As our exhibitor space continues to fill up we are preparing for a great networking, and dining, experience for those attending the Hayward Chamber of Commerce Business Expo Monday, Oct. 8 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Grand White Tent at St. Rose Hospital, 27200 Calaroga Ave.
“This event is one of the East Bay’s premier business networking and exhibitor activities,” said Kim Huggett, president and CEO of the Hayward Chamber of Commerce. “It’s a place where networking abounds and deals are made. That’s why it continues to attract attention after so many years. And this year the food options are better than ever.”
Mariachi bands, folklorico dancers, kids’ activities, a taco-eating contest and an outdoor market celebrating Hispanic food and art will be highlights at the fifth annual Hayward Mariachi Festival from 4 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 3 at City Hall Plaza, 777 B St. The free family-friendly event is hosted by the Hayward Chamber of Commerce Latino Business Roundtable and the City of Hayward. Guests should bring lawn chairs and blankets.
The event highlight is built around music. This year’s featured performers are Mariachi Juvenil de Hayward, Mariachi Halcones de Oakland, Mariachi Dos, and Mariachi Mexicanisimo. Activities for kids will include face painting, Dia de los Muertos mask-coloring, paper flower making, and a bounce house courtesy of the Relay for Life Team of Tad Miller and Liberty Tax Service.
The event occurs on National Taco Day, and there will be a taco-eating contest sponsored by Jorge Espinosa and his team at El Taquito Restaurant #2. Specialty beverages to be served include margaritas, sangria and Mexican beer.
For more information, contact the Hayward Chamber of Commerce, 510-537-2424.
The event’s initial sponsors include sponsors such as PG&E, Kaiser Permanente, Wells Fargo Bank, Russell City Energy Center, Metro Taquero Restaurant, Macy's, Chavez Supermarket, Manada Roofing, Comcast, the Hayward Area Historical Society, and the Kids Breakfast Club.
Hayward Chamber of Commerce President Kim Huggett praised the community contributions of the Southland Mall and its ongoing stimulation of the city's economy at a celebration honoring the mall's 50th anniversary held Sept. 25 at the Hayward Area Historical Society. His remarks follow.
"It is my pleasure to be here this evening to recognize Southland Mall for its historic contributions to the city of Hayward. As a member of the Hayward Chamber of Commerce for 54 years, the mall and its ownership groups have played a significant role in the economic development of our city.
"Think about our neighboring cities along the 880 corridor, both north and south, and how, without Southland, Hayward shoppers would be using the shopping centers there. Without the foresight to develop Southland Mall in the 1960s, our shopping dollars, and sales taxes, would be going to other communities, not to mention the jobs.