Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau Newsletter
Week of November 14, 2016 

Walnut Creek City Council
Three open seats
Congratulations to
  Loella Haskew
Justin Wedel
 Kevin Wilk

California District 16
State Assembly
 Catharine Baker 

Measure X | Fail
Contra Costa Transportation Authority 1/2-Cent Sales Tax
(Measure X) - 30-year, half-cent sales tax to fund various transit network improvements, local streets and roads, and congestion reduction projects
Get Your Skate On!
The Coolest Place in Town
Holiday Outdoor Ice Rink
 Open Through January 16

Get Your Skate On!

Holiday Outdoor Ice Rink  11.11.16 - 1.16.17 
  Get  ready to 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. We're celebrating our 12th season in Civic Park and you're invited to join in the fun!

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

Get Shanghaied
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 here.

To ask for more information, call the Chamber and ask for Lynn Pauline. (925) 934-2007.
Welcome  New Members

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

Crunch Fitness
Anthony Rodriguez

Fine Floorz
Mitchell Barocio

Fremont Bank
Steve Gill

Just Be Jewelry
Jill Jarmel

Les Lunes  
Amela Arifovic

The American Heart Association
Victoria Gallagher

Urban Remedy
Jennifer Campbell

Whole Foods Market
Paul Barron

Hot Deals

Hot Deals on Pizza, Personalized Holiday Cards for Business, Odor Removal Services....

Everyone likes a deal...
Click here  to see what some of our members are offering.

  Chamber members  are encouraged to take advantage of this  member benefit . Create your offers from your own computer using the simple coupon template. Can't remember your password or need help getting started?   Not to worry, just let us know and we will help you. 

Members can also post all of their happenings, workshops, and other events on our community calendar .   This is a member only benefit
For assistance with coupon or calendar posting, contact the Chamber office (925) 934-2007
What's Happening?

Chamber BASH
Business and Social Hour
Thursday, November 17
 5:30 - 7:00pm
Hosted by
Rocco's Ristorante Pizzeria
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

East Bay Women's Conference
Monday, March 6, 2017
Presented by 
Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau
 in conjunction with
  John Muir Health & Stanford's Children's Health

The  Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Burea 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 guest, Amaryllis Fox, Former CIA Clandestine Service Officer, Writer, and Peace Activist.

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.

$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
Follow the EBWC on   Facebook  | Twitter |  Instagram 

The Pleasure of Your Company
12th Annual  East Bay Women's Conference

East Bay Women's Conference 
 Monday, March 6, 2017

Don't miss this amazing sponsorship opportunity!
The  EBWC  is the most anticipated and talked about  women's conference in the Bay Area!
 Always a sold out event
 Unique, high-caliber demographic
 Vast array of pre-event & event day publicity
 Intimate venue guarantees brand visibility 
 Interact with your target market throughout the day 
 Amazing speakers 

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 | mhoch@wlanut-creek.com  

#WhatWouldYouDo? Volunteer!
Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau
Education Committee presents
Ethic Fails and How to Avoid Them
#WhatWouldYouDo?   The   Chamber's Education Committee  will pose this question to a group of middle school students on Tuesday, December 6 from 9:00am to noon. The program, formally known as  Ethics Day,  is an extremely popular and rewarding experience for participating students and volunteers.
This unique experience offers direct interaction between students, business leaders, educators, and government officials as they ask each other "What Would You Do?" to a series of timely case studies in right and wrong  Participants will discuss current issues to consider how to form ethical values, resolve ethical conflicts, and to identify potential long-term effects of various decisions.  It also promotes actively listening to the perspectives of others.

#What Would You Do? is a great volunteer opportunity. 
To learn more about the program and how you can participate,  please contact
 Nicky Henzie at (925) 934-2007 or nhenzie@walnut-creek.com

 *Breakfast and lunch will be provided courtesy of generous donations by Fusion Academy and Umpqua Bank 
Be a Neighborhood Champion
Last year, 95 million people showed up to Shop Small® on Small Business Saturday®.  This year could be even bigger.  Get started here to apply for free marketing materials that will help inspire your customers to Shop Small for All on Saturday, November 26, 2016.  Make the day eventful from hosting an in-store-event to decorating your shop on the day.  Get started by clicking here to download your FREE marketing materials that will help you get the most out of your Small Business Saturday.   Small Business Saturday shopping bags and balloons will be available for our members at our BASH at Rocco's Ristorante Pizzeria on Thursday, November 17.   To create FREE custom downloadable marketing materials for your social networks, site, and storefront, and other great ideas to promote your business,  click here .

BASH Italian Style!

Chamber Business and Social Hour
Thursday, November 17 | 5:30 - 7:00pm
2909 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek 

The Holiday BASH goes Italian style this year. So "tutti a tavolo a mangiare pizza" while networking at   Rocco's Ristorante Pizzeria on  Thursday, November 17. The 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. See you there! This event is  FREE to all Walnut Creek Chamber Members.  Non-member price is $10.00 (cash only) Please bring your business cards.  TO REGISTER,   CLICK HERE
Open For Business
Ribbon Cuttings & Grand Openings
Come celebrate the  Grand Opening  of your newest neighbor!  Join the  Walnut Creek Chamber Ambassadors  and  staff  as they welcome Tony Gemignani 's Slice House to Walnut Creek   with a ribbon cutting ceremony at their Grand Opening.
Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting!
Thursday, November 17 at Noon
Slice House 
1500 Mt. Diablo Blvd. Walnut Creek | 
Tony Gemignani  is President of the  World Pizza Champions ; the first and only Triple Crown winner for baking at the International Pizza Championships in Lecce, Italy; and, the 2007 World Champion Pizza Maker at the World Pizza Cup in Naples, Italy. Slice House offers several pizzas by the slice artfully made with artisan flours, an array of authentic sauces, and seasonal ingredients.

What's Not to Like?