|CHAMBER NEWS - July 7, 2011|
19TH ANNUAL COTATI KIDS DAY PARADE & FESTIVAL
Theme: Bedtime Stories
Saturday, July 16
Downtown Cotati & La Plaza Park
7 am - 10 am: PANCAKE BREAKFAST
Adults $5, Kids 12 & Under FREE
Church of the Oaks, W. Sierra Ave. & Page Street, Cotati
9 am: PARADE LINE UP
Ray Miller Community Center, 216 E. School St.
Individuals & Groups (including Businesses) can compete for cash prizes - get a Parade Registration Form HERE or at www.cotatikidsday.org
10 am - 3 pm: PARADE & FESTIVAL IN LA PLAZA PARK
Watch the Parade, then have fun at the Festival!
Non-stop entertainment by MC Fiz-Nik Rick, games & contests for all ages, Diaper Derby (for crawling babies), dancing & music by local groups, food, craft & activity booths galore!
To have a booth at the festival, get a Vendor Registration Form HERE or at www.cotatikidsday.org
SPECIAL THANKS TO THE FOLLOWING:
PARADE AWARD SPONSOR:
Washoe Creek Golf Course
FRIENDS OF KIDS DAY SPONSORS:
Cotati Police Officers Association
The Sandalady / Glove Repair
If you'd like to be a sponsor,
to see the sponsorship opportunities available.
For more INFORMATION or to VOLUNTEER, email email@example.com or call 707-795-5508.
SMALL BUSINESS TAX &
REGIONAL OPPORTUNITIES SEMINAR
Wed. 7/20, 9 - 12 pm
Sonoma Mountain Village Event Center, 1100 Valley House Dr., Rohnert Park The Cotati Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the California State Controller, John Chiang, Congressman Thompson, Congresswoman Woolsey, State Senators Evans and Leno, State Assemblymembers Chesbro, Huffman, Allen, Local Chambers and Sonoma County to present this Small Business Tax & Regional Opportunities Seminar on Wednesday, July 20th.
These seminars are being held across California to provide business owners a chance to discuss related topics including taking advantage of California resources and opportunities; incorporating critical tax law changes and tax credits into your small business' life; growing your business by utilizing local resources and financing opportunities; developing your international trade business with the National Export Initiative (NEI); and incubation and innovative information to improve your business' competitiveness. Panel presentations will be made by representatives from the California Governor's Office of Economic Development, Board of Equalization, Employment Development Department, Internal Revenue Service, Franchise Tax Board, Small Business Administration, Bay Area Center for International Trade Development, Sonoma Mountain Business Cluster and the North Bay iHub, followed by a question and answer period. This seminar will be a wonderful opportunity for our business community to dialogue with government entities and have their concerns addressed.
As a benefit to our membership this is being offered at NO COST to you!!! RSVP today by clicking HERE!!
SMALL BUSINESS TAX SEMINAR FLYER
6 OPPORTUNITIES FOR BUSINESSES TO CONNECT WITH SSU
On August 20th, approximately 3100 students will be moving into the Residence Halls at SSU and soon after the other 4000 students will be moving into the Cotati & Rohnert Park area. Approximately 1900 of them will be incoming first year students or transfer students who have not spent much time in Rohnert Park, Cotati, Petaluma, or the surrounding areas. There are six ways to get involved and to promote your business to our students.
- Welcome Bags - put your ad on a flyer that will go in 3100 bags
- Residential Student Association Sticker Program - offer discounts to SSU Residential Students
- Big Nite (formerly Community Fair) - table at this campus event on Sun. 8/21, 8 - 11 pm
- SonFest - table at this campus event promoting health & wellness on Mon. 8/22, 4 - 7 pm
- Seawolf Welcome Weeks Sponsorship - donate and receive business publicity at events, on website, in ads, or promotion pieces
- Lobo's Blue Pages - see below
For more information, CLICK HERE or contact Mo Phillips, Associate Director of Student Development, 707-235-7776(c), firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you want to take part in any of the first 5 opportunities, please fill out the REGISTRATION FORM HERE before Deadline August 1 and the organizing group for each opportunity will contact you. To participate in Lobo's Blue Pages, see below.
LOBO'S BLUE PAGES
An SSU Marketing Resource Guide - Fall Advertising Packages
Brought to you by SSU Athletics - more than 10,000 SEAWOLF reasons to advertise with us! A new CSU study shows Sonoma State University's almost 10,000 students and employees pump $330 million into the regional economy. Call Now - Deadline July 20! Carlos Pena - (707) 664-3983 or email email@example.com
For more information, CLICK HERE.
PENNGROVE PROUD MAGAZINE'S SUMMER ISSUE NOW OUT
Our featured story is about Horse Stables in and around Penngrove. You can pick up a copy at Oliver's Market, Redwood Cafe, Johnny's Java or in front of the Cotati Chamber's office.
Or you can read it on-line @ www.penngroveproud.com
Penngrove Proud magazine, (publisher of the Cotati Community Guide and Business Directory) is a quarterly publication. For information about advertising in our Fall issue, contact Debbie Goodier Koos 707.484.7451 or firstname.lastname@example.org
SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER WORKSHOPS
FROM KITCHEN TO MARKET
Tuesday, 7/19, 2:30-5:30 pm
SBDC Conference Room, 1808 Albany Drive, Santa Rosa
How to successfully bring your specialty food products to market - get the tools you need to honestly assess your risk and opportunity in entering the fresh food industry. Learn the current trends as well as tips on setting up your business. Capitalizing it, and marketing your products in the highly competitive but reliable specialty foods business. Those already in the market will find some ideas on expansion. The insider information packed into this 3-hour workshop has saved countless hours of research and resources for its participants.
Call 707.524.1770 or register online at www.sbdcsantarosa.org.
WEB SITE CRITIQUES - Take Your Web Site from Pitiful to Profi table in this 2-part
2 Wednesdays, 7/20 & 7/27, 10 am - 12 pm
SBDC Conference Room, 1808 Albany Drive, Santa Rosa
If your web site is not contributing to your business success, perhaps it is time for a site makeover! In this 2-part workshop series we will spend the first module reviewing what makes a good web site. We will use the proven SBDC Technology Adoption Program's Web Site Audit process to critique an e-commerce site. You'll learn specific elements of a site that contribute to success along with pitfalls to avoid and leave with a checklist you can apply to your site.
In the second module of the series, we will review the sites of class volunteers and discuss what is working on the site and what isn't. In this fun and supportive environment we will help each class member leave with a makeover action list.
COST: $60 FOR SERIES
Call 707.524.1770 or register online at www.sbdcsantarosa.org.
COLLABORATIVE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: Building Momentum with Lean Resources
Wednesday, 8/17, 8:30 am - 1:30 pm, Check-In @ 8 am
Sonoma Mountain Village Event Center, 1100 Valley House Dr, Rohnert Park
This FREE conference, featuring Speaker Nancy Lublin, CEO of DoSomething.org, is part of a statewide effort to highlight regionalized best practices in economic development as well as hear out-of the-box ideas that have been successful for economic recovery across the nation.
READ MORE ABOUT IT
COTATI FARMERS MARKET
Every Thursday through Sept. 15
4:30 - 7:30 pm, La Plaza Park
Thursday, 7/14 - Music by Jason Bodlovich
Sponsored by Loud & Clear Audio Visual
Thursday, 7/21 - BUSINESS SHOWCASE
Have a booth for your business or nonprofit at our BUSINESS SHOWCASE at the Cotati Farmers Market on Thursday, July 21, 4:30 - 7:30 pm in La Plaza Park. For only $16 (Chamber member rate), you can have a 10' x 10' space to showcase what it is you do - your services, your products, your passion - and interact face-to-face with the community.
Contact Suzanne at 795-5508 to reserve your space now or CLICK HERE for a booth application.
SONOMA COUNTY VISITORS GUIDE AND MAP
Ad Sales Now Open for the 2011-2012 Guide
The Sonoma County Tourism Bureau's Visitors Guide and Map are the foundation of our $4 million sales and marketing programs. In 2011, more than 450,000 guides and maps will be distributed to travelers around the world.
Advertise your business to the thousands of potential travelers by reserving your ad space today.
Visitors are looking for lodging, food and wine experiences, attractions, recreation, cultural arts and events. The Official Sonoma County Visitors Guide is the essential travelers guide for planning a trip or deciding what to do once arriving in Sonoma County.
For more information, contact:
Elaine Thompson (North, South and Central County)
707-318-8766 or email@example.com
BARK FOR LIFE for the AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETYSat. 7/23, 8 am Registration, 10 am Opening Ceremonies - walking around the park will follow
La Plaza Park, Cotati
The Relay for Life of Rohnert Park/Cotati team Leprachauns for a Cure invites you to join them for a new Relay tradition. Celebrate Relay for Life with your four-legged loved ones!
Registration is $25 for the first dog, $10 for each additional dog, per owner. For each registered dog, the owner will be entered into a drawing for awesome door prizes. Please remember, dogs must be on a leash and be ready to clean up after them.
Show Your Relay Spirit!
Prizes will be given for the best Relay Dog and for the owner showing the most Relay Spirit!
More information? Contact Melissa at firstname.lastname@example.org or 707-364-2532 or Pam at Pam.Wittner@hotmail.com or 707-888-7280. Remember, animals also get cancer. We fight back for them, too!
SONGBIRD COMMUNITY HEALING CENTER
8280 Old Redwood Highway, Cotati 94931
Songbird Community Healing Center, conveniently located in downtown Cotati, offers a branch of health care and education that connects the body, mind, and spirit. We are synthesizing the traditional and modern, new and old. Our branch provides a community gathering place for people of like minds to network and share. We offer cost-effective space rental and affordably-priced holistic education and care.
For more information, call (707) 795-2398 or visit www.songbirdcenter.org.
Sat 7/9, 2 - 5 pm
Experience Songbird Saturday
-Enjoy free activities including:
* 15 minute sound bath with Jeffrey Edelheit
* 15 minute class with Cynthia Stringer: Get Unstuck and Into Action
-Sample our healing modalities for just $10 for one 15 minute session, $15 for two, $20 for three
-Participate in our free raffle taking place every half hour! Some of the prizes include:
* 15 minute reading with Kathleen Deyo
* 1 hour massage with Judy Hill
* 1 hour coaching session with Cynthia Stringer
* 1 hour astrology reading with Hamida Judith Dides
* 1 hour theta healing session with Deborah Dow Dallagher
-Meet our diverse and exciting community.
-Discover how we provide a connecting branch for the Body, Mind, and Spirit through holistic care and personal growth.
-Bask in the healing energy of our healing environment.
-Relax among the artwork with refreshments (and meet the artists).
-Learn about renting our cost-effective space for teachers and practitioners.
Thu 7/14 & 7/28, 5:30 pm
Sat 7/16. 7:00 pm
Sun 7/17. 2:30 pm
Laughology & Laugher Yoga
Sat 7/17. 7:00 pm
Sat 7/23, 10:00 am
ThetaHealingŪ Practice for Graduates
Sat 7/23, 11:30 am
Sat 7/30. 7:00 pm
Colored Light Healing Meditation
Every Tue, 12:30 pm
2nd Thu, 7:00 pm
Success Coaching Clinic
Every Tue, 3:00 pm
2nd /4th Tue, 7:30 pm
Hands of Gold Healing Clinic
Every Fri, 4:00 pm
3rd Sat, 9:30 am
Chiropractic Clinic by appointment
1st Sun, 11:00 am
Sufi-Universal Worship Service + 12:30 Potluck
1st/3rd Tue, 7:30 pm
Law of Attraction
2nd/4th Wed, 7:00 pm
Journey into Your Inner World
1st Thu, 7:00 pm
Realizing the Sexual Wound: What Are Your Symptoms?
Last Thu, 7:00 pm
Introduction to Meditation
3rd Sat, 2:00 pm
Flowing with the Wave of Change
Every Tue/Thu, 8 am
Every Tue, 9:30 am
Move with Comfort: The FeldenkraisŪ Method (no class 7/19, 7/26, 8/2)
1st/3rd Wed, 5:30 pm
Every Fri, 9:00 am
Gentle Therapeutic Yoga
PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW AT LIBRARY
Some of Sonoma County's outstanding photographers will enter their work at the August Photography Show in the Rohnert Park-Cotati Library August 16 through 27. Among the artists will be: Fran Russell of Cotati; Martin Dawson and Bill Nelson of Rohnert Park; William Church and John Hirsch of Sebastopol; Jeremy Joan Hewes and Nik Catalina of Santa Rosa, and Lozia Mattas of Hidden Valley Lake. An added feature, for the first time, will be a display of work by members of the Tuesday Afternoon Photography Group of Santa Rosa. One special entry by Bob Myer of Rohnert Park will be of a black swan which won t best -of-show at this summer's Sonoma-Marin Fair held in Petaluma. Tom Basile of Sebastopol is the facilitator of the group which meets at the Santa Rosa Senior Center. The public is invited to attend a reception to meet the artists 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 17, in the Armando Flores Meeting Room.
The photography exhibit , sponsored by Friends of the Library and Rohnert Park Association for the Arts, is held annually at the library for Sonoma County artists. Another show in February will feature invited, local- artists displaying their work in water color, oils and other media.
There will be new hours for the library starting August 1. Then it will be closed both Sunday and Monday. Doors will open daily at 10 a.m. , and closing hours most days will be 6 p.m. except Wednesday the only day the library will remain open until 8 p.m. On Saturdays it will close at 4 p.m. The library is located at 6250 Lynne Conde Way in Rohnert Park. For information, call 584-9121.
HELP GROW THE CHAMBER & GET REWARDED
Refer a Business & Get Chamber Cash!
- For every business, organization or individual you refer who joins the Cotati Chamber of Commerce, you will receive 25% of their first year's membership dues in Chamber Cash.
- You can spend Chamber Cash on anything the Chamber offers for purchase - your own membership dues, merchandise, luncheon or breakfast meetings, or tickets to any Chamber events.
- The amount of Chamber Cash could be anywhere from $13 to $90 (rounded to the nearest dollar), depending on the new member's membership category.
- There is no limit to the amount of members you can refer to collect Chamber Cash.
- Just have the new member write your name on their membership application at "Referred By" and when the business joins, you'll receive your Chamber Cash soon after by mail.
- Chamber Cash will expire one year from the date of issuance.
CLICK HERE for the Cotati Chamber Membership Application, which you can give to all of your business referrals. Any other questions, call the Cotati Chamber of Commerce at (707) 795-5508.