Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau Newsletter
Week of June 27, 2017 
Welcome  New Members
To learn more about these Chamber member businesses, visit their websites.
Keller Williams Realty East Bay
Ronni Collmer
For The Love Of Cups
Lisa Norman

Hitching Post Shave Co
Kristeena Smith
Comprehensive Wellness
Amy Santo Domingo

Peak Performance Float, Inc.
Rebecca Sgambati
Bali Construction
Kevin Balestrieri






Get Ready for Oktoberfest
Third Annual
Oktoberfest
Saturday, October 14th 
11a.m. - 6p.m.

Oktoberfest will take place
Saturday,October 14 from 11:00am to 6:00pm in the heart of Walnut Creek. Festivities will take place along Locust Street from Mt. Diablo Boulevard to Civic Drive and includes the cross street of Bonanza Street and Cypress Street. Presented by the 
Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau and
 Walnut Creek Downtown, this annual event is expected to draw close to 10,000 attendees from all over the Bay Area.  

Sponsorship Opportunities

Click Here for a Brochure

or contact  Jay Hoyer , President, 
Walnut Creek Chamber  of Commerce
 (925) 934-2007 or email 
Vendor & Exhibitor Opportunities

 
($150 location)
 
($125 on Cypress East)
 
 
 
 
If you have any questions or want additional information, please contact 
Labadie Productions
(831) 704-7435 or Lauren.Labadie@gmail.com
For Members Only
 
Click here  to see what some of our members are offering exclusively to other members.

Chamber members  are encouraged to take advantage of this & the many other member benefits .
Post your J ob Listings
Post your Press Releases too!
  Post your  events on the 
 
Member only benefits.
For assistance, contact the Chamber office (925) 934-2007
What's Happening?

FIRST WEDNESDAY 
STREET FESTIVALS 
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Leaders Don't Hesitate
Leadership Contra Costa
Accepting Applications for the
2017 - 2018 Season

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Sponsored by the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Contra Costa  (LCC), the Bay Area's premier countywide leadership program, accepts 25-30 individuals from throughout the county with diverse backgrounds to participate in the program. LCC is geared to people who want to make a difference in the communities in which they live and work.  With an alumni roster of more than 600 graduates, including Mayor of Walnut Creek Loella Haskew, former Mayors of Walnut Creek Cindy Silva and Kathy Hicks, former Assemblywoman Lynne Leach, former Concord Mayor, Lou Rosas; Martinez Mayor Rob Schroder; and Ret. Superior Court Judge Harlan Grossan, this program has proven to be an asset to the community and society. 

If you are interested in finding out more about the program, please contact Marcie Hochhauser, Senior Vice President of the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau on (925) 934-2007. 

To apply for the 2017-2018 Leadership Contra Costa, click  here.

Know someone who is ideal for the program? Click here to complete a referal form and we will get in touch with them. Thank you!

Program presented by
 Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau
Member & LCC Alumni in the News

Walnut Creek Chamber member and Leadership Contra Costa Alumni Victor Mataraso  has opened the doors to Victory Workspace Walnut Creek, formerly Laptop Lounge, which has been renamed, rebranded, and relocated to the heart of downtown Walnut Creek, now at 1261 Locust Street, at the corner of Mt. Diablo Blvd. and Locust Street.   Victory Workspace Walnut Creek is a shared work environment and community for entrepreneurs, business owners, freelancers, and startups, offering office infrastructure and support services, such as open workstations, dedicated desks, private meeting rooms, business address and mail handling, and live telephone receptionist service. With the transformation, the distinctive shared work environment model moves from a 3,200-square-foot space to 6,400 square feet, with expanded serviced amenities and striking views of Mount Diablo. Open to the public and by membership, Victory Workspace Walnut Creek offers an environment where people can work independently, but where they don't have to work alone. [Read more] and be sure to join us at Victory Workspace as we help them celebrate their success with a ribbon cutting at the June 29 BASH.  More below.

Inspiring Networking Success
Chamber Business & Social Hour
Thursday, June 29  | 5:30 - 7:00pm
Victory Workspace
1261 Locust Street,  Walnut Creek
To register for the event click here.


Our June BASH & Ribbon Cutting will be hosted by Victory Workspace to highlight their rebranding and new location at 1261 Locust Street in Walnut Creek on Thursday, June 29 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Our host has a great event planned for this double celebration, so we hope to see you there!  The BASH is a great opportunity to network with Chamber members, government officials, educators and local businesses.
  
This event is FREE to all Walnut Creek Chamber Members.
Non-member price is $10.00  at the door (cash only) Please bring your business cards. 

 REGISTRATION IS APPRECIATEDCLICK HERE 
Drug-Free Workplace?
Seminar: Prop 64: How the Legalization of Marijuana Will Impact the Management of Your Employees
Date: Thursday, July 27
Time: 8:30 - 9:30am
Location: Walnut Creek Chamber,  1280 Civic Dr., Ste. 100,  Walnut Creek
Fee: Seminar is offered free of charge
Registration Required: Click here  Seating is limited.
 
Are you ready for Prop 64?  The recent legalization of marijuana for adult recreational use in California brings with it numerous challenges for employers. 
 
De La Housaye & Associate attorneys Angela De La Housaye & Bart Springel will be discussing how it will impact business and employers, what business owners must know, and the critical steps to take to avoid potential claims.  


Alive and Well
RETAIL'S REINVENTION STORY IS JUST GETTING STARTED
Mark Mathews | June 14, 2017

Reports of the industry's death are greatly exaggerated. NRF's vice president of research looks at the numbers to see what's really going on. We've all heard that retail is in trouble - even serious trouble, depending on who you listen to. It's true that some large, well-known brands are facing challenging times, just as in every industry. But the narrative that retail is struggling - or even dying - is significantly overblown. Nobody questioned the viability of mobile technology when people ditched flip phones in favor of iOS and Android devices. It's clear that retailers are responding to a changing and challenging environment, and as in any evolving industry, some will succeed while others fail.  Click here  for complete article.       
Mixing it Up with the Neighbors

Event: Eight-Chamber Mixer
(Walnut Creek, Concord, Pleasant Hill, Lafayette, Martinez, Moraga, Orinda, and Hispanic)
When: Thursday, July 27
Time:5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Where: Clarion Hotel, 1050 Burnett Avenue, Concord

The  Concord  Chamber of Commerce  will be the host of the annual  Eight-Chamber Mega Mixer .The Mega Mixer provides a great opportunity to expand networking circles and learn what's happening in our neighboring cities. Attendees will enjoy appetizers and sweet treats provided by member businesses of all eight chambers. The event typically draws 250-350 attendees from the eight Chambers. Free to business professionals presenting a business card. Registration appreciated . Click here .

Opportunity to Showcase Your Menu Items
Note: E ach Chamber asks one member restaurant, bakery, or catering company to represent their Chamber by providing appetizers or small desserts to attendees.  If your establishment is interested in representing the Walnut Creek Chamber,  please contact Shawn Filardi at sfilardi@walnut-creek or (925) 934-2007 for details.  Deadline to respond is June 30.
Don't Cry for Argentina...GO!
Join the   Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau  as we visit Argentina, October 20 - 27, 2017, with an optional three night pre-extension to Santiago and an optional post trip to the famous Iguazu Falls.  

Click here for the   brochure or call the Chamber and ask for Lynn Pauline. (925) 934-2007

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