July 4 - July 8, 2016

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Welcome New Members

Do Business With a Chamber Member

Broderick WC Inc
Rolla Abu-Ghaben

Vanessa Sisemore Insurance Agency
Vanessa Sisemore

American Programming Company
Alex Andriyanov

Agora at South Main
Elizabeth Nicholson

Maria Dempsey

SoulCycle Inc.
Kaleigh Shafer

Photos for Every Occasion
Lara George

Price Self Storage Walnut Creek
Michael Hanes

SCORE Big Time

SCORE National's Website Is A Winner!     

On June 1st, SCORE's national office launched its newly redesigned Website. Besides being more mobile-friendly, users will find that navigating on the home page is much easier. Take an opportunity to Browse The Library and check out all of the helpful information that's available for every type of business owner or startup entrepreneur MORE  

Brush Up Your Shakespeare

California Shakespeare Theater invites you to join us for a free Happy Hour in the Upper Picnic Grove at the beautiful Bruns Amphitheater in Orinda. Enjoy the natural surroundings and meet up with local community members, business owners, and changemakers. Space is limited; RSVPs required. To register, click here.

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Simple Green

Accepting nominations for Green Building Awards

Green Building Awards - Recognize the architects, builders, and owners of green buildings in Contra Costa County with the third annual Green Building Awards. The Green Building award nominees will be evaluated by an independent panel of distinguished green and sustainable building professionals. 

Nomination forms are simple but they must be received by July 15th! Click here.


The Early Bird Gets the...Discount


Early Bird Exhibitor Fees: 
Walnut Creek Chamber Members

$445 Non-Members

On Thursday, September 29, 2016 businesses and organizations of all types will fill the Walnut Creek Marriott Hotel for this popular event that exhibitors anticipate all year. Business Tradefaire is the face-to-face marketing opportunity that is a proven winner for small business operations, nonprofits, and entrepreneurs.

From visibility to credibility, exhibiting has hundreds of benefits for your business. Establishing a presence, whether big or small, for your company at the Chamber Business TradeFaire gives you a powerful platform for meeting new customers, reaching out to your existing clientèle, and building a more established and reliable brand.

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*Early Bird pricing applicable to registrations received by end of day Friday, July 29, 2016.
Booth fees after July 29:
WC Chamber Members - $295  |  Non-members - $495

Leader of the Pack

Leadership Contra Costasm

Accepting Applications

​Sponsored by the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Contra Costasm (LCC), the Bay Area's premier countywide leadership program, accepts 25–30 individuals from throughout the county with diverse backgrounds to participate in the program. LCC is geared to people who want to make a difference in the communities in which they live and work. Topics include Health and Aging, The Price of Justice, Business and the Economy, Environment, Education, Technology, Government and Politics, and Housing and Transportation. 

As the Leadership Contra Costa program enters its 30th year, we are now accepting applications.
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To download a printable application {click here

If you are interested in finding out more about the program, please contact Marcie Hochhauser, Senior Vice President of the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau at (925) 934-2007 or send her an email

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Opt-Out or Sign Up...That is the Question

City & MCA co-host public workshop July 12

The City of Walnut Creek and MCE will co-host a public workshop on July 12 to discuss the new energy options coming to the residents and businesses of Walnut Creek. 
In March 2016, the City of Walnut Creek voted to join MCE. MCE is a public, not-for-profit electricity service provider that will begin providing 50% renewable energy service automatically for all electricity customers starting this September unless they choose to opt-out or sign up for MCE's 100% renewable energy option by calling 1-888-632-3674 or taking action online. Learn more at www.mceCleanEnergy.org/WalnutCreek or attend this informational public workshop on July 12 at 6:30 pm at City Hall. To RSVP, click here

The More the Merrier

Nine Chamber MEGA MIXER

Date: July 28, 2016
Time: 5:00 PM -- 7:00 PM

PlacePleasant Hill Community Center, 320 Civic Drive, Pleasant Hill
This is a FREE event. 
To Register, Click Here.

The annual MEGA Business Mixer (Walnut Creek, Pleasant Hill, Lafayette, Concord, Martinez, Orinda, Moraga, Danville and Hispanic) will take place on Thursday, July 28, from 5:00—7:00pm at the Pleasant Hill Community Center in Pleasant Hill. Hosted by the Pleasant Hill Chamber of Commerce, the MEGA Mixer typically draws 200-500 attendees from the eight chambers making this a great opportunity to expand networking circles and learn what’s happening in our neighboring cities.  Attendees will enjoy appetizers and sweet treats provided by member businesses of all eight chambers. Kinder's Meats Deli BBQ will represent the Walnut Creek Chamber with a sampling of their delicious offerings. Bring a raffle prize and we will announce your business. 

Where Are You?

SEO only affects how your website shows up on search engines

Getting Found in Many Places
Posted on June 8, 2016 in  Bay Business Help

It used to be that people searched on Google, and that was it. But now, your customers use so many different tools to search, connect and learn about your business, that just doing SEO on your website isn’t enough. As an example, YouTube is the second most-used search engine behind Google. If you’re not doing any videos, you’re missing out. Social media didn’t used to have such an influence on our lives, but now you have the option to use paid placement on most of the major systems like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. Social media is integrated with all our devices like our tablets and smart phones (which we didn’t have all that many years ago either!). You have at least 10 different ways your customers are looking for you, and if you’re not using them all, you’re missing out. So SEO really only affects how your website shows up on Google and the other search  engines. You have lots of other choices that you need to pay attention too! For the complete article, Click here.

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