short. The change comes with a brand new logo and web page, found at downtownalameda.org. The reasoning behind the change is two-fold:  “Downtown Alameda” provides an easily identifiable geographic location to anyone who hears the name, while also being inclusive of the entirety of the business district, which is not located solely on Park Street as the previous name suggests. Coincidentally, the new name also follows the same rhythm of the Island’s other business associations, WABA (West Alameda) and GABA (Greater Alameda). 

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