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Antioch girl is youngest smog check technician in the nation

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Mina Guevara Antioch girl is youngest smog check technician in the nationBy Allen Payton

Antioch resident Mina Guevara has grown up around cars all her life. Her father, George, owns a car dealership and smog station in Antioch.

On October 3, 2013, at age 16, just 10 days before she turned 17, she became the youngest Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Certified Smog Test and Repair Technician in America.

Mina’s been working as a service writer since her dad’s shop, VIP Smog opened in 2011. The shop is located at the corner of West 10th Street and Auto Center Drive in Antioch.

She also passed her state test of the Bureau of Automotive Repair’s STAR Program, which allows her to provide vehicle smog inspections.

Mina is a hard worker. She amazingly graduated from high school a year early, at age 16, by doing 100 hours of home work each week, even while working over 60 hours per week at VIP Smog.

I was ready to start work and pursue my goals and interests,” Mina said as for the reason for getting done so quickly.

She’s now also working at the new family business, Little Mexico Restaurant, that just opened on W. 10th Street next door to the smog station, as part of her pursuits into the restaurant business.

Mina recently applied to Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute in San Francisco. Her desire is to open a steak house, some day.

But, for now you can get your car smogged by the youngest technician in America while you enjoy some of her authentic Mexican food.

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Learn to write a Business Plan at the Antioch Chamber

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

Business Plan Writing Course Learn to write a Business Plan at the Antioch Chamber

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Delta RC adds indoor track at new location in Antioch

Thursday, September 26th, 2013
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RC enthusiasts race at Delta RC’s new indoor track in Antioch.

By Allen Payton

Delta RC Hobbies has opened a new, indoor, asphalt track at it’s store in Antioch. That allows races to gain greater speeds than on their dirt tracks.

Located at 1400 West 10th Street, across from the County Fairgrounds, Delta RC is a full service radio control hobby retail store.

“We currently have four courses or tracks and hold racing events on a weekly basis,” owner Kraig Terazono said. “We strive to create a family fun atmosphere and cater to all levels of the RC hobby from the backyard basher to an expert level competitor.”

The other courses are located in the back of the fairgrounds, accessible off L Street at 18th Street, and behind the little league baseball fields off W. 10th Street in Antioch – across from the store.

Delta RC Hobbies also carries a full line of RC helicopters, boats, airplanes and accessories.

A calendar of events and weekly racing schedule can be viewed on their website at www.deltarc.com.

The retail store is open seven days a week with hours Monday through Friday 11am to 8:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Call them with any questions you might have at 925-778-2966.

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There’s lots of room to race at Delta RC’s new indoor track.

 

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There’s a large work area at Delta RC’s new indoor track.

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Third generation tailor opens A-Z Tailor & Tuxedo in Antioch

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013
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A-Z Tailor & Tuxedo owner, Hanif Mones works in his store.

By Allen Payton

Hanif Mones has worked as a tailor for 25 years. After working for his father’s tailoring business in Afghanistan – just like his grandfather – he came to the U.S. in 1992. He first worked for a uniform company in San Jose, then for George Zimmerman’s Men’s Wearhouse in one of their stores.

Then in 2006, he opened his own tailoring business in Roseville, for men, women and children. But, then moved to East County in 2011.

Tired of the commute, in March of this year, he opened his own business, A-Z Tailor & Tuxedo at the Crossings Shopping Center, next to Safeway, in Antioch. and I”d like to mention that he does the best service for his  costumers and he got a lot of repeated costumers from March of this year he does great alterations for and he is great at it  

We do work for any kind of clothing – men’s suits, women’s dresses and children’s clothes, as well,” Hanif said.

They also offer Italian tuxedos for sale or rental, plus accessories, as well as formal dresses for proms, balls or that special night on the town. He plans to expand his line of formal dresses, this fall.

We offer the best services on alterations, in a timely manner, and for an affordable price,” he added.

Mones offers a friendly atmosphere where they treat you like family. So stop by today with all your tailoring, tuxedo or formal dress needs, today and be sure to see the offers in their ad in this issue. Their phone number is (925) 238-0350.

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East Bay Leadership Council’s Contra Costa/Tri-Valley Philanthropy Awards program seeks online nominations by August 15

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

Help the East Bay Leadership Council promote and honor good works in Contra Costa County and the Tri-Valley by submitting your nominations to the Third Annual Contra Costa/Tri-Valley Philanthropy Awards program by Thursday, August 15. The annual program recognizes outstanding contributions of time, leadership and financial support by businesses, individuals, families and nonprofit organizations throughout the region. Nominations are sought in communities throughout Contra Costa County and the Tri-Valley, including Livermore, Pleasanton and Dublin.

The annual awards breakfast honoring nominees and award recipients will be held Thursday, November 7, from 7:30 to 10 a.m. at the Hilton Concord. The event is a project of the Council’s Social Responsibility Task Force.

Each nomination must come from a nonprofit or have a letter of support from a nonprofit. Organizations may make multiple nominations. Award categories include Outstanding Corporate Philanthropist (small, medium and large companies), Outstanding Philanthropist, Outstanding Foundation or Community Grant Maker, Outstanding Collaborative Project, Volunteer of the Year, Next Generation Philanthropist (new) and Lifetime Achievement. A prestigious panel representing all sectors of the community and government is formed each year to make the award selections.

The awards program is dedicated to the generosity of the many great people and organizations that offer a richness in our region,” says Mark Hughes, who chairs the awards committee and will emcee the breakfast celebration in November. “Through it, we are working to build awareness and inspire many more organizations to get more involved in this work, which can transform companies and make a true difference in our communities.”

To access the Philanthropy Awards nomination form and eligibility details, see the nomination form on the Council website. For other questions, contact Terry Shoaff at 925.246.1880.

Presenting the keynote at the November 7 breakfast celebration is Sid Espinosa, Microsoft’s champion for philanthropy and citizenship in Silicon Valley. He is the former director of global philanthropy for HP, a Palo Alto City Council member and former mayor of Palo Alto. Espinosa has served on numerous boards of directors for business, nonprofit and educational organizations around the world, including the board of trustees at his undergraduate alma mater, Wesleyan University. He worked at the Democratic National Committee during the 1994 congressional campaigns, joined the Clinton Administration to work at the White House and as an advisor to U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno at the U.S. Department of Justice.

Philanthropy Award recipients in 2012 were:

  • Outstanding Corporate Philanthropist (over 500 employees): Wells Fargo

  • Outstanding Corporate Philanthropist (100 to 500 employees): Neiman Marcus, Walnut Creek

  • Outstanding Corporate Philanthropist (1 to 99 employees): InVision Communications

  • Outstanding Philanthropist: Mary Garaventa

  • Outstanding Foundation or Community Grant Maker: East Bay Community Foundation

  • Outstanding Collaborative Project: SparkPoint Contra Costa

  • Volunteer of the Year: Kay Aaker

  • Lifetime Achievement: Judy Lazarus

Title sponsor of the event is Wells Fargo, and presenting sponsor is Chevron. Other sponsorships are available.

About the East Bay Leadership Council (formerly the Contra Costa Council): The Council, also referred to as the EBLC, is a private sector, public policy organization with a membership that includes business, nonprofit organizations, government, education and labor. The mission of the Council is to provide advocacy on public policy issues affecting the economic vitality and quality of life in the Greater East Bay region. For more information, see www.eastbayleadershipcouncil.com and follow us on twitter (@EBLConline) and Facebook.

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Seacret offers natural skin care from the Dead Sea and income opportunity

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

seacret Seacret offers natural skin care from the Dead Sea and income opportunityYour skin is important.  I think that is understating it a bit. . . YOUR SKIN IS IMPORTANT!  Yes, that important.  Not only is it the largest organ our bodies have, but we also have to live within our skin our entire lives.  So, we need to take care of it, right?  But with all of the options, treatments, trends, and SO many steps, it’s very easy to just not deal with our skin at all.  We at Seacret want you to be excited about your skin!  We want to take the guess work out of caring for it, and make it not just EASY to take care of your skin, but something you’ll forward to everyday.  

The global skin care and cosmetics industry grosses over $114 billion a year.  Today, men and women of all ages are looking for safe and natural ways to protect and revitalize their skin.  Seacret, brings to you the most advanced formulation and integration of one of nature’s true gifts to us, the Dead Sea.  The Dead Sea has attracted visitors for more than 5,000 years including King Solomon, King David, Queen Sheba and Cleopatra, all of who recognized this body of water as a source of healing and beauty.  As the lowest point on Earth at more than 1,300 feet below sea level, it’s the world’s most saline body of water and provides some of the most concentrated, natural mineral salts and mineral-rich mud.  The Dead Sea’s minerals have been used for centuries to achieve the look of younger, more beautiful skin and the founders of the company wanted to bring these rejuvenating powers to American consumers.

Seacret presents a complete line of products to rejuvenate your body, face and soul for all skin types and ages.  We have more than 45 products on the market, plus 20 more in development.  We have formulated and designed our products to be the most demonstrable in the industry, clinically proven to deliver immediate results in 15 minutes; while continuing to benefit from the long-lasting effects of our advanced treatments.  We appropriately call this the “Wow Factor,” because “Wow!” seems to be the first word people say when trying our products.

seacret salons products Seacret offers natural skin care from the Dead Sea and income opportunitySeacret has product approvals and a distribution footprint in over 40 countries on six continents. Not only are we the most recognized and advanced Dead Sea brand in the world, we are also the ONLY company whose products are manufactured by the world’s largest and most respected cosmetics company. We hold three registered patents and four additional patents pending.  Our Age-Defying Collection  contains unique peptides that stimulate your skin’s ability to produce more collagen, while reducing and relaxing the fine lines caused by expressions.  Recover is the name we have given to our anti-aging technology, a patented technology that instantly reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while providing long-term results.  Clinical studies for our Recover formula have been conducted in the best labs in the world, with one of the most advanced laboratories for pharmaceutical product testing.  These studies show an immediate (2 hours or less) decrease in wrinkle depth of up to 44%, and a 50% decrease after 28 days of use.

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Click on this banner to visit Seacret’s website.

So, whether you desire a great skin products or a business opportunity, please contact me for more information contact Teila Millner  925-550-5795, tmillner27@gmail.com, or seacretdirect.com/tmillner.

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Antioch’s Pinky’s Klassy Kar Wash honored as “Small Business of the Year” for the 11th Assembly District

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

Assemblyman Jim Frazier (D-Oakley) recognized Pinky’s Klassy Kar Wash of Antioch as the “Small Business of the Year” for the 11th Assembly District in a ceremony at the Sacramento Convention Center on Monday, June 10th.

Each year, the California State Assembly recognizes the contributions of small businesses in each Assembly district and their important role in the creation of jobs and growth for the California economy. The day began with workshops coordinated by the California Small Business Association, followed by a Salute to Small Businesses awards luncheon.

Juan Chen-Olsen and her husband, Dave Olsen, took over Pinky’s Klassy Kar Wash and have since become passionate environmental advocates for the Delta. Upon taking ownership of the small business, Juan discovered that the car wash had not been recycling its water, which she said smelled of residual grime, gasoline, and grease from the cars that had been serviced. When the couple began researching solutions to resolve their water issue, they discovered that repercussions of using non-recycled water had a devastating effect on local rivers and the Delta.

The two invested in updated, eco-friendly equipment to develop a 75 percent recycling wash facility that both maximized the use of clean recycled water and minimized the amount of pollutants going into the local waste water treatment plant.

Pinky’s Klassy Kar Wash is a prime example of how a small business can be both successful and environmentally friendly,” said Assemblymember Frazier. “I applaud Juan and Dave for their enthusiasm in preserving the Delta and for their admirable commitment to improving the community of Contra Costa County.”

The couple has also dedicated much of their time to educating the local community. Juan is known for bringing a ‘jug of sludge’ to local schools to educate children about the effects of dirty water flowing into storm drains. She also utilizes her business to assist non-profit organizations in car wash events so that they don’t have to resort to ‘parking lot fundraisers’ that could cause harmful pollution to the Delta.

I am thrilled and grateful for Mr. Frazier’s nomination,” said Juan. “I immediately gathered all my employees together and shared the news with them because I feel I would never get here without them. I feel finally somebody recognized the importance of the green car wash business and the positive impact it can have on our Delta waterway.”

To contact Assemblymember Jim Frazier please visit his website at www.asmdc.org/members/a11/ or call his District Office at 707-399-3011.

Follow Assemblymember Jim Frazier on Facebook and “Like” him for updates on events and happenings in the 11th AD.

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Contra Costa Council’s name change to East Bay Leadership Council reflects organization’s regional scope

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

Private sector leader Tom Terrill to succeed Linda Best as CEO this summer

Following the unanimous endorsement of the Contra Costa Council Board of Directors at the April 19 board meeting, and approval earlier this month by the broader membership, the Concord-based Contra Costa Council has changed its name to the East Bay Leadership Council (EBLC). The new name reflects a broader geographic scope of the private-sector, public-policy organization and the influence of the Council as a whole. In recent years, the Council has adopted a regional approach in its task force work and public policy considerations, which suggested a logical extension down the I-680 corridor to the Tri-Valley, including the Amador, Livermore and San Ramon valleys.

Tom Terrill, a recognized private-sector leader in regional economic development and real estate development, has been named to succeed Linda Best as president and CEO of the Council. (He will also succeed Best as executive director of the Contra Costa Economic Partnership, the nonprofit arm of the Council and a coalition of business and government leaders dedicated to creating and retaining quality jobs in the region.) Best announced in February that she would retire this summer.

We are pleased to welcome Tom Terrill in a new leadership role for the Council and the Economic Partnership,” said Council Chair Bob Brown. “As a respected associate, past Council chair and regional business leader, Tom has extensive experience in economic development and working with complex government/community development issues. We believe he is the best person to fill the large shoes that Linda Best leaves. We are fortunate to have such leaders in our region, and we thank Linda for her great dedication and contribution to regional vitality.”

Council Chair Brown appointed a Visioning Committee last July, chaired by 2012-2013 Council Chair David Bowlby, to consider a name change that reflected the Council’s regional orientation and to conduct outreach with community and business leaders in the Tri-Valley. Committee members met with Chamber of Commerce executives of Dublin, Pleasanton and Livermore, and the Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership Group. They also met with leaders of the Tri-Valley Business Council, which will now be formally integrated into the East Bay Leadership Council.

We took a deliberative approach in our due diligence, and received a very warm response from Tri-Valley leaders, who agree that we have many issues in common, including transportation, workforce development, permit streamlining and CEQA reform,” said Brown. “We believe the region can benefit from our organizations working together on these important issues. With redistricting, we now share several elected representatives at state and federal levels.”

AJ Major, chairman of the Board of the Tri-Valley Business Council, stated, “The East Bay Leadership Council is a prestigious body, and we look forward to having this organization be the new base for initiatives previously undertaken by the Tri-Valley Business Council so that, together, we can realize an even greater future for our region and our communities.”

We are very excited about working with the Council’s leadership and integrating with its task forces on the many issues we share,” said James Paxson, general manager of Hacienda, Pleasanton, and Tri-Valley Business Council board member.

About Tom Terrill and Linda Best

Tom Terrill has extensive experience in economic development and working with complex government/community development issues. He has owned his own investment development company since 1997, been in the commercial development industry for 35 years, and has worked extensively in both Contra Costa and Alameda Counties. He has also been very involved with both the Contra Costa Council and Contra Costa Economic Partnership for many years, serving in leadership positions, including chair, in the 1990s.

Terrill devotes significant time to volunteer and community activities. He recently served as a member of the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Long Range Fiscal Strategies for the City of Walnut Creek. He often teaches urban and real estate economics at Saint Mary’s College and guest lectures at the Fisher Center for Real Estate & Urban Economics at the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley. A member of the Urban Land Institute, he has been involved with UrbanPlan, a course curriculum used in high schools and colleges. Terrill has also served as president of the Walnut Creek Education Foundation. He is a graduate of UC Berkeley with a degree in economics.

Linda Best has been Council president and CEO for nine years. She serves on the boards of John Muir Health, Opportunity Junction, and STAND! For Families Free of Violence. She was honored as “Woman of the Year for the 15th Assembly District” in 2011 and was named “one of the Bay Area’s most influential women in business” by the San Francisco Business Times in 2009 and 2010. Best says she will continue her interest in the work of the Council. She also looks forward to spending more time with family and on nonprofit boards on which she serves.

About the East Bay Leadership Council (formerly the Contra Costa Council): The Council, also referred to as the EBLC, is a private sector, public policy organization with a membership that includes business, nonprofit organizations, government, education and labor. The mission of the Council is to provide advocacy on public policy issues affecting the economic vitality and quality of life in the Greater East Bay region. For more information, see www.eastbayleadershipcouncil.com.

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