Martinez Business Beat, March 7, 2018

Main Street Martinez is giving residents two ways to give back to their community

The annual St. Baldrick’s Foundation Shave-a-Thon, during which people offer to have their heads shaved for donations to the foundation that supports the fight against childhood cancers, is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at Main Street Plaza.

The annual Downtown Cleanup Day will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 7. For this event, volunteers will make the downtown business district sparkle, and will be treated to doughnuts, coffee and a barbecue lunch.

Those interested in these events may visit the Main Street Martinez website,

Also, a Small Business Seminar, sponsored by Deluxe will be held Monday, March 12 at 8 AM in the The Martinez Event Center

Chamber Mixer March 14

The next Martinez Chamber of Commerce Mixer will start at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, at the Boys and Girls Club, 1301 Alhambra Ave.

Both the Boys and Girls Club and CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Contra Costa County are hosts of this get-together.

It’s an opportunity for business owners to meet other business owners from the greater Martinez community. Companies also may donate prizes for drawings. Admission is free, and beverages and drawing tickets will be available for purchase.

Zojirushi Corp. Celebrates Centennial

An Osaka company that came to California in 1987 is marking its 100th anniversary.

Zojirushi Corp. began as a small company founded by Ichikawa family to produce hand-blown vacuum bottles. Since then, it has expanded to become a world leader in thermal products, including Air Pot beverage dispensers, serving carafes and specialty restaurant equipment.

The company introduced a rice warmer in 1970, and has since been producing micro-computerized rice cookers and electric air pots

It has 1,300 employees, 11 subsidiaries, three factories and four international sales offices. Its website is

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