Vallejo Chamber BusinessWire
Issue: 06

November 2, 2016

In This Issue...
EmploymentPostersPre-Order Your 2017 California & Federal Employment Notices Poster TODAY!
All businesses in the state of California must post a compliant Employment Poster in a conspicuous place in the workplace where all employees and applicants can see it. This poster also must include information about your workers' compensation benefits, payday schedule and emergency contacts. You may need to order several to ensure that your business, branches and satellite offices are displaying the poster according to the law. Failure to comply can result in severe penalties and fines by the state of California. If any of your company's workers are Spanish-speaking, you will need to order the Spanish version.

Other available items which you can order include the 2017 HR Quick Guide (Handbook), a 20ct. pamphlets kit, and a California Labor Law Digest.

The Vallejo Chamber is now accepting pre-orders of these items. If you would like to place an order, please download the order form and email it to or give us a call at (707) 644-5551. All orders will be available for pick-up starting January 6, 2017.

SCFSolano Community Foundation Announces Final Workshop for Nonprofits
Topic: How to Prepare Your Nonprofit for an Audit
FAIRFIELD, Calif: The final workshop in the 2016 series of Nonprofit Partnership Program workshops will be presented on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at Solano Community Foundation's offices, 744 Empire Street, Suite 240, in Fairfield. The workshop begins at 1:00 p.m. and ends at 4:00.

The topic is an important one for all nonprofits, as most grantmaking organizations want to see the results of a current independent auditor's report as part of the application package. The workshop will discuss the steps needed to plan for a successful audit. Those attending will review a list of items requested by most auditors and learn why they are important.  Adequate preparation of these items on the part of the nonprofit can reduce the amount of time the auditors have to spend on fieldwork, and may reduce the overall cost of the audit.

Attendance is open to two members each of any of SCF's nonprofit partners at no cost. If nonmembers wish to attend, they can join NPP now and the annual membership fee ($50) will cover 2017 as well. There are other benefits to membership besides the workshops presented each year, February through November. Visit and click on the NPP link to learn more about the program.

To reserve a space in the November workshop, register online via the SCF webpage, or send an email to . You may also call 707-399-3846 for more information or to register.
MeyerSale20th Annual Meyer Outlet Sale and Humane Society of the North Bay Fundraiser
December 1-12
Vallejo's most popular holiday event is back, with the 20th anniversary of the Meyer Factory Outlet Sale kicking off in December.

For two decades, Meyer has offered bargain-hunters incredible savings on premium cookware brands with this once-a-year sale that draws shoppers from all over the Bay Area.

And the spirit of giving back continues through Meyer's yearly partnership with the Humane Society of the North Bay, itself celebrating a 30th anniversary of service to the homeless animals in our community.

Shoppers can donate the shelter animals at the register, or drop off individual cash and check donations even without a purchase; either way, Meyer generously matches all contributions to the Humane Society up to $15,000.

Great bargains and good deeds! Make the most of it December 1st through 12th at two locations: 525 Curtola Parkway, Vallejo and 2001 Meyer Way, Fairfield. Information, call 707-551-2800 or visit

Click here to download the flyer! 
TouroUnderstanding Homelessness
Presented by Touro University California College of Education and Health Sciences
Richard LeMieux, author of Breakfast at Sally's: One Homeless Man's Inspirational Journey, will be presenting at Touro University California on Thursday, November 10, 2016. LeMieux will discuss his experiences being homeless and his efforts to assist others who are homeless. The presentation is free and open to the community and will take place from 6:30-8 pm at Touro University Lander Auditorium,1557 Azuar Drive, Mare Island, Vallejo, CA 94592. A reception and book signing will follow the event. We will also have many local organizations present who work with the homeless in the Bay Area.

Richard LeMieux once had it all - a happy marriage, a beautiful home, cars, boats, and vacation extravaganzas. But within a moment's notice, he lost it all. He was penniless, estranged from his family and friends, and living out of a van with his canine companion, Willow. And for a while, the Salvation Army (a.k.a. Sally's) provided his only meals. It was just a matter of time before LeMieux was diagnosed with depression at a mental hospital after attempting suicide. In Breakfast at Sally's, LeMieux brings to life his experiences of being homeless, and presents his odyssey with quirky,
diverse, and endearing characters that encompass the homeless people of Bremerton, Washington. Composed on a secondhand manual typewriter at various locations, LeMieux provides a rare and intimate look at how the other America lives. He shows how one man, beaten down and alone, is able to reconnect, find good people, and ultimately with their help, persevere.

This event is sponsored by NorthBay Healthcare, Recology, and Shelley Berkley and is part of the ongoing social justice series presented by Touro's Master's of Public Health program.

Date/Time: Thursday, November 10, 2016 from 6:30 - 8:00pm
Location: Lander Auditorium, Touro University, 1557 Azuar Drive, Vallejo 
YACMYoung Artists Conservatory of Music
Teach choir and change the lives of children! A member of our Chamber, the Young Artists Conservatory of Music (YACM) is providing a music program for low income children in the Vallejo City Unified School District. YACM is teaching 36 choir classes in 9 schools with 2,000 children under instruction. This is being supported in part by other members of our Chamber, including the Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit Fund and Travis Credit Union. YACM is looking for additional choir instructors who are available on one or more weekday mornings. This is a paid, part-time opportunity. If you know of anyone who may be interested in this opportunity, please have them email:
SFARYSolutions For At Risk Youth (SFARY)
Dear Friends and supporters of the Robbin Mackbee Firefighter/EMS Youth Academy; We are very pleased to invite you to our inaugural year Awards and Recognition Dinner which will be held on November 12, 2016 at 5:00 pm at the Norman King Community Center located at 545 Magazine Street in Vallejo, California. Please join us as we celebrate the achievements of the cadets of the Robbin Mackbee Firefighter/EMS Youth Academy.

The Robbin Mackbee Firefighter/EMS Youth Academy is a youth development and mentoring program that is designed to provide resources and opportunities to youth who are at risk of academic, social and/or economic failure. Our participants have spent the last nine months improving their academic performance, increasing their community service and exercising greater self-discipline. We are very proud to name this program in honor of Robbin Mackbee who was a young Vallejo firefighter that made the ultimate sacrifice by giving his life to protect the community that he so honorably served.

We want to also show our appreciation to the Vallejo community who has supported this program throughout this initial year. We are very grateful to organizations such as the Vallejo Fire Department, Medic Ambulance Company, Kaiser Permanente and several others for their sponsorship and their contribution of services.

Please join us for an evening of celebration as we honor our youth who are making a difference in their community and their lives. The musical entertainment will be provided by Vallejo's own Felton Pilate of Con Funk Shun.

To RSVP, please contact Ms. Claudia Nelson at

To learn more about the Firefighter Youth Academy program visit our website at We hope that you are able to join us.
VJSVallejo Jazz Society Presents Jazz & Blues Vocalist Denise Perrier in Holiday Concert
December 4 @ The Empress Theatre
"She's the real deal, right in there with Ella Fitzgerald and Dinah Washington." - Bryan Gould, Swing Fever big band

Denise Perrier has built an international reputation performing in festivals, concert halls, jazz clubs, and other venues around the world. In her early twenties, Louis Armstrong heard her sing at San Francisco's Fairmont Hotel and hired her for his Las Vegas review, after which she went on to tour Western Europe, Latin America, Scandinavia, Russia, and The Far East.

Born in Louisiana and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, she first toured Australia five decades ago and has since performed in more than two dozen countries. Her tireless itinerary means she is often introducing herself to new Bay Area jazz fans when she gets back home.

"Perrier's work is big, rich, melodic, and hits home with a remarkable punch. She has that swirling, dancing, ingratiating intimacy usually associated with Continental vocalists... a real pro." - San Francisco Examiner

In 2014 she sold out six performances of her Dinah Washington tribute show at Jazz at Lincoln Center, and she also headlined at SF Jazz. Whether performing in an intimate supper club or a large venue, singing a haunting melody like Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Dindi" or laying down a smoking version of Teddy Edwards' "Don't Touch Me," Denise Perrier thrills audiences with her sultry contralto and emotional lyric interpretation.

"A commanding singer with a big, warm voice and a stylish delivery." - Jazz Reviews

Part of what makes Perrier such a beguiling singer is the way her dry sense of humor and supple phrasing reveal layers of irony in familiar standards. Her voice is matched by a supremely elegant stage presence, with which she passionately delivers moving interpretations of jazz standards and blues classics. For her December 4 show in Vallejo, Denise will be performing holiday-themed songs in addition to a selection of favorite jazz and blues standards.

For this concert, Ms. Perrier will be accompanied by her all-star quartet, consisting of saxophone, piano, bass and drums.

"Denise Perrier is more than a good singer. She is a complete entertainer" - KCSM

This will be the 37th concert presented by the Vallejo Jazz Society since its inception. Previous concerts have featured such Bay Area notables as Smith Dobson V, Wesla Whitfield, Clairdee, Lavay Smith, Larry Vuckovich, Paul Hanson, Pamela Rose, Calvin Keys, Kenny Washington, Noel Jewkes, Roger Glenn and many more.

Tickets for the concert are $15 ($7.50 for VJS members) and may be purchased at the door or online at Refreshments, including beer & wine, will be available for purchase.

Location: Empress Theatre, 330 Virginia Street, Vallejo
Date/Time: Sunday, December 4, 2016, 5pm
CCTCCalifornia Competes Tax Credit Workshop
The Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) is hosting a workshop on the California Competes Tax Credit. Small, medium, and large businesses are encouraged to attend the workshop and receive instructions on how to apply for this tax credit program.

December 6, 2016
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
: Benicia City Hall, Commission Room, 250 East L Street, Benicia

Click here to register:

What is the Credit?
The California Competes Tax Credit (CCTC) is an income tax credit available to businesses that want to locate in California or stay and grow in California.

Who Can Apply?

Any business can apply for the CCTC and there are no geographic or sector-specific restrictions that impact eligibility. In addition, twenty-five percent of the total credits available each fiscal year are specifically reserved for small businesses.

Mark Your Calendars!

The next application period begins January 2, 2017 and closes January 23, 2017. Go to to apply.

For more information about the CCTC, click here.

Chamber Events
November Networking @ 5:30
3600 Broadway
Thurs., Nov. 17
5:30 - 7:30pm
More Info

December Networking @ 5:30/Toy Drive
Team Superstores
301 Columbus Pkwy
Thurs., Dec. 15
5:30 - 7:30pm
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