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April Evening Mixer
Thursday, April 18
CalChamber Releases List of New Employment Laws Affecting Businesses in 2013
On October 30, 2012, the California Chamber of Commerce released a list of new employment laws scheduled to take effect in 2013 or earlier that will have an impact on businesses in California.
There have been significant changes in key areas, such as anti-discrimination protections, employee access to personnel records and employer access to personal social media accounts. Other laws relate to specific industries, such as farm labor contractors and temporary services employers. The entire list can be viewed at www.calchamber.com/newlaws2013/press.
We are now accepting nominations for the 2012 Business Person of the Year!
This award is our chance to recognize a Business Person who contributes positively to the economic viability of the community and supports the needs of Castro Valley and the Eden Area through good business practices and community involvement.
Soroptomist International of the East Bay
is taking applications for its
Women's Opportunity Awards (WOA) Program
Since 1972, Soroptomist has been helping women the world over reclaim their dreams through the Women's Opportunity Program. This program provides cash grants to women who are working to better their lives through additional training and education.
You are eligible to apply if you are:
Get Better Sales Performance Through Balance
If you have ever managed employees, or more specifically sales professionals, you know how delicate the balance between pushing and pulling for better performance can be. I remember when I was just starting out as a business owner. I thought that everyone I hired should be able to perform at my level. This, of course, was catastrophic when it came to my demeanor when managing my sales team; as a manager I was certainly much more of a stick man than a carrot. So how do you find that balance and what seems to work the best? Click here to learn more.
4 Tips for Raising Your Prices Without Losing Business
By the Small Business Administartion (SBA)
Every business has to raise its prices at some point. And if you provide genuine value, and the hikes aren't too steep, then your customers may not notice, or care too much.
Special Agent Diana Cin from the Federal Bureau of Investigation visited our Chamber a few weeks ago. The FBI is reaching out to Chambers to discuss issues that face small to medium businesses and how the FBI may be able to assist members. One of the methods that we discussed was a link to the FBI Cyber Security website at http://www.fbi.gov/scams-safety/e-scams. This site alerts you to new e-scams and warnings, as well as a link to report potential e-scams. Additionally, she mentioned a spcific topic entitled "Cyber Criminals Take Over Corporate Accounts." Here is an excerpt from the fraud advisory:
"Cyber criminals are targeting the financial accounts of owners and employees of small and medium sized businesses, resulting in significant business disruption and substatial monetary losses due to fraudulent transfers from these accounts. Often these funds may not be recovered."
Hedging Against Business Debt
There is one problem that threatens all businesses: debt. In 2010, businesses nationwide placed $150 billion worth of debt with collection agencies. To keep financially fit and withstand economic storms, a proactive approach to business debt management can hedge against accumulation of high debt that can often hamper growth and potentially lead to bankruptcy.
Influencing Your Customers' Pre-Purchase Research
Forty-four percent of online shoppers begin their branded product research by using a search engine. How can small business owners reach these buyers and influence their purchasing decision earlier in this new, elongated sale cycle? Here are some strategies that can get you in front of the buyer during the pre-purchase homework stage.
41st Annual Castro Valley/ Eden Area Fall Festival For more information please visit:http://www.edenareachamber.com/fall-festival ... read more »