Weekly Headlines------------------------------------ -Week of December 28, 2020
Good-bye 2020...
The Chamber office will return to regular business hours on
Monday, January 4, 2021. (Virtually)
Beyond the Conference: Staying Connected
Join us for our first complimentary webinar of 2021.
Juggling Your New Normal
Managing Stress & Promoting Well-Being
Lunch & Learn Webinar

Tuesday, January 12

12:00 - 1:30 PM

To register, click here.*

With speakers

Dr. Manita Nat

Valerie Milner, LMFT
John Muir Health Therapist
Balancing Life, Stress, and Health During the Covid-19 Pandemic

Do you feel overwhelmed by the stress of Covid-19 while juggling your ‘new normal’? Do you worry about how that stress is impacting your health? If so, you’re not alone! Women tend to bear the burden of taking care of the home, kids and aging parents while also juggling their career. This balancing act can take a toll on mental and physical health. Join us virtually to learn coping strategies for dealing with this anxiety and stress. This discussion will be led by Dr. Manita Nat, OB/GYN, and John Muir Health therapist Valerie Milner, LMFT.
Important Note:
Please feel free to share this invitation with friends, family, and coworkers.
Individual registration is required to receive the webinar log-in information. Should you need assistance, please email Shawn Filardi at sfilardi@walnut-creek.com.
*Each registered guest will receive an email with Zoom link
the day before the webinar.
EBWC Reimagined
2021 Five-Part Speaker Series
Some of the powerhouse women who have inspired and motivated the
EBWC audiences since 2006. 
Dr. Jill Biden, Dr. Mae Jemison, Gloria Steinem


EBWC Reimagined
2021 Five-Part Speaker Series
Kicks off Tuesday, March 2

The EBWC Reimagined Speaker Series will kick off Tuesday, March 2, and continue the first Tuesday of the month through July 6, 2021. Known for its programing excellence and sold-out events, EBWC, Reimagined promises the same powerhouse speakers, interactive sessions on contemporary issues, networking, and entertainment our audiences have enjoyed for the past 15 years. Inspiration in bite-size pieces!

Watch for Registration Announcement or Visit www.Walnut-Creek.com
EBWC Reimagined
2021 Five-Part Speaker Series


To make inquiries about the
East Bay Women's Conference or
2021 Speaker Series Sponsorship, please contact
EBWC Founder Marcie Hochhauser at mhoch@walnut-creek.com.

Thank You to Our 2021 Sponsors
We Couldn't Do It Without You!
Applications Open
Wednesday, December 30

California Small Business Covid-19 Relief Grant Program 

Governor Newsom and the Legislature announced a package of assistance for small businesses and nonprofits impacted by COVID-19, including $500 million in grants. Applications open Wednesday, December 30 through Friday, January 8, 2021. Visit CAReliefGrant.com to begin preparing your documents. A second round is expected to be announced soon.
Additional assistance announced:
Tax relief (click here); and recovery loans through the California Rebuilding Fund.

State of California COVID-19
Daily Small Business Grant Webinars

Dates, times, and registration,

We will be discussing:
- The Grant Program
- Eligibility Requirements
- What the funding can be used for
- The Application
- Required Documents
- Who to Contact for Assistance
Contra Costa: The following partners serve your county. Click here to learn more about each partner to select and which organization to apply through.
New grant program and other COVID-19
resources for California small businesses
Wednesday, December 30 | 1:00 PM 

Small businesses across California are losing customers or being forced to temporarily close their doors to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We know that many small business owners need help to address these immediate financial concerns and to access critical resources for their employees and their businesses. Join Small Business Majority, California Go Biz, and Lendistry to learn about the state's new $500 million small business grant program and other capital resources available to entrepreneurs in the state of California. Topics of discussion include:
  • An overview of the California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program
  • Eligibility requirements
  • An overview of the application and required documents
  • Federal updates and additional statewide resources
  • Q&A session
Dear Walnut Creek Business Owner: Hopefully this finds you and your family well. What an unexpected and challenging year 2020 brought us, and I want to take a moment to say thank you for all the flexibility and creativity you have shown. We aren’t yet done with the journey, but we couldn’t ask a for a better business community to have as partners. Our team wanted to share a couple of quick updates before the holidays. For the latest information on State Health Orders, Outdoor Dining and Rebound Guidebook Update, and Restaurant Grant Program, click here.
As of Dec. 29 - Contra Costa | Purple Tier
Latest County information, click here
Contra Costa Health Services COVID-19 vaccine plan here

COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Phases | Dec. 28, 2020: 
Because a limited amount of COVID-19 vaccine is available right now, the vaccine is being made available in phases to different populations based on risk factors. We don't yet have a precise timeline for when the vaccine will be available to groups in different phases/tiers. For more information, click here.
As of 12-22| 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


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.

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. 
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?
Vinous Reverie - Virtual Wine Tasting every Friday at 9:30 PM. If you would like to participate please follow our
Facebook page @VinousReverie.
If want to taste along, check our our tasting schedule at https://vinousreverie.com/wine-tastings-schedule/ 

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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