Weekly Headlines-------------------------------- --- - Week of January 25, 2021
GOOD THINGS ARE WORTH THE WAIT
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
EAST BAY WOMEN'S CONFERENCE, REIMAGINED
presented by
Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau
in conjunction with
John Muir Health and Stanford Children's Health
Celebrating 16 Years of Excellence
REIMAGINED
Five-Part Virtual Speaker Series
Kicks off Tuesday, March 2
With
Glennon Doyle Joining Us Live
for a Fireside Chat and Q&A!
Glennon Doyle, Activist and #1 New York Times best-selling author
of Untamed and Carry On Warrior 
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, the East Bay Women's Conference, REIMAGINED promises the same powerhouse speakers, interactive sessions on contemporary issues, networking, and the entertainment our audiences have enjoyed for the past 15 years. This year, inspiration will be delivered to savor in bite-size pieces! You won't want to miss joining these powerhouse women!

Exciting five-part series kicks off on Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Series Dates: First Tuesday of the month
March 2, Glennon Doyle | April 6, Dr. Jennifer Ashton
May 4, Isha Sesay | June 1, Amaryllis Fox
July 6, Tina Tchen
Time: Virtual format from noon to 1:30pm
Followed by attendee networking.

$195/person | Register here
or Chamber website: walnut-creek.com
Includes all five, 90-minute events & networking

Conference Highlights: Premier keynote and featured speakers, interactive presentations by industry experts on topics of critical importance and contemporary issues, all keynote speakers appearing live for Q&A with the audience, entertainment, fun activities, interactive networking, on-demand video playback—watch all five events anytime for 30 days following each series date.

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Thank You to Our 2021 Series Sponsors
We Couldn't Do It Without You!
2021, THE STATE OF OUR CITY
2021 State of the City
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 | 10:00 - 11:30AM
Complimentary Virtual Event*
To register, click here.
*Zoom link will be sent in an email the day before the event.
Mark your calendar now to attend the 2021 State of the City presented by the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau in partnership with the City of Walnut Creek. Mayor of Walnut Creek Kevin Wilk and Matthew Guichard, Chair of the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau will update the business and community at large on the current status of Walnut Creek, accomplishments, challenges, and vision for 2021.
BREAKING NEWS, MONDAY JANUARY 25
Lifting of State Orders Update
And Outdoor Dining Facilities
Some significant changes resulting from Contra Costa's return to the purple tier include:
  • Restaurants may offer outdoor dining, following the state health guidelines.
  • Hair salons, barber shops and personal services such as nail salons may reopen following state health guidelines.
  • Outdoor social gatherings involving 25 or fewer people, from three or fewer different households, are now permitted.


Up-To-Date COVID Information
for Contra Costa
Latest County information, click here

At-A-Glance
What's Open Now, click here
TO: All Businesses
FROM: Teri Killgore, Assistant City Manager
RE: Lifting of State Orders Update + Outdoor Dining Facilities

As you likely heard, the good (surprise) news is that the State lifted the Stay At Home orders statewide, effective immediately. This is due to ICU availability doing far better than projected coming out of the holiday season. The even better news is that the County is following suit, so we are back to the Purple tier, effective immediately. This means: Click here for full letter and important details.


Now Accepting Applications! 
First come/first served
grant program for restaurants. 

The City of Walnut Creek’s Restaurant Grant Program is created to help the restaurant community with expenses related to business operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Restaurants in Walnut Creek attract people to eat and shop at retail stores, and the success of restaurants helps maintain the economic vitality of our community. Grants will be distributed on a first come/first served basis, with applicants required to meet general criteria for eligibility. For more information and application, click here.






PPP Round 2
Get your questions answered
Free webinar
Thursday, January 28 at 12:30PM

After months of waiting for much-needed relief, small businesses finally have access to new funds in the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) through CDFIs and traditional financial institutions. Learn more about the rollout of PPP and whether your small business is eligible to apply.

For complete details and registration,







PPP Update: Loan application portal now open to all lenders
Starting this week, PPP funds are now available for all participating lenders to start distributing to small businesses for first and second draw loans. Get connected with a lender through the SBA’s Lender Match tool.
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Additional assistance announced:
Tax relief (click here); and recovery loans through the California Rebuilding Fund.

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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 MEMBER ORIENTATION (Virtual)
Tuesday January 27
 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM 

To register, click here.

Zoom link will be sent via email the day before orientation

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.









New Year, New You!

JANUARY BASH
Networking & Happy Hour
Thursday January 28
 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM 

We can't think of a better way to begin 2021 than reconnecting with friends and making new ones. The Chamber BASH offers members and nonmembers a great opportunity to network virtually. Please join us. 

To register, click here.

Zoom link will be sent via email the day before the event.
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.

Nonprofit Executive Search
Bob Fisher

Jing Chen

Niveditha Jain

Catherine Myers

Janay McCullough










Our 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.
Together, we can all make a difference.
COVID-19 may have changed our collective day-to-day in many ways, but it has not changed our resolve to make the world a better place.

The pandemic has resulted in heavy impacts to Vitalant’s mobile blood drive operations and thousands of blood drive cancellations. The Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau urges all healthy, eligible individuals who are feeling well to participate in their virtual blood drive .For complete details, click here.
Some significant changes resulting from Contra Costa's return to the purple tier include:
  • Restaurants may offer outdoor dining, following the state health guidelines.
  • Hair salons, barber shops and personal services such as nail salons may reopen following state health guidelines.
  • Outdoor social gatherings involving 25 or fewer people, from three or fewer different households, are now permitted.

Up-To-Date COVID Information for Contra Costa
Latest County information, click here
COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Phases For more information, click here.
as off 1/25/21 | 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
What's Happening?

Save Mount Diablo Expands Its Free “Discover Diablo” Hikes Program for 2021 | Full schedule of upcoming hikes, view and RSVP online here:

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

First Citizens Bank, American Swim Academy, and East Bay Perfect Star Heating and Air Conditioning have openings to join their teams. 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?
Five-Part Virtual Speaker Series
Kicks off Tuesday, March 2
With
Glennon Doyle Joining Us Live for a Fireside Chat and Q&A!
Glennon Doyle, Activist and #1 New York Times best-selling author of Untamed and Carry On Warrior 

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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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