2018 UXL Awards
On Monday, April 9, the Chamber hosted its Installation Lunch at Renaissance Club Sport, and we recognized our 2018 UXL Award recipients: Linda Rimac Colberg, Citizen of the Year, and Calicraft Brewing Company, Business of the Year, accepted by Blaine Landberg.
Business of the Year is awarded to Calicraft Brewing Co. Blaine Landberg started Calicraft in 2012, with the vision of creating an innovative beverage company inspired by California, focused on sustainability and driven to create consumer and community involvement. Blaine worked with the City to update zoning to allow for local breweries and taprooms in more locations, and in July 2016, Calicraft's Taproom opened as a community space, created to bring people together and share a story. Community is their top priority, and they support artist collectives, athletic associations, business groups, parent associations, little leagues, swimming clubs, churches—the list goes on. Sustainability is a backbone philosophy of Calicraft. Their first collaboration was with Chez Panisse and the Edible Schoolyard Project. Brewing a seasonal Farmhouse Ale using herbs from the Chez Panisse garden every spring, Calicraft donates all proceeds back to the Edible Schoolyard Project and have created a space for Edible Schoolyard gardens at Calicraft. Blaine is a member of the Sustainable Walnut Creek Committee, and hopes for Calicraft to champion some of the projects that they have imagined. Calicraft’s goal is to bring people together and create a richer community as a whole.
Citizen of the Year is awarded to Linda Rimac Colberg. For thirty years, Linda Rimac Colberg has been a part of the fabric of Walnut Creek, as a professional writer and business owner and through her volunteerism and participation in civic, business, and nonprofit programs and projects that make a difference in the lives of others. She advocates for Walnut Creek business, the homeless and working poor of Walnut Creek, underprivileged children and their right to a quality education, and enhancing the quality of life of Walnut Creek.
Since joining the Walnut Creek Chamber in 2003, Linda has been an active member, most notably as a member of the board for 10 years, including Chair from 2016–2017, chair of the popular Business Links group, as well as participating on many key committees. A 2009 graduate of Leadership Contra Costa℠, Linda co-founded the Leadership Contra Costa Alumni Association in 2011. Since 2015, Linda has been a member of the Board of Directors of Yours Humanly, an international nonprofit that provides underprivileged children in underserved communities access to quality education and computer technology, and actively participates in Yours Humanly outreach, communications, and fundraising. Linda is also a member of the Walnut Creek Homeless Community Task Force working collaboratively with the City, as well as community organizations and businesses, to break down obstacles and help put in place respectful and compassionate solutions. Linda’s commitment to the Walnut Creek community is invaluable.