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January 10, 2022
Hello, 2022
A word from our CEO
Happy New Year from all of us here at the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce. Even though we were hoping for a more “normal” holiday season, the Omicron variant unfortunately made it difficult for many of us to return to normal. We hope you were still able to spend time safely with your family and friends.

We have much to be thankful for in having the opportunity to work, live and raise a family in the City of Pleasanton. Our quality of life didn’t just happen overnight. Many leaders before us knew the importance of a strong business community, excellent schools, abundant housing and a safe community.

In an effort to keep our staff, members and the community safe, the chamber office will be open by appointment only through the month of January. Current information can always be found on our website www.pleasanton.org, as well as our social media outlets, and you're more than welcome to contact any of us via email at any time.

Your investment in our organization enables us to continue to provide our advocacy for your business, communications to highlight your business, resources to help guide you through COVID-19 protocols and top-notch programs to strengthen your connections in our community. You are extremely important to us and we look forward to our continued partnership.
Steve Van Dorn
January Virtual Mixer
This Wednesday's mixer, held virtually
Due to recent developments in the COVID-19 pandemic, including the rapid spread of the Omicron variant, the Pleasanton Chamber will be hosting the January networking mixer in a virtual format.

Join the Pleasanton Chamber for a Virtual Mixer as we check in with special guests, network in breakout rooms, and meet new members from the comfort of your own space. We are planning to check-in live with some of our member restaurants: Elia, Bocado - Un Petit Bistro and Sunshine Saloon.

No need to register in advance. This virtual mixer is open to everyone. Hope you can join us.
Thinking about taking a trip in 2022-2023?
Learn more about our travel program
The Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce has traveled to more than 30 destinations over the past decade. From river cruises and trains to ancient ruins and sandy beaches, the chamber partners with top tour companies to offer a wide variety of destinations for both domestic and international travel. We take care of the details to ensure a smooth planning process and a great trip.
2022 Travel Destinations
Western Canada's Rockies, Lakes & Wine Country
July 30 - August 7, 2022
Alaska: America's Last Frontier
August 18 - 26, 2022
Discover Switzerland, Austria & Bavaria
featuring Oktoberfest
September 20 - 29, 2022
2023 Travel Destinations
Tropical Costa Rica
January 21 - January 29, 2023
Shades of Ireland
March 13 - 22, 2023 - Enjoy St. Patrick's Day in Ireland!
Discover Bluegrass Country & the Smoky Mountains
April 27- May 5, 2023
Travel preview meeting
Join us for a Travel Preview Meeting via zoom on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 discussing our 2022 and 2023 destinations. A representative from Collette will be on the call to give an overview and answer questions. Join Zoom Meeting here.

For more information, please contact Yianna via email or by phone at (925) 846-5858 ext. 203.
Pleasanton 2025 forum this week
Topic: Inclusive Hiring Practices for Neurodiverse Individuals
Every second Wednesday of the month, the Chamber brings stakeholders together to focus community resources, time and talent to achieve greater understanding of issues, obstacles and opportunities related to our Pleasanton 2025: A Community Vision. 

Please join us virtually for our first 2025 Forum Meeting of the year on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 starting at 7:30 a.m. Our guest speakers are Leslie Fuentes and Marina LaBarbera, Business Specialists with the Department of Rehabilitation Greater East Bay. Since one of our 2025 Community Vision goals is to increase the hiring of neurodiverse individuals with our Pleasanton businesses, this topic will be a great way to kick off 2022.

This meeting will be held virtually through Zoom. Join Zoom Meeting Here.
Kick off 2022 with Arc Ignites
Virtual benefit concert
The Arc of The East Bay is planning on starting the New Year hot with Arc Ignites, a benefit concert featuring the client-based band Flame. Do not miss your chance to be apart of this amazing event on Thursday, January 13, 2022. Learn more here.

The Arc of the East Bay provides advocacy, support, and education to persons with developmental and intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families in the East Bay.
Featured Members
Now Open! Sri Venkateswara Grocery & Kitchen is an Indian supermarket that sells ethnic products and goods. Our kitchen serves authentic and delicious, all vegetarian, South Indian recipes. Learn more here.
Hi-Five is excited to announce we are now offering youth fitness and sport classes for ages 2-12 years alongside group exercise classes for 18+ as part of our Family Fit Program out of our new Shape Up Pleasanton Fitness Studio.
Skaters Wanted! Experience skating on a professional roller derby banked track. Bring your skates, bring your friends. Training takes place at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, Building C. January 13-15, 2022. Learn more here.
The definition of "clutter" is postponed decisions. Remember that what is delayed is often forgotten, so instead of putting it down, put it away. 
The bad news is that time flies. The good news is that you are the pilot, so take control this year! Is it Time 4 Order in your life? Feel free to contact me at www.time4order.com
On January 1, 2022, a new California state law (SB 1383) went into effect requiring that compostable materials be kept out of landfills—including food scraps, paper, cardboard, and plant trimmings—to prevent the production of methane, a potent greenhouse gas. Continue reading.
Come check out Row House Pleasanton. We offer a 45-minute, high-energy rowing workout targeting over 85% of your body’s muscles (legs, core, arms back), delivering the perfect balance of aerobic endurance and muscular strength. Invest in yourself!
Downsizing 101 with Junk It Move It Seminar
In-person seminar by Junk It Move It
Downsizing is a very personal and individual decision that can be on the horizon for a variety of reasons. It can be for things like cost of living, health and safety, or simply to live with less home maintenance.

If you’re asking yourself:
• How do I avoid the guilt of downsizing?
• How can I feel confident to finance my future?
• Where do I start with going through the things in my home?
• What are my options for housing that makes sense for my lifestyle?

Educate and empower the choices that you make next by joining us for this seminar.
Thursday, January 20, 2022
4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
Danville Community Center, Las Trampas Room
Opportunities for employers and job seekers
Tri-Valley Career Center in-person events
Coffee Break Hiring Event
Hosted by The Tri-Valley Career Center, a service of Chabot - Las Positas Community College District
Thursday January 20, 2022
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Tri-Valley Career Center
5860 Owens Drive, 3rd Floor, Pleasanton

Tri Valley Career & Resource Fair
Hosted by Livermore Adult Education and Tri-Valley Career Center (TVCC)
Tuesday, January 25, 2022
4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Livermore Adult Education
1401 Almond Avenue, Livermore
Keeping the community safe, informed and educated
Virtual presentation by Stanford-ValleyCare
You're invited to join the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce and Stanford Health Care-ValleyCare for a virtual educational presentation on heart health by Dr. Ramford Ng on Tuesday, January 25, 2022 at 10:00 a.m.

About the presenter
Dr. Ramford Ng is currently the Assistant Chief of the Department of Cardiology at Stanford Health Care - ValleyCare. He also serves as the medical director of the cardiac rehabilitation center and the anticoagulation clinic. Dr. Ng strongly believes in providing personalized, patient-centered care. His clinical interests include cardiovascular risk factor reduction, coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, and interventional cardiology. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, hiking, cycling, and volunteering with youth service organizations.

Register in advance for this meeting here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Welcome New Members
Congratulations to these new members that have recently joined the Chamber
Virtual MLK Fellowship Breakfast
Take a glance at our electronic newsletter
Please join the Community of Character Collaborative for the​
22nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellowship Breakfast. The event will take place virtually on Monday, January 24, 2022 and features keynote speaker Dr. Dyrell Foster, President, Las Positas College.

Your $40 contribution per person includes a continental breakfast delivered to your door (limited to the Tri-Valley) on Sunday, January 23. Delivery address and email address are required in order to receive the Zoom meeting link.
Taste Tri-Valley Restaurant Week
Calling all restaurants
Visit Tri-Valley is excited to announce the second annual Taste Tri-Valley Restaurant Week, taking place from February 18-27, 2022! You are invited to join us as a participating business in this year’s ten days of dining throughout the region. From restaurants to wineries, hotels, breweries, and potential sponsors, we’d love to have you join for 2022.

What is Taste Tri-Valley?
Taste Tri-Valley is a promotional program hosted by Visit Tri-Valley that builds community by driving business to the incredible restaurants throughout Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin and Danville. Through the restaurant week programming, we’re proud to simultaneously celebrate the incredible wineries, breweries, and hotels in the area.

Participation is free! All you have to do is sign up. You can sign up to be included in Taste Tri-Valley 2022 by completing this form. Restaurant registration is due by Friday, January 14th. Menus will be due by Friday, January 21st.
State of the City Pleasanton 2022
Save the date
Save the date to join us for Mayor Karla Brown's first in-person State of the City luncheon. Main Event Sponsorships now available. Email Susie. Individual registration and event details coming soon.

At the State of the City luncheon, the elected Mayor of Pleasanton gives an address on city priorities for the upcoming year. This event has a great turnout of elected officials, key city department heads, influential business and community leaders.
Marketing Opportunities for 2022
Advertise in chamber publications
Jump start your outreach with a targeted campaign to a very active business community and vibrant community of readers. With options ranging from a one-time print ad to having a regular presence in all of our publications to a banner ad on our online directory, we invite you to give consumers the knowledge of what your business is known for.

Our first publication for 2022 comes out in February. Contact us today to find out how you can be included.
Community of Character accepting applications
For Juanita Haugen Memorial Scholarships
The Community of Character Collaborative invites all high school seniors attending Pleasanton Unified School District schools to apply for the annual Juanita Haugen Memorial Scholarship. Long-time school board member, trustee and president of the Pleasanton Unified School District, Juanita Haugen inspired the Pleasanton Community of Character initiative. In her honor, annual $1,000 scholarships will recognize students who have a strong record of civic engagement and have demonstrated exceptional character by role modeling the traits of Compassion, Honesty, Respect, Responsibility, Integrity and Self-Discipline.

An award will be presented to a student in each of Pleasanton’s three high schools. Applications are being taken for Foothill and Amador Valley students, Village will be presented at a later date. Applications and guidelines are available online here and you can download a PDF of the application here. The deadline to apply is Monday, February 7, 2022. Selections will be announced approximately a month after the deadline.
Pleasanton Young Professionals
Learn, grow, empower
The Pleasanton Young Professionals is the premier networking group for emerging and established young professionals ages 21-40. Learn more about the PYPs on our website, on Facebook and on Instagram.
News from our Members
Roller Derby Training at the Fairgrounds

New Compost and Recycling Law Goes into Effect January 2022

Community of Character accepting applications for Juanita Haugen Memorial Scholarships

Calling All Restaurants for Taste Tri Valley Restaurant Week