Weekly Headlines---------------------------------------Week of September 21,2020
The Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau continues with topics relevant to this political season as part of our BACK TO BUSINESS series. We kicked off with speakers on both sides of Measure X (click here), followed by a Candidates' Forum with all eight Walnut Creek City Council candidates (click here). The topic and date for our next webinar will be announced shortly.
To learn more about these new member businesses, visit their websites.

Jon Elder

Jim Shepherd

Darlene Baxter
Wednesday September 23
4:00 PM – 05:00 PM
To register, click here | Zoom link sent in an email the day before the meeting
Join us tomorrow 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. For more information, contact Linda Vesneski, Membership Sales Director, lvesneski@walnut-creek.com
A Dynamic Duo Steps Down
Sep 17, 2020 10:49AM ● By Deborah Burstyn

Marcie Hochhauser and Jay Hoyer are married, but not to each other. They’ve shared a rare and successful professional partnership rooted in respect, hard work, and lots of laughs. “She’s been here much longer than I have, and she’s much older,” jests Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau President/CEO Jay Hoyer. Marcie Hochhauser, Executive Vice President, laughs. His joke is partly true. Marcie has been with the Chamber for 40 years and Jay for 30 years—uniting the Walnut Creek business community and moving the city forward.

“It’s very unusual in Chamber history to have a long-term working relationship like this. A lot of it is about vision and creativity,” says Jay. “We are very much in synch that way. 
We tend to have large visions of things we want to accomplish and work together on how to achieve those goals.”

While many were taken by surprise when the pair suddenly announced plans to retire this fall, given their history, it makes sense they would move on together. “Our relationship is built on mutual respect and admiration. Jay is so impressive; he has such great ideas,” says Marcie.

As a team Marcie and Jay have made things happen, spearheading an impressive roster of Chamber-sponsored programs and events—the Art & Wine Festival, Leadership Contra Costa, and the East Bay Women’s Conference to name only a few. With an eye to the future,they worked with the hotel community and city officials to create the Walnut Creek Convention & Visitors Bureau and reinvigorated Shadelands Business Park with a team of property owners. “We have always looked ahead to what we can and should do next,” Marcie says.

When the Bay Area shut down six months ago due to COVID-19, like so many other organizations, business practices changed dramatically at the Chamber—social distancing, working from home, and small bubbles became the new normal while large events, in-person networking, and business gatherings faded further and further away.  To read the article in its entirety, click here.
Member in the News
How NBA G League Ignite came to call Walnut Creek home
Connor Letourneau Sep. 17, 2020 Updated: Sep. 17, 2020 7:49 a.m.
Walnut Creek, an East Bay town of roughly 70,000 perched at the junction of two major highways, certainly doesn’t look as if it would have any real significance to basketball’s elite. But in addition to being the hometown of recent No. 1 WNBA draft pick Sabrina Ionescu and a popular workout destination of two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry, it is now the training hub of NBA G League Ignite — a team loaded with lottery hopefuls created in April as an alternative to college basketball. Over the past two weeks, players have trained individually at the Ultimate Fieldhouse, a 40,000-square-foot facility that boasts four courts and plenty of office space.To read the article in its entirety, click here.
The Community Arts Foundation (CAF) is looking to grow our team! Through community outreach, education and civic advocacy, CAF works to promote the value and need for arts education and support its expansion. We are committed to bringing diverse voices and perspectives to our board as we work to amplify, uplift and listen as we grow our organization. CAF continues to work to ensure that the arts are alive and thriving in our community! If you have a passion for the arts and are looking to get involved and give back to our community, please check us out here and consider applying to join the Community Arts Foundation Board of Directors today. For more information please contact us at cafoundation@walnut-creek.org and/or visit our website.
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.
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
Exciting details coming soon!

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

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
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
What's Not to Like?
Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau
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