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.

Kensington, The
Gerry Vadnais
Oakland Athletics
Josh Feinberg
Michelle Calloway
Fit in Her Kitchen
Candyce Pirtle-Smalls

Manifest UX
Alan Stokol
Improv Consultants
Lisa Safran
Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea
Calvin Peshavaria
Mendes Law, PC
Lisa Mendes
i800 Inc
Santhosh Karnewar
Trudy Triner
Independent Consultant
Kristin Hummel
West Coast Solar
Clinton Rarey
Blue Collar Digital
Kristen Phillips
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

For Members Only
Job Postings

Looking for an Intern?
Anne Fuller
College and Career Advisor 
Las Lomas High School
925 280-3920
What's Happening?
Upcoming Concerts

See What's Playing  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
The State of Our City
Final Days...
Always a sold out event. Make your reservation now.

Always a sold out event. Make your reservation now.

 Help us by taking our two-minute  Business Climate Survey 

The  Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce  is conducting a citywide, business climate survey, and we need your help to make the results statistically meaningful. Please help us by taking this  brief survey Chamber Board Chair Mary Brooks will use the findings in her State of the City presentation alongside the Mayor on January 29. Survey results will be made available on the Chamber website and in the Chamber newsletter. 
Pedal Power to the People
BikeShare Kickoff - Go for a LimeBike Test Ride 
Tuesday, January 23 | 
Noon to 1pm
Ultimate Fieldhouse parking lot,  2675 Mitchell Drive

Shadelands  is launching an easy-to-use, high-tech bike share program with LimeBike, a San Mateo-based firm that will deploy 500 smart-bikes throughout the 267-acre Shadelands business center enabled with GPS, 3G wireless technology, and self-activating locks.   Check out  LimeBike online.

Be ready to hop on: 
Download the LimeBike app now  on your iPhone or Android

IMPORTANT NOTE to Shadelands Employees: 
Sign up with your Shadelands business domain address.  

When the bikes arrive, open the app, find a bike on the map, unlock the bike with the tap of the app, pedal to your destination, and lock the bike.  For more information, visit Shadelands.org.

Scene Stealer
Big things are happening at Walnut Creek's 267-acre Shadelands business center - and if you're a Shadelands property owner, business, employee, or visitor, you'll want to stay up to date so you don't miss out. Subscribe to the free monthly e-newsletter   The Shadelands Scene and discover what's going on up the street, down the block, and around the corner at Shadelands. Did you know that Shadelands has a free Pleasant Hill BART shuttle and is launching a bikeshare program? Did you know that Shadelands has a performing arts school, a taproom, and an award-winning pediatric sports medicine facility? You would have if you'd been reading The Shadelands Scene. Subscribe now and don't miss an issue! Visit Shadelands.org for more Shadelands information, and subscribe to  The Shadelands Scene.
Ribbon Cuttings & Grand Openings
Join the  Walnut Creek Chamber Ambassadors and
staff as they help celebrate
with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Diablo Subaru of Walnut Creek ,  2646 N. Main Street, Walnut Creek
Thursday, January 18th 5:30pm-7:00pm | Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 5:30pm
Valet parking complimentary  Light hors d'oeuvres, wine and sodas will be provided, 
topped off by a barbecue!  Please RSVP to TBaxley@lithia.com

Diablo Subaru of Walnut Creek and Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services
are hosting a Walnut Creek Chamber Ribbon Cutting in honor of the  Subaru of America '50 Cars for 50 Years' campaign Come experience Diablo Subaru's newly remodeled state-of-the-art facility and help celebrate the donation of a brand new Subaru Outback to Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services !
Begin the New Year with a BASH

New Year 2018 BASH
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.
Search and You Will Find
8 Free and Simple SEO Tools 
for Bootstrapped Business Owners

A working knowledge of Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is useful for more than just search advertising and getting your site found for relevant keywords. In fact, I'd argue that knowing the basics of SEO, and the tools to use, can help you become a more effective entrepreneur in general, from using search volume to evaluate the demand for a product idea or piece of content, to establishing the empathy you need for effective copywriting.  That's because search engines offer a window into our collective wants, questions, concerns, and curiosities. Unfortunately, many of the best SEO tools on the market can run you about $100/month, which might not be ideal for a bootstrapped entrepreneur or someone who's still trying to wrap their head around SEO.  That's why we've put together this list of useful free SEO tools that you can use for anything from keyword research to backlink analysis.
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