Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce Newsletter
Week of August 27, 2018
Welcome  New Members
To learn more about these Chamber member businesses, 
visit their websites.

Open House

(Member Opportunity)

Have you been waiting to host a
Chamber  Business and Social Hour ? Now's your chance to let us know. The Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce is accepting member requests to fill our 2019 calendar.

 For more information, contact Linda Vesneski, Chamber Membership Director,
(925) 934-20
House Call

Lunch & Learn Workshop
Home-based Business Owners
Wednesday, September 26 
Noon to 2:00PM
Centre Concord
$20 / Includes lunch
To register, click here.
The Cities and Chambers of Commerce of Walnut Creek, Concord, Martinez,and Pleasant Hill have joined with theSmall Business Development Center to provide a lunch and learn networking workshop specifically for home-based business owners. 

See the attached flyer  for basic information, and save the date on your calendar - September 26th from noon to 2:00 p.m.!  We hope you will join us.  More details to follow!
For Members Only

Your Ad Here

Marketing & Advertising 
A variety of effective marketing opportunities are available through the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce. They include Web Advertising, e-Broadcast Advertising, and More! Click here.
Summer Fun
Visit the


ARF - Wine & Whiskers
Saturday, September 8, 2018
5pm - 8pm

Diablo Ballet


Upcoming Concerts

See What's Playing  Click here 


Job Postings

The Candidates' 
Walnut Creek City Council Candidates' Forum 2018
Tuesday, September 11| 7:45 to 9:45am
Scott's Seafood Grill & Bar, 1333 N. California Blvd.
FREE community event | REGISTER HERE
Seats are limited. Registration required.Continental breakfast.

Five candidates are vying for the two open City Council seats in this November's election. On September 11, voters will have their first chance to hear from the candidates during a special Candidates' Forum sponsored by the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau. All five candidates -  Rebecca Byrd , certified Project Management Professional; Spencer Dress Matt Francois, Attorney/Partner, Rutan & Tucker; Iman Novin, Principal, Novin Development Corp. and Cindy Silva, current City Council member -  will respond to questions posed by the Chamber's political action committee, WALPAC, and members of the audience.

Please note: Some of the candidate website links may not be live upon receipt of this email. They appreciate your patience, and ask you to check back shortly.
Members in the News

Pictured left to right: Heather Cra ig, 38, Head of Retail, ThredUp;  Dennis Dumas Jr. , 38,  Managing Partner, Omni Fight Club; CEO, DFIT Enterprises; Megan Thomas, 38,Clinical Registered Dietitian, Kaiser Permanente  Haley Alvarez, 25, Scouting Coordinator, Oakland A's; Catherine Ake r, 39, VP of Communications and Community, Oakland A's;

Congratulations to our Chamber members recognized in  Diablo  magazine's annual  40 Under 40 ,  which honors  forty of the East Bay's most influential innovators, philanthropists, artists and entrepreneurs under the age of forty. These movers and shakers are engineers, physicists, fashion bloggers, radio show hosts, and the like. To read their stories, click here.
Land of the Rising Sun
The Walnut Creek Chamber is headed to Japan, Land of the Rising Sun, March 14 - 22, 2019. Join us as we learn where our trip will take us during an orientation with Jet Vacations travel expert on Wednesday, September 5 at 5 p.m. or Thursday, September 6 at noon. Click here to attend September 5 at 5 p.m.; Click herto attend September 6 at noon.Orientations will take place at the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce, 1280 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek. (925) 934-2007.   Click here  for a brochure.
Makes for Great Business
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 | 5:00 to 7:00PM
Scott's Seafood Grill & Bar, Walnut Creek

Don't miss this opportunity...it only happens once a year.
The  Chamber Business TradeFaire  is the face-to-face marketing opportunity that is a proven winner for small business operations, nonprofits, and entrepreneurs.From visibility to credibility, exhibiting has hundreds of benefits for your business. A presence at the Chamber Business TradeFaire gives you a powerful platform for meeting new customers, reaching out to your existing client√®le, and building a more established and reliable brand.

Lead or Follow?
Leadership Contra Costa
Accepting Applications for the  2018 - 2019 Season
Apply now. Program kicks-off in September.

Sponsored by the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Contra Costasm (LCC), the Bay Area's premier countywide leadership program, accepts 25-30 individuals from throughout the county with diverse backgrounds to participate in the program. LCC is geared to people who want to make a difference in the communities in which they live and work.  For 30 years Leadership Contra Costa has been helping identify and prepare community leaders. 

If you are interested in finding out more about the program, please contact Marcie Hochhauser, SVP,Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau on (925) 934-2007. 
To apply for the 2018-2019 Leadership Contra Costa,  click here .

Congratulations to our Leadership Contra Costa Alumni
recognized in Diablo magazine's annual 
40 Under 40.
To read their stories, click here.

Pedro M. Garcia Jr., 35
Economic Development Specialist, City of Concord

Catherine Aker, 39
VP of Communications and Community, Oakland A's
Fall Features

Fourth Annual
Walnut Creek Oktoberfest
Saturday, October 20 | 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Civic Park, Downtown Walnut Creek 

Sponsorship Opportunities, click here

Vendors Applications:  Business Vendor, Arts & Craft Vendor

Lace up the dirndl dress and don the lederhosen - Autumn starts with the fourth annual  Walnut Creek  Oktoberfest . Presented by the  Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau,Walnut Creek Downtown and Toyota Walnut Creek , this free, day-long, family friendly festival recreates the beloved German traditional Fall celebration. Oktoberfest will offer   a robust Bier Garden, international music and top local bands, gourmet food, dozens of arts and crafts booths, Kinder Platz Kids Zone, Autobahn, and special attractions. We invite you to join the many businesses that have benefited from sponsoring the Walnut Creek Oktoberfest. Please join us!
Networking Shoppe
August BASH Hosted by 
1345-A Newell Ave in Walnut Creek
Thursday, August 30 | 5:30 - 7:00pm

Join us for our August BASH hosted by Hospice of the East Bay Thrift Shoppe, Thursday, August 30, 5:30 to 7pm,1345-A Newell Ave in Walnut Creek. Our host has a wonderful evening planned so we hope to see you there! FREE to Walnut Creek Chamber members. Guests $20 (Cash only please) Register here.
Meet the Chamber Ambassadors
Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau 

For more than ten years, Madlen Saddik has designed, planned, and created dream vacations for busy professionals, families, and corporate groups who rely on her to deliver memorable experiences that last a lifetime. Hands-on and available 24/7 should a need arise, Madlen is a professional travel concierge and certified travel agent with access to a network of valuable resources, connections, and customized options that online services cannot provide. A connector and project planner by nature, Madlen has been an active member of the San Mateo  Chamber of Commerce since 2011, serving as a Chamber Ambassador for six years. A longtime member of the Rotary Club of Foster City, Madlen is a 2013 graduate of Potential Rotary Leadership Seminars (PRLS), Rotary's leadership program. She is also an active member of the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce and its Ambassador program.

Meet Madlen and the other Walnut Creek Chamber Ambassadors at the monthly  Chamber BASH,  ribbon cuttings, and community events including the Walnut Creek Art & Wine Festival, Oktoberfest, Walnut Creek on Ice.
Surrounded by Great Company
East Bay Women's Conference
Sponsorship Opportunities
Monday, March 4, 2019

N ow in its fourteenth year, the East Bay Women's Conference is the only conference of its kind in San Francisco's East Bay that provides women opportunities to come together and participate in programs of personal and professional enrichment and development, and those that expand horizons by sharing the stories of others who live across the street, around the country, and on the other side of the world. The East Bay Women's Conference is recognized by the community for programming excellence and has enjoyed sold out attendance since its 2006 inaugural event.
EBWC sponsors enjoy a heightened presence throughout the region and the opportunity to promote their products, services and programs.  For more information on conference sponsorship, please contact Marcie Hochhauser, SVP and Conference Founder at (925) 934-2007.

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