Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau Newsletter
Week of  July  9, 2018 
Welcome  New Members
To learn more about these Chamber member businesses, 
visit their websites.

Hops & Scotch
Baldeep Sangha

LL Integrative Life
Lillian Leong

Bank of San Francisco
Erica OLeary

Thrive Home Care
Tia Francisco
Altair Global
Brian Potts
US Bank
Rebecca Brown
California Fish Grill
Nikki Casas
Care Patrol 
Mike Awadalla
(Shuey Avenue Properties)
Steve Reiser

Rocketship Public Schools
Marie Issa Gil
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Marketing & Advertising 
A variety of effective marketing opportunities are available through the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce. They include Web Advertising, e-Broadcast Advertising, and More! Click here.

Too Much Fun

Diablo Ballet

The 24th Annual Sculpture Show at the Ruth Bancroft Garden is a true visual delight! 


Upcoming Concerts

See What's Playing  Click here 


Job Postings

Looking for an Intern?
Anne Fuller
College and Career Advisor 
Las Lomas High School
925 280-3920
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Members in the News
Two Chamber members honored
by California State Senator Steve Glazer

Calicraft Brewing Company , named the  Walnut Creek Chamber's 2018 Business of the Year , has also been named  2018 Best of the East Bay by Diablo magazine , and 2018 Senate District 7 Small Business of the Year by Senator Steve Glazer , who honored owner Blaine Landberg with both a plaque and a Senate Proclamation from the floor of the California Senate Chamber.  Congratulations Calicraft!

On June 6, an inspiring group of leaders from around California traveled to Sacramento to be recognized as Nonprofits of the Year at  California Nonprofits DayWhite Pony Express  was honored  by California State Senator Steve Glazer  as the Nonprofit of the year for his district. Representatives of the nonprofit, including 2017-2018  Chamber Board Chair Mary Brooks,  attended the event and Senator Glazer made a visit to their facility to see the organization in action. Congratulations White Pony Express! 
Speaking of Leaders...
Leadership Contra Costa
Accepting Applications for the   2018 - 2019 Season

Sponsored by the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Contra Costasm (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.  For 30 years 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 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, SVP,Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau on (925) 934-2007. 
To apply for the 2018-2019 Leadership Contra Costa,  click here .
Meet the Chamber Ambassadors
Ron Hermanson, Cruise Holidays
Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau 
Ambassador, Board Director, and Leadership Contra Costa Graduate

For more than thirteen years, Ron has owned and operated a Walnut Creek/Northern California, retail, travel outlet for Cruise Holidays, a member of the Travel Leaders Group... America's largest travel agency company. During most of this time, he served as a member of the Franchise Advisory Board, providing business counsel and advice to senior management. In the Bay Area, Ron has been an Elder at Lafayette/Orinda Presbyterian Church, a Trustee at Grace Cathedral (SF), a member and President of the Episcopal Diocese of California Standing Committee, and a member of the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He is married with two daughters and three grandchildren and is a graduate of Michigan State University.

Meet Ron and the other Walnut Creek Chamber Ambassadors at the MEGA MIXER on July 25, monthly  Chamber BASH,  ribbon cuttings, and community events including the Walnut Creek Art & Wine Festival, Oktoberfest, Walnut Creek on Ice.
Mixing It Up 
Seven Chamber Mega Mixer
Lafayette Veterans Memorial Center
3780 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette
Wednesday, July 25, 2018 | 5:30PM to 7:00PM

Join us for the annual Chamber Mega Mixer with the Walnut Creek, Pleasant Hill, Concord Lafayette, Moraga, Hispanic, and Orinda Chambers!  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 seven chambers. Babushka Russian Restaurant will represent the Walnut Creek Chamber with a sampling of their delicious offerings.The event typically draws 250-300 attendees.  See you there! 
Free to business professionals presenting a business card. Registration appreciated. Click here.

Help us Support  Patriot PAWS.  The mission of Patriot PAWS is to train and provide service dogs of the highest quality at no cost to disabled American veterans and others with mobile disabilities and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder  in order to help restore their physical and emotional independence. 

It's time again to think about nominating people who are making a difference for the Leadership in Sustainability And Green Building Awards. This year's awards gala is focusing on inspiring and connecting with each other across generations. Please take a moment to look at our 5 award categories and nominate someone in your community who should be recognized for their positive impact on sustainability here in Contra Costa County. Nomination forms are simple but they must be received by July 15!   Just as importantly, we hope to see you at the Awards Gala on September 20
Comments Welcome
3 Ways to Get More Facebook Comments 
on Your Facebook Posts | Why Facebook Comments Still Matter  By  Ann Smarty June 13, 2018

Want more people to comment on your Facebook posts?
Looking for ways to encourage meaningful discussion on Facebook?  In this article, you'll find three ways to get more comments on your Facebook page posts.  In the fast-paced world of social media, it's not easy to get people to stop and engage with your business on Facebook, especially now that  organic visibility is being limited  for businesses on the platform.  Yet organic engagement is crucial for a Facebook page's success because Facebook uses it as the quality signal - the more people who engage with the page, the more people will see the business's next update on Facebook.  Comments are the most effective method of Facebook engagement, thanks to the " queuing up " psychology: more and more people feel inclined to engage when they see an already active discussion in the thread.  So how do you attract more comments to your Facebook page posts and page post ads?  Here are a few effective tactics to try.
A Home Run
The  A's are partnering with the  Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce to host  Walnut Creek Day ! On August 18,  Walnut Creek  community members can take advantage of special ticket pricing when the A's face off against the Houston Astros. $5 of every ticket sold will benefit Tony LaRussa's ARF. Be sure to arrive early for the  Bay Area Chamber of Commerce tailgate party. For  complete details and to purchase tickets, click here.
Let's Go to Puglia, Italy!
October 21 - 29, 2018
Puglia is one of Italy's hidden treasures. A region of beautiful shorelines, lovely towns, baroque architecture and delicious cuisine.   Click here for brochure.
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