Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau Newsletter
Week of  May 14, 2018 
Welcome  New Members
To learn more about these Chamber member businesses, 
visit their websites.

Renee Shelton

RobotLAB Inc
Priscilla Eklund

Axiom Real Estate
Meghan Diehl

CJS Associates, LLC
Stephen von Ehrenkrook
Full Service Events
Larry Tang
SunPower - Rebecca Kenny
Rebecca Kenny
Pacific Catch
Mary Christensen
BASS Medical Group
Howard King
Balco Properties, Ltd., LLC
Mollie Westphal


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.

Youth Leadership
Calling all businesses and organizations

This is your opportunity to participate in a new and exciting program!The Walnut Creek Youth Leadership Commission is holding its first Youth Conference on June 27, 2018 at Civic Park. The goal of the day is to energize, engage and empower the next leaders in Walnut Creek. Take a look at some opportunities to participate,  click here . Please contact Carla Hansen, Assistant to the City Manager, hansen@walnut-creek.org for more information.    
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?

Cancer Support Community
S a t u r d a y , M a y 1 9 

Upcoming Concerts
See What's Playing  Click here 

The Graduates

On Thursday, May 10, we held the  Leadership Contra Costa Class of 2018 graduation ceremonies at Scott's Seafood Grill & Bar in Walnut Creek. It seemed fitting that in the 31st year of the program, 31 class members graduated their class. The graduation ceremony was lead by Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau  past chair Linda Rimac Colberg . Attendees heard from our current  Board Chair, Tim Argenti , and guest speaker, 
Elena Bicker, a graduate of the LCC program and Executive Director of Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation. Graduating class participants, Marcia Gerg Jennifer Stowel l and
Cindy Rudow shared class members' favorite sessions and thoughts on how they will apply what they have learned. They also took a moment, to thank  Nicky Henzie, program administrator , and  program leader Marcie Hochhauser on behalf of the whole class. Read more.

Leadership Contra Costa  is a comprehensive eight-month program designed to identify and prepare potential leaders who want to make a difference in the communities in which they live and work.  Learn
 more about the program & how to apply for the 32nd year  here.
In Appreciation
The Chamber Education Committee hosted their Teacher Appreciation Reception on Friday, May 4 at the Walnut Creek Historical Society's Shadelands Ranch Museum. Approximately 70 teachers from schools all over Walnut Creek  joined us  in the beautiful gardens of the museum  for a delicious spread with food from Whole Food's Catering, wine from Lange Twins Family Winery and Vineyards, craft brews from Calicraft Brewing Co. (winner of the  2018 UXL Business of the Year Award ) and dessert from Nothing Bundt Cakes.  A new (exceptionally good) addition this year was live music performed by Grant Tudor, a Berean Christian alum, and he provided the perfect ambience for a lovely afternoon! Read more
Hurry... Before the Crowd Passes You By
Face-to-Face Marketing Opportunities
85,000+ Festival-goers | Two-Day Community Event

June 2 & June 3 in Heather Farm Park

Promote your products and services while pouring a wine or beer directly to festival attendees from your own company branded  booth.   (Booth / Wine / Beer provided by the Chamber)
Wine / Beer Pouring Booth:   For more details and a registration form  { Click Here } To Register online   { Click Here }
*Be Seen on the Big Screen
Feature your business or organization on a 10.5' LED screen in the Craft Beer Garden & Sports Lounge. All-day exposure during sports events  & cross your fingers... WARRIORS' PLAYOFF GAME .
(Craft Beer Garden & Sports Lounge will remain open so attendees can watch the game.)  For complete information, * contact Shawn Filardi, sfilardi@walnut-creek.com | (925) 934-2007 
Art & Wine Festival Event Sponsorships: Target your market with an Event Sponsorship. For a  Sponsorship Brochure   {Click Here} or call Jay Hoyer or Shawn Filardi at (925) 934-2007.  

Meet the Chamber Ambassadors
Marcia Gerg, Summit Bank
Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau Ambassador Committee,  Leadership Contra Costa Class of 2018

Marcia Gerg has been in the banking industry for over 37 years and for the past five years has worked at Summit Bank as a commercial banker. She is a Board Member of the Rotary Club of Walnut Creek as their Treasurer. Marcia raised two children and was involved with them in Girl Scouts, the National Charity League, and as a board member of the High School Band Boosters Club. She enjoys volunteering, reading, and walking her dog, Rusty. Marcia is a graduate of the Leadership Contra Costa Class of 2018.

Meet Marcia and the other Walnut Creek Chamber Ambassadors at the monthly  Chamber BASH,  ribbon cuttings, and upcoming Walnut Creek Art & Wine Festival.
Celebrate With Your Neighbors
The Chamber Ambassadors and staff invite you to celebrate the Grand Opening and ribbon cutting celebrations of twoof our newest members.

Thursday, May 24th  
Ribbon Cutting at 5:30pm
The Practice for Women 1444 S. Main Street, Walnut Creek

Connect deeply with other women, feel at home in your body, and remember who you truly are. The Practice® is a weekly ritual of showing up for yourself in a new way. It is a 10-week cathartic experience of yoga and connection. In a circle of like-minded women we let go of perfectionism, show up just as we are, and become whole again.

Thursday, May 31 | Ribbon Cutting & BASH 5:30 to 7:00pm

Fun though fitness! Cardio/Kickboxing, Strength training, class-based 60Minute workout with customized music! Free underground parking directly under the club! We offer unlimited monthly Memberships, no contracts/Fees!
Networking With a Punch
May BASH Networking Event
Thursday, May 31 | 5:30 to 7:00pm
Our May BASH will be hosted by OMNI FIGHT CLUB.   Our hosts have a wonderful BASH and Grand Opening event planned, so we hope to see you there!  The event will be held on Thursday, May 31 from 5:30 pm to 7 pm.  This event is FREE to all Walnut Creek Chamber Members; please remember to bring your business card.Non-member admission is $20.00 (cash only) and a business card.  To register, click here .
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Pick a good keyword to focus on.   The first step is to simply pick the search term or phrase you want the post to show up for. If I am writing about the best dog toys for small dogs, I'll want to find out what people are actually searching for.  The easiest way to do this is use   Google Keyword Planner , a free tool that will show you an estimate for any search phrase. (Although Keyword Planner is free, you may need to set up an AdWords account to gain access.)  For example, I noticed that "small dog toys" receives 590 monthly searches -- higher than any other related combination of words. However, I'm still not totally ready to start writing about this topic. First, I need to do some research. Article continues
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