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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 - FALL 2014

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Sunnyvale City Council VTA BRT Project Joint Study Session

The Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) has released the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the El Camino Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project.  On November 11, the City of Sunnyvale City Council will hold a Joint Council Study Session with the Planning Commission and the Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Commission to discuss the BRT project with VTA staff. VTA Report Cover

Meeting Details:
El Camino Bus Rapid Transit Project
Joint Council Study Session

When: Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Time: 5:15-6:45 PM

Where: Sunnyvale Community Center, Community Room, 550 East Remington Drive, Sunnyvale, CA 94087

Additional details on the BRT project, including upcoming VTA community meetings and a copy of the EIR, can be found on the VTA website.

Staff Contact:  Manuel Pineda, Director of Public Works, (408) 730-7415 or pubworks@sunnyvale.ca.gov 

Sunnyvale Minimum Wage Rate

The City of Sunnyvale (City) adopted a Minimum Wage Ordinance on October 14, 2014. The Ordinance will increase Sunnyvale’s minimum wage to $10.30 per hour effective January 1, 2015. Each year, the City will adjust the minimum wage based on the US Department of Labor’s Regional Consumer Price Index.

Sunnyvale employers and employers doing business in Sunnyvale are subject to the Minimum Wage Ordinance.

For additional information, visit MinimumWage.inSunnyvale.com or contact the City of Sunnyvale at minimumwage@sunnyvale.ca.gov or (408) 730-7902.

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.

  • Comfort Energy Inc
  • Guaranteed Plumbing
  • Interstate - RIM Management
  • JMB Construction, Inc.
  • Philz Coffee, Inc.
  • Red Rock Associates, Inc.
  • Sanna Associates, LLC: DBA Zpizza
  • Shipwire Inc. (An Ingram Micro Company) 
  • Smashburger #1377  
  • Tarc Construction Inc

Additionally, two new hotels are coming to Sunnyvale. The Courtyard by Marriott opened early October at 660 W. El Camino Real and the Aloft Sunnyvale is tentatively scheduled to open in January 2015 at 170 S. Sunnyvale Avenue.

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 staff by email or call (408) 730-7607. 

Acterra Business Environmental Awards

Acterra’s Business Environmental Awards is one of the Bay Area’s oldest and most prestigious environmental recognition programs. The awards celebrate and acknowledge businesses with innovative sustainable programs that supports and promotes sustainability in the business community.

Award Categories:

  • Environmental Project
  • Environmental Innovation
  • Sustainable Built Environment
  • Acterra Award for Sustainability

Criteria: Applicants are evaluated on the basis of:

  • Leadership 30%
  • *Significant Environmental Benefits 30%
  • Potential Model for Business Community 20%
  • Demonstrated Commitment 20% 
  • *And Social Benefits for the Acterra Award for Sustainability category.

How to Apply:

  • Confirm your eligibility.
  • Register your program (select your category and pay the application fee).
  • Register by Friday, November 14, 2014 to pay a reduced application fee.
  • Complete the Application.

Applications are due on Friday, December 5, 2014 at 11:59 pm.

For details and to apply visit Acterra online.

Business Hazardous Waste No Longer Accepted in Sunnyvale

The County Hazardous Waste Program is no longer offering the regular monthly drop-off events in Sunnyvale for businesses. Qualifying businesses may call the County at (408) 299-7300 or go online at hhw.org to make an appointment to drop off hazardous materials at a number of other locations around Santa Clara County, including the new San Jose Environmental Innovation Center at 1608 Las Plumas Avenue, San José, CA 95133.

Commercial Cardboard Recycling Service for Sunnyvale Businesses

In 2013 more than 4.3 million pounds of cardboard were diverted from the landfill! This not only makes good environmental sense, but good economic sense. Businesses participating in the program are often able to reduce their garbage cost when they start a cardboard recycling program. The cost for the program is minimal, just under $25 a month to rent a three and six cubic yard recycling bin that can be picked up as often as needed. Compare that to the $370 to $690 collection cost for a similar sized garbage bin picked up just once a week.

Call Specialty Solid Waste & Recycling at (408) 566-1804 for more information or to request service. Minimum volume requirements apply.
   
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San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee, NFL Launch Business Connect to Link Bay Area’s   Diverse Business Community to Super Bowl 50

The NFL and San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee are launching a Business Connect program, which will link Bay Area diverse businesses with contracting opportunities related to Super Bowl 50.

Business Connect is open to businesses located in the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area region that are certified as:

  • Minority-owned (MBE)
  • Women-owned (WBE)
  • Disabled veteran-owned (DVBE)

To qualify, each business must be 51% owned by a minority, woman and/or disabled veteran.

The application period for Business Connect will launch on November 17, with applications accepted through April 30, 2015. The NFL’s formal procurement process and competitive bidding for Super Bowl 50 will begin in June 2015.

Bay Area businesses interested in learning more about Business Connect should attend one of two “Kickoff Workshops.” Workshops will focus program information including:  

  • MWDVBE certification
  • business categories sought
  • the Super Bowl 50 procurement process

The workshops will include presentations from NFL representatives and its key contractors, Super Bowl 50 Host Committee staff and corporate sponsors. The Kickoff Workshops will take place:
   
Monday, November 17
Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara
1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
       and
Wednesday, November 19
Moscone Center, San Francisco
7:30 – 9:30 a.m.

To attend a Kickoff Workshop, interested parties must register on the Host Committee’s website at www.sfbaysuperbowl.com/business-connect. Both workshops are free, but pre-registration is required for attendance.

DOWNTOWN UPDATE

 Carmel Lofts Rendering    Carmel-Pool Rendering

Carmel Lofts
Carmel Lofts, a mixed use project with 133 apartments and 8,000 square feet of retail space, is located at the corner of Frances Avenue and Olson Way.

The retail sites are in the process of being leased. Philz Coffee and The Sandwich Spot are currently working on their tenant improvements. They are tentatively scheduled to open during December 2014.

For additional information, contact Carmel Partners at (408) 481-9195.

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Apartment Leasing  Apartments  
Solstice Project Complete

BRE Properties, Inc., an Essex Company, completed construction on Solstice, which is a mixed use project with 280 residential units and approximately 34,000 square feet of ground floor retail. Solstice currently has leased 99% of their residential units and currently has signed six businesses for their retail and commercial sites.

For questions regarding retail space, contact SRS Real Estate Partners’ Randol Mackley at (408) 216-2316 or Bruce Frazer at (408) 216-2315.

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Downtown Sunnyvale - New Businesses Coming Soon

New businesses coming to Downtown Sunnyvale to be located within the Carmel Lofts and Solstice project areas. Businesses are scheduled to open during 2014/2015 winter.

   
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EVENTS

Visit Downtown Sunnyvale for the following events.

Vegetables Every Saturday: Urban Village Sunnyvale Farmers’ Market  
  9 a.m. to 1 p.m.    


   
Lighted Tree December 6, 2014: Holiday & Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration
  4:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.  Sunnyvale Downtown Association

        
   
 
Visit Sunnyvale’s event calendar at Events.inSunnyvale.com for information on other events.

BUSINESS RESOURCES

 Computer Class

Small Business Administration Offers Small Business Resources

The San Jose Entrepreneur Center offers a variety of classes for business owners in their Training Room at 100 E. Santa Clara Street, in downtown San Jose. Here are a few of the upcoming classes.

Federal/State Basic Payroll Tax Seminar
12/4 – Thursday 10:00AM - 4:00PM
This class guides participants through the basics of the payroll tax preparation. Subjects include determining independent contractor versus employee, withholding taxes, deposits and completing the proper forms. No Fee. Presented by the IRS and the California EDD Tax office

AMHUBZone and Women-Owned Small Business Program Certifications
11/18 – Tuesday 10:30 – 11:30
This workshop will explain the provisions of the HUBZone Program and the Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Program. Eligibility requirements, application and certification will be explained. No Fee.

Doing Business with Genentech
12/10 – Tuesday 12:00 – 1:30PM
A Genentech representative will discuss opportunities for contracting to sell your goods and/or services to this leading biotechnology company. No Fee.

Location: San Jose Entrepreneur Center, 100 E. Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA, 95113 
Register for Workshops
Contact Information: Email Emily Navarra-Refugio or call (408) 351-3661
Seminars and events fill up quickly so online registration is requested. For additional class information, visit the San Jose Entrepreneur Center's website.

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Small Business Administration Partners
Silicon Valley SCORE offers low-cost workshops & seminars. Some of the upcoming workshops include:

  • Writing a Business Plan
  • Marketing and Sales for Growth
  • Market Research
  • Marketing on the Internet

For a complete list of workshops and services, visit Silicon Valley SCORE's website.

Free Small Business Counseling by Appointment

*SV Small Business Development Center - (408) 351-3600 
*Small Business Development Center Hispanic Satellite - (408) 248-4800
*Silicon Valley SCORE - (408) 453-6237

Shop Sunnyvale

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.
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