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Chamber of Commerce Notes From The President By Mark Turner, President /CEO, Gilroy Chamber of Commerce Many Thanks - The Gilroy Chamber of Commerce is grateful to all our volunteers who assisted us at the Garlic Festival at the end of July. Nearly 2,400 volunteer hours were donated by generous Gilroy residents, Chamber members and our Board of Directors. The dedication of those who supported our effort is so much appreciated. Bragging Alert – The Gilroy Chamber of Commerce is proud to have recently been recognized by the Silicon Valley Business Journal. Out of 75 of the Bay Area’s Chambers of Commerce, the Gilroy Chamber ranked number 15. The Bay Area counties includ- ed Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Benito, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and Solano. Bragging Alert #2 – The Gilroy Chamber of Commerce was one of two Chambers in Santa Clara County and one of 29 Chambers throughout the entire state to receive the President’s Circle Award from the California Chamber of Commerce. The President’s Award is given to Chambers for their political advocacy and efforts to assist local businesses in the area of workplace compliance. Speaking of Political Advocacy - Sacramento remains on the Chamber’s radar as we continue to monitor legislation coming out of the State’s Capitol. Due to the Chamber’s Prosperity Page, Gilroy residents can not only monitor legislation but they can also participate in the process. Residents can let their thoughts be known by using the interactive tools available to them at gilroy. org, clicking on the Prosperity Page and then going to the Top Issues tab. Blog Alert – Each Monday morning you can read a new blog post by going to and clicking on the Blog tab. Once at the Blog page, you can subscribe to the Chamber blog and be noti- fied every time a new blog article is posted. Read articles about leadership, success, social media, and other relevant topics. 52 GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN S chmooza Palooza is the networking business expo of the year and is scheduled for Thursday, September 10, 2015 from 4:00 pm -7:30 pm. Formerly known as, “The Spotlight on Business,” Schooza Palooza will be held at the Chamber of Commerce located at 7471 Monterey Street. All are invited to attend this event and meet Chamber member businesses who will be display- ing their products and services. Booth space (6’-0” table) for Chamber members is only $25. To reserve your space contact Sue Thurman at 842-6437 or members@gilroy. org. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to schmooz with local business owners, generate new leads, meet new people and broaden your market share. Pumpkin People Returns to Gilroy – Win $250 T he Gilroy Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the 2nd Annual Pumpkin People contest which is return- ing to Gilroy this Fall. The contest will run from October 17 through October 31. The winning contestant will receive $250 while the 2nd place will be awarded $150 and 3rd place gets $100. The Chamber is encouraging businesses and residents to participate. Entry forms, rules, photos from last year and information are available at the Chamber of Commerce website Be creative, be original and be $250 richer. Participants must register and pay the $25 entry fee on or before September 25, 2015 to be eligible to win. Contact the Chamber at 408-842-6437. SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2015