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Tuesday, October 06, 2020Community Event

Lafayette Homeowners Council (LHC): Candidates Night

The Lafayette Homeowners Council (LHC) Board of Directors, in conjunction with the coming November election, invites you to attend what our Board considers to be one of the most important programs that we are fortunate to be able to bring to you – our Candidates Night.

This particular Candidates Night will, as usual, focus on our local contested elections but, in order to do justice to all of the candidates for the three Boards on which we believe that Lafayette residents most often focus, there will be two Candidates Nights, rather than just one. These events also include Q and A sessions.

These two Candidates Nights will be presented over two meetings.  These will be ZOOM type webinar meetings, brought to you in your own home.  The first, on October 1, starts at 7:00 p.m., with presentations from the four candidates for the three open Lafayette City Council seats:  Cam Burks, Carl Anduri, Gina Dawson and Farschad Farsan.

The second Candidates Night will be in two parts, conducted in succession, on Tuesday, October 6.  We will start the first part of the meeting at 7 p.m., with presentations by the four candidates for the two contested seats for the Governing...  More >>

When:
Tuesday, October 6, 2020 7:00 PM
Where:
Online

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Wednesday, October 07, 2020Business Resource

Chamber Connectors

Chamber Connectors
Looking to network (virtually)? The Lafayette Chamber is starting a networking/referral group called Chamber Connectors.


We are looking for founding members to help kick off the group. We will meet twice a month (first and third Wednesday of the month at 4:30pm). Our next meeting is Wednesday, October 7 from 4:30 to 5:30pm.


If you're interested in joining this free networking group, please contact Fred Steingraf at fred.steingraf@edwardjones.com.

When:
Wednesday, October 7, 2020 4:30 PM thru 05:30 PM
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Saturday, October 10, 2020Member Event

Save the Date: CASA's First Virtual Gala!

Join CASA of Contra Costa County for an inspirational virtual Evening of Promise gala in support of children living in foster care. This celebration takes place right from the comfort of your own home, or anywhere you choose!

We are excited to celebrate with you the positive impact that CASA makes in our community, and raise funds to support our mission of transforming lives through child advocacy.

Master of Ceremonies: Dan Ashley, Anchor of ABC7 News

Registration information to follow.

When:
Saturday, October 10, 2020 6:00 PM thru 07:00 PM
Where:
Online

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Monday, October 12, 2020Office Closure

OFFICE CLOSED

The Lafayette Chamber Office will be closed physcially and virtually Monday, October 12 for Indigenous Peoples' Day.

When:
Monday, October 12, 2020 9:00 AM thru 04:00 PM

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Tuesday, October 13, 2020Chamber Executive Board

Executive Committee Meeting

The Lafayette Chamber Executive Committee meets monthly typically the week before our Board Meeting.

When:
Tuesday, October 13, 2020 8:00 AM thru 09:00 AM
Where:
Online

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Tuesday, October 13, 2020Business Resources

NONPROFITS: The New Reality

Walnut Creek Chamber's Back to Business Webinar Series - NONPROFITS: The New Reality

Guest: Kathleen Odne, Interim Executive Director, Dean & Margaret Lesher Foundation

The Walnut Creek Chamber Civic Affairs Committee looks forward to a fireside chat with Kathleen Odne, Interim Executive Director of the Dean & Margaret Lesher Foundation. Odne managed the Dean & Margaret Lesher Foundation for more than 23 years, growing the foundation from $16M to $90M and making $5M worth of grants annually to nonprofits in Contra Costa County. Inspired by the people in the nonprofit community, Odne has always been a community volunteer. Currently, she is serving on two nonprofit boards – John Muir Health and the Lesher Foundation. The Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce recognized Odne as the 2016 Citizen of the Year.

Ask your questions via the Zoom chat feature or submit them in advance by emailing wcchamberca@gmail.com.

When:
Tuesday, October 13, 2020 9:00 AM thru 10:00 AM
Where:
Register online using link below.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2020Community Event

American Red Cross Blood Drive

Wednesday, October 14, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Don Tatzin Community Hall

Give Blood. Help Save Lives! The Lafayette Library and Learning Center Foundation and American Red Cross have teamed up to host a community blood drive. Donating is a safe process and healthy, eligible individuals are strongly urged to give blood or platelets. For a limited time, the American Red Cross will test all blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies as an additional health service to our donors. To schedule an appointment go to: redcrossblood.org/give or call 1-800-733-2767 and use Sponsor Code: lafayettelibrary.

When:
Wednesday, October 14, 2020 10:00 AM thru 04:00 PM
Where:
Lafayette Library and Learning Center, Don Tatzin Community Hall
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Wednesday, October 14, 2020Business Resources

Ignite Your Optimism Even In This Challenging Time

Gain skills for igniting your optimism, even in this most challenging time. Mt Diablo Business Women’s October 14 meeting features Kristin Lincoln, CEO of LiveWire and prominent leadership and emotional intelligence expert. Learn the neuroscience behind breaking through negative thinking, and moving into the positive actions needed for your business, family and community. You’ll also be able to introduce yourself and network with other East Bay business women at this online meeting, which is free and open to all.

When:
Wednesday, October 14, 2020 5:30 PM thru 07:15 PM
Where:
Online, use link below to register.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2020Mixer

Lafayette Chamber Fall Mixer: "Rocky Road" of Life!

Lafayette Chamber Fall Mixer: "Rocky Road" of Life!

Let's get through this "Rocky Road" of life ... together!

 

Join us for a "sweet" monthly mixer sprinkled with fun and information on our partnership with LPIE and how members can partner to support our schools and grow your business.  To help enjoy our socially distant time together, Chamber member and Local Food Adventures founder Lauren McCabe Herpich will take us through a mini version of her new Virtual Ice Cream Social experience and share the delicious history of Rocky Road ice cream, a flavor that was invented right here in the East Bay.


Besides enjoying “dessert” we will hear from LPIE Business Partner volunteer chair, Dave Smith, who will be leading a conversation on how we can engage our local businesses with the community. The remarkable support of our local businesses, restaurants, and real estate agents is one of the reasons why Lafayette is among the best places in the country to live, work, and learn.  LPIE, proudly celebrating their 40th anniversary, is proud to partner with our thriving community through their Business Partners Program.


For those who want to take part in the mix-in action, purchase a Sweets & Smiles Ice Cream Gift Box that includes everything to make your own Rocky Road ice cream during our mixer. Lauren will be donating $1 from every box purchased from our event back to LPIE. To order, click here.


Register for the mixer using Zoom link below.

 

About Local Food Adventures
Lafayette Chamber member Local Food Adventures provides guided walking tours and private food experiences throughout Oakland and the East Bay, including a private Eat Stay Love Lafayette Food Tour great for businesses to entertain clients and strengthen relationships. Due to COVID, it has expanded its offerings with its new Virtual Ice Cream Social private group event and its Local Love Gift Boxes, curated collections of culinary items highlighting local small businesses  including Diablo Foods, Amphora Lafayette and The Nut Factory here in Lafayette. 

 

Since her very first tour, founder and Lafayette mom Lauren McCabe Herpich has donated a percentage of every tour ticket sold to the Alameda County Community Food Bank. She also supports other non-profits like East Bay FeedER and LPIE, which she will support with a $1 donation for every Sweets & Smiles Box sold for our Chamber Mixer in October.

 

About LPIE
LPIE is a community-based education foundation run by a board and small staff working to enhance and expand the educational opportunities for students in Lafayette’s six public schools: Burton Valley, Happy Valley, Lafayette and Springhill Elementary Schools, Stanley Middle School and Acalanes High School. Their mission is to support and enrich the education of every child in the Lafayette public schools.

 

They do this by funding instruction in art, science, music, writing, and social studies.  Working directly with the districts (LAFSD/AUHSD) to identify areas for investment in core academics and enrichment, LPIE supports programs and efforts that might otherwise go unfunded.

  

When:
Wednesday, October 14, 2020 6:00 PM thru 07:00 PM
Where:
Online via Zoom meeting. Register in advance here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMucu6orT4tEtXTvxnC02osFPsAM5W-nC4S
For More Info:
Sara Regan
(925) 284-7404
sara@lafayettechamber.org

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Thursday, October 15, 2020Business Resources

The New Reality of Online Virtual Business Networking

The New Reality of Online Virtual Business Networking
Welcome to The New Reality of Online Virtual Business Networking.

JOIN THE FUTURE AND ONLINE VIRTUAL BUSINESS BUILDING NETWORKING

Learn how to adapt your business to the new reality of multi-media networking and marketing across multiple platforms that can take your business to the next level of networking, presenting, and closing more sales.

Learn the one-stop that will raise your profile and exposure on Linkedin, Facebook, FB Messenger, Twitter, Eventbrite, Meetup, and more.

RSVP FREE ASAP
October 15th, 10 am PST (that's 1 pm (EST)
November 19th
December 17th


Start building business relationships with people who may have clients that can use your services. These like-minded professionals may help you access key decision-makers. This will be a fun, very productive 2 hours well spent.

Expand your network by engaging with professionals who focus on business to business networking on our engaging video meeting with breakout rooms hosted by Professional Speed Networker Ambassadors.

When:
Thursday, October 15, 2020 10:00 AM thru 12:00 PM
Where:
Online, please register using link below.

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Thursday, October 15, 2020Community Event

What and When is the ShakeOut? And, Are You Ready?

The Great California ShakeOut, an annual event that has happened every year since 2009, is, at a minimum, a one-minute earthquake drill, and always happens – rain, shine, smoke, or heat – the third Thursday of October. This year that is October 15, and, as always, it starts at 10:15 a.m. The Lafayette Emergency Preparedness Commission reminds us that we have more threats in Lafayette than just wildfires! Earthquakes are an ever-present danger and we must prepare for them just as we prepare for wildfire evacuations and COVID-19.

With that in mind, the main goal of the ShakeOut is to get prepared for earthquakes, so use the ShakeOut as an opportunity to learn what to do before, during, and after an earthquake. Everyone should participate, whether at home, at school or work, even in your car. How do I protect myself in an earthquake? I have heard "drop-cover-hold on,” but what happened to the “doorframe” or “triangle of life” theory, if you remember those? And, again, why shouldn’t one run outside?
Well, it’s true, the safest thing to do during an earthquake is to "drop-cover-hold on.” Forget about the “triangle of life,” if you ever heard of it, as it’s...  More >>

When:
Thursday, October 15, 2020 10:15 AM thru 11:15 AM

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Thursday, October 15, 2020Business Resources

Get Your Business Online With Google (On Line)

SCORE East Bay Workshop: Get Your Business Online With Google (On Line)
Oct 15, 10:30am-12pm, $15
Do you wonder how to get your business online so you can find new customers? If you have an online profile, come learn at this Grow with Google Workshop how you can use free Google tools to help you optimize your online profile and increase being found on organic search.


You will learn and discuss:

• Learn the importance of a Google My Business Profile
• Managing your business info across Google Search and Maps
• Create a free website using the info from your Business Profile
• Introduction to using Google tools for SEO

When:
Thursday, October 15, 2020 10:30 AM thru 12:00 PM
Where:
Online, please register below.

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Thursday, October 15, 2020Business Resources

SBA Programs and Resources for Businesses Impacted by COVID

Need help navigating through the current resources for small business owners during COVID-19?

Join the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for an overview of SBA programs and services, including COVID-19 assistance, loan programs, federal contracting programs, small business webinar trainings, and one-on-one business counseling at no cost. Learn about available resources and how to access them.

About the Speaker: Janelle Green from the SBA’s Sacramento District Office economic development team will deliver the presentation. Created in 1953, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is the only cabinet-level federal agency fully dedicated to small businesses and provides counseling, capital, and contracting expertise as the nation’s only go-to resource and voice for small businesses.

Space is limited so be sure to register ASAP!

Presented by the BBB and SBA.

When:
Thursday, October 15, 2020 1:00 PM thru 02:00 PM
Where:
Online. Register using link below.

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Friday, October 16, 2020Signature Chamber Event

Lafayette Res Run for Education - Virtual Race, Physical Run

We are running things a little different this year! Learn about Res Run Reimagined and signup for the virtual race here:  https://lafayettechamber.org/resrun/

  

When:
from Friday, October 16, 2020 8:00 AM
thru Saturday, October 31, 2020 10:00 AM
Where:
Downtown Lafayette and around the Lafayette Reservoir!

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Monday, October 19, 2020Chamber Board

Chamber Board Meeting

The Lafayette Chamber Office will be closed on Monday, October 19 from 11:30am-2pm while the staff meets with the Chamber Board for their monthly meeting.

When:
Monday, October 19, 2020 12:00 PM thru 02:00 PM
Where:
Online

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Monday, October 19, 2020Community Event

Annual Veteran's Day Ceremony

Plan to attend the Virtual Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors’ annual Veterans Day Ceremony on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. Due to the Coronavirus, this year’s ceremony will be held virtually on Contra Costa TV, available to watch at www.contracostatv.org.

The keynote speaker is Vietnam veteran and Purple Heart winner, Congressman Mike Thompson. Thompson served in combat with the U.S. Army as a staff sergeant/platoon leader with the 173rd Airborne Brigade. He was also an instructor at the Army's Airborne School.

Thompson has been a member of Congress since 1999 and now represents California’s 5th congressional district, which includes all of Napa County and portions of Contra Costa, Lake, Solano, and Sonoma counties. Thompson is a former Co-Chair of the Military Veterans Caucus and worked to end the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.

The ceremony will also honor Mike Hoffschneider, who retired from Contra Costa County as a Veterans Service Representative on October 1, 2020. Mike, an Army Veteran, had over 43 years of combined federal and county public service.

Please contact Contra Costa County Veterans Service Officer Nathan D. Johnson at (925) 313-1481 for any questions about this year’s event.

When:
Monday, October 19, 2020 4:13 PM
Where:
Online
For More Info:
(925) 313-1481
www.contracostatv.org

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Tuesday, October 20, 2020Community Event

How the Presidential Election Might Affect Your Investments

Politics & Your Portfolio: How the Presidential Election Might Affect Your Investments
Tuesday, October 20, 6:30pm or October 22, 7pm

Mike Wilson of Blueprint Retirement Advisors invites you to join him for a timely presentation. The survey shows that millions of Americans are wondering how the upcoming presidential election will impact their investments and retirement plans.  Please join Mike for a brief (20 minutes), informative and evidence based discussion that will bring some historical perspective as you face these politically and economically uncertain times!

When:
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 6:30 PM thru 07:30 PM
Where:
Online, register using link below.
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Wednesday, October 21, 2020Mixer

CANCELLED: Mixer at Mechanics Bank

PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO THE PANDEMIC, ALL EVENTS ARE CURRENTLY ON HOLD. WE WILL MIX AGAIN WHEN IT IS SAFE TO DO SO!

 

Thank you Mechanics Bank for offering to host!


When:
Wednesday, October 21, 2020 5:30 PM thru 07:00 PM
Registration Info:
Mixers are free to members, $10 for non-members. Interested in becoming a member? Contact Barbara to be her guest!

Please register so that we can have your name badge ready for you on arrival - we will also send you an email reminder!

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For More Info:
Barbara Gilmore
(925) 284-7404
barbara@lafayettechamber.org

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Wednesday, October 21, 2020Community Event

Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan Virtual Town Hall

Rebecca Bauer-Kahan, Assemblymember, 16th District Virtual Town Hall

"With the conclusion of the 2020 legislative session, I am proud of what we have been able to accomplish despite the incredible challenges our state faced. My colleagues and I had to make hard decisions but, ultimately, we were able to pass a balanced budget and legislation that represents our district's values and responds to the challenges Californians like you are facing. We passed meaningful legislation to help small businesses, ensure funding for public schools, harden our defenses against wildfires, and advance social and racial justice.

"I would like to invite you to my virtual Town Hall. I will provide an update on the work we have been doing in Sacramento as well as locally over the last year. There will also be an opportunity for Q&A and for you to share your ideas and thoughts as we begin to prepare for the 2021 legislative session. I hope you can join us and I look forward to hearing from you!"

When:
Wednesday, October 21, 2020 5:30 PM thru 06:30 PM
Where:
Register online using link below.

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Thursday, October 22, 2020Community Event

How the Presidential Election Might Affect Your Investments

Politics & Your Portfolio: How the Presidential Election Might Affect Your Investments
Tuesday, October 20, 6:30pm or October 22, 7pm

Mike Wilson of Blueprint Retirement Advisors invites you to join him for a timely presentation. The survey shows that millions of Americans are wondering how the upcoming presidential election will impact their investments and retirement plans.  Please join Mike for a brief (20 minutes), informative and evidence based discussion that will bring some historical perspective as you face these politically and economically uncertain times!

When:
Thursday, October 22, 2020 7:00 PM
Where:
Online, register using link below.
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