January 5 - January 10, 2015

Happy New Year!

Keep FROZEN...Til Jan. 19

Outdoor ice rink extends its stay through January 19

Enjoy the Holiday Weekend at the Ice Rink! 

Walnut Creek On Ice, presented by Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau and Downtown Walnut Creek will stay frosty through January 19, 2015. Click Here for Rink Website.

Rink's Hours for Extended Week of Jan. 12 - Jan 19
MondayThursday:  3pm-9pm
Friday:  11am-11pm
Saturday: 11am-11pm
Sunday:  11am-9pm
Monday, January 19 10a-9p

Skate for Hope Event
Benefiting CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), which helps abused, neglected and abandoned children and youth in foster care in our community.

Date: Saturday, January 10 2014
Time: 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Location: Walnut Creek on Ice at Civic Park
Emceed by: Dan Ashley from ABC 7 News
Live music performance by: the band PUSH
Event will include: Hot chocolate bar, raffles and more!

Welcome New Members

Do business with a Chamber member

For more information about these businesses, visit their website links below.

Dr Haena Kim Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Haena Kim

Wine Hardware
Michael Vecchia

Colonial Life
Kyle Rice

Blu 42 Sports Lounge
Robert Hays

The Koll Company
Renae Lindley

White Pony Express
Gary Conner

Trilogy Financial
Jim Young

David G. Smith, Attorney at Law
Dave Smith

Ribbon Cutting January 7

Chamber Ambassadors Celebrate with Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony 
Join the Chamber Ambassadors as they help celebrate the newly expanded Laptop Lounge on Wednesday, January 7 at 5:30 p.m. with a ribbon cutting! Laptop Lounge,1701 N. California Blvd.,Walnut Creek.

Beauty in the Making

Broadway Plaza’s Makeover Continues Into The New Year!

The Macy's Parking Garage at Broadway Plaza is currently closed to customers for renovation.  However, while the garage is under construction, there is still plenty of parking available at Broadway Plaza!  Guests are encouraged to utilize the center's Free Valet or alternative parking garages.  Macy's, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and over 35 retailers are open.  The new parking structure and brand new retail will begin opening later this year!    

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Chamber program prepares students for college & career

Business representatives needed to conduct mock interviews
 with local high school students

The Chamber’s Education Committee is creating a new program for high school students to help them develop better skills for college and career readiness. The event will take place on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 from 6:30 PM-8:30 PM at Las Lomas High School. The aim is to assist them in preparing for interviews, resume development, etiquette and more. Students will participate in a mock interview, allowing them a chance to get an idea about the experience. They will also participate in sessions that help them in developing strong resumes and discuss phone etiquette, what to wear to an interview, how to appropriately use social media, etc. 

We are looking to partner with local business representatives by way of doing mock interviews with high school students. With your experience in your respective careers, we believe this is a prime opportunity for students to learn what they can do to stand out in this competitive process. The sessions will operate on a rotation, so you will conduct mock interviews for three different sessions. As we continue to organize the event, more details will become available. 

If you are available to assist us on February 3; please reply to Marcie Hochhauser, Senior Vice President, at mhoch@walnut-creek.com.  We appreciate your time and investment into our high schools. Thanks so much for your consideration.


Without Action...You Aren't Going Anywhere

EBWC seats becoming limited; make your reservation today

Geena Davis is an Oscar and Golden Globe winner, world class athlete, member of the genius society Mensa and is recognized for her advocacy of women and girls. 
Debbie Sterling is the Founder and CEO of GoldieBlox, an award winning toy company out to inspire the next generation of female engineers.
Sejal Hathi is a second-year student at Stanford University and an avid social entrepreneur dedicated to socially and economically empowering young women globally.
Dan Ashley is the long time anchor at ABC-7 News in San Francisco and has received numerous industry honors during his distinguished career in broadcasting. 

Seize this opportunity to secure one of the remaining EBWC tickets. On Monday, March 2, be motivated by our keynote and guest speakers...then say "hello" while getting an autographed copy of their book, DVD, or game. Participate in two breakout sessions conducted by experts in their fields, and an interactive health circuit conducted by John Muir Health.  Shop the fun and educational exhibit hall, network with nearly 600 amazing women from all over the Bay Area, eat a gourmet lunch, sip some champagne, and much more! 
Monday, March 2 at the San Ramon Marriott
$195.00/person includes continental breakfast, gourmet lunch, and afternoon reception. The East Bay Women's Conference has sold out each year since inception and seats are becoming very limited. 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 HallClick Here OR Click Here for a brochure.

Just a Sip Away!

Join the 2015 Walnut Creek Art & Wine Festival Committee

Be a Part of the
Best Outdoor Event in the East Bay!
Join the 2015
Walnut Creek Art & Wine Festival Committee

 The Chamber Art & Wine Committee is about to begin organizing the 34th Annual Walnut Creek Art & Wine Festival and are looking for additional volunteers to join their fun group! The Committee offers many opportunities to apply special talents while having a great time. Voted “East Bay’s Best Outdoor Event” by Contra Costa Newspapers, the Walnut Creek Art & Wine Festival owes its success to members like you. The 34th Annual Art & Wine Festival will take place May 30 and May 31 at Heather Farm Park.The committee will meet the second Tuesday of each month from 3:30- 5:00p.m. at the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau.

To join the committee or to find out more information, email mhoch@walnut-creek.com or call the Chamber (925) 934-2007 and ask for Marcie Hochhauser.

Who Want's to be a Millionaire?

Good habits for sucess in the new year

What do Oprah Winfrey and Warren Buffett have in common, in addition to their fairly sizable net worths? More than you might think. An infographic(Click Here) developed by social-media marketing company NowSourcing details some of the qualities and traits shared by the rich (we're talking those who earn more than $160,000 a year and have $3.2 million in assets). If you want to take a page out of Bill Gates' playbook, wake up early, exercise, read more (definitely cut back on your reality TV intake) and write a daily to-do list. For more tips and statistics, including a gender breakdown and where the world's nearly 31.7 million millionaires call home, check out the infographic.

Get Wild With Us

Chamber networking event at Lindsay Wildlife Museum

Chamber Business And Social Hour
Thursday, January 29  | 5:30 - 7:00 pm
Lindsay Wildlife Museum , 1931 First Avenue, Walnut Creek

Walnut Creek Chamber member, Lindsay Wildlife Museum will host the New Year B.A.S.H. on Thursday, January 29. Our hosts plan a festive and fun evening to kick-off 2015. 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.This event is FREE to all Walnut Creek Chamber Members. Non-member price is $10.00 (cash only please.) Please bring your business cards. TO REGISTER, CLICK HERE

Gray is the New Blue

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