January 2017

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17485 Monterey Road, Suite 105 Morgan Hill, CA 95037 Phone (408) 779-9444, Fax (408) 779-5405 Morganhill.org / [email protected]

Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/MorganHillChamber “Our role as a Chamber of Commerce” by John Horner, President


2017 Chamber Calendar 1st Thursday Good Morning Morgan Hill Breakfast 3rd Thursday After Hours Networking Mixer Every Monday Let’s Do Lunch @ Various Member Restaurants

Committee Meetings 1st Friday Education 8am Union Bank Tennant Station 2nd Thursday Ambassadors Noon at the Chamber office 2nd Thursday Economic Development 8am Union Bank Tennant Station

A thriving business community is essential to the overall health of any city, including Morgan Hill. As normal individuals we often take businesses for granted and assume they will just be there providing interesting jobs, affordable basic needs, medical attention when needed, lifelong education, entertainment, mobility, encouragement, support, housing and more. Sometimes we think of business owners and managers as heroes and sometimes as villains. In all cases they are, however, just people. Our role as the Chamber of Commerce is to constantly work to understand what makes it possible for the many businesses of our community to function at a high level and provide the experiences, goods and services we all rely on and look forward to. Building the overall community by strengthening the business community is a mountain we climb knowing we will never reach the top. There is always more to do and farther to go. Choosing how we spend the available time and other resources is both an art and a science. The art comes in listening closely and broadly to the hopes and frustrations of our business community and learning from other business communities throughout the region, state, nation and world. The science comes from analytical work based on information available from sources like the US Census Bureau, Joint Venture Silicon Valley and other recognized data gatherers. Absorbing all of this input and distilling it down into the daily activities of our organization is both exhilarating and overwhelming at the same time. On Friday, January 13, 2017 the Morgan Hill Chamber Board of Directors will be spending the day going through this process and formalizing our priorities for the rest of 2017 and beyond. We are fortunate to have a diverse group of well informed, big hearted and tough minded individuals from both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors at the table grappling with these questions. We do know that our efforts will include better addressing professional job retention and growth in Morgan Hill, backing additional educational initiatives in our area, supporting the creation of a dedicated and funded tourism promotion organization and promoting local businesses as places for our residents to work, shop and play. Your board members are always interested in hearing your thoughts on ways to further improve our community. Feel free to let them know your thoughts. Robert Airoldi Matthew Bowen Phil Couchee Rich Firato William Gardner Rachel Hill Sunday Minnich Ken Murray Fawn Myers Dusty Perryman Brittney Sherman John Varela Charlene T. Lai Ashis Roy Diana Wood

Morgan Hill Life Real Estate Solutions Recology South Valley Firato Janitorial Silicon Valley Relo Services, LLC Bank of the West Morgan Hill Mushroom Mardi Gras Retired Morgan Hill Unified School District Dusty Perryman, Associate Leal Vineyards, Inc. Santa Clara Valley Water District Sun Plaza San Jose (Sunlight Property Mgmt) Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Wood Motivation

Chamber of Commerce January - March Events After Hours Networking Mixer Sponsored by Rosso’s Furniture

212 Tennant Station, Morgan Hill

“Good Morning Morgan Hill” January Breakfast

Thursday, January 19th from 5:30 - 7:00PM Free for Chamber Members!

Casino Fajardo, Director of Construction and Modernization for MHUSD, will discuss the Britton Middle School project.

Sponsored by: Get Fit Gym

After Hours Networking Mixer Hosted at: Mama

Mia’s Restaurant

Thursday January 5th 7:30-9:00am $10 in advance or $15 at the door

“Good Morning Morgan Hill” February Breakfast

Sponsored by Honda of Morgan Hill

17100 Laurel Rd. Morgan Hill Thursday, February 16th from 5:30 - 7:00PM Free for Chamber Members!

Speaker will be Supervisor, Mike Wasserman. Sponsored by : MHUSD

After Hours Networking Mixer Sponsored by Granada Theatre Hosted at: Mama

Mia’s Restaurant

Thursday February 2nd 7:30-9:00am $10 in advance or $15 at the door

17440 Monterey Rd. Morgan Hill Thursday, March 16th from 5:30-7:00pm Free for Chamber Members!

We are currently scheduling Breakfast Speaker/Sponsors for 2017 Please contact Janis @ 408.779.9444 or morganhill.org

Please consider bringing a raffle prize to the Good Morning Breakfast or the After Hours mixers.

2016 -17 Board of Directors Robert Airoldi Morgan Hill Life Chairperson

Let’s Do Lunch - every Monday @ Noon A casual lunch where chamber members that wish to attend can. Everyone orders as they arrive and pays for their own meals. No RSVP, just show up!

Sunday Minnich

Mushroom Mardi Gras Vice Chair

Phil Couchee

Recology South Valley Treasurer

Fawn Myers

Jan. 9th

Betto’s Bistro

Jan. 16th - No Lunch Jan. 23rd Jan. 30th Feb. 6th Feb. 13th Feb. 20th Feb. 27th March 6th March 13th

Margarita’s Peking Maurizio’s Mod Pizza Dickey’s BBQ Deli Delicious Noah’s Bar & Grill Jesus’ Mexican Res.

17385 Monterey Rd.


411 Vineyard Town Ctr. 16135 Monterey Rd. 25 E. 1st St. 1031 Cochrane Rd. 1049 Cochrane Rd. 16136 Monterey Rd. 17500 Monterey Rd. 16715 Monterey Rd.

MHUSD Board Secretary

Brittney Sherman Leal Vineyards Inc

Charlene Lai

Sun Plaza San Jose

Matthew Bowen

Real Estate Solutions

Rich Firato

Firato Janitorial

Rachel Hill

Bank of the West

We hope we’ll see you there!

John Varela

Asset Conversion Corp.

Ken Murray Ken Murray

Dusty Perryman Dusty Perryman

Thank You to our recent Raffle Donors! Cherisse’s Hair Salon

Guild Mortgage - Lori

Realty World People to People

Morgan Hill Grange


- Marc Ortiz

Rebecca's Children's Home

WERC - Sue Howell

Courtyard by Marriott (3)

Commonwealth Credit Union

Abacus - PatCat

Heritage Bank of Commerce

Chamber of Commerce

William Gardner SV Relo Serv., LLC

Diana Wood

Wood Motivation

Ashis Roy

El Toro Group

Cinnabar Hills Golf Club

Realty World People to People - T&L Stafford Mama Mia’s Restaurant Bill Hiland -On the Road again Edward Boss Prado FNDN Mushroom Mardi Gras Pets Love Home

We appreciate all who donated to the Breakfast & Mixer Raffles

Chamber Staff John Horner

President & CEO

Janis McDonald

Director of Operations

Erin Machado

Membership Director

Mellea McLaughlin Publications Director

Pat Catanzaro Finance Director

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We are currently scheduling Breakfast Speaker/Sponsors for 2017 Please contact Janis @ 408.779.9444 or morganhill.org

Recent Ribbon Cuttings

For information on becoming a Morgan Hill Chamber Ambassador, contact Erin Machado - Chamber Membership Director or Leonette Stafford - Chamber Ambassador Chair.


Music in Motion Music in Motion

Check the calendar at MorganHill.org for up-to-date information on

Lucky Nails

upcoming ribbon cuttings! Please Support Morgan Hill, and the people that choose to locate their businesses here!! Page 5

Congratulations 2017

Volunteer of the Year: Kathy Sullivan

“Celebrate Morgan Hill” Honorees Coming soon: Notification of the Business of the year.

Woman of the Year: Mary Lou Conragan

Man of the Year: Ron Woolf

Educator of the Year: Jim Hemeon

Student of the Year: Emmanuel Calivo

Sponsorships are now available for our “Celebrate Morgan Hill” awards dinner!

Chamber of Commerce Good Morning Morgan Hill Breakfast

January Breakfast New members and Ambassadors

Welcome New Members! California’s Great America 408.988.1776

[email protected]


Danel Roofing Inc.


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Adam Escoto


Thank You Renewals! Round Table of Morgan Hill Member 27 Years

Cochrane Plaza Member 11 Years

RAM Commercial Insurance Member 23 Years

Music in Motion Member 4 years

Residence Inn by Marriott Member 16 Years

Le Pooch Grooming Member 3 Years

Sun Plaza San Jose Member 14 Years Felice Ins. Brian Sullivan Member 13 Years

David L. Bandy. C. P. A. Member 3 Years

American Institue of Mathematics Member 12Years

Michael Brookman Tour Director Member 3 Years Accurate Printing & Promotions Member 2 Years Just Resolve LLC Member 2 Years Step Forward Foundation Member 2 Years Kona Ice of Gilroy and Morgan Hill Member 2 Years

If you are in need of 2017 California or Federal Labor Law required posters, pamphlets or training classes, we have your links here. Labor Law posters and pamphlets are available online at the CalChamber store

Gavilan Employer Advisory Council and the California Employer Advisory Council have all the information you need to be in compliance with 2017 employment laws and trends.

Roberto 408.216.6043

As of Nov. 1, 2015 the Chamber of Commerce charges for providing Certificates of Origin. The Chamber is regularly requested by various members and nonmembers to provide Certificates of Origin attesting to the country of origin of various products destined for export. The Morgan Hill Chamber of Commerce charges:

Member requested Certificate of Origin

$10.00 $25.00

at time of transaction work order billed

Nonmember requested Certificate of Origin

$150.00 each

The Morgan Hill Chamber Conference room at 17485 Monterey Rd is available for rental. Rate 35.00 per Hr.

Please contact Erin Machado for information about advertising on the Chamber of Commerce Website [email protected]

*Members have one free hour per month

Current Newsletter Advertisement Costs: One Full Page for One Month: 200.00 Business Card Size ad: One Month Three Months Six months Twelve months

100.00 250.00 450.00 800.00

There are many fun, educational and exciting things happening around our beautiful town! Check out the Morgan Hill Chamber of Commerce Calendar to see what is going on!!

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Advertising Opportunity!


If you would like to advertise in future copies of this publication, please contact our office at:

(408) 779-9444

Kevin P. Courtney


Attorney At Law

The Morgan Hill Chamber of Commerce is here to support you! If you have questions on services that are available, or suggestions on how we can help your business check out our website at

morganhill.org or give us a call


Licensed before the U.S. Tax Court Providing business, litigation, estate planning and tax-related legal services since 1977. 17415 Monterey Road, #204 Morgan Hill, CA 95037

(408) 779-5101


P. O. Box 786 / Morgan Hill, CA 95038


Thank you for being a member of the

Morgan Hill Chamber of Commerce!

Greetings Volunteers! It’s that time again to plan for our 6th Annual Rock the Mock workshops. If you are interested in volunteering your time to provide mock interviews for our students at Central, Sobrato and Live Oak High Schools, please contact Sandra McNeal: [email protected] The dates are as follows: Central High School – December 8, 2016 Sobrato High School – January 12, 2017 Live Oak High School – February 7, 2017

Employment Seminar: Laws, Tips & Trends for 2017, presented in partnership by William M. Betley, Employment Attorney, and the Gavilan Employer Advisory Council (GEAC). Join us to discuss the important, and sometimes unexpected, implications of recent employment laws and trends. Make sure you are in compliance with these and other requirements to avoid potential penalties and employer liability in 2017. EEOC Regulations (Wellness Programs, EEO-1 Reporting, LGBT & Handling Administrative Complaints) Hire Right (Identify Systemic Issues When Vetting Applicants) Employee Pay Compliance (Fair Pay Act, Minimum Wage & DOL Regulations) Leave Me Alone (Retaliation Claims Based On Leaves, Discrimination or Harassment) What’s New? (New Legislation for 2017 & Significant Employment Case Law)

Thursday, January 26, 2017 Hilton Garden Inn, Gilroy 8:00 am – 10:00 am Breakfast included: 7:30 am Non-member price: $55/Member price $40 Call Roberto at: (408) 216-6043