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Alameda Welcomes New Leader for Economic Development

City to Co-Sponsor Second Annual Youth Career & Job Fair


The Alameda Small Business Think Tank (Shark Tank with a Twist)

Dine Alameda: City Launches User-Friendly Restaurant Guide

In the Press
UPCOMING EVENTS

Crispian Bakery Ribbon Cutting  - 2.11.16
Celebrating six months in Alameda, the ribbon cutting ceremony for Crispian Bakery will begin at 5:30 p.m. at 1700 Park Street. For more information, contact Beth Woulfe at (510) 239-4751.

Alameda Small Business Think Tank  - 2.20.16
The next Think Tank workshop will be held at Argosy University, located at 1005 Atlantic Avenue from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Visit www.alamedathinktank.com for more information about how the Think Tank can help your small business succeed. You may also contact the Alameda Chamber of Commerce at (510) 522-0414.

East Bay EDA Innovation Awards  - 2.25.16
East Bay EDA will honor businesses from the Bay Area, including Alameda’s Sila Nanotechnologies, that have made significant contributions to their field and that push the boundaries of possibility. Awards ceremony will be held at the Fox Theater in Oakland. See nominees here.

Youth Career and Job Fair- 3.18.16
Does your business want to help youth build career pathways by offering jobs, summer internships, or career pathway information? Fill out and submit this online form by Friday, March 4, to take part in the second annual Youth Career & Job Fair, set to take place from 3 – 5 p.m. at Encinal High School (210 Central Avenue, Alameda). For more information, contact Eric Fonstein at (510) 747-6895.

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 Avenue, Suite 120.

 
Alameda Welcomes New Leader for Economic Development

Please join the City of Alameda in welcoming its new Economic Development Manager, Lois Butler. With a strong and successful background in corporate retail development, as well as experienced leadership roles in economic and community development for both City of Oakland and City of Reno, Lois has a unique understanding of both business and community needs. Her most recent position before coming to Alameda was with Men’s Wearhouse, where she was the Director of Architecture and Construction, and oversaw the development of more than 1,000 store projects across North America. Development of an updated Economic Development Strategic Plan and implementation of a Façade Improvement Grant Program are among the top priorities that Lois will be taking on in her first year with Alameda. With a long-standing affinity for the community and a sharp business sense, Lois promises to be a thoughtful and forward-thinking leader. Lois stated, “I have always loved Alameda.  When I lived in Oakland, I frequently came to Alameda to shop and dine.  Alameda is a vibrant City with wonderful citizens that actively engage in improving their community.  I am happy to be here and I look forward to working with the community to continue the success of this City into the future.” Lois and the Economic Development staff are here to assist you with your business needs. If you would like to introduce yourself, you can email Lois at LButler@alamedaca.gov, or call (510) 747-6894.

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City to Co-Sponsor Second Annual Youth Career & Job Fair

The City of Alameda, Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan, and the Alameda Unified School District are co-sponsoring a Youth Career & Job Fair at Encinal High School Gymnasium on Friday, March 18, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. 
Building on last year’s event, which attracted over 350 students, more than 25 businesses and organizations are anticipated to participate. During the event, high school students will have opportunities to apply for summer jobs and paid internships. Students, who may not be planning to attend a 4-year college, will have a chance to talk with representatives from the Peralta Community College District, and explore apprenticeships and other opportunities in vocational education.  

If your business or organization is interested in participating in the Youth Career & Job Fair, please fill out and submit this online form by Friday, March 4. You will receive a response regarding your interest no later than March 10. For more information about the internship program and the Youth Career & Job Fair, please contact the City of Alameda’s Economic Development Division at (510) 747-6890.

The Alameda Small Business Think Tank (Shark Tank with a Twist)

Would it surprise you to know that a business who is still operating five years after opening is considered a huge success?  According to the Small Business Association, over 50% of small businesses fail within the first five years. Research shows that lack of experience in areas such as pricing, financing and planning, accounts for the majority of these failures.

The Alameda Chamber of Commerce is committed to taking a bite out of these statistics by developing Business Education programs that can substantially increase the success rates of its members. Paramount to these efforts is the Alameda Small Business Think Tank, the Chamber’s equivalent to ABC’s popular reality show, Shark Tank, which has become the most watched show by entrepreneurs nationwide.

Like Shark Tank, The Alameda Small Business Think Tank features a panel of experts in topics such as accounting, growth strategies and financing who offer aspiring entrepreneurs insights into turning ideas into successful business strategies. Immediately following the Think Tank, workshops, held by the expert panel, will help attendees develop strategies to take their businesses to new levels of success.

The first Think Tank was a feeding frenzy of business insight and a learning experience like no other in the Bay Area. The next Think Tank will be held at Argosy University, February 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Visit www.alamedathintank.com for more information.

Dine Alameda: City Launches User-Friendly Restaurant Guide

Looking for great food? Any day of the week, Alameda has you covered. The City has launched a new, interactive online restaurant guide, located at alamedca.gov/rg, designed to help you find delicious local cuisine. This mobile device-friendly dining guide features a searchable menu, and allows users to click-to-call, view restaurant addresses in Google Maps, and click-through to restaurant websites for ease of viewing menus and other restaurant information. Printed guides remain available through the Community Development Department. If interested in receiving printed guides, please contact Catherine Bernal at (510) 747-6893.

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Teazzert on Park Street serves up tasty treats

Google expands operations at Alameda Point

South Shore, Alameda Landing and Harbor Bay boost City’s sales tax

Injera’s Ethiopian and Eritrean cuisine draws regional patronage

 

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