In This Issue
Virtual Trip Around Town Today
PUSD Candidates Forum, 9/21
CalSavers or 401k Seminar, 9/17
Hoge Fenton Webinar, 9/15
SF Business Times
Niles Canyon Railway
BACPAC Endorsements
BACPAC Online Fundraiser
Member News
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 Pleasanton 2025: 
A Community Vision
Representing Business & 
Strengthening the Local Economy
The Chamber relies on Pleasanton 2025: A Community Vision as its local public policy agenda, committing volunteer and staff time to work toward its fulfillment as a catalyst, convener and champion for all things Pleasanton.
View Pleasanton 2025: A Community Vision Here
Tri-Valley Non Profit Alliance Launches Philanthropy Institute
New intensive education, mentee opportunities, and fundraising certification points for nonprofit professionals
Pleasanton 2025 Forum Wrap Up
The Pleasanton Chamber hosts a monthly meeting: Pleasanton 2025 Forum, bringing stakeholders together to focus community resources, time and talent to achieve greater understanding of issues, obstacles and opportunities related to Pleasanton 2025: A Community Vision.
Pleasanton 2025 Forum, September 2020
 For the September 2020 forum, Pleasanton Police Chief David Swing presented, providing an update on the impacts of COVID-19 on the operations of the Pleasanton Police Department, and recent discussions with the City Council and community.
Pleasanton Candidates for Mayor and City Council Forum
The Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce and Pleasanton Weekly hosted a Candidates Forum, featuring the mayoral and city council candidates in the November 2020 election. 
Latest Updates from Alameda County Public Health Department
Hair salons and barbershops can operate indoors
Starting Friday, Sept. 4 hair salons and barbershops can operate indoors. Other limited reopenings in alignment with the State's Purple Tier include outdoor family recreational activities, indoor malls at 25% capacity, and outdoor non-contact dance classes.

Press Release as of Sept. 2
Alameda County Issues In-Person Learning Readiness Questionnaire for Schools; Allows Selected Activities in Alignment with State's Blueprint for a Safer Economy Purple Tier.

Blueprint for a Safer Economy
On Friday, August 28, 2020, the State announced a shift from its Monitoring List to a color-coded four-tier Blueprint for a Safer Economy. In doing so, the State altered requirements for some businesses and activities, allowed opening of some that had been prohibited and imposing new
standards on others. The State also reiterated that local Health Officers can be more restrictive than the State. Alameda County is in the Purple Tier, which indicates widespread COVID-19 in our county.
For a complete listing of new members, click here.

Business Connection Newsletter
In case you missed it, the September issue of our newsletter is here. This is our bi-monthly publication that is inserted into the Pleasanton Weekly, and reaches 14,000 in the community.
Read the September Business Connection here
City of Pleasanton 
Business Support Fund 
Zero-interest, short term loans now available
The Pleasanton City Council has approved an update to the City's Business Support Fund program which provides zero-interest, short term loans to independently or locally-owned Pleasanton businesses, with an approved special loan amount for Downtown businesses, that have been adversely affected due to COVID-19. 
Visit our Chamber sponsored 
The Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce sponsors the  "Business Connections" networking group, which is for Chamber members-only and meets twice a month virtually via Zoom.
"Smarter Business Building"
Meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday
of each month, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
If interested, please email Wallace Wong.
Chamber Office
The Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce office will be closed until further notice. Staff will be working remotely and be available for essential communication via email and voicemail.
The Chamber office is closed to the general public and all meetings that were scheduled to take place in the Chamber conference room have been cancelled. 
For questions, please email SteveDawnKateSusie or 
Yianna or call the main line at 925-846-5858 ext. 200 and leave a message.

Issue Date:
September 14, 2020
Join us for a Virtual Trip Around Town this afternoon
The Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce is pleased to welcome back an opportunity for engagement as well as the continuation of a popular networking event for all of our members and the community. Both events are complimentary as a benefit of your Chamber membership.

Virtual Trip Around Town - Today
Everyone is invited to join us for our second Virtual Trip Around Town as we check in LIVE on local businesses in Pleasanton. Meet new members, get the latest info on Pleasanton happenings, and "mix" it up from the comfort of your own computer. This takes place via zoom on Monday, September 14 at 4:00 p.m.

Virtual Speed Networking - Thursday
On Thursday, we'll be hosting a Virtual Speed Networking event. Make more business connections in less time from the comfort of your own space. You will be sent to small breakout "rooms" to meet one-on-one and connect with others, exchange information, and promote your business easily and effectively. This takes place via zoom on Thursday, September 17 at 2:00 p.m. Advance registration for Virtual Speed Networking is required.
Pleasanton School Board Candidates Forum
The Pleasanton Chamber of CommercePleasanton Weekly and Pleasanton Partnerships in Education Foundation are partnering to host a forum featuring the candidates running for the Board of Trustees for the Pleasanton Unified School District in the November 2020 election. The Pleasanton School Board Candidates Forum is a free event and will take place virtually on Monday, September 21 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

There are five candidates seeking election for the three at-large positions on the school board. Incumbents Steve Maher and Jamie Yee are being challenged by Mary Jo Carreon (retired teacher/parent), Kelly Mokashi (e-learning education professional) and Chong Wang (IT consultant/parent).

Moderating the forum will be Pleasanton Weekly President and Publisher Gina Channell as well as the Weekly's Editor Jeremy Walsh. Any citizen that would like to submit a question in advance may do so via email to Pleasanton Chamber President/CEO Steve Van Dorn at Please include your first and last name and send your email no later than Thursday, September 17 by 5:00 p.m.

The virtual event is free and open to everyone in the community. Online registration for the zoom webinar is required in advance.
CalSavers or 401k?
California state law now requires all businesses with five or more employees to either offer employees a retirement savings vehicle from the private market or facilitate CalSavers.

With the deadline for registering with CalSavers fast approaching, small businesses have an important decision for offering employees a retirement benefit.

Deadline for registering your business:
100 or more employees:  September 30, 2020

50 - 99 employees:  June 30, 2021
5 - 49 employees:  June 30, 2022

Jonathan Herrera (CalSaversand Michael Rom (Pensionmarkwill provide an overview of the options that your business will want to consider in order to comply with this California state requirement.
Hoge Fenton Webinar: The Future of Retail in the Tri-Valley
Hoge Fenton is hosting a free webinar next week and all are invited. Key personnel representing the cities of Danville, Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton, and San Ramon come together to discuss the future of retail in the Tri-Valley.
Join us for fresh updates from these Tri-Valley cities, moderated by Hon. Catharine B. Baker and featuring Jill Bergman, Pamela Ott, Steven Spedowfski, Adam Van de Water, and Hazel Wetherford.

Topics discussed in the webinar include:
* Status of key retail projects underway and planned in the Tri-Valley
* How Tri-Valley retail is preparing to succeed for the holiday season
* Thoughts on the future of retail in the Tri-Valley

SFBT: Tri-Valley Open Spaces Urban Amenities

Radical Reset? Or, Maybe Just the Open Space You Need To Thrive
As we search for ways to do better together, keep each other safe, and fully reset, we invite you to take a deep breath and a fresh look at how the Tri-Valley should factor into your future.

It took entrepreneur Tim Harkness just one mountain bike ride on the Pleasanton Ridge to come up with his next vanguard Tri-Valley business - Unchained Labs.

The Tri-Valley's collaborative ecosystem makes it the heart of California innovation. Led by civic and business leaders dedicated to serving as forces for good in a global economy, the Tri-Valley innovation hub has long been heralded as a region that values innovation and collaboration, also aspiring to take full responsibility for its places, people, and future generations. All here, in the geographic center of the
Northern California mega-region.

Niles Canyon Railway
Due to the many restrictions and the inability to properly plan, we are extremely saddened to announce our popular Train of Lights event for the 2020 Holiday season will not be feasible this year. Typically, we would begin preparations for this event in late August, but unfortunately we are unable to commit the necessary resources. Our concern is this signature event with current pandemic restrictions will not be everything people have come to expect.

As this was our principal fundraiser for the year, we still need to meet our financial commitments for the current and first half of the following fiscal year. If you would like to support us to help us get through this time and loss of our operating revenue, you can make a donation or consider  joining usMembership is a great way to support our railroad, and it comes with many other perks as well.

Please understand this was a difficult decision for all of us here at Niles Canyon Railway. We look forward to welcoming you back this fall with some special event train rides. Please check the Niles Canyon Railway website for more details.
BACPAC Endorses Candidates for Mayor and City Council
The Pleasanton Chamber's Business and Community Political Action Committee (BACPAC) is pleased to announce its endorsements for Pleasanton Mayor and City Council in this November's election.
Decisions were based on interviews with three of the five Mayoral candidates and all seven City Council candidates as well as a recent virtual forum sponsored by the BACPAC and Pleasanton Weekly in which candidates addressed priorities and answered questions rooted in Pleasanton 2025: A Community Vision, the Chamber's local public policy platform with goals for the economy, jobs, education, infrastructure, public safety, health, housing, arts, leadership, culture and recreation.
Mayoral candidate Jerry Pentin and City Council candidates Jack Balch and Randy Brown bring a combination of excellent experiences, are most closely aligned with Chamber goals articulated in Pleasanton 2025: A Community Vision, and in our view are best qualified to help Pleasanton remain the Bay Area's best place to live, work and raise a family. All three have earned our endorsement.
Jerry Pentin
Jack Balch
Randy Brown
Takin' Care of Business "NoBQ" 2020 Fundraiser
The Chamber's political action committee, BACPAC, relies on Pleasanton 2025: A Community Vision as the barometer by which to endorse and fund candidates for elected office at all levels of government, with greatest emphasis at the local level.

While the annual BBQ Fundraiser celebrating local business has been cancelled, the election goes on. We still need your financial help to support candidates and causes aligned with the Chamber's Vision 2025 document.

This election is like no other and BACPAC wants to make a difference. We can't do it without your support, so, "Just write the check and avoid the mess!"

Member News
Member News
Tri-Valley Nonprofit Alliance Launches the Philanthropy Institute

September Breakfast at Vic's

Niles Canyon Railway Updates

Earn more with a Poppy Bank Money Market

SFBT: Tri-Valley Open Spaces Urban Amenities

1st United Credit Union Named a Bay Area  Top Workplace for 2020

Campo di Bocce: Brunch is Back

Elliston Vineyards Tasting Room Re-Opening

CalSavers or 401(k)

HERS Breast Cancer Foundation Announces Virtual Fundraiser

Save the Date Shepherd's Gate Backyard Bluegrass & BBQ