Weekly Headlines-------------------------------------- -Week of October 19, 2020

Something to Celebrate
It's been a difficult year, but together we have stayed strong!
Chambers of Commerce have never been more crucial, helping their communities through the pandemic and focusing on economic recovery far into the future. This day provides an opportunity to recognize and highlight the organizations, professionals and volunteers who work to transform communities.

The staff of the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau extends their appreciation to its members and the community for your continued support and participation during these very challenging times.

Please share some of your favorite Chamber memories with us, how your business is staying Chamber Strong, or simple words of encouragement. For a look back at how some of our members demonstrated their resiliency, click here.
Welcome One and All
The best way to learn about the Chamber is to meet those who have maximized their membership and the benefits it provides. In support of our Chamber of Commerce Day, we invite all Walnut Creek Chamber and community members to join us at our upcoming New Member Orientation and BASH events. Let's fill the room...virtually!
Not Just for New Members
Wednesday October 28
4:00– 5:00pm
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.
BASH Networking Event
Networking * Fun* Prizes
Thursday, October 29
4:00 - 5:30pm
To register, click here.

Feel the need to get out of the bat cave for some fun networking and socializing? We do too! Please join us for a Halloween Virtual Happy Hour BASH on Thursday, October 29. Chamber members and guests are all welcome. Costumes are encouraged, but not required. 
For more information, contact Linda Vesneski, Membership Sales Director, lvesneski@walnut-creek.com. Zoom links sent by by email the day before each 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.
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 to honor a chamber is to use the services of chamber businesses and organizations. click here.
The Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau is excited to announce the 16th annual
 East Bay Women's Conference
Two-day virtual event
Monday, March 1 & Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Sponsorship Opportunities
 For a Sponsorship Brochure, click here.
To veiw last year's event program, click here.

To make inquiries about the Conference or 2021 Conference Sponsorship, please contact EBWC Founder Marcie Hochhauser at mhoch@walnut-creek.com.

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.
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 
BACK TO BUSINESSAfter the Election
Our Civic Affairs team will focus on the election results and how they will impact business as their next BackTo Business webinar.

To view recordings of past webinars, click here.
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. By now, passerby would see the giant tents going up that start the countdown to the Children’s Winter Festival and 10 weeks of skating fun. 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!
Prepping for Return to Office
Zoom Webinar
Oct 21, 2020 9:00 to 10:00 AM 
To register, click here.
Join the City of Walnut Creek for our webinar on prepping your office as more employees return to work. Whether you're looking to work with tenants or your own employees we've got tips for making the transition smoother and safer.
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
Chamber member American Swim Academy is looking for a Swim Instructor. Chamber member 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.
10/13 - At A Glance What's Open Now, click here
All the latest County information, click here
4-Tier System for What's Open-
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 Not to Like?
Support Your Local Chamber of Commerce Day is observed annually on the third Wednesday in October. This is a day to support and honor that organization whose main objective is to give support to local businesses.
Give us a shout-out using #CHAMBERSTRONG and #WCCHAMBERSTRONG.

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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 in the weeks ahead. Updates will also be included on the Chamber website. Please visit walnut-creek.com
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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