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As The Business Chamber in Silicon Valley, the SVC Chamber is often featured in the press and asked our opinions on matters of great importance.

We also have a mission to Educate.

The combination of these two allows us to be able to present the following:

Chamber CEO Harbir K Bhatia featured in the latest SVBJ article: Prepping for the Big Games

May 3rd, 2024

Making Santa Clara the epicenter of activity

According to Silicon Valley Central Chamber of Commerce CEO Harbir Bhatia, its strategic guidance will be to encourage businesses to plan for these events, like organizing watch parties and themed restaurant nights to hosting concerts and promotions, etc.
 “The El Camino would be a fantastic food corridor, whether it was Korean, Mexican, Indian, or American food,” she said. “It would be a centralized hub for culinary experiences.
Bhatia believes the large companies, including tech, and immigrant communities can provide another layer of richness to excitement and cultural tapestry of Santa Clara. Silicon Valley and Santa Clara are infused with over 65% multicultural communities and have a great enthusiasm for soccer.
“As people spend in this city, it will provide a significant economic benefit to the city and the region,” she added. “It will have direct impact on the city, its businesses, its residents, and employees that work in Santa Clara. For the city the sales tax and transit occupancy tax will direct benefit the funding for the city services like the three libraries, numerous parks, our streets, our festivals, and annual programs, etc.
"The revenue made by business owners in Santa Clara and the employees that work in hospitality and the gig industry will directly benefit as well. With such programs there are benefits at all layers of the city, the community, and the businesses.”
Bhatia believes Santa Clara and its region are highly diverse culturally, in economic levels, residential locations, and services which allow it to have something for everyone.
“The Super Bowl and FIFA World Cup will be desirable to all ages,” she explained. “Many of the small businesses are in hospitality and service industry. Soccer is loved around the globe, and the world comes to Silicon Valley. With the immense diversity that makes Silicon Valley, we will be able to provide very culturally diverse types of food and entertainment options and experiences for visitors from all around the globe or the world."”

Annual Mayors’ Breakfast Deals With Affordable Housing Issues

March 7th, 2024

The Silicon Valley Central Chamber of Commerce’s (SVCCC) annual Mayors’ Breakfast was packed full of lighthearted fun and good-natured ribbing between mayors. Five South Bay mayors attended the breakfast, and each had a chance to extol the virtues of their cities.

Santa Clara Mayor Lisa Gillmor jokingly referred to it as a meeting of her “sister” mayors.

“This event has grown and I’m pleased to see all of my sister mayors here from other cities…and Larry [Klein],” said Gillmor, referencing the only man in the group, Sunnyvale Mayor Larry Klein.

Silicon Valley mayors agree lack of housing is a top issue

March 8th, 2024

How do you get the leaders of neighboring Silicon Valley cities to sit down and talk about critical issues facing the region?

It’s simple. Serve breakfast.

Five local mayors shared their perspectives on housing, transportation and other pressing needs Thursday at the Silicon Valley Central Chamber of Commerce’s annual Mayors’ Breakfast.

Chamber Interview: NFC Championship on KRON TV

January 23, 2024

NFC Championship Game between local favorites, the San Francisco 49ers, and the Detroit Lions at Levi’s Stadium is expected to bring an economic boost to Santa Clara

See what Ravinder Lal from our very own Silicon Valley Central Chamber of Commerce had to say about the upcoming game.

Inaugural Holiday Gala: SVC Chamber Celebrates With Silicon Valley Community At Hyatt Regency

December 20, 2023

Elegant and Festive Gala Celebrates the End of 2023 with Networking, Food, Live Music, Dance on Sunday, December 17th

The Silicon Valley Central (SVC) Chamber of Commerce held the SVCCC Holiday Gala, Sunday, Dec. 17, 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., at the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara. 

The SVCCC Holiday Gala 2023 brought together the Silicon Valley community of Chamber members and non-members to look back and celebrate successes and triumphs, the opportunities ahead, and above all to acknowledge the most important aspect, community.

Indian American Harbir Bhatia has big plans for Silicon Valley Central Chamber of Commerce in 2024

December 25, 2023

Ritu Jha–

Indian American civic entrepreneur Harbir Bhatia who recently took over as CEO of Silicon Valley Central Chamber of Commerce (SVCCC) has already put plans in place for infusing new vigor into the organization and revitalizing the economy by fostering entrepreneurship. In fact, it is for the first time in SVCCC’s history that both the chairperson (Elnaz Masoompictured above right) and the CEO (Bhatia, pictured above left) are women.

On December 17, SVCCC hosted a holiday gala at the Santa Clara Convention Center that brought together members, local businesses and elected officials. Bhatia revealed her 2024 vision to indica on the sidelines of the gala.

SVC Chamber CEO Harbir K. Bhatia receives the IRFBA Corporate Leadership Award

December 7, 2023

Last week marked the annual International Religious Freedom or Belief Alliance Ministerial, attended by 42 countries and hosted by the Czech Republic. Our Chamber's CEO, Harbir K. Bhatia, was honored with the IRFBA Corporate Leadership Award and had the privilege of presenting the role of #FoRB (Freedom of Religion and Belief) in Silicon Valley and SV corporations. Silicon Valley and the vast majority, if not nearly all, of American and global corporations have experienced significant benefits by nurturing highly inclusive environments that prioritize and uphold FoRB.

A new initiative to the SVCCC, the 'FoRBward Economy', aims to advance the economy through peace and freedom of religion or belief. We extend our gratitude to the IRF Secretariat leadership: Simran Singh, Nadine Maenza, Greg Mitchell, and the Czech Ambassador of FoRB, Robert Rajek.

Local Construction Company Owner Constructs Her Own Path

November 17, 2023

If 15 years ago you told Santa Clara small business owner Misha Homara she would be running her own construction company, she probably would not have believed you. After all, construction is a far cry from the career path she started on right out of high school.

“I actually started my career in Cosmetology. So, I was going to cosmetology school, the end of my senior year, and ended up graduating with my license,” said Homara.

Homara worked in a salon for two years, but in 2014, things changed...

Indian American CEO of Silicon Valley Central Chamber of Commerce Harbir Bhatia leads ‘Festival of Lights’ celebrations

November 1, 2023

Ritu Jha–

Indian American Harbir Bhatia, who took over as CEO at the Silicon Valley Central Chamber of Commerce in June this year wanted to reach out to the community and help promote small businesses says the primary goal of hosting the “Festival of Lights” was first to celebrate a very important festival and holiday for a significant portion of the Silicon Valley. In addition, it was to foster community unity, celebrating diversity and inclusion while showcasing the strength of our local businesses and the overall local economy.


Inaugural SVCCC Diwali Festival & Concert: SVC Chamber Highlights Silicon Valley Cultural Diversity & Small Businesses

October 25, 2023

Lights and More! Free All-Day Festival Showcases Food, Culture, Music, Dance 

The SVCCC Diwali Festival and Concert will bring together the diverse Silicon Valley multicultural community to celebrate Diwali, the ‘Festival of Lights’, an Indian festival primarily celebrated by the majority of the Indian population rising from the Hindu tradition, symbolizing the “victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance”. Diwali is one of the festivals most widely celebrated by Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain and South Asian and Southeast Asian diaspora who also make up a large percentage of Silicon Valley residents.

Diana Ding wins 2023 Santa Clara Citywide Community Award

October 3, 2023

Diana Ding, a valued member of our board of directors and the visionary behind Silicon Valley Community Media and Ding Ding TV, received the Citywide Community Award in recognition of her steadfast dedication to the community, particularly during the pandemic, and her advocacy against Asian discrimination.

Santa Clara’s Harbir Bhatia Receives World Peace And Understanding Award

Bhatia was presented this year with the annual Carl G. Orne World Peace and Understanding Award by Rotary District 5170, comprising 61 local Rotary clubs in four counties.

“Harbir Bhatia is an uncommon human being and outstanding Rotarian,” said Savita Vaidhyanathan, 2022-23 Rotary District 5170 Governor.

“When the invasion of Ukraine happened, we [the Rotary] expressed empathy and did several fundraisers. But if there was ever a person who acted with speed, efficiency, compassion, and more importantly, with utmost courage and dedication, it was Harbir Bhatia,” said Vaidhyanathan.

“She led several missions to help the hapless war victims in Ukraine with medical supplies, food, winter clothing, etc. Often putting her own life at risk, she served relentlessly,” continued Vaidhyanathan. “She was honored with an award by the military in Kharkiv, Ukraine, for her bravery. Helping Ukraine was not enough. She also went to Syria and Turkey to help with 2023 earthquake relief efforts.”

“This has been such a fulfilling experience in my life. I have felt so much happiness during this work over the last 18 months,” Bhatia said.

Press Release: Dynamic new CEO for the SVC Chamber represents the future of Silicon Valley



August 25, 2023

SVC Chamber Of Commerce Announces Harbir K Bhatia As New CEO

Santa Clara, CA— The Silicon Valley Central Chamber of Commerce (SVC Chamber)
Board of Directors recently announced Harbir Kaur Bhatia as the chamber’s new CEO and president.

“I am honored to serve with the SVC Chamber board and Silicon Valley community,”
said Bhatia. “My goal is to ensure that the SVC Chamber continues to create value and
is responsive to the changing needs of the times. Today's economy demands leaders
who are innovative with a diverse background, collaborative, inclusive and have a
service mindset. With our amazing chamber board, staff and partners, I believe we can
work together to shape the future of Silicon Valley as a thriving community for all.”

SVC Chamber Celebrates Past With Optimism For Future

September 18, 2022

...“It’s all about supporting businesses,” said Board Chair and “kitchen manager” John Elwood.

“The anniversary reminds us about the importance of not only saying what we’re going to do but then going out and doing it,” Elwood said. “Over the last two years we’ve been learning how to go forward in spite of COVID, and it’s important now to put those lessons to work in building regional cooperation and promoting the identity of South Bay businesses.”...

Santa Clara Head Tax Arguments: Local Businesses and Restaurants Oppose Increase

August 24, 2022

...Opponents who signed the arguments are:

  • Christian Malesic, CEO, Silicon Valley Central Chamber of Commerce
  • Teresa O’Neill, Boardmember, Silicon Valley Central Chamber of Commerce...

49ers Faithful: Preseason Opener Exciting for Fans, a Boon for Business

August 12, 2022

..."People are going out. They’re enjoying themselves, they’re having a good time. But economically, they’re spending money," said Christian Malesic, CEO & president of the Silicon Valley Central Chamber of Commerce....

...That economic charity extends to area hotels, according to Malesic.

"Some people are coming from out of town. So they’re enjoying our amusements and other entertainment. So helps all of the businesses in the local area," he said....

Will Santa Clara Voters Approve a Headcount Tax for Businesses?

July 13, 2022

...“Although we appreciate Santa Clara city staff and councilmembers for involving us in the process, the model that passed council was developed and presented just 24 hours prior to the vote; thus, was not properly vetted,” [SVC Chamber President/CEO Christian] Malesic told San José Spotlight on Wednesday. “In the rush to ‘do something’, the final, green-lit huge tax increase on business that will be on the November ballot was not thoroughly reviewed, analyzed or debated.”....

Santa Clara City Council: Business Tax Increase Set For November Ballot

July 13, 2022

...Still, small business owners as well as the Chamber still opposed the hike, saying it places an undue burden despite the subsidy the City proposed.....

Santa Clara City Council Puts Major Increase in Business License Head Tax on the November Ballot

July 13, 2022

The Santa Clara City Council put a major increase on the business license tax. It hasn’t been raised since 1992...

The Silicon Valley Central Chamber of Commerce opposes the tax.

“The economy is in a difficult place right now,” said Chamber President and CEO Christian Malesic. “We don’t know if there’s going to be a recession.”

He offered to work with the City to find an increase that would be less harmful to Santa Clara businesses and wait for the 2024 ballot....

Proposed Business Tax Measure Not ‘Business Friendly,’ Council Says

July 6, 2022

...At its Tuesday night meeting, the Council opted to delay a new business license tax and approved another tax that would transfer utility revenue to the general fund....

...Similarly, Christian Malesic, President and CEO of Silicon Valley Central Chamber of Commerce, called the hike a “super hyper progressive” tax, one that will make Santa Clara the least business-friendly environment in the valley....

UPDATE: Santa Clara Delays Putting Business Tax Before Voters

July 5, 2022

Santa Clara leaders are holding off on putting a business tax before voters in order to allow for more input from a local business group.

The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to wait until July 11 to vote on placing a measure on the November ballot....

...The Silicon Valley Central Chamber of Commerce opposes a headcount tax which targets the largest locally-based companies, its leaders said in June.

President and CEO Christian Malesic told San José Spotlight the chamber would rally against the headcount proposal because such increased tax costs could chase away companies that bring much-needed jobs to the city. He said the chamber presented city officials with alternatives to address the budget deficit in April and May, such as a smaller tax increase that no more than doubles the current amount of revenue....

California's Great America Amusement Park is Changing Hands; Future Uncertain

June 29, 2022

The owner of California's Great America has sold the popular South Bay amusement park...

..."We kind of expected this was coming," said Christian Malesic, the CEO and president of the Silicon Valley Central Chamber of Commerce. "With the price of land in Silicon Valley going up, up, up and there doesn't seem to be any stop...

Silicon Valley Business Group Opposes Proposed Headcount Tax

June 21, 2022

Santa Clara could ask residents to approve a business tax overhaul in November, despite opposition from regional commerce leaders. If passed, it could bring in millions.

The Silicon Valley Central Chamber of Commerce sent a letter Monday to Santa Clara’s mayor and City Council opposing any “dramatic increase” in the business license tax companies pay....

...Silicon Valley Central Chamber President and CEO Christian Malesic said such a proposal would cause a “nearly 700% increase” in taxes for the largest locally-based companies. He said the business community opposes any tax increase based on this formula for any company in Santa Clara.

“We would hope we could work with the city at this point before there is a vote,”....

Silicon Valley Central Chamber of Commerce Opposes Santa Clara Employer Head Tax

June 21, 2022

The Silicon Vally Central Chamber of Commerce has come out against an employer head tax in the Mission City.

“We are opposed to an employee head tax because we think it will have a detrimental effect on economic development and hurt the City of Santa Clara’s reputation for being a business-friendly city,” the Chamber’s President/CEO Christian D. Malesic wrote to the Mayor and City Council in a June 18 letter.

“A head tax is also difficult to administer and monitor, especially when many companies are allowing their employees to work remotely.”

Malesic also said that the Chamber “opposes any dramatic increase in the Business License Tax, such as the nearly 700% increase that is being proposed. Similarly, we oppose any harmful tax on small and medium-sized businesses.”....

Santa Clara Sees Coldplay Perform Past Usual Curfew

May 16, 2022

A crowd of 50,000 Coldplay fans reveled at a Sunday concert at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara—later than usual.

In November, the Santa Clara City Council voted to allow an exception of five events to its noise ordinance ban at Levi’s Stadium....

...Christian Malesic, CEO of the Silicon Valley Central Chamber of Commerce, told San José Spotlight concerts returning to the stadium will help rebuild the economy, especially the tourism segment, which was decimated during the pandemic. Malesic said Santa Clara lost tens of millions of dollars due to county pandemic-related guidelines and the noise ordinance, but hotel and restaurant owners told him business was booming last weekend.

“It’s exactly what we need to help bring that segment and really the whole economy in the valley back,” he said. “Any time there’s something like a concert or a game, that tends to positively affect all the local venues, including restaurants and bars.”...

Santa Clara Developer Scales Back Project Plans

March 29, 2022

Mission Point is a proposal to build a new mixed-use neighborhood by developer Kylli at 3005 Democracy Way in Northern Santa Clara. It was first submitted in 2019 after collecting feedback that began in late 2017...

...Santa Clara has a number of large redevelopment projects that are going to reshape the whole north side of the city, said Malesic, who lives on that side of the city. The projects will change habits of separating work, home and recreational areas. Residents won’t have to commute long distances and be far away from parks.

“We really are shaping the city of the future,” he said. “We’re ecstatic as a chamber.”...

February 4, 2022

The City of Milpitas will be providing $5,000 grants to small businesses that have been negatively impacted by Covid-19.

The SVC Chamber is proudly partnering with the City of Milpitas and Livestories to provide assistance.

Click the button to read from The Milpitas Beat to learn more about the grant.


City of Milpitas Providing $5,000 Grants to Small Businesses

This is Silicon Valley!

November 2, 2021

Silicon Valley. It is a place? A REAL PLACE you can visit?

Or, is it a state of mind? Is it just phraseology for technological advancement, growth, entrepreneurship, and positive disruption?

The answer is to all of these questions is YES! This… is Silicon Valley.

It's all here:

  • Vacation here.
  • Hold a corporate meeting, conference, symposium, or exhibit here.
  • Join the fastest moving and growing Chamber of Commerce.

SVC Chamber on ABC7 Midday Live – The Difference

September 21, 2021

Airing on on the popular afternoon lifestyle show Midday Live on September 14, 2021. ABC7 KGO’s Kara Tsuboi asked “What makes the SVC Chamber Different?” (and many more questions).

Christian Pellecchia, 2021-2022 Board Chair, and Christian D. Malesic, President & CEO, teamed up to do the SVC Chamber proud. They spoke on the value proposition, the uniqueness of the SVC Chamber, and how it helps businesses to be better at business tomorrow than they were today.

The Economy that is Silicon Valley

August 12, 2021

What is Silicon Valley? Is it a place or and idea? Or, both? And, how did it get it's start? Why is it in the news all of the time? How is the economy of the world affected by this place called Silicon Valley?

The President / CEO of the Silicon Valley Central Chamber, Christian D. Malesic, explains the region, the history, and the current mindset that makes this place one of the most dynamic, interesting, and prosperous areas on the planet.

"Silicon Valley" is an episode of August 12, 2021 by independent YouTube producer, Roland Enz, the founder of Enz USA TV.

The Changing Retail in Silicon Valley

May 14, 2021

As part of the Silicon Valley Educates series, this webinar was held on May 14, 2021.

Retail has changed drastically in the last 50 years. Disruption is coming faster than ever. There has been more change in the last 10 years than the previous 40. And, we will experience even more acceleration in the next 5 years with local governments considering zoning and building changes. This webinar will cover many facets of the future of retail in the valley.

Innovation Dialog with SVC Chamber's CEO Christian D. Malesic

February 25, 2021

Who is Christian D. Malesic, why he is so passionate about Silicon Valley Central Chamber of Commerce? Ding Ding TV's Diana Ding sat down with the Silicon Valley Central Chamber's new President/CEO, for their branded show Innovation Dialog on February 25, 2021 to hear more about his background and his vision for the Chamber.

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