Chamber Chairman’s Message: July, 2016 

Chamber Chairman’s Message July 2016 

Steve Elliott, Chairman of the Board

Redwood City – San Mateo County Chamber of Commerce

Summer is that time of year when you’re able to slow down… just enough to take stock and appreciate what you have. That’s what I’d like to do on behalf of the Redwood City-San Mateo County Chamber of Commerce. Show my appreciation for this vibrant and active organization and remind you all why this Chamber is so important to our community.

Did you know our Chamber has been serving this community since 1897? While times have changed, the goal of the Chamber has remained the same – to be a voice in the community for business and economic prosperity. We are constantly driven to help grow our local economy through business advocacy and community collaboration with an emphasis on information, education and representation. I see that happening constantly through community outreach with our Chamber Leadership and our members; through our programs like the Progress Seminar, Leadership Program and Good Morning Redwood City.

In addition to our programs, over the last year, our Chamber has been actively participating on the San Mateo County Jobs/Housing Gap Task Force. We fully understand that a housing crisis exists in our county and that it affects our businesses. It’s important to our Chamber organization to get behind the efforts of collaboration and work to create sustainable solutions. I appreciate representing an organization so willing to push up its sleeves to work hard on an issue that impacts our community at all levels.

Also on the housing front, the Chamber attended this past City Council meeting to support the 603 Jefferson ownership housing project. The Chamber has consistently been on record in support of the Downtown Precise Plan and new housing for all income levels. We believe in order for our downtown businesses and our city in general to thrive, we need a mix of rental and ownership housing options available to all income levels. Also, in order to realize the logistical benefits of having employers locate and expand their operations in and around downtown Redwood City, we need that mix of rental and ownership housing options so employees can walk or bike to work. I’m pleased to report the council voted in favor of this housing project and we applaud their decision.

In our membership news, please help me welcome the following businesses that so far this year, have decided to partner with the Chamber in 2016:

Colleen Hirner with State Farm Financial

Lynn Carteris with Keller Williams

Beatrice Chan Owner of Mathnasium Learning Center

Elaine & Kurtis Tang Owners of Kande Photo Booths

Arthur Murray Live Dance Studio

Channel Lumber Company

NOVA Workforce Development

Redwood City Library Foundation

Marston Apartment Homes

Petits Confettis French Immersion Preschool

Catherine Ralston – Economic Development Manager with City of Redwood City

Gasparini-Beals Consulting

Certified Scientific Instruments

Cricket Wireless

The LEMO Foundation

Anton Development Company

Adolescent Counseling Services

Atherton Regency

Amazing Lash Studio Redwood City

Domenico Winery

Simply Solar

Anagnostou Management Inc.

Live Locale Apartment Community

Indigo Apartment Homes

SS Customs Automotive Enhancement Studio

Sid Agarwal Owner of Union Smog Test Only

Fire Chief Stan Maupin

Lizbeth Ficarra – Farmers Insurance Agency

The Villas at Bair Island

Haka Bros Catering Company

Juventus Sports Club

Nine Lives Foundation – No Kill Cat Rescue Organization

Classic Communities

To our new members — know the Chamber is here for you. You belong to an organization whose main purpose is to help promote your business and a healthy community. Take advantage of the opportunities to promote yourself and your company – big or small. Attend a committee meeting that may be of interest to you. The Chamber will always be there for you to help and to answer any questions you may have.

In June, we held our second Good Morning Redwood City of the year. San Mateo County Supervisor Warren Slocum delivered a thought provoking speech on the current housing crisis in San Mateo County. Jim Hartnett, CEO/GM of Samtrans shared a detailed update on transportation issues and the current projects designed to address them. City of Redwood City Fire Chief Stan Maupin introduced himself and his organization with an informative presentation on public safety in our community. It was another well-attended Chamber event that got people talking. Our next Good Morning Redwood City for 2016 is already scheduled for Thursday, October 13th, from 7:45am – 9:30am at the Fox Forum in Redwood City. Mark your calendar and look for more information on this as we near the date.

In September, our 3rd Annual “Birdies for Business” Golf Tournament will take place at the Peninsula Golf and Country Club on Monday, September 26th. This event is the premier and most sought after golf tournament on the Peninsula. The proceeds from this tournament will benefit both SAMCEDA and the Chamber, two organizations who support and champion the business community throughout the year.   Contact the Chamber if you want to learn about ways you can get involved.

Our Leadership Redwood City•Belmont•Menlo Park•San Carlos Program is quickly filling up. If you’re interested in participating – there’s still time! Contact the Chamber if you want to learn more or register online.

There are many reasons to appreciate this organization. From thought-provoking programs, to advocacy, to collaboration on key community issues. Our Chamber is engaged, informed and a willing partner with the business community.

Have a great summer.


Steve Elliott, Chairman of the Board

Redwood City – San Mateo County Chamber of Commerce