Lafayette Chamber of Commerce  July 14, 2014 News & Events
Road and Sidewalk Repair West End Project starts Today - Monday, July 14

Beginning today, July 14, the City of Lafayette will be working with Ghilotti Bros. Construction to perform maintenance repairs on Mt. Diablo Blvd. between Dolores Drive and El Nido Ranch Road. The work will require periodic closing of vehicle travel lanes and on-street parking.  There will also be closures of sidewalks.  Work will be done between 8:00am -5:00pm. The project should be completed before the end of August.  For up to date information you can visit and select "Public Works and Construction under the quick links. 
Tuesday, July 15 - Ribbon Cutting at Gem Lust

Join us for a ribbon cutting at new Lafayette business Gem Lust on Tuesday, July 15 at 5:00pm. Gem Lust is located at 3529 Mt. Diablo Blvd.  
Wednesday, July 16 - "Brand You: Personal Branding in a Social Media World" Workshop

Brand You On Wednesday, July 16 from 8am-9:30am at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center's Art and Science Classroom join us for a "Brand You: Personal Branding in a Social Media World" workshop. Social Media 101 with a Twist! Google yourself. Does your online image support your word of mouth referrals, or does it detract? In this workshop, we'll focus on must-do online steps (including social media) to help you align your online image with your true personal brand. Workshop Presenter: Robin S. Fox, Social Media Coach. Limited Seating * Reservations Recommended. FREE. Online Registration:   Or Email: Other Questions? Email or call (925) 451-3069.


Thursday, July 17 - Entrepreneur's Club Meeting - 8:30am
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Join us for our monthly Entrepreneur's Club Meeting on Thursday, July 17 at 8:30am in the Chamber Conference Room.  Our speaker this month is Ranjani Mohana representing the Small Business Development Center and the topic will be on how to do business with Corporations and Government and the tools and steps required to succeed in procuring contracts as well as information on the many services offered by SBDC. Please park on the street.


Green Committee Meeting - Tuesday, July 22 - Noon

Green Logo This month's Green Committee meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 22 at Noon in the Chamber Conference Room. Our monthly Meetings are an opportunity to gain new tools, share best practices and transferable lessons, and network with peers in our business community that are working individually and collectively to reduce landfill waste, reduce energy use and educate our local merchants. Currently we are working with the City to introduce a ban on "single use plastic bags before the end of this year.  The state is also making a proposal to be voted on in September.  Learn more about this by attending our meetings.  Bring a lunch. Please park on the street. 

Reminder: there is no Green Committee meeting in August.


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Road and Sidewalk Repair West End Project starts Today - Monday, July 14
Tuesday, July 15 - Ribbon Cutting at Gem Lust
Wednesday, July 16 - "Brand You: Personal Branding in a Social Media World" Workshop
Thursday, July 17 - Entrepreneur's Club Meeting - 8:30am
Green Committee Meeting - Tuesday, July 22 - Noo
Business Issues Forum - Friday, July 25 - 8:00am
Welcome to Our New Members!
Tuesday, July 15 - Successfully Retailing in the New Economy Seminar
Saturday - July 19 - Operation Swingtime - USO Show and Picnic
City of Lafayette Backpack Drive
What's Happening at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center
Upcoming Chamber Events

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Business Issues Forum - Friday, July 25 - 8:00am

The Business Issues Forum will meet on Friday, July 25 at 8:00am in the Chamber Conference Room. The focus of this month's meeting will be reviewing the work that the Parking Sub- Committee has been working on this last year.  A presentation on Streetline " new parking technology" will also be highlighted.  Everyone is welcome to attend.  A light breakfast is served and the price is right - free.  Other topics to be discussed will be the PG&E Tree removal project for clearing the Gas Transmission Lines, Peak Period utilities usage,  New City Signage, Emergency Services changes including the building of a new Fire Station for Lamorinda.  Interested in what is going on around town? Join us. Please park on the street. 

Reminder: there is no Business Issues Forum in August.


Welcome to Our New Members!
The following businesses joined the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce from July 8 - July 13:

AuPairCare - Au Pair 
Successfully Retailing in the New Economy Seminar - Tuesday, July 15

East Bay Business Seminar - "Bricks & Clicks" Retailing - Successfully Retailing in the New Economy - July 15 - 8:00 am to 11:30 am at the Community Center, Perera Pavilion, 320 Civic Drive, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523. This event is for East Bay retail (non-food) small businesses seeking to improve their bottom lines, address pressure from ecommerce and big-box competition and network with other successful small retailers in the region while learning about available free and low-cost resources. Bring your most difficult questions and present your biggest challenges to peers, resource and service providers. Register today for this free event. This Seminar is being presented by East Bay EDA, Alameda County SBDC, Contra Costa SBDC, East Bay SCORE and Constant Contact. The City of Pleasant Hill is co-hosting the event, and Wells Fargo is 
the Principal Sponsor. 


Saturday - July 19 - Operation Swingtime - USO Show and Picnic

Operation Swingtime - USO Show and Picnic - featuring the Big Band of Rossmoor and the Swingin Blue Stars (think Andrew Sisters). In the spirit of remembering our veterans, Lamorinda's local Rotary Clubs are organizing a picnic to bring back a piece of history. Mark your calendar for Saturday, July 19, 5:30pm - 8:30pm and help honor our heroes with a spectacular USO show at the Rotary's new stage and picnic area overlooking the Lafayette Reservoir. In addition to the music there will be Military vehicles will be on display and Veterans will be honored during the program. This is all FREE to the public and veterans alike. If you know of a veteran - please email Mo Levich at with name, rank, branch & years served and let us know they are coming. A golf cart shuttle is available for those who may need assistance. Uniforms are optional but encouraged.

City of Lafayette Backpack Drive 

For the second year in a row, Lafayette Staff is sponsoring the " Back to School Backpack Drive"... inspiring folks to lend a helping hand through the purchase of a new backpack and fresh school supplies; two of the most powerful tools in boosting a child's self-esteem as they head off to school. This is how easy it is:  

(1) Collect a backpack shopping list from City Offices or download one by clicking here.
(2) Have fun picking out the coolest backpack you can find and shopping to fill it with the supplies on your list. (No red or blue backpacks, please.)
(3) Bring your backpack and school supplies to City Offices no later than Fri. July 25. Please drop them off to the attention of Lisa Martin or Michael Cass.

If you have the desire but don't have the time to purchase a backpack and supplies, feel free to partner with a friend. Or grab your wallet and donate some cold hard cash and City Staff will shop for you. Alternatively, you can write a check to cover the cost of the backpack and supplies ($40.00); please make checks payable to "Family Giving Tree". Envelopes to place your donation may be found on the Planning Counter at
City Offices, 3675 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Suite 210. For more information about the Family Giving Tree, please visit the Family Giving Tree website. If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Martin, or Michael Cass, Thanks in advance for your generosity!

What's Happening at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center


July 15 - 6:30PM - 8:00PM - Homework Center. Guide Dog Puppies Scamper over to Curiosity Corner! Click here for more details.
July 17 - 6:30PM - 7:30PM - Community Hall. Oakland Museum of California presents:
Vinyl: The Sound and Culture of Records.An OMC curator provides behind-the-scenes
information about their current exhibit. Click here for more details. Free. Register at:
July 18 - 6:30 PM - 7:30PM - Community Hall. Author Karin Slaughter visits the Lafayette Library. Join us for a visit with NY Times Bestselling author Karin Slaughter to hear about her new book, Cop Town. Set in Atlanta in 1974, Cop Town is an epic story of a city in the midst of seismic upheaval, a serial killer targeting cops, and a divided police force tasked with bringing a madman to justice. Click here for more information.
July 19 - 10:00AM- 1:00PPM - Community Hall. Maker Fest 2014! Arts, Crafts, Engineering & Science!  Do-it-yourself fun! Create. Invent. Discover! Kids and all ages. Click here for more information. Free; register:
July 22 - 6:30 PM - 8:00PM - Homework Center. Summer Author Series: Elisa Kleven. Hear how she writes her stories, and watch her create beautiful art! Kids and Teens. Free; no registration necessary.
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Upcoming Chamber Events 

Thursday, July 31 -Young Professionals Group - 5:30pm - Chamber Conference Room - Stephanie Shaterian of  fLO Content will be speaking on REEL TALK - A process for Creating Unique, Creative and Compelling Videos. 

Thursday, August 14 - Ribbon Cutting at Indigo & Poppy - 5:00pm - 1009 Oak Hill Road    
NO Entrepreneur's Club, Green Committee or Business Forum/Governmental Affairs Meetings in August

Mark you calendar - 19th Art & Wine Festival - Saturday, September 20 & Sunday, September 21
Jay Lifson, Executive Director 

Lafayette Chamber of Commerce
100 Lafayette Circle, Suite 103
Lafayette, CA 94549