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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

Challenge to COI Businesses

Hi fellow COI members. Recently COI received a request to support The Mayor’s Housing First Initiative, in partnership with the Richmond Rotary Club. I am so impressed with this initiative. It is truly one of the few that seem to be really helping the homeless find support and housing. According to the Mayor, they already housed approximately 10 percent of the people living in cars and RVs at the Richmond Parkway/North Castro Street RV Camp. I’d like to offer a challenge to the COI businesses. Sims Metal will match up to $10K in donations received from COI members. I know we can do this – $20K will house one family for a year. Let’s do it!
If you can donate, please write a check to Mayor’s Community Fund at Richmond Community Foundation. Mail to Tom Butt, Mayor, City of Richmond, 450 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond CA. (Please let Katrinka know if you are contributing so we can keep track for the matching funds).

Thank you!!

Jill Rodby
Sims Metal
West Region – PR & Government Affairs Manager
510 412-5336 – office
510 374-0329 – cell

Read more from the Mayor about how the donations help.


Richmond businesses – the voters passed Measure U a new business license tax and it goes into effect 01/01/22!!

View the City of Richmond Gross Receipts Tax Ordinance.

City Council placed a measure on the November 3, 2020, ballot that was approved by the voters, which changes the Business Tax calculation methodology to be based on gross receipts in the City of Richmond instead of the number of employees. The new model would calculate the business tax based on the amount of gross receipts (total amount of money received in connection with any sale) in Richmond by the business and then charge a specific percentage based on the type of business and the amount of revenue generated. The tax to businesses is based on a range from 0.075% to 1.395% of gross receipts.

Previously, the business tax in most cases was based on the number of employees. The base rate was $234.10 per year and increases per employee a business has working in Richmond (the first 25 employees are charged at $46.80 per employee, and employees above 25 are charged at a rate of $40.10 per employee). The cannabis industry (at 5%) and movie theaters (at 0.3% for revenues over $20,000) are currently based on gross receipts.

Implementation Date

Council approved a change to the implementation date from July 1, 2021, to January 1, 2022, in accordance with Section 7.04.680(B). The staff has met on several occasions with a coalition of Richmond businesses and presented at both Richmond Neighborhood Coordinating Council (RNCC) and Economic Development Commission (EDC).

In meeting with the business coalition that included representatives from West Contra Costa County Council of Business and Industry and Richmond Chamber of Commerce, staff has gathered a listing of concerns and uncertainties around definitions of certain terms, and clarification around the implementation of the ordinance.

To make sure you are notified of additional updates, please subscribe to the Measure U Implementation Updates Sign-up!

Tax Calculation

Measure U Gross Receipts Business Tax | Richmond, CA – Official Website

Note: the city has mailed out letters to the businesses requesting their IRS 6 digit code from which they will determine what business classification your business will be put into, AND, your 2020 gross receipts received in Richmond.

Attached you can find the IRS codes, and, the “Activity Classifications” that provide what IRS codes are included in what business classifications.
For Questions!

Contact Katrinka Ruk or call (510)215-9325
Or you can contact the City and leave a message, send an email or schedule a meeting with staff:
General Inquiries:
• Email:
• Phone: (510) 620-5555

Measure U – One-on-One Meeting with Finance Staff

Have questions about Measure U implementation or your business’s new assessed tax rate? Schedule a fifteen (15) minute one-on-one meeting with Finance Staff members to answer your questions. Follow this Calendly Link to reserve a time;
Virtual – Tuesday and Thursday from 9 am-Noon [link provided with registration]
In-Person – Walk-up Wednesday from 9 am-Noon

Industrial Association Forum Luncheon – WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT – April 27, 2022

This is just a friendly reminder that the Industrial Association of Contra Costa County will be holding a Forum Luncheon on April 27, 2022 that focuses on WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT. This Forum will be held from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm (registration/check-in starts at 11:00 am) at Zio Fraedo’s restaurant in Pleasant Hill.  Additional details regarding this event, including a registration link, are included below.

The register for this Forum by April 25, 2022.

Sponsorship Opportunities

We’re still looking for sponsors for this Forum:

  • Platinum – $2,000 – includes recognition and 8 tickets to the Forum
  • Gold – $1,500 – includes recognition and 6 tickets to the Forum
  • Silver – $1,000 – includes recognition and 4 tickets to the Forum
  • Bronze – $500 – includes recognition and 2 tickets to the Forum

Please contact me directly if you are interested in sponsoring this important event.

We’re really looking forward to seeing you at our first in-person Forum Luncheon in over 2 years. Let me know if you have any questions.

Mark Hughes
Executive Director
Industrial Association of Contra Costa County
(707) 656-1765

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After a 2 year hiatus due to COVID-19, the Industrial Association will once again be hosting in-person Forum Luncheons.

We are very pleased to invite you to our April 27, 2022 Forum Luncheon that will focus on a very timely topic – WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT.  The forum is scheduled for 11:00 am – 1:30 pm, and will be held at Zio Fraedo’s Restaurant, 611 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill.

Our guest panelists for this forum include:

  • Bill Whitney – CEO, Contra Costa Building and Construction Trades Council
  • Tamia Brown – Executive Director, Workforce Development Board of Contra Costa County
  • Heather Henry – President/Executive Director, Workforce Development Board of Solano County
  • Kelly Schelin – Associate Vice Chancellor, Education Services – Contra Costa Community College District
  • Renee Pierce – Sr. Economic Development Analyst, Employment Training Panel, State of California.

Our guest panelist will address questions such as:

  • Where is the workforce of tomorrow coming from?
  • What is being done to prepare these individuals for their future careers?
  • What can businesses do to identify and attract trained/qualified individuals?
  • How has COVID-19 impacted the workforce, and what is being done to address it?
  • Why are so many companies struggling to fill vacant positions?
  • What training programs and resources are available for the existing and future workforce?
  • How can the business community work with State and local organizations and agencies to address their workforce development challenges?

Register online for this forum by using the following link:

Be sure to first type in your name, email, phone number, and your company/organization, and then hit ‘Send’.  You can then scroll down to pay online for the forum, and if you’d like, pay for Sponsorship opportunities at various levels.

If you have questions about the online payment process, or if you would rather pay by check, please contact Jaimie Sherry at (707) 980-2228; .

Celebrating Women this Month!!

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From the city of Richmond’s Sisters in Solidarity.  Several women, including myself, have put together a video in recognition of Women’s Month.
Linda Whitmore

RCF Connects Announces a Task Force Focused on Ensuring Equity for Black Women and Girls in Contra Costa County

Black Women and Girls in Contra Costa County will be Valued, Seen, Heard, and Served.

Contra Costa, CA – RCF Connects, a local community foundation that is a motivator in Contra Costa County in the field of philanthropy and community change, announces the creation of the Equity for Black Women and Girls Task Force. The task force, led by RCF Connects’ Board Chair Dr. Cynthia LeBlanc, represents a collaboration of community leaders, will oversee an effort to create an awareness campaign to help inform the public of the inequities experienced by Black Women and Girls in our community and to ensure Black Women and Girls gain access to the resources that can help them overcome and change current policies, practices and attitudes that are root causes of the inequities that we see today. This effort is in answer to a recent survey of local funding organizations (described as foundations, private funders and corporate funders) which revealed that community-based funding commitments and programming in Contra Costa County for Black/African American people is less than 5% and discouragingly, less than 1% specifically for Black Women and Girls. “As an organization dedicated to equity, that seeks systemic change that eliminates policies, practices and attitudes that are root causes of inequity, we cannot let this stand,” said RCF Connects’ Board Chair, Dr. Cynthia LeBlanc. RCF Connects has a unique opportunity to center Black Women and Girls in Contra Costa County as a strategic priority in alignment with its advancement of equity as a value and goal. We understand that valuing and raising up Black Women and Girls in our community raises our entire community to a new level of health, wellness and success. We would like to introduce to our community, the members of the Equity for Black Women and Girls Task Force who are dedicated to doing this vital and important work:
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The focus of the Task Force is to release RCF Connects’ position paper entitledRCF Connects’ Equity for Black Women and Girls Initiative and ensure the successful implementation of its recommendations. The position paper highlights findings and recommendations from a comprehensive study funded by RCF Connects that included interviews and focus groups of Black women and girls across Contra Costa County. It also outlines solutions that correct the current void of services, supports, and resources specifically for Black women and girls in our community. In addition, the Task Force will also evaluate and pursue partnerships with key organizations willing to commit time, talent, and resources to support Black women and girls.  Finally, the Task Force will provide expertise and insight to foundations and others willing to commit substantial funding to priorities that explicitly support Black women and girls, a valuable part of our community that is regrettably often overlooked and ignored. In the near future, the committee will be seeking qualified candidates to head this new initiative with the core objective to fulfill The Equity for Black Women and Girls Initiative’s mission, vision, and approach. If you would like more information about this project or seek to connect with our efforts, please contact Jim Becker, CEO, RCF Connects –
Media Contact: Rosalind Mays Welch Phone #: 510-234-1200 x105

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Download the Press Release
Spread the news! Please share the press release PDF with your network.

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Executive Summary
Want to learn more? Download RCF Connects’ Equity for Black Women and Girls Initiative Executive Summary.

2022 International Women’s Day Recognition

Sisters in Solidarity Supporters and Friends,

International Women’s Day is on March 8th. The theme for 2022 is #BreaktheBias. This year will mark the 15th Annual Sisters in Solidarity International Women’s Day celebration. Due to the pandemic and the challenges it causes with event planning and everyday activities, we are going to join the International Women’s Day campaign by encouraging individuals and organizations to facilitate and promote virtual activities. We regret that there will not be an in-person or virtual event, but we are happy to share ideas and activities to celebrate IWD.

Social Media Campaign – Imagine a gender equal world.

Individuals and organizations are encouraged to post pictures while holding the 2022 BreakTheBias pose to their social media pages.

Here is how J. Take a picture in the 2022 Themed Pose by crossing your arms to show solidarity. Post your picture on your social media using #IWD2022 #BreakTheBias #SIS2022 and tag the SIS FaceBook Page. Refer to the attached for more details.

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Please make sure that you post your picture on or before March 8th and try to keep it up for the entire month of March to celebration Women’s Day and Month.

In lieu of an in-person or virtual celebration, we are asking our friends to participate in the Social Media Campaign. Our Planning Committee will post a video to acknowledge IWD and encourage others to do the same. We will reach out to our Community Partner Organizations and former Table Hosts to invite them to facilitate virtual Lean in Circles to strategize on ways to Break the Bias in 2022.

We hope that we will be able to resume our in-person celebrations in 2023. In the meantime, we would like to express our gratitude for your continued support in uplifting women and recognizing International Women’s Day. More information to come.

In Solidarity,
SIS Executive Committee
Trina Jackson-Lincoln, Yenny Garcia, Linda Jackson-Whitmore and Tiffany Harris

Ms. Trina Jackson-Lincoln
Liaison to the Richmond City Council
440 Civic Center Plaza
Richmond, CA 94804
510-620-6581 – Office
510-932-9820 – Cell
510-620-6824 – Fax

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