Lafayette Chamber of Commerce  November 17, 2014 News & Events
Wednesday, November 19 - "Building Your Local Business Network in a Social Media World" Workshop


"Building Your Local Business Network in a Social Media World" Workshop on Wednesday, November 19 at 8am. No question: Building a strong business network is critical to business success. In this workshop we'll look at local opportunities for forging new connections and how social media can build upon those face to face interactions. Are you beginning to make your 2015 business goals and action plans? This is a perfect workshop to jumpstart that effort.

Free, but Limited Seating - Reservations Recommended
Online Registration: bit.ly/LafayetteChamber
Questions? Call Robin @ (925) 451-3069
Thursday, November 20 - Monthly Entrepreneur's Club Meeting
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Our monthly Entrepreneur's Club Meeting is Thursday, November 20 at 8:30am in the Chamber Conference Room. This month's speaker is Wil Hart, Marketing Specialist with Smart Simple Marketing and his topic is Campaigns That Drive Action: Offers & Promotions. Please park on the street.
Thursday, November 20 - Ribbon Cutting at Learning Express Toys

Join us for a Ribbon Cutting on Thursday, November 20 at 5pm at new Lafayette Business and Chamber Member - Learning Express Toys. They are located at 3568 Mt. Diablo Blvd.        
Is Parking a Problem in Lafayette? 

City of Lafayette logo Lafayette's Parking Ordinance Committee is getting ready for their second of three workshops to discuss downtown parking and potential strategies to address parking issues.  The first workshop focused on the Core Downtown Area.  This second gathering will look at the East End. The workshop will be held on Thursday, November 20 from 6pm-8pm at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center in the Community Hall. For more information you can call 284-1976 or email NSrivatsa@lovelafayette.org or SAllen@lovelafayette.org.

 

Friday, November 21 - 36th Annual Community Thanksgiving Breakfast

Thanksgiving Join us for our 36th Annual Community Thanksgiving Breakfast on Friday, November 21 - 7:00am-8:30am at Our Saviors Luthern Church on 1035 Carol Lane, Lafayette. The breakfast is catered by Dave's Cuisine (Chef Dave Krider). Music provided by Harpist Wendy Tamis. This year's keynote speaker is M.J. Marggraff - Author, Speaker, Suborbital Spaceflight traveler. RSVP required. Register online OR complete & mail or fax registration form. Deadline for reservations is Wednesday, November 19.

 

Friday, November 21 - Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening of Douglah Design Plumbing, Tile & Lighting Store

Join us on Friday, November 21 at 5:00pm for a Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening of the Douglah Design Plumbing, Tile & Lighting store. The store is located at 3535 Mt. Diablo Blvd.  This store is in addition to the Douglah Design Showroom (3586 Mt. Diablo Blvd.). 

 

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In This Issue
Wednesday, November 19 - "Building Your Local Business Network in a Social Media World" Workshop
Thursday, November 20 - Monthly Entrepreneur's Club Meeting
Thursday, November 20 - Ribbon Cutting at Learning Express Toys
Is Parking a Problem in Lafayette?
Friday, November 21 - 36th Annual Community Thanksgiving Breakfast
Friday, November 21 - Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening of Douglah Design Plumbing, Tile & Lighting Store
Chamber Offices Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday
Friday, December 5 - "It's a Wonderful Life" Holiday Celebration
Sad News from Moraga
Small Business Saturday - Easy to Participate
Are you a Good Sign or a Bad Sign?
What's Happening at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center
Upcoming Chamber Events

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Chamber Offices Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

Thanksgiving The Chamber offices will be closed beginning at noon on Wednesday, November 26 through Friday, November 28 in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday. We will re-open on Monday, December 1. The staff wishes you and yours a Happy and Yummy Thanksgiving.

 

Friday, December 5 - "It's a Wonderful Life" Holiday Celebration

Join us at our 2nd annual "It's a Wonderful Life" Holiday Celebration in Plaza Park at the intersection of Moraga Road and Mt. Diablo Blvd. from 4pm-7pm on Friday, December 5. Come celebrate the holidays with tree lighting,food, drinks, music
& entertainment,children's activities,and Santa!

 

Sad News from Moraga

Roger Poynts, great friend of the Moraga Chamber, died  in an accident on Sunday afternoon October 26th. The dedicated Civil Engineer had been working for years on a plan to make his 'rock' property a great asset for Moraga: the ambitious plan for the property in the heart of town included a vineyard, a winery, trails, an amphitheater, hospitality area, and plenty of open space. Roger tirelessly met with groups and individuals to build a concensus for the project. The Council was to give a first advice on it this coming January. Moraga will miss this gentleman. The Chamber is deeply saddened by Roger's death. There will be a Memorial Service on Saturday, November 22 beginning at 4:30pm at the Orinda Masonic Lodge, 9 Altarinda Drive.

 

Small Business Saturday - Easy to Participate

Once again American Express is spreading the word about "shopping local" with it's annual Small Business Saturday on November 29th. Find out how to get prepared. Visit www.americanexpress.com/shopsmall and they will walk you through how to print signage, digital banners, create your message and join thousands of "local businesses." Everything is free and easy to download. Consider running an ad or posting on facebook. All of the collateral is on the site. LET THE HOLIDAY SHOPPING BEGIN!

 

Are you a Good Sign or a Bad Sign?

Lafayette's new Code Enforcement Officer, Adam Foster, will be spending a little more time in our downtown over the next few weeks. He is responsible for enforcing the Sign Ordinance. If a business has a prohibited sign, Adam will pursue administrative remedies pursuant to chapters 1-3 and 1-9 of the Lafayette Municipal Code. Administrative citations and fines may be issued for each day a violation occurs. Listed below are commonly used prohibited signs. Please refer to the Sign Ordinance for the full list of prohibited signs: 

A-frame or sandwich board signs
Banner signs (except for temporary signs, as listed above)
Flashing, internally or externally illuminated, moving, rotating, animated or inflated signs
Portable signs (not permanently affixed to the ground or a structure)

A review of the Sign Ordinance will soon be underway. If you have thoughts about the current ordinance or would like to see changes, please contact us at the chamber - jay@lafayettechamber.org or let the city's Planning Department know - Srivatsa, Niroop at NSrivatsa@ci.lafayette.ca.us. You can contact Adam directly at Foster, Adam at AFoster@ci.lafayette.ca.us or 925-299-3207


 

What's Happening at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center


 

Tuesday, November 18 - 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM - Community Hall. AstroBlast is Back! Join us for another out-of-this-world evening featuring Chabot Space & Science Center! Visit with a NASA Scientist, learn about life in outer space, experiment with hands-on activities, rockets, crafts & more! Fun for all ages!
For more information click here.

Thursday, November 20 - 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM - Teen Center. Button Making. Make some buttons for friends, family or yourself! Bring your own images or use the material provided. Make sure that the images are less than 2.25 inches. Free. For more information click here.


 

Monday, November 24 - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM - Children's Room.

Thanksgiving Day Craft! Stop by after storytime to make a fun Thanksgiving Day craft to take home! For more information click here.

 

Always check out the latest events at www.LLLCF.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Upcoming Chamber Events 

Thursday, December 4 - Ribbon Cutting at Bay Sotheby's International Realty - 5:00pm - 3725 Mt. Diablo Blvd.

Wednesday, December 10 - Holiday Mixer at Mechanic's Bank - 5:30pm - 3640 Mt. Diablo Blvd.

Jay Lifson, Executive Director 

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