The Ambassadors are the goodwill arm of the Chamber. They help coordinate ribbon-cutting ceremonies, grand openings, BASHs and other Chamber events. An important function of the Ambassadors is to provide special “buddy” services to new members and thereby help them better understand and utilize their Chamber membership. Meetings take place at 12:00 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month.
The Business Links leads program is one of the most effective networking groups in the East Bay because of its industry-exclusive rule. Links groups meet twice monthly to share critical information. Participants are asked to offer leads that may benefit another group member, and each meeting produces an array of valuable leads. The program’s purpose is to provide members the vehicle to develop their own professional networking communities, which generates qualified business opportunities. Meetings take place at noon the second and fourth Wednesday of each month.
Civic Affairs Committee
Business advocacy is the heart of the Civic Affairs Committee and critical to the Chamber’s mission. The Civic Affairs Committee monitors and analyzes public activities that may impact the business community. From growth limitation to business enhancement, from parking meters to parking structures, from the general plan to site-specific plans, the Civic Affairs Committee is engaged. Meetings take place at 7:45 a.m. on the fourth Friday of the month.
One of the oldest and most prominent committees of the Walnut Creek Chamber is the Education Committee. This group is comprised of educators, administrators, business representatives and government officials. Projects completed include publishing “Student Guide to Finding & Getting a Job”, hosting teacher appreciation receptions, organizing ethics days, sponsoring the youth leadership programs and much more. The committee provides an opportunity for educators and business people to create joint projects and work together to improve the quality and value of the education system. Meetings take place at 8:30 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month.
Leadership Contra Costa SM
Leadership Contra CostaSM is the county’s oldest and most successful leadership program. Its mission is to identify and motivate potential leaders and prepare them for positions of community leadership. Participants meet once a month over eight consecutive months to develop their understanding of leadership roles and introduce prevailing, as well as anticipated, critical issues. The program accepts 25-30 individuals with contrasting backgrounds and careers who reside or work in Contra Costa County. The eight-month program is designed to identify, motivate and prepare potential leaders through challenging workshops, informative lectures and interesting exercises in Contra Costa County. This program has graduated over 500 candidates; some serving as state assembly members, mayors, city managers and an array of business leaders.
Business Leaders’ Trips
In 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010, the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce, on behalf of Citslinc International, Inc., offered a Business Leaders’ Trip to China. Trip highlights included: A Meet and Greet with China Businesses, Tiananmen Square, The Forbidden City, the Great Wall, and the City of Shanghai. New for 2010 was a business trip to Costa del Sol, Spain. Highlights included the Rock of Gibraltar, Morocco, Mijas, Seville and Ronda. A trip to Tuscany is planned for November 2011.
Even before newcomers arrive in Walnut Creek, they often make the Chamber their first stop by visiting its website at www.walnut-creek.com. The site offers valuable information to new and prospective businesses, as well as new residents. A community calendar, lists of recommended local businesses and government and commercial information are only part of what is available on the website or in the Chamber office. Visit www.walnut-creek.com for more information.