News and Reports
The Sunnyvale Business Page is a quarterly newsletter published by the Economic Development Division.The newsletter provides information on City services and more to help Sunnyvale business owners.
BUSINESS PAGE NEWSLETTER - SPRING 2015
Free Small Business Workshops - Small Business Ignite: Sunnyvale
The City of Sunnyvale, in partnership with Silicon Valley Talent Partnership and the Sunnyvale Downtown Association, will host a Small Business Ignite program. Small Business Ignite is a private public partnership that creates a free series of in-person trainings, networking and mentoring session for small business owners to accelerate the success of their Sunnyvale business.
The orientation and first workshops will be “Marketing” and “Social Media” and will be held on Thursday, May 7 from 7:45 to 10:30 a.m. If you are a small business owner in Sunnyvale and would like to participate, visit our web site at EconDev.inSunnyvale.com for additional information and to register. Registration is required.
If you have any questions, contact Maria Rodriguez, Economic Development Specialist with the City of Sunnyvale or Srijana Angdembey, Engagement Manager for Silicon Valley Talent Partnership.
Lawrence Station Area Plan
The Lawrence Station Area Plan will investigate options and identify strategies for maximizing benefits for Sunnyvale that come from the area's proximity to Lawrence Caltrain Station. The goals of the effort are intended to transform the station area, broaden and strengthen the range of viable transportation choices, and encourage efficient use of available land and infrastructure.
The Draft Station Plan was released in February 2015, and is available for public review and comment. The comment period for the Station Plan ends May 15, 2015. The draft Environmental Impact Report is expected to be released summer 2015.
The vision and policies in the final plan will guide future development in the area and help assure a successful station area.
For more information contact Andrew Miner, AICP, Principal Planner at (408) 730-7707 or visit LawrenceStation.inSunnyvale.com.
Peery Park Specific Plan Study
The Peery Park Specific Plan (Plan) will provide the City, property owners and businesses with a guide for future development in the Peery Park area. The Plan will provide general vision; broad policy concepts to guide development; details on the type, location and intensity of uses; define the capacity and design of needed public improvements and infrastructure, and determine the resources necessary to finance and implement the public improvements and infrastructure needed to support the vision for the area.
Staff will be taking the draft project description, draft vision, guiding principles, goals and policies and draft conceptual policy framework diagrams and maps to the City Council on April 28, 2015 to obtain feedback and direction. For additional information, or if you wish to be on the Peery Park interest list please contact Amber El-Hajj or visit PeeryPark.inSunnyvale.com.
New Businesses in Sunnyvale
The City of Sunnyvale welcomes new businesses to the community. The following are businesses with 10 or more employees that opened recently or are scheduled to open locations in Sunnyvale in the next few months.
Economic Development staff is ready to help you if you need assistance in finding a site, expanding your current site or are ready to start a business in Sunnyvale. Contact Economic Development by email or call (408) 730-7607
Foam Foodware Update
On April 22, 2015, all retail stores in Sunnyvale will be banned from selling and distributing expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam food containers under the Environmentally Acceptable Food Containers and Service Ware Ordinance. The goal of the ordinance is to reduce pollution and litter impacts throughout the City from this problematic material. City staff continues to monitor compliance with this ordinance. If you observe food being served on polystyrene foam foodware or see it being sold in a store after April 22 and want to let us know, email Recycling staff or call (408) 730-7262.
New Restaurant Glass Recycling Program Keeps Glass Out of the Garbage
The City of Sunnyvale Recycling Program has partnered with the San Jose Conservation Corps (SJCC) to begin a one-year pilot program in Sunnyvale collecting restaurant glass separately for recycling in order to reduce contamination at the SMaRT Station. “Many restaurants throw their glass in the garbage because they don’t have space to store it, or time to recycle it,” states Karen Gissibl, the City’s Environmental Program Manager. “When glass ends up in the garbage, it contaminates the recyclables we pull out of the garbage at the SMaRT Station, making it more difficult to market them. We want to help simplify the process for restaurants, so SJCC is offering in-house collection containers and collection service at no charge creating a win-win solution for everyone.”
If you own a restaurant or bar and are interested in signing up, please contact Alyssa Rice-Wilson by email or call (408) 459-6484.
Chef/Owner Ali Farrokhzad demonstrates
the ease of recycling wine and beer
bottles at the House of Kabobs
Events in Sunnyvale
For additional events in Sunnyvale, visit Sunnyvale’s event calendar at Events.inSunnyvale.com.
Always remember to Shop Sunnyvale. Visit Shop.inSunnyvale.com to see our shopping directories for the downtown and all of the City's shopping centers.