Weekly Headlines-------------------------------------- -Week of November 16, 2020
~*~BREAKING NEWS~*~
COVID-19 Spike Returns Contra Costa to Purple Tier
Contra Costa County made changes to its health order, effective yesterday, Monday, November 16. See Latest County Information* link for press release.
*Latest County information, click here
11/16/20 | 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
BACK TO BUSINESS: BACK IN 2021
Our Civic Affairs team wrapped up their Back To Business series for 2020 with a recap of this year's election results. They will continue their work throughout the holiday season in preparation for the New Year. With an inauguration, diversity and inclusion issues, and talk of several COVID-19 vaccines, there will be many topics to discuss as we get Back To Business in 2021.

We would like to acknowledge and thank Chamber Board Director Ron Hermanson, Cruise Holidays/Travel Leaders Network; Steve Reiser, Walnut Creek Airbnb; Pam Kessler, Walnut Creek Magazine, and Heather Schiffman, Contra Costa Association of REALTORS, for their time and hard work over the past seven months bringing us so many experts on such timely topics. For video recordings of the webinars, click here.
NEW MEMBER ORIENTATION
Wednesday Nov 18, 2020 | Time: 4:00 – 5:00PM
Virtual Zoom Event (Zoom link will be sent to your email)

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.To register, 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.


Keith Block

Trish Karlinski

Jon Daco

Solomon de los Reyes

Joseph Brody

Andriana Mendez

Sheena Kawakami

'TIS THE SEASON
HOLIDAY BASH!
Thursday, November 19
4:00 – 5:30 PM | Virtual Event

'Tis the season, so let's pack the
Zoom room for our final networking event of 2020. No matter how crowded it gets, we guarantee no one will
knock over your drink!

We can't think of a better way to head into the holidays than to celebrate the season with all of you. Chamber and community members are all welcomed. 

To register, click here.
Zoom link sent by email the day of BASH 
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.
MEMBER IN THE NEWS
SELECTED AS 2020 NONPROFIT OF THE YEAR
Senator Glazer to honor group for its work welcoming vulnerable populations during COVID-19

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Trinity Center has provided a welcoming space for homeless and very low-income individuals at a level not seen before: It served 970 unique individuals and provided more than 56,000 services in 2019-2020.Trinity Center is a place where vulnerable people can feel physically and emotionally safe, supported in their recovery, and part of a caring group that is focused on helping them escape the challenges of poverty.  Trinity Center operates during the day and offers services such as: meals, showers, laundry, clothing, and mail & telephone access, coupled with case management for benefits, housing, employment, and substance use counseling. “I am proud to honor Trinity Center for its vital work in keeping people safe and providing them with much needed services during this trying time of the Coronavirus pandemic,” said Senator Glazer. “Trinity Center’s work is a lifeline for people who otherwise might not make it. Nonprofit organizations like Trinity are doing heroic work that cannot be undervalued.” The live stream will take place Wednesday, November 18 on Senator Glazer’s website.
Make a BIG Impact
Shop Small Business Saturday
Saturday, November 28

A day to rally people in Walnut Creek to get out & SHOP SMALL!
Saturday, November 28 is Small Business Saturday® - a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities. Whether it's your barbershop or one-stop garden supply store, these small businesses keep our community strong and vibrant. 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.

BUSINESS OWNERS & MANAGERS 
This holiday season looks a little different, but we know that the support of your customers is as important as ever. Prepare early for Small Business Saturday® on November 28 by downloading these marketing materials and inviting your customers to Shop Small safely with you all holiday season. Click here.
10 Small Business Marketing Tips
for Holiday Season 2020
Holiday season 2020 is poised to be quite different from years past. Although the holidays still represent a tremendous business opportunity, the pandemic has created waves of social and economic change that small businesses are still learning to navigate. It’s more crucial than ever to get the most bang for your marketing buck. As a small business, this means finding effective and affordable marketing tactics.Here’s the good news:E-commerce and social media tools can help you have a fantastic holiday sales season without breaking the bank. Keep reading for 10 ways you can prepare your small business marketing plan for the holiday season 2020 trends. Click here.
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2021 ANNUAL
EMPLOYMENT LAW UPDATE
Virtual Zoom Webinar
December 3, and December 8, 2020
9 – 11:30 AM

Please join Donahue Fitzgerald for a complimentary employment law webinar. Full details are in the below registration links.

To register for December 3, click here.
To register for December 8, click here.
The City's Parking Garages (Lesher Center, South Locust and Broadway) will begin charging again on Monday, November 16. The hourly rate will be $1.25 per hour. The first hour will be free.  The purple on street metered spaces will remain free until further notice. Signs will be posted at all entries, exits and pay stations at the garages.
Bounce BackContra Costa
Employers: We are in this together
Layoff Aversion Funding for Small Businesses | Webinar
If you are a small business in need of assistance due to the adverse financial impacts of the pandemic, join us for a webinar on November 17 at 3 p.m. for in-depth information about our Layoff Aversion Grant Program. We’ll cover eligibility, reporting requirements, how to apply and more. We want to help you keep your workers! Click here to learn more and to register for the upcoming webinar.
November is America Recycles Month!
Take the Pledge by November 30
Do your part and recycle smart! Take the pledge to keep your recycle cart free of hazardous waste for the chance to win zero waste prizes! To take the pledge and more information, click here.

What's Happening?
Think there's nothing to do? You 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. 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?
Chamber Ambassadors and staff enjoyed celebrating the Grand Opening of I Lash Suites with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Congratulations!
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
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