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Since 1926 the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce has been:

- helping create a strong local economy

- aggressively promoting the community

- representing business interests with government

- providing critical networking opportunities

- initiating effective political action

In recent years the Walnut Creek Chamber has…

- published a non-profit activity alert

- provided cash contributions to non-profits

- launched a new online networking and leads program to promote members 24/7

- initiated a powerful new social networking program for businesses

- incorporated the Walnut Creek Visitors Bureau to better promote the local hospitality industry

- introduced the UXL Awards to honor Citizen, Educator and Business Person of the Year

- launched the highly popular East Bay Women’s Conference featuring internationally recognized speakers

- successfully fought no-growth attitudes and helped identify and elect a moderate City Council

- provided thousands of business referrals and leads to local businesses

- recruited volunteers to represent business interests on Boards and Commissions throughout the city and provided research and testimony where needed

- created the nation’s first community-based Internet security program, Think Security First, garnering U.S. Department of Homeland Security endorsement

- trained WC police on Internet security and delivered a Fighting Cyber Crime disc to every household in Walnut Creek

- produced a series of “Student Guide To Finding A Job” publications in English and Spanish

- annually recognized outstanding educators, conducted numerous student job shadowing exercises, coordinated a unique ethics day program and actively supported school funding

- helped promote community activities through newsletters, publications, emails, events and an award-winning website

- provided special ribbon cutting and grand opening services to hundreds of new businesses

- hosted a wide range of effective, low-cost networking programs for small businesses

- offered a variety of professional workshops on sensitive issues such as sexual harassment prevention training and social media

- conducted the county’s largest networking TradeFaires showcasing small businesses twice yearly

- successfully fought to curtail U.S. Postal efforts to impose business damaging regulations relating to postage pick-up times and locations, restricting use of postage meters, etc.

- conducted a broad range of surveys to determine attitudes toward downtown parking, shopping concerns, business confidence, communications choices and much more

- administered the region’s premier county-wide Leadership program with graduates including mayors of Walnut Creek, Concord and Martinez, an Assemblywoman, numerous commissioners and directors, and many others

- responded to thousands of requests from visitors, business prospects, relocating families and others for community statistics and information

- supported numerous local, regional and state-wide ballot measures to help improve that area’s quality of life

- partnered with the DBA and the city to provide an exciting downtown ice skating rink

- annually hosted the State of the City address with city leaders, nonprofit organizations and the business community

- built the Civic Park gazebo

- represented business concerns throughout the city’s general plan process to ensure the business perspective is included

- engaged WALPAC, the Chamber’s, successful political action committee, to raise funds and work for business proposals

- sponsored the highly successful Art & Wine Festival for three decades on the first weekend in June – celebrating the 30th Annual in 2011.

The Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau is recognized as the region’s leading business association, dedicated to fostering a thriving, well-balanced community.

Known as the voice of business since 1926, the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau is a dynamic organization of 700 businesses representing more than 30,000 employees in the greater Walnut Creek community. Of thousands of chambers in the United States, Walnut Creek is one of only 400 accredited by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

The Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau was recognized by the U.S. Chamber for meeting rigorous high standards of performance in planning and programming, and for conducting a well-balanced, productive program of work. With active volunteers and a dedicated staff, the Chamber works daily to keep the economy strong and the business climate healthy, while maintaining the high quality of life enjoyed in Walnut Creek.

Many of the Chamber’s activities are educational and fun for the entire family. They include forums on political issues, assisting local schools, job assistance for youths and adults, business networking and civic events including the annual Art and Wine festival, voted the East Bay’s best outdoor festival by the Contra Costa Times.

The Chamber also coordinates Leadership Contra CostaSM, an accelerated program geared to develop leadership potential within the Contra Costa community. Many of the graduates of the program have gone on to key positions in the state assembly, city councils and various boards of directors.

Thousands of newcomers to Walnut Creek make the Chamber their first stop when arriving in town. The Chamber offers valuable information to new and prospective businesses, as well as new residents through the newly created Walnut Creek Visitors Bureau. Many valuable publications are available at the Chamber office.

Certainly no business in Walnut Creek is complete without a membership in the Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau. For more information, visit the office at 1777 Botelho Drive, Suite 103, or call (925) 934-2007.

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