Weekly Headlines ---------------------------------------------Week of August 6, 2020
7/31/2020 Press release: Press Conference Urging Residents to Keep Safe from COVID-19
NEW 7/31/20 What's Open At-A-Glance, click here
Because We Knew You,
Our Lives Were Changed For Good
It is with our deepest sorrow to share the news that Janet Abrams, our dear friend, fun and loyal East Bay Women's Conference committee member, and long- standing Chamber member has passed. Janet's generous heart and infectious spirit touched so many lives during her years of volunteer service and commitment to the community and Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce. In acknowledgement of her many contributions, Janet was named the 2012 Citizen of the Year by the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau. For a small glimpse of what made our friend Janet so special, read more here.
Welcome to our newest Chamber members!

To learn more about these businesses, visit their website.

Sami Raghdah

Marian Ross

Anthony Marschak

Ariel Baleli

Mark Dressor

Colleen Casey

Mohit Arora
Stories of Resilience
Over the past several months, our members have been taking action and developing many creative ideas to face these challenging times. Whether by helping the community, feeding our front line heroes, finding innovative ways to pivot their businesses and offices, keeping a positive spirit, and more. You inspire us and keep us motivated. We invite all our members to share their stories of resilience and optimism as we continue this journey -- together. Send your story to Shawn Filardi, sfilardi@walnut-creek.com and we will feature it in the Chamber newsletter and Facebook. Pictures / videos that help tell your story are encouraged.
    White Pony Express Rises
to Meet Challenges of Delivering Food to Those in Need during the Pandemic
In 2013, Dr. Carol Weyland Conner established White Pony Express (WPE), whose mission is to help eliminate hunger and poverty by delivering the abundance all around us to those in need - with love. When the pandemic hit, we quickly put together a COVID-19 Rapid Response Plan to meet the challenges of this crisis. Because of the skyrocketing demand for our food, we went from delivering an average of 7,000 lbs./day (pre-COVID-19) to 15,000-37,000 lbs./day to meet the spike in community need! To handle our expanded services, we are now sharing a warehouse space in Concord with the Food Bank and other non-profit agencies. This has enabled WPE to partner with major food distributers like Vesta Food Service and CDS Distributing, two companies who deliver USDA Farmers to Families Food Boxes to WPE, which, in turn, are distributed to our community members who need this food. To read their story in its entirety, click here. Their videos are a must-see, click here. A pre-Covid event, click here
I Know Where Mine Is
Track your vote-by-mail ballot—when it is mailed, received, and counted. The California Secretary of State is now offering Where’s My Ballot?—a new way for voters to track and receive notifications on the status of their vote-by-mail ballot. Powered by BallotTrax, Where’s My Ballot? lets voters know where their ballot is, and its status, every step of the way. Sign-up at WheresMyBallot.sos.ca.gov to receive automatic email, SMS (text), or voice call notifications about your ballot.  
Be an Informed Voter
California voters will face a dozen measures on their ballot this November. We will be asked to decide the fate of hot issues from taxes to rent control, bail to privacy, and more. While all measures ultimately affect us all, some measures have a more direct impact on business. Therefore, to help everyone better understand the initiatives, the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors are reviewing the most critical measures and will share their findings over the next two months. For a list of the November ballot measures, click here.
7/31/20 | At A Glance - What's Open Now - Click Here
Do Business With a Chamber Member - Click Here
Restaurants & Speacial Member Offers - Click Here

GO-Biz Hosting Webinars for Businesses
Interested in Applying for $80 Million in Tax Credits

The next California Competes Tax Credit (CCTC) application period starts Monday, July 27, 2020, with $80 million in available tax credits. Businesses interested in applying can register to view a live webinar explaining the application process.The deadline to submit applications is Monday, August 17, 2020.The online application can be accessed starting July 27, 2020, at www.calcompetes.ca.gov Webinars Dates: July 29, 2020 | Details and Registration - August 6 | Details and Registration and  August 11, 2020 | Details and Registration
City of Walnut Creek Rebound Program website 
When an Employee Tests Positive, click here
7/31/20 At A Glance What's open, click here.
7/31/2020 additional County information, click here.
 Official California State
7/31//20 Roadmap to all Four Phases - click here
Three Walnut Creek City Council seats will be on the ballot at the November 3, 2020 general election. Residents interested in running for office may request necessary forms now.
What's Not to Like?

In accordance with City and State directives, the Chamber office is operating virtually. While the Chamber office location is closed, all phone calls and emails will be returned promptly. We will continue to serve our members and community.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or if we can assist you or your business in any way. We will continue to keep you updated in the weeks ahead. Updates will also be included on the Chamber website. Please visit walnut-creek.com

Stay well.
Jay Hoyer, President/CEO
Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau
1280 Civic Drive | Suite 100 | Walnut Creek | CA | 94596
t.925.934.2007 f.925.934.2404