March 16 - March 20, 2015

Ribbon Cuttings & Grand Openings

Yalla Mediterranean
Opens Thursday, March 26
1813 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek
Yalla Friends & Family Practice Parties Sunday, March 22 & Monday, March 23  
Please join us for a complimentary test meal prior to our official grand opening . Space is limited and reservations are required for this private tasting. To reserve your space, please RSVP

You are invited to join us for our sneak preview party of YALLA Mediterranean’s second location prior to our grand opening. Bring your appetite and be among the first to taste our made-to-order rotisserie skewers, our fresh, seasonal Mediterranean side dishes, local wines and more.

Chamber Ambassadors Marcia Gerg, Summit Bank; Ron Hermanson, Cruise Holidays; Brian James, James Consolidated, Inc.; Mike Kirwan, Mike Kirwan Photography; Deanna Pender, Embassy Suites; Mitchell Varhula, Farmers Insurance Company; Gary Watts, AXA Advisors, LLC.  and Chair, Wanda Wallis, RE/MAX Accord celebrated the grand opening of Ygnacio Valley Cosmetic Dentistry with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Ygnacio Valley Cosmetic Dentistry
Photo by Mike Kirwan, Mike Kirwan Photography

Welcome New Members

Do business with Chamber members

To learn more about these Chamber member businesses, click on their web links.

Yalla Mediterranean

Kelly Hansen

Cranbrook Group, Inc.
Linda Shoemaker-Haskins

Jet Vacations
Carl Monticelli

Edward Jones
Lawrence Kolka

F & M Bank
Caroline Sjostedt

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...before heading off to 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. For a trip brochure, Click here.

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Chamber Installation Luncheon & UXL Awards

Make your reservations now for annual Installation

2015 Installation Luncheon & UXL Awards
Scott's Seafood Grill & Bar
Thursday, April 16 | 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
1333 N. California Blvd., Walnut Creek
$45.00 ~ Reservations required. 
To make reservationsclick here. Seating is limited.

Please join us for the annual Installation Luncheon of the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors BureauOutgoing Chair Scott ButlerVice President, R&D, Quality, and Operations Services, Del Monte Foods, Inc., will review the year of Chamber accomplishments before passing the gavel to incoming Chair Karla Garcia, Director of Marketing, Bay Commercial Bank.

The luncheon will also include recognizing two outstanding individuals with the Chamber UXL Award. 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. For more information and a nomination form, see the following UXL Award article.

UXL...and the Winners Are

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.

Pictured 2014 UXL award recipients Citizen of the Year, Dan Ashley, ABC7 News and Business Person of the Year, Claudia Wentworth, Quick Mount PV

Summer Exposure

Brand & Exhibit to 100,000 at Art & Wine Festival

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         
For a Wine\Beer Pouring Booth FAQ & Appliation, Click here the Chamber at (925) 934-2007        
For information on Commercial Booths, please contact Marcie Hochhauser at (925) 934-2007                                   

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]

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
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