Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau Newsletter
Week of January 15, 2018 
Welcome  New Members
To learn more about these Chamber member businesses, 
visit their websites.

Gerry Vadnais
Oakland Athletics
Josh Feinberg
Michelle Calloway
Tobin Moon
Katherine Jewett
Fit in Her Kitchen
Candyce Pirtle-Smalls
For Members Only
Job Postings

Looking for an Intern?
Anne Fuller
College and Career Advisor 
Las Lomas High School
925 280-3920
Don't Fence Me In
If South Africa is on your bucket list, here's your opportunity to take that trip to the wild side!

Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce
 & Visitors Bureau presents:
April 16 to 27, 2018
11 Days from  $3,695

Get Charged Up

PG&E's EV Charge Network program has launched. It is an opportunity for businesses/workplaces and multi-family projects to have electric vehicle (EV) charging stations installed. PG&E has been approved to have 7,500 EV chargers installed throughout its entire service area between 2018-2020. Interested participants need to be willing to have at least 10 parking spots be used for EVs. PG&E covers the infrastructure costs to supply electricity to each EV parking space, and a portion of the charging equipment. There is an online application process to sign up for the project.
What's Happening?
Upcoming Concerts

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A Look Ahead
Final Days...
Don't miss this unique networking opportunity. Make your reservation now.

Mayor of Walnut Creek Justin Wedel  and  Mary Brooks, Chairman of the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce will review the current status of Walnut Creek and discuss plans for the coming  year. This annual luncheon offers a unique networking opportunity and is always a sell-out. Reservations are required. 
 Help us by taking our two-minute  Business Climate Survey  
Summer Fun Has Just Begun
Join the 2018 Walnut Creek Art & Wine Festival Committee
Be a Part of the
Best Community Event in the East Bay!
Join the 2018 Walnut Creek Art & Wine Festival Committee

The Chamber  Art & Wine Committee  is about to begin planning the  37th Annual Walnut Creek Art & Wine Festival  and are looking for additional volunteers to join their fun group. The Committee offers many opportunities to apply special talents while having a great time. Voted  Best Community Event  by Walnut Creek Magazine, the Walnut Creek Art & Wine Festival owes its success to  members like you . The 37th Annual Art & Wine Festival will take place June 2 and June 3 at Heather Farm Park. 

To join the committee or to find out more information, email sfilardi@walnut-creek.com or call the Chamber (925) 934-2007 and ask for Shawn Filardi.
Add your business or organization to our list of Walnut Creek Art & Wine Festival sponsors.  Sponsorship Brochure
The Nominees Are

Mary Brooks, Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau Board Chair,  is pleased to announce that five Chamber members have been nominated to serve three-year terms on the Chamber Board of Directors beginning April 1, 2018.

The nominees are:
Collen Benatar, Vice President Relationship Manager, Community Bank of the Bay
Howard KingCAO,Bay Area Surgical Specialist Services, LLC
I man Novin,  Principal, Novin Development Corp.
Marty Smith, President, Alhouse Deaton
Margot Stanford, Vice President/Treasury Relationship Manager, F & M Bank

Additional names of nominees may be submitted by Chamber members-at-large to the President/CEO of the Chamber by February 7, 2018. Submissions must be in writing and must include the signatures of 10 Walnut Creek Chamber members-in-good-standing. If additional names are submitted and verified, all Chamber members will be asked to vote on the five to be selected. If no additional names are submitted, the proposed nominees will be ratified by the current Board of Directors.
Start with a BASH

New Year 2018 BASH - This Thursday!
Hosted by Porcelanosa
Thursday, January 25 | 5:30 to 7:00pm

Our N ew Year BASH is hosted by  Porcelanosa , 1401 N. Broadway, on Thursday, January 25 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Our hosts have a wonderful New Year BASH and ribbon cutting event planned, so we hope to see you there! 

This event is FREE to all Walnut Creek Chamber Members . Non-member price is $10.00 ( cash only Please bring your business cards. To register, click  here.
It's In the Bag
Put Your Brand in Front of 600+ 
of the Most Influential Women in the Bay Area!
Would you like to put your company brand in front of 600+ of the most influential women in the Bay Area? If so, consider participating in the   EBWC Swag Bag marketing offer. The East Bay Women's Conference is set for  Monday, March 5  at the San Ramon Marriott. We are pleased to announce that reservations have officially sold out for its thirteenth consecutive year-- to a very enthusiastic group of East Bay women. 
Part of the fun each year is the conference swag bag. The bags are filled with fun and practical items for the attendees to take home and also serve as a convenient way to carry everything they collect throughout the day.
We are offering ten  Walnut Creek Chamber members  the opportunity to participate. The fee, exclusive of your costs for producing and delivering the item, is $250.   If you are interested in participating, please contact Shawn Filardi at the Walnut Creek Chamber for more information.  ( sfilardi@walnut-creek.com  or (925) 934-2007) This is a member only opportunity.  
A few booths are still available in the EBWC Exhibitor Marketplace brochure
Satisfaction Guaranteed
Want to Gain Customers' Trust? Try These 4 Communications Tips.
Business communication has much more importance than many people realize. In fact, a study by the Project Management Institute found that poor communication was the reason behind the failure of  a third of all failed projects it surveyed . No surprise then that communications can make the difference in whether your business wins the confidence and satisfaction of your clients. You have to know how to talk to them and give them the positive impression that places you above the competition.  Want to wow your clients? Then take the time to critically examine your communications strategy and apply these four crucial tips.
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