July 27 - July 31, 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 Aboard

Walnut Creek Convention & Visitors Bureau
 Adds Regional Director of Sales and Marketing
Hospitality industry veteran Scott Slocum joins the Walnut Creek Convention & Visitors Bureau (WCCVB) as Regional Director of Sales and Marketing beginning July 15. The newly created position supports the WCCVB’s mission of attracting more visitors to Walnut Creek, particularly meetings, events, and groups.
Slocum joins the WCCVB from similar positions at San Francisco’s Orchard Hotels and Berkeley’s Hotel Shattuck Plaza. He’s worked in group sales positions at the iconic Claremont Resort and Spa and Doubletree Hotel Berkeley Marina. Slocum started his hospitality industry career at the Mount Hermon Conference Center adjacent to Santa Cruz. A Northern California native, he was raised in Danville.


Welcome New Members

Do business with Chamber members

Capital Advantage, Inc.
Ian Castille

Mosaic Financial Partners
Geoff Zimmerman

Jeanine Bould

Orr and Associates Insurance Services
Chantal Rees

Summer in the City

Get ready to dance the night away at the 2015 Broadway Plaza Summer Concert Series & Thursday Night Block Party! Three Thursdays in August!  This year, come early and spend some time at our Block Party - grab a drink, get something to eat and visit with our concert partners. All of this year's concerts will be in the Stanford’s Parking Lot, located next to the Main Street Parking Garage.  We'll see you there!

For bands, times & dates, click here

As Serious as a Heart Attack

Insurance costs are about to jump again for small businesses

***  Alert ***
 Small Businesses Grab Your Wallets 
It appears insurance costs are about to jump again for small businesses! Small employers, those employing 2 – 50 employees, are expected to get hit with another round of major premium increases & benefit decreases as they renew their policies this fall. Employers still covered by their Grandmothered plans (pre-Affordable Care Act plans) may be forced onto ACA compliant plans “mapped” out for them by the insurance carriers. Some may see increases of 50 – 80%!

The Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau views this as a potential crisis for small businesses that have already weathered 50 – 70% increases since 2010. Help may be available by taking a new approach to the problem. The Chamber is exploring Employer Driven plans that implement a Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA). The Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau has used this approach since 2008 and to date has saved over $190,000.

Watch for more to come on this in the coming weeks. 


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

Face Time

 "It was a pleasure to join the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce this morning to visit with  their Civic Affairs Committee. We had a great discussion about the state budget and issues facing East Bay businesses. Thank you for meeting with me, Walnut Creek Chamber!" Catharine Baker, 16th District Assemblywoman

The Civic Affairs committee of the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau met with 16th District Assemblywoman Catharine Baker for a lively discussion about state budget and issues facing East Bay businesses. Topics covered included the drought , the need for new water storage and recycled water, and the steps being taken; transportation, notably infrastructure maintenance and revenue generation to support this;  and issues that affect local businesses, such as the split-roll initiative and minimum wage, as well as a number of different bills and how they may help or hinder local businesses.

Mixing it Up

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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Stuff the Bus

School Supply Drive

The Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau has joined Assemblymember Catharine Baker, 16th District as a community partner in the “Stuff the Bus-School Supply Drive.” This donation drive is designed to raise much needed school supplies for the students in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District.  Stuff the Bus-School Supply Drive will kick off on July 31, and run through August 22, 2015. On this date, members of her staff and community volunteers will stuff a school bus with the donated supplies to be delivered to the school district, who will have the discretion to distribute to students and families who are in need.
As a community partner, we hope you will help us "stuff" the Chamber donation bin located in our office at 1280 Civic Drive, Ste. 100. The students in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District will greatly benefit from our collective support. 

Stuff the Bus is a non-partisan effort. 

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