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President’s Message

This Monday is Memorial Day, a day we honor those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom. We also remember their families who sacrificed so much. This weekend, when you are enjoying the festivities, remember what this day is set aside for. In honor of Memorial Day, I wanted to share a little of…

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President’s Message

Tonight, May 17th, the City Council will host its regular meeting at 7:00 PM PT. The Alameda Chamber of Commerce & Economic Alliance supports item #7-A on the agenda: “Recommendation to Approve Proposed Term Sheet for Development of Alameda Point Site A and Direct Staff to Negotiate a Sixth Amendment to the Disposition and Development…

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President’s Message

Housing is a big issue on our Island. It’s how we attract quality employees, retain young people who grew up here, and court new business. Without affordable housing options, business growth is difficult. There are many discussions going on around the issue. How do we set aside affordable housing options without changing the Island feel?…

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The first week of May is National Small Business Week where the nation celebrates the contributions of small businesses to our communities. Here in Alameda, we are fortunate to have many unique and passionate small business owners and operators. And we added to those numbers of small businesses even through the pandemic. This year’s Small…

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President’s Message

Yesterday, the big news was Elon Musk buying Twitter. If you haven’t heard, not only did he buy it for $44 billion, he’s taking it private (again). There seem to be a lot of questions around what this means for the platform and freedom of speech. But what could it mean for your business? If…

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There are a lot of ideas being tossed around right now regarding the “Great Reshuffle,” where people are leaving the traditional workplace in droves. Some are starting their own business, others are freelancing, some are going to work in smaller startups where they’ll have more say and flexibility. We’re seeing a dynamic change in the…

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Last week, we hosted our largest in-person event since COVID, and it was a resounding success. The Honorable Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft gave an invigorating State of the City, and a panel of City leaders answered questions about the future of our wonderful area.  The event filled me with such excitement about the future. I…

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The old saying–April Showers, Brings May Flowers can be taken literally and figuratively. Yes, good rain brings healthy growth. But only if you plant something. It doesn’t do us any good to go around wishing for a garden or a successful business. You must plan, gather resources, plant, and nurture to achieve growth. Of course,…

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I’ve been thinking a lot abut collaboration these days. Have you ever watched a TV show where a character from one show appears another? It’s fun isn’t it, mixing it up like that? Well, for our April Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion meeting, we’re stepping out from our usual webinar space and joining with our Alameda…

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President’s Message

This week we welcomed spring, the season of growth. It’s a time when all the things that laid dormant in the winter begin to experience new life. It’s a hopeful time for most. Here at the chamber, we hope it’s a time of growth and recovery for your business but just like the spring itself…

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