Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce Newsletter  

Week of  January 6, 2020
Welcome New Members

To learn more about these new member businesses,
visit their websites.
Kirsten Melton

AT&T Business
Josh Petersen

Write That Down
Valli Hilaire

Frosty & Friends

January 11, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Civic Park, Walnut Creek
Walnut Creek On Ice invites you to skate with  Frosty & his friends!  A variety of fantasy characters including princesses and furry friends will be at the ice rink to take pictures, skate, and visit with throughout the morning.
Learn More About Us
New Member Orientation Meeting
Wednesday, January 29
 4pm - 5pm
Walnut Creek Chamber
1280 Civic Dr. #100, Walnut Creek

Join us at our orientation for new members, existing members and prospective members. This meeting offers an overview of the Chamber, programs & events, public policy initiatives and activities, sponsorship opportunities, networking, and ways to get involved.   
To register,  click here .
American Swim Academy NOW OPEN!
American Swim Academy
2650 Shadelands Drive, Suite C
Walnut Creek, CA 94598

For Tours & Enrollment
American Swim Academy has been teaching the Bay Area to swim since 1973. Our goal is to promote water safety, comfort and stroke technique for all ages and abilities. View flyer  here  & visit our  website.

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Marketing & Advertising 
A variety of effective marketing opportunities are available through the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce. They include Web Advertising, e-Broadcast Advertising, and more! 
Click here.
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Job Postings

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NOW - JAN. 20, 2020


Stars to the Rescue XXIX
Saturday, January 18
Lesher Center for the Arts 
For details, click here.
Diablo Ballet


Upcoming Concerts


See What's Playing  Click here 

Happy New Year!

and the Winner Is!

Walnut Creek Magazine recently released their  Best of 2019 Reader's Choice Awards issue, and the  Walnut Creek Art & Wine Festival won  Best Community Event. The Chamber is honored to receive this award for the fourth consecutive year. We sincerely thank the generous sponsors and all the hard working Chamber member and community volunteers who have helped bring this event to our city for 38 years. Stay tuned for more information about the 39th annual Walnut Creek Art & Wine Festival set for June 6 and June 7 in Heather Farm Park.
Congratulations to the many Walnut Creek Chamber members who also made the list! 
...and the Winners Are!
This year marked the 10th anniversary of Walnut Creek Magazine's Reader's Choice Awards. Readers voted for their local favorites in categories ranging from fashion to food to fitness...and everything in between. The Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau is proud to count so many members among the winners. Congratulations!  View the digital edition here.

Nordstrom: Evening Wear
Vici: Boutique Runner Up
V a Di Vi Bistro : Restaurant & Small Plates
Teleferic Barcelona: Restaurant & Small Plates Runner Up
Sunrise Bistro: Breakfast
Heritage Eats: Kids Menu
Gott's Roadside: Kids Menu Runner Up
Tacos Walnut Creek: Tacos
Sauced: Ribs
Broderick: Burger Runner Up
Scott's Seafood: Seafood Runner Up
Sasa: Sushi
Genova: Sandwich Runner Up
Slice House: Pizza
Love & Chocolate: Dessert
Whole Foods Market: Grocery Store
Forma Gym: Health Club
Renaissance Club Sport: Health Club Runner Up
Renaissance Club Sport: Fitness Classes
Forma Gym: Fitness Classes Runner Up
The Ballet School: Dance Class
Changes Salon & Day Spa: Massage
Woodhouse Day Spa: Massage Runner Up
Changes Salon & Day Spa: Hair Salon
Changes Salon & Day Spa: Mani-Pedi
Toyota Walnut Creek: Auto Dealer
The Gardens at Heather Farm: Wedding Venue

New Terms
Jim Fidelibus, Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau Board Chair,  is pleased to announce that Margot Stanford, Vice President/Treasury Relationship Manager, F & M Bank has been appointed Chair-Elect for the term beginning April 1, 2020, when he hands the gavel over to Matt Guichard

Additionally, five Chamber members have been nominated to serve three-year terms on the Chamber Board of Directors beginning April 1, 2020.
The nominees are:
Edward Del Beccaro , TRI Commercial Real Estate Services
Lorna Van Ackeren, Marketing Director, Hillendale Home Care
Matt Guichard, Attorney/President,  Guichard, Teng, Portillo & Garrett APC
Rocco Biale, Owner, Rocco's Ristorante & Pizzeria
Anita Russell, Assistant Property Manager, The Koll Company
Additional names of nominees may be submitted by Chamber members-at-large to the President/CEO of the Chamber by January 21, 2020. Submissions must be in writing and must include the signatures of 10 Walnut Creek Chamber members-in-good-standing. If additional names are submitted and verified, all Chamber members will be asked to vote on the five to be selected. If no additional names are submitted, the proposed nominees will be ratified by the current Board of Directors.
Ribbon Cuttings & Grand Openings
The Walnut Creek Chamber Ambassadors and staff invite you to join them as they help celebrate the grand opening of a new member business with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Thursday, January 9th - 5:30pm
Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
1500 South Main Street, Walnut Creek  

  A locally-owned modern stationery boutique featuring a curated selection of greeting cards, stationery and gifts for all ages located in Walnut Creek.
Members Making Headlines
Walnut Creek Magazine's Best of Walnut Creek  issue is bursting with inspirational  Chamber members. Be sure to read feature articles on how 
Donna Columbo, Executive Director, Trinity Center; Past Chamber Board Chair Mary Brooks, Managing Director, Invera Wealth Advisors of Raymond James  and White Pony Express; and  Robert Jackson, Owner, Forma Gym are making a difference. 

But wait, there's more! Check out Little Italy and learn more about Chamber Board Director Rocco Biale and Rocco's Ristorante and Pizzeria.

Click here to read their stories.
Ring in the New Year!
January New Year BASH
Hosted by Industrious Office & Heritage Eats
Thursday, January 30 |  5:30 PM - 7:00 PM 
Industrious Office,1212 Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek

Our January BASH & New Year Celebration  will be hosted by  Industrious Office with catering from Heritage Eats. We can't think of a better way to begin 2020 than with a Chamber BASH. 

This event is FREE to all Walnut Creek Chamber Members; please remember to bring your business card. Non-member admission is $20.00 [cash or check only] and a business card.  



HOST A CHAMBER BASH  IN 2020 (Member Opportunity)
Have you been waiting to host a Chamber Business and Social Hour? Now's your chance to let us know. The Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce is accepting member requests to fill our 2020 calendar. For h osting details & application, click here . For more information, contact Linda Vesneski, Chamber Membership Director, (925) 934-2007.
An Elite Street


Spaces Limited, Always a Sell Out
To inquire about conference reservations, please call the Chamber. (925) 934-2007  
Frozen Through January 20
Walnut Creek On Ice!
Open Now through January 20, 2020
Whether you continue a tradition or begin a new one, Walnut Creek On Ice is the perfect destination for holiday fun. The rink is open for night skating under the stars and is available for birthday parties, skating lessons, private parties, & fundraisers.

For all the COOL DETAILS,  CLICK HERE  or call 925.935.SNOW (7669).
Walnut Creek On Ice is brought to you by the  Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau and  Walnut Creek Downtown . The community and skaters from all over the Bay Area look forward to this holiday tradition, now in its 15th season, but it would not be possible without its sponsors: 

Veterans First
 Open - 24 places remaining
 1/16/2020 2:00 PM 

  Events and Training Program Support (916) 527-8400

SACRAMENTO, CA - The Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) in collaboration with U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs SAOWEST presents the CVE Certification Seminar and Webinar to be hosted at VBOC, Conference Room or via webinar. Learn the step-by-step process to be certified through the Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE) to verify Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSBs) and Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (VOSBs). SDVOSBs and VOSBs who want to participate in the VA's Veterans First Contracting Program must be verified by CVE in order to be eligible for VA contract set-asides. 
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