Billed as the Alameda’s largest business showcase, the Alameda Chamber of Commerce Business Expo has been set for Wednesday, Sept. 20, from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Assm. Rob Bonta will speak on “The Cannabis Effect on Jobs and the California Economy.” The expo will be held at College of Alameda, 555 Ralph Appezato Memorial Parkway and features workshops, raffle, discussion panel and more. Register at

Late last year, Siemens, a German multinational conglomerate company that works in the energy, technology and health sectors, agreed to acquire Alameda-based software engineering company Polarion Software Inc. The transaction was completed early this year. 

Polarion is a leader in the application lifecycle management (ALM) market. The company leverages an open architecture, exhibits state-of-the-art source code management and supports the needs of open-source software development. ALM provides supervision of a software application from its initial planning through retirement. 

Each year the Alameda Business Network (ABN), holds a fundraiser for the Alameda Welfare Council, Alameda Food Bank and Toys for Tots. This year’s fundraiser took place at the Alameda Elks Lodge on Dec. 3 was a financial success, and took up a collection of food and toy donations. On Dec. 29, ABN donated $15,000 to the Alameda Welfare Council. ABN is a professional networking group and also a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The group meets weekly on Tuesday mornings at 9 a.m. in the Rathskellar of the Elks Lodge.

The Google-owned wind energy company, Makani Power, has announced it will expand its presence at Alameda Point. Google has renewed Makani’s lease for up to 21 years with an additional 110,000 square feet of industrial space in a former naval airplane hangar. The company currently leases 17,000 square feet.

The lease gives Google the first right to negotiate for an additional 367,000 square feet in immediately adjacent hangars when those properties become available. Google will also have the option to purchase the buildings should the city make them available in the future.

On Wednesday, Jan. 22, a total of $10,000 was presented to five nonprofit organizations that won the most votes from Alameda residents in the recent “Give Back” contest hosted by the Bank of Alameda/ Bank of Marin. At the ceremony, taking place at the Otis Drive branch, the five winning organizations — Alameda Boy Scouts, Alameda Meals on Wheels, Alameda Food Bank, Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter and Rhythmix Cultural Works — each received a check for $2,000 from the bank.