February 13, 2017 News & Events

Do you know a person who should be considered for the 2017 Citizen of the Year?
Nomination Deadline February 15 at Noon

The candidate must meet the following criteria:  
  • They must be a current Lafayette resident.
  • Must be someone who has given their time, money or energy to help make Lafayette a healthy community, where people will want to live, work and shop.
  • Must be someone who models excellence in everything they do.
  • Must be someone who brings this community together and/or makes us proud to be a member of the community.
A celebration for this honor is scheduled for Friday, March 24 at the Lafayette Park Hotel & Spa. Please send your nomination to Jay Lifson at jay@lafayettechamber.org by Wednesday, February 15 at noon.
Unique Advertising Opportunity with the Lafayette Chamber's Printed Newsletter 
Have you seen our newly designed newsletter? It's now in color! Now is your opportunity to advertise your business with a business card ad in the Lafayette Chamber's printed Newsletter. The cost is $50 per issue and if you advertise for three issues there is a 10% discount. We currently have room for two ads. Submit your business card either by mail or by email in a .jpg format to info@lafayettechamber.org by February 13 for March/April issue. See sample of ads here:

Lafayette Chamber Newsletter
Ballet _ Brews Ballet & Brews - Diablo Ballet & Lafayette Young Professionals
Wednesday, February 15, 6pm-8pm, The Cooperage - 32 Lafayette Circle

Join the Lafayette Young Professionals and Diablo Ballet to mix, mingle, and network!  Meet some of Diablo Ballet's dancers and snap a picture in our "selfie station" with ballet props. A percentage of drink sales benefit Diablo Ballet's PEEK Outreach Program to under-served youth and at-risk teenage girls incarcerated in the juvenile justice system. Admission is free with The Cooperage generously donating a portion of drink proceeds supporting Diablo Ballet youth outreach efforts. For information, call Diablo Ballet at (925) 943-1775 extension 2 or visit here
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Lafayette Chamber New Member Orientation
February 16, 5:30pm-7:00pm, Bank of the West, 3583 Mt. Diablo Blvd.

Join the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, current members and Ambassadors for a new member reception on February 16, 5:30 pm-7:00pm. Appetizers and a hosted bar will be available. The New Member Orientation will be held at the Bank of the West, 3583 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette. For more information contact Barbara at barbara@lafayettechamber.org.
Welcome to our Newest Members!
The following businesses have joined the Lafayette Chamber the week of February 6-12, 2017.
We encourage you to visit their website to learn more about their services.

Edward Jones - Financial Services & Planning
Living Lean by Sheena & Hunter - Fitness Health Clubs
Servpro of Lafayette / Moraga / Orinda - Fire & Water Damage Restoration
The Music Co-op - Music Studio / Lessons

Mixer at Lamorinda Animal Hospital
Wednesday, February 22, 5:30pm-7pm, 3210 Old Tunnel Road

Join us for our February mixer at Lamorinda Animal Hospital (formerly Four Seasons Animal Hospital) on Wednesday, February 22 from 5:30pm-7pm.  Lamorinda Animal Hospital is located at 3210 Old Tunnel Road. Bring your business cards!
Exciting Chamber Events Ahead!

Here we go ...
Taste of Lafayette Taste of Lafayette Restaurant Tour - Tuesday, May 17 Lafayette Art _ Wine Festival Art and Wine Festival Weekend - September 16 and 17 Check out our new event page and see what opportunities are available for your business this year. Dogtown Downtown will be held in May. Rock the Plaza will be every Friday in June. The Lafayette Res Run for Education is in October. Lafayette Community Breakfast is in November. It's A Wonderful Life Tree Lighting is in December.

If you have any questions, please contact Sara Regan, Event Director, at sara@lafayettechamber.org.

Vacant Circulation Commission Seat Open to Downtown Business Owners/Operators

The seventh seat on the Circulation Commission is currently vacant. Per the City's Municipal Code Section 2-403, this seat shall be reserved for persons who own or operate a business in Downtown Lafayette. It is not required that such individual be a Lafayette resident. The City seeks volunteers for this opportunity to contribute to crucial transportation policy and project decisions throughout the City. We strongly encourage any and all interested Downtown business owners or operators to apply! An application form is readily available here. (If applying for this seat, please indicate a check mark next to "Circulation Commission" on the form).  

For those who may not already be familiar, the Circulation Commission reviews matters that affect the City's right-of-way and administers the Circulation Element of the General Plan. The Commission engages in transportation-related policy review and advises the City Council on matters pertaining to traffic safety, on-street parking, pedestrian sidewalks, and bikeways. Each Circulation Commissioner serves as a neighborhood liaison to a particular area of the City regarding traffic concerns. The Commission typically meets on the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month at 7:00 PM in the Arts & Science Discovery Center at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center located at 3491 Mt. Diablo Boulevard.   More general information about commission and committee organization and member duties is also available here.   Lafayette Transportation Planner, James Hinkamp, is the City staff liaison to the Commission and is also available for any inquiries about the open seat. He may be reached at 925.299.3229 and jhinkamp@lovelafayette.org.

Vote now for Diablo magazine's Best of the East Bay

Best of the East Bay 2017

It's time for you to vote for your East Bay favorites and the East Bay to vote for you!  By clicking here you can cast your ballot and use Diablo magazine's Voting Kit.  The Voting Kit is designed to help you reach customers through social media, digital advertising, email blasts, and in-store promotion.

The Best of the East Bay winners are determined by counting the number of unique votes each business receives within a category.  If your category is not represented, please write it in at the end of the ballot for consideration. Vote by March 5!

Member News & Announcements

Beer My Valentine - Valentine's Day Happy Hour & Fundraiser
Tuesday, February 14, 5pm-8pm, 1714 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland
Come enjoy a happy hour with La ClĂ­nica this Valentine's Day! Learn more about our great work providing health care for ALL, regardless of ability to pay, plus enjoy craft beer and bocce ball. Don't forget your business cards to enter our raffle to win a free weekend in Tahoe! For more information and to RSVP, Contact Lily Kelly at (510) 535-2933 or lkelly@laclinica.org.

Central Contra Costa Sanitary District Community Event
Wednesday, February 15, 6pm-7:30pm, Orinda Community Center, 28 Orinda Way
Central Contra Costa Sanitary District is hosting residential customer workshops this month to provide information about programs, services, proposed infrastrucure improvements, financial outlook, and vision for meeting the future needs of our customers. Orinda's workshop will be held on Wednesday, February 15, 6pm-7:30pm, Orinda Community Center, 28 Orinda Way. The workshops are being held to increase opportunities for customers in those communities to interact with staff without having to drive to headquarters in Martinez. Customers are welcome to drop in at any time during the workshop. Light refreshments provided. For more information contact Velisa Parks at (925) 229-7283.

Lunch with Ronnie Lott - Keep the Raiders in Oakland
Wednesday, February 22, 11:30am-1:30pm, Contra Costa Country Club, 801 Golf Club Rd., Pleasant Hill
You are invited to join the Pleasant Hill Chamber of Commerce and football legend, author and businessman, Ronnie Lott, to learn about his efforts to keep the Raiders in Oakland.  Hear directly from Ronnie on what needs to happen now, in order to keep the Raiders in the Bay Area and what you can do to help. Learn more here.

In Memoriam - Renee Zeidan
Saturday, February 25, 3-5 pm, at the Lafayette Veterans Memorial, 3780 Mt Diablo Blvd
Renee Zeidan, co-owner of Nerd4Rent/Lamorinda Technology, and longtime Lafayette resident, passed away December 31, 2016. Renee was the beloved wife of Edward Zeidan, mother of three children and grandmother of three. Renee was a gentle, loving person, who lived for her family, and loved to care for and support them in every way. Renee was a volunteer at the schools and at St. Perpetua Church, in Lafayette. There will be a celebration of life, Saturday, February 25, 3-5 pm, at the Lafayette Veterans Memorial, 3780 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette. If you're planning to attend, please RSVP to edward@lamorindatechnology.com. In lieu of flowers, anyone who wishes, is encouraged to donate, in memory of Renee Zeidan, to The American Cancer Society, or John Muir Medical Center Oncology Department in Walnut Creek, CA 94598.

Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Workshops for February and March 2017

The Small Business Development Center has posted it's February and March workshops.  View workshop schedule here. For more information contact Kelly Kalfsbeek at kkalfsbeek@ehsd.cccounty.us.

LPIE Power Party Sponsorship Opportunities
The annual event - LPIE Power Party - A Red Carpet Affair -  is coming up on March 25.  Special thank you to the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, Dana Green, Julie Dudum, Village Associates and Cobain Orthodontics for not only being Business Partners but signing up to be Party Sponsors as well. If you are not a party sponsor, there are still ways you can support LPIE. Here is how:
  • Donate an item that represents your business, a special experience or item sponsored by your business, or a cash donation to support the party.  Click here to donate. 
  • Buy an ad in our program guide.  This guide will be distributed to the approximate 400 event attendees and be listed on our website.  Ad sizes vary from a full page (8"x10.5") to business card size.  Click here for more information. 
2017 Diablo Valley Mayors' Summit with Special Guest Assemblymember Tim Grayson
Thursday, April 27, 11:30am-1:30pm at the Concord Clarion Hotel, 1050 Burnett Ave, Concord
2017 Diablo Valley Mayors' Summit will be held on Thursday, April 27, 11:30am-1:30pm at the Concord Clarion Hotel, 1050 Burnett Ave, Concord. To reserve a seat or to sponsor this event, please contact Jay here at the chamber office at jay@lafayettechamber.org. View Flyer

Chamber Member Benefits Offer
Chamber members can save 15% on JetsuiteX flights! Use code LAFAYETTECHAMBER. Click here to book your flight.

Starry, Starry Night
Thursday, February 16, 5:30pm-8:00pm, Outdoor Amphitheater
East Bay Astronomical Society will have telescopes to view Venus, the Pleiades star cluster, Orion Nebula, Andromeda Galaxy and more! Drop by to watch the night sky from the Library's amphitheater. Free, Designed for all ages (kids 5+). Register HERE.

Friends of the Lafayette Library Presents Sweet Thursday, Betsy Streeter, Silver Shard
Thursday, February 16, 7pm, Library Community Hall
Novelist, sci-fi writer, and syndicated cartoonist Betsy Streeter will discuss the second installment in her Silverwood trilogy - Silver Shard - and share the inspiration behind her latest project, Drooly Dog, a small distribution, hand-drawn "zine". Free, Refreshments provided. Register HERE.

Night at the Library 2017

Saturday, March 4
We're breaking all the library rules--to raise money for the Lafayette Library. Come enjoy delicious food, libations, and noisy laughter with your friends while cavorting through the library stacks!  Surprise special guests, sneak peek at the new STEAM Lab, and entertainment ... a Night at the Library you won't want to miss! Get your tickets HERE.  

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Chamber Office Closed for President's Day - Monday, February 20.

Coffee with Mayor Mike Anderson
Join us for Coffee with Mayor Mike Anderson on Friday, February 24 at 8am at the Lafayette Chamber offices. Please park on the street!

Social Media Workshop Series - Instagram for Local Business 101Social Media Workshop Series
Instagram is a great - and easy - way to tell a visual story about your business, whether you sell a product or provide a service. In this workshop we'll go over everything you need to get started using Instagram for your business. Wednesday, March 8, 6-7:30pm, Library Homework Center. Speaker: Robin S. Fox, Digital Strategist. Register here.

Ribbon Cutting at MaidPro Lamorinda
Join us for a ribbon cutting at MaidPro Lamorinda on Thursday, March 9 at 5pm. MaidPro is located at 3375 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette.

Mixer at Marilyn Monroe Spa
Join us for our March Mixer at Marilyn Monroe Spa (formerly the Lavande Spa) on Wednesday, March 22, 5:30pm-7:00pm.  Marilyn Monroe Spa is located at 3589 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette.

If you'd like to receive a text message reminder about upcoming Lafayette Chamber events, email your full name and cell phone number to Sara at sara@lafayettechamber.org.

What's happening at the Lafayette Chamber? View our Events Calendar.

Jay Lifson, Executive Director 
(925) 284-7404