President's Message for September 2016
Have you noticed the new awning and signage at our Chamber Office, 3769-B San Pablo Dam Road? We think it looks great! Our hours of operation are from 10 am to noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Thanks go to the volunteers who have so willingly offered to work. A special “Thank You” to sign painter, Mike Georgette, owner of Jet Signs, for donating his time and talents. Please stop by for a visit, for we welcome your ideas and recommendations for the betterment of our valley community. The office will serve as our Stroll headquarters, as well.
Mark your calendars! Plans are underway for our third Business Networking Breakfast Meeting this year. It will be held on Wednesday, October 19th at the Elks Lodge, 3931 San Pablo Dam Road. Details will be forthcoming. Our topic will focus on protecting your businesses and residences. Featured will be representatives from an alarm company, locksmith, code enforcement, insurance company and the Sheriff’s Office. Please come meet our new Bay Station Commander, Deputy Sheriff Lt.Trish England, a long-time friend of El Sobrante.
Are you ready to “Stroll to the Future” on Sunday, September 18th? Our thanks to the Marketplace Magazine for their extensive coverage, in their September Issue, of this annual event. Please watch for posters that will be circulated throughout our business districts. If you are planning on submitting a Vendor Application, it isn’t too late to do so – on or before September 10th. Application is included in this issue. (Food Vendor deadline has passed).
The Chamber Newsletter contains a Ballot for the Citizen of the year, and Business/Organization of the Year. (See the Newsletters page.) We encourage you to submit your nominees for these two awards. One does not have to be a member of the Chamber to submit a ballot nor do the recipients need to be Chamber members. They will be honored at our Installation and Awards Dinner in late January 2017. You will also see them riding in a classic convertible at our 2017 Stroll Parade! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
We recently experienced the dumping of a couch in front of the office. Please notify us immediately If you see anyone attempting to dispose of items in front of any of our local business establishments.This, in my opinion, displays a total lack of respect for our neighbors’ property and in this particular incident, of our Sheriff’s Deputies, with whom we share our office.
We continue to welcome new businesses with our Welcome Package and once again thank our local merchants who contribute coupons for service and informational give-away items.
See you at the Stroll on Sunday, September 18th!
Chamber Office: 510-223-0757
Your comments and suggestions are always welcome.