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Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting

The Chamber Ambassadors invite you to join them as they help celebrate the grand opening of a new member business with a ribbon cutting ceremony.
Thursday, October 8
Ribbon Cutting at 5:30p.m.

1867 Ygnacio Valley Road
Walnut Creek CA 94598

Jeanine Bould, Owner

When it comes to knitting, there’s always something new to learn.  Whether you've never touched a needle before, or your grandmother taught you when you were five... the unexpected you'll learn in our classes will amaze you!

Welcome New Members

Do Business With Chamber Memember

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

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

Aloha Mind Math
Hali Hausman

Blue Sky Financial Group
Greg Gorski

Papa John's Pizza
Boris Nikolov

Viamonte at Walnut Creek
Staci Chang

Flywheel Sports
Daryl Mizrac

Elevents Group LLC
Evangeline Long

Safari Kid
Shalini Raj Singh

Ozapft is!

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

For more information,
 Click here


All Opposed...

Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau
Opposes Assembly Bill 18
Cocktails for Healthy Outcome Act
Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau Chair, Karla Garcia, announced that the Chamber Board voted unanimously to oppose Assembly Bill 18, the Cocktails for Healthy Outcomes Act. The bill, if passed, would impose a $0.05 surtax on each drink containing distilled spirits sold at any restaurant or bar in California beginning January 1, 2017. The Board believes the bill would harm local restaurants and bars. Many of whom operate on very thin profit margins and concurrently they are trying to cope with new costs imposed by a mandated 25% increase to the state minimum wage, new paid sick leave requirements, rising workers’ compensation rates, compliance with the Affordable Care Act, and the rapidly increasing prices of basic food commodities. Although a nickel tax may not seem like much, the bill leaves the door open for future increases and it fails to show the nexus between the mixed drinks and developmental disability services it purports to support. The taxes would go to the State’s general fund for allocation and not directly to the DDS. To read the assembly bill in its entiretyclick here.

You're Social, Now What?

Seminar on Wednesday, September 30

You're Social, Now What? 
Wednesday, September 16
Bring Your Lunch & Learn

Noon - 1:30p.m. at the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce Office

This seminar will take a deeper look into how you as a business owner or nonprofit can use social media to your advantage. Of course, you want to use social platforms as a tool that showcases the value that your organization brings to the lives of those that you are meant to serve. But, how can you get a massive return on your investment of time and energy? FREE* to all members of the  Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors BureauNon-member fee: $45/session or $100 for the four seminar series.

To register, click here.

Click here for seminar description

Great Networking...Any Way You Slice It

Skipolini's hosts Chamber Business Networking Event

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

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  

Everybody Loves a Parade!

Kicking off Walnut Creek's 78th annual Harvest Festival was the popular Twilight Parade, held Saturday, September 19. Representing the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau was 2016 Board Chair-elect Linda Rimac Colberg and Chamber member Sunny Singh, executive director of Yours Humanly. They were riding in a 1973 Ford Mustang driven by Diablo Valley Mustang Association member Ed Guldner. Main Street was lined with hundreds of adults, young people, and bouncy little ones enjoying the hometown parade on an unusually warm evening, waving to participants and applauding the floats, classic cars, motorcycles, bicycles, marching bands, drill teams, dance teams, cheer teams, and entertainers in costumes.
Back seat: Sunny Singh, Executive Director, Yours Humanly and Linda Rimac Colberg, 2016 Board Chair-elect, Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau

Go-Biz or Go Home

Do you own a business... thinking about starting one?
Come to this small business workshop.
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


We Get by With a Little Help From Our Friends!

Volunteer for Community Service Day October 10

Give Back
 Volunteer for Community Service Day
Join the Chamber and the community on Saturday, October 10 and volunteer for Walnut Creek's annual Community Service Day. Projects are available for all ages, including families and children. Click here to check it out and sign up! 

More Than Meets the Eye

The psychology of logo designs

If you are building a company that depends on making people feel sexy and sophisticated, it’s probably going to confuse your consumers if you your logo is bright green. That’s because different colors are associated with different feelings. Green conveys organic growth, the earth, nature, or feelings of caring. Meanwhile, black communicates feelings of sophistication, authority or seduction. Not convinced? Consider the green logo for Starbucks or Greenpeace and the black logos of Chanel or Sony. Color isn’t the only design element that communicates with your customer about your brand. Font, spacing between letters and shape also tell your brand story in that instant when a first impression is formed. Have a look at the infographic below, compiled by a Canadian plastic-card maker to get a sense of whether your logo is conveying the right message. Click here for  infographic on the psychology of logo design.

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