In This Issue
Tri-Valley Mayors Summit, 8/26
Virtual Tradeshow
Candidates Forum, 9/3
New County Health Orders
Pleasanton Business Support Update
BACPAC Online Fundraiser
Trigger Challenge
Shepherd's Gate Fundraiser, 10/17
CalSavers or 401(k), 9/17
Membership Benefits
Member News
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Experience Burma
Have you been to Experience Burma? They are open for outdoor dining, pickup, delivery, and catering.
Experience Burma is located downtown Pleasanton, 221 Division Street.
DoubleTree by Hilton Pleasanton at the Club has re-opened!
Hear from Don Martinez, Director of Sales at the DoubleTree Pleasanton on how the hotel has safely re-opened and learn about their new CleanStay program.
SCU LIghtning Complex Fire 
Donation Information Press Release
Release Date: August 23, 2020
Incident Command Posts and base camps are set up to provide excellent logistical support to firefighters during fires, including food and other supplies. We greatly appreciate the public's support and desire to donate, but do not have the infrastructure to accept any donations, especially food. This is carefully regulated in fire camp by health and safety ordinances, and adheres to COVID-19 regulations.
 In lieu of donations, please contact your local Red Cross or other organization to see if they are accepting assistance for those in need, or for information about how you can help those evacuated.
Pleasanton Rally to Support CalFire: Tuesday, August 25 at 8:00 a.m.
(Bernal across from Gate #2 of Fairgrounds)
Michael Rom, Principal of Pensionmark, ans his family are holding a rally tomorrow to support the 1,000+  fire fighters who are encamped at the Pleasanton Fairgrounds.  We would like to show our support by lining up along Bernal and waving as they head out for deployment to their assignment.  Let's show our Pleasanton spirit and support for these teams who have come from all over the state and beyond as they fight day after day to protect our homes and our beautiful community.
Date:  August 25th
Time:  8:00am - 9:00am
Location: we will line up along Bernal Park on walking trail across from Fairgrounds Gate #2
Parking:  Bernal Park
Safety Note:  please wear your face mask and follow social distancing guidelines
COVID-19 Testing at Fairgrounds 
COVID-19 Regional Test Site at Alameda County Fairgrounds is closed today due to poor air quality. Stanford Health Care - ValleyCare will continue to closely monitor local air quality and assess impacts and provide further necessary updates.

The regional COVID-19 testing site at the Alameda County Fairgrounds 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.
No appointment is required.
 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
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.
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 24, 2020
Tri-Valley Mayors' Summit is this Wednesday
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
Staying relevant and present for our members
In case you haven't had a chance to check it out, the second edition of our online vendor tradeshow is live. A Virtual Tradeshow: Celebrating Our 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. 
Candidates Forum set for September 3
Chamber and Weekly partner to host 
Mayoral and City Council Candidates Forum
The Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce and Pleasanton Weekly are hosting a Candidates Forum, featuring the mayoral and city council candidates in the November 2020 election. The forum, which is a free event and open to the public, will take place virtually on Thursday, September 3 from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m.
There are five candidates seeking election for mayor: Karla Brown and Jerry Pentin, both of whom are city council members terming out of their positions. Joining Brown and Pentin in the mayoral race are Druthi GhantaMonith Ilavarasan and Tom Turpel. Mayor Jerry Thorne is completes his fourth and final term as the City's mayor in November.
For the two seats open on the council, there are seven candidates on the ballot: Nancy Allen, Valerie Arkin, Jack Balch, Randy Brown, Jarod Buna, Zarina Kiziloglu and Chiman Lee.
Moderating the forum will be Pleasanton Weekly President and Publisher Gina Channell as well as the Weekly's Editor Jeremy Walsh. The mayoral candidates will face questions from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m., with a 15 minute break before the city council candidates join the panel. The council portion will run from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m.
The virtual event is free and open to everyone. 
New County Health Orders to allow for limited outdoor activities
reopen outdoor swimming pools and outdoor hair salons, nail salons, barbershops, waxing services, skin care and non-medical massages. These Orders exclude services that may require a client to remove their face covering, as well as eyebrow threading and waxing and eyelash treatments. Tattoos, piercings and electrolysis are not allowed to operate indoors or outdoors in alignment with the State of California's Health Officer Orders issued on July 13th.
Additionally, wineries in Alameda County can now offer outdoor tastings by appointment without needing to provide food. In alignment with the State's Orders, this change does not apply to bars, breweries, pubs or brewpubs.

Guidance for operation of outdoor personal services, outdoor pools, and other industries and businesses that have reopened during the COVID-19 pandemic can be found here

All businesses must complete a Site-Specific Protection Plan and protocols and procedures to protect customers and employees from COVID-19 must be in place when businesses reopen. It's critical for residents and business owners to remember that the COVID-19 pandemic is far from over.
Alameda County is taking a step forward
City of Pleasanton Business Support Fund Update
At its August 18 meeting, the Pleasanton City Council approved an update to the City's Business Support Fund program which provides zero-interest, short term loans to independently or locally-owned Pleasanton businesses, with an approved special loan amount for Downtown businesses, that have been adversely affected due to COVID-19. Loan amounts have been increased from the previous $2,500 ($2,900 in downtown) and loans will be allowed a maximum amortization of 36 months, up from 24 months, with repayment commencing on the first day of the month after the COVID-19 local emergency declaration is lifted. Professional services have also been added as an eligible business type.
Eligible businesses must have a physical location in Pleasanton, be in good standing with the City and have paid a City of Pleasanton 2020 business license tax by March 1, 2020. Employee count is based on the total reported on the 2020 City business license application or renewal. Businesses are eligible for loan amounts as follows:
  • $10,000 loan amount ($10,800 in downtown) for micro-enterprise businesses employing 2-10 employees
  • $20,000 loan amount ($21,600 in downtown) for businesses employing 11-25 employees
Businesses that have previously been approved for $2,500 or $2,900 loans may request to borrow the higher amounts based on employee count. Please contact the Economic Development Department at to request the increased loan amount. A revised Promissory Note and contract will be issued. 
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!"

Are you ready for the Trigger Challenge?
5 Days to Create your emotional freedom - happening now!
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.
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
Body Balance: Keeping fitness alive, virtually, outdoors

CalSavers or 401(k)

Row House Pleasanton Hosting Blood Drive

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