In This Issue
Virtual Tradeshow
Tri-Valley Mayors Summit, 8/26
Watch: Virtual Trip Around Town
State of the Tri-Valley, 8/20
BACPAC Online Fundraiser
Watch: Pleasanton 2025 Forum
Virtual Tasting Experience, 8/20
Trigger Challenge
Shepherd's Gate Fundraiser, 10/17
CalSavers or 401(k), 9/17
Candidates Forum, 9/3
Family Leave Mandate
Membership Benefits
Member News
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Video Message to our Members from President/CEO Steve Van Dorn
Message to our Members from President/CEO Steve Van Dorn, August 2020
Pleasanton Chamber President/CEO Steve Van Dorn shares how the chamber has continued providing value and benefits to our members.
Be well.  Wear your mask.
Watch Now

For a complete listing of new members, click here.

Visit our Chamber sponsored 
The Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce sponsors the  "Business Connections" networking group, which is for Chamber members-only and meets twice a month virtually via Zoom.
"Smarter Business Building"
Meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday
of each month, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
If interested, please email Wallace Wong.
Row House Pleasanton Hosting 
Blood Drive

COVID-19 Testing at Fairgrounds Extended and New Hours
The regional COVID-19 testing site at the Alameda County Fairgrounds has been extended through August, and is open from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (or while supplies last), Monday-Friday.Testing at this site is to determine if a patient is currently infected.
Effective Monday, August 3 NEW Regional COVID-19 Testing Site CRITERIA will change in accordance with the updated California Department of Public Health guidelines prioritized into 4 testing tiers with the last tier being general asymptomatic testing.
No appointment is required.
The Chamber's E-Business Connection is an electronic newsletter sent to the entire membership on the first Tuesday of the even-numbered months. It features spotlights on members, listing of new members and inside information from the CEO.
In case you missed it last week in your inbox, take a look here.
Read the August E-Business Connection Newsletter
Whether in times of prosperity or times of crisis, we are with you on the front lines, leading the way and making sure our community emerges stronger than ever. We are all in this together at

Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce
Catalyst. Convener. Champion.
Latest COVID-19 News 
From the Chamber
The Chamber has a COVID-19 Information page on our website to include the latest updates and information. The COVID-19 online Information page includes: 
--recent health orders from the Alameda County Public Health Department 
--direct link to our Chamber member directory
--City of Pleasanton business resources and updates
--State of California assistance
--Back to Business resources
 Pleasanton 2025: 
A Community Vision
Representing Business & 
Strengthening the Local Economy
The Chamber relies on Pleasanton 2025: A Community Vision as its local public policy agenda, committing volunteer and staff time to work toward its fulfillment as a catalyst, convener and champion for all things Pleasanton.
View Pleasanton 2025: A Community Vision Here
The Circle of Influence recognizes companies whose continual support has been instrumental in the growth of the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce.
Circle of Influence here
Our Business Connection newsletter is a bi-monthly publication inserted into the Pleasanton Weekly on the first Friday of every other month. Check out spotlights on our members, ribbon cuttings of grand re-openings, membership anniversaries, hear from our board chair and more. With a reach of more than 14,000 in the community, our Business Connection newsletter is a great way to reach a broad audience.
Chamber Office
The Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce office will be closed until further notice. Staff will be working remotely and be available for essential communication via email and voicemail.
The Chamber office is closed to the general public and all meetings that were scheduled to take place in the Chamber conference room have been cancelled. 
For questions, please email SteveDawnKateSusie or 
Yianna or call the main line at 925-846-5858 ext. 200 and leave a message.

Issue Date:
August 17, 2020
Second Edition of A Virtual Tradeshow Now Live
The Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce is pleased to welcome the second edition of an online vendor tradeshow promoting a select group of Chamber members. A Virtual Tradeshow: Celebrating Our Chamber Members, By the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce is an opportunity for these members to showcase their business, products and services in a visually appealing, user-friendly online setting. The Virtual Tradeshow will run for two weeks on the Chamber's website through Friday, August 28, 2020.
Tri-Valley Mayors' Summit is next week
The Tri-Valley Mayors' Summit is set for Wednesday, August 26, 2020 and this year's event will be virtual. Everyone is invited to join us for a panel discussion of the current challenges and opportunities facing the Tri-Valley with the Mayors of Pleasanton, Danville, Dublin, Livermore and San Ramon. Included in the panel are Karen Stepper (Danville), David Haubert (Dublin), John Marchand (Livermore), Jerry Thorne (Pleasanton) and Bill Clarkson (San Ramon).

With the Honorable Catharine Baker, California State Assemblymember, District 16 (ret.) moderating the discussion, and more than 100 years of dedication and experience being represented by these Mayors, you are sure to leave with new insights and renewed confidence in our region continuing to prosper for years to come. Traditionally, this event is unique in that it's the one and only opportunity for business leaders, city staff and the policy makers from all five cities come together. 
The virtual event is free to attend, but online registration in advance is required. You will receive an email with instructions on how to view the Tri-Valley Mayors' Summit the day before the event.
Special thank you to our sponsors
Main Event Sponsors
Virtual Trip Around Town
Thank you to everyone that participated and tuned in last Monday for our first Virtual Trip Around Town. We checked in LIVE on local businesses in Pleasanton, heard from new members and got the latest info on Pleasanton happenings, all from the comfort of our own computers. 

The week of networking continued with Virtual Speed Networking on Thursday, where our members were sent to small breakout "rooms" to meet one-on-one and connect with others, exchange information, and promote their business easily and effectively. Stay tuned for more information on our future virtual mixers, both of which are returning in September.

SF Business Times Hosts State of the Tri-Valley
Our forward-thinking panel of local leaders will discuss near term opportunities and plans to set the vision for Tri-Valley 2040. This thriving regional hub of innovation is well-positioned for post-pandemic growth, poised to benefit from its attractive blend of a rich innovation ecosystem, talented workforce, and exceptional quality of life. Our panel of stakeholders will discuss why innovative companies are launching, growing, expanding, and moving into the Tri-Valley and what makes this a great place to attract a quality workforce. What are the businesses and key economic drivers of the future? What challenges must be met to realize the vision for 2040?

Join us for information, opportunity, and Tri-Valley connections.

Takin' Care of Business "NoBQ" 2020 Fundraiser
The Chamber's political action committee, BACPAC, relies on Pleasanton 2025: A Community Vision as the barometer by which to endorse and fund candidates for elected office at all levels of government, with greatest emphasis at the local level.

While the annual BBQ Fundraiser celebrating local business has been cancelled, the election goes on. We still need your financial help to support candidates and causes aligned with the Chamber's Vision 2025 document.

This election is like no other and BACPAC wants to make a difference. We can't do it without your support, so, "Just write the check and avoid the mess!"

Pleasanton 2025 Forum 
Every second Wednesday of the month, the Chamber brings stakeholders together to focus community resources, time and talent to achieve greater understanding of issues, obstacles and opportunities related to the Vision. Contact Steve for more information on these monthly forums.

In case you missed it last week, our 2025 Forum Meeting is available to watch here, which included 
 a presentation by David Haglund, Ed.D., Superintendent, Pleasanton Unified School District. He discussed the short and long term plans for the coming school year, fiscal status of the district and future plans for additional funding. 
Virtual Tasting Experience
Shelley Goldblum of Boisset Collection is organizing a virtual wine tasting experience as a fundraiser for SF Ballet. 

If you'd like to participate in this live guided sampling of DeLoach Sonoma Coast Rosé of Pinot Noir, Raymond "Signature" Napa Valley Chardonnay and Buena Vista "The Sheriff" Sonoma County Red Blend, click here to purchase your flight. The cost of the 3 bottle Big and Bold flight is $100 and must be ordered by Tuesday, August 18 by 10:00 a.m. to arrive in time.
Are you ready for the Trigger Challenge?
5 Days to Create your emotional freedom
Are you ready to DEMOLISH your triggers, one by one?? No more heartbreak or heartache. No more difficult people pushing your buttons. No more being stuck in old patterns or at the mercy of your own triggers!

Shepherd's Gate Backyard Bluegrass & BBQ
Join Shepherd's Gate for a special virtual Backyard Bluegrass & BBQ Benefit on Saturday, October 17th from 6:00 PM - 6:45PM. This year it will be a fun virtual event hosted in the safety of your own backyard. More information coming soon!
Proceeds will benefit the Foundation's Assistance Programs which provide under-served Bay Area breast cancer survivors with post-surgical garments and prostheses, and fitting services. 
CalSavers or 401(k) - Small Businesses Need to Decide
California state law now requires all businesses with five or more employees to either offer employees a retirement savings vehicle from the private market or facilitate CalSavers.
With the deadline for registering with CalSavers fast approaching, small businesses have an important decision for offering employees a retirement benefit.

Deadline for registering your business:
100 or more employees: September 30, 2020
50 - 99 employees: June 30, 2021
5 - 49 employees: June 30, 2022

Jonathan Herrera (CalSavers) and
Michael Rom (Pensionmark) will provide an overview of the options that your business will want to consider in order to comply with this California state requirement.
Candidates Forum set for September
Chamber to host virtual candidates forum
With election season right around the corner, the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Candidates Forum, featuring the Mayoral and City Council candidates. The forum, which is a free event and open to the public, will be held virtually on Thursday, September 3, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. Stay tuned for further information.

Family Leave Mandate for Small and Large Businesses
Pleasanton Chamber Opposition to SB 1383
Small employers with only five employees cannot take on the burden of providing 12 weeks of leave to each employee. This would devastate their operations and increase their costs. The majority of our small business members are already suffering because of the pandemic and adding this burden to the challenges they are already facing will be overwhelming if not devastating for their business to continue. 

In addition to providing the leave, we are concerned with the risk of litigation if any mistakes are made in implementing the leave. By and large, business owners do their best to comply with all of the different labor law requirements. But it is challenging to keep up and to make sure no unintentional mistakes are made. A lawsuit could easily put them out of business.
Most small businesses do their best to take care of their employees and provide them the time off they need for themselves and family without the State telling them what to do or private plaintiff attorneys suing them if they make a minor error or record-keeping mistake. Particularly as small employers, they need additional flexibility to work with their employees to provide time off that the rigid CFRA rules do not allow.
This bill also impacts larger employers who are already required to cover 12 weeks of federal family leave. California family leave will extend the leave to 6 months which will be very difficult to do. They already have challenges with implementing 12 weeks of leave and are concerned with the ability to take on such a significant expansion at this time when they are also suffering as a result of this pandemic.

For more information, contact Steve Van Dorn, President/CEO of the Pleasanton Chamber.
Membership Benefits
Whether you have an associate, friend or neighboring business that is considering joining the Chamber or you and your colleagues could use a refresher about all of the benefits of your Chamber membership, this is for you.

Glance at our Membership Benefits right here. Among the information included is: our mission, a word from our CEO, statistics on why to join the chamber, what our members are saying, and a comprehensive list of the many benefits, including networking, advertising, resources, special programs, committees, representing business, circle of influence and social media platforms.
Member News
Member News
Alameda County Community Food Bank Drive-Thru Pantry

Body Balance: Keeping fitness alive, virtually, outdoors

CalSavers or 401(k)

Row House Pleasanton Hosting Blood Drive

Shelley Goldblum of Boisset Hosts Virtual Tasting

Trigger Challenge: 5 days to create your emotional freedom

HERS Breast Cancer Foundation Announces Virtual Fundraiser

Save the Date Shepherd's Gate Backyard Bluegrass & BBQ

Tri-Valley Nonprofit Fund 2nd Distribution and 3rd Drive

UNCLE Credit Union Presents 2020-2021 Board of Directors