In This Issue
Thoughts About Thankfulness
Exposure for your restaurant
Family Photo Day, 11/28
Pleasanton's Hometown Holiday Celebration
Destigmatizing Small Business Investing w/ SMBX
December Networking Mixer, 12/14
Member Spotlights
Shop Small - Support Local
Member News
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Check out our November Business Connection newsletter, which is inserted into the Pleasanton Weekly, and reaches 14,000 in the community.
The Cellar Door is transforming its patio into... THE CELLAR DOOR CHALET!
Pleasanton's all-weather, socially-distanced gathering place. Where you can stave off the winter chill from the inside-out! 
Your après-work, après-dinner destination in Downtown Pleasanton featuring:
Special Chalet Menu
Weekly Entertainment

Signature Winter Drinks
  Savor seasonal fare from our Chalet menu. Ask our mixologists to whip up a signature hot toddy. Order faves from our regular menu and curated collection of wine & whiskeys.
   Cellar Door
4469 Railroad Ave, Pleasanton
For a complete listing of new members, click here.

Alameda County Public Health Department
Did you know that the Chamber sponsors a program that can give you and your business discounts?
Chamber members can save with the Office Depot program. The group buying power of the Chamber allows all members and their employees cost savings far below retail. To sign up and start shopping online today, visit this website.  
To shop in the retail store, simply text PleasantonSPC to 555-888 for your digital savings card, then present the image on your phone at checkout.

Representing Business & 
Strengthening the Local Economy
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.
The Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce staff will be working remotely and be available for essential communication via email and voicemail.
The Chamber office is closed to the general public. For questions, please email SteveDawnKateSusie or 
Yianna or call the main line at 925-846-5858 ext. 200 and leave a message.

Issue Date:
November 23, 2020
Thoughts About Thankfulness
I think we can all agree that 2020 has been an extremely challenging year. I'm sure there are people you have turned to for help and guidance during this difficult time. I hope you will join me and take the time to thank them for all they have done to support you as we continue to work toward a better tomorrow.
I am thankful for the generosity of those who give of themselves because it is the right thing to do.
I am thankful for the compassion of those feeding or helping the less fortunate.
I am thankful for the selflessness of families caring for loved ones who can't care for themselves.
I am thankful for the bravery of our first responders and healthcare workers who fearlessly run toward danger.
I am thankful for the commitment of teachers to relearn how to shape and affect children's lives.
I am thankful for the determination of small businesses that have adjusted and readjusted to the demands of this time.
I am thankful for the courage of those suffering with mental illness to reach out at a difficult time.
I am thankful for the unrelenting tenacity of parents who have added "teaching from home" to their parenting duties.

I am thankful for the servitude of the non-profits for they fill the gap for those that struggle.
I am thankful for the connectivity of the internet to bring families, friends and businesses together at a critical time.
I am thankful for the joy, wisdom and smiles my family brings to my life.
Lastly, I am thankful for those who choose positivity, patience, flexibility and love in a world we could not have imagined.  
--Steve Van Dorn
Pleasanton Chamber President/CEO
Exposure for your restaurant
Whether in times of prosperity or times of crisis, we are with you on the front lines,
 leading the way and making sure our community emerges stronger than ever. We are all in this together at

Our E-Business Connection newsletter will be emailed to our entire membership on Tuesday, December 1. We have the opportunity to give our member restaurants some exposure in this electronic newsletter as well as via social media.

We would like to promote patronage to your restaurant in a clear and concise way whether that is outdoor dining, to-go, holiday meals or special offerings.
Please send us via email the following by Wednesday, November 25.
1.     A photo
2.     Five word tagline
3.     Preferred website or social media outlet link
Reach out to with any questions or if we can help put anything together for you.

When the going gets tough, we don't sit on the sidelines. We are working tirelessly, seeking out solutions for the challenges we're all facing. We're always there for you at
Family Photo Day Benefit by Nina Pomeroy Photography
"This is a fun way to get involved and get a professional family photo done just in time for the holidays," said Nina Pomeroy.

"Our very first fundraiser for Goodness Village, this new tiny home community, is on Saturday November 28th. I will be doing 30 Family Photo Mini Sessions at CrossWinds Church. A $50 donation reserves your session and will go directly to Goodness Village," said Nina.
Pleasanton's Virtual Hometown Holiday Celebration 
The City of Pleasanton and the Tri-Valley Community TelevisionTV30 will premiere the Virtual Hometown Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting on  Saturday, December 5 at 7:00pm on Tri-Valley Community Television for the community to  view safely from home. 

The pre-recorded live broadcast will feature holiday cheer and entertainment from the  award-winning a cappella group, Business Casual and the annual tree lighting countdown  with the City Council and special guest Santa Claus. 

A week of fun virtual holiday activities for the community are planned from December 1-5 that include sharing your favorite holiday cookie recipe and movie, a holiday sweater contest, and an online map of Pleasanton's holiday lights for residents to enjoy from the safety of their car.  

An online list of holiday lights in Pleasanton will be available on December 4, 2020. To be  included on Pleasanton's holiday light list, please register your address by November 27 at: register holiday lights

For more information about the Virtual Hometown Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting,  holiday activities week, or the holiday light map visit:
Destigmatizing Small Business Investing w/ SMBX 
Banks love lending to small businesses, but within private investment circles, small business investing still holds a stigma of being risky. Why is that?

During this event, we'll cover 
- Regulatory Landscape that caused this (5 minutes)
- What's created this misconception for business owners and potential investors?
- What business owners can do to overcome this stigma
- How to broaden your access to capital through the right investment structure
- How local community members can invest with minimized risk

December Networking Mixer 
Join us for a virtual mixer and networking opportunity for the month of December, all from the comfort of your own computer. Details coming soon. 

Contact us if you'd like to be a part of this event.

Member Spotlights
Would you like to see your business here?
Did you happen to see any of these featured member spotlights on our social media channels in the last week? Would you like to see you and your business featured as well? Email Susie to learn about some of these benefits of your Chamber membership.

There are several options to promote you and your business as a benefit of your membership. Our weekly Monday Update email blasts, and our Business Connection and E-Business Connection newsletters are great avenues for you to gain some exposure.

We are currently compiling content for our December E-Business Connection newsletter as well as our March Business Connection newsletter. If you'd like to learn more about your options, email us.
Shop Small - Support Local
The Pleasanton Downtown Association, in partnership with the City of Pleasanton has launched a brand-new Shop Small - Support Local campaign to encourage our community to shop, dine and visit local this holiday season. We are asking our community to make the pledge to Shop Small and Support Local
When you Shop Small you do something BIG! Shopping locally keeps dollars in our economy. When we support our local businesses, our sales taxes are reinvested right here in Pleasanton. 
Now more than ever, it is vital we support the small businesses who make such valuable and distinct contributions to our community and local economy. Shop Small - Support Local 2020 is a celebration of small businesses ranging from retail stores and restaurants to fitness studios and salons, and everything in between. Downtown merchants will be distributing commemorative custom Pleasanton totes for shoppers to enjoy with their purchase. Visit for participating locations to receive totes with purchase, special offers and more! 
Member News
Member News
Introducing: The Cellar Door Chalet

Pleasanton's Virtual Hometown Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting 

Elegance at Dublin now open

Assistance League's Food for Families Program

Nina Pomeroy Photography to host Family Photo Day Benefitting Goodness Village

Remembering Former UNCLE Credit Union President and CEO Kathie Kasper

Shop Small - Support Local

UNCLE Credit Union Announces Three Executive Promotions

Opening Soon and November Specials at Elegance at Dublin

Christmas is a Special Time at Shepherd's Gate

Multi-Sport In-Person Program at Hi-Five Sports Club