In This Issue
Candidates Forum, 9/3
Pleasanton Business Support Update
Tri-Valley Mayors Summit
State Blueprint for Safer Economy
County Health Statement
Week of Networking
BACPAC Online Fundraiser
Member News
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Turning Point Chiropractic is now open for business!
Hear from Dr. Arnold Koo about how he's opened a brand new facility right here in Pleasanton.
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COVID-19 Testing at Fairgrounds 
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 31, 2020
Candidates Forum this Thursday evening
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 completing 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. 
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. 
Wrapping up the Tri-Valley Mayors' Summit
Thank you to everyone that tuned in for the live stream of the Tri-Valley Mayors' Summit. In case you missed it, we have the recording available here for you to watch anytime.The Chamber would like to thank each and every one of our partners, sponsors and participants for this event: Moderator Catharine BakerVice Mayor Kathy Narum (Pleasanton), Mayor Karen Stepper (Danville), Mayor David Haubert (Dublin), Mayor John Marchand (Livermore), and Mayor Bill Clarkson (San Ramon). Special thank you to all of our sponsors, including Amos Productions who live streamed the event and provided the recording.
Special thank you to our sponsors
Main Event Sponsors
California Blueprint for a Safer Economy
California has a new blueprint for reducing COVID-19 in the state with revised criteria for loosening and tightening restrictions on activities. Find out how businesses and activities can open in counties statewide beginning on August 31. See the activities and business tiers.
Alameda County Statement
On Friday, August 28, 2020, the State announced a shift from its Monitoring List
to a color-coded four-tier Blueprint for Safe Reopening. Alameda County is in the State's Purple Tier per their newly announced framework, along with 37 other counties. Although the Purple Tier is the most restricted, it implicates both loosening and tightening restrictions for allowable local activities.

The State's Blueprint will go into effect on Monday, August 31, and the Governor noted in his announcement today that local jurisdictions may continue to be more restrictive in allowing local activities and businesses openings.
Week of Networking Returns 
The Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce is pleased to welcome back an opportunity for engagement as well as the continuation of a popular networking event for all of our members and the community. Both events are complimentary as a benefit of your Chamber membership.

Virtual Trip Around Town
Everyone is invited to join us for our second Virtual Trip Around Town as we check in LIVE on local businesses in Pleasanton. Meet new members, get the latest info on Pleasanton happenings, and "mix" it up from the comfort of your own computer. This takes place via zoom on Monday, September 14 at 4:00 p.m.

Virtual Speed Networking
Later in the week, we'll be hosting a Virtual Speed Networking event. Make more business connections in less time from the comfort of your own space. You will be sent to small breakout "rooms" to meet one-on-one and connect with others, exchange information, and promote your business easily and effectively. This takes place via zoom on Thursday, September 17 at 2:00 p.m. Advance registration for Virtual Speed Networking is required.
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!"

Member News
Member News
1st United Credit Union Named a Bay Area  Top Workplace for 2020

Campo di Bocce: Brunch is Back

CMIT Solutions Presents Combating the Ransomware Epidemic

Elliston Vineyards Tasting Room Re-Opening

UNCLE Credit Union Hosts Shred Fest

Feel Good Friday Story: Arrive Real Estate Group & Porky's Pizza Palace

Body Balance: Keeping fitness alive, virtually, outdoors

CalSavers or 401(k)

Row House Pleasanton Hosting Blood Drive

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