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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.


Minimum Wage Rate in Sunnyvale 
Help Us Improve our City’s Website 
Celebrating over 30 years in Business in Sunnyvale 
New Businesses in Sunnyvale 
Lawrence Station Area Plan 
Peery Park Specific Plan Study 
NOVA Staffing Assistance  
AB 341 Mandatory Commercial Recycling Law 
Events in Sunnyvale 
SBA and Partners’ Business Resources 

Sunnyvale Minimum Wage Rate

The City of Sunnyvale (City) adopted a Minimum Wage Ordinance on October 14, 2014. The Ordinance has set 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. Employer and employee forms are available online at MinimumWage.inSunnyvale.com. For additional information regarding the Ordinance, contact the City of Sunnyvale by email or at (408) 730-7902.

Take 10 Minutes to Help Improve Our City's Website  

Now over five years old, the City's website (Sunnyvale.ca.gov) has fallen behind the latest trends in functionality, content management, and site architecture and design. While the website's homepage receives about 336,000 page views annually, our statistics show that 71 percent of visitors leave that page without going any further on the site.

We are now underway with a project to update and redesign the website. Our goal is to ensure the site offers ready access to the information residents and businesses need. To do that, we've launched an online survey to gather input from the community. The short survey takes about 10 minutes to complete. Even if you don't visit the City's website often, your input is still valuable as we determine what information to include and how to organize and display it.

Access the survey. For more information visit WebsiteRedesign.inSunnyvale.com. The survey will be available through January 30, 2015. Questions about this project can be emailed to the Communications Division or call (408) 730-7535. 

The City of Sunnyvale would like to congratulate the following businesses for being in Sunnyvale for 30+ years.

 Accountant-Business Support Services  Priest, Stream & Donnelly
 Blakely, Sokoloff, Taylor & Zafman  R.H. Robinson, CPA
 Cliff Coolidge Dds  Rako Engineering
 Continental Motors, Inc.  Richard Spitalnick CPA
 Da Rosa Electric Co  Rove Tech Service
 Davis Designs  Sala De Belleza
 Escobar & Williams  Samurai Gunsmith
 Fireside Stamp Co  Silicon Valley Auto Body
 Gulshan International Corp  Sophia Tours Inc
 Joseph Huang DDS  Sunnyvale Forensic Services
 Joy Optometry  Sunnyvale Moving Center-H-Haul
 Kinnare Construction Co.  Sunnyvale Towing
 Lastreto Manor Residential Care  Sunnyvale Vec Arc, Inc.
 Lefco, Inc.  Suzanne Cholko Designs
 Mde Electric Co Inc  The Sharp Company
 Peninsula Building Materials  Uoko & Nobuo Urata Florists
 Perfection Machining  We Produce

Thank you for all your years of service to the Sunnyvale community.

New Businesses in Sunnyvale

During the fourth quarter of 2014, the City received over 190 applications for business licenses with over 100 starting a business in Sunnyvale. We are excited to announce the following new businesses with 10 or more employees that opened recently or are schedule to open locations in Sunnyvale in the next few months.scheduled to open locations in Sunnyvale in the next few months.

  • Caliber Collision Center
  • City Sports Club and Pro Results
  • Courtyard Sunnyvale
  • Emerald Steel, Inc.
  • Nekter Juice Bar
  • Safari Run LLC
  • The Sandwich Spot
  • Vons Chicken Sunnyvale

Economic Development staff can assist you in finding a new location or during an expansion project. Contact Economic Development staff by email or call (408) 730-7607. 

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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 is expected to be released in January 2015. A joint study session with City Council and the Planning Commission will be held on February 24, 2015 to discuss the draft Station Plan. The draft Environmental Impace Report is expected to be released summer 2015.

The vision and policies in the final plan will guide future development in the are 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 purpose of the Specific Plan is to provide the City, property owners and businesses with a guide for future development in the Peery Park area. The Specific Plan would not only provide general vision and broad policy concepts to guide development, but also provide some 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

The Specific Plan and Environmental Impact Report (EIR) will also take into consideration the proximity of the project site to adjacent residential neighborhoods, the Downtown Sunnyvale Caltrain station, Moffett Federal Airfield (operated by NASA-Ames) and surrounding Light Rail stops.

A Joint Council and Planning Commission Study Session has been tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, February 24, 2015. 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

Staffing Assistance for your Growing Business

Hiring in 2015? NOVA can help! NOVA is the local workforce investment board serving Sunnyvale and the rest of northern Santa Clara county. NOVA offers staffing and recruitment assistance at no cost to local businesses. Services include:
  • Online job board provides job seekers with around-the-clock access to your job openings. 
  • “Hot Jobs” e-mail blasts actively share your openings with 2,000 highly skilled job seekers 
  • Recruitment presentations and on-site group interviews are efficient ways for you to recruit for multiple positions. 
  • Outreach to job seeker special populations assists with federal contractor compliance requirements.
In response to employer requests, NOVA is excited to debut a new online job board listing tool. The new tool walks employers through creating a complete posting, and jobs are posted within 48 hours. The secure, easy-to-use template is located on the NOVA job board page, or access the job form directly.

NOVA is pleased to offer local employers no-cost ways to recruit for their open positions and connect with thousands of job seekers in our community. For further information and to speak with a NOVA Business Liaison, call (408) 730-7232, or visit NOVA online. 

AB 341 Mandatory Commercial Recycling Law

Since July 2012, businesses in California are required to implement recycling programs at work sites due to Assembly Bill 341 (AB 341), a mandatory statewide commercial recycling law. However, due to the fact that all garbage that comes through the Sunnyvale Materials Recovery and Transfer Station (SMaRT Station®) is sorted and recyclables are pulled out and marketed, businesses are in compliance with the requirements of the law. Therefore, all your business needs to do to remain in compliance is continue to have your garbage collected by the franchised hauler, Specialty Solid Waste and Recycling (Specialty).

If you are interested in setting up or expanding recycling services, visit Recycling.inSunnyvale.com or call (408) 730-7484 for assistance.

Events in Sunnyvale

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

May 10, 2015: Sunnyvale Downtown Association's Magic of Sunnyvale-Downtown Wine and Food Stroll
2:30 to 5:30 p.m. 

May 16, 2015: City of Sunnyvale's Hands on the Arts 
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For additional events in Sunnyvale, visit Sunnyvale’s event calendar at Events.inSunnyvale.com.

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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 couple of upcoming classes.

How to write a business plan - Build a Better Business!
A basic review of: Reasons to write a business plan, what goes into the business plan, and structuring your plan for the target audience planning and feasibility studies.
Date & time: Thu, 02/12/2015 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
Location: 480 N First Street Ste. 210 Second Floor "Entrepreneur Training Room"

Small Business Financing- Build a Better Business!
An overview includes: Equity vs. Debt Financing; uses of financing; types of loans; loan programs; what do bankers look at in qualifying you for a loan? and presenting your request for financing.
Dates & times: 03/12/2015 - 10:00am - 12:00pm; 4/9/15 – 10:00am – 12:00pm
Location: 480 N First Street Ste. 210 Second Floor "Entrepreneur Training Room" 

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 online.

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 online.

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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