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Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau Newsletter
Week of September 5, 2016 
Your Business Here
They'll All Be at the 
Business TradeFaire on September 29...
Where Will You Be?
Apropos Promotions
Back 2 Perfect Wellness
BlackHawk Museum
CASA of Contra Costa County
Colonial Life
Comcast Business
County Connection, The
Delta Tactical Training Group, LLC
Dutch Girl Cleaners
EON Computer Technologies, Inc.
Halstrom Academy
Hillendale Home Care
James Consolidated Inc.
JetSuiteX
John Muir Health
Kaiser Permanente
Kinder's Meats Deli BBQ
Kindred Nursing & Rehabilitation - Ygnacio Valley
KissSavings.com
Lamar Advertising
Lindsay Wildlife Experience
Madden Marketing US
MassMutual Financial Group
Medifast California
Mt. Diablo Business Woman
Nerd Crossing
NESC Staffing Corp
Papa John's Pizza
SCORE
Sequoia Signs & Graphics, Inc
Servpro of Walnut Creek / Clayton
Tamara Gerlach, dōTERRA Wellness Advocate
Teresa Zocchi Real Estate Team
Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau
Walnut Creek Convention & Visitors Bureau
Walnut Creek Magazine
Walnut Creek Marriott Hotel
Walnut Creek Village
Waters Moving & Storage, Inc.
White Pony Express
WindStream
Yours Humanly
 
Ozapft is!

2nd Annual Walnut Creek Oktoberfest 
Saturday, October 15, 2016
Interested in being an 
EVENT SPONSOR or VENDOR?

For Complete Details
Welcome  New Members

To learn more about these Chamber member businesses, visit their websites.

dōTERRA Wellness Advocate,
Tamara
Gerlach
tam@tamaragerlach.com

Lemonade
Douglas Lezameta
walnutcreek@lemonadela.com

Photos Movies & More
Paul Newman
paul@photosmoviesmore.com

Slice House
Jenny DeNunzio
Jenny@tonysofnorthbeach.com

Madden Marketing US
Jordan De Los Santos
jordan_dls@bwmevents.com

Dutch Girl Dry Cleaners
Michelle Windsor
mdutchgirl@sbcglobal.net

Perpetual Motion Performance Training, LLC
Elyse Petterson
elyse@perpetualmotionpt.com

East Bay Community Foundation
Jeri Boomgaarden
cdoelling@eastbaycf.org

Blake Griggs Properties, LLC.
Lauren Seaver
lseaver@blakegriggs.com

Yoga Your Way
Ollie Maggi
onm1@stmarys-ca.edu

GNU Group
Martin Kindred
mkindred@gnugroup.com
What's Happening?

Wednesday, September 7 is Rockin' Reggae Night from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Cypress Street (Between Main Street & Locust Street). Festivities include live entertainment, arts & crafts, shopping, treats & more!

Come Celebrate!

Safeway Opening
Wednesday, September 14
Safeway  cordially invites you to attend the Grand Opening of their new store in The Orchards at Walnut Creek . Enjoy a variety of food sampling and tour the new store in the Shadelands.

California Symphony's 
Free Sunday Funday 
See You at the Faire

 BUSINESS  TRADEFAIRE  2016
What are your waiting for? 
If you don't see your business or organization listed to the left...
there's still time.
$295   Walnut Creek Chamber Members
$495 Non-Members 

On Thursday, September 29  businesses and organizations of all types will fill the Walnut Creek Marriott Hotel  for this popular event that exhibitors anticipate all year. Business TradeFaire is the face-to-face marketing opportunity that is a proven winner for small business operations, nonprofits, and entrepreneurs. 
 
From visibility to credibility, exhibiting has hundreds of benefits for your business. Establishing a presence, whether big or small, for your company at the Chamber Business TradeFaire gives you a powerful platform for meeting new customers, reaching out to your existing clientèle, and building a more established and reliable brand.

Click here  for Online Registration 
Click Here   for an Exhibitor Packet
Meet the Candidates | Walnut Creek City Council Candidates' Forum
   You Are Invited to Attend
Walnut Creek City Council Candidates' Forum 2016
Tuesday, September 13 
          7:45 to 9:45am
Scott's Seafood Grill & Bar
1333 N. California Blvd.
Walnut Creek
 
Seats are limited Registration is required.  Continental breakfast will be served.
 
To register for this FREE event, click here  
Repealing the Moratorium
              Holiday Construction Moratorium - 2016 Season
 
BACKGROUND:   The City's Engineering Department has a policy which provides procedures for issuance of encroachment permits for construction work in the public right-of-way from Thanksgiving Day through New Year's Day. The goal of this policy was to limit disruptions to businesses during the peak shopping season and reduce traffic congestion during this busy time of year.

This policy has been in effect for over 15 years.  It has proven to be a very difficult policy to carry out and looking back over the past decade has caused major complaints from the development and utility community.  Over the last several years we have strived to create a better environment for our development community to work more efficiently.  By lifting the moratorium, these developments could complete their projects in a more timely fashion and keep their projects on schedule.

CURRENT POLICY: 
The City of Walnut Creek does not allow non-emergency work during the winter holidays in City streets, street parking, or sidewalks located in the downtown Core Area and Ygnacio Valley Road as shown on the attached exhibit. This policy covers any work that would require an encroachment permit. Construction work located entirely on private property and not requiring City right-of-way for staging, access, or deliveries is not impacted by this policy.  The moratorium period is from Thanksgiving Day through New Years Day. There are no exceptions to this policy except for emergencies and special conditions authorized by the Director of Public Works. 

NEW POLICY:
We are repealing the moratorium policy for the 2016 Holiday season.  Projects will be able to continue to obtain encroachment permits for sidewalk and lane closures throughout the holiday season.  Each permit will be evaluated to provide balance between the need for the developer to perform their work in an efficient manner and convenience for the public.  The repeal will be reevaluated in 2017 based on comments and feedback.
Lead the Way
Program Interviews in Progress...Final days to apply
Program kick-off is scheduled for late September 
Leadership Contra Costa has been helping identify and prepare community leaders. 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 Grossman, this program has proven to be an asset to the community and society.
To apply, click  here.  
To download a printable application  click here   
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 at (925) 934-2007 or send her an email
A Good Crowd
Crowdsourcing to Get Ideas, and Perhaps Save Money
By CONSTANCE GUSTKE MAY 11, 2016
Some of the best business ideas are inspired by others, or so the wisdom of the crowd goes. That is leading more entrepreneurs to tap into other people's brains - rather than just their pocketbooks - to test new products, set pricing and bring ideas to market faster.  What do you know about Crowdsourcing...no, I didn't say Crowdfunding. "Crowdsourcing has replaced focus groups," said Chris Hicken, president of UserTesting.
Look for ideas, test for ideas.  Click Here
Let's Meet at Your Place
                                    HOST A CHAMBER B.A.S.H.
Have you been waiting to host a Chamber B.A.S.H.?  (Business and Social Hour) Nows your chance to let us know! The Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce is now accepting requests to fill our 2017 calendar. Hosting is a great way to showcase your business to Chamber members, non-members, government officials, educators and local businesses. If you would like to co-host a BASH with another Chamber member, please make the arrangements and send back one form that includes each hosts contact information. We will contact the 2017 hosts when the calendar is set and maintain a waiting list for those we were unable to accommodate. 
For complete hosting details and application  Click Here

 
  (A Member Only Opportunity) 
On the Map
The  Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce  is pleased to once again be working with the cartographic and marketing firm of Target Marketing Inc. to publish a new, up-to-date, full-color 
Greater Walnut Creek Area Street Map and Resource Guide. This publication will be the  only official map endorsed and distributed by the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce and remains one of the most highly requested publications the Chamber produces.  Accurate, user-friendly maps are a popular item for our newcomers, potential commercial relocation candidates and even our lifelong residents.  Click Here

Street maps are distributed year-round to visitors and residents, and made available at the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau,Walnut Creek City Hall, hotels, and area businesses. Additionally, maps are distributed at Chamber and community events. If you would like a supply of this year's maps, please stop by the Chamber office, or send us an email chamber@walnut-creek.com.
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