Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau Newsletter
Week of December 5, 2016 
Home For the Holidays

The Chamber office will closed beginning Friday, December 23 and reopen on Monday, January 2.

The staff of the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau wishes you a wonderful holiday season and a new year filled with health, happiness, and spectacular success!

Holiday Business
  22 Holiday Marketing Ideas
for Local Businesses
By  Rieva Lesonsky, Published: November 29, 2016

Small Business Saturday is over, but it's not the only opportunity for local small businesses to capture customers' dollars this holiday season. Whether you're a retailer, restaurateur or own a service business such as a hair salon, there are plenty of opportunities to market your biz for holidays. Here are 22 ideas to get you started. Click here.

Welcome  New Members

To learn more about these
 Chamber member businesses, 
visit their websites.


Bay Equity Home Loans
Kelley Granger

Cruise Planners Lori McDonald
Lori McDonald

Dos Coyotes Border Cafe
Jason Wolenik

Megan Hill-Trowbridge

Spanish 4 Children
Miriam Lattanzi

Trinity Center
Donna Colombo

Cool Moves
Get Your Skate On!
Holiday Outdoor Ice Rink
Civic Park
 Open Through January 16

Get your groove on with a pair of ice skates at Walnut Creek on Ice, in association with the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau and Walnut Creek Downtown.

WCOI   offers Skating Lessons, Birthday Parties, Themed Nights, Private Ice Rental, and much more. 
For all the "Cool" details,

What's Happening?

Bucket-List Trip
Shanghai! Beijing!

Back by popular demand. The Walnut Creek Chamber is heading back to China! Join us as we visit the cities of Beijing and Shanghai. For a trip brochure,  Click hereTo ask for more information, call the Chamber and ask for Lynn Pauline. (925) 934-2007.

What's Not to Like?
During the Tuesday, December 6 Walnut Creek City Council Meeting, Rich Carlston , former Mayor Pro Tem under Mayor Loella Haskew , was sworn in as the newest Mayor of Walnut Creek.  Carlston served on the Walnut Creek Chamber Board of Directors for eleven years; including one year as the Chairman of the Board. He is also a graduate of the Leadership Contra Costa program administered by  Chamber SVP Marcie Hochhauser To read more about Mayor Rich Carlston, click here Council member J ustin Wedel was sworn in as  Mayor Pro Tem . Wedel was elected to the Walnut Creek City Council in November 2012. He is also a  Leadership Contra Costa graduate, and continues his involvement by serving on the Board of Directors of the Alumni Association. To read more about Mayor Pro Tem Justin Wedel, click here
The Future Is Bright
On Tuesday, December 6, over 65 Walnut Creek middle school students gathered at Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church for the  2016 Middle School Ethics Day program "#WhatWouldYouDo? Ethic Fails and How to Avoid Them."  The event has been sponsored by the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau Education Committee  since 2004 and is still a popular & rewarding program for both students and adults. The program brings together business leaders, educators, government officials and students for an interactive exploration of various ethical challenges facing all of us today. Thank you to the business representatives, who took time from their day to lead the student groups, and the high school students who volunteered their time to help facilitate discussion. The Education Committee wouldn't be able to host this event without the generous support of our sponsors-thank you!
The Chamber Loves a Parade
Left: Linda Rimac Colberg, Board Chair of the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau
Right: Mary Brooks, Chair-Elect
Linda Rimac Colberg,  Board Chair of the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau, Mary Brooks, Chair-Elect,   and members of  the Chamber Ambassadors and staff helped to light up the night while kicking off the holiday season at the annual Broadway Plaza  Parade of Lights and tree lighting.

Chamber Ambassadors & Staff front left to right: Tom Schnurr, Sequoia Signs & Graphics; Eileen McEntyre, Community Volunteer; (in car) Ron Hermanson, Cruise Holidays; Marcia Gerg, Summit Bank. Back row left to right: Nicky Henzie, Chamber staff; Vanessa Sisemore, Vanessa Sisemore Insurance Agency; Linda Vesneski, Chamber staff; Shawn Filardi, Chamber staff; Wanda Wallis, RE/MAX Accord; Chantal Rees, Orr and Associates Insurance Services.
Unleash Your Potential
EBWC Reservations on sale now |Reserve before January 15, 2017 and Save $30 
Reserve Your Booth Space Now in the EBWC Exhibit Hall

San Ramon Marriott
The  Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau  is thrilled to announce our  2017 East Bay Women's Conference  with keynote speaker Ashley Judd , Feminist, Social Justice Humanitarian and Award-winning Actor  and special featured guests, Amaryllis Fox, Former CIA Clandestine Service Officer, Writer, and Peace Activist and Debi Hemmeter, Founder & Director of Partnerships at Lean In. 

This distinctive conference blends premier keynote and featured speaker presentations, breakout sessions focused on contemporary issues, exhibitor booths, a fully stocked bookstore, author signings, and a few surprises. Ticket price includes continental breakfast, gourmet lunch, and afternoon reception.
SAVE $30

$195/person if purchased by January 15, 2017; $225 thereafter.

 Don't be disappointed,
 the East Bay Women's Conference has sold out each year since inception.

To ensure your seat, register now.  Click Here
or call the Chamber office (925) 934-2007 for assistance. 
To reserve a space in the 
EBWC Exhibit Hall,  Click Here

Click Here  for  Exhibitor brochure

Access to nearly 600 women who are the leaders 
and decision-makers in their business and communities
Business listing in full color Conference program
Business listing and website link on Chamber website
For a Sponsorship Brochure, Click Here.
To learn how you or your organization can become a part of this amazing day-long conference, please contact Marcie Hochhauser, Senior Vice President & EBWC Founder, Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau at (925) 934-2007 
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