January 12 - January 16, 2015

Celebrating Member Success!

Chamber Ambassadors Marcia Gerg,Summit Bank; Ron Hermanson, Cruise Holidays; Mike Kirwan, Mike Kirwan Photography; Mitchell Varhula, Farmers Insurance Company; Gary Watts, AXA Advisors; and Chair Wanda Wallis, RE/MAX Accord celebrated the newly expanded Laptop Lounge with Founder, Victor Mataraso, and his staff and guests. The Ambassadors provided a ribbon cutting ceremony, while Laptop Lounge provided a fun networking event and a look at their newly expanded facility!

Ambassadors Want You!

The Ambassadors are the “Good Will Arm” of the Chamber and the committee offers unique and fun opportunities to network, meet and mix with the community. The group welcomes all Chamber members to learn more about their fun group by attending one of their monthly meetings or contacting Committee Chair, Wanda Wallis at wwallis77@aol.com or Shawn Filardi at the Chamber sfilardi@walnut-creek.com / (925) 934-2007. For a small sampling of the Ambassadors in action and a “contact me” form, Click Here

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

Welcome New Members

Do business with a Chamber member

To learn more about these Chamber member businesses, click on their weblinks 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

Edward Jones
Joanna Aiken

Nani Teruya

Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church
Issac Stokes

Lamar Transit Advertising
Deborah Marr

In a Walnut Creek State of Mind

Annual State of the City offers a look ahead

State of the City Luncheon 
Monday, January 26, 2015
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Walnut Creek Marriott , 2355 N. Main Street
Tickets:$45*/person(If purchased by January 21*;$55 thereafter.)
Space is Limited. Reservations Required. 

To make reservationsclick here

You are invited to the State of the City Luncheon presented by the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau in partnership with the City of Walnut Creek, with support from East Bay Municipal Utility District and Walnut Creek Marriott Hotel.

Mayor of Walnut Creek, Bob Simmons and Scott Butler, Chairman of the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau will review the current status of Walnut Creek and discuss plans for the coming year. This annual luncheon offers a unique networking opportunity and is always a sell-out. Reservations are requiredTickets: $45.00 / person if purchased by January 21; $55.00/person thereafter. Space is limited.

To make your online reservation now, click here.

Sell Yourself

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

The Chamber’s Education Committee has created a new program for high school students to help them develop better skills for college and career readiness. The "Hire Me" workshop 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.



Workshop registration open through January 31

If you know of a high school student who might be interested in participating in the “HIRE ME” workshop, please contact Melanie Kracht at the Chamber to register.  Registration deadline is January 31. Space is limited.
Date: Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Time: 6pm-830 pm
Location: Las Lomas High School
This fun workshop will include: How to stand out in an interview, resume writing, professional etiquette, attire, and more.
Hosted by
WCCC Education Committee and business volunteers from the community.

It's All Happening at the Park

Whats New at Shadelands Business Park

The Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau and the City of Walnut Creek have been working hard over the past several years to help rejuvenate the Shadelands Business Park (SBP) for tenants, owners and visitors. The County Connection Shuttle Service Route 7 is now in operation from Pleasant Hill BART, and is just a short 16 minute ride to SBP.  Click here to see the route map and schedule. Efforts are underway to provide FREE shuttle service to the Shadelands beginning early 2015! For more on the shuttle and an update on the what's happening at the Business Park, Click Here. 

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.

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

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.

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