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Council of Business & Industry Mission Statement

The West Contra Costa County Council of Business & Industries is the regional advocate and member resource for business and industry that strengthens the local economy and improves the quality of life by working collaboratively with all stakeholders.

This mission is accomplished by:

  • Serving as a forum for members, helping in the exchange of ideas, viewpoints and solutions to challenges.
  • Increasing exposure through education of COI members and community stakeholders on the positive economic impact COI members have on the region
  • Developing partnerships with industry, building trades, public agencies and community groups to enhance the local economy
  • Building relationships and taking a leadership role in working proactively with elected officials on identifying and shaping policies that strengthen the local economy.
  • Taking a leadership role in working proactively on identifying and developing regional policies that strengthen the local economy

Joshua Genser

Joshua Genser headshotJoshua Genser: Vice President of the Council of Business & Industries’ Board, passed away unexpectedly this week. We have lost a friend, business advocate, community leader, family man and fly fisherman. Josh enjoyed life to it’s fullest and was always eager to bring along others into his fold. His generosity was as immense as his personality and yet humble in word. His presence will be missed dearly. We send our sincere condolences to his family and to his friends and co-workers at Overaa. May his contributions inspire others.

“If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.” – Meister Eckhart
Thank you Josh for the laughs, lessons, support, contributions and friendship.

22nd Annual Shoreline and Bay Yacht Tour AND VIEWING OF THE BLUE ANGELS

Friday, October 8th

Mark your calendars! The Council of Industries’ (COI’s) annual Shoreline and Bay Yacht Tour is around the corner. As we move out of our time of COVID we are happy to host our networking event to celebrate return to the workplace. We are so excited to announce the 22nd year of the Council of Industries’ premier networking event on the Richmond shoreline and to celebrate this special year, we will then sail out into the bay to watch the Blue Angels and other acrobatic planes on their practice runs!

This is the key event of the year to network and mingle with other business representatives, local city staff, commissioners, local, county, regional and state elected officials, neighborhood council representatives, regulatory liaisons, community and neighborhood leaders, etc.

Please note: Due to COVID, we will require masks when boarding and when inside (checking-in) and anytime inside on the yacht. No masks required outside or on the yacht decks.  We require that attendees at check-in present COVID-19 vaccination / or / negative COVID-19 test taken 72 hours before the event in order to board the yacht.

To ensure another successful year, we need the support of our sponsors who will be noted in the event brochure, on sponsor Boards and during the opening remarks, and receive special recognition on our website and in the final invitation. Any sponsoring company may bring marketing material to be displayed on the yacht.

Further details about the event can be found here, and sponsorship can be easily purchased here on the website.

MEASURE U/Business License Tax

In November 2020, the City of Richmond voters passed Measure U Business License Tax which changed the calculation of the business license tax effective January 2022. Previously businesses would be taxed on the number of employees they had in the City of Richmond – except different rates were established for the cannabis businesses and property rentals.

The new tax is a progressive tax based on a business’s gross receipts made in the city of Richmond. For those businesses with$250,000 or less of gross receipts in the City of Richmond, their business license tax would be $100.00. If your gross receipts in Richmond are more than $250,000 a year, you would pay a progressive rate depending upon what classification of business you are in and what level of gross receipts you have. If you have an office in Richmond but have no gross receipts in Richmond, you would pay a business license tax based on your City of Richmond payroll.

To compare what you are paying now with what you will be paying to go to the Council of Business & Industries (COI) home page and use this Calculator Tax for Measure U

You can also contact Katrinka Ruk at or call 510-260-4820.

08/17/21 Update!

The City has hired Management Partners to implement the Business License Tax which goes into effect 01/01/22.

A small group of business representatives from the Council of Business & Industries, Richmond Chamber, 23rdSt. Merchants, and Main St. met with Management Partners to express overall concerns regarding the higher tax and to learn of next steps.

Next Steps

  1. COI has sent a copy of an alternate progressive rate that was presented to the City by Mayor Butt in December, 2020. We will review alternative progressive tax rate calculations with the consultant.
  2. Management Partners will be scheduling meetings with the various business classifications in September.
  3. We have asked that they provide us with an accurate number of the amount of revenue the City is expecting to derive from the increased business license tax.
  4. City Attorney to provide language changes based on recommendations made.
  5. The Council of Business & Industries, Richmond Chamber, 23rdSt. Merchants, and Main St. will keep their business partners informed, as well as we will post the upcoming dates on our website.
  6. Staff to present changes to City Council.

Please forward questions/concerns/issues in an email to:

I will be consolidating and forwarding these directly to Management Partners.