Weekly Headlines------------------------------------ -Week of December 14, 2020
Is Your Lease Stressing You Out?
A special Back To Business presentation brought to you by the Civic Affairs Committee of the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau.

“Navigating Your Commercial Lease
During the Pandemic"

Tuesday, December 22
9:00 - 10:00am

With our guests
Chamber Board Chair Matthew Guichard, Guichard, Teng, Portillo & Garrett, APC Board Director Edward Del Beccaro, TRI Commercial Real Estate Services
Board Director Eugene McGrane, Cushman & Wakefield of California

To register, click here.
Zoom link will be sent by email the day before webinar.

Is paying your lease stressing you out? Since March, most restaurants and brick-and-mortar stores have been doing a fraction of their normal business or no business at all. Even some big businesses are struggling to pay their lease. The economic pressures have tenants of all types looking for some type of relief, but most don’t know their options or where to turn for help. The Chamber has assembled three experts who will help to answer your questions and navigate the possible options. Chamber Board Chair Matthew Guichard, Guichard, Teng, Portillo & Garrett, APC; Board Director Edward Del Beccaro, TRI Commercial Real Estate Services, and Board Director Eugene McGrane, Cushman & Wakefield of California have shared their expertise with clients throughout the pandemic. So if your lease is keeping you up at night, you won’t want to miss this opportunity.

Tuesday December 15
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM 
Virtual Zoom Event
(Zoom link will be emailed)

To register, click here.

Join us at our orientation for new members, existing members and prospective members. This Zoom meeting offers an overview of the Chamber, programs and events, public policy initiatives and activities, sponsorship opportunities, networking, and ways to get involved.
Wednesday, December 16
4:00 – 5:30 PM | Virtual Event
To register, click here.

Let's Make Spirit's Bright!
Special Guest: Chef Lamont
Montperi Catering & Events

The theme for the Holiday BASH is Making Spirit's Bright with friends, fun, and laughter...and a few good spirits.
Chef Lamont, Montperi Catering & Events will get the party started with demonstrations for simple holiday appetizers and cocktails you can recreate at home. Come as you are, wear your ugliest sweater, or don your Santa hat Please join us for the opportunity to wish each other a happy holiday season and make a toast to 2021. Chamber and community members are all welcomed. Don't miss the fun!

To register, click here.
Zoom link sent by email the day of BASH
Congressman Mark DeSaulneir Hosts Town Hall Meeting
Thursday, December 17 | 12:30 PM
To register, click here
With 2020 coming to a close, we know many questions still remain on what comes next for both Contra Costa and our nation. To provide you with the latest on coronavirus relief efforts and a look ahead to the new year, I will be hosting a virtual town hall on Thursday, December 17.
As of Dec. 12 - Contra Costa | Purple Tier
Latest County information, click here
Contra Costa Health Services COVID-19 vaccine plan here

As of 12-12 | At-A-Glance | What's Open Now, click here
Understand status in Contra Costa, click here
City of Walnut Creek Rebound Program website
GET TESTED, Click here
When an Employee Tests Positive, click here
Official California State
Roadmap to all Four Phases - click here

Supporting California’s Small Businesses
to Promote Equity and Resiliency in Recovery
The California Rebuilding Fund is a loan program to support California’s small businesses—especially those located in economically disadvantaged and historically under-banked areas of the state. Businesses who employed 50 or less full-time equivalent employees (FTEs) and had gross revenues of less than $2.5 million or below in 2019 are eligible to apply. Full eligibility requirements are included in the Business Requirements tab. The loans are flexible, transparent and are designed to help businesses access the capital and advisory services they need to get through these challenging economic times. Click here.
Chamber Member Makes Aviation History
Walnut Creek Chamber member Harley Milne, Drone Panora Aerial Photography, completed a transcontinental flight and is waiting on confirmation from Guinness World Records that he set the record for the Fastest Paramotor Crossing of the U.S.A. "As far as I know, no one has flown (this) from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean." Milne was featured in a recent news article highlighting his fascination with aviation and his effort to bring attention to various non-profit organizations. Milne is a former high-tech developer and technology director. Currently, he operates the Walnut Creek-based Drone Panora Aerial Photography business. To read the article in its entirety, click here.
Make Your Holiday Merry and Bright!
Virtual broadcast of Diablo Ballet's 
 which will stream into households December 21 - 23.

Diablo Ballet is offering Walnut Creek Chamber members and friends a special $25 virtual screening ticket, saving you $10 off the regular price. To get this offer, either order online here or call the Lesher Center Ticket Office at (925) 943- 7469 and use the code FRIENDS10.Take a look here at this magical production that puts a unique and charming spin on the classic Nutcracker tale. With your screening ticket, you'll receive three days of unlimited viewing of this charming ballet that's perfect for young and young at heart.
Winter Swim Quarter
January 4 - March 6,2021
Enroll Today!
For informational flyer, click here
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Getting Stronger Every Day
Thank you for strengthing our Chamber during the pandemic. We send a special thank you to our newest Walnut Creek Chamber members.
To learn more about these member businesses, visit their websites.

Niveditha Jain

Keith Block

Trish Karlinski

Jon Daco

Solomon de los Reyes

Joseph Brody

Andriana Mendez

Sheena Kawakami

A chamber of commerce’s primary objective is to strengthen local businesses of all sizes. The best way is to use the services of chamber member businesses and organizations.

Small Saturday may be over, but now more than ever, our Chamber member and Walnut Creek businesses need our support. Remember to shop, order take-out, and enjoy local this holiday season. Chamber member restaurants, caterers, and grocery/specialty stores offer great options to help get you through the busy holiday season. Click here.

 A chamber of commerce’s primary objective is to strengthen local businesses of
all sizes. The best way is to use the services of chamber member businesses
 and organizations. Click here.
What's Happening?

Think there's nothing to do? You just might be surprised what's happening; click here.

Chamber member benefit: List your upcoming events, webinars, workshops to the calendar. If you need assistance, contact Tani at tdhana@walnut-creek.com or Linda at lvesneski@walnut-creek.com.
Help Wanted
Meals on Wheels Diablo Region is looking for a Finance Director. East Bay Perfect Star Heating and Air Conditioning have openings for a sales professional and all levels of HVAC service technicians. Click here

Chamber member benefit: List your job opportunities on the Chamber website. If you need assistance, contact Tani at tdhana@walnut-creek.com or Linda at lvesneski@walnut-creek.com.
What's Not to Like?
Rebecca Bauer-Kahan for Assembly will be conducting a contactless food drive on Monday, December 14th from 10:00 AM – 1:30 PM at Bishop Ranch in San Ramon.
Follow Us 
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.
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
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