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 Pittsburg Chamber welcomes

new CEO......................................... 1  Pittsburg and Antioch Chambers Host Techpalooza 2012..................... 2  Pittsburg Honors Anniversary of WWII Death March............................. 3  From the President................. 4

ISSUE 5

VOLUME 44

May 2012

Business Today Pittsburg Chamber welcomes New CEO...

the official publication of the pittsburg chamber of commerce Ron Rives, President of the Pittsburg Chamber of Commerce, announced today the Chamber has hired Harry York as its new CEO:

York’s notable achievements during his other executive positions include development of the Concord Chamber’s governmental programs at the state and local levels, defeat of a proposed state “The Pittsburg Chamber of Commerce is pleased Gross Receipt Tax at the 2003 Nevada Legislature, to announce that we have hired Harry York as our and reorganization of the Brentwood Chamber’s new Executive Vice President and Chief Executive offices to be more like a business. Officer. York stated, “I am excited about the opportunity be York is the former Executive Vice President of the able to return home and be able to do what I love to Concord, California Chamber, CEO of the Renodo, be part of growing a community and helping Sparks, Nevada Chamber, and the Brentwood, businesses of all sizes prosper. My first priorities California Chamber. We were fortunate that a will be to expand the business networking person of Harry’s stature, experience and opportunities the Chamber currently offers, qualifications was available to take this position. update the internal organization of the Chamber, and get the Chamber very We received a number of applications from all involved in governmental activities at all levels.” The Pittsburg Chamber sponsors over the western United States, and over half had the annual Seafood Festival which has been the largest single event of its kind in prior chamber executive experience. It was telling Contra Costa County, at times outdrawing the County Fair. York has prior that many applicants listed on their resumes that experience with the Brentwood Corn Fest and has already expressed exciting they had taken certain chamber related classes. ideas to improve the Seafood Festival. Pittsburg Chamber Search Committee Harry taught those classes. The Pittsburg Chair Tim Stone, a former chamber president, remarked, “We are very lucky to Chamber is one of the most active and most land not only a very experienced chamber executive, but someone who grew up, successful chambers for its size in the United worked in, and knows our region very well. He will help our Pittsburg businesses States. Harry York and the Pittsburg Chamber are grow and succeed.” an ideal fit. With his experience and background, Pittsburg’s former CEO, Meredith Ladich, left the Chamber in December of last Harry will be able to help us move the Pittsburg year for family illness reasons. Long-time Chamber CEO, Mary Coniglio, filled in Chamber to a new level of involvement in the while the Chamber searched for a new CEO. “The Chamber Board is committed community and the region. Harry has relationships in government and business that will that the Chamber will re-focus on its core mission, business development and support,” said Rives, “I know that Harry is the right choice to further that mission. be helpful in meeting the chamber’s mission to strengthen and support the business community.” Harry doesn’t officially start until May 1, 2012, but he is already meeting with staff, city officials, and business leaders to get a running start.” York is married to Sharon, has two sons, John and David, and two daughters, Christina, a recent graduate of St Mary’s College, and Ashley, a recent graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno. He currently resides in the Reno, Nevada area and works as a business consultant.

2012 Presidents Club Members 2012 Partners Dow Chemical

Ramar foods international

Mechanics Bank

Wells fargo bank


Pittsburg Chamber of Commerce

TechPalooza 2012

Executive Board of Directors 2012 President Ron Rives Law Offices of Ronald Rives

1st Vice President PJ Quesada Ramar Foods International

2nd Vice President Dave Adler

The Pittsburg and Antioch chambers of commerce hosted the first annual TechPalooza event on Thursday, April 5 at Los Medanos Community College in Pittsburg. TechPalooza 2012 was a huge success and consited of a daylong roundtable event dedicated to educating 200 small business owners on ways to transform their business through technology while also giving technology vendors an opportunity to disseminate information on products that can help small businesses succeed.

Pittsburg Disposal

Chief Financial Officer Jim Miller JMA Architecture

Past President Bruce LeMay Raley’s Supermarket

DIRECTORS Mike Marcy, Tesoro Refinery & Marketing Co. Paul Rives, Law Offices of Ronald Rives Jason Cox, USS-POSCO

“Being an attorney and small business owner in Antioch, I saw a need to have an event to educate our small business community on technology. Instead of having an Antioch only event I wanted to join with other chambers such as Pittsburg to make this a large regional event which benefited all of the local businesses and technology presenters,” said Matthew Hart, Antioch Chamber, Technology Chair Executive Board Member.

Danny Lopez, Careful Design Bill Greaves, GenOn Osbaldo Garcia, Mechanics Bank Reginald Huey, Sutter Delta Medical Center Doris Bedford, Bedford & Associates Dan Scales, Dan Scales Funeral Services, Inc. Carol Del Monte, Bank of the West

The TechPalooza 2012 event accomplished it’s goal to educate small businesses through 3 speaker panels each comprised of 4 to 5 vendors that addressed a topic for 10 minutes that fit within the theme of the panel. The panels consited of:

Lynn Fogleman, New Decade Realty Sam Totah, R.C. Fischer & .Company Erick Gonzalez, Pet Sport USA Tim Stone, Ready Print

NON VOTING MEMBERS Lindy K. Maynes, Los Medanos College

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Small Business Systems & Security Apps and Mobility Using Technology for Marketing

The list of vendors included: Cisco, HP, AT&T Marketing and Mobility, Solid Networks, Constant Contact to name a few. “This event was the first of it’s kind in the Contra Costa area and a terrific opportunity for for technology companies and small businesses to connect”. said Monica Couture, Director of Operations for the Pittsburg Chamber of Commerce. The Pittsburg and Antioch chambers would like to thank all those who attended this exciting event and we look forward to the collaboration for TechPalooza 2013!

Antioch Chamber Exec. Sean Wright and Pittsburg Chamber V.P. PJ Quesda TechPalooza 2012 Andrian Badger TechPalooza 2012 Los Medanos College, Pittsburg Ca.

Linda Rondeau, Pittsburg Unified School District Brad Nail, City of Pittsburg Lt. Ron Raman, Pittsburg Police Department

EMPLOYEES Mary Coniglio , Interim CEO Monica Couture, Director of Operations Tina Archuleta, Executive Assistant

Business Today

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Eye on Pittsburg.... Chamber Happenings Networking Breakfast Our Networking Breakfast at Country Waffles on Wednesday April 18th was a terrific event. Attendees recieved valuable information from CCCounty Workforce Development, EastBay POWs on the Bataan Death March. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Pittsburg honors anniversary of WWII Philippines death march

Works, & CCC Workforce Services. for more info. on resources please contact the Chamber .

Coffee & Commerce

Pittsburg was once a big military

fled the region with her mother,

town, and many of its residents

when her father was among the Dolojan, president of the soldiers captured. He escaped Fil-American Association of

this month focused on updates

Addington joined the Chamber in

Death March of 1942.

and fled to the island of Basilan, Pittsburg, worked diligently to where Dolojan and her mother collect written accounts from

It was 70 years ago now, in the

joined him, and the family hid

The Coffee & Commerce event

thick of World War II, that the

from enemy forces until the end Pittsburg resident Roger of the war. Tumbaga, also the son of a

are veterans, but none seem to remain who survived the Bataan

Japanese army defeated U.S. and Filipino forces at the Bataan

Center in Pittsburg.

survivors and their families.

Now, Dolojan says, it's time to

Peninsula in the Philippines.

soldier who marched, said he

honor the sacrifice and bravery

The Japanese soldiers then

sees the anniversary as "a

of the soldiers who gave their

began a horrific forced march of

rededication of our appreciation,

lives trying to defend the

78,000 prisoners of war that

& our faithfulness for their

Philippines and who endured

would span 65 miles and leave

service.” We wouldn't be here if

the horrible march. An official

thousands dead.

not for our fathers, and we will

commemoration was held on

never forget their courage."

Pittsburg resident Flora Dolojan

Saturday April 14th at

was just 4 years old, having

Filipino-American Cultural

By Sean Maher Contra Costa Times

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Business Today

from Pittsburg’s finest. Captain

a discussion on city wide updates.

was hosted at Nana’s Place, located a 3 Marina Blvd. The Chamber would like to give a special thank you to them for making this one of our best events yet!

Membership Drive The Pittsburg Chamber of Commerce held its 2012 Membership drive on Wednesday April 11th, 2012. This event was a great success and Chamber Board Members, Staff and

Monthly Q&A Technology Tips

Time for a data diet? Wireless operators' data plans usually limit

Our Coffee & Commerce meeting

Volunteers joined in the effort to

Consider using a smart mini browser, like Opera Mini. These keep you from downloading too much data to your phone.

contact a staggering 1,500 local

•If your streaming-music service offers the option, use your locally-stored playlist when on the go. Rhapsody fits this category.

on our final results.

•Update and download apps over WiFi. •Consider using mobile-friendly webpages. Our research shows they shave off a significant amount of data that otherwise would count against your cap. •Turn off images when nearing your cap. Most browsers make it easy.

businesses! Great job everyone...We will keep you posted

Membership Development luncheon Hosted by Chamber Members, ArcPoint. This luncheon was an informative look into topics on the benefits of pre-screenings and substance testing in the workplace. for info contact ArcPoint at (925) 267-3902

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Upcoming Events for May 2012 Helpful Tips... Quick tip of the Month...

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Meet City Council 8:00AM to 9:00AM

8:00AM to 1:00PM

If you use a mobile phone for your business, be sure to record your own automated greeting to answer phone messages. Let potential clients be made aware that you have acknowledged their communication with you, and that you will get back in touch with them as soon as you become available.

Business Blurb of the Month...

What is Social Media? Facebook has 750 million active users; Twitter just passed the 2 billion tweet mark; the internet giant Google is making their core products more social every day and launching their own social network. 50% of all phones sold are smartphones. 75% of Fortune 500s are using new tech. Our children are using new tech.Today, it is very possible that your customers are taking part in the social media revolution, and you can bet they would love to connect with you in there. Online marketing is a fantastic way to build your business, you can work on it from your own home on your own time, and it will need no initial investment. But building your business on the web requires some work, and you should be up to date with the newest technologies. Social media can offer some of those new technological tools that will help you create a meaningful online relationship with your customers. For more information and tips, Please contact Chamber Members: Ready Print Marketing Solutions at (925) 432-3145.

From the President: BEST BUY’S FOOLISH MISTAKE

by Ronald Rives, Chamber President

Ronaild Rives, 2012 Chamber President Law Offices of Ronald Rives

Business Today

Under pressure from online retailers undercutting the traditional storefront type of retailer, Best Buy has determined to change its business model and to close a number of its stores. Last week, we received the news that Best Buy intended to close its Pittsburg store in Century Plaza. This is a foolish mistake. Several years ago, the Albertson’s food chain was sold and the new owners determined to close the Pittsburg store on Railroad Avenue. As with Best Buy, the corporate ownership did not talk with the City of Pittsburg or with the Chamber to see if the community could put together a package of promotion and tax incentives to keep the business in town. So, the Albertson’s store was closed.

Today, Mi Pueblo occupies the building that Albertsons vacated. Mi Pueblo is thriving. During the week, the store is always busy. On weekends, the vast parking lot is so full that my parking lot, which is on the other side of Rairoad Avenue, is full of Mi Pueblo customers. We all recognize that the corporate executives think they know best. However, they fail to take into account the city’s aggressive policy of business retention, which is supported enthusiastically by the Chamber. Further, it is difficult to understand why Best Buy would close the store in the area of greatest population expansion in the Bay Area. Let us hope that the next retailer in the Best Buy space will have the same success as Mi Pueblo, and Best Buy will question their blunder in closing this store.

Business Starts Here Pittsburg Chamber of Commerce 985 Railroad Ave. Pittsburg, Ca. 94565 (925)432-7301 Newsletter Editor: Monica Couture, Pittsburg Chamber

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May 2012 Newsletter  

Pittsburg Chamber of Commerce Official Monthly Publication

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