August 18 - Auguast 22 2015

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Stuff the Bus School Supply Drive

Chamber collecting donations through August 22

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 run through August 22. 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. 

Welcome New Members

Do business with Chamber members

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

Orr and Associates Insurance Services

Chantal Rees

Community Bank of the Bay
Colleen Benatar

BoomerangCast, LLC
Arjun Rai

Brian Jones

Newmarket, an Amadeus Company
Steve Reiser

Map Time

Chamber Member Advertising Opportunity

The Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau is once again working with Target Marketing to produce the official street map of Walnut Creek.  Recently, Target Marketing notified our members with details of this annual opportunity. (Click here) Street maps are distributed year-round to visitors and residents, and made available at the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau, Walnut Creek City Hall, hotels, and area businesses. Additionally, maps are distributed at Chamber and community events. If you would like a supply of this year’s maps, please stop by the Chamber office, or send us an email

Breathe Deep

Summer Spare the Air Season is Underway
The summer Spare the Air season is in full swing. Spare the Air encourages Bay Area residents to reduce air pollution every day by rethinking their commute and avoiding driving alone. Do you have the information you need to help your employees rethink their commute? Join the Spare the Air Employer Program and learn how to Spare the Air every day!

Closed for Improvements

Broadway Plaza Street Is Now Closed

Broadway Plaza Street is now temporarily closed to vehicles for improvements.  All Broadway Plaza stores are open and plenty of parking is available.  

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Will You Take the Lead?

Leadership Contra Cotasm
 Apply Now for the East Bay’s Premier Leadership Program 

Program Interviews in Progress…Space is Limited
Program kick-off is scheduled for late September 

Leadership Contra Costasm, the Bay Area's premier countywide leadership program is accepting applications for enrollment in the 2015-2016 session. The alumni roster of more than 600 includes; Walnut Creek City Council members, Former Walnut Creek Mayor Cindy Silva, former Assemblywoman Lynne Leach, former Walnut Creek Mayor Kathy Hicks, former Concord Mayor Lou Rosas, Martinez Mayor Rob Schroder, and Ret. Superior Court Judge Harlan Grossman just to name a few.

For twenty-eight years, Leadership Contra Costasm has been helping identify and prepare community leaders. Each month the participants delve into the critical issues impacting our communities. Current leaders and experts share their insights on a variety of important topics. Leadership sessions generally run from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and a graduation ceremony will take place following the May program. Topics Include: Health and Aging, The Price of Justice, Business & The Economy, Environment, Education, Technology & The Future, Government & Politics, Contra Costa Tomorrow. 

Each year, Leadership Contra Costasm accepts approximately thirty individuals with diverse backgrounds to participate in the program. This program is for people who want to make a difference in the communities in which they live or work.
The twenty-ninth year of this outstanding program will kick-off in late September. Program sessions begin October 8, 2014, and continue the first Thursday of each month through May 12, 2016.

Back To School

FREE* Business Development Seminars

Next month, the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau kicks off a new series of FREE* business development seminars designed to provide small business owners with the information, resources, and expertise to skillfully grow their businesses. The following seminars have been scheduled to "lunch" while you learn. So be sure to register, grab your lunch, and head over to the Chamber to "lunch and learn." All seminars will take place from noon to 1:30p.m. in the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau boardroom located at 1280 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek.
FREE* to all members of the  Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau.

Non-member fee: $45/session or $100 for the four seminar series.
Space is limited. Registration is Required.

High Ranking

The city of Walnut Creek was ranked as one of the best cities in the U.S. for women entrepreneurs to launch a business, according a new report by data-science group GoodCall. Walnut Creek took the #4 position, outranking other California cities in the top 50 like Novato, Monterey, Santa Cruz and more.

 “Women entrepreneurs flourish in Walnut Creek,” says Jay Hoyer, President and CEO of the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau. “From restauranteurs to bankers, small businesses, large businesses, professionals and more, there is a long history of successful women excelling in this community. Many women find critical support in the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce, where they can, network, receive professional training, and gain regional exposure, as well as assume important leadership positions in the community. For over 10 years, the Walnut Creek Chamber has hosted the successful East Bay Women’s Conference and for over 30 years has conducted the Leadership Contra CostaSM program.” 

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Chamber Member in the News

Lark Creek Celebrates 20 Years of Success in Walnut Creek

Lark Creek celebrates twenty years as a member of the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau and
Twenty successful years doing business in Walnut Creek.
Lark Creek invites you to celebrate their two decades in Walnut Creek with a night of live music, great food from Chef Scott Wall, oyster bar, wine and beer stations, silent auction, and therapy dogs from the Animal Rescue Foundation ready for snuggling. Proceeds benefit ARF.

Thursday, August 20 | 6 - 9 pm
Lark Creek Restaurant

For tickets, click here  

 Here's to the next twenty. Congratulations!

Spotlight On Your Business

Put the Spotlight On Your Business...

Host a Chamber B.A.S.H

(This is a Member Only Opportunity)

Have you been waiting to host a Chamber B.A.S.H.? 
(Business and Social Hour) Nows your chance to let us know! The Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce is now accepting requests to fill our 2016 calendar. Hosting is a great way to showcase your business to Chamber members, non-members, government officials, educators and local businesses. If you would like to co-host a BASH with another Chamber member, please make the arrangements and send back one form that includes each hosts contact information. We will contact the 2016 hosts when the calendar is set and maintain a waiting list for those we were unable to accommodate.

For complete hosting details and a request form, please click here.

We Can Do It!

A new world record? On Saturday, August 15, our very own Marilyn Schmidt took part in hopefully setting a new Guinness World Record for “The Largest Gathering of People Dressed as a Rosie the Riveter.” An impressive 1085 Rosie the Riveter lookalikes gathered at Rosie the Riveter Memorial in Marina Park. The previous record was 776, set in Ypsilanti, MI. The event, which was planned by the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Park, was scheduled to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the ending of World War II. (Photo by Jennifer Jay, Clayton, CA)
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