August 31 - Sept. 4, 2015

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Ribbon Cuttings & Grand Openings

The Chamber Ambassadors invite you to join them as they welcome two new businesses to the neighborhood, and  help celebrate their grand openings with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

To learn more about these Chamber member businesses, visit their weblilnks.

Thursday, September 10 Ribbon Cutting at 5:30p.m.
Congruent Chiropractic
1280 Civic Drive, Suite 111, Walnut Creek
Trevor Minton, D.C. | Owner / Chiropractor

Saturday, September 12 Ribbon Cutting at noon
Aloha Mind Math
1475 N. Broadway, Suite 280, Walnut Creek
Hali Hausman, Director


Welcome New Members

Do Business With Chamber Members

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

BoomerangCast, LLC

Arjun Rai

Brian Jones

Newmarket, an Amadeus Company
Steve Reiser

Walnut Creek Masters Swim Team
Barry Behr

Homewatch CareGivers of Walnut Creek
Allan Chu

No Kill Contra Costa County
Stefani Buzzard

Specialty Cafe and Bakery
Heidi Petoletti

Mahmut Dogan

Core Vision Realty
Preston Cranford
Join Date: 08/26/2015

Aloha Mind Math
Hali Hausman

Blue Sky Financial Group
Greg Gorski

Ozapft is!

Saturday, October 17
10am to 5pm
Locust Street between Cypress & Civic...& Bonanza

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Time to Lead

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

Act Quickly. Program Interviews in Progress.
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.

Click here for more program information

Ozapft is!

Oktoberfest Exhibitor Opportunity - October 17

Booth space is available for the 1st Annual Oktoberfest on October 17.  Arts & crafts/artisan exhibitors can participate for as low as $175! The Oktoberfest will consider Harvest-themed arts & crafts made by the Exhibitor, pre-packaged gourmet food, culinary tools & cooking accessories, and limited production Lifestyle products (representing a technology-based extension of the DIY culture). Exhibitor application available here.
For more event details click here

Tour of Beauty...In the Making

Chamber Civic Affairs committee tours Broadway Plaza

Members of the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau Civic Affairs committee were provided a unique opportunity to tour the redevelopment currently underway at  Broadway Plaza.  Changes to the 63-year-old shopping center will include new retail stores, expanded parking, enhanced pedestrian spaces, and better traffic access. The big reveal begins November of this year. Slated for completion in time for the holiday season will be Macy's expansion and in-store renovation, new parking, street upgrades, and the first phase of retail stores along Broadway Plaza Street. The second phase of retail along Broadway Lane, the South Broadway parking garage, and a new event plaza will open in Spring 2016.

Click here for Broadway Plaza Redevelopment Flyover Video, News, Renderings, Progress Photos, Plans for 2017, and more.

As Serious as a Heart Attack

Chamber assists members with possible solution

The high cost of health insurance is one of the top concerns of a small business and the greatest threat to their profitability.

In an effort to assist our chamber members with their group health benefits, the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau is sponsoring a solution to help chamber members with controlling the cost and coverage of their health plan(s). Please join us for a special webinar on how your company may benefit from this health benefits program. Webinar offered four dates in September.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER for a date and time that works best for you.

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Social Beats Search

Advertising is the communication relayed from companies to persuade an audience to purchase their products, and in today's mobile consumer marketplace, it's increasing being done via the Internet. Given all the options available, it can be a bit confusing for small businesses to decide how to approach this new media. This article on 3 Reasons Why 'Social' Beats 'Search' Advertising might be a good place to start.  MORE  

Learn to be Socialble

Social Media 101 Seminar at the Chamber

The Basics of Social
Wednesday, September 16
Noon - 1:30p.m.
Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau

This presentation is a guide for small businesses or nonprofits who have been using social media marketing, but need some tips to take them to an intermediate level and/or add new channels to their marketing efforts. You’ve thought about what social networks to use for your business or nonprofit, and you’re ready to take the next step. Where do you go from there? This seminar will give you a closer look at the popular social media networks – Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Google+. We’ll show you the benefits of using each, how other organizations are marketing with them, and some dos and don’ts of each channel. You’ll also get tips on how to tell if your social media activity is working.

To register for this workshop,  click here.
"The Basics of Social" is the second in a four-part series. FREE* to all members of the  Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors BureauNon-member fee: $45/session or $100 for the four seminar series.
Space is limited. Registration is Required.

Go-Biz or Go Home

Do you own a business... thinking about starting one?
Come to this small business workshop to learn about:
• Best practices for small businesses
• Business plan development
• Start-up basics
• Access to capital
• Regulatory compliance
• Money management
• Hiring and retaining employees... 

Thursday, September 24
8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Pleasant Hill Community Center

320 Civic Drive, Pleasant Hill
For more information and to RSVP, call (925) 521-1511
or visit my website

Great Networking...Any Way You Slice It

Skipolini's hosts Chamber Business Networking Event

Chamber Business And Social Hour
Skipolini's Pizza
1535 Giammona Drive, Walnut Creek
Thursday, September 24  | 5:30 - 7:00 pm 

Walnut Creek Chamber member Skipolini's Pizza will host the September 24 Business and Social Hour. Our hosts plan for a fun evening that will include their delicious pizza, beer, 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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