Fremont creates a new position: “Small Business Ally”

A press release from the city of Fremont:

Fremont has always valued its small businesses. That’s why the City has created a new point of contact for everything small-business related.

Enter Jackie Hall, the City’s new Small Business Ally.

Jackie will be serving as the City’s Development Services “concierge.” With more than 17 years of experience serving the City of Fremont, she is certainly an excellent fit for the position.

In her new role as the City’s Small Business Ally, Jackie will assist small businesses with the following:

•           Facilitating project reviews and permits

•           Helping businesses with internal City/outside agency contacts and resources

•           Tailoring and streamlining permit processes

•           Coordinating with the City’s Office of Economic Development, the Fremont Chamber of Commerce and other business organizations

The Small Business Ally programs will commence with a series of meetings and events hosted by the City and the Fremont Chamber of Commerce. These meetings will be with the Irvington, Centerville, Niles, Mission San Jose, Warm Springs and other Business Associations to introduce both Jackie and the program. Feel free to share any suggestions and ideas on how to best meet the needs of businesses.

If you’d like to reach Jackie Hall, you can contact her at (510) 494-4487 orjhall@fremont.gov.


FYI … Hall’s new position will pay her $87,500 per year, according to Fremont spokeswoman Cheryl Golden. Her previous annual salary was $81,780, Golden said.

Chris DeBenedetti


  1. So what or who really “means business” in what has become the city of soon to be obsolete strip malls? Are the peoples *really* going to be stopping to shop at the BLOCK on the way to Levis Stadium? ATTENTION members of in the demonize a developer crowd, BIG BUSINESS creates small business…PLAY BALL!

  2. Vinnie means Business

    We are the new Innovation Corridor

    According to a press release from the New America Foundation’s “California Civic Innovation Project,” an idea used extensively in business for years has a firm place in city development… networking. The report notes, “As municipalities nationwide continue to face challenges, from fiscal and infrastructure, to service delivery and education, they also have the capacity to engage and impact wide sectors of the public through innovative policies, technologies, and programs.”
    Although the Southeast Bay Innovation Corridor (SEBAY-IC) has immense potential, leadership toward common goals and pooled resources has often been missing. Instead, too much effort and attention has been focused on becoming an adjunct to our South Bay neighbors. The fact that from SEBAY-IC we can gaze in any direction to make strong connections with high tech, industry, labor and economic growth is significant. Our IC (SEBAY-IC) is a nexus for the entire region and holds a key position as partner and player in regional, national and international commerce. The report, “Creating Networked Cities” (http://www.newamerica.net/publications/policy/creating_networked_cities) offers practical tips to “improve knowledge sharing” and, through networking, “create opportunities with nearby cities and counties, understanding that geographic proximity and shared context are important factors.”
    Almost in spite of years of disorganization and resistance to focused, regional political direction, our neighborhood is becoming recognized for strength in its own right, not as a pimple on the butt of Silicon Valley. The September-October issue of Global Trade magazine, “The Magazine for U.S. Companies Doing Business Globally,” lists the “Top 25 Cities for Global Trade.” In almost all cases, cities listed were subtitled with a group of allied communities that comprised a network responsible for their status.
    First ranked Houston, TX is actually comprised of Houston, Sugar Land and Baytown; New York, New York, ranked #2 is paired with Northern New Jersey and Long Island and #3 ranked Los Angeles includes Long Beach and Santa Ana. Many well-known international economic powerhouse locations were actually congregations of surrounding communities. Listed at #20, San Francisco is actually a partnership with Oakland and… Fremont! The accompanying brief explanation of the $23.6 billion trade with growth of $2.2 billion for an increase of 10.28 percent, notes, “Where there’s innovation, there’s venture capital…” The glitz of Silicon Valley, Palo Alto and Walnut Creek is absent from the list.
    What this means to our area is that we should be in substantive conversations with neighboring communities to encourage and maximize resources and devote energy toward common goals. As a major player on the international stage, the Greater Tri-City community has an opportunity to take advantage of synergy. The Greek philosopher, Aristotle, is credited with the saying, “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” In our case, its time to bring the parts of SEBAY-IC together to form a great “whole” rather than a great hole. Each mayor can appoint a representative to a blue ribbon committee – Vice mayors of Fremont, Newark, Union City, Hayward, Milpitas, San Leandro – to explore common goals and strengths. What about it Mayor Harrison, Mayor Nagy, Mayor Dutra-Vernaci, Mayor Sweeney, Mayor Esteves, Mayor Cassidy?

  3. #2… or do you mean we are the corridor that people will be driving through to watch the 49ers play it their new jewel of a stadiun and spend their $$$ at Santa Clara’s cash cow?
    Fact is Vinnie has chased more business out of Fremont than he will *ever* be able to bring back in. Maybe folks like Deborah Arroyo (http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/A-brutal-Labor-Day-for-some-ex-Nummi-workers-4780318.php) would have landed a job at the stadium or in one of the many new businesses created by professional sports if the demonize a developer crowd hadn’t swift-boated it!

  4. #6…Might be better than living in your car? Remember Numi (much like you and your side) opposed the stadium and cut and run. Costco opposed the stadium and it’s only a matter of time before they relocate again. At least we have the Block. Is that what your side means when you say you mean business?

  5. So – that’s the definition of what Charlie and Sue and Bill and Anu mean when they use the term – “quality jobs”?

    It’s the one that keeps you one step removed from living in you car? And, which agrees to pay one rate in writing, but pays something less – – – unless you get caught.


    I continue to be amazed at how damaging these people are to their own expressed ideas.

  6. #8 Holy Crows!
    So compassionate are you…at least Sue and Bill and Anu do not *misrepresent* themselves about meaning business!

  7. Charlie, I’m going to present Fremont, CA as the best sports city in the country –

    Just about every person who lives here is less than 10 minutes from DAS BART, who when not threatening to strike like diseased overfed swine will take you to the overrated A’s and desperate Warriors games in less time than it takes to down a 22 of micro. Turn that into a 22 and a pint flask of your go-to rye and you are watching the Giants lose to the Blue Jays’ 5th starter (enjoy the shore walk). Put it all in a travel Coleman with ice, solicit a car, and in 35 minutes you’re at The Tank. 45 min and you’re tailgating at the newest football palace in the land. Where else in the world can you have such unhindered access to all the pro sports leagues? As a sports fan – if that is what drives your furor – it is not that bad.

    …and I didn’t even mention the cricket!

  8. #10… Now you’re talkin! How about those Fremont Raiders, aye? Imagine, Bacon and the council sitting in complimentary seats deep in the black hole!

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