Weekly Headlines-------------------------------------- -Week of November 2, 2020
Endorsed by the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau
Walnut Creek Chamber Says Stay the Course. Click Here
Debora Allen
for BART Director
A Candidates' Forum sponsored by the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau was held on September 15. All eight candidates vying for the three open City Council seats in this November's election participated. To view the Forum in its entirety, click here.

The Walnut Creek Chamber
of Commerce encourages you to
the Contra Costa County 1/2¢ Sales Tax

The Walnut Creek Chamber
of Commerce urges you to

For a list of the November ballot measures, click here.
You may return your voted ballot by mail, in person, or to a drop box
Your ballot must be postmarked by Tuesday, November 3, 2020 and received no later than Friday, November 20, 2020. You may also return your ballot in person by Tuesday, November 3, 2020 by 8:00 p.m.
Where can I find my nearest drop box? Click here
Track your vote-by-mail ballot—when it is mailed, received, and counted.
Sign-up at WheresMyBallot.sos.ca.gov 
Tuesday, November 10
9:00 - 10:00am
With our guest
Matthew Record, Ph.D.
San Jose State University
To register, click here.
Zoom link will be sent by email the day before webinar.
Tonight's the night, with many of the ballot Measures and Propositions impacting the business community if passed. Our Civic Affairs team is preparing for a special election day review and a discussion on what the results mean for Walnut Creek. Watch for more details following tonight’s outcomes. To view recordings of past webinars, click here.
Matthew Record, Ph.D. joined the San Jose State faculty in 2017. He earned his doctorate in Public Policy and Management from the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at Ohio State University. Prior to finishing his post-secondary schooling, Matthew worked as a real estate appraiser and appraisal reviewer before and during the U.S. housing crisis of 2007-2008. In addition, he worked as a policy research assistant at the Ohio Housing Finance Agency in 2013 and 2014 and worked under a research contract for Fannie Mae from 2015-2017. Matthew's research focuses on the substantive policy areas of civic engagement, affordable homeownership and community building as well as how politics and the policymaking environment influence service delivery in public agencies. At Ohio State, Matthew taught Intro to Public Affairs, Civic Engagement and Policy Analysis at the undergraduate level and; at San Jose State, he teaches Graduate Research Methods and Policy Analysis as well as undergraduate U.S. History and Government. 
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.
Trish Karlinski

Jon Daco

Carleen Bustos

Joseph Brody

Jags Krishnamurthy

Mariel Thompson

Ronni Collmer

Sami Raghdah

Rachael Cabreira

Belma Mirvic

Thomas Norris

Mae de Jesus

Marian Ross

Ben Ellis

Jane Dadci

Michelle Ferber

Bill Burke

Anthony Marschak

Ariel Baleli

Mark Dressor

Colleen Casey

Mohit Arora

Jim Shepherd

Darlene Baxter

Jon Elder
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.
Think Big, Shop Small
Small Business Saturday
Saturday, November 28
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.
15 Small Business Holiday Marketing Tips
That Won’t Kill Your Budget
Paige Smith | Updated on September 4, 2020
A good rule of thumb is to start implementing your holiday marketing at the end of October or early November so you can get the early shoppers into your store or on to your website. Here are 15 small business holiday marketing tips to increase the number of customers your small business gets. Click here.
Soroptimist International of 24-680
Grocery Grab Sweepstakes
Just in Time for the Holidays!
You can do good in the world while you take a chance to win a $250 gift card for one of four stores - Safeway, Lunardi's, Trader Joe's or Whole Foods. For complete details, click here, For a flyer, click here.
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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 Nov. 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.
Contra Costa County has moved into the less restrictive
orange tier of the State’s four-tiered, color-coded reopening system.

At A Glance What's Open Now, click here
Latest County information, 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?
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
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.
The Holiday Season Will Lose
Some of Its Sparkle
Sadly, the holiday season will lose some sparkle this year. Walnut Creek On Ice, one of our most popular annual attractions, is being put on pause this year because of uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus crisis.The Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau and the Walnut Creek Downtown want to acknowledge and thank all of our loyal sponsors who have helped us bring the ice rink to the community. We also thank the 40,000+ skaters each year and all the onlookers who have made Walnut Creek On Ice part of their holiday tradition for fifteen years. We plan to be frozen and back in Civic Park again next year!
What's Not to Like?
Montperi Catering and Events | Chef Lamont will teach you to cook a traditional Italian meal in the comfort of your own home. Date&Time: 11/07 at 6pm | They will deliver your meal kit to your door.

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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
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