Lafayette Chamber of Commerce  April 4, 2016 News & Events
Thursday, April 7 - New Member Reception -  5:30pm-7pm - Bank of the West, 3583 Mt. Diablo Blvd.
You are cordially invited to attend the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce New Member Reception on Thursday, April 7. Networking: 5:30pm-6:15pm, program: 6:15pm-7pm at Bank of the West, 3583 Mt. Diablo Blvd. Hosted Bar, complimentary appetizers from Bistro Burger and more! Please RSVP by Monday, April 4, at 925-284-7404 or
Saturday, April 9 - Dogtown Downtown - 10am-12noon - Lafayette Library and Learning Center
Dogtown Downtown 2016Join us for Lafayette's Dogtown Downtown this coming Saturday, April 9! Registration starts at 9:30am. At 10am join in the Parade from the Plaza to the Library. From 10-11am is the Puppy Bowl Photo Ops. Stop by the Judges Booth to sign up for contests from 10-11am. 11am is the Doggie Vogue Fashion Show. See all contestants cross the runway. Finalists will preform: Best Trick, Best Look-alike, Best costume. The crowd with help of the Paws Meter will pick the winner.

Stop by our newly signed up vendor booths:  Wag Hotels, Gymboree, James Airbrush Tattoos, and Perks Double Drive-Thru. And don't miss Four Seasons Kissing Booth, Canine Companions, ARF's Hug Pack,  County Animal Services, The Tail Haven, Merrill Gardens, Renewal by Anderson, Rivulet, etc...

Make a thunder shirt with the Girl Scout Troop 32238 working on their Silver Project. Or visit the Lafayette Library and Learning Center tables to make chew toys from recycled t-shirts.  Try a cookie from Huckleberry Kitchen or dog friendly ice cream from Smitten.

Thank you to Top Dog Sponsors: Cobain Orthodontists, Merrill Gardens and Four Seasons Animal Hospital. Thanks to our volunteers from Boy Scout Troop 200, Boy's Team Charity and National Charity League.

There is something for everyone at every age. Hope to see you Saturday!
Learn more here.
Tuesday, April 12 - Business Outreach Committee Roundtable Discussion - 2:30pm-3:30pm - Alameda County Transportation Commission
On behalf of the Business Outreach Committee (BOC), you are invited to participate in a roundtable discussion with Bay Area transit and transportation agencies to share information concerning the availability of disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged businesses, the effects of discrimination on opportunities for DBEs, agencies efforts to establish a level playing field, and the goal methodology used for federally-assisted contracts for Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2017-2019.

Consultation sessions will be held on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 from 2:30pm to 3:30pm at the Alameda County Transportation Commission located on 1111 Broadway, 8th Floor, Oakland, CA. Immediately following the consultation session, from 4pm-6pm, BOC member agencies will hold a meeting to inform the public of their contracting opportunities and to hear comments and/or suggestions on how agencies can improve their DBE program. Please RSVP by April 5 to Artemise Davenport at or 415-257-4581.
Wednesday, April 20 - Lamorinda Small Business Forum "Paths to Success" - 5:30pm-7pm - Lamorinda Music
The Lamorinda Small Business Forum will be held on Wednesday, April 20 from 5:30pm-7pm at Lamorinda Music, 81 Lafayette Circle, Lafayette. Join a lively panel discussion among three Lafayette brick-and-mortar business owners whose businesses have thrived by taking unique paths. Moderated by Jay Lifson. Free and open to the public, but space is limited. RSVP recommended. 
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In This Issue
Thursday, April 7 - New Member Reception
Saturday, April 9 - Dogtown Downtown
Tuesday, April 12 - Business Outreach Committee Roundtable Discussion
Wednesday, April 20 - Lamorinda Small Business Forum "Paths to Success"
Tuesday, May 17 - Taste of Lafayette
September 17 & 18 - The 21st Lafayette Art & Wine Festival Countdown continues...165 days away.
Now Scheduling Mixers in 2017!
Join us in Welcoming our Newest Member!
2016/2017 Lafayette Chamber Directory is Here!
2016 Lafayette Information Guide
Volunteers Needed as Judges for Project LPIE
Chamber Member Offer for Any New Subscription at California Shakespeare Theater!
Opportunity to Post Job Openings at Berkelist
What's Happening at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center
Upcoming Chamber Events

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Tuesday, May 17 - Taste of Lafayette - 5:30pm-9pm - Lafayette Plaza Park
Tickets are now on sale for Taste of Lafayette, Tuesday, May 17, 5:30pm-9pm. Tickets are $45 before May 6 and $50 per person thereafter. Remember we sold out last year!

We have a great line up of restaurants for you to taste this year. Starting with savory appetizers from Bistro Burger, The Hideout, Lantern Catering and T's Firehouse plus wine reception with Wine Thieves in the plaza 5:30-6:30pm.

The restaurant tastings will be from 6:30-8:30 ... welcoming REVE and Sideboard to the tour this year. They will be joining returning favorites: Amarin Thai, La Finestra, Patxi's, Pizza Antica, Postino, Powell's, The Cooperage, Roundtable Pizza, Smitten, Uncle Yu's, Yankee Pier, etc...

Coffee and dessert reception back in the plaza from 8-9pm Huckleberry Kitchen, Millie's, Vitality Bowls and more plus musical entertainment, raffle and auction to benefit the Lafayette Community Foundation and the programs and services of the Lafayette Chamber. Don't miss out!  Learn more and purchase tickets here.

September 17 & 18 - The 21st Annual Lafayette Art & Wine Festival ... just 165 days away!
Yes, just 165 days away! Mark your calendar for Saturday, September 17 and Sunday, September 18, 2016 for the 21st annual Lafayette Art & Wine Festival in downtown Lafayette.

We still need volunteers for a few more teams or groups. If you can provide between 15-30 volunteers up to and/or during the festival, please contact or 925-284-7404 for more details.
Now Scheduling Chamber Mixers in 2017!
We are currently scheduling our monthly mixers for 2017. They are held the 4th Wednesday of the month from 5:30pm-7:00pm. These events are very popular and go fast. Schedule your event today by contacting Barbara at A Chamber Mixer is a great way to get people through your doors and to showcase your business! The only months we do not hold mixers are January, July, and August.
Join us in Welcoming our Newest Member!
The following business has recently joined the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, 
March 29 - April 1.

Sideboard Neighborhood Kitchen & Coffee - Restaurant

Don't forget to bookmark the complete Lafayette Chamber Member Directory!
The 2016/2017 Lafayette Chamber Directory is Here!
2016-2017 Lafayette Chamber Directory
The 2016/2017 Business and Community Directory was delivered to Lafayette residents' homes last week. If you need an additional copy, please contact the Chamber at (925) 284-7404.
2016 Lafayette Information Guide
Chamber members may be asked to advertise in New Start Media's 2016 Lafayette Information Guide. Please note that this publication is not a Lafayette Chamber program and the Chamber has no affiliation with New Start Media. As you may know, the Chamber just published the 2016-2017 Business and Community Directory. If you need copies, please contact the chamber office at (925) 284-7404.
Volunteers Needed as Judges for Project LPIE
Lafayette Partners in Education and Acalanes High School conduct Project LPIE, an opportunity to recognize talented Acalanes High School Students each spring.  Students compete in any of 14 categories that showcase their skills both within and outside the curriculum.  Professional business people with expertise in the category will judge the entries.  Cash prizes will be awarded to students selected as winners by the panel of judges for each category.  The categories include Acting, Applied Design (3D Art), Computer Programming, Community Service, Creative Writing, Digital Design, Entrepreneur, Instrumental Music, Journalism, Photography (digital), Science and Engineering, Video Production, Visual Arts (2D), Vocal Music.
The purpose of the program is to create collaboration among students, educators, and the business community in Lafayette, to promote educational excellence and to prepare students for the business world of the 21st century.  To that end, we are hoping that you would consider volunteering to be one of our judges for the Entrepreneur category.  We hope to have 3-4 judges for each category.  The time commitment should be minimal.  Projects are due April 13th and most categories will be judged electronically.

Projects will be displayed and the winning projects will be recognized at the Open House event on May 13th at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center.  We hope you would be able to attend this showcase.

If you have an interest in working with LPIE and honoring these students here is an great opportunity,  The judging would take place the last 2 weeks of April. For more information, please contact Gabrielle Ohleyer at or call 925-2999-1644.
Chamber Member Offer for Any New Subscription at California Shakespeare Theater!
Cal Shakes Receive 25% off any new subscription at California Shakespeare Theater and celebrate 25 years at the Bruns Amphitheatre in Orinda this summer.  Visit for subscription offer and use promo code: CHAMBER.  Tickets to Cal Shakes summer season are great for client hospitality and entertainment, customer contests and employee appreciation! Cal Shakes has an on-site café and bar, plenty of free parking, picnic areas and is BART-accessible. Discounts on groups are also available by calling 510.809.3290.
Opportunity to Post Job Openings at Berkelist
Graduates are seeking job opportunities! You are invited to post job offerings or recruit graduations at Berkelist. The marketplace for UC Berkeley professionals and graduates reaches 80,000 visitors/month, with 900,000 pageviews/month.  Posting on Berkelist gives you access to UC Berkeley professionals, students and alumni, especially talented computer software engineers, cloud-computing programmers, and mobile app developers. Trim your selection to the best and brightest!
Happening at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center
Wednesday, April 6 - DSS Presents: Vanessa Diffenbaugh, Author of: We Never Asked for Wings - 7pm-8:30pm - Community Hall
Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the bestselling author of The Language of Flowers. Her latest is We Never Asked for Wings. Following the success of The Language of Flowers, she co-founded Camellia Network, a non-profit whose mission is to connect youth aging out of foster care to the critical resources, opportunities, and support they need to thrive in adulthood. Wednesday, April 6, 7pm-8:30PM in the Community Hall. Tickets: $15/each. Purchase tickets here. $10 for current LLLCF donor tickets; call to purchase: (925) 283-6513 ext. 102. Books will be available for sale courtesy of Orinda Books.

Sunday, April 24 - 11th Annual Earth Day Festival - 11am-3pm - Lafayette Library & Learning Center

Lafayette will host its 11th annual Earth Day Festival on Sunday, April 24 from 11am-3pm at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center.  Come downtown to celebrate the community's continued progress toward sustainability. There is dispute over the origins of "Think global, act local," but it has been in use since the 1970s, and reminds us to consider the health of the entire planet while making sustainable decisions in our own homes and communities. Learn more here.
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Upcoming Chamber Events
Tuesday, April 12 - Green Committee Open Meeting - 12pm-1pm - Lafayette Chamber Offices
Join us for the Green Committee Open Meeting at 12pm (noon) at the Lafayette Chamber Conference Room. This is the rescheduled meeting from March 22. Please park on the street.
Friday, April 22 - Coffee with the Mayor - 8am-9am - Lafayette Chamber Conference Room
Join us for Coffee with the Mayor with Mayor Mark Mitchell on Friday, April 22 at 8am in the Chamber Conference Room. This meeting is open to everyone. Please park on the street.

Friday, April 22 - 6th Annual Lafayette Reservoir Earth Day Lunch Hour Cleanup - 12pm-1pm
Join Us Friday, April 22, for the 6th Annual Lafayette Reservoir Earth Day Lunch Hour Cleanup! Hunsucker Goodstein PC will be conducting its 6th Annual Earth Day Lunch Hour Cleanup at the Lafayette Reservoir.  We invite you to join HG, the Lafayette Chamber Green Committee and Byron Park at the Lafayette Reservoir Visitor's Center at 12 noon on Friday, April 22. Gloves, garbage buckets, litter sticks and vests will be provided.  As in the past, lunch for all volunteers will be provided by Byron Park prior to the Reservoir cleanup. Please RSVP to Marie Montoya at or (925) 299-5113.

Tuesday, April 26 - Green Committee Meeting - 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm - Lafayette Chamber Conference Room 
 Join us for our monthly Green Committee Open meeting at 12pm (noon) at the Chamber Conference Room.  Please park on the street.

Tuesday, April 26 - Workshop: Create an effective video to attract clients/develop personal brand! - Lafayette Chamber Conference Room
Come join the Lafayette Chamber's Young Professionals and learn how You CAN create effective, authentic videos that bring in clients or develop personal brand within your workplace! Workshop by Stephanie Shaterian, owner of fLO Content Marketing & long time Young Pro member. Please park on the street.  Learn more here.

Wednesday, April 27 - April Mixer at Douglah Designs Plumbing, Tile & Lighting - 5:30pm-7pm
Our April mixer will be a joint mixer with the Pleasant Hill Chamber of Commerce. Join us Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at Douglah Designs Plumbing, Tile and Lighting, Tile and Lighting, 3535 Mt. Diablo Blvd. from 5:30pm-7pm.

Thursday, April 28 - Ribbon Cutting at The Tail Haven Hotel & Day Lounge - 5pm-5:30pm
Join us for a ribbon cutting at The Tail Haven Hotel & Day Lounge on Thursday, April 28 at 5pm. The Tale Haven Hotel & Day Lounge is located at 3399 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette.   

What's happening at the Lafayette Chamber? View our Events Calendar. 
Jay Lifson, Executive Director 

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