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Upcoming BASH

Stayed tuned for details of the next BASH. In the meantime check out the fun from the June BASH on our Facebook page.


Future Leaders Apply Here

Click here to find out more about Leadership Contra Costa Program!

Walnut Creek, California

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Be Prepared, Avoid Liability

Click here to register for this FREE* seminar.

Hosted by the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau

Presented by  Founding Attorney Angela De La Housaye 
& Senior Litigation Attorney Brendan Dooley from De La Housaye & Associates

When:       Thursday, July 30, 2015
Time:         8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Where:      Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau 
                1280 Civic Drive, Suite 100

Fee:         *FREE to Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce Members, $45 Non-members

Space is limited. Registration Required. Click here to register for this FREE* seminar.

The new California Sick Leave  Law that took effect on July 1, 2015 requires all employers to adopt a paid sick leave policy. This law applies to all private and public sector employers regardless of size and covers all employees, including part-time workers. It is crucial for all employers to understand what the new mandate involves and to have a working knowledge of how to become, and remain, in compliance with state regulations. Please join us to discuss: 

  • Legal requirements as of today.
  • When and how to comply.
  • The importance of having a written paid sick leave policy in place.
  • Who is covered under this law.
  • How it impacts paid time off.
  • Is sick leave a new protected class?
  • How much paid sick leave employees are entitled to take. 


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August 6, 2015, 5 P.M.7 P.M. 

Pleasant Hill Community Center, 320 Civic Drive, Pleasant Hill

This is a FREE event. To Register, Click here.

Build your business network in a casual and fun atmosphere at this year's
MEGA Business Mixer!

Join us and take advantage of this great opportunity to connect and network 
with small and large businesses from eight local Chambers of Commerce

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The annual MEGA Business Mixer (Walnut Creek, Pleasant Hill, Lafayette, Concord, Martinez, Orinda, Moraga, and Hispanic) will take place on Thursday, August 6, from 5:00—7:00pm at the Pleasant Hill Community Center. Hosted by the Pleasant Hill Chamber of Commerce, the MEGA Mixer typically draws 200 attendees from the eight Chambers making this a great opportunity to expand networking circles and learn what’s happening in our neighboring cities. As in past years, attendees will enjoy delicious appetizers and sweet treats provided by member restaurants, caterers, and bakeshops from each Chamber. As you build your business relationships, watch your business grow.  Bring a raffle prize  and we will announce your business. 


Participating Chambers

Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau
Pleasant Hill Chamber of Commerce
Concord Chamber of Commerce

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Contra Costa
Lafayette Chamber of Commerce
Martinez Chamber of Commerce
Moraga Chamber of Commerce
Orinda Chamber of Commerce


Leadership Contra Costa Class of 2015


 Back Row (Left to right) Jim Fidelibus, Lisa Hiddleson, Jaime Rich, Nicole Impagliazzo, Alex Harris, Tara Crain, Carlos Chavez, Caroline Avedian, Jennifer Brown Peabody

Second Row (Left to right)
Carie Ferreira McGrane, Michelle Ferber, Catherine Aker, Bradley Scheick, Carolyn Higgins, Rachael Hand, Jeremy Calabro, Peter Nguyen, Nick Solis

First Row (Left to right)
Victoria Gallagher, Ian Castille, Jeff Mohlenkamp, Jennifer Wakeman, Ron Hermanson

Not pictured: Bryan Hill, Sallie Severns

Twenty-five individuals graduated from Leadership Contra Costasm, the Bay Area’s premier leadership program on Thursday May 7, 2015 at the Boundary Oak Clubhouse in Walnut Creek. The graduation ceremonies marked the culmination of an eight-month comprehensive program designed to identify and prepare potential community leaders. The Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau sponsored its first Leadership class twenty-eight years ago and has since graduated nearly 700 individuals from the program.  The curriculum includes presentations and workshops from community leaders about critical issues facing the community.  

Leadership Contra Costasm accepts 25–30 individuals from diverse backgrounds to participate in the program. Leadership Contra Costasm is geared towards people who want to make a difference in the communities in which they live and work; spaces fill quickly. 

The Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau is currently accepting applications for the Leadership Contra Costa’s 2015–16 year.  To request an application, call Marcie Hochhauser, Chamber Senior Vice President and Program Coordinator at (925) 934-2007 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it her. You can also download a form-fillable pdf application here.


34th Annual Walnut Creek Art & Wine Festival

2015 Art & Wine Festival

The Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce celebrated the 34th anniversary of the Walnut Creek Art & Wine Festival this Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31. Thank you to everyone who attended; it was a great event, and even the sun came out to see what was happening!

Art & Wine 2015 featured top-quality, non-stop local and Bay Area music and entertainment on two stages for the entire family, hand-made crafts and works of art from more than 200 artisans, award-winning local and regional wines and microbrews, festival food, Premium Wine Tent, Craft Beer Garden, the crazy Grape Stomp Competition, the delightful Festival Train, and the Children’s Area. 

A big thank you to our sponsors! 

The Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau is grateful to the following sponsors who helped us bring the 34th Annual Chamber Art & Wine Festival to the community.

2015 Art & Wine Sponsors

Umpqua Bank, Hall Equities Group, F&M Bank, Broadway Plaza, John Muir Health, Xfinity, Wells Fargo. Walnut Creek Convention & Visitors Bureau, Diablo Magazine, Walnut Creek Magazine, Bay Area News Group, KKDV, KGO, BART | Bay Area Rapid Transit, Steven’s Printing, PODS, Tony's Fine Foods


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Stay tuned for details of our next BASH.  In the meantime, check out the fun from the June BASH at The Gardens at Heather Farm on our Facebook page

Chamber Ambassadors

“As ambassadors, we have the best job at the chamber. We get to personally welcome new members, go to all the ribbon cuttings and BASHs, and basically be the party people of the chamber! Who wouldn’t have a good time doing that?”- Katherine Scott, Private Dining Administrator, Ruth's Chris Steak House