Our Accomplishments for 2009

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Who Are These Crazy People?

Would you want these people to improve your business district?Of course!

Before we bid a final farewell to a year gone by, take a moment to review this shameless self-promotion of these Fremont Chamber successes for the year past! 

  •  Our Executive Director answered phone calls, e-mails and postal dispatches from curious community folk
  • Gained 43 new members and retained 117 renewed members
  • Held 6th Annual Lenin Lighting with emcee Pat Cashman, a squadron of local elves and music by the Fremont Philharmonic
  • Held the Second Annual Holiday Shopping Spree & Pub Crawl to give procrastinators a reason to shop
  • Sponsored Trick-or-Treat in Fremont, and over 110 participating businesses
  • Our award-winning Oktoberfest saw more attendees than ever, including The Simpsons, plus the second annual volunteer drive which helped make the event operate smoothly and gained us at least one new member
  • Hosted the first-ever Vigil for the Great Pumpkin (Lighting), and people actually showed up!
  • Hosted Ducks & Dogs, a Holiday party (with the King of Oktoberfest in attendance), and had 12 candidates, but no incumbent, for a Seattle Mayoral Candidates forum at Picnic In The Park – which proves attendance is mandatory if you want to win!
  • Hosted one after hours events and two speed networking events, to wild acclaim
  • Hosted informative general membership meetings on topics such as taxes, Shameless Self-Promotion, summer events in Fremont, marketing tactics, an I-1033 debate, State of the Schools (with a School Board member), State of the City (with Council members), the Zoo, viral marketing techniques, communication skills and parking/pay stations
  • Held the first-ever ‘King of Oktoberfest’ membership drive and gained 12 new members plus one loud-mouthed monarch
  • At monthly Board Meetings we heard, among other business, about new businesses, Oktoberfest, security issues, web elevator speech options, the Aurora Bridge barrier plans, Hysterical Markers, our Artist-In-Residence at the Fremont Bridge, Viaduct replacement plans, ‘Penguins on the March’, the Northlake Wharf project, EOS energy audits, the ‘They Shall Walk’ project, Yelp!, garbage & recycling, road diets and parking issues
  • Marketing/Membership, Safety and Executive Oversight Committees met monthly, to improve our effectiveness
  • Distributed grants, twice this year, to Music In The Sculpture Garden, the Graffiti Sheriff, May Festival, Solstice Parade, Outdoor Cinema, Moisture Festival, First Friday Art Walk, Green Block energy audits, Washington News Council, Fremont Farmers Market, Center for Wooden Boats, Picnics at the Precinct and History House
  • Promoted plans to install a ‘Troll Cam’, and faced the reality of actually doing it
  • Published our monthly newsletter, on blue paper (instead of orange) due to economic factors, with its Matter of the Minutes, security tips, Frequently Foned Fremont Folk, Member News, reports on timely issues, community calendar, meeting/event notices and membership updates
  • Co-hosted (with a half dozen other community organizations) a Candidate’s Forum and Debate
  • Participated in a Tri-Chamber BBQ and a Tri-Chamber Social Media 101 workshop
  • Organized the first and fought bureaucracy to stage the first Fremont Memorial Day Sidewalk Sale
  • Weekly e-mail blasts of Chamber and community news went out to over 600 interested Fremonsters, including a business spotlight, tips on going green, links to city services, calendar listings and so much more it makes our head spin…
  • Distributed the fundraising 2009 Fremont Business Directory
  • Approximately 45,000 copies of the 2009 Walking Guide were distributed through Fremont and city-wide to nearly 60 hotels and visitor’s centers
  • Published 50,000 copies of the 2010 edition of the Walking Guide, with an increase in the business listings
  • Held elections in December for a 2010 slate of Board Members
  • Affiliated Associations of America offered our members access to benefits
  • Advocated and energized Fremont businesses about even non-FCC events including Seattle Fashion Week, Fremont Street Fair, Aura Light Installation, etc.

– by Kirby Lindsay, editor of The Bridge and columnist for Fremocentrist.com 

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One Response to “Our Accomplishments for 2009”

  1. Fashion Week Says:

    hosted by professional photographer Kerrick James, whose work has appeared on more than 165 book and magazine covers. Fashion Week

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