Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau Newsletter
Week of April 10, 2017 
Welcome  New Members
To learn more about these Chamber member businesses, visit their websites.
511 Contra Costa
Paula Troy
Fuego Tequila Grill 
Farmers Insurance
Andrea Almeida
Certech Environmental Services
Justin Sinclaire
Safe Credit Union
The Light Digital
Paul Benton
LEAD Consulting Solutions LLC
Thomas Norris
(Medical Anesthesia Consultants)
Cindy Rudow
Brown Audio Visual Services
Valerie Brown
Rajeev Basra
Saranap Wealth Advisors
John Knolle
River City Bank
Amber Holwell
RedUmbrella Group
Scott Hildula
Northgate Carpet Care
John Harney Jr
Sauced BBQ & Spirits
Courtney Gomes Peppel
Indoor Environmental Services
Kevin O'Rourke
Project Lifesaver

The Walnut Creek Police Department is proud to announce our involvement in Project Lifesaver . The Project Lifesaver program will be offered to Walnut Creek residents who are caring for loved ones with Alzheimer's, dementia, autism, or other cognitive conditions that make them likely to wander away from caregivers. 95% of Project Lifesaver participants who go missing are located in less than 30 minutes. Citizens in the Walnut Creek community who meet eligibility requirements can be fitted with a band that would allow WCPD to track them should they become...Click Here to read more.  
For Members Only
Click here  to see what some of our members are offering exclusively to other members.

Chamber members  are encouraged to take advantage of this & the many other member benefits .
Post your J ob Listings

Post your Press Releases too!
Post your happenings, workshops, and other events on the  community calendar
Member only benefits.
For assistance, contact the Chamber office (925) 934-2007
What's Happening?

An Hour-By-Hour Guide: Things to Do in Walnut Creek


Material Girls - March 23 - June 4

2017 Installation Luncheon & UXL Awards
Save the Date & Make Your Reservation Now
2017 Installation Luncheon & UXL Awards
Scott's Seafood Grill & Bar
Tuesday, May 16| 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
1333 N. California Blvd., Walnut Creek
Online reservations, click here.

Outgoing Chair Linda Rimac Colberg  , Writer, Editor, Writing Coach, Colberg & Company, Inc., will review the year of Chamber accomplishments before passing the gavel to  incoming Chair Mary S. Brooks , Managing Director, Integre Wealth Management of Raymond James.
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The event will include recognizing two individuals with the Chamber  UXL Award.   
The  Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau proudly presents this annual program to honor and celebrate the exceptional businesses and individuals of the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau that have made a difference in our community. We are now accepting nominations for the 2017 UXL Awards that will be presented during the Chamber's Installation Luncheon slated for Tuesday, May 16.  If you know someone who should be recognized for their extraordinary efforts as a business or citizen / volunteer, please let us know. For more information, award criteria and a nomination form,  Click Here.

2016 UXL Award Winners
Left :   Citizen of the Year, Kathleen Odne 
Right: Business of the Year recipient, De La Housaye & Associates represented by Angela De La Housaye
Center:   Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Vistors Bureau Chair of the Board, Linda Rimac Colberg

To view all past UXL Award Winners,  Click Here

Exhibit Wellness
It is time for the Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute's annual Safety, Health & Wellness, and Sustainability Fair . We will be hosting our 11th annual fair on Wednesday, May 17 from Noon to 2PM at our campus in the Shadelands Business Park and we would love to have you join us.   Click here for all the details . Vendor Application & Guidelines .
Voices, Visionaries, and Change Makers
Walnut Creek Community Task Force on Homelessness
Seeks  Voices, Visionaries, and Change Makers

Are you a business owner who is struggling with panhandling, abusive behaviors, and sanitation issues as a result of homeless individuals loitering around your place of business? Are you a decision maker at the City or County level with an interest in community members living without shelter? Are you a member of a homeless service agency? Here is your opportunity to speak and be heard. Your participation will directly affect implementation of ideas that work. 

Please join the conversation at the next meeting of the Walnut Creek Community Task Force on Homelessness, Thur, April 13, 2pm, St. Paul's Church, 1924 Trinity Avenue, Walnut Creek. An RSVP would be appreciated, though not required. Please e-mail  info@trinitycenterwc.org.

Since November 2013, the Walnut Creek Community Task Force on Homelessness has been meeting monthly to bring community stakeholders together in a collaborative effort to find solutions to the issues around homelessness in Walnut Creek and our surrounding communities. Now we are re-purposing the task force as an advisory committee to bring forward our research and recommendations to City leaders.

Why should you participate? When you comment, the advisory committee will listen. One good comment can change an outcome. As a member of the business community and the community at large, your opinions represent the greater world, offering a broader perspective of the effects of homelessness on commerce, economic vitality, and quality of life.
Legally Green
How should marijuana work in Walnut Creek?

The approval of Proposition 64 makes it legal for people over 21 to possess, use and grow marijuana for recreational purposes. In addition, Prop 64 opens the door to commercial marijuana operations such as retail sales, commercial cultivation and processing facilities. Under Prop 64, local governments have the ability to regulate commercial marijuana operations, as well as aspects of personal use. The City Council is interested in the community's wishes as it develops plans for implementation of Prop 64. Please join us at a workshop on April 24 or 25th ( details on our website ) to learn more, and share your opinion. Want to weigh in now?    Click here  to take the survey.
Argentina Nights...and Days
Join the  Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau as we visit Argentina, October 20 - 27, 2017, with an optional three night pre-extension to Santiago and an optional post trip to the famous Iguazu Falls.  

Click here for the    brochure  or call the Chamber and ask for Lynn Pauline. (925) 934-2007

Networking Empire
Chamber Business & Social Hour
Thursday, April 27 | 5:30 - 7:00pm
Empire Realty Associates , 1777 Botelho Drive, Suite 180

The April BASH will be hosted by  Empire Realty Associates, 1777 Botelho Drive, Suite 180 in Walnut Creek on Thursday, April 27 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Our hosts plan to celebrate their newly remodeled offices with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Grand Opening BASHThe  Chamber BASH  is always a great place to make important business connections, hear first-hand what's going on in the community, and meet with chamber members, and other business leaders.   We hope to see you there!

  This event is FREE to all Walnut Creek Chamber Members.
Non-member price is $10.00  at the door (cash only) Please bring your business cards. 

19 Facebook Marketing Predictions for 2017 From the Pros
By  Lisa D. Jenkins,  January 23, 2017


Are you wondering what 2017 might look like for Facebook marketing?  If the Facebook changes in 2016 are an indicator, 2017 will be an interesting year for Facebook marketers.  To get a grip on what the near future may look like, we tapped the knowledge of 19 social media pros. Click here .
What's Not to Like?
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