Educational Seminars

As one of the benefits of Chamber membership, the seminars listed below are designed to help you and your business. Please RSVP and reference the seminar to Yianna Theodorou at or (925) 846-5858 ext. 200. If you are interested in hosting a seminar, please contact Dawn Wilson at 

Women Business Owners Are Booming
A workshop on franchise ownership
Presented by Rick Morgin, FranNet

Wednesday, May 25, 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.
At The Chamber, 777 Peters Avenue, Pleasanton

Women may be the minority in the franchising world, but whether they are breaking into existing industries or franchising their own companies, many of them are paving the way for others to do the same. FranNet has seen a 36 percent increase in women-owned franchises in the last five years!

This free workshop will help you understand the franchise business opportunities available and why now is your time to jump in the trend. FranNet works with women to help them understand special financial incentives, training available and business opportunities available to women.

In this workshop, we’ll cover:
--The advantages to start a business.
--A look at franchise ownership.
--Women-focused educational and financing programs.
--Misconceptions about franchising.
--Building your personal business model.
--How to easily find the right franchise for you. 

Learn more here and RSVP now

About the Presenter
Rick Morgin is a Sr. Franchise Consultant with FranNet of the Bay Area. Whether you want to build an asset, build an empire, be your own boss, create an additional income stream, or keep your job while developing your business, Rick is the perfect consultant to coach you through the process. For a full bio go to Covering Contra Costa, Solano, Alameda, Napa, and San Joaquin Counties. 

Avoid Fines for Not Recycling
Amador Students Can Help Your Business
Presented by Amador Valley High School in collaboration with the Go Green Initiative, Jill Buck 

Tuesday, May 31, 12 noon to 1:00 p.m.
At The Chamber, 777 Peters Avenue, Pleasanton

If your business is out of compliance with new recycling ordinances, you could be fined. The good news is that a group of Amador students has studied this issue this semester, and they can explain the simple steps you can take to start a recycling program at your business. Join us and bring all your questions. These kids are well-informed and ready to help you!

RSVP and learn more here:

Pay Them Now, or Pay Them Later:
A Review of Current Issues and Recent Developments in Wage and Hour Law
Presented by Hopkins & Carley 


Thursday, June 9, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
At The Chamber, 777 Peters Avenue, Pleasanton

Top Employment lawyers from Hopkins & Carley will review the basic wage and hour rules and issues relevant to most employers, including: 
--Employee v. Contractor Classification Issues
--Exempt v. Non-Exempt Classification Issues
--Meal Period And Rest Break Rules
--Payment Of Final Wages
--Paystubs and Recordkeeping 

This program is geared toward, Executives and Management, Owners, HR Managers and General Counsel and is pending approval for 2.00 (General) recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute and for 2 hours of "General" California MCLE credit. 

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Hopkins & Carley

Dan Pyne: Dan is the Co-chair of Hopkins & Carley’s Employment Law Practice and his clients include businesses, non-profit organizations and executives that operate in the technology industry as well as in manufacturing, professional services, and agriculture.  
Karen Reinhold:Karen is the Co-chair of Hopkins & Carley’s Employment Law Practice and specializes in representing employers and executives on employment-related matters.  In addition to providing advice and counsel on a broad range of employment-related legal issues, Karen has successfully tried many cases to jury verdict in state and federal court
Ernie Malaspina:  Ernie is a member of Hopkins & Carley’s Employment & Labor Law Practice in the San Jose office and he advises private and public sector employers on a wide range of employment issues. 

Hopkins & Carley
Hopkins & Carley, a premier Bay Area law firm, specializes in business litigation, intellectual property, real estate, employment, estate planning, and corporate, tax and business transactions. With a unique combination of counseling and litigation capabilities, Hopkins & Carley’s Employment and Labor team effectively leads clients through a myriad of regulations and litigation risks in a practical and cost-effective manner.


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