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Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau Newsletter
Week of October 3, 2016 
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2nd Annual Walnut Creek
 October 15
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Spotlight Your Business|2017

Have you been waiting to host a Chamber B.A.S.H.?  (Business and Social Hour) Nows your chance to let us know! The  Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce is now accepting requests to fill our 2017 calendar . Hosting is a great way to showcase your business to Chamber members, non-members, government officials, educators and local businesses. If you would like to co-host a BASH with another Chamber member, please make the arrangements and send back one form that includes each hosts contact information. We will contact the 2017 hosts when the calendar is set and maintain a waiting list for those we were unable to accommodate. 
For complete hosting details and application Click Here
 (A Member Only Opportunity)   

Welcome  New Members

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

Babylon Wealth Management
Stoyan Panayotov, CFA

Back 2 Perfect
Laura Cartwright

East Bay Loyalty
Bruce Hunt

Egoscue Walnut Creek
Johnny Pirruccello

Fine Floorz
Mitchell Barocio

Land Home Financial, Inc.

Audrey  Boussonou
Legacy Homes Realty and Finance
Rose Preciado

Mercer Putney Financial Advisors
Donald  Faul

Novin Development Corp.
Iman Novin

Megan Hill-Trowbridge

Toon  Ong

True Food Kitchen
Barry  Cales

Sandra Dudum

West & Associates A PC
Stuart West, P.E.
What's Happening?

OF 2016
October 5th:  
Sunset on Cypress!

Citywide day of service on Oct. 8
Walnut Creek's 6th annual Community Service Day takes place Saturday, Oct. 8. More than 1,000 people have signed up so far, but many worthy projects are still in need of volunteers. Projects take about four hours to do, and are available for all ages and abilities.

Tuesday, October 18
6:00-9:00 pm
There are 24 restaurants participating in this year's walk including 4 new ones! (See the list below for restaurants and what they're serving.)   Here's how it works - purchase a ticket book which has a coupon in it for each of the participating restaurants. Youwalk through the streets of downtown Walnut Creek and get a 'taste.'  Books are $30 each. For a list of restaurants, their samples...and to  purchase a ticket book Click THIS LINK.  
Decision Time
Marin Clean Energy
Enrollment Information
Wednesday, October 19th
6:30-8:30 pm
Walnut Creek City Hall
3rd Floor Conference Room
1666 N Main St, Walnut Creek

Now is the time for residents and businesses in Walnut Creek to make their final decisions about MCE service before the end of the 60 day enrollment period without a $5 service fee for residents and a $25 service fee for businesses. You can always choose to opt up to MCE's Deep Green 100% renewable, and back to PG&E service, but the sooner you choose, the better!
What's Not to Like?

Candidates' Forum
To view the September 13 City Council Candidates' Forum in its entirety,  Click here.
Chamber Endorsed
Walnut Creek Chamber Endorses Assemblywoman Catharine Baker, City Council Incumbents Loella Haskew, Bob Simmons, and Justin Wedel, Measure X
The Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau announced that the Board of Directors voted to endorse Assemblywoman Catharine Baker for reelection to State Assembly District 16.  "The Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce is endorsing Catharine Baker in the State Assembly race to represent the 16th Assembly District. She is a strong leader for our community in the State Legislature," says Linda Rimac Colberg, Chair, Board of Directors, Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau. "Assemblywoman Baker's work to support pro-job policies, streamline regulations for business, and promote workforce development and education opportunities clearly makes her the best candidate for this office. Assemblywoman Baker has our full endorsement and we look forward to sending her back to Sacramento for a well-deserved second term."
The Board also voted to endorse   Walnut Creek City Council incumbents Loella Haskew, Bob Simmons, and Justin Wedel . "The three City Council incumbents, Haskew, Simmons, and Wedel, represent a balance of experience, leadership, and diverse thinking that has served Walnut Creek well," says Jay Hoyer, President and CEO of the Chamber.
Measure X, the Transportation Expenditure Plan, is a $2.9 billion transportation plan and revenue measure that features hi-tech improvements and infrastructure to keep our county moving now and in the future. After discussing the measure at length, the Board voted unanimously to endorse Measure X, joining all 19 cities and towns in Contra Costa County.
A New Leadership Class Begins Their Journey
Leadership Contra Costa  kicked off its 30th year on September 28 with an orientation and alumni reception at Renaissance ClubSport Walnut Creek.  Thanks to the Walnut Creek Chamber Board Chair, Linda Rimac Colberg , guest speaker  Ron Brown for welcoming the class with your inspiring thoughts- And a big thank you to Walnut Creek Chamber Senior VP and program director, Marcie Hochhauser, who makes it all happen!  The reception was an opportunity for the thirty-one participants to meet their classmates and the many Leadership alumni that came out to welcome them. Congratulations to each of these individuals for making a commitment to making a difference in the communities in which they live and work.
Leadership Contra Costa  is a comprehensive eight-month program designed to identify and prepare potential leaders. To learn more out the program, contact Marcie Hochhauser, SeniorVicePresident,
Chamber Member In the News
Local Leader Tapped for Prestigious 
Boys & Girls Clubs of America Committee
Jim Hammack Founder and CEO of Nerd Crossing Technology Services
(Left at the Chamber Business TradeFaire held September 29)
ATLANTA -- Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) is pleased to announce that Jim Hammack, Founder and CEO of Nerd Crossing Technology Services, has been appointed to serve on the organization's National Area Council Committee (NACC).  The NACC serves as a conduit between 54 Area Councils across the United States and BGCA's National Board of Governors. The NACC provides guidance on matters that affect member Clubs, and promotes the growth, development and effectiveness of all Area Councils. The NACC also provides representation and a voice for more than 4,100 Clubs that impact nearly 4 million children and teens each year. 
Grand Openings & Ribbon Cuttings
Come celebrate the Grand Openings of your newest neighbors!
Join the  Walnut Creek Chamber Ambassadors and staff  as they welcome Lemonade,  Apres Soleil Tanning, and GNU   with a ribbon cutting ceremony at their Grand Openings.

Lemonade Walnut Creek  - Community Preview
October 12, 2016,  11:30am - 2:00pm
1348 Broadway Plaza,  Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Join us in welcoming  Lemonade  to downtown Walnut Creek! We invite friends and neighbors of Lemonade to join us for a Community Preview. Get a sneak peek of the new location and a first taste of Lemonade's seasonal food and refreshment.  An RSVP is required to attend. Please RSVP here

Wednesday, October 12 - Time: 5:30pm
2363 Boulevard Circle, Suite 105,  Walnut Creek CA 94595
Apres Soleil, which means after the sun in French, is an innovative airbrush tan that specializes in the art and science of sunless tanning. Our mission is to provide clients with a consistent, natural-looking spray tan that is perfectly customized to individual skin type and personal preference.
Thursday, October 13 - Time: 5:30pm
1777 Oakland Blvd., Suite 200
Walnut Creek CA 94596
The GNU Group is a design and project management firm providing branding, environmental graphics and architectural signage, wayfinding, and marketing communications for real estate owners, developers, users and their consultants.
What a Trip
Back by popular demand. The Walnut Creek Chamber is heading back to China! Join us as we visit the cities of Beijing and Shanghai.  Carl Monticelli with Jet Vacations will be here to tell you all about this exciting trip.
China Trip Orientations
October 5 -  5:00 PM  -  6:00 PM /  To Register for the orientation, click here .
October 6 -  12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM /  To Register for the orientation, Click Here .
For a trip brochcure,  Click here.  To ask more information, call the Chamber and ask for Lynn Pauline. (925) 934-2007.
Monstor BASH
C hamber Business and Social Hour
Thursday, October 27 | 5:30 - 7:00pm
Hosted by Alamo Capital, 
201 N. Civic Drive, #360,  Walnut Creek 
Our Halloween BASH will be hosted by  Alamo Capital .  This spooktacular event will be held on Thursday, October 27 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. The Chamber B.A.S.H. 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
        Thank you to all of our 2016 Business TradeFaire Exhibitors!