July 13 - July 17, 2015

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Premier Leadership Program Accepting Applications

Leadership Contra Costasm 
Accepting Applications 
for the 2015 - 2016 Session

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Welcome New Members

Do business with a Chamber memeber

To learn more about these Chamber businesses, visit their weblinks.

Eon Computers, Inc.

Robert Cullmann

Capital Advantage, Inc.
Ian Castille

Mosaic Financial Partners
Geoff Zimmerman

Jeanine Bould

Orr and Associates Insurance Services
Chantal Rees

Bright Idea

$2500 Energy Efficiency Rebate
for Small and Medium Businesses

The City of Walnut Creek has launched a $2500 “Walnut Creek Energy Champion” rebate available on a first-come, first-served basis that can be added to the Business Energy Services Team (BEST) Program’s rebate, available through Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E). Together, the City’s rebate and PG&E’s rebate may cover about 75 percent or more of project costs. The BEST Program offers free site assessments, rebates for upgrading refrigeration and lighting, and installation by approved contractors for small and medium businesses. Walnut Creek business and property owners that participate in the BEST Program are then eligible to receive the City’s rebate. Some businesses and facilities types do not qualify. To get started, call 1-800-576-6405 or email bestprogram@dnvgl.com. Visit www.walnut-creek.org/goinggreen.

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Be Prepared...Avoid Liabilitiy

Seminar: New Mandatory Sick Leave Law

Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau offers business guidance on new California Sick Leave Law that took effect July 1, 2015

Thursday, July 30, 2015 |  8:30 am to 9:30 am

Walnut Creek Chamber, 1280 Civic Drive, Suite 100

FREE to Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce Members
$45 Non-members
click here to register ... Space is limited. Registration required.

The new California Sick Leave Law that took effect on July 1, 2015 requires all employers to adopt a paid sick leave policy. This law applies to all private and public sector employers regardless of size and covers all employees, including part-time workers. It is crucial for all employers to understand what the new mandate involves, and to have a working knowledge of how to become, and remain in compliance with state regulations. 
“Because this legislation has the potential to impact many of our member businesses, the Chamber reached out to one of the Bay Area’s leading law firms, De La Housaye & Associates, to provide an informative and timely workshop to deal with this issue,” said Karla Garcia, Chair of the Board of the Walnut Creek Chamber.
Hosted by the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau

Presented by

Founding Attorney Angela De La Housaye 
& Senior Litigation Attorney Brendan Dooley

Click here for seminar description

Free Makeover

Earlier this year the property owners in the Shadelands Business Park contracted with CCCTA to provide free round trip bus service between Pleasant Hill BART and the Shadelands.  The free service is Route 7 – AKA – the “Shadelands Shuttle” and it now has a new easy to identify look. In the six months since the free fare program began ridership has nearly doubled. “We are very excited to offer this new service to Shadelands employees, clients and residents in the area,” said Scott Butler, VP of Research and Development for Del Monte Foods, a long-time Shadelands business. 

Route 7 runs between the Pleasant Hill BART station and the Shadelands Business Park by way of Treat Blvd. and Oak Grove Rd. The service runs every 15 minutes Monday – Friday between approximately 6:30 – 10:00 AM, and 3:00 – 7:30 PM. To view the schedule and route map, click here

The More the Merrier

Eight Chamber MEGA Business Mixer | Aug. 6

Build your business network in a casual and fun atmosphere at this years'
Date: August 6, 2015 | Time: 5:00 PM -- 7:00 PM
Place: Pleasant Hill Community Center, 320 Civic Drive
This is a FREE event. To Register,
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The annual MEGA Business Mixer (Walnut Creek, Pleasant Hill, Lafayette, Concord, Martinez, Orinda, Moraga, and Hispanic) will take place on Thursday, August 6, from 5:00—7:00pm at the Pleasant Hill Community Center in Pleasant Hill. Hosted by the Pleasant Hill Chamber of Commerce, the MEGA Mixer typically draws 200 attendees from the eight Chambers making this a great opportunity to expand networking circles and learn what’s happening in our neighboring cities.  Attendees will enjoy delicious appetizers and sweet treats provided Walnut Creek Chamber members Kinder's and Nothing Bundt Cakes along with other area restaurants, caters, and bake shops. Bring a raffle prize and we will announce your business. 

Easy. Simple. Free.

Tips to Get People to Click on Your Headlines

It’s a shame that writing great copy doesn’t necessarily translate to page views. In fact, writing great copy in and of itself will rarely take you far. If people aren’t "buying" the headline, they won’t click: You may have written War and Peace, but your copy will simply languish in digital purgatory, unless you give it a headline with a whole lot of bite. 

Here are the tips:


Opportunity to meet with policymakers and civic leaders

Friday, July 24 
Assemblywoman Catharine Baker 
The Civic Affairs Committee meets monthly on current affairs that impact the city and state, and weigh-in with their recommendations on important issues with the Chamber Board of Directors. The Committee is Chaired by Chamber Board Director and former Walnut Creek Mayor Charlie Abrams. He welcomes interested Chamber members to attend. Registration is required. Please contact Nicky Henzie at nhenzie@walnut-creek.com to attend the Friday, July 24 session with Assemblywoman Catharine Baker.


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Talk About a Great Deal...

Deep discounts at Office Max & Office Depot for Members

Great news! Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Bureau Members can now receive the significant savings of the Chamber Office Depot Program in the OfficeMax Retail Stores. Print your store purchasing card and go to any OfficeMax retail store to receive discounts of up to 60% from a list of 650 commonly- purchased business essentials including paper, ink and toner. You can also save up to 70% on your copy and print needs and 40% off finishing.


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Weekly e-Blast News - July 13 - July 17, 2015