March 2 - March 6, 2015

600 of One...a Half-Dozen of the Other

Dan Ashley's post on his day as EBWC emcee

One of the best parts of this remarkable job is the chance to be inspired by remarkable people. I got one of those opportunities again today. For the third straight year, I was proud to be asked to emcee the East Bay Women's Conference at the Marriott Hotel in San Ramon.

600 women (and about a half-dozen men!) turned out for a remarkable day of networking, education, and .... inspiration. 

Post here

Ribbon Cuttings & Grand Openings

Join the Chamber Ambassadors as they help celebrate the GRAND OPENINGS of two new Chamber member businesses with ribbon cutting ceremonies. 
TONIGHT - Tuesday, March 10
5:00 p.m. - 7:00p.m.
5:30 p.m. Ribbon Cutting
followed by a reception

1479 Ygnacio Vally Road, Ste. 105, Walnut Creek

Yalla Mediterranean
Wednesday, March 25
5:30pm ribbon cutting
1813 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek

Welcome New Members

Do Business With Chamber Members

To learn more about these Chamber member businesses, visit their web links below.

The Cobra Experience

Emily Lambert

AIG Financial Network
Tonya Wolfe

Law Office of Wayne S. Canterbury
Wayne Canterbury

American Cancer Society Discovery Shop
Victoria Zerbs

Ygnacio Valley Cosmetic Dentistry - Lovely M. Teodoro, DDS
Lovely Manlapaz Teodoro, DDS

Braver Designs Architecture
Nelda H. Braver

Hall Equities Group
Alisa MacCormac

Sequoia Signs & Graphics, LLC
Tom Schnurr

Yalla Mediterranean
Kelly Hansen

Cranbrook Group, Inc.
Linda Shoemaker-Haskins

Jet Vacations
Carl Monticelli

Edward Jones
Lawrence Kolka

A Gala Affair

Premier fundraiser features reception, auction, and gourmet banquet with 16 Bay Area authors
Come for the cocktails; Stay for the dinner!
The Walnut Creek Library will be transformed into a sophisticated jazz-era supper club on Saturday, March 14, when the Walnut Creek Library Foundation presents its 6th annual Authors Gala. Guests will mingle with sixteen notable Bay Area authors, enjoy fine food and drink, and bid on items not found anywhere else in what has become one of the premier literary and social events of the year, attracting more than 200 of Walnut Creek’s most prominent citizens and library supporters. The Walnut Creek Library is located at 1644 North Broadway, Walnut Creek, and tickets are on sale now at For tickets and more information, visit, or call 925.935.5395.

For complete details, Click Here.

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Accepting nominations for annual award

The UXL Awards were established six years ago to celebrate very special Chamber members who have made a contribution to our Community individually and through their businesses. 

This year’s awards will recognize a Business of the Year or Business Person of the Year and Citizen of the Year. These exceptional individuals will be recognized with the Chamber UXL Award at the annual Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau Installation lunch on Thursday, April 16 at Scott’s Seafood Grill & Bar.
If you know someone who should be recognized for their extraordinary efforts as a business / business person or citizen / volunteer, please let us know. Nominations will be accepted until Tuesday, March 31. Click here for award criteria and a nomination form.


EBWC Celebrated 10-Year Anniversary Milestone

How do you expect to feel when you are surrounded by nearly 600 dynamic professional women, community leaders, and entrepreneurs?  Together, Stronger! The theme that marked the tenth anniversary celebration of the East Bay Women’s Conference that took place on March 2 at the San Ramon Marriott.

Nearly a year in the making by the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau’s East Bay Women’s Conference committee, the group “hit it out of the ballpark” with their tenth consecutive sold out event. The energy throughout the day was both palpable and inspiring. ABC7 News anchor Dan Ashley reprised his role as event emcee, and first EBWC keynote speaker Linda Ellerbe, made a special video appearance.
Attendees lunched alongside phenomenal speakers such as Oscar winner and Chair to the California Commission on the Status of Women Geena Davis, GoldieBlox founder Debbie Sterling, and avid social entrepreneur Sejal Hathi. They packed inspirational and educational breakout sessions conducted by powerhouses in the fields of finance, negotiations, work/life balance, communications, sexual health, and Olympian thinking… presented by two-time Olympian Marilyn King.  In between, the exhibit hall offered plenty of shopping and information on products, services, and local non-profit organizations. The afternoon concluded with a “Celebrate Your Style” reception, champagne toast, and the opportunity to speak with hundreds of women with their own stories.

We Coudln't Have Done it Without You!

Together, Stronger

Thank you to our generous sponsors who helped make possible the tenth anniversary
East Bay Women's Conference

BLINK...or Miss Out

Business leads group taking appliations

Business Links taking applications now!
New six-month session begins April 7

The twice-monthly Business Links leads program—open to Chamber members only—is a robust, non-compete networking and business development opportunity for enthusiastic business professionals. Business Links is about building relationships, sharing business growth ideas, exchanging qualified business leads, and generating momentum by connecting professionals with other professionals, and linking them to prospects and power partners. With category exclusivity, each member of Business Links fills a specific market niche, but there are still industries not yet represented in the current roster, so now is the time to apply!
1st & 3rd Tuesday, 8:30-9:30am
Tuesday, April 7, 2014–Tuesday, September 15, 2015
$45/entire session; Chamber conference room
For the current Business Links Member Roster, click the link below. To apply, click here, or call the Chamber office at 925.934.2007.

[Current April 2015 Business Links Member Roster]

Summer Exposure

Sponsor and Exhibitor Opportunities 
The Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau
34th Annual
Art & Wine Festival
Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31

Voted East Bay’s Best Outdoor Event
By Contra Costa Newspapers

What: The Art & Wine Festival offers loads of fun for the entire family. Distinguished by its lush park setting & family-friendly activities, the annual event features top-quality entertainment, thousands of distinctive hand-made crafts and works of art, award-winning local and regional wines and micro-brews, ethnic and traditional festival foods, a special premium wine tent, micro-beer garden, special event features, and a fun children's area. The Art & Wine Festival annually draws 100,000 visitors over two days of sun and fun. Admission is free.
Attendance:  100,000+
Where:Heather Farm Park,Walnut Creek
Sponsorship Packages: $800 - $35,000 
For a Sponsorship Brochure, click here the Chamber at (925) 934-2007        
For information on Commercial Booths, please contact Marcie Hochhauser at (925) 934-2007                                   

Networking You Can Bank On

Chamber Business And Social Hour
Thursday, March 26  | 5:30 - 7:00 pm
First Republic Bank, 1400 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek

Walnut Creek Chamber member, First Republic Bank will host the March 26 Business and Social Hour. Our hosts plan for a fun evening that will include delicious hors d' oeuvre from Sunrise Bistro & Catering , wine, and door prizes. 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

Everything's Nicer in Nice....and Portofino!

Please join us as we travel to the spectacular Italian and French Riviera from October 20 - 28, 2015.  This amazing trip combines the very best of the Italian and French Riviera.  Explore the  beautiful  villages of Santa Margherita Ligure, Portofino, and Genoa...then head off to visit Cannes, Nice, and Provence.  The $2,995 per person, double occupancy  includes:  Round trip airfare from SFO,  hotel accommodations for 7 nights, guided tours, daily breakfast, one lunch , three dinners,  and wine tasting.
Informational meetings to learn more about the trip will take place on Thursday, March 12 at the Walnut Creek Chamber office.  Meeting are offered at 12:00 noon and 5:00 p.m. To reserve your time and space, Click HereFor a trip brochure, Click here.
Weekly e-Blast News - March 2 - March 6, 2015