Dec. 7 - Dec. 11, 2015

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Welcome New Members

Do Business With a Chamber Member

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

Nearon Enterprises


Huntington Learning Center
Liz Deiwert

The Woodhouse Day Spa
Jennifer Doerger

Diablo Valley Ca - Defying Expectations
Matt Hohenstreet

Make Some Cool Moves

Open Rain or Shine
Holiday Outdoor Ice Rink
Through January 18, 2016
Get  your groove on with a pair of ice skates at Walnut Creek on Ice in Civic Park. Visit the webstie for all the "cool"detials.
One Warm Coat Drive | Walnut Creek on Ice will partner for its second year with One Warm Coat, St. Vincent de Paul & KTVU to collect coats for the needy. Drop off gently used, clean coats into the One Warm Coat barrels inside the ice rink.  The coats from this drive will benefit St. Vincent de Paul’s organization.

Food & Wine

Canned food drive benefits food bank


Chamber member Buon Vino is conducting a canned food drive during the holiday season to benefit the Food Bank of Contra Costa County & SolanoThey ask that you help spread some "Holiday Cheer" by bringing your non-perishable food items to their location at 1545 Locust Street. Buon Vino is a great place to enjoy some wine tasting before making your way around the downtown. Donations will be accepted through the beginning weeks of January 2016.

Think Before You Click

Phishing scam

Scam Of The Week: Apple ID Suspension
Phish With A Twist 

Watch out for a phishing scam that seems to come from Apple. The email is supposedly from Apple Support and they threaten that your account is going to be suspended because you did not reply to an earlier verification email. The phishing email has a link that allows you to "verify now" but if you click the link, you land on a bogus webpage that looks like it's Apple but is a fake, and it tries to manipulate you into giving out your password, credit card and other personal information. Don't fall for this scam. Always go direct to the website of your vendor and do not click on links in emails that look like they are legit. 

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Meet Our New Staff Member

Linda Vesneski
Membership Sales Director
The Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau recently welcomed Linda Vesneski to their staff as the Membership Sales Director.   Linda grew up in the Pacific Northwest in Olympia, Washington and is a graduate of South Puget Sound Community College and Central Washington University with a degree in Business Administration and Marketing.  After marrying and moving to California, she spent seven years in sales and event management at the San Diego Marriott Hotel & Marina and later at the San Francisco Airport Marriott. During a ten year break from work to raise a family, Linda and her family had the opportunity to live abroad in Australia. Returning home to Northern California, Linda took on the Membership Account Manager role at Renaissance Club Sport in Walnut Creek and Family Service/Sales Counselor at Oakmont Memorial Park in Lafayette.  Linda resides in Clayton with her husband Erik and two children.

POSSIBLE Is Just a Click Away

Reserve you seat for 2016 EBWC

East Bay Women's Conference
Monday, March 7, 2016

Presented by 
Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau
 in conjunction with John Muir Health

The Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau is thrilled to announce registration is now open for our March 7, 2016 East Bay Women's Conference with keynote speakers Mavis Nicholson Leno, Chair of the Feminist Majority Foundtions's Campaign for Afghan Women and Girls, Leslie Blodgett, Beauty Industry Magnate & Creator of bareMinerals, and featured speaker Anne M. Mahlum, Founder and Former CEO of Back on My Feet.  ABC 7 News anchor, Dan Ashley will emcee this distinctive conference that blends premier keynote and featured speaker presentations, breakout sessions focused on contemporary issues, exhibitor booths, a fully stocked bookstore, author signings and a few surprises.  The $195.00 ticket price includes continental breakfast, gourmet lunch, and afternoon reception.

 Don't be disappointed, the East Bay Women's Conference has sold out each year since inception. To ensure your seat, register now Click Here or call the Chamber office (925-934-2007) for assistance. To reserve a space in the EBWC Exhibit Hall Click Here OR Click Here for a brochure. For a Sponsorship Brochure,Click Here 

Bright Lights

Karla Garcia, Board Chair of the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau and the Chamber Ambassadors helped to light up the night while kicking off  the holiday season at the annual Broadway Plaza Parade of Lights and tree lighting.

Chamber Ambassadors (Pictured left to right)
Ron Hermanson, Cruise Holidays; Marcia Gerg, Summit Bank; Mike Kirwan, Mike Kirwan Photography; Chantal Rees, Orr and Associates Insurance Services; Eileen McEntyre, Community Volunteer; Shawn Filardi, Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau. The Ambassadors were joined by King Walnut and one of Santa's Elves.

Full of Energy

Dec. 10, 14, 16 Community Choice Energy Workshops

Contra Costa County invites you to attend a free educational workshop to learn about Community Choice Energy (CCE) in the Bay Area and its potential in Contra Costa County. CCE is a hybrid approach between private investor-owned utilities and public municipal utilities. CCE enables local agencies to procure electricity on behalf of their public facilities, residents, and businesses and can help increase the use of renewable energy. Come learn from CCE experts about how the program works, its potential for local economic and environmental benefits, and the various program options the County is exploring. Choose one of three dates/ locations. All meeting times are 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Please RSVP early as space will fill up

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It Is Personal

Social Media Marketing
6 Ways to Use Social Data for Targeted Marketing
Personalized marketing is all the rage. Use these five data-driven tactics to make sure your marketing messages hit closer to home.  {Click Here} We live in a digitally connected world, and that means more people than ever are leaving digital signals for marketers to follow as they use mobile apps, social media, email in-boxes and so on. And here’s the good news. People actually want marketers to follow -- just not too closely. It’s all about being awesome with people, and that means being customer focused rather than obsessing over how personalized your marketing should be. Social data offers marketers some of the best digital signals to follow for two reasons: 1) A lot of permission-based public data is made available to marketers through social platforms, and 2) Social data is full of simple and meaningful insights that can help you message to people at all stages of the customer lifecycle. Here are five simple ways you can use social data for targeted marketing and turn some of those digital signals into customer-focused campaigns.
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